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December 2018 - Turkey threatens and US withdraws
This latest development is really stunning. If the Rojava Kurds have any sense left after Trump's announcement of withdrawal and Erdogan's threats, they must run as fast as they can to Damascus and invite the SAA to return to Rojava on almost every terms. That's IMHO the only way to avoid a Turkish invasion which would be a terrible massacre, the end of all their achievements and the end of Syria in the current borders. --CE (talk) 12:16, 20 December 2018 (UTC)
Western mainstream media attacked the decision. Which was floated in Trump's election campaigns, then repeated and abandoned in alteration, in between two Tomahawk strikes, over some Russians. Until that Erdogan's shtick in the news?
In Russian sources, some doubt this is for real, and not different from what it seems. With the Kurds, likely initial/natural sympathy but after they caused a strike killing 2 to 3 hundred Russian contractors, as per Strelkov and friends (+ them controlling the richest oil fields, as far as the bosses are concerned) there may be little enthusiasm to specially defend them. It is likely that it will be left for Assad to do; the latter will require Syrian state in control. Such negotiations happened in the past, without an agreement. Some patriotic opposition figures praised Trump as an example to Putin to follow the suit and get out of Syria. --Resup (talk) 12:38, 20 December 2018 (UTC)
- "Saudi, UAE step up support for PKK in northeast Syria", says Yenisafak on 1 Dec. 2018 --Resup (talk) 06:35, 24 December 2018 (UTC)
- 'Why is the United States suddenly withdrawing from Syria?', according to Valentin Vasilescu at Voltairnet, 21 Dec. 2018. Polyana D4, development started in 1977, placed in service in 1986. Zhitel-330 Zh (GPS suppression), 2008. (But the decision is clearly political, not military...) --Resup (talk) 14:25, 24 December 2018 (UTC)
- Erdogan does not Object to Damascus’S Control over Al-Hasaka: the Kurds Choose Between Loyalty to Syria or Defeat by Turkey, Elijah J. Magnier, December 22, 2018, via Cassad.
- The Threat to Rojava, An Anarchist in Syria Speaks on the Real Meaning of Trump’s Withdrawal, crimethinc.com, Dec. 28, 2018
- Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump talked on some 'smart ways in Syria', leaving Graham happy enough, according to US mass media -WaPo , 30 Dec, CNN, Dec. 30, 2018 for whatever that really means... --Resup (talk) 09:49, 31 December 2018 (UTC)
- Donald Trump on twitter ... we’re slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting ISIS remnants (part of a series of tweets)
- Kurdish partisan Jacob Reamer-Cassad, Jabuary 6, 2019
- A Force for Good: America Reinvigorated in the Middle East -Michael R. Pompeo , Secretary of State, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, January 10, 2019
- Russian source: Terrorists preparing for new chemical attacks in Syria SANA, January 15, 2019
- American military killed in Syria - Rusvesna, January 16, 2019. Top photo is from Iraq war time, e,g, here. Several videos in the end (some by ANHA) apparently related to the event.
- 21 Jan. 2019. It is reported that 5 SDF soldiers of a joint Kurdish-US patrol were killed. Some reports say 2 US soldiers were wounded, while the official report states that there are no US casualties, ie no US soldiers killed (Kurdistan 24, Rusvesna, SOHR)
- Brett McGurk, former special envoy for the anti-ISIS coalition: 'ISIS is not defeated' -CNN, undated/January 2019
- BBC journo Riam Dalati : After almost 6 months of investigations, i can prove without a doubt that the #Douma Hospital scene was staged. No fatalities occurred in the hospital. All the #WH, activists and people i spoke to are either in #Idlib or #EuphratesShield areas. Only one person was in #Damascus, as appeared on Twitter, 13 February, 2019 --Resup (talk) 00:16, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
- The twitter account is now set to private but I've seen that his claims had something to do with this ultra-long piece by James Harkin on The Intercept from February 9, who seems to have come to the same (obvious) conclusion. Briefly skimmed the thing and found some "but but but never forget that Assad did drop chlorine barrel bombs on his own people" save-the-narrative red flags. Maybe someone else feels like digging into this. I don't. --CE (talk) 14:39, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
Pierre Piccinin da Prata
- Syria Times, 16 March, 2019
- Pierre Piccinin da Prata, the Belgian War reporter and Editor-in-Chief of The Maghreb and Orient Courier, held hostage with Italian war reporter Domenico Quirico by Syrian ‘rebels’ for five months, eavesdropped a conversation through a closed door- between their jailers about the chemical weapon attack and saying that President al-Assad was not responsible for Ghouta Sarin gas attack.
This may add to what's known, but some problem with the way it is published, no video, Syrian original source (then reposted elsewhere). Critics may say, what they usually say (propaganda, variant Stockholm syndrome, etc). It would be better if coming from him directly, best on video, especially since he is an editor of some info-resources 1, 2. Could not quickly located this on his pages. --16:22, 24 March 2019 (UTC)