MESOPOTAMIA NEWS JOINT FRONT CONTRA KURDISH PKK – Iraqi army detains over 20 members of PKK-affiliated group in Sinjar
Halgurd Sherwani December 27th 2020 11:12 – An Iraqi army soldier patrols the Yezidi(Ezidi)-majority town of Sinjar (Shingal),
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – 27 Dec 2020 – The Iraqi military launched a detention campaign on Saturday evening in which it arrested over 20 members of an armed militia affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the disputed district of Sinjar (Shingal), a group fighting a decades-long insurgency against Ankara over Kurdish rights in Turkey.
The group, part of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and known as the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS), reportedly attacked the army with stones during a protest.
Iraqi PM visits Baghdad streets as tensions rise with Iran-backed militias
yesterday at 11:36 Rudaw – 2 Dec 2020 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi made a rare visit into the streets of Baghdad as the capital came close to being plunged into lawlessness on Friday night with Iran-backed militias threatening the government over the arrest of their militiaman and the prime minister deploying his loyal security forces into the streets to preserve peace and maintain order. Tensions are rising between his government and Iranian-backed militia groups ahead of the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Official Warns of Further Deterioration of Sinjar Security
Basnews English 2020/12/26 – 14:07 Kurdistan ERBIL — The security situation in the Yezidi region of Sinjar is at stake with Hashd al-Shaabi militias and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) deploying more reinforcement despite the Erbil-Baghdad agreement, said a Kurdish official.
Reports: Afrin women enslaved, transferred to Libya by mercenaries
A Sky News’ report revealed that the Turkish occupation mercenaries transferred a number of detained Afrin women in Turkish prisons to Libya, and enslaved them in the same manner that ISIS mercenaries did to Yazidi women in Şengal.
HAWAR ANHA NEWS – 23 Dec 2020, Wed – 19:38 – A group of Kurdish women from the occupied Afrin told shocking tell-all of brutal rape and kidnappings by mercenary groups and the Turkish occupation army against them since the occupation of the city in March 2018, in Sky News today, Wednesday’s report.
Iraqi Kurdistan gov’t requests US force deployment on border with Syrian Kurdistan: spox
Posted on December 24, 2020 Jutyar Adil, the spokesman of the KDP-dominated Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Erbil, 2020.
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan region,— The KDP-dominated Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has officially requested that the United States deploy its forces on Iraqi Kurdistan Region-Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) border to patrol the area and prevent clashes between Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP Peshmerga militias and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a KRG spokesperson said on Wednesday.
The PYD and the KNC, the two major factions among Syrian Kurdish parties, renewed negotiations in early November in efforts to stand together as a united front after Turkey’s cross-border offensive in northern Syria in October 2019.
December 23rd 2020 02:12 – Democratic Union Party (PYD) spokesperson Sama Baghdash.
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Sama Baghdash, the spokesperson of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), told Kurdistan 24 on Monday that the intra-Kurdish dialogue between the main Syrian Kurdish political parties will continue after the formation of a new US administration.
Turkey plans to send mercenaries into Haftanine
Bids by the Turkish State are under way to send mercenaries of the al-Nusra Front and the Turkistan Islamist Party into the region of Haftanine in Southern Kurdistan.
NEWS 24 Dec 2020, Thu – 09:35 2020-12-24T09:35:00 NEWS DESK – Information available purport that endeavors by the Turkish Occupation State to send into Haftanine of Southern Kurdistan mercenaries of the al-Nusra Front and the Turkistan Islamist Party that participated in the occupation of al-Bab, Jarablus and north eastern Syria, after they were sent into Libya and Karabakh, and so-called Turkistan Islamist Party includes members from Uighur, Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and other mercenaries from mid Asian countries.
The Sinjar Municipal Office Directorate: Interview
by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi • Dec 23, 2020 at 8:21 am
The district of Sinjar in Ninawa countryside has become a point of tension on account of an agreement that was struck between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government regarding Sinjar in October 2020. The most notable terms of that agreement (according to documents published in Arabic-language media) are as follows:
– The appointment of a new mayor.
– The exclusive management of Sinjar’s security portfolio by the Sinjar local police, the National Security apparatus, and the national intelligence apparatus in ‘coordination with the security apparatuses in the Kurdistan region.’
Iraqis protest government decision to devalue currency
Basic foodstuffs have become more expensive after sudden change in price of dollar – Halgurd Sherwani December 22nd 2020 15:12
Iraqi protesters take part in a demonstration in the central city of Najaf, Dec. 21, 2020. ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Hundreds of Iraqis on Monday in several Iraqi cities held gatherings to protests the recent decision by their government to devalue the Iraqi dinar against the dollar in a bid to cover the budget deficit it had suffered due to low crude prices.
Iran’s Christians face renewed fears ahead of Christmas
The case of Dabrina Bet Tamraz and her parents highlights a string of crackdowns against Evangelical and Protestant Christians across the country that have forced many to flee.
An Iranian Christian woman lights candles during the Christmas Eve mass at the St. Gregor Armenian Catholic church in Tehran on Dec. 24, 2017, as Christians around the world are celebrating Christmas.
Joe Snell Dec 18, 2020 AL MONITOR – In 2009, Iran began a crackdown on its religious community that led to the arrest of Dabrina Bet Tamraz. The government eventually shuttered her family’s Assyrian Pentecostal church.