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U.S. demands Syria ceasefire; slaps sanctions on Turkey over incursion

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This is good news. The Syrian Army with Russian help will protect the Kurds from the evil Syrian Rebel militants and also keep ISIS at bay.

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After a week of stinging rebukes from fellow Republicans, Trump announced plans to impose sanctions on Turkish officials, reimpose steel tariffs and immediately halt negotiations on a$100 billion trade deal.

This traitor has betrayed our troops and allies while caving in to Russia, Turkey, Saudis and ISIS.

Tell that to the Kurds as they run for their lives .... 

It's a little too late !

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Indeed the Syrian army is the correct military force to secure the border, whether they are "Russia backed" or not. The US backed the wrong side in the Syrian civil war and ISIS grew to fill the void. Trump inherited this bad decision and has made the right move in withdrawing.

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U.S. STRATEGY UNRAVELS

Considering just who is the commander in chief, this should not be a surprise to anyone!

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Nothing newsworthy about Donny ceding more of our influence to Russia.

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broader power vacuum in Syria that will be exploited by Iran and Russia,

Glad to see US forces out. Sorry for Syrians because their lands are located near oil and oil shipment routes. Now Iran and Russia will have even more control over these lands to further their quests for more control over oil. And gas. As both nations continue to expand areas of control while Trump's in charge.

a catastrophic outcome for the United States' strategic interests,"

Trump's never cared about the country. The reality that he asked Russia to get involved in his campaign, and the reality Russia 'meddled' in his campaign and still does to support him shows his disregard for the US.

@burningbush keep ISIS at bay

Didn't Trump say and didn't his base parrot that ISIS had been defeated? Wasn't that one of his however many 'accomplishments'? And didn't posters on this site claim 4 years ago that because Russia had been 'invited' that the wars would be over soon? 4 years ago? Some Russia supporters have claimed their nation's war is 'cost effective', but of course they're not factoring in the costs to Syrian peoples.

Syrian Rebel militants

They're not going away. Let Russia, Iran and whichever other country risk their citizens lives for a war that will benefit Russia and Iran's .01% while hundreds of thousands of people's lives are shattered. Those who cheerlead for wars should fight them.

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You will the anti-US liberal-leftists finally concede that an active US or Western military presence in the Mideast is actually a good thing?

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As both nations continue to expand areas of control while Trump's in charge.

Uhhh what?

You rail against countries interfering in the affairs of other sovereign nations, and rightly so, but what is the opposite of your above reasoning? That Trump needs to reassert more US power into a sovereign country?

We’ll just have to accept that in a globalist system, controlling energy resources is a top priority.

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In a nutshell:

"ISIS will re-surge."

Former Sec. of Def. James Mattis

Trump is so ignorant and inept when it comes to basic history and U.S. foreign policy.

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That Trump needs to reassert more US power into a sovereign country?

Your interpretation; I have no idea how that can be asked or assumed from what I said. I have zero idea what Trump's doing, what his geopolitical policies might be. I have zero idea who all in the US and 'abroad' might be influencing him while he's out playing golf, and in tweeting celebrities and looking after his family businesses.

We’ll just have to accept that in a globalist system, controlling energy resources is a top priority.

Globalist? Used the same way the term was used in the 1930's? But I agree controlling energy resources is a top priority for the various factions around the globe vying for their control. Another reason to support conservation efforts and alternatives to burning so much fossil fuel.

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The Putin-Trump partnership doing all it can to make Russia great again...

Meanwhile, our former allies in hospitals are being bombed by Russian warplanes and no doubt the gas attacks on women and children are coming...

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/russia-syria-bomb-hospitals-war-kurds-putin-assad-idlib-a9153786.html

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/17/695545252/more-than-300-chemical-attacks-launched-during-syrian-civil-war-study-says

And our treaty partners look on and wonder if Trump will abandon them too...

So they hedge their bets with Russia - today Putin is visiting Saudi Arabia...

