MESOP BACKGROUNDER : TRUMP WILL PRESENT NEW MIDDLE EAST STRATEGY WITHIN NEXT TIME

The Days of Nation-Building Are Not Over / IRAQ & SYRIA

June 20, 2017 | Walter Pincus – The Cipher Letter –  The Newsletter

20 June 2017 – If you take Defense Secretary James Mattis at his word, the United States in coming years will be doing nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan, once the ISIS and Taliban forces are defeated. That was the repeated message Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford gave last week to House and Senate members of the Armed Services and Appropriations Committees during their testimony on the Pentagon’s fiscal 2018 budget.

Interestingly, no one raised a question about President Donald Trump’s repeated campaign statements that the days of U.S. nation-building were over. But there were many questions directed at where the money and personnel would come from to support nation-building, given the deep 30 percent cuts proposed by the Trump administration for the State Department and Agency for International Development (AID) in the fiscal 2018 budget.

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MESOP NEWS : IMPORTANT EVENT IN ANKARA

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Abbas eyes Merkel as Plan B – if Trump fails on Mideast peace

MESOP NEWS : NO CHANCE WITH MERKEL / USELESS OPTION

  Uri Savir for Al-Monitor –  June 2017 –  Should President Donald Trump fail to deliver his ultimate regional deal, the Palestinians could opt for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to take the lead on relaunching peace talks with Israel.

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MESOP NEWS FLASH TODAY

Coalition statement on bringing down the #Assad regime jet last night, the 4th time in five weeks the U.S. has attacked pro-#Assad forces.

Watch documents and pic : http://www.mesop.de/?p=86925

 

MESOP NEWS : COLLECTED STATEMENTS BY SYRIA EXPERT CHARLES LISTER /SYRIA AFTER THE NEW CONFLICT WITH PUTIN

Charles Lister‏Verified account @Charles_Lister 17m17 minutes ago

Yesterday, #Iran fired x6 ballistic missiles, targeting #ISIS in #Syria. x1 hit its target. x1 hit near its target. x4 crashed en route.

#pt: What’s missing in all of this – and was also during #Obama admin – is (1) a clearly laid out strategy & (2) positioning to rival actors

#pt: No serious advocate of US assertion in #Syria *ever* claimed x1 US strike would alter the balance of the conflict/induce regime change.

Bold moves by long-time opponents of U.S assertiveness in #Syria, repeatedly misrepresenting advocates’ views in hope of rescuing integrity.

#pt: The U.S. has now been forced to respond militarily vs. #Assad & #Iran x4 times. Every time, #Russia “deconfliction mechanism” failed.

#pt: Under #Obama, the US repeatedly pursued a cooperation agreement w. #Russia, despite #Moscow having insufficient leverage in #Damascus.

#pt: Under #Obama, US chose to intervene militarily in #Syria while ambiguously calling for #Assad’s departure & doing nothing to secure it.

#pt: Increased tensions were inevitable as U.S.-led counter-#ISIS campaign expanded. – No clear long-term strategy under #Obama or #Trump.

#pt: And FWIW, recent escalations in NE & SE #Syria are more to do with pro-#Assad provocations & U.S. defensive responses, than vice-versa.

#Russia says it may choose to track/lock-on U.S aircraft in #Syria. It did not threaten to shoot them down. = Still, bluster, as usual.

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MESOP TODAYS RELEVANT QUESTION : WILL PUTIN RETALIATE AGAINST US ARMY IN SYRIA ? (While the Commander in Chief is denounced of Russian connections (Washington Post) – Trump?)

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MESOP DOCUMENTS : THE SHINGAL DISTRICT & THE PKK  / A DETAILED REPORT BY MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Competing Interests in Shingal District:  Examining the PKK-linked Structures

Defusing Tensions

19 June 2017 This report concerns the political and security situation in Shingal after the summer of 2014 when Yazidi population of the district was exposed to atrocities at the hands of IS. These events damaged trust between the Yazidi population and the governing authorities. The PKK entered the stage, aided Yazidis and began to build governance and armed structures in the district. The area has thus become an arena of competition between local, national and regional actors. While outlining the competing interests in the district of Shingal, this report provides a set of recommendations to the PKK, the PKK-linked actors in the district, the KRG (KDP and PUK), the Government of Iraq, Turkey and the US with an aim of promoting stabilisation and the well-being of the local population. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86906

 

WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)

MESOP NEWS REPORT : THE ISRAEL INVOLVEMENT IN SYRIA WAR

Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels – Fighters near Golan Heights in Syria receive cash and humanitarian help

By Rory Jones in Tel Aviv,  Noam Raydan in Beirut and  Suha Ma’ayeh in Amman, Jordan

June 18, 2017 3:17 p.m. ET – Israel has been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a secret engagement in the enemy country’s civil war aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces.

