Israel fired several rounds of airstikes into Syria overnight killing 4 Syrian soldiers and injuring more (archived). Israel is describing the round of missiles which lead to Syrian deaths as retaliation after Syrian air defenses intercepted the bulk of an earlier strike which Israel demanded Syria allow to proceed unmolested. Israel claims that the earlier missiles were intended to strike Iranian forces allied with Syria and for that reason Syrian should have let missiles fired by a belligerent party to strike an allied party inside of Syria unmolested.
US President Donald Trump appears to be continuing to coordinate the withdrawal of US forces from Syria with Erdogan's Turkey despite 4 US subjects dying last week in an event that appears to have been related to local gang violence.
The ongoing pretense projected by the criminal organization calling itself the United States Government that it can meaningfully sanction foreigners continues to embarass as NASA has had to withdraw an speaking invitation to Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin (archived). NASA extended the invitation to Rogozin in reciprocity after the director of NASA carried out an official visit to Russia, but it turns out Rogozin is on one of the many US sanctioned persons lists and the rescinded this invitation to a foreign dignitary.
Lately the USG's pretense it can act against foreigners for their transactions with other foreigners has led to three way tensions with China and Canada after the CFO of Huawei was arrested in Canada where she awaits potential extradition because the USG imagines it can sanction Iran.
Relatedly the USG's NATO ally Turkey has rejected an offered sale of Patriot Missiles by the US in favor of Russia's S-400 system (archived). The moves comes after years of the US refusing to sell Turkey the air defense missiles, but a committment by Turkey to buy Russian S-400 missiles finally got the US to offer the missiles on the condition the purchase of S-400 missiles be cancelled. Turkey has additionally assisted the Venezualan gold industry in defiance of impotent USG sanctions.
Longtime Pantsuit affiliated "national security" journalist William Arkin has quit NBC over the editorial pivot by NBC and Pantsuit at large to an overt Pro-War stance. Historically Pantsuitist have been covert in their anti-peace tendencies, but Trump as forced them into a corner with his efforts to curtail self destructive USG military adventures. Arkin's missive of resignation, rambling as it is, is reproduced below for the record: Continue reading
In the wake of Donald Trump's move to take the US out of the Hillary Clinton's Syrian civil war, the country is beginning to return to normal (archived). The Kurds in a move observer in the US may find puzzling, have swiftly pivoted towards trying to ingratiate themselves to the Assad regime now that the US soldiers they had been using as human shields are leaving. The Kurds readiness to turns towards Assad suggests they'd been keeping more friendly with the regime than the USG was willing to believe, and that the Kurds didn't have all that much faith in USG delivering them an independent Kurdish state.
Now the Kurds find themselves with the Turks to the north, who are especially motivated to do to the Kurds what Turks normally do to Kurds in order to prevent USG armed and trained Kurdish militants from causing them problems. Thusly it is appearing that after the US intervention, lasting changes are likely to be limited to little more than an augmentation of the distrust and resentment held by all parties involved towards the USG.
After a quiet run following some minor post midterm election activity, US President Donald Trump is making an end of the year push. On foreign policy Trump has managed to push out Defense Secretary Jim 'Mad Dog' Mattis by comitting to two policies the ineffective appointee had been desperately blocking, withdrawl of troops in Syria and a plan for disengagement in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile at home Trump and the GOP controlled House of Representatives are threatening the GOP controlled Senate with a government shutdown if a spending measure which passed the House including ~5.7 billion USD for contruction of a physical barrier along the US-Mexico border fails.
Russian President Putin and Jewish Leader Bibi Netanyahu are offering measured, concilliatory words after Israeli planes conducting air strikes in Syria used a Russian Il-20 observation plane as radar cover leading to its destruction by Syrian air defenses (archived). Soon after the plane went down Russia was swift to condemn Israel for their role in the destruction of the planeand loss of the crew.
Israel has been intervening in this Syrian civil war through airstrikes and other means with the apparent goal of escalating and prolonging the conflict.
In one of his first acts as President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez has ordered Paraguay's embassy moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv undoing his predecessor's move of the embassy in the opposite direction (archived). In a completely disproportionate response Israel has decided to shutter their embassy in Paraguay and enlisted Mike Pence in an effort to shame Paraguay. Meanwhile Turkey has decided to open an embassy in Paraguay. Previously Turkey's ambassador to Paraguay worked out of Buenos Aires though Turkey maintains two consulates in Paraguay.
German interior minister Horst Seehofer said he would have joined anti-Merkel protests in Chemnitz which followed a German man's stabbing by two "asylum seekers" and further offered immigration as the "Mother of all political problems" (archived). The asylum seekers appear to be facing charges of Totschlag in the stabbing rather than the more severe charge of Mord.
Members of the House of Saud are floating a plan to separate Qatar from Arabia by constructing a canal near Qatar's border and then converting the space between the water and Qatar's border into a nuclear waste dump (archived). The United Arab Emirates has similarly whispered about the possibility of making a nuclear waste dump along their border with Qatar as well.
The United Colours Antifa Street Soccer Cup in Zwickau, Germany was cancelled after racist violence broke out between a primarily Arab and a primarily African team. The event's organizers are self declared Antifa terrorists and describe the competition as a demonstration that Zwickau is not for "racism and every type of discrimination", a mission statement the involved players must have failed to comprehend before the game broke down into a cacophony of racist violence.