2019-10-15: News Headlines

Ron Jacobs (2019-10-15). Betrayal in the Levant. counterpunch.org Confusion reigns in certain left-leaning and anarchist circles. Pat Robertson tells Trump he will lose his mandate of heaven if he really does pull the US troops occupying northern Syria from their positions. Democrats, Republicans, neocons and neoliberals join the Pentagon and the mainstream US media to decry this possible troop redeployment. Turkey assembles its military More

Aaron Maté (2019-10-15). Pushback: Aaron Maté and Ben Norton discuss Syria war, US withdrawal, Turkish invasion. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone hosted its first YouTube livestream of Pushback with Aaron Maté, featuring Ben Norton. We discussed the Syria war,…

South Front (2019-10-15). Video: Turkish Offensive in Northern Syria Pushed Kurds into Hands of Assad and Moscow. War Report. globalresearch.ca The defense of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is steadily collapsing under pressure from the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish-backed militant groups, branded as the National Syrian Army. | Since the start of Operation Peace Spring, Turkey-led forces have captured …

Zero Hedge (2019-10-15). Erdogan Holding 50 US Tactical Nukes 'Hostage' as Trump Authorizes Sanctions. globalresearch.ca Amid all the media and pundit outrage since Turkey's President Erdogan launched his so-called 'Operation Peace Spring' into northeast Syria last week, vowing to wipe out Syrian Kurdish forces who've long held the border areas, what's been largely missing is …

Photos and Text (2019-10-15). Kurds in San Francisco Protest Betrayal by the US. indybay.org Trump forces our former ally into arms of our enemy, Syria's Assad. Russia, Iran and ISIS to benefit.

Philip Giraldi (2019-10-15). Trump Wants to End the "Stupid Wars"? globalresearch.ca The discussion, if one might even call it that, regarding the apparent President Donald Trump decision to withdraw at least some American soldiers from Syria has predictably developed along partisan, ideologically fueled lines. Trump has inevitably muddied the waters by …

United Nations (2019-10-15). Syria war: executions condemned as violence continues 'on both sides' of border with Turkey. un.org Amid ongoing fighting in northern Syria and disturbing reports that extrajudicial killings have been streamed online, the United Nations and their partners are continuing to deliver humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of people displaced by the violence, UN agencies stressed on Tuesday.

Arabi Souri (2019-10-15). Syria Has Restored 1554 Schools Completely Destroyed by NATO Sponsored Terrorists. globalresearch.ca Syrian Ministry of Education managed to restore and rehabilitate 1554 schools and set the plans to rehabilitate 1000 other schools achieving 90% of the current plan thus far. 10,000 teaching jobs to be added in a month from now. | In …

Juan Cole (2019-10-15). What Made Trump Change His Mind About Turkey? truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Trump is slapping sanctions on Turkey for invading northern Syria after Trump told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that it would be all right for him to invade northern Syria. | It is really difficult to be an analyst of foreign affairs in the age of Trump, because we try to understand policy moves with regard to their logic. Much of what Trump does seems illogical. | Trump's lo…

Vassilis K. Fouskas (2019-10-15). Trump's Bankrupt Syria Policy: Civilians Will Pay the Price. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration decision to allow Turkey to have a free ride in Rojava, North-East Syria opens the door for new disasters for all, especially the civilians on the ground. More, it confirms the decline of US power in the …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-10-15). Trump Dumps the Kurds: US and Russian Officers "Coordinate Military Movements" in Northeastern Syria. globalresearch.ca The US and Russian military officers met late last night in Al Farat, a small village north of Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, according to media 'Al Mayadeen'. | *** | The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate military movements in the …

Pepe Escobar (2019-10-15). Kurds Face Stark Options after US Pullback from Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca In the annals of bombastic Trump tweets, this one is simply astonishing: here we have a President of the United States, on the record, unmasking the whole $8-trillion intervention in the Middle East as an endless war based on a …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-10-15). One Rocket Provoked the US Withdrawal: Details of the Kurdish-Russian-Syrian Deal. globalresearch.ca Last Friday a 155 mm artillery shell landed 300 metres from a US command post near the Syrian bordering city of Ayn al-Arab (known by the Syrian Kurds as "Kobane") during an ongoing operation carried out by Turkey — a …

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2019-10-15). California organizing to show support for HE Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, AU Ambassador. indybay.org Full Moon, Maafa Commemoration and 2019 Pan African Global Trade and Investment Week are aligned to show broadbased support for Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, African Union Ambassador to the United States of America…