The Israeli army is in regular communication with rebel groups and its assistance includes undisclosed payments to commanders that help pay salaries of fighters and buy ammunition and weapons, according to interviews with about half a dozen Syrian fighters. Israel has established a military unit that oversees the support in Syria—a country that it has been in a state of war with for decades—and set aside a specific budget for the aid, said one person familiar with the Israeli operation. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86913

 

 

MESOP NEWS “TURNING POINT” : PKK LED SDF FORCES JOINT WIRTH TRUMPS US ARMY AGAINST ASSAD’S ARMY

Breaking: Intense clashes break-out between Syrian Army and US-backed forces in west Raqqa

By Leith Fadel – Al Masdar – 19/06/2017 14 BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 A.M.) – Intense clashes have broken out between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the western countryside of Al-Raqqa, tonight, a military source informed Al-Masdar.According to the source, units from the Syrian Arab Army attempted to cross SDF front-lines in order to rescue their fallen pilot; however, they were turned away by the latter.This resulted in a fierce confrontation that is currently ongoing between the two entities near the key town of Resafa in western Al-Raqqa. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86915

 

MESOP NEWS SYRIA : IRAN’S HEZBOLLAH  BOMB SYRIANS TO THE GROUND

Escalation in S. Syria with Iranian-led gains

A joint Syrian army-Hizballah force was unable in two weeks of vicious warfare to break the resistance of the Syrian rebels holding out in Daraa and capture the southern Syrian town. On Saturday, June 17, they declared a 48-hour ceasefire until Monday and gave the rebels an ultimatum: Withdraw with your families to Jordan during the pause under a safe conduct guarantee, or else face the resumption of the ferocious hammering by the Syrian army’s crack 4th armored division and Hizballah’s al-Qaim commando brigade.

Up until the ceasefire, those forces dropped on the rebels holding out in Daraa 712 explosive barrels from helicopters and fired 450 rockets in 166 air sorties. If the rebels choose to fight on and reject the ultimatum, they will face those  Syrian and Hizballah forces fortified with advanced Russian-made Mi-25 “flying tanks,” which are capable of carrying even heavier amounts of barrel bombs and  armed with anti-tank rockets for striking fortified rebel positions. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86932

 

MESOP NEWS RECOMMENDATION : BY JONATHAN SPYER – JERUSALEM POST

ISRAEL & SYRIAN REBELS – A CLOSE COOPERATION

19 June 2017 – MESOP  – Exciting, exclusive revelations in the WSJ today to learn about Israel’s relationship with the rebels in Quneitra province: https://www.wsj.com/…/israel-gives-secret-aid-to-syrian-reb…, or, if you really wanted to get the news from the source, you could go back to Nur Samaha’s piece four days ago breaking this world exclusive at the Syria Deeply site: https://www.newsdeeply.com/…/long-read-israels-quiet-campai… Then again, you could always read yours truly’s articles on the same subject from March 4, 2016 https://jonathanspyer.com/…/how-israel-navigated-through-t…/ and August 12, 2016: http://www.jpost.com/…/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israels-virtu…

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SHADES OF BLACK

MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER : ISRAEL IN SYRIA WAR / DETAILED INSIGHT REPORT  How Israel Plays Syria’s Civil War

After half a decade sitting out the conflagration across its border, is Israel about to pick a side?

Neri Zilber – THE DAILY BEAST – 08.02.16 1:00 AM ET – GOLAN HEIGHTS — Signs of war are clearly evident when peering into Syria from the Israeli side of the Golan Heights: bombed-out villages, forests hastily chopped down for firewood, refugee encampments. But above all there is the desolation and quiet.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86919

 

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)

MESOP NEWS : PKK PRESSES FOR PROTECTION  MONEY IN ERBIL / HEWLER – LOOKING FOR CASH !

PKK Raising Funds from People in Erbil

Basnews English – 19/06/2017 – 01:09 – ERBIL — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has reportedly launched a fund raising campaign  in Kurdistan Region’s capital city, Erbil: According to the information obtained by BasNews, a number of PKK-affiliated figures on Saturday visited several residents of Erbil, asking them to donate to the party and raise funds from their communities. –  BasNews previously reported PKK’s campaign across the Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) to raise funds under the pretext of Zakat, a religious tax paying.  www.mesop.de

 

 

MESOP NEWS :  Yezidi Female Peshmerga Forces Support Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum

