Al Monitor – 11 Feb 2016 – HALABJA, Iraq — The Kakais are one of the religious minorities scattered throughout northern Iraq in the provinces of Sulaimaniyah and Halabja, in the Ninevah Plains of Ninevah province and in villages to the southeast of Kirkuk. Historians and researchers disagree on their classification, as mystery and secrecy shroud this sect. Kakais have kept their beliefs hidden, and this secrecy has prevented them from forming their own independent political parties and gaining representation in the parliaments of the central Iraqi government and Kurdistan Region.
Im kurdischen Teil des Iraks liegt nicht alles in Trümmern. An der erstaunlich modernen Universität von Dohuk plant man mit deutscher Hilfe den Wiederaufbau. – 10.02.2016, von EINHARD SCHMIDT-KALLERT – FAZ
Von Christoph Cuntz – 10 Feb 2016 – REISE Hessens SPD-Chef Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel macht sich ein Bild von der Lage im Norden Iraks / „Die Lage ist schwierig bis katastrophal“
WIESBADEN – Nach einer zweitägigen Reise in den Norden Iraks, in die Autonome Region Kurdistan, hat Hessens SPD-Chef Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel mehr Druck auf die Geberländer gefordert, damit diese ihre Zusagen zur Finanzierung von Camps für Flüchtlinge einhalten.
Assyrian Iraqi Forces Join Fight Against ISIS
By Rikar Hussein – 9 Feb 2016 – (VOA) — As Iraqi and Kurdish forces increase their fight against Islamic State (IS) fighters near Mosul, a military unit of Iraqi Christians has joined them. Currently stationed in the Tal Qasab area 72 kilometers northwest of Mosul, the Nineveh Plain Forces (NPF) was formed in September 2014 in response to IS control of Christian territories in northern Iraq.
MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY / REMEMBERING : HOW THE US (KISSINGER) BETRAYED THE KURDS ( OBAMA IS DOING AGAIN)
1975 THE BACKGROUND TO BETRAYAL
By Daniel Schorr April 7, 1991 – WASHINGTON POST –
Mustafa Barzani : “OUR MOVEMENT and people are being destroyed in an unbelievable way, with silence from everyone. We feel, Your Excellency, that the United States has a moral and political responsibility towards our people, who have committed themselves to your country’s policy.”
That could have been written last week to President Bush by Massoud Barzani, leader of the devastated Kurds. It was, in fact, written by his father, the legendary Mustafa Barzani, to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on March 10, 1975.
BY CALEB WEISS | February 8th, 2016 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @Weissenberg7 – A US-made M1 Abrams tank can be seen with the flag of the Iranian-backed militia Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada. – Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada (KSS), an Iranian-backed Shia militia which operates in both Syria and Iraq, has been spotted using a US-made M1 Abrams tank in a recently released video. The video, which is a montage of different militias within the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU’s), a Shia-led collection of militias in Iraq, has been shared on several PMU social media outlets.
PROTESTS GROWING IN THE REGION AS GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES GO ON STRIKE – Protests growing in the region as government employees go on strike
SULAIMANI – NRT – 8 Feb 2016 Strikes in the Kurdistan Region are growing as public employees held peaceful demonstrations in cities and towns on Monday against a plan by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to cut salaries as part of austerity measures.
May 1, 2011 – OSLO, — Norwegian oil company DNO said it had resolved a long dispute over former U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith’s middle-man role in a 2004 Iraqi oil deal by paying damages and legal costs as high as $92 million. That compares to the $55 to $75 million in damages DNO estimated last October it would have to pay Galbraith and a Yemeni firm in an arbitration over money from an oil field in Iraqi Kurdistan that the former diplomat helped line up for DNO. www.mesop.de
MESOP : A BIG PRESENT BY THE BARZANIS TO PETER GALBRAITH WORKING FOR DNO / ACTUALLY GALBRAITH IS ENGAGED BY PYD FOR LOBBYING IN US – LOOKING FOR THE NEXT FOLLOWING OIL PROFIT FOR HIM
OSLO,— REUTERS – 8 Feb 2016 – The Norwegian oil and gas operator DNO ASA, confirmed on Monday receipt of USD 21.45 million from the Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government KRG for exports from the Tawke field under a new payment arrangement announced on 1 February 2016.
MESOP TODAYS OPINION BY Dr. GALLIA LINDENSTRAUSS – Turkey Bets, yet again, on Barzani: Turkey-KRG Relations in Light of the Regional Turbulence
TUESDAY, 02 FEBRUARY 2016 – Dr. Gallia Lindenstrauss is a Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv University, Israel
February 4th, 2016, The Turkey Analyst – In view of the challenges Turkey is facing in the Middle East, Ankara is attempting to further solidify its relations with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and specifically with KRG’s president, Massoud Barzani. While this policy may assist Turkey in increasing its influence over the future of Iraq and assist it in diversifying its energy suppliers, it is less likely to help Turkey in its internal struggle with its Kurdish minority, or in countering the Kurdish aspirations in Syria. Yet, as the only still relevant remnant of Turkey’s ‘zero Problems’ policy, Turkey-KRG relations do have the potential to assist Ankara in maintaining and solidifying its influence over the future of Iraq.