Staff (2019-10-15). Headlines for October 15, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Advance Across Northern Syria After Deal with Kurds, Ex-Top Russia Adviser Testified Bolton Called Giuliani a "Hand Grenade", 12 Democrats Will Take the Stage for Presidential Debate in Ohio Tonight, Fort Worth Cop Charged for Murder After Killing Atatiana Jefferson, Judge: Trump Broke Law by Declaring Emergency to Secure Border Funding, Arizona: Bulldozers Destroyed Protected Cacti to Clear Way for Trump Wall, 8-Year-Old Girl Easily Scales Replica of Trump's "Impenetrable" Border Wall, Protests Erupt at Barcelona Airport over Sentencing of Catalan Leaders, Mexico: 14 Police Officers Killed in Ambus…

Editor (2019-10-15). U.S., NATO, Turkey out of Syria! workers.org The conflict within the U.S. ruling class about the Turkish invasion of northern Syria has created some confusion about events there. The latest new development — an alliance of Kurdish-based forces with the Syrian national army to defend the border from the Turkish army — may increase that confusion. To . . . | Continue reading U.S., NATO, Turkey out of Syria! at Workers.org

RT (2019-10-14). Fake news fail! ABC claims footage from Kentucky gun range shows Turkish attack on Kurdish civilians. rt.com In a scarcely believable display of extreme incompetence or bald-faced lying, ABC News has broadcast footage from a Kentucky gun show, claiming it shows a Turkish assault on Kurdish civilians in northern Syria. | The news organization made the humiliating fumble on its World News Tonight show on Sunday and then again on Good Morning America on Monday. It featured in a package that was heavily critical of US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria. | "Slaughter in Syria," the on-screen graphic screamed as anchor Tom Llamas introduced the footage. "This video, right here, appeari…

Patrick Cockburn (2019-10-14). As Turkey Prepares to Slice Through Syria, the US has Cleared a New Breeding Ground for Isis. counterpunch.org "Never get into a well with an American rope" goes the saying spreading across the Middle East, as the US abandons its Kurdish allies in Syria to a Turkish invasion force. People in the region are traditionally cynical about the loyalty of great powers to their local friends, but even they are shocked by the speed and ruthlessness with which Donald Trump greenlit the Turkish attack. More

Staff (2019-10-14). Trump Orders Turkey Sanctions as U.S. Scrambles for Syria Exit. truthdig.com The president says he is halting trade negotiations and raising steel tariffs in an effort to restrain the Turks' assault on Kurdish fighters.

Alan Macleod (2019-10-14). Media Yells "Cut!" When Trump Forgets His Lines and Says Something Anti-War. mintpressnews.com When it comes to substantive issues that the elite all agree on (such as foreign policy), there is little to no pushback against the president, excepting when he utters statements that are read as critical of war and militarism.

Fight Back (2019-10-14). Tucson demands "U.S.-NATO hands off Syria" fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – Nearly a dozen anti-war activists answered the call for an emergency rally Friday afternoon, October 11, to make the demand that the U.S. and NATO member Turkey leave Syria. Amid rush hour traffic moving through downtown, there were several honks of solidarity with the message on posters saying: "U.S.-NATO out of Syria" and "U.S. hands off Syria." | Earlier in the week, President Trump announced that U.S. troops would be leaving northern Syria. This created an uproar in the corporate mainstream media that the U.S. would be "abandoning an ally" in regional Kurdish forces. A few days later, Turkey, a U…

Fréa Lockley (2019-10-14). Turkish invaders in Syria have killed at least 39 civilians so far — including children. thecanary.co On 9 October, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan launched an illegal invasion of largely-Kurdish areas in northern Syria (aka Rojava). And the latest reports indicate that Turkey has killed at least 39 civilians and injured over 100. | "Martyred": | A r…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-14). Military deal sees Syrian army support Kurdish-led resistance to Turkish invasion. thecanary.co The Syrian army has now deployed near the Turkish border. This came hours after Kurdish-led defence forces in northern Syria (aka Rojava) said they had reached a deal with Damascus to help them resist Turkey's illegal invasion. | A "military" deal to defeat Turkish-led invaders: | On Monday morning, Syria's state news agency said that the army had moved into…

United Nations (2019-10-14). Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief. un.org The ongoing Turkish military incursion in northeast Syria could unintentionally lead to the release of scores of people associated with the terrorist group ISIL, the UN Secretary-General fears.