19/06/2017 – 13:09 – BasNews – SINJAR — The Kurdish Yezidi female Peshmerga forces voiced their support for the referendum on Kurdistan Region independence from Iraq, stating that Yezidi women and girls will no longer be able to live with the very people who betrayed them in 2014.Khate Shangali, the commander of the female Yezidi Peshmerga unit, told BasNews “After years of living under persecution the time has come for the Yezidi girls and women to make themselves free of servitude and eliminate persecution.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86934

 

MESOP TODAYS TOP OF THE AGENDA : U.S. Fighter Jet Shoots Down Syrian Plane International sources & reactions – 19 June 2017  – READ ALL SOURCES

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THE GERMAN CHAPTER

MESOP NEWS :  London Again !? – OPEN BORDERS / OPEN TERROR

„Wir werden einen Zusammenstoß zwischen der extremen Rechten und der muslimischen Welt erleben, nicht mit den Islamisten, sondern tatsächlich mit der Welt der Muslime. Die Konfrontation ist unvermeidbar. Die Radikalisierung der Gesellschaft und die tiefe Bewegung, die von ihr gezogen wird, sind eine größere Herausforderung als den Terrorismus zu besiegen.“

Patrick Calvar, Leiter des französischen Inlandsgeheimdienstes, in einem vertraulichen parlamentarischen Hearing im Mai 2015. www.mesop.de

 

Fast 70 %ige Wahlverweigerung !

MESOP NEWS RESUMEE : MACRONS PATEN ERWARTEN TRIBUT ! DIE MODERNE FEUDALE AUTOKRATIE

DIE AUSKUNFT DER HERKUNFT DER MITGLIEDER DER REGIERUNG MACRON –  die modernen feudalen Souveränisten in Paris

  • Der neue Premierminister Edouard Philippe steht in der Energiepolitik auf der Seite der Atomenergie. Er arbeitete bis 2010 drei Jahre lang als Lobbyist und Kommunikationschef für den Nuklearkonzern Areva.

2)      Arbeitsministerin Muriel Penicaud war Personalmanagerin in den Unternehmen Dassault Systemes und Danone sowie Verwaltungsrätin der Konzerne SNCF, Orange und Aeroports de Paris.

3)      Der neue Bildungsminister Jean-Michel Blanquer leitete die renommierte Managementschule Essec. Kultur

4)      Verkehrsministerin Elisabetl Borne war zuletzt Vorstandsvorsitzende der Pariser Transportgesellschaft RATF

5)      Der 33 Jahre alte Staatssekretär für digitale Fragen, Mounir Mahjoubi, gründet( ein Internetunternehmen und arbeitete in einer Marketinggesellschaft der Havas Gruppe.

6)      Gesundheitsministerin Agnes Buzyn ist Ärztin und war auch als Lobbyistin für die  Pharmaindustrie tätig. VOLLTEXT http://www.mesop.de/?p=86908

 

 

MESOP TODAYS TOP OF THE AGENDA : U.S. Fighter Jet Shoots Down Syrian Plane International sources & reactions

A U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday that the U.S.-led coalition against the self-proclaimed Islamic State accused of bombing allies, according to the Pentagon. The Syrian military said the plane’s pilot was killed and warned of “grave consequences” for the “flagrant aggression” (Middle East Eye); it also said the aircraft was carrying out an anti-Islamic State mission. The incident marked the fourth time in a month (WaPo) that the United States attacked pro-government forces in Syria. Also on Sunday, Iran announced it shot several medium-range ballistic missiles at alleged Islamic State positions in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province (Al Jazeera) in response to attacks in Tehran earlier this month that the militant group claimed. The missile launch was the first by the country outside Iranian territory in three decades.

ANALYSIS

“With the strike, the U.S. military made it clear it is now willing to target Syrian regime jets to protect the coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters working with U.S. special-operation forces,” Dion Nissenbaum and Raja Abdulrahim write for the Wall Street Journal.

“The United States has lost a lot of leverage or lost opportunities to gain leverage on the conflict over past years. And we have not seized many in the last six months either,” Kimberly Kagan said in this CFR event.

“While the United States and other countries in the region, for example, talk about Iran as one of the major threats to the region, only ISIS can now claim to have taken the struggle directly to Iran and struck these dramatic blows in Tehran,” said Bruce Hoffman in a CFR interview.

 

MESOP NEWS TODAYS FLASH

Coalition statement on bringing down the #Assad regime jet last night, the 4th time in five weeks the U.S. has attacked pro-#Assad forces.

