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05 May 2017

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Colonel,

In case you missed it, Al Monitor had an excellent analysis & description of possible end game for Idlib (2nd half of article).

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/us-troops-turkey-syria-border.html

If indeed a grand bargain has been done, is it plausible that US could use Russian air defenses as an excuse to deny assistance to Afrin Kurds, let Tal Rifaat fall & thus not be seen to overtly sell out SDF? In exchange for Kurds being pushed back, Turkey provides intelligence/support against HTS in Idlib.

Les

It doesn't help McMaster when the news says that he wants 150,000 ground troops in Syria.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-08/washington-loves-general-mcmaster-but-trump-doesn-t

John_Frank

The State Department announced this morning that Foreign Minister Lavarov is coming to Washington, D.C. to meet with Secretary Tillerson on May 10.

Secretary Tillerson To Meet With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov
https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/05/270698.htm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, May 10, to discuss Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral issues. On Ukraine, the sides will discuss the need to stop the violence in eastern Ukraine and resolve the conflict through the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.

On Syria, the Secretary intends to discuss efforts to de-escalate violence, provide humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, and set the stage for a political settlement of the conflict.

According to press reports, FM Lavrov will be in the US from May 9 - 11.

Also, follows is the transcript of the press avail that Secretary Mattis had early this morning en route to Copenhagen:

Media Availability with Secretary Mattis en route to Copenhagen, Denmark
https://www.defense.gov/News/Transcripts/Transcript-View/Article/1176063/media-availability-with-secretary-mattis-en-route-to-copenhagen-denmark/

turcopolier

John Frank

So, will Tillerson be "compromised" by talking to Lavrov? (humor) pl

John_Frank

LOL.

John_Frank

fyi Officials: US approves heavier weapons for Syrian Kurds
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_UNITED_STATES_TURKEY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-05-09-13-47-04

Vincent

If you have any, any whatsoever, EVIDENCE OF ASSAD CHEMICAL ATTACK, pls, I dare you to publish it here! I dare you!

John_Frank

We now have confirmation of the AP report from a Defense Department spokesperson and the President's Press Secretary:

Trump Approves Arming Kurds in Syria Over Turkish Objections
https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-09/trump-approves-arming-kurds-in-syria-over-turkey-s-objections

Marko

New Postol report, "The HRW Evidence Disaffirms Its Own Conclusions in Its Report of May 1, 2017" :

https://normanpilon.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/theodore-a-postol.pdf

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