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Pentagon sending troops to Syria after clashes between U.S., Russian military
"Is deploying a small number of U. S troops to Syria after a series of escalating encounters between the U. S and Russian military's. According to defense officials, The troops and vehicles will serve as a show of presence to discourage the Russian military from crossing into the Eastern Security area where U. S coalition and Syrian Democratic forces operate. The additional troops will include six Bradley fighting vehicles and less than 100 soldiers operating in northeast Syria on a 90 Day deployment. This's USA Radio News
Minnesota man facing terrorism charges |
"Facing terrorism charges after being indicted by a federal grand jury as Matt Sepik with Minnesota public radio reports. The man spent more than a year in Syrian custody, investigators say 23 year old Abdel Hamid al Mata yume, a U. S. Citizen. But Isis contacts in Turkey after slipping away from a family trip to Morocco in 2015, he was allegedly part of a unit that trained suicide bombers. The US aligned Syrian Democratic Forces captured Al Mata yume early last year before eventually handing him over to the FBI is charged with providing support to a foreign terrorist organization. This is NPR news.
IS militants riot in eastern Syria prison, some escape
"A Syrian Kurdish official says Islamic state militants rioted inside a prison in northeastern Syria wrestling control from guards on an entire floor of the facility well number of prisoners managed to escape the prison right in the eastern Hossack province late today took place in a facility housing for an Islamic state militants the Kurdish led Syrian democratic forces it runs a number of detention facilities around eastern Syria where at least ten thousand militants are held including nearly two thousand foreigners anti terrorism forces were working to regain control of the situation and the U. S. led coalition said it's providing your full aerial surveillance for the
Over a dozen killed in car bomb attack near Turkey-Syria border
"A bomb has ripped through a town in northern Syria occupied by Turkish forces killing at least thirteen people the Turkish defense ministry has blamed the Kurdish YPG militia group for the attack in a region controlled until last month by the Kurdish lead Syrian democratic forces no group has said it carried out the attack
U.S. reportedly tracked down ISIS leader with help of informant
"One the mission to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi may not have happened without help from the Kurds boxes Benjamin hauled reports the raid that killed by Daddy was months in the making and involve significant intelligence from Kurdish allies in Syria including a rare informants at the heart of isis fox news sat down with general mezzaluna empty the commander of the Syrian democratic forces in northern Syria he told us how they had tried Baghdadi after the kind of thing so we have an informer inside ISIS who told us he moved west to it live and to a specific house the STF informant told them about the tunnels under the compound how many people will with the Baghdadi and that he was planning to move having already been there for months that's when the U. S. carried out the attack the informant was inside al Baghdadi is compound at the time of the raid was brought out safely by U. S.
Kurdish informant provided key intel in operation that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
"More is being learned about the US special forces mission that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi correspondent Barbara Starr Syrian democratic forces the Kurdish allies that the US hadn't Syria say they had an informant inside ISIS who led them to wear Baghdadi had been they were able to obtain a piece of his underwear use a blood sample all of this to establish a DNA identity before him before they went on the
Al-Baghdadi's death in overnight attack raises many questions
"President trump announced that the US has brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice as he put it Abu Bakar al Baghdadi the shadow we leader of the Islamic state group ISIS is dead after being targeted by the US military raid in Syria now as demonic Caradja reports from the border between Syria and Turkey Turkey has a few questions one hand you've got Turkey like other countries that have suffered from ISIS attacks a welcoming the killing of of but could I love Daddy we solve president to one no tweeting calling this a turning point in the fight against ISIS and you've also heard from Turkish officials calling this a great success but no one is under any illusion that this is the end of the fight against ISIS yes it's a significant blow to the group yes it couldn't have come at a worse time but everyone realizes that the ideology is still alive and there are so many sleeper cells around in this region you've got affiliates around the grew and around the world and more than ten thousand ISIS fighters who have gone underground since the defeat of that so called caliphate that territorial a caliphate that ISIS one school on the other hand the reaction from Turkey here is that they're asking these questions they say they wants an investigation into the movements of a blue button beside the inside Syria and how he managed to get to that part of the country of course here they're leading to the fact that he may have gone through areas controlled by the Syrian Kurds the Syrian democratic forces for the Syrian regime you've got others who are pointing the finger Turkey also blaming Turkey like the Syrian currents were asking the question of how to
Turkish president Erdogan demands Trump hand over Kurdish militia leader
"Turkey's president says the US should hand over wanted Syrian Kurdish militant to face Turkish justice the comment comes as Russia sends more military police to Syria after the trump administration pull US troops out of the region abandoning the Kurds to help fight ISIS is NPR's Peter Kenyon president Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Syrian democratic forces chief Muslim Qabbani should be turned over to Turkey Ankara considers a terrorist Russian media meanwhile reports some three hundred additional military police have been sent to Syria for patrols Russia said it would move the Syrian Kurdish fighters nearly twenty miles away from the Turkish
Turkish and Kurdish Forces Said to Clash in Syria
"Turkey and Kurdish militants in northern Syria are accusing each other of violating a permanent ceasefire brokered by the trump administration NPR's Peter Kenyon has the latest in a statement the Turkish defense ministry says the attack by Kurdish militants came near the border town of Russell line in Turkish forces responded with return fire the Kurdish lead Syrian democratic forces accused Turkey of violating the ceasefire with an offensive against three villages Russia proposed to move Kurdish fighters away from the border in a bid to extend the ceasefire Peter Kenyon reporting president trump lifted U. S. sanctions on Turkey that have been imposed nine days ago since the U. S. abruptly withdrew troops from the region more than ten thousand Syrian refugees have crossed into Iraq because of the fighting and the violence is expected to
Turkish and Kurdish Forces Said to Clash in Syria
"Turkey and Kurdish militants in northern Syria are accusing each other of violating a permanent cease fire brokered by the trump administration in pairs Peter Kenyon says Turkey reports five military personnel were wounded in a Kurdish attack in a statement the Turkish defense ministry says the attack by Kurdish militants came near the border town of Russell line in Turkish forces responded with return fire the Kurdish lead Syrian democratic forces accused Turkey of violating the ceasefire with an offensive against three villages Russia proposed to move Kurdish fighters away from the border in a bid to extend the ceasefire Peter Kenyon reporting president trump lifted US sanctions on Turkey that have been imposed just nine days ago saying countries in the region the to take more responsibility for security there since the US abruptly withdrew troops from the region more than ten thousand Syrian refugees of now cross the border into Iraq because of the fighting and the violence is expected to
How the Syria deal between Turkey and Russia will work
"And welcome to today's edition of the briefing with me Andrew Muller it is difficult to conjure a grammar prospect than having in your future decided on an agreement between Turkish President Richard Type One and Russian President Vladimir Putin such however is exactly the outlook facing the key words in the area of northern Syria they had come to Coleridge Uva and who until very recently considered themselves rock-solid allies off and perhaps therefore protected by the United States Turkey and Russia have agreed to what they call oversee what they call a withdrawal of Kurdish forces the Kurds IC- matters differently I'm joined by Paul Rogers a professor of peace studies at Bradford University who has written extensively on the war in Syria and Hannah Lucinda Smith Istanbul respondent for the Times how in Istanbul first of all what do we know about how Russia and Turkey expect this deal to work because on the face of it it would seem to require an amount of cooperation from the Kurds good morning well yeah I think the first thing that we should say about the deal that was struck in Saudi last night this is hugely more details than either of the deals struck between Turkey and the US previously on the safe zone finds exactly where the safe zone is going to be how exactly it's going to be patrolled in court Rodney as you say most of those areas is going to be cleared of Kurdish fighters guide to be patrolled either by acids and Russian forces or also with Turkish forces as well joint patrols now of course this completely relies on on the Kurds agreeing to this agreeing to withdraw from his areas but quite frankly they don't really have much other choices they turned to ask that assu weeks ago when Turkey I launches assault there was a military memorandum of understanding signed between the two sides that point and to be honest they really hunger and yet the cause to play it's difficult see how they have any leeway to oppose this agreement just to follow that up is clear then at least on the in terms of this agreement where they intend or expect the Kurds to go now all we know is that they're going to be goes out of an area generally ten kilometers along the border apart from certain towns also from the towns of manage and tell Ra fats to the west of the area and everyone is going to be pulled back thirty clumps away from that border now obviously that's a small sex Shen in in kind of pure land mass terms of what the the Kurdish dominated forces controlled in Syria but it does also include almost all of their main towns this is the commish that factor capital falls outside of this arrangement it's unclear exactly in the long term how that's going to be trolled. The moment is a mixture of Kurdish regime fighters but all the other towns on the border that's where the huge bulk of the population in Syria Lebanon redan clear at that at this point where if they choose lead times they civilians are going to go Bring Paul Rogers in at this point Paul how do you expect this to play out because it would appear that militarily at least the the military wing of the Syrian democratic forces the white PG they don't really have any options Jackie and Russia both huge well-equipped military's the Kurds have very little heavy weaponry they certainly don't have an air force will they make any attempt at all do you imagine to defend what they have I think is unlikely that they will do any defense in the conventional sense in the slightly longer term may be the equivalent of of Salter Grid warfare but in the short term degree very much that they're in a very weak position I think the point that hunters was making very significant in terms of the out of control the techs are prepared to ensure if not control themselves with a mixture of Syrian and Russian forces so also saying that Turkey