15 Jan 2018 – Yesar Al-Maleki Retweeted AlsumariaTV-السومرية
230 journalists affected by violations in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2017: report
SULAIMANI, 14. Jan 2018 – Iraqi Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate said it recorded 137 cases of different types of violations against 230 journalists in the Kurdistan region in 2017.
Committee to defense freedom of journalism and rights of journalists from the Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate released 2017 report of violations against journalists in the Kurdistan region during a press conference on Thursday (January 11).There were three attempts to assassinate four journalists last year, the syndicate’s committee said. Two journalists were killed and another one committed suicide in the Kurdistan region.
Sunday, 14 January, 2018 – 10:45 – Baghdad, Erbil – Asharq Al-Awsat
A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government, who visited Baghdad on Saturday, said that talks with the federal government were positive, noting that representatives from Baghdad would visit Erbil on Monday to discuss the resumption of international flights at Kurdistan airports and controversial issues between the two sides. Iraqi Interior Minister Qassem al-Araji reiterated the need to discuss solving problems of the international entry points, customs, airports, and dams “on the basis of the constitution and federal laws,” a statement published by the Kurdish delegation said, as reported by Rudaw news agency.
MESOP NEWS : BELGIAN MINISTER RESPONDS / GERMAN MINISTER GABRIEL ACCEPTED TO BE BLOCKED
Sangar Ali | January 12-2018 – K24 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Belgium’s Defense Minister Steven Vandeput revealed that the Iraqi federal government blocked him from visiting Belgian troops in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region and asked Brussels to respond diplomatically.“It was also the intention to visit our soldiers in Iraq out of respect for their work far from home. But we only get permission from Iraq to visit our people in Baghdad while our troops are mostly in the north of Iraq, in Erbil. It’s sad,” Vandeput told Het Belang van Limburg Newspaper a few weeks ago.“
MESOP NEWS : CRITICISING THE PUK AS KURDISH TRAITORS – Kirkuk is “Occupied” by Iraqi Army: Ousted Governor
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) – Basnews English – 12/01/2018 – ERBIL — The ousted Kurdish governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim said on Thursday during his latest interview that Kirkuk province is indeed “occupied” by the Iraqi army and Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi.Speaking to Kurdistan 24, Karim said he is still the only legitimate governor of Kirkuk who assumed office through the votes of the people.
MESOP NEWS CRITIQUE : THE US WILL DO NOTHING FOR THE KURDS ! – SETTING THE STAGE FOR PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS IN KIRKUK
by Michael Knights and Bilal Wahab – Michael Knights, a Lafer Fellow with The Washington Institute, has worked in all of Iraq’s provinces and spent time embedded with the country’s security forces. Bilal Wahab is a Soref Fellow at the Institute. PolicyWatch 2915 – January 10, 2018
The disputed area is more combustible than ever, but the United States still has time to press for consensus-based security and political decisionmaking.
2018-01-11 GMT – (Xinhua) — The U.S. ambassador to Iraq Wednesday said that there would be a new decrease of U.S. troops in Iraq in the upcoming months.
In a press conference for some local media at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Ambassador Douglas Silliman said “the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq has been decreased, especially in Anbar province in coordination with the Iraqi forces,” according to al-Sumaria News Agency. “There will be a gradual reduction of these (U.S.) forces in the coming months without replacing them with others,” Silliman told reporters.
MESOP NEWS : KURDISH TRAITORS = THE OILY TALABANI’S – “Traitors of 16th October” Involved in Kurdish Company Ban from Operation in Kirkuk: MP
Basnews English – 09/01/2018 – 22:44 – KIRKUK — The treacherous faction within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) which acted against the Kurdish interests in Kirkuk and brought the Iraqi army to the Kurdish province last October, is now behind Baghdad’s decision to ban the Kurdish oil company “Kar Group” from operating in Kirkuk, said a lawmaker.The Iraqi parliament decided during a session last Monday to prevent Kar Group from working in Kirkuk oilfields, another decision viewed as a move against the Kurds for their September’s referendum on statehood.
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) – BASNEWS 09/01/2018 – 19:42 – ERBIL — The EU Foreign Affairs Chief and the European Commission has devised a new strategy for Iraq in the post-Islamic State (IS) era, seeking a national reconciliation across the country as well as a peaceful solution to the political disputes between Erbil and Baghdad.
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) representative to the EU, Delavar Azhgayi, told BasNews according the new proposed strategy,the EU demands the United Nations to intervene and help Erbil and Baghdad return to the negotiating table to address their differences.
8 Jan 2018 – “The new idea of Iraqi identity is becoming closely linked with a Shia-centric state-building process.The question of what kind of place Sunni Arabs & Kurds have in this new form of ‘Iraqi identity or nationalism’ is yet to be answered satisfactorily or inclusively.” https://twitter.com/galipdalay/status/944261680271413249?t=1&cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjc18y&refsrc=email&iid=6b0268ef5a8d470aaff65771cfa74639&uid=2253272407&nid=244+276893704