Barbara Plett Usher

Barbara Plett Usher


BBC State Department Correspondent

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When asked by PBS whether he'd changed his thinking about viewing the #Syria  #Kurds  as US allies, #Pompeo  talked about #Turkey 's legitimate security concern of a terrorist threat to the south

#Turkey ’s UN Amb has sent a letter to the UNSecGen ahead of emergenc #UNSC  consultations: Turkey has a "right of self defense" to target the PKK/PYD/YPG which are a source of “direct and imminent threat”

"Moscow is wary that the #Turkish  operation may upset its own important projects, among them Russia's brainchild, the #Syrian  Constitutional Committee" Read more: via @AlMonitor 

1/6: Israeli commentators see Trump’s treatment of #Kurds  as a dangerous mistake that is bad news for #Israel  @BBCWorld 

6/6: TimesOfIsrael: Trump's recent actions make it clear to the entire region "that the Americans are out. " That is good news for #Iran  , #Syria  , #Turkey  & #Russia  but "it is very bad for the countries that have good relations w/ the U.S., including #Israel  .” @BBCWorld 

Mossad chief Yossi Cohen to #Israel 's Mishpacha newspaper: "If there is anyone whom we liquidate regularly – it is #Hamas  personnel abroad" altho Hamas "is no longer in a hurry to attribute assassinations to us"

“Let’s assume the Knesset passed apartheid laws. Wouldn’t you fight them?” Philosophy professor Avishai Margalit on why he & 44 other #Israel  Prize Laureates signed a petition against Israel's "nation-state for Jewish people" law, even tho he doesn't believe it will be repealed

The Kurds’ commander in chief explains why his forces are finally ready to partner with Assad and Putin.

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Lots of empty seats on @SecPompeo ⁩ trip to LatAm, despite lots of StateDept journos who want to cover his travels

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I don't recall any US leader, or any world leader for that matter, threatening from the #UNGA  podium to totally destroy a member state

Sen Corker is requesting an open hearing w/ on Thursday next week to testify about what happened w/ at : "We #Russiad  l #Helsinki2018ke  to talk about these things publicly"

#Sanders: 'this is the real world: #Trump  is a danger for the future of our country and must be defeated' #DNCinPHL 

Breaking: Brett McGurk, the president's envoy to the anti #ISIS  coalition, has resigned in protest at #Trump 's abrupt decision to w/draw US troops from #Syria . Seems he was as blindsided as everyone else, here's what he told me just last week

Protesters at the gate of #Gulen  HQ, bringing #Turkish  power struggles to rural Pennsylvania

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#Trump tells Thanksgiving press pool that #SaudiArabia  could trigger a global depression by increasing oil prices, which 'would happen very quickly if we lose that relationship.'

Every Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee voted against #Tillerson 

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