In game theory the insane player has the advantage. At least until they press the wrong button.
A shot across the bows of the Chinese Premier is probably the most likely reason.
And meanwhile US strike takes out 18 Kurds fighting ISIS
China is getting worried that little fat boy is pushing too many of Trumps buttons!
President Assad Latest Interview 4/13/2017 (Speaking about Khan Shaykhun chemical attack)
After the Caliphate, Rojava - Thierry Meyssan -> voltairenet.org/article197938.html
Iran’s military shells Iraq’s Kurdistan Autonomous Region – Regional war no longer deniable - -> nsnbc.me/2017/07/03/irans-milit … -deniable/
Russia to start moving 50 MiG-29 fighters to Egypt : TASS - -> egyptindependent.com/russia- … gypt-tass/
US sanctions backfire: China opens $10 billion credit line for Iran - -> sott.net/article/362192-US- … e-for-Iran
Erdogan Says Turkey’s Deal With Russia on S-400 Supplies ‘Made US Furious’ - -> sputniknews.com/politics/201709 … a-s400-us/
Journalist Interrogated, Fired For Story Linking CIA And Syria Weapons Flights - -> zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-2 … ns-flights
Germany Launches Probe After Pentagon’s Syrian Arms Smuggling Story Goes Viral - -> zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-1 … goes-viral
Syria confirms first army crossing to E. bank of Euphrates - -> debka.com/mivzak/syria-conf … euphrates/
Canadian special forces out of Mosul, preparing for new battle in Iraq - -> nationalnewswatch.com/2017/0 … z4.twitter
Israel’s Geopolitical Gut Check - -> theamericanconservative.com/ … gut-check/
US special ops forces & hardware spotted at ISIS positions north of Deir ez-Zor – Russian MoD - -> rt.com/news/404365-us-special-forces-isis/
Russian General Killed In Syria Fighting, Defense Ministry Says - -> rferl.org/a/russian-general … 54501.html
U.S.-backed forces capture big gas field in Syria’s Deir al-Zor: senior commander - -> reuters.com/article/us-midea … SKCN1BY0H6
Nearly 80% of Deir Ez-Zor’s Oil Fields, Most Gas Deposits Under Daesh Control - -> sputniknews.com/middleeast/2017 … -deposits/
Reuters’ Exclusive - Turkey To Deploy Troops Inside Syria’s Idlib -Erdogan - -> en.radiofarda.com/a/erdogan-syr … 49664.html
Israeli warplanes strike near Damascus airport – reports - -> rt.com/news/404210-damascus … ke-israel/
200 lorries of arms and ammunition: delivery by the Pentagon to the YPG - -> voltairenet.org/article198018.html
INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE AND FORECAST: THE SYRIAN THEATER - -> understandingwar.org/sites/d … 202017.pdf
Russian Pantsir-S Goes Hunting In Syrian Skies - -> thesaker.is/russian-pantsir-s-go … ian-skies/
Russia Warns US In Unprecedented “Secret” Face-To-Face Meeting Over Syria, But What’s The Endgame? - -> zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-2 … ts-endgame
VIDEO: Syrian Army bombed by ISIS drone while crossing Euphrates River - -> almasdarnews.com/article/vi … tes-river/
VIDEO: Iranian armed drones strike ISIS near Syria-Iraq borders - -> almasdarnews.com/article/vi … q-borders/
Turkey calls for Iraqi Kurdish referendum “completely cancelled” - -> news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017- … 630973.htm
Some good news at last. it looks like Raqqa is about to fall and hopefully those medieval ISIS poxbottles with it
It’s a well written article, poignant and reflective.
Interesting to contrast with The Guardian’s reporting on the eve of the defeat of the forces occupying Aleppo last winter.
‘Save us’: Aleppo civilians plead for help as airstrikes resume
Assad forces breach Daesh stronghold - -> dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle … ghold.ashx
The Neocons are still as deluded as ever.
