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US & Russia work together to end conflict in Syria (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 338.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how the Russian and US military appear to be coordinating their moves in Syria so as to prevent Turkey from moving further into Northern Syria, while using diplomacy to bring the Kurds into the framework of a united Syria.

According to AMN (), Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Mark Milley and Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov held a phone conversation on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria, the JCS press service said.

“The two military leaders exchanged their views on issues of mutual concern in Syria,” the JCS said in a statement. “The two leaders have agreed to keep the specific details of their conversation secret.”

The Russian Defense Ministry issued a similar statement earlier in the day, providing no details as well.

Gerasimov’s previous telephone contact with the newly appointed US official took place on October 2, several days after Milley had taken over as the US top military officer, succeeding US Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford.

The two, according Hayley Sims, a spokeswoman for the Joint Staff, exchanged views on issues of mutual concern and agreed that regular contact were important to promote transparency and avoid mistakes.

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Via Zerohedge…

“Washington’s in meltdown mode over Trump’s Syria withdrawal and Turkey’s invasion,” independent journalist Rania Khalek observes. This as Trump announced Wednesday that American troops are “largely out” of the area of Turkey’s incursion in northeast Syria.

Meeting with Italy’s president, Trump said  in front of reporters: “If Syria wants to fight to take back their land, that’s up to them and Turkey.” He added, “There’s a lot of sand that they can play with.”

“Syria Is Protecting the Kurds, That’s Good!” the president added, but also said of the Syrian Kurds, “They are no angels, by the way.” This follows statements made earlier in the wake of his ordered troop draw down that local powers should sort it out.

“I wish them all a lot of luck,” he said while speaking of Russia and Syria, and while calling the Turkish incursion against the apparently formerly US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) “not our problem”.

But in a significant first, the president also said that Russia and the Syrian government “hate ISIS more than us”. He said “They can take care of ISIS” and explained.

“Our solders are out of there, they’re totally safe” — Trump added, emphasizing his rationale for his recent controversial decision-making on Syria.

No doubt this will cause mainstream pundits and D.C. beltway think tankers’ heads to explode, given it’s long been a key talking point that without American military presence in Syria, ISIS would only grow and become resurgent.

Worse, a number of hawks have long advanced the conspiracy theory that Assad is actually to blame for the rise of ISIS, and that without regime change in Damascus, ISIS will only grow.

No doubt, Trump’s comments that Russia and Assad will deal with ISIS as they “hate ISIS more than us” will drive collective mainstream outrage. This after, as Rania Khalek aptly noted, “US pundits and politicians are crying that America’s image and hegemony has taken a hit because of Trump’s Syria withdrawal.”

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US neocons have delivered in Iraq, Libya, and almost in Syria, exactly what they intended to deliver. Failed States where no one political group can make policy for the entire area recognized as part of a legitmate State. Israel, and due to Zionist Neocons, the US, wants nothing but fragments of States anywhere in the Middle East. As long as a country is bombed back into the nineteenth century, dependent on outside help to even feed its people, and incapable of rebuilding the damage done, the groups in the US that thrive from corrupt deals tied to war have what… Read more »

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Good discussion, relief all round with respect to ending Obama’s regime change war in Syria. Interesting that the EU has been left out, but what about Israel? Reportedly, Israel has been carrying out regular air strikes purportedly on “Iranian” targets in Syria and killing Syrian civilians on a weekly, if not daily basis. Is Israel going to cease and desist regarding interfering with Syria as well? Or is it going to persist in in its efforts to foment war on Iran and turn yet another sovereign nation into a pile of rubble?

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When Israel’s bombing finally start to get hit back and they have to go and pick up the pilot’s remains in bodybags , they will stop . Israel considers Ashkenazi blood to be more worthy than anyone else’s . I don’t think that Israel will actually hit Iran directly but that is my personal opinion .In hitting Syria they calculate 2 birds with one stone .Kill Iranians and damage Syrian infrastructure ,bldgs.etc. all the while boasting their prowess and invincibility . Of course ,they do this with impunity to the Palestinians daily but in reality they are cowards .Most thinking… Read more »

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US interested in ending a conflict? Really? If the entire Middle East didn’t have a single drop of oil…

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