MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : DON’T CRITIZISE IRAN ! Iraq: ‘PMF’ Shuts Down Fake Offices, Arrests Commander Who Criticized Iran

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) – London – Asharq Al-Awsat 9 Febr 2019 – Khafajah tribe denounced the arrest of Aws al-Khafaji, leader of Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade, and demanded his release two days after the “Popular Mobilization Forces” (PMF) arrested him.

The leader of Khafajah tribe, Ameer Ghani Sikban, denounced in a statement the arrest of Aws al-Khafaji, calling on the government to help in releasing him.Khafaji, a well-known commander at PMF, criticized the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Iraq and his five days stay.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : A GOOD US REPUBLICAN PRO KURDS ! – US Senator Introduces Amendment to Protect Kurds in Syria

Basnews English 30/01/2019 – 15:30 ERBIL — US Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) has introduced the Authorization for Use of Force to Defend the Kurds in Syria Resolution as an amendment to the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act.

“There must always be a moral component to America’s foreign policy, and it’s our moral responsibility to be loyal to our allies,” said Sen. Kennedy.“The Syrian Kurds were indispensable in our fight against ISIS in Syria, and we shouldn’t leave them high and dry. This amendment will ensure the protection of our Kurdish allies and demonstrate our appreciation for their help in the war against ISIS,” he explained, using a different acronym for Islamic State or IS.

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PKK- “Kurden”, die gegen Autonome Region Kurdistan bzw KRG protestieren wollten, haben vor der ARK-Vertretung in Brüssel die Kurdistan Flagge runtergerissen.

Das hat sicherlich mit Nêçirvans Aussage bezüglich Bombardement der Türkei und Anwesenheit der PKK in ARK zu tun. Aber diese Flagge ist nicht nur seine Flagge oder ARKs Flagge sondern damit identifizieren sich die meisten Kurden aus ganz Kurdistan. Eine Demütigung und Angriff gegen diese Flagge bedeutet Demütigung aller Kurden.

Die Kurdistan Flagge vor der ARK Vertretung in der EU-Hauptstadt Brüssel war und ist ein Dorn im Auge aller unserer Feinde.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Kurdish MPs Urge Turkey, PKK to Move Their Conflict Out of Kurdistan

Basnews English 29/01/2019 – ERBIL — A group of Kurdish members of Iraqi parliament have called on both the Turkish government and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to avoid waging their conflicts on the Kurdistan Region soil.

Turkey, for years, has been carrying out ground and aerial operations deep into the Kurdistan Region border areas, allegedly to target the positions of the PKK guerrillas.

The MPs, from ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party, visited Duhok on Tuesday to study the situation after last week’s deadly confrontation between locals in Sheladize district and the Turkish army in the region, which left at least one civilian killed and ten others injured.

MP Vian Sabri said Turkey and PKK must both leave Kurdistan Region, arguing that PKK’s presence has attracted further Turkish airstrikes. “The violence also impacts the economy and social life of the people, especially in Duhok province,” MP Sabri said during a news conference.

She also called on the governments of Kurdistan Region and Iraq to take immediate actions and address the issue on the border territories with Turkey. More via

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Turkey says anti-PKK ops will continue despite protests

By Rudaw 27 Jan 2019 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey’s operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) will continue, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar announced on Sunday, a day after deadly protests against Turkish airstrikes in the Kurdistan Region and condemnation from Baghdad.

“Our effective operations will continue without disruption. We will invalidate all these provocations and finally clear the region from terrorists,” Akar said during a visit to Mardin province on Turkey’s border with Syria.
He was accompanied by a number of senior military officials.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS „NO TO TURKS & NO TO PKK“ : Barzani hails Erbil-Baghdad ties, urging PKK to keep its war out of KRG

By Rudaw  27 Jan 2019 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Relations between Erbil and the central government of Iraq have greatly improved in recent months, said Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Sunday, adding that both sides have full military cooperation, and that the passing of the federal budget last week could be the start of resolving other outstanding disputes between the two capitals.
“We both have a common enemy which is ISIS and we have very good cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil to face this threat,” PM Barzani told reporters.

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Martin Glasenapp‏ @MartinGlasenapp Jan 26  – Martin Glasenapp Retweeted Strategic News

Nachdem die Luftwaffe der #Türkei im Nord-#Irak bei Bombardierungen von kurdischen Dörfern 12 Zivilisten tötete, kommt es in der Region #Dohuk zu Protesten gegen eine türk. Militärbasis. Die Demonstranten stürmen das Gelände und zerstören Fahrzeuge & Panzer. #Şeladizê #Shiladze

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : TOGETHER AGAIN ? – KDP & PUK are drafting a 4-year agreement


Aliza Marcus‏ @AlizaMarcus 28m28 minutes ago – Looks like PUK & KDP trying to agree on joint strategic vision on issues like relations with Turkey, Iran etc. will be interesting to see if they can come up with something concrete & stick to it

By Rudaw  – 21 Jan 2019 –  KDP and PUK are drafting a 4-year agreement – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The two ruling parties of the Kurdistan Region are set to sign a four-year agreement outlining major policy positions in a bid to stabilize Kurdistan and strengthen its position in the region.

The main points of the new understanding between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), according to information obtained by Rudaw, have been divided into governance, decision-making, political stances in the Kurdistan Region, relations with Baghdad, Kirkuk and the disputed territories, and relations with neighboring countries, especially Iran and Turkey.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : LONG DISTANCE RUNNERS ? – Government Formation in the KRG: A Perilously Slow Process

Farhad Alaaldin  – BY FIKRA FOUM WASHINGTON – Farhad Alaaldin is a current political adviser to the President of Iraq, prior to which he was the Chief of Staff of the KRG Prime Minister from 2009 to 2011 and then senior adviser to the KRG Prime Minister from 2011 to 2012. Farhad is a writer and observer on current political affairs in Iraq and Kurdistan and holds a Master’s Degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University.

Also available in العربية  – January 14, 2018

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One question is whether after Feb 24 the PUK will ease up on pro PKK/PKK groups

Kamal ChomaniVerified account @KamalChomani

#Turkey will lift int’l flight ban on Sulaimani airport taking into effect from 24 February. This comes after the #PUK proved that it can do what Turkish Gov wants in cracking down the pro-PKK activities. Seemingly, not only PUK supports that, even #Gorran‘s Sulaimani Governor.

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