US Politics in Trump era Public date: 03.10.2019 13:07:34

22 Mar 2019

Trump says US will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights

Donald Trump has announced that the US will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in 1967, in a dramatic move likely to bolster Benjamin Netanyahu’s hopes to win re-election, but which will also provoke international opposition. Previous US administrations have treated Golan Heights as occupied Syrian territory, in line with UN security council resolutions. Trump declared his break with that policy in a tweet.
Donald Trump has announced that the US will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, captured from Syria...

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6 Feb 2019

Erdogan: ‘No satisfactory plan’ with US on Syria safe zone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has not yet seen an acceptable plan for the creation of a "safe zone" in northeastern Syria, three weeks after US President Donald Trump suggested the move. "There is no satisfactory plan that is put before us concretely yet," Erdogan told a parliamentary meeting of his AK Party on Tuesday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has not yet seen an acceptable plan for the creation of a "safe zone" in...

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9 Jan 2019

Erdogan: US’ Bolton ‘seriously mistaken’ on Syrian Kurd fighters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday denounced comments by a senior US official urging protection for Kurdish allies as "seriously mistaken". US National Security Adviser John Bolton held talks in Ankara with Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and other officials on the handling of armed groups in northern Syria and the US's planned pullout of its forces there.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday denounced comments by a senior US official urging protection for...

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28 Dec 2018

Syria’s Kurds, Feeling Betrayed by the U.S., Ask Assad Government for Protection

Feeling betrayed by the United States, its Kurdish allies in Syria asked the Syrian government on Friday to protect them from possible attack by Turkey. The request appeared to help open the way for the forces of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, backed by Russia and Iran, to start retaking the Kurdish-held part of the country near Turkey’s border. That would be a big step toward Mr. Assad’s goal of reclaiming all of Syria, upended by almost eight years of war.
Feeling betrayed by the United States, its Kurdish allies in Syria asked the Syrian government on Friday to protect them...

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21 Dec 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Resigns, Rebuking Trump’s Worldview

Jim Mattis, the four-star Marine general turned defense secretary, resigned on Thursday in protest of President Trump’s decision to withdraw 2,000 American troops from Syria, where they have been fighting the Islamic State.Mr. Trump announced the resignation in two tweets Thursday evening, and said Mr. Mattis will leave at the end of February.
Jim Mattis, the four-star Marine general turned defense secretary, resigned on Thursday in protest of President...
21 Dec 2018

Trump Pledges to Withdraw U.S. Ground Troops from Syria—But Global Powers & Deadly Air Forces Remain

President Trump ordered the withdrawal despite opposition from within the White House. In September, Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said U.S. troops would stay in Syria until Iranian troops and its proxy forces leave. While Trump claims ISIS has been defeated, a report by the United Nations in August found up to 30,000 ISIS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria.
President Trump ordered the withdrawal despite opposition from within the White House. In September, Trump’s national...

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20 Dec 2018

Erdogan: New military operation in Syria to ‘start at any moment’

Turkey may launch a new military operation in northern Syria at any moment, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding US President Donald Trump had given a positive response to Turkey's plans. Erdogan's remarks on Monday came days after he announced Turkish forces would launch a new cross-border operation against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to the east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.
Turkey may launch a new military operation in northern Syria at any moment, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

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20 Dec 2018

‘Russia wins’: Fury in Washington as Trump announces withdrawal from Syria

President Donald Trump’s decision to declare ISIS defeated and order a full US withdrawal from Syria has been met with anger and disbelief by the Washington establishment that hoped for regime change in Damascus.
President Donald Trump’s decision to declare ISIS defeated and order a full US withdrawal from Syria has been met with...