really like is to be able to control the area right across the border Syria from the the whole sort of length of the border winches many hundreds Columbus the area that they do control in the West because of their own associates is quite big what remains is something like four hundred twenty kilometers this particular agreement appears to cover about one hundred and twenty kilometers Ms Hammet says this is an area where the Kurds each populations particularly concentrated for the still nearly something like two thirds of the total area which isn't under this agreement we simply don't know what's going to happen there but in direct answer to your question I think it is unelected the that's what offer any major resistance to this at least in the short term but just to follow that up poll should we therefore assume that agreement that was struck between the code and the Syrian regime for all that was ever worth is now formerly a dead letter it seems to be yes I mean if you look at this in a wider sense trump's decision to Morris withdraw the troops and Syria although they've not been large they've been pretty significant we tend to forget an addition to these troops what nobody talks about in polite circles is the presence of question number special forces including it suspected special forces from Britain and France that have involved in trying to prevent escape of the Isis fighters they haven't been very successful in that at present because there are so many isis fighters in some of the detention camps but from the Russian perspective that this is really very good for them I mean their overall plan is to have as much influence a series they can for minimum cost on the way they played the air war was very rough very tough but not huge costly a while they now seeing is the will be actually be some Russian forces even quite small a nominal in these zones as part of the sort of protection patrols which means that they will be extending their influence geographically very little costing sells out of that expect it is pretty Kaputin and one would say that in that respect is also good for the United States how does it look like this is playing the one domestically is is it proving popular with Turks generally this idea that I and his pitches basically two fold that he has cleared what he described observe terrorist menace from away from Turkey's borders and he has now opened up spicing which Turkey can repatriate some of the millions of Syrians who have fled into the country since two thousand eleven sure I think it's very important burdwan he manages to to spin every get series of victory at home you know I think we shouldn't forget that a major part of his reason for launching this operation in the first place was to kind of Rowson domestic supporting tools to deflect attention away from so many other things that have been plaguing in this year the economy's going terribly he suffered major losses in local elections at this yes now taking the Turkish front pages this morning and you know should remind you the only sort of the Turkish media is controlled by one and his allies the reaction to the deal last night is a lot more kinds of restraints than was the reaction to the deal with Mike Pence last Thursday after that deal the headlines thank took his one and Turkish victory now the much more restrained they're saying the Terry corridor has been committed to history so there's a lot more restrained language I think it's almost certain that presentation on even though he's got nowhere near what he was setting out to get when he first started talking about launching this unilateral campaign a few weeks ago you know he was talking about taking a stretch of border four hundred forty kilometers long he's got far less than that but I mean certainly he's going to into a victory he's going to say the state of Rosia varies name more the Thai have got rid the terror threat from our border and this is another victory for me and my policies all the the Syrian conflict which is now approaching the end of its first decade has proved ceaselessly in depressingly inventive in finding ways to perpetuate itself but bearing that in mind do we at least see some outline of what a final settlement might look like because isn't this Turkey coming around ever for the to the idea that Bashar Al Assad has basically one that he will remain president of Syria I think that's true a and I would agree generally that this is being a good period for a set himself and his regime not least because the Kurds are having to accept that he can be a kind of counter to the increase Turkish influence the one big question remains though is what this does to the other kinds of militia groups are not much talk about the ones in North West Syria in Italy province but more the Isis elements and here there is a lot happening although against very difficult piece out precisely what the Americans of taken about a thousand of their troops from Syria into western Iraq but one report from the Pentagon this morning suggested this is a temporary there's thousand we'll be withdrawn entirely so it makes it to the American seem to be persisting in trump's wished rashly with morton withdrawal more fully than it is his phone one can say extremely good news in perhaps the the group that may benefit most is actually isis itself who far from going away I'll still there regenerating in Syria and in Iraq and the connection here is they still had many hundreds property several thousands of their toughest paramilitaries in detention one sort or another in the in the powder Syria those are really coming out back into circulation it's very similar to what happened in two thousand twelve thirteen with the so-called operation breaking the walls when what was the remnants of the old HQ I in Iraq managed to break out many that toughest paramilitaries from Iraqi prisons now it's not so much breaking out now because these went so well protected this time but it's the same kind of thing playing at a smaller scale and it's gone who almost certainly boost isis overall now that has an impact in Iraq or serious very difficult to tell but that's the one unknown in this current situation ought to come back to you finally a major part of President Prospectus that the the P. G. R. A. Anti-kurdish terrorist organization has been the alleged relationship with the Peak Aka the Turkey the Kurdish rather organization which has been waging war against Turkey for decades we'll doin be anticipating or nervous about any potential response to this deal from the PKK well I think the listening to say as you know the the the links between the what PG and the and the PK care real I mean when I first started reporting on the war PG in late two thousand thirteen you know well before they had even heard much indefinitely before before they go US backing I mean they were very very open about the fact Turkey ideologically that clearly linked to the to the PK K.. And you know I think everyone probably should be very worried about retaliation from the okay inside Turkey a ceasefire broke down in the summer of two thousand fifteen since then we've seen really wide scale conflicts across southeastern Turkey happening often in the city centers in many cities enters destroyed by fighting between Turkish security for some pick the
Turkey Syria offensive: Erdogan and Putin strike deal over Kurds
"Meanwhile the ceasefire between Turkey and Kurdish fighters let ended today Turkish president to one met with Russia's Vladimir Putin and both agreed that Kurdish fighters will move from about eighty miles or so away from a border and north east Syria with then say a hundred fifty hours and after that both sides will do joint patrols to enforce it all a senior administration official has told reporters that the U. S. C. is quote unquote fairly confident that the STF Syrian democratic forces have pulled their troops out of this ceasefire zone that is CBS news national security correspondent David Martin on
Turkey-Syria crisis: Five-day "ceasefire" runs out today
"The US brokered ceasefire in northern Syria ands today meanwhile Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin to talk about the crisis one launched a military offensive in northern Syria about two weeks ago with the stated goal of clearing Kurdish fighters from the area Turkey also wants to resettle about two million Syrian refugees there who currently are living in Turkey with me now is Douglas Elliman he's president of the Arab Gulf states institute here in Washington DC from two thousand eight to two thousand eleven he served as the deputy cheaper as the deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Turkey he's also a former US ambassador to Iraq and Kuwait good morning ambassador good morning well always one's actions on Syria fit into his broader agenda for Turkey what does he want for his country I think basically what everyone wants is to prevent the emergence in eastern Syria of any stronger unified Kurdish governing structure and as long as American troops were there with the Syrian democratic forces especially up along the border it was very difficult for him to go against the militarily because a NATO ally was working with the STF he has a secondary goal however of preventing physical and political connections between Syrian Kurds who live in the west of Syria near it live and north of Aleppo and the east of Syria the one for talking about here and maybe finally it's almost always good politics in Turkey two counter pose Turkish nationalism against Kurds and the very real PKK terrorist threat that has been going on for the past three decades in Turkey so this also gives him a domestic political bump against his enemies by showing that he is strong against a potential Kurdish terrorist enemy and help out this meeting between her to one and and put in today what's the relationship like at this point between Turkey and Russia well everyone has been working for most of the past decade on expanding Turkey's relations in addition to those of its traditional allies the United States NATO in Europe everyone sees himself as an emerging real regional and world leader but when I was in Turkey in two thousand ten airline signed with Putin and worked with the Russian company to build Turkey's first nuclear power plant which is still not finished but there has also been have been attempts to expand the places from which Turkey by defense equipment the S. four hundred air defense missiles from from Russia he wants to see itself is no longer completely tied to the west and wants to look to the east and to the south as well for allies and expansion of its economic political and military influence and does the United States need to be worried about that to the extent that the United States depends upon Turkey as being only a traditional NATO ally it is an issue for the United States expanding to the east sure to China to the south into the Arab world doesn't necessarily mean that Turkey cannot be perform the goals that it has of the things that is done within the NATO alliance but it will mean that Turkey will be calibrating its domestic interest in its foreign policy interests and security interests differently than it has in the past so the United States needs to make sure that we know what we want from Turkey and Turkey in the NATO alliance and economically and then try to use our influence to bring airline to that conclusion as well how could Russia's involvement here affect US foreign policy in the region his foreign policy is becoming more aggressive in the Middle East especially now in Syria with the departure of US forces are Russia has already a large role in keeping the I should I said regime in power in Damascus they have been actively working with the Syrian regime with the Iranians and Ronnie and proxies in eastern Syria and what I expected as American forces withdraw as the Turks go in you'll see an expansion of Russian influence Russian participation with the Syrian regime into this territory that the crews had hoped to control in eastern Syria for me former deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Turkey Douglas Elliman thanks so much for
Trump Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria
