MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PKK/PYD(SDF) MURDERED CHILD IN SYRIA

Kyle Orton Retweeted  – Syrian Network‏Verified account @snhr  23 5. 2019

#SDF killed the #child Mu’ath Omar al Bahesh by a gunshot in Swaidan Jazira village in #DeirEzZour suburbs, May 21. #Syria http://sn4hr.org/sites/news/?p=71932 …

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS PROTOCOL : There would not be an independent Kurdish state in Syria: U.S. Envoy

23 May 2019 – MESOP NEWS – James Jeffrey, U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State

WASHINGTON,— The United States is reminding its Syrian Kurdish allies not to get overly ambitious while at the same time trying to allay concerns Washington will abandon them to Turkey or a possibly resurgent Islamic State terror group.

Kurdish fighters, under the umbrella of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, played a key role in the collapse of the IS caliphate in Syria and continue to help administer large swaths of territory liberated form the terror group.

But Ambassador James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement and the special envoy to the global coalition to defeat IS, said Wednesday that there would not be an independent Kurdish state in Syria.

“We don’t have a political future that we offer for them,” Jeffrey told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee when questioned about what comes next.

“The political future we offer for them is the political future we offer for everybody in Syria … a democratic, peaceful government,” Jeffrey added.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL BY MEIR AMIT TERRORISM & INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION CENTER / ISRAEL – Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 16-22, 2019)

Main events of the week
  • In the Syrian arena, the Syrian army offensive in the Idlib region continued, with Russian air support. From the perspective of Abu Mohammad al-Julani, leader of the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (the dominant jihadi organization in the Idlib region), the Syrian army’s attack was aimed at taking control of the Al-Ghab Plain in order to prevent further artillery fire at the Russian airbase in Hmeymim.
  • However, on the ground, the Syrian offensive has encountered difficulties in light of the fierce fighting by the rebel organizations. In the southwest of the enclave, in the eastern part of the Al-Ghab Plain, the rebel organizations mounted a counterattack, retaking several villages that had been taken over by the Syrian army in the first week of the offensive. In the northwest of the enclave, southwest of the town of Jisr al-Shughur, the jihadi organizations halted attempts by the Syrian army to advance, causing it heavy casualties. A Russian-Turkish attempt to achieve a temporary ceasefire failed.
  • In Iraq and in ISIS’s provinces around the world, “routine” activity continued: in Iraq, activity continued in the form of IEDs being detonated against moving vehicles on the roads; in the northern Sinai Peninsula, an IED was detonated against an Egyptian army bulldozer; in Libya, ISIS operatives attacked a checkpoint at the entrance to an oil field in the center of the country; in Niger, ISIS operatives ambushed and killed around 30 Nigerian soldiers in a convoy moving near the border with Mali; in the Democratic Republic of Congo, ISIS operatives continued to carry out attacks against the Congolese army near the border with Uganda; in Pakistan, ISIS issued two claims of responsibility for killing a Taliban operative and shooting at Pakistani policemen. In the claims of responsibility, the name “Pakistan Province” appeared for the first time (another expression of ISIS’s efforts to demonstrate that it is spreading throughout the world); in Afghanistan, ISIS detonated IEDs against vehicles of the police and a tribal leader loyal to the government; in Somalia, an attempt to kill a senior police officer in the northeast of the country failed.
Main events in Syria
The Idlib area
Overview
  • In the passing week, the Syrian army attack against the rebel organizations in the southwestern and northwestern Idlib area was halted. Abu Mohammad Al-Julani, commander of the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (the dominant jihadi organization in the region), declared that the Syrian army move was intended to take control of the Al-Ghab Plain in order to defend the Russian airbase in Hmeymim from the continued artillery fire. Al-Julani called on the Turkish-affiliated rebel organizations to join the fighting and thus alleviate the pressure exerted on the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham.
  • On the ground, the Syrian army was forced to retreat from several villages that it had taken over in the southeastern part of the Al-Ghab Plain. In the northwestern sector of the Idlib region, southwest of the town of Jisr Al-Shughur, Syrian army recurrent attempts to advance failed, due to fierce fighting of the rebel organizations. A unilateral ceasefire, brokered by Turkey and Russia, collapsed a short while after entering into effect.
The main moves on the ground

On May 14 and 15, 2019, the Syrian army continued its advance northward, towards the Al-Ghab Plain, following the offensive that it had started last week.[1] After waging battles with the rebel organizations, on May 15, 2019, the Syrian army took over the village of Al-Hweiz, which is of major importance (the main pumping stations for the irrigation of the Al-Ghab Plain are located in its area). A day earlier, on May 14, 2019, the Syrian army took over the village of Al-Hamra and the Shree’ah airstrip near the village of Al-Hweiz (see map).