Kim Petersen (2019-10-14). Lessons Not Learned from History Can Kill You. dissidentvoice.org The Kurds in Northern Syria have been abandoned by the United States military and left to the mercy/mercilessness of the invading Turks. This is what's happening in N. Syria now. Most stable part of the country is being ruined. These armed groups are executing people on M4 Highway earlier today pic.twitter.com/kw7s29NvlW — Mutlu Civiroglu (@mutludc) …

WSWS (2019-10-14). Syrian army, Iran threaten counterattack against Turkish invasion of Syria. wsws.org A large-scale Middle East war could strangle the world's oil supply and escalate into a war between nuclear-armed powers. The working class is coming face to face with the real possibility of a Third World War.

WSWS (2019-10-14). US impeachment inquiry: State Department official testifies in defiance of Trump ban. wsws.org Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is the first Trump administration official to testify before the House Intelligence Committee since the White House declared its policy of noncooperation with the impeachment inquiry.

Staff (2019-10-14). Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault. democracynow.org Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two 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 U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…

Staff (2019-10-14). Headlines for October 14, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Mass at Turkish Border After Striking Deal with Kurds, Pentagon Deploying Additional 1,800 Troops to Saudi Arabia, NYT: Russian Warplanes Bomb 4 Hospitals in Syria over 12 Hours, Appeals Court Rules Trump Must Turn Over Financial Records, Video Shows Fake Trump Shooting Journalists, Political Rivals, Fox News' Shepard Smith Has Quit Network, Hunter Biden to Step Down from Chinese Company Board, White Cop Kills Black Woman by Shooting Through Her Bedroom Window, Japan: 40 Have Died in Typhoon Hagibis, Ecuador: Indigenous Protests Force Government to Reinstate Fuel Subsidies, Uganda LGBT Activists Fig…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-14). 'Too Little, Too Late': Critics Pan Trump Plan to Sanction Turkey. commondreams.org "Trump's statement on hitting Turkey with sanctions over the military operation in Syria does not mention the Kurds once." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/turkey_syria_0.jpg

RT (2019-10-13). Crocodile tears? Hillary Clinton tweets that 'sickening horror' in Syria is 'one man's fault' and gets reminded of her deeds. rt.com Hillary Clinton has retweeted a post by an NBC correspondent about 'atrocities' unleashed by Turkey's incursion in Syria, hinting that it's all President Donald Trump's fault. Twitter sent her down Memory Lane. | "This sickening horror is one man's fault," she tweeted on Saturday night, commenting on a tweet by NBC's Richard Engel, who said US military officials are concerned that the Turkish offensive "opens the door to BOTH ethnic cleansing of Kurds and return of ISIS/Al-Qaeda." | This sickening horror is one man's fault. t.co/iMe5cCPkDm— Hillary Clinton (@…

Jason Ditz (2019-10-13). As Turkey Advances, Syrian Army Moves to Confront Invasion. theantimedia.com The Syrian Army has begun deploying further north to potentially confront the Turkish invasion.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-10-11). U.S. and Turkey out of Syria — No to the NATO invasion! liberationnews.org Down with the Turkish invasion! U.S. and Turkey out of Syria and the Middle East!

Staff (2019-10-11). A Know-Nothing President Steps Into a Turkish/Kurdish Minefield. therealnews.com The U.S. is deeply involved in the region surrounding Syria. Its actions helped lay the groundwork for the current struggle faced by the Kurds.

Steve Sweeney (2019-10-11). Turkish army and militia forces surround Kurdish towns as invasion advances. peoplesworld.org Scores of Kurdish civilians, including children, were killed and injured as Turkish forces and their jihadist allies closed in on the towns of Tel Abyad and Serekaniye in northern Syria yesterday. NATO's second-largest army began its invasion after launching airstrikes across the Syrian border. Troops flooded into the largely Kurdish region east of the Euphrates …

Vijay Prashad (2019-10-11). If you take away freedom, all four seasons and I will die. mronline.org Turkey has invaded Syria. In particular, Turkey has crossed the border to destroy the largely Syrian Kurdish province of Rojava, south of the Turkey-Syria border and east of the Euphrates River. The green light for this invasion came from Washington, DC, when U.S. President Donald Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the U.S. […] | Source

RT (2019-10-11). Trump nominates John Sullivan as US ambassador to Russia. rt.com US President Donald Trump has nominated Deputy Secretary of State John Joseph Sullivan as the new ambassador to Russia. If confirmed by the Senate, he will fill the spot vacated by the departure of Jon Huntsman. | Sullivan, 59, has served as deputy secretary since May 2017. He was acting secretary of state in March and April 2018, following the resignation of Rex Tillerson and the confirmation of current Secretary Mike Pompeo. | Most of his previous government experience has been in law, rather than diplomacy. Early on in his career, Sullivan clerked for a Fifth Circuit appeals judge and Supreme Court Justice…

United Nations (2019-10-11). Turkey's Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians. un.org Airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey in northern Syria against Kurdish forces have left civilians dead and forced tens of thousands to flee, UN agencies said on Friday, amid fears of another "humanitarian catastrophe" in the war-torn country.