"Fire real quick on Syria I know real fed up with it it's just such a Titanic error the president made and it's an unforced error it looks as though he's talking about keeping two hundred people two of your soldiers around the eastern part of Syria where the oil fields are because he knows the Russians gonna get it or the running is going to get it or the Syrians going to get it back and meanwhile the cease fire someone holding right now in the Turkish area giving the Kurds some away to get out as well as our guys away to get out but we see that the presence walking back some of the things you've been saying in the Kurdish commanders or deaths duh are desperate for the president to reverse himself here's what one said through a translator yesterday on ABC I would like to tell Mr trump the Kurds are not happy for us the American troop withdrawal was like a knife in the back of the Kurdish people the agreement will not stop the genocide of the Kurdish people I would like to say to Mr trump you must solve this with Turkey I hope so and I hope the president does he's got a communication with to one their relationship the pre dates the office dead as a business relationship I don't know how anyone could be pleased to be friends are there to want the president Obama said he was a personal friend as well and just like George Bush fast said thought was a good guy I think we've all learned something different when it comes to to one he kind of trip according to the Kurdish commander he tricked the American president presenting him with wrong information that the Americans were convince Hughes would Jennifer Griffin said last night he spoke to she spoke to general Mazloum ID in Syria they see said this just over the Kurdish leader who's the top commander of the SP up a journal Muslim he's calling on president trump to leave US troops in Syria and describe Turkish air strikes artillery strikes an ongoing bridges cease fire he says the Turkish president tricked him and the Kurds would still rather work with the U. S. there is time for president trump to change his mind and prevent ethnic cleansing his forces are not working with Syria and the Russians they said they had different goals no kidding instead of going over the things and the ramifications of a hill to conceive move and many of you disagree with me I got a lot of the emails I get a lot of the calls I like the people they're trying to fix it general Keane and Lindsey Graham a trying to fix it any use which Lindsey Graham said yesterday cut seven let me tell you what I think we are withhold judgment as to what's going to happen in Syria and tell us all in I am increasingly optimistic that we can have some historic solutions in Syria that have eluded us for years if we play our cards right I blame or the one for a for the invasion not truck he went on and saying what I just referred to be poor about protecting the oil cutting the big thing for me is the oil sales president trump is thinking outside the box I was so impressed with his thinking about the oil not only are we going to deny the old fills falling into Iranian hands oddly were on the verge of a joint venture between us and the Syrian democratic forces who helped destroy ISIS and keep them destroyed to modernize the old bills and make sure they get the revenue not the Iranians not aside and it can help pay for our small commitment in the future and protecting Israel is the number one objective we can do all of that with a very small force recently optimistic this could turn out very well so listen Lindsey Graham you know it sounds like I think that was the two grams idea the president braced is so the two grand does we you really should do make sure your boss does it was his idea so let's say I
Turkey's Erdogan won't meet with Pence and Pompeo
"On Tuesday the White House announced the vice president Mike hands and secretary of state Mike Pompeii are traveling to Turkey as part of a delegation to negotiate a ceasefire and settlement in northern Syria his pants discussing a phone call between president Donald Trump and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan president trump communicated to him very clearly and that the United States of America wants Turkey to stop the invasion implement an immediate ceasefire and to begin to negotiate a with Kurdish forces in Syria to bring an end to the violence but air to one told reporters yesterday that he is rejecting calls for a ceasefire while remaining open to negotiations with US officials this rapidly changing situation began when president trump announced a withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria just last week it was a decision that was widely condemned by some of his strongest supporters since then Turkish forces and Russian forces have advanced into northern Syria and Kurdish forces are under siege joining me now for an update on what's happening our Washington post reporter Dan Lamont who covers the military an owner on to Bloomberg Turkey bureau chief thank you both for joining me thanks yes owner before we get into the specifics of what's happening let's pull back for a second and try to understand the geo politics at play among others Russia is widely seen as benefiting from the current events in the region how cell I think the last ten days or so boosted Russia's role the said as the main power broker in Syria in general and the north of the country more than it was ever the case that's mainly due to a few reasons led by American decision to throw the subways troops from the area with church match is operating in addition and which was kind of an unexpected decision by the Americans we saw that US that coalition forces already also withdrew from the key border town of mine beach in northern Syria it's not exactly on the Syrian Turkish border but this is not very far away from it and with that decision was so that the Syrian regime forces backed by the Russians to cover mine beach which was at the heart of the long standing role between Turkey and the US bottom line I think is the fact that in all these areas with Turkey remain party at this active in the area the last eight years now is finding that Russia is reading the parts that should deal with in order to seek a solution to its own problems rather than the US in the region now finds it probably a lot more practical just to deal with the Russians instead of read the warning about what the American forces that sis are up to in the areas where it has its eyes so who else has benefited from the situation would you say what along with Russia their main partners in the Syrian war which is the central government in Damascus I think I'd be great Spanish fisheries when we come to Turkey we see that it's a lot more complicated situation where one can talk about maybe some bottles battlefields advances and and and possibly even a victory eventually but it's hard to see how exactly Turkey's president could leverage that battlefield advance in order to emerge victorious leader at home for his domestic audience it's all very tricky and food at the moment I think the US government has shown its capability to read me hurt Turkey's economy and Turkey's government if it really wants to intense too and that could radically change that sort of the that the power balance with a power dynamic between Turkey and the U. S. at in the context of what's happening in Syria and and in terms of adult standing at home Dan to many observers the US is seen as having lost ground strategically why is that I mean objectively diss that a disintegration of American foreign policy out in Syria over the last five years on the Syrian democratic forces were the greatest part on on the ground are in the fight against the Islamic state I rapidly leaving northeastern Syria over the last couple days we have last our greatest partner in that fight on their own and forced to find help elsewhere watched very awkward images in the last couple days of things such as the Americans pulling out of man **** most recently on Tuesday we saw images of Russian forces moving into the basis of the basin managed in particular the Americans that just last a seemingly got their weapons and their vehicles out of but they left behind virtually everything else more less a move in ready base and said tell me Dan to what extent our notions of an Islamic state revival credible or is it premature I think it's a very credible concern there are numerous reports of ISIS fighters getting loose in the chaos most mostly over the weekend but it's a continuing concern as Turkey continues to how to push its boundaries there and with that you have both the Russians and the Syrian regime involved and just a very chaotic situation in general never mind his own right up until the announcement about the US troop withdrawal how was this region of Syria being governed who exactly was in charge of this region has been under the influence and and control of STF for quite sometime now S. yes that's what's your democratic force an important element insincere democratic forces is white P. G. which is eight armed Kurdish group and which is at the heart of the problem between Turkey and US because while the US has been set it's a transactional temporary at relationship with YPG knowing the luggage so to speak that comes with white peachy enters problems with it under has been adamant that it's unacceptable given a temporary transaction great ship to exist between Turkey at between the US and white peachy and that's because Turkey sees the YPG as merely the Syrian offshoot of the PKK that's a separate disorganization the truck has been fighting guest for decades in a bloody war and said organization that's because a today at terrorist group not only by Turkey but by the US and European Union as well this is the heart of the disagreement between Turkey and the US in northern Syria so present to one commented on the upcoming visit from the American delegation what exactly did you tell reporters present aired on today told reporters does reporter is that he's going to meet both plants and pump but more importantly what he said was this we are going to create this buffer zone to sectors of the security so no matter what but if you're really trying to look for a way out for a solution here's our proposal I'm calling on the Kurdish militants were actually said I'm committed terrorists to leave everything they have the ammunition the materials the guns behind and just leave what we call the safe zone northeast in Syria and then this new job creation automatically and naturally will come to an end so we think that this was at a loss way off showing a graceful way to end this chaos it's graceful in the sense that it would allow the Turkish president to go back to its domestic audiences say see I got what I wanted on the battlefield and politically and this is how I deliver my promises without really having to deal with an embarrassing me the tree or political circus show force with any of the players in Syria now whether or not that's something that the US can live with we don't know yet when pensive Pompeia are nonsense we're going to find out but we now know for sure that this is going to be the starting point for the church delegation and add on as they sit down with what vice president pence and a signature of state my computer so Dan in anticipation of that how exactly our national security advisers in the trump administration responding to these latest developments we've seen a situation where because the president chose to hold troops initially just away from the border and then over the weekend completely out of northeastern Syria where they don't have a huge gold at the table are they have a vote are they can pressure Turkey I they can press for sanctions that and they can price for allies to weigh in they don't have the usual influence that American foreign policy presence would have out so they're trying to keep the president on a on a path that's inserting some sort of pressure here but the the the the options they have are much more limited that they would have been dot two weeks ago now one senior administration officials said we're describe this is total chaos we seen really a you know back and