MESOP NEWS : TRUMP SAYS BYE-BYE KURDS ! Not interested !
24 Nov 2017 – WASHINGTON,— State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Tuesday that the United States does not deem it “necessary” to appoint a new envoy to help resolve tensions between Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
Asked for a response to Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa, Nauert said that the United States had faith in Iraq and Kurdistan resolving their dispute “internally” and that America did not “feel that it’s necessary to appoint some sort of United States envoy in some sort of new position to handle this.”
Trump told Erdogan he will stop arming Syrian Kurds: Turkish FM
By Rudaw 1 hour ago – 24 Nov 2017 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The US president told his Turkish counterpart that his country will stop arming Kurds in Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister stated after the two leaders spoke on the phone. “Mr. Trump gave clear instructions and said the YPG will not be provided with weapons from now,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters Friday afternoon, Hurriyet Daily News reported. “He also clearly said that in principle, this nonsense should have ended earlier,” Cavusoglu added.
Donald Trump spoke with Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone to discuss “bringing peace to the mess that I inherited in the Middle East,” he tweeted before the call.
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MESOP NEWS ROJAVA : YES OR NO !? Is Trump Going to Help the Syrian Kurds Win Independence? AN UNCERTAIN TRUMPET !
By Frederic C. Hof On 11/20/17 at 11:20 AM – This article first appeared on the Atlantic Council site.
Regular readers of this column are all too familiar with an argument advanced for well-over two years: ISIS should be neutralized quickly in eastern Syria; an American-led, professional ground force coalition-of-the-willing should be assembled to preempt ISIS terror operations in Turkey and Western Europe and minimize Syrian civilian casualties in complex urban battle terrain; and that a post-combat stabilization plan should be drafted and implemented to keep ISIS dead, one drawing on pre-ISIS local councils and the anti-Assad Syrian opposition.
MESOP NEWS : ISRAEL IN SERIOUS DANGER ! – Türkei könnte US-Radarstation abschalten und Israel iranischen Raketen aussetzen
RT Deutsch – 24 Nov 2011 -Chefredakteur des Blattes ist Ibrahim Karagül, ein Vertrauter des türkischen Präsidenten Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Die Veröffentlichung des Kommentars ist offenbar eine Antwort auf jüngste Aussagen einer Beamtin der US-Luftwaffe. Heidi Grant, die stellvertretende Unterstaatssekretärin der US-Luftwaffe …
24 Nov 2017 – FOCUS 48/2017Verfassungsschutz beobachtet neue Bundestagsabgeordnete der Linkspartei – Angebliche Kontakte zu Tarnvereinen der terroristischen PKK – Verantwortlich für schwere Krawalle?
Berlin. Die neu in den Bundestag gewählte Abgeordnete der Partei „Die Linke“, Gökay Akbulut, 35, aus Mannheim, wird offenbar seit Jahren vom Verfassungsschutz beobachtet. Dies berichtet das Nachrichtenmagazin FOCUS unter Berufung auf Berliner Sicherheitskreise.
Akbulut sei unter anderem im „Nachrichtendienstlichen Informationssystem“ (NADIS) des Inlandsgeheimdienstes registriert. Grund dafür seien unter anderem Akbuluts angebliche Kontakte zu kurdischen Vereinen, die der verbotenen terroristischen Arbeiterpartei Kurdistans (PKK) nahe stehen, so FOCUS.Die in der Türkei geborene Links-Politikerin gilt den Geheimdienst-Einträgen zufolge als „Veranstaltungsverantwortliche“ des Kurdischen Kulturfestivals im September 2012 in Mannheim, auf dem es zu schweren Krawallen gekommen war.
MESOP NEWS : IRAN WILL NEVER LEAVE SYRIA ON IT’S STRATEGIC WAY AGAINST ISRAEL (AND EUROPE!)
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who have propped up the Assad regime since 2012, have declared a long-term commitment to remaining in Syria. Guards commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari (pictured) said on State TV on Thursday, “The Guards are ready to play an active role in establishing a lasting ceasefire in Syria…and reconstruction of the country.”
By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – 24 Nov 2017 – After a conference in Saudi Arabia, Syria’s opposition has announced a unity agreement for a new bloc and maintained its demands that Bashar al-Assad leave power.More than 140 participants elected 50 members to a reformed High Negotiations Committee. On Friday they will name the delegation for the next round of UN-sponsored talks in Geneva.
“The Syrian opposition has sent a message that it is ready to enter serious direct talks over a political transition in Syria and has a unified position and a vision for the future of Syria,” spokesman Ahmad Ramadan said.
MESOP NEWS TODAYS GENERAL ANALYSIS : PUTIN’S HYBRID WAR AGAINST THE WEST – More of the Same in Response to Russia?
John R. Deni – Moscow is engaged in a hybrid war against the West. The West’s response amounts to muddling through. November 23, 2017 – Carnegie Endowment
Apparent Kremlin meddling in the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is only the latest in a series of egregious Russian efforts to undermine Western governments and institutions, heighten insecurity, and ultimately sever the transatlantic link. Obviously, Russia is engaged in a kind of covert war against the West, or what’s more fashionably termed a hybrid war.
Though it’s not been entirely clear, the Western response to date appears to be one of muddling through—pushing back where necessary, but holding out hope for cooperation with Moscow where possible. However, this sort of approach toward Russia fails to address the heart of the conflict between Moscow and the West, and so it is unlikely to adequately safeguard Western interests over time.
Kremlin Says Syrian National Dialogue Congress Must Be Inclusive
http://tass.com – 2017-11-24 15:54 GMT – Participation of Kurdish delegates in the Syrian National Dialog Congress to be held in Sochi was discussed at a meeting of the Russian, Turkish and Iranian presidents Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani on Thursday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media.
“It must be inclusive,” Peskov said when asked if the theme of Kurdish participation in the Congress had been brought up at the trilateral summit.
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23 Nov 2017 – In Stratfor’s 2017 Fourth-Quarter Forecast, we said that Turkey and Iran would grow closer to Iraq over the course of the quarter as all three try to contain Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence aspirations. But as that alliance has grown, the Kurdistan Regional Government has stepped up efforts to divide it. Baghdad, meanwhile, continues to demand the Kurdish government to