Sites taken over on May 14 and 15, 2019: Al-Hweiz (1); Shree’ah airstrip (2); Al-Hamra (3). The area delineated in red was taken over by the Syrian army in the first week of the attack. Subsequently, the Syrian army had to withdraw from some of the sites that it had taken over (Google Maps)
Sites taken over on May 14 and 15, 2019: Al-Hweiz (1); Shree’ah airstrip (2); Al-Hamra (3). The area delineated in red was taken over by the Syrian army in the first week of the attack. Subsequently, the Syrian army had to withdraw from some of the sites that it had taken over (Google Maps)

  • It appears that the Syrian army’s attempt to advance from the village of Al-Hweiz northward along the Al-Ghab Plain failed. The operatives of the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham mounted a counterattack and reached the village of Kafr Nabudah, east of the Al-Ghab Plain (one of the villages taken over by the Syrian army in the first week of the offensive). The Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham reported that its operatives had killed soldiers of the Syrian army and the forces supporting it, seized a large quantity of weapons and equipment, and even captured a Syrian officer in the rank of colonel (Ibaa, May 22, 2019).
Aqid (col.) Abd al-Karim al-Suleiman, who was captured by the operatives of the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (Ibaa, May 22, 2019)   The village of Kafr Nabudah, which was retaken by the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (Google Maps).
Right: The village of Kafr Nabudah, which was retaken by the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (Google Maps). Left: Aqid (col.) Abd al-Karim al-Suleiman, who was captured by the operatives of the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (Ibaa, May 22, 2019)
  • At the same time, the Syrian army continued exerting pressure on the rebel organizations in the northwestern part of the Idlib area, southwest of the town of Jisr Al-Shughur (Kabanah area on the Mountain of the Kurds). The jihadi operatives fighting in this area belong to the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party (Uyghur operatives from China). Recurrent attempts by the Syrian army to advance in this area failed due to the fierce fighting of the rebel organizations, which inflicted heavy losses on the Syrian army (Ibaa, May 16, 18, 19, 21, 2019). The Syrian army reportedly used heavy artillery fire to enable the evacuation of the bodies of its soldiers (Ibaa, May 21, 2019).

The Kabanah area, southwest of the town of Jisr Al-Shughur, where an additional war effort is taking place on the part of the Syrian army (Google Maps)
The Kabanah area, southwest of the town of Jisr Al-Shughur, where an additional war effort is taking place on the part of the Syrian army (Google Maps)

Russian airstrikes
  • In the passing week, Russian fighter jets continued to carry out intense daily airstrikes against targets of the rebel organizations in the Idlib area. The airstrikes were focused on the city of Maarat Nu’man south of Idlib and targets along the road leading from the Al-Ghab Plain to Maarat Nu’man.

 Towns and villages on the road leading to Maarat Nu’man, where the Russian airstrikes were focused (Google Maps)
Towns and villages on the road leading to Maarat Nu’man, where the Russian airstrikes were focused (Google Maps)

The response of the rebel organizations

At the defensive level, the activity of the rebel organizations focused on the effort to halt the Syrian army’s advance on the eastern outskirts of the Al-Ghab Plain (see map). At the offensive level, the rebel organizations fired at Syrian army forces north and northwest of Hama. In addition, rockets were fired and UAVs were launched at the Russian airbase in Hmeymim and at the rural areas along the coast (Jablah and Al-Qardaha). The Syrian regime reported that on May 21, 2019, several rockets launched by the rebel organizations hit the center of Aleppo.

