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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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NEW: FBI Opened Counterintelligence Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia Against the United States - The New York Times nytimes.com/2019/01/11/us/…
FBI was suspicious of candidate Trump’s ties to Russia but held off opening an investigation…in part b/c they were uncertain how to proceed w/ an inquiry of such sensitivity & magnitude. Then Trump’s conduct as POTUS—firing Comey, bragging to Russians in Oval abt it—changed that
Fmr FBI Counterintel Asst Dir @FrankFigliuzzi1: Investigation reported in @nytimes would have to have surpassed the evidentiary threshold from preliminary into full inquiry. The worst case scenario is investigating whether the POTUS is working for Russia against the US. #Maddow
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THREAD on @RT_Erdogan's @nytimes op-ed, #Ankara's relations with @realDonaldTrump, #Putin
1.#Erdogan's op-ed - masterpiece of communication effort in hostile info-environment,the lobbysts who worked on it deserve credit for understanding psychology of Western reader&current political discourse in #US which helps them pick arguments urbi et orbi
nyti.ms/2REWFsY
2. Endorsment: #Erdogan basically argues #Trump is right in his decision to depart #Syria but it should be done in a smat way to meet "interests of US, international cummunity & Syrians" => shout out to both Trump's conservative constituency & liberals: "TUR cares about YOU"
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🌟🇺🇸 ONE MORE DAY. 🇺🇸🌟

An artist's perspective. Beginning 8 Nov 2016 many of us were stunned as our Democracy seemed to be turned upside down by tumultuous events surrounding the election. Like many, I was numbed & disoriented by the apparent UNBELIEVABILITY of the outcome.1/x
🌟🇺🇸 ONE MORE DAY. 🇺🇸🌟 2

Today, more than 2 years later, I review pivotal events which led to this day... ONE MORE DAY... before 116 Congress convenes - & brings our citizens, our allies, & world into a full realization of criminality which threatens democratic rule of law.
🌟🇺🇸 ONE MORE DAY. 🇺🇸🌟 3

Like many, the election launched me into a quest for answers about WHAT WAS HAPPENING to our democratic process! The immediate & potent public reaction of outrage, protest, resistance town halls were stunning evidence that I was not alone in my resolve
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Having a good time with #NewYearsEve?
Let me ruin it with this map of the military situation in Eastern Europe, which shows us:

1) #Russia's massive military buildup vs. #Ukraine & #Europe: 33x brigades & 35x regiments. (@USarmy in total: 31x brigades & 7x regiments/groups)

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2) If #Russia annexes #Belarus, then #Putin will forward deploy his tanks to #Poland's border & the doorstep of #Lithuania's capital #Vilnius. He will also threaten #Ukraine's capital #Kyiv from the #North and it will be easy for Russian troops to close the #Suwalki Gap.

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3) #Poland's best brigades are based near #Germany. They must move East to protect #Warsaw & be an operational reserve to come to the aid of #Lithuania. Poland also needs more tanks; & modern attack helicopters, infantry fighting vehicles, fighters, guided missile artillery.

3/7
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#Taliban ambushed #ANDSF commando's in Dishu district of southern #Helmand Pick-ups, rockets, machine guns and other ammo seized, several SOF's killed #Afghanistan
#IEA claims shelling of #USA #NATO AB in Bagram #Parwan #Afghanistan
Reports that besides #BLA commander Aslam, 2 others Baloch leaders were killed in yesterday's #Kandahar attack -Tajo and Aslam Mari #Afghanistan
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Add to @realDonaldTrump, @senatemajldr @SpeakerRyan accomplishments list the prison reform bill, along w/: 2 #SCOTUS appointments; 30 federal appeals court judges; vast military rebuild; massive tax cut/reform; defeat of ISIS, exiting #JCPOA and #ParisAccord; a dozen plus CRAs;
far reaching regulatory reform; recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital/opening of embassy there; effective opposition of Russia in Ukraine, across #NATO front; reinvigoration of #NATO commitments; clarity on PRC strategic aims; NORK stoppage of testing of nukes/missiles.
.@realDonaldTrump, @SenateGOP @HouseGOP substantive achievements in 2 years dwarf those of @POTUS @BarackObama in 8. ‘17-‘18 will be among most significant years of post WW 2 despite the deep, divisive rending of USA. Challenge now: Keep judges’ pipeline/defense rebuild going.
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THREAD.
Ok so let's start analyzing a bit what could happen tomorrow. All the docs, images and videos are previously published by #GiletsJaunes protesters in #France (#Paris, #Nice and other cities).
One of the first things I noticed is that many #GiletsJaunes will be in #Paris tomorrow to protest #Macron's presidency.
People here have different political opinions and sometimes they started arguing on Telegram channels. Sometimes they even threaten each other.
Despite small quarrels between few members, #GiletsJaunes' admins are pretty organized (or at least they look so). Some useful maps and schemes are shared with members.
1st pic: how to avoid policemen and why a militant must not talk with them.
2nd pic: metro stations in #Paris.
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#Russia is absolutely violating the #INFTreaty. If @RusEmbUSA is counting on the @StateDept to not provide evidence on this one, I bet they’re going to be very disappointed. But the real issue is #China… who isn’t a party to the treaty & who must be included in any new one.
… moreover, #Putin is a bonafide expert on missiles (& on #MissileDefense). If you speak Russian, this video shows him demonstrating his expert-level knowledge of these systems, particularly on #Romania’s #NATO Missile Defense System, a #Bush/#Obama plan.
… the truth is that #Russia’s flagrant violations of the #INFTreaty are a response to our #MissileDefense plans… which of course will only make use pursue such defenses even faster, & so on. Here’s another video where he threatens “retaliation.”
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🔥Very important thread.🔥

