America’s Client Paralysis | Sic Semper Tyrannis

So, Al Qaeda, the killers of 9/11, made it from nemesis to ally in just a decade, with the general fighting their offspring in 2008 proposing to arm their successors in 2015.

How to better capture the utter strategic incoherence that afflicts US policy at the moment?

Because the guys who killed a couple thousand Americans during 9/11 and afterwards, and a couple thousand Iraqi Shia (no saints either but immaterial to this point) are good guys now that they have started killing Syrian soldiers and civilians, in scores? They have changed their target but surely retained their attitudes. And the general who fought Al Qaeda in Iraq wants to arm them in Syria so they can kill Syrian Army and ISIS fighters? Can the US, after that, seriously claim to have won the GWOT?

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Syrian Kurdistan to open mission in Berlin, Paris and Moscow: PYD leader

Syrian Kurdish PYD leaders last Wednesday held talks in Moscow with Russia’s deputy foreign minister over the conflict in the war-torn nation, including talks about further steps toward the opening of a Russian office.

Deputy minister Mikhail Bogdanov hosted the co-chair of the PYD Asya Abdullah and the head of the administration in the Kobani Canton of Syrian Kurdistan Anwar Muslim, Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Earlier last week an International Kurdish Conference, organised jointly by the Union of International Kurdish Social Institutions and Russian Institute of Strategic Research (RISI) has kicked off in Moscow.

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Syrian Kurds have ISIL ‘capital’ in their sights

“We are preparing to liberate Raqqa and Jarabulus, thousands of fighters are being readied for the offensive. Right now, we are discussing the coordination between us and the Free Syrian army and tribal fighters,” says Idriss Nassan, deputy minister of foreign affairs of Kobani canton, one of the three administrative districts that make up the predominantly Kurdish self-declared autonomous region of Rojava in northern Syria.

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US unsure if Kurds recovered weapons airdropped into Syria

Amid conflicting reports on the delivery of weapons and ammunition airdropped into northern Syria last week, the US military said Thursday it wasn’t sure if the Kurds had recovered any of the packages.

“I don’t have a breakdown of exactly where those—where everything went,” said the US Defense Dept. Spokesman Peter Cook. “My understanding is that…this specifically went to Syrian Arab forces and that there were other groups, opposition groups that may have also been able to recover some of the weaponry as well.”

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The war in the middle East by 17 October – Col Cassad

Kurdish militias really are preparing to attack the Northern frontiers of the Caliphate, in the near future a delegation of the Kurds will visit Tehran. While the Americans promise me some air support to the Kurds. In fact, both sides are trying to involve the Kurds in the coalition by quite prosaic reason – the Kurds will ensure cheap infantry which would fight against the the Caliphate, while the coalition only need aviation and military-technical support. The Kurds know their worth (especially in relation to the conflict with Turkey) and has not made a clear choice, so the struggle for the involvement of Kurds in one of coalitions will continue. In principle, it is more profitable for us that the Kurds are in the coalition with Assad, as in the case of large-scale ground military successes, the Alliance of Damascus and the Kurds will give the opportunity to recreate a significant part of Syria at least on a Federal basis, where the Kurds can count on autonomy, which they will not be able to rely on Turkey and to the idea which is now heavily grown in Washington. But Americans can replay the situation and promises to Kurdish leaders in the creation of a Kurdish state at the expense of the Northern regions of Syria and Iraq, but then they run the risk of seriously quarrel with Iraq and Turkey. In General, there are very a tangle of contradictions.

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Moscow ready to work with Kurds — diplomat

Russia is ready to work with all constructive forces in Syria in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov said on Thursday, answering a question about possible cooperation with Kurds.

“We are in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government and are ready to work with all the constructive forces that are ready for joint fight against IS,” Meshkov said.

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