Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, November 24, 2017

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have met in Sochi to discuss strategy in Syria. Meanwhile, some parts of the Syrian opposition forces met in Saudi Arabia ahead of UN-backed peace talks. Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on Wednesday. The leaders discussed a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria as the war against the Islamic State (IS) and Syrian rebel groups winds down. UN-backed peace talks are due to be held in Geneva later this month. Russian support for Syrian President Bashar Assad has turned the tide in the six-year civil war in favor of the regime. Turkey had been one of the main backers of the Syrian opposition but has turned its attention on pushing back gains made by US-backed Kurdish forces, who control 25 percent of Syrian territory after combating IS.





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A new Middle East hegemony made in Russia's image.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-22 12:12 PM | Reply

New? They've been aligned for decades.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-23 08:18 AM | Reply

Except for Turkey of course, but they have never gotten along with Russians for any length of time. Power games & pipeline politics in the Black Sea. Any agreement to go kill Kurds will be temporary at best.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-23 08:19 AM | Reply

A new Middle East hegemony made in Russia's image.

"New" as in the last 40 years?

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-24 08:37 PM | Reply

Looks like we're trying to buy Turkey back into the NATO fold by halting arms shipments to the Kurds in Syria/Turkey.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-25 09:34 AM | Reply

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