💥No one screamed, shouted & amplified the tactics the Russians used in the Ukraine, Georgia and Estonia, years before they used many of the same tactics they used in the U.S. before the 2016 & 2108 elections.

💥The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will play a significant role into whether the U.K. can reverse the Brexit vote and they are expected to rule before Christmas time.

💀Final exit date is March 29, 2019.

#ExitFromBrexit

reuters.com/article/us-bri…
🇷🇺Russian Bid to Influence Brexit Vote Detailed in U.S. Senate Report (from January 2018):

#ReinInPutin
#InternationalSecurity
#NATO

#Nullify2016
#OrganizeToOust

theguardian.com/world/2018/jan…
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I had the opportunity to attend the #NATO-Industry Forum in Berlin yesterday and the day before, and to moderate the session on autonomy in warfare. A few observations (thread)
[1]
EU-NATO relations were a big topic, with lots of discussion of the European Defence Fund, PESCO, etc. Everyone, including EU commissioner @EBienkowskaEU and Gen Sec Stoltenberg emphasised that Europe's defence efforts are complementary and not in competition with NATO...
[2]
...and yet, the fact that this needs to be continuously emphasised at least points to some worries somewhere.
[3]
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1/ The President of the United States is systematically dismantling all the institutions we built after WWII to maintain the world order we created.

#Abdication
2/ #NATO, the UN, the WTO, the IMF, World Bank, and our trade agreements are mechanisms for us to have a say in what other countries do. They are tools of our power but they come at a cost.

We cannot just do whatever we want without consulting others and in some cases it costs $
3/ Our modern #empire is dependent upon the US Dollar and US military power. First let's talk about the $USD.

By FAR our most powerful tool, it is based on our political and economic stability. While even DJT can't destroy our economy, he is straining our political stability.
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[2] So on January 6 2016 , you were sitting on the Churchill And Roosevelt Allies Sculpture, at St John's Hill, London SW11 1UB, United Kingdom
[3] Between January to February 2016, Mr. Geroge #Papadopoulos started to work in the UK as head of the Centre for International Energy and Natural Resources Law & Security at the London Centre of International Law and Practice (LCILP)
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Britain’s Collaboration with pro-Jihadist Forces in #Kosovo.
How the British colluded with the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which fought alongside al-Qaida militants and essentially acted as NATO’s ground forces in Kosovo.

bit.ly/2rXDP0z
October 2006, Chancellor Gordon Brown said: The threat from al-Qaida did not begin on September 11th – indeed the attacks on the twin towers were being planned as the United States was taking action with Europe to protect Muslims in the former #Yugoslavia.
The British were providing military training to forces connected to the very people planning the 9/11 attacks.
By mid-1998 the KLA controlled parts of Kosovo and had armed and organised around 30,000 fighters
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Anyone – such as @guyverhofstadt – who vilifies Viktor Orban and the current Hungarian government, must be a dangerous antisemite, and should be condemned; because, as Netanyahu said, Orban is a "true friend of Israel". duckduckgo.com/?q=orban+true+…
So were the Nazis. But we aren't allowed to talk about that. Because free speech. Democracy. Liberty. Tolerance. You know. Our "Western values".
Now, about this recent Nazi-esque "Cathedral of Light" performance by #Ukraine's US-NATO backed – and #Israeli armed duckduckgo.com/?q=israel+arms… – openly neo-Nazi Azov Regiment...
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Absolutely extraordinary.

