Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 15, 2019

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters take pictures with mobile phones at the border town of Tel Abyad, Syria, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/File Photo

Dominic Evans, Orhan Coskun and Tom Perry, Reuters: Power shift: Who gains in the battle for Syria's northeast?

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria radically realigns the balance of power in the country’s northeast and creates a vacuum which Russia, Turkey and Iran are racing to fill.

With Turkish forces pressing south from the border, the Kurds have invited troops from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Russian-backed government in from the south and the west. Assad’s forces are exploiting the U.S. retreat to seize back resource-rich territory they abandoned years ago.

The area includes most of the Syrian lands that formed the “caliphate” of the Islamic State group, whose fighters have gone underground but vowed to stage a comeback.

More than 10,000 Islamic State prisoners, including many hardened foreign jihadis whose Western governments refuse to take them back, are in prisons there, and tens of thousands of their family members are in camps.

Here is a summary of what the U.S. withdrawal means for those rushing in and those left behind.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 15, 2019

Erdoğan’s calamitous Syrian blunder has finally broken his spell over Turkey -- Simon Tisdall, The Guardian

Russia seeks to cement its role as power broker in Syria -- Lefteris Pitarakis and Bassem Mroue, AP

Who Gains from Trump's Sudden Syria Withdrawal? Russia. -- Mohammed Ayoob, National Interest

US pullout from Syria and the Kurds' 'costly deal' with al-Assad -- Arwa Ibrahim, Al Jazeera

America’s Ill-Fated Syria Intervention: The Lessons Washington Must Learn -- Christopher A. Preble and L Doug Bandow, National Interest

As war map shifts once more, fleeing Syrians face tough choices -- Ellen Francis, Reuters

Analysis: Will the UN accuse Turkey of possible war crimes? -- Al Jazeera

What is the future of Libya? -- Michael O'Hanlon and Federica Saini Fasanotti, The Hill

In Egypt, Protests Return to the Streets -- African Arguments

Are China's Tantrums Signs of Strength or Weakness? -- Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic

Morales or Mesa? Either Way, Bolivia Faces Tough Questions. -- Raúl Peñaranda U., Americas Quarterly

Austerity Bites for Ecuador's President -- Mac Margolis, Bloomberg

IMF deaf to suffering it causes across the planet -- Vijay Prashad, Asia Times

Why Trump’s Tweets Aren’t Going Anywhere -- Kelly Weill, Daily Beast


Anonymous said...

Corrupt Senators Took Ukraine Cash

The Democrats are up to their eyeballs in corruption.

Sec. of State Kerry's people are all over this.


Like I said before get rid of all Democrats and 1/3rd to 2/3rds of Republicans

Maybe you could save 10% of Democrats. Maybe. Like Tulsi Gabbard.

Democrats are in trouble. This is their mad minute. They are firing everything, because they know how guilty they are. They get overrun and their gravy train dries up and many get convicted.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

By January 2020 Joe will no longer be with us.

Oh he will be with us in body, but his mind will have finished slipping away.

"WTH? Rambling Joe Biden Says People Clip Coupons “in the Stock Market” (VIDEO)"

Anonymous said...

Deflect, but Trump doomed

Anonymous said...


The Dim-o-crats are pulling billions of dollars out of the Ukraine. No wonder that country is poor!

The solution to all of Ukraine's problems might be as simple as handing over the Democrats to Ukrainian authorities and throw you in as a bonus.