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Bolton Threatens Syria: US Troop Withdrawal “On Hold”. Permanent US Military Base on Syria-Iraqi border

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Bolton Threatens Syria: US Troop Withdrawal “On Hold”. Permanent US Military Base on Syria-Iraqi border

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment provide security support during mission on Sept. 9, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Syria. President Donald Trump on Wednesday repeated his plans to withdraw all U.S. forces from the country in the near future. (Cpl. Gabino Perez/Marine Corps)

Written by Stephen Lendman; Originally appeared at Global Research

The prospect of Washington turning a page for peace in Syria is highly unlikely. Syria remains in the eye of the storm.

On Friday, a State Department official said “(w)e have no timeline for our military forces to withdraw from” the country. Delay may turn out to be not at all.

On Sunday, a senior Iraqi parliamentarian said

“(t)he  Americans have built a military base in Erbil (in) the Iraqi Kurdistan region to use…against Iraq’s neighboring countries, in particular Iran and Syria.”

Iraqi media said the Pentagon has 14 military bases in the country – along with a reported 18 in Syria. The US is highly unlikely to abandon them, especially ones considered most strategically important.

An earlier report indicated the Pentagon intends establishing a permanent base along the Iraqi border with Syria. Turkey reportedly established one or more military bases in northwestern Aleppo.

On Saturday, a senior Trump regime official said US forces may remain indefinitely at the (illegally established) al-Tanf base in southeastern Syria near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders.

On February 7, officials from countries comprising the so-called US Middle East war “coalition” will attend a conference in Washington to discuss what follows Trump’s Syria pullout announcement.

Whatever the disposition of US forces in Syria and everywhere else, its permanent war agenda remains unchanged.

Last summer, John Bolton warned Damascus, saying

“(j)ust so there’s no confusion here, if the Syrian (forces) use chemical weapons, we will respond very strongly, and they really ought to think about this a long time.”

Not a shred of evidence suggests government forces used Chemical Weapons (CWs) at any time throughout years of US-led naked aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic.

Plenty of evidence indisputably proves that US-supported terrorists used CWs many times, mainly against civilians, Damascus falsely blamed for their high crimes.

On Saturday, Bolton threatened Syria again, saying

“there is absolutely no change in the US position against the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and absolutely no change in our position that any use of chemical weapons would be met by a very strong response, as we’ve done twice before.”

The Pentagon notoriously uses banned weapons in all its war theaters, flagrantly violating international laws time and again – including the Laws of War: Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907 Hague IV Convention), the Nuremberg Principles, the UN Charter, Fourth Geneva, and numerous UN resolutions.

Banned US weapons include use of incendiary, cluster, and radiological munitions, biological and chemical agents, depleted uranium, and other toxins.

An earlier Pentagon statement said

“(a)s a matter of policy, (it) will not publicly discuss the use of specific weapons and munitions in operations.”

It lied claiming

“every weapons system in the US inventory undergoes a legal review to ensure the weapon complies with the Law of Armed Conflict.”

Since the near-extermination of Native Americans in expanding the nation “from sea to shining sea,” US forces used banned weapons, the same thing ongoing in all its active war theaters.

Claims otherwise are bald-faced lies, wanting its high crimes of war and against humanity concealed – including US support for ISIS and likeminded jihadists, along with their use of CWs, falsely blamed on Syrian forces.

On Saturday, Bolton arrived in Israel for talks with Netanyahu. He confirmed no timeline exists for withdrawing US forces from Syria.

Pentagon troops at al-Tanf are likely to stay, Israel pushing for this. On Friday, Netanyahu and Putin spoke, Israel reportedly afforded no concessions by Russia’s leader to continue aggressive aerial operations against Syria.

On Tuesday, Bolton will meet with Turkey’s Erdogan and other regime officials in Ankara, Syria a key topic to be discussed.

This week, he and Pompeo will be meeting with officials from various regional countries, including Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and others – discussing US strategy following Trump’s pullout announcement.

A Final Comment

On Sunday, Bolton equivocated on the pullout of US forces from northern Syria, claiming withdrawal depends on a firm commitment by Turkey not to attack Kurds in the area, saying:

“Timetables or the timing of the withdrawal occurs as a result of the fulfillment of the conditions and the establishment of the circumstances that we want to see,” adding:

“It’s not the establishment of an arbitrary point for the withdrawal to take place as President Obama did in the Afghan situation…The timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement.”

