2019-10-17: News Headlines

Umar Farooq (2019-10-17). Nobody Has a Plan for Thousands of ISIS Fighters Detained by Kurds in Syria. theintercept.com The abrupt U.S. withdrawal from Syria means nobody knows who will eventually control the 10,000 ISIS fighters there or where they will wind up.

Staff (2019-10-17). U.S., Turkey Agree on Turkish Cease-Fire with Syrian Kurds. truthdig.com ANKARA, Turkey — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions. | After negotiations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence hailed the five-day cease-fire as the way to end the bloodshed caused by Turkey's invasion of Syria. He remained silent on whether it amounted to a second abandonment of America…

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2019-10-17). It's Curtains for US in Syria: Russia, Iran Owe Big Thanks to Erdogan. dissidentvoice.org The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and the Assad regime. We have a complex scenario where on the one hand the Turkish …

Charles Pierson (2019-10-17). Bret Stephens' American Fantasy. counterpunch.org "Goodbye, America. Goodbye, Freedom Man," laments Bret Stephens in the October 11 New York Times. The conservative columnist was reacting to President Donald Trump's abandonment of Syria's Kurds. On October 5, after a telephone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump ordered US forces back from the Syrian border with Turkey. Trump's action put More

Staff (2019-10-17). Syrian Forces Enter Key Border Town, Blocking Turkish Plans. truthdig.com Kobani is taken by forces loyal to Bashar Assad, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters.

Staff (2019-10-17). Can the US Protect the Kurds Without Using Military Force? therealnews.com The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning Trump's troop withdrawal from Syria, making it look like Democrats are wedded to military intervention. Is there an alternative that protects the Kurds without the use of the U.S. military?

Jeff Klein (2019-10-17). Syria, the Kurds, Turkey and the U.S.: Why Progressives Should Not Support a New Imperial Partition in the Middle East. counterpunch.org In the face of Turkey's renewed invasion of Syria, it seems we are hearing across the entire span of elite opinion in the US, from Liberals to extreme Conservatives, the cry "Don't abandon our allies the Kurds!" Even on what passes for the Left in our country, many progressives have joined the chorus. Certainly, the More

Rick Sterling (2019-10-17). Sorting Facts From Fiction About the US Withdrawal From Syria. mintpressnews.com If one believes in the restoration of international law and the tenets of the UN Charter, then the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from northern Syria is a good thing. Here are some facts and history that explain why.

WSWS (2019-10-17). A rare moment of truth on the US support for Al Qaeda. wsws.org Representative Tulsi Gabbard described the terrorist group as the "ground force" for the American "regime-change" operation in Syria.

South Front (2019-10-17). Video: Syrian Kurds' Protection Deal with Assad Explained. globalresearch.ca The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached a groundbreaking deal with the Assad government. | This happened on October 13 evening after the US-led coalition expectedly abandoned their 'local partners' in face of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring and an 'accident …

Firas Samuri (2019-10-17). Could Turkish Aggression Boost Peace in Syria? Has Triggered Exit of US, Britain and France. globalresearch.ca On October 7, 2019, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from northeast Syria, where the contingent alongside Kurdish militias controlled the vast territories. Trump clarified that the decision is connected with the intention of Turkey …

WSWS (2019-10-17). Trump defends US pullback in Syria. wsws.org Amid mounting opposition from within Congress and the military, Trump defended his order to withdraw a small contingent of US special forces from northeastern Syria.

Drago Bosnic (2019-10-17). US Plot to Transfer Thousands of ISIS Terrorists from Syria to Iraq. globalresearch.ca A senior Iraqi security expert disclosed that Washington is attempting to transfer 3,000 members of the ISIS terrorist group from Syria to Iraq. Hafez Al-Basharah told the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website on Tuesday that the US which has created and …

Ed Sykes (2019-10-17). With just one tweet, the youngest ever MSP destroys Trump's drivel on Turkey's invasion of Syria. thecanary.co Ross Greer, the youngest ever member of the Scottish parliament (MSP), has brilliantly taken down Donald Trump's latest drivel on Turkey's illegal invasion of northern Syria (aka Rojava). | Schooled: | NATO's second largest army is currently attacking Ku…

