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#Breaking: Just in - Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says work on #Manbij in #Syria's roadmap has been accelerated recently, but has to be completed as soon as possible.
#Update: But supposed "YPG/PKK" terrorists are still active in Syria's #Manbij, claims Turkey's Foreign Minister "Mevlut Cavusoglu" and says in Washington while addressing the Coalition to Defeat ISIS [Daesh]
#Update: And then earlier today the #SAA Syrian army are in combat positions near the #Kurdish city of #Manbij in case the #Turkish forces will try to conquer the city #Syria.
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.@NYTimes @VivianHYee provides a clueless analysis of Idlib and Turkey's role in the growth of Al-Qaeda in Syria. Turkey is Al-Qaeda, Vivian. See #Afrin Al-Bab and #Manbij.

MT Cease-Fire in Syria’s Idlib Province Is at Risk After Extremists Take Over nyti.ms/2HxJEh3
This: "Turkey’s focus on Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria may have inadvertently allowed Hayat Tahrir al-Sham to sweep to dominance, said Ismail Hakki Pekin, a former chief of Turkish military intelligence."

There was nothing "inadvertent" about the way Turkey reordered
the chess board in Idlib. It was clearly part of a larger plan to create an ISIS Al-Qaeda Caliphate 2.0 in #Idlib & #Afrin. But @brett_mcgurk spilled the beans on Erdogan and his ISIS affiliation. There may be a way to pacify Idlib but it will take getting #Turkey out of #Syria.
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1. And now I'm going to tell a story. Another false flag. This time is to force @POTUS not to take the US army out of #Syria.
They already have a lot of experience (8 years) to make chemical attacks to accuse the Syrian government.
OH, and they even have a manual.🧐😲🤨
@RandPaul
2. ISIS terrorist? 😲Seriously?🤨 Have they investigated? 🤓And they already know who it was? 🧐Super efficient 🙃.

Preliminary reports say at least six people were killed & 19 injured by the explosion. US official: 4 US army Killed & 3 US army wounded.
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3. ISIS took responsability?😲Seriously?🤨Have they investigated?🤓They already know who it was? 🧐Super efficient 🙃.

The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) took responsibility for the attack that reportedly targeted the US-led coalition’s patrol.
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1/ Activists +journos spreading this pic, claiming it's civilian killed y'day in #Manbij blast.

I checked for @akhbar if this is correct.

IT IS NOT.

Woman is alive. I spoke to her husband. Her name is Rozkin Bozan. She's from Kobani, now in Turkey. Unknown ppl took pic from FB
2/ After her pic was taken from FB &published as victim of #Manbij blast, hell broke out for Rozkin Bozan.

Friends +family all around world saw pic &started sending condolences to husband Mustafa. Rozkin and Mustafa now very upset. "Terrible to see internet claims you are dead".
3/ This is original pic of Rozkin Bozan &husband Mustafa. They got married in August 2018. Somebody took pic from FB, cut out husband and claimed woman in pic was killed in #Manbij blast.

Activists and journalists then "copy pasted" it &spread this false news.

Very terrible.
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#Breaking: At least four US troops killed in #Syria in #Manbij by a blast claimed by Isis terrorists.
#Update: Warning! Graphic Video! Alleged CCTV video of the suicide attack in #Manbij in Syria.
#Update: Some better pictures of after the explosion on the building after the attack on US troops in #Manbij in Syria. Picture Credit: anha
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The map of Syria
Turkish President #Erdogan will meet with his Russian counterpart on January 23 to discuss the future of the Syrian east and the city of Manbij. This comes after a telephone conversation between Erdogan and #Trump before yesterday.1/12
#Syria #Turkey #USA #Russia
With the scrutiny of the Turkish, American, Kurdish and Russian military movements in the Syrian east and its surroundings, it is now possible to develop a scenario that will be closest to what will be the map of the Syrian East.2/12
#Syria #Turkey #USA #Russia #Iran #Israel
In a secret visit to #Ankara a few days ago, a Syrian delegation led by Ahmed al-#Jarba, a leader of a military group of Arabs supported by the International Coalition and #Washington, arrived from the areas of #SDF.3/12
#Syria #Turkey #USA #Russia #Iran #Israel
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"Create 20 mile safe zone" - Wat dit precies betekent is nog onduidelijk. Maar werpt Trump nou de Koerden een lifeline toe? En gaat Turkije zich iets aantrekken van zo'n "safe zone"?
Trump had het over instellen van 20 mile safe zone. Zwart/blauwe lijn is ong 20 miles van grens met Turkije. Zo goed als alle Koerdische steden liggen in deze zone.
Totale onduidelijkheid na Trump's plan tot 20 mile safe zone in NSyrie.