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MESOP NEWS TODAYS GREAT HIT :   WATCH VIDEO / PRESENTS CONTRA ERDOGAN BY DONALD TRUMP VIA PKK

17 June 2017 – PKK destroys Turkish armed forces armoured vehicle in S-E #Turkey. Can’t even guess where they got the ATGM from .. Watch video etc. http://www.mesop.de/?p=86867

 

MESOP TODAYS LATEST : PKK MEMBERS BEAT GERMAN POLICE IN BERLIN

17 June 2017 – Fight occurred between pro-Pkk group and #German police in Berlin – pic.twitter.com/6KuTPDFpTY

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MESOP NEWS “IN CONTRARY” : HEZBOLLAH IS LEGAL IN GERMANY

If you plan to visit Berlin on June,23,you might want to stay away.Scores of Hezbollah supporters to march.Yes,Hezbollah is legal in Germany – www.mesop.de

 

MESOP NEWS : A CONTRIBUTION – Belgium Extends Anti-IS Mission in Iraq & Syria

Basnews English – 18/06/2017 – ERBIL — Belgium decided on June 16 to extend its anti-terrorism efforts within the Global Coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.

Belgian fighter jets will continue to operate over Iraq and Syria to fight IS until the end of 2017 and for this mission the government will allocate $19 million, Belgian PM Charles Michel said as quoted by the country’s media.The current mission of the Belgian military in Iraq and Syria was to end in June, 2017, but it will be extended for six more months.Belgian military will send four F-16 fighter jets along with 100 troops to a base in Jordan for participating in the military efforts against IS in Iraq and Syria. “This is a strong signal towards our partners. Belgium is a reliable partner in the international coalition,” said Michel. www.mesop.de

 

MESOP NEWS TODAYS STRATEGIC COMMENTARY MIDDLE EAST : BY “BESA-CENTER” – ISRAEL

The Emerging Trump Doctrine of Strategic Savvy

By Jiri Valenta and Leni Friedman Valenta  June 17, 2017  – BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 500, June 17, 2017

“…if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain.”
– Sun Tzu

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: “America will not lead from behind. America First does not mean America alone. It is a commitment to protecting and advancing our vital interests…” So wrote President Donald Trump’s NSA, General H.R. McMaster, with Gary Cohn, head of the National Economic Council, in the Wall Street Journal. What follows is a discussion of US leaders’ failed strategies in several wars, Trump’s team of generals, and the emerging Trump doctrine, which is here termed “strategic savvy”.

Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86875

 

WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)

MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER “PRETTY NEW!” : SALIH MUSLIM CANCELS  ALL RELATIONS TO ASSAD & IRAN AFTER RECEIVING TONS OF US WEAPONS  /  PKK / PYD CHANGING OLD DIRECTIONS

Syrian Kurdish leader: Iran is hostile to the fundamental rights of the Kurdish people

ARA News – 17 June 2017 – Salih Muslim, co-president of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, said on Friday that the Iranian government is trying to undermine the Kurds in Syria, and denied “rumours” by Qatari and Turkish media outlets that the PYD supports the Syrian government.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86861

 

These reports are becoming more and more common. But the world doesn’t care about Aleppo anymore.

MESOP NEWS SHOCKING REPORT :  Civilians are subjected to murder, rape and arbitrary arrest by Shabihahs amid a security breach in Aleppo

Date: 17 / 6 / 2017 – 24 Aleppo News –   Violations of Assad’s forces in Aleppo have reached an unprecedented level that they are now bragging about their crimes against civilians in public. The locals are now living in a state of fear for they are afraid of falling victims to the barbarity of those ‘Shabiha’, whom Assad regime and Russia, who has imposed a trusteeship in the city of Aleppo since late 2016 in which the city was handed over to Assad’s forces, have not held accountable for their awful actions.  Read all  http://www.mesop.de/?p=86863

 

MESOP NEWS  INTEL EXCLUSIVE : Assad’s chemical weapons program tied to Russian mob / RSEARC BY ORIENT NEWS

Document presented by CNN showing the transactions made  / Click bottom link

17 June 2017  – An investment group that US authorities say is run by Russian mobsters and linked to the Russian government sent at least $ 900,000 to a company owned by a businessman tied to Assad’s chemical weapons program, according to financial documents obtained by CNN.

