Turkey, Russia advance in Northeast Syria


VERY DANGEROUS, INDEED, WITH ALL OF THE DIFFERENT FORCES PILING INTO THIS PART OF NORTHERN SYRIA. ERIC? ERIC: BENJAMIN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. ARTHEL: WE’RE GOING TO BRING IN FORMER DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE, JOEL RUBIN. WHAT IS TURKEY DOING, WHAT IS RUSSIA DOING?>>YEAH, ARTHEL, TURKEY IS ABOUT TO ENGAGE IN ETHNIC CLEANSING, AND RUSSIA IS BACKING THEM UP. AND IT’S REALLY TRAGIC BECAUSE WE HAD OUR FOOT ON THE NECK, ESSENTIALLY, OF ISIS. WE DEFEATED THEM, AND NOW DONALD TRUMP IS TAKING IT OFF. AND I UNDERSTAND WHY HE CLAIMS HE WANTS TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME, BUT AS YOU HEARING FROM THIS REPORT AS WELL, OUR TROOPS AREN’T COMING HOME. THEY’RE GOING TO IRAQ, THEY’RE STAYING IN SYRIA, AND TURKEY NOW FEELS FREE REIN TO ENGAGE IN MASSACRING OUR KURDISH ALLIES WHO HELPED US DEFEAT ISIS, AND IT’S A REAL TRAGEDY. ARTHEL: YEAH. AND THE TROOPS THAT WENT TO IRAQ, IRAQ SAYING YOU DIDN’T ASK ME IF YOU COULD BRING YOUR TROOPS OVER THERE. YOU’VE GOT ONE MONTH TO GET THEM OUT OF HERE. MEANWHILE, I WANT TO SHOW YOU A TWEET FROM BRETT McGURK, FORMER SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY TO THE MIDDLE EAST, AS YOU KNOW, TO DEFEAT ISIS. HE WORKED UNDER PRESIDENTS BUSH, OBAMA AND TRUMP. SYRIA, LAST 24 HOURS, U.S. MILITARY RETURNS TO GUARD OIL FIELDS. THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES STREAM IN OTHER DIRECTION INTO NORTHERN IRAQ. ERDOGAN THREATENS AGAIN TO DO THE CLEANSING WORK IN KURDISH AREAS. U.S. FORCES LEFT TO RUSSIA AND ASSAD. INCOHERENTMENT SO, JOEL — INCOHERENT. SO, JOEL, HAS PRESIDENT TRUMP RELINQUISHED ALL U.S. POWER TO COMBAT OR OFFSET THE RAPID DAMAGE BEING DONE BY ERDOGAN AND PUTIN?>>HE HAS. I HAVE TO SAY IT STRAIGHT LIKE YOUD ASKED, HE ABSOLUTELY HAS. HE COMPOUNDED IT NOT JUST BY GIVING THE GREEN LIGHT TO ERDOGAN TO INVADE NORTHERN SYRIA AND HAVE OUR TROOPS WHO WERE ACTING AS A BUFFER, THEY WERE PEACEKEEPERS. THEY WERE NOT ENGAGED IN ACTIVE COMBAT. WHEN HE REMOVED THEM, HE GAVE THE GREEN LIGHT TO TURKEY. BUT EVEN THIS WEEK HE FALSELY CLAIMED THAT THE CEASEFIRE WAS HOLDING AND HE WOULD, THEREFORE, RELAX AND TAKE AWAY AMERICAN SANCTIONS ON TURKEY, THEREBY ESSENTIALLY TELLING ERDOGAN YOU’RE FREE TO DO WHAT YOU WANT. AND NOW ERDOGAN MADE A DEAL WITH RUSSIA, RUSSIA IS THE BIG POWER, AND AT A STRATEGIC LEVEL THAT MEANS NOW WE’D HAVE TO TAKE ON RUSSIA TO GET BACK IN, AND THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WE REALLY HAVE VERY FEW LEVERS TO INFLUENCE WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE GROUND. ARTHEL: MEANWHILE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SAYING U.S. TROOPS WILL GO BACK IN TO PROTECT THE OIL FIELDS IN EASTERN SYRIA. HOW MANY TROOPS WOULD REALLY BE NEEDED FOR THIS, AND WILL THEY TRY TO REENLIST HELP FROM THE KURDS?