Islamic State counterattacks near Raqqa amid allegations U.S. coalition bombed key dam | Japan Times

A senior Russian general on Tuesday meanwhile accused the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of targeting Syria’s infrastructure — including Tabqa Dam — in territory held by the Sunni extremist group.

Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the military’s General Staff said the coalition was trying to “completely destroy critical infrastructure in Syria and complicate postwar reconstruction as much as possible.”

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The question of forming a new political elite | Anton Bryukov

The new elite must meet simultaneously the criteria of subjectivity and independence, and to be focused on the interests of the state. This combination is only possible if there is simultaneously the development of personality, which has remained true to the civilization. This is the principle of freedom in Ministry. Elite definitely needs to be a representative of the people’s identity to be the expression of the ideas and aspirations of the people, and to understand and accept the values and the cultural code of the people. Potential candidates of the new elite must belong to any of traditional religions, without this man can not be considered a part of the Eurasian elites.

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Democrats become Dick Cheney | The Hill

“In some quarters, that would be considered an act of war. I think it’s a kind of conduct and activity we will see going forward. We know he’s attempted it previously in other states in the Baltics,” Cheney said, according to video of the remarks.

The warfare accusations fit into a larger narrative pushed by Democrats that casts President Trump as weak on Russia and plays up the damage done by Moscow through the electoral interference.

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The pause in U.S.-Russian relations

It appears that at this stage in U.S. relations will be dominated by confrontational rhetoric, in the presence of situational contacts like the meeting in Munich at the security Conference or the meeting of chiefs of General Staffs of Russia, USA and Turkey in Antalya. The participation of both countries in the Syrian war somehow forcing them to contact each other, although as the events in the area of Raqqa, in addition to the General aims of the war with the Caliphate, the rest of the goals are very different.The same goes for Ukraine, where US demands to give the Donbass and Crimea to the Kiev regime, regarded by the Kremlin as an unacceptable.

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Stabilization in Hama. 27.03.2017 | Colonel Cassad

Of course at this stage the fighting in North Hama not only hinder the development of the offensive of the SAA to the East of Aleppo, but also make it difficult to implement more ambitious plans related to the promotion, in Raqqa province, where the United States with the Kurds gradually develop success from Tabqa, continuing to bend the line on the environment of the capital of the Caliphate.

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