Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mideast Update

My Zimbio  Five thousand US troops are assisting a broader coalition to push Daesh fighters from Mosul.  This is primarily an Iraqi fight, with Kurd, Turkish and Syrian forces more or less involved.

Meanwhile, Secretary Kerry is meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Lausanne, Switzerland, to talk about Syria.  A few thoughts for Secretary Kerry (or perhaps, suggested words for his conversation with Secretary Lavrov):  "You can have Syria.  Do stop the violence and stay out of Iraq.  By the way: we're putting a division and some aircraft in Ukraine to keep the peace there.  Stop the war mongering!  We want peace..."

For more about Ukraine, see