Staff (2019-10-17). Trump Defends Syria Withdrawal as House Votes 354 to 60 to Condemn His Actions. truthout.org As the displacement of 300,000 civilians over Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas continues in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn President Trump's actions. Turkey invaded the region on October 9, shortly after Trump virtually greenlit the Turkey assault by abruptly withdrawing a small number of U.S. troops who were protecting Kurdish areas in northern Syria. Since then, the Kurds have aligned themselves with the Syrian government, and a number of…

Rick Sterling (2019-10-17). Why Withdrawing US Troops from Northern Syria Is Good. globalresearch.ca The foreign policy elite is in an uproar. They claim "we have abandoned our allies". They question "how can America be trusted?" They say the decision to withdraw from northern Syria was a "gift" to Russia, Iran, and Assad…. even …

Sara Flounders (2019-10-17). U.S., NATO, Turkey Out of Syria! globalresearch.ca The conflict within the U.S. ruling class about the Turkish invasion of northern Syria has created some confusion about events there. The latest new development — an alliance of Kurdish-based forces with the Syrian national army to defend the border …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-17). Uneasy Damascus/Kurdish Alliance. globalresearch.ca Throughout most of Obama's war, now Trump's, against Syrian sovereign independence and territorial integrity, Kurdish YPG fighters and their politicians allied with US imperial aims for their own self-interest — including support for jihadists used as Pentagon/CIA proxy foot soldiers….

Mark Taliano (2019-10-17). "Voices from Syria": Syria's War for Humanity. globalresearch.ca Global Research Publishers bring you "Voices from Syria", an important book by Mark Taliano. The book is available for order on our online store. | Click HERE to order. | Mark Taliano is an author and independent investigative reporter who …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-10-17). Winners and Losers in the Turkish Attack on Kurds in Syria? globalresearch.ca Turkish forces invaded north-east Syria (NES) only when it had coordinated with the US to define the red line of the invasion. Moreover, both superpowers, the US and Russia, protected Turkey by blocking an EU-drafted UN resolution to halt the …

Staff (2019-10-17). Rep. Ro Khanna: We Need a Responsible Withdrawal From Syria. truthout.org As hundreds of thousands of civilians face displacement and violence amid Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. support for the Kurds on Wednesday. The measure passed 354 to 60. We speak with Representative Ro Khanna, who says, "We can't just get involved in a place and then walk away and not have some moral responsibility. We have a moral responsibility not just to the Kurds who fought with us against ISIS. W…

South Front (2019-10-17). Video: Syrian Army Entering Kobani and Raqqa. globalresearch.ca On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized …

Alison Banville (2019-10-17). Truth About Syria."How Could Corporate Journalists Get Away with Their Lies…" globalresearch.ca Damascus, December 2018. Two great independent journalists sit down together: | Eva Bartlett and Vanessa Beeley | Eva Bartlett: 'when I arrived on the 29th (of December 2018) I was told that, aside from yourself (gestures to Vanessa Beeley), I was …

WSWS (2019-10-17). Democratic debate shows cross-party support for imperialist intervention in Syria. wsws.org All 12 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination called for a continued US military presence.

Tom Anderson (2019-10-17). We need to force the government to end all arms deals with Turkey, not just some. thecanary.co On Tuesday 15 October, the British government suspended new arms sales to Turkey over its invasion of northern Syria. | Foreign secretary Dominic Raab announced that no more export licences would be granted "for items that might be used in milita…

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-17). Iran 'Has Evidence' US, Israel, Saudis Attacked Tanker & Why The Kurds In Syria Are Just Terrorists. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/16/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-10-17). Bashar al-Assad Government Poised to Fulfill the Promise of Regaining all Syrian Territory. globalresearch.ca "Our proposal is for the terrorists to lay down their arms, leave their equipment, destroy the traps they have created, and leave the safe zone we designated, as of tonight," Turkish President Erdogan said. "If this is …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-10-17). US Finally Bombs French Factory in Syria Infamous for Funding ISIS. globalresearch.ca As spectacular and indicative of America's sinking fortunes in Syria as its bombing of its own military base in northern Syria was — it is also an indicator of something else much more sinister. | CNN in its article, " US

teleSUR (2019-10-17). Erdogan Throws Trump's Syria Letter in the Trash. telesurenglish.net U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to urge him to halt his country's incursion into Syria, the Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Syrian Kurds Fleeing to Iraq: 'Life Will Never Be the Same' | Pence's visit came shortly after a letter penned by U.S. President Donald Trump to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan was leaked on Twitter. | In the letter, Trump warns Erdogan to not test the U.S.' patience with their Sy…

