By Dr. Mordechai Kedar – Arutz Sheva, Israel – A senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University. He served in IDF Military Intelligence for 25 years, specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena
October 23, 2014 – The Kurds have a right to independence. Their lack of it until now is an unjust and tragic accident of history.
MESOP : Muhammad Amin Penjwini & Mahmoud Osman : Contacts & Trustees of PKK towards Iran under Cemil Bayiks umbrella
Iran is only country able to solve Erbil-Baghdad disputes: Mahmoud Osman
22-10-2014 – Kurdpress – A former Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad Mahmoud Osman said the Islamic Republic of Iran is the only country in the region that is capable of solving tensions between the central government and the autonomous government in the north of Iraq.
By Ali Mamouri – AL MONITOR – 22-10-2014 – The Islamic State (IS) project goes beyond making a political change for the region’s map. The organization seeks a comprehensive and fundamental change at all levels, whether culturally, socially, economically or politically. It is a major ideological revolution akin to the communist revolutions in Russia and China.Commonly, such ideological revolutions introduce radical cultural changes in the educational system, as soon as the groups that have launched them take up the reins of political power. Cultural goals are the main priorities of these groups, which view political power merely as a means to achieve these goals.
MESOP TODAY’S GENERAL ANALYSIS BY MICHAEL GUNTER – TENNESSEE
COMMENTARY Michael Gunter and Nahro Zagros / 21 Oct 2014 – Dr. Gunter is a professor of political science at Tennessee Technological University. Dr. Zagros is the vice president for curriculum development at Soran University in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Most of this article is based on Dr. Gunter’s findings during his visit to the Iraqi Kurdish region in late September 2014 and his earlier research on the situation in Syria recently published as Michael M. Gunter, Out of Nowhere: The Kurds of Syria in Peace and War (Hurst Publishers Ltd., 2014). Among many others, Dr. Gunter also benefited from talks with Nahro Zagros, the vice president for curriculum development at Soran University in the Kurdish region of Iraq, and Till Paasche, a lecturer in political geography at Soran University.
By Alexander Whitcomb RUDAW – 22 10 2014 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Peshmerga will be operating heavy weapons against Islamic State militants in the besieged city of Kobane following weeks of secret negotiations involving Turkey, the Kurds in Iraq and Syria, and the United States, a senior Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) official told Rudaw.Fuad Hussein, chief of staff to the KRG’s President Massoud Barzani, said in an interview: “A small group of Peshmerga will be in Kobane within a few days.”He said: “They are Peshmerga weapons specifically requested by the Democratic Union Party (PYD),” the political wing of the Kurds locked in battle with the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Syrian town bordering Turkey.
21.10.2014 – Hemin Salih – BasNews, Erbil – A special committee has been set up to investigate Kurdish officials arrested on charges of being involved in oil deals with Islamic State (IS) militants in Kirkuk Province.According to information obtained by BasNews some of the accused were security officials meaning they would face military court. If they admit their crime they will be hanged.
Oberkommandant Heydar Shesho: “Ein Shingal ohne êzîdîsche Identität akzeptieren wir nicht”
Shingal. Der Oberkommandant der Verteidigungseinheit Shingals (HPŞ), Heydar Shesho, hat in Anwesenheit êzîdîscher Kommandeure und Würdenträgern Stellung zur Zukunft der Region Shingal bezogen. In seiner Ansprache machte Oberkommandant Shesho unter anderem deutlich, dass ein Shingal “ohne êzîdîsche Identität nicht akzeptiert werden kann”, gleich welche Partei oder Organisation in Shingal zukünftig tätig sein wird. Dies gelte auch für die kurdische Regierung. Zugleich sei dies die Bedingung für alle Parteien und Kräfte, die in Shingal wirken möchten.
By Loveday Morris and Mustafa Salim October 20 – The Washington Post – BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants advanced on Mount Sinjar on Monday, seizing two villages and blocking roads as besieged fighters from the minority Yazidi sect pleaded for U.S.-led airstrikes to save them.
A suicide bomber killed an estimated 19 people at a funeral at a Shiite mosque in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad Sunday. Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake the northern city of Baiji, which hosts the country’s largest oil refinery, however the efforts were derailed after an armored vehicle exploded near the security forces’ convoy, killing four soldiers. On Sunday, the U.S. military reported it had broadened airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq’s Anbar province. Australia has reached an agreement with Iraq allowing the deployment of 200 special forces to “advise and assist” Iraqi security forces. Meanwhile, after over a month of negotiations, the Iraqi parliament has approved new defense and interior ministers.
Amnesty International accused the Iraqi government of supporting the Badr militia, which Amnesty also accused of kidnapping more than 170 young Sunni men since June. Against the backdrop of these sectarian tensions, the New York Times reported infighting within the Shiite bloc between Prime Minister Abadi and former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.