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2019-10-22 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US says it has no commitment to 100,000 (!!) Syrian SDF it trained
[Jpost] US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed in an interview with CNBC that the US "completely fulfilled" its obligations to the SDF and disagreed with suggested the US had abandoned its partners.
We trained, armed, and funded a respectably sized army, of which only 10% were killed in action against an enemy they would have fought anyway?
US officials are seeking to avoid claims that they had any commitment to eastern Syria after US President Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
suddenly withdrew forces on October 6, an ordered that continued Monday as American vehicles exited to Iraq. This comes despite the fact that as recently as June the Pentagon claimed to have trained 100,000 "partner forces" among the Syrian Democratic Forces and sought to train up to 110,000 by this month.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed in an interview with CNBC on Monday that the US "completely fulfilled" its obligations to the SDF and disagreed with suggested the US had abandoned its partners. Around 250,000 people have been driven from their homes and hundreds killed, including members of the SDF that the US was training, since Washington opened eastern Syria’s skies so The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
could bomb its former partners. Former anti-ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
envoy Brett McGurk noted on Twitter that Trump had claimed the US "never gave a commitment to the Kurds," contrasting it with previous US statements in which the US had praised the Kurds, who make up the majority of the SDF, for fighting ISIS.

In fact it was the US that encouraged the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in 2015 to create the SDF and it was the US that armed and trained the SDF since 2015. The Pentagon and its Lead Inspector General Report in June noted that the "desired end strength" of the SDF was 110,000, including 30,000 members of the SD itself and 80,000 other forces, including internal security forces. This was supposed to be achieved between July and September, the third quarter of 2019. Oddly the US decided on October 6 to withdraw and then enabled a Ottoman Turkish offensive that has bombed its own partners among the SDF, which Turkey views as "terrorists."

Increasingly Trump administration officials have tried to argue that that the US had no commitments to eastern Syria, but this seems to be in contrast to the Pentagon’s own plans and orders for troops in eastern Syria, which sought stabilization and a continued defeat of ISIS sleeper cells. The US never explained to its SDF partners a road map or time frame for when it would withdraw, not even consulting with them when the White House put out the October 6 statement saying Turkey would launch its attack. Instead the US scrambled on October 13 to put together a ceasefire days after a Ottoman Turkish offensive unleashed bombardment on border communities and sent Syrian bully boy groups into towns to attack civilians. One unarmed female politician named Hevrin Khalaf who had sought to work with the US and locals for a peaceful future, was pulled from her vehicle, dragged by her hair and executed by Ottoman Turkish-backed groups. Prisoners were also executed and homes looted. Children with chemical burns have been fleeing. The US had done nothing for the civilians forced to flee as it withdrew. On October 21 locals pelted withdrawing US forces with tomatoes, angered to see their towns abandoned.

For the 100,000 members of the SDF, trained and armed by the Americans, the situation now is unclear. The US wants to work with its NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and structure....
ally Turkey to make sure that the SDF withdraws from the border, while also demanding the SDF help secure oil installations in other parts of Syria. Trump said Monday that nothing is necessary in Syria except "securing the oil." US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, has also said that some US troops would stay temporarily in Syria to hold the oil fields and "work with the SDF to deny access to the oil fields by ISIS and others." The US says this isn’t a commitment, the SDF will be used to secure oil only. It appears this will take place until such time as the oil isn’t needed and the SDF can be jettisoned and the oil fields given to Russia, the Syrian regime, Turkey or whomever else the US decides to give them to. Esper flew to Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
on Monday after a trip to Afghanistan. Some wonder what message the oil policy sends to the hundreds of thousands of Kurds now made homeless by the new conflict in eastern Syria. The US has not explained yet how many oil barrels the withdrawal is worth or at what point the withdrawal will continue or what exactly the logic of holding on to oil fields in eastern Syria is, when there is no policy framework around it. It could be a way to slow the withdrawal using the oil fields as an excuse. Around 200 troops might remain according to the New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

, down from the 1,000 that were in Syria.

The US has shifted policy since October 6 to erode and replace the SDF with other countries as part of a partition plan to carve up eastern Syria. Turkey says that it will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
on Tuesday and then take the next steps in Syria. Russia is now deciding on what comes next it seems. Russia sold Turkey the S-400 air defense system so it has leverage over Ankara. On October 15 the Ottoman Turkish President spoke to Putin to coordinate issues in eastern Syria. Russians have arrived at several abandoned US bases already and rumors on Monday said the Russians might be in the Syrian city of Qamishli in eastern Syria. Russia has warned the Syrian regime that bully boy groups in Idlib province in northern Syria, where Turkey has observation points, are preparing to "unleash hostile activities." Russia will press Turkey on Idlib during the discussions Tuesday.

Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
is concerned that eastern Syria will be carved up into Syrian regime, Russian and Ottoman Turkish spheres of influence without it receiving a slice. Iran’s Foreign Ministry front man Abbas Mousavi said on Monday that while Turkey can have bases on its side of the border "establishing bases on Syrian soil is unacceptable." This is why Turkey has been careful to use Syrian Arab rebel groups as cannon fodder against the Kurdish forces in eastern Syria, worried that a full Ottoman Turkish assault will bring condemnation from Turkey’s Iranian partner where Ankara wants to increase trade. Together Turkey, Russia and Iran hope the US can be removed from Syria without too much tension, enabling the US to stay for a few days at Trump’s oil fields before leaving completely to Iraq where US forces are already repositioning to. The US withdrawal from Syria is one of the fastest withdrawals the US has ever made, taking only a matter of weeks, while previous US withdrawals from countries such as Vietnam or even Iraq in 2011 took many months or years. The B.O. regime, for instance, announced US forces would leave Iraq in October 2011, the last forces left in December that year. The US held a ceremony, unlike in Syria. ISIS conquered djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
around two and a half years later.
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