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MESOP NEWS EXCLUSIV PICS : PKK/PYD FIGHTERS IN US ARMY OUTFIT AFTER AIRLIFTED  BY DONALD TRUMP STATES

Airlift of forces in Syria shows growing US involvement http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/politics/article/US-combat-airlift-marks-deepening-involvement-in-11021980.php …

 

#PKK gefê li malbatên Pêşmergeyên #Roj dike..Xizmeta neyaran dikin” http://www.kdp.info/a/d.aspx?s=040000&l=16&a=99433 …

 

MESOP NEWS TODAYS GREAT  ANNOUNCEMENT : Referendum on Kurdistan’s independence to be held this year: Barzani

25 March 2017 – HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A referendum on the independence of Kurdistan Region is set to take place this year to gauge support for leaving Iraq, Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said.

“Yes, there will be a referendum this year. No question,” PM Barzani has told Trudy Rubin, according to a column published on Times Record News.“The outcome doesn’t mean we will immediately embark (on independence) but it will show the international community what the population wants.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84064

 

MESOP TODAYS CULTURE OF THE LEFT ESTABLISHMENT

Surprise, if it comes from the left (anonymous sources etc.) it’s never ordinary conspircay theorie – but always the plain truth.

“Report:  Breitbart, InfoWars under FBI investigation for potential Russian ties – The anonymous sources told McClatchy that bot attacks are part of an FBI-led investigation into a multifaceted Russian operation to influence America’s presidential election.

The Wrap – Brian Flood – Mar 23rd 2017 10:36AM”

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MESOP NEWS TODAYS CENTRAL ANALYSIS : The National Security Economics of the Middle East: Comparative Spending, Burden Sharing, and Modernization

By Anthony H. Cordesman and Abdullah Toukan – Center for Strategic and international studies – March 23, 2017

The economics of national security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have changed dramatically since 2001. Counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and internal security have emerged as having the same priority as military forces, and the rise of non-state actors, the use of proxies, and the increased use of asymmetric warfare has changed the nature of warfighting as well. Nuclear and missile threats are not new to the region, but they are a rising threat, and one that affects the cost and shape of many of the region’s military forces. Read full document http://www.mesop.de/?p=84036

 

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)

MESOP NEWS TODAYS “BRANDNEW”: Moqtada Sadr to Dissociate his Military Arm / IRAQ

Asharq Al-Awsat 25 March 2017 –Baghdad- “Iraqi Cleric and Leader of Sadrist Movement Moqtada al-Sadr is expected to announce the dissociation of Saraya al-Salam, the military arm of his bloc, during his speech infront of his followers in Baghdad on Friday,” an official in the Sadrist Movement told Asharq Al-Awsat.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84038

IRANIAN TROOPS COOPERATE WITH PKK GUERILLA IN IRAQ/KURDISTAN / ALSO PUTIN INVOLVED

MESOP NEWS ACTUAL Iraq Situation Report:  March 1-20, 2017 – by Emily Anagnostos, Jennifer Cafarella, and Jessa Rose Dury-Agri (ISW)

Regional actors are vying to dominate the post-ISIS security structure and political order in northern Iraq. Turkey and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are threatening the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and its affiliates in Sinjar, west of Mosul City. Sinjar is a historic flashpoint for ethnic tensions and at the center of Turkish, Iranian, and Kurdish interests. The KDP seeks to incorporate Sinjar into the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), expanding the KRG’s territorial control. Turkey supports the KDP’s desire to move against the PKK and has threatened to participate in a direct attack. The desire to move against Sinjar could bring Turkey and the KDP into conflict with Iran. Iranian-backed elements of the Popular Mobilization are stationed nearby at Tel Afar and have claimed that the PKK-backed Yazidi militia in Sinjar is part of the Popular Mobilization. Iranian-backed militias could intervene on the side of the PKK in Sinjar if Turkey or the KDP act further, escalating the conflict which could undermine post-ISIS stability in northern Iraq.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84059


WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)

MESOP NEWS TODAYS Analysis: Insurgents launch major offensive against Assad regime in Hama province

BY THOMAS JOSCELYN | March 24, 2017 | tjoscelyn@gmail.com | @thomasjoscelyn

Insurgent organizations — including jihadists, Islamists and rebel groups affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) — launched a large-scale offensive against Bashar al Assad’s regime in Hama province earlier this week. The battle began on Mar. 21, when the insurgents assaulted more than a dozen towns and villages north of the city of Hama.

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS), al Qaeda’s joint venture in Syria, has produced a stream of content from the offensive. One of the first HTS images posted online showed the group’s leader, a jihadist known as Abu Jaber, rallying his fighters. Sitting to his left was Sheikh Abdullah al Muhaysini, a US-designated terrorist who is a senior HTS sharia official and likely a major figure in al Qaeda’s international network. The photo of Abu Jaber and Muhaysini can be seen at the top of this article.   Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84062

 

 

MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER : Assad regime bolstered in Hama province by Iranian-controlled Iraqi militia

By Amir Toumaj | March 24th, 2017 | amir@defenddemocracy.org | @AmirToumaj – Amir Toumaj is a Research Analyst at Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

The Tehran-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba announced today that it is joining pro-Syrian regime forces in the battle raging in Hama province. Earlier this week, jihadists, Islamists and Free Syrian Army-branded rebels launched an offensive in the northern Hama countryside. This followed a separate battle that began in eastern Damascus, where Harakat al Nujaba has also deployed.  The Assad-loyalist Tiger Forces announced yesterday that it is moving fighters to northern Hama as well. Members of the Tiger Forces are being relocated from their position in east Aleppo, according to a pro-regime propaganda outlet and social media posts. Russian warplanes have been striking insurgents near the city of Hama in support of the Assad government, according to a Syrian military source who spoke with Reuters. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84051

 

MESOP TODAYS NEWS : ERDOGAN BLOCKED IN SYRIA

Is Turkey rattled by Russian-Kurdish deal? – By Fehim Tastekin (AL MONITOR)

24 March 2017 – Turkey’s plans to expand its Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria and isolate Kurdish forces in the region appear to be backfiring.

After Turkey liberated al-Bab from the Islamic State (IS), it turned toward Manbij, which is controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and its Syrian allies, only to encounter US flags northwest of the town and Russian and Syrian national flags to the southwest. Now a similar scenario is being played out in Afrin.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84047

 

MESOP NEWS : THE STALINIST PKK/PYD-RULE IN ROJAVA-WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)

Children in Sinjar Deprived of School Due to PKK: Official –  The displaced children of Khanasor in Sinjar are not getting education

Basnews English –  25/03/2017 – 13:50 -INJAR — Fearing Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) forces in the area, the children of Khanasor in Sinjar district are being deprived of school.

