MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Kurdistan Region says PKK behind assassination of border official

Halgurd Sherwani |  – ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – According to a statement released by the Kurdistan Region’s internal security forces on Saturday, the armed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) was behind the assassination two days earlier of a top border crossing official in Duhok province while he was off duty.

Ghazi Salih Alikhan, the director of security at Sarzeri border-crossing between the autonomous region of Iraq and its northern neighbor Turkey, was struck by sniper fire on Thursday afternoon and died briefly after being rushed to a hospital in Zakho for emergency medical treatment.

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Von CNA Deutsch Nachrichtenredaktion – ERBIL , 07 October, 2020 / 7:30 AM (CNA Deutsch).-

Auch nach dem Ende der IS-Kämpfe werden in der Provinz Dohuk in der irakischen Region Kurdisten Christen offenbar systematisch ihrer Immobilien, ihres Grunds und Bodens beraubt.

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The Still-Growing Threat of Iran’s Chosen Proxy in Iraq – by Hamdi Malik   WAR ON THE ROCKS – October 5, 2020

“The Americans begged us to only stop firing Ashtar rockets at their bases.” Jaafar al-Husseini, the military spokesman for the Iraqi Shia militia Kata’ib Hizballah, was talking about attacking U.S. forces in Iraq before they left the country in 2011. While uttering these remarks in a February 2018 TV interview, he looked directly to the camera, as if to seem more assertive.

Since then he has threatened U.S. forces on numerous occasions. The number of attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq has since increased, though with much less lethal weapons than the Ashtar rockets. The attacks, however, have been assessed by the United States to be dangerous enough that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to shutter the American Embassy in Baghdad if the Iraqi government fails to stop them.

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How Iraqi Kurdistan officials scammed a Canadian oil company and British charity for profit – Michael Rubin, Goran Zangana and George R. Wilkes | 1001iraqithoughts – 5 Oct 2020

The 2003 Iraq War was sharply polarizing. Even Canada, long among the world’s most pro-American countries, saw a 12 percent plunge in favorable attitudes toward the United States between 2000 and 2005 according to the Pew Research Center. In Great Britain, France, and Germany, the decline was more than twice as much. Cynicism about the Iraq War did not stop companies from seeking to cash in on opportunities brought about by the toppling of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Both the Iraqi government in Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Erbil opened their doors to foreign energy companies.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL BY MIR AMIT CENTER / ISRAEL  – ISIS gaining in strength in the Iraqi arena

Published: 01/10/2020 –  Overview[1]

Following the collapse of the Islamic caliphate, ISIS is undergoing a process of change, being transformed from a state-like entity, which in its heyday (2014) controlled vast territories in Iraq and Syria, to a terrorist and guerrilla organization. In the ITIC’s assessment, about 5,000-6,000 operatives are active in ISIS’s Iraq Province furthering processes of rehabilitation and reorganization (which are still ongoing). Apart from that, they carry out intensive guerrilla and terror activities against the Iraqi security forces and Shiite population in the Sunni provinces of western and northern Iraq.

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Who Rules the Nineveh Plains of North Iraq? –  2020-10-02 22:23 GMT – The exceptional security incident was seen by the observers as a preliminary “Iranian” message to several parties, through the implementing and loyal to it, as it is firstly a message to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, as well as to the international coalition to fight terrorism led by United StateAnd to some extent, the Iranian Kurdish parties opposed to the regime in Tehran.

But the incident also raised major questions about the political and security landscape in the region from which the missiles were launched, called the Nineveh Plain, as it is the subject of a historical political, demographic and military conflict between many political, national, religious and sectarian forces in the northwest region. Iraq.

Area The Nineveh Plain Its area is estimated at about 5,000 square kilometers, and it extends in the form of a plain arc surrounding the city of Mosul, from the Hammam Al-Alil side in its far east, up towards the Kurdish-majority town of Barada Rush, then heading west towards the towns of Farah and reaching the Mosul Dam Lake.

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Sep 30, 2020 – Katherine Lawlor – INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR – ISW

Key Takeaway: Iraq’s popular protest movement, set to recommence on October 1, may incite intra-Iraqi violence and could present a risk to US personnel and facilities in Iraq. Iraq’s popular protest movement is planning to resume mass memorial protests on the one-year anniversary of the “October Revolution” protests; these demonstrations will continue to condemn government corruption, Iranian influence, poor government services, mass unemployment, and the failure of the Iraqi government to hold security forces accountable for the mass killing of protesters in 2019. Iranian proxy militias and followers of nationalist Shi’a cleric Moqtada al-Sadr are likely planning to infiltrate the anniversary protests and use them to achieve their own objectives. This co-optation of the otherwise largely peaceful protest movement may spark clashes between Sadrists, Iranian proxy militants, and Iraqi protesters. In an unlikely but most dangerous scenario, Iran’s proxies could use the chaos of mass protests as a cover for attacks on the US Embassy, on Kadhimi’s government, or on any individual or organization affiliated with the United States or the US-led Coalition.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Turkey sets up new military bases in Kurdistan Region (Iraq) , as air campaign continues: sources

RUDAW – Karwan Faidhi Dri  – 29 Sept 2020 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkey has deployed more troops and set up four new military bases in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, as it continues bombardments on Duhok province, according to a security source. 

“Turkey has set up four new military bases in Chale Zewke, Khala Sarka Spi, and Khala Rabia-Baranshe villages and near the village of Gire Biye in recent days,” a local security source who spoke on condition of anonymity told Rudaw on Monday, referring to villages in Duhok province’s Batifa subdistrict.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS   : Christians Are Most Under Threat Minorities in the Middle East

By Samuel Smith  –  Christian Post – Posted 2020-09-26 15:55 GMT

Democrat Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen was among a handful of lawmakers who spoke out against Christian persecution on Wednesday night, saying that Christian communities are the most under threat minorities in the Middle East.

Van Hollen was among several members of Congress who provided video messages played at an online global summit hosted by the prominent Washington-based human rights advocacy organization In Defense of Christians.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS FOCUS : US warns Iraq on Iranian-backed militias

Laurie Mylroie | 27 Sept 2020 – KURDISTAN24

Members of the Iranian-backed Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq militia take part in a Quds Day march in Baghdad, July 1, 2016.

WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) “The Iran-backed groups launching rockets at our Embassy are a danger not only to us but to the Government of Iraq, neighboring diplomatic missions, and residents of the former International Zone,” more commonly called the Green Zone, “and surrounding areas,” a State Department spokesperson told Kurdistan 24 on Saturday.

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