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What History Can Tell Us About The Current Russia-Ukraine Showdown
The whole thing may seem obscure but it isn’t, because as I understand it, most Ukrainian exports flow out through the Azov. And Ukrainian exports have a very long history. I was thinking this morning about how the three great breadbaskets of the Roman empire were Sicily, Egypt and Ukraine. Also how one ancient Greek war—I forget which—was won by one side closing the Bosporus to the other, and so preventing it from getting the Crimean wheat it needed to keep its people fed and fighting.
I also was surprised to read how shallow the Sea of Azov is—average depth of about 23 feet, maximum depth just twice that. That must make operating in there particularly sporty. I wonder what high wind storms are like. In my experience, the shallower the water, the odder the waver patterns, and the more difficult to deal with
For U.S. service members who have fought alongside the Kurds, President Donald Trump's decision to approve repositioning U.S. forces in Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion is a naked betrayal of valued allies.
"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has confirmed that a nightmare scenario has come to pass: Captured ISIS fighters are escaping as a result of Turkey's invasion of Kurdish-held northeast Syria.
Turkey's incursion has led to "the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees," Esper said in a statement on Monday.
Video footage of a purported "bombing of Kurd civilians" by Turkish military forces shown on ABC News appeared to be a nighttime firing of tracer rounds at a Kentucky gun range.
The U.S. military's seemingly never-ending mission supporting civil authorities along the southwestern border will last at least another year.
On Sept. 3, Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide a total of up to 5,500 troops along the border until Sept. 30, 2020, Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Army North, said on Monday.