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Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

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Entertainment The Latest: Details released of agreement on Syria's Idlib Published: September 18, 2018

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance of a Russian military aircraft over the Mediterranean...

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Putin talking to Erdogan ahead of his meeting: 

"Our relations are developing dynamically and positively. It can be said about our trade and economic ties, which are growing rapidly. It can be...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Interesting news article at PBS- Syria's Rebel Idlib Prepares for  A Losing Battle

I’m opting to leave out the spin and that which is rubbish in my opinion and go for as factual an accounting as can be extracted from the 5 eyes media.

“A wide offensive...
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Syrian Army air defenses have intercepted several “Israeli missiles” over Damascus International Airport, state news agency SANA reported, citing a military source.

“Our air defense systems thwarted an Israeli missile...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-14 - Original post - cached version

➨  No major offensive planned for Idlib: Lavrov

Russia-backed regime forces have massed around Idlib in recent weeks, sparking fears of an imminent air and ground attack to retake the last major opposition bastion.

“What is being presented at the moment...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-14 - Original post - cached version


Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Russian resort city of Sochi on Monday, Turkish official said Friday. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a televised press conference in...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-13 - Original post - cached version

 ➱ U.S. Tells Russia and Iran Not to Attack in Syria, Conducts Major Military Drills in Syria around Al Tanf

 The U.S. military has conducted rare, large-scale exercises with allied Syrian rebels at a time when Washington was urging Russia and Iran to...
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A French army vehicle was visible in photos of the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor released by the US on Wednesday, raising questions about the nature of French involvement in the region.

Pretty certain anyone...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-12 - Original post - cached version

Being honest here, not, a fan of Josh Landis- But, he offers some good insights into the dynamics in Syria's north- So I'm sharing the interview. Dated August 08/18
I've left off the claim in the original title regarding Syria's proxies gathering for Idlib- It's very clear that did not...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-11 - Original post - cached version

We have all now been made aware that claims of a coordinated Syrian/Russian move into Idlib were false.

No Big Battle for Idlib, Present Time: Updated. " I Prowled the Front Lines of Idlib & Found No Massed Syrian Troops"

Yesterday, it was  also reported (report in top link above...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Following up from today's earlier post- It's a must read if your watching the Idlib situation via the many, many media reports.

Monday, September 10, 2018:" I Prowled the Front Lines of Idlib & Found No Massed Syrian Troops"

 Confirming the report linked in the above post:...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-10 - Original post - cached version

In two previous posts I'd mentioned the idea that the situation in Idlib would remain as it had been? Yes, SAA and Russia would launch airstrikes as they have for some time now. 
 But I'd also expressed concerns about an imminent move of ground forces because SAA had been infiltrated with...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-09 - Original post - cached version


MOSCOW, September 9. /TASS/. Phosphorous bombs were used by the US air force warplanes to deliver a strike on the settlement of Hajin in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor governorate on September 8, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties...
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Abkhazia PM dies in car crash - September 08  
Prime Minister of Abkhazia Gennady Gagulia has died after his cortege got in a car accident en route from Sochi’s airport to his home republic, local authorities confirmed.
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-08 - Original post - cached version


The Russian Defense Ministry revealed reliable information confirming that terrorist organizations in Idleb have completed all preparations to stage and film a new chemical incident  in order to blame the Syrian Arab Army.
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-07 - Original post - cached version

My impressions based on the earliest news reports from the Astana 3/Tripartite Summit is that the status quo (the existing state of affairs) will be maintained regarding Idlib.

Instead of updating the previous post, Idlib Crunch Time: Kurds "renew" Claim for Idlib. Astana 3 in Iran- Staus...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-07 - Original post - cached version

So, it's crunch time..

Just going to do a roundup of news regarding Idllib, again. Including some coverage of the Astana partners meeting in Iran.
First up...

