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What we're hearing: The source, who has decades of experience analyzing the region, emails Axios a devastating indictment of the U.S. Syria "strategy" -- or lack ..... Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White added that Friday night's U.S. strikes against Syria "does not represent a change in U.S. policy," and the the U.S. ...
Immediately after the airstrikes, US Defense Department officials announced that the goal was to destroy Assad's chemical weapons program. The United States clearly stated that these strikes were conducted neither to alter the course of current US policy nor to depose the Assad regime. Upon hearing ... Syria

While it is unusual for a French president to present himself as driving US policy on military matters in the Middle East, Macron and Trump have developed a friendly relationship over the past year. Macron invited Trump to Bastille day celebrations last year and will travel to Washington on a state visit ... Syria
US policy towards Syria is incoherent. Shortly before he was fired, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson set aside $200 million to stabilize northern Syria, where Kurdish-led militias who defeated ISIS are supported by some 2,000 US troops. There were plans to build a 30,000-strong border protection force.
"However, I don't think the strike clarifies U.S. policy," said Meghan O'Sullivan, who oversaw the Iraq war as Mr. Bush's deputy national security adviser. "In theory, there is not necessarily an inconsistency between a targeted, multilateral strike against chemical weapons sites and the withdrawal of ... Syria
The US policy is now to bomb Assad any time he launches a mass-casualty chemical attack. And it's not like chemical weapons are completely unheard of in Syria: Assad's forces have used them over 200 times since the beginning of the civil war, according to a tally by chemical weapons expert ...

This article has been updated to reflect news developments. President Trump's announcement Friday night that the United States, France and Britain had launched airstrikes against Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack might have surprised the people who listened to him campaigning in ...
Now, nearly a year ago to the day, President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria after an alleged chemical attack. You supported that decision. Do you think there needs to be a similar response now? ROUNDS: I think last year, when it occurred, he was a new president. He sent a message, I believe, that ...
The French are clearly pursuing US policy in Syria and have been from the very start of the war. They don't have an independent policy in the Middle East and haven't had an independent policy since Chirac. France is clearly working on behalf of the United States and I think that will be my reading of it right ...
The Syria expert thinks that the reason "Turkey chose to strike Afrin" was because "the United States was not protecting" the area where "where PKK, YPG or ... is so narrow and disregards the political realities of Syria," while underlining that Turkey's Afrin operation is one of the consequences of U.S. policy.
Two days ago, Mr Trump declared that the US would withdraw from Syria “very soon”, to the surprise of all those who have followed US policy declarations. So was Mr Trump's shock announcement a gaffe or have geopolitical developments and realpolitik now brought about a new strategy in the region?
Asked what his advice to US policy makers would be, he said: "Anything that would not be interpreted as appeasement could be considered as a sober advice for the US policy makers in handling Turkey over northern Syria. However, I am also aware that sobriety is not a particular trait of the current ...
KOBANI, Syria — The secret military base here is the epicenter of a four-year-old U.S.-led war against the Islamic State that American commanders say has succeeded in killing ... NBC News agreed not to reveal the officials' identities because they were not authorized to discuss U.S. policy in Syria publicly.
... Tayyip Erdogan (pronounced air-doe-wan), may be contributing to problems between the United States and Turkey by ruling in an increasingly authoritarian manner and apparently encouraging strong criticism of U.S. policy in Turkish public discourse. Conflict around Turkey's borders with Syria and Iraq, ...
There is hardly any doubt that one of the cardinal objectives now of the US policy in Syria is to drive the Iranians out of the country as a means to roll back the influence Iran has gained through its success in not only battling out the Islamic State but also in defeating the US war of 'regime change' on Syria.
Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee this month, CENTCOM commander General Joseph L. Votel set about talking straight on Syria. Votel, in a colloquy with Senator Lindsey Graham that was refreshing for its brevity and candor, acknowledged that the principal ambition of U.S. policy ...

