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so isis apparently killed real madrid supporters in iraq...spanish president tweeted about it. apparently they were targeted....what the hell

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Somebody gave the PKK a MANPADS. The government claimed this bird was downed by a "technical fault." 

 

https://twitter.com/DrPartizan_/status/731434789639757824

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Washington's refusal to jointly fight al-Qaida's branch in Syria has contributed to an escalation of fighting in the war-torn country, Russia's Defense Ministry said Friday.

Read more: Russia Deplores US Refusal to Jointly Fight Nusra in Syria

http://www.newsmax.com/World/GlobalTalk/EU-Russia-Syria/2016/05/27/id/731088/
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Who the fuck cares what Russia says. Russia considers the entire opposition Nusra. 

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so isis apparently killed real madrid supporters in iraq...spanish president tweeted about it. apparently they were targeted....what the hell


That isn't even bad hooliganism in EE.

You should watch football factory international.
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I wonder if Kurds advance on Raqqa isn't a little like Eisenhower's advance on Berlin. Maybe they (and we) would be better off letting the Russians & their buddies do the hard part.
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I wonder if Kurds advance on Raqqa isn't a little like Eisenhower's advance on Berlin. Maybe they (and we) would be better off letting the Russians & their buddies do the hard part.


It's not really the Kurds. The Southern front is being led by Arab units. The Western front that is currently moving on Manbij is decidedly Kurdish though. 

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The states have hampered Syria and Russias advancement in Aleppo and elsewhere for a year now, waiting to artificially create some kind of force that can be their proxy.

Basically the arabs and the west and turkey supported Nusra and Isis which took lands from shiites and Assad, and now they want to wait before slaying the fat goose until they have someone that can reap the benefits from it.


Aleppo wouldve been freed by now but the americans halted it.

The issue isnt who takes out isis, its who replaces it.

The regime now is fighting in a race against the future plans of establishing a sunni state in parts of iraq and syria and keeping syria united.
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Israel has suspended 83,000 Ramadan entry permits in the wake of the Tel Aviv attack. 

 

End well this will not. 

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Israel has suspended 83,000 Ramadan entry permits in the wake of the Tel Aviv attack. 

 

2 suspects, 83,000 suspensions.  That sounds fair.

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Way to bury the lede. Here is the attack referred to above. Two Palestinians, sit at a cafe, order food, then, not even waiting for dessert, get up and start shooting people (they are the guys in suits in the lower right). Four dead so far. Others likely to die from their wounds today.Edit:
Maybe this video will work; same one without blurring the victims and a different news program watermark.
Edited by dopey - 6/9/16 at 9:00am
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Young guy with little religious background decides to join ISIS, immediately regrets his decision. Tries to escape (“My message to the American people is: The life in Mosul, it’s really, really bad,” he said.), gets caught by Kurdish forces and flown home to stand trial.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/american-isis-fighter-who-found-it-hard-returns-to-face-criminal-charges/2016/06/08/b6990ea2-efa5-11e5-a61f-e9c95c06edca_story.html
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Israel has suspended 83,000 Ramadan entry permits in the wake of the Tel Aviv attack. 

End well this will not. 


That is the issue with this kind of warfare. You can't tell who is a baddy and who isn't, so people just put everyone into the same box.
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lol at people beeping frantically at each other right now trying to get home for iftar. Yes, beeping is going to make traffic move faster. 

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