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Tuesday, November 24

How did a nice democratic country like the USA get involved with these skanks?

But then we know how, don't we.  

Now, now, it's not like these guys are Kim Jong-un. They just want a say in how Syria is run.

REUTERS/ Jacquelyn Martin/Pool

I'm trying to remember exactly what Bashar al-Assad said recently about Syria but it eludes me; it was something to the effect that the country is like a giant fault line in an earthquake zone. I'm beginning to feel my way to an understanding of what he means.  Man, so many people are trying to control that one patch of land. Maybe it was always that way....

Will the Real Syrian Moderates Please Stand Up? US Allies Stage Conference
Published 12:59 local time - 24.11.2015

The United States, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have reportedly promised further support to the so-called "moderate opposition" in Syria.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and his Saudi Arabian counterpart Adel Al-Dzhubey vowed to continue backing Syria's "moderate opposition" during a joint meeting on Monday.

[Pundita note: I have no idea where Sputnik came up with the name "Adel Al-Dzhubey" for the Saudi foreign minister (at Kerry's right in the picture) but his name is Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir.]  

High on the agenda was finding ways to settle the Syrian conflict and destroy the Islamic State (ISIL).

"The three men pledged to continue to lend support to the moderate Syrian opposition and discussed plans on holding an opposition conference under the auspices of Saudi Arabia," the US State Department said.

The conference's goal is to "bring together all moderate opposition groups and the elaboration of common principles," according to the State Department.

During the Monday gathering, the three men also called for strengthening the fight against ISIL and urged the coalition partners to do more to destroy the jihadists.

On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry rejected allegations by some US army officials that Russian air strikes in Syria have targeted the country's moderate opposition.

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow is cooperating with the moderate Syrian opposition, including the Free Syrian Army.

Last month, the Russian President's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that it was hard to differentiate between the "moderate" opposition forces in and terrorist groups acting in Syria.


Here is the  U.S. Department of State's statement about Kerry's meeting yesterday with the Saudi and UAE foreign ministers.

And here's the lede for another report from Sputnik:  

The Russian Defense Ministry, for its part, said that it was coordinating its efforts with the Syrian opposition members who were fighting against terrorists in the war-torn country. The Ministry added that representatives of the Syrian opposition had shared data on the location of terrorist targets with the Russian air group in Syria.



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