2019-10-14: News Headlines

Khury Petersen-Smith (2019-10-14). Trump's Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War. commondreams.org 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

Juan Cole (2019-10-14). The U.S. Could Be Forcing the Kurds Into Assad's Arms. truthdig.com American refusal to aid Kurdish allies as Turkey invades Northeastern Syria may end up inadvertently helping the government of Bashar Assad.

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

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.

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…

teleSUR (2019-10-14). Trump Prepares to Drop Sanctions Hammer on Turkey. telesurenglish.net Early this week, the White House is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over NATO-ally Turkey. | RELATED: | In Southern Mexico, Migrants Gather in Caravan to Reach US | Using the U.S. military to stop the Turkish offensive on Kurdish fighters was never an option, defense officials have said, and Trump asked the Pentagon on Sunday to begin a "deliberate" withdrawal of all American troops f…

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…

George Stacey (2019-10-14). Norvergence — From Syrian children holding Pokemon Go placard to save their lives to climate change protest: Why the children give us hope for the better future. nationofchange.org Environmentalists at Norvergence believe that the different ways in which today's generation especially children are raising their voice against injustice or climate change, it seems the future of this planet is in safe hands. September 20, 2019, millions of people have come out in large numbers to protest against climate change demanding urgent action. The …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-14). Kurds Ally with Damascus Against Turkish Aggression. globalresearch.ca Kurds in northern Syria comprise around 10% of the nation's population, its largest ethnic minority. | Their relationship with Damascus has been uneasy at best, stormy at worst. They seek local autonomy. | Syrian authorities want the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity …

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2019-10-14). 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 (2019-10-14). Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as US Abandons Former Allies. truthout.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…

teleSUR (2019-10-14). Turkey Claims Kurds Allowed IS Group Prisoners to Escape. telesurenglish.net Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar Monday accused Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters of emptying a jail holding Islamic State group prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive, and that the prisoners there had been abducted. | RELATED: | Syrian Kurds Announce Deal with Damascus to Challenge Turkey | Turkey launched a cross-border operation against the YPG militia in northeastern Syria last week, after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw forces from tw…

Brett Wilkins (2019-10-14). 'No Friend But the Mountains': A History of US Betrayal of the Kurds. counterpunch.org To be clear, what follows is not an endorsement of a continued US military presence in Syria. There is, however, a difference between President Donald Trump attempting to fulfill a campaign promise to end American involvement in wars that have cost so much in blood and treasure and giving the green light to what many More

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) …

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.

Kurdish Community Center and BALB (2019-10-14). Emergency Daytime Rally to defend NE Syria. indybay.org Union Square NW corner, Post and Powell…

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.

WSWS (2019-10-14). Oppose the Turkish military offensive in Syria! wsws.org As Ankara seeks a militarist solution to ethnic and class conflicts inflamed by decades of imperialist interventions, the Middle East and the world are on the brink of all-out war.

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.

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 Cancel IMF Loan, Uganda LGBT Activists Fight Possib…

Global Research News (2019-10-14). Selected Articles: Turkey's Aggression against Syria. globalresearch.ca In spite of online censorship efforts directed against the independent media, we are happy to say that readership on globalresearch.ca has recently increased. We wish to thank all of you who share our articles far and wide. | We cover a …

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

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…

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 (@…

The Canary (2019-10-13). Hundreds of Daesh supporters escape in northern Syria as the Turkish invasion continues. thecanary.co Turkish forces have approached a key Kurdish-held town in northern Syria (aka Rojava), setting off clashes that allowed hundreds of Daesh (Isis/Isil) supporters to escape from a camp.The move also prompted US soldiers to withdraw from a nearby base.A US military official said the situation across Rojava was "deteriorating rapidly" and that American forces were cut off from the Syrian Kurdish fighters they had previously partnered with.The official said US t…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-13). Proposed US Sanctions against Turkey. Why? Washington Supports Turkish Aggression in Northeast Syria. globalresearch.ca US sanctions are war by other means on targeted countries. The Senate, House, and White House are preparing them on Turkey — nothing imposed so far. | They're unrelated to Ankara's alliance with US war on the Syrian Arab Republic, nor …

teleSUR (2019-10-13). Syrian Kurds Announce Deal with Damascus to Challenge Turkey. telesurenglish.net The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced Sunday that a deal with the Syrian government to defy Turkey was reached, with the deployement of Syrian troops to the northern border as a first move. | RELATED: | 750 Suspected IS Group Members Fled Camp Due to Turkish Strikes | "In order to prevent and confront this aggression [Turkey's attacks on northern Syria], an agreement has been reached with the Syrian government… so that the Syrian army can deploy along the…

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.