The Kurds have “Renewed their claim for Idlib” 

Do tell all the Arabs present that Idlib belongs to the Kurds...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-07 - Original post - cached version


Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

MOSCOW, September 6. /TASS/. Washington has begun a media campaign in order to lay the groundwork for an armed invasion of Venezuela, Igor Pshenichnikov, an expert at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS),...
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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria’s Kurdish-led northeast will not be given special treatment and will be dealt with in the same way as other parts of Syria, a government minister said on Tuesday.

“We cannot give any Syrian province something which...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-05 - Original post - cached version

In yesterday's post I mentioned that the Turkish move to label HTS as a "terror group" was a green light for the move on Idlib. Some version of an advance on Idlib, to be made by the Astana 3. Clearly, the US and co. have their own ideas.

Turkey Green Lights Syria/Russian Idlib Op - Hayat...
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Damascus, SANA-A military source said on Tuesday that the army air defenses intercepted an Israeli aggression with warplanes that infiltrated on a low altitude from west of Beirut into the north targeting a number of military sites in Tartous and...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-04 - Original post - cached version

The Astana 3 had agreed that Turkey would have a set amount of time to "convince” HTS to lay down arms. 

To not wage war against SAA. 

It's being reported that Turkey, last week, designated HTS a terror group. 
Which indicates a negotiations fail.
Despite what some may...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Here's one you may have missed. Certainly, I did!

"On August 12, the leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan will meet in the Kazakh port city of Aqtau, reportedly to sign a new convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea.

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-09-03 - Original post - cached version

The Benalla Affair has brought Macron Down to Earth

  "The Benalla affair has brought Emmanuel Macron to earth. His promise of a more moral and open system of governing is looking shaky"

Gallier shed some light on this "affair" that...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-31 - Original post - cached version


Western aggression against Syria will seriously harm peace process, diplomat warns

 Consequences of the West’s potential aggression against Syria will be inevitable and this will deal a heavy blow both to the settlement...
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 Idlib, again.


"The situation around Idlib has recently escalated with both Moscow and Damascus suggesting that militants are planning to stage a false-flag chemical attack against civilians there to frame the Syrian government....
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Interesting oped from Peter Ford @ MEE

Keeping in mind this repetition on anniversary dates that seems to present over and over.

September 1 will mark the 62nd anniversary of the secret formal request by the government of France to Israel for Israel to...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-28 - Original post - cached version


Not so much Germany's thugs as wanting Germany to press the US on their terrorists in Idlib.
This is in response to a statement released by the German Speaker of the Government.

Moscow calls on Washington and Berlin to influence armed...
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Following up, or continuing to cover the ongoing situation in Syria.....

Syria: US Signals To Russia They Will Hit Syria if Chemical Weapons are Deployed

Macron speaks

"France is ready to conduct further airstrikes in Syria in response to Damascus...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-26 - Original post - cached version

 Is it possible, should there be a 'chemical weapons' attack in Syria, that there will be in automatic, immediate attack launched by the coalition? 
No pretext of going through the UN to add the aura of legitimacy to that which was desired all along? 
No trying to figure out if a...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-25 - Original post - cached version


ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on Thursday accused the US government of attempting to create a “pseudo-government” in northern Syria.

"Meanwhile, the northeast...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-23 - Original post - cached version

The report is from SOHR- I've no reason to disbelieve it.
Considering SOHR is an outlet for the coalition and has long supported the destabilization/balkanization of Syria. A video is available at the link below
Clearly the US is going nowhere- the negotiations between the SDF/YPG/PKK...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-22 - Original post - cached version

How timely is that warning? Really?
Like you could set your watch to that! It was exactly what I'd expected. Just needed to see the reporting on it to know if my suspicions were well founded. And, of course, they were
Rehashing: I wrote a series of posts beginning back about two weeks...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-22 - Original post - cached version
Tragedy: Disastrous. Calamitous. Misfortune

I’m following the news coverage regarding these ‘negotiations’ and it’s like a bad movie playing over and over. Different title. Scenery. Actors. Same Narrative. 
It’s so uncomfortably familiar. Despite it...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-21 - Original post - cached version

Interesting oped from Peter Koenig

Sanctions left and sanctions right. Financial mostly, taxes, tariffs, visas, travel bans, confiscation of foreign assets, import and export prohibitions and limitations; and also punishing those who do not respect sanctions...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Personally, speaking. The answer to the above question: Is Turkey likely to annex the Syrian territory it now controls? No.

