Thu Apr 12th, 2018 at 11:24:10 AM EST
Pehaps not all military assets in place to confront Russia if Putin retaliates? Mixed signals after Mattes made a statement that "evidence" of gas attack under review ...
Allies France and Great Britain certainly wanted to join the United States in lashing out at Russia in Syria after the "misfortunes" of the intervention and the culprit Bashar al-Assad still in power.
Turkey's Erdogan is still teetering between NATO (dis)loyalty or looking for a closer alliance with Putin's Russia ...
○ Erdoğan says he is in talks with Putin, Trump 'to end chemical massacre' in Syria
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on April 12 that he would discuss a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian suburb of Douma with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by phone on April 12 night.
"I spoke with Mr. [Donald] Trump last night. I will speak with Mr. Putin tonight and we will discuss how we can stop this chemical massacre together," he said during a ground-breaking ceremony in Ankara.
Erdoğan also said Turkey had would maintain its presence and activities in Syria until the country became safe for everyone.
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Frustration By Western Powers
Before and after Russian intervention in Syrian civil war | 2015-2018 |
Psyops and propaganda, the fog of war, as well as the difficulty to obtain reliable information on the Islamic State, all interacting, contribute to this complicated situation.
The scope, intensity and evolution of the threat constituted by the Islamic State, its Khilafah and the worldview and system they seek to establish (see the Psyops series), as well as the length of the war and the prospects for its fate, fundamentally depend upon the Islamic State's ability to be successful in meeting aims located along three interacting dimensions: Wilayat Sanaa, Yemen, Islamic State, IS, ISISconsolidating and developing the Islamic State and its Khilafah as a polity in all its facets, asserting supremacy over actual or potential competing groups and fighting victoriously against attacking foes.
○ Why diplomacy and foreign military intervention won't end the Syrian war anytime soon | Eurasian Geopolitics - Nov. 2015 |
Stalemate per today with regional powers establishing themselves inside the Syrian sovereign state.
Syria Situation Maps | ISW |
○ Russia will shoot down US missiles fired at Syria and retaliate against launch sites, says ambassador | Reuters |