#Syria’s air defense systems have no way to determine “friend” from “foe.” #Russia doesn’t export that tech.

Within a complex & unpredictable environment, that raises the risk to civilian aircraft
significantly.
#Israel says #Syria’s air defense fired “dozens” of anti-aircraft missiles from several batteries across the country over the space of 40-mins… *after* #IAF planes had returned to #Israel.

One took down #Russia’s IL-20.

timesofisrael.com/syria-fired-mi…
To me, this looks like messaging more than a truly dramatic change in reality/dynamics:

- S-300s already deployed in #Syria.

- #Israel (& US) uses encrypted radar/GPS; less vulnerable to counter-measures

- #Russia has been “jamming” for 2+ yrs.

- #Israel fires most from Med.
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Excellent write-up by J. Flores at FRN on Russia going along with western narrative over the IL-20 jet downed on Monday.
That French frigate Auvergne shot down the plane is a long shot, but #NATO wanting to sever #Russia#France ties is nothing new. fort-russ.com/2018/09/full-a…
Summing up the facts that led to, and followed, the downing of a Russian IL-20 plane.

1/ #NATO has strongly opposed the #Idlib campaign from #Syria & #Russia, warning a response to a chemical attack and then – to secure an escalation – on any attack. maps.southfront.org/now-u-s-threat…
2/ One #NATO member also strongly opposed to the #Idlib campaign, but for all different reasons: #Turkey reinforced its backed rebels in Idlib with support (after striking out the #HTS on its books) and weapons.
reuters.com/article/us-mid…
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#BreakingNews:

#Syria #Idlib postponed until 15 of #Decembre to start with, with a 15km buffer zone and an engagement of #Turkey to disarm Nusra ( or merge it) and neutralise all other jihadists.
#Moscow has accepted to give #Ankara more time (for after the US sanctions really) to sort out #Idlib and the jihadists in the city, defusing the #US intention to bomb #Syria.

So: no job for warmongers for the next couple of months. Find another war.
#turkey wants the #idlib case to be postponed until the constitutional changes and the peace process to kickoff in #Geneva: more time for Idlib and Turkey to sort out its affairs with Syrian proxies.

All here in details:
ahtribune.com/world/north-af…
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Always great to be on @cnni with @rosemaryCNN Church.

Francona: #Syria would be insane to use chemical weapons in the assault on #Idlib governorate. Bashar al-Asad knows using chemical weapons will draw a military response from the United States, France and possibly the UK.
It’s hard to understand the absurdity, but it appears that as long as you only use barrel bombs, artillery, rockets, and missiles to kill, it is deemed almost acceptable, but cross that line and use chemicals, the ire of the world demands a military response. So why use them?
There is no military reason for the Syrians to use chemical weapons. With #Russia|n airpower, artillery, and rocket and missile strikes, combined with #Iran|ian and Hizballah support on the ground, the Syrian military has the required force to reassert control over Idlib.
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We are living in a huxleyianorwellian world where the exceptionally exceptional regimes of USA, ISR & SAU do whatever they want, mass murderers praise a mass murderer at his funeral, broadcasted by information mass murderers, as hero &, since 9/11, laws of nature are upside-down.
LET'S pull the mass media's, projecting vitriolic fairy tales into our perilous Plato's cave, plug, GET THE F*** OUT of the insane huxleyianorwellian psychopathic anti universe & live together in freedom, respect, harmony, peace & prosperity for everybody, not only for the few!
Everybody knows, since Herman & Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent at least, that the mass media are enemies of the people. If @realDonaldTrump or @jeremycorbyn dare to do the unthinkable, tell the truth, flack machine shoots and Russia gets the common enemy.
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All you need to know about #RCNavy Cdn Surface Combatant: "current requirement is that all 15 CSC ships will have the same capabilities [i.e. not two variants]" defence.frontline.online/article/2018/5… #LockheedMartin/#BAESystems #Type26 #Navantia #Saab #CAE #Damen #Alion #IrvingShipyard #NATO
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Interesting read !
BRENNAN CORRUPTION :
John Brennan was the American progenitor of political espionage aimed at defeating Donald Trump. One side did colluded with foreign powers to tip the election — Hillary’s....
Seeking to retain his position as #CIA director under #HillaryClinton , #Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple @realDonaldTrump candidacy. He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into #Trumpn, which led the #FBI
to probe a computer server connected to #TrumpTower and gave cover to #SusanRice among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.

#JohnBrennan ‘s #CIA operated like a branch office of the #Hillary campaign, leaking out mentions of this bogus investigation to the
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