Khairi Ziban, Khanasor representative to Sinjar mayoral council, told BasNews on Saturday that a school was opened for the children of Khanasor after the area was liberated by Peshmerga in late 2015. However, due to PKK presence in the area, the displaced families who had returned home have once again been displaced, Ziban said, adding that their children are being deprived of school education. Following the liberation of Sinjar from the Islamic State (IS) by the Peshmerga forces, a number of PKK forces entered the district and have so far refused to leave the area, creating tensions and seditions in the area. www.mesop.de

 

MESOP NEWS : THE STALINIST PYD/PKK-RULE IN ROJAVA WEST KURDISTAN –SYR IA (II)

Syrian Regime Delegation Meets with PYD in Rojava / Again collaborating with Assad

Basnews English – 25/03/2017 – 21:16 – ERBIL — A delegation from the Syrian Regime met with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) officials in Rojava to discuss the governance of the Kurdish areas in the north of the country. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84068

 

MESOP NEWS MIDDLE EAST

The Evolution of Hamas – What Happens When a Resistance Movement Stops Resisting and Starts Governing?

By Dalia Hatuqa and Gregg Carlstrom – FOREIGN AFFAIRS  – 25 Marc 2017

Ayman Abu Odeh, who lives in Gaza, once had high hopes for Hamas. Like many Palestinians, the 50-year-old voted for the militant group and political party in the historic January 2006 election, out of protest more than ideology: Fatah, the secular faction that had dominated politics in the Palestinian territories for four decades, had become deeply corrupt, and a decade of negotiations with Israel had failed to produce a Palestinian state.   Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84049

 

 

THE GERMAN CHAPTER

MESOP NEWS IN TIMES OF LBGTI CULTURE : WHITE TRASH FOR DYING / ANT-WHITE RASCISM

Nobelpreisträger rechnet aus Brisante Studie: Amerikas Arbeiterklasse kollabiert

Die Lebenserwartung der Weißen in den Vereinigten Staaten, die höchstens einen Schulabschluss haben, ist dramatisch gesunken. Das Phänomen hat einen Namen: „Tod aus Hoffnungslosigkeit.“

24.03.2017, von Winand von Petersdorff, Washington – FAZ  – Die Weißen sterben demzufolge überproportional häufig an Ursachen, die Experten unter der Rubrik „Tod aus Hoffnungslosigkeit“ zusammenfassen. Zu dieser Kategorie gehören Selbstmord, Drogentod nach Überdosis oder an Krankheiten, die Alkoholmissbrauch folgen. Case und Deaton zufolge sinkt die Lebenserwartung der Gruppe seit dem Jahr 1999. Das ist eine dramatische Entwicklung angesichts der Tatsache, dass in nahezu allen Industrieländern über fast alle Bevölkerungsgruppen hinweg die Lebenserwartung stetig steigt.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84040

 

The Evolution of Hamas – What Happens When a Resistance Movement Stops Resisting and Starts Governing?

MESOP MIDDLE EAST

By Dalia Hatuqa and Gregg Carlstrom – FOREIGN AFFAIRS  – 25 Marc 2017

Ayman Abu Odeh, who lives in Gaza, once had high hopes for Hamas. Like many Palestinians, the 50-year-old voted for the militant group and political party in the historic January 2006 election, out of protest more than ideology: Fatah, the secular faction that had dominated politics in the Palestinian territories for four decades, had become deeply corrupt, and a decade of negotiations with Israel had failed to produce a Palestinian state.

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MESOP NEWS EXCLUSIV PICS : PKK/PYD FIGHTERS IN US ARMY OUTFIT AFTER AIRLIFTED BY DONALD TRUMP’s AIRFORCE

Airlift of forces in Syria shows growing US involvement http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/politics/article/US-combat-airlift-marks-deepening-involvement-in-11021980.php …

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MESOP NEWS TODAYS CENTRAL ANALYSIS : The National Security Economics of the Middle East: Comparative Spending, Burden Sharing & Modernization

By Anthony H. Cordesman and Abdullah Toukan – Center for Strategic and international studies – March 23, 2017

The economics of national security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have changed dramatically since 2001. Counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and internal security have emerged as having the same priority as military forces, and the rise of non-state actors, the use of proxies, and the increased use of asymmetric warfare has changed the nature of warfighting as well. Nuclear and missile threats are not new to the region, but they are a rising threat, and one that affects the cost and shape of many of the region’s military forces.

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MESOPOTAMIA KURDISTAN DAILY INDEPENDENT NEWSSERVICE

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MESOP NEWS TODAYS QUOTATION

There is only one terror group on this planet that controls a well-armed military force with missiles capable of delivering nukes: the #IRGC

Click for pic Qassem Soleimani Iran  – https://twitter.com/?lang=en   www.mesop.de

 

MESOP “THE LAST DAYS OF EUROPE”: TERROR BECOMES QUITE NORMAL / This was the main objective of the “no borders” politicians

Analysts have wondered whether an act of terrorism could jolt electoral dynamics and strengthen the broader crisis narrative that has elevated far-right parties across Europe.
But it appears that many voters have become inured to small-scale attacks — and that terror can “pull people together at a time when we’re at a constant risk of fragmenting,” as one observer said.  www.mesop.de

WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)

MESOP TODAYS SCANDAL :  MESOP EXCLUSIV “THE STALINIST PKK REGIME” : YEKITI – KURDISTAN (SYRIA) REPORT ABOUT HARRASSMENT AGAINST KURDS BY PKK/PYD – Yekiti media report on recent events ‘violations’ in February (AR)

الدولة التركية تحتل المزيد من الأراضي في الشريط الحدودي بين كردستان تركيا وكردستان سوريا والاتحاد الديمقراطي يواصل مسلسل الاعتقالات السياسية والتجنيد الإجباري
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الدولة التركية تحتل المزيد من الأراضي في الشريط الحدودي بين كردستان تركيا وكردستان سوريا والاتحاد الديمقراطي يواصل مسلسل الاعتقالات السياسية والتجنيد الإجباري
يكيتي ميديا– Yekiti Media – Read all  http://www.mesop.de/?p=84020

 

MESOP NEWS TODAYS EDITORIAL BY AL MONITOR

Ankara’s Syrian plan falters as Moscow sets up in Afrin

23 March 20,17 – Turkey’s last-ditch efforts to harness Russian military and diplomatic heft to counter the Syrian Kurds and unravel their alliance with the United States are showing few signs of succeeding, like much else in the country’s ill-fated Syrian policy.

If anything, both the United States and Russia are steadily deepening their ties with the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and its Arab allies who operate under the umbrella of the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF). And viewed from Ankara, they are doing so at Turkey’s expense.

The latest blows came from Russia. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov cranked up pressure on Turkey today to drop its long-running objections to the participation of the YPG’s political arm, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), in the Geneva peace talks. “We will continue to look for solutions to this issue with our Turkish partners … but it is not possible to postpone it in the long run,” Lavrov said. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84011

 

MESOP NEWS TODAYS OPINION : Are Israeli Raids on Syrian Targets Legal?