forth in terms of policy as is being dictated by the trump administration a lot of backlash from some of his most ardent supporters to what extent are they responding to this backlash now I I think it's something that they're gonna have to eat and they're gonna have to explain for quite some time there was a pretty broad discussion over how the United States should get out of Syria there have been discussions for some time basically that the STF would at some point need to reach an agreement or deal of some kind with the Syrian government and the United States with access robin becomes the way in which this has happened over the last couple days you basically compressed what would have been months of discussions into it really just a you know a few days and as a result of that you've seen the chaos you seem to violence and you've seen the US military you know basically just quietly quietly exiting I stayed right while all of these other players are you are involved in great bloodshed what about current members of the US military how are they responding to all of this it hasn't been universal but I have heard a great deal of chagrin about this I have a great deal of disappointment about this many I see this as a betrayal of a great partner WestJet are no fewer than ten or eleven thousand lives in the battle against the Islamic state they were you know on the battlefield together they weren't firefights together and to kind of just rapidly leave them alone are on their own with the Turkish offensive coming is something that they never thought they would see how is this escalating conflict affected the civilian population in northern Syria from what we know so far one of the great concerns is that it's not just the Turkish military involved there's a number of basically in militants of sorts fighters that are aligned with Turkey but but there they don't play by the same rules all right so you've seen images of civilians being basically executed you've seen images of war crimes happening right in front
Syrian troops head to border as conflict intensifies in Turkey
"Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border one day after Syrian president Bashar lasts and reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey is deadly air and ground assault on Sunday the courage agreed in a deal brokered by Russia to hand over to border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection the Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week when president trump abruptly pulled US troops from northern Syria paving the way for Turkey's assault on Sunday defense secretary mark asper announced the US has ordered all remaining US forces out of northern Syria more than a hundred thirty thousand people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria the death toll is unknown Turkey says more than five hundred quote terrorists have been neutralized Turkey frequently refers to Kurdish groups as terrorist the Syrian observatory for human rights is reporting Turkish back proxies have shot dead nine Kurdish civilians including a prominent political leader have run a Khalaf who was killed along with her driver on Saturday she was the secretary general of the future Syria party Kurdish authorities are reporting seven hundred eighty five people affiliated with the Islamic state including many women and children escape from a Kurdish controlled displacement camp in northern Syria the escape the Kurdish Turkish back forces shelled nearby targets on Sunday president trump's former defense secretary James Mattis warned the current turmoil will lead to a resurgence of isis this comes as a New York times is reporting US forces fail to transfer five dozen high value Islamic state prisoners out of Syria before trump withdrew troops from northern Syria Turkey is facing increasing international condemnation for invading northern Syria the European Union has called on all member states to stop selling arms to Ankara to talk more about the situation in northern Syria were joined by a slam going on she is an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at the City University of New York and a member of the emergency committee of roaches she is from Turkey and of Kurdish origin professor us long got our thanks so much for being with us can you talk about what you understand to be the latest situation now in northern Syria thank you for having me me well this situation as you just said that courage needed to have a deal so we need to just look at the situation just a little back and see that last year actually at the beginning of this year in January president trump once again said that he's going to with throw the troops from on Syria and so leaving the cards alone and this didn't happen because there was a lot of reactions against this and then at the time he had said that well we're going to do this but in time and in do you warning so that our allies there I can protect themselves with this didn't happen because just a random phone call this past week between Ardalan and trump he all of a sudden decided to take old troops out of there without any notice shin without any time for the Kurdish troops to protect themselves so once they were left unprotected it's important to realize that it's not just president trump but we tried very hard to develop international solidarity against this to call for a no fly zone so that even if the US troops get out of the place that the Kurds can be protected with their self defense measures on combined with the no fly zone so that Turkey cannot do air attacks which is the large majority of losses last time happened because of this so this did not take place this did not go through there's no protection no protection from the U. S. whatsoever it was just very prompt taking of the troops out of there so the Kurds in order to escape the genocide had to make a deal and this is a shame because they had to make a deal with a regime that has been repressing them for decades now in order to protect them so explain what this deal is and how it happened it was brokered by Russia yes it was brokered by Russia Russia basically once the U. S. withdrew from the region Russia became the major power in the region controlling and negotiating between Turkey assault forces and the STF the searing double credit forces so Russia is the only actor in the playing field right now in addition to you around but right now we're speaking of the Russian leadership and so the terms of the deal are is still on now because for for do you know for the part of the Kurds their urgent need for self protection and to prevent genocide made them just urgently accept this offer from the side regime they their hope is that they can keep their autonomy this is what the you know the leaders of the Syrian democratic forces were saying that this is just to protect the borders for now and to prevent to prevent the Turkish invasion Turkish war took as genocide I mean Kurdish genocide at the hands of the Turkish forces so and especially just you mentioned this and it's very important to understand the Turkey it's not just the ISIS fighters escape Turkey actually bombed the ISIS prison so that they can escape the Turkey is I mean actually surname also include the Turkish interior minister couple five days ago when asked that the TV pro Graham when Turks were concerned about the potential ISIS attack it was late to be comfortable no need to be concerned they don't have any option but to live with us so they're very openly align with isis let's go to president trump who is responding to questions from reporters last week asking what will happen to ISIS fighters in the region who are imprisoned and who could escape he said well the landscape to Europe this is what he said ISIS fighters escape and pose a threat elsewhere well they're gonna be escaping to Europe that's what they want to go they want to go back to their homes but Europe didn't want from us your response to a train trestle well this is the I mean you know this is just outrageous this is just outrageous I mean there is the re emergence and resurgence of isis that and because of trump's sudden decision to withdraw the troops without any protection once somewhere without any plan to do something with these ISIS fighters and also their families and it's very important to understand what we call ISIS families as women and children fighters they have done enormous human rights violations in the region's there's tons of interviews with these women in the camps in the refugee camps and so they are letting them free to kill the Kurds aligned with the Turkish forces so troops says that it's Europe's responsibility but trump said actually he said that the the ISIS writers will go to Europe and made very clear they will not come to the United States well I mean we know what happened we know how they can mobilize to attack and make terrorist attacks in all parts of the world so this is I mean and especially for someone who's been using this discourse of terror for such a long time and threats for such a long time it's it's outrageous not to see the imminent threat and it's outrageous to not see the cooperation of Turkey and the open statement that we're going to cooperate with isis that's we're going to use the forces the jihadist isis in addition to the Turkish land forces and air forces to attack and protected territory and and the only means that these people have is self defense and it's important to understand that this is not just the Kurds in the region who are under threat but the minorities and religious minorities who had been especially targeted by ISIS so they are looking for revenge they're looking for first exterminating the leftover populations that they started you know the room is the D. genocide that they had committed and then slave tells ins and I mean and letting them both all parade in that region and then saying they will go to Europe and we know the danger that they imposed to world this is basically president trump's full but also what do you say about trump tweeting today courage may be releasing some to get U. S. involved to get us involved well this is I mean we all reading cool tweaks about these
Turkey Launches Offensive Against U.S.-Backed Syrian Militia
"Trump administration also grappling with a growing humanitarian crisis involving to US allies Cherki invaded northeastern Syria this week being a military operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces ABC News Foreign Correspondent Ian Panel is in northern Syria the Turkish assaults on northern Syria escalating booming explosions heard through the night Turkish strikes and artillery fire aimed at the Kurds Turkish backed militias in foreign their way into Syrian villages Turkey saying the incursion will not stop until so called terrorists and neutralize but those suffering most of the people who all this home tens of thousands on the move desperately trying to escape we met in a jet Solomon and our family stranded by the side of the road trying to flee she they left after seeing people including children targeted in Turkish strikes jess why did the Americans flee a pickup truck their only way out we watched her and her family escape and with nowhere else to go they say they'll sleep in the deserts some Kurdish people blaming president trump do they feel gave the Turks permission for the attack by ordering US troops out to the area the president's decision to pull US troops in the Turkey Syria border also generated criticism at home Republican senator Lindsey Graham close trump ally called into Fox and friends Monday to denounce the move all I can say is the campaign is over I expect American in president to do within our national security interest is never in our national security interests abandoned an ally who's helped us fight Isis Senator Graham's position echoed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer I believe we can stay in the Middle East indefinitely but abandoning the Kurds especially Oh precipitously who have fought shoulder to shoulder with our troops against Isis is morally wrong and could put American lives in danger the trump administration denies giving Turkey the green light to move against the Kurds as he left the White House for his campaign rally Thursday the president said he may back economic sanctions against Turkey. you have the choice of bringing in the military and defeating everybody again or you have the choice of financially doing some very strong things to Turkey so they take it a little bit easy on really competition that is I don't think it's big fairly treated in many ways okay we have a very good relations Ziff with Kurtz at the rally the President defended the troop withdrawal we don't have any soldiers because we've left we won we laughed take victory United States Friday the official tells ABC News the service members have been moved to a new position as Turkey pushes deeper into Syria military personnel also are unhappy about the sounds decision to pull troops from the Turkey Syria border this is absolutely gut wrenching inside the special operations community to have to watch the men and women who they have partnered with in the fight against Isis be abandoned there is real anger among these US special operators who see it as dishonorable and This is not because the military wants to stay in Syria forever it is how this was done abruptly against the advice of senior people and with no over guard for consequences for those behind ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz reporting from