According to a contract and bank records from late 2007 and early 2008, a company tied to a state-backed Russian mafia group, according to US officials, agreed to pay more than $ 3 million to a company called Balec Trading Ventures, Ltd — supposedly for high-end “furniture.”Wire transaction records seen by CNN confirm that at least $ 900,000 was transferred. Read all + watch documents http://www.mesop.de/?p=86865

 

MESOP NEWS UPDATE SYRIA – KURDISTAN :  UN, Russia Announce Renewal of Political Talks

June 18, 2017 – ISWESTIJA – In separate statements, the UN and Russia have announced their intentions to renew political talks between Syria’s opposition and the Assad regime that have made little progress since January.The UN said it is seeking another round of talks in Geneva on July 10, while Moscow said it wants discussion in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on July 4-5. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86881

 

MESOP NEWS : THE STALINIST PYD/PKK REGIME IN ROJAVA – WEST KURDISTAN / SYRIA

PYD Armed Men Arrest Dozens of Youths in Hasaka

Basnews English – 18 06/2017 – 14:13 – ERBIL — The security forces of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), raided on Friday a village in Hasaka province of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) with dozens of military vehicles, and arrested many residents aiming at conscripting them.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86893

 

 

MESOP NEWS “LAND GRABBING”  : GREATER APO COUNTRY – PKK Seeking to Annex Khanasor to Rojava Cantons: Official / LAND GRABBING !

Basnews English –  18/06/2017 – 15:14 – SINJAR — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) forces in the Yezidi majority region of Sinjar are intending to link Khanasor district in the region to Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) self-ruling cantons.  Waisi Naif, Chair of Sinjar Mayoral Council, told BasNews “PKK is trying to annex Khanasor administration to Rojava, thus it has begun committing administrative violations by applying [Rojava] cantons’ administrative orders in Khanasor.”

Naif warned PKK against any violations over the official administration of Sinjar, stressing that all such efforts will be futile. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86895

 

 

MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER : NEW REALITIES – PKK/PYD SDF TURNS CONTRA RUSSIA

Russia upset with US-backed SDF operation in Raqqa, launches propaganda campaign

June 18, 2017    Syria –  ARA News – The US-led coalition, including the Kurdish armed units, lets militants of the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) leave Raqqa instead of killing them, the commander of Russia’s force grouping in Syria, Sergey Surovikin, said on Saturday. Senior Kurdish officials have rejected the allegations as propaganda. Read more http://www.mesop.de/?p=86897

 

NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)

MESOP NEWS : Turkish forces enter Kurdish territory north Iraq, clash with PKK

ARA News – 18 June 2017 – Turkey’s military forces on Saturday crossed the border into Iraq and clashed with rebel fighters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraqi Kurdistan’s territory.The PKK leadership confirmed in a statement to ARA News that a unit of the Turkish army has entered Iraqi Kurdistan from Hakkari province in southeastern Turkey.“They used the Çile crossing in Hakkari to reach Iraqi Kurdistan’s territory,” a PKK spokesman said. Read full report http://www.mesop.de/?p=86879

 

 

MESOP TODAY NEWS : ERDOGAN PRO IRAN & PRO QATAR  & PRO PUTIN / NO LONGER INTERESTED IN WEST & EUROPE

Iraq, Syria conflicts cannot be solved without Iran: Erdogan

18 June 2017 – KURDPRESS  – Turkish President stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran follows different policies in the region but it is impossible to solve the conflicts in Syria and Iraq without Iran.Speaking with Portugal’s TRT TV, Erdogan blamed Iran’s policies in the region and accused Tehran for following what he called a “Persian expansionism” policy.

He stated that Turkey, Iran and Russia are working together under a coalition to bring an end to Syria’s war and have also asked the U.S. to  cooperate with us in this regard, adding that the coalition likes the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to be a part of the coalition. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86889

 

 

MESOP NEWS FOCUS : PKK BODY TRIES TO CREATE OWN INITIATIVE IN THE QUESTION OF INDEPENDENCE

KNK delegation meets with KCK for national congress – UPDATE –

As part of talks with Kurdish parties and organizations for Kurdish national congress, KNK delegation has met with KCK officials in Qandil today.

ANF QANDIL Saturday, 18 Juni 2017 – Holding a press conference in Sulaymaniyah on June 12th, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) called upon all social dynamics and political parties to reinitiate efforts for Kurdish national unity due to the fragile process the whole region is going through. Thereafter the KNK started a tour of talks with the political parties in Southern Kurdistan and met already with the major parties. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86899

 

MESOP NEWS SPECIAL COUNTERTERRORISM

MESOP NEWS INSIGHT : American Sanctions Hit Islamic State’s Finances, Propaganda & Terrorism

by Kyle Orton – Henry Jackson Society

Just three days after the U.S. government sanctioned two Islamic State (IS or ISIS) operatives for their role in helping the jihadists develop chemical weapons of mass destruction, another raft of sanctions were issued on 15 June against four IS members occupying varying positions within the organization from finance to propaganda to orchestrating the foreign attacks.

UMAR MAHMUD RAHIM AL-KUBAYSI AND AL-KAWTHAR MONEY EXCHANGE Read all  http://www.mesop.de/?p=86891

 

THE GERMAN CHAPTER

MESOP NEWS : NEUE FREUNDE DER PKK – TRUMP GIBT APO WAFFEN / MERKEL PRÜGELT

  • ….. und jahrelange linke deutsche Kritiker der PKK applaudieren ihr nun , – weil der Feind meines Feindes usw.

