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So, the #UAE is the first to meet in-person, in the open with #Assad -- the 21st century's #Hitler.

Not a good look for a foreign ministry that in its own words, was established to "support internationally recognized morals & ethics."
As I wrote several weeks ago, the path towards #Assad's normalization may have been partially paved, but the ambiguity of the #Biden admin's #Syria policy & its inaction has provided an opening.

Green or orange light is irrelevant -- the effect is clear.

Some suggest the recent surge in engagement with #Assad is an implementation of the often discussed "step for step" approach.


#Syria's regime is giving nothing in return for normalizing moves by the #UAE, #Jordan, #Algeria & others -- it remains as brutal as ever.
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There's been much speculation about an imminent #Turkey intervention in north #Syria (another one) 🧵

The rationale behind such a move would be threefold:
1. The Kurdish threat
2. Electoral tactics (which might backfire)
3. Revisionist plans-strategic leverage re #Syria's future
Can #Turkey go ahead? The short answers is "yes". The long answer is "it's complicated".

If previous interventions are any indication, two things we know: 1. TR prepares the ground diplomatically and 2. remains flexible during operations, negotiating the outcome.
A Turkish intervention would most likely mean that Ankara got the "green light" from #Russia and/or #US. A move west of Euphrates would mostly need the former; east of Euphrates, both.

In exchange, #Turkey would have to compromise as well vis-a-vis it's ideal objectives.
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Merci (sincèrement) pour vos remarques. Certaines me paraissent fondées ; d'autres méritent d'être discutées ; d'autres ne correspondent pas à ce qui a été écrit dans @DeskRussie (pas par moi au demeurant et le directeur de la publication ne relit pas tout avant parution).
Sur le think tank influent, oui je pense que c'est une erreur que de l'avoir écrit - dont acte.
Sur certains passages critiqués (appel à l'armée russe), j'ai compris cela comme du second degré.
L'article de @DeskRussie ne dit pas que le type en question serait LE candidat... 2/14
Je précise que @DeskRussie n'est pas #RussiaToday ou #Sputnik à l'envers : il n'y a pas de système de contrôle de "conformité" au-delà d'un minimum (v. infra). Nous avons des points de vue souvent différents et parfois des oppositions entre nous. C'est normal et souhaitable.
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Based on the complications and the Turkish officials high tone statements, the main question will be what are #Turkey's options in responding to what happened in southern Mari'? 1/6
#Russia #USA #Syria #Biden #Erdogan #Putin #Iran Image
The first option, #Turkey may move towards exploiting what happened to carry out a media attack on the #YPG militia preparing for a military operation in another area less sensitive to #Russia (Ein al-Arab - Kobane city for example).2/6 Image
This operation more likely will be coordinated with #Moscow in order to push the Kurdish militias in eastern #Syria to get closer to the #Assad regime and #Russia, as they are able to protect them from #Turkey.3/6 Image
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#Eddi Maria Edgarda Marcucci era stata proposta per la #SorveglianzaSpeciale per aver fatto parte delle Unità di protezione delle donne #Ypj, un esercito femminile che combatte #Isis, altri #jihadisti e quando serve #Erdogan e #Assad assieme agli uomini delle #Ypg in #Siria (1)
Mi sono sempre chiesto con quale coraggio uno stato che ha preso parte alle guerre in #Afghanistan e #Iraq, totalmente fallimentari se non nel produrre più fanatismo e islamismo, potessero eccepire sulla scelta di persone che per idee, non x soldi hanno invece ottenuto risultati
#Eddi ha di fatto partecipato a una rivolta reale, popolare, armata e di massa di curde, arabe, assire e altre contro il jihadismo e l'islamismo nelle sue varie forme; una rivolta che mentre avanzava creava organi politici, economici e giudiziari femminili (3)
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@blckbxnews @georgevanhouts RIP Barry Jennings, key 9/11 whistleblower. Segments feat. Jason Bermas & Dylan Avery (Loose Change 9/11 movies)

@blckbxnews @georgevanhouts #911Truth Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld knew in April 2001. @CIA asset @SLindauer2011 tried to stop 9/11 via @congressdotgov #McCain. 30 days later, @FBI picks her up w/arrest warrant on the #PatriotAct; 9/11 had to happen? Perfect pretext for war.

