EBOLA SPREADS IN THE CONGO 5-15-2015

It looks like the outbreak of Ebola in the Congo is now starting to spread out over the last month or so. Although Ebola is a bodily fluids vector spreading disease, and not airborne, which means it is relatively hard to catch, this outbreak bears watching closely.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-…tbreak-spreads

WHO Prepares For “Worst Case” As Congo Ebola Outbreak Spreads
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Tue, 05/15/2018 – 02:45

The WHO has tallied 32 suspected or confirmed cases in the northwestern area of Bikoro, on the shores of Lake Tumbathe near the border with the Republic of Congo, including 18 deaths, between April 4 and May 9.

The outbreak, declared by the DRC health ministry on Tuesday, is the DRC’s ninth known outbreak of Ebola since 1976, when the deadly viral disease was first identified in then-Zaire by a Belgian-led team.

Scientists are greatly concerned that this outbreak in the remote Bikoro region will travel 175 miles to the city of Mbandaka – the capital of Equateur province and home to around 1.2 million residents.

What’s worrisome is that the most recent WHO update says that there are two probably cases at Wangata – which is very close to Mbandaka.

Peter Salma, head of emergency response at the World Health Organization (WHO) said last week: “If we see a town of that size infected with Ebola, then we are going to have a major urban outbreak,” adding “We are very concerned, and we are planning for all scenarios, including the worst-case scenario.”

The WHO is planning to send up to 40 specialists to the affected area over the next week or so, while Salma adds that the UN hopes to have a mobile lab up and running this weekend, similar to the one set up by the WHO.

The WHO and World Food Programme are also working to set up an ‘air-bridge’ to help bring in supplies, however, only helicopters can be used until an airfield is cleared to allow larger planes to land, Mr Salama added.

The health body has released £738,000 ($1m) from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to support response activities for the next three months. -Daily Mail

This marks the country’s ninth epidemic since the ebola virus was identified in 1976. When a small outbreak hit the DRC last year, eight people were infected and four died. In 2014, 66 were infected out of which 49 died – a 74% fatality rate. In the 2002-2003 outbreak, 90% of those infected died. That said, on average the disease kills around half of those who contract it.

Ebola, a haemorrhagic fever, killed at least 11,000 across the world after it decimated West Africa and spread rapidly over the space of two years.

The pandemic was officially declared over back in January 2016, when Liberia was announced to be Ebola-free by the WHO.

The country, rocked by back-to-back civil wars that ended in 2003, was hit the hardest by the fever, with 40 per cent of the deaths having occurred there.

Sierra Leone reported the highest number of Ebola cases, with nearly of all those infected having been residents of the nation. -Daily Mail
Experts say the DRC’s vast, remote terrain provides an advantage, as outbreaks often remain localized and easy to isolate. Bikoro, however, is not far from the Congo river – an essential waterway used for transport and commerce. Downstream lies Kinshasa and Brazzaville – the DRC’s capital. The two cities are home to a combined 12 million people.

As such, neighboring countries are on high alert. Officials in Nigeria, Guinea and Gambia have incresaed screening measures along their airports and borders, measures which helped contain the virus during the West African epidemic that began in 2013.

Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Burundi and the Republic of Congo – which border the DRC – have all been alerted.

While Kenya, which does not border the country, has issued warnings over the possible spread of Ebola.

Thermal guns to detect anyone with a fever have been put in place along its border with Uganda and at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Concerned health officials in Nigeria, which also does not border the DRC, have put similar measures in place to keep its population safe. -Daily Mail

Scientists believe Ebola is most often passed to humans by fruit bats, however porcupines, gorillas, antelope and chimpanzees could also be carriers. It is transmitted between humans through blood, secretions and other bodily fluids (and surfaces) of those infected.

There is currently no “proven” treatment for Ebola, however dozens of experimental drugs exist – including a vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV, which has reportedly protected nearly 6,000 people.