To withdraw or not to withdraw US forces from Syria may turn out to be more of the latter than the former – Trump U-turning like he’s done before.


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Award-winning author Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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so i told u all over and over and over again

DONT TRUST THEM SATANIC JEWS AND THEIR GOJIM SLAVES…..they have an AGENDA….and they are and will continue to pursue it under ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.

John Whitehot

is that your daughter in the pic?


Surely an eye-catching avatar.


do not get too upset it might affect your hair style


Not a surprise to me, anyone floored by such duplicity?
Long term maybe it is time for Russia to up the stakes, telling the Israelis, and their lapdogs the Americans that if they do not leave, Iran will be getting a lot of help with missile tech.


Eh, big words, lets see what time says.

John Whitehot



Nowhere in the quoted Bolton’s word is said the withdrawal is on hold.

It says that the fullfilment depends on certain conditions, which of course are not mentioned.

All in all, more zionist whining – nobody had a doubt that Bolton would chestbeat and that zionists would interpret that as “the stop of the withdrawal”.

In the end, the decision is still Trump’s, Bolton or Pompeo can’t do nothing about it (with the latter, “the good cop”, telling Israel that “the commitment to defend Israel remains even without the withdrawal”).


Trumps decision is whatever Bibi says.

Tony B.

Lendman has always had very good connections, is seldom in error.
You seem ignorant of the long known fact that American presidents are just fronts for the real powers. Theater for the people. Ask JFK if you doubt that. Drumpf may be retarded to the point of being a slow learner but he is obviously not in charge.

John Whitehot

idk about Lendmans connection, but his surname says quite clearly where’s he from and for which side hails.

I also suggest you to reread these two lines:

“Nowhere in the quoted Bolton’s word is said the withdrawal is on hold.

It says that the fullfilment depends on certain conditions, which of course are not mentioned.”

Neither you or Lendman managed to convince me that Bolton announced a reverse order on the withdrawal.

Try with your own kind, perhaps you’ll be luckier.

Tony B.

You err in putting all Jews on the talmudic side. Big mistake. Down the years the very most determined fighters against the talmudic/cabalic/satanic bunch have been Jews, although granted, very few of them. These people are more determined than most goy because they have a better understanding of just how evil the talmudic/cabal bunch are and want to stop their destruction of the world. Spend some time on Ron Unz’s site. You’ll get a whole new education.

John Whitehot

“You err in putting all Jews on the talmudic side”

Not all.
But this author and those who write things like those in this article.


Bolton is a front man and sycophant for the Jews and has been fro decades. He’s also almost certainly a traitor involved in high treason, as is Giuliani for their involvement in 911.


– Project for the New American Century –



“The 9-11 event advanced the Neocon PNAC agenda, with its explicitly stated need for “…a catastrophic and catalysing event – like a new Pearl Harbor” [1] in order to mobilise US public opinion for already planned wars, the effects of which would be to destroy Israel’s enemies.”

– “9-11/Israel did it” –



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Mad Rat Bolton threatens Syria to have all the yankee forts apache in Syria surrounded by russian military police. If that don’t works, he also threatens to have there the spetsnaz, and may be some Armata tanks, only to test.


This is all about control of Syrian oil ,gas and water resources,Anything else said by Bolton and other zionist psychopathic liars is just simply ,Bullshit.

Luke Hemmming

Erdogan just announced No meeting with Bolton after Bolton accused him of harming turks…https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/erdogan-avoids-meeting-with-bolton-after-accusations-of-harming-kurds/

Tommy Jensen

US is only in Syria to prevent Assad using chemical weapons against the innocent Syrian population who trust in America´s freedom values.

Bolton is right as he has a deep knowledge of all the problems it can create in Syria if US withdraw its troops. Bolton should be President instead of Trump!

Trump knows nothing, an egomaniac, an orange elephant, only thinking on his public image as peacekeeper.
Peace is only peace if you have freedom and are prepared to fight for this freedom………….LOL.


That’s why we had 2 humanitarian missile strikes in Syria to save them from Dr. Assad ?
LMFAO next we can poison them like we do people in flint michigan and help them die before the rebels get them .
What freedom values like living in a surveillance state and losing our right to criticize another country called free speech
Just stop the hasbara bs.