Turkey says ground forces are advancing in northern Syria
"Eighty turkeys ground troops are advancing against Kurdish forces now in northern Syria the ground offensive comes days after president trump decision to withdraw US troops CBS news military consultant Jeff because Lynn says the fighting could cause ISIS fighters to go free is about seventy thousand ISIS cruisers and our families in detention camps controlled by the Syrian democratic forces that's the possibility that those forces securing those cans may now move to the front responses into raising the possibility that these for ISIS fighters could break away as for president trump Turkey he says should show restraint act rationally you do have to understand that they're fighting each other for many many decades Turkey's state run news agency says Turkish back fighters have cleared of terror to villages across the border in Syria meaning there are no more Syrian Kurdish fighters in those
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"Muck. Thirteen teens and one adult injured in the Bronx. Now Bronx school bus crash. It happened at about seven thirty this morning on Claremont Parkway and Fulton avenue in the Clermont section of the Bronx video from a witness shows the bus after it slammed into numerous cars. Cops say thirteen teenagers suffered minor injuries. And the adults injury was serious. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Talks aimed at laying the groundwork for President Trump at North Korean leader, Kim Jong UN's second summit continue the Tom you is onboard for North Korea was back in Seoul, Saturday to brief South Korea's foreign minister, and it's cheap nuclear on boy on three days of talks in Pyongyang. Stephen begun describes those meetings as productive, but as we have some hard work to do before the second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong UN in Vietnam capital Hanoi at the end of February. The State Department says the two leaders will seek to advance the commitments they made it their first summit to complete denuclearisation transforming US North Korean relations and building a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula. Ben Thomas Washington on Friday, President Trump also praised Kim stating on Twitter that he would help drive North Korea to become a great economic powerhouse the US back Syrian democratic forces or SDF began an assault against the final Islamic state enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday correspondent Ben Wedeman. Who's on the ground? It is the last piece of territory controlled by these state and the Syrian democratic forces. We are told by people who.
"syrian democratic forces" Discussed on KOMO
"Want Joe Biden to run for president in twenty twenty a new poll from CNN shows that sixty two percent of democratic voters are in favor of Biden as a candidate. It's for sixteen director of national security, Dan codes, testified last week on the threat, ISIS poses beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq. Well, ISIS is daring territorial defeat in Iraq and Syria, the group has returned to its guerrilla warfare roots while continuing to plot attacks and directed supporters worldwide ISIS is intent on resurging and still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria. Those comments did not. Sit. Well, with President Trump who said this earlier today, the United States military, our coalition partners and the Syrian democratic forces have liberated virtually all of the territory previously held by ISIS and Syria at Iraq. It should be formally announced. Sometime probably next week that we will have a one hundred percent of the caliphate. We've had victory after victory after victory. Calling Clark is a doctor of international security policy with the Sufan center. And he's good enough to join us today on the KOMO Newsline and calling we appreciate your time very much based on what you heard from Dan Coats, and the president what is your assessment of what is actually going on in regards to ISIS right now in Syria and Iraq. Well, we know that the Islamic state is down to its last two villages. In fact, so it's lost more than ninety nine percent of the territory that once held at once. Held territory as expensive as. The size of reprint at its peak of it's still however commands proximity twenty to thirty thousand fighters, and it's still got affiliates in places floor as Afghanistan, west Africa, the Philippines, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere. I'd say on top of that territorial caliphate may be defeated. But the ideology that underpins this group as evidenced by its propaganda is still very much alive, and well, Colin where might they try to reestablish a caliphate. Yeah. So there's a couple of different spots that I'd be concerned about there's Afghanistan. There's the Sinai peninsula Egypt. I'd say right now. One of my biggest concerns is a country like Libya, just because of the state of advocacy the week security forces the tribal nature of what's going on there. And moreover, it's a country awash in weapons, including men pets and other advanced weaponry, and how much of a threat as of today is ISIS to the United States well to to the US soil probably about as much clearly as it once was just a few years ago. I would still say that ISIS propaganda. Has the potential to radicalized homegrown violent extremists here in the United States. But this isn't a group that we're necessarily concerned about infiltrating the country. However, you know, this is a group that still poses a considerable threat to to regional affiliates to to the United States embassies abroad. And to arrange of US interests. At other countries calling Clark is a doctor of international security policy with a Sufan center. Good enough to join us today and share his expertise on the KOMO Newsline Collin. Thanks so much. Newspapers reporting the links that Bellevue-based T mobile executives took an effort to get their proposed merger with sprint approved by the Trump administration. The Washington Post reports that executives booked fifty two nights at Trump's Washington DC hotel some for more than twenty two hundred dollars a night. Komo news time for twenty years propel insurance money update. From ABC news Wall Street now what goes up eventually comes down in that was the case mid week for stocks. Dow fell twenty two points, the NASDAQ gave up twenty seven and the S and P closed down seven investors reacting to a mixed batch of earnings and Darko petroleum and video game maker take two Interactive's numbers midst expectations while GM's were better than anticipated nearly two weeks after the end of the longest government shutdown in US history. Many federal workers are still waiting on back pay. And in some cases, agency struggle with payroll, glitches and other problems. It may be a while before that's. Fixed another shutdown is looming next week. Daria Albinger, ABC. News. Money news at twenty and fifty past the hour. We'll get you caught up on traffic coming up. The.
"syrian democratic forces" Discussed on News 96.5 WDBO
"We're gonna take a few calls now. Wait for Chris Mitchell. It's tough to get them up in Syria. He's with CBS does a great job. He has great connections over in the Middle East. And as you know, the president really I think made a foolhardy decision to pull our troops out. We already paying the price with two attacks in seven days and the pull out has begun. The Turks are moving in they spoke over the weekend on Sunday did Erta an and President Trump. And he said, I'm ready to go in with no guarantees to keep his hands off the Kurds who have helped us out immeasurably, just imagine. If someone kept your block safe for the longest time, you provided information intelligence and weapons, and they did admirable work for you in the country and have really been doing since one thousand nine hundred eighty s and then again, we're going to leave him. Again. So we'll see how that goes where I left off before. I was okay. Up to get Chad program gives the latest about the shutdown was Rudy Giuliani. I love having them on the guy answers your questions, but he is getting creating more news in the president wants that according to Berry's wire services as well. As political Dana bash was on talk to Rudy and then went on television, cut sixteen. Just bluntly I said, it's the president of pissed about all this. And he said, he's not pissed. He just wanted to clarify. He said he the president understands how these things happen. It happens to him all the time. Are you gonna ask him? Whether he's gotten any sense from either the president or other people on the legal team, anybody at all whether or not they think it might be time for him to take a break for a while. And his response was I don't think so I don't get that sense Giuliani insisted in the past that he has no issue with drinking. There was a report out there that he has a few drinks and hops on the air. And that creates a lot of the trouble, quote, I may have had a drink for dinner. I like to drink with. Cigars. So I don't know if that quells the public worry, June Giuliani's public remarks typically made in sporadic clusters of pre willing media interviews, according to some have exasperated White House aides, including the president's in-house lawyer handling the Russia investigation that name is Emmett flood. So we'll see they worked together prison speak highly of him. So he works for Chris Mitchell is right now in the Middle East at the Middle East bureau there, and he's keeping us up to date on what's going on and has been for two years. Chris it's a very complex situation over there made more complex by America's decision to pull back, right? Exactly. Yeah. Very complicated. Been traveling around talking to a number of people in the region and simplify it. I think that American moves to know first of all because of the announcement of the US pull out your term created a tug of war in area and all the traveling mention. Syria, right now, your Turkey Iran to the Syrians and the Russians on the other side. It's all wanting a piece of the pie here. That's the first thing. And then the other thing is that. Thousands of Christians, really. Peril. Danger to genocide Kentucky becomes. And then the last part, and this is really an untold story. What's happening here? It's really a a form of democratic representation. Representative government here in northern Syria has gone on for number of years. And that's really one of the unfold certain trillions, especially story going on here in northern Syria. Yeah. But I I worry that those two attacks related to the fact that America's leaving an ISIS wants to take credit for it is that a theory that you could buy into. Yeah. I would like to do that. Completely. Not too far from here. Dr. With the front lines are, but we've been told that their bills. In