Syrian attack on anti-Islamic State forces
The attack last week by Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime forces on the Syrian Democratic Forces, the non-Islamist rebel group backed by the
United States, while the SDF were
engaged in fighting the Islamic State Islamist terrorists, proves Assad and his
Iranian and Russian allies are not anti-Islamic State. The Syrian attack also disproves Syrian and
Russian propaganda that the U.S.
is pro-Islamic State, against which the U.S.-backed forces in Syria are
making steady progress, as are the Iraqis, who are also supported by the
Americans. The tyrant Assad is
desperately clinging to power. He and
the Russians have focused on U.S.-backed rebels, instead of against the Islamic
State or al-Qaeda. The U.S. responded
to the Syrian attack by shooting down a Syrian fighter jet. The Russian
Federation, in response, put deconfliction at risk by
cutting off communication with the U.S.
and warning the Americans not to operate west of the . Euphrates River
There were more pro-democracy protests in
Hong Kong last week,
this time at the swearing-in of the special administrative region’s
Peking-appointed leader. There were
arrests of some protestors, as the Chinese Communists have not been keeping
their promise they made when they took over the territory from the United Kingdom in 1997 to maintain Hong Kong’s self-rule and freedom.
Update: Charges and arrests of Turkish presidential guard
The District of Columbia Capitol Police late last week charged more than a dozen members of the Islamist dictator of
presidential guard with crimes, including felonies, for their beating of
peaceful protestors on American soil in front of the Turkish Embassy to the United States. Several Turkish presidential guardsmen were
arrested. Germany has declined an invitation
to the Turkish dictator for a summit of economic powers because of the incident.