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 Taylor Report 
 ...and foreign terrorists
 Steven Sahiounie, Syrian-American journalist based in Syria
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 Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd) 
Phil asks Sahiounie about his recent article concerning the role of Russian military policy in Northeastern Syria. These Russian peace-keepers are posted along the Turkish border, conducting joint patrols with the Turks.

Sahiounie says that the US is occupying North East Syria's oil and gas fields, not because they need the small amount of oil and gas generated on in that area. Instead, the U.S. intends to use the oil and gas wells as leverage versus the Syrian government on the details of the final settlement of the war in Syria, and who gets to be involved in Syrian reconstruction.

Phil asks how relations stand between Syrian Kurds and the Syrian government. Sahiounie explains that when the USA betrayed their Kurdish allies (a US tradition), most of Syian-Kurdish parties switched their alegiance to Russia and Syria. In return, the Syrian and Russian governments have insisted that Kurdish forces leave the Turkish border area and integrate their armed forces into the SAA.

The big winners in these developments are Syria and Russia. Russia's international prestige as an honest broker has risen. Syria has already recaptured key border towns, the largest oil field, and the largest electrical generating plant. Turkey has gained also in working with Russia to clean the border area of Kurdish militants.

As for Western sanctions, they are really hurting poor people in Syria. Syria used to grow its own food and produce its own oil. Due to sanctions and occupations, it can't do that now.

As for Idlib, Sahiounie estimated that most of the armed militants are foreigners. However, the Syrian government sent thousands of anti-government Syrians on the green buses to Idlib. Phil asks what will become of these militants. Sahiounie spectulates that Turkey will not re-admit them. Rather, these militants will either be liquidated or shipped to another country to carry on their dirty work for the U.S. empire.
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00:31:57 English 2019-11-18
 Toronto, Ontario
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