>>THIS IS THE HIGHLY DEBATABLE, AND THIS IS THE DANGER WITH THE WAY THAT THE PRESIDENT ENACTED THIS POLICY. HE DID NOT PLAN IT OUT. THERE WAS NO INTERAGENCY PROCESS WITH THE DoD TO SECURE OIL FIELDS. SO NOW THEY’RE GOING IN, BUT IT’S NOT EVEN CLEAR THAT THAT’S A BIG PRIORITY, QUITE FRANKLY. OIL FIELDS IN THE PAST, THEY WERE USED TO FUND ISIS, THEN WE DESTROYED THEM THROUGH AIR RAIDS. IT’S NOT QUITE SURE WHAT THE ACTUAL PURPOSE IS. HE MAY FIND IT ATTRACTIVE, THERE ARE OTHERS WHO WANT US TO CREEP BACK IN AND THINK THAT’S A WAY TO BEGIN TO DO THAT. BUT FROM A POLICY PERSPECTIVE, THE OIL FIELDS ARE VERY INSIGNIFICANT, QUITE FRANKLY. CERTAINLY TO OUR OIL USE HERE AT HOME. THE BIG ISSUE IS TURKEY’S INCURSION NOW INTO AN ETHNIC CLEANSING OPERATION AGAINST THE KURDS AND RUSSIA’S STRONGHOLD RIGHT THERE. THOSE ARE THE BIG ISSUES THAT WE’RE NOT GRAPPLING WITH AND THAT WE SHOULD BE. ARTHEL: SO FAR YOU’VE GOT 900 SQUARE MILES THAT HAVE BEEN SEIZED BY TURKISH AND RUSSIAN FORCES, 160,000 KURDISH CIVILIANS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED. SO WILL THE KURDS, ALL ALL DIVISIONS, BE SLAUGHTERED OR IS THERE REALLY A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL THAT CAN SAVE THEM?>>WELL, THE KURDS THOUGHT THEY HAD A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, AND THAT DEVIL BEING ASSAD OF SYRIA. AND THEY THOUGHT HE WOULD PROVIDE PROTECTION, BUT THAT PROTECTION HASN’T COME. RUSSIA CONTROLS ASSAD. WILL RUSSIA STEP IN AND POTENTIALLY PROTECT THEM? BUT THE BIG QUESTION HOVERING OVER ALL OF THIS IS THEN WHAT? WHAT ABOUT THE THREE AND A HALF MILLION SYRIANS SITTING IN SOUTHERN TURKEY? WILL THEY BE PUSHED INTO THOSE CLEARED AREAS, CREATING A VIOLATION OF THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS OF A MASS POPULATION TRANSFER IN THE PROCESS? NONE OF THESE ARE ADDRESSED. BUT WE NEED TO HAVE A ROBUST, FRANKLY, ROBUST INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC DISCUSSION NOW WITH URGENCY TO INSURE THAT THESE ISSUES GET DISCUSSED AND RESOLVED. BUT THAT TIME WAS BEFORE WE LEFT. WE STILL HAVE TO TRY TO DO IT, BUT THOSE ARE THE ISSUES RIGHT NOW THAT ARE VERY SERIOUS AND, YES, I THINK AN ETHNIC CLEANSING IS VERY MUCH IN THE OFFING POTENTIALLY FROM TURKEY. ARTHEL: FINALLY, JOEL WITH, WHAT ABOUT ISIS? WILL ISIS REGROUP AGAIN? NOT NECESSARILY AS A CALIPHATE, BUT ENOUGH TO SERIOUSLY THREATEN THE U.S. AND EUROPEAN ALLIES?>>SO THINK OF IT, IF YOU’RE THE KURDS WHO HAVE BEEN FIGHTING ISIS AND THEY LOST 31,000 PLUS — 11,000 PLUS SOLDIERS AT OUR REQUEST WHEN THEY COMBATED ISIS FIGHTERS, THEY WERE THE ONES PROTECTING AND GUARDING AGAINST ISIS. NOW THEY’RE DEFENDING FOR THEIR LIVES, THEY’RE PROTECTING THEIR FAMILIES. ISIS IS THE LAST THING ON THEIR MIND. AND WE ALSO HAVE MANY PROBLEMS WITH TURKEY RELATED TO ISIS OVER THE YEARS, AND THE TURKS DID NOT VIEW ISIS AS THEIR THREAT, THEY VIEW KURDISH MILITIAS AS THEIR THREAT. ISIS, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BE GUARDED BY THE KURDS. SO WHAT HAPPENS THEN? WE HAVE ISIS FREE. ARTHEL: AND THEY’RE NOT JUST,