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to unveil tough measures against Russia on Wednesday over the alleged poisoning of former Russian military intelligence Colonel Sergey Skripal in the UK, Kommersant writes. She earlier accused Moscow of what she described as an "unlawful use of force" ...
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US policy on Syria will not change following the decision by President Donald Trump to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former ... With respect to the war in Syria, the former diplomat said all sides are "losing," evidenced by the destruction and millions of refugees and internally ...
So the outcome on Ghouta is really a litmus test for the new US policy on Syria,” Akhmedov said. The stated arguments reflect broader intellectual and political discussions on how to amend Moscow's course in Syria and counter what is increasingly seen as a more assertive US posture. Russia's tough ...
In the end, U.S. policy in Syria rests on the U.S. and Turkey working together. Turkey is currently engaged in Operation Olive Branch against Syrian Kurds in the northern Syrian city of Afrin, to stabilize its own southern border and to prevent the establishment of a Kurdish statelet. The problem is that the U.S. ...
But the United States did not intervene in Syria in 2011 when the regime there was challenged, and the result was still war and chaos. Though the media has interpreted the past decade and a half of armed conflict in the Levant exclusively through the failure of U.S. policy, the fact that the policy in Syria was ...
Israelis can be forgiven for some confusion about what the current U.S. policy is. In a January 17 speech on Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson identified five objectives for the 2,000 U.S. special forces members that have remained in the country following the defeat of the Islamic State. Among these: ...
Noah Bonsey, senior analyst at the International Crisis Group: "It's fair to say the US policy options in Syria were never good and never easy, and they've gotten steadily worse and harder as the war has gone on.” Ambassador Frederic Hoff, Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East: “I think ...
Essentially, it's an assault by Turkish forces on the Kurdish enclaves in Northern Syria to force the YPG away from the borders. "What's happened in Afrin is bringing the contradictions of U.S. policy to the forefront," Sloat said. "The move to build a border security force has led Turkey to further doubt the U.S. ...
Useful as it may be to pretend that the war business in Syria goes as usual, Moscow can hardly hope that its eroded positions would go unnoticed by the antagonists who are busy advancing theirs. Russia still has important assets in Syria and is exploiting the confusion in U.S. policy around the Iraq/Syria ...
American foreign policy on Syria is not sustainable. When we look closely at the U.S.'s tactics and strategies, it's evident that there are many problems, paradoxes and ironies regarding policy. The main problem is that the U.S. government has already declared that the PKK is a terrorist organization.
With the Syrian Army continuing to advance against hardline Islamist militants in Damascus' East Ghouta region, there is very little doubt that the Syrian government has survived the conflict, and, provided there isn't any large-scale anti-Assad foreign military intervention, the Syrian Army will continue to ...
Those in the US foreign policy establishment that had long clamoured for clarity and vision to the American role in Syria finally had their wish fulfilled last week when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined US policy in Syria. Tillerson's speech was effectively a declaration of intent to occupy Syria, ...
Earlier this week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attempted an exquisite balancing act around this dilemma, nodding to “Turkey's legitimate security concerns” but also to the “multiethnic group of fighters who are defending their home territory” inside Syria. What is the real U.S. policy here, and what should ...
The good news is that Team Trump has a new, post-ISIS caliphate strategy for Syria. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined ... Tillerson rightfully identified Syria as a “source of severe strategic threats,” despite the demise of ISIS — the previous focus of U.S. policy. The new plan deals with a variety of ...
About the U.S. policy to support the terrorist PYD/PKK -- the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, which has been designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- Simsek said: "What puzzles us is that U.S. has opted to choose a terrorist organization to fight another vicious barbaric terrorist organization, ...
The Trump administration is signalling that it intends to maintain a military presence in Syria. It wants to continue to support its Kurdish allies and to prevent the re-emergence of IS as a serious force. It is well aware that Russia is not vacating its bases in Syria any time soon. But US policy towards the region ...
WASHINGTON DC, United States (Kurdistan 24) – Testifying at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Acting Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs, David Satterfield, revealed a new US policy on Syria that took even the senators by surprise. The long-standing US policy—going back to the ...
It is fair to say that US policy in Syria has become less clear as the defeat of Daesh nears completion. Some critics have called it confused or contradictory, leading Turkey, a traditional ally, to rage against that policy, charting a path of its own that is more in coordination with Russia than with the US. Turkey's ...
She went on to say that US presence in Syria is aimed at limiting Iranian influence. Saudi Arabia and Israel have joined it to achieve this goal. America wants to create a buffer zone with Iraq in eastern Syria to prevent Iranian influence in Syria and Lebanon. She argued that these measures will not bear fruit ...
White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders had acknowledged the continuing US military presence in Syria, but her statement had only confirmed the confusion and contradictions surrounding US policy there, Lazare remarked. "If you read Sarah Sanders' statement carefully, you'll see that it's ...
The U.S. policy supporting a terrorist-linked group in Syria is based on the claim that they are the most effective force against Daesh. In order to lend further justification to this, the U.S. media published numerous reports over the last two years with pictures of female fighters in the YPG ranks. Most of the ...
Trump's decision appeared to catch both the Pentagon and the U.S. State Department off guard. Officials at both agencies, who would normally be informed of changes in U.S. policy toward arming the Syrian Kurds, said they were unaware of any changes. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.
The encounter marked a major victory for Putin and — though President Trump put a positive cast on it — a humiliating loss for several years of U.S. policy, which included funneling money and expertise to an array of Syrian forces fighting for Assad's ouster. Washington's failure to see Assad replaced years ...
Likewise when these numbers hit their heights, a great majority of the Turkish public was reacting to the U.S. policy on Syria. The humanitarian ...
... the hypocrisy of U.S. policy was gross enough to warrant some kind .... “The U.S. believes that the right direction in Syria is regime change," ...
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan used an address to party officials Friday in Ankara as an opportunity to launch a blistering attack on ...
A similar scenario is in the process of unfolding in Syria. ... A responsible U.S. policy would be to pursue de-escalation and to make clear to all ...
But the war in Syria and the rise of ISIL transformed the Kurdish issue ... not only the failure of the Kurds but also of US policy in the Middle East.
SAFE ZONES IN SYRIA: While cautioning that the war against the ..... Winter is coming: Russia, the Baltic states and U.S. policy in Europe.
Clarifying the U.S. policy in Syria. Is Bashar al-Assad's departure from power still a policy requirement or just a preference? Does the U.S. ...
The Kurdish-led SDF also controls some of Syria's largest oil fields, in the ... this week that allies have pressed for a clearer U.S. policy in Syria.
But one war in Syria - that against the Islamic State (IS) group's ... If US policy could be said to be in a mess, so too could that of Turkey.


 

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