US races Russia for military positions in NE Syria, including new air bases

Exclusive: A large influx of US troops is entering northeastern Syria this month to counter new Russian plans. This step follows several summersaults on Syria by President Donald Trump since his March 20 decision to withdraw the US from that country.

Thousands of words of condemnation landed on the White House on Oct. 13 when US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced the decision to withdraw US forces from northeastern Syria. The administration was accused of deserting the US allied Kurds, the core of the Syrian Democratic Forces which defeated ISIS and opening the door for Iran to surge across the Iraqi-Syrian border.

However, thorough investigation by DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources have uncovered a totally different reality. While substantial US forces were indeed withdrawn from their Syrian bases to Iraq with masses of equipment, US troop reinforcements have been pouring in and continue to arrive in northeastern Syria. Not only were existing bases not abandoned, but new positions are being set up, including one or more new US air bases. US forces are moreover taking over Syria’s oil and gas fields after the SDF moved in.

Russian forces, whose objectives in Syria hitherto were confined to a naval base at Tartus and a big air base at Khmeimim  near Latakia, have suddenly decided to establish military and military footholds in the north as a counterweight to US military hubs in the Gulf and Iraq.

The coming issue of DEBKA Weekly (for subscribers) out on Friday, Nov. 8, expands exclusively and in detail on the transformation of Syria’s north and east into the central arena for US and Russia to vie for military dominance. This is a story not to be missed. For your subscription, click here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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59 thoughts on “US races Russia for military positions in NE Syria, including new air bases

  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 11:47 at 11:47
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    So be it, Russian Bases cannot compare to America’s Might, Numbers, & Budgets throughout the Middle East. Russia can help Rebuild Syria and become the Best Janitors In Syria to do Clean Up! America, Israel & Arabia Run The Show!

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    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 14:25 at 14:25
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      Percy…what’s the good of American might if you don’t have the guts to use it?

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      • Nov 6, 2019 @ 16:36 at 16:36
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        @Anon… First, Military Bases are Sentinels to Prevent & Protect Regional Interests & Serve as Command Center, Training & Proving Ground. 2nd, USA goes where it wants in Syria even while Russia is there too? So, why didn’t Russia stop it as a Syrian Allied & Attack, Defend & Prevent USA from doing anything?

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      • Nov 7, 2019 @ 2:25 at 2:25
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        ever been to a war zone with arabs / ANONYMOUS ///????you feed them defend them then get bitten like you found a stray dog. former us soldier

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        • Nov 7, 2019 @ 16:41 at 16:41
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          KI don’t think so why is the Americans so scared of Russia, One on one fighting in Europe the Americans would clearly lose, how would they possibly stand a chance when their troops would have ZERO air support and the Russians have far more arty” and vastly out range them and the Russians are simply tougher people period,

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          • Nov 7, 2019 @ 23:45 at 23:45
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            @Cj2327… LOL! Stalin’s Russia couldn’t defeat the Finland Army & Cut A Deal With Hitler’s Nazi to Divide Up Poland until Hitler Turned on Russia. Russians needed help from America $11 Billion Aid in Fuel, Steel, & Weapons. Russia only fought one Front War, America fought Two Oceans. Russia can’t even Defeat Ukraine Today? USSR Collapsed unable to Win the Cold Wars let alone a Hot War now? https://youtu.be/LvPrfTOYgZc

        • Nov 7, 2019 @ 18:58 at 18:58
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          ey siyonistler büyük israil ortadoğu projesini gerçekleştiresiniz diye bölgede kimsenin nükleer silah sahibi olmasını istemiyorsuz değilmi amaç önünüzde enggel oluşturmasınki büyük israil projesini gerçekleştiresin

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    • Nov 7, 2019 @ 16:41 at 16:41
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      I don’t think so why is the Americans so scared of Russia, One on one fighting in Europe the Americans would clearly lose, how would they possibly stand a chance when their troops would have ZERO air support and the Russians have far more arty” and vastly out range them and the Russians are simply tougher people period,

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      • Nov 7, 2019 @ 23:53 at 23:53
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        @Cj2327… LOL! If Russia could take Europe they would, but they can’t & you know it! https://youtu.be/EhNmrAG-RUc Russia accepted the Casualties!