Tyler Durden (2019-10-11). US Special Forces in Syria 'Mistakenly' Bombed by Turkey. theantimedia.com "A contingent of U.S. Special Forces has been caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria."

United Nations (2019-10-11). Friday's Daily Brief: Day of the Girl Child, mayors lead on climate emergency, Turkey Syria offensive, new statelessness pledges, extremism in social media. un.org Our top stories for Friday: Day of the Girl Child celebrated around the world; city mayors lead on climate fight; humanitarian alarm rising over Turkey's Syria offensive; history's made as countries step forward to tackle global statelessness; Burkina Faso violence forces 500,000 from their homes; 'white extremist' use of social media in attacks must be curbed.

Staff (2019-10-11). Headlines for October 11, 2019. democracynow.org Civilians Killed & Forced to Flee Turkish Military Offensive in Northern Syria, Two Associates of Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Arrested at Dulles Airport, Prince Estate Slams Trump for Using "Purple Rain" at Minneapolis Rally, "Trans Lives Matter": Activists Interrupt CNN Democratic Town Hall, Ethiopian Prime Minister Wins 100th Nobel Peace Prize, Olga Tokarczuk & Peter Handke Win Nobel Prize for Literature, Iranian Oil Tanker Struck in Red Sea, Ecuador: Five Killed Amid Anti-Austerity Protests, News Outlet Splinter Shutting Down, Asylum Seekers Protest "Remain in Mexico" Policy on Brownsville Bridge, Gymnast Sim…

susan_p (2019-10-11). Turkey launches genocidal invasion of Rojava. greenleft.org.au Rojava Solidarity Tony IltisIssue 1240 Syria Turkey's war on KurdistanOctober 11, 2019The horrific violence that has been devastating Syria for the past eight years is intensifying. | On October 9, NATO's second largest army, that of Turkey, launched a full-…

Central Committee, The Communist Party of Turkey (2019-10-11). TKP statement: Hands off Syria! liberationnews.org AKP is committing a great crime for the last eight years. AKP disregards the sovereignty of another country.

United Nations (2019-10-10). Civilians 'must not be a target', urges UNHCR, following military escalation in northern Syria. un.org The scale-up in military operations in north-east Syria has forced tens of thousands of civilians to seek safety, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday, one day after Turkey launched airstrikes and a ground offensive across the border.

United Nations (2019-10-10). De-escalation of Turkish military operation in northern Syria 'absolutely essential'. un.org A de-escalation of renewed conflict in northern Syria is "absolutely essential," the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday. His comments follow the launch of airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey on Wednesday just days after the United States announced it would pull its troops out of Syria.

Staff (2019-10-10). Turkey Moves to Crush Rojava, the Kurds' Radical Experiment Based on Democracy, Feminism & Ecology. democracynow.org As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, "The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy." We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women's Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuƒürul Kàºrkàßàº, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdi…

Staff (2019-10-10). After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence. democracynow.org Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a "

Staff (2019-10-10). Headlines for October 10, 2019. democracynow.org Turkey Launches Ground Offensive in Northern Syria, WH Budget Office Refuses to Comply with Subpoena for Impeachment Probe, Biden Joins Majority of 2020 Field in Calling for Trump's Impeachment, Trump Faces Dozens of New Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Matt Lauer Denies Raping NBC Producer Brooke Nevils in 2014, Germany: 2 Killed in Anti-Semitic Attack Outside Temple on Yom Kippur, U.N.: U.S. Military Killed 30+ Afghan Civilians in Airstrikes in May, Amnesty: Death Toll in Anti-Government Protests in Iraq Surpasses 150, Protests Erupt in Algeria over Corruption & Army's Role in Politics, Egyptian Dissident Alaa…

susan_p (2019-10-10). 'Not even 1000 bombs can destroy a revolutionary society ready to defend itself'. greenleft.org.au Turkey's war on Rojava Make Rojava Green AgainIssue 1240 Rojava Make Rojava Green Again war KurdsOctober 10, 2019The foll…

Staff (2019-10-09). Trump's Withdrawal From Syria: Betrayal of Kurds or End to Endless War? therealnews.com President Trump's intention to withdraw from Syria was met with outrage on many sides, with people calling it a betrayal of a key ally in the Syrian conflict. Kurdish expert Edmund Ghareeb says there is probably a deal between Trump and Erdogan.