100 comments

  1. good thinking. we can hand everything to our enemies while betraying our allies who helped us defeat ISIS.
    just perfect.

  2. He can't even keep from stuttering. He knows that after he spews his lies some day we will all see the truth. Trump knows what he's doing, and Obama didn't! Get that through your heads Fox.

  3. Fox news has become as bad as the other corporate war mongering news organisations – the mouthpiece of the military-industrial complex, pushing for endless wars. At least with Fox news it's more blatant… Its so low brow and lacking any kind of nuance its kind of funny… I and hopefully others will un-subscribe from this channel

  4. Blessed are the peaceMakers for they will be called the sons of God Jesus Said. And that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. ❤️📖

  5. How you trump supporters are mindless drones your president is a weak brainless coward and so are you for following him and supporting his stupid actions… I hope he get you into war and so your sons and daughters can pay the price 😉

  6. Thanks Trump? for turning your back on the Kurds! You just made millions of more people hate America and Americans even more! You're a real stable genius? Thanks for letting all the Isis Fighters free? You're a complete and utter self-satisfying disaster.

  7. Ethnic clensing?? This is how this israeli guy is discribing it, of course israel doesn't want Turkey to be involved in the area, But Turkey has been provoked and instigated by those kurdish groups since 1978, Thousands upon thousands were killed in their villages by the same kurdish terrorists .

  8. USA is diminishing as a superpower, partly because of internal conflicts partially because it has lost its credibility internationally

  9. Liar. The vast majority of kurds live IN TURKEY. If they wanted to ethnic cleanse seems they would start in their own country.

  10. tRump is sending more troops overseas as we speak! Hes not even bringing our troops back. The president doesnt care about our troops, he smears our troops and bashes on our veterans. He only cares about money and russia. Open you eyes. I'm still waiting for a president that will bring our troops home, wont happen with this clown In office.

  11. 50 soldiers were not preventing Turkey from invading… they were coming in and we were smart to get our guys out of the line of fire. starting a war with Turkey to defend the Kurds is ludicrous

  12. THIS IS PROPHESIED IN GODS WORD, RUSSIA, TURKEY,.IRAN, EVEN CUSH(AFRICA) IS WITH THEM, THE LORD IS AGAINST THEE OH GOG!!! HE SHALL PUT HOOKS IN THY JAWS AND THE BODIES OF THY SOLDIERS WILL BE SCATTERED UPON THE MOUNTIANS OF ISREAL, EVEN SO COME LORD JESUS

  13. Maybe if we leave the middle east alone instead of protecting oil and mineral interests, the american economy would thrive again. Look at the recent history..
    As soon as we went nto the middle east to help Kuwait, our economy started to slip. Its been a downhill slide ever scince…

  14. Europe & the west are experiencing ethnic cleansing with millions of Africans being forcibly imported by crooked politicians & NGO's…

  15. Help me to win the Presidential of U.S. and I'll stab the Kurds and handle to you Syria sounds a Good deal Between Trump, Turkey, and Russia Huh?😎

  16. Perpetual war guarantees perpetual peace…and resources, and jobs, and Gov't contracts, and population control, and endless need for the global banksters to loan money to all combatants… simultaneously..with interest…

  17. The United States did absolutely nothing to stop ISIS. They set back and protected oil fields and are you going to say Russia is doing genocide again like Ukraine when it's Ukraine bumming Ukraine.

