#2881
Nashville hot chicken YouTube / grow up to be cowboys,
#2882
after all that posturing about how assad has to withdraw to the sochi lines and how we would kick them out if he hasnt done so until the 1st of march, erdoğan today went to moscow to sign a ceasefire deal that not only doesnt require assad to retreat from any territory liberated recently, assad also gets to get more land lol. what an incredible president we got
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#2884
the security corridor wont only run north but south as well. i actually dont understand if the green territory below the southern line will be liberated or not but the corridor would cut the supply lines of the jihadis there so they wont be much of a threat either way. however i dont expect the agreement to hold coz it would be a huge blow to jihadis (like i cant imagine how turkey would manage to get the jihadis out of jisr for example) and SAA would continue to push. i guess erdoğan just wanted to buy some time in order to reinforce idlibistan but most importantly to find foreign support coz his refugee card didnt have the kind of effect he hoped for but it might in the near future
#2885

sovnarkoman posted:

after all that posturing about how assad has to withdraw to the sochi lines and how we would kick them out if he hasnt done so until the 1st of march, erdoğan today went to moscow to sign a ceasefire deal that not only doesnt require assad to retreat from any territory liberated recently, assad also gets to get more land lol. what an incredible president we got

goddamn i was worried for a bit

#2886
#2887
lolling at the 3 yank and 1 brit scum who got killed in iraq
#2888
US bombed the PMF again after an unrelated rocket attack hundreds of miles away
#2889
so assad is trying to make his cousin rami pay more tax, ostensibly because russia is "growing war weary" and have told assad that an anti-corruption drive needs to happen. rami and bashar have been feuding for a while - kinda looks bad when you're prosecuting a war but your dipshit cousin and his idiot son are doing insta posts of themselves rolling up at the club in beirut in platinum Lamborghinis. so rami is now under house arrest and the government are taking his shit.

i'm not really sure how sincere russia is about their "weariness", since 2015 every 6 months or so you hear about how putin has finally had enough and he wants out. the pandemic may well make it different this time tho, who knows.

interestingly, saudi and libyan authorities have both discovered a number of drug trafficking schemes in the last few weeks, and the drugs were all found hidden in trucks and shipments that trace back to a company owned by cousin rami. so i wonder if there is a little more to this feud than we are being told. my guess is rami has been holding out somehow.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200506-haftar-and-assad-accused-of-joint-drug-smuggling-operations/

would be interested in reading more about drug trafficking in syria, i know the pkk charge protection money for smugglers moving across their turf into syria and i've seen the odd suggestion here and there that the YPG and the SAA have cut a few deals in their time too. never gone deep on it tho.

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#2890
Please don't post anti-Syria propaganda from "Middle East Monitor" itt unless you're prepared to analyze and criticize it thanks.
#2891
like watch me go:



This article from Middle East Monitor, an anti-Syria propaganda site, lays down some demented Russia conspiracy bullshit as its premise right from the start, and it doesn't really matter how loudly a "news" source criticizes the rape of Palestine if they're just going to parrot anti-Syria propaganda from Tel Aviv.
#2892

cars posted:

like watch me go:



This article from Middle East Monitor, an anti-Syria propaganda site, lays down some demented Russia conspiracy bullshit as its premise right from the start, and it doesn't really matter how loudly a "news" source criticizes the rape of Palestine if they're just going to parrot anti-Syria propaganda from Tel Aviv.



figured since my thoughts on syria are pretty well established itt you'd know i wasn't endorsing MEM in any way, it was just the article att was the only lengthyish one about the situation so i thought worth a skim. i mean almost every single outlet is anti syria/pro imperialism so i figure sharing a story isn't the same as condoning the framing you know?

#2893
Again: please don't use this thread to post anti-Syria "Middle East Monitor" propaganda about the "House of Assad" and then just "wonder" out loud pointlessly about it gossip-column style like it has merit.

the whole point of that line is to get people to characterize the Syrian government as the personal playground of the evil monster dictator totalitarian Assad and his demonic criminal brood, dragging the conversation away from stuff like the topic of this thread, which is HANDS OFF SYRIA

so don't help them.
#2894
I'm just saying, the goal of propaganda isn't always to get everyone to voice total support for a position. It can be to get people talking about a frivolous topic that distracts from another topic that reflects poorly on the group that puts out the propaganda. That's generally how the CIA used its Trot-run literati fronts in the West during the Cold War, to try to confuse the issue among left-leaning intellectuals by libeling its targets at home and abroad.

that is definitely the point of Middle East Monitor writing wild speculative pieces about what Assad's family means for divining the influence of the spell-wielding mind-controlling Slav super-menace.

so sure post that stuff to talk about propaganda, but please don't instead be like "Oh this is so weird and juicy, I wonder what this means" and then speculate based on the article's content as though it's a sound basis for speculation. that's the aim of the propaganda here, to get you to do that.
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#2896
point taken.