Muhammad Sahimi debunks neoconservative lies about Iran - -> libertarianinstitute.org/sc … lies-iran/
Moscow denounces US military support to Daesh - -> voltairenet.org/article198229.html
Turkey’s Erdogan: Muslim Brotherhood is ideological, not terrorist organisation - -> middleeastmonitor.com/20170 … anisation/
February 17, 2017
US relays concern to Turkey after NATO ally makes deposit to buy Russian defense system - -> cnbc.com/2017/09/12/us-turk … rate-.html
Turkey conducting landmark anti-terror operation in Syria’s Idlib, Erdoğan says - -> dailysabah.com/war-on-terro … dogan-says
German military leaves Turkey’s Incirlik airbase - -> dw.com/en/german-military-le … a-40717584
Turkish minister says will work to improve ties with Germany - -> reuters.com/article/us-germ … CC0ED?il=0
US to Stop Paying Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters’ Salaries - -> news.antiwar.com/2017/10/06/us-t … -salaries/
Saudi Arabia agrees deal for Russian S400 missile defense systems - -> english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gu … stems.html
Is Saudi Arabia’s Grand Strategy Shifting? - -> orientalreview.org/2017/10/06/s … -shifting/
Taliban Leader Calls on Supporters to Stop Fighting Against Daesh - Reports - -> sputniknews.com/middleeast/2017 … ght-daesh/
US Troop Deaths in Niger Reflect Growing Africa Mission Creep - -> news.antiwar.com/2017/10/06/us-t … ion-creep/
Looks like Vladimir Putin is on the verge of a diplomatic and military victory over the United States in Syria and both Syrians and Russians are now clearly signalling that the US (NATO) presence in the area is no longer wanted and forcing them into a corner where they have to leave. Speculation is that the Saudis and Turkey are buying the Russian Anti-aircraft system as a hedge against the US being able to turn off any existing systems they have, whether that’s true or if its just bribe payments for favours. ISIS is collapsing even NATO countries tried to resurrect alBaghdadi to inspire them.
With ISIS nearly defeated the stage is being set for the second war for which the sabre rattling has startedas Hezbollah has mostly pulled back to its home territory in anticipation of an attack from Israel.
Leveraging U.S. Power in the Middle East - A Blueprint for Strengthening Regional Partnerships - -> cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-con … -print.pdf
Note: The Center for American Progress is a lobby group founded by John Podesta (chairman of the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign)
Lebanon parliament speaker proposes vote by year-end - -> reuters.com/article/us-leba … SKCN1BT1PN
September 18, 2017
Velayati confers with Lebanon’s Hariri on regional issues - -> iran-daily.com/News/203677.h … nal-issues
November 03, 2017
Lebanon PM Saad Al-Hariri resigns, cites threats to his life - -> arabnews.com/node/1188211/middle-east
November 04, 2017
My remarks on the resignation of Lebanese PM Hariri - Benjamin Netanyahu -> twitter.com/netanyahu/status/926878529240911872
Prime Minister Hariri’s Resignation Threatens Iranian Grip on Lebanon - -> google cache
November 05, 2017
Israeli-Saudi Tandem Adjusts to Syria Loss - -> consortiumnews.com/2017/11/04/i … yria-loss/
Meanwhile in Syria . .
American envoy in Damascus - > google translate]
November 03 2017
Israel launches airstrikes in Syria, targets weapons factory: Reports - -> thenational.ae/world/mena/i … s-1.672272
In rare step, Israel says it will help Syrian Druze village fend off jihadists - -> timesofisrael.com/in-rare-s … jihadists/
Hader, Quneitra Governorate - -> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hader,_Qu … overnorate
Druze attack Israeli ambulance carrying wounded Syrians - -> aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/d … 47887.html
23 June 2015
Israeli MK: IDF helping al-Qaida in Syria at expense of Druse - -> jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Confl … use-467518
September 12, 2016
Map of the area - upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ … _Shams.jpg
100 members of the Defence Forces arrive home from peace keeping mission - -> breakingnews.ie/ireland/100- … 08714.html
Now onto Saudi Arabia
Breaking News of Saudi Crown Prince’s “Secret” Visit To Israel Brings Embassy Scramble - -> zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-1 … y-scramble
September 11, 2017
Exclusive: China offers to buy 5 percent of Saudi Aramco directly - sources - -> reuters.com/article/us-saud … SKBN1CL1YJ
Body Language: Russia and Saudia Arabia Meeting -> youtube.com/watch?v=iW_kZJcoZQQ
Russia agrees deal to sell Saudi Arabia S-400 air defence missiles, Putin’s aide says - -> independent.co.uk/news/world … 97986.html
13 October 2017
Kushner took unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia - -> politico.com/story/2017/10/ … 1?lo=ap_a1
Trump backs New York in bourses’ battle for Saudi Aramco listing - -> reuters.com/article/us-usa-t … SKBN1D40IL
November 4, 2017
and the communication back channels
Trump, Putin to meet and discuss North Korea - -> edition.cnn.com/2017/11/05/polit … index.html
Yemen enters the picture. .
Yemen’s Air Force targets airport in #Riyadh with a ballistic missile. Saudis claim they intercepted it. - -> twitter.com/DanyalGilani/status … 3312602114
This is another video…multiple rockets approaching and hitting…its not one ballistic missile but multiple smaller - -> twitter.com/ZaidZamanHamid/stat … 1041546240
Saudi princes among dozens detained in ‘corruption’ purge - -> bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41874117
In Shocking Purge, Saudi King Arrests Billionaire Prince Bin Talal, Dozens Of Others In Cabinet Crackdown - -> zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-0 … -money-lau
No doubt their assets will be “allocated” to the ruling clan. . .
