It didn't mention Israel being in attendance, either. Are their interests being looked after by the Saudis and the GCCs? By the U.S. and Britain, perhaps? And, Turkey is being invited for what reason, exactly? To get GPS coordinates on the Kurd positions, maybe? Who, with drones, would give them such a thing? Sen. Lindsey Graham called this Syria exercise " half assed ". And, he should certainly know from " half assed ", and what constitutes " half assed ". His language, and that of Sen. Grumpy McCain, should be pointed out to johnescher, Miss Manners at WaPo and CD officials, immediately, I think. And, Syria not attending is pretty odd. Do they think they're possibly " turning the tide " since Russia and Iran have engaged in the diplomatic version of The Thunder Dome; " two men enter, one man leave. " And, poor Iraq is being blown into smaller versions of smithereens every day. They keep saying, " we didn't ask for American troops, we've got lots of boots already. They're full of blood, too. " Since when does it matter what people in their own countries want, including USains, to the PTB and the MIC? There are bigger fish to fry and endless wars to fight, right?