Thursday, February 18, 2016


The headlines below are from today's Early Bird. Remember that the war in Syria was started by Obama because he didn't like the Syrian head of state and tried to oust him with the same sort of tactics he used in Libya to kill Kadaffi except, in Syria, Congress said no to an air campaign against a non-hostile State that had not attacked us in any way. What is going on now is just insane. Reading it is like reading those hopelessly insane histories about how all of Europe slid into World War I.
Kurds' advance in Syria divides U.S. and Turkey as Russia bombs
(Reuters) The rapid advance of U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, taking advantage of Russian air strikes to seize territory near the Turkish border, has infuriated Ankara and threatened to drive a wedge between NATO allies. 
US-Backed Groups Now Fighting Each Other in Syrian Civil War
( U.S. proxy rebel groups in northwestern Syria have begun fighting each other as well as forces of the Damascus regime, further complicating United Nations efforts to halt the fighting, ease the refugee crisis and bring relief to starving civilians, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday. 
UN Chief Warns Military Action Risks Derailing Syria Talks
(Associated Press) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that escalating military activity in Syria and threats of further use of force risk derailing efforts to reconvene peace talks and finding a political solution to the five-year-old war. 
German Leader Renews Call for Syria No-Fly Zone
(Associated Press) German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday renewed her proposal for a no-fly zone in Syria where civilians would be protected, a suggestion that was promptly rebuffed by Moscow that said it can only be done with the Syrian government's consent. 
Turkey's Erdogan: No intent to stop retaliatory shelling against Syrian Kurdish YPG
(Reuters) Turkey does not intend to stop shelling Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in response to cross-border fire, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, adding the United State should decide whether it wants to back Turkey or the Kurdish insurgents. 
Aid Deliveries Begin to 5 Besieged Syrian Towns
(New York Times) More than 100 trucks laden with emergency food and medicine began deliveries on Wednesday to tens of thousands of desperate Syrians in five locations besieged for months by the civil war, United Nations officials and relief workers reported. 
Russian fighters often shadow German Tornados over Syria but "they do it professionally" Luftwaffe says
(The Aviationist) As reported by several media outlets on Feb. 16, Russian Air Force (RuAF) fighter jets often shadow German Air Force (GAF) Tornados performing reconnaissance missions in Syrian airspace. 

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