  • Following are the main rocket and artillery attacks reported by rebel organizations:
  • On May 16, 2019, the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham announced the launching of Grad rockets and artillery shells at the “Russian occupier’s” operations rooms north of Hama (the exact location was not specified) (Ibaa, May 16, 2019).
 Grad rockets fired by the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham at targets north of Hama (Ibaa, May 16, 2019)   Field cannon fired by the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham at targets north of Hama.
Right: Field cannon fired by the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham at targets north of Hama. Left: Grad rockets fired by the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham at targets north of Hama (Ibaa, May 16, 2019)
  • According to a Syrian TV report from May 18, 2019, the anti-aircraft systems at the Russian airbase in Hmeymim fired at rockets and UAVs launched by the rebel organizations at the rural areas of Jablah, Al-Qardaha and the Hmeymim base. Most of the rockets were intercepted. Some of them hit houses in a number of villages in the area. Several people were killed (Al-Ikhbariya TV, Syria, May 18, 2019).
    • On May 19, 2019, the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham announced that it had fired dozens of rockets at Astamo helicopter base, located seven kilometers north of the airbase in Hmeymim, which serves as a base for Russian army helicopters[2]. According to an announcement by the Russian defense minister, operatives of the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (the Al-Nusra Front, according to the announcement) attacked the base in Hmeymim on May 19, 2019. According to him, there were no casualties and no damage was caused (Sputnik, May 20, 2019).
    • The Syrian regime reported that on May 21, 2019, several rockets launched by the rebel organizations hit near central Aleppo. Six civilians were wounded and property was damaged. Various forces, most of which belong to the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham, are deployed in the rural area southwest of Aleppo (SANA News Agency, May 21, 2019).
Statement by Abu Mohammad al-Julani, Commander the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham
  • In mid-January 2019, Abu Mohammad al-Julani, commander of the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (the dominant jihadi organization in the Idlib region), met with around 50 media figures affiliated with the rebel organizations (“the Syrian revolution”). Following are the main comments made by Abu Mohammad al-Julani (Ibaa, May 17, 2019):
    • The Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham is opposed to political solutions, including the Astana Agreements, which he says are intended as a delaying tactic.
    • The military move initiated by the Syrian regime was intended to take control of the Al-Ghab Plain. The pretext is that the regime wants to protect the [Russian] airbase in Hmeymim from artillery [by the rebel organizations]. Al-Julani added that Hmeymim is a military base that harms civilians “and it is only natural for it to be bombed and bombarded.”
    • Al-Julani called on the rebel organizations operating in the “Euphrates Shield” area [i.e., the Turkish-sponsored rebel organizations] to open a front against the Syrian regime, thereby reducing the military pressure exerted on the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham.
Interim summary of the losses in the Syrian army offensive (updated to May 21, 2019)
  • On May 18, 2019, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that since the beginning of the escalation in Idlib on April 30, 2019, 510 people had been killed. At least 176 of the dead belonged to the rebel forces, 154 to the Syrian army and the forces supporting it, and 180 were civilians (SOHR, May 21, 2019).
The failure of the ceasefire and the continuation of diplomatic activity

According to Syrian media reports, an agreement in principle was reached between Turkey and Russia for a temporary ceasefire for 72 hours in the rural areas of Hama and Idlib. The ceasefire entered into effect unilaterally, by the Syrian army, at midnight on May 18, 2019. The SOHR reported that on May 18, 2019, on the first day of the ceasefire, a tense calm was generally maintained in the battle zones, but the Russians claimed that rebel organizations had violated it from the very first day. However, on May 19, 2019, the fighting resumed and the ceasefire ceased to exist.

