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US Sidelined?

Posted by seumasach on November 24, 2015

There would be no question mark were the reference to Cameron being sidelined.

Russia, France Form Their Own Anti-ISIL Alliance in Syria

Stephen Cohen


24th November, 2015

The tragedy of Paris seems to have accelerated long-awaited political changes: “the United States can no longer play its self-declared hegemonic, or only super-power, role in the world, and Russia has returned to the center stage of world affairs”, according to NYU political science professor Stephen Cohen.

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Mogherini: Solution to Syria impossible without Russia

Posted by seumasach on November 22, 2015

EU Foreign Policy Chief Says Solution to Syria Impossible Without Russia


22nd November, 2015

Russia and the EU can arrive at a consensus on the Syrian conflict thanks to common interests, according to EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini.

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US lawmakers say forget Assad, focus on IS

Posted by seumasach on November 22, 2015


20th November, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an unusual alliance, a House Democrat and Republican have teamed up to urge the Obama administration to stop trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad and focus all its efforts on destroying Islamic State militants.

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Russia and France will organize joint military operations against IS

Posted by seumasach on November 19, 2015


18th November, 2015

MOSCOW, November 18. /TASS/. The Russian Armed Forces will organize joint military operations with the French Navy to combat terrorists in Syria, chief of the main operations directorate of Russian army’s General Staff Andrey Kartapolov said on Wednesday.

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U.S.-Russia cooperation key to fighting Islamic State in Syria – EU

Posted by seumasach on November 15, 2015



15th November, 2015

Belek, Turkey. The United States and Russia must cooperate in fighting Islamic State in Syria, the president of the European Council said on Sunday, stressing Russia should focus its military actions there on the radical Islamists and not the Syrian opposition.

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UN chief, China, Germany, prioritize Syrian stability to resolve refugee crisis

Posted by seumasach on November 9, 2015


“He also noted that Berlin’s interests are “more in line with those of Russia and China than those of the US,” echoing what German political scientist Matthias Küntzel in 2009 referred as the emergence of a “new constellation” of powers with USA/UK/France on one side and Russia/China/Germany on the other.[8]

With the recent upgrade of Sino-British relationship to “comprehensive strategic partnership” and EU members clamoring to join China’s AIIB and ‘One Belt One Road’ initiatives earlier this year, the Beijing-Moscow-Berlin based constellation may actually be expanding.[9]

Asia Times

9th November, 2015

In 2003, Germany opposed US invasion of Iraq, and again in 2011 when US bombed the Gaddafi regime that tragically transformed Libya from a relatively stable country to a failed state.[1]

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David Cameron warned against Syria vote by Commons committee

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2015

Cameron’s plans were dead in the water from the moment the Russians intervened. However, unilateral, illegal action is not the only option: we could respond to Putin’s appeal for a UN authorised coalition against ISIL. Corbyn should be backing this and probably would do so but for his Russophobic leftist base.


3rd November, 2015

An influential Commons committee has urged David Cameron not to press ahead with a vote on UK air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

The Foreign Affairs Committee – which has a Conservative majority – said the prime minister should instead focus on efforts to end Syria’s civil war.


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US, Russia hold joint military training exercise in Syria

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2015


4th November, 2015

US and Russian fighter jets conducted a joint training exercise above Syria on Tuesday, according to an American defense official.  

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Syrian war ends West’s dominance of Middle East

Posted by seumasach on October 27, 2015

Russia is falling over backwards to provide cover for Western retreat in Syria. They are even prepared to include any people calling themselves the “Free Syrian Army” the Americans can come up with to join talks. Why not?


Indian Punchline

26th October, 2015

Three weeks and 5 days into the Russian military operations in Syria, Moscow has achieved the objective of compelling the major external players involved to rethink their established stance on the crisis. Unsurprisingly, new fault lines have appeared in Middle East politics. Last week witnessed a surge diplomatic activity to cope with the new fault lines.

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NY Times says US divided over Syria

Posted by seumasach on October 24, 2015

Obama did not attend the meeting, which was led by National Security Adviser Susan Rice and “no formal decision was made,” The New York Times stated, adding that “advocates of a greater American role left discouraged.”

NY Times says US divided over no-fly zone, safe zone in Syria

Today’s Zaman

23rd October, 2015

The US administration is locked in a sharp new debate over whether to deploy its military forces to establish a no-fly zone and safe havens in Syria to protect civilians caught in the Syrian civil war, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

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If you can’t beat them join them!

Posted by seumasach on October 20, 2015

Or WW3 “to stop the bloodshed”

Cailean Bochanan

20th October, 2015
Russia’s bold move to finally bring effective military force to bear against ISIL has given rise to some strange political activity in the West and heightened, collective, cognitive dissonance.
Casually turning on the TV to watch the Scottish National Party’s conference in Aberdeen I couldn’t believe my eyes when a Syrian “refugee” was given the platform and proceeded to deliver a rant against Syria’s President Assad which would be worthy of John MacCain. According to this gentleman extremism in Syria is caused by Assad and we need to establish “No bomb zones” to protect civilians. Readers may notice a similarity between “No bomb zones” and the famous “No fly zones” which also never happened.

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