Mahmud Berxwedan of #YPG :We are honored to have sympathy & support of American ppl’ #YPG http://wp.me/p3PGs3-37H
ASSAD MEETS WITH MANF TLASS ? : NEVER !
Edward Dark @edwardedark 1h1 hour ago – Oppo source close to Saudi claims there will be talks soon between Assad and Moaz Khatteb with Manaf Tlass too http://www.aksalser.com/?page=view_articles&id=bc85a7b06c7adb89c9c0338b71eab280 … #Syria
Sinjaris Call For Special Peshmerga Force to Protect the Town / Local administrator asks for special budget from KRG to reconstruct Sinjar Town
Basnews | Hoshmand Sadiq – 22.12.2014 14:10 – SINJAR – The administrator of the Kurdish Yazidi majority town of Sinjar in northern Iraq has asked the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to set aside a special budget to reconstruct the town.“Since Sinjar was captured by Islamic State (IS) militants at the beginning of August, most of the town has been destroyed,” said Sinjar Mayor Maisar Haji to BasNews on Monday.
MESOP TODAY’S ANALYSIS Research on the Islamic State : by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi – various publications
November 16 – December 15, 2014 – Collected Articles :
The Story of Shami Witness
Syria Comment (Dec. 12)
Examination of the most prominent pro-Islamic State Twitter activist, known as “Shami Witness”, who was recently unmasked as a business executive in India.
Iran and the Shia Militias Advance in Iraq (with Jonathan Spyer)
The Tower (Dec.)
A look at Iranian-backed Shia paramilitaries that have risen in the wake of the IS advance.
The Islamic State (IS) and Pledges of Allegiance: The Case of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam
Syria Comment (Nov. 28)
A case study of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam’s absorption into IS and why it sheds light on how to interpret pledges of allegiance to IS from both local (Iraqi and Syrian) and regional jihadist groups.
MESOP : LETZTE CHANCE ? HABEN WIR NUN SCHON GANZ OFT GEHÖRT. – Juma (Cemil Bayik) sei ganz sicher: APO wird es richten – und Dich nicht fragen.
Fatih POLAT – Hüseyin DENIZ – Evrensel – 21 Dec 2014 – Der Kovorsitzende des Exekutivrates der Gemeinschaft der Gesellschaften Kurdistans KCK, Cemil Bayık, hat in Kandil die Fragen der türkischsprachigen Zeitung „Evrensel“ beantwortet. Bayık hat darin bedeutende Erklärungen zum Lösungsprozess, zur Niederlegung der Waffen und zu den Wahlen abgegeben.
MESOP : EU MOGHERINI (ITALY) A WELLKNOWN & PROOFED FAN OF DICTATOR PUTIN FAVORS CONCEPTS FOR THE RESCUE OF BASHAR AL ASSAD
EU decision boosts Russian, UN diplomacy on Syria / Russia’s diplomatic surge on Syria
Al Monitor 22 Dec 2014 – The European Union agreed last week to support UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura’s efforts to broker a cease-fire or “freeze” in Aleppo by providing food, medicine and other humanitarian assistance. On Dec. 15, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini backed engagement with Russia and Iran toward a political settlement in Syria. This column has covered the Russian diplomatic surge to jumpstart a political dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition political parties, which has complemented de Mistura’s initiative.
Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 24December 19, 2014 / By: Wladimir van Wilgenburg / THE JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION
The Kurds in both Iraq and Syria have managed to attain significant degrees of autonomy in the last two decades. With the advances of the Islamic State organization, the Kurds have also become one of the West’s most prominent allies against the militant Salafist group. This has made them a target of the Islamic State, whose attacks on the Kurds have led to increased pan-Kurdish cooperation and more Western support for the Kurds despite opposition from Turkey.
Jihadist Movements and Kurds
DECEMBER 22, 2014 – An Early Success for the Kurds in Sinjar – BY DEXTER FILKINS
This week, some eight thousand members of the Kurdish army, called the peshmerga, launched a campaign to liberate Sinjar. They are backed by American jets, which have so far carried out more than fifty airstrikes on ISIS positions. (That brings the total number of American airstrikes against ISIS to more than thirteen hundred.) Less than two days into the operation, Kurdish officials said that they had liberated a string of villages and opened a land corridor to Sinjar Mountain, from which the surviving Yazidis can be evacuated. The officials added that the peshmerga had killed at least a hundred ISIS fighters and struck a grave blow to the enemy’s morale. One Kurdish official told me that when hundreds of ISIS fighters retreated to the city of Talafar, which is under ISIS control, they were turned back by their own men.
By: Ahmed Ali and Nichole Dicharry – Key Takeaway: On December 20 and 21, Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga “in coordination” with Syrian Kurdish YPG forces and Iraqi Yazidi fighters entered the center of Sinjar district in western Ninewa province. These forces are now clashing with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and have reportedly cleared some areas in the city. Therefore, ISW is updating the status of Sinjar.
MESOP : PUTINS RUNS OUT OF MONEY ? / Syria Daily: Did Russia Turn Down Assad’s Request for $3 Billion Line of Credit?
By Scott Lucas December 21, 2014 – EAWORLDVIEW – The headline from Syria’s State news agency SANA on Sunday is “PM Expresses to Russian Ambassador Appreciation of Moscow’s Support“. However, that unsurprising statement hides an important claim from a Russian “diplomatic source” — did Russia, far from extending support, turn down a request from the Assad regime for a $3 billion line of credit? The unnamed diplomatic source, cited by Al-Monitor, refers to a trip by Syrian officials to Moscow in the second half of October. The source maintains: The demands of the Syrian economic delegation to Moscow included Russian loans, or a so-called line of credit of about $3 billion. However, the Russian side failed to meet this demand.