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[THREAD] Morning DC, as a 🇪🇺 newly arrived at the @Washinstitute, I’ve been surprised by several things in the current US discussion on #Syria and the fight against #ISIS. I have focused on two in this piece on @thehill: #endlesswars & #burdensharing thehill.com/opinion/intern… 1/
I have indeed heard a lot about the need to stop « #endlesswars » in the #MiddleEast. European can probably see good reasons for this from #Afghanistan to #Iraq, as many of them opposed the war in Iraq. However...2/
Seen from #Europe, #Syria is not one of US #endlesswars, but a low-cost, high-efficiency CT op. It has not been shaped by US intervention, rather by US reluctance to intervene. Europeans who opposed the US-led war in #Iraq consistently called for more U.S. leadership in Syria. 3/
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Tulsi Doesn't know what she is talking about! The #US never engaged in a fight with the Syrian Arab Army, they were there after the Arab-spring, The #US only helped the YPG and SDF forces control their side of Syria without Assad meddling in that part in the fight against ISIS.
In Yemen there are no Syrian civilians who are starving to death, And the US never intended to have a regime change in #Syria because they know once Russia came in and helped Assad that was a lost case and moved on in the fight against ISIS. The only Regime change that the US...
Succeeded was #Iraq, #Afghanistan, #Libya following after the 9/11 attacks on the #US. And this was in the Bush and Obama presidency. Donald Trump has always said he doesn't want wars or to engage in them, and he kept his campaign promises now pulling back from #Syria.
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For the past week, #Iraq has been burning in the flames of the protests of a disgruntled population over the poor state of people's livelihoods. A key #slogan in the nationwide popular uprising since Oct 1 has been the call to expel #Iran's regime and its agents from Iraq.
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On Sept 20, 2019,#AliKhamenei's representative in #Mashhad said: "Today #Iran is not limited by its borders. Today #Iraq's Hashd Al-Shaabi is Iran. #Lebanese Hezbollah is Iran. #Yemen's Houthi militia is Iran. The #Vatani front in #Syria is Iran. #Palestine's #HAMAS is Iran."
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The #diplomatic cover for the activities of #Quds Force officers and #MOIS agents has given the regime the ability to use #Iraq as a serious base for meddling in other regional countries, including #Syria, #Lebanon, #SaudiArabia, #Jordan, and #Turkey.
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Who are the #Kurds? Why should overthrow of Govt of #Syria be their objective? Are they on a quest for #Kurdistan or are they just pawns in the game of geopolitical players? What are the implications of the Turkish #OperationPeaceSpring for #India?
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In 1973 President Richard Nixon & Secretary of State Henry Kissinger instigated a CIA #Kurdish uprising in #Iraq against #SaddamHussein. The US walked away from the rebellion when Saddam and the Shah of #Iran settled their differences, leaving the #Kurds to face their own fate.
In addition to political disagreements and rivalries, tensions between the two dominant Iraqi #Kurdish political parties, the #Kurdistan Democratic Party #KDP and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan #PUK escalated to a civil war that killed more than 2,000 #Kurds in the mid-1990s.
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A thread on C20th #Afghanistan this evening, the theme “modernisation”, periodically the goal of Afghan govts. I start from a building, the British Legation in Kabul, which I first heard about from an archaeologist on Cyprus who’d helped catalogue its library in the 70s. (LlM)
Here is film of life at the Legation in the 1930s, from the Centre of South Asian Studies at Cambridge: s-asian.cam.ac.uk/archive/films/… I saw it in 2009, when it was a shell: it has now been restored & houses the Embassy of Pakistan. (LlM)
It was built in the 20s, & was designed to communicate a message to Afghanistan from its neighbour, British India. Curzon, Foreign Sec, wished His Majesty’s representative in Afghanistan to be “the best-housed man in Asia,” better housed, by implication than the Afghan King (LlM)
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I am so glad you finally came out and said it: The #Syria Mess is #Obama’s fault as “one man” who implemented it. And “One Woman’s” fault who was “his” architect in “his” #StateDepartment: @HillaryClinton. Bravo 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
After all, in November 2011, I blew the whistle on “Both of You” And was the first to Expose your #ISIS Camp In #Turkey & Your Preparations for #Syria Operations right after #Libya @HillaryClinton #Obama. Here it is on dated & on Record: newsbud.com/2011/11/21/bfp…
Nothing like a good public confession for the soul. A few more and you may start seeing some soul cleansing.
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"We're doing better" at using all elements of nat'l power, per @FDD_CMPP Chair, former Nat'l Sec Adviser, ret LTG HR McMaster at @FDD