Eastern Syria
Palmyra and Al-Sukhnah deserts
  • ISIS announced that on May 15, 2019, its operatives had infiltrated into a Syrian army position about 40 km southwest of Palmyra. During the clashes, eight Syrian army soldiers were killed and one was captured. The ISIS operatives also attacked a reinforcement which arrived at the area, killing 12 soldiers of the Syrian army the forces supporting it (statement of the Al-Sham Province – Homs region as released on Telegram, May 16, 2019).
  • On May 20, 2019, ISIS operatives launched an antitank missile at a Syrian army tank and bulldozer and destroyed them near Mount Al-Bashari, about 80 km northeast of Al-Sukhnah (statement of the Al-Sham Province – Homs region as released on Telegram, May 20, 2019).
Al-Mayadeen – Deir ez-Zor area
  • This week, three car bombs were detonated in the Deir ez-Zor and Al-Mayadeen area. No organization claimed responsibility, but these apparently were ISIS operatives. Following are the main incidents:
    • On May 17, 2019, a car bomb was detonated by remote control. The car was parked near a bakery which belongs to the Shiite militias in a neighborhood close to central Deir ez-Zor. Three members of the Shiite militias were killed and several others were wounded. Several days earlier, another car bomb arriving in this neighborhood was deactivated (Khotwa, May 18, 2019).
    • On May 18, 2019, a car bomb was detonated in a village 4 km northeast of Al-Mayadeen (Khotwa, May 18, 2019).
    • On May 20, 2019, a car bomb was detonated near an SDF military vehicle north of Deir ez-Zor. Two fighters were killed (Deir ez-Zor 24 Twitter account, May 20, 2019).
    • Other ISIS attacks also continued:
    • On May 16, 2019, an IED was activated against an SDF bulldozer in the village of Al-Sabha, about 20 km north of Al-Mayadeen. The driver was killed and the bulldozer damaged (statement of the Al-Sham Province – Al-Khayr region, May 17, 2019).
    • On May 17, 2019, an SDF fighter was shot to death about 18 km southeast of Deir ez-Zor (statement of Al-Sham Province – Al-Khayr region, May 18, 2019).
    • On May 20, 2019, an SDF vehicle on the outskirts of the town of Al-Basira, about 14 km north of Al-Mayadeen, was shot at. Several fighters were wounded (Deir ez-Zor 24, May 20, 2019).
Northern and northeastern Syria
Northern Manbij
  • On May 16, 2019, a car bomb exploded at a security building of the SDF forces at a school in central Manbij. Five fighters, including the commander of the Kurdish internal security force, were killed and over ten were wounded. The building sustained heavy damage (Orient News, May 16, 2019). ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. According to ISIS’s claim of responsibility, a suicide bomber codenamed Abu Habib the Syrian detonated a car bomb at the SDF command post in the center of the city of Manbij, killing and wounding at least 20 fighters. Part of the command post building was destroyed (statement of the Al-Sham Province – Aleppo region as released on Telegram, May 16, 2019).
Scene of the car bomb explosion at the SDF security building in central Manbij (Orient News, May 16, 2019)    Scene of the car bomb explosion at the SDF security building in central Manbij (Orient News, May 16, 2019)
Scene of the car bomb explosion at the SDF security building in central Manbij (Orient News, May 16, 2019)
ISIS increased its activity in the Al-Hasakah area
  • In the passing week, ISIS increased its activity in the Al-Hasakah area, at the heart of the Kurdish control zone:
    • On May 16, 2019, an IED was activated against an SDF vehicle on the road between Al-Hasakah and Tal Nimr, about 14 km west of Al-Hasakah. Several fighters were killed and wounded and the vehicle was damaged (statement of the Al-Sham Province – Al-Baraka region, May 17, 2019).
    • On May 17, 2019, an IED was activated against an SDF vehicle in the western part of the city of Al-Hasakah. The fighters were killed and wounded and the vehicle sustained damage (statement of the Al-Sham Province – Al-Baraka region, May 17, 2019).
    • On May 17, 2019, an ISIS squad captured an SDF fighter. He was executed southwest of Al-Shadadi (about 80 km southwest of Al-Hasakah) (statement of Al-Sham Province – Al-Barakah region, May 17, 2019).
Main developments in Iraq
ISIS’s terrorist and guerrilla activity
  • Following are ISIS’s main terrorist and guerilla activities:
  • Nineveh Province: On May 18, 2019, a motorcycle bomb was detonated in the western part of the city of Mosul. Two people were wounded (Al-Sumaria, May 18, 2019). So far, no organization assumed responsibility but it can be assumed that ISIS was behind the attack.
The building which was damaged as a result of the explosion (Al-Sumaria, May 18, 2019)   Wreckage of a motorcycle bomb detonated in the western part of Mosul.
Right: Wreckage of a motorcycle bomb detonated in the western part of Mosul. Left: The building which was damaged as a result of the explosion (Al-Sumaria, May 18, 2019)
  • Diyala Province: An IED was activated against a vehicle of policemen engaged in securing oil facilities about 40 km east of Baqubah. The passengers in the vehicle were wounded (Telegram, May 19, 2019).
  • Kirkuk Province: An IED was activated against a patrol southwest of the city of Kirkuk. An Iraqi policeman was wounded (Telegram, May 20, 2019).
  • Diyala Province: An IED was activated against a vehicle of a local council member on behalf of the Iraqi authorities, about 15 km southwest of Baqubah. Passengers in the vehicle were wounded (Telegram, May 20, 2019).
  • Nineveh Province: An IED was activated against a Popular Mobilization force south of the city of Tal Afar. A Popular Mobilization fighter was killed and two others wounded (Telegram, May 20, 2019).
  • Nineveh Province: Two IEDs were activated against two vehicles carrying Shiites south of the city of Tal Afar. Four passengers were killed and three others wounded (Telegram, May 20, 2019).
  • Baghdad Province: An IED was activated against an Iraqi army vehicle 30 km southwest of Baqubah. Soldiers in the vehicle were killed (Telegram, May 20, 2019).
Counterterrorist and preventive activity of the Iraqi security forces
  • The Iraqi security forces detained ISIS operatives and destroyed ISIS facilities in the various provinces. IEDs and explosive belts were also found and neutralized. Following are the main incidents:
    • Al-Anbar Province: An Al-Anbar Province police force detained three ISIS operatives who had carried terrorist attacks against the Iraqi security forces in 2014 (Al-Sumaria, May 17, 2019).
    • Nineveh Province: An Iraqi army force destroyed four ISIS guest houses about 120 km west of Mosul. These guest houses were used to store food and equipment (Al-Sumaria, May 17, 2019).
    • Nineveh Province: The Nineveh Police SWAT detained an ISIS commander codenamed Jihad al-Ansari in eastern Mosul. The detainee had been in charge of ISIS’s mortar battalion in the Nineveh Plain (Al-Sumaria, May 19, 2019).

