Deal No. 3 | Colonel Cassad

As a result of the meeting between Putin and Trump, some progress has been made in Syria, so that the meeting can not be called completely empty exclusively for the handshake, which in many ways was overly discussed, precisely because the majority did not understand what Trump could expect. After a two-hour discussion of various issues, the parties agreed to expand the armistice in Syria by including areas in the Southeast – Deraa and Quneitra, where the United States will commit itself to cease fire by local factions, and the Russian Federation, with the help of the military police, will ensure the ceasefire of Damascus. Anonymous sources report that the United States will help to ensure that Israel and Jordan fulfill the ceasefire. The truce enters into force on 9 July. Regarding the situation in the province of Raqqa and in the south-western regions of Syria, there is as yet no concrete solution.

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Seymour Hersh on Trump and Syrian Chemical Attacks

It was a laser-guided bomb that the Russians supplied to Syria. We had the intelligence of a meeting and we planned for it, we planned for it days in advance. It was coordinated very carefully. Everybody: us, the UK, the NSA, the CIA—everybody knew there was going to be a meeting there. In fact Russia even contacted our intelligence people, our CIA through a liaison I guess (I don’t know how), that there was going to be a secret meeting and if we had an asset there, if there was somebody we owned at that meeting, get him out of there because it’s going to be hit.

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“We got a fucking problem” | HERSH

American Soldier: We got a fuckin‘ problem

Security-Adviser: What happened? Is it the Trump ignoring the Intel and going to try to hit the Syrians? And that we’re pissing on the Russians?

AS: This is bad…Things are spooling up.

SA: You may not have seen trumps press conference yesterday. He’s bought into the media story without asking to see the Intel. We are likely to get our asses kicked by the Russians. Fucking dangerous. Where are the godamn adults? The failure of the chain of command to tell the President the truth, whether he wants to hear it or not, will go down in history as one of our worst moments.

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Tensions Mount as the New Saudi Prince Takes Charge | ERIC MARGOLIS

Adding to these tensions, a palace coup in Saudi Arabia just sidelined the kingdom’s iron-handed number two, former Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef and replaced him by 31-year old Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son of King Salman. The King is said to be seriously ill. But the 15,000-member Saudi family is not pleased by the defenestration of heir apparent Nayef.

Prince – now crown prince – Mohammed was the author of Saudi Arabia’s stalemated war in Yemen, which is burning through the kingdom’s cash reserves at a time when oil prices are plunging and has killed large numbers of civilians. He is behind the recent Saudi-Egyptian-Israeli tacit alliance.

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