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20 Mar 2017 3:47 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Syria's Kurds Have Strike An Alliance With Russia" to "Syria's Kurds Have Struck An Alliance With Russia"

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 3:10 p.m. PST

"Russia is setting up a military base in northwestern Syria in agreement with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and will help train its fighters, the YPG said, a step likely to anger Turkey as it tries to block Kurdish gains in the north of the country.

There was no immediate comment from Russia or Turkey.

One of the major forces in the Syrian conflict, the YPG is also a military ally of the United States and is playing a major part in U.S.-backed operations against Islamic State in areas of Syria further to the east.

YPG spokesman Redur Xelil told Reuters the agreement had been concluded on Sunday and that Russian troops had already arrived at the position in the northwestern region of Afrin with troop carriers and armored vehicles. "It is the first (agreement) of its kind," he said in a written message…"
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zoneofcontrol20 Mar 2017 5:46 p.m. PST

The enemy of my friends are friendly to my friend's enemies when there is a bit of animosity shared between friendly enemies. Oh, and who pays better?

PMC31721 Mar 2017 3:23 a.m. PST

Excellent news. The more robust the Syrian Kurds, the better.

Andy ONeill21 Mar 2017 4:11 a.m. PST

I have a lot of sympathy for the Kurds.
I hope things turn out well for them.

FatherOfAllLogic21 Mar 2017 6:51 a.m. PST

Good thing we're sending lots more troops there so that nothing bad will happen.

28mm Fanatik21 Mar 2017 7:39 a.m. PST

If US-backed Kurds fight alongside Russian-backed Kurds, US and Russia then become de facto allies no matter how the politicians and media try to spin it.

SouthernPhantom21 Mar 2017 7:49 a.m. PST

It's about time. Russia and the West have more in common culturally than either would like to admit publicly.

doug redshirt21 Mar 2017 11:01 a.m. PST

All I know about the Soviets is that for 20 years while I was in the Military, they were the enemy. You can call them Russians but they are still the enemy of freedom and democracy. Putin is not a nice dictator. There is no such thing as a good dictator.

28mm Fanatik21 Mar 2017 1:47 p.m. PST

All I know about the Soviets is that for 20 years while I was in the Military, they were the enemy.

Even during the Gorbachev/Yeltsin era when Russia was weak? Putin came to power partly because for over two decades, the west's New World Order spread through Eastern Europe unchecked and with blatant disregard of Russia's geopolitical interests. Because Gorbachev and Yeltsin could do nothing to oppose us, we took it as granted that we could do whatever we want in the region.

The previous POTUS failed to reset relations with Russia because (in his words) "Putin saw the world through the Cold War lens of geopolitics." Because Russia (and we might say China also) refuses to play by our rules, it must therefore be demonized.

Charlie 1221 Mar 2017 7:30 p.m. PST

The Kurds cutting a deal with the Russians. While backed by the US. Who (nominally) are allied (through NATO) with the Turks. Who are blood enemies of the Kurds (and the Russians, to a lesser degree). And so on and so on and so on…. And THAT sums up the gawd awful mess that that conflict represents….

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