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Will Be Based on Extensive Conversations with Former Administration Official

I Will offer 6 broad counter arguments to the ...

Countless number of observers / reporters / Think Tankers

who have long argued along same line as @shadihamid below
2-Let’s start with the obvious

First duty of a sovereign is to his people. In this case, that would be the American not the Syrian people, who decided to rise against their leader

Americans didn’t enable Ba'ath authoritarianism

#Syria was on the other side in the Cold War
3-Second, although it is staggeringly obvious that US military power exceeded that of #Syrianarmy

Issue for the U.S was whether intervention would protect or advance a strategic interest

#Syria, however, lay well outside the boundaries of US interest
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Updates aus #Idlib .
In der Nacht geriet die türkische Armee unter schweres Bombardement.
Der Vorfall könnte ein Game-Changer sein, da Ankara nun wegen zu schwerer Verluste auf die angedrohte Offensive verzichten könnte.
Derweil untescheiden sich die Angaben zum Vorfall.
Nach offiz. Angaben trafen syrische Kampfjets türkische Positionen und töteten über 30 türk. Soldaten.
Laut lokalen Berichten aber hat die russiche Luftwaffe eingegriffen und den Kommandoposten der Türken in #Idlib samt der Generalität zerlegt.
Damit rechnete Türkei nicht.
Dafür spricht auch, dass Ankara danach direkt mit der NATO telefonierte.
Diese zuckte wohl nur mit den Schultern und verweigerte die Hilfe.
Daraufhin erklärte Ankara nun, Flüchtlinge nicht länger aufzuhaten:
"Alle Flüchtlinge...dürfen nun in die EU."
Das wären über 3 Mio...
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1st migrants allowed to cross #Syria-#Turkey border after Turkey tonight decided to play the migrant wild-card against EU, announcing it will allow free passage for all migrants who head for #Europe

This after an Assad airstrike killed 29 Turkish soldiers in #Idlib
900 000 Syrians (many of them supporters and fighters of anti-Assad Islamist militant groups like Al-Nusra/Al-Qaida in Syria) are fleeing the steady advance of Assad forces in Idlib.

Turkey will now help them reach Europe...

Source for the disbelievers…
As if Europe didn't have enough problems with the #Coronavirus...

It now looks like the summer of 2020 could make the European Migration Crisis of 2015 look like peanuts in comparison.

3-4 million migrants could come on boats to Europe from Turkey over the next 6-7 months.
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The strike on Turkish soldiers must not come as huge shock since Syrian & Russian armies accelerated military operations in #Idlib area lately

Why are the Turks in Idlib?

Is it to deter Damascus from entering the province & sending more refugees into #Turkey? =>
While it is true that #Tukey has long abandoned its more direct anti-regime policies,

Ankara’s involvement in #Syria had morphed into the issue of protecting their allies
While #Turkey decided it could not be seen to be abandoning the allies it has long supported, Ankara has also come to the hard realization that those allies were difficult to manage and could not administer themselves

In a sense, Turkey felt stuck
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1. What are we going to do with all the foreign #ISIS Al-#Qaeda fighters who are part of #Turkey's force in #Idlib? Should we ship them all to Mar-a-Lago? Guantanamo? Or set the lose on the streets of Paris?
2. @RTErdogan threatened to attack US forces with these same foreign terrorist forces and @POTUS @realdonaldtrump withdrew. Was it because he was a coward or was it because he has business in Istanbul? How about both? These are indisputable historic facts.
3. And if Trump doesn't snap out of it, it's what this election will be about. He'll look back on the plague like the good old days. @USEmbassySyria @FBIWFO @EsperDoD @SecPompeo
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⚠️ Confirmed: Twitter has become unavailable across #Turkey as of 11:30 p.m. local time for users of national provider Turk Telekom following alleged attack on Turkish troops in #Idlib; other social media currently unaffected; developing situation 📉
⚠️ Update: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Messenger are now blocked via multiple internet providers in #Turkey. Real-time network data indicate SNI filtering in effect by operators; incident ongoing - see live report 📉
Update: Social media have now been restricted in #Turkey for over two hours. Live network data show transfer of image/video content now also limited on WhatsApp following #Idlib incident ⏱📉

Restricted: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp

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1. I watched in horror last night when the incompetent @CBSNews panel asked a question about #Idlib. Credit to the people on the stage they didn't go into a granular response but threw out the customary talking points.

Assad is a brutal dictator and war criminal who is
2. fighting ISIS & Al-Qaeda that is being armed & supported on the ground by #Turkey's dictator giving the terrorists #MANPADS that can shoot down US commercial aircraft. #Turkey is the most serious immediate problem in #Syria and because the corrupt @Trump family lives off of
3. Turkish blood money, it's our problem too. Sanders says he will act like Trump and just abandon our allies. I hope @JoeBiden @MikeBloomberg @PeteButtigieg @amyklobuchar will continue to fight terrorism and not just join the @POTUS @RealDonaldTrump
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A [THREAD] on captures from the SyAA on the #Nayrab/#Saraqib axis yesterday- this will be updated if further captures appear.

