MESOP : TERROR IN SOUTH KURDISTAN (RAQ) COMES FROM EUROPE – Iraqi Kurdistan seeks to put 25 Europe’s Kurds on trial over links to IS – 24 July 2016 HEWLÊR-Erbil, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is seeking to put 25 Kurdish individuals on trial for alleged links, including funding, to the Islamic State (IS) militant group. The 25, all residents of Europe, are said to have shown their support of IS via social media. The locations of ten of the 25 are known, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs Spokesman Mariwan Naqshbandi told NRT on Saturday.

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MESOP NEWS : US-led coalition raises $2.1 billion for Iraq, says any support to Kurds will go through Baghdad

ARA News  – 23 Juli 2016 – ERBIL – The US government says any money that will be used to provide humanitarian support to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will go through Baghdad. On July 20, the United States co-hosted a pledging conference in Washington and raised over $2.1 billion for humanitarian efforts in Iraq.

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MESOP SPECIAL : There are 18 Turkish military & intelligence bases in Kurdistan Region

22 July 2016 – MESOP  – The Awine weekly in Kurdistan Region has reported that there are 18 military and intelligence bases in Dohuk province in the Iraqi autonomous region of Kurdistan.According to the report a source in Turkey has told the daily that there are 18 military and intelligence bases in Kurdistan Region that belong to Turkish army and the intelligence organization of MIT in Dohuk and Badinan regions in the autonomous region.

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MESOP “ 1 HOUR AGO”: Iraqi defense ministry provides details of the KRG-US memorandum

By Rudaw 1 hour ago – 22 July 2016 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Iraqi defense ministry said in a press release on Friday that a recent agreement signed between Erbil and Washington is solely about providing Peshmerga salaries and does not include any mention of building US bases as it is “a matter of sovereignty” for Iraq to decide.The press release says “it is not a treaty but a memorandum of understanding only” by which the US will pay the amount of $415 million towards Peshmerga salaries.“The memorandum does not contain the building of any American or coalition bases at all as it is a sovereign issue and exclusively in the authority of federal Iraq to decide,” reads the presser posted on the website of Iraq’s defense ministry.

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MESOP : CORRUPTION IN KURDISTAN – Iraqi Kurdistan government rejects Wikileaks report on Barzani

22 July 2016 – HEWLÊR-Erbil –  Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has rejected the credibility of Wikileaks emails which claim that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has given Kurdistan Region $200 million.Four days after the failed coup attempt in Turkey, Wikileaks released a cache of nearly 300,000 emails sent by AKP. One of the emails posted on the WikiLeaks website, dating back to March 15, 2016, purports to show evidence that the AKP gave Massoud Barzani $200 million in financial aid.

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Germany opens two military training centres near Erbil

By Rudaw  20 July 2016 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Germany opened on Tuesday two military centres near Erbil designed for training of the Kurdish Peshmerga. Speaking to Peshmerga commanders at the ceremony inaugurating the centres, Colonel Frank Wasgindt, commander of the German contingent providing training assistance in Kurdistan, said that the names of the military training centres are “German Village and Ghost House.”

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MESOP REPORT : Iraqi Militia Foils Terrorist Imminent Operation with Missiles on Baghdad

20 July 2016 – Hamza Mustafa – Asharq al Aawsat – Baghdad-Baghdad still did not wake from its shock following the Kurdish genocide, which led to the death of hundreds of innocent people in July.Amidst this shock, Saraya al-Salam militia announced foiling the operation that Safaa al-Tamimi, who is a commander in militias affiliated with Sadr movement, said has targeted areas in Baghdad using 14 missiles.

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We are seeking political change in Kurdistan Region: party leader tells Kurdpress

19 July 2016 – MESOP  – The leader of Ayandeh (Future) Party in Kurdistan Region that the party is seeking to make political changes in the region and solve problems and thereby boost the status of Kurds after the Islamic State (IS) and international agreements. The remarks by Qader Aziz came days after the party said it has made negotiations with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Ayandeh Party will be merged into the PUK.He went on to add that no negotiations have been made about the status of Ayandeh after it was merged into the PUK and upcoming meetings in the comings days will decide on the issue.


Conference on Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan in Southern Kurdistan
19 July, Sulaimani –  
A three-day conference titled “Peace and Stability in the Middle East through the ideas of Abdullah Öcalan” is being held in Southern Kurdistan’s Sulaimani city.

A conference titled “Peace and Stability in the Middle East through the ideas of Abdullah Öcalan” is being held in Southern Kurdistan’s Sulaimani city. Mandela’s lawyer Essa Moosa and Öcalan’s lawyer İbrahi Bilmez, as well as Samuel Jordan from the US, Rojava Jineology Academy Representative Zozan Sima and many other speakers will be attending the conference.
The conference organised by Academy of Politics and Democratic Thought in Southern Kurdistan has started in Sulaimani Palas Hotel at 10.00 today.

The conference with 150 delegates will last for 3 days. Kurdistan Patriots Union Central Committee Member Mele Bextiyar will give a presentation titled “The isolation conditions Öcalan is in, the international conspiracy, Öcalan’s paradigm and proposals for solution” following Dr. Faik Gulpi’s opening speech in the name of the preparation committee. The conference will last for 3 days and will be attended by people from four parts of Kurdistan and from other countries. 

MESOP BACKGROUNDER : “No Logic” in Excluding KRG from Global Coalition Meeting in US: Senior Kurdish official insists KRG should have been invited to tomorrows meeting in Washington as it is an effective force on the ground

  Sardar Sattar  – BasNews – 19 July 2016 – ERBIL — As the US-led coalition members fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria are set to meet in Washington tomorrow, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) says that there is “no logic” in excluding it from the meeting.

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