22.07.2014 – Laura Kokotailo – BasNews, Washington – Baghdad is under a real and impending threat from forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and it would be wise to expect an assault on the capital city before the end of Ramadan, said Jessica Lewis, a former American military intelligence officer with several years of service in Iraq. She also predicted the continued aggression of ISIS both within Iraq and externally, arguing that ISIS poses a real threat to Jordan, Lebanon and other states in the region and is not limited to Iraq and Syria.
ISIS Cutting off Water Supply to Christians, Kurds in Regions They Do Not Control
by Frances Martel 22 Jul 2014, BREITBART NEWS – The Islamic State– formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)– has previously used water as a destructive tool to destroy crops and dams in Shi’ite territory. Now, ISIS is attempting to deprive major Christian strongholds of water through their control of pipe systems. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the city most affected by ISIS’s new campaign to deny water to as many Christians and Shi’ites in Iraq as possible is the city of Qaraqosh, currently under control of Kurdish Peshmerga forces and, thus, impenetrable to the terrorist jihadist group. Their only current connection to Qaraqosh is a water pipeline from the Tigris River, and ISIS has worked diligently to exploit this one tie by cutting off the water supply from the historic river.
July 22, 2014 – MOSCOW,— vestnikkavkaza.net – Russia does not exclude the possibility of the emergence of an independent Kurdistan if Iraq breaks up, but generally supports the territorial integrity of Iraq, said deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov.
Kurdistan Presidency: Barzani has not visited Iran and the Kurdish people do not need…
July 22, 2014 – shafaaq com – ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— The presidency of Kurdistan Region denied on Tuesday, what they called as falsehoods published by Baghdad against Kurdistan region on the region’s president, Massoud Barzani visit to Tehran and Iranian officials rejection to the policies of the region towards the Iraqi crisis and the right of self-determination and control of Kurdish Peshmerge forces on Kirkuk.
21 Jul 2014 09:32 AM PDT – Iraq is suffering through yet another internal refugee crisis. Previous to the current insurgent offensive there were over 1 million Iraqis who lost their homes during the civil war period and never returned. Now there is another wave of internally displaced, which started with the fighting in Anbar in January, and increased after the fall of Mosul in June. The majority of these new refugees come from Anbar, Ninewa and Salahaddin. In the midst of this new crisis several thousand families have fled Baghdad province. Most of these Iraqis appear to be Sunnis that are fleeing random arrests and harassment by the Iraqi Security Forces as well as the return of militias to the streets.
Thousands of Iraqi Christians seek refuge in Kurdistan
EURONEWS 22-7-2014 – In Iraq, thousands of Christians have been fleeing their homes and heading towards the Kurdistan region for refuge.
MESOP TODAY’S COMMENTARY : BY OUR FRIEND CHAMAL CHOMANI
By Manuel Langendorf & Kamal Chomani – July 21, 2014 – THE FAIR OBSERVER
Kamal Chomani is a Kurdish journalist and political analyst. He focuses on Kurdish politics in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey for leading, impartial Kurdistan. / Manuel Langendorf is the Middle East Editor at Fair Observer. As a former Associate Editor (Middle East), he has been at the journal since July 2012. Amid a Sunni rebellion against the Maliki government, Kurdish parties in Iraq have not prepared for independence.
22-7-2014 – Kurdpress – As the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) struggled to nominate a final candidate for Iraq’s presidential seat, a senior party member said he would not withdraw his bid despite internal objection.”I intend to stay in the race and won’t withdraw my bid,” said Najmaldin Karim, a top PUK official in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, where he won 150,000 votes in this year’s elections, securing a second term as governor, Rudaw said.
MESOP : ELEPHANTS & CANDIDATES
21.07.2014 – Hemin Salih – BasNews, Erbil – Iraqi Kurds could lose the right to run for presidency following Kurdish parties’ inability to nominate a single candidate. On Sunday the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), who among the Kurds has the right to presidency, officially nominated two candidates for the post: Barham Salih and Fuad Masum. A Kurdish MP in Baghdad called on the Kurdish leadership to end speculation as soon as possible and nominate the preferred candidate.
MESOP : FOREIGN INTERVENTION - IRAN TRANSPORTING WEAPONS INTO IRAQ
21.07.2014 – Nuwar Faqie – BasNews, Kirkuk – According to a source in Kurdish security who asked to remain anonymous, Iranian soldiers and commanders from Sulaimaniyah entered Daquq, in Kirkuk province, in civilians clothing claiming to protect Shiite religious places. The source told BasNews that after the arrival of the Iranian soldiers and commanders in Daquq, the city has been unstable. The source also stated that these forces are in contact with the Shiite militias in Kirkuk province.