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    • Nov 7, 2019 @ 18:43 at 18:43
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      ey siyonistler büyük israil ortadoğu projesini gerçekleştiresiniz diye bölgede kimsenin nükleer silah sahibi olmasını istemiyorsuz değilmi amaç önünüzde enggel oluşturmasınki büyük israil projesini gerçekleştiresin

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      • Nov 8, 2019 @ 0:05 at 0:05
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        Siyonistler, I. Dünya Savaşı sırasında da Osmanlı Türklerini Araplarla birlikte kovdu.

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  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 12:00 at 12:00
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    Just another fine day in the Middle East…………………….on the horizon!
    Stay tuned!

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  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 12:26 at 12:26
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    hope they have a clear and detailed long term security objective incoporating all allies, particularly Israel,I don’t trust the Russians , they might get angry by unleashing the thousands of dogs they breed (Muslims)
    Explains the exercise off Israeli coast

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    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 12:49 at 12:49
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      Russians breeding Muslim? I think you are mistaken my friend, it is Israel and USA that spawned ISIS and other mujahedin, including OSAMA bin Laden and Al Qaida.

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      • Nov 6, 2019 @ 14:53 at 14:53
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        Ummm Kilroy, I’m pretty sure OBL rose from the Afghan fight against the USSR.

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        • Nov 6, 2019 @ 23:14 at 23:14
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          @ Don’t you remember. Please. OBL was born with a golden spoon in his mouth and was touting his family’s oil all over the world. The bin Laden family had the highest connections. Then He became a CIA operative because he was offered the chance to muckrake. You need to learn how the deep state furthers the New World Order all over the planet by destroying countries through terrorism, drugs and war. This is what Trump ran against.

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      • Nov 6, 2019 @ 16:50 at 16:50
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        @Kilroy… LOL, Islam Shiia & Sunnis Muslims Breed Every Day Globally many in Peace & Others choose Conflicts, but it is not USA or Israel Breeding Them! Isis, Al Qaida, Hizballah, Hamas, Breeds As They Choose To Kill or Die!

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      • Nov 6, 2019 @ 16:55 at 16:55
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        Kilroy… OSAMA bin Laden & Al Qaida Breed, Born, Ex-Citizen & Subject of Saudi Arabia but Killed by Americans as Hiding & Dying Behind Wife!

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      • Nov 6, 2019 @ 22:42 at 22:42
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        USA gave Asad third of Syria. They need to build new airports and so the Russian.

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        • Nov 7, 2019 @ 12:13 at 12:13
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          Syria never belonged to Americans, so it was (is) not their to give in the first place…

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    • Nov 11, 2019 @ 9:53 at 9:53
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      Says the ASHKINAZI fake Jews……your fakes….Light is shining on the DEMOLITION of the Twin Towers and the USS Liberty……ISRAEL will be nuked by America ….so we are praying for your souls …….

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  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 12:35 at 12:35
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    with the time it becomes clear that TRUMP BEAT PUTIN IN SYRIA . US CRUSHED RUSSIA IN SYRIA. NOW RUSSIA CANNAOT PAY ITS INTERVENTION IN SYRIA BECAUSE OF US SIZING SYRIAN OIL WHICH WAS THE FIRST GOAL OF RUSSIA INTERVENTION IN SYRIA. NOW PUTIN AND RUSSIA HAVE LOST. BASHAR ,PUTIN, HEZBOLLAH, IRANIAN HAVE NOT ANY OIL TO PAY THEIR WAR IN SYRIA . TRUMP AND US PREVENT THEM FROM HAVING MONEY TO CONTINUE THEIR WAR. WELL DONE PRESIDENT TRUMP

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    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 12:54 at 12:54
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      Trump beat Putin? Ha ha ha…Usa crushed Russia in Syria?!? Ha ha ha. You mean the same Americans that pounded sand for years, acting like they are fighting ISIS while at the same time ISIS was gaining more and more territory in Syria, it was only when Russia stepped in that the tide started changing and ISIS went on retreat. You mean the same Americans that are breaching their own embargo on Syrian oil?!? What business do they have with Syrian oil? What business do they have in Syria at all?