2019-10-15: Social Media Postees

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Pushback: Aaron Maté and Ben Norton discuss Syria war, US withdrawal, Turkish invasion
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-15
The Grayzone hosted its first YouTube livestream of Pushback with Aaron Maté, featuring Ben Norton. We discussed the Syria war,…
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/14/aaron-mate-ben-norton-syria-war-us-withdrawal-turkish-invasion/

Erdogan Holding 50 US Tactical Nukes 'Hostage' as Trump Authorizes Sanctions
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
Amid all the media and pundit outrage since Turkey's President Erdogan launched his so-called 'Operation Peace Spring' into northeast Syria last week, vowing to wipe out Syrian Kurdish forces who've long held the border areas, what's been largely missing is …
globalresearch.ca/erdogan-holding-50-us-tactical-nukes-hostage-trump-authorizes-sanctions/5692052

Video: Turkish Offensive in Northern Syria Pushed Kurds into Hands of Assad and Moscow. War Report
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
The defense of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is steadily collapsing under pressure from the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish-backed militant groups, branded as the National Syrian Army. | Since the start of Operation Peace Spring, Turkey-led forces have captured …
globalresearch.ca/video-turkish-offensive-northern-syria-pushed-kurds-hands-assad-moscow/5691977

Kurds in San Francisco Protest Betrayal by the US
Photos and Text | indybay.org | 2019-10-15
Trump forces our former ally into arms of our enemy, Syria's Assad. Russia, Iran and ISIS to benefit.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/14/18827275.php

Trump Wants to End the "Stupid Wars"?
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
The discussion, if one might even call it that, regarding the apparent President Donald Trump decision to withdraw at least some American soldiers from Syria has predictably developed along partisan, ideologically fueled lines. Trump has inevitably muddied the waters by …
globalresearch.ca/trump-wants-end-stupid-wars/5692062

One Rocket Provoked the US Withdrawal: Details of the Kurdish-Russian-Syrian Deal
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
Last Friday a 155 mm artillery shell landed 300 metres from a US command post near the Syrian bordering city of Ayn al-Arab (known by the Syrian Kurds as "Kobane") during an ongoing operation carried out by Turkey — a …
globalresearch.ca/one-rocket-provoked-us-withdrawal-details-kurdish-russian-syrian-deal/5692031

U.S., NATO, Turkey out of Syria!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-10-15
The conflict within the U.S. ruling class about the Turkish invasion of northern Syria has created some confusion about events there. The latest new development — an alliance of Kurdish-based forces with the Syrian national army to defend the border from the Turkish army — may increase that confusion. To . . . | Continue reading U.S., NATO, Turkey out of Syria! at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/10/44032/

Trump Dumps the Kurds: US and Russian Officers "Coordinate Military Movements" in Northeastern Syria
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
The US and Russian military officers met late last night in Al Farat, a small village north of Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, according to media 'Al Mayadeen'. | *** | The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate military movements in the …
globalresearch.ca/trump-dumps-the-kurds-into-the-hands-of-damascus-us-and-russia-officers-coordinate-military-movements-in-northeastern-syria/5691836

Trump's Bankrupt Syria Policy: Civilians Will Pay the Price
Vassilis K. Fouskas | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
The Trump administration decision to allow Turkey to have a free ride in Rojava, North-East Syria opens the door for new disasters for all, especially the civilians on the ground. More, it confirms the decline of US power in the …
globalresearch.ca/trump-bankrupt-syria-policy/5691843

Betrayal in the Levant
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-15
Confusion reigns in certain left-leaning and anarchist circles. Pat Robertson tells Trump he will lose his mandate of heaven if he really does pull the US troops occupying northern Syria from their positions. Democrats, Republicans, neocons and neoliberals join the Pentagon and the mainstream US media to decry this possible troop redeployment. Turkey assembles its military…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/15/betrayal-in-the-levant/

Syria war: executions condemned as violence continues 'on both sides' of border with Turkey
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-15
Amid ongoing fighting in northern Syria and disturbing reports that extrajudicial killings have been streamed online, the United Nations and their partners are continuing to deliver humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of people displaced by the violence, UN agencies stressed on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049241

Kurds Face Stark Options after US Pullback from Northern Syria
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
In the annals of bombastic Trump tweets, this one is simply astonishing: here we have a President of the United States, on the record, unmasking the whole $8-trillion intervention in the Middle East as an endless war based on a …
globalresearch.ca/kurds-face-stark-options-us-pullback/5691988

