Hamas feeling consequences of touting ties with Iran
Ali Adam July 13, 2018 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary – Hamas needs its connection with Iran, but some within the movement say it must stop boasting about renewed relations before it undoes any progress it’s made to change its international image. Hamas leaders regret speaking out about their renewed relations with Iran, some sources report, and certain foreign advisers to Hamas have recommended that the Islamist movement stop its boasting.The advisers criticize the multiple public meetings some Hamas leaders have held with Iranian figures and others linked to the Iranian camp. Hamas is now rethinking its behavior, a source close to Hamas’ inner circle told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS ANALYSIS
Discussions of U.S. policy on Syria mostly revolve around two things: counter-terrorism (i.e. combating the Islamic State and other Sunni jihadist groups) and counter-Iran, the latter of which has gained much more prominence since the Trump administration came to power.Proposals on the counter-Iran angle from many think-tanks largely focus on a policy of containment and/or hurting Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria. At the most ambitious, the policy aim is set at removing the IRGC entirely from Syria, which is similar to Israel’s demands on the matter. Policy recommendations that come about within these frameworks include:
Fyodor Lukyanov July 13, 2018 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary – Russia and the United States have very different approaches and goals in the Middle East, but they could lead to a solution in Syria. Modern politics is remarkable. Until recently the situation in the Middle East, and Syria in particular, seemed to have come to the deadest of ends, to the blindest of alleys when assessed in terms of political results. It was a tangle of incompatible interests involving a legion of different actors and a hopeless proxy war between Moscow and Washington.
– Wie die Flüchtlinge nicht wegen Trump – sondern vorm Deutschen Giftas aus dem Irak flohen – Ein Bericht
Greetings from The National‘s newsroom in Abu Dhabi, 13 July 2018
Chinese President Xi Jinping is to visit the UAE next week, it was announced yesterday. During his three-day official state visit from Thursday, Mr Xi will attend a UAE-China Economic Forum to look at investment opportunities in the seven emirates. Details of his visit were released just days after China pledged $20 billion in loans to Arab states at a Beijing summit.
The Iranian operatives in a recently caught UAE-based ring were using a network of front and shell companies to forge documents to send money to proxies backed by Tehran, a senior US official said yesterday. Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the US Treasury, gave a detailed breakdown of a network that had been funnelling millions to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard for payment to proxy force.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL : BY MEIR AMIT INTELLIGENCE & TERORISM INFORMATION CENTER – ISRAEL (NETANJAHU’S RUSSIAN PARTNERS)
Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 5-11, 2018) Published: 12/07/2018 – Main events of the week
The Syrian army is recording achievements in the campaign for the takeover of southern Syria: it has completed the takeover of the enclave of the rebel organizations east of Daraa and its forces, together with Russian Military Police, have entered the Naseeb border crossing between Syria and Jordan. The Syrian army took control of a number of outposts along the Syrian-Jordanian border and is deployed in villages on the outskirts of the Yarmouk Basin, which is controlled by ISIS. The city of Daraa is surrounded on all sides, and the majority of its territory is controlled by the Syrian army and the forces supporting it.
Netanjahus Russian Partners for Syria
Kurdish Disunity In Historical Perspective by Michael M. Gunter – Kurdish Identity, Disunity, and the Future of Kurdistan – Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy & International Relations
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS HISTORICAL ANALYSIS BY MICHAEL GUNTER
Kurdish nationalism is challenged not only by the more developed counter-nationalisms of the states in which the Kurds live (Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria) but also by the problem of Kurdish disunity and infighting. The seventeenth-century Kurdish poet Ahmad-i Khani, for example, lamented in Mem u Zin (the Kurdish national epic): “If only there were harmony among us, if we were to obey a single one of us, he would reduce to vassalage Turks, Arabs, and Persians, all of them. We would perfect our religion, our state, and would educate ourselves in learning and wisdom.”1 A century ago the Wigrams (Christian missionaries who chronicled their travels through Kurdistan) concluded that although the Kurds “are a very ancient people,” they ‘have no national cohesion,” and “a ‘United Kurdistan’ is a…Utopian conception.”2 Jonathan Randal (the then senior foreign correspondent of the Washington Post) jocularly “suspect[ed] a rogue chromosome in Kurdish genetics causes…fissiparous tendencies.”3
China Announces $20 Billion in Middle East Loans
10 Juli 2018 – President Xi Jinping told a gathering of envoys from twenty-one Arab countries in Beijing that the roughly $20 billion in loans will fund an “industrial revival” (Reuters) in the oil, gas, nuclear, and clean energy sectors in the region. Xi also pledged $106 million in aid to Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen.
IRAQ: Electoral authorities began a manual recount (AP) of ballots from six provinces where some groups alleged fraud during May parliamentary elections.
Kyle OrtonVerified account @KyleWOrton – 9 July 2018
CIA report: in Jan. 1996, the #PKK: – assassinated one of its members in Adana, #Turkey – stopped a bus in Kocyurdu, “shot and killed one of the passengers” before they “set the vehicle on fire, killing the remaining passengers trapped in the bus” https://bit.ly/2zlWgE7
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