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  • Purveyor (2622 posts)
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    Turkey Threatens As U.S. Deploys Troops In Syria

    By Sami Moubayed, The Arab Weekly | March 13, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 13 (UPI) — As the Syrian war edges toward its seventh year on Wednesday, several hundred elite U.S. Army Rangers and Marines with heavy artillery have deployed in northern Syria in a modest but significant military escalation by U.S. President Donald Trump in the campaign against the Islamic State that may further expand in the coming weeks.

    U.S. officials on Wednesday said the Trump administration could base up to 1,000 U.S. troops in Kuwait to serve as a fast-reaction reserve force in the battle against IS — a move that strongly suggests Trump is prepared to substantially raise the stakes in Syria after years of half-hearted U.S. involvement.

    However, the U.S. action height­ened tensions with Turkey, a NATO partner and nominal ally, and sharply exposed the increasingly complex geopolitical rivalries that have emerged in northern Syria. They come amid final preparations for the battle for Raqqa, de facto capital of the caliphate proclaimed by the Islamic State and the group’s last urban stronghold in Syria.


    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned that Ankara’s rela­tions with the United States could be “seriously damaged” if the Americans continued to support the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-dominated alliance that has been the United States’ most re­liable partner in the multisided Syr­ian maelstrom.



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  • id-entity (2045 posts)
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    1. "Bizarre twist"

    In a bizarre twist in a long-bewil­dering war, the primary mission of the U.S. Army Rangers is to protect the Americans’ Kurdish and Arab al­lies massed in the region from Tur­key, which wants its own forces to lead the charge against Raqqa, the big prize in the war to crush IS.

    The troops from the 75th Ranger Regiment deployed west of the town of Manbij, northwest of Raqqa, with heavily armored Stryker fighting vehicles.

    The article does not mention the most bizarre twist, that also Russian Troops are deployed to protect West of Manbij to protect Rojava libertarian commies from Turkish plan to conquer Manbij (and then on), which Erdogan says is still very much on.


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  • RealityCheck (1029 posts)
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    2. the formula for additional war thickens

    Bringing 3 pushy players (US, Russia and Turkey) so close together in one region begs for some toes to be stepped on.