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    Quote Originally Posted by the Moz View Post
    I don't see how Theresa May can survive a confidence vote after the Commons so heavily defeated her Brexit deal.
    It's the opposite. She is very likely to survive anyway because there is no challenger from a Tory side and conservatives are unlikely to vote for the Labor.
    Roger forever

  2. #8012

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    I don't think she'll be exactly thrilled to win a confidence vote tomorrow

    If she does hold on there's homework for the weekend. She has to table a Plan B by the start of next week.

    Why did May ever want this job? Divorcing the UK from the EU. What a thankless task.
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  3. #8013

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Moz View Post
    I don't think she'll be exactly thrilled to win a confidence vote tomorrow

    If she does hold on there's homework for the weekend. She has to table a Plan B by the start of next week.

    Why did May ever want this job? Divorcing the UK from the EU. What a thankless task.
    She's aged 20 years over the last two years. Meanwhile the instigators and perpetrators of this con are sitting on the sidelines watching the show.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    U.S. confirms American troops killed in blast claimed by Islamic State in Syria

    By Louisa Loveluck January 16 at 12:30 PM

    BEIRUT — The Islamic State asserted responsibility Wednesday for a suicide blast in the U.S.-patrolled Syrian city of Manbij, the first such attack since President Trump said American forces would withdraw from the country because the militant group has been largely defeated.

    A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State said that U.S. service members were killed while conducting a routine patrol in the city but did not say how many died or provide further details.

    U.S. officials told The Post that initial reports suggested four Americans may have died. In addition, at least three Americans are believed to have been wounded, one of them critically, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the still-evolving conditions on the ground.

    The Islamic State’s unofficial news agency, Amaq, said the attacker used an explosives-laden vest to target coalition forces and that nine American troops were killed or injured. Amaq presented no evidence for that claim.

    The White House said in a statement Wednesday that Trump has been “fully briefed” on the Manbij attack and that officials would continue to monitor the situation.

    Vice President Pence, speaking at the State Department several hours after the U.S. casualty reports, did not mention the bombing or the deaths, but instead hailed Trump’s leadership in combatting the militants in Syria.

    “We are bringing our troops home,” Pence said in an address to 180 U.S. ambassadors and chiefs of missions abroad gathered for a conference in Washington. “The caliphate has crumbled, and ISIS has been defeated.”


    Surveillance camera video, apparently from the site of the attack, showed the explosion erupting on a busy sidewalk, sending a child running from the flames with hands clasped over his ears. Bodies and blood trails could be seen spread across the ground in photographs from the immediate aftermath.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 19 people were wounded or killed. A Kurdish news agency reported that at least 10 people were injured in the attack, which it said occurred outside a popular restaurant.

    Trump announced last month that about 2,000 U.S. military personnel would be leaving Syria, almost four years after they intervened as part of an international coalition to dislodge the Islamic State from its self-declared “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq.

    The president’s declaration surprised allies and foes alike, drawing consternation from international partners and accusations of abandonment from a U.S.-backed Kurdish force that has suffered thousands of casualties during the military campaign.

    In public pronouncements, Trump initially justified the decision by saying that the Islamic State had been defeated. Advisers then launched a weeks-long lobbying effort in an attempt to get Trump to change his mind or slow the withdrawal, and defense officials have reminded the president that the Islamic State continues to wage stiff resistance in eastern Syria, while maintaining the ability to launch strikes elsewhere in the country.

    The U.S. military announced Friday that it has begun withdrawing equipment from Syria but declined to provide details, leaving it unclear whether any materiel has been pulled out of the Manbij area. Pentagon officials said then that initial withdrawals would be limited to equipment and that no troops had yet departed.

    The drawdown is widely seen as likely to spark battles for control of areas vacated by the Americans, but there was no immediate indication of any link between the withdrawal plan and Wednesday’s attack in Manbij.

    Zakaria Zakaria in Istanbul and Karen DeYoung, Carol Morello, Missy Ryan, John Wagner and William Branigin in Washington contributed to this report.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...=.b7f148a86266
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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