Today Marks 30th Anniversary of Kurdish Uprising against Baath Regime

Basnews English 2021/03/05 – 13:45 ERBIL — The 1991 uprising, or better known as the major uprising, was led by the people Kurdistan Region against Saddam Hussein’s Baath regime. Peshmerga forces also played a key role in the uprising after they left the mountains and joined the people in the cities.

The 1991 Kurdish uprising is considered as a landmark event which altered regional politics.

After ending an 8-year-long war with the neighboring Iran in 1988, the ruling Baath regime renewed its military campaign against the Kurdish freedom movement, carrying out chemical and genocidal attacks against not only the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, but also the Kurdish civilians. The downfall of the Iraqi government after it lost the war in Kuwait provided the ground for a Kurdish uprising.

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Military Developments In Northern Iraq Trigger Diplomatic Row Between Iranian, Turkish Ambassadors To Baghdad

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS ANALYSIS : MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 9206 (GERMAN TEXT)

Am 28. Februar 2021 berichtete die in London ansässige Nachrichtenseite Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed über die Verwicklung der Türkei und des Iran in die inneren Angelegenheiten des Irak. [1] Der Bericht hob die wachsenden Spannungen zwischen Ankara und Teheran wegen der jüngsten Entwicklungen im Nordirak hervor, wo vom Iran unterstützte Milizen in Sinjar in der Provinz Ninive zusammen mit Kräften der Arbeiterpartei Kurdistans (PKK) stationiert wurden, ein Einsatz, den Ankara niederschlagen will.

Im Folgenden finden Sie eine Übersetzung des Berichts:

“In einem neuen Hinweis auf die eskalierenden Spannungen zwischen Ankara und Teheran in der Stadt Sinjar in der Provinz Ninive im Nordirak über die Entsendung von vom Iran unterstützten bewaffneten Milizen an der Seite der Kämpfer der Arbeiterpartei Kurdistans (PKK), die ankara bekämpft, ist ein Streit zwischen dem iranischen und dem türkischen Botschafter [im Irak] ausgebrochen, der den irakischen Parlamentspräsidenten Muhammad Al-Halbousi zum Eingreifen zwingt. , und fordert sie auf (ohne Namen zu nennen), “die Souveränität des Irak zu achten, sich ihrer Pflichten voll bewusst zu sein und sich nicht in das einzumischen, was sie nicht betrifft”.

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Military Developments In Northern Iraq Trigger Diplomatic Row Between Iranian, Turkish Ambassadors To Baghdad  

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS ANALYSIS : Special Dispatch No. 9206

On February 28, 2021, the London-based news website Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed reported on the involvement of Turkey and Iran in Iraq’s internal affairs. The report highlighted the growing tension between Ankara and Tehran over recent developments in northern Iraq, where Iran-backed militias have been deployed to Sinjar, Nineveh province, alongside forces of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a deployment which Ankara wants to crush.

The following is a translation of the report:

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ONGOING STREET PROTESTS IN IRAQ – Protesters Return to Streets in Baghdad and Other Iraqi Provinces

Basnews English 2021/03/02 – 12:16 Iraq  – 2 March 2021 – ERBIL — Protesters returned on Tuesday to the streets in Baghdad, Qadisiyah, and Missan provinces to support the anti-government demonstrations in Dhi Qar.

Local reports said the security forces clashed with the protesters after attempting to disperse the gathering in Kahramana Square of Baghdad.

This comes a week after seven people were killed during a massive protest in Dhi Qar.

Back then, BasNews reported that over 200 people, including protesters and security personnel, were wounded as the result of violence.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS KURDISTAN & IRAQ – Türkisch-iranische Rivalität heizt sich um Mossul auf

Die zunehmende Fokussierung der Türkei auf die irakische Sinjar-Region ist mit einer breiteren Rivalität mit dem Iran um Einfluss auf Mossul verbunden.

Fehim Tastekin  AL MONITOR  26. Februar 2021

Das Streben der Türkei nach einer militärischen Kampagne, um kurdische Militante aus der nordirakischen Region Sinjar zu vertreiben, hat die türkisch-iranische Rivalität um Einfluss im ölreichen Mossul angeheizt, die viele Türken als verlorenes osmanisches Erbe betrachten.

