MESOP TODAYS OPINION ON PKK FLAŞ – Hewlêr: PKKê debariya gelê kurd birrî! – Ji aliyê RÛDAW Demjimêrek berê

Hewlêr (Rûdaw) – Encûmena Wezîran a Herêma Kurdistanê teqandina boriya petrola Kurdistanê ji aliyê PKKê ve bi tundî şermezar kir û daxwaz ji PKKê kir, wê dijminkariyê li hember xelkê Başûrê Kurdistanê dubare neke û debariya xelkê Kurdistanê nebire. Serokatiya Encûmena Wezîran a Herêma Kurdistanê di daxuyaniyekê de teqandina boriya petrolê ya Herêma Kurdistanê ji aliyê Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê (PKK) ve şermezar kir û bi êrişkirin bo ser debariya xelkê Herêma Kurdistanê bi nav kir.Serokatiya Encûmena Wezîran a Herêma Kurdistanê di daxuyaniya xwe de wiha dibêje: “Roja 29ê Tîrmehê ew boriya ku petrola Herêma Kurdistanê vediguhêze, li navçeya Şirnexê di nava sînorê Tirkiyeyê de hat teqandin. Roja paştir Hêza Paratsina Gel (HPG) ku hêza çekdarî ya Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê (PKK) ye, bi şêweyeke fermî berpirsyariya xwe li hember wê teqînê ragihand.”

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MESOP OPINION : Syria Safe Zones Will Undermine US Fight Against ISIS

29 July 2015 – Neil Quilliam – Dr Neil Quilliam – Acting Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme + Jonathan Friedman – Middle East Expert, Stroz Friedberg; Associate, Centre for Turkey Studies

Rather than serve as safe havens for allies, they are much more likely to serve as bases from which groups that vehemently oppose the West can perpetuate their war against the Assad regime.In the lead up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, US policy-makers scrambled to persuade Turkey to join the coalition against Saddam Hussein. The backing of Muslim-majority Turkey, in their view, would have pre-empted accusations in the region that the US was waging war against Islam.

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From the first appearances of Shi’i militiamen from Lebanese Hizballah and Iraq in Syria in 2012, the Shi’i jihad embodied in the large number of Shi’i militias operating in the Levant and Mesopotamia has today evolved into a cross-border mobilization and war effort drawing in recruits from as far afield as Afghan and Pakistani origin. These recruits are primarily bolstered and organized by Iran in the Islamic Republic’s bid to increase its influence regionally, in particular among Shi’a populations.

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Quwat al-Ridha: Syrian Hezbollah by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Quwat al-Ridha graphic: “Special Missions school: Quwat al-Ridha: the Islamic Resistance in Syria. Dedication: the men of God in the locality of Umm al-Amad [in Homs province].”

The involvement of Hezbollah in the Syrian civil war and its deployments of fighters from Lebanon are basic facts of the conflict. Less explored is the development of Hezbollah as a native Syrian force and brand. At this site, we previously profiled one such group- the National Ideological Resistance– and interviewed its commander. Founded in Tartous governorate and primarily operating there as well as Hama and Aleppo provinces, the National Ideological Resistance cooperates with Hezbollah. However, it is not the only Syrian Hezbollah group around. This piece looks at Quwat al-Ridha, another such force.

Quwat al-Ridha’s name translates as “Al-Ridha Forces”- al-Ridha being a reference to the eighth Shi’a Imam. Indeed, Quwat al-Ridha sources sometimes refer to their group more fully as “Imam Ali al-Ridha Forces.” The pro-regime site al-Hadath News offers an overview of this group in an article from May 2014:

“Quwat al-Ridha is considered the core nucleus for ‘Hezbollah in Syria’- the organization that has appeared recently operating military in clear form, under the leadership and supervision of Hezbollah in Lebanon: this wing has placed before its eyes fighting ‘Israel’ in the Golan, and similarly the takfiris within.

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Kurdistan National Congress – Brussels – Urgent Appeal Turkey’s military attacks against the Kurds continue

New Evidence for Turkey-ISIS collaboration:
Since the 24th of July, daily a bombing campaign has been launched by the Turkish military over Kurdish guerrilla forces and civilians in Iraqi Kurdistan. Close to 60 (F-16 and F-4) jets carry out bombing campaigns daily, targeting several locations. This military strategy has led to extensive environmental damage to the surrounding areas, injury of civilians and hundreds of villages evacuated. Moreover, large areas of farming land as well livestock have been bombed as a result of the indiscriminate bombings. There is no effort by the Turkish military to reduce the collective human and environmental damage that the indiscriminate bombing is causing.
The Turkish president Erdoğan, and prime minister Davutoğlu, have stated explicitly that they intend on continuing the bombing campaign against the Kurds indefinitely. There appears to be complete disinterest on the part of Turkey to continue the bombing campaign on ISIS. This demonstrates that the single attack on ISIS was merely a cover to target the real objective of this war: the Kurds.

