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Why Did the US Sabotage President Putin’s Peace Plan for Syria?

Secretary of State Pompeo’s direct and fiery demand earlier this week that Iran withdraw from Syria overshadowed President Putin’s indirect and polite request during last week’s Sochi Summit for the same, thereby putting Syria on the spot in having to publicly deny that any such talks were ongoing in order to “save face”, though the American strategy of sabotaging Russia’s peace plan isn’t as clear-cut as it may seem. 1.526 more words

Opinion

Enter the Dragon: China’s Crucial Role in Winning Syria Peace

China is stepping up its involvement in Syria, not with its military, but with cash – and lots of it. For Beijing, war-torn Syria is a golden opportunity for reconstruction business. 1.134 more words

Opinion

Ignoring the Astana Talks, the US Is Increasing Its Military Presence in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor Province

President Trump’s announcement that he intends to order the US military out of Syria attracted a lot of public attention, unlike the war preparations that preceded and followed those statements. 809 more words

Opinion

Operation Roundup Targets ISIS Remnants in Iraq, Syria

Operation Roundup Targets ISIS Remnants in Iraq, Syria
By DoD News

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have increased offensive activity against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets throughout May, task force officials reported. 17 more words

IFTTT

Indonesia Passes Tougher Law After Worst Attack

Indonesia passed a new law Friday that will give police more power to take pre-emptive action against terrorism suspects in the wake of the country’s deadliest Islamist attacks in years. 287 more words

Indifference, like a poem.

we are all

I’m not where you are.

I have not felt your pain
thus not in a position to comfort or withdraw support.

The world is an oyster, that was left on the rock too long. 165 more words

Poetry/prose

FRANCE'S MACRON AND RUSSIA'S PUTIN TALKS ON SYRIA

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who is on a two-day official visit to Russia, met at St. Petersburg’s Constantine Palace on Thursday to discuss bilateral relations and global issues, including the situation in Syria and Ukraine and Iran’s nuclear deal. 201 more words

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