Turkey refuses ceasefire talks with Kurds, risks mass ISIS escape
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused Donald Trump’s offer to mediate a ceasefire that would stop Turkey’s advance into North-Eastern Syria.
“Nobody can stop us until we reach 30 to 35 kilometres (19 to 22 miles) inside Syria,” he said.
President Trump honoured military working dog Conan, the Delta Force dog that chased down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last month.
Conan, who was named after comedian Conan O’Brien for her shaggy hair-do, chased al-Baghdadi down a tunnel before he detonated his suicide vest, killing himself and his three young children.
Though initial reports weren’t clear as to whether Conan was a good boy or a good girl, it is now confirmed that Conan is indeed a female, making her the goodest girl in the world.
“Good morning, so this is Conan. Right now probably the world’s most famous dog. I have to use the word probably,” said Trump while introducing the K9 comrade.
“The dog is incredible, actually incredible,” Trump said about Conan, a Belgian Malinois. “We spent some good time with it. And, so brilliant. So smart.”
“They did a fantastic job … Conan did a fantastic job. And we’re very honored to have Conan here.”
During the media event, Trump said that Conan was “very badly hurt” in the raid, with a possibility that the girl would never recover. “Conan is a tough cookie,” said Trump, noting that she was now fully recovered and would still be serving. “Nobody is going to mess with Conan.”
Trump had previously caused online controversy from the likes of humourless fact checkers at the New York Times. The photo, a clearly doctored image created by the photoshop team at the Daily Wire, became a thorn in the side of the Times, as they ran a headline reading “Trump Tweets Faked Photo Of Hero Dog Getting a Medal”.
“The dog appeared to have been edited over a 2017 Medal of Honor recipient,” stated the Times’ article.
Though many found the photo “disrespectful” because it covers the face of medal of honour recipient James McCloughan. When the Times asked McCloughan if he was offended by the photo, he “interpreted it as Mr. Trump recognizing the dog’s heroism. He certainly was not offended and laughed when he compared the two images.”
A member of the press asked First Lady Melania Trump if she would adopt Conan for Barron, the couple’s youngest son. Trump and Melania laughed, but Melania said no.
A Trump reelection ad aired during the World Series game 7 on Wednesday night, promoting U.S. President Trump’s record in office the past three years.
“President Trump is changing Washington. Creating 6 million new jobs. 500,000 new manufacturing jobs. Cutting illegal immigration in half. Obliterating ISIS. They’re caliphate destroyed. They’re terrorist leader dead,” the narrator of the ad starts, referencing the latest raid on ISIS that killed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Despite it being a little over a year before the U.S. 2020 general election, the election campaigning is in full force.
The premium ad buy for major sporting event means millions of Americans saw the ad on TV and social media. The Washington Post noted this is a more aggressive early reelection campaign blitz than previous incumbent administration’s have waged.
The ad then goes on to bash the Democrats for focusing on impeachment.
“But the Democrats would rather focus on impeachment and phoney investigations, ignoring the real investigations. But that’s not stopping Donald Trump. He’s no Mr. Nice Guy, but sometimes it takes a Donald Trump to change Washington.”
American President Donald Trump is attempting to capitalize on the raid that killed ISIS leader, Al-Bagdahdi in Syria on Oct. 26. Since the raid, Trump and his administration have been vocal on social media, even sharing a classified video of the raid with the American public.
The first of a series of controversial incidents came on Wednesday when the President tweeted a photoshopped picture of the dog that helped kill the ISIS leader receiving a medal of honour. Despite the photograph being an obvious fake, some hard-hitting journalists made sure to inform the public that this image was not real, much to the ridicule of their right-leaning counterparts.
After the journalists realized the blatant obviousness of all this, they then criticized the Trump administration for sharing the photoshopped picture that removed a Vietnam veteran out of the photograph and replaced him with the dog. This came despite the veteran who was photoshopped out telling the New York Times that he interpreted the tweet as Trump recognizing the dog’s heroism.
After the noise from this died down, to milk the story, or to distract us from the on-going impeachment issues, Trump then decided to disclose the name of the dog, Conan, who chased the ISIS leader into a corner where he then committed murder-suicide. The dog’s name was still classified before when Trump first released a picture of the dog.
“…Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week!” Trump tweeted late Wednesday night. The dog was named after late night comedian Conan O’Brien, according to Newsweek.
Thank you Daily Wire. Very cute recreation, but the “live” version of Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week! https://t.co/Z1UfhxsSpT— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2019
The American Presidential election is famous for its long campaign, and this raid will serve as an effective tool for convincing the American public that this administration is competent in foreign affairs. This is evident through Trump’s inclusion of the footage of the raid in a reelection ad released Wednesday.
Nevertheless, Americans across the country are concerned primarily for the welfare of Conan the dog. This brave dog survived a raid on ISIS where he cornered and killed Al-Bagdahdi. But will he survive the mainstream media?
The United States Pentagon has just released air footage of the United States’ raid on an ISIS compound where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was found and later died.
In a press conference, Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, gave an overview of the special operations forces raid on the compound that took place October 26, 2019.
Baghdadi was confirmed dead during the raid, along with five ISIS members. It was originally believed that Baghdadi dragged three children with him down one of the compound’s tunnels, as he fled from U.S. forces. This was found to be incorrect, with only two children being found dead along with the ISIS leader.
“He crawled into a hole with two small children and blew himself up while his people stayed on the ground,” McKenzie Jr. said.
Another eleven children were found in the compound, all of whom were safely rescued and transferred following the raid.