By Prof. Louis René Beres, March 23, 2017 – Louis René Beres is Emeritus Professor of International Law at Purdue and the author of twelve books and several hundred articles on nuclear strategy and nuclear war. His newest book is Surviving Amid Chaos: Israel’s Nuclear Strategy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 432, March 23, 2017 – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Israel’s recent raids against Syrian targets are lawful and law-enforcing. Facing an increasingly dangerous Hezbollah, Jerusalem correctly understands that even a failed state has legal obligations not to assist in terrorist assaults against Israel. These obligations, concerning Syria in particular, are authoritatively codified in treaty-based and customary international law. Moreover, in consequence of Syria’s active and unambiguous complicity with Hezbollah, Israel has a corresponding obligation to prevent and/or mitigate such terrorist crimes. This obligation, which Israel is undertaking well within the limitations of humanitarian international law, is owed both to citizens of the Jewish State and to the broader community of nations. Read all about : http://www.mesop.de/?p=84016

 

MESOP NEWS : US FORCES & BRITISH SAS DIRECTING BY KURDISH PKK CONTROLLED SDF/YPG  – FORCES – US Special Forces and Rebel Offensive v. ISIS in Eastern Syria

23 March 2017 – by Scott Lucas  – EAWORLDVIEW :Local sources and photographs confirm the on-the-ground role of US special forces in the multi-front rebel offensive against the Islamic State in Syria.

US special forces, the British SAS, and Norwegian counterparts have been based for some time in al-Tanf near the Syrian border with Iraq and Jordan. However, last week the Americans set up a joint operations room with the groups Maghaweer al-Thawra — known as the New Syrian Army when it was created with US support in late 2015 — and Jaish Usud al-Sharqiya and Liwa al-Shaheed Ahmad Abdo, both linked to the US-led Military Operations Center based in Jordan.

Read all + watch pics : http://www.mesop.de/?p=84013

 

MESOP  NEWS BACKGROUNDER : PUTIN & HEZBOLLAH WITH IRAN AGAINST ISRAEL

Israeli-Russian clash over Hizballah’s Golan grab

23 March2017 – DEBKA FILES  – The Israeli drone that targeted the Syrian militiaman Yasser Sayad outside the Golan town of Quneitra Sunday, March 19, reinforced the message first carried by the Israeli Arrow 2 which shot down a Syrian SA-5 anti-air missile Friday. The Israeli ambassador was called twice to the Russian foreign ministry.Both hits were precise: Sayad was on his way to join the Hizballah forces who are trampling Syrian rebel villages on the Hermon slopes to clear their path to the Golan; and the Syrian SA-5 was intercepted microseconds before hitting the Israeli jets attacking a consignment of Hizballah weapons outside the Syria T4 base near Palmyra, where a Russian contingent is also housed. Read more http://www.mesop.de/?p=84007

 

MESOP INSIGHT : THE STRATEGIC GOAL FOR DESTROYING ISRAEL – Hizballah’s trust in Russia – strategic dilemma for Israel

Israel finally took a hand in the swiftly moving events looming from Syria over its northern borders by launching multiple air raids against the key northern Syrian air base known as T4 near Palmyra early Friday night March 17.Those events are spearheaded by the pro-Iranian Hizballlah’s drive to capture the Golan in line with its war of “resistance” on the Jewish state.  This fixation came into sharp focus the day after the air strike in a rare admission by Hizballah of the loss of a commander. He was named Badee Hamiyeh and was described as having been killed “in the southern Syrian region of Quneitra near the Israeli-held Golan Heights.”  This was the first anyone had heard of any recent battle on the Golan.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84009

 

MESOP FOCUS TODAY : THE RUSSIAN ”RED ARMY” WAVES FLAG’S OF  PKK/PYD “RED KURDISTAN” IN ROJAVA – SYRIA

Ankara summons Moscow envoy as Russia shows support for YPG

23 March 2017 –  Rudaw 1 hour ago – Russian forces in Rojava’s Afrin canton. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey summoned the Russian ambassador after a Turkish soldier was killed allegedly by cross-border fire from Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria amid increasing Russian presence side-by-side Kurdish armed groups.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84018

 

 

MESOP NEWS INSIGHT : INDEPHT ANALYSIS TURKEY / ERDOGAN (MICHAEL RUBIN – AMBASSADOR PEARSON etal.)

The War of Words Between Europe and Turkey | Kaitlin Lavinder and Fritz Lodge, The Cipher Brief
Relations between Turkey and Europe have been tense for decades. Turkey first applied to the European Economic Community – the European Union’s precursor – in 1987. Turkey has been an associate member since 1963, but the EU still has not offered it full membership, despite the country’s membership in NATO and its role as a vital pillar to European security. Read all https://www.thecipherbrief.com/article/europe/war-words-between-europe-and-turkey-1093?utm_source=Join+the+Community+Subscribers&utm_campaign=7c767b3a16-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_02cbee778d-7c767b3a16-122492169

Expert Commentary

Faking It: Europe-Turkey Relations | Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
“There is widespread frustration with Turkey over refugees. On one hand, Erdogan can say that Turkey is doing more than many other countries to take care of Syrian refugees but, on the other, Europeans feel that Erdogan has been using refugees – turning on and off the spigot of refugee flow – in order to pressure Europe for other reasons.” https://www.thecipherbrief.com/article/europe/faking-it-europe-turkey-relations-1093?utm_source=Join+the+Community+Subscribers&utm_campaign=7c767b3a16-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_02cbee778d-7c767b3a16-122492169

Turkey’s EU Crisis | Ambassador Robert Pearson, Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey
Turkey’s views of the EU rest on an understandable and undeniably humiliating national frustration: the EU’s unwillingness to grant Turkey membership. But rather than address this issue on European terms, Turkey demands entry on its own terms by portraying its quasi-Islamic political theory, based on Muslim Brotherhood governance principles, as a genuine example of democracy. 
 https://www.thecipherbrief.com/article/europe/turkeys-eu-crisis-1093?utm_source=Join+the+Community+Subscribers&utm_campaign=7c767b3a16-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_02cbee778d-7c767b3a16-122492169

 

MESOP NEWS : READ SENATOR JOHN McCAINS STATEMENT

Turkey Refuses to Join US-led Offensive on ISIS-held Raqqa If Kurds Involved

Russia Today – 2017-03-23 23:51 GMT – A rift has opened up between NATO allies US and Turkey over the part Syrian Kurdish forces should play in the liberation of Raqqa from Islamic State terrorists as Ankara has openly rejected taking part in any operation that would involve the Kurds. Turkey has “set out a model” for successfully fighting against jihadists in Syria, which it suggested should be further implemented to defeat Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the region, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said, as cited by Turkish media on Thursday.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84022

 

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)

