MESOP IRAQ – Masum: Ongoing consultations to form a new government are promising

20-8-2014 – Shafaq News / Fuad Masum, the President of the Republic described on Wednesday, the ongoing negotiations and consultations among the political blocs to form a government headed by Prime Minister-designate ,Haider Abadi as “promising.”

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Turkey mulls direct talks with PKK militants on Qandil / But continues with Hakan Fidan of MIT

MESOP : THE “NEW HISTORICAL CHAPTER” (ÖCALAN) & SO CALLED ‘PEACE PROCESS’ CONTINUES AS A INTELLIGENCE STORY

20-8-2014 – Kurdpress – A senior Turkish government official has hinted that the country’s intelligence organization could engage in direct talks with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) top cadres on Mt. Qandil in northern Iraq to boost the ongoing Kurdish resolution process, Hurriyet daily said. “I desire direct talks between our yet-to-be-set team with Qandil,” Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay told the private broadcaster, NTV in an interview on yesterday. Kandil is a mountain in northern Iraq where the PKK has its headquarters and training camps.

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KRG to double its oil export to Turkey

20-8-2014 – MESOP Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is seeking to increase its crude oil export to Turkey’s port of Ceyhan where the oil is sent in tankers to world markets.

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MESOP NEWS : IRAQI KURDISTAN GETS HEAVY WEAPONS HARDWARE FROM US & FRANCE

Ninanews – 20.8.2014 – ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— The Ministry of Peshmerga in Kurdistan Regional Government said that the process of distribution of heavy weapons on the axes of fighting are going on according to the need to them, confirming that they received heavy weapons, including anti military Hummer rockets.The Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP’s website quoted the director of information of the Ministry, Brigadier Halgurd Hikmat as saying “that the province received so far weapons from the United States and France, which are of good quality, other countries have expressed willingness to supply weapons to Kurdistan.

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MESOP : Report on Assyrians in Iraq Calls for Humanitarian, Military Aid

Assyrian refugees in Ankawa, Iraq.(AINA) — A report released yesterday by the Assyria Council of Europe paints a bleak picture for the Assyrians of Iraq. The report, titled Facing Annihilation: Innocent Assyrian victims of an unfolding Genocide, presents a short history of Assyrians in Iraq since that country gained its independence in 1932, then discusses the developments since June 10, 2014, when the Islamic State (ISIS) captured Mosul.The report also discusses the plight of Yazidis, Shabaks and Turkmen, who were also targeted by ISIS.

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TODAY’S MESOP OPINION: TEHRAN’S WISH & OBAMA FOLLOWED – Iraq’s New Prime Minister Is Exactly Who Iran Wanted For The Job

By Hussain Abdul-Hussain – Business Insider – 20-8-2014 – Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi is the third successive Dawa Party official to become Iraq’s elected chief executive since 2003. Abadi is also Iran’s man, much more so than his predecessors Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Nouri al-Maliki.His rise to power, together with the political arrangement reached by Washington and Tehran, gives Iran ever more control of its western neighbor. President Obama bizarrely claimed this as a success for his foreign policy.

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MESOP : REPORT BBC NEWS MIDDLE EAST – Islamic State shifts to new platform after Twitter block

20-8-2014 – A sustained clampdown on the Twitter presence of Islamic State (IS) has forced the hardline jihadist group to explore less well-known social media platforms, setting up a string of accounts on the privacy-focused Diaspora.Since IS began a series of spectacular land-grabs in Iraq in June, a long list of Twitter accounts run by the group have been shut down – apparently in response to the widely-acknowledged success of its social media offensive.The Twitter squeeze reached its peak last week – coinciding with mounting international pressure on the group – when back-up IS accounts were being taken down almost as soon as they were being launched.

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MESOP NEWS : DINDAR ZEBARI – UN Security Council Must Take Quick Decisions About Islamic State

19.08.2014 – Shwan Barzinji – basNews, Erbil – In an exclusive interview with BasNews, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Foreign Relations Assistant Head Dindar Zebari has spoken about the conditions of refugees and the impact of Islamic State (IS) insurgents’ attacks on the Kurdistan Region.

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MESOP NEWS : ISIS Threatens Yezidi Refugees In Turkey

ROJAVA REPORT 20-8-2014 – ISIS militants have threatened Yezidis seeking refuge in a UN refugee camp in Turkey with death if they do not leave, according to an article from DİHA carried by Özgür Gündem. Many Yezidis have sought refugee in Turkey/North Kurdistan, and parts of Rojava and South Kurdistan following the attack by ISIS on Sinjar (Şengal) that forced hundreds of thousands to flee.

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MESOP REPORT : REGIERUNGSDEBATTE – DEUTSCHE WAFFEN FÜR PESHMERGA ? / DOKUMENTATION

Debatte über Hilfe für Kurden –  Kabinett berät über Raketenlieferung

20.08.2014  - Von Christian Thiels, tagesschau.de – Die Bundesregierung will sich heute am Rande des Kabinetts mit der Unterstützung der Kurden im Nordirak befassen. Dabei könnte es nicht nur um die Lieferung von Hilfsgütern gehen, sondern auch um konkrete Überlegungen, Panzerabwehrraketen zu liefern.

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