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Russia, US edging nearer to agreement on Alleppo

Posted by seumasach on August 15, 2016


15th August, 2016

Russian military officials say Moscow is close to reaching an agreement with Washington on how to coordinate fight against militants in Syria’s war-ravaged city of Aleppo.

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Many Americans regard ceasefire in Syria as defeat

Posted by seumasach on February 29, 2016


28th February, 2016

MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Many Americans regard the ceasefire in Syria as a defeat, Chairman of the State Duma committee for foreign affairs Alexey Pushkov said.


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Where competing interests converge for US, China

Posted by seumasach on February 8, 2016

American policy toward Central Asia should be based on the premise that it is a region of convergent rather than competitive interests… Thus, wherever possible and appropriate, Washington should better harness…(the) Chinese presence in the region to its favor… Similarly, Washington should not try to impede China’s Silk Road Economic Belt initiative. It is not necessary and will prove ineffective for Washington to take an overly competitive approach to challenging Chinese… political, economic, and security engagement in the region”.


Indian Punchline

8th February, 2016

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace brought out a paper recently on the United States’ policy options toward the Central Asian region in the period ahead following the drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan. Three pundits rooted in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie co-authored the paper and what distinguishes them is also their long stints in the US state department and National Security Council, and/or the intelligence community.

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“What do you want Me to do, go to war with the Russians?!”

Posted by seumasach on February 8, 2016

This is a fair summary of the situation with the best hope for Western diplomacy the claim to have stopped the “barrel bombs”. The complete fiasco and humiliation for Western imperialism so long predicted in these pages!

An Exasperated John Kerry Throws In Towel On Syria: ”

Zero Hedge

7th February, 2016


“Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city – Syria’s largest before the war – could soon fall.”

Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters pieceout today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “…could soon be liberated.”

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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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Obama cuts loose Syria’s civil war

Posted by seumasach on October 13, 2015


Indian Punchline

10th October, 2015

The Pentagon virtually announced on Friday that the US is pulling out of the civil war in Syria – recruiting and training rebel groups to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad – and will instead concentrate its energy and resources on the fight against the Islamic State. The Pentagon announcement,here, followed a decision taken by President Barack Obama himself.


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Russia outflanks Turkey in Syria

Posted by seumasach on October 7, 2015


Asia Times

6th October, 2015

Turkey has voiced strong opposition to the Russian military intervention in Syria. How far will Turkey take this campaign?

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Russia, US work on agreement to coordinate air operations in Syria

Posted by seumasach on October 7, 2015

See also: New Cold War or War on Terror

“I have, for some time, been talking up a strategic alliance between Washington and Moscow as the great paradigm shift in global geo-politics. It was, admittedly, difficult to see how such a shift could come about. Indeed, the failure of Obama’s reset was just another amongst a litany of seeming failures. But if that remains a strategic goal of Obama, and I believe that it must, then War on TerrorII would be the key to its realization.”


7th October, 2015

Baku – APA. The Russian Defense Ministry and the Pentagon are working on an agreement to coordinate military flights in Syria, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry, RT reported.

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Moscow and Washington work together to restructure international relations

Posted by seumasach on October 5, 2015

Thierry Meyssan


5th October, 2015

While the Atlantist media seem to be falling sick, infected by a sudden attack of the anti-Russian fever, Thierry Meyssan interprets Moscow’s military action in Syria as the first step towards a complete revision of international relations. In his opinion, the important question is not so much whether Russia will save the Syrian Arab Republic from the jihadists, but whether Russia’s army could partially replace the US army in the region in order to guarantee security. Basing his interpretation on an internal document from the Security Council, he affirms that Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama are acting together against the US liberal hawks and neo-conservatives.

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