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Geopolitical Analysis: A 🧵on Obama Administration's Bombing Campaign in Asia, specifically in the Middle East. The bombing campaign in the Middle East is a major foreign policy legacy of Obama!
#UnitedStates #Obama #MiddleEast Image
In 2016, the USA dropped a staggering 26,000 bombs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen under President Obama's authorization. This thread explores the implications of this extensive bombing campaign and its impact on civilian populations. #Geopolitics #MiddleEast #Obama
The sheer scale of the 2016 bombing campaign is staggering. On average, the US military unleashed 72 bombs per day, amounting to three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. #syria #Iraq #Afghanistan #Libya #Yemen
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As the #Taliban continue to claim moving #TTP fighters to western #Afghanistan, TTP fighters have been confirmed in northern AFG, today the head of district intelligence of the Taliban’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GID) can under attack in #Badakhshah province.
For those unfamiliar with #Badakhshah provincial borders… Image
Another important factor to keep in mind is the #geological value of #Badakhshah province.

This is of key importance to #China’s investment into minerals in #Afghanistan. Image
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#Ukraine: Today's updates from #UkraineWar: 1. UA military says it is advancing in several directions at once in S in #counteroffensive, up to 2 km in each direction. RU counterattack successfully defeated: #tweet100
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#Ukraine: 2. N of #Bakhmut, in a series of coordinated attacks, UA have breached several key RU positions & yesterday retook heights overlooking the city. #Prigozhin, seeing RU losses said collapse of RU N flank is "only a matter of time". #tweet100 (Map: @ChuckPfarrer) Image
#Ukraine: 3. In #US, current draft of Nat. Def. Authorization Act for 2024 includes $80 million for supply of ATACMS to UA. #Germany delivering 64 Patriot missiles & #Belgium M113 APCs following Ramstein meeting. #tweet100. Update on #Counteroffensive: ImageImage
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فخر الدین المعانی محل (پالمیرا، شام)
Fakhr-al-Din al-Ma'ani Castle (Palmyra, Syria)__13th CE
فخرالدین المعانی محل جسے "Tadmur Castle" یا "Palmyra Castle" بھی کہاجاتا ھے،تیرھویں صدی کےآغازمیں شامی سول جنگ کےدوران صوبہ حمص (Homs) میں تعمیر کیاگیا۔ ImageImageImageImage
فخرالدین المعانی کیسل کو ڈروز کے شہزادے فخرالدین المعانی نے 13ویں صدی میں پالمیرا شہر تک پہنچنے کے لیے مملوکوں (Mamluks) نے ماؤنٹ لبنان گورنریٹ کو توسیع دینے کے بعد تعمیر کیا تھا۔
یہ قلعہ پالمیرا کے تاریخی مقام کو دیکھنے والی ایک اونچی پہاڑی پر تعمیر کیا گیا اور اس کا نام ڈروز کے ImageImageImageImage
امیر (Druze Emir) فخرالدین دوم کے نام پر رکھا گیا تھا۔
قلعہ نخلستان کو نظر انداز کرتے ھوئے ایک پہاڑی چوٹی پر مضبوط پوزیشن میں بنایا گیا تھا۔ کبھی اس محل کے چاروں اطراف گہری کھائی ھوا کرتی تھی۔
نہ صرف یہ محل بلکہ پالمیرابھی دونوں #یونیسکو عالمی ورثے کاحصہ ھے۔
2013 میں، شام کی خانہ ImageImageImageImage
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1. Things are starting to happen in #Syria. Aggressive Russian pilots flying over air space that had been deconflicted has today forced CENTOM to announce deployment of F-22s to the region.
2. Turkey has returned to drone attacks on the #SDF our #DefeatDaesh partnered force in Syria and is imposing more demands on Biden, NATO and Sweden to force Sweden to end Kurdish asylum and create conditions to force US Syrian withdrawal.
3. Iranian forces are a constant threat near Deir Ezor and Green Village. These events come on the heels of the Arab League lifting Bashir al-Assad's ban. The dictators want Syria. NATO head @jensstoltenberg was in DC. He and @POTUS need to set a course towards democracy
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And toxic ghost from the past appears as DoD approvs #depleteduranium export to Ukraine: despite US overstating the case, the use of DU would only complicate conflict-pollution in #Ukraine and counters the global norm against its use 1/x…
What past wars showed was that DU was not decisive. In the Gulf Wars, most tanks were destroyed with Hellfires and Maverick missiles. Tungsten rounds still are able to destroy Russian tanks, and DU was no silver bullet. 2/x Image
What our @PAXforpeace research in #Iraq found was that the US was uninterested in clean-up and remediation of DU and contaminated materials, putting civilians at risk of exposure, in particular children playing on tanks and scrapmetal workers. 3/x… Image
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Happening now: Brussels 7 Conference online panel discussion on

