DIVISIONS IN IRAQI KURDISTAN ARE COSTING THE UNITED STATES A RELIABLE PARTNER

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : SHAME  & TROUBLE IN KURDISH FAMILY / WITH IRAN BOUND PUK PARTY

by Bilal Wahab PolicyWatch 3353 July 24, 2020 – If Kurdish leaders do not find a way to get beyond petty squabbles and into governing, they will be unable to pull the KRI out of its current nosedive or put their relationship with Washington on more solid ground.

On July 19, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) suspended its participation in the Iraqi Kurdish parliament, in effect shutting it down. The setback is only the latest example of local leaders trying to score political points while the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) reels under the serial shocks of financial crisis, coronavirus pandemic, and military raids by Iran and Turkey.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS ANALYSIS :  Tightrope over the Tigris: Iraqi Prime Minister Reins in Iran-Backed Militiashe Tigris -Iraqi Prime Minister Reins in Iran-Backed Militias

Mustafa al-Kadhimi is intent on restoring the government’s sovereignty to all areas of Iraq. One of the challenges before him: the armed militias loyal to the regime of the ayatollahs. If he is able to rein in the activity of the Iranian-backed militias, this could have a positive influence on United States interests – and those of Israel

Yaron Schneider – INSS Insight No. 1351, July 22, 2020 – ISRAEL

Initial steps taken by the new Prime Minister of Iraq, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, indicate that he intends to restrain the elements that weaken and destabilize the country, among them the militias supported by Iran. These measures join other developments challenging the active presence of Iran and its proxies in Iraq: from demonstrations that refuse to die out, and have instead escalated following their violent suppression, to the killing of Soleimani, to Iran’s inability to persuade the political factions in the Iraqi parliament to support a pro-Iranian candidate for prime minister.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS REPORTS : Iraqi Kurds fear Turkey’s military campaign aims beyond PKK

Iraqi Kurds worry that Turkey’s pursuit of PKK militants inside Iraqi Kurdistan could result in a permanent Turkish military presence and moves to undermine their autonomous region.

An Iraqi kurdish woman confronts riot police as she takes part in 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.

Fehim Tastekin  AL MONITOR –  Jul 20, 2020

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INSIDE: THE JERUSALEM INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGY AND SECURITY

The Assassination of Hisham al-Hashimi: A Warning from Iraqi Shia Militias – by  Dr. Jonathan Spyer

Killing of prominent adviser shows the determination of Iranian-backed Shia militias to resist any attempt to curtail their powers and freedom of action.

20.07.2020

The killing of Dr Hisham al-Hashimi by gunmen outside his home in the Zeyouneh neighborhood of east Baghdad on July 6 most likely represents a warning to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi. As such, it is an event of a significance beyond the immediate loss of a prominent political analyst and scholar.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : KURDISCHE STATEMENTS & SALIH MUSLIMS NICHTE

Kurden im Irak weisen Vorwurf von syrisch-kurdischer Politikerfamilie zurück

AFPAFP20. Juli 2020Die kurdischen Behörden im Irak haben Berichte zurückgewiesen, wonach sie die Nichte des einflussreichen syrischen Kurdenpolitikers Saleh Muslim an die Türkei übergeben haben sollen. Das irakisch-kurdische Innenministerium in Erbil erklärte entsprechende Vorwürfe von Muslims Familie am Montag für unwahr.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ‘Uncoordinated’ Iraqi troop deployment near Kurdistan Region border angers Peshmerga officials

16 July 20220 –  Rudaw  – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The deployment of Iraqi armed forces to locations in close proximity to the Kurdistan Region’s Kifri town in the Garmiyan administration has triggered anger among Kurdish leadership, with the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs describing the move as “uncoordinated.”

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Iraq Calls for its Removal from EU’s ‘Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing List’

 

BasNews 2020/07/13 – 00:49 Iraq  – ERBIL – Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein received a phone call from his German counterpart Heiko Maas on Sunday, during which he called on Germany to remove Iraq from EU’s ‘money laundering and terrorist financing list’, a statement said.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Italian court upholds 12-year sentence for Kurdish Islamist cleric

KURDISTAN24 – 11 Jul 2020 – The controversial Kurdish cleric Mullah Krekar was based in Norway for years until early 2020.  

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – An Italian appeals court on Friday upheld all the convictions in the trial of suspected members of a so-called Jihadi cell, including its leader, Mullah Krekar, the Italian news agency Associated Press National Agency (ANSA) reported on Friday.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : IRANIAN SUFI’S & COVID 19 IN KURDISTAN – IRAQ

Hundreds of Iranian Sufis cross into Iraqi Kurdistan without coronavirus testing

MESOP  9 July 2020 – Hundreds of Sufi dervishes from Iran breached security at an Iraqi Kurdistan Region border crossing without being tested for coronavirus, determined to attend the funeral of an order leader in Sulaimani city, July 9, 2020.

PENJWIN, Iraqi Kurdistan,—

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : NOBODY CARES ABOUT CHRISTIANS IN NORTH IRAQ: Assyrians caught in crossfire between Turkey, PKK fighting

Wars, attacks by the Islamic State, pressure from remaining militia groups and now attacks by Turkey have emptied or destroyed many Assyrian communities in northern Iraq.

Joe Snell – Jul 8, 2020 – AL MONITOR – The sounds of Turkish bombs rattled the Assyrian community of Bersiveh in northern Iraq in the early hours of June 20. Although the village is accustomed to the booms and roars of airstrikes and nearby artillery fire, residents never know when or where to expect the attacks.

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