Welcome to Trump and Putin's third-world Amerika...

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Nice to see the the Syrians gradually regaining control of their country.

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Putin on a visit to Saudi who is the big gainer out of the current situation.

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Putin realises this, as does the US if they were honest. The day Putin sent in the airforce was the day the war ended. Thank you President Putin.

I assume you are thanking President Putin for all those gas attacks on women and children too, and for bombing those hospitals yesterday...

And Trumpers adoration of Putin continues...when they say President Putin, I wonder if they mean President of Russia or the US?

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Anyone disagreeing with Trump on this is exposing themselves as pro war, pro the industrial military complex, and pro the endless quagmire in the middle east.

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The Kurds' best chance of some degree of autonomy and protection from Turkey lies with Assad.   And he will be happy to give them a degree of autonomy in exchange for their support against his majority Arab and Sunni populace who led the rebellion.

Trump is doing what he said he would.  Likewise in Afghanistan.

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The Kurds deserve this, they were just "Little Puppet Army" and now they saw what is coming for them! The Kurds were naïve enough to believe USA will protect them forever! Donald Trump is a businessman and he knows what is : Use and Disposal!

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Kaerimashita: Trump is doing what he said he would.

I don't remember him saying he would leave Syria, let Turkey invade and kill our allies, humiliate ourselves on the world stage, then toss the keys to Assad, Putin, and Iran.

I think we all just kind of assumed he wouldn't do anything drastically counterproductive when he gave his promise. Looks like we were all wrong.

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The US has no business being in the Middle East period. Get them all out. Let the people and countries of the ME deal with their own problems. The US should have nothing to do with it.

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Trump inherited this bad decision and has made the right move in withdrawing.

basically Trump has handed Syria to Russia Assad will never move against Russia as its Putin who saved his butt. Now the Kurds have dumped the US as a allie and sided with Assad and Putin. Why would anybody want to support the US in any future engagement their promises of US support is worth shite while Trump is in control. All those lives lost was worth nothing. Trump has turned Syria into another mini Vietnam and another war lost. Tired of winning yet

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Anyone disagreeing with Trump on this is exposing themselves as pro war, pro the industrial military complex, and pro the endless quagmire in the middle east.

I couldn't have said this better myself. The sad part is these people's Trump derangement syndrome is so intense that they would throw away thier own principles just to rag on this man.

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The US and the Kurds use each other for their own agendas. This is not a Trump policy but a US policy and it's not just starting now. I'm highly amused at how Trump can manipulate and swing his anti camp's opinions so easily.

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Trump is the disaster and embarrassment to the US and the free world. The way in which both the GOP and Democrat politicians strongly condemned his immoral and moronic decision is a significant development. I hope that commonsense will prevail and that these conscious politicians should impeach and remove Trump from office.

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He really is Donnie Fiasco.

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@kestrelAnyone disagreeing with Trump on this is exposing themselves as pro war, pro the industrial military complex, and pro the endless quagmire in the middle east.

Similar to Bush 43's 'you're for us or you're for the terrorists', a partisan extremist's perspective, only one pole or its opposite, nothing in between, A or Z, and a perspective typical of those in troll armies fanning flames.

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EIGHT, count them, 8, paragraphs before the first hint that the 'Russian backed forces' are the legitimate Syrian government's professional army entering Syrian territory to protect Syrians from foreign invaders.

And even 8 paragraphs deep, nothing actually says that, you still have to be someone who has taken the time to inform themselves, rather than let articles like this one fill them with misinformation, to have a chance at reading the article and getting an accurate read on what is happening.

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Watch how the media blames Trump instead of the Russians & the Syrians for the onslaught.

Also watch how they never mention US's European allies who are standing by the sidelines.

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ISIS will regroup and if the world is not careful, ISIS will make their presence known at the next big international venue...aka Olympics. Thanks donnie, you really are a stable genius.

