MESOP NEWS : PKK’s Presence on KRG Borders Posing Threat to Civilians: Soran Mayor

Basnews English – 23/06/2017 – 03:41 – SORAN — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has seized the situation on the borders between Kurdistan Region and Turkey to impose its control on the area which is considered a threat to civilians there, said mayor of Soran city, located northeast Erbil.

Even though their military activities have decreased in the area, but PKK moves forces in civilian-populated regions to escape Turkish airstrikes which is posing threat to the people of Kurdistan Region, said mayor Krmanj Ezzat. He pointed out that PKK’s presence on Kurdistan Region’s territories has no legitimacy according to the international laws, and the party is rejecting withdrawal of its forces despite constant calls to leave. www.mesop.de

MESOP NEWS FLASH : KURDISH REFERENDUM NO PROBLEM FOR EU !

EU parliament president says we need stability in Iraqi Kurdistan

MESOP NEWS  23 June 2017 – BRUSSELS,— Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament, said on Thursday European countries need stability in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region.Tajani, responding to NRT TV ahead of a European Council meeting in Brussels, said the referendum in the Kurdistan Region is an issue in Iraq and Europe wants stability in the region.

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MESOP NEWS SITUATION REPORT MOSUL – TOP OF THE AGENDA (COMMENTARIES BY RELEVANT SOURCES)

Mosul Battle Intensifies With Mosque Explosion

An Iraqi general accused the self-proclaimed Islamic State of blowing up Mosul’s eight-hundred year-old Grand Mosque of al-Nuri, where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the creation of a caliphate (Al Jazeera) in 2014. Islamic State media said the mosque was struck by coalition warplanes, a charge U.S. and Iraqi commanders have denied (VOA). Coalition officials said militants exploded the structure as Iraqi troops closed in on them in a planned attack on the twelfth-century mosque compound (WaPo). Iraqi forces began an assault on Mosul’s militant-held Old City on Sunday as the battle to recapture the city (VOA) entered its ninth month.

ANALYSIS

“Over the past eight months, Iraqi security forces­ have slowly squeezed Islamic State militants into Mosul’s historic city center, around a square mile of territory on the banks of the Tigris. The city’s most symbolic landmark, the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, was tantalizingly near,” Loveday Morris writes for the Washington Post.

“The loss of the site is another devastating blow to Iraq’s heritage, which has been ravaged by fourteen years of war since the U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein,” Martin Chulov and Kareem Shaheen write for the Guardian.

“ISIS will be defeated at some time in the future here. But my concern is, until you solve the governance problem, that we’ll be right back where we are again in two years,” former U.S. Army Chief of Staff Raymond T. Odierno said at a CFR event.

 

MESOP NEWS Special Edition on: Post-ISIS Recovery of Nineveh (MERI) / THE PKK STRUCTURES

  1. Policy Report – 19 June, 2017 – Competing Interests in Shingal District: Examining the PKK-linked Structures, Defusing Tensions

This report concerns the political and security situation in Shingal after the summer of 2014 when Yazidi population of the district was exposed to atrocities at the hands of ISIS. The area has since them become an arena of competition between local, national and regional actors. This report provides a set of recommendations to the PKK, the PKK affiliates, the KRG (KDP and PUK), the Government of Iraq, Turkey and the US with an aim of promoting stabilisation and the well-being of the local population. Excecutive Summary or Download the full report in PDF http://mailchi.mp/meri-k/meri-newsletter-special-edition-on-post-isis-recovery-of-nineveh-june-2017?e=1af53e947e

MESOP NEWS ALARM ! : HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH BLAMES KRG-KURDISH REGIONAL GOVERNMENT IRAQ – Kurdish Authorities Delaying Civilians Fleeing ISIS

 2017-06-22 – (AFP) — Human Rights Watch on Wednesday accused Kurdish authorities of delaying thousands of Iraqi civilians fleeing from militant-held areas at checkpoints, in some cases within range of front lines.

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MESOP SHORT CUTS : SHE IS RIGHT ! Bayan Sami Rahman

 @BayanRahman  – .@washingtonpost ‘Changes happened 100 yrs ago, the Kurds were bystanders. We are not going to be bystanders again.’    

But the Middle East is not going to get its newest nation just yet.   

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MESOP NEWS : US GENERAL DUNFORD HOPES ONLY THE BEST

 

US official says Abadi and Barzani are to solve the question of referendum

21 June 2017 – MESOP – US General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that the question of holding referendum in Kurdistan Region of Iraq has been left to be solved and decided by the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the region’s President Masoud Barzani.

According to U.S. Defense Ministry’s website, Dunford told a press conference on Monday over the Iraqi Kurds decision to hold a referendum of independence that the main issue for the U.S. in Iraq is to give more support to Iraqi forces in order to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. He added that the question of the referendum has been left for Barzani and Abadi and the people of the country to decide about and solve the problem.

Reporter’s code: 50101 www.mesop.de

MESOP NEWS : EUROPEAN YOUTH FAVORS KURDISH INDEPENDENCE

21 June 2017 – MESOP – Democrat Youth Community of Europe Encourages Kurdistan to Hold Independence Referendum

ERBIL — The Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC) released a statement on June 20th to announce its support for the aspirations of the Kurdistan Region people for independence and called for the recognition of the struggles and sacrifices of the Kurds and other components living in the Kurdistan Region.

DEMYC acknowledges “The non-binding character of the referendum for independence of the Kurdistan Region from the Republic of Iraq, and the aspirations of citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.”

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Italy Supports Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum: KRG Envoy

MESOP NEWS : KURDISH INDEPENDENCE IS ON THE AGENDA

21 June 2017  BasNews –  ERBIL — The Italian government is not against the independence of Kurdistan and its official during several meetings have expressed support for an imminent referendum on the region’s independence form Iraq, said Rezan Qader, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to Italy.

In an exclusive interview with BasNews, Qader explained the diplomatic relations between Rome and Erbil as well as the support of Italy for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in their war against Islamic State (IS).

BasNews: How do you evaluate the relations between Kurdistan Region and Italy?

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MESOP NEWS TODAYS OPINION : KURDEXIT IS NOW ON THE HISTORICY AGENDA

The British debate about Kurdexit – By Gary Kent – Gary Kent is the director of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). He writes this column for Rudaw in a personal capacity. The address for the all-party group is appgkurdistan@gmail.com.

20 June 2017 – RUDAW – When Daesh menaced Kurdistani cities in 2015, London Mayor Boris Johnson visited British troops training the Peshmerga and was pictured with an AK47 alongside a Peshmerga. He had previously met ‘a dynamic and forward-looking young politician,’ Nechirvan Barzani, ‘the prime minister of the fledgling state of Kurdistan’ and wrote that ‘…we should help because we have a moral duty to that part of the world. It was the British who took the decision in the early Twenties to ignore the obvious ethnic divisions, and not to create a Kurdistan,’ which he described as ‘one of the few bright spots in the Middle East.’

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