MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SCANDAL :  PKK ‘abducts’ two villagers on Kurdistan Region-Iran border: family

Karwan Faidhi Dri  30 Nov 2020 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) “abducted” two villagers on Kurdistan Region’s border with Iran on November 17, their family has told Rudaw.

Cousins Twana Haji, 26, and Qaraman Abdullah, 19, are from the village of Prdashal at the foot of the Qandil mountain range – known as the headquarters of the PKK.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS KURDISTAN IRAQ : PKK HAS TO LEAVE SINJAR !- Iraqi forces implement first phase of agreement on Sinjar

Hiwa Shilani | 28. Nov 2020 – Erbil and Baghdad reached an agreement on restoring the security and stability of Sinjar and its reconstruction. ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Iraqi Federal Police started implementing an agreement—between Baghdad and authorities in Erbil—that demands the eventual ouster of militias from the disputed Sinjar region north of the country.

Police forces began lowering banners and flags of different armed groups on public grounds in Sinjar (Shingal).

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : SOUTH KURDISTAN AGREEMENT ON SINJAR CONTRA PKK

UK ‘encouraged’ by improved Erbil-Baghdad relations, Sinjar Agreement: diplomat

Halgurd Sherwani | – James Roscoe, the UK acting Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, during a Security Council session, Aug. 26, 2020.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The United Kingdom is hopeful of the “improved” relationships between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq’s federal government, including the recently signed agreement between the two on normalizing the administrative and security situation in the Yezidi-majority town of Sinjar, a top British diplomat to the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : DOES KURDISH PKK WORKS TOGETHER WITH IRAN AGAINST  YEZIDI ?

PKK, Hashd al-Shaabi Against Implementation of Erbil-Baghdad Deal on Sinjar: Kurdish MP – They create difficulties for the process

BasNews 2020/11/22 – 23:44 – ERBIL – A member of the Kurdistan Region Parliament has revealed that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias are against the implementation of the Erbil-Baghdad agreement to normalize the situation in Sinjar.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SENSATION: KURDISH INTELLECTUALS SAY “NO”! TO PKK !Delegation of Kurdish Intellectuals from Turkey Visits Kurdistan Parliament to Reject PKK’s Interventions

Basnews English 2020/11/22 – 15:49 ERBIL — A delegation of intellectuals from the Kurdish provinces in Turkey visited Kurdistan Region Parliament on Sunday to denounce the harmful interventions by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Kurdistan Region’s affairs.

“Received a delegation who were representing 500 writers,lawyers, journalists,civi society activists from Kurdish cities in Turkey.They expressed their rejection for PKK actions against Kurdistan Region institutions,” Parliament’s Deputy Speaker Hemin Hawrami wrote on Twitter.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS REPORT NORTH IRAQ : UN envoy to Iraq calls for Sinjar agreement to be implemented

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.  ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – At a meeting in Mosul on Thursday, the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, urged Iraqi and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to implement a recent agreement for administering and providing security for the disputed district of Sinjar (Shingal).

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS REPORT : Iraqi KRG checkpoints part of crackdown on PKK

Turkish attacks on the PKK in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region have forced the KRG to increase checkpoints and security.

Kurdish riot police, some wearing protective masks due to COVID-19, stand guard during a demonstration to denounce the Turkish assault in northern Iraq, in Sulaimaniyah city, in the Kurdish autonomous region of northern Iraq, on June 18, 2020. Turkey launched a rare ground assault into northern Iraq on June 17, deploying special forces against rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is blacklisted by Ankara as a “terrorist” group.

Joe Snell   al MONITOR  Nov 16, 2020

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 MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : TARGETING KURDISH PKK IN NORTH IRAQ

Iraqi Kurdish Checkpoints Blocking Assyrians – By Joe Snell   AL Monitor Posted 2020-11-17 05:30 GMT

Maryam Shmoil thought it was unusual that she and her daughter were stopped on Nov. 6 from entering into Nahla Valley, a northern Iraqi region home to ethnic Assyrians. Shmoil owns a house in the area and said she travels from Erbil to Nahla nearly every weekend, but a new checkpoint was turning away visitors and limiting the amount of food and energy resources for locals.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INSIGHT : SHOCK THERAPY WILL KILL, NOT CURE, IRAQI KURDISTAN’S ECONOMY

by Michael Knights  – PolicyWatch 3401 November 13, 2020

Spending cuts are necessary and overdue in the Kurdistan Region, but international players need to ameliorate the impact of politicized provisions in the new funding deficit law.

During a contentious late-night meeting on November 11, Iraq’s parliament approved emergency borrowing of 12 trillion dinars ($10 billion USD) to cover government expenses for the last quarter of 2020. The vote passed with the support of 173 Shia and Sunni members in the 329-seat legislature, though the 60-odd Kurdish members walked out of the session, making it a rare fiscal decision undertaken without one of Iraq’s main ethnosectarian components. The move was not a surprise given steadily building tensions between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and other political blocs, but the steepness of the required cuts is arguably impossible for the Kurds to surmount in short order. For this reason, and because the new law may set expectations for the 2021 budget, it is important to accurately characterize why the Kurds walked out of the vote and how the United States and other partners should react.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : FRANCE, IRAQ AND USA CONDEMN KURDISH WORKERS PARTY PKK IN NORTH IRAQ / THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF PKK ?

Three countries, including US, condemn PKK attacks on KRG security forces—ongoing since Sinjar agreement

Laurie Mylroie | (8. Nov 2020) KURDISTAN24 – Fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Qandil Mountains of the Kurdistan Region.

WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – Over the past week, three countries, including the US, issued statements sharply critical of the recent assaults by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on the security forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG): the US, France, and Iraq.

The US statement made a particular point of describing the PKK as a “terrorist” organization, a point also made in the French denunciation of the assaults.

PKK Attacks on Kurdish Security Forces

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