Seth FrantzmanVerified account @sfrantzman 7 April 2019
If you get the Ayatollah calling to remove US forces for six more F-16s, imagine what could you get to 10 more F-16s…
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Adam Lucente @Adam_Lucente
Today and over the weekend in Iraq: -Ayatollah tells Iraqi PM Abdul Mahdi to remove U.S. forces from Iraq during Mahdi’s visit to Tehran -Iraq receives six more F-16 fighters jets from the U.S.
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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : KURDSTAN & ISRAEL & DER MOSSAD – Kurdistan und Israel – eine ungewöhnliche Freundschaft
Als einziges Staatsoberhaupt unterstützte Benjamin Netanyahu das Unabhängigkeitsreferendum im kurdischen Nordirak. Die in Israel lebenden kurdischen Juden sind eine Art Bindeglied zwischen den Kulturen.
Daniela Segenreich – NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG – 19.10.2017,
Als die Kurden im Nordirak Ende September über ihre Unabhängigkeit abstimmten, hatten sie die gesamte Region gegen sich. Der Irak und die Türkei drohten umgehend mit Sanktionen. Aus Iran wurden paranoide Verschwörungstheorien laut: Masud Barzani, der Präsident des kurdischen Autonomiegebiets, sei ein «Mittelsmann für die Zionisten» und Iran werde «kein zweites Israel akzeptieren». Auch vor der israelischen Botschaft in Ankara demonstrierten Ultranationalisten gegen «den Plan, ein zweites Israel zu errichten».
Ex-Chief of Staff Suggests Erbil-Baghdad Summit on PKK-Turkey Conflict
Basnews English 31/03/2019 – 17:35 Published in Kurdistan – ERBIL — Iraqi army’s former chief of staff has suggested a high summit to be held between Erbil and Baghdad to discuss the ongoing conflict between Turkey and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Iraq and Kurdistan territories.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS: SCHWERE LUFTSCHLÄGE DER TÜRKEI GEGEN DAS KK HAUPTQUARTIER IN DEN KANDIL BERGEN (NORD IRAK)
31 März 2019 – „Als Teil der Operation Pençe (Pfote) führte die türkische Luftwaffe am Morgen des 30. März im Norden des Iraks Luftschläge auf die Hauptquartiere, Unterstände und Bunker der PKK-Terrororganisation aus, wo sich die Terroristenführer befanden, die Anschläge auf die Grenztruppen der türkischen Armee vorbereitet hatten”, so die türkische Behörde.
Nach dem Wiederaufflammen des bewaffneten Konflikts zwischen der PKK und der Türkei im Juli 2015 haben kurdische Rebellen etwa 1000 türkische Militärs und Polizisten getötet. Ankara geht zudem von etwa 500 toten Zivilisten im Zuge des Konflikts aus.
Das türkische Verteidigungsministerium will seinerseits in dieser Zeit mehr als 10.000 PKK-Mitglieder getötet haben. Mehr via www.mesop.de
Seidî Pîre: Înşala rêkeftina PDKê û YNKê nêzîk e!
Kurmancî Bas 31/03/2019 – BASNEWS – Etiketler Diyar Ezîz
BasNews – Endamê polîtburoya YNKê aşkera kir, ew li benda bersiva PDKê ne bo pêşneyarên hatine kirin û nêzîkbûna rêkeftina her du aliyan jî ragehand.
Endamê polîtburoya YNKê Seidî Ehmed Pîre îro 31.03.2019ê di daxuyaniyeke çapemeniyê de ragehand, ku YNKê pêşneyarên xwe yên dawiyê dane şandeya PDKê û em li benda bersiva PDKê ne.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PREVIOUSLY WASHINGTONS DARLING IN SOUTH KURDISTAN NOW ON THE PRO IRANIAN SIDE IN IRAQ – BARHAM SALIH
Iraqi president Barham Salih sacrificed CDJ for own ambition: National Coalition member
28 March 2019 – EKURD – SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— One of the founders of the National Coalition Muhammad Rauf said Wednesday that Iraqi President Barham Salih had sacrificed his former party for the sake of his own ambitions. Rauf told NRT TV that Salih will not succeed during his four-year term in office.
Salih broke with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in September 2017 to form the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ), but returned to the PUK last fall in order to be its candidate for the Iraqi presidency. The founding members of party strongly criticized Salih for “diluting justice” by attempting to reconcile with the PUK.
BASED ON IRAQI KURDISTAN’S EXPERIENCE – 28 March 2019
Sanh Shareef Qader – Lecturer
Faculty of Law and International Relations, Soran University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
PhD candidate, School of Law, College of Law, Government and International Studies,
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS COMMENTARY : Iraq’s Kurds Weigh Their Options, Balancing the United States & Iran
David Pollock – David Pollock is the Bernstein Fellow at The Washington Institute, focusing on regional political dynamics and related issues. – Also available in العربية – March 20, 2019
A trip to Iraqi Kurdistan last week, my first since the abortive referendum on independence there in October 2017, revealed a political landscape at once utterly different and eerily familiar. In the former category is the new, widespread understanding—both among the leaders I met with and among their younger followers in business, academe, and the media—that Kurdish independence is a long-term aspiration, not a realistic near-term policy option. Along with this view is a sharp reduction in attempts to get more deeply involved with Kurdish issues in any of the neighboring countries beyond Iraq’s borders—either Syria, Turkey, or Iran.