What Made Trump Change His Mind About Turkey?
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-10-15
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Trump is slapping sanctions on Turkey for invading northern Syria after Trump told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that it would be all right for him to invade northern Syria. | It is really difficult to be an analyst of foreign affairs in the age of Trump, because we try to understand policy moves with regard to their logic. Much of what Trump does seems illogical. | Trump's lo…
truthdig.com/articles/why-is-trump-threatening-turkey-with-sanctions-now/

Syria Has Restored 1554 Schools Completely Destroyed by NATO Sponsored Terrorists
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-15
Syrian Ministry of Education managed to restore and rehabilitate 1554 schools and set the plans to rehabilitate 1000 other schools achieving 90% of the current plan thus far. 10,000 teaching jobs to be added in a month from now. | In …
globalresearch.ca/syria-restored-1554-schools-completely-destroyed-nato-terrorists/5692069

California organizing to show support for HE Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, AU Ambassador
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-10-15
Full Moon, Maafa Commemoration and 2019 Pan African Global Trade and Investment Week are aligned to show broadbased support for Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, African Union Ambassador to the United States of America…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/12/18827226.php

Tucson demands "U.S.-NATO hands off Syria"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-14
Tucson, AZ – Nearly a dozen anti-war activists answered the call for an emergency rally Friday afternoon, October 11, to make the demand that the U.S. and NATO member Turkey leave Syria. Amid rush hour traffic moving through downtown, there were several honks of solidarity with the message on posters saying: "U.S.-NATO out of Syria" and "U.S. hands off Syria." | Earlier in the week, President Trump announced that U.S. troops would be leaving northern Syria. This created an uproar in the corporate mainstream media that the U.S. would be "abandoning an ally" in regional Kurdish forces. A few days later, Turkey, a U…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/10/14/tucson-demands-us-nato-hands-syria

As Turkey Prepares to Slice Through Syria, the US has Cleared a New Breeding Ground for Isis
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-14
"Never get into a well with an American rope" goes the saying spreading across the Middle East, as the US abandons its Kurdish allies in Syria to a Turkish invasion force. People in the region are traditionally cynical about the loyalty of great powers to their local friends, but even they are shocked by the speed and ruthlessness with which Donald Trump greenlit the Turkish attack.
counterpunch.org/2019/10/14/as-turkey-prepares-to-slice-through-syria-the-us-has-cleared-a-new-breeding-ground-for-isis/

Turkish invaders in Syria have killed at least 39 civilians so far — including children
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
On 9 October, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan launched an illegal invasion of largely-Kurdish areas in northern Syria (aka Rojava). And the latest reports indicate that Turkey has killed at least 39 civilians and injured over 100. | "Martyred": | A r…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/10/14/turkish-invaders-in-syria-have-killed-at-least-39-civilians-so-far-including-children/

Trump's Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War
Khury Petersen-Smith | commondreams.org | 2019-10-14
Turkish soldiers prepare to cross the border into Syria on October 09, 2019 in Akcakale, Turkey. The military action is part of a campaign to extend Turkish control of more of northern Syria. (Photo: Burak Kara/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/getty_2.jpeg
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Trump Orders Turkey Sanctions as U.S. Scrambles for Syria Exit
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-14
The president says he is halting trade negotiations and raising steel tariffs in an effort to restrain the Turks' assault on Kurdish fighters.
truthdig.com/articles/trump-orders-turkey-sanctions-as-u-s-scrambles-for-syria-exit/

Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-14
The ongoing Turkish military incursion in northeast Syria could unintentionally lead to the release of scores of people associated with the terrorist group ISIL, the UN Secretary-General fears.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049201

Military deal sees Syrian army support Kurdish-led resistance to Turkish invasion
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
The Syrian army has now deployed near the Turkish border. This came hours after Kurdish-led defence forces in northern Syria (aka Rojava) said they had reached a deal with Damascus to help them resist Turkey's illegal invasion. | A "military" deal to defeat Turkish-led invaders: | On Monday morning, Syria's state news agency said that the army had moved into…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/10/14/military-deal-sees-syrian-army-support-kurdish-led-resistance-to-turkish-invasion/

