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March Toward WWIII - UK/EU Brexit transition agreement; Afrin falls!! (p. 36/37)

EU and UK reach Brexit transition deal

Brexit negotiators reached a political deal on the terms of a Brexit transition period in a new draft withdrawal agreement that will ease business fears over a post-Brexit cliff edge but leaves the decisive issue of the Irish border unresolved.

The deal was outlined in a new, color-coded version of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, published by chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday and announced in a press conference alongside U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis in Brussels.

If signed off by the EU27 at the European Council summit later this week, the agreement will see the transition last 21 months, ending in December 2020.

To reach an agreement, the U.K. had to make compromises, agreeing to grant EU citizens arriving in the country during the transition the same rights as those arriving before Brexit, and on its preferred length of transition.

British negotiators have also softened their position on fisheries access, but have secured an agreement that the U.K. will be consulted on fishing allocations for 2020 and the share of the U.K.’s catch will not change.

While Davis hailed negotiators “locking down entire chapters” of the withdrawal agreement on citizens and the financial settlement, both negotiators said that differences remained over Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The U.K. has agreed that the EU’s “backstop” option for avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland — which would include Northern Ireland remaining in the EU’s customs territory, and was rejected outright by Prime Minister Theresa May — should remain in the draft legal withdrawal text, pending the U.K. bringing forward alternative solutions for avoiding a hard border.

The agreement also confirms that the U.K. will be able to sign, but not implement, trade deals with non-EU countries during the transition period.

“The United Kingdom will be able to step out, sign and ratify new trade deals with old friends — and new allies — around the globe for the first time in more than 40 years,” Davis said, calling it “one of Brexit’s greatest opportunities.”

Barnier said that, assuming he received a mandate to do so from the European Council, the two sides could quickly begin negotiating on the outline of the future relationship. Formal trade negotiations could only commence when the U.K. is a third country, he added, clarifying that the future relationship will be “finalized” during talks that will take place during the transition period.


Syrian War Report – March 19, 2018: Afrin Falls

On March 18, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) established full control over the city of Afrin.

The city had been the main stronghold of the YPG in northeastern Syria. However, the YPG had withdrawn from it almost without fighting. A notable part of civilians had also fled to the government-held area in the province of Aleppo.

According to Turkish sources, the TAF and the FSA captured a large number of weapons and ammunition, including US-made TOW and Russian-made Konkurs anti-tank guided missiles, in Afrin.

Turkish President Recept Erdogan announced that Ankara “will have to take necessary steps to rebuild Afrin, raise infrastructure and wipe out traces of terrorists.”

“We are not there to occupy but to wipe out terror groups and to achieve peace in Afrin,” he added. However, experts doubt that Turkish forces will leave Afrin voluntarily any time soon.

Following the success in Afrin, the TAF and the FSA advanced north and northwest of the city capturing 29 more villages, which had been mostly abandoned by YPG members also. The YPG and its political wing, the PYD, sacrificed Afrin for its political ambitions rejecting all opportunities to reconcile with the Damascus government and to receive a help from the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance.

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Worrying time atm.
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(03-11-2018, 03:44 PM)William Wales Wrote: Worrying time atm.

We're going to be running a megathread here akin to Luisport's. Feel free to join. :)
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Just in time too. China are looking like they are up to no good.
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Turkish private plane with 11 people on board crashes in Iran during flight from UAE to Istanbul

- Iran's Civil Aviation Organization spokesman said it crashed near Shahr-e Kord
- State-run news agency, quoting Red Crescent, said at least 11 people on board
- Fars news agency said that the plane was flying from the UAE to Istanbul, Turkey

Villagers near the crash say they saw flames coming from the plane's engine before the crash, according to a report by Iran's state-run judiciary news agency Mizan.

The aircraft was a Canadian-made Bombardier, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim.

It had eight passengers and three crew members on board, said Reza Jafarzadeh, head of the Iran Civil Aviation Organisation.

'The plane is on fire. After the pilot asked to lower altitude, it disappeared from the radar,' Tasnim quoted an ICAO official as saying.

Earlier in February, an Iranian ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, crashed in southern Iran, killing all 65 people on board.

The plane was travelling from Tehran to the southern city of Yasuj in Isfahan province when it came down in the Zagros mountains.

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Strange with the DM links as i have one too.
Do you know the reason for the DM always dropping a few truths into the mix ?
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Chinese lawmakers rubber-stamp change to their constitution to allow President Xi Jinping to rule for life by 2,958 votes to two


That feels like China are going back to a pre WW2 model.

But i also get that feeling from other countries too.
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Will the free-falling 8.5 ton Chinese space station crash into lower Michigan? Experts say that the state falls among 'the highest probability'


Guess who fucking lives in lower Michigan...

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(03-11-2018, 03:55 PM)William Wales Wrote: Strange with the DM links as i have one too.
Do you know the reason for the DM always dropping a few truths into the mix ?

DM's always been willing to hit the hard topics. So they sometimes find a nugget of gold.
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