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19 Dec 2018

Officials Say Trump Has Ordered Full Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria

President Trump has ordered a rapid withdrawal of all 2,000 United States ground troops from Syria within 30 days, declaring the four-year American-led war against the Islamic State as largely won, officials said Wednesday.“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” the president said in a Twitter post on Wednesday morning.
President Trump has ordered a rapid withdrawal of all 2,000 United States ground troops from Syria within 30 days,...
9 Apr 2018

Trump tweets condemnation of Syria chemical attack, saying Putin shares the blame

President Trump on Sunday vowed in a tweet that there would be a “big  price to pay” for the reported chemical attack that killed dozens of people in a rebel-held enclave in Syria, leading international condemnation of the incident from democracies and authoritarian regimes alike.
President Trump on Sunday vowed in a tweet that there would be a “big  price to pay” for the reported...
9 Dec 2017

Defector Says Thousands of Islamic State Fighters Left Raqqa in Secret Deal

A high-level defector from Kurdish-led forces that captured the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State has recanted his account of the city's fall, saying thousands of IS fighters - many more than first reported - left under a secret, U.S.-approved deal.
A high-level defector from Kurdish-led forces that captured the Syrian city of Raqqa from...
20 Jul 2017

Trump ‘ends programme to arm anti-Assad rebels’ in move sought by Russia

Donald Trump  has reportedly decided to end the US’s funding and training of so-called moderate Syrian rebels opposed to Bashar al-Assad - something that has long been requested by Moscow. The plan to train and equip rebels opposed to Mr Assad was started in 2013 under the administration of Barack Obama, as an effort to try and put pressure on the Syrian leader to step aside. While most of the heavy weapons and cash were provided by Saudi Arabia, the CIA took the lead in the training.
Donald Trump  has reportedly decided to end the US’s funding and training of so-called moderate Syrian rebels...
28 Jun 2017

White House Threatened Syria While Trump Yawned, Insiders Say

Tillerson secretly warned the Russians, and Kushner and Bannon were consulted before the White House rattled its saber. All this occurred this week as President Donald Trump displayed what two White House officials characterized as relative indifference and passivity towards the subject, instead opting to focus his public and private energies towards fuming at his domestic enemies  in the Democratic Party and the “fake news.”“The president cares more about CNN and the Russia story than [Syria] at the moment,” one official observed.
Tillerson secretly warned the Russians, and Kushner and Bannon were consulted before the White House rattled its saber....

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21 Jun 2017

American Warplane Shoots Down Iranian-Made Drone Over Syria

An American F-15E fighter jet shot down an Iranian-made armed drone on Tuesday over southeast Syria that was flying toward American-backed Syrian fighters and their advisers, Pentagon officials said. The episode was a fresh indication that the air war between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and the American military is likely  to continue, and perhaps even escalate, even as the United States has sought to keep its focus on defeating the Islamic State militants operating in Syria and Iraq.
An American F-15E fighter jet shot down an Iranian-made armed drone on Tuesday over...

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21 Jun 2017

The US seems keener to strike at Syria’s Assad than it does to destroy Isis

The extraordinary destruction of a Syrian fighter jet by a US aircraft on Sunday has precious little to do with the Syrian plane’s target in the desert near Rasafa – but much to do with the advance of the Syrian army close to the American-backed Kurdish forces along the Euphrates. The Syrians have grown increasingly suspicious in recent months that most Kurdish forces in the north of Syria – many of them in alliance with the Assad government until recently – have thrown in their lot with the Americans.
The extraordinary destruction of a Syrian fighter jet by a US aircraft on Sunday has precious little to do with the...

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19 Jun 2017

Russia Warns U.S. After Downing of Syrian Warplane

Long-running tensions between the United States and Russia erupted publicly on Monday as Moscow condemned the American military’s downing of a Syrian warplane and threatened to target aircraft flown by  the United States and its allies west of the Euphrates. The Russians also said they had suspended their use of a hotline that the American and Russian militaries used to avoid collisions of their aircraft in Syrian airspace.
Long-running tensions between the United States and Russia erupted publicly on Monday as Moscow...

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30 May 2017

US-led anti-IS coalition obscures, under-reports civilian casualty

Civilian casualties in coalition operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria are being significantly under reported,  monitoring groups say, with non-US partners refusing to release data about military operations in which their forces may have killed non-combatants. Since the anti-IS international coalition was formed in August 2014, there have been at least 21,820 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, according to monitoring group Airwars.
Civilian casualties in coalition operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria are being significantly...
24 May 2017

Past month ‘deadliest on record’ for Syrian civilians killed in US-led air strikes

Air strikes carried out by the US and its coalition partners in Syria have killed the highest number of civilians on record since the bombing campaign began, a war monitor has said. A total of 225 civilians, including 36 women and 44 children, were killed in the period between 23 April to 23 May, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Air strikes carried out by the US and its coalition partners in Syria have killed the highest...
16 May 2017

