MESOP NEWS TOP : “PLEASE VLADIMIR, SAFE ASSAD ! ” THE ISRAELI VOICE

Assad’s Survival Is in Israel’s Best Interest

By Dr. Edy Cohen May 25, 2017 – BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 476, May 25, 2017

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Despite the Assad’s regime’s longstanding pretense to raise the banner of all-out war against Israel, since the October 1973 War the Syrian-Israeli border on the Golan Heights has been conspicuously quiet. Today, as Syria no longer capably functions as a sovereign state, a strong Syrian president with firm control over the state is a vital interest for Israel.

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MESOP NEWS „SPUTNIK MELDET“ : AUF „PERSÖNLICHEN WUNSCH VON DONALD TRUMP!“

USA übergeben syrischen PKK/PYD Kurden mehr als 100 LKWs mit Waffen

25 Mai 2017 – sputnik deutschland – Die USA haben eine weitere Waffenlieferung an die Volksmiliz „Demokratischen Kräfte Syriens“ (SDF) übergegeben, die vor allem aus Kurden besteht. Dies berichtete die Nachrichtenwebseite Vz.ru unter Berufung auf kurdische Medien am Mittwoch.

Mehr als 100 Lastwagen und militärische Kraftfahrzeuge brachten in zwei Etappen Waffen aus dem Irakischen Kurdistan in die syrische Stadt Al-Hasaka. Darunter waren Gewehrgranatwerfer, Panzerabwehrwaffen, Gewehre und Geländewagen „Hummer”.Dies ist bereits die zweite US-Waffenlieferung für die syrischen Kurden innerhalb der letzten zwei Monate.

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Syria Regime Says ISIS ‘Minister of War’ killed

Syrian forces said on Wednesday they had killed ISIS’ “minister of war” among other senior figures in the terrorist organization in operations in northern Syria.

A Syrian source cited by regime media identified the war minister as Abu Musab al-Masri, without saying exactly when or where he was killed. He was named among 13 senior ISIS figures killed in Syrian operations east of the city of Aleppo.

MESOP NEWS Iran Daily: Top Official in Moscow for Syria Talks

By Scott Lucas – EAWORLDVIEW –  24 May 2017 – The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, conferred with senior Russian officials in Moscow on Tuesday over the Syrian crisis. Shamkhani met his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, with both men pledging continued support for the Assad regime as they discussed intelligence-sharing and coordination of military and diplomatic efforts. Beyond that standard description, Iranian State media offer a clue about detail with a reference to Shamkhani expressing concern about “increased military involvement” of the US and its regional allies.

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MESOP NEWS “QUITE NEW!” : WITH GREEN LIGHT FROM TRUMP & PUTIN JOINT TALKS IN SYRIA ?

UN Envoy: All Syria Parties Agree to Talks on Constitution

By Edith M. Lederer –  2017-05-23 16:29 GMT – (AP) — For the first time, all parties to Syria’s conflict — including the divided opposition — have agreed to take part in expert talks to help lay the foundation for a new constitution, the UN special envoy for the country said Monday.Staffan de Mistura told the Security Council in a video briefing from Geneva he is also pleased that all parties were receptive to a seventh round of political talks, which he intends to hold sometime in June.

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MESOP NEWS ANALYSIS : THE IRANIAN INTENTIONS & POSSIBILITIES IN SYRIA

Iran’s complicated but resistible influence in Syria – By Ranj Alaaldin

Brookings – Friday, May 19, 2017 On Thursday, the United States conducted air strikes on Iran-backed Shiite militia groups fighting alongside the Bashar Assad regime in Syria. Indeed, since responding to the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun in early April, the Trump administration is reportedly debating escalating U.S. involvement there and, while Thursday’s airstrike was aimed at repelling the militias’ advance towards a base used by the United States and its allies, Washington must prepare itself for a possible confrontation with Iran, which wields a complex (but resistible) influence in Syria that allows it to dominate realities on the ground. Through this influence, Iran and its Shiite militia proxies will ultimately shape the future of the Syrian state and society—including its governing and security structures, economic environment (which will determine the beneficiaries of the estimated $200 billion needed to reconstruct the country), and its foreign relations.What can the United States realistically do to counter Iranian influence in Syria?

