MESOP NEWS : THE KRAUTS WILL STAY IN KURDISTAB – DESPITE PROTESTS OF GERMAN LEFT WING PARTY (WHICH IS CLOSE TO PKK!)

Germany Prolongs Mission for Peshmerga Military Training

ERBIL — German parliament decided on Tuesday to extend the country’s military mission against the Islamic State (IS), as part of which it continues to train Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces.As of October this year, a total of 150 German military advisors were deployed in Erbil, providing the Peshmerga forces with military training and advice to help them with the anti-IS battle.Germany is an active member of the US-led Global Coalition to defeat IS.

It had briefly suspended its Peshmerga military trainings earlier in October after the escalation of military tensions between the Kurdish forces and Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in Kirkuk and other Kurdish territories.

The approval of the German Parliament is needed for missions abroad, which requires a decision on an annual basis, as reported by Kurdistan24.   www.mesop.de

Back To The West: Russia Shifts Its Air Campaign in Syria

WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)

Back To The West: Russia Shifts Its Air Campaign in Syria

By Matti Suomenaro and Jackson Danbeck –  Russia announced the conclusion of major ground operations against ISIS in Eastern Syria and refocused its air campaign to support ongoing pro-regime offensives against opposition forces in Western Syria.

12 Dec 2017 – Russia claimed the full ‘defeat’ of ISIS in Syria to press for an expedited withdrawal of the U.S. from the Middle East. Pro-regime forces including Iran, Lebanese Hezbollah, and Iraqi Shi’a Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) achieved significant gains against ISIS in Eastern Syria between November 19 and December 6.

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MESOP NEWS REPORT: THE MEETING PUTIN & ERDOGAN / RESULTS – Erdogan, Putin strike diplomatic pose in Ankara

READ IN:    العربية  – Amberin Zaman December 12, 2017 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary  – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan met today in Ankara, where grandstanding alongside Putin is helping cement Erdogan’s image as a Muslim leader with a real hand in global affairs.

Turkey is the scene of a flurry of high-level diplomatic traffic this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ankara today to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two leaders will have tackled a broad range of bilateral matters, notably the conflict in Syria, energy and defense projects as well as the dispute over Jerusalem. The pair were all smiles as they posed for the media ahead of a banquet held in Putin’s honor at Erdogan’s sprawling presidential complex. At a news conference held in its wake, Erdogan announced that a highly controversial deal to purchase Russian made S-400 missiles would be finalized this week.

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MESOP NEWS CRITICAL COMMENTARY : Abrams Tanks & the Banner of Hussein: Syria’s Kurds Nervously Watch Ongoing Events

By Samah Rahbeh  – THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL – 12 Dec 2017 – Arabic  – – In his book entitled Barzani and the History of the Kurdish Liberation Movement, Masoud Barzani President of Iraqi Kurdistan, wrote that his father Mullah Mustafa once said: “We are willing to become the fifty-first American state if that is what it takes for our cause to succeed.” However, once the 1975 Algiers Agreement between Iran and Iraq was ratified with American’s blessing, the Mullah’s dream quickly faded. Kissinger later wrote in his book Years of Renewal that aid to the Kurds had amounted to “20 million USD and 1,250 tons of ammunition.”

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ARABS MUST ACCEPT JERUSALEM’S STATUS – by Haisam Hassanein

MESOP NEWS OPINION : THE FUNDAMENTAL JERUSALEM QUESTION

New York Daily News – December 10, 2017 (Haisam Hassanein is the Glazer Fellow at The Washington Institute.)

In light of entrenched Arab public opposition to Jewish rights in Jerusalem, insisting on them up front as a non-negotiable may be the only way of moving the two-state process forward.

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MESOP NEWS : THE YAZIDI HORSTAGE STATUS – Yazidis caught in ‘political football’ between Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)

THE JORDAN TIMES  – 12 Dec 2017 – SINJAR — Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis’ mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents are wondering what could happen to them next.

Food and money are in short supply since aid organisations stopped delivery after Iraq’s advance. Buildings collapsed in the fighting and of those still standing, many are marked with bullets and littered with IEDs. Water and electricity barely work.The Yazidis, whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions, have long been viewed with suspicion and repeatedly persecuted by other groups in Iraq.

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MESOP NEWS TODAYS RELEVANT TWEETS & SHORT CUTS : PUK ANNOUNCEMENT / BARHAM SALIH – Kurdistan Iraq

Barham Salih, former KRG PM and former deputy leader of PUK, to open a new satellite channel as preparation for the next parliamentary election in Kurdistan in which he plans to run his own coalition away from PUK.

KRG pols continue to mistake running a media outlet for actual political organizational work- it’s not the same –   8:54 AM – 12  Dec 2017  – www.mesop.de

MESOP NEWS TODAYS QUOTATION “NEW WORLD ORDER!”

12 Dec 2017 – Iranian Daily: ‘We Must Prepare Ourselves To Build A New World Order… Implement The Revolutionary Discourse Of The Imam Khomeini, And Prepare Ourselves, Using The Jihadi And Revolutionary Model, To Play [Our] Role In The Future Of The World’

Source: November 29, 2017 column in the Iranian daily Javan, which is affiliated with the country’s ideological camp, commentator Abdollah Motevalian wrote about the superiority of Iran’s Islamic Revolution over other revolutions in the world, which, he said, faded out after a few years. www.mesop.de

The Iranian Zeitgeist: Success in Arab Media

MESOP NEWS TODAYS ANALYSIS MIDDLE EAST

 By Hassan Mneimneh – Hassan Mneimneh is a contributing editor with Fikra Forum and a principal at Middle East Alternatives in Washington.

Also available in العربية December 11, 2017 – FIKRA FORUM – Iran resorts to multiple and contradictory narratives in its international outreach. Tehran is offered to the West as a natural ally against (Sunni) terrorism, while for the rest of the world it is a role model of self-sufficiency, if not autarky, in the face of the arrogant West. Iran is not unique in honing the art of branding and messaging to multiple audiences, even at the risk of incoherence. Still, the divergence in the content of the messages presented to Arab audiences by the web of networks and media outlets funded and managed by Iran and its proxies rises well beyond the gray shades in truth-telling often observed in political discourse, amounting to outright premeditated disinformation.

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MESOP NEWS INSIGHT: PUTIN’S HMEIMIM MEETING – Putin’s “Mission Accomplished” Appearance

By Scott Lucas – December 12, 2017  – eawolrdview – President Vladimir Putin made an unannounced visit to Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase in western Syria on Monday, proclaiming to military personnel that the Russian mission had been accomplished in the country.

En route to meetings with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo and with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara, Putin declared that Russian personnel had joined pro-Assad forces in defeating “the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists”.

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