MESOP NEWS LATEST : KURDISH KRG OFFICIAL MET WITH DONALD TRUMP  – Kurdish presence at coalition meetings doesn’t signal US policy change

By Rudaw 4 hours ago  – 24 March 2017 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The presence of a Kurdish delegation at this week’s US-led anti-ISIS international coalition meeting in Washington, D.C., shouldn’t be seen as a shift in US policy in regards to the Kurdistan Region, a US official indicated Thursday.  “I’m not going to draw comparisons,” said US State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner after being asked by a reporter if the presence of a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegation at the talks represented a US policy shift from former President Barack Obama to the current Donald Trump.  –  Fuad Hussein, the Chief of Staff to the Kurdish president, attended the talks in Washington, met with Trump along with other top US officials, and the KRG’s presence was noted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his opening remarks on Wednesday.  – Read mlore http://www.mesop.de/?p=84030

 

MESOP NEWS : PKK TROUBLE MAKERS CAUSE INSTABILITY IN KURDISTAN – PKK Moves Fighters from Qandil to Sinjar: Official

Basnews English –  24/03/2017 –  SINJAR — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has started mobilizing its armed forces from Qandil mountainous areas to the Yezidi town of Sinjar, and from there to the neighboring Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), an official said.

“The PKK continues causing troubles in Sinjar as it has turned [the Yezidi town] into a military base,” said Wais Naif, head of Sinjar mayoral council. Criticizing the increasing number of PKK guerrillas and constant military mobilizations in the area, Naif said fresh fighters are heading from Qandil to Sinjar and Rojava. Following a military clash between the Roj Peshmerga and PKK forces earlier this month near Sinjar, Yezidi officials have been blaming PKK for sending more fighters in to further enflame the tensions. www.mesop.de

 

 

PKK Military Presence in Halabja not Allowed: PUK Official / Even PUK say NO to PKK Invaders

Basnews English – 24/03/2017 –  HALABJA — Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) won’t be allowed to spread its armed forces across Halabja province, south of Kurdistan Region, said a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) local official.Ahmed Qadafar also rejected the reports on increasing PKK’s military presence in the area, saying that there are some supporters of the PKK across Halabja province, but their number is not concerning. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84028

 

MESOP CULTURE OF OUR DAYS : … dagegen ist DONALD TRUMP  ein Waisenknabe !

 Auch gegen Martin Schulz läuft ein EU-Verfahren, das ihn entgegenkommenderweise als alten Kumpel Junckers aber namentlich nicht nennt.

Wahlkampf in Frankreich

Unterhält Hollande ein „schwarzes Kabinett“?

 

 

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Türkei fordert Aus für PKK-Büro in Moskau

Sputnik Deutschland

Ankara hat Moskau dazu aufgerufen, die russische Außenstelle der türkischen Arbeiterpartei Kurdistans (PKK) in Moskau zu schließen, wie die …

 

MESOP NEWS TODAYS OPINION : Are Israeli Raids on Syrian Targets Legal?

By Prof. Louis René Beres, March 23, 2017 – Louis René Beres is Emeritus Professor of International Law at Purdue and the author of twelve books and several hundred articles on nuclear strategy and nuclear war. His newest book is Surviving Amid Chaos: Israel’s Nuclear Strategy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 432, March 23, 2017 – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Israel’s recent raids against Syrian targets are lawful and law-enforcing. Facing an increasingly dangerous Hezbollah, Jerusalem correctly understands that even a failed state has legal obligations not to assist in terrorist assaults against Israel. These obligations, concerning Syria in particular, are authoritatively codified in treaty-based and customary international law. Moreover, in consequence of Syria’s active and unambiguous complicity with Hezbollah, Israel has a corresponding obligation to prevent and/or mitigate such terrorist crimes. This obligation, which Israel is undertaking well within the limitations of humanitarian international law, is owed both to citizens of the Jewish State and to the broader community of nations.

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KNOW BETTER WITH MESOP NEWS : ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR LONDON ATTACK
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MESOP WITH MEMRI REPORT TODAY / THE LONDON TERROR ATTACK ON SOCIAL ISLAMIST MEDIA

The Middle East Media Research Institute (Click for pics at the bottom)

Supporters of Islamic State (ISIS) celebrated the March 22, 2017 London attack on social media, expressing confidence that the perpetrator had acted on behalf of the organization. The following are some examples:

A Telegram user wrote: “A single Muslim put all of Britain into a state of alert and stopped traffic in London, even though they killed him, may Allah accept him [as a martyr]. Just think [how scared they would have been] if he were still alive or if there had been two lions like him. The infidels are such cowards.” Read all and watch pics + documents .  http://www.mesop.de/?p=83994

 

MESOP TODAYS TOP OF THE AGENDA : A WELLKNOWN ISLAMIST – NOT A SINGLE LONE WOOLF

PM Says London Terror Suspect British-Born

British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that the slain suspect in an attack at the British Parliament yesterday was British-born (Guardian) and previously investigated by security agencies for extremist views. May said the attack, the deadliest in the United Kingdom since subway bombings more than a decade ago, was “inspired by international terrorism” (WaPo) but likely carried out alone. The knife-wielding attacker, whose name has not been made public, was shot and killed after he killed three people, including a police officer. Forty people were injured as the assailant used a sport utility vehicle to run over pedestrians (NYT) before exiting the vehicle to attack the officer on foot. British police arrested eight people overnight (Al Jazeera) in raids across the country.

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MESOP LATEST TODAY – Turkey: EU Refugee Deal Nearing Collapse

22 March 2017 – Turkey’s minister for EU integration, Omer Celik, said that if the European Union does not uphold its side of their agreement to help stem migration to the bloc (Bloomberg News), Turkey would abandon it. Celik said that Turkey has saved Europe from a “racist” backlash by implementing the deal.  More via www.mesop.de

 

MESOP TODAYS STARTER : Five Myths About Syrian Refugees

Separating Fact From Fiction – By Foreign Affairs

22 March 2017 – By Max Abrahms, Denis Sullivan, and Charles SimpsonThe Syrian refugee crisis is the worst human security disaster of the twenty-first century. Beyond the death toll, which stands at around 400,000, an estimated 11 million Syrians—about half the national population—have fled their homes since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011. Prior to the evacuation of eastern Aleppo in late 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that over six million Syrians were displaced inside the country; about five million refugees have fled to nearby Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey; and nearly a million more have requested asylum in Europe, mostly in Germany. This crisis is not only a matter of life and death for millions of Syrians but is consequential to Syria’s immediate neighbors and to much of the rest of the world. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=83970

 

 

MESOP NEWS TODAYS UPDATE RAQQA / SYR IA

US airdrops special forces near Raqqa in surprise attack on Isil http://www.telegraph.co.uk/…/us-airdrops-special-forces-ne…/

US airdrops special forces near Raqqa in surprise attack on Isil

The US-led coalition has airdropped American paratroopers and allied Syrian fighters near the Isil-controlled city of Raqqa in a surprise attempt to cut off… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/22/us-airdrops-special-forces-near-raqqa-surprise-attack-isil/

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MESOP NEWS SURPRISE : IN A SO CALLED WORLD OF ISLAMOPHOBIA CHRISTIANITY IS FINISHED !?