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IT’S WAR! 5-9-2018

I predicted a regional Middle Eastern War over the next 72 hours, and so we now have one. If you haven’t heard, a real fur ball is now going on between Israel, Iran, Assad Junior, Hezzbollah. I’m told that Russian fighter jets are in the air warning the IDF to not attack Syria. Saudi Arabia and Jordan can’t be far behind. Iran has also unleashed its proxy forces in Yemen to attack Saudi Arabia. We have credible reports of artillery duels, tank shellings, missiles being shot back and forth among other things. The bottom line is Israel is now at war. The full extent of the war, and how wide it will spread, is unknown at this time. They won’t stop now in my opinion. If the Russians get involved, then the US and NATO will get involved, and that means World War Three. Yes, Virginia, we are on the cusp of World War Three as I write this. You may think me mad, but don’t be surprised if a tactical nuke or two, or three, is used. I highly suggest you immediately fill up your gas tank, as in stop reading this blog and get some gas for your car. I assume my blog readers won’t be doing any “last minute prepping,” along with the hordes of sheeple who are now likely freaking out. At any rate, nobody who reads my blog should be surprised now that another regional Middle Eastern War has broken out. Since I was in the US Army back in October of 1973, I have a better read on the level of social chaos that the sheeple will unleash once the fact the US may be at war with Russia in another week or so penetrates the sheeple skull.

 

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4:29 PM – 9 May 2018

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HERE WE GO! 5-8-2018

Um, well gang it’s been nice knowing ya all!

Seriously, we need the Alfaman, “Black Helicopters over DC report.”

Second, my opinion is war between Iran/Hezzbollah/HAMAS and Israel is now IMMINENT, AS IN THE NEXT 24 TO 72 HOURS.

Trump has now fully gone to the dark side, and now can’t recover. Bolton et al are in full control and we are going to war. Further, now that the corrupt “Bibi,” who is now doing a full “wag the dog,” scenario, to avoid being thrown in jail for corruption, as well as having bypassed the Knesset and been given total power to unleash the dogs of war, a regional middle east war, at the bare minimum, is now upon us.

Honestly, I was in the US Army back in October of 1973, at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas being trained as a medic. Back then, I was wondering if I was going to be loaded onto a C-130 and end up at Tel Aviv airport.

Forces have now been unleashed, passions raised that will be a true end of the world as we know it scenario. For example, if Israel really does take out Iran’s oil and container ports, the impact on oil prices will be immediate and devastating. Combined with the ongoing missile strikes from Yemen, by the Iranian proxy Houthi, on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities it will be even worse than the 1973 oil crisis.

I highly suggest you all fill up your car’s gas tanks immediately.

It won’t be long now, gang. Israel, well Israel is simply too arrogant at this point to understand the implications of what a war with Iran will mean. Iran has long understood asymetrical warfare techniques, which means the US is facing sleeper cell attacks here in CONUS.

We know Hezzbollah has been here in CONUS for the last several decades. We know that for a fact.

Russia is also a factor here. Putin has had about all he is going to take, so we may also be looking at a direct confrontation between the US and Russia, as well as Russia and Israel.

At any rate, I have been in the game for over 20 years now. It is all coming down now. Do not pass go; do not collect $200. The game is on, and I just hope the chaos won’t be total.

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ASSAD JUNIOR MAKES HIS MOVE IN EASTERN SYRIA 5-1-2018

I have said for some time now that Assad Junior is focused on restoring the pre 2011 Civil War borders of Syria. I have in various blog posts shown how and why he is doing that. I have also said that when Assad Junior makes his move it will lead to direct combat between Assad Junior’s military forces, his Hezzbollah and Iranian allied forces against US forces, and US proxy forces. Well, gang the chaos is just starting. Here is a link to an article, and yeah it is FARS, ie Iranian news source. Well, if you want to find out what Iran and Assad Junior are up to, then you are going to have to check out FARS. At any rate, the link below indicates that all the troop movements I have been listing are moving into the imminent combat phase. The most likely place for firefights to happen between Assad Junior’s forces and US forces is near Deir Ezzur, which is in Eastern Syria near the Euphrates River. The US and its proxy forces are in the area, as well as in and around various Syrian oil fields and refineries.

