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2017-04-28
Trumps Next Most Dangerous Possibility

By Paul R. Pillar
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2017-04-28
Lavrov to West: Don't Let Your Crazy Politicians Drag World Into War
Russia's Foreign Minister urged the international community to denounce the 'philosophy of hegemony and ones own exclusivity' during the Sixth Moscow Conference on International Security

By Matthew Allen
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2017-04-28
US 'Isn't Abandoning Its Ukrainian Project - They're Just Trying to Save a Buck'
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2017-04-27

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2017-04-27
What Sanctions? JP Morgan And Goldman Sachs Become Top Three Investment Banks In Russia

By Kenneth Rapoza
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2017-04-27

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2017-04-26
Donald Trumps Failing Presidency

By Robert Parry
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2017-04-26
Lavrov slams US 'Russia-arms-Taliban' remarks as 'red herring' to divert focus from Syria
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2017-04-26
Why Do We Want a Cooperative Relationship With Russia?
What Time magazine doesnt understand about the noninterventionist right

By GEORGE D. ONEILL JR.
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2017-04-25
Behind Trumps Anti-Iran Tough Talk

By Paul R. Pillar
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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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