 It's doubtful Turkey needs the extra headache that would be had by annexing this territory. Way more probable is they will cooperate with Russia and Iran, as...

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hat tip to J for leaving the link to this oped in the comment section of :

Is Turkey Sleepwalking Out of the Alliance? Incirlik, Brunson, S-400's
AnonymousAugust 16, 2018 at 10:14 AM

Also see Bhadrakumar's (former Indian Ambassador)

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-17 - Original post - cached version

What the heck is Chyrstia Freeland on about? Saudi Arabia is all for ‘rights’.

 Do note the fact that the Saudi diplomat rejects supporting every independence movement but just so happens to support the Usrael/remake the region friendly “independence” of the USrael affiliated Kurds

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-16 - Original post - cached version

More on Idlib. It’s from the Atlantic Council- so you gotta be aware of the presentation, but, I’ll bold the info I find interesting- This post will not contain the entire oped.

Syrian Army soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad forces are seen in Idlib, Syria January...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-16 - Original post - cached version

This woman could sing. Undoubtedly.
I'm putting one of my fave songs below- Everyone knows RESPECT and it's a great song, but I did always like this one as well- Less well known, sure, but still a good one

Another excellent one is "Chain of Fools"

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-15 - Original post - cached version

Firas Tlass: SAA Will Invade Idleb with Russian and Turkish Help

 When I stumbled across this latest article my first thought was ‘wow, that’s a blast from the past’ Long, long time readers might remember the spin around the man named Manaf Tlass and his exit from Syria. Firas Tlass is...

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Carnegie Europe

"Turkey’s resolve to acquire the Russian strategic defensive weapon system S-400 Triumf raises the prospect of a severe damage to NATO and, by extension, to transatlantic security.

    The Turkish – American bilateral relationship is in a...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-14 - Original post - cached version


 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Ankara yesterday for talks that will continue today to discuss issues related to Syria.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would visit Ankara...

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I've been reading about Turkey's currency crisis 'round the net. 
There seem to be some authors that are confusing correlation with causation.
These op/eds put forth the idea that the fundamentals of Turkey's economy are the reason for the currency crisis.  

 I disagree and...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-10 - Original post - cached version
I'm not using the Janes lingo of Russia pressuring Turkey.  There is no need for "pressure"  since Russia, Turkey and Iran have coordinated all this time via their Astana partnership. Erdogan and Putin were in contact today and it's very likely Idlib was discussed along with the situation with the...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-09 - Original post - cached version

 I've added an update at the bottom- a map, which should be very helpful to understanding the situation on the ground in and around Idlib- scroll down

Following up on: Sochi: Iran, Russia & Turkey Talk Syria. Refugee Returns & Idlib

Where I'd commented:

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-09 - Original post - cached version

Wonder how many people thought about the fact that Chrystia Freeland employed the Trump playbook method allegedly engaging in diplomacy for twits on twitter?

 As opposed to the reality of a twit's (a silly or foolish person) twittiness on twitter being a distraction from something else. ...

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 The Trudeau government -
 As they force through new gun laws that go so far as to require changes to the criminal code in Canada. Perhaps even employing a prorogue?  Making it more difficult to be a lawful gun owner.  While ensuring the existence or even increase of criminal gun ownership...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-08-07 - Original post - cached version

The sanctions against Turkey have been coming for a long time now. They are the next step in the war that has long been waged against Turkey.
Notice I said the next step? Not the first step? That's because there have been many attacks already made against Turkey...  I've covered many of...

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I'd hoped to get this post up immediately after the one from Wednesday

Russia Seeks US Help in Returning Syrian Refugees

Russia and company want the Syrian refugees to return home.
The UN looks to be putting up roadblocks- despite the fact that the right to return is a given....


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