MESOPOTAMIA NEWS FOCUS : No good news for Turkey from jihadi ranks in Syria

Ahrar al-Sham, a prominent armed group that has often collaborated with Turkey in Syria, is hit by infighting that plays into the hands of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and dampens Turkish plans to remold rebel factions in Idlib.

Fehim Tastekin Oct 27, 2020 AL MONITOR – Turkey has gained ample experience in organizing, training, equipping and using armed militants in Syria since it forayed into the theater of war in 2016. Various groups at odds with each have come under Turkish control under the banner of the Syrian National Army (SNA). Yet Turkey’s efforts to end rifts between armed groups in Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in Syria, and merge them into an organized army are failing.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : IN CONTRAST TO THE WESTERN PRO ISRAEL LEFT, THE SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION FAVORITES DONALD TRUMP

Syrian opposition fears being left behind again after US election

Many leaders of the Syrian opposition prefer Donald Trump, who used military force twice against the Syrian government, over Joe Biden, who served in an administration they believe turned a blind eye to the Iranian presence in Syria and allowed the regime to use chemical weapons.

Sultan al-Kanj Oct 28, 2020 – AL MONITOR – The Syrian opposition is closely following the US elections to be held Nov. 3 that will determine if current President Donald Trump will remain in the White House or if Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden will replace him.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ERDOGAN = WARMONGER!

Erdogan warns Turkey has ‘right to mobilize’ again against Kurdish forces

The Turkish president’s comments come a year after Turkey launched an offensive against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria.

Al-Monitor Staff Oct 28, 2020 – A year after launching an incursion into northeast Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the possibility of another offensive against US-backed Kurdish forces in the war-torn country.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PUTIN HITS ERDOGAN ! –  Waffenruhe gebrochen : Dutzende Tote bei russischen Luftangriffen in Syrien

  • Von Christoph Ehrhardt, Beirut FAZ -Aktualisiert am 26.10.2020- Beerdigung von Kämpfern der Gruppe Failaq al-Scham in Idlib am Montag

Es ist der bisher wohl schwerste Bruch der vereinbarten Waffenruhe in Idlib: Bei russischen Luftangriffen auf ein Ausbildungslager sollen Dutzende mit der Türkei verbündete Rebellen getötet worden sein.Bei russischen Luftangriffen auf eine von der Türkei unterstützte Rebellengruppe im Nordwesten Syriens hat es laut übereinstimmenden Berichten Dutzende Tote gegeben.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SYRIA-KURDISTAN-ROJAVA : PKK/PYD(SDF) STEALING ORDINARY PEOPLES PROPERTY

Accusations against “SDF” of seizing civilians’ property in Syria’s al-Tabqa   – The “Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)” appropriation of civilians’ houses in al-Tabqa, 2020, (edited by Enab Baladi) 26 Oct 2020

  “Since the “Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)” entered the al-Tabqa area in 2017, they appropriated my house and turned it into a military headquarter for them. All my attempts to claim my house have not succeeded, and I am left with nothing but promises from them. I waited so long that I became tired of waiting.”

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS REPORT : Eleven Countries Voted against Human Rights Council Resolutions Condemning Violations against the Syrian People Since March 2011

The Vast Majority of the World’s Countries Voted for the Rights of the Syrian People, With Russia’s and China’s UNHRC Membership Strengthening the Coalition of Countries Hostile to Human Rights

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reveals in a report released today that eleven countries have voted against Human Rights Council resolutions condemning violations against the Syrian people since March 2011 to date, noting that the vast majority of the world’s countries voted for the rights of the Syrian people, with Russia’s and China’s UNHRC membership strengthening the coalition of countries hostile to human rights.
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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS IMPORTANT –  EP-Abgeordnete: Türkische Kriegsverbrechen in Syrien untersuchen

 

MESOP NEWS  21 Okt 2020 – 68 Europaabgeordnete fordern in einem offenen Brief an EU-Parlamentspräsident David Sassoli die umgehende Untersuchung der von den UN dokumentierten türkischen Kriegsverbrechen in Nord- und Ostsyrien.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS REPORT : RUSSIA MAY DEPLOY CONVENTIONAL FORCES TO SYRIA

Oct 17, 2020 – Isabel Ivanescu – By Isabel Ivanescu October 17, 2020 BY ISW INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR

Key Takeaway: Russia may deploy conventional ground forces to Syria to gain leverage in negotiations with Turkey and possibly participate in a pro-Assad regime offensive. Russia and Turkey are pressing one another for concessions in negotiations concerning opposition-held Idlib Province. A Russian conventional military deployment remains unlikely, but various indicators have tripped in the past few weeks suggesting that Moscow could be preparing for one. Such a deployment would mark an inflection in Russia’s participation in Syria and an escalation in the conflict between Russia and Turkey.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INSIDE : THE RUSSIAN / SYRIAN CENTRAL COMITEES

Reasons behind central committees’ targeting in Daraa

Enab Baladi – Ali Darwish  19 Oct 2020 – Members of the central committees in Daraa governorate, south of Syria, have been subjected to several assassination attempts since last May, which led to the killing and injuring of a number of them, the last of which was the former leader in the “Free Syrian Army (FSA),” Adham al-Krad.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PKK/PYD RELEASING ISIS TERRORISTS

SDF Begins Mass Release of ISIS Members and Sympathizers in Syria / INSTITUT  FOR THE STUDY OF WAR (ISW)

17 Oct 2020 – Key Takeaway: The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has begun large-scale releases of ISIS detainees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), including ISIS sympathizers and the families of ISIS members. The SDF declared a general amnesty for detained criminals and ISIS fighters on October 15 and ISIS sympathizers in the al Hawl IDP camp on October 14.

The SDF clarified that the amnesty does not apply to ISIS members found guilty of killing Syrians, an effort to mitigate public backlash. However, the SDF cannot consistently apply that standard, as it does not have the ability to investigate and prosecute all of its detainees or IDPs. The SDF does not have a process to deradicalize or reintegrate released ISIS sympathizers.

The SDF released 631 detainees from Alaya Prison near Qamishli on October 15 and 289 IDPs from al Hawl on October 13. More releases will likely follow in coming days. ISIS will benefit from the injection of new fighters into its insurgency and will likely intimidate and recruit vulnerable civilian returnees.

 

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