the region, people better sympathetic to wipers still in the region, obviously with kind of attacks. Yeah. I do agree to him that ISIS could be responsible for these. I want you to Brett mcgurk said the onboard to the region through two administrations who resigned when the president pulled out was into. Let's go to the the second one minute you announce the world that you're leaving a vacuum opens up and all the other powers in the region start making different calculations and we have to work things out in Syria with Russia and our presence on the ground matters. And the two to three thousand Americans we have on the ground or not just any American soldiers. They are most elite most highly trained forces again, I visited them from the beginning of the campaign is one of the first civilians on the ground way back in the battle of Cumani. They have done an incredible job. It is those forces at allow the force in the Syrian democratic forces was sixty thousand series we have helped build unable fail out that forced to be effective. If you simply pull out American forces without a plan for what comes next is going to open up a significant vacuum. I o you just got there. And you don't wanna tell exactly where you are. You're in the Middle East bureau and CBS, but is is that a legitimate concern? Very much. So in fact, we just the office of. Remember, white PG? And that's exactly what they're concerned about pulling out in creating a vacuum. All the other nations would like to come in and fill, you know, people standing against them or the Syrian democratic forces. Those are the ones that say we believe allies that had been fighting for many years, and if we pull out they're going to be at the mercy of. Maybe. Militia, you know, I guess I'm standing army. Whether it's Turkey and Iran has its own plans to come in here. And what? That's created. It's almost like a shark circling blood in the water. Exactly what's happening right now. This is going on. German. Middle Eastern near term future. It's unbelievable it and the American people throw up their hands say what a mess. How can we help all presencia was helping we weren't fighting every day? But man, we were respected. Now, I wonder what's happening with Israel. They wanted directly hit Iran again a couple of days ago. What was the reason? And what was the response? Exactly. Excellent several years, but it's getting quite right now is to make sure Iran does not establish a military. Probably the most open warfare between Iran, Israel, but the policy has been all over and over again, we're not going to allow Oronte establish a military person. Or when Damascus and especially with Iran from giving Hezbollah precision guided missiles, they have about a hundred and fifty pounds in missiles in south, Lebanon, and it state. Give precision-guided. That makes it much more much more dangerous to to the Jewish state. I Chris we'll keep the dialogue going eighty observations. You want to relate to our audience? Yeah. I think. Day. Debating with Senator rand Paul and with all due respect to the Senator was. They've been fighting simplistic. Ardent buddy. The truth about it. These people are people that have been our allies in the fight against ISIS day on the people that Christians that are facing a potential genocide, and the people that are really establishing presentative government here. It's really a model, and you could hear it. Compared sometimes the United States started a revolution. And I guess compared to it's probably. Surely not perfect, but probably the most kind of Representative government here in the Middle East something they should be preserved or protected presence. And I think it's gonna cause a building not understanding what President Obama did a two thousand eleven pulling out of Iraq to the sure. What's going to happen? If you pull out in in what happens in this region. It's gonna make a big difference. Israel, certainly. You're just hoping. President trump. I think that pulling out would really be a very very difficult place. Could the Middle East in a very difficult place. And I know what the hard decision, but it moves a great deal. It's like taking the finger out of a dike. People need to be asking. President Trump and make the right decision. Gotcha. I do because those that that mindset and those people and that message are the ones that attack us here. Think about San Bernardino think about our Landau club nightclub think about nine eleven that's exactly the mindset, and you just ask the FBI or CIA if we're exaggerating. We're not it's the pressure. That's keeping the pressure over there is keeping us a safe over here. Thanks so much. Chris you're in Syria. The first thing you. Yeah. You called us right away. And we appreciate it. You're welcome brain. And let me say one life. Between. Is really remarkable leader just too long ago with traveling with a Syria Christian and talking to curtains. Well, the model of your team here. You've ever seen in.
"syrian democratic forces" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"Can't I can't. I'm sorry. I can't I thought it was gonna make it through this little thing. And it's not gonna happen. Oh my gosh. The highest ever was was forty five percent. Do people not understand marginal tax rates where Democrats when that was discussed in class? It was a. Oh my gosh. We're gonna come back to that. We're gonna come back to it. I promise you. I think I just like like, I can I get a hernia at my head because I think that happened. Oh my gosh. I can't even deal with these people. All right. All right moving on. We're coming back to that. So gear up higher Bolsonaro Brazil's new president fired hundred of left wing civil servants hundreds of them. He took office this week higher scenario launched a purge of wing government officials with approximately three hundred people expect it to be dismissed reports. The British independent officials were seen as being supportive of his of any kind of lefty communist anything kind of government were removed that sound like I don't have a problem with that. Yeah. I mean, what's new since winter people getting upset about like removing bureaucrats? Does that happen? I don't know. Great question pajamas. Media says two American ISIS fighters were captured in Syria, they joined ISIS in Syria. They were captured Sunday by. Allied Syrian democratic forces near the hygiene pocket one of the remaining areas that's under ISIS control in eastern, Syria. Two Pakistanis and one Irishman really really were captured and they have pictures of them. They were held a by SDF. They were they were being held by the F one is the university of Houston graduate, Warren, Christopher Clark, and he actually legit sent a resume to ISIS because he wanted to teach English to people on his law. Mcstay no joke. No joke. Heart defected to ISIS. He was from the middle class family with highs in the military. He converted to Islam or on two thousand and four. And this is how that pretty unbelievable to me moving on down the line here. We've got a couple of other things. Newsweek says that a death row prisoner killed himself after his execution was halted. So kind of like a self cleaning oven. Scott dozer was found dead in his death. Sal in Nevada on Friday. No one else was president. He apparently killed himself. He don't now before you get all upset. He was in there because he has done some really horrible stuff. He had murdered some people viciously and brutally. So before you get too upset about it. Let's remember why he chose to be in there in the first place and Judicial Watch released two sets of heavily redacted State Department records showing the classified Russian info was researched and disseminated to multiple United States.
"syrian democratic forces" Discussed on Pod Save the World
"Why would you join at US led coalition on anything if the rug can get pulled out from under you like? Yeah. So back on these Kurdish forces from the Syrian democratic forces are they're mostly made up of Kurdish fighters from the white PG that people's protection unit. So they're these Curtis forces. I mean, they've been recruiting a bunch of anti ISIS Arab fighters who now make up a big bulk of their force, which I I read I believe the New York Times that they have up to seventy five thousand fighters, we've been training them advising them equipping them with these two thousand or so special operations guys in Syria. President aired one of Turkey who've used these Kurds as a terrorist group insurgency, whatever said that he's about to imminently attack northeastern Syria to take them out. Trump had a call with air to one and then apparently made this decision shortly after that seemed very weird to me. Yeah. So when we. Started this, you know, the way in which the of wrestle campaign in folded is in the Obama mistress and we start in Iraq and started bombing ISIS targets supporting rocky security forces on the ground. And then when we went into Syria because we followed ISIS area we worked with the Kurds the white PG. They were the most organized fighting force. They wanted to fight ISIS. They wanted to work with us in part to address everyone's concerns, and here's what Iran's concerned about right? There are Kurds in Iraq who wanted to have an independent country for a long time. And he's worried that the Kurds in Syria will want to have an independent country that borders Turkey Turkey has a huge Kurdish minority in. Everyone's long-term fear is that you have an independent Kurdish homeland that could cut into Turkey, right? Because the Kurds in Turkey would probably rather live in independent Kurdistan. So he's worried that if you get armed autonomous Kurds in northern Syria as in northern Iraq, you're creating the basis for what becomes future Kurdish state. So we had to hold hands. With the Turks very carefully as we started to provide arms to these Kurdish fighters, we insisted that they recruit era fighters too. So it's not a single sectarian group. But rather it's Kurds and Arabs fighting together against ISIS. And that's the force said ultimately took Raka with US air support and the rest of it and kind of eliminated the the territory that ISIS was holding. Now Turkey was always agitating to go in. And they said they wanted to fight ISIS, but we always suspected that part of their agenda was to deny territory from the Kurds and potential L timidly to confront the Kurds. So if yes, the US just pulls out those Kurds would be very vulnerable to Turkish military operations. And we've seen Turkey try to attack Kurdish forces inside of Northern Rock to for instance. So if you're occurred looking at this you can't help but wonder if you've got sold out in that phone, call one that Trump talked everyone's like, hey, I'm pulling out aired once said, you know, yet don't worry about altitude. Vices? But what Iran is really thinking about is. I'll take care of these Kurds, right? And these Kurds are suddenly who've lost thousands and thousands of people in the fight against ISIS. Probably feeling very vulnerable feeling like they're gonna get squeezed between Assad and Iran and Turkey and we've been the protection for them. And now we're gone to spur. It'll just talk about the reaction for a minute. I mean, Lindsey Graham was apoplectic. Most Republican members of congress were apoplectic Lindsey Graham said he's gonna tweet that he's not letting this go shit a true. That's totally going to God that will change everything owned him owned him. He's going to tweet back at this another favorite reply or retreat with comment, you know, like we're gonna find out about the quote, unquote, big deal. Bob corker who's currently the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee was apparently sitting in the White House waiting for meeting with Trump about Syria when they announce this policy and then cancelled meeting so a man who's had control of the chief oversight committee on foreign policy for two years, and then absolutely fucking. Nothing with it. And then goes out and gives me and Trump quotes to newspapers and tweet sad things like Jeff flake, and literally is done. Nothing. Nothing from his chair one person who was very happy. Notably was lider Putin..
