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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2019 10:08 p.m. PST

"The Islamic State has finally fizzled. Its caliphate, daringly declared from the pulpit of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, in Iraq, in 2014, had been the size of Britain, ruled eight million people, lured recruits from eighty countries, and threatened to redraw the map of the Middle East. It ended, in the Syrian farming hamlet of Baghouz, as little more than a junk yard about the size of Central Park, filled with burnt-out vehicles and dilapidated tents. Tens of thousands of ISIS loyalists, both fighters and their families, opted to surrenderóand face life in crammed prisons and dreary detention campsórather than become martyrs in ISIS's promised paradise…."
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Betrayal is a harsh word. Everyone knew (and knows) that the U.S. will not stay permanently in Syria, including the Kurds and their allies. The fact that almost 1,000 U.S. soldiers still remain in Syria, and probably will till next year, it is not precisely any betrayal….


Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 11:01 a.m. PST

Again? Remember 1990s.

SOB Van Owen14 Apr 2019 11:13 a.m. PST

Kurds should be used to it by now.
When you consider that the primary foreign policy objective of any new US President of a different party is to repudiate his predecessor's foreign policy, this is to be expected.

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 11:37 a.m. PST

There is no betrayal because no promises or commitments were made between the US and the Kurds. The US and the rest of the world are very well aware that the Kurdish issue is a sensitive political hot potato and know better than to appear overly supportive of their cause (i.e. independent statehood).

The temporary alliance with the Kurds was one of convenience against ISIS, nothing more and nothing less.

Lion in the Stars14 Apr 2019 2:08 p.m. PST

We really should have split Iraq into ~three states with a federal government above them, like the US.

Sunnistan, Shiastan, and Kurdistan.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 3:30 p.m. PST


And of course….they would be at war for ages!… (smile)


Pythagoras14 Apr 2019 7:29 p.m. PST

And of course….they would be at war for ages!… (smile)


So, no change?

Twilight Samurai Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 8:59 p.m. PST

On the bright side, war is a big employer, the only steady one in a lot of the world.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 10:48 a.m. PST

No changes in that part of the World about war…


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