“Working together for a risk-informed, recovered & shock-resilient health system in Syria”.

Join @WHO, @UNFPA and Austria 🇦🇹 in this live panel discussion

Register to submit your questions: Image
"I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of you for coming together at this side event of the Brussels 7 Conference. We are gathered today because we share a common vision of a healthier, more resilient #Syria."

- Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, @WHOEMRO Regional Director
"Earlier this year, I traveled to #Syria and saw firsthand the devastating impact of the earthquake, war, economic instability, and sanctions on innocent Syrians whose health and wellbeing continues to deteriorate."

- Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, @WHOEMRO Regional Director
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🧵 The Bosniaks in the Levant

Bushnak Arabic: بشناق, meaning "Bosniak", is a surname common among Levantines of Bosniak origin. Image
Those sharing this surname are the descendants of Bosniaks apprehensive of living under Christian rule after the 🇦🇹🇭🇺 occupation of Bosnia in 1878, who immigrated to Ottoman #Syria.
While not originally from one family, most Bosniaks who immigrated to the Levant adopted Bushnak as a common surname, attesting to their origins. Bushnak is also used colloquially among Palestinians to refer to someone who is fair-skinned.
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.@washingtonpost reported today that #Iran has been building and training forces to target and kill US personnel and expel US forces from #Syria, according to classified documents leaked on the Discord messaging platform:…⬇️
2/ The article notes one document revealed that #Iran is training Iranian-backed forces to construct and use explosively formed penetrators (EFPs) against US forces in #Syria.
3/ A separate document cited by the Post laid out Iranian operations to stoke and support local resistance movements to target US forces in eastern and northeastern #Syria.
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Why would @CAIRNational support sanctioning 17 million more Muslims?

The US #Sanctions are designed to keep #Syria in ruins and to stop reconstruction of the country, and stop foreign investment.

There is no U.S. plan to get rid of Assad or his security state.

This bill…… Image
To understand what's wrong with this bill you have to put it in the context of our current (failed) policy on #Syria

This two minute explanation by Dana Stroul gives a good summary of the policy

As Sproul says, the Assad-controlled areas of Syria are……
As Joel Rayburn explained: US sanctions immiserate average Syrians because the Caesar Act "lowered the bar" for imposing them.

"With sanctions, oftentimes there can be a very high hurdle for the evidence that you have to gather in order to prove legal sufficiency under certain……
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#Thread: 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝗜𝗦𝗜𝗦 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺?
13,157 Europeans were among the approximately 30,000 foreign terrorist fighters from over 86 countries that joined the genocidal terrorist organisation #ISIS 2014-2016. Image
Most of them (almost 4000) come from just five countries: #France, the #UK, #Germany, #Belgium, and the #Netherlands. Image
in 2014 ISIS had controlled 1-3 of Iraqi and Syrian territory, including #Mosul the second largest city in #Iraq. Between 2014/2019, ISIS killed tens of thousands of Iraqis and Syrians. Millions have become #refugees.
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Why did #Assad survive against all odds?