Christianity in Iraq is Finished, Says Canon Andrew White

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MESOP NEWS Syria Daily: Rebels Within 3 Miles of Hama City / FACING NEXT TALKS IN GENEVA

23 März 2017 – BY eaworldview – Rebels closed within 5 km (3 miles) of Syria’s fourth-largest city Hama on the second day of their offensive in northern Hama Province.

The offensive, including the Islamists of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and units of the Free Syrian Army, captured more than 90 square kilometers (33 square miles) on Wednesday. Having begun with the takeover of the town of Souran on Tuesday, the rebels advanced through Khattab and moved west and south. By the evening, they overran regime defenses in the village of Arzeh and the nearby al-Shayha hill (see map), 5 km (3 miles) from Hama city. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=83977

 

 

MESOP NEWS SYRIA: PKK CONTOLLED SDF FORCES AIRLIFTED BY DONALD TRUMP

U.S. forces in Syria airlifted hundreds of Syrian fighters, along with their U.S. advisers, in a major offensive aimed at cutting off the western approaches to Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State.
Separately, at least 30 civilians were killed in Syria when an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State hit a school, according to local reports.
In Washington, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson told representatives from all 68 nations in the coalition that “circumstances on the ground require more from all of you.” U.N.-sponsored peace talks resume in Geneva today.   www.mesop.de

 

MESOP NEWS “FACING GENEVA AGAIN” : SYRIAN PKK/PYD KURDS TRAINED BY RUSSIA & WHILE US PAY THE COSTS FOR MAINTAINIG THE FIGHT

Russia wants Syrian Kurds in Geneva talks despite Turkey’s resistance

March 23, 2017  – ARA News – Russia will work with Turkey to seek Kurdish involvement at intra-Syrian negotiations despite Ankara’s ambivalent stance toward the Kurds, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. – “We will continue to look for solutions to this issue with our Turkish partners, including through contacts on the Astana platform, but it is not possible to postpone it in the long run,” Lavrov said at a news briefing.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=84001

 

MESOP NEWS : Turkey attacks Kurdish villages in Syria’s Afrin, dozens of civilian casualties reported

March 23, 2017    – ARA News – Turkey’s military forces on Wednesday launched an offensive on the Kurdish district of Afrin in Syria’s northwestern Aleppo Governorate, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, eyewitnesses and officials told ARA News.The Turkish Army initiated the offensive by shelling the villages of Malla Khalil and Der Ballout in the Jinderis area of Afrin. Several houses were destroyed and dozens of civilians were killed or injured during the attack. Read more http://www.mesop.de/?p=84003

 

MESOP NEWS TODAYS EXPERT INSIGHT SYRIA / AL QAEDA UP TO DATE (CLICK BOTTOM LINK FOR ALL EXPERTS)

23 March 2017 – Al Qaeda Takes Advantage in Syria | Bennett Seftel, The Cipher Brief
While the U.S. remains focused on defeating ISIS in Syria and Iraq, al Qaeda in Syria is accumulating strength at an alarming pace and may eventually pose the most daunting counterterrorism challenge that the U.S. has ever faced.

Expert Commentary

Al Qaeda in Syria Can Change Its Name, But Not Its Stripes | Colin Clarke, Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
Following recent infighting with other Syrian rebel groups in the northwestern part of the country, al Qaeda in Syria appears to have recognized the need to secure legitimacy and present itself to the civilian population it seeks to influence as an authentically Syrian entity.


How Al Qaeda Exploited the Syrian Civil War | Charles Lister, Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute
“Al Qaeda has methodically enhanced its standing in Syria and finds itself in 2017 as arguably the most influential, explicitly anti-regime actor in the conflict.”

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MESOP NEWS FOCUS ON WASHINGTON MEETING: Tillerson’s Push for Safe Zones in Iraq and Syria Faces Questions, Obstacles

By John Hudson, Paul Mcleary  – 2017-03-22 18:18 GMT – by FOREIGN POLICY  – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced a plan to establish safe zones in war-torn countries to allow refugees to return home, setting the stage for a dramatic shift in refugee policy and a greater U.S. and Western  Islamic State, Tillerson said the U.S. would set up “interim zones of stability” without elaborating on the specifics, such as where they would be located or how they would be secured. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=83985

 

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)

MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER : Revenge Being Meted Out on ISIS linked Sunni Tribes of Iraq – FrontLine “Iraq Uncovered”

23 Mar 2017 09:52 AM PDT –  This Front Line documentary — “Iraq Uncovered‘ — on Iraqi Sunni tribes & the revenge that is being meted out on them by Shia militias that follow behind US and Iraqi regular military is a cautionary tail for Syria. The same thing is likely to take place in Syria at the hands of both the YPG (Kurds) and Syrian Arab Army.  Read more http://www.mesop.de/?p=83979

 

EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)

MESOP INSIDER Turkey: A Sunni Iran in the Making? – By Burak Bekdil, March 22, 2017

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 431, March 22, 2017 – Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based columnist. He regularly writes for the Gatestone Institute and Defense News and is a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The rising tide of an aggressive blend of nationalism and Islamism might be prompting Ankara to pursue its own WMDs, and its preference appears to be long-range missiles. As Turkey feels more threatened by real or (mostly) imagined enemies, it increasingly views maximum possible military deterrence as essential to both survival (a defensive goal) and assertiveness (an offensive one). Precise long-range missiles are an unlikely acquisition, and nuclear warheads even more so. What matters is not whether Turkey can build up a dangerous arsenal but why it wants one. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=83987

 

NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)

“The US supports the PYD. The PYD is not different from [IS]. They deported many families from their homes in more than 50 villages.”

MESOP NEWS EXPERTLINE – WITH FEHIM TASTEKIN (AL MONITOR)

Turkey still determined to play role in final Raqqa assault

23 March 2017 – It sounded dramatic: The leaders of 50 Syrian Arab tribes met in Sanliurfa, Turkey, and announced they would set up the Army of Al-Jazirah and Euphrates Tribes to end Russian and Iranian occupation of Syria and cleanse the Euphrates and Al Jazeera areas of the Islamic State (IS), the Kurdish nationalist Democratic Union Party/Kurdistan Workers Party (PYD/PKK), Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Sheikh Rafi al Raco Ukla represented the Shaitat tribe. In his opening speech at the March 14 meeting, he thanked Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for their assistance and added, “The US supports the PYD. The PYD is not different from [IS]. They deported many families from their homes in more than 50 villages.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=83989

 


THE GERMAN CHAPTER

MESOP CULTURE :  UNBEABSICHTIGT- ZUFÄLLIG- ABER- ROUTINEMÄSSIG  / DIE LEFT LIBERALS ÜBEN SICH IN VERLOGENER WEISSWÄSCHEREI

  • RÜCKTRITTE WERDEN SIE IN DIESEM FALL ABER NIEMALS FORDERN ! –

USA – Trumps  Mitarbeiter –  möglicherweise –  doch abgehört

Deutschlandfunk · vor 1 Stunde

US-Politik im News-Ticker: Trump wurde womöglich zufällig abgehört

FOCUS Online · vor 1 Stunde

Nunes: Trump- Team doch “routinemäßig” abgehört | Aktuell Amerika | DW.COM | 23.03.2017

Deutsche Welle · vor 7 Stunden

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MESOP CULTURE  : MERKEL CARE !

