Because of this decision and all the actions and inactions that led up to this decision, we have let our friends down. The surprise American withdrawal from parts of northern Syria reshuffled old alliances and touched off a new stage of the eight-year war. The proposed dates for the Russia-sponsored conference are Nov. 11-12. Multiple US troops injured in collision with a Russian military convoy in Syria.

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He, in fact, it sounds like, because there was this debate in the White House, was very aware of them. That’s right.

Well, you’ll remember that back in 2011 during the Arab Spring, Bashar Assad, the dictator who runs Syria, was really on the ropes. And without the U.S. being there anymore, Russia now has free rein over that area? It empowered Mr. Assad, a longtime Russian patron, to accelerate his quest to regain control of all of Syria’s territory, and gave Mr. Putin another place to advertise Russia as a good friend to have in the Middle East. Iran quickly seized a British-flagged tanker in a likely retaliatory move. The Russian advance, enabled by President Trump’s decision last week to withdraw, may boost Russia’s Syrian ally, President Bashar al-Assad, while blunting the Turkish incursion. Three prisons holding thousands of ISIS members have come under attack in the last 24 hours. The Russian Navy has hinted it would be more active in escorting merchant ships in the region. He said that there are communists involved, and you guys might like that.

Throughout the war in Syria, Russia has been Mr. Assad’s most loyal foreign backer, protecting him from sanctions by the United Nations and sending Russian troops to support his forces and jets to bomb his enemies. Russia’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, said during Mr. Putin’s visit to Abu Dhabi that Russia and Turkey were in contact to prevent such clashes — a role previously played by the United States. He was insulting, particularly to the speaker. Right now the Russians are occupying, as of today, parts of Syria that the United States was in just a week ago. Syrian families fleeing the battle zone around Ras al-Ain on Tuesday. [EXPLOSION] A convoy packed with civilians and journalists trying to enter a border town was struck by a Turkish airstrike.

Turkey had pressed the United States to abandon its alliance with Kurdish fighters, but Washington rebuffed Turkey’s requests for years. But certainly, the image of the United States not having the stomach to keep a really small investment inside Syria sends a message to Tehran that rings loud and clear. You’ll remember that this is when the Joint Chiefs came and said, sir, you can’t do this. Delil Souleiman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images, a video shot inside an abandoned American outpost, questioning the United States’ commitment to their security. Western nations and many of the more than 5.6 million Syrian refugees are against an international conference on the return of refugees and displaced persons prior to a political resolution to the 9-year-old war. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP, File).

That’s right. They are both heavily involved in some of the world’s most significant ongoing conflicts including in Libya, the Caucasus and Syria. After a string of military victories backed by Russia, the Syrian government has regained control of around 70 percent of the country, the Observatory says. And that they have their best chance in a long time to go retake some territory or at least re-establish their power and a base from which they could begin to plan attacks again on the West. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said “the forum will provide a platform for substantive dialogue with all stakeholders on all issues related to providing assistance to Syrians returning to their homes.”. The White House said Mr. Pence and Mr. Pompeo would relay Mr. Trump’s demand that Mr. Erdogan negotiate a cease-fire in Syria and reiterate the president’s threat to impose economic sanctions if he does not comply. Turkey intervened, deploying thousands of its own troops to support the rebel fighters on the ground and protect civilians who started streaming toward the border. And the only thing standing between Assad and controlling this area was the fact that he would have to go take on the Americans who were in the region, even though it was a very small number. And that’s basically because the Kurds, under attack by Turkey, just didn’t have the bandwidth to guard this place anymore. “Now we’ll take a look at how they lived, what they were doing.”. Another 6 million Syrians have been displaced inside the country. But US Central Command, which oversees US military operations, insisted that the US military had not received advance notice of the Russian troop movements.