#WTC7 next..
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The following will be a series of video threads showing by no doubt #Iranian involvement in #Daraa_al_Balad siege and tonight attempts of genocide:
Proof of #HizbAllah forces fighting in #Daraa
On the #Syrian #Jordan fronts now: Fatimoun funded by #Iran: Watch how Sulimani recruited fighters over the years.
Whoa! Iraqi/#Iranian forces jointly fight against the 50k in #Daraa_al_Balad
Didn't the US issue a statement of condolences to one of their top satanic leaders? Is this proof that #Biden is supporting those terrorists' leader?
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For anyone familiar with the inner workings of the #Assad regime (& the palace in particular) for the many last decades, this cannot be an anodine event…
More on “Abou-Salim”, #Assad’s (father & son) Chief of Staff, deceased yesterday:
"وكان يشرف #أبو_سليم على تنفيذ أوامر الرئيس في مختلف الوزارات والمؤسسات والهيئات، ويتابع آليات التنفيذ لهذه الأوامر ونتائجها، فضلاً عن وجوده الدائم كـ “حكم ووسيط” بين الضباط والجهات المتصارعة داخل النظام ، حيث كانت كلمته مسموعة لأنها أوامر الرئيس."
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Thread: #Syria, Chemical Attacks, & Disinfo

Interesting outcome from "BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit" re 13-part Mayday @Radio4 series

1. Series was on disinfo campaign -- pursued by #Russia, #Assad regime, and their allies -- contributed to death of James Le Mesurier

2. Series included episode on #Russia-#Assad-allies disinfo to deny #Douma chlorine attack, which killed 43 people, in April 2018

3. ECU outcome upheld series while criticizing "limited aspect" re ex-#OPCW staffer "Alex" (Brendan Whelan)


4. ECU said #BBC's Mayday should have been more circumspect re 1) possibility that ex-#OPCW staffer Whelan got $100,000 from WikiLeaks and 2) any Whelan belief that #Douma chlorine attack was "staged"

5. But ECU noted evidence for both points

Now the interesting part...

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What happened in #Daraa today was not a surprise -- it's been on the cards for 2+ years.

#Assad won't "reconcile" with opponents he has labeled "germs" since 2011 & #Russia has unsurprisingly proven incapable of facilitating the impossible.

This is why UNSCR 2254 exists.
In 2019-20, the most consistently unstable region of #Syria was #Daraa.

Far from being "reconciled," the "cradle of the revolution" had been brutally suppressed & forced to a surrender - & few/none of its conditions were later met.

That's no solution to a decade-long hostility.
When #Syria's largest "reconciled zone" is the country's most unstable, you have incontrovertible evidence that #Russia's reconciliation strategy is a failure.

#Syria will never stabilize with an unchallenged #Assad at the helm - this ought to be clear by today.
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Ohh this is the kind of drama I live for. Max fucking Blumenthal quoting some book to bash @VaushV in due to his stance on #Syria. I don't often tweet storm but let's do some I guess

1) It's clear by the highlights that the author of this book doesn't like market socialism, people who make money from playing video games, & what is derisively called champagne socialist. I thought we were supposed to like this kind of class traitor?

2) Man it must take some pretty big balls to cowardly insinuate that others work for state propaganda when you work for #RT. The only reason that Max here is allowed on RT is that Russia uses its fake leftist cred to sow disinfo in other countries.

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The stakes involved in this UNSC #Syria vote are huge -- yet it shouldn't be a subject of debate at all.

Making use of its UN veto, #Russia seeks to starve #Syrians into submission -- for a guide to the issue, read this, by Jeffrey Feltman & myself:…
#Russia claims that cross-border aid should end & be replaced by cross-line assistance sent from #Damascus -- but that's BS.