Syria using crematorium to hide executions, State Department says

The Syrian government has constructed and is using a crematorium inside its notorious Sednaya military prison near Damascus to clandestinely dispose of the bodies of prisoners it continues to execute inside the facility, the State Department said Monday. Officials accused Russia and Iran of complicity in Syrian atrocities at a military prison.
The Syrian government has constructed and is using a crematorium inside its notorious Sednaya military prison near...
25 Apr 2017

Members of Congress Demand Trump Provide Legal Justification for Syria Attack

Nearly three weeks after ordering a cruise missile attack against one of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s airfields, Donald Trump has yet to explain how that was legal without congressional authorization. Two Democratic members of Congress are demanding that Trump offer some sort of legal justification beyond off-the-cuff remarks from  administration officials.
Nearly three weeks after ordering a cruise missile attack against one of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s...

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19 Apr 2017

‘Deadly US air strike in Syria hit peaceful mosque’

US forces failed to take necessary precautions before launching a lethal drone strike in northern Syria last month that hit a mosque full of worshipers, three separate investigations have revealed. Research by Human Rights Watch (HRW), London-based Forensic Architecture and open-source investigative unit Bellingcat reveal that US air strikes hit a western Aleppo mosque on March 16, killing at least 38 people and injuring dozens of others.
US forces failed to take necessary precautions before launching a lethal drone strike in northern Syria last...
19 Apr 2017

The Nerve Agent Attack that Did Not Occur

Analysis of the Times and Locations of Critical Events in the Alleged Nerve Agent Attack at 7 AM on April 4, 2017 in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria. Analysis using weather data from the time of the attack shows that a small hamlet about 300 m to the east southeast of the crater could be the only location affected by the alleged nerve agent release. The hamlet is separated from the alleged release site (a crater) by an open field. The winds at the time of the release would have initially taken the sarin across the open field. Beyond the hamlet there is a substantial amount of open space and the sarin cloud would have had to travel long additional distance for it to have dissipated before reaching any other population center.
Analysis of the Times and Locations of Critical Events in the Alleged Nerve Agent Attack at 7 AM on April 4, 2017 in...

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15 Apr 2017

Russia, Syria and Iran warn US against further strikes

As he hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Moscow on Friday for a trilateral meeting focused on the Syrian civil war, Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said similar attacks would have "grave consequences not only for regional but global security".
As he hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Moscow on Friday for a trilateral meeting focused on the Syrian...

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14 Apr 2017

18 Syrian Fighters Allied With U.S. Are Killed in Coalition Airstrike

An airstrike by the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State killed 18 Syrian fighters allied with the United States, the military said on Thursday. The strike, on Tuesday in Tabqah, Syria, was the third time in a month that American-led airstrikes may have killed civilians or allies, and it comes even as the Pentagon is investigating two previous airstrikes that killed or wounded scores of civilians in a mosque complex in Syria and in a building in the west of Mosul, Iraq.
An airstrike by the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State killed 18 Syrian fighters allied with the United...

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14 Apr 2017

Assad: Syria chemical attack ‘100 percent fabrication’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a suspected chemical weapons attack was a "fabrication" to justify a US military strike, AFP news agency reported.  In his first interview since the April 4 incident prompted a US cruise missile attack on Syrian forces, Assad insisted his army gave up all of its chemical weapons three years ago and that Syrian military power was not affected by the US strike.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a suspected chemical weapons attack was a "fabrication" to justify a US military...
14 Apr 2017

I thought I was out: Middle East drawing US from Asia pivot

Sources in Washington recognize the desirability of continuing President Obama's "pivot" eastwards. But engagements in the Middle East threaten to complicate matters. There is only one nation that wins the more we bomb Syria – and it is clearly not the Syrian opposition or the innocent people who are dying there. And that is China,” explained a senior State Department official.”
Sources in Washington recognize the desirability of continuing President Obama's "pivot" eastwards. But engagements in...
14 Apr 2017

The Prodigal Son-in-Law: Jared Kushner And The Rise Of The Neo-Cons In The Trump Admin

How Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner May Have Influenced Trump's Sudden Reversal On US Policy Towards Syria. Taken at face value, the premise that the President bombed a sovereign nation because his daughter had an emotional reactions to photos of an unconfirmed tragedy seem patently absurd. However, the base assertion that Ivanka convinced her father to attack is likely true due to the strong connections she and her husband Jared Kushner share with a foreign government that has consistently supported regime change in Syria – Israel.
How Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner May Have Influenced Trump's Sudden Reversal On US Policy Towards Syria....