Ajamu Baraka (2019-10-17). Syria: Exposing Western Radical Collaboration with Imperialism. counterpunch.org Despite so many self-defined radicals' reading and claims to understand Gramsci's corrective to Marxism-Leninism's mechanistic understanding of the relationship between the base and the ideological superstructure, the ease by which some radicals are manipulated by the crude ideological machinations of the ruling class is truly astonishing. It is quite understandable that liberals would be manipulated More

Ajamu Baraka (2019-10-17). Syria: Exposing Western Radical Collaboration with Imperialism. dissidentvoice.org Despite so many self-defined radicals' reading and claims to understand Gramsci's corrective to Marxism-Leninism's mechanistic understanding of the relationship between the base and the ideological superstructure, the ease by which some radicals are manipulated by the crude ideological machinations of the ruling class is truly astonishing. It is quite understandable that liberals would be manipulated …

Rick Sterling (2019-10-17). Why Withdrawing US Troops from Northern Syria is GOOD. dissidentvoice.org The foreign policy elite is in an uproar. They claim "we have abandoned our allies". They question "how can America be trusted?" They say the decision to withdraw from northern Syria was a "gift" to Russia, Iran, and Assad, even ISIS. It is true that the policy of US/NATO interventionism is failing. But that has been …

Staff (2019-10-17). US Drone Program May Have Helped Turkey Kill Kurds for Over a Decade. truthout.org UPDATE: The U.S. and Turkey agreed to a cease-fire in northeast Syria on Thursday. | Donald Trump is justifiably condemned for approving Turkey's assault against the United States's Kurdish allies in the war against ISIS. What is not widely known is that the U.S., in a largely secret program dubbed Operation Nomad Shadow, appears to have been using drones for over a decade to help Turkey stalk and kill Kurds. | Although the U.S. is now publicly opposing the Turkish push into Syria, is Nomad Shadow co…

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-17). Will Iran be the Next to Withdraw from Syria? globalresearch.ca The smoothness with which the US' "sudden" withdrawal played out and the Pentagon's decision not to militantly enforce the so-called "deconfliction line" along the Euphrates River after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) triumphantly crossed it en route to protecting their …

Jewish Voice for Peace (2019-10-17). More Than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza Have Bone Infections after Being Shot by Israeli Forces. globalresearch.ca Gaza | Treating drug-resistant infections in Gaza under the blockade | Medicin Sans Frontieres 2 Sept. 2019-More than 7,400 Palestinians have been injured by live ammunition during protests in Gaza. About half of those suffering from open fractures, in which the bone …

United Nations (2019-10-17). Ongoing insecurity in Darfur, despite 'remarkable developments' in Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief. un.org Despite major political developments at a national level, which have led to the establishment of a civilian-led government, the security situation in the Darfur region of Sudan remains unstable, UN peace chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix briefed the Security Council on Thursday.

United Nations (2019-10-17). Concerned over Haiti's political crisis, Guterres promises 'continuous commitment'. un.org In the light of on-going instability across Haiti and this week's transition away from fully-fledged peacekeeping operations, the UN chief on Thursday promised "the continuous commitment" of the Organization "to support the Haitian people on their path to peace and development".

commondreams (2019-10-17). Following New Findings on the Effects of Unstable Schedules, Congress to Pursue Fair Scheduling Legislation. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-10-17). NAACP Mourns the Loss of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jon Rynn (2019-10-17). Saving the Green New Deal. counterpunch.org The Green Economy Reconstruction Program and Budget On November 13, 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the youth group Sunrise Movement staged a protest in soon-to-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, demanding that Congress create a Green New Deal. Soon, the phrase 'Green New Deal' became the next bright new policy idea, with dozens of articles explaining that More