Jihad al-Ansari, an ISIS commander detained in eastern Mosul (Al-Sumaria, May 19, 2019)
Jihad al-Ansari, an ISIS commander detained in eastern Mosul (Al-Sumaria, May 19, 2019)

  • Salah al-Din Province: Iraqi Military Intelligence forces uncovered two ISIS guest houses about 30 km northwest of Baiji. In these guest houses, they found explosive belts, IEDs, and mobile phones. In addition, they found documents containing names of ISIS operatives, their family members and phone numbers (Iraqi News Agency, May 19, 2019).
  • Salah al-Din Province: A force of the Iraqi Counterterrorist Service detained an ISIS operative who headed a squad which planned to carry out terrorist attacks in Tikrit (Iraqi News Agency, May 19, 2019).

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : MONOPOLIST  DES LEFT WING MEDIA ESTABLISHMENTS / HERR DER WELT

Sieben Jahre lang lagen acht südamerikanische Staaten und der nordamerikanische Versandkonzern Amazon miteinander im Clinch. Sie stritten darum, wer im Internet die Bezeichnung „.amazon” führen darf.

Jeff Bezos, der Multimilliardär, hatte es schon 2012 auf diese „Top-Level-Domain” abgesehen. Er wollte sie exklusiv und weltweit. Dagegen meldeten die Anrainerstaaten des Amazonas bei der zuständigen Internetregistraturbehörde Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) jedoch Bedenken an.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : GSCHICHTEN AUS DEM WIENER WALD (5) – „WANN WIRD DIESE WUNDERBARE STORY VERFILMT?“

Ibiza-Connection: Oe24.TV / Chefredakteur Niki Fellner präsentiert ehemaligen Partner des „Detektives“

Redaktion EU-Infothek Donnerstag, 23. Mai 2019 2,538 Ansichten Chefredakteur Fellner präsentiert ehemaligen Partner des „Detektives“ / Bild © oe24.TV Den gesamten Bericht lesen Sie bitte hier in der aktuellen Ausgabe „Österreich“ nach.

Insider: „Sie wollten bis zu 5 Mio .€ fürs Video“

Sascha Wandl ist Ex-Partner des Video-Produzenten.

oe24.TV: Hinter dem Video steckt der Privatdetektiv Julian H., den Sie gut kennen. Wer ist das genau?