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13 Apr 2017

Putin slams Trump ties as top diplomats spar on Syria

The trust between Washington and Moscow has "deteriorated" since Donald Trump was elected US president, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, as the Kremlin dismissed US calls to abandon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as "short-sighted" and "absurd".
The trust between Washington and Moscow has "deteriorated" since Donald Trump was elected US president, Russian...
13 Apr 2017

Trump Says It’s Likely Russia Knew of Syrian Gas Attack in Advance

President Trump said on Wednesday that Russia likely knew of the Syrian government’s plan to gas its own people in advance of a chemical weapons attack last week in northwestern Syria, asserting that United States relations with Moscow were at an “all-time low.”
President Trump said on Wednesday that Russia likely knew of the Syrian government’s plan...
12 Apr 2017

Putin hardens Moscow’s support of Syria regime before Tillerson visit

Vladimir Putin has deepened his support of the Syrian regime, claiming its opponents planned false-flag chemical weapon attacks to justify further US missile strikes. The Russian president’s predictions on Tuesday of an escalation in the Syrian war involving more use of chemical weapons came as US officials provided further details of what they insist was a sarin attack by Bashar al-Assad’s forces against civilians on 4 April, and accused Moscow of a cover-up and possible complicity.
Vladimir Putin has deepened his support of the Syrian regime, claiming its opponents planned false-flag chemical...
9 Apr 2017

Continued bombing by Assad shows limits of single U.S. attack

President Trump on Saturday praised the U.S. military for carrying out the missile attack on a Syrian airfield and struck back at mounting questions over whether it would help achieve a momentum shift in Syria’s bloody civil war. In an afternoon tweet, Trump defended the operation against criticism from some members of Congress and military analysts that the nighttime volley of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles two days earlier did not target the runways at the Shayrat air base in eastern Syria.
President Trump on Saturday praised the U.S. military for carrying out the missile attack on a Syrian airfield and...
9 Apr 2017

No peace in Syria until Assad is ousted, says Nikki Haley

Defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the removal of Assad are priorities for the US administration, Nikki Haley said in an interview  to CNN, which will air in full on Sunday. "We don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there," she said.
Defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria,...
8 Apr 2017

The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria

An excellent review of Trumps' motives, psychology of war, conflicting stories by various actors in Trumps administration, the history of the Syrian war, crackdown and civil war.
An excellent review of Trumps' motives, psychology of war, conflicting stories by various actors in Trumps...
8 Apr 2017

‘I’m officially off the Trump Train’: Trump’s online base is furious about the Syria strikes

“I voted for you, my whole family voted for you,” said Angelo John Gage, a Marine veteran who was once the chairman of the white nationalist National Youth Front. “We all busted our a–es to destroy the fake media news, and now you’re falling for it.” His video reaction to rumors of U.S. military action in Syria was a direct address to Trump, and it went viral. Both WikiLeaks and Infowars reposted it.
“I voted for you, my whole family voted for you,” said Angelo John Gage, a Marine veteran who was once...

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8 Apr 2017

“Democrats are acting like a bunch of cowards”: Trump’s Syria strike opens a rift on the left

Progressive activists say they’re dismayed that senior congressional Democrats aren’t more strongly condemning President Donald Trump’s strikes against Syria on Thursday night. Some Democrats in Congress dinged Trump on the process — not seeking congressional approval — but largely supported the action  itself. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called punishing Syria’s Bashar al-Assad “the right thing to do,” and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) labeled the strikes a “proportional response.” Pelosi has also called for the House to end its recess and reconvene to discuss the attacks.
Progressive activists say they’re dismayed that senior congressional Democrats aren’t more strongly...

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7 Apr 2017

Dozens of U.S. Missiles Hit Air Base in Syria

President Trump said Thursday night that the United States had carried out a missile strike in Syria on Thursday night in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack this week that killed more than 80 civilians. A senior military official said that 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles had hit Al Shayrat airfield in Syria. The missiles were aimed at Syrian fighter jets and other infrastructure but did not target anything that may have had chemical weapons.
President Trump said Thursday night that the United States had carried out a missile strike in Syria on...