Losing was never an option

Alternative wasn’t going to involve retiring to a farm or taking up painting

Your own neck was first

Your entire sect were to follow quickly after

Of course you were going to call Iran/Russia or the Devil Image
But it wasn’t just Assad that made this calculus

Scores of different groups were going to be accused of being “regime supporters”

Their own necks were going to be next

The judge was going to be anyone who points fingers at you for being Shabih شبيح

Western capitals & #Syria experts in the meantime were seeing the crisis from the prism of

Goodbye to dictatorship and hello to freedom and democracy

This rather simple but elegant narrative of the crisis was totally oblivious to the more real visceral & bloody nature of it
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Μιας και αρχίσανε οι ζέστες καλό θα ήταν, κυρίες και κύριοι, πριν το αποσμητικό να δώσετε και λίγο έμφαση στο σαπούνι.

Στο #Aleppo της #Syria φτιάχνονταν σαπούνι από το 300 πΧ. Όταν στη #Cyprus υπήρχαν ιπποπόταμοι.

Θα κάνω crossover το τουή.. ImageImage
Σαπούνι αυθεντικό από το Βόρειο Χαλέπι της Συρίας αλλά made in Turkey είναι, πλέον, διαθέσιμο σε πολλές υπεραγορές στην ελεύθερη Κύπρο. Image
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The American Jewish Congress released a statement on May 8, 2023 on Bashar Al Assad rejoining the Arab League. This is a good time to recall why this is not a good idea after #Assad attended an Arab Summit in #SaudiArabia over the weekend. Read this #thread⬇️/1

The #AmericanJewishCongress is alarmed that efforts are underway to rehabilitate #BasharAssad. Before any normalization, Assad needs to talk to the opposition, eliminate #Iran presence in #Syria, and initiate a political transition in accordance with UNSCR 2254. /2
Sharing our concerns about rehabilitating #BasharAlAssad is more than half of Syria’s population displaced by #Assad’s actions over the past decade, says @JackRosenNYC, President of #AmericanJewishCongress. /3
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WSJ claims that “The Arab League’s about-turn, en­gi­neered by Riyadh, co­in-cides with Wash­ing­ton’s wan­ing in­flu­ence in the region. “


B/c the “U.S. has of­ten pressed for de­moc­ra­tiza­tion.”

But this is wrong. ==> 🧵…
US policy makers had decided by 2013 that they did not want to see the Syrian military destroyed b/c they feared that the opposition was dominated by radical Islamists & the country might fall apart.

The US chose Assad over the alternatives.

Blaming Russia is disingenuous
Read the Deputy Director of the CIA in 2013

"it's going to take the institution of the Syrian military and the institutions of the Syrian security services to defeat al Qaeda when this is done."…
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"Deepening Iranian economic influence in #Syria will help Iranian leaders revitalize their own economy, especially if Arab states begin to send investment and reconstruction funds to Syria."

Latest #Iran Update from ISW & @criticalthreats:…
2/ The Iran Update by ISW and CTP aims to inform national security policy by providing timely, relevant, and independent open-source analysis of developments pertaining to #Iran and its Axis of Resistance.
3/ This update covers political, military, and economic events and trends that affect the stability and decision-making of the Iranian regime.
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Jordanians want sanctions on Syria lifted

Jordan's exports to Syria increased by 23% during the first 7 months of 2022, but are not close to prewar levels.

Jordanian economists demand that the Caesar Act that disrupted trade be lifted.…
“The international sanctions on #Syria must be lifted, and Jordanian-Syrian economic relations must return to the status quo ante,” wrote Musa Al Saket, a member of the Amman Chamber of Commerce.
“The sanctions are unfair to our economy & the Syrian people,” he wrote. “Twelve years since the war broke out, more than 90% of the #Syria population lives below the poverty line, with limited access to food and medicine. This is a major catastrophe,” Saket added:
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#Iranian leaders are stoking conflict between Israel and #Palestinian militias, likely to enable the IRGC to transfer military equipment into #Syria with a lower risk of Israeli interdiction. Today's Update from CTP and @TheStudyofWar:… 1/9 Image
#Iranian weapon shipments into #Syria could trigger a new escalation cycle with #Israel that risks entangling US and Coalition forces. 2/9
Ultra-hardline political factions are mounting a political campaign against pragmatic hardline Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, likely to restrain him from pursuing major political reforms. 3/9
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In Den Haag, Netherlands closely following the @OPCW #RevCon5 on the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Unfortunately, two member states decided to block FDD’s participation (the only U.S. org, as well as two Syrian, one Israeli).