The link is here.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970211000922

Tue May 01, 2018 5:1
Syrian Army, US-Backed Militants May Engage in Battle in Deir Ezzur
TEHRAN (FNA)- Battle between the Syrian Army and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is becoming likely as both sides have dispatched a large number of forces to Western Deir Ezzur, field sources reported on Tuesday.

The sources said that the army has dispatched a large number of soldiers and equipment from Deir Ezzur city to the towns of al-Hosseiniyeh and al-Salehuyeh in Western Deir Ezzur in al-Jazeera region on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River to reinvigorate its positions.

Meantime, the SDF has also sent a military convoy, including several vehicles and a number of fighters along with a number of US troops and vehicles, to Western Deir Ezzur, the sources said.

The sources said the situation is now growing ripe for a tough battle between the two sides in the region.

Field sources said on Sunday that the Syrian army imposed control on Al-Jieh Water Pump as well as the villages of Shaqareh and al-Alian West of Deir Ezzur city and on the Eastern coast of the Euphrates which was under the control of the Kurdish forces after the government troops imposed full control over al-Janineh and al-Ji’eh villages.

The Syrian army’s advances in the region took place several days after construction of a bridge by the Russian forces between the two coasts of the Euphrates river for the passage of the military equipment and delivering them to the army positions in Eastern Euphrates, the sources added. NOTE: i NOTED THAT THE RUSSIAN SHIP THAT DOCKED AT THE RUSSIAN BASE CARRIED BRIDGEBUILDING BOATS!

The army troops regained control over the two villages of al-Ji’eh and al-Janineh in Western Deir Ezzur after heavy clashes with the SDF forces.

Meantime, the SDF forces started dispatch of military equipment from al-Kasreh city to Western Deir Ezzur after Syrian army’s victory in the two regions.

This is while neither the Syrian army nor the Kurdish forces have confirmed or dismissed the news.

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TRUMP GOES FULL DARTH VADER MODE AND ISRAEL STARTS WORLD WAR THREE 4-29-2018

Well, it didn’t take long after Trump’s new warrior Secretary of State  visited Israel before the missiles started flying. It also didn’t take long after Darth Trump talked with the totally corrupt “Bibi” for the missiles to fly into Syria. I guess the neo con warmongers now infesting Trump’s administration are in a hurry to start World War Three. Trump has not only sold us out, he is in a hurry. I saw where the caravan from Mexico’s people are now pouring over the California border, courtesy of Jerry Brown no doubt. The USA has reached critical mass in so many ways. Trump is just the carnival barker at this point.  I wish you good will and may you enjoy these final days before our doom is unleashed on us. May of 2018, for a lot of reasons, is a decisive month. We are dealing with the Iranian nuclear deal, as well as various dates in Israel. I am assuming the snowflakes will be out en mass on the Communist Holiday of May 1st. I thank all my blog readers for their support. I hope and pray you have had a good life. For I will tell you all plainly, we are here and now at the end of all things. Surf the anarchy, and enjoy the chaos. What is now, will not long endure, and what is to come will be nasty indeed.  Keep your eyes peeled, your powder dry, and your weapon close to you.

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Truth really is the first casualty of war. The attack either came from Jordan and the USA, or from Israel launching Jericho surface to surface missiles from the Negev, or it came from the north and Turkey, or it came from Israel/US fighter jets, or maybe the tooth fairy did it. The bomb was either a tactical nuke, or a MOAB, or a missile.

Finally, it was either Israel or the USA that attacked the Iranian base and killed dozens of people and blew up on honking huge ammo dump.

At any rate, the fecal material has now well and truly hit the rotating blade. I’m not sure when, or how, Russia, Iran, Assad Junior and Hezzbollah are going to respond to Israel being given a green light by the neo con warmonger our gone over to the darkside Trump has anointed as our warrior Secretary of State, but they are going to. They will do so in a manner we don’t suspect, at a time we don’t expect, and on a scale we can’t comprehend. Make no mistake, gang. WORLD WAR THREE HAS JUST STARTED. Now that Russia has withdrawn from the defusing zones, there is NO MECHANISM LEFT TO PREVENT DIRECT COMBAT BETWEEN RUSSIAN AND SYRIAN AND IRANIAN FORCES WITH US LED COALITION OR ISRAELI.

