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Assad Calls US Forces In Syria "Invaders", Loses Faith In Trump

In an interview with Chinese TV, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said U.S. forces in Syria were "invaders" and said he had yet to see "anything concrete" emerge from U.S. President Donald Trump's vow to prioritize the fight against Islamic State. "We haven't seen anything concrete yet regarding this rhetoric."

Erdogan Calls Dutch "Fascists" After Turkish Foreign Minister Barred Entry

"Listen Netherlands, you'll jump once, you'll jump twice, but my people will thwart your game. You can cancel our foreign minister's flight as much as you want, but let's see how your flights come to Turkey now. They don't know diplomacy or politics. They are Nazi remnants. They are fascists." - Tayyip Erdogan

State Department Urges Coroner To Keep Russian UN Ambassador's Cause-Of-Death Secret

Following the unexpected death of 65-year-old Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, conspiracy theorists were stirred up as the ongoing Russophobic Deep State war combined with the deaths of nine Russian diplomats in the last year raised many coincident-questioning eyebrows. Now, as The Hill reports, pouring further fuel on that fire, the State Department asked the New York Medical Examiner not to publicly release information about Churkin's cause of death.

Trump To Seek Merkel's Advice On Putin, Ukraine Conflict

Ahead of Angela Merkel's first official meeting with the new administration at the White House next week, Reuters reports that President Trump will ask the Chancellor for her views on how the United States can help resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine when they meet next week, senior Trump administration officials said on Friday. Trump will reportedly also ask for Merkel's advice on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Video Emerges Of U.S. Marines Rolling Into Syria For Raqqa Offensive

Just one day after we noted that the Trump administration was considering sending more troops into Syria, video has emerged of dozens of heavily armored U.S. vehicles, carrying members of the 11th US Marine Expeditionary Unit, moving through a desolate Syrian village on their way to assist Kurdish-led SDF and Syrian Arab Coalition as they prepare for an operation to recapture the Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa

Four Russians Among Business Executives Killed In Istanbul Helicopter Crash

A helicopter carrying five high-level business executives, including four Russians, crashed onto a Turkish highway on Friday, after it hit a television tower in an outlying district of Istanbul while flying in dense fog, NTV television said.  Seven people - two pilots, four Russians and a Turkish citizen - are reported to have been on board at the time of the crash.

Erdogan Gives Germany A Public Slap Across The Face

"I’m going to get the whole world stirred up! Germany, you’re nothing like a democracy, and you should know that what you’re doing now is no different from the Nazi practices of the past."

US Sends Hundreds Of Marines 20 Miles From ISIS Capital

The US has sent several hundred Marines to Syria to support an allied local force aiming to capture the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. Defence officials said they would establish an outpost from which they could fire artillery at IS positions some 32km (20 miles) away.

Crude Plunges Below $49, Dragging Markets Lower; All Eyes On Draghi

While trader attention will soon be focused on the ECB and any potential tightening hints from the central bank, a more pressing development as US traders walk in today, will be ongoing collapse in WTI, which after crashing 5.5% yesterday, has tumbled more than 2% this morning, sliding not only below $50 for the first time since December 1, but also dropped under $49, as a near record number of net long spec positions suddenly rushes to unwind their exposure.

Spygate: America's Political Police Vs. Donald J. Trump

The campaign to frame up and discredit Trump and his associates is characteristic of how a police state routinely operates. A national security apparatus that vacuums up all our communications and stores them for later retrieval has been utilized by political operatives to go after their enemies – and not even the President of the United States is immune.

Stocks Mixed As Treasuries Suffer Longest Losing Streak Since 2012, Dollar Pops Ahead Of ADP

Asian markets dropped following disappointing China trade and Japan GDP data, while European stocks rebounded for the first time in five sessions led by miners and banks. US futures were little changed with a strong dollar pressuring oil below $53; sterling slid for the eighth day out of nine before the chancellor of the exchequer delivers his spring budget. Treasuries are headed for their longest losing streak since 2012 ahead of a 10Y U.S. debt auction, and today's ADP private payrolls report.