SDF (Koerden) zeggen dat zij zone kunnen opzetten (Gaat Turkije nooit mee akkoord). Terwijl Turkije eerder al vond dat juist zij zone moeten beheersen (Gaat SDF nooit mee akkoord).
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Ex-Nusra (#AQ rebranded HTS) walked into its own death by taking a large territory in #Idlib and its surrounding. The defeat of large groups like Ahrar and Souqourv al-Sham (who showed little resistance) and the elimination of Zinki group will have deadly consequences on AQ.+
No doubt #Turkey asked Ahrar et al to stand down & avoid fighting (for now). It means #Ankara would be happy to see the end of its presence in #Idlib on the long term. For this, Erdogan needs to see a very large battle taking place first in the north between these groups and #AQ
Erdogan & Putin will have a meeting soon to discuss the #Kurds and #AQ in #Idlib. I expect hot spring in Idlib and a large offensive against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Abu Mohammad al Joulani's ambition (from ex-ISIS emir to AQ Emir to ruler of Idlib) is helping to end this phenomena.
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With 2018 in it's last moments, a new stage of the Syrian war have started & the end of the war is aproaching as time passes. 2018 has been another important year with many political & military developments: (1)
#AbuDhuhur Op (26/12/2017 - 9/2/2018) : as a continuation of the operation (started on October 2017) #SAA began huge offensive from many axis against Rebels & #ISIS in #Hama, #Aleppo & #Idlib provinces. The result of operation was the liberation of 1/3 of "Greater #Idlib" (2)
With W. shore of #Euphrates river secured by #SAA on December 2017, #SDF continued securing the E. one against #ISIS . Between 3/1/2018-22/2/2018 troops secured entire Shu'aytat region. However, a new development N.W. #Syria will provoke the delay of #CizireStorm some months: (3)
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The alt-right is in an interesting quandary. They want 2 argue #projectbirmingham, a small social media disinfo experiment by a handful of Dem activists affected the outcome in Alabama Senate race ...but not social media disinfo efforts by Russia, a nation state in 2016? #psyops
Some background on #projectbirmingham .... if everything from the original NYT story is true about this domestic disinfo campaign against #RoyMoore then yes I am against this as much as I am against what Russia did in the 2016 elections. #infosec #ALsen
NEW: This is a strong denial from the New Knowledge CEO Jonathan Morgan, including the part about the creation of fake Cyrillic Russian bots ... so someone has some explaining to do #ProjectBirmingham #infosec
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1. Coordinate what? Last time in Afrin it was genocide.

Current situation on the ground near #Manbij based on credible reports are as follows:
#Manbij continues as normal under the protection of the #MMC. There is no evidence of military forces in city beyond regular US patrols.
2. US @USSOCOM forces continue to patrol in the areas north of Manbij near the Sajur River line of demarcation. Peaceful for now. US Apache gunships fly above the US forces that are positioned near a mixed force of regular Turkish army, Grey Wolf & Jihadist incl Al-Qaeda & ISIS.
3. West of Manbij near Arima is where it gets unclear. Yesterday's reports of a large column of regime irregular forces has today been supplemented with reports of regular SAA forces. It's important to note that at least the areas to the south of Arimah has had
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The PKK, Turkey, Russia, and Assad are all on the same page regarding the endpoint and always have been. Namely, that the PKK will be folded back into the regime. The only question, which is now entirely irrelevant given the US withdrawal, were the terms for the YPG.
Right now, Russia and Turkey are playing a "Good cop, Bad cop" routine with the PKK and the US. It's a strange dance, but nothing has changed: it's a two-pronged pressure campaign, aimed partially at the US but mostly directly at the PKK.
The Turks hope that by talking loudly and manoeuvring forces, they can compel the US, which is getting out anyway, to pressure the YPG out of the #Manbij, as @KyleWOrton and I wrote in March: capx.co/americas-syria…
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Great news to #Syria and the first hit to #USA

A deal between #Damascus and the #YPG prior the #Moscow meeting tomorrow:

#YPG pulls out of #Manbij to the Syrian forces. here:

This time, unlike in the case of #Afrin, #YPG is asking #Damascus to send its troops not only to the borders but also to the province.