Sascha Wandl: Julian H. ist der Sohn eines ehemaligen internationalen Waffenhändlers. er ist einmal im Suchtgifthandel rechtskräftig verurteilt worden. Ich habe ihn im Jahr 2014 kennengelernt, ausgebildet und ihn für die Betriebsspionage bei Plasser und Theurer eingesetzt. damals haben wir genau das gleiche Muster eingesetzt wie jetzt auch beim Fall in ibiza.

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Zwielichtiger Kronzeuge verrät Details zu Ösi-Skandal-Video Die Spur führt nach München – Aber die Auftraggeber bleiben weiter im Dunkeln

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : GSCHICHTEN AUS DEM WIENER WALD (4) / WER SIND DIE AUFTRAGGEBER ? WER BESTIMMTE WARUM DEN ZEITPUNKT DER VERÖFFENTLICHUNG ?

Quelle: SPIEGEL/Süddeutsche Zeitung 6:11 Min. veröffentlicht am 23.05.2019 – 09:34 Uhr

Über dieses Skandal-Video zerbrach die ÖVP-FPÖ-Koalition in Österreich, der bisherige Chef der Rechtsaußenpartei FPÖ Heinz-Christian Strache (49) trat von den Posten als Parteichef und Vizekanzler zurück.

Der Sender oe24.tv nannte am Mittwochabend Details über den mutmaßlichen Macher der Aufnahmen – unter Berufung auf einen angeblichen Insider. Der zwielichtige Kronzeuge: Sascha Wandl, nach eigener Auskunft früher Sicherheitsberater der Unterwelt, aber mittlerweile will er ausgestiegen sein. Aktuell läuft auch ein Prozess gegen ihn – Vorwurf: Spionage.

Die Spur führt nach München

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MESOPOTAMIA NEW FOCUS – Assad: We Met With Hakan Fidan in Tehran and We Are Ready to Meet Erdogan

Monday May 20th, 2019 by Al-Hal (opposition website)  –  President Assad has opened the door to a meeting with Turkish President Erdogan, following a meeting between Syria and the head of Turkish intelligence writes Al-Hal.

President Bashar al-Assad has revealed that a Syrian delegation met with the head of Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan, in the Iranian capital Tehran, and held another meeting at the Kassab border crossing, and expressed his readiness to meet Erdogan.

Assad added that, “the Turkish officers are more understanding about what is happening in our country than Turkish politicians. There are major differences regarding Syria in Erdogan’s government.”

This came during statements Assad made to a Turkish journalist, Mehmet Yuva, from the Aydinlik newspaper, saying: “We are open to cooperating with Turkey … and if it is in Syria’s interests and does not encroach on its sovereignty, we can meet Erdogan.”

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : SHOULD APO OECALAN CEASE HUNGERSTRIKE ?

 Kurdish hunger strikers wait for news from meeting of jailed leader

Amberin Zaman May 22, 2019 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary – Imprisoned Kurdistan Workers Party leader Abdullah Ocalan has met for a second time with lawyers as a wide Kurdish hunger strike endangers lives. Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), was granted access to his lawyers today in the first such meeting since May 2 and the second in eight years, amid signs that Ankara is easing his isolation. Lawyers Nevroz Uysal and Rezan Sarica returned from the island prison of Imrali, where Ocalan has been held since 1999, following his treason conviction.

But Ibrahim Bilmez, a member of Ocalan’s vast legal team, said what had been discussed is still under wraps. “It may take one or two days for us to share this information,” Bilmez told Al-Monitor.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : How viable is Turkey’s bid for military partnership with Iraq?

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)

READ IN:    Türkçe Fehim Tastekin May 22, 2019  Article Summary – AL MONITOR  – Turkey and Iraq have agreed to work on sealing a military cooperation agreement, and although regional developments dictate the solution of bilateral crises, the volatile relationship between the two neighbors calls for tempered optimism.

During Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s recent visit to Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the prospect of a security and military cooperation accord between the two neighbors, generating some rather splashy headlines in the media. Though Turkey and Iraq have put nothing on paper yet, the mere declaration of intent to resolve problems that have kept them at loggerheads in recent years has created an air of a new beginning. Security cooperation, however, is not a new topic for them. Turkey and Iraq signed a security deal in 2008, but it has had little effect on the ground. And the stumbling blocks in bilateral ties remain tough, calling for more tempered expectations.

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