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 …
- 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.
Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our “Thank you America?”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018
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Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter). No Collusion, so they go crazy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Frustration By Western Powers
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.
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) August 20, 2015
Stalemate per today with regional powers establishing themselves inside the Syrian sovereign state.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) March 3, 2018