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Out of Syria

By MisterLefty following x   2018 Jul 7, 6:00am 412 views   4 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    

Grand Bargain Taking Shape? U.S. to Pull Out of al-Tanf

If you’ve followed my work for the past year you know that my default position has been there is a potential Grand Bargain for Peace in the Middle East. From the moment President Trump first berated the Arabs in Riyidh last year on his first foreign trip for supporting terrorism, I’ve felt that the final outcome over Syria would culminate in such an agreement.

Elijah Magnier is reporting now that the framework for a U.S. pull out of its position at Al-Tanf near where the borders of Jordan, Syria and Iraq come together has pretty much been agreed upon in advance of Trump and Vladimir Putin’s Summit on July 16th in Helsinki.

Russian advisors visiting the Syrian capital Damascus are confident that the US forces will pull out of al-Tanf and will also aim to completely withdraw from north of Syria (al-Hasaka and Deir-Ezzour) in the next six months.

According to top decision makers based in Damascus, the US President Donald Trump is pushing his administration to approve an already prepared total withdrawal plan. Despite Trump’s limited knowledge of foreign policy and being unaware of the consequences of his decisions in the international arena, however, he found no convincing elements – said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous – in the presentation by his administration where US forces could benefit from the continuation of their presence in such a hostile environment and without suffering hits in the future. Trump’s biggest fear to see the US special forces deployed in the north of Syria and in Iraq returning to the country “in plastic bags”. He would certainly find it hard to offer any explanation for the US occupation of the Levant after the defeat of ISIS (the “Islamic State” group) or what remained of it in Syria and Iraq.

What Putin and Trump will work out is whether they can trust each other enough to allow each to do the job they need to do to make this work. By the time the summit happens, the SAA Tiger forces should have taken back most of the province of Dara’a up to the Golan Heights, effectively restoring the 2011 border.

The Grand Bargain I’ve been proposing has been, simply put, the U.S. and the Russians acting as guarantors of the local actors behavior. It requires Russia to remain in Syria indefinitely, supporting the Assad government’s rebuilding of the country.

And it requires the U.S. to remove its military presence, by declaring victory over ISIS and leaving. But, in its wake leave an explicit guarantee of Israel’s and Saudi Arabia’s defense in the case of future Iranian adventurism.

The Russians act as a buffer to break up the Shia Crescent concerns of the Israelis, Turkey goes home, the Kurds negotiate a settlement with Damascus and the Saudis get to live a few more years before their domestic troubles overwhelm them.


1   d6rB   ignore (1)   2018 Jul 7, 7:30am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

MisterLefty says
Putin and Trump will work out is whether they can trust each other enough

Putin is NOT to be trusted under any circumstances...he is a lying KGB weasel
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drB6 says
Putin is NOT to be trusted under any circumstances

3   d6rB   ignore (1)   2018 Jul 7, 8:41am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

MisterLefty says

Not a Trump fan, but he is much more trustworthy than a botoxed KGB mole
4   HEYYOU   ignore (25)   2018 Jul 7, 8:41am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

MisterLefty says

Trump is NOT to be trusted under any circumstances.
When tariffs kick in Republicans will face job loss,loss of some farms,sparsely filled wallets?

Trump will do as Putin commands.

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