teleSUR (2019-10-13). 750 Suspected IS Group Members Fled Camp Due to Turkish Strikes. telesurenglish.net Around 750 people with suspected links to the Islamic State Group have reportedly fled a displacement camp in north-east Syria as a result of Turkish strikes against Kurdish forces. | RELATED: | Turkey Advances in Northeast Syria Despite US, EU Criticism | The news came after the United States asked all of its 1,000 troops to withdraw "as safely and quick…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-13). Kurds Strike Deal With Syrian Government to Battle Turkey's Offensive After Trump Orders Evacuation of Remaining US Troops. commondreams.org Kurdish forces in northern Syria announced Sunday that the Syrian government has agreed to deploy troops to battle an ongoing Turkish offensive against the Kurds after U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed that President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of the remaining 1,000 American troops in the region. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11753890551.jpg

Ed Sykes (2019-10-13). Remember the media outrage when Turkey was found guilty of war crimes? No, neither do we. thecanary.co NATO member Turkey invaded northern Syria on 9 October, attacking largely-Kurdish fighters who led the way in defeating Daesh (Isis/Isil). There are now allegations that "Turkish-backed terrorist groups are committing war crimes" in the region. And that wouldn't come as a surprise. Because although there was little…

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…

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.

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!

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 …

Patrick Cockburn (2019-10-11). Kurdish Fighters Always Feared Trump Would be a Treacherous Ally. counterpunch.org In a field beside a disused railway station on the plain just south of the Syrian-Turkish frontier, a brigade of Syrian Kurdish soldiers were retraining in order to resist an invasion by the Turkish army. "We acted like a regular army when we were fighting Daesh [Isis]," Rojvan, a veteran Kurdish commander of the YPG More

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

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.

Sasha Abramsky (2019-10-11). Our Maniac in the White House: Tales of Woe and Resistance. thenation.com Our Maniac in the White House: Tales of Woe and Resistance…

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). 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.

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-…

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…

Dave Lindorff (2019-10-11). Sure Trump is 'Betraying the Kurds!' But What's New about That? counterpunch.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is attacking President Trump for pulling US troops out of Syria, where they've been engaging in an illegal and bloody war against the Syrian government and its military for at least five years, not counting the three prior years when the US was providing arms and training to Syrian rebels, More

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). 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.

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.

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…

2019-10-14: Social Media Postees

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Trump Prepares to Drop Sanctions Hammer on Turkey
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-14
Early this week, the White House is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over NATO-ally Turkey. | RELATED: | In Southern Mexico, Migrants Gather in Caravan to Reach US | Using the U.S. military to stop the Turkish offensive on Kurdish fighters was never an option, defense officials have said, and Trump asked the Pentagon on Sunday to begin a "deliberate" withdrawal of all American troops f…
telesurenglish.net/news/trump-prepares-to-drop-sanctions-hammer-on-turkey-20191013-0020.html

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

Norvergence — From Syrian children holding Pokemon Go placard to save their lives to climate change protest: Why the children give us hope for the better future
George Stacey | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-14
Environmentalists at Norvergence believe that the different ways in which today's generation especially children are raising their voice against injustice or climate change, it seems the future of this planet is in safe hands. September 20, 2019, millions of people have come out in large numbers to protest against climate change demanding urgent action. The …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/14/norvergence-from-syrian-children-holding-pokemon-go-placard-to-save-their-lives-to-climate-change-protest-why-the-children-give-us-hope-for-the-better-future/

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/

Kurds Ally with Damascus Against Turkish Aggression
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-14
Kurds in northern Syria comprise around 10% of the nation's population, its largest ethnic minority. | Their relationship with Damascus has been uneasy at best, stormy at worst. They seek local autonomy. | Syrian authorities want the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity …
globalresearch.ca/kurds-ally-damascus-against-turkish-aggression/5691892

The U.S. Could Be Forcing the Kurds Into Assad's Arms
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-10-14
American refusal to aid Kurdish allies as Turkey invades Northeastern Syria may end up inadvertently helping the government of Bashar Assad.
truthdig.com/articles/with-us-retreating-kurds-may-ask-russia-for-a-no-fly-zone/

California organizing to show support for HE Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, AU Ambassador
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-10-14
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

Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as US Abandons Former Allies
Staff | truthout.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…
truthout.org/video/kurds-turn-to-bashar-al-assad-for-protection-as-us-abandons-former-allies/

'No Friend But the Mountains': A History of US Betrayal of the Kurds
Brett Wilkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-14
To be clear, what follows is not an endorsement of a continued US military presence in Syria. There is, however, a difference between President Donald Trump attempting to fulfill a campaign promise to end American involvement in wars that have cost so much in blood and treasure and giving the green light to what many…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/14/no-friend-but-the-mountains-a-history-of-us-betrayal-of-the-kurds/

