MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAY : TRICKY ERDOGAN ? – Turkey Bluffs Its Way Into Getting PKK To Withdraw From Iraq’s Sinjar

27 Mar 2018 07:55 AM PDT – Musings on Iraq – By Joel Wing
After threats of a false military operation, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was able to force the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to withdraw its fighters from Sinjar in western Ninewa along the Syrian border. On March 19, President Erdogan said that Turkey would launch a military operation in Sinjar any time to fight the PKK. He made the same threat two days later. That led the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to demandthe PKK to pull out of the district to protect civilians from an impending Turkish threat. Then on March 25, Turkey announced that it was intervening in Sinjar. Back in February, Turkey’s Foreign Minister said that it was planning a military operation in Kurdistan to force the PKK out of both the Qandil Mountains and Sinjar. On March 16, Turkish forces moved 15 kilometers into Irbil in the latest attempt to wipe out the Workers’ Party bases in northern Kurdistan.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS DEBATTE : Irak: Die kommende Wahl und die Kommunisten

Von Rashid Ghewielib  (KP Irak)

Am 12. Mai finden im Irak Wahlen statt – zum vierten Mal seit dem Sturz der Diktatur durch die US-Invasion am 9. April 2003. Die Vorbereitung für die Wahlen und den Wahlkampf sind als eine Station zu betrachten, um Licht auf die Veränderungen des politischen Konflikts zu werfen, der offen bleibt für die Form und den Inhalt eines alternativen irakischen Staates.

Dieser Artikel beschäftigt sich hauptsächlich mit den Allianzen des herrschenden Blocks und mit den wesentlichen Veränderungen, die sich vollzogen haben, und erklärt die Allianz »Sairon«, in der die Irakische Kommunistische Partei (ICP) bei der bevorstehenden Wahl teilnehmen wird.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : BAGHDAD DOESN’T PAY / KRG KURDISTAN BANCRUPT

 SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) –  Baghdad Paid Half Of KRG’s Salaries, Kurdistan Didn’t Contribute Leading To Protests

By Joel Wing – Musings on Iraq – 26 March 2018 – On March 18, Baghdad announced it would pay the salaries of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) public workers. It sent 317 billion dinars, $267 million to the KRG’s Finance Ministry. The Kurds responded that they needed 900 million dinars to pay all their obligations, but 590 billion if it was to cover their employees with their pay cuts that were instituted in 2014 due to the region’s financial crisis. The central government covered 53% of that latter amount, and 35% of the full salaries. According to Iraqi officials this was by design with the Kurds responsible for the other half. Irbil has complained that Baghdad did not provide enough funds, and KRG civil servants have said they only got half their wages.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : NO TURKISH ARMY IN SHINGAL – Iraqi Army arrives in Shingal, no evidence of Turkish incursion

By Rudaw 1 hour ago ! 25 March 2018 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Iraqi Army was deployed to the Yezidi town of Shingal on Sunday to provide security alongside the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-affiliated Shingal Protection Units. Hours earlier, Turkish President Receb Tayyib Erdogan announced the start of his own Shingal operation.

“Today PKK guerillas have fully withdrawn from the town. The area is empty of PKK guerilla presence. Only the Iraqi Army and the Shingal Protection Units, numbering one thousand individuals, are in the area,” Khudeda Juke, commissioner of Snune, told Rudaw.The commissioner, affiliated with the Iranian backed Hashed al-Shabi paramilitaries, said the PKK has been withdrawing since its umbrella group, the KCK, announced its fighters were leaving on March 23.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ): A DOWNGOING PUK PARTY = THE TEHRAN BRANCH IN KURDISTAN – By Josel Wing – Musings on Iraq

PUK Maintains Status Quo Rather Than Deal With Divisions

24 Mar 2018 09:21 AM PDT- On March 17, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan met to decide on its new leadership, something that had been put off for five months. Rather than resolve the deep internal divisions within the party it chose to maintain the status quo.

The PUK has been suffering a crisis since its founder President Jalal Talabani passed away in October 2017. After that Kosrat Rasul was appointed the acting head of the party. In March 2018, the party voted to make Rasul the permanent chief. That will not help the Patriotic Union through its current crisis.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS: TODAYS PALM-SUNDAY IN ERBIL (SOUTH KURDISTAN)

 #Kurdistan #Erbil #Ankawa , the largest #Christian #Chadean #Assyrian #Syriac #community in #Iraq, today on the occasion of the #Palm #Sunday, thank you to the security forces of #KRG for doing their job perfectly #Kurdistan = #coexistence #peace #harmony #security #understanding More via www.mesop.de

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : GREAT PKK RETREAT / GROSSER PKK RÜCKZUG

KCK: Şengal ist jetzt sicher – wir ziehen unsere Guerilla ab

ANF News (Pressemitteilung) 23 März 2018 –PKK Nachrichtenagentur – In einer schriftlichen Erklärung hat der Ko-Vorsitz des Exekutivrats der Gemeinschaft der Gesellschaften Kurdistans (KCK) erklärt, dass die Bedingungen vom 3. August 2014 vorüber seien und die Êzîden nun als organisierte Gesellschaft selbst für die Sicherheit und die Verteidigung des Şengal und der Umgebung sorgen. Deshalb würde die Guerilla ihre Kräfte vom Şengal abziehen. More Via www.mesop.de

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ERDOGAN HITS HARD ON PKK IN NORTH IRAQ

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) – KRG on Four Civilians Killed in Turkish Airstrikes

Basnews English 22/03/2018 – 16:44 – ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Thursday expressed its concern over +the Turkish airstrikes expanding on Kurdistan Region territories and targeting civilians.

“We deliver our condolences to the families of the martyrs. We also express our concern over targeting villages in  Kurdistan [by Turkish airstrikes,” KRG spokesperson Safin Dizayi said in a statement.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS DETAILED REPORT : Baghdad Begins Lifting Sanctions On Kurdistan

SOUTH KURDIST AN (IRAQ)

20 Mar 2018  – Musings on Iraq- By Joel Wing – After the September 2017 independence referendum, Prime Minister Haidar Abadi imposed a series of sanctions upon the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Six months later, the two sides are beginning to reconcile. That led to the lifting of a flight ban into the two Kurdish international airports and the promise to pay all the region’s public employees.

On March 6, PM Abadi said he would re-open Kurdistan’s airports before Nowruz. That was after the central and regional governments agreed to have the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority manage the airports in conjunction with the KRG, and the airport officials to be under the Interior Ministry. Baghdad had already allowed flights to Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. March 13, Abadi finally issued the decree on flights, and the first ones landed in Irbil on March 18. How things like visas, etc. will work at the airport is yet to be explained as Baghdad and Irbil had different procedures.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : BARZANI/TALABANI-KURDISTAN ORDERS “JEWS OUT!” / ON TEHRAN’S & BAGHDADS ORDER

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) –  Iraqi Kurdistan sacks Jewish representative to appease Baghdad

20 March 2018 – HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— After working for Iraqi Kurdistan’s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs for two years, the region’s Jewish representative, Sherzad Mamsani, has been let go. The move is especially peculiar since Mamsani’s position was unpaid.

Mamsani said he was not forewarned about his dismissal, which occurred while he was on sick leave abroad.Mariwan Nasqshbandy, the director of religious coexistence at the Endowment and Religious Affairs Ministry, hinted that the firing could be an effort by the Kurds to reconcile with Baghdad following shaky relations after an independence referendum in September of last year. In the referendum, 93 percent of Iraqi Kurds voted for secession and an autonomous state.

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