What U.S. saying or does is of NO importance.
What is important is that Assad liberates Idlib and finds compromise with Kurds
Turks will have to leave.
US will have to live eventually also and take their crap “bases” to Iraq with them.


no surprize here!


Secretary of State Bolton, after conferring with Secretary of Defense Bolton, will implement the pledge of fealty to Emperor Netanyahu pledged by President Bolton.

John Whitehot



a) If Trump fully U-turns on this, he is finished with his electoral base from 2016 – good-bye any re-election plans.
b) If Trump fully U-turns on this, it openly reveals the Neo-Cons and Pentagon run the country – not the executive branch Presidential position.


Exactly! Many questions will be answer with the outcome of this situation.

Willing Conscience (The Truths

Go put on a dress and lipstick Stephen Lendman, you totally perverted wanker, trying to confuse people who are already confused enough is sinful, Trump should enact a new law allowing US citizens to lynch people like you in the streets, he might yet.
Don’t read this US Deep state propaganda piece, it’s one and only intention is to confuse the weak minded, just like a Jedi mind trick. But if you do read it beware, you’ll come away even more confused that you were before you read it, that’s it’s only intention.


Are you just whack ?
Every word he spoke was true , not one inaccuracy .
Maybe you prefer CNN ?

Willing Conscience (The Truths

Go put on a dress and lipstick, it’s too late for you, you’ve been totally brainwashed already, your mind is like this mans, you can’t accept reality any more, just the fantasies your so willing and eager to accept.
I suppose just like me you started saying back in January, he look everyone, Trumps told the Kurds to go back to Assad and work out a deal, and do it before he leaves, did you?
And I suppose just like me you started saying back in about February or early March, hey look, the Kurds are refusing to fight Isis, they’re on a strike, did you?
And I suppose just like me you started saying back in April/May, hey look, the Iraqis have forced the Kurds to start fighting again by threatening to invade US occupied Syria, did you?
And did you say at about that same time or just after, Hey look everyone, Trumps starting to recruit heaps of Arabs and Christians into the SDF, and asked, is he trying to replace the Kurds, did you?
And I suppose just like me you started saying back in about August, hey look everyone, the Kurds are back on their second strike now, that’s why Isis is lasting so long in that pissly little pocket at Hajin, they haven’t suddenly become supermen at all, the Kurds are just letting them sit there and fester to punish Trump, did you?
And did you say at about that same time, Hey look everyone, Trumps starting to recruit heaps more Arabs and Christians and Turkmen into the SDF, he’s going to use them as strikebreakers and finish off Isis with these guys, did you?,
I’ve been saying them in my SF posts since January, and I stick to every single assertion I’ve made, in fact I only made them because I payed attention to what Trump said, and sometimes didn’t say.
Trumps done, and just about to do, exactly what he said he would back in January, and apart from the actual pullout, everything he said he was going to do he has. Despite 2 Kurdish strikes and massive opposition from the deep state, and as well as Erdogan throwing a massive spanner into the whole works, he still pulls off a miracle and you think it’s all just smoke and mirrors to fool you.
If you can’t believe your own eyes because you think it’s too good to be true, you’re wrong this time. The article aboves sole purpose is to confuse you and make you disbelieve Trump has any real say in anything and everything, and everything he does is wrong and pointless anyway, but I’m not fooled, I can see what he’s doing and approve thoroughly, and I’m also totally impressed he’s getting it done.
You just keep believing puppets like Stephen Lendman, I’ll continue to trust Trump and Putin, the deep state of the US has been bringing about laws in the US that allow men to become women and women to become men, and they teach it in their schools now too [so does my country], if you think I could ever believe anything at all that came out of their mouths, especially if it contradicted what Trump was telling me, you live in the same fantasy world they do.


Just because your delusions cloud your judgement doesn’t mean you have to cross dress . You started in January ? You were late to the party son the US has been promising stuff to the Kurds since Iraq war .
There are no Christians in the SDF fool and the only reason ISIS is lasting so long is because FUKUS Turkey / Israel / KSA support them .
There are no Christians fighting with SDF they are 90% Kurds
Trump has not and will not do shit to stop anything in the ME, if anything he is responsible for escalating tensions .
You don’t know jack shit about tRump or the US .