Firstly let's cover smaller stuff & ATGM:

- 6x 9M113 Konkurs ATGM, hundreds of rounds of ammunition
- PG-7VL, PG-7V, PG-7VM rounds, more ammo crates

Thousands of rounds of ammunition of various types, APFSDS and HE-FRAG shells (Unsure what for- 100mm/115mm/125mm for regime tanks seems likely), ~20 RPG-7VM or PG-9V ish still in packaging

Significant for Idlibi forces that lack thermals: 1PN79-2 thermal optic for the Konkurs-M (Presumably launcher tripod was captured too), and construction equipment, which is surprisingly important in Syria

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Today head of @SyriaCivilDef @RaedAlSaleh3 told a cross party group of UK MPs that “For 9 years the international community has made statements and called for ceasefires. The situation has only gotten worse. It is time to try something new”.
.@RaedAlSaleh3: “The crisis in #Idlib cannot be described in numbers or words. It is much bigger than anything we have seen before. How can I explain 1 million people forced from their homes, 70% of them children?”
.@RaedAlSaleh3: “The @UN has failed in Syria in every way. Russia is killing us with warplanes but the UN needs Russian approval to send aid”
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In 85 days, ~1 million people have fled their homes in #Idlib, #Syria.

60% are kids & 20% women.

They're now homeless, hemmed onto a shut #Turkey border. There are no tents left & little food. Kids are freezing to death.

Where the Hell is the world's attention? WAKE UP.
#pt: The #Idlib crisis is unprecedented, BUT not just for #Syria - this is the biggest humanitarian crisis in modern history AND it happened rapidly, in 2-3 months.

This isn't just "someone else's problem," it's a global one. If left untouched, the consequences WILL be global.
#pt: 1 million people, including 600,000 kids, with the clothes on their back & some blankets, if they're lucky. In the winter.

The @UN has run out of cross-border funds & #Syria is blocking supplies from elsewhere.

Meanwhile, #Russia is flattening hospitals, schools & markets.
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The southern #Idlib rebel front collapsed overnight and #AssadPutin forces are advancing quickly despite a besieged #TurkishArmy observation post nearby and #TurkishArmy attempts to reach the front sector yesterday, which were thwarted by the #Russian air force.
And while I described this as a military development, we should not forget the humanitarian cost that comes with the regime capture.
More than 15.000 civilians lived in these towns, captured overnight, & are now displaced – probably for years or forever ...
#PutinAtWar #BombAssad
Rebels are fighting regime troops S-E of #Binine.
Heavy Russian air strikes on nearby towns – at least 3 civilians killed by them.
No reports of Turkish fire support.
#Idlib #Syria
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Thursday's clash between Turkish/Rebel troops and Regime/Russian forces in #Idlib taught us many things:

1) a small unit of Turkish troops made quick work of the SAA, basically taking control of Nayrab in 60-90 minutes. Turkey lost 2 soldiers while over 150 SAA were neutralized.
2) escalation is incremental. If Russia needed to deploy an airstrike in Nayrab - it was a last resort. Turkey has now seen how weak the SAA is and the extent Russia will support Assad.
3) Russia's hoping the airstrike will be a message/deterrence, create negative Turkish public sentiment and trigger opposition to Turkey's upcoming operation. The Kremlin knows this isn't sustainable action as it will severe ties with Ankara and garner int'l support for Turkey.
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breaking news
Erdogan: I will contact the Russian President this evening to discuss developments in #Idlib
#Syria #idlip
Erdogan: My contact today with the Russian President will determine the future of the situation in #Idlib
Erdogan: About 150 Syrian regime elements were neutralized, 12 tanks, 3 armored vehicles, 14 cannons and two Dushka vehicles were destroyed
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1/In #Idlib recently, Abu Muhammad al-Jolani spoke with @CrisisGroup about how his group, Hei'at Tahrir al-Sham #HTS, is adjusting to the changing realities on the ground in the face of a #Syrian regime offensive and an intensifying humanitarian crisis.
2/Jolani claims that #HTS has forsworn transnational jihadist ambitions and is readying itself to focus on governing territory under its control. And he told @CrisisGroup: "We are under no illusion that we can govern Idlib on our own."
3/If #Putin and #Erdogan want to preserve the Turco-Russian relationship, they will have to find an accommodation over #Idlib. In such a scenario, Ankara and Moscow would have to find a solution to the HTS question.
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This is an extremely powerful press conference. @sahloul just named two children under 2 years old who died in #Idlib after freezing to death
@sahloul Dr. Zaki Lababidi, president of @sa_council says his message for Vladimir Putin is that he must stop lying that he is killing terrorists, not innocent civilians: Mr. Putin, the US killed bin Ladin, killed Soleimani, killed al-Baghdadi... can you name one terrorist you've killed?
@sahloul @sa_council Lababidi: The Syrian rebels are now fighting an occupation from Russia and Iran... your revolution succeeded.
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Visual confirmation that the #Russian air force (Su-24) is bombing #Turkish-led forces around Qmenas, 5 km N-E of Nayrab.