Anfang der Woche wurde der iranische Außenminister Mohammad Javad Zarif mit den Worten zitiert, Teheran lehne die türkische Militärpräsenz in Syrien und im Irak ab und halte die Politik Ankaras gegenüber Damaskus und Bagdad für falsch. In einer Stellungnahme gegenüber einer türkischen Nachrichtenagentur bestritt ein namentlich nicht genannter Beamter des iranischen Außenministeriums, Zarif habe die Äußerungen gemacht, doch die Kluft zwischen den beiden Ländern zeigt sich vor Ort.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS REPORT NORTH IRAQ/KURDISTAN : Masrour Barzani rules Iraqi Kurdistan with ‘dry, narrow, partisan mindset’: PUK official

SULAIMANI,  26. Febr 2021 – Iraqi Kurdistan region,— Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masrour Barzani works with a “dry, narrow, partisan mindset.” member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) general leadership council Atta Sarawi  said on Thursday.

Sarawi told NRT TV that the KRG was not just unable to reduce the people’s troubles, but it had in fact increased them.

By way of explaining, he said that many of the Kurdistan Region’s representatives in Baghdad are unable to secure the rights of the Kurds, referring to the persistent disagreements between Baghdad and Erbil across a range of issues including the budget and the disputed areas.In addition to his criticism of Barzani, Sarawi said that Iraqi president Barham Salih has fallen short of the level of the PUK’s “ambition” in Baghdad.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS KURDISTAN REPORT : Die türkische Armee greift kurdische Gebiete im Nordirak an – Blutige Adlerklauen

Mitte Februar hat die türkische Armee zum zweiten Mal binnen Jahresfrist kurdische Gebiete im Nordirak angegriffen. –

Der türkische Menschenrechtsverein macht nun sowohl die PKK als auch die türkische Regierung für den Tod der Geiseln verantwortlich. »Die PKK ist nach humanitären Maßstäben für das Leben der Menschen verantwortlich, die sie entführt hat. Ihre Verantwortung für diesen Vorfall liegt auf der Hand«, heißt es in einer schriftlichen Stellungnahme am 15. Februar –  Von Sabine Küper-Büsch – jungle world  „25 Febr 2021

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS ANALYSIS – ATTRIBUTING THE ERBIL ATTACK: THE ROLE OF OPEN-SOURCE MONITORING

by Crispin Smith, Michael Knights, and Hamdi Malik  – PolicyWatch 3439
February 24, 2021

Even Iran’s proxies now have proxies, but authorities can still untangle and attribute their illegal acts through expanded use of rich open-source evidence.

The February 15 rocket attack on Erbil International Airport was the second such strike on the city and the fourth major rocket attack on coalition facilities in Iraq since September 2020. Following these and other attacks, the propaganda arms of Iran-backed militias have sought to trumpet their successes against the coalition while obfuscating who carried them out. The United States and other coalition partners should therefore invest more effort in forensically linking the online “facade groups” that publicize attacks to major fasail (militias) such as Kataib Hezbollah (KH), Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), Hezbollah Harakat al-Nujaba, and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS). Even using non-classified means, it is possible to generate strong attribution evidence through careful online analysis of each group’s makeup, language, and interactions with one another.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : TROUBLE IN THE KURDISH FAMILY – If Turkey attacks Sinjar and fights PMF, Peshmerga will stay out of it: commander

 

NRT NEWS – SULAIMANI — Commander of the Peshmerga forces in Sinjar Qassim Shasho said on Tuesday (February 23) that the Kurdistan Region’s military will stay out of any potential conflict between Turkey and Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) militias if there is fighting in the district.

Shasho, who recently rejoined a Peshmerga unit affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), told Voice of America that the Peshmerga would however defend itself if it comes under attack. “It is known that [the PMF] is an Iranian force. If Turkey attacks Sinjar, it will be an Iran-Turkey war and we will be victimized,” he told VOA. “We will not fight and will only defend ourselves. We will not fight Turkey or Iran.”

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Turkey is Bombing Assyrian Villages in North Iraq

International Christian Concern – Posted 2021-02-22 22:26 GMT

Iraq condemned Turkey’s recent incursion into Iraqi territory in Nineveh Governorate. A member of parliament claimed that Turkey does not have the authority to deploy Turkish troops into Iraqi land. Turkey claimed they did so in order to neutralize 33 PKK fighters.

Turkey continues to pursue the PKK to “neutralize” their threat. Often this comes at the expense of bombings in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and within the Nineveh Governorate. Many Assyrian Christians called these areas home prior to the Iraqi war and ISIS. Turkey’s military excursions against the PKK in Iraq began increasing while the country was preoccupied with defeating ISIS, allowing them to establish several military bases within Iraq.

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