Fake news fail! ABC claims footage from Kentucky gun range shows Turkish attack on Kurdish civilians
rt.com | 2019-10-14
In a scarcely believable display of extreme incompetence or bald-faced lying, ABC News has broadcast footage from a Kentucky gun show, claiming it shows a Turkish assault on Kurdish civilians in northern Syria. | The news organization made the humiliating fumble on its World News Tonight show on Sunday and then again on Good Morning America on Monday. It featured in a package that was heavily critical of US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria. | "Slaughter in Syria," the on-screen graphic screamed as anchor Tom Llamas introduced the footage. "This video, right here, appeari…
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Lessons Not Learned from History Can Kill You
Kim Petersen | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-14
The Kurds in Northern Syria have been abandoned by the United States military and left to the mercy/mercilessness of the invading Turks. This is what's happening in N. Syria now. Most stable part of the country is being ruined. These armed groups are executing people on M4 Highway earlier today pic.twitter.com/kw7s29NvlW — Mutlu Civiroglu (@mutludc) …
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Syrian army, Iran threaten counterattack against Turkish invasion of Syria
wsws.org | 2019-10-14
A large-scale Middle East war could strangle the world's oil supply and escalate into a war between nuclear-armed powers. The working class is coming face to face with the real possibility of a Third World War.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/14/syri-o14.html

US impeachment inquiry: State Department official testifies in defiance of Trump ban
wsws.org | 2019-10-14
Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is the first Trump administration official to testify before the House Intelligence Committee since the White House declared its policy of noncooperation with the impeachment inquiry.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/14/impe-o14.html

Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-14
Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two 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 U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/14/kurds_northern_syria_turkey_assad

'Too Little, Too Late': Critics Pan Trump Plan to Sanction Turkey
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-14
"Trump's statement on hitting Turkey with sanctions over the military operation in Syria does not mention the Kurds once." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/turkey_syria_0.jpg
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Crocodile tears? Hillary Clinton tweets that 'sickening horror' in Syria is 'one man's fault' and gets reminded of her deeds
rt.com | 2019-10-13
Hillary Clinton has retweeted a post by an NBC correspondent about 'atrocities' unleashed by Turkey's incursion in Syria, hinting that it's all President Donald Trump's fault. Twitter sent her down Memory Lane. | "This sickening horror is one man's fault," she tweeted on Saturday night, commenting on a tweet by NBC's Richard Engel, who said US military officials are concerned that the Turkish offensive "opens the door to BOTH ethnic cleansing of Kurds and return of ISIS/Al-Qaeda." | This sickening horror is one man's fault. t.co/iMe5cCPkDm– Hillary Clinton (@…
rt.com/usa/470814-clinton-blames-trump-syria/

As Turkey Advances, Syrian Army Moves to Confront Invasion
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-13
The Syrian Army has begun deploying further north to potentially confront the Turkish invasion.

As Turkey Advances, Syrian Army Moves to Confront Invasion

If you take away freedom, all four seasons and I will die
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-10-11
Turkey has invaded Syria. In particular, Turkey has crossed the border to destroy the largely Syrian Kurdish province of Rojava, south of the Turkey-Syria border and east of the Euphrates River. The green light for this invasion came from Washington, DC, when U.S. President Donald Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the U.S. […] | Source…
mronline.org/2019/10/11/if-you-take-away-freedom-all-four-seasons-and-i-will-die/

Turkish army and militia forces surround Kurdish towns as invasion advances
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-11
Scores of Kurdish civilians, including children, were killed and injured as Turkish forces and their jihadist allies closed in on the towns of Tel Abyad and Serekaniye in northern Syria yesterday. NATO's second-largest army began its invasion after launching airstrikes across the Syrian border. Troops flooded into the largely Kurdish region east of the Euphrates …
peoplesworld.org/article/turkish-army-and-militia-forces-surround-kurdish-towns-as-invasion-advances/

A Know-Nothing President Steps Into a Turkish/Kurdish Minefield
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
The U.S. is deeply involved in the region surrounding Syria. Its actions helped lay the groundwork for the current struggle faced by the Kurds.
therealnews.com/stories/president-steps-into-a-turkish-kurdish-minefield

TKP statement: Hands off Syria!
Central Committee, The Communist Party of Turkey | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-11
AKP is committing a great crime for the last eight years. AKP disregards the sovereignty of another country.
liberationnews.org/tkp-statement-hands-off-syria/

U.S. and Turkey out of Syria — No to the NATO invasion!
Party for Socialism and Liberation | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-11
Down with the Turkish invasion! U.S. and Turkey out of Syria and the Middle East!
liberationnews.org/u-s-and-turkey-out-of-syria-no-to-the-nato-invasion/

Turkey's Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-11
Airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey in northern Syria against Kurdish forces have left civilians dead and forced tens of thousands to flee, UN agencies said on Friday, amid fears of another "humanitarian catastrophe" in the war-torn country.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049051

US Special Forces in Syria 'Mistakenly' Bombed by Turkey
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-11
"A contingent of U.S. Special Forces has been caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria."