Millionen Minijobber bekommen kein Geld bei Krankheit

75 % Aller neueingestellten Jugendlichen arbeiten auf Basis von Zeitverträgen

Einer im Auftrag des Arbeitsministeriums von NRW entstandenen Studie zufolge erhalten viele Minijobber im Krankheitsfall kein Geld. Vom Mindestlohn profitieren aber offenbar viele. Mehr FAZ  23 März 2017

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MESOP NEWS : „SCHNAPS & FRAUEN“ ! –  Oberste Existenzmetapher der LBGTI Kultur ist der Dauerzustand des „Beleidigtsein“ / Sprachpolizist Sven Giegold „DIE GRÜNEN“ fordert sofortige Ablösung von Dijsselbloem (EU)

Nach Interview in der F.A.Z. Dijsselbloem: „Ich bedauere, dass es als ‚Nord gegen Süd‘ aufgefasst wurde“ / „Rassistische und sexistische“ Äußerungen

Nachdem ihm eine Formulierung in einem Gespräch mit der F.A.Z. Rücktrittsforderungen eingetragen hat, äußert sich der Chef der Euro-Finanzminister nun noch einmal. Und sagt, es handele sich um ein Missverständnis.

22.03.2017, von Werner Mussler, Brüssel  – FAZ  – www.mesop.de

 

MESOP TODAYS TOP OF THE AGENDA : A WELLKNOWN ISLAMIST – NOT A SINGLE LONE WOOLF

PM Says London Terror Suspect British-Born

British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that the slain suspect in an attack at the British Parliament yesterday was British-born (Guardian) and previously investigated by security agencies for extremist views. May said the attack, the deadliest in the United Kingdom since subway bombings more than a decade ago, was “inspired by international terrorism” (WaPo) but likely carried out alone. The knife-wielding attacker, whose name has not been made public, was shot and killed after he killed three people, including a police officer. Forty people were injured as the assailant used a sport utility vehicle to run over pedestrians (NYT) before exiting the vehicle to attack the officer on foot. British police arrested eight people overnight (Al Jazeera) in raids across the country.

ANALYSIS

“The attack occurred on Parliament’s busiest day of the week, when the prime minister appears for her weekly questions session and the House of Commons is packed with visitors. The Palace of Westminster, the ancient seat of the British Parliament, is surrounded by heavy security, with high walls, armed officers and metal detectors. But just outside the compound are busy roads packed with cars and pedestrians. The attack—a low-tech, high-profile assault on the most potent symbol of British democracy—fits the profile of earlier strikes in major European capitals that have raised threat levels across the continent in recent years,” Karla Adam and Brian Murphy write for the Washington Post.

“The U.K. announced last year it was sharply increasing the number of police officers trained to handle firearms. More than 90 percent of police officers are unarmed, with only specialist firearms teams permitted to carry submachine guns and pistols capable of killing a hostile suspect. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said security would be reviewed to see whether arrangements at Parliament were adequate and whether police at the front gates should be armed,” Jenny Gross writes for the Wall Street Journal.

“The police and security services monitor about three thousand Britons, mainly Islamists, whom they regard as potentially capable of domestic terrorism. Of these, about five hundred are the subject of active investigations and only a limited number become the targets of physical surveillance. The Guardian understands the attacker was not one of them. He was regarded as posing so little threat that he did not even make the list of three thousand,” Jamie Grierson and Ewen MacAskill write for the Guardian.

 

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MESOP NEWS DOCUMENTS : THE INVINCIBLE PKK JOINS APPOLLO’S ACADEMIE / CLICK FOR PICTURE

Karayılan: Guerrilla will show everyone they are invincible – 20 March 2017

Mahsum Korkmaz Military Academy and Haki Karer Academy carry out training activity within the Apollo Academies Command under the HPG. Their winter training cycles have just concluded with a ceremony. The closing ceremony coincided with the Newroz week, and in the ceremony People’s Defense Central Headquarters Commander Murat Karayılan gave important messages on the guerrilla’s preparations for the coming period, the conflict in Shengal and Newroz. Watch all + pics http://www.mesop.de/?p=83926

 

MESOP FOCUS : THE NEW GIANT PKK/PYD ARMY / FOR NEXT EXIT SINJAR INVASION ? / WHO PAYS FOR THIS BIG FORCE ? – US PAYS & RUSSIA TRAINS

Exclusive: Syrian Kurdish YPG aims to expand force to over 100,000 –  By Tom Perry | BEIRUT  / REUTERS

The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia aims to expand its force by about two-thirds to more than 100,000 fighters this year, it told Reuters, a plan that would strengthen autonomous Kurdish enclaves that are of deep concern to neighboring Turkey. The YPG, which is playing a crucial role in the U.S.-backed campaign against Islamic State in Syria, has launched a major drive this year to turn itself into a more organized force resembling an army, spokesman Redur Xelil said. The militia, which had 60,000 fighters at the end of 2016 – including its all-female affiliate, the YPJ – has already formed 10 new battalions since the start of this year, each comprised of around 300 fighters, he said. “We aspire to exceed 100,000,” Xelil said in response to written questions from Reuters. Asked how soon the YPG aimed to reach this target, he said: “The second half of 2017.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=83919

 

MESOP NEWS : PROTEST-MEETING – Syrian Kurds in Berlin protesting against PYD/PKK Repression in Rojava – West Kurdistan Watch Text + picture http://www.mesop.de/?p=83945

 

MESOP SHORT CUTS :  68 ANTI-IS NATIONS MEET IN WASHINGTON

Representatives from 68 nations in the coalition fighting the Islamic State are gathering at the U.S. State Department, their first full meeting in more than two years.

