PUK Media Remain Silent on PKK-KDPI Clashes / Those PUK media that have reported on the events have accused the KDPI of attacking PKK guerrillas

Basnews | Hemin Salih – 26.05.2015 – ERBIL – Media outlets linked to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have failed to cover the clashes between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) near the Kurdistan Region border with Iran earlier this week.PUK media that have reported on the events have accused the KDPI of attacking PKK guerrillas and use the clashes in an effort to discredit the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) –which is politically close to PKK- ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Turkey. Jamal Abdullah, a former PUK journalist told BasNews, “The PUK did not stand with the KDPI during the recent events because it could damage its relationship with the Iranian government.”

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Will The Hashd Al-Shaabi Change The Face Of Iraqi Politics? Interview With Fanar Haddad

MESOP : MUSINGS ON IRAQ – Iraq News, Politics, Economics, Society – Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fanar Haddad is one of the pre-eminent scholars on sectarianism in Iraq. His 2011 book Sectarianism in Iraq, Antagonistic Visions of Unity was a ground breaking work on the topic. Recently Haddad wrote “The Hashd: Redrawing the Military and Political Map of Iraq” for the Middle East institute. That spurred this interview about what impact the Hashd al-Shaabi, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) might have on the future of Iraqi politics. Haddad can be followed on Twitter at @fanarhaddad.

  1. The Hashd al-Shaabi were created after the fall of Mosul when Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on Iraqis to defend their nation against the insurgency. They have become widely popular since then with dozens of Facebook pages and Twitter posts dedicated to them along with each groups own public relations campaign. How did the Hashd gain such a position in Iraqi society?

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“Where does all this leave Washington? In the first place, its long-standing hope that ISIS could somehow be defeated without western, and particularly American, boots on the ground has been proved once and for all to be a quixotic pipedream,” argues Dov Zakheim in National Interest.

“What accounts for the Iraqi military’s failure? Many problems stem from the Bush Administration decision to disband the existing Iraq military in 2003 and build a new one from scratch. Intended to rid the institution of officers linked to Saddam Hussein, the move instead left thousands of armed men unemployed and embittered,” writes Matt Schiavenza in the Atlantic.

“The stories of two men from Anbar provide a glimpse into why efforts to stop the Islamic State’s advance in the province have so far failed, and also into how local Sunni leaders might react to the influx of Iran-backed Shiite militiamen that will likely follow Ramadi’s fall, ” writes David Kenner for Foreign Policy

Biden Diffuses Tension With Iraqi Government andReassures Abadi of US Support / Iraqi leaders angry with US defence secretary’s remarks criticising Iraqi army


Basnews – 26.05.2015 11:06 – BAGHDAD – United States Vice President Joe Biden has stepped in to reassure Iraq’s government of the US’s continued support in the fight against the Islamic State. Biden called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday night, acknowledging “the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces”, according to a White House statement. The telephone conversation with Abadi comes after US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter questioned the commitment of Iraqi forces, accusing them of “lacking the will to fight”.

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MESOP REPORTING : Islamic State reportedly seizes all of the Al Waleed border crossing in Iraq

BY CALEB WEISS | May 25th, 2015 | Long War Journal – Just days after capturing the Syrian side of the Al Waleed border crossing in Homs province, the Islamic State now controls the Iraqi side of the border crossing.

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MESOP : Will Kurdistan sell oil if Baghdad doesn’t pay?

Katy Barnato     | Hadley Gamble – CNBC – 25 May 2015 – Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan will sell its oil independently of Baghdad if the national government does not pay the money it owes, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government told CNBC over the weekend. Oil-rich Kurdistan, which has historically had a very tense relationship with the rest of Iraq, has been in dispute with the federal government in Baghdad since 2014 over oil exports and budget distribution. For the last year, national government funding for the region has been erratic, amid accusations that the region is selling oil without Baghdad’s consent and failing to meet production quotas.

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MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY (III) : Obama has not done a ‘damn thing’ to confront ISIS, Iranian commander says

DUBAI – Jerusalem Post – 25 May 2015 – The general in charge of Iran’s paramilitary activities in the Middle East said the United States and other powers were failing to confront Islamic State, and only Iran was committed to the task, a news agency on Monday reported. Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force responsible for protecting the Islamic Republic’s interests abroad, has become a familiar face on the battlefields of Iraq, where he often outranks local commanders. “Today, in the fight against this dangerous phenomenon, nobody is present except Iran,” the Tasnim news agency quoted Soleimani as saying on Sunday in reference to Islamic State. Iran should help countries suffering at the hands of Islamic State, said Soleimani, whose force is part of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Mehr news agency reported.The Sunni militant group has taken key cities in Iraq and Syria in the past week, routing regular forces in both countries with apparent ease.”Obama has not done a damn thing so far to confront Daesh: doesn’t that show that there is no will in America to confront it?” Mehr quoted Soleimani as saying, using a derogatory Arabic term for Islamic State.

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 25. Mai 06:08 – “It is better for PKK to clean its act ,otherwise will lose many support from people abroad and in Kurdistan. They should never ever attack any kurds, they killed 2 peshmargas from Rojhalat, and stop this nonsense childish act of terror, we have bigger enemy on our yard and we are fighting ISIS. PKK knows Islamic terrorist rejime in Iran and doing business on behalf of that rejime against kurds will not be in in interest of PKK or any kurds,the Islamic rejime laugh at them, It is time for PKK to stop advanturous journy of dead idealogy and be with kurds in Bashur and Rojhalat,not against them.”

MESOP : PKK KILLS KURDS ON TEHRAN ORDER – Clashes Between PKK and KDPI Continue; Heavy Machine Guns Used / PKK guerrillas set up checkpoints in the area

Basnews | Hoshmand Sadiq – 24.05.2015 – SIEDAKAN – Local Kurdistan Region Security in Siedakan, north of the KRG capital Erbil, has reported clashes between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI). Heavy machine guns and RPG are said to have been used in the fighting. Kurdistan Region Security forces in Siedakan, one the Iranian border, told BasNews on Sunday that the fighting which started earlier today when the PKK attacked KDPI Peshmerga forces in Keleshin is continuing, with weapons such as BKC, DShK and RPG being used by both sides.

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MESOP : US AIR FORCE SUPPORTS BRUTAL IRANIAN GUIDED MILITIA – Iranian-backed militias lead Iraqi counteroffensive to retake Ramadi

BY BILL ROGGIO | May 24, 2015 | Long War Journal – Iranian-backed Shiite militias, including Hezbollah Brigades, a US-listed Foreign Terrorist Organization, are leading the Iraqi government’s counteroffensive to regain control of Ramadi, which was lost to the Islamic State last week. The militias are now eclipsing Iraq’s security forces in the fight against the Islamic State.Thousands of fighters from Shiite militias operating under the aegis of the Popular Mobilization Committee, backed by units from the Iraqi Army’s Golden Division and more than a thousand policemen, launched the counteroffensive from the city of Habbaniyah, one of the last government-controlled areas in eastern Anbar yesterday.

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