Robert Reich (2019-10-17). Should the Supreme Court be reformed? nationofchange.org In recent years the legitimacy of the Supreme Court has come under question as Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Senate Republicans have bent the nomination process for their own political gain. At the same time, the Court has rewritten the rules of our democracy. In just the last few years, it has rolled back the Voting …

Thomas Knapp (2019-10-17). The Down Side of Impeachment. counterpunch.org Unless there's some dramatic change in the political landscape over the next month or so, I believe that the US House of Representatives will impeach President Donald Trump. Unless there's some dramatic change in the political landscape between now and Trump's trial in the US Senate, I don't believe the Senate will vote, by the More

Staff (2019-10-17). Headlines for October 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Has "Meltdown" After Lawmakers Rebuke His Actions on Syria, Gordon Sondland to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry Today, Britain and European Union Reach Brexit Deal, Protests Continue in Catalonia After Sentencing of Separatist Leaders, Trump Admin Proposes Opening Up Tongass National Forest to Logging, 500,000 Kids Could Lose Free School Lunches Under Changes to Food Stamp Program, Chicago Public School Teachers on Strike Today, General Motors and UAW Reach Tentative Deal Aimed at Ending Strike, NYC Council Slated to Vote on $8 Billion Plan to Close Rikers & Build New Jails, Maryland Congressmember Elijah Cum…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-17). Critics Denounce Turkey's Ceasefire Demand Announced by Pence as 'Ethnic Cleansing' of Syrian Kurds. commondreams.org President Trump, meanwhile, said Kurdish homeland had to be "cleared out" or Turkey would have had to "kill millions of people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-17). Rep. Ro Khanna: We Need a Responsible Withdrawal from Syria, Not One Oblivious to Human Life. democracynow.org As hundreds of thousands of civilians face displacement and violence amid Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. support for the Kurds on Wednesday. The measure passed 354 to 60. We speak with Representative Ro Khanna, who says, "We can't just get involved in a place and then walk away and not have some moral responsibility. We have a moral responsibility not just to the Kurds who fought with us against ISIS. We have a moral responsibility to accept Syrian refugees. We have a moral responsibility to help rebui…

Staff (2019-10-17). "Meltdown": Trump Defends Syria Withdrawal as House Votes 354 to 60 to Condemn His Actions. democracynow.org As the displacement of 300,000 civilians over Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas continues in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn President Trump's actions. Turkey invaded the region on October 9, shortly after Trump virtually greenlit the Turkey assault by abruptly withdrawing a small number of U.S. troops who were protecting Kurdish areas in northern Syria. Since then, the Kurds have aligned themselves with the Syrian government, and a number of former ISIS fighters who were being held by the Kurds have escaped. We speak with Ozlem Goner, assistant professor of soci…

Fred_F (2019-10-17). Senate, unions call on Australia's government to oppose Turkish invasion of Rojava. greenleft.org.au international solidarity Peter BoyleIssue 1241 Australia Rojava TurkeyOctober 17, 2019Several trade unions, the Senate and the local Australian-Kurdish community have called on the federal Coalition gover…

Firas Samuri (2019-10-17). Could Turkish Aggression Boost Peace in Syria? dissidentvoice.org On October 7, 2019, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from northeast Syria, where the contingent alongside Kurdish militias controlled the vast territories. Trump clarified that the decision is connected with the intention of Turkey to attack the Kurdish units, posing a threat to Ankara. It's incredible that the Turkish …

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-10-16). Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America When Congress Wouldn't. theintercept.com "When we have highly qualified teachers, we don't want all of those teachers being in upper-middle-class neighborhoods educating kids to go to Harvard and Yale."

RT (2019-10-16). House condemns Trump's pullout of US troops they never bothered to authorize to be in Syria at all. rt.com Democrats and 129 of the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to pass a non-binding resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump's pullout of US troops from Syria — never authorized by Congress to be there. | The House Joint Resolution 77 describes the presence of US troops in northeastern Syria as "certain… efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces," and formally voices opposition to their withdrawal, but does not offer an alternative.