Nemesis: The Shadowy Iranian Training Shia Militias in Iraq


By Janine di Giovanni / November 27, 2014 NEWSWEEK – Down a dusty backstreet in the Baghdad neighbourhood of Karada this month, I met Sheikh Raad Al Kafaji, a former Iraqi Army officer specialising in artillery, and a veteran fighter from the days of the Iran-Iraq war. He is head of the al Kafaji tribe and a commander in the Kata’ib Hezbollah militia, one of the Shia militias at the forefront of the fight against ISIS in Iraq. After the fall of Mosul in July, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani issued a religious edict (fatwa) calling on Iraqi “citizens to defend the country, its people, the honor of its citizens, and its sacred places”. That is, to come defend their religion in a holy war against ISIS.Sheikh Raad says that in the initial days after Sistani’s fatwa, men as old as 60 came to his small offices begging to fight to hold back ISIS and Sunni-led insurgents.

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MESOP MIDDLE EAST Jihadists tout training camps for children in Iraq and Syria

 27 Nov 2014      – Lon War Journal – Map of known provincial locations of training camps run by the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied jihadist groups since 2012. Map created by Caleb Weiss and Bill Roggio.

The Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and Junud al Sham have been showcasing camps in Iraq and Syria that are being used to indoctrinate and train children to wage jihad. The groups have recently advertised a number of training facilities for children, including one located in Ninewa province in Iraq and others in Aleppo, in and around the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqah, and other areas of Syria.

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HPG- Kämpfer brechen nach Kirkuk auf! – Nachdem die Guerillakämpfer der kurdischen „Volksverteidigungseinheiten“ (HPG) ihre Mission in Dschalaula beendet haben, wurden sie weiter in die Provinz Kirkuk versetzt.

BasNews (Redaktion) – 28 Nov 2014 – Nachdem die Guerillakämpfer der kurdischen „Volksverteidigungseinheiten“ (HPG) ihre Mission in Dschalaula beendet haben, wurden sie weiter in die Provinz Kirkuk versetzt.

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MESOP REPORT : Struggling about numbers: Violence against women in Iraqi Kurdistan (GERMAN-KURDISH “WADI” NGO)

By Falah Muradkhin, – November 28, 2014 – ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— Domestic violence, and violence against women in particular, is one of the issues that has been discussed extensively since 1991 in Iraqi-Kurdistan We, as one of the numerous actors addressing such topics, have always had our own views and analyses regarding the impact of these issues and their root causes. Along with other actors in this society, we have dealt with issues including physical and psychological violence, killings, self-burnings, different forms of forced and underage marriage, female genital mutilation and numerous other issues related to violence against women.

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Missbraucht und verkauft / 27. November 2014, von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Es sind Geschichten, wie sie die Mobilen Teams, die Wadi in Kooperation mit der lokalen Organisation Alind in Dohuk einsetzt, fast jeden Tag zu hören bekommen. Die Mitarbeiterinnen der Team besuchen die verschiedenen Flüchtlingslagern und Unterkünften, in die im August hunderttausende von Yeziden vor dem Terror des Islamischen Staates geflohen. Sie betreuen dabei auch Mädchen und Frauen, die den Jihadisten in die Hände gefallen sind, als Sexsklavinnen verkauft und missbraucht wurden und es irgendwie geschafft haben, dem Milizionären des Islamischen Staat zu entkommen. Da ist etwa die Geschichte von A. D., einer sechzehnjährigen Yezidin. Sie wurde im August, weil es ihr wie tausenden anderen auch nicht mehr gelang, vor den anrückenden Islamisten zu fliehen, zusammen mit einigen ihrer Schwestern und ihrer Mutter gefangen genommen.

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MESOP NEW : Czech To Send Weapons to Kurdistan Region / Prague ready to train Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces

27.11.2014  – ERBIL – BasNews – Czech Foreign Minister has said that his country will send weapons and ammunitions to Kurdistan region.

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MESOP : PUK = TEHRAN’S BRANCH IN KURDISTAN – PUK appreciates Iran’s role in freeing Jalawla and Sadyia

Kurdpress – 27 Nov 2014 – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan appreciated in a statement the role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in freeing the region of Sadyia and Jalawla that were under the control of the militants of the Islamic State (IS).

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SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) Kurdish Independence Good for Iraq: Iraqi Politician

By Hevidar Ahmed – Rudaw – 2014-11-26 22:13 GMT – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Kurdish independence is inevitable and will be a good thing for Iraq, according to Sunni Arab Iraqi Parliamentarian Misha’n al-Juburi.

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MESOP REPORT : Kurds Control Iraq Internet Due to Baghdad Bureaucracy

2014-11-26 22:27 GMT – DUBAI (Reuters) — Iraq’s reliance on Kurdistan for Internet connectivity due to Baghdad bureaucracy has put the northern autonomous region in control of three-quarters of Iraqi networks. This runs contrary to what Baghdad had sought from state control of fixed infrastructure within its jurisdiction, and the situation has spooked private investors and neutered Internet development outside Kurdistan, which sets its own rules. Iraq bars private companies from owning fixed networks transiting domestic data and anything they build is usually seized by the government. Just 9.2 percent of Iraqis are online, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), placing OPEC’s second-largest crude exporter below the likes of Haiti and Nepal despite an average income six times greater.

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November 27, 2014 – Kurdpress-ir – ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— President of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region – Massoud Barzani – recently dropped a bombshell by saying he may approve sending more Peshmerga troops to the besieged Kurdish Kobani city in Syrian Kurdistan if needed. Now Barzani’s choice of words has made analysts conclude that the KRG chief has already dispatched Kurdish troops to back the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit – the YPG/YPJ – who are currently battling Islamic State IS group militants in Syrian Kurdistan.

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