ANF 17 Juni 2017 – „Von den USA erhält die YPG Waffen und logistische Unterstützung. In Deutschland werden YPG\ PKK Unterstützer auf einer Demonstration so zusammengeschlagen. Wenn es allerdings dieser Tage Muslime gibt, die ein Zeichen gegen den Terror setzen, oder wie das in diesem Zivilgesellschaftssprech auch immer heißen mag, dann ganz sicher die YPG-Milizen, die unter enorm hohen Verlusten Raqqa vom IS befreien.

Statt rumzugreinen, dass die Ditib nicht nach Köln mobilisiert hat, könnte man einfach solche Demonstraten auch nicht zusammenprügeln. Wäre zumindest ein Anfang.“

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MESOP NEWS CULTURE : DER  FALL „BIRNE“ / Helmut Kohl war ein Anti-Deutscher

Der sprachlose Schwätzer

“In Hölderlin”, so sagt ein geflügeltes Kohlwort, “war ich gut.” – Das ist deshalb ein Schlüsselsatz Kohls, weil er zeigt, wie die Entlarvung auf dem Fuße folgt. Wer so über Hölderlin spricht, hat nie eine Zeile von ihm gelesen, und wenn er sämtliche Oden und Elegien durchgeackert hätte.

Antideutscher geht es nicht. Die tumben Anti-Deutschen haben nur erkannt.

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MESOP NEWS „RELEVANT JEWISH VOICES“:  MIT TRUMP & NETANJAHU FÜR KURDISCHE UNABHÄNGIGKEIT  / KURDEN SIND PARTNER ISRAELS

GIDEON SAAR – Für die Kurden  AUS : TACHELES  –  Ausgabe: Nr. 24 » 16. Juni 2017

Israel und die USA sollten eine Schlüsselrolle spielen bei der Förderung der kurdischen Unabhängigkeit. Das erklärte dieser Tage Gideon Saar, ehemaliger israelischer Innenminister und die frühere Nummer zwei im Likud von Premier Binyamin Netanyahu. Die Kurden in Irak haben auf den 25. September ein Referendum über ihre Unabhängigkeit anberaumt. Das Referendum würde, so sagen sie, trotz internationaler Warnungen stattfinden, dass ein Sieg der Sezessions-Befürworter einen Konflikt mit Bagdad auslösen könnte, und dies zu einem Zeitpunkt, da der Kampf gegen den «Islamischen Staat» noch nicht gewonnen sei.  Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=86885

MESOP NEWS INSIGHT : American Sanctions Hit Islamic State’s Finances, Propaganda & Terrorism

by Kyle Orton – Henry Jackson Society

Just three days after the U.S. government sanctioned two Islamic State (IS or ISIS) operatives for their role in helping the jihadists develop chemical weapons of mass destruction, another raft of sanctions were issued on 15 June against four IS members occupying varying positions within the organization from finance to propaganda to orchestrating the foreign attacks.

UMAR MAHMUD RAHIM AL-KUBAYSI AND AL-KAWTHAR MONEY EXCHANGE

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on IS member Umar al-Kubaysi and his company, Al-Kawthar Money Exchange, for “play[ing] an important role in ISIS’s financial operations by moving money both within and outside of ISIS-controlled territory”. The sanctions, undertaken in coordination with the Iraqi government, are “the first designations of ISIS-linked money services businesses”.

Umar al-Kubaysi has been “transferring operational funds” for the IS movement since 2006, the year IS changed its name from al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia (AQM) to the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). “Since then, al-Kubaysi has worked with an ISIS weapons facilitator,” according to Treasury. In 2014, al-Kubaysi was involved in smuggling pickup trucks from Syria into Iraq. “[A]s of mid-2016, al-Kubaysi was involved in financial activities with ISIS”. Al-Kubaysi’s financial facilitation work for IS has been done through Al-Kawthar, which is located in IS-controlled territory and which al-Kubaysi owns.

Al-Kawthar appeared on a list of high-risk financial intermediaries put out by the Canadian government at the end of last year. IS has a long record of co-opting even legitimate business enterprises operating in areas where it has influence to gain revenue. Just this week, Lafarge, a French cement company that has since merged with the Swiss company Holcim to become LafargeHolcim, the world’s biggest cement maker, admitted to what has been more or less known since March: it engaged in unacceptable conduct to keep the factory it operated in Jallabiya, between Minbij and Raqqa, open until September 2014, which involved the payment of cash to “sanctioned parties” (though it neither confirms nor denies whether this means IS). A RAND study based on IS’s internal documents found that the group’s “second-largest revenue source from August 2008 to January 2009 was contracting work—the extortion of contracted projects in and around Mosul”—and these included “soft-drink manufacturers, mobile-phone companies, and flour and cement factories”. The signs of IS’s infiltration of the Iraqi banking sector are even more worrying. By Treasury’s evidence, Al-Kawthar has been facilitating money transfers to IS since at least 2013.