For the 4.5m people in NW #Syria in the last 12 months:

- Cross-border: ~12,000 trucks
- Cross-line: 0

Negotiations for cross-line have gone nowhere.
In recent weeks, every single UN body & all major INGOs have made it 100% clear: "there's no alternative to cross-border aid."

Given #Russia's pitiful role in UN aid to #Syria (most years, IKEA funds more than #Moscow), it's simply exasperating that it would cut it altogether.
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In the United Nations upcoming vote on the decision of the of flow humanitarian aid, whether food or medical, through the liberated northern Syrian crossings, if #Moscow places its veto again, the scene will become horrific.1/10
#Syria #USA #EU #المعابر_شريان_الحياة
At the outset, it must be clarified that this ban will mean, in one way or another, the cessation of the flow of aid from most of international organizations, whether governmental or non-governmental, which work under the cover of the United Nations in general.2/10
Consequently, the population and displaced persons in the liberated north of #Syria, estimated at 4.5 million, will be deprived of about 90% of the volume of food and medical aid without the possibility to replace it from any organization or country.3/10
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L’#EI diffuse un audio de son porte parole Abou Hamza al-Qourachi
Félicite en particulier « les moudjahidin d’Afrique de l’Ouest et d’Afrique centrale … soyez humbles … aux communs musulmans soyez les soutiens des moudjahidin et apprenez des leçons d’#Irak et du Levant … les portes de la dawla sont ouvertes »
Félicite les moudjahidin d’avoir fini avec les khawarij [les extrémistes déviants] » donc #Shekau et ses hommes sans les nommer
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@catturd2 @gatewaypundit 1/📨 @foofighters remember this? The other side of #AIDS. You were there. You dared to put your name under this group of #HIV+ patients who questioned the mainstream narrative & decided NOT to take AIDS "medication"

#Fauci #JoepLange🍃
#MH17 #Swissair-111
@catturd2 @gatewaypundit @foofighters 2/ The other👆side of AIDS

Christine began to question if #HIV causes #AIDS. She came to believe that her positive💭test📖…

#PCRtest's #KaryMullis*🍃died Aug'19💭 #Event201 Oct'19
#JoepLange🍃 #MH17 #Swissair-111⤵
@catturd2 @gatewaypundit @foofighters 3/ Two Airplane Crashes & Dashed Hopes for a Cure💭

#SwissAir-111 & #MH17

Leading AIDS researchers died in each of the two disasters. Would #AIDS have been defeated💭by now if they survived?…

RIP Prof. #JoepLange

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Wow! Big news!!

With this operation, #Encrochat #Sky #MPC & other encrypted networks being infiltrated, does this mean the end of #Drugs #Corruption #OrganisedCrime ?🤔


It's a brilliant operation BUT may have unintended consequences

A #Thread
I got sucked into doing some amateur study of the economy of drug trafficking because of brilliant TV shows.

When you study the numbers, understand the geo-politics, social, criminal & financial elements behind the global industry... you realise just how powerful it really is!🎬
If you trace the industry from;
- Areas of production
- Transit routes
- End Markets

Then look at the money flows;
-Peso exchange
-Hawala networks
-Trade based money laundering

Then the operational groups🧐

It's mind blowing in scale & influence @InSightCrime 🤯
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Protests continue in #Manbij for the 3rd day today, as locals demonstrate against the #SDF's policy of forced conscription.

The tensions have turned deadly this time, with 6+ dead.

Nearby, #Turkey artillery has also struck #SDF positions - intriguingly leading to an #SAA death. ImageImage
Beyond the tensions that #SDF conscription has caused within Arab-majority communities, the financial implications are of particular significance.

The last I heard 3 weeks ago, the #AANES has 300,000+ people on the payroll (civilian & armed) -- and revenue is shrinking, fast.
The U.S -- first under #Obama, then #Trump & now #Biden -- positioned the #SDF not just as the frontline vs. #ISIS, but also as a rival to #Assad's regime.

To match that expectation, the #SDF needed to grow & achieve Arab balance -- BUT we're now actively removing its revenue.
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.@frontlinepbs's documentary on #HTS leader Abu Mohammed al-Jolani begins at 10pm EST tonight -- it's already caused shockwaves in the jihadist world.

