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    Re: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports.....

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    It appears we now have a major problem with BO's plans for a coalition, and in giving arms and training to the MB Sunni back Rebels. How do you think this affects what BO and Kerry were stating with regards to Syria? This alliance show Team BO and BO cannot trust who is on the ground in Syria. Which doesn't take into account how they want Assad gone as well. What will others in the newly formed Coalition say now? Will there be commitment? Can this be ignored and with Assad and Russia now knowing this bit of information? What say ye?



    According to Agence France-Presse, ISIS and a number of moderate and hard-line rebel groups have agreed not to fight each other so that they can focus on taking down the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Other sources say the signatories include a major U.S. ally linked to the Free Syrian Army. The deal between ISIS and the moderate Syrian groups casts doubt over President Barack Obama's freshly announced strategy to arm and train the groups against ISIS. The AFP report cited information from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based group monitoring the Syrian civil war, which said parties to the agreement "promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri regime." The term Nussayri refers to the Alawite ethnic group that Assad and many of his supporters belong to. AFP said the agreement was signed in a suburb of the Syrian capital, where ISIS has a strong presence.

    Charles Lister, a fellow at the Brookings Institution's Doha Center, cited a report from the anti-regime Orient Net website to suggest on Twitter that the signatories of the ceasefire include a U.S.-backed coalition called the Syrian Revolutionary Front. According to the U.K.-based outlet Middle East Eye, that same Orient Net report says the ceasefire between groups described in the U.S. as "moderate rebels" and the Islamic State was mediated by the al-Nusra Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria. This news suggests that partners will be hard to find. Lister said the pact is a product of failed U.S.-led Western policy in Syria."This underlines serious frustration w. lack of US-backing to [Free Syrian Army] opposition in fight vs Assad," he tweeted. If true, Landis said, the news of a ceasefire proves Washington does not know who it can support or trust within the fractured country.....snip~

    ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports
    Well of course, president Assad has governed far too secular, and allowed both Christians and an amount of Western culture, quarters in Syria. It is INSANE that US policy for at least two decades has been "regime change" in Syria!! Is it just an elephant in the room, why is this so difficult.
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    Re: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports.....

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    From Lebanon's Daily Star:

    Often at odds on the Syrian battlefields, the FSA, Nusra Front and ISIS have entered a tenuous allegiance of convenience to fight Assad-aligned forces in the badlands surrounding Arsal.

    “We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in ... Qalamoun,” said Bassel Idriss, the commander of an FSA-aligned rebel brigade.


    Frustration drives Arsal

    As I noted in my thoughts regarding the President's recent speech, I believe the U.S. is making a big error in stepping up assistance to Syria's sectarian factions. A better approach would entail ending all assistance to those groups. Otherwise, there will be leakage of weapons to ISIS and the effectiveness of U.S. airstrikes will be limited. Moreover, ISIS will be in a position to gain insight into U.S. tactics and training from rebels who might experience U.S. training.
    Whether incompetence or deliberate. Us policies in the ME are fanning the flames of extremists, and destabilising the region. Once again, as both Russia and China correctly warned of three years ago.
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    Re: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Well of course, president Assad has governed far too secular, and allowed both Christians and an amount of Western culture, quarters in Syria. It is INSANE that US policy for at least two decades has been "regime change" in Syria!! Is it just an elephant in the room, why is this so difficult.
    Mornin Monte. Well we can see the whole motivation was still to get rid of Assad for the MB backed rebels.....like I said before they are not concerned about all the rufgees or civilian deaths.

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    Re: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports.....

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    From Lebanon's Daily Star:

    Often at odds on the Syrian battlefields, the FSA, Nusra Front and ISIS have entered a tenuous allegiance of convenience to fight Assad-aligned forces in the badlands surrounding Arsal.

    “We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in ... Qalamoun,” said Bassel Idriss, the commander of an FSA-aligned rebel brigade.


    Frustration drives Arsal

    As I noted in my thoughts regarding the President's recent speech, I believe the U.S. is making a big error in stepping up assistance to Syria's sectarian factions. A better approach would entail ending all assistance to those groups. Otherwise, there will be leakage of weapons to ISIS and the effectiveness of U.S. airstrikes will be limited. Moreover, ISIS will be in a position to gain insight into U.S. tactics and training from rebels who might experience U.S. training.


    I stick with my earlier post: 'What could possibly go wrong?'

    Since my father died of Alzheimer's I often pause and wonder, this morning being a big wonder about deja vu and what is really happening in my world and what is an inherited disease, or perhaps a 60's acid flash back.

    But we've been here before. Obama sees an urgent need to draw a "Red Line" somewhere, then says this "international community" set the line, but then we find out there was no international community and no Red Line. Which is now more than slightly obvious as this far less humorous disease ISIS has kind of Metastasized.

    Now we have a time line instead of a red line and a promise there will be no "boots on the ground" instead of a "teensy attack".

    Carlin was right, everything eventually becomes stupid if you wait long enough...

    Wait, I maybe said that.
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    Re: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Well of course, president Assad has governed far too secular, and allowed both Christians and an amount of Western culture, quarters in Syria. It is INSANE that US policy for at least two decades has been "regime change" in Syria!! Is it just an elephant in the room, why is this so difficult.


    Hasn't the US been yelling "regime change" a lot in the last decade or so?