Turkey Claims Kurds Allowed IS Group Prisoners to Escape
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-14
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar Monday accused Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters of emptying a jail holding Islamic State group prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive, and that the prisoners there had been abducted. | RELATED: | Syrian Kurds Announce Deal with Damascus to Challenge Turkey | Turkey launched a cross-border operation against the YPG militia in northeastern Syria last week, after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw forces from tw…
telesurenglish.net/news/Turkey-Claims-Kurds-Allowed-IS-Group-Prisoners-to-Escape-20191014-0004.html

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) …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/lessons-not-learned-from-history-can-kill-you/

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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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…
rt.com/usa/470920-abc-kentucky-gun-range-mistake-syria/

Emergency Daytime Rally to defend NE Syria
Kurdish Community Center and BALB | indybay.org | 2019-10-14
Union Square NW corner, Post and Powell…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/12/18827217.php

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/

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

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/

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

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

Oppose the Turkish military offensive in Syria!
wsws.org | 2019-10-14
As Ankara seeks a militarist solution to ethnic and class conflicts inflamed by decades of imperialist interventions, the Middle East and the world are on the brink of all-out war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/14/turk-o14.html

Selected Articles: Turkey's Aggression against Syria
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-14
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'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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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

Proposed US Sanctions against Turkey. Why? Washington Supports Turkish Aggression in Northeast Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-13
US sanctions are war by other means on targeted countries. The Senate, House, and White House are preparing them on Turkey — nothing imposed so far. | They're unrelated to Ankara's alliance with US war on the Syrian Arab Republic, nor …
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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 (@…
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Syrian Kurds Announce Deal with Damascus to Challenge Turkey
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-13
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced Sunday that a deal with the Syrian government to defy Turkey was reached, with the deployement of Syrian troops to the northern border as a first move. | RELATED: | 750 Suspected IS Group Members Fled Camp Due to Turkish Strikes | "In order to prevent and confront this aggression [Turkey's attacks on northern Syria], an agreement has been reached with the Syrian government… so that the Syrian army can deploy along the…
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Hundreds of Daesh supporters escape in northern Syria as the Turkish invasion continues
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-13
Turkish forces have approached a key Kurdish-held town in northern Syria (aka Rojava), setting off clashes that allowed hundreds of Daesh (Isis/Isil) supporters to escape from a camp.The move also prompted US soldiers to withdraw from a nearby base.A US military official said the situation across Rojava was "deteriorating rapidly" and that American forces were cut off from the Syrian Kurdish fighters they had previously partnered with.The official said US t…
thecanary.co/uk/2019/10/13/hundreds-of-daesh-supporters-escape-in-northern-syria-as-the-turkish-invasion-continues/

Remember the media outrage when Turkey was found guilty of war crimes? No, neither do we
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-13
NATO member Turkey invaded northern Syria on 9 October, attacking largely-Kurdish fighters who led the way in defeating Daesh (Isis/Isil). There are now allegations that "Turkish-backed terrorist groups are committing war crimes" in the region. And that wouldn't come as a surprise. Because although there was little…
thecanary.co/uk/2019/10/13/remember-the-media-outrage-when-turkey-was-found-guilty-of-war-crimes-no-neither-do-we/

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

750 Suspected IS Group Members Fled Camp Due to Turkish Strikes
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-13
Around 750 people with suspected links to the Islamic State Group have reportedly fled a displacement camp in north-east Syria as a result of Turkish strikes against Kurdish forces. | RELATED: | Turkey Advances in Northeast Syria Despite US, EU Criticism | The news came after the United States asked all of its 1,000 troops to withdraw "as safely and quick…
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Kurds Strike Deal With Syrian Government to Battle Turkey's Offensive After Trump Orders Evacuation of Remaining US Troops
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-13
Kurdish forces in northern Syria announced Sunday that the Syrian government has agreed to deploy troops to battle an ongoing Turkish offensive against the Kurds after U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed that President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of the remaining 1,000 American troops in the region. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11753890551.jpg
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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…
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Sure Trump is 'Betraying the Kurds!' But What's New about That?
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is attacking President Trump for pulling US troops out of Syria, where they've been engaging in an illegal and bloody war against the Syrian government and its military for at least five years, not counting the three prior years when the US was providing arms and training to Syrian rebels,…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/11/sure-trump-is-betraying-the-kurds-but-whats-new-about-that-2/

Kurdish Fighters Always Feared Trump Would be a Treacherous Ally
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
In a field beside a disused railway station on the plain just south of the Syrian-Turkish frontier, a brigade of Syrian Kurdish soldiers were retraining in order to resist an invasion by the Turkish army. "We acted like a regular army when we were fighting Daesh [Isis]," Rojvan, a veteran Kurdish commander of the YPG…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/11/kurdish-fighters-always-feared-trump-would-be-a-treacherous-ally/

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…
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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.
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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

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/

Our Maniac in the White House: Tales of Woe and Resistance
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2019-10-11
Our Maniac in the White House: Tales of Woe and Resistance…
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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/

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/

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.
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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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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-…
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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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'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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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 "
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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.
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