MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : SOUTH KURDISTAN / DOHUK AREA – CAREFUL PKK LEADERS – PKK has gone quiet in Duhok after US bounties: local official – By Karwan Faidhi Dri – 14 Nov 2018 – RUDAW
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A local official in Duhok province believes the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s activities have been affected by recent US bounties on the heads of three senior commanders of the party.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS ANALYSIS BY BEGIN-SADAT (BESA) CENTER – ISRAEL
By Dr. James M. Dorsey November 12, 2018 – BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,004, November 12, 2018
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Competition among Middle Eastern rivals and ultimate power within the region’s various alliances is increasingly as much economic and commercial as it is military and geopolitical. Battles are fought as much on geopolitical fronts as they are on economic and cultural battlefields such as soccer.
Three recent developments lay bare the fragility of Middle Eastern alliances and a rebalancing of their priorities: the Russian-Turkish compromise on an assault on the rebel-held Syrian region of Idlib, the fate of troubled Abu Dhabi airline Ettihad, and battles over the reconstruction of Syria.
These developments highlight the fact that competition among Middle Eastern rivals and ultimate power within the region’s various alliances is increasingly as much economic and commercial as it is military and geopolitical. Battles are fought as much on geopolitical fronts as they are on economic and cultural battlefields such as soccer.As a result, the fault lines of various alliances across the greater Middle East, a region that stretches from North Africa to northwestern China, are coming to the fore.
Joint Patrols around Manbij, as I understand them: 1) Once a week 2) Outside Manbij, along the FLOT, in pre-selected areas 3) ROE agreed to in mid-September (w/ bumps in early October) 4) American commander 5) Vetting now to take place
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Featuring Kenneth Pollack, Nussaibah Younis, Michael Knights, and Bilal Wahab
Policy Forum Report – November 6, 2018
Four experts who recently returned from Baghdad and Erbil report on the results of the government formation process. On November 1, Kenneth Pollack, Nussaibah Younis, Michael Knights, and Bilal Wahab addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Pollack is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Younis is a senior advisor to the European Institute of Peace. Knights, a senior fellow at The Washington Institute, has worked in all of Iraq’s provinces and spent time embedded with the country’s security forces. Wahab is the Institute’s Nathan and Esther K. Wagner Fellow. The following is a rapporteur’s summary of their remarks.
By Rudaw 1 hour ago 6 Nov 2018 – “The Department [of State] has authorized rewards for information leading to the identification or location of the senior PKK members: Murat Karayilan (up to USD $5 million), Cemil Bayik (up to USD $4 million), and Duran Kalkan (up to USD $3 million),” US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer announced in a statement published by the US embassy in Turkey on Tuesday.
Palmer made the announcement after two days of meetings in Turkey with government officials in which they “exchanged views on issues of mutual interest and concern.”
“The United States values its counterterrorism cooperation with our NATO Ally Turkey,” he added.
Chinese VP Visits Israel Innovation Conference
By Dr. Mordechai Chaziza, November 5, 2018 – BESA CENTER – ISRAEL
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In a sign of the importance Beijing assigns to ties with Jerusalem, China’s powerful VP, Wang Qishan, made a visit to Israel last week. He is the highest-level Chinese official to visit since then-president Jiang Zemin visited in 2000. Wang is known as a “firefighter” and is a close ally of President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader since Chairman Mao. Read all https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/china-wang-qishan-israel/
Pragmatism Drives the Sino-Israeli Partnership – By Dr. George N. Tzogopoulos – November 5, 2018 – BESA CENTER / BEGIN – SADAT – BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 997, November 5, 2018
Chinese Navy congratulated by Israeli Navy upon docking at Haifa port – China might collect sensitive information and intelligence from civilian systems when, for example, SIPG undertakes the management of Haifa Port. While the Israeli government is able to protect key industries and strategic assets, it is not ignoring recommendations for a more comprehensive review mechanism regarding foreign investments. In addition, China’s expanding presence in Israel – and in other Middle Eastern countries through which the Belt and Road Initiative
– www.mesop.de A new short documentary by Kurdish filmmaker Mehmed Salih Bedirxan will go on the silver screen to take part at the 2018 Film Festival Cologne.
The 12-minute documentary sheds light on the Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) and their role in the battles against the Islamic State (IS).