The #Kurds are returning to #Syria and therefore rejecting #USA and #France.

Although we have no official news, it seems the #US forces have pulled out of #Manbij.

Today we can confirm that @realDonaldTrump was/is serious about the withdrawal of his troops from the occupied province of al Hasaka-DEZ #Syria.

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#BREAKING: It is now confirmed that following to an agreement between #Syrian authorities & #SDF/#YPG, #Syrian Arab Army will quickly take control of city of #Manbij upon withdrawal of last #US troops. #Russia will not provide air support, but #SAADF will establish No fly zone.
#BREAKING: Large convoy of #Syrian Arab Army waiting for withdrawal of last #US troops from #Manbij to take control of the city & not let it to be occupied by #Turkey's Ahrar al-Sharqiya terrorists (all ex-#AlQaeda). #Syria Air Defense Force has deployed Buk-M2 SAM batteries too.
These are the terrorists mobilized by #Turkey to take control of #Manbij, kill hundreds of civilians and start ethnic cleansing there. Coalition of #YPG #Syrian Arab Army will confront #FSA, Ahrar al-Sharqiya (former #AlQaeda terrorists) & Islamofascist Turkmen militias.
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1. Any American who travels to #Turkey is at risk from Jihadist. Turkey has been home to combination of #ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood extremists for over five years. If @USSOCOM allows these listed terrorists to move on Manbij @realDonaldTrump will have surrendered.
2. IMO @POTUS lacks Constitutional power to surrender to an enemy in a declared war. 2001AUMF was an act of Congress he is powerless to vacate without a majority vote of the Congress. If he acts to withdraw in the face of an enemy he must be impeached for treason. @CENTCOM
3. Jihadists have come out of their cover. They are exposed in open ground. A quick lightning air campaign of B-1's A-10s and AC-130's can settle the score for 911. If Trump orders retreat he must face a trial on Treason. We do not surrender unless Congress says so. @WHNSC
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1/ I'm following #manbij for news on Syria in wake of US departure announcement. Manbij is flashpoint. It's to east of Aleppo, west of Euphrates. It's held by SDF (Kurds). US still present. Turkey told Trump that they would deal with remnant ISIS. In very south far from Manbij.
2/ In fact, Turkey's objective seems to be to subjugate "PKK terrorists" i.e. the Kurdish militias employed by US (under alias SDF). To do so, they are deploying thousands of jihadis, presently mobilized north of Manbij.
yenisafak.com/en/news/nearly…
3/ many of the jihadis mobilized by Turkey appear to have previously identified as AlQaeda allies, AlQaeda and even ISIS. The logical force to deal with ISIS in south Syria is Syrian government. Which US has long prevented from crossing Euphrates to do so.
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1, At this very moment perhaps several thousand Al-#Qaeda & #ISIS fighters are in the open near #Manbij threatening 🇺🇸 @USSOCOM. If @realDonaldTrump does not give orders to eliminate the people who attacked NYC @NancyPelosi should force an impeachment vote this week. #ORANGEISIS New York on 911
2. Make the @GOP admit they are really traitors or, if not, willing to remove their own party's President. Whether motion passes or fails, the 116th @HouseJudiciary can bring impeachment articles. Make the 115th @GOP go on record as #AQ supporters. Then make them own it in 2020.
3. Trump and his pal @RT_Erdogan are supporting the ISIS AQ Jihadists. Teach the Manbij Jihadist force what being a US enemy means. @CENTCOM must unleash B-1 racks of SDBs for 12 hours of hell. Put Al-Qaeda and ISIS on the run.

