Trump told Erdogan he will stop arming Syrian Kurds: Turkish FM
By Rudaw 1 hour ago – 24 Nov 2017 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The US president told his Turkish counterpart that his country will stop arming Kurds in Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister stated after the two leaders spoke on the phone. “Mr. Trump gave clear instructions and said the YPG will not be provided with weapons from now,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters Friday afternoon, Hurriyet Daily News reported. “He also clearly said that in principle, this nonsense should have ended earlier,” Cavusoglu added.
Donald Trump spoke with Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone to discuss “bringing peace to the mess that I inherited in the Middle East,” he tweeted before the call.
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MESOP NEWS ROJAVA : YES OR NO !? Is Trump Going to Help the Syrian Kurds Win Independence? AN UNCERTAIN TRUMPET !
By Frederic C. Hof On 11/20/17 at 11:20 AM – This article first appeared on the Atlantic Council site.
Regular readers of this column are all too familiar with an argument advanced for well-over two years: ISIS should be neutralized quickly in eastern Syria; an American-led, professional ground force coalition-of-the-willing should be assembled to preempt ISIS terror operations in Turkey and Western Europe and minimize Syrian civilian casualties in complex urban battle terrain; and that a post-combat stabilization plan should be drafted and implemented to keep ISIS dead, one drawing on pre-ISIS local councils and the anti-Assad Syrian opposition.
MESOP NEWS : IRAN WILL NEVER LEAVE SYRIA ON IT’S STRATEGIC WAY AGAINST ISRAEL (AND EUROPE!)
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who have propped up the Assad regime since 2012, have declared a long-term commitment to remaining in Syria. Guards commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari (pictured) said on State TV on Thursday, “The Guards are ready to play an active role in establishing a lasting ceasefire in Syria…and reconstruction of the country.”
By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – 24 Nov 2017 – After a conference in Saudi Arabia, Syria’s opposition has announced a unity agreement for a new bloc and maintained its demands that Bashar al-Assad leave power.More than 140 participants elected 50 members to a reformed High Negotiations Committee. On Friday they will name the delegation for the next round of UN-sponsored talks in Geneva.
“The Syrian opposition has sent a message that it is ready to enter serious direct talks over a political transition in Syria and has a unified position and a vision for the future of Syria,” spokesman Ahmad Ramadan said.
Kremlin Says Syrian National Dialogue Congress Must Be Inclusive
http://tass.com – 2017-11-24 15:54 GMT – Participation of Kurdish delegates in the Syrian National Dialog Congress to be held in Sochi was discussed at a meeting of the Russian, Turkish and Iranian presidents Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani on Thursday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media.
“It must be inclusive,” Peskov said when asked if the theme of Kurdish participation in the Congress had been brought up at the trilateral summit.
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MESOP MIDDLE EAST INTEL SPECIAL Report: Trump Revealed Israeli Commando & Mossad Operation in Syria to Russians
HAARETZ 23 Nov 2017 – Trump allegedly disclosed an undercover Israeli mission to penetrate an Islamic State cell developing bombs that could go through airports undetected
When U.S. President Donald Trump revealed Israeli intelligence to senior Russian officials in March, he disclosed details of a covert Israeli mission to penetrate an Islamic State cell deep in Syria, claimed Vanity Fair’s Howard Blum on Wednesday. Israel’s counterterrorism unit, working along with members of the Mossad, obtained information that a Syrian Islamic State cell had developed bombs that could be placed in laptops and then go through airport security undetected. Trump allegedly gave this information to the Russian officials.
#Syria is included in US army child soldier law yet USA still support #YPG\#SDF despite documented cases of recruiting child soldiers in its ranks https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tillerson-childsoldiers/exclusive-state-dept-revolt-tillerson-accused-of-violating-u-s-law-on-child-soldiers-idUSKBN1DL0EA …
MESOP NEWS POSTMODERNE : …nicht die Moderne gewinnt, sondern die Gegner Assad hat schon gewonnen / Im Mittleren Ost ist Europa oder „der Westen“ so gut wie nicht mehr beteiligt
Tagesspiegel – 23 Nov 2017 – Der Krieg in Syrien ist entschieden. Assad, Putin und Ruhani haben gesiegt. Manchmal bleibt vom Wunsch nach Gerechtigkeit nur das – der Wunsch.
Das Syrien der Sieger – ZEIT ONLINE
Wie Putin sein neues Syrien baut – Tagesspiegel
Putin, Erdogan und Ruhani schmieden Syrien-Allianz – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung! – http://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/syrien-krieg-vor-dem-ende-assad-hat-schon-gewonnen/20618990.html
By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – 23 Nov 2017 – Putin: “The congress will look at the key questions on Syria’s national agenda.” President Vladimir Putin, meeting Turkish and Iranian counterparts, has pressed Russia’s tactic of a “people’s congress” to resolve the 80-month Syrian conflict.Hosting Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Hassan Rouhani in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin said the meeting will bring together Assad regime and opposition figures: The congress will look at the key questions on Syria’s national agenda. First of all, that is the drawing-up of a framework for the future structure of the state, the adoption of a new constitution, and, on the basis of that, the holding of elections under United Nations supervision.Russia is hoping the congress will take place in Sochi ahead of the next round of UN-sponsored talks in Geneva on November 28 — but no details of the date or invitations were released.
MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER : TRUMP & PUTIN & ASSAD : “The two leaders spoke again by telephone Tuesday, just hours after Putin was photographed embracing Assad when the two met in the Russian resort of Sochi.”
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – U.S. Moves Toward Open-ended Presence in Syria After Islamic State is Routed
By Karen DeYoung – Washington Post – 2017-11-22 22:53 GMT
The Trump administration is expanding its goals in Syria beyond routing the Islamic State to include a political settlement of the country’s civil war, a daunting and potentially open-ended commitment that could draw the United States into conflict with both Syria and Iran.