Next, the most plausible denial way for Iran to piss on the fire-hydrant is to unleash the Houthi in Yemen and light up the Saudi oil refineries, and especially the offshore tanker loading platform. BY THE WAY ANYBODY THINK THE TWO REFINERY FIRES WE JUST HAD IN CONUS MIGHT BE BLACK OPS BY IRAN/HEZZBOLLAH? Nah, Alfaman we know how secure we are here in CONUS, cuz Obama told us so!!

Duck and cover gang, AND FILL UP YOUR GAS TANK TONIGHT.

We ain’t seen NOTHING YET out of Iran compared to what they are capable of. Now that Trump has gone to the dark side our end will come fast enough. Heck, it’s been good knowing ya all, and if don’t make it past Memorial Day it’s been a fun and whacky ride here at timebomb.

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PUTIN UPS THE ANTE IN SYRIA 4-21-2018

If this report is to be taken seriously, and I see no reason to doubt it, the game in Syria has now been taken to the next level. Russia has already made statements indicating that they are “thinking about,” deploying the S-300 missile batteries to Syria. The reason being such a deployment would be part of the “consequences,” Vlad the Impaler mentioned after our false flag cruise missile attack. The fact the chemical weapon attack never took place didn’t matter to our newly gone to the dark side POTUS Trump. At any rate, such an upgrade to the Syrian air defense system was to be expected, sooner or later. Apparently, it is in the sooner category.

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The link is here.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970201001143

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia has apparently transferred its sophisticated S-300 missile defense systems to Syria one week after the US-led aggression against the Arab country.

The Arabic website of RT news channel quoted media activists as saying on Saturday that a number of Russian military ships have unloaded a secret cargo at Tartus port near Humeimim airbase in Lattakia province.

They added that the cargos were unloaded under strict security measures and under cloud camouflage in a bid to escape aerial and satellite surrveilance and spying of enemy states.

The sources said that the cargos included S-300 missile systems.

No official or independent source has yet commented on the report.

Following the US-led bombardment of Syria last week over an alleged chemical attack by Damascus, Moscow said it had no reason to not supply its S-300 missile system to Syria.

“We took into consideration their argument that this would destabilize the situation, despite the missile systems being a purely defensive system,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview to RIA Novosti on Saturday.

Moscow agreed with its international partners about 10 years ago to not deliver the S-300 to Damascus.

But given the latest spiraling of the crisis – in particular the use of the alleged Douma chemical attack as pre-text for striking Syria – things may take a U-turn. While around a decade ago, Moscow “heeded” the calls of its partners and put the deliveries on hold, the Russian Foreign Minister said it now has “no such moral obligation”.

In the wake of the US-led operation on Syria, Russia stressed that it may consider sending supplies of S-300 missile systems to Damascus. Moscow believes it is “possible to return to mulling over the issue, and not only with regard to Syria but also to other states as well,” Russian General Staff Spokesman General Sergey Rudskoy stated.

The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that to repel the US-led attack, Syria deployed Soviet-made surface-to-air missile systems, including S-125 (NATO reporting name: SA-3 Goa), S-200 (SA-5 Gammon), 2K12 Kub (SA-6 Gainful) and Buk.

Syria intercepted 71 out of over 103 cruise missiles and air-surface missiles launched at civilian and military targets, the MoD said, adding that Russian air defense units stationed in Syria were not involved in repelling the attack.

S-300 surface-to-air missile systems (NATO reporting name: SA-10 Grumble) were developed in the Soviet Union to target aircraft and cruise missiles. Since 2007, Russia has been replacing older S-300 batteries with the more sophisticated S-400s.

Next, we see Erdogan’s “ethnic cleansing,” of the Kurds in Northern Syria is well underway. Erdogan is now resettling terrorists from Damascus into the Afrin areas. He is kicking out the Kurds to give their houses to terrorists recently fighting Assad Junior’s military forces.