But warns against viewing military ops as "ends in and of themselves"
@FDD_CMPP @FDD "The map of the world is being reshaped" per @JCZarate1 at @FDD "There's a physical reshaping, there's a virtual reshaping... You also have reshaped alliances"
"We are not very good at not just combining elements of power but thinking about how the asymmetric properties of the global environment are actually taking place & how we operate in it" per @JCZarate1
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11 Taliban Commanders have been released in exchange for 7 Indian engineers from a high-security prison in #Afghanistan in a deal that released Opium King designated Global Terrorist caught personally escorting a shipment of a ton of Opium.
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The ice-breaking meet between Afghan Taliban & US Special Representative for #Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in #Islamabad finally showed results after a prisoner swap agreement was compiled with release of at least 3 Indian engineers under Taliban custody since 2018
7 Indian engineers working for a power plant in #Afghanistan’s northern Baghlan Province were kidnapped in May 2018. The releases came just days after Zalmay Khalilzad the US diplomat and chief negotiator with #Taliban went to #Islamabad for a meet. greatgameindia.com/global-terrori…
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No but I was and my husband was. He was blinded and almost killed fighting terrorists. So I have a good idea how terrible war is and don't want one. However, I know that ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other organizations never tire of fighting or wanting to target the west. I'm not saying
war but I am saying not to forget that we can't just walk away from people who want to destroy us and our way of life. They have no problem waiting for us to get too tired of war - and just when we think everything is fine they will strike us again. Let's not give them
sanctuaries to strike us again from safe havens in #Syria #Afghanistan or anywhere. We have to be smarter and more patient. Also, let's not give Russia, Iran or Turkey the upper hand. #sanctions may work but we must be vigilant.
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12. The Legacy of US UK France Canada Germany Italy Poland Australia Spain Portugal New Zealand Turkey Romania Denmark Belgium Czech Republic Norway Bulgaria South Korea Azerbaijan Singapore Nato in Afganistan

#Afghanistan #CrimesAgainstHumanity #WarCrime #CrimesAgainstChildren
Invasion of Afghanistan (2001-present) - War crime 🤨👇🏼
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#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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Hello everyone, I am @IbrahimiNiamat wth a last thread about Hazara War. I appreciate your interest in the 1sth thread. In this thread, I make sme observations about what a critical understanding of incidents like this war mean for understanding of #Afghanistan history & politics
1. In 1893, the Hazara War ended with a total one-sided victory. No significant effort was to heal the deep wounds that were left behind by the Amir. In 1921, Amanullah Khan outlawed slavery but structural and socio-economic power relations that developed in 1893 persisted. NI
2. When he died, in the words of Prof. @BRRubin, the Amir left behind a ‘consolidated if terrorized state’ (2002, p. 52). That is to say, the state gained an overwhelming coercive power but the society it governed was left with deep traumas and wounds. NI
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Hello Tweeps, I am @IbrahimiNiamat and I am taking over this account for a day. I am a researcher based in Melbourne Australia. I would like to thank @mariamamini for creating the page and innovatively using it to generate debate and increase awareness of #Afghanistan history.
@IbrahimiNiamat @mariamamini Many thanks to @basirahang & @KadrieNama for their threads and to @NikValentini for starting this debate about the 1891-93 Hazara War. I will add a few remarks about the war and then focus on its consequences. Usual caveats apply, all views my own and my tweets r undersigned NI.
@IbrahimiNiamat @mariamamini @basirahang @KadrieNama @NikValentini 1.Short commentaries on complex events are always fraught with challenges. Twitter character limits make it even more difficult, so it will not be possible to unpack the full complexity of the Hazara Wars here but the goal is to generate critical debate and historiography. NI.
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In analysing the history of #Afghanistan, scholars and historians often assessed the independence and autonomy of a given region based on their ability to resist an imposition of tax. Paying levies was therefore the way power-relations and supremacy was understood. 5/N.K.
In this sense, the #Hazarajat as a whole was what scholars often deemed as a “semi-independent” region. By 1891, aside from #Uruzgan, every other region (14 districts) of the #Hazarajat paid taxes to Abdur Rahman Khan. 6/N.K.
Most regions throughout the #Hazarajat were headed by ‘mirs’ or ‘khans’ and a system of feudalism operated throughout this sphere. 7/N.K.
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The OTP has filed its appellate brief in the #Afghanistan situation. It cites a few scholars, including me, Dapo Akande, @tdesouzadias, and others. icc-cpi.int/CourtRecords/C… #ICC
@tdesouzadias 2. Interestingly, the OTP is trying to get the Appeals Chamber to consider the scope of the investigation — the rejected third issue — by folding it into the second issue, whether the PTC correctly interpreted the “interests of justice.” See para. 8. Smart!
@tdesouzadias 3. The OTP rightly emphasises — echoing my first post on the PTC’s decision — that it is also trying to investigate Afghan forces and the Taliban, making the PTC’s single-minded focus on whether it is feasible to investigate the US erroneous (para. 8).
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11. The Legacy of US UK France Canada Germany Italy Poland Australia Spain Portugal New Zealand Turkey Romania Denmark Belgium Czech Republic Norway Bulgaria South Korea Azerbaijan Singapore Nato in Afganistan