      Syrian oil belongs to Syrian people and nobody else!

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      • Nov 6, 2019 @ 17:00 at 17:00
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        @Kiljoy… Syrians could not fight for themselves and now are Servants of Russia that can’t stop Americans if you recall 2018 Military Bases Deaths? You Hate What You Can’t Refute! Now go clean Toilets For Russians that can Save Syria Oil Either?

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      • Nov 7, 2019 @ 20:09 at 20:09
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        KILROY’S SHARMOUTA MOTHER BELONGS TO ALL!!!

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    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 17:03 at 17:03
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      IF Putin REALLY wanted those oil fields he would have gotten them long time ago ! Russia was ALWAYS interested in a PORT in the Mid. East since they lost Libya’s & to a certain degree Egypt’s ports that they been using for a long time !

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    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 23:17 at 23:17
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      Cut out the caps please. It is very disrespectful and is an obstacle to reading.

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      • Nov 7, 2019 @ 2:26 at 2:26
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        StevieR… Please, Post, Some Content of Substance & Avoid Reading If All You Can Do Is Complain From Your Brain Pain Shame!

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  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 15:58 at 15:58
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    U.S. does need Syrian oil – but it’s a face-saving excuse for President Trump’s increasingly erratic, thoughtlessly impulsive behavior. Hopefully he is still sane, by traditional psychiatric standards…?

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    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 17:08 at 17:08
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      @Dr.Yosef”???… No Real Doctor Uses Traditional Psychiatric Standards to claim he knows Behavior so you just proved you have “Illusions of Grandeur” beyond your capabilities. Get some help!

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  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 16:19 at 16:19
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    the U.S knows iran gonna keep pumping uranium and they cant allow that….. thats why new bases are being risen

    man russia is the biggest cancer the world has ever seen… nurturing and developing terrorists in syria and iran

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    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 17:15 at 17:15
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      @LebanonLover… Amazing, USA sets up another Military Base right in Syria under Russian Control, & some Posters Cannot Accept that Reality of American Might & Proving They Have a Problem with Reality Pretending to be Doctors but Cannot Explain Their own Delusions? The USA Base Has Been Established!

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  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 17:09 at 17:09
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    Yesterday some Free Syrian Army fighters backed by Turkey attacked a US column.

    Can someone please explain to me – are the FSA the good guys or the bad guys? I thought they were fighting for freedom and democracy?

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    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 17:24 at 17:24
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      @James… Fake News Or Fake Attack? Explain Where & When!

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  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 17:57 at 17:57
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    Recently, we reported the detailed characteristics of a very curious Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro with a Penta camera (including a 108-megapixel sensor). which will announce on November 5 (and it seems that it will be released on the international market on the 15th under the name Mi Note 10).

    Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Review – Complete Guide

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  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 19:19 at 19:19
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    The failure of Netanyahu to get a war on Iran underway before being overtaken with events is now clear, with the onrushing hasbara debacle of Nov 12 EU boycott of mislabeled product, the looming Mandelblit indictments, and red lines tie Netanyahu up like a pinned down Gulliver, then comes the opening of the floodgates of the Mueller Report exposure of Netanyahu-Kushner and Netanyahu’s orders to PsyGroup/Joel Zamel can be unwrapped without ‘security concerns’ in the Trump Impeachment horrific public disclosures about Netanyahu’s actions against US policy and elections

    The American distaste over Netanyahu is getting untenable – time for American politicians demand he step down over his involvement with Kushner over UN 2334 and Joel Zamel in throwing the 2016 election to Trump for only $2 million