We will not be silenced. Stay tuned. Image
Joint statement by 52 countries concerning accreditation of NGOs. Thank you, friends. @OPCW #RevCon5

“A very small minority of States Parties [is] blocking the accreditation of NGOs that have a proven track record of working on issues demonstrably relevant to the object and…… Image
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Just watched the #CNNTownhall with 2024 Presidential candidate and former President @realDonaldTrump , as well as the post-townhall panel discussion.

One thing is clear: #America is a broken country. It's split right down the middle.

Racial divisions and #massshootings are peaking, the economy is cratering, #poverty and #homelessness are rising.

And meanwhile, the US government is involved in, or threatening to get involved in, wars from #Ukraine to #Taiwan to #Syria to #Iran to #NorthKorea.

When they should be working on healing the divisions in their own nation. White vs non-White, Rural vs Urban, Rich vs Poor, drug addiction, broken homes - all these are tearing America apart.

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New @FDD memo out today ahead of next week's Chemical Weapons Convention review conference @OPCW.

Syria's suspension two years ago has been positive for the organization. Member states must next turn to giving Russia an ultimatum for compliance.🧵…
#OPCW member states voted in April 2021 to suspend #Syria’s voting rights & privileges, the first suspension of its kind, holding Damascus to account for prolonged non-compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention. 1/
The #OPCW has functioned more smoothly since it suspended #Syria because #Russia obstructs routine business less frequently than in the past when it did so to protect its client in Damascus. 2/
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UPDATE: @CENTCOM still working to confirm identity of suspected senior #alQaida leader targeted in airstrike in NW #Syria last week

Some in Syria claim the person killed was not a terrorist but a 60yo sheep herder

"We are aware of the allegations" per @CENTCOM spox
"In keeping with standard operating procedure, we are in the process of confirming the identity of the individual killed" per @CENTCOM's Maj John Moore in statement to @VOANews

"Each mission is meticulously planned & executed to maximize success & minimize the risk of collateral damage & harm to civilians" per @CENTCOM's Maj Moore

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How #Syria ‘s was could have turned out differently

It was June 6, 2011 when 120 army & security personnel were killed at Jisr al-Shoughour

Had Washington & Arab capitals dealt with this incident differently, countless lives would have been saved & so much misery avoided ==> Image
This is how @nytimes reported on the incident

Right off, the article mocked Govt ‘s characterization of those who killed the soldiers as armed thugs & it went on to highlight how locals disputed the Govt ‘s story

Most media outlets did the same…
Back in Washington, surveillance of Opp. communication devices made it clear it was indeed hit on Army & security personnel

It was here that Arab & Western capitals could / should have taken a stand that taking up arms against a sitting Govt (yes, a HATED one) was unacceptable
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"Sargnagel für die Hoffnungen auf Freiheit und Demokratie." Vertreter der Opposition in Syrien verurteilen die Rückkehr des Assad-Regimes in den Kreis der Arabischen Liga.… #Syrien #ArabLeague #Syria #Assad
Die Wiederaufnahme Syrien in die Arabische Liga sei ein "Schock" und werde den Prozess der politischen Bemühungen zum Erliegen bringen, sagte etwa der Leiter des Verhandlungsteams bei den ins Stocken geratenen Friedensgesprächen der Vereinten Nationen, Badr Dschamous. #Syrien
Der maßgeblich von den Kurden getragene „Demokratische Rat Syriens“ äußerte sich positiver. Er hob die Chancen auf eine Überwindung der tiefen Krise im Land hervor. #Syrien
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