Russia Today 17 Jan 2018 – RT @USIP: The Kurdish region’s economy is unraveling, with risks both for the KRG and Iraq’s central government:
Iraq’s Impasse with Kurds Puts Post-ISIS Stabilization at Risk
The impasse between Iraq’s central government and its Kurdistan Region is building into an ec… usip.org www.mesop.de
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The Region @TheRegionOrg
When the Raqqa operation was ongoing, the US warned that it did not want a Turkish invasion of Afrin to distract from the war against IS. But Now that Raqqa has been taken from IS, the US sees Afrin as a Russian problem, A report by THE REGION http://theregion.org/article/12499-now-that-raqqa-has-been-liberated-us-sees-afrin-as-a-russian-problem …
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17 Jan 2018 – European Parliament’s (EP) Socialists and Democrats, United Left and Greens groups stated that they will consider the Turkish state’s plans to attack Afrin as “invasion”. @dieLinke @GreensEP @Weidenholzer – www.mesop.de
17 Jan 2018 – DEBKA FILES ISRAEL – Turkey began its first wave of artillery fire targeting Kurdish fighters in Afrin, Syria on Tuesday night, said an Al Arabiya reporter.This comes as a retaliation to the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) firing a large number of missiles targeting settlements in the Azaz region bordering Turkey and Syria, which is controlled by the Turkish-backed opposition Free Syrian Army, media reports said.
Turkish forces began a military fortification plan on their border with Syria on Monday, sending a convoy, including armed vehicles and soldiers.Turkey’s President Erdogan had vowed on Sunday to “purge terrorism” from the country’s southern borders, adding that he plans to launch an assault against the YPG in Syria’s Kurdish Afrin enclave “in the coming days.”
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – 17 Jan 2018 – MESOP – Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon: We are not operating in Afrin” – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has extended Turkey’s threat against Kurdish militia, speaking with reporters after a conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a summit in Canada. Çavuşoğlu indicated that Turkey might not only move against Afrin in the northwest but also the city of Manbij in eastern Aleppo Province, held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.The Foreign Minister framed the warning as “precautions” against the Kurdish militia YPG.The US military has indicated that it will not defend the Kurdish YPG militia from any Turkish attack on the Kurdish Afrin canton in northwest Syria.
European Parliament expresses solidarity for dismissed Kurdish MP in Turkey
By Rudaw 16 Jan 2018 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The European Parliament president opened the first session of 2018 by voicing support for controversial HDP deputy Leyla Zana, who was dismissed from the Turkish legislature last week. The president also commented on the worsening human rights situation in Turkey.
“As president of this house I would like to express to Ms. Zana my solidarity and the solidarity of the entire European Parliament,” Parliament President Antonio Tajani said on Monday in Strasbourg, France.In its Thursday session, the Turkish parliament voted to dismiss Zana for missing 212 sessions over a seven-month period between October 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017.
MESOP NEWS : LATEST FROM THE IRANIAN HANGMEN
- Hanif Jazayeri@HanifJazayeri 8 hours ago 16 Jan 2018 – Names of 5 protesters tortured to death in #Iran‘s prisons for attending #IranProtests. Regime claims 1st 3 committed suicide: Sina Qanbari (Evin Prison) Vahid Heydari (Arak) Mohammad Nassiri (Zanjan) Sarou Ghahremani (Sanandaj) Kianoush Zandi (Sanandaj) – www.mesop.de
16 Jan 2018 – We had a positive meeting today between the KRG/MNR and the DG of SOMO (the DG of Economic Department at the Iraq Ministry of Oil), discussed potential mechanisms for exporting Oil to receive a fair share of the Iraqi budget for the Region. Great step for further dialogue – www.mesop.de