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7 Apr 2017

The Grim Logic Behind Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attack

The diplomatic situation had been looking bright for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. With the help of Russia, he had consolidated his power, the rebels were on their heels and the United States had just declared that ousting him was not a priority. Dr. Monzer Khalil, the health director for Idlib Province, said such extreme tactics are designed to demonstrate the government’s impunity and to demoralize its opponents.
The diplomatic situation had been looking bright for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. With the help of...
4 Apr 2017

Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel

Erik Prince met with a Russian close to the Kremlin in a meeting brokered by the United Arab Emirates. The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.
Erik Prince met with a Russian close to the Kremlin in a meeting brokered by the United Arab Emirates. The meeting took...

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4 Apr 2017

Worst Chemical Attack in Years in Syria; U.S. Blames Assad

The United States blamed the Syrian government and its patrons, Russia and Iran, on Tuesday for one of the deadliest chemical weapons attacks in years in Syria, one that killed dozens of people in Idlib Province,  including children, and sickened scores more.
The United States blamed the Syrian government and its patrons, Russia and Iran, on Tuesday for one of the...
2 Apr 2017

Trump Admin. Won’t Disclose How Many U.S. Troops Are In Iraq And Syria

The Trump administration has ceased disclosing to the public when U.S. troops are deployed on the ground in Iraq and Syria, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Obama administration made a practice of announcing all conventional force deployments, letting the public know when it was sending U.S. service members into harm's way. But Trump, who campaigned on promises to rely on "the element of surprise" in warfare, has in his two months in office already dispatched hundreds of Marines and paratroopers to active war zones in the Middle East without informing the public or Congress.
The Trump administration has ceased disclosing to the public when U.S. troops are deployed on the ground in Iraq and...
26 Mar 2017

Trump Is Dragging Us Into Another War… And No One Is Talking About It

Quietly, while Americans have been focused on the ongoing drama over repealing the Affordable Care Act and the new revelations about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, President Trump has been busy dramatically expanding the American troop presence inside Syria. And virtually no one in Washington has noticed. Americans have a right to know what Trump is planning and whether this will lead to an Iraq-style occupation of Syria for years to come.
Quietly, while Americans have been focused on the ongoing drama over repealing the Affordable Care Act and the new...
21 Mar 2017

Trump Russia Dossier Decoded: Yes, There Really Was A Massive Oil Deal

Circumstantial  evidence strongly indicates that President Donald J. Trump and his  campaign associates brokered a massive oil privatization deal, where his  Organization facilitated a global financial transaction to sell Russian Oil stock to its Syrian War adversary, the Emirate of Qatar. The Trump Russia Dossier describes a massive privatization deal to deliver a chunk of the state-owned Rosneft Oil company to Qatar and also a secret buyer in the Cayman Islands.
Circumstantial  evidence strongly indicates that President Donald J. Trump and his  campaign associates...

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12 Mar 2017

The Sheriff of Manbij: US makes debut in the Syrian War

Photos of US Humvees and Stryker combat vehicles patrolling the streets of Manbij are surreal, a reminder that we no longer are under Barack Obama's restrained doctrine. US generals are now in full control of US policy in Syria. President Donald Trump is making good on his campaign promise not to tell the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) about his plans to defeat them, yet both allies and foes are puzzled by that new approach. 
Photos of US Humvees and Stryker combat vehicles patrolling the streets of Manbij are surreal, a reminder that we...

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10 Mar 2017

IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault

The US has sent 400 additional troops to Syria to support an allied local force aiming to capture the so-called Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. They include Marines, who arrived in the past few days to set up an outpost from which they will be able to fire artillery at IS positions in the city. Several hundred US special forces soldiers are already deployed, advising Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
The US has sent 400 additional troops to Syria to support an allied local force aiming to capture the...

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4 Feb 2017

Trump Orders Military To Prepare For War

During a visit to the Pentagon on Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive action calling for stepped up violence in Syria and a vast expansion of the US military, including its nuclear arsenal, to prepare for war with “near-peer competitors”—a reference to nuclear-armed China and Russia—and “regional challengers,” such as Iran.
During a visit to the Pentagon on Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive action calling for stepped up...

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