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  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 19:24 at 19:24
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    If Israel is a friend of America, why hasn’t Israel demanded Netanyahu step down rather than try to cover up Netanyahu’s disastrous activities in America;
    Subverting UN 2334 –
    Rigging and Throwing the 2016 Election to Trump codename ‘Lion’ over Hillary codename ‘Forest’ and Cruz codename ‘Bear’

    Netanyahu needs to step down to answer the charges against him and Kushner. as well as with Joel Zamel and PsyGroup, in the Mueller Report, and ongoing cases

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  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 19:37 at 19:37
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    This article states that the US did not leave their bases. This is totally false. Russians have taken selfies on abandoned US bases and the US have actually bombed their own bases so that they can’t be used by others. Lots of false info. here. This is not a reliable source.

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  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 20:24 at 20:24
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    “Not only were existing bases not abandoned, but new positions are being set up, including one or more new US air bases. US forces are moreover taking over Syria’s oil and gas fields after the SDF moved in.”
    this so called report is reminiscent of the one a few weeks ago which said that Turkey did not intend to enter Syria and they had no intention to enter Syria etc…
    The Russians have moved into the abandoned US base in the North of Syria. Only Al-Tanf base remains under US control. so where are these new US troops going to be based?
    I think there is one reporter who comes out with a load of lies and Debka should stop publishing his “reports”

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    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 23:09 at 23:09
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      There is much confusion in this Region. After all, America, Russia, Iran & Proxies & Kurds, Israel, Arabia & Proxies, Iraq & Kurds, Syria & Kurds, Turkey & Kurds, Lebanon, Yemen & Houthis, were all Fighting Isis Together at One Time. Even Accusing, Cursing, Sanctioning, Sneak Attacks & Backs on one Another?

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  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 23:16 at 23:16
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    Additionally, Confusion will continue since Isis Prisoners In Camps, Women & Children, Many Refugees, Still need Resolutions along with Isis still Fighting as well? Territorial Lines have also been Redrawn and many Quiet Unheard Alliances Among keep Changing As Well. At Least DEBKA is Reporting when few want to do it, with feedback from Posters?

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  • Nov 7, 2019 @ 2:45 at 2:45
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    Either President Trump is an outstanding strategist and tactician, or he has become insane and should be removed from office…!

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    • Nov 7, 2019 @ 15:17 at 15:17
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      @Yosef… Enjoy your comments on subjects discussions. Trump is simple, complicated & reactive. He is not Insane but must deal with many Problems, Opponents, that Besets all Nations Globally. Presidents change in time anyway. Trump is Different but can be Impeached, Lose or Win Re-Election based on Foreign Policy, Economic Trade & Politic Conflicts. Trump is Not Right Always but Open to World Deals All The Time! He has Limits on 1 or more 4 Years that can be Opportunities, Tragedies or Compromises for Peace, War, Business & All 3 with other leaders Globally & in America?

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      • Nov 7, 2019 @ 15:47 at 15:47
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        Thanks much for your supportive words, GST – these are so rare on Debka…

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        • Nov 7, 2019 @ 22:23 at 22:23
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          @Yosef… I see DEBKA Posters as a Reflection of Our Old, Bitter, Info Views, Among All Mideast Nations Where Mankind Civilizations From Africa To Europe To Asia Emerged Followed By Religions & UN & Global Nations Empires. DEBKA is not Afraid to Provide Any Info & be a Critic Of Any Nation including Israel. I Provide & Divide my Views & Disagree & Agree with your Views & Others too. Even as I Make Mistakes with Later Regrets. But Enjoy Being Corrected if it makes me Learn Better. All Mankind since we came from the Slime or the Divine Invented Tools have Two Lives! The Life We Learn With & Life We Live With, But We All Can Change That Too! The Mideast Messengers Taught Us That Too! GS

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          • Nov 7, 2019 @ 22:59 at 22:59
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            Thanks to Salute: for a positive and well informed post !