The PAX AMERICANA, PetroDollar and Coming CRISIS in the GULF
Israel’s Geopolitical Gut Check - -> theamericanconservative.com/ … gut-check/
September 6, 2017
Palace Coup in Riyadh - Thierry Meyssan -> voltairenet.org/article198647.html
6 Nov 2017
1 \ I published on channel 10 a cable sent to Israeli diplomats asking to lobby for Saudis\Hariri &against Hezbollah
2 \ The cable sent from the MFA in Jerusalem to all Israeli embassies toes the Saudi line regarding the Hariri resignation
3 \ The Israeli diplomats were instructed to Demarch their host governments over the domestic political situation in Lebanon. Very rare move
4 \ The cable said: “You need to stress that the Hariri resignation shows how dangerous Iran and Hezbollah are for Lebanon’s security”
5 \ “Hariri’s resignation proves wrong the argument that Hezbollah participation in the government stabilizes Lebanon”, the Cable added
6 \ The cable instructed Israeli diplomat to support Saudi Arabia over its war with the Houthis in Yemen
7 \ The cable also stressed: “The missile launch by the Houthis towards Riyadh calls for applying more pressure on Iran & Hezbollah”. END
Xi Jinping: the Geo-Economic Emperor with a 15 year head start - Alfredo Jalife-Rahme -> voltairenet.org/article198617.html
Russia beats Saudi Arabia as China’s top crude oil supplier in 2016 - -> reuters.com/article/us-chin … SKBN1570VJ
January 23, 2017
How China neatly illustrates the Saudi oil dilemma - -> businesslive.co.za/bd/world … l-dilemma/
05 June 2017
What the Saudi Shake up Means for China - -> thediplomat.com/2017/11/what-th … for-china/
Moscow Outmaneuvers Washington’s Kurdistan Project - F. William Engdahl -> journal-neo.org/2017/11/04/mosc … n-project/
The inside story of the Saudi night of long knives - -> atimes.com/article/inside-st … ng-knives/
Saudi Arabia gets its first real government - David P. Goldman, Spengler -> atimes.com/saudi-arabia-gets … overnment/
This is a hard read from the Guardian.
Iraq is not a viable state, probably never was, It’s time to let the various factions split and create their own Countries. Maybe they’ll have peace then.
Is any country with a straight-lined border ?
Canada and the USA have two that are mostly straight. South Korea is generally doing OK. Apart from that, it’s difficult to think of any.
Indeed, however Canada & the USA are ruled by the same cultures that drew the straight lines.
South Korea is a viable state, but the North is not.
SDF defector: US coalition made secret deals with Daesh in Syria - -> middleeastmonitor.com/20171 … -in-syria/
2013 corruption scandal in Turkey - -> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_corr … _in_Turkey
Halkbank Says Role in Iran Gold Legal After CEO Arrest - -> bloomberg.com/news/articles … o-arrested
December 23, 2013
Turkey shocked over banker’s arrest in New York - -> al-monitor.com/pulse/origin … -york.html
The Zarrab Court Case: What it means for Flynn, Trump, Erdogan, Even Putin - -> forbes.com/sites/melikkayla … ven-putin/
Turkey issues arrest warrant for former CIA official over coup attempt - -> politico.eu/article/graham- … p-attempt/
Graham Fuller, Uncle Ruslan, the CIA and the Boston Bombings - -> voltairenet.org/article178524.html
20 May 2013
Graham E. Fuller Where Were You on the Night of July 15? - -> williamengdahl.com/englishNEO9Aug2016.php
9 Aug 2016
Recep Tayyip Erdogan: US recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital makes it a partner in bloodshed - -> independent.co.uk/news/world … 03096.html
Pentagon quadruples troop levels in Syria to ‘stabilize’ liberated areas - -> rt.com/usa/412246-us-quadru … ops-syria/
US General Says 4,000 American Troops Are in Syria - -> news.antiwar.com/2017/10/31/us-g … -in-syria/
Oct 31 2017
Russian Defense Ministry Reports “Incident” With US F-22 Above Syria - -> zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-0 … over-syria
Putin orders withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during surprise visit to Khmeimim Airbase - -> rt.com/news/412690-putin-sy … -khmeimim/
11 Dec, 2017
French fighters appear with Islamic State in Afghanistan - -> thelocal.fr/20171210/french … fghanistan
Former Afghan President Karzai Says US Responsible for ISIS - -> telesurtv.net/english/news/ … -0009.html
Covering Yemen: Saleh, Saudi and the media - -> aljazeera.com/programmes/lis … 34258.html