Do it for New York. @NYPDCT @ChiefPentSpox
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1. Syria: Twitter flooded w/ Turkish ISIS/AQ propaganda seeking panic in Manbij & border areas of #Rojava. Presume no more US-French Turkish joint patrols in #Manbij area because @Trump allowed AQ Jihadists to approach Manbij. Sgt Dunbar was killed there IMO by Turkey in March. Master Sgt. Johnathan J. Dunbar, of Austin
2. US forces continue to occupy #Manbij but @POTUS' agreement to surrender to AQ & ISIS has put them at great risk. Because @Trump has business relations with 9/11 connected Saudi's (@KSAmofaEN) US forces should be on alert for more @realDonaldTrump @WHNSC US force redeployments.
3. IMO until @POTUS formally obtains US Congressional approval for his surrender to Al-Qaeda #2001AUMF is the only lawful order that the US @CENTCOM should follow in dealing with Turkish Al-Qaeda force threatening our @USSOCOM in Manbij.
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1. Has @Trump business dealings finally become threat to US national security and US troops in Syria? First: @realDonaldTrump is taking money from business in Turkey. That's not subject to any dispute. Here Trump admits to conflict of interest in Turkey
2. Second: Turkey is no longer an ally. We pretend it is to keep the fiction of @NATO unity in tact but the fact is Erdogan and his AKP are allied with US enemies like ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Russia and Iran. This is not subject to dispute.
3. August 2016, when US allies #SDF negotiated ISIS' surrender of #Manbij, the ISIS forces drove into Turkey. This is a fact and the @StateDept @CIA & DIA know it's true. IMO these ISIS are among the fighters with Turkish forces in #Afrin and near Manbij.
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1/ The #Saudi kidnapping of #Khashoggi reminds me of the kidnapping of #Hariri. It is meant to embarrass the other party, this time the gov of #Turkey, and provoke a diplomatic crisis. This is drug Cartel methods. It has no other goal than to assert power over the other.
2/ However, resorting to these methods to assert power in the political and international affairs sphere is always a sign of weakness and a sign of a power in crisis. #SaudiArabia
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Excellent appointment by @SecPompeo, hoisting up @WashInstitute's Amb. Jim Jeffrey as the new Special Representative for #Syria Engagement.

Key times ahead, vis-a-vis #Turkey, #Idlib, #Manbij, and potentially a renewed political process.
@SecPompeo @WashInstitute #pt: As #JimJeffrey is sworn in today, the U.S. is 48-72hrs away from initiating training of #Turkey’s armed forces in order to begin joint patrols around #Manbij.

American weapons & equipment already in #Turkey.

voanews.com/a/us-turkish-f…
@SecPompeo @WashInstitute BIG - The U.S. looks to be staying in #Syria - thanks to $300m of funding from other @coalition partners, including #Saudi, which will offset #Trump’s $200m cut from stabilization.

Recent DIA/DOD estimates on #ISIS also indicate a military intent to sustain a necessary mission.
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U.S. counter-#ISIS strategy & its insistence on ignoring/denying the #YPG’s roots helped give birth to problems like #Afrin today.

Everything was driven by short-term objectives, with their long-term implications constantly swept aside as inconvenient distractions.

Now look.
Was the U.S. right [at the time] to partner with the #YPG? Absolutely.

Were sufficient, honest efforts put in place to balance the consequences of working with the #YPG? No.

The result = a profound imbalance & a security challenge that #Turkey was always going to hit back at.
#pt: The #YPG did a superb job at liberating territory from #ISIS control; they were a truly reliable partner.

BUT, the U.S’s creation of a profound imbalance in northern #Syria - ironically - created the conditions in which the #YPG stood to lose a great deal.

Look at #Afrin.
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Interesting [alleged] details on possible US-#Turkey roadmap on #Manbij, #Syria - from @ragipsoylu.

#PKK “advisors” to leave… followed later by #YPG… TSK to control 5/11 observation posts & train new local security force to replace #SDF in ~6 months.
@ragipsoylu Unsurprisingly, the #PKK-controlled, #YPG/#SDF-run #Manbij Military Council (MMC) has refused any TSK presence.

Seems U.S. did not pre-consult with MMC - why? Would seem the logical thing to work out internal issues first…

Does someone want spoilers?

reuters.com/article/us-mid…
@ragipsoylu The #YPG/#SDF’s political “co-chair,” Ilham Ahmed (a #PKK veteran) has reportedly arrived in #Damascus for talks with the #Assad regime.

Ilham Ahmed is a regular visitor to Washington DC - a close partner to the U.S/@CJTFOIR/@StateDept.
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⚡️⚡️⚡️#SDF reported to prepare for redeploying their forces from mostly Arabian cities of #Manbij, #Raqqa and #Tabqa. The decision was taken 4 day ago in talks with Gulf representatives in Ain Issa. The Saudi and Emirates occupation of #Syria's East will replace the #US one
#Saudi military advisors hold talks with #Kurdish representatives in #Kobani (Ayn al Arab)
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#Turkish, #US forces will control #Syria's #Manbij region until new administration is formed. #SDF will withdraw till the end of the summer – #Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut #Cavusoglu
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