  18. I thought Turkey was in NATO…Sooo I guess all the other NATO countries are contractually bound to assist with this genocide…that isn't really happening…

  19. Trump is a reality TV character, he has no clue how government works, nor does he understand a coherent US foreign policy, nor does he know how to use his own intelligence resources to create a long term strategy. Since Michael Flynn was once paid by Turkey to influence Trump…one has to ask… what is Trump personally getting from Turkey by removing US troops?

  20. Both sides of the political clown show are all in on the same lies. Makes me wonder why Republicans think their side escapes this globalist agenda.
    Another profound piece is all of these chessboard moves are directly from the Hebrew Bible, so… Its not really the oil, its to secure the Church of Philidelphia to prevent the Witness from opening the gate.

  21. Why not let people fight there own wars? Why are Americans lives not as important as theirs? So the hell with war!!!!!!!!!! With that being said, I love Mr. Trump still.

  22. Trump did the right thing. Russia and 🦃, were going to do this anyway. Better to get our people out of harm's way.

  23. The U.S is using this to claim oil fields under the disguise of protecting them. Those oil fields dont belong to you, go away, nobody but the Kurds want you inside Syria. Its none of your business . The U.S are like annoying mosquitoes, always wanting to suck up other countries resources.

  24. US are everywhere to chase ONLY Natural resources. Thinking they are smart by all their lies and hypocritical tactics!!!

  25. US are in Syria illegally NOT invited by syrian govt. US whats their business with syrian oil field? Being there for years smuggling and protecting Syrian oil fields!!!.. US forces leave Syrian land for peace to reign

  26. Funny the same people who had no problems killing 1.5 million innocent people in Iraq, 7000 Miles away from their Border, are now suddenly worried about some other middle eastern people. Warmongers, stooges of the military industrial complex. The US spend 8 TRILLION DOLLARS in the ME and it's still not enough.

  27. Let's not be fooled by looking at the actions of the Russian Federation in Syria – they are not peacekeepers at all, not the side (the modern army of Assad is the same) that is fighting for justice, the rule of law and a good life for the Syrians – they are just the opposite, villains, destroyers, killers of any people wanting freedom and opposing the dictatorship, the Russian troops and Putin are modern bloody Nazis, destroyers of international law and just scoundrels who lie to the whole world and harm all neighbors! They must be tried by an international tribunal, they have no place even in prison, in hell they have a place, scum! !!! Save the world for future generations!

  28. Turkey wants to make space for refugees that left Syria during the civil way they had starting in 2011. At this point 2019 the Kurdish community is somewhat occupying northern Syria, because the Assad Administration in Syria won the civil way. Kurds are now being told to step back into your their own country. Turkey wants to return the refugees because they believe it is hurting their economy. There are also a lot of Kurdish in southern Turkey that actively protest the Turkish government. This is a concern to Turkey that in the future they may try to take that part of Turkey and make it a Kurdish State.
    So that's what has been going on… I don't understand what this gentleman in this video is talking about.

    Turkey explains this to USA, USA backs off, and allows the plan. Now Turkey, Syria(backed by Russia still) and the Kurds are coming up with a solution. Hopefully the Kurds can accept the conditions of having northern Syria and share it with the Refugees (which i am not sure what ethnicity the majority of them may be).

  29. Russia Turchia non inviate più i vostri figli e le vostre figlie in Europa questo popolo considera gli stranieri mosche cibo per il loro ego e per la loro economia

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