    • Nov 7, 2019 @ 20:11 at 20:11
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      DON THE CON HAS ALWAYS BEEN INSANE AND A THIEVING LIAR!

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      • Nov 7, 2019 @ 20:58 at 20:58
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        You should be ashamed of yourself for posting such gossip, slander, and libel. If you don’t like someone’s policies that is one thing. It is totally wrong to attack someone personally. President Trump is not going to give away our military advantage by sharing everything with the general public. Loose lips sink ships.

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        • Nov 7, 2019 @ 21:04 at 21:04
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          YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED FOR DEFENDING A THIEVING AND BETRAYING SO-CALLED LEADER WHO HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS SAYING OR DOING AT ANY GIVEN TIME. YOU MUST BE TRUMPTARDED JAY!

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      • Nov 7, 2019 @ 22:33 at 22:33
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        @JimCarrol… I cannot agree nor disagree for that has been said of every President including Washington before and once elected many times. Also, America is Divided on that as well. I Accept Free Speech that Debka Permits, Take Down & Won’t Put Up, It Is There Website & Rules! I did not Vote for PDJT but I support all POTUS once in Office until I can choose to Vote again. Praise or Criticism Is Every Person’s Right!

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  • Nov 7, 2019 @ 9:26 at 9:26
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    One of the largest gas fields in the world is off the coast of Lebanon. I am sure Russia will be happy with that since they weren’t able to take the meager Syrian oil fields. USA and Russia are dividing the spoils.

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    • Nov 7, 2019 @ 15:29 at 15:29
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      @Kujo… Disagree, Neither Russia or America need more Oil or Gas Both have Abundance at Home. The Mideast has both Oil & Gas and those New Fields include Israel, Lebanon, Gaza, Syria, & Egypt too. Yet, Iran Shiia Verses Arabia Sunnis & Proxies cause the Conflicts that produce more Poverty over Prosperity?

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  • Nov 7, 2019 @ 9:49 at 9:49
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    Trump policy: no blood for oil.To be continued….

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    • Nov 7, 2019 @ 15:38 at 15:38
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      @StrikeEagle… Agree, No American Blood required since West Hemisphere Oil than ever before will dominate American Foreign Policies in an Hungry Asian-EU-African Global Trade Expansion that require More Mideast Oil & Gas too! You are Correct about Continuation. Up to Europe, Asia, & Africa Nations to choose Compromise Peace Prosperity over Conflicts Causing Poverty! Plenty Of Oil & Gas for All!

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  • Nov 7, 2019 @ 22:30 at 22:30
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    Look back into the past since WW2, the West has and will always lead the world. If you rely on anything coming from elsewhere then you rely on propaganda and at your peril. Yes many American people in power (and other nationalities) are irreligious however it is not about USA it is about the world and fortunately the majority of Virtuous people still prevail. This will change over time unfortunately and then the Tribulation begins, but do not look inward, look outward, it is a fundamental reality. In any religion you must love your fellow human being, failure to do so will mean you will vanish and only those with understanding will enjoy eternity. You may believe that nothing matters except you own opinion but you did not create everything and are not in control of anything. Unless your eye holds no contamination your comments are merely a clouded viewpoint, like a Cardiovascular surgeon without experience and qualification operating on you. You would reject that, and so should you reject anything but the truth, which in many instances is common sense but unfortunately common sense cannot be taught, it is a gift from the Creator. You will not receive the gift unless you believe it to be true and ask for it. No one said you have to do anything, but if you want to experience eternity and not disappear after you die, then do something about it. Or you will cease to have ever existed.

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    • Nov 8, 2019 @ 7:52 at 7:52
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      Mark,
      That sounds like the insanities that Hitler professed that the 3rd Reich would last 10,000 years. Didn’t work out so good heh?

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  • Nov 10, 2019 @ 2:07 at 2:07
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    russia a liitle power face to us but only a big power to fight civilians armed with oly ak 47 russia has never fight a real army . against the nazis russia was helped by US. without us help bazi would crushed russia

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