U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called on Saturday for more forceful action to halt Iran’s development of what he said was an increasingly powerful network of proxy armies in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
“So the time is now, we think, to act against Iran,” he told the Munich Security Conference, calling on U.S. allies to halt trade that was helping underwrite the expansion of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military and economic force in the Islamic Republic.
2--- Damascus, Syria (4:05 P.M) The Syrian government have reached an agreement with the Kurdish forces in northwest Syria to officially enter and defend Afrin region, Kurdish media sources reported.
Most shocking to me, was the destruction of Iraq’s water and sewage treatment plants by US air strikes.
Their destruction resulted in epidemics of cholera and other water-born diseases. Children were the primary victims. The UN asserted that over 550,000 Iraqi children died as a result of contaminated water. US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright later notoriously asserted that these deaths were ‘a price worth paying.’ I call them a war crime.
Journalists like myself who asserted that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction were fired or marginalized. I was blacklisted at CNN after the White House told the network to fire me at once. All the ‘presstitutes’, who acted as government boosters for the war, were promoted and lauded. Welcome to the new Soviet media....
If this war crime was being properly litigated, Washington would likely end up being assessed something like $100 billion in damages just to replace physical infrastructure destroyed in the two wars, never mind the deaths of so many Iraqi civilians. Iran would also have a claim against Iraq’s western and Arab backers for Baghdad’s 1980-1988 war of aggression against Iran that caused an estimated one million Iranian casualties.
“Holding negotiations is surely valuable but we are most interested in results. Our main interest is in implementation [of the agreements] and developments in the field. In this process, the ones who need to correct their mistakes and to pull themselves together is our [U.S.] counterpart,” Erdoğan said in an address at the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) provincial convention in Ankara on Feb. 18....
“A terror organization cannot be defeated through the support of another terror organization. We told them that they would be remembered notoriously because of this alliance. We also said they shouldn’t deny the weapons delivered and training given [to the YPG]. This policy should be abandoned immediately,” Erdoğan added.
“We have enough sources and capabilities to fight all kinds of terrorists, as long as no soldiers from our allied countries stand with them,” he also said
5--Mad Dog meets The Sultan
“We concur with Turkey on the need for locals taking control of the liberated areas. We are going to work with Turkey on locals taking control, and with Turkey on every other irritant, diversion, or distraction,” Mattis said.
We have many areas of absolute concurrence too,” Mattis told reporters en route to Washington, according to a statement from the Department of Defense.