The link is here.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/20042018

Evacuated Syrian rebels relocated to Afrin

By Rudaw 23 hours ago

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Fighters and their families evacuated from a rebel-held town northeast of Damascus under an agreement with the regime are reportedly being transferred to Afrin while civilians displaced from the Kurdish canton have come under fire. 

Rebels in Dumayr, northeast of Damascus, began pulling out on Thursday after reaching a deal with Damascus. Syria’s state-run media reported that regime forces entered the town on Thursday and fighters from Jaish al-Islam along with their families were being transported by bus to Jarabulus, which is under control of Turkish-backed rebels.

About 1,500 fighters and 3,500 family members were being evacuated after turning over their heavy weapons, according to SANA.

AFP photographed 31 buses carrying some 1,600 evacuees from Dumayr arriving in Azaz, north of Aleppo on Friday. Most of the buses then continued on to Afrin.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the evacuees had “chosen Afrin as their destination.”


Turkish-backed Syrian rebel police and special forces in Azaz direct buses carrying evacuees from Dumayr. Most of the convoy of 31 buses then headed to Afrin. Photo: Sameer al-Doumy/AFP

This is not the first group of rebel evacuees to be transported to Afrin. The Observatory has documented Turkish efforts to resettle rebel commanders and more than 150 families from Eastern Ghouta. They were being housed in homes left empty by civilians who fled Turkey’s military operation against the Kurdish YPG/YPJ.

The UK-based conflict monitor said earlier this week that the move was opposed by both displaced civilians from Afrin and the rebel groups being brought in.

Rebels from Eastern Ghouta resented being relocated to Afrin, saying the decision was “imposed by the Turkish authorities on the displaced people of Ghouta, through carrying out an organized demographic change,” according to the Observatory.

Afrin civilians are angry that they are being prevented from returning home.

Kurdish leaders from Rojava, the self-autonomous region of northern Syria that includes Afrin, have accused Turkey of wanting to carry out demographic change in Afrin by forcing the Kurdish population out.

Ankara has denied the charge and has framed its operation as counter-terrorism, taking the position that the Kurdish forces and political leaders in Rojava are branches of the PKK, a named terror organization.

An estimated 137,070 people are still displaced from Afrin a month after Turkey and allied Syrian militias took control of the Kurdish canton, ending its two-month military campaign.

Most are sheltering in the Tal Rifaat area, but are not safe. The area was shelled on Friday, the Observatory reported.

Explosions were heard in the area that is controlled by the YPG. There was no immediate information of casualties.

In addition to the insecurity, the families are facing increased health risks.

“Acute diarrhea, upper respiratory infections, and lice are the most reported communicable diseases among IDPs from Afrin,” the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported this week.

 


People displaced from Afrin sort through donated clothing in Tal Rifaat. File photo: George Ourfalian/AFP

Many of the displaced (IDPs) are sleeping in the open because of a lack of shelter in the hard-to-reach and already disadvantaged area. Conditions are poor and reports on social media indicate diseases are spreading.

In Afrin canton, the UN estimates that 50,000 civilians remain in the city and another 100,000 are in rural areas. Relief and medical agencies, however, do not have regular access to the canton.

Roads have been closed to traffic, preventing people from returning home or from accessing safety and services in Aleppo, the UN’s humanitarian office reported this week.

Some people were stuck in areas with limited food and water for up to nine days with no protection from the elements. “Unconfirmed reports were received that at least two IDPs died and that a woman gave birth without any access to medical assistance,” the UN stated.

Inside Afrin, the UN is working to ensure aid agencies can set up operations, but still does not have direct regular access.

The continued lack of internet and phone services throughout much of Afrin is further complicating matters, making it difficult for humanitarians to assess the situation in the canton.