I've been studying #HTS (& its predecessors) & Jolani's leadership for 10yrs -- the story has profound analytical implications. Image
@frontlinepbs Few could have imagined in 2012-13 that Jolani's Jabhat al-Nusra would years later have a new name & be speaking in quasi nationalist tones; running a semi-technocratic "govt"; proactively engaging w. international NGOs & media; & seeking to establish dialogue w. Western govts.
@frontlinepbs The path between '12 Nusra & '21 #HTS is complex & strewn with inter-factional conflict; vicious internal strife; geopolitical manipulation; and above all, the impact of #Syria's nationwide uprising.

In breaking from #AlQaeda, #Jolani sparked a massive intra-jihadist debate.
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🇩🇪 verbietet die syrischen Präsidentschaftswahlen in der syr. Botschaft in Berlin, versucht aber das Thema weitgehend zu unterdrücken. Weder BuReg noch Medien äußern sich bisher überhaupt zum Thema Wahlen in #Syrien.

Doch warum genau ? Was steckt wirklich dahinter ?

Seit Tagen & Wochen spielt man auf Zeit. Erst gestern dann die Entscheidung, dass die Wahlen nicht stattfinden dürfen, ohne jegliche Presseerklärung. Ganz im Geheimen. Erst durch die syr. Medien erfuhren die Syrer davon. 🇩🇪 mischt sich in die Syrien-Wahlen ein.
Gründe: Wenn Syrer aus ganz 🇩🇪 in Massen hinfahren & wählen gehen, würden die Menschen in 🇩🇪 mitbekommen, dass sich seit 2011 (Kriegsbeginn) viel getan hat. Sie würden sich fragen, weshalb Syrer überhaupt wählen gehen & wen sie wählen. Denn dieses Mal ist vieles anders.
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CIJA welcomes @bellingcat´s follow-up on our probe into Syria´s #disinformation networks 1/…
@N_Waters89´s extensive report details the working methods of yet another group in the far-reaching web of actors targeting Syria accountability groups – Berlin Group 21: 2/
Along with the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and the Media, BG21 is committed to sowing doubt about #OPCW investigations of #Assad regime use of chemical weapons against civilians 3/
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Although the candidates against #Assad are chosen very carefully by Mukhabarat, the Assad administration allow them to run their campaign only from 16th to 24th of May at a time that Assad since a while using the state and institutions for campaigning.
#Syria #SyriaHighlights Image
A thread on misusing the state and the institutions by #Assad for his campaign to the elections' play.
#Syria #SyriaFakeElections
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While the SPD-led Justice Ministry in #Germany is providing the political infrastructure to investigate crimes against humanity committed by agents of the #Assad regime, its sister party in #Denmark decides to repatriate Syrians back to Damascus.

This reckless decision not only contradicts the ideals of European social democracy & must be interpreted as a n appeasement policy towards right-wing populist resentment but is also exemplary of the thought patterns that can be found among many European policymakers.
@mattiastesfaye's statement that there would no longer be any danger to Syrians from Damascus derives from a widespread narrative on the Syrian tragedy, which frames this conflict as a civil war pitting a sovereign state against non-legitimate militants.…
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If you read between the lines, this means #Assad's economy was doing OK when #ISIS controlled the oil fields, but when the #SDF took them, the regime suffered.

That's quite an admission -- so perhaps the documented & sanctioned oil trade between #ISIS & #Assad really mattered!
Just in case the tweets are deleted, here they are...

More broadly, #Assad's regime lost control of almost all its oil in 2014 -- 3yrs before this 'game-changing' moment cited from 2017.

In truth, @joshua_landis
& George Saghir are making a political, not analytical statement.
@joshua_landis If you want to be analytical (& truthful), take a look at the evolution of #Syria's economy -- like this chart by @Karam__Shaar shows.

Now, does October 2017 look like a game-changing moment? No.

Does the start of #Lebanon's banking crisis? Irrefutably, yes.
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