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The Kurdish Elephant / BY FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS – John Feffer

In their latest deal to fight ISIS, Washington and Turkey are treating the Middle East’s largest stateless minority like pawns. That’s a huge mistake. By John Feffer, July 29, 2015. – Let’s mix some metaphors in the Middle East, all of them involving elephants. In the crisis zone that encompasses Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, the Kurds are the elephant in the room. They are the “problem” that no one really wants to talk about.

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F16’s leaving from diyarbakir airbase again. they must be heading southwest to since davutoglu said all known pkk camps are destroyed.

MESOP : KURDS vs. KURDS / KURD CONTRA KURD – ISIS Finds Supporters Among Turkey’s Disgruntled Kurds

By Michael Kaplan – International Business Times – 2015-07-30 – The city of Adiyaman in southeast Turkey is known mostly for its nearby Greek ruins. But when a 20-year-old man who grew up there detonated himself earlier this month in the southern Turkish town of Suruc, killing 31 people, its growing reputation as a haven for Kurds eager to join the Islamic State group made international headlines. Turkey’s Kurdish enclaves might not seem ripe for radical recruitment given that many Kurds in the region have crossed into Syria in recent months to battle the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Yet, as United States policy makers increasingly rely on Kurdish fighters on the ground in Syria and Iraq in the war against ISIS, a growing number of youth are trading the Kurdish nationalism of their fathers for the vision espoused by radical Jihadist groups in Syria. Poverty and underdevelopment, internal Kurdish divisions and a widespread feeling of political disenfranchisement are all fueling the militant campaign in Turkey’s southeastern conservative region.

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MESOP COMMENTARY : Kurds & the Persian Nuke Deal – By KANI XULAM

The so-called nuclear “peace” agreement negotiated with Iran has generated lots of diplomatic niceties—but little substance. President Barzani of little Kurdistan hoped for “peace” in the region while his Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, a graduate of University of Tehran no less, envisioned “better economic ties” with Iran.

Diplomatic baloney aside, what do ordinary Kurds think of the deal? What should they think?

They should certainly realize that this great “deal” missed by only one day the 26th anniversary of the ruthless assassination of a Kurdish diplomat by Iranian “peace” emissaries—only miles from the Palais Coburg, the Viennese hotel, where the “hopeful” nuclear pact was just inked.

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UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has proposed a new roadmap (Reuters) in hopes of a breakthrough in negotiations for peace in Syria. On Wednesday, the UN invited Syria’s warring parties to participate in four UN-led working groups aimed at ending the four-year civil war:

ANALYSIS :  GUARDIAN : “The job of the UN special envoy for Syria is a uniquely onerous one. As the nominal representative of the ‘international community’, in the form of the UN, the envoy’s fundamental task is to bring warring parties to the negotiating table to begin some sort of conversation. But in the case of Syria, where at least half a dozen nations are involved, that requires the participation of not only the major regional actors—the Saudis, Turkish, Jordanians, Qataris and Iranians—but also various world powers, including Russia, China and the United States,” writes Janine di Giovanni in the Guardian.

WASHINGTON POST : “In order for negotiations to succeed, the United States should increase pressure on Russia and Iran to use their leverage with the regime to end the use of barrel bombs and even out the balance of power in negotiations. Failing this, the risk of ‘catastrophic success’ for the opposition will only increase, while the support for negotiations declines further and military victory is viewed as the best bet to remove the Assad regime,” write Steven Heydemann and Annika Folkeson in the Washington Post.

SLATE : “Assad’s departure won’t end the violence in Syria, or Iraq for that matter. ISIS without Assad will still be a factor for years to come if not longer and the complex constellation of rebel groups fighting Assad, including some linked to al-Qaida, aren’t just going to lay down their arms once he’s gone. But given the local carnage and global strife his rule has created, his departure from the scene would be a very welcome development, and there’s more hope for it right now than there’s been in years,” writes Joshua Keating in Slate.

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