Willing Conscience (The Truths

So you think there are no Christians in the SDF, you’re wrong and actually a total fool, it’s all on record for anyone to check with a simple google search, I suggest you do.
Isis lasted so long because the Kurds wanted them to last, not because of Trump or anybody else, only the Kurds wanted them to last, if you want proof of that just check Iraqi [or other] news sources from April to May. In particular the articles referring to the Iraqi airstrikes on Isis in Al Hasakah in mid April, and any articles in particular that point out the fact that the Iraqis didn’t ask for US/Kurdish permission, only Assad’s, and they also threatened to launch a ground invasion to take over Al Hasakah from Isis, where the Kurds were just pretending to fight Isis. Then you also have to go back to January and find articles referring to Trump beginning to recruit Arabs into the SDF, articles referring to Arabs uniting in Ar Raqqah and Al Hasakah to oppose US/Kurdish control of the regions will help explain the early recruitment of non Kurds into the SDF, then later on after April the prolonged presence of Isis in Hajin caused Trump to begin recruiting Christians and Turkmen into the SDF and he then sent them to Hajin to fight Isis because the Kurds weren’t. Kurds make up between 60 to 65,000 SDF, probably less now that they’re all heading back to Assad, the new combined Arab,Turkman,Christians number between 17 to 20,000, maybe even more, that’s not 90% to 10%, it’s more like 65% to 35%. It’s all on record and easy to find with google search. You don’t do that though do you, you just say I don’t know what I’m talking about and don’t even bother to check.
I think you just don’t like my transgender attitude, everything else you said is totally wrong and makes you look stupid, all that’s left to beef about is my transgender attitude, and if that’s what your real beef is, I DON’T GIVE A F-CK.


There are exactly zero christians fighting with SDF , you can’t find one source to even lie about it like you are , you have nothing but your mouth spouting lies.
The fact is 99% is Anarcho Communist PYG/PKK is what makes it up

Willing Conscience (The Truths

You can always tell you won the argument when the ad hominem attacks start LMFAO …. loser.

Willing Conscience (The Truths

Militias affiliated with the SDF
Syriac Military Council (MFS)

Founded: January 2013

Part of: SDF since January 8, 2014 (founding member), military wing of the Syriac Union Party (SUP)

Based in: Hasakah Governorate

Deployments: multiple campaigns in the governorates of Hasakah, Aleppo (e.g. Tishrin Dam, Manbij), Raqqa (Tabqa, Raqqa City), and Iraq (Sinjar mountains in Iraq during the YPG’s campaign to free Yezidi refugees)

Size: >2000 fighters (as of March 2015)

The Syriac Military Council (MFS, which is derived from the group’s Syriac name Mawtbo Fulhoyo Suryoyo) is probably one of the most wide-known Christian militias, mainly due to the group’s participation in the Battle for Raqqa. As a part of the SDF, it is directly involved in frontline fighting.
But there are others too, 2 or 3 other Christian militias have also joined, I don’t have the time to bother looking them up for you.


Trump’s troop withdrawal ‘sacrifices’ Syrian Christians, gives ‘victory’ to jihadis: activist

Tony B.

You are the brainwashed one. All bluster and no knowledge of the truth. All you have to offer is personal prejudice which is almost always too blind to see simple fact.


this shows more than anything that the president is just the figurehead and that pentagon, state department sets the agenda. however, trump wants to be the unchallenged commander in chief and that is the end he’s working for. in this instance bolton/pompous have been called out by the jewish lobby in washington to make certain that israel’s safety isn’t compromised by trump’s ambitions to fulfill his promise during the election to end the wars, which I truly think he wants to do.

in fact, trump would like to cut the alimony the moronic states of a pays to israel every year and which amounts to say 5b$. and if he can avoid a tangle with iran he will be most happy and let israel and its new bff saudi arabia take care of it with american weapons paid for. but be convinced, he has no intention of starting a war in syria or against iran. the best he will do is to sanction iran, but nothing more.

israel, with its iron dome is waiting for the iron doom in the form of long range missiles fired by russia or iran from the Caspian Sea should it come to a more decisive point – so the concentration camp operator, israel, better be on its best behaviour or the missiles will start to arrive to the cheers and hurrays from the rest of the world!

opec should start and pay for a de-recognition of israel campaign in order to get if off the ground!!

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