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
THE COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALIST / REPORT MARCH 2019
In Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists are victim of political tension
Mission journal: Journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan are under pressure from authorities in the autonomous northern Iraqi region, with news outlets shuttered and critical reporters arrested. With government formation talks underway, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa representative Ignacio Miguel Delgado travels to Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Duhok to hear from local journalists on how the partisan divide in Iraqi Kurdistan makes them vulnerable to attacks and harassment.
Clashes broke out on Sunday March 17 in Sinjar between the YBS and the Iraqi army. It comes after an important Iranian presidential visit to Iraq, and discussion of Iraq and Iran and the 1975 agreement; as well as rumors of joint Turkey-Iran operations against the PKK. The YBS is linked to the PKK. In addition it comes as Iraq, Iraq and Syria are cementing relations this week.
The YBS is a Yazidi group with close links to the YPG in Syria as well. The YPG and PKK fighters helped save Yazidis from genocide in 2014. However these left-leaning groups had difficult relations with the KDP and Rojava Peshmerga who helped liberate part of Sinjar in 2015. Then in late 2016 and 2017 the Shi’ite PMU became new neighbors of Sinjar and in October helped the Iraqi army take over Sinjar. There are around 60 mass graves of Yazidi victims of ISIS estimated to be in Iraq, many of them near Sinjar. 300,000 Yazidis want to return. But the different militias and dozens of checkpoints make life difficult. Some roads to Sinjar were re-opened in December 2018, an important sign.
Turkish airstrikes in April 2017 and August 2018 came as Turkey warned the PKK to leave Sinjar. The PKK claimed they left in April 2018.
However tensions remain. Rudaw notes “The Iraqi Army and a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)-linked group skirmished on Sunday night in Shingal, with each side claiming that two of their fighters were killed, as the Yezidi militia says their convoy was ambushed on their way to a meeting.” Rudaw notes “The clashes between the YBS and the Iraqi Army’s 15th Division lasted for an hour and occurred in Tipirka in western Shingal, according to a Rudaw reporter in Shingal.”
There had been tensions in September 2018 also.
Clashes began again on March 19. “Clashes continued between Iraqi soldiers and a Yezidi armed group in western Shingal on Tuesday after a failed attempt to mediate tensions following a deadly skirmish on Sunday.”
At least one Iraqi soldier was injured and there are unconfirmed reports that a second was killed. Vehicles belonging to forces on both sides were burnt, Rudaw’s Tahsin Qasim reported from Shingal. Tensions are high between the Iraqi Army and the Shingal Protection Units (YBS), a Yezidi force with ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The two sides clashed on Sunday night with each blaming the other for instigating the incident. Representatives from the Iraqi Army and the YBS met in Hasawik village with the Iraqis telling the YBS to leave because they are an illegal armed force. The YBS refused and accused the army of hampering free movement between the Shingal area and Rojava, the Kurdish autonomous region of northern Syria.
More details, the attack included an assault on a hummer.
In Iraq, clashes renew between Army & Sinjar Protection Units after 4 Protection Unit individuals infiltrate from Syria. 1 Iraqi soldier killed after negotiations breakdown. Residents block 3 Army battalions from deploying from Tall Afar & Mosul to Sinjar.https://t.co/EjRQw10JHr
— David M. Witty (@DavidMWitty1) March 19, 2019
Tom Cat notes. “Shammar tribe expressed outrage after one of their sons was killed by the YBS smugglers. Muhannad was from Rabia and serving under Iraq Army 15th Division, 71st Brigade.”
Today’s clashes took place west of Sinjar, at the border with Syria. 15/92 had recently rotated a regiment to the border in order to relieve 15/73 who took over the strip last year with Border Guards 1st Region. The soldiers who serve in 15/92 are mainly from Tal Afar.
— TØM CΛT (@TomtheBasedCat) March 19, 2019
He says the PKK attacked a point near Umm Ziban. “The unit that was attacked was Iraq Army 15th Division 92nd Brigade. This unit has been deployed in Sinjar town and its surroundings since last year when the PKK supposedly left the region.” He has a long thread on this.
This man was killed on March 17.
Muhannad Al-Shammari of Iraq Army 15th Division, 71st Brigade. Remember his name. Martyred after the clashes with YBS/PKK smugglers last night near Hasawik in Sinjar region. May God have mercy on your pure soul. Rest in Peace Hero. pic.twitter.com/VTWcabnq98
— TØM CΛT (@TomtheBasedCat) March 19, 2019