#Idlib #Syria
Russian attacks killed 2 Turkish soldiers and wounded 5 more.
Turkish MoD now says it was a regime air strike and I have nooo reason in the world to doubt this ...
Maybe someone can show me a single regime jet, active between Saraqib and Idlib city today?!
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Cher - Prayers for this World [From Cries from Syria] HQ Wouldn’t it be something if #Cher #Sia @maroon5 @U2 @QueenWillRock
@Pink did a #LiveAid 4 #Idlib?!
#AndyTaylor from @duranduran
@BetteMidler the Godess ❤️
@RollingStones who I’m praying will send me a ticket to see them for my birthday in San Diego
@RobertDowneyJr 1 of the sexiest voices alive, all got together?
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"Ce qui se déroule en ce moment à Idlib est bien la plus grave crise humanitaire depuis le début du conflit syrien."

~ Au Conseil de sécurité, l'Ambassadeur de Rivière appelle à un sursaut collectif pour mettre fin à la catastrophe humanitaire. #Syrie
@francediplo Nous devons agir collectivement pour un cessez-le-feu #Idlib.

C’est le devoir du Secrétaire général.
C’est le devoir de ce Conseil de sécurité.
@francediplo "Le Conseil de sécurité doit pouvoir sortir de la paralysie." dit l'Ambassadeur de Rivière 🇫🇷

👉 c'est la condition essentielle pour lutter efficacement contre les terroristes, permettre le retour des réfugiés et parvenir à une paix durable en Syrie.
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If you’ve never read it before, you can listen instead.
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A few quick thoughts on #Turkey’s calculations and limitations on #Idlib, #Syria. #thread
It’s easy to get sidetracked by daily events about Turkey’s real concerns and priority. But we have about two decades, years before the Syrian conflict, to understand #Turkey’s thinking/approach. Specifically, I mean its approach in Iraq after 2003 (not the decades-long PKK war).
First, Turkey has never cared about #Idlib as a strategic objective. Idlib became more important as a real estate when the Turkish forces seized Kurdish areas in NW Syria in 2018 & because of the deepened US presence in the NE post-2016.

It can let Idlib go but not like so.
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You know how there are certain PR companies dealing with and managing “Crises”? Well, there are also those who’s job is “Crises Creation” for public perception. It seems #Turkey has recruited #USA MSM, #CNN, on #Idlib #Syria issue against #Russia.
Now with the relations with #Russia souring on #Idlib, time to play the “Refugees Card” for #Turkey
Another way to put it: #Turkey has “Weaponized” refugees. “If #EU doesn’t do X we’ll unleash hundreds of thousands of refugees on them” if #EU doesn’t do Y we’ll send them boat load of #Syria refugees... Getting tiresome and old. No?
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The journalist @shellykittleson writes a short but really effective and punctual portrait of #Idlib, the Syrian Revolution, the #Assad's airstrikes targeting schools since that time she was there, in Sarmeen, and much more, posting a 2012 photo of her on #FB Shelly Kittleson<br />
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A photo of me in the Syrian town of Sarmeen in late 2012, during a reporting trip to opposition-held Idlib (side note: at the time it was absolutely not necessary to wear a headscarf).<br />
@shellykittleson The journalist @shellykittleson writes
"A photo of me in the Syrian town of Sarmeen in late 2012, during a reporting trip to opposition-held Idlib (side note: at the time it was absolutely not necessary to wear a headscarf).
#Idlib #Syria #Sarmin
"Cluster munitions were however already being used by the Syrian government, schools and hospitals were being clearly targeted, and massive, nightly airstrikes shook the ground.

Over 7 and a half years later of constant violence, I wonder what has become of the kids especially Hundreds of thousands have been displaced in these weeks and are freezing with nowhere left to go. An estimated 3 million people are in the province under near-constant attack.<br />
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Most of the displaced are women and children
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UPDATE - Northwest #Syria -

Last night, a camp for displaced people was hit by shelling in #Sarmada.

“This is horrifying. It shows how nowhere is really safe for people in #Idlib now”, says Cristian Reynders, MSF Project Coordinator.
This is an area where tens of thousands of people fleeing the #shelling in #Idlib thought they would find #safety.

We have been supporting newly displaced #Syrian #families in #Sarmada for the past two weeks.
#Syria: “We are appalled by the #shelling of this camp, where many people, who had fled the violence, had sought #refuge”, adds our Project Coordinator.
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@_SJPeace_ How do you feel about #tRump’s #MuslimBan that has put hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees at risk of return to #Syria, which has happened. I have friends in Lebanon who have a baby & toddler who have experienced terrible discrimination have lost their tiny, mouldy home.
@_SJPeace_ The husband was fired from his job 3 months ago along w/all other Syrians. They were 3 months $800 behind in rent & have been waiting for 6 years on @Refugees list. They are now out of their place, have no $$ to feed their children & are begging me to help them. 💔What do I say?
@_SJPeace_ @Refugees You have a voice that reaches a lot of people. They will listen to you. Would you consider being a voice a voice for displaced Syrians & #SyrianRefugees? I’ve followed you for a long time but don’t remember you discussing #Syria. #IdlibUnderFire
Syrian children are dying. 💔
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