Senior Fellow & Director of @MEI_CTE at @MiddleEastInst. Author of #TheSyrianJihad. Following #Syria, armed groups, #Idlib, #AQ & #ISIS T/RT≠ endorsement.
Amb. Jeffrey confirms that the U.S. has acquired agreement from #Turkey that any refugees returned to the NE will be (a) from the area & will be (b) returned by #UNHCR (c) on the principal of it being "safe, dignified & voluntary."
#pt : The @nytimes made a big mistake by publishing their Oct 30 story. The expert asked to authenticate the docs said they looked fake - but that was ignored & the story published anyway. + The author appeared to know little/anything about the group in question (Huras al-Din).
There you go. @LindseyGrahamSC told @joshrogin that the U.S. is exploring the possibility of providing "new oil infrastructure " to the #SDF to "allow the Kurds to export their oil. " "Mobile refineries " was a 2017 #Trump admin proposal (see tweet above).
"We may look back on this time as the period in which the bottom fell out of #America ’s global standing, sending the U.S. & the rest of the world hurtling downward with no clear sense of where they will all land." - Important piece by @UriLF :
#Russia is pressuring UN SG @antonioguterres *not* to publicize the results of an inquiry into airstrikes on hospitals. Already, the UN inquiry has limited the scope of its inquiry. Good insight by @whitney_hurst :
@nytimes The more I read this follow-up, the more problematic it appears - this should be a @nytimes correction. When the source of questionable #ISIS docs is their *sole* defender, you have a problem -- to say "experts are divided " is dishonest & unethical. https://
NEW @UNHumanRights briefing has useful info on NE #Syria : - 49 civilians killed in #Turkey incursion. - 200,000 initially displaced, but 130,000 have returned home. - Allouk water station hit, but since repaired (for now)
With an open invitation to the @WhiteHouse , these images of Gen. Mazloum (real name: Sahin Cilo) are a bit problematic. 1. Swimming as a teenager w. #PKK founder/leader, Abdullah Ocalan, in #Latakia , #Syria 2. Sat next to #PKK leader Duran Kalkan, wanted by @StateDept for $3m.
BREAKING - Terrible reports of a chemical attack on besieged #Douma in #EastGhouta - *much* more potent than normal chlorine gas attacks. = More than 700 affected & 35+ confirmed dead so far. Horrific images, speak for themselves - children foaming at the mouth & nose.
Bloody hell - I cannot even imagine... A father in #Ariha today, desperately trying to climb down to his 2 children - one is stuck within rubble & another, a baby, is hanging mid-air, held up only by its t-shirt. #Idlib #Syria