KDP Official: KRG’s Current Political Situation “Part of Democratic Process” / Presidential issues have not affected Peshmerga

Basnews | Herman Khalid – 29.08.2015 – ERBIL – Secretary of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) politburo Fazil Mirani has declared that the people should decide the Kurdistan Region’s presidential issues if political parties fail to reach an agreement.

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MESOP TODAYS Iraq Situation Report – August 25 – 27, 2015 by: Sinan Adnan,Theodore Bell, Patrick Martin & ISW Iraq Team

Key Takeaway:   The ISIS mobile defense of SVBIEDs around Ramadi affirms ISF reports of advances around the city. Over the past week ISIS responded to ISF advances west of Ramadi by ambushing and targeting ISF forward positions with SVBIEDs. ISIS also managed to kill the commander of the Iraqi Army (IA) 10th Division and the deputy commander of the Anbar Operations Command on August 27 in an attack on a forward ISF position, which was likely a targeted strike. In western Anbar the ISF has responded to this week’s surge in ISIS attacks on Haditha by launching a clearing operation in Baghdadi sub-district, partially dislodging ISIS. As the ISF fights to retake urban centers in Anbar, its ability to retain ISF-held terrain, such as Haditha, will remain an important indicator of the viability of clearing operations. The same challenge faces the ISF in northern Iraq, specifically in Baiji, Salah ad-Din. Despite ISIS’s recent offensive on Baiji, the ISF has maintained its positions and has reported advances in central Baiji and surrounding villages.

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MESOP ALARM ! – 153 Kurdish Children Radicalised by Islamic State

Basnews | Hazhar Mamuzini – 27.08.2015 18:41 – MOSUL – As Islamic State (IS) continues to recruit jihadists from around the world to reinforce frontlines in Iraq and Syria; reports of the kidnap of underage children are emerging. The children are radicalised through the teaching of IS religious philosophy and military training.

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Iraqi Authorities Document Christian Persecution for the First Time

By Carey Lodge – Hundreds of thousands of Christians are believed to have fled Iraq due to persecution.Christian persecution in Iraq is being officially documented for the first time under orders of the country’s government.Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi has authorised the establishment of a committee that will work to end the ongoing abuses against Christians that have escalated since the rise of Islamic State.

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Russia is against Iraq’s division: Lavrov – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has slammed U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks regarding the partitioning of Iraq. The top diplomat called the comments “highly irresponsible,” and that Moscow would never agree to such “state structure manipulation.”

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MESOP MUSINGS ON IRAQ – Crisis over Iraq’s Kurdistan Presidency favors Barzani / By Joel Wing


Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is facing a political crisis over what to do with President Massoud Barzani. His term ended on August 20, 2015, but he remains in office. His Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is pushing for a political deal between party bosses to extend his term for a second time, while the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Change list wants to limit the president’s powers and change the KRG to a parliamentary system. The two sides refuse to budge from their positions leading to a deadlock, which work’s to Barzani’s advantage.The KDP, PUK and Change List are at loggerheads over President Barzani. Even though his term expired the KDP insists that he is still the president, especially now as the region faces the dual threat of the Islamic State and a financial crisis.

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MESOP FOCUS : How a Currency Crisis in Iraq Risks Fight Against Islamic State

By Jack Fairweather and Rinat Gaynullin – Bloomberg – 2015-08-26 – Any currency crisis usually comes with dire consequences for a country, and the threat of one in Iraq shows how the impact can go beyond the economy and markets.

A foreign-exchange crunch because of a drop in oil prices could force a devaluation of the dinar and risk making the fight against Islamic State militants even tougher. The nation, currently OPEC’s biggest producer after Saudi Arabia, is dependent on oil revenue to fund its operations on the battlefield and quell growing unrest over the economy.

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Kurds launch new assault on Islamic State in northern Iraq http://news.yahoo.com/kurds-launch-assault-islamic-state-northern-iraq-075658394.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory&soc_trk=tw … via @YahooNews

MESOP : THE UNITY OF FRAGMENTS – Kirby says U.S. hasn’t pressured Iraqi Kurdistan parties to extend Barzani’s term

WASHINGTON,— 26 Aug 2015 – The United States has not pressured the Kurdistan Region’s political parties to extend Massoud Barzani’s term, the State Department said on Monday.

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SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) MESOP NEWS : Pipeline outages threaten Kurdistan oil autonomy

By PATRICK OSGOOD, KAMARAN AL-NAJAR, BEN VAN HEUVELEN & RAWAZ TAHIR of Iraq Oil Report – August 26th, 2015 – Iraqi oil exports to Turkey’s Ceyhan port are stopped again after going offline Monday morning – the latest in an intensifying pattern of outages that have blocked Kurdistan’s oil sector from reaching the international market for one-third of August.The combined effect of a slump in oil prices and incessant outages along the pipeline could jeopardize the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) policy of becoming self-reliant through independent oil exports: www.mesop.de

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