Libya will probably be on the agenda, where the terrorist group is exploiting chaos.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/21/world/africa/libya-isis.html?emc=edit_mbe_20170322&nl=morning-briefing-europe&nlid=73143833&te=1&_r=0   “It’s a powder keg,” said a general from neighboring Chad.  www.mesop.de

MESOP NEWS TODAYS TOP OF THE AGENDA : ANT IS COUNTRIES MEET IN US / ANALYSIS BY WSJ / REUTERS / POLITICO / NEW YORK TIMES / BOSTON GLOBE

Representatives from the sixty-eight countries that form the U.S.-led coalition against the self-proclaimed Islamic State are meeting in Washington on Wednesday with the expectation to hear from the administration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump on how it will fight the militant group. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (WSJ) will provide opening remarks, during which Tillerson will reaffirm U.S. support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to a State Department spokesman. The summit comes as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, reported that an airstrike believed to be carried out by the U.S. coalition near Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State, hit a school being used as a shelter for displaced persons and killed at least thirty people (Reuters).

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!”KNOW BETTER WITH MESOP NEWS!” – GULF SUPPORT TO THE COUNTER-ISIS CAMPAIGN

By Lori Plotkin Boghardt –  PolicyWatch 2773 – March 21, 2017 – Lori Plotkin Boghardt is the Barbara Kay Family Fellow at The Washington Institute.

Some Gulf states are showing interest in providing additional support to the counter-ISIS coalition, and Washington should seize these emerging opportunities.

On March 22, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host foreign ministers and other senior officials from countries that make up the U.S.-led “Global Coalition to Counter ISIS.” The goal of the meeting is to set the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “on a lasting and irreversible p More via www.mesop.de

 

WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)

MESOP NEWS SHORT CUTS – Report: Russian Losses in Syria 3x Higher Than Acknowledged

Reuters reports that Russia has suffered 18 combat fatalities in Syria since January 29, more than three times higher than the official toll. The Russian Defense Ministry has publicly reported only five servicemen’s deaths, with no mention of significant Russian ground operations in the fight to regain Palmyra from the Islamic State.Russia’s Conflict Intelligence Team gathered the toll from interviews with relatives and friends of the dead men, cemetery workers, and local media reports of funerals. Reuters independently verified each of the cases by speaking to someone who knows the deceased. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=83937

 

MESOP NEWS : THE HEAT AT THE GOLAN-ISRAEL / SYRIA-FRONT

Israeli drone crashes. Russia fails to de-escalate / BY DEBKA FILES ISRAEL

22 March 2017 – The IDF Tuesday confirmed that an Israeli miniature Skylark drone had crashed over a technical fault Sunday, March 19, in the same Quneitra area of the Golan as the attack which killed a Syrian soldier. Hizballah claimed earlier that the drone was shot down by the Syrian army and published photos of drone fragments with Hebrew writing.

debkafile’s military sources report that the publicity given by the pro-Iranian Lebanese Hizballah to the incident – beating Israel to the draw – seriously pricked Moscow’s efforts, with Damascus’ compliance, to cool the crisis that was developing after Israeli planes struck a Hizballah target near the northern Syrian town of Palmyra last Friday, March 17.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=83931

 

MESOP NEWS UPDATE SYRIA :  Rebels Advance in Damascus, Open Hama Front

March 22  By Scott Lucas – eawolrdview – Anti-Assad forces test regime by opening two-front war — is a third front on the way?

UPDATE 0730 GMT: Local sources say rebels have captured the village of Khattab, and nearby ammunition dumps, in northern Hama Province.The sources say rebels have pressed farther to the west, near the village of al-Sheer (see map). Part of the road between Hama city and Mahardeh to the northwest is under rebel control.The Free Syrian Army said another two tanks were captured when a checkpoint was seized.

Syria’s rebels advanced in their offensive inside Damascus and opened another front in northern Hama Province on Tuesday. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=83933

 

MESOP NEWS FLASH : Israel Army Chief: Hezbollah Commander Bahreddine Killed by His Own Men

22 March 2017 – The head of the Israeli army said on Tuesday that Hezbollah’s commander in Syria, Mustafa Badreddine, was killed by his own men. Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said reports that Mustafa Amine Badreddine was killed by Hezbollah officers match “intelligence we have”. He claimed the incident “indicates the depth of the internal crisis within Hezbollah…[and] the extent of the cruelty, complexity and tension between Hezbollah and its patron Iran”. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=83935

 

MESOP NEWS MIDDLE EAST : THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION !?   Mossad chief: Iran is main threat to Israel with or without nuclear deal

What threatens Israel the most – Hezbollah rockets or Iranian nukes? – By Yonah Jeremy Bob

March 21, 2017 13:05 Jerusalem Post – Mossad Director Yossi Cohen and IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot took different takes on Tuesday in defining Israel’s number one threat, with Cohen focusing on Iran and Eisenkot opting for Hezbollah.Cohen told a conference at Netanya University in honor of former Mossad chief Meir Dagan that, “as long as the current regime is in control, whether with a nuclear deal or without one, Iran will continue to be the central threat to Israel.” Read more http://www.mesop.de/?p=83957

 

MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER : Putin’s Real Syria Agenda

Mar 20, 2017 – Genevieve Casagrande –  Download the PDF (By ISW)

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s primary objective in Syria is to constrain U.S. freedom of action – not fight ISIS and al Qaeda. Russia’s military deployments at current levels will not enable the Iranian-penetrated Assad regime to secure Syria. Moscow’s deepening footprint in Syria threatens America’s ability to defend its interests across the Middle East and in the Mediterranean Sea. The next U.S. step in Syria must help regain leverage over Russia rather than further encourage Putin’s expansionism.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) produced this report with the Critical Threats Project (CTP). The insights are part of an intensive multi-month exercise to frame, design, and evaluate potential courses of action that the United States could pursue to destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and al Qaeda in Syria. The ISW-CTP team recently released “America’s Way Ahead in Syria,”

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MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER :  March 2017   By Genevieve Casagrande & Kathleen Weinberger  (ISW)

Putin’s Real Syria Agenda / FULL TEXT DOCUMENT

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) produced this report with the Critical Threats Project (CTP). The insights are part of an in­tensive multi-month exercise to frame, design, and evaluate potential courses of action that the United States could pursue to destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and al Qaeda in Syria. The ISW-CTP team recently released “America’s Way Ahead in Syria,” which details the flaws in the current U.S. approach in Iraq and Syria and proposes the first phase of a strategic reset in the Middle East

Key Takeaway: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s primary objective in Syria is to constrain U.S. freedom of action – not fight ISIS and al Qaeda. Russia’s military deployments at current levels will not enable the Iranian-penetrated Assad regime to secure Syria. Moscow’s deepening footprint in Syria threatens America’s ability to defend its interests across the Middle East and in the Mediterranean Sea. The next U.S. step in Syria must help regain leverage over Russia rather than further encourage Putin’s expansionism.   Read full document : http://www.mesop.de/?p=83941

 

 