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SAUDI ARABIA TO DEPLOY MILITARY FORCES INTO EASTERN SYRIA AT TRUMP’S REQUEST 4-19-2018

Well, the Trump Presidency has certainly been both an interesting one, as well as entertaining, in the we are all going to die style. The latest news out of Syria indicates that, as the various groups line up to attack US forces now building permanent firebases, and deploying into them, Trump has come up with plan B; namely, declare victory, hold a parade and then run like hell. In order to leave some kind of stability in Syria the idea is now to deploy an “Arab Force,” to take over from the retreating NATO forces, mostly, not all, but most are Americans. Like I said in an earlier post: follow both the money, the oil and the pipelines. Assuming Saudi Arabia really is lunatic enough to deploy its military into Eastern Syria, things could get real interesting, very quickly.

The first point I will make is that based on the combat performance of Saudi Arabia’s military in the Iranian/Saudi Arabian proxy war in Yemen, Iran, Assad Junior and Hezzbollah will not be impressed. The second point is this. What kind of reaction can any Muslim military force, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc expect when they deploy into Syria. The answer is it will trigger off round 300 in the 1300 year long civil war between the Shia Muslims, and the Sunni Muslims. The Sunni forces of Saudi Arabia will come against the Shia forces of Iran, Hezzbollah, and Assad Junior. Saudi Arabia will merely extend the Yemen proxy war with Iran to Syria. The Turks will try to stand back and pick up the pieces. The Russians, well Putin is likely starting to realize he needs to declare victory, hold a parade and leave. Oh wait, Putin already did that. Unfortunately for Putin, the Syrian Kraken shot out a tentacle and pulled him back in. At the minimum, Putin is going to have to seriously beef up Assad Junior’s military forces.

While our POTUS may think he is exiting Syria what will really happen is a religious war between the Sunni and Shia Muslim factions will explode; when, not if, that happens Israel will then be sucked under by the Kraken. If Saudi Arabia and Egypt deploy Sunni military forces into Syria, then the Shia forces will fight back. If they fight back, then Israel will get sucked back in. If Israel gets sucked into Syria, then the USA and NATO will get sucked back in. It isn’t like this is rocket science here, gang.

The link is below.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/…20Bird%20Brief

Saudi in talks with US over troop deployment in Syria

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says Riyadh is willing to send soldiers amid reports Trump is looking to exit Syria.

18 Apr 2018

Saudi Arabia is holding talks with the United States about sending troops into Syria as part of a wider international coalition, the kingdom’s foreign minister has said.

In his comments on Tuesday, Adel al-Jubeir said the deployment offer was “not new”, adding that Riyadh had previously proposed the idea to former US President Barack Obama.

“We are in discussion with the US, and have been since the beginning of the Syrian crisis about sending forces into Syria,” al-Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh during a press conference alongside Antonio Guterres, the UN chief.

“We made a proposal to the [previous] Obama administration that if the US were to send forces … then Saudi Arabia would consider along with other countries sending forces as part of this contingent.”

The kingdom announced its readiness to deploy ground troops in 2016 to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Syria.

While Saudi’s air force partook in the aerial campaign aimed at defeating ISIL from the very beginning in 2014, the Gulf kingdom stopped short of a full ground troop deployment.

US forces in Syria
The news came a day after the Wall Street Journal reported US President Donald Trump was looking to assemble an Arab force that would include Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to replace US military presence in Syria.

The force, which Trump’s new National Security Adviser John Bolton hopes will include Egypt, would be in charge of stabilising the northeastern part of Syria, according to the report.

Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane, reporting from Washington, DC, noted that the US defence establishment “is going to be very wary” of the Saudi plan.

“There’s great concern among leadership inside the [US] military about the ability of Saudi forces – just look at the war in Yemen that the US has been helping them fight with intelligence and refuelling,” said Culhane.

“There have been humanitarian catastrophes, numbers of schools and hospitals that have been hit, raising big concerns among human rights activists.”

Another key question is what will happen to US troops in Syria and whether they are expected to stay as part of an expanded mission, added Culhane.

“[It is] not at all clear that Trump is going to be OK with that,” she added.

The US has an estimated 2,000 troops stationed inside Syria, according to the Pentagon.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS

 

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