MESOP FLASH : IS (DAESH) STARTS NOW WITH GUERILLA TACTICS – Kurdish forces investigate nascent IS cells / South Kurdistan – Iraq (KRG)
After two battles with IS fighters near Chemchemal, security forces are racing to root out militants setting up insurgent cells within KRG-controlled territory.
By Mohammed Hussein and Ben Van Heuvelen of Iraq Oil Report – Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Two cells of fighters loyal to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) are operating within territory nominally controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) – the latest sign that the militant group is embracing the tactics of a guerrilla insurgency, even as it suffers losses on the battlefield.”Daesh is trying to send its Kurdish militants back into Kurdistan to destabilize the region,” said an officer in the KRG’s Asayesh intelligence service. www.mesop.de
28 Aug 2016 – The Iraqi government has stated it may consider shipping crude through Iran if talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on oil revenue sharing fall apart.
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) MESOP : HOSHYAR – A FAT CAT ? – Disputes in Iraqi parliament between MP, KDP bloc over Zebari ‘corruption’
BAGHDAD,— A session of the Iraqi Parliament was suspended on Saturday after tensions erupted between lawmakers from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) bloc and MP Haitham al-Jabouri.The session was suspended after Jabouri brought a petition calling to complete the questioning of Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a KDP member and Massoud Barzani’s uncle, over allegations of corruption.
World Bulletin – 2016-08-26 17:50 GMT – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallim arrived in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday for an official visit.
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ – PUK hands Sulaymaniyah Governorate over to Goran
25 Aug 2016 – Following a vote in Sulaymaniyah Provincial Assembly, in line with the previous agreement between Goran Movement and PUK, Süleymaniye Governor Dr. Aso Feridun resigned and Dr. Heval Ebubekir from Goran Movement was elected in his place. SULAYMANIYAH – ANF – 25 Aug 2016 – In line with the previous agreement between PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) and Goran Movement, the reassignment planned between both parties in Sulaymaniyah province was realized today. Following the meeting at 10:00 today in the Provincial Assembly, the positions of Sulaymaniyah Governor and Provincial Assembly President were exchanged between Goran Movement and PUK.
MESOP : THE GREAT IRAQI GOVERNMENT DESASTER – Iraq’s Parliament Ousts Defense Minister – By Patrick Martin &Emily Anagnostos with Tori Keller – DETAILED REPORT
MESOP : THE GREAT IRAQI GOVERNMENT DESASTER – Iraq’s Parliament Ousts Defense Minister – By Patrick Martin and Emily Anagnostos with Tori Keller – DETAILED REPORT (ISW)
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and his entire cabinet are at risk of a no-confidence vote following Parliament’s ouster of Sunni Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi. The Situation
The Iraqi Council of Representatives (CoR) voted to withdraw confidence in Sunni Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi on August 25.
Türkei und irakisches Kurdistan vereinbaren Strategie gegen IS – 25.08.2016
Die Türkei und die Autonome Region Kurdistan (ARK) im Irak haben sich auf ein gemeinsames Vorgehen gegen die Terrormiliz Daesh (auch „Islamischer Staat“, IS) geeinigt. ARK-Präsident Masud Barzani kündigte bei seinem Besuch in Ankara „große Wandlungen“ an. „Wir haben mit der Türkei Strategie und Methoden für den Kampf gegen den IS vereinbart“, sagte Barzani am Mittwoch dem Fernsehsender NTV. „Die Region steht vor großen Wandlungen.“ Während seines zweitätigen Besuchs hat Barzani mit dem türkischen Präsidenten Recep Tayyip Erdoğan und Regierungschef Binali Yildirim gesprochen.
By Ali Jawwad and Hadi Hassan – 2016-08-25 – President of the Kurdish Regional Government Massoud Barzani told Iraqi Premier Haidar al-Abadi that the Kurds don’t have ambitions in northern Iraq’s Nineveh province.
“Barzani told me that the Kurds don’t have ambitions in Nineveh,” al-Abadi said following a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.The meeting discussed preparations for an anticipated offensive to recapture Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from Daesh group. “The fighting capabilities of Daesh gangs have badly diminished after hundreds of its militants were killed,” al-Abadi said.
MESOP TODAYS POINT OF VIEW BY IBRAHIM MALAZADA (AL MONITOR)
20 Aug. 2016 – ERBIL, Iraq — Thirteen years after the fall of the Baath Party, Iraq’s parliament voted in favor of a law to ban the Baath Party on July 30. The law caused widespread reactions in the Iraqi Arab street. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi described the vote in favor of the law as “victory.” The law has given the Shiite parliamentary blocs further momentum to vote in favor of other laws against the Baathists.
By Mohammed Salih – Fikra Forum – August 16, 2016 – Mohammed Salih is a journalist from Iraqi Kurdistan. For more than a decade, he has reported on Kurdish and Iraqi affairs for numerous international media outlets.
Kurdistan has been an island of relative stability and economic progress for nearly two decades, but continuing this success will require putting aside personal elitist rivalries and committing to political deal making and power sharing.
A recent agreement between two of Iraqi Kurdistan’s main political parties — the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Movement for Change (Gorran) — is likely to set the stage for Kurdish politics in the years to come. The agreement is also expected to aggravate tensions with the dominant Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) who perceives this new alliance as functioning to undermine them. But if treated with more flexibility by the KDP, the deal could, in the long run, stabilize politics in Iraqi Kurdistan.