MESOP NEWS RECOMMENDATION : PUBLICATION RELEASE “EYEING RAQQA” – A Tale of Four Tribes ANDREW J. TABLER, EDITOR

POLICY NOTE 39 • MARCH 2017 – This new Policy Note, published anonymously for security reasons and edited by Andrew Tabler, is based on interviews with members of the four most prominent Raqqa tribes: al-Bayattrah, al-Ajeel, al-Breij, and al-Na’im. Along with detailed profiles of the tribes and their alliances, the paper discusses the related prospects for cooperation with U.S.-backed forces and notes potentially explosive issues, including Arab-Kurdish tensions and increasing concern over the involvement of Iran-sponsored Shiite militias. Only al-Bayattrah, based downtown, harbors no support for either IS or the Assad regime, offering a glimpse of challenges to come. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=83943

 

 

NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)

MESOP NEWS DEEP ANALYSIS BY CIPHER BRIEF : Today’s Insight

What Is the “Deep State?” | Fritz Lodge, The Cipher Brief
The term “Deep State” has achieved new popularity in recent weeks, but not in reference to opaque military elites in faraway countries. Today, the term is aimed at the U.S. government itself. In particular, the deep state has become a catchall term, which credits a shadow network of spies and bureaucrats with conspiring to undermine the new administration. http://www.mesop.de/?p=83959

Expert Commentary

The Deep State Mirage in Turkey | Steven Cook, Senior Fellow, Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
The concept of the deep state can be traced back to Turkey, where an alleged network of military officers, intelligence operatives, policemen, organized crime figures, academics, journalists, and politicians work behind the scenes as a sort of shadow government.

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THE GERMAN CHAPTER

MESOP NEWS BERICHT : Wie der Iran den israelischen Golan `befrieden´ will / Von Axel Feuerherdt

Eine vom iranischen Regime kontrollierte und ausgebildete Miliz hat eine paramilitärische Einheit aufgestellt, die von Syrien aus den Golan von Israel «befreien» will. Auch die Hisbollah rüstet weiter kräftig auf und verbessert ihr Waffen- und Raketenarsenal. Damit steigt die Gefahr eines weiteren Krieges gegen den jüdischen Staat. Der Westen setzt dennoch ganz andere Prioritäten.

Es braut sich etwas zusammen an der Grenze zwischen Syrien und Israel. Während sich die politischen Repräsentanten westlicher Länder mit Wirtschaftsdelegationen im Schlepptau seit dem Atomdeal von Wien im Sommer 2015 in Teheran die Klinke in die Hand geben, baut das iranische Regime nicht nur ungestört seinen hegemonialen Einfluss im Nahen Osten aus. Es intensiviert vielmehr auch seine Bemühungen, dem jüdischen Staat den Garaus zu machen – ganz so, wie es die israelische Regierung vor zwei Jahren angesichts des nahenden Abkommens zwischen den UN-Vetomächten plus Deutschland und dem Iran befürchtet hatte. Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=83921

 

MESOP NEWS : PUTIN SCHLÜSSELROLLE IN KURDISTAN-ROJAVA / PYD/PKK ÜBERGIBT GEBIETE AN ASSAD

Wie Russland die türkische Offensive gegen syrische Kurden stoppen soll

Sputnik news – 22 März 2017 – Mit der Präsenz russischer Militärs in der Stadt Afrin im syrischen Kurdistan will Moskau seine Schlüsselrolle bei der Regelung des Konflikts in dem Land bestärken, wie am Mittwoch die Zeitung „Le Monde“ berichtet.

Syrien: Kurdenmilizen übergeben Gebiete an Regierungsarmee

Für die Türkei bedeutet die Einführung eines russischen Kontingents in Afrin demnach ein Ende ihrer Militäroffensive „Schutzschild Euphrat“, die Ankara im August 2016 begonnen hatte. Nun seien alle Richtungen blockiert, in welche die Türkei ihre Offensive fortführen könnte: Im Süden stehen syrische Soldaten, im Westen in der Pufferzone dann russische Truppen, die die türkischen Truppen von den kurdischen Selbstverteidigungseinheiten YPG  trenne.   Volltext lesen http://www.mesop.de/?p=83951

 

MESOP EXTRA NEWS : Der Grünen-Bundestagsabgeordnete Volker Beck wirft der Bundesregierung und den Strafverfolgungsbehörden vor, nichts dagegen unternommen zu haben, dass spionageverdächtige Imame aus Deutschland fliehen konnten.

FAZ.NET exklusiv Bundesanwaltschaft wollte in Spitzel-Affäre sechs Imame festnehmen lassen –  Deutsche Behörden wollten offenbar deutlich härter gegen die Imame vorgehen, denen Spionage für die Türkei vorgeworfen wird. Das zeigen Dokumente, die FAZ.NET vorliegen. Doch weil der Bundesgerichtshof die Festnahmen stoppte, konnten zwei Imame aus Deutschland fliehen.

22.03.2017, von Reiner Burger, Düsseldorf – FAZ –  Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=83955

 

MESOP DISCOVERY : MARTIN McGUINESS (Provo IRA) gestorben / Ein hochkarätiger Identitärer

McGuinness dies: May issues a perfectly judged statement, Blair remarks on his importance in the creation and sustaining of the peace process and Elizabeth II sends a letter of condolence to his family.

…. Die letzte größere Initiative dieses Friedensstifters aus Derry, der bei seinen Bombenkampagnen auch Zivilisten tötete + für organisationsinterne quasi Folterungen leitend zur Verfügung stand – war die Forderung an den Belfaster Stormont (Parlament), die gaelische Sprache  als unverzichtbare Amtssprache einzuführen.

Zur Statistik daher folgendes: in Belfast sprechen 0,5 % der katholischen Bevölkerung Gaelic, in Derry vielleicht ganze 100 Leute.

Ein veritabler völkisch-ethnisch Identitärer, vor dem sich linke Genoss*innen innerlich schütteln würden, wäre er bei PEGIDA.  www.mesop.de

 

 MESOP CULTURE FROM THE BACKYARDS: HESSISCHER RUNDFUNK – 33 US Psychiater begutachten Trump und fordern ärztlichen Entzug der Präsidentschaft

…. 22 März  2017 – HR-Info 13 15 Uhr: Die Sprecherin des politisch linken HR begrüßt und bejaht die Aktion überschwenglich: Trump schlicht klinisch begegnen, statt politisch – ihm die Befähigung zum Amt absprechen und möglichst dann einweisen.  Danach dann Hillary ausrufen. Das wäre dann endlich wieder eine linke Annäherung an die früheren Methoden der Genossen vom Politbüro der KPdSU, die mühelos alle ihnen nicht genehmen Leute zu psychiatrisieren wußten.

Dumm nur, daß Trump Wähler und massenhaft auch Anhänger hat. Da dies viele sind, deren Einzeleinweisung praktisch schwer möglich ist, wären Lager wohl wieder das Beste.

Man sieht, die jetzige Linke hat noch nicht ihre frühere stalinistische Hochform wieder erreicht.

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