MESOP NEWS : STATEMENTS BY FRIENDS OF KURDS / THE BATTLE AGAINST THE MULLAHS IS A PERMANENT ONE – NOT JUST A SINGLE REFERENDUM !
With this speed: Kirkuk will fall to Iraqi forces by the end of today. Will massively boost PM al-Abadi’s popularity within Arab Iraq.
3:55 AM – 16 Oct 2017 www.mesop.de
Michael Weiss Retweeted Michael Horowitz
Altogether elsewhere, vast / Herds of reindeer move across / Miles and miles of golden moss/ Silently and very fast.
Michael HorowitzVerified account @michaelh992
US-supplied Iraqi tank knocks over a picture of Barzani in Kirkuk #Iraq
Rasha Al Aqeedi @RashaAlAqeedi
And this is how PMU gradually becomes another Hezzbollah. Ppl who warned of this 3 years ago were called sectarian. https://twitter.com/kyleworton/status/919879533192536064 …
#PKK never miss a crisis: looking to make political [i.e. recruitment] inroads among Iraqi Kurds as #KRG struggles https://anfenglish.com/kurdistan/hpg-statement-on-kirkuk-22736 …
Including PUK – The Iranian branch in Kurdistan
“It is worth bearing in mind that all major protagonists in today’s humiliation of the Kurds in Kirkuk – namely the Shia militias of the PMU, the ‘Peshmerga’ of the PUK, and the Iraqi armed forces – are clients of Iran. Qassem Suleimani, Hadi al-Ameri and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were all present. Its clear whose day this was.” 16 Oct 2017
by Aaron Y. Zelin – PolicyWatch 2871 – October 16, 2017 – Aaron Y. Zelin is the Richard Borow Fellow at The Washington Institute.
Although the cessation of governance-related media releases suggests a full retreat, IS remains active in military campaigns and eager to rise again by taking advantage of local grievances.
According to a field commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the last Islamic State (IS) holdouts will lose control of Raqqa, the group’s self-proclaimed capital, by sometime in the third week of October. Alongside the fall of Mosul, the IS stronghold in Iraq, this development marks a second collapse of governance for the jihadists.
By Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen October 16, 2017 – BESA Center Perspectives No. 616, October 16, 2017
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The war in Syria has focused attention on the role of militia forces. Although we may see the phenomenon as entirely negative, it also has positive aspects and reflects a genuine need that affects our lives as well.
Much has been said about the Iranian and Iraqi Shiite militias operating in Syria. The Kurdish forces and the forces opposing the Assad regime are in fact also militias.At first glance, nothing appears to be new in this phenomenon.