Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – By Charles Frattini III and Genevieve Casagrande (ISW)
Key Takeaway: Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to leverage uncontested basing in the Eastern Mediterranean to demonstrate Russian naval capabilities, while asserting its freedom of action on NATO’s southern flank. Russia focused on showcasing the increased cruise missile capability of its Black Sea Fleet’s permanent Mediterranean Task Force (MTF) from August – October 2017. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on August 25 that both sea and airborne cruise missiles were successfully utilized during a coordinated attack on ISIS positions for the first time since Russia’s entry into the Syrian Civil War in September 2015. Russia deployed two previously non-combat tested submarines to its Tartous naval base along the Syrian coast on August 28, signaling Russia’s continued prioritization of combat experience for the MTF.
MESOP NEWS “MUST WATCH” – AGAINST KURDS & ZIONISTS / VIDEO Sayyid al Moqawama’s Ashura address, warns Zionist! Must watch!
Hassuna’s Ashura address, with English translation. Notable for his efforts to delve into Zionist history, his stated opposition to the Kurds, his attempts at threats, and the fact that he looks a bit ill. Enjoy: https://www.facebook.com/AreYouShia/videos/1991414997756931/?hc_ref=ARTYtdOwiT3w1k5qbdt22NECKI03ClpBeaLS84aDnKwTEjX3X3nk6PNUUO_s0N3NK6E
|“The problem is the United States itself.” That was Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, speaking about a diplomatic dispute with Washington that led to the suspension of new nonimmigrant visas. [The New York Times]|
|• Meanwhile, a court in southeastern Turkey sentenced a Wall Street Journal reporter in absentia on terrorism charges to more than two years in prison. [The New York Times]|
MESOP NEWS TODAY : EUROPA EXTERN : Die Entdeckung der Arten / INTERN: -Europa blind & sezessionistisch
Späte Buße der alten Kolonialherren? Europa will beim Blick auf andere Völker und Kulturen die eurozentrische Brille abnehmen. Es kann sein, dass es sich dadurch auf die Dauer selbst abschafft.
Europa konstituiert intern asymmetrisch produktiv reiche Zentren, Frankfurt, Mailand, London, Barcelona – und wundert sich über den wachsenden Unmut der Betroffenen.
„Die Achterbahn, auf der Xanthe Halls Emotionen herumgeschleudert werden, sieht so aus: Auf Krieg folgt Protest folgt Hoffnung folgt Eskalation folgt Diskussion folgt Aufrüstung folgt Protest folgt Warnung folgt Hoffnung. Das ganze Leben der 47-Jährigen geht das schon so. »Libanon, Israel – für mich kommt das nicht überraschend.«
Die Richtige wurde gewählt: Xanthe Hall langjährige Geschäftsführerin der von dem deutschnationalen Professor Gottstein langjährig geführten Sektion der IPPNW Ärzte, deren Hauptaktivität darin bestand und fortgesetzt besteht, redundant Israel zu verurteilen, danach dann die USA, – Putin aber zu verstehen.
Genuine Deutsche Friedensaktivisten
avatar Ahmad K. Majidyar – @majidyar – Iran Rejects Reports on Possible Talks over Its Missile Program via @MiddleEastInst
avatar Anne Barnard – @ABarnardNYT – Saudi King Seeks Warmer Ties With Russia, a Historic Foe – King Salman’s trip, the first state visit by a Saudi monarch, is a sign of the shifting dynam… nytimes.com
avatar Shalaw Fatah – @shalawfatah – I’ve heard that except for #Mosul, most #ISIS battles were won by Iraqi army w/o casualties by prior agreement, by letting them withdraw More via www.mesop.de
IRAQ: Following a visit to Tehran, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will close the border with Iraqi Kurdistan (VOA) in retaliation for its independence referendum last month.
MESOP NEWS TODAYS COMMENTARY BY HANIN GADDAR – ARE SHIA DYNAMICS IN IRAQ & LEBANON TURNING AGAINST IRAN?
by Hanin Ghaddar – Hanin Ghaddar, a veteran Lebanese journalist and researcher, is the Friedmann Visiting Fellow at The Washington Institute. PolicyWatch 2865 – October 5, 2017
If Iraqi Shia reject Tehran’s call for a unified bloc in next year’s elections, it could have welcome implications for the future of Iranian influence in Baghdad — and Beirut.
Despite Hezbollah’s powerful influence over Lebanon, much of the country’s Shia community looks to the Iraqi holy city of Najaf for religious guidance and leadership. Although Najaf was never politically involved in Lebanon the way Iran is, the Shia institutions that call it home were once the only religious — and thereby social — reference for Lebanese Shia. Over the years, Hezbollah has used its power to turn many Shia toward Iran’s Supreme Leader for guidance, but Najaf’s influence endured. Prominent Lebanese religious figures such as Muhammad Mahdi Shamseddine, Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, and Hani Fahs all had strong connections to Najaf, and their Iraqi-influenced institutions and legacy still hold considerable sway over Lebanon’s Shia scene. The United States and other outside actors have never fully utilized this Iraqi connection when looking to help Lebanon and curb Iran’s influence there. Yet new political developments in Iraq could give them a golden opportunity to do so.
Humor? Turkish nationalist Erdogan ally Bahceli predicts Kirkuk & Mosul will become Turkey’s 82nd & 83rd provinces – 4 Oct 2017
MESOP NEWS SIGNALING : ALL GOING PUTIN / LEAVING THE FINISHED WEST
Bruce Riedel October 4, 2017 – King Salman’s visit to Russia is the first by a Saudi monarch, but the trip may be long on style and short on substance.
King Salman’s unprecedented state visit to Russia signifies a new search for help in the kingdom’s foreign policy, which is burdened with a quagmire in Yemen and a losing hand against its regional rival Iran. Riyadh has a long and tortuous relationship with Moscow that the king wants to reshape. However, Salman, who arrived in Moscow on Wednesday night, is likely to get more sympathy than action.