Between late 2015 and early 2016, Al-Kawthar “reconciled financial transfers worth approximately $2.5 million with another Iraq-based money exchange company that was associated with ISIS financial facilitators” using “a Gulf-based company, which is co-owned by two suspected ISIS facilitators,” Treasury reports.

Before that, in the spring of 2014, al-Kubaysi, as the owner of Al-Kawthar, had “reconciled deposits and withdrawals with the Hanifa Currency Exchange, which is owned by ISIS financial facilitator Fawaz Muhammad Jubayr al-Rawi,” Treasury notes.

Fawaz Jubayr al-Rawi and the branch of Hanifa Currency Exchange he runs in al-Bukamal, the key Syrian town in Deir Ezzor that has acted as a gateway for jihadists transiting from Syria into Iraq for fifteen years, were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in December 2016. Al-Rawi had opened Hanifa in 2010 as a “money services business, which he used to exchange currency between exchange houses in Albu Kamal and Turkey”. In 2014, al-Rawi gave bay’a (pledge of allegiance) to IS, according to Treasury, and his business became exclusively for IS. IS “considered al-Rawi important due to his contacts outside of Syria”. As of August 2015, al-Rawi was facilitating IS’s financial operations, notably payments to its fighters, and oversaw money exchanges. At the same time, al-Rawi “hosted [IS] leaders, including top level [IS] commanders and fighters, at his farm in Albu Kamal for weekly meetings”. Al-Rawi was a financial emir by May 2016, if not before, and had long been involved in storing large amounts of cash for IS. It was reported late on 16 June 2016 that al-Rawi had been killed in his hometown by an airstrike from the U.S.-led Coalition.

USAMA AHMAD ATAR

Simultaneous with the sanctions on al-Kubaysi, the State Department imposed sanctions on three more IS operatives, labelling them Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).

Image of Usama Atar c. 2005, used by campaigners for his release

Image of Usama Atar c. 2005, used by campaigners for his release

By far the most interesting name on State’s list is Umar Atar, described as “a senior leader of ISIS’s external operations efforts,” who “has established a network to carry out attacks in Europe” and “was a leading coordinator of the November 2015 Paris attacks and March 2016 attacks in Brussels”. Atar “was responsible for recruiting, training, and sending at least some of the individuals to Paris” and “recruited and mentored two of the bombers” for Brussels.

In their examination of the Francophone network behind the Paris and Brussels attacks, Jean-Charles Brisard and Kevin Jackson identified Atar as having played a “central role”.

Atar was born in 1984 in Laeken, Belgium; he is of Moroccan descent. Among Atar’s cousins were Ibrahim and Khalid al-Bakraoui, at least one of whom he helped to radicalize. The Bakraoui brothers, with Najim Laachraoui, carried out the suicide attacks in Brussels on 22 March 2016. This family dynamic has enabled IS to function with more operational security than the Qaeda networks in Europe of years past, which proved vulnerable to penetration by intelligence services.

Usama Atar after his release in 2012

Usama Atar after his release in 2012

Atar is one of IS’s “originals”: he travelled to Iraq in 2002, when IS’s founder, Ahmad al-Khalayleh (Abu Musab al-Zarqawi), was already in Baghdad with high-level jihadists and the group was organizing and recruiting. Atar was arrested in Ramadi in February 2005 and convicted by an Iraqi court in 2007. Sentenced initially to life imprisonment, Atar’s sentence was later reduced to ten years. Atar served time in Abu Ghraib, Camp Cropper (where Saddam Husayn himself was held), and Camp Bucca. In September 2012, after an intense media campaign and under diplomatic pressure from the Belgian government, Atar was released back to Belgium.

Atar was released by Iraq on condition he was monitored and not given a passport. For reasons unclear, Atar was given able to obtain a passport and in early 2013 he travelled to Tunisia. Knowing what he was, the Tunisian government demanded his departure, and Atar went to Turkey, where he disappeared, doubtless along the same ratlines that have brought tens of thousands of other jihadi-salafists into Syria.