"syrian democratic forces" Discussed on KBNP AM 1410
"To terrorists who want to kill all the jews this is very bad news for israel turkey renewed threats to attack a town in northeastern syria where a small contingent of us troops are based raising the stunning possibility of a clash between nato allies turkish president erdogan said his forces and allied free syrian army militias would press on with attacks against several northeastern syria towns held by the us backed syrian democratic forces quote until we completely abolished this terrorist corridor and quote as the turks consider all kurds as terrorists erdogan spoke after his troops captured the border town of african which had been held by some kurdish fighters he said in his speech quote many of the terrorists had turned tail and run away already in african center it is no longer the rags of the terror organization that are waving but rather the symbols of peace and security and quote monitoring groups charged that hundreds of civilians were killed and tens of thousands of refugees fled in the taking of african in what turkey is calling operation olive branch the kurds have long wanted to be an independent nation and to break away from turkey and some courage have attack turks in turkey so the turks consider all kurds to be terrorists to be killed add this to the fact that turkey is now a radical islamic state we have a real problem here and that's the news this is colonel denny gillam coming up frontlines of freedom all share comments by the colonel will enjoy some warrant wisden then we'll talk about the va with shannon hope at east troops take a break this is going to any gillam i want to share about an incredible program available for our veterans across america who are suffering from informatica brain injury it's called after the impact and it serves our veterans and nfl football players you know it all started at the eisenhower center in ann arbor michigan and is now expanded to a new.
"syrian democratic forces" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"And and did everything they could to keep their operation secret and that has changed recently with turkey's posturing again's against the syrian democratic forces in the kurds are the americans i think have felt that they need to come out a little bit more and and make clear that there are there as well and that if turkey attacks they're going to be attacking americans as as well well as the kurds um i'll be glad to get into the whole issue about kurdish um the kurdish women and and at which is one of the uh i think one of the um hot buttons for the the turks who roy early upset with kurdish mm uh organizing along those lines so but that's kind of a whole issue to just to you john heads up on how i mean given your experience at the united nations when a conflict becomes as complicated as this and you as an organization are trying to get help to those who are living in this area desperate for basics food and medicines and all those kinds of things it must become so much more difficult because you've got to speak to so many of the main players before you can agree any safety for those try to bring relief is extremely difficult in it particularly difficult when you're trying to cross lines of between the different parties there we've struggled the international rescue has committee has been operating inside rebelheld areas of of syria across the borders the un has been trying to negotiate with the rage jim in damascus to allow convoys to cross lines get into areas which are held by the rebels which are on siege and vice versa it becomes extremely difficult meet factors make one other comment i think one of the issues which has been boiling for some time and obviously going to cause a huge problem is this question of the kurds who've been very helpful allies for those fighting against islamic state and those fighting to liberate parts of iraq and syria and they're looking for their political reward for that they've always had this aspiration to become a nation to become a country but that was always going to run into the opposition of all regional states to that happening so we'd see that playing out now at rovno the final question to you a brief thought he would with.
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"And humiliation unquote crowd sourced online maps show how the massive vix options and demolitions which some claim have affected as many as one hundred thousand people have appended lives right across the asian megacity till all seal alleys the former commander in the syrian democratic forces and also are high level defective from credit shled forces that captured the syrian city of rakai from islamic state sealow was the syrian democratic forces or s t f spokesman who told the media in mid october that fewer than three hundred islamic state fighters left rocco with their families while others would fight on now sealow as told reuters that the number of fighters who were allowed to go was far higher and the account of a last ditch battle was a fiction designed to keep journalists away while the evacuation took place us officials say sealers account is false and contrived however as security official in turkey where sealow defected three weeks ago told the same story of the islamic state's defeat in rakai he says a us official in the international coalition against islamic state whom he did not identify approved the deal at a meeting with an sdf commander the bbc reported that one of the drivers in the exodus described a conway of up to four miles long made up of fifty trucks thirteen buses and one hundred islamic state vehicles packed with fighters and ammunition according to reuters sealow said according to reuters sito said quote agreement was reached for the terrorists to leave about four thousand people them and their families unquote he said they went east to i ask controlled areas iran darrow zohre while the stf kept every went out of rock out by saying they were dealing with the last of the diehard militants but ciller said it was all theater coos a member of serious turkmen minority said he decided to speak out now because he has this show disillusioned with the structure of the stf which was dominated by kurdish fighters at the expense of arab turkmen and assyrian allies he was also disappointed on the outcome in rakai where he said his city had been destroyed but not the enemy news about african telecoms used to be abode licensing competitions and equipment sales but now communication providers in africa are looking to increase revenue per user that is because there are now plenty of users says wireless options that made phones available.
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"Syrian democratic forces is shared with turkey we have continued to do that since may and we will maintain our operational security widow don't comment on specifics of those death support that we provides tour bob partner forces let's just move at full at just a month at beyond may act in june the former us ambassador to syria robert forward had this to say to us let's see what he said i think in the end the americans will abandon the syrian kurds after the islamic state is booted out of its capital in rakai and some of the remaining towns that it holds in the eastern syria are we had statements from president trump and the defense secretary mr mattis within the past week suggesting that to washington is moving away from arming the kurds sir robert ford was right was ninety paul taser williams who have been very open and transparent with our turkish allies but we would also made sure that uh we had support to our syrian democratic forces for the threats that they would face in defeating dash in syria though if they were successful in liberating raka and they continued to be successful as a push down into the middle euphrates for bali to eliminate vinyl isis threats or dash threats there as well so if at the three and government and the kurdish forces on the ground have avoided open confrontation but the government has explicitly said that it went tolerate a syrian kurdish autonomous zone if the syrian government decides to take on the kurds there will you help to defend them while i certainly don't want to speculate anything that has now what happened boat what we have been able to do support our stf bar syrian democratic course partners which are made up of arabs and kurds and other elements a who are also syrian and we have in the past would we did not necessarily you want to deserve a fight is not against syria we have defended our partners we did the may and we did it in june as well uh when we had to shoot down drones in an aircraft that were posing a threat to our partners and allied forces on the ground smarter baguley but now we have been very supportive our partners in the defeat against dash and we've been able to deconflict these measures with the russians throughout and not have.
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"Twenty kdwn las vegas pushing for health care reform freedom from isis i'm anne cates the senate's top republican mitch mcconnell says he's ready to tackle healthcare senate minority leader chuck schumer tells nbc's meet the press that bolstering obamacare is a priority it has sixty senators supporting it we have all 48 democrats twelve republicans i would urge senator mcconnell to put it on the floor immediately this week it will pass in a will pass by a large number of votes the syrian city of rock has been liberated from isis terrace correspondent our with damon reports the long rebuilding process now begins syrian democratic forces that of the us backed coalition forces on the ground that has been pushing through and pushing ice without a rock are they handed over control of the city to also be maintaining security but they hand over control of the city judy rock a civilian counselled they're going to have to figure out how to even start the reconstruction effort and then of course there's a big issue of who is going to pay for it in the wake of the las vegas shooting massacre more so billions want to protect themselves correspondent jim rupe security concept groups the james cameras active shooter training class was full subtlety cameras situational awareness was first no you're ceramics to uses the acronym pace prepare action care and evacuate it also involves basic first aid such as the proper way to use targets and he says is a good idea for everyone to take such a training researchers have determined that pollution has killed nine million people correspondent mato povey a new study has found that air pollution contribute to stiff any halfmillion heart and lung related deaths globally water pollution was nearly two million related deaths and the work environment was at a risk with eight.
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"From the opinion pages at the wall street journal this is foreign edition now mary kissel welcome to foreign edition i am mary kissel with the wall street journal editorial board coming to you from our headquarters on a cool cresp fall day here in manhattan we have a victory to talk about we're gonna start on an upbeat note today a victory in raka for the syrian democratic forces that's the kurdish led group of forces and includes also of course arab soldiers backed by us air power in special operators they have been fighting for more than four months now to take back the defacto capital of the islamic state in syria uh the site of many many atrocities an incredibly significant victory at to see forces in there i'd like to welcome our editorial board colleague hugo rest all from points unknown in asia pacific high hugo primary uranium yep so in my attempt to start on an upbeat note let that it just want to start by acknowledging net this is what president trump promised to do he promised to eliminate isis and he's had two i think major victories in in recent months the taking of mozell in iraq in july and now the taking of rocket in syria we had the spokesman for the coalition a tweeting out this week that quote our partners have removed isis from eighty seven percent of territory they once held in liberated over he needs more than six point five million people.
