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Pompeo Claims the US Destroyed 99% of the ISIS Caliphate – These Maps Show Otherwise

    Pompeo Claims the US Destroyed 99% of the ISIS Caliphate – These Maps Show Otherwise

On January 7th, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States has destroyed 99% of ISIS’ caliphate, reinforcing Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria, according to the Washington Examiner. We’ve taken down 99 percent of the caliphate. Ninety-nine percent of the caliphate. That should be the first sentence in every story. Right? Everybody…

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Iranian FM Slams Bolton, Pompeo’s “Psychotic,” “Pure Obsession” With Iran

    Iranian FM Slams Bolton, Pompeo’s “Psychotic,” “Pure Obsession” With Iran

WASHINGTON — Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif slammed U.S. aggression against his country on Tuesday, as top U.S. officials are in the Middle East coordinating anti-Iran efforts with regional players like Israel and trying to shore up support from Arab nations. Zarif’s counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was in Jordan on Tuesday and…

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On the Eve of Maduro’s Inauguration, A New Phase in the Campaign Against Venezuela

    On the Eve of Maduro’s Inauguration, A New Phase in the Campaign Against Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicholás Maduro’s inauguration for his second term on January 10 is targeted by the US, the allied Lima Group, and the hardline Venezuelan opposition.  They have demanded that Maduro refuse inauguration. A multifaceted attack aimed at regime change is underway using sanctions, military threats, and a campaign of delegitimization to replace the democratically…

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With Golan at Stake, Netanyahu, Bolton Set Trump Straight on US Syria Withdrawal Plan

    With Golan at Stake, Netanyahu, Bolton Set Trump Straight on US Syria Withdrawal Plan

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The state of Israel seems to share at least some of the responsibility for the latest shift of U.S. Syria policy — as National Security Adviser John Bolton announced on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s call to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria would now be “coordinated” with Israel, after meeting with…

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From “Bring Our Troops Home” to “Sykes-Picot on Acid”: Neocons Get Their Way on Trump’s Syria Policy

  From “Bring Our Troops Home” to “Sykes-Picot on Acid”: Neocons Get Their Way on Trump’s Syria Policy

WASHINGTON — Since it was announced a few weeks ago, President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria has now — unsurprisingly – morphed from an “America First” policy move into yet another “Israel First” and neoconservative-supported initiative likely to continue the U.S.’ illegal occupation Syrian territory for the foreseeable future. Indeed, according…

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With Ceasefire Faltering, Another Round of Yemen Peace Talks May Be on the Table

  With Ceasefire Faltering, Another Round of Yemen Peace Talks May Be on the Table

SANA’A, YEMEN — A second round of negotiations between the Saudi-led coalition and Yemen’s Houthi movement could be hosted soon in the Jordanian capital of Amman, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee said on Sunday after meeting the UN envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths. Griffiths arrived in Sana’a on Saturday…

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Turkey’s Top Brass in Conflict Over New Operation Against Kurds in Northern Syria

  Turkey’s Top Brass in Conflict Over New Operation Against Kurds in Northern Syria

On January 4th, al-Monitor published an analysis into a possible conflict in the Turkish army’s top brass over the operation in Syria. According to the author, Fehim Tastekin, while Turkey was negotiating with the US over the roadmap for the area east of the Euphrates River and Manbij, while also coordinating with Russia to get their approval…

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Iran Rejects Trump’s Claims That Tehran Sought Talks With the US as ‘False Dreams’

  Iran Rejects Trump’s Claims That Tehran Sought Talks With the US as ‘False Dreams’

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that Trump’s “dreams have nothing to do with the existing realities” after the US president said Iran wanted to hold talks with the United States. “They (Iran) are not doing well. They want to talk [with US],” Trump told reporters at the White House on Sunday, claiming that…

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US Delivers Weapons & Ammo To Kurds Ahead of Syria Withdrawal

  US Delivers Weapons & Ammo To Kurds Ahead of Syria Withdrawal

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria last month has been met with no shortage of condemnation over the perception that America would be abandoning its Kurdish partners on the ground in the country. The move would open them up to an incursion from NATO ally Turkey, which has…

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Mass Psychosis and the Church of Humanitarian Interventionism

  Mass Psychosis and the Church of Humanitarian Interventionism

Ask any American liberal aged sixty-five and older what they think about Franco, Mussolini, or Hitler and they will vehemently denounce these men as tyrants, murderers, and despots. Ask them what they think about the Vietnam War and they will say it was a tragedy, not only for the Vietnamese, but for the poor American…

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