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The US and Russia in Syria

 
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2017 07:15 pm
Everybody has an opinion about why the US is in Syria.

The one that seems most plausible to me is - following proxy players and overlapping narratives - that the US is throwing significant firepower behind an effort to keep Iran from rising to hegemonic regional power. I would've never arrived at this conclusion myself because Iran hardly seems to be a player in the heat of battle right now, but I read some historians, ME journalists, and other interesting on-the-ground commenters who put the pieces together.

Of course, the war is in flux, the players seem to shift sides routinely, and the coverage isn't as sexy as trying to get Trump impeached.

I think it's about to trump Trump.

We have been fighting by proxy until today, it seems. We're out, now.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/06/18/a-u-s-aircraft-has-shot-down-a-syrian-government-jet-over-northern-syria-pentagon-says/

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Lash
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2017 07:26 pm
http://www.aei.org/publication/its-time-for-the-us-to-quit-enabling-iran-in-syria/

Looking for varied sources, opinions.
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2017 07:34 pm
Today in Iran.

https://www.google.com/amp/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN19911S
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2017 07:38 pm
When Obama originally engaged, it was my impression he merely wished to oust the government and saw an opportunity, he figured, to help a pro western regime take power. But, like everything else the foreign powers attempt over there, it unraveled and after becoming a total mess, Russia stepped in with its own agenda. Personally I see no clear objective for the Americans these days.
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2017 07:39 pm
Background on proxy wars between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

https://www.google.com/amp/foreignpolicy.com/2016/12/28/what-would-a-saudi-iran-war-look-like-dont-look-now-but-it-is-already-here-3/amp/
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2017 08:32 pm
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/18/middleeast/iran-launches-missiles-into-syria/index.html

Iran has launched missiles in Syria.

(sharp inhale)

One of these major interlopers is bound to hit another.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jun, 2017 04:12 am
If Iran has officially ditched the dollar, as I just read elsewhere, it all starts to fall in place.
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Reply Mon 19 Jun, 2017 04:16 am
@edgarblythe,
Yes. Watching this pretty closely.
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Reply Mon 19 Jun, 2017 07:26 pm
U.S. WILL LOSE SYRIA TO IRAN AND ABANDON KURDISH ALLIES, FORMER AMBASSADOR SAYS

http://www.newsweek.com/us-military-kurds-lose-iran-syria-former-ambassador-627395
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Reply Mon 19 Jun, 2017 07:33 pm
@edgarblythe,
Thanks!
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Reply Sat 24 Jun, 2017 06:11 am
An interesting prognostication about how a US /USSR (oops, sorry) Russian skirmish in Syria might look.

I'm currently thankful that the recent downed plane hasn't resulted in open hostility yet.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.businessinsider.com/us-russia-air-war-syria-2017-6
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Reply Sat 24 Jun, 2017 06:22 am
Is the US actively goading Syria/Iran/Russia into a hot war?

http://theantimedia.org/isis-syria-war/
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