MESOP FOCUS : US says working with KRG to stop IS oil smuggling

30 Oct 2014 – KURDPRESS  The United States is working closely with the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government to clamp down on oil smuggling in a bid to cut off a key source of funding for Islamic State (IS), a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. The United States is working with the KRG to identify oil routes, trucks and traders involved, and trying to block smuggling via border crossings and the purchasing side, Hochstein was quoted by Reuters as saying.

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by ABE KATSMAN  29 Oct 2014 – Breitbart News – An Israeli aid agency has been quietly operating in Iraq, providing emergency relief for Iraqi Kurds.

Recently, in the Kurdish city of Dohuk, IsraAID, the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, supplied beds, blankets, and food to over 1,000 families, reports Israel National News. Working with a Canadian relief agency, the Israelis brought a convoy to the 14,000-person refugee camp carrying 2,000 blankets and mattresses, as well as enough powdered milk for all the 1,015 babies under one year of age.

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MESOP FOCUS : IS uses intelligence to purge opponents

ALI MAMOURI – AL MONITOR  – 29 Oct 2014 – The Islamic State (IS) differs from its predecessors and similar groups by running a powerful intelligence apparatus that is strong and has plenty of security experience acquired by intelligence officers from the previous regime. The IS intelligence apparatus carries out various types of operations, similar to other intelligence apparatuses around the world. One of its most important operations is to monitor and identify its opponents, to eliminate them immediately and to avoid the possibility of the Iraqi government, and other local and regional opposing parties, to infiltrate its intelligence apparatus, or a military opposition to emerge on its territory.

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MESOP TODAY’S REPORT IRAQ : ISF Withdraws to Defensive Positions in Anbar Province / By Christopher Kozak (ISW)

Key Takeaway: Iraqi Army units in Anbar province have adopted a largely defensive posture in October 2014, retreating to their bases and leaving the defense of most urban areas in the hands of local Iraqi Police and Sunni tribal forces. The recent success of ISIS offensives in western Anbar will place the ISF in an inferior position for launching future counter-offensives. Many of the ISF units in Anbar are now understrength, suffer poor morale, and lack decisive leadership – leaving them vulnerable to ISIS attempts to isolate, encircle, and destroy the remaining Iraqi Army presence in the province. If the Iraqi Army cannot reinforce its positions and regain the offensive, the ISF may find itself hard-pressed to curb ISIS momentum in Anbar province and the western Baghdad Belts.

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Syria-Turkey Border Heats Up as Iraqi Kurds Approach Kobani / Peshmerga Will Operate Heavy Weaponry to Help Protect Syrian Kurds

By AYLA ALBAYRAK and  EMRE PEKER – 30 Oct 2014 – updated – SANLIURFA, Turkey—Islamic State militants unleashed a barrage of shelling near a border crossing with Turkey as elite Iraqi Kurdish fighters with heavy weaponry moved toward the Syrian city of Kobani to fight the extremist group.About 160 Peshmerga fighters from Iraqi Kurdistan snaked through towns in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast to within an hour’s drive of Kobani on Wednesday. Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets to cheer them on, waving Kurdish flags, chanting support and even setting off fireworks.

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MESOP : THE NEXT CONFLICT WITH BAGHDAD / KURDS SHOULD CHOICE INDEPENCE – Key ally of former Iraq PM questions Peshmerga Kobane mission

By Aso Fishagi – RUDAW – 29 Oct 2014 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Dispatching Peshmerga to the besieged Syrian town of Kobane is a political move and violates the Iraqi constitution, an Iraqi parliamentarian close to former Prime Minister Nouri-al Maliki claimed in an interview with Rudaw.“The question is: will this force do anything for Kobane?” Ali al-Adeeb said by telephone from Baghdad Wednesday. “At the moment the force is very small. That’s why I think the deployment is nothing more than a political message,” he said. Al-Adeeb is a prominent member of the State of Law coalition in the Iraqi Parliament and al-Maliki’s longstanding ally in government.

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MESOP ANALYSIS : Jaysh al-Mujahideen Iraq – Condemnation of the Islamic State: Translation & Analysis

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  •  – Intro and Analysis : This document put out by the Shari’a Committee of Jaysh al-Mujahideen- a Salafi nationalist group aiming to overthrow the central government in Iraq and anti-Shi’a in outlook- is to be noted for the following:

1. The context of this lengthy condemnation of what is now the Islamic State was Abu Muhammad al-Adnani’s speech for what was then ISIS [the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham; now just the Islamic State or IS] as infighting had broken out at the start of January 2014 between ISIS and other rebel groups. Adnani characterized the infighting as part of a Syrian ‘Sahwa’ against ISIS based on the Iraq precedent.

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28-10-2014 – Lonf War Journal – The French Air Force has joined US and allied countries in targeting jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria. The Long War Journal has identified 39 camps in Iraq and Syria as being operational at one point in time or another since 2012.The French Ministry of Defense announced on Oct. 23 that it struck an Islamic State camp in Hawijah in Salahaddin province. Hawijah is currently controlled by the Islamic State. The camp is used for the “training of terrorists,” as a recruitment center and as an IED “factory,” according to a translation of the press release by The Long War Journal.

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Turkey Has Paid Two Months of Kurdish Employees’ Salaries

28.10.2014 – Kurdo Shaban – basNews, Erbil – The Turkish government has sent two months of Iraqi Kurdish government employees’ salaries, but due to internal conflicts in Iraq, it has remained secret, claims a Kurdish writer. The writer Noreldin Waisy, in his Tuesday column in the Bas Weekly newspaper, talks about the factors behind the apparent reluctance of the Turkish to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

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MESOP : ULRICH W. SAHM BERICHTET – Jüdische Kurden im Nord Irak fürchten um ihr Leben / Juden in Berge geflüchtet

IRBIL (inn) – Sami aus dem kurdischen Norden des Irak fleht um Hilfe aus Israel. Im 2. Kanal des israelischen Fernsehens sagte der junge Mann aus Irbil, dass Kämpfer des IS vor der Stadt stünden. Sein Gesicht wurde bei dem Interview per Skype unkenntlich gemacht, um ihn zu schützen.Sami erzählte in gutem Hebräisch, dass er in den neunziger Jahren mit seinen Eltern nach Israel gekommen sei, als er zwölf war. Doch nach dem Tod des irakischen Diktators Saddam Hussein hätten seine Eltern beschlossen, nach Kurdistan zurückzukehren. Sami bereut es heute, nicht in Israel geblieben zu sein. Im kurdischen Norden des Irak leben derzeit noch „mehrere hundert Juden“. Wegen des Vormarsches der islamistischen Organisation IS schweben sie in akuter Lebensgefahr. Viele hätten sich in die Berge in Sicherheit gebracht.

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