#Afghanistan #CrimesAgainstHumanity #WarCrime #CrimesAgainstChildren
Invasion of Afghanistan (2001-present) - War crime 🤨👇🏼
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#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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In #Pakistan, Govt & pundits shouldn't make too much of #Trump appearance at #HowdyModi. It's a circus for #Indian PM, endorsing @realDonaldTrump for a 2nd term while the pro-#India lobby in DC works with anti-#Trump base, & hoping to keep him away from #Kashmir if possible @AQpk
PM #Modi has this in mind while trying to appease #Trump at #HowdyModi: #American restrictions on I.T. visa abuse by #Indian immigrants (aka 'Skilled Immig'), ending #India oil imports from #Iran, jeopardizing #Indian interests in #Afghanistan, & Trump rehabilitating #Pakistan
#Trump turning the screws on #India on trade tariffs, forcing end to oil import from #Iran & forcing India to buy from #USA/#KSA/#GCC, talking to #Pakistan on #Afghanistan, & restricting immigration from India, are things that worry #NewDelhi deeply. Watching #ImranKhan in....
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Why aren't Americans taking about the foreign influence in the US government that continues to send our men and woman to fight immoral wars?

#Trump when he campaigned for president, before he decided to let Adelson fund his campain!

Adelson was one of the biggest donors to Trumps presidential campain. Adelsons company saved 670 million dollars from the massive republican tax break. Adelson did not support the Iran deal & wanted the US embassy moved to Jerusalem.

Adelson has a direct line to #potus!

Adelson has private in-person meetings & phone conversations about once a month with #Trump!

Adelson used his access to move the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and cut aid to Palestinians.

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🗣️‼️ATTENTION all countries of the🌍‼️
These mens are mercenaries, they don’t fight to defend people & homeland
they KILL & DESTROY to make💰
🗣️‼️KILL THEM ALL‼️
American mercenaries – the corruption of America’s military
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🗣️‼️ATTENTION all countries of the🌍‼️
These mens are mercenaries, they don’t fight to defend people & homeland
they KILL & DESTROY to make💰
🗣️‼️KILL THEM ALL‼️
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"These are the strongest sanctions ever put on a country" @POTUS sats re #Iran, at news conference w/#Australia PM Scott Morrison

"We are at a level of sanctions that is far greater than ever before w/respect to Iran...They have a lot of problems, not only w/us"
@POTUS "We are by far the strongest military in the world" per @POTUS "Going into #Iran would be a very easy decision, as I've said before...easiest thing"

"Plenty of time. Plenty of time... I think I'm showing great restraint"
@POTUS "I think the sanctions work & the military would work" per @POTUS re #Iran

"That a very severe form of winning, but we win" Trump adds of military option "Nobody can beat us militarily. No one can even come close"
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Hier, les #EtatsUnis sont le doigt sur la gâchette si l'#Iran est prouvé coupable de l'#AramcoDroneStrike.
Ce soir, l'#Iran semble coupable mais #Trump ne veut pas la guerre.
Tout et son contraire. Il n'y a aucune position diplomatique constante à attendre de #Trump. #CQFD
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2) Véritable problème (re) démontré par cette séquence #Iran d'1 diplomatie où le président #Trump est seul maître à bord, conseillers et ministres dans 1 flot permanent de portes qui claquent étant réduits à la figuration, mais incapable de tenir un cap malgré ses certitudes…
3)...depuis 5 mois, #Trump a voulu frapper l'#Iran puis a renoncé 10 minutes avant, a voulu taxer au maximum les importations de #Chine avant de renoncer pour sauver Noël, a voulu inviter les #Talibans avant de leur faire la guerre à outrance, veut (re)frapper l'Iran puis hésite
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1. I understand that the war in #Afghanistan is long and costly with no easy solutions. I simply want to make sure all @theDemocrats running are clear about what the Taliban will do to women when they take back control. Everyone needs to go on the record on whether they're
2. okay with it. We shouldn't just say later we didn't know. And it's okay if you don't know what to do. I don't know either. But I do know one thing: surrendering to these folks is not a moral option for America. @CENTCOM
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