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2017-06-27
Afghanistans Lessons for Syria

By Paul R. Pillar
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2017-06-27

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2017-06-27
Oliver Stone's 'The Putin Interviews' (Part I)

By Justin Raimondo
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2017-06-26
From Reagan and Gorbachev to Trump and Putin
Rethink foreign policy relations

By Edward Lozansky
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2017-06-26
Putin Tries to Avoid a Wider War With the US

by MIKE WHITNEY
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2017-06-26
Lavrov slams NATO's geopolitical ambitions

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2017-06-23
Russia-gate Flops as Democrats' Golden Ticket
The national Democrats saw Russia-gate and the drive to impeach President Trump as their golden ticket back to power, but so far the ticket seems to be made of fool's gold

By Robert Parry
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2017-06-23
US attack on Syrian plane in Syrian sky is act of war - Russian senator

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2017-06-23
Final Reshuffle: How New State Department Nominations Alter US Foreign Policy
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2017-06-22
Spoiling for a Wider War in Syria

By Robert Parry
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Russia House

2017-04-18

Report: Trump's National Security Advisor Wants to Send 50,000 US Troops to Syria
Just days ago Trump said US was 'not going into Syria'

By Jason Ditz

Throughout the first couple of months of the Trump Administration, everyone seemed to be relatively on the same page with public comments about their plans for changes to the various US wars, and the answer was pretty much exclusively to send more troops and conduct more strikes everywhere.

This was true of Syria too, but the actual scope of the escalation could be far bigger than anyone expected, with reports circulating that National Security Adviser HR McMaster is pushing a massive escalation with a deployment of up to 50,000 US ground troops to the country.

When President Trump took office, Syria had only about 300-400 US troops present, and while that number has grown significantly (exact figures are no longer provided by the Pentagon), a 50,000 troop deployment would be both shocking and have a huge impact on the region, likely sparking a major backlash from Syria, who has not invited US troops to operate in their territory in the first place.

Either way, the Trump Administrations leadership seems to be quite divided on the question of troops for Syria, with many said to be resisting any massive changes in favor of smaller, more manageable escalations.
This is in keeping with what the US commander in Iraq and Syria said only yesterday, and with President Trumps recent assurance that the US isnt going into Syria, because while the US is already very much in Syria, it would be absurd for Trump to offer such an assurance and then send 50,000 troops shortly thereafter.

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