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"Rockefeller which i think is you i heard this news today them rule will this is just unbelievable us backed militias this is the syrian democratic forces and alliance of kurds and arab militias their back by the us they have been fighting isis and they have run these folks at ronkko now i want to give you a little history on this because this has been well it the says isis is lost wants to tear during syrian iraq rug this year including of the most prized possession mozell and in syria it's been forced back into a strip in the euphrates valley and surrounding desert now we have these folks him in and to a time it a little will bombcratered patch of the city and they'd be going to give these folks time to come out with their hands up a we're going to get ya and they're saying look it's time be the co come out now and surrender or we're gonna go at you i can't imagine allowing ice some of these folks somebody isis folks have been allowed to leave and i'm gonna why willing these folks lee this is the scourge that we need to be killing everyone leave they're like rats phil with us just of lowering our cells that their level i'm just telling you if you don't annihilate these folks they're gonna come back somewhere else you just got to get rid of them you got to get rid of them so there's that and then there's harvey hurricane harvey folks this whole thing it's i was reading or do we have this on shop rip let's check with advanced after we have this on show prep yes the scandal could change hollywood ending a change hollywood we will tell me this earlier the john to be and i before the show this.
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"And everything up art the wacko thing which i think is you i heard this news that emerald well this is just unbelievable us backed militias this is the syrian democratic forces and alliance of kurds and arab militias their backed by the us they have been fighting isis and they have run these folks out a rocker now let me give you a little history on this because this has been uh well it the says isis is law swastha tear during siri and the rug this year including of the most prized possession mozell and in syria it's been forced back into a strip in the euphrates valley surrounding desert now we have these folks him in and to a time it a little bombcratered patch of the city and they'd be going to give these folks time to come out with your hands up oh we're gonna kill you and they're same look it's time to you the co you come out now and surrender or we're gonna go at you i can't imagine allowing i some of these folks had somebody isis folks have been allowed to leave and i'm gonna why willing these folks we this is the scourge we may be killing everyone we've they're like rats feel with us just lowering our cells that their level i'm just telling you if you doled annihilate these folks they're going to come back somewhere else you just got to get rid of them you got to get rid of them so this that and then there's harvey hurricane harvey folks this whole thing it's it i was reading store do we have the sunshine let's check with advanced after we have sunshine oprah yes the scandal could change hollywood ending a change hollywood we're talking about his earlier good the john it'd be and i before the show this.
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"Though all know she's gone on a shame interesting story but what's happening in beijing anyway we shall loaded here from her later at some point it's 23 minutes to seven raqqa the city that the socalled islamic state recalled its capital is now almost entirely under the control of west and bath forces lead us send jab is out corresponded and is in beirut and lena are they say now that the fighting is over in the city it's almost up over sarah we in for the first song oh arbor an correspondent managed to get that and there was no sound of helicopters all at any bombing however there are still sporadic fighting only a small group of hardline fighters remained in the city few hundreds of them and that they are the ones that are still fighting battling with the us backed kurdish forces that syrian democratic forces are most of the other fighters either surrendered or at leicester city in buses heading towards that there is lord mayor jean all look ahmad that there are still under control of i as now you say so it is now under the control of you say us backed kurdish forces a which means wont what these are the forces that you as have trained and supplied n and supported fourmonth to fight islamic state but did it it's a big symbolic step here to stay over at a car that was once called the what capital of the kelly fat as the islamic state has all of this is a big deal to grow cut to sell the back on his ongoing to end that power in syria and still have the battle and that is or that the government and russia are fighting but the defeat four he is an islamic extremist ideology why all weapons by bombing by military means it doesn't mean that the ideology has dongkuk equal but the land they control now in syria is what sort of size hasten vary very small in comparison to the big as laid off senator is that we used to see on the maps in syria where the black flag was covering there but their presence is very minimal.
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"Supported by us airpower weaponry and military expertise the syrian democratic forces a group of kurdish and arab fighters is pushing deep into the city resting isis from its four years stronghold in east ruckus city half a mile from the front line an isis carbomb still smouldering from this attack the day before coalition mortars sailed overhead temperatures topped one hundred and fifteen degrees but soldiers spirits were high emotiv tricky you'll meet their daily battles and we can be at one building and they'll be in the next liver we made good progress from street to street in we're winning so far modicum they told us they were killing isis fighters every day and the risks to their own lives is worth it the these people are our families every soldier we lose to free the people is worth it to us and we are ready to be killed for the freedom of the people who showed preparing these soldiers is the work of commander achmad kolea for seventeen days soldiers from across syria undergo basic training after that the front line advisers from us special operations forces helped establish these trading centers and now syrian leaders are taking charge albakov enough one major source of concern ethnic division foreign advisers have stressed the need for a force that reflects the syrian population both kurd and era of working together side by side as us advisers looked on commander khalil underlined this priority kohl's want this example to be replicated throughout syria lebanon that all of the people of syria if we are not united in fighting isis we will not women political forces must be ready not just to fight isis but to secure the streets afterward about thirty miles north of raka security forces for the city are training and deploy often we know the mission is very difficult with some a former university student now teaches new recruits preparing them to secure and stabilise their own communities after isis this war was forced on us and we will defend ourselves the new generation has paid the price for this students workers they of all paid the price with their future may dreamed of becoming doctors teachers and engineers and now we are just starting to rebuild our country our institutions as well as our allies.
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"The syrian city of rock a spokesman for the americanled coalition fighting isis says they have taken almost half the city npr's ruth sherlock has more the syrian says he that was once dubbed the capital of the socalled islamic state is a war saying men from the us syrian democratic forces take cover abandoned homes they love morteza isis fighters who occupy the nearby streets army colonel ryan dillon a spokesman for the uslead coalition says they have captured forty five percent of the city rebels breached isis defenses in the east they have reached the city's old citadel slowly the jihadists uh being pushed out but there is widespread destruction to as strikes have pounded the town and tens of thousands of civilians have fled many wonderful homes will be standing when they return with channel npr news they reach on wall street the dow jones industrial average is down twenty six points at twenty one thousand seven hundred seventy the nasdaq is down twenty five this is npr dr from kqed news i'm brian watt state water officials have ordered inspections of 93 dams including a number in the bay area they say could pose a risk to communities downstream the order from the california department of water resources was prompted by the two spillway failures at oroville dam gam last winter that led to evacuation orders for some one hundred eighty thousand people the agency told operators of the dam's to immediately review them to see how well their spillway hold up the high water flows the dam's it will get reviews include the sin and driest dam in san mateo county in lake chivero.
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"Mainland u s after this test he tweeted just this guy kim jongun have nothing better to do hitting the us isn't just about missile range warheads would need to reenter the atmosphere and that demands new materials the united states military thinks this missile can't reach the us the us led coalition in syria says allied rebels of the syrian democratic forces have breached the wall the old city of rocker the stronghold of islamic state sufi long reports us central command said they conducted targeted strikes than half now opens t gaps in if he could wool allowing foresees to enter the most heavily fortified part of the city the kurdish lead syrian democratic forces fighting to push our fighters out of raqqa have faced heavy resistance from the wall she had a caesar to the combat position planting mines and improvised explosive devices against advancing soldiers its estimated some two and half thousand two howdy the fighting to hold it and at two hundred thousand civilians could still be trapped inside the venice will president nicolas maduro has dismissed moves by the opposition to hold a nationwide vote on his proposal to form a constituent assembly to replace congress opposition leaders say their unofficial vote would take place on july the sixteenth just before the elections for the constituent assembly brazilian police have arrested a close ally of the country's president michel tihomir's struggles to fight corruption crisis that she can his administration jijel year le mouth former cabinet minister had been in charge of mr tamino's relations with congress world news from the bbc the supreme court in the philippines is ruled at present growth three go to tear had acted constitutionally when he declared martial law in the southern region of mindanao the court said mr territories decision had been necessary in order to defeat militants backed by islamic state an overwhelming majority of the judges dismissed to petition by opposition lawmakers calling from military rule in mindanao to be lifted a us federal appeals court said the trump administration cannot suspend a rule restricting the emissions of meesane a powerful greenhouse gas it's the first major legal setback for president trump's attempts to roll back environmental regulations brought in by barack obama the environmental protection agency has blac to rule requiring oil and gas companies to fix meesane leaks in their new wales but the court in washington said this was unreasonable arbitrary and capricious millions.