By Kamal Sheikho – https://english.aawsat.com 30 July 2020
Kurdish, Arab and Assyrian political blocs from Qamishli, a city in the northeastern province of Hasakah, have announced the establishment of the “Peace and Freedom Front” to ease coordination on a political solution in Syria.
The front’s statement called for the adoption of decentralization, just distribution of wealth and power, and reconsideration of the administrative demarcations currently in place.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : JOE BIDEN AND THE UKRAINIAN MONEY – The Soros-controlled National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) ended all investigations into Burisma and Biden’s actions
They Nicknamed Him ‘American Gangster’…How Joe Biden Reportedly Oversaw The Laundering Of $4 Billion Of American Aid To Ukraine
by CD Media StaffJuly 25, 2020
by Anna Borshchevskaya PolicyWatch 3356 July 29, 2020
As Moscow continues to intervene in regional conflicts, politics, and energy affairs, Washington should not underestimate its deep-rooted relationships with Kurdish groups in various countries.
Earlier this month, Russia renewed its push to include Kurds from north and east Syria in negotiations with Bashar al-Assad’s government, even as it simultaneously bolstered the regime by diluting a UN resolution on cross-border humanitarian assistance to those parts of the country. Likewise, Moscow’s relationship with the Iraqi Kurds has remained strong even as the Kremlin green-lights Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurds next door—operations that are increasingly expanding into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and making KRI officials more nervous and fractious by the day.
- MICHAEL YOUNG – In an interview, Armenak Tokmajyan discusses his recent paper on the Syrian regime’s return to the southern border area.
- July 29, 2020 CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT
Armenak Tokmajyan is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his research focuses on borders and conflict, Syrian refugees, and local intermediaries in Syria. Recently, he published a paper for Carnegie, titled “How Southern Syria Has been Transformed Into a Regional Powder Keg.” In it, he examines the peculiar nature of the Syrian regime’s return to the south in 2018, and the situation that ensued. Diwan interviewed Tokmajyan in mid-July to discuss his paper and how he sees the dynamics in southern Syria developing.
IRAN-SOUTH KOREA HUMANITARIAN TRADE REQUIRES U.S. ASSURANCES
by Katherine Bauer and Kevin Mathieson PolicyWatch 3354 July 28, 2020
Tehran is pressing Seoul regarding the billions in Iranian oil revenues held by South Korean banks, creating an opportunity to expand the U.S. humanitarian trade mechanism.
On July 21, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Iranian ambassador to lodge a complaint over Tehran’s heightened rhetoric regarding access to funds frozen in South Korea.
JULY 27, 2020 BY JOSEPH FITSANAKIS intel org
Shabtai Shavit, one of the longest-serving directors of the Israeli spy agency Mossad, has said that Israel and the world cannot stop Iran from developing a nuclear arsenal, and should focus instead on establishing a deterrence mechanism. Shavit, who is now 80, rose through the ranks of the secretive intelligence agency and became its director in 1989, under Labor Party leader Yitzhak Rabin. He stepped down in 1996 and was succeeded by Danny Yatom.
Laurie Mylroie | KURDISTAN24 – July 22- 2020
The entrance of the US Embassy in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone. (WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – Washington expects to hold a second session of the US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue later in the summer.
The first session of the dialogue was held in June by videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic. Following that meeting, the US and Iraq issued a joint statement that said, “a Strategic Dialogue Higher Coordination Committee” would meet in Washington DC, “likely in July.”
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : SHAME & TROUBLE IN KURDISH FAMILY / WITH IRAN BOUND PUK PARTY
by Bilal Wahab PolicyWatch 3353 July 24, 2020 – If Kurdish leaders do not find a way to get beyond petty squabbles and into governing, they will be unable to pull the KRI out of its current nosedive or put their relationship with Washington on more solid ground.
On July 19, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) suspended its participation in the Iraqi Kurdish parliament, in effect shutting it down. The setback is only the latest example of local leaders trying to score political points while the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) reels under the serial shocks of financial crisis, coronavirus pandemic, and military raids by Iran and Turkey.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS REMEMBER: THE WARFARE OF A GERMAN LEFT WING TERRORIST GROUP (REVOLUTIONAR CELLS – RZ) AGAINST JEWS
The shadowy network plotting harm to Jews and Israel included some surprising players. – By JONATHAN SPYER JULY 23, 2020 12:26 – JERUSALEM POST – Three of the hijackers of Air France Flight 139: Jayel al-Arja (R), Wilfried Bose, and Fayez Abdul-Rahim al-Jaber
The Entebbe Raid of July 4, 1976, is remembered as a high point of counter-terror warfare in general, and of the Israeli contribution to that field in particular. The raid involved astonishing audacity, precise and pinpoint intelligence, great courage and professional military skills of the highest order. It remains a subject of study at military institutes across the world.
By Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Raphael OfekJuly 24, 2020 – ISRAEL Anti-aircraft guns guarding the Natanz Nuclear Facility, Iran, image via Hamed Saber – Wikimedia Commons
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,658, July 24, 2020 – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: According to the international media, the fingerprints of Israel and the US are all over the recent series of explosions at strategic targets throughout Iran—notably the Natanz uranium enrichment plant, which had been used to assemble advanced centrifuges. The demolition of that site would likely result in a one- to two-year delay in Tehran’s nuclear program.