Abdelilah Himich (Abu Sulayman al-Firansi)

Abdelilah Himich (Abu Sulayman al-Firansi)

Atar has used the name “Abu Ahmad,” and acted as a guide for IS’s Amn al-Kharji or foreign intelligence service. Amn al-Kharji was headquartered in al-Bab until IS was expelled from the city by the Turkish military, working alongside the Syrian opposition. Interestingly, it is (or was) another French speaker, Abdelilah Himich (Abu Sulayman al-Firansi), who heads Amn al-Kharji.

Based in Raqqa city, Atar had, through encrypted platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram, guided a number of the Paris killers. Atar’s Turkish telephone number was found with one of the Stade de France suicide bombers.

Atar was also in continuous contact with Mohamed Usman, a 23-year-old Pakistani, and Adel Haddadi, a 28-year-old Algerian, respectively, who were in all probability intended to be part of the Paris atrocity, but got delayed in Greece. Atar oversaw the training of Usman and Haddadi in Raqqa, guided them through the smuggling process into Turkey and then into the refugee stream into Europe; provided them extra money when they got delayed; and it was under Atar’s guidance that they were repurposed as sleeper agents, applying for asylum in Austria. Usman and Haddadi were reaching out to contacts in IS’s networks all over Europe when they were arrested in October 2015.

Alarmingly, Atar was believed to be in Brussels as recently as August 2016, where among other things he had “direct contact with family. He saw them in person”. Someone that senior only “comes to Western Europe for a reason,” as one judicial source told CNN. The source added, “ISIS wouldn’t send someone like Atar to commit attacks unless he wanted to do it himself”. A U.S. official, reflecting on apparent exodus of foreign fighters as IS’s statelet crumbles, put it this way: “If people think they are going to go down in the coming days, they begin thinking they want to go out on their own terms”.

MOHAMMAD SHAFI ARMAR

Mohammad Armar

Mohammad Armar

Mohammad Armar was named by State as “a leader and head recruiter [for IS] in India”. Armar “has cultivated a group of dozens of ISIS sympathizers who are involved in terrorist activities across India, such as plotting attacks, procuring weapons, and identifying locations for terrorist training camps,” State reports.

Armar is from Bhatkal, which also produced Anwar Husain, who was killed in Afghanistan in October 2014 fighting for the Taliban-aligned Tauheed-ul-Ansar. Armar is the brother of Sultan Armar, a member of Indian Mujahideen until he formed a breakaway pro-IS faction that moved to Syria. Sultan was killed in March 2015. It was said—wrongly it seems—that Mohammad had been killed in April 2016.

In June 2016, a terrorist plot in India being guided by IS’s Amn al-Kharji was broken up in Hyderabad. The conspiracy, led on the ground by Indian citizen Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani, was being directed Abu Isa al-Amriki (a.k.a. Abu Sa’ad al-Sudani), who was involved in a number of other cases. Just before his death in April 2016, Abu Isa had handed over to an amni “known only by his Telegram screen name, ‘WindsofVictory’,” who “spoke fluent Hindi”. This new IS handler brought together a network in India and even provided weapons, left in a bag on the branch of a tree. Whether this was Armar is unknown: IS had, as ever, kept its operation so compartmentalized that Yazdani’s cell could not even name the arms merchant working for IS in India.

MOHAMED ISA YUSEF SAQAR AL-BINALI

Mohamed al-Binali

Mohamed al-Binali

Mohamed Isa al-Binali is “a senior member of ISIS,” according to the State Department, who “departed Bahrain to join the terrorist group in 2014 and has since appeared in multiple ISIS propaganda videos calling on Bahrainis, specifically members of Bahrain’s security forces, to join ISIS.”

Mohamed Isa is a relative of Turki al-Binali, one of the most important IS clerics and propagandists, who was likely killed recently by the Coalition. Mohamed Isa’s call on the Bahraini security forces to defect to IS was made in a September 2014 video, shortly after the caliphate declaration and the onset of operation to destroy IS by a coalition that includes Bahrain.

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MESOP NEWS : A CONTRIBUTION – Belgium Extends Anti-IS Mission in Iraq & Syria

Basnews English – 18/06/2017 – ERBIL — Belgium decided on June 16 to extend its anti-terrorism efforts within the Global Coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.

Belgian fighter jets will continue to operate over Iraq and Syria to fight IS until the end of 2017 and for this mission the government will allocate $19 million, Belgian PM Charles Michel said as quoted by the country’s media.The current mission of the Belgian military in Iraq and Syria was to end in June, 2017, but it will be extended for six more months.Belgian military will send four F-16 fighter jets along with 100 troops to a base in Jordan for participating in the military efforts against IS in Iraq and Syria. “This is a strong signal towards our partners. Belgium is a reliable partner in the international coalition,” said Michel. www.mesop.de

 

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