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Looks like Saudi Arabia has plenty of room to house the iPhone refugees.

And there are bored young men who should be fighting in Syria.
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Saudi really doesn't have plenty of room. It's all desert. In fact, Saudi has huge water problems as it is. 

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Oh boy, 50 (some say 20-30) Special Forces troops to be deployed to Syria. Maybe multiply that by 2 to account for the spooks who will accompany them. 

This is similar to the strategy that a lot of the SoF community advocated for in Afghanistan.

I assumed we were already on the ground there. How else would we train those Kurds to effectively call in our airstrikes?
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I've always assumed we were already on the ground there. How else would we train those Kurds to effectively call in our airstrikes?


From Iraqi Kurdistan. 

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Oh boy, 50 (some say 20-30) Special Forces troops to be deployed to Syria. Maybe multiply that by 2 to account for the spooks who will accompany them. 

This is similar to the strategy that a lot of the SoF community advocated for in Afghanistan.

It's that many spooks?I thought it was a pair of operators as swim buddies and they were loathe to work with the CIA admin types.
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It's that many spooks?I thought it was a pair of operators as swim buddies and they were loathe to work with the CIA admin types.


Really impossible to say. Double might be a bit much but they will be there. These aren't admin types by the way they would be SOG guys. And hopefully they, unlike the character Quinn from Homeland, will know that it's ar-Raqqa not al-Racka. 

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This cyclone that's headed towards Yemen is supposed to dump 8 years worth of rain in 2 days. Expect a lot of deaths, destruction, and worsening of conditions. At least the jets will be grounded for a bit and some people will be able to collect potable water. 

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I assumed we were already on the ground there. How else would we train those Kurds to effectively call in our airstrikes?

The term boots on the ground is almost meaningless. What matters is scale/goals. The way they're presenting this it won't become a full scale operation (i.e. what we call a war like in Iraq) but it was stupid to pummel ISIS in Iraq and let them thrive in Syria. They'll also rebalance air raids so more of them happen in Syria (right now it skews heavily toward Iraq).
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What an exciting day. Football Sunday and Turkish election results! 

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Nevermind.

post #1451 of 2692
Turkish reporter/blogger was arrested for basically equating this win to the start of a civil war. Europe turned it's back on the Turks (and rightly so, I'd wager), so they turned their gaze westward and emulated the madness they saw.
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"Orientalism" is a Western problem, as Edward Said exposed. But lately it is also an Eastern shield against legitimate criticism.

 

 

This is a true story.

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Turkish reporter/blogger was arrested for basically equating this win to the start of a civil war. Europe turned it's back on the Turks (and rightly so, I'd wager), so they turned their gaze westward and emulated the madness they saw.

Turned it's back, I don't know about that. Merkel was in Turkey to weeks prior to the elections, they are restarting talks about entering the EU, Visa free travel into Schengen and the EU is going to send 3 billion euro to help Turkey with migrant problems.
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I think the Turks have been doing the back turning. 

post #1455 of 2692
I don't think anyone has really turned its back, the turks still want to enter the EU, but they now believe they hold all the cards and want to do it their way.
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