MESOP : LONG WAR JOURNAL REPORT – Mission creep in Iraq continues as US launches airstrikes in Amerli

31 Aug 2014 07:51 AM PDT – The US military and humanitarian mission in Iraq continues to suffer from what is known as “mission creep,” which is defined as “a gradual shift in objectives during the course of a military campaign, often resulting in an unplanned long-term commitment.”When the Obama administration ordered limited military intervention against the Islamic State beginning on Aug. 7, the objectives were twofold: to halt the Islamic State’s advance on Irbil to protect US personnel based there, and provide humanitarian relief to the Yazidi minority who fled Sinjar and other towns and were trapped on Mount Sinjar.Within a week, the objectives were modified, and the US military was now tasked with serving as the air force to Kurdish and Iraqi forces “to protect critical infrastructure” and “support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense forces, who are working together to combat ISIL [the Islamic State].

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by: Ahmed Ali, Lauren Squires, and Nichole Dicharry

MESOP Shaheed’s UN reports. Realization & violations of socioeconomic rights in Iran

By Jamal Ekhtiar: Kurdistan Tribune – 31-8-2014 – United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, focuses on some minor socioeconomic issues, while overlooking more vital concerns affecting the lives of millions in the country.One area he often covers in his reports is gender inequality and limitations placed on women’s employment. He also refers to the exclusion of students from their studies due to political activities.Shaheed’s reports also express concern about the negative humanitarian effect of sanctions but claims they do not negate basic economic, social and cultural rights of the population, putting the responsibility on the Iran regime to fulfil humanitarian obligations. The reports also discuss humanitarian exemptions and related issues such as the supply of medicine and food.

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MESOP EXPERTS SPEAKING : US gives new priority to foreign fighters in Syria

Al Monitor – 1-9-2014 – US President Barack Obama will convene a heads of state meeting at the UN Security Council in September to address the threat of foreign fighters in Syria, according to US deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.Speaking at a press briefing on Aug. 22, Rhodes said the United States considers foreign fighters returning from Syria a threat to US “homeland security” and the Obama administration expects “to enlist the support of partners in the region and the international community” to contain and defeat the Islamic State (IS).The shift to a more aggressive US strategy to combat foreign fighters puts pressure on Washington’s regional allies to show a new accountability in their actions against IS.

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MESOP : U.S. INTEL REPORT – 12,000 Militants From 81 Nationalities Fighting in Syria

1.9.2014 –  A recent US Intelligence report says 12,000 militants from 81 nationalities, including Americans and Europeans, have joined terrorist groups fighting against the Syrian government. The Soufan Group, a New York-based intelligence firm, estimated in June that at least 3,000 militants of European origin had been active in several militancy-riddled regions across the Arab country, Washington Post reported.

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Has Turkey Helped ISIL?

1-9-2014 – Turkish authorities and pro-government academics have been busy in recent days, visiting world capitals in an effort to convince them that Turkey has not provided assistance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces. This has been a nice effort, but it is far from convincing major foreign powers. Such efforts are nothing but a reflection of a state that was caught helping a brutal terror organization. Visiting Washington, London and Brussels to protest that Turkey has never helped ISIL is a lie that even Turks are not buying. Beyond the evidence collected by foreign intelligence agencies, there is ample proof that has been published by international media outlets.

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MESOP LATEST : Thousands of Refugees Apply for New Passports in North Iraq

 2014-09-01 07:34 GMT – AINA – Refugees stand in line in Arbel to apply for a new passport (photo: — On Saturday, August 30 the Iraqi passport office in Arbel announced it would start accepting applications to issue new passports for refugees from the Nineveh Plain and other areas who fled from ISIS. Within an hour thousands of people came to the office, which was overwhelmed and could not process most of the requests.The new passports to be issued will be class (A) category, applicable in all parts of Iraq.

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Saraya al-Khorasani 31 August Statement: Translation & Analysis

Intro and Analysis – Saraya al-Khorasani (“Khorasani Brigades”) is an Iraqi Shi’a militia that has appeared in both Iraq and Syria. As is apparent from even a cursory glance at the group’s own output, it identifies with Iran’s ideology of wilayat al-faqih and its current representative for that system: namely, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

Saraya al-Khorasani “Official Press Outlet” graphic. On right: Ayatollah Khamenei.

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Wahrnehmungskünstler Davutoglu / Von MARKUS BEY

Der neue türkische Regierungschef Ahmet Davutoglu hat philosophischen Tiefgang: Husserls Phänomenologie, deutsche “Lebensraum”-Theorien und pan-islamische Restauration. Kein einfacher Cocktail für die Partner der Türkei im Westen. Kann ein Außenminister oder gar ein Regierungschef ein Phänomenologe sein? Doch, das geht. Es ist nur wahrscheinlich nicht gut. Denn wenn – sagen wir einmal – zehn Leute in einem Raum einen schwarzen Tisch sehen, und der elfte, unser Phänomenologe, sagt: maybe, aber eigentlich eh wurscht; für mich gilt meine innere Wahrnehmung, die nie trügt und die einen roten Stuhl identifiziert, – dann kann es also schwierig werden. Bei Lagebesprechungen im Außenministerium zum Beispiel, bei Gesprächen mit ausländischen Regierungsvertretern oder bei Presseauftritten, die zur Kommunikation mitunter etwas unerwarteter Einsichten dienen.

Der neue türkische Regierungschef und bisherige Außenminister Ahmet Davutoglu ist ein schwerer Husserlianer, heißt es jetzt.

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Allied Forces in Iraq Have Broken the Islamic State’s Siege of Amerli (WATCH VIDEO DOCUMENT)

By Liz Fields – Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite militia and Kurdish fighters say they reclaimed the town of Amerli on Sunday from Islamic State fighters after a two-month siege on the northern farming town that had left thousands of residents trapped.

Iraqi forces entered Amerli shortly after midday Sunday, following an operation that started at dawn, Army spokesman Lieutenant General Qassim al-Moussawi said on state TV.

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