Syrian Kurdish militias established autonomy in northern Syria in 2012, when the chaos of the Syrian civil war gave them the opportunity to create a sliver of independent territory free from the central government. And the conflation here is particularly damaging. By Reese Erlich | October 30, 2019, 9:15 AM. Analysts were quick to interpret the attack on Monday as a strike aimed at Turkey. Every story from every site is brought to you automatically and continuously 24/7, within around 10 minutes of … It’s not an endless war. You know, there was one case where there was a camp that had thousands of family members of ISIS fighters, women, children. “The talks dealt with the challenges facing the conference, especially the attempts of some countries to prevent its convening, thwart it, or to exert pressure on countries willing to participate,” SANA said. DOHUK, Iraq — Russia asserted itself in a long-contested part of Syria on Tuesday after the United States pulled out, giving Moscow a new opportunity to press for Syrian army gains and project itself as a rising power broker in the Middle East. On Tuesday, the United States and its international allies used a single tweet to announce their departure from Manbij, a contested area where they had sought to prevent fighting between their Kurdish-led militia allies and Syrian fighters backed by Turkey. Faylaq al-Sham is one of the more moderate Islamist groups formed in 2014 from a collection of rebels fighting the Syrian government in the regions of Homs, Hama and Idlib as part of the American-backed Free Syrian Army.

A few hours later, the House of Representatives approved a bipartisan resolution condemning the president’s decision, with every Democrat and 129 Republicans supporting the measure. Russia now maintains a permanent squadron in the Mediterranean, based in Tartus, Syria. The concept is, you keep Americans at strategic places around the world as a preventative for conflict.

Hmm. And he got it for free. Hwaida Saad reported from Beirut, and Carlotta Gall from Mingechevir, Azerbaijan. So unless you believe that bringing home U.S. troops is the highest possible value, that it’s the most important thing to do in a situation like this, then it’s hard to understand the decision that was made. You know, you’ll get stuck in the Middle East the way we all have. It will damage U.S. relations with Turkey. Throughout the war, Russia has used means ranging from military force to creative diplomacy to make itself a central player in Syria — at the expense of the United States. He literally streams troops into the region —.

According to data provided by, after exiting the Suez Canal Samah disappeared from automated identification system tracking. AIS is a system used to alert ships of each other’s presence and is required to be used by ships of this size. I have four children, two girls and two boys. Well, how about with Russia? At the end of 2017, Russia confirmed it used Iskander ballistic missiles in Syria (its first target supposedly being a convoy of vehicles transporting arms to Idlib). But certainly if the United States is pulling back and is no longer going to be a presence in the country, the Iranians have to take that as one less toll on the highway. We expect a return to routine and professional deconfliction in Syria and reserve the right to defend our forces vigorously whenever their safety is put at risk," he added. And you’ve seen the results on TV. Exactly right. Associated Press writer Edith M. Lederer contributed to this report from New York. From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. Russia has occasionally made smaller strikes on militant groups, but such a large strike so close to the Turkish border is unusual. Russian warplanes attacked rebel positions "in al-Rastan, Talbiseh and Zafaraniya in Homs province; Al-Tilol al-Hmer in Quneitra province; Aydoun, a village on the outskirts of the town of Salamiyah; Deer Foul, between Hama and Homs; and the outskirts of Salamiyah". Russia Is the Only Winner in Syria With Washington’s policy in chaos and Erdogan moving into Putin’s orbit, Moscow has come out on top. But when it comes to just making sure that a few prisons that hold a group of people who are devoted to the destruction of the United States and Americans, you would just have to think that there’s a plan to make sure that prisons keep people imprisoned. Last July, an Iranian tanker destined for Syria, Adrian Darya-1, was seized by U.K. Royal Marines off Gibraltar. Mohammed Al-Rifai/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images, brutal offensive with the Syrian government, Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan against Armenia. Our soldiers are not in harm’s way, as they shouldn’t be, as two countries fight over land that has nothing to do with us. And you know, Michael, it’s hard to find almost anyone in Washington other than the president, Vice President Pence, Mike Pompeo, the national security adviser Robert O’Brien, who will defend this decision. And what’s astounding about this particular presidential decision, this action by President Erdogan, is that it’s actually revealed that we’re bad at the strategy, and we’re worse at the tactics, that we didn’t have a plan B to go handle these prisoners if we turned our backs on the Kurds, who were acting, essentially, as the jail wardens here.