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Now Donny defenders are defending his ridiculous action of bolting from the Kurds who helped America?

A description of their mentality:

Instead, Trump has gotten worse. But because of their early accommodation of the president, these voters are essentially stuck with him. 

“Now it’s not just a defense of Trump. It’s a defense of their defense of Trump,” Wehner said. “To indict him is to indict themselves, and to indict their own judgment, and that’s hard for any human being.” 

The result: “They will defend him regardless of what happens, come hell or high water.”

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ISIS is worse off then ever, because now they'll have to deal with professional Syrian army troops supported by Russian forces instead of just poorly trained Kurdish irregulars.

The ISIS resurrection thing is a total red herring, the media wants war and US troops in every corner of globe.

The US is not the world's hallway monitor.

US troops are for protecting Americans and American soil, nothing more.

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Similar to Bush 43's 'you're for us or you're for the terrorists', a partisan extremist's perspective, only one pole or its opposite, nothing in between, A or Z, and a perspective typical of those in troll armies fanning flames.

By all means, explain to us trolls the nuances of your position. Explain how one can anti US intervention, antiwar and oppose the withdrawal of troops from Syria. A country we had no business being involved in to begin with. I will lie under my bridge waiting for your response.

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ISIS is worse off then ever, because now they'll have to deal with professional Syrian army troops supported by Russian forces instead of just poorly trained Kurdish irregulars.

ISIS is running away to fight again - the Russians and Syrians are fighting Turkey...

The ISIS resurrection thing is a total red herring, the media wants war and US troops in every corner of globe.

BS - they were being destroyed under President Obama but are now being given free reign by Trump, in collusion with Russia and Turkey...

The US is not the world's hallway monitor.

The US stands up to Islamic Fundamentalism - unless your President Trump who runs away...

US troops are for protecting Americans and American soil, nothing more.

You just summarized Putin's dream - dissolving NATO. Which is really what the overall goal of this joint Putin/Trump effort is...

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The US is not the world's hallway monitor. US troops are for protecting Americans and American soil, nothing more.

you cant fight terrorism just within America you have to cut it out where it breeds and that is the middle east, mostly. The Kurds were protecting American bases in Syria and dieing to serve American interests. Trump has basically said thanks for help , your on your own now! Trump just lost an allie and they've sided with the enemy is Assad and adversary with Russia. Stable genius?? Id actually laugh if it wasn't so sad. Americas word isnt worth shite while Trump is POTUS

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Whatever people may think, the U.S. was in Syria illegally and the quicker it leaves, the better.

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So Trump has withdtawn troops (as he said he would globally) and "handed Syria to Assad and Russia".  frankly does anyone (except the Syrians, and even many of them don't) want Syria now that it is a bombed out ruin.??

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Nothing newsworthy about Donny ceding more of our influence to Russia.

Yeah, Chip, let's keep our troops in Syria forever.

Nah, actually it's past time we get out.

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I see the braintrust is working overtime again. All heat, no light.

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@Serrano what about ISIS they haven't been defeated wasn't that the mission didn't your boi say he would get rid of ISIS in weeks.....

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ISIS doesn't have their caliphate anymore, Northern. That didn't happen under Obama's watch, it happened under Trump's watch. Pesky facts, I know.

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Daesh was created by your ex-hero George Bush Serrano. You sure we're devoted to him and that insane war before getting on your knees for trump....

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@RichardPierce,

Exactly right. Its easy to see the bias in the msm and their leftie support base for long term continuing military quagmire in the middle east.

Thankyou President Trump for doing the right thing!

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I agree that the US should never have been in Syria - or Iraq - in the first place, but the fact is that they were there. And given that they were there, stepping aside to allow the Turks into Syria to attack the US's former allies the Kurds, and then slapping sanctions on the Turks for doing to the Kurds exactly what America knew they would do, registers something like a 9/10 on the hypocrisy scale.

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