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US gov't announced the founding of a 'border security force' to guard the Syrian/Turkish and Syrian/Iraqi borders. Never mind that the Syrians and the Turks never asked them to and in fact are very much opposed to it. So yeah, this is going to go the way of Saudi's attack on Qatar, Yemen and Lebanon: badly.

Erdogan threatens to 'strangle' new US-backed Syria force - France 24

Russia May 'Undertake Measures' After US Decision on Border Force in Syria - Sputnik International
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Spain set to replace US as second most popular country for tourists as 'Trump slump' continues | The Independent
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Vic Mensa - We Could Be Free (Lyric Video) ft. Ty Dolla $ign - YouTube

Rapper Vic Mensa filmed that video in Palestine and wrote an op-ed in Time:

Vic Mensa: What Palestine Taught Me About American Racism | Time

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Last summer, I traveled to Palestine with a group of African-American artists, scholars and activists organized by Dream Defenders. I am not anti-Semitic, and the views expressed in this essay are in no way an attack on people of the Jewish faith. My words are a reflection of my experiences on my trip, and my criticism lies with the treatment of Palestinian civilians by the state of Israel, no more and no less.
Fucking disgusting that you have to come up with that disclaimer in the first place. Are pro-Tibet activists Chinese-haters? For that matter: are people who stick up for Israel Arab-haters/Islamophobes? (although the answer in that case is usually HELL YEAH!!!)
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Terrorist attack on Hamas guy in Lebanon was done by Israel says Richard Silverstein (who usually has pretty good sources).

BREAKING: Israeli Security Source Confirms Assassination Attempt Against Hamas Operative in Lebanon - Tikun Olam
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Senior Turkish MP to Sputnik: US Syrian Border Force May 'Lead to Split in NATO' - Sputnik International
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Even the 'moderate rebels' are opposed: Syria’s opposition group condemns US plans to form border force in Syria
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‘Turkey’s concerns are legitimate’: Pentagon on Kurdish border force in Syria

Of course Syria's concern never will be 'legitimate'...
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Tillerson: US To Keep Military Presence In Syria To Remove Assad From Power

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“Assad’s regime is corrupt, and his methods of governance and economic development have increasingly excluded certain ethnic and religious groups,” the official said. “Such oppression cannot persist forever.”
Wow, just wow. This is the only remaining secular regime in the Middle East (Lebanon is not so much secular as divided into cantons with a complicated voting system), after the US already destroyed Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Christians and other minorities ARE being discriminated against in the Middle East by US allies Saudi Arabia, the UAE and especially Bahrain (although that's a minority in power oppressing the majority with Saudi help). As for corrupt: Israelis have been protesting Netanyahu's corruption for weeks while he is under investigation. He's been convicted of it before, apparently doesn't harm his election campaigns.

So yeah, thank Trump for more transparent lies...
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I have not heard of this news outlet and a brief Google isn't telling me much about them.
BREAKING : Turkey invades Syria, goal to ‘destroy YPG’ | Al Sura English

But there's this on the BBC:
Turkey steps up Syria shelling as invasion of Afrin looms - BBC News
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Yeah, There were rumors that the Russians gave them the green light.

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The Russian military is not withdrawing from the Afrin Canton in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside, pro-government Damascus Now reported this afternoon.

According to Damascus Now, their sources in Aleppo have denied the withdrawal of any Russian troops, despite earlier claims by pro-Turkish regime media outlets.
Russian troops not withdrawing from Afrin: Syrian media

Breaking: Turkish troops allegedly attempt to enter Afrin

TURKISH ARMY ATTEMPS TO ENTER SYRIA’S AFRIN – YPG

And according to (pro-Assad) al-Masdarnews there are also clashes going on at al-Bab:

Breaking: Fierce clashes breakout between Turkish-backed troops, Kurdish forces in Al-Bab
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But there's also this:
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Reinforcements from the YPG traveled along the shared Hasakah-Aleppo Highway to the city of Aleppo, where they eventually made their way to the Afrin Canton in the northwestern part of the province.
Despite political disagreements, Syrian gov’t to allow Kurdish YPG to reinforce Afrin from their territory
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Wherein the invisible hand bitch slapped the future of America.
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