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MESOP NEWS FOCUS : THE PYD/PKK TERROR REGIME IN ROJAVA/WEST KURDISTAN – SYRIA / UNDER IRANIAN INFLUENCE

Another Syrian Kurdish politician arrested by Rojava Asayish forces

 May 22, 2017    Kur­dish Region, Syria – ARA News – The Rojava Asayish on Saturday arrested another member of the Kurdish National Council in Syria, Bashar al-Amin, in his house at 11.30.“Al-Amin’s fate is still unknown… we hold the PYD [Democratic Union Party] responsible for his safety. We [KNC] demand the pro-PYD Asayish security forces to disclosure the destiny of Mr. Bashar al-Amin immediately,” the KNC said in a statement.

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MESOP NEWS REPORT COURTESY ALIZA MARCUS / NOTHERN SYRIA OBSERVER – PKK/PYD FIGHTS REFUGEES

Aliza Marcus‏ @AlizaMarcus  – From this report, YPG apparently doesn’t want refugees from Rakka entering YPG held territory now-security reasons? –  Displaced civilians leave “detention camps”in YPG-held areas and head to Jarablus

Thursday 18th May 2017 09:11 AM    قراءة بالعربية  Bi kurdî bwxen  2206 –  Displaced civilians arrived to Jarablus from Raqqa,Deir Ezzor and Aleppo eastern countryside after being banned to enter YPG-held areas“People’s Protection Units YPG” prevent displaced civilians from ISIS-held areas in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor from entering its held areas and force them to live in camps or go to FSA areas.NSO reporter in Aleppo eastern countryside said hundreds of families displaced from Raqqa, Deir Ezzor and from east Aleppo countryside arrived in the past 3 days to FSA and armed opposition areas in Aleppo eastern countryside after YPG prevented them from entering Hasakah province and Manbij too.

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MESOP REPORT : PAYMENT AFTER ISIS ! NOT BY US ! NOT BY RUSSIA ! NOT BY EU!

  Trump administration not ready to pay for post-ISIS stabilization in Raqqa: official

May 21, 2017    Syria – ARA NEWS  – Brett McGurk, the US special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, said that in the post-ISIS Raqqa “unanimously nobody wants the Syrian regime to come back, regime symbols, regime military forces.” However, he emphasized that the U.S. will not provide services or pay the salaries in the future. “In terms of administrative services, teachers, hospitals, who pays those salaries, that is something where Syrians are going to have to work that out. We are not in the business of, as I said, nation-building operations. But as you, kind of, lift the lid over Syria, you see a lot of this happening in areas even where the opposition controls,” he in a briefing on Friday.“Teacher salaries, basic worker salaries oftentimes paid by the government because it’s a very centralized state. So these are things that have to be worked out, but what they are unanimous about is no return of the regime,” McGurk added.

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MESOP NEWS : US GENERAL DUNFORD : US Pitches Plan to Russia to Avoid Armed Conflict in Syria

2017-05-20 18:27 GMT – WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is proposing to Russia a plan for managing the battlefield in the main oil-producing region of Syria.

U.S.-backed forces face a complex situation amid Syria’s ongoing civil war. They are fighting Islamic extremists but are also in conflict with Syrian forces backed by Russia.The U.S. sees the area in question as the next major battleground in the evolving coalition campaign to destroy the Islamic State group.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford is declining to describe the proposal in detail. But he says the Russian military is eager to find ways to avoid an armed U.S.-Russian conflict in the area around Deir el-Zour on the Euphrates River. The proposal comes as President Donald Trump pushes for an accelerated campaign to destroy Islamic State militants. www.mesop.de

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