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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2018 12:05 p.m. PST

"When analyzing field indicators, it's easy to understand why Russia is the dominant force in northwest Syria both on the ground and in the air. Efforts led by Russia, with Iran and Turkey, to create a de-escalation zone around Idlib over the past year and a half have succeeded, despite minor differences of opinion.

But what happened June 18 definitely was a setback to Russia's consolidation efforts in northwest Syria. For the first time ever, a Turkish military detachment of two armored personnel carriers and two mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles displaying very visible Turkish flags patrolled along the Sajur River. The river, almost 15 miles from Manbij, constitutes a de facto boundary line between the Turkish military-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces…."
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Cacique Caribe Inactive Member23 Jun 2018 5:33 p.m. PST

And good luck getting the Turks to give up the Syrian territories that they have "liberated".


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2018 2:34 p.m. PST



Cacique Caribe Inactive Member24 Jun 2018 3:10 p.m. PST

Looks like the election results are in … Erdogan has won another term. What a big surprise, right? LOL.

Most of the opposition has been put in jail or "disappeared" over the years for speaking up against him, specially after his fake coup stunt. So what other results were people really expecting? :)


28mm Fanatik25 Jun 2018 2:00 p.m. PST

Erdogan is someone our POTUS can make deals with just like Kim, Putin, etc. In Realpolitik, having similar political systems and values among nations is not a pre-requisite to having foreign "intercourse."

Lion in the Stars25 Jun 2018 3:57 p.m. PST

Yeah, you just need a firm grasp on what the other guy considers to be in his (or his nation's) best interests.

The problem comes when the nation's best interests conflict with the leader's personal best interests.

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