    After the fact, now, as Iraq remains "destabilized" ten years later, now we have people asking what too few were asking way back when Dubya was chanting "weapons of mass destruction" while UN inspectors were saying "wait two weeks".

    Today we see the recklessness of that the results of the domestically based pull out.

    It's not about "regime change" or any kind of change, it 'Newspeak' for showing the voters "I" have balls
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    Re: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Mornin Monte. Well we can see the whole motivation was still to get rid of Assad for the MB backed rebels.....like I said before they are not concerned about all the rufgees or civilian deaths.
    Morning to you bud. Hey I got it! But why, WHY, are we so ****ing determined to get rid of a guy who was at least somewhat tolerant of other religions, and Syrian people enjoyed a fair amount of Western culture! In favor of these loons. And furthermore, check my record, I have never accepted that any of the opposition fighters in Syria, were ever our friends or moderate. **** John McCain and his ****. We are advancing a policy, along with the Saudis, that is destructive, if no other US action in the Middle East proved it to you yet, THIS MUST!
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    Re: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Fearandloathing View Post
    Hasn't the US been yelling "regime change" a lot in the last decade or so?

    After the fact, now, as Iraq remains "destabilized" ten years later, now we have people asking what too few were asking way back when Dubya was chanting "weapons of mass destruction" while UN inspectors were saying "wait two weeks".

    Today we see the recklessness of that the results of the domestically based pull out.

    It's not about "regime change" or any kind of change, it 'Newspeak' for showing the voters "I" have balls
    I can only tell you that I was in that tiny little ignored crowd (for we were a crowd, small as it was, and we were ignored) listening to Hans Blix, and calling bull**** on Colin Powell's UN address.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Fearandloathing View Post
    I stick with my earlier post: 'What could possibly go wrong?'

    Since my father died of Alzheimer's I often pause and wonder, this morning being a big wonder about deja vu and what is really happening in my world and what is an inherited disease, or perhaps a 60's acid flash back.

    But we've been here before. Obama sees an urgent need to draw a "Red Line" somewhere, then says this "international community" set the line, but then we find out there was no international community and no Red Line. Which is now more than slightly obvious as this far less humorous disease ISIS has kind of Metastasized.

    Now we have a time line instead of a red line and a promise there will be no "boots on the ground" instead of a "teensy attack".

    Carlin was right, everything eventually becomes stupid if you wait long enough...

    Wait, I maybe said that.


    Mornin F&L. Well.....yesterday BO did come out and say the US is at War with IS.....he wanted to be clear since Kerry said we weren't at war. Would you say he is kind of making Kerry look bad?


    White House makes it official: US "at war" with IS.....


    The White House declared Friday the United States was at war with Islamic State radicals, seeking to rub out another semantic flap over its Syria policy. In a series of television interviews Secretary of State John Kerry had appeared to be reluctant to term the expansion of US operations against IS in Iraq and Syria as "war."

    But pressed to clear up doubts about how President Barack Obama sees the conflict, the White House and Pentagon left little doubt. "The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with Al-Qaeda and its Al-Qaeda affiliates all around the globe," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.....snip~

    White House makes it official: US "at war" with IS


    Yep.....it's Official!

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    Re: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Mornin F&L. Well.....yesterday BO did come out and say the US is at War with IS.....he wanted to be clear since Kerry said we weren't at war. Would you say he is kind of making Kerry look bad?


    White House makes it official: US "at war" with IS.....


    The White House declared Friday the United States was at war with Islamic State radicals, seeking to rub out another semantic flap over its Syria policy. In a series of television interviews Secretary of State John Kerry had appeared to be reluctant to term the expansion of US operations against IS in Iraq and Syria as "war."

    But pressed to clear up doubts about how President Barack Obama sees the conflict, the White House and Pentagon left little doubt. "The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with Al-Qaeda and its Al-Qaeda affiliates all around the globe," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.....snip~

    White House makes it official: US "at war" with IS


    Yep.....it's Official!


    I think John Kerry makes John Kerry AND Barrack Obama look bad

    "We're engaged in a major counterterrorism operation, and it's going to be a long-term counterterrorism operation,"
    WHAT?

    "Long term?"

    It has become so clear why this walking lamp post never became president; astonishing it remains how he ever got elected to anything in the first place.

    "Teeny war" meets "long term" meaning three years....

    I don't know what's more frightening, the fact this inner tube is in a high position or the fact this is not Alzheimer's.
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    Re: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Morning to you bud. Hey I got it! But why, WHY, are we so ****ing determined to get rid of a guy who was at least somewhat tolerant of other religions, and Syrian people enjoyed a fair amount of Western culture! In favor of these loons. And furthermore, check my record, I have never accepted that any of the opposition fighters in Syria, were ever our friends or moderate. **** John McCain and his ****. We are advancing a policy, along with the Saudis, that is destructive, if no other US action in the Middle East proved it to you yet, THIS MUST!


    I'll tell you why.....its about giving the Sunni another country to govern. It falls back to the same idea these terrorists have. Except with the Sunni and the Saud its about a United States of Islam.....just like Gadhafi's idea on a United States of Africa. Note once he started getting the backing how the West turned on him. Naturally that was a major threat to the Saud and Sunni's Grand Plan.....and could not be allowed into the scheme of things. It would be the so called Moderates new life with their version of Democracy.

    Assad is the thorn that sticks into that Sunni Arab and the Saud's Side. Can't gain control of the Region without removing him and taking what Oil he has left.

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