US Special Forces in Syria 'Mistakenly' Bombed by Turkey

Friday's Daily Brief: Day of the Girl Child, mayors lead on climate emergency, Turkey Syria offensive, new statelessness pledges, extremism in social media
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-11
Our top stories for Friday: Day of the Girl Child celebrated around the world; city mayors lead on climate fight; humanitarian alarm rising over Turkey's Syria offensive; history's made as countries step forward to tackle global statelessness; Burkina Faso violence forces 500,000 from their homes; 'white extremist' use of social media in attacks must be curbed.
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Trump nominates John Sullivan as US ambassador to Russia
rt.com | 2019-10-11
US President Donald Trump has nominated Deputy Secretary of State John Joseph Sullivan as the new ambassador to Russia. If confirmed by the Senate, he will fill the spot vacated by the departure of Jon Huntsman. | Sullivan, 59, has served as deputy secretary since May 2017. He was acting secretary of state in March and April 2018, following the resignation of Rex Tillerson and the confirmation of current Secretary Mike Pompeo. | Most of his previous government experience has been in law, rather than diplomacy. Early on in his career, Sullivan clerked for a Fifth Circuit appeals judge and Supreme Court Justice…
rt.com/usa/470725-sullivan-ambassador-russia-nomination/

Turkey launches genocidal invasion of Rojava
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-11
Rojava Solidarity Tony IltisIssue 1240 Syria Turkey's war on KurdistanOctober 11, 2019The horrific violence that has been devastating Syria for the past eight years is intensifying. | On October 9, NATO's second largest army, that of Turkey, launched a full-…
greenleft.org.au/content/turkey-launches-genocidal-invasion-rojava

Civilians 'must not be a target', urges UNHCR, following military escalation in northern Syria
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-10
The scale-up in military operations in north-east Syria has forced tens of thousands of civilians to seek safety, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday, one day after Turkey launched airstrikes and a ground offensive across the border.
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De-escalation of Turkish military operation in northern Syria 'absolutely essential'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-10
A de-escalation of renewed conflict in northern Syria is "absolutely essential," the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday. His comments follow the launch of airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey on Wednesday just days after the United States announced it would pull its troops out of Syria.
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Turkey Moves to Crush Rojava, the Kurds' Radical Experiment Based on Democracy, Feminism & Ecology
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, "The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy." We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women's Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuƒürul Kàºrkàßàº, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/turkey_assault_northern_syria_kurds_rojava

After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a "
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/turkey_assault_northern_syria_trump_kurds

'Not even 1000 bombs can destroy a revolutionary society ready to defend itself'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-10
Turkey's war on Rojava Make Rojava Green AgainIssue 1240 Rojava Make Rojava Green Again war KurdsOctober 10, 2019The foll…
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Erdogan Says Military Invasion of Syria Has Begun as Turkish Jets Bomb the Kurds
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-09
Video shows Turkish troops crossing the border, as journalists warn that "a new phase of this bloody regional war could be about to begin."

Erdogan Says Military Invasion of Syria Has Begun as Turkish Jets Bomb the Kurds

Trump's Withdrawal From Syria: Betrayal of Kurds or End to Endless War?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-09
President Trump's intention to withdraw from Syria was met with outrage on many sides, with people calling it a betrayal of a key ally in the Syrian conflict. Kurdish expert Edmund Ghareeb says there is probably a deal between Trump and Erdogan.
therealnews.com/stories/trump-withdraws-from-syria-betrayal-kurds-endless-war

Julián Castro Backs Impeachment Effort & Condemns Trump's "Betrayal" of Kurds in Northern Syria
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-09
Turkey's government says its troops are prepared for an imminent assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. Kurdish fighters said they're bracing for a "humanitarian catastrophe." This follows warnings that former Kurdish allies of the U.S. who feel betrayed by President Trump will abandon thousands of prisoners captured during the U.S.-backed war against ISIS over the past two years. We speak to former housing secretary and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, who says Trump's move is a…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/9/2020_presidential_candidate_julian_castro_syria

As Turkey Readies for Invasion of Northern Syria, Russia and Iran Object
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-08
Turkey has readied its forces for an offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria, prompting negative reactions from Iran and Russia.

As Turkey Readies for Invasion of Northern Syria, Russia and Iran Object

US Troops Will Withdraw From Northeast Syria to Avoid Imminent Turkish Invasion
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-07
U.S.-backed forces in Syria said they would "not hesitate to turn any unprovoked attack by Turkey into an all-out war."

US Troops Will Withdraw From Northeast Syria to Avoid Imminent Turkish Invasion