MESOPOTAMIA NEWS BACKGROUND – THE Information War: An inside look at America’s ‘word warriors’ in Syria and Iraq

By Seth Frantzman | September 21, 2020 | sfrantzman@gmail.com | @sfrantzman

Col. Myles Caggins III

On Sept. 5, Col. Myles Caggins III took a group of journalists on a helicopter to eastern Syria. For Caggins, director of public affairs and spokesperson for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, it was a farewell – the last trip to Syria in his position.

He has often been the public face of the U.S.-led Coalition’s war against ISIS ,during a period of intense turmoil in Iraq and Syria in 2019-20. In a wide-ranging interview with the Long War Journal, Caggins looked back at lessons learned during the campaign and argued that fighting modern war requires a mindset shift in how the U.S. approaches the “word war” against sophisticated adversaries, whether it is Iran, Russia or ISIS.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS-BACKGROUND :Russian-Turkish discord manifested by escalation in Idlib (SYRIA)

By Enab Baladi 21 Sept 2020 The Russian and Turkish officers did not reach a unified formula for implementing northwestern Syria agreements during a meeting in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on 16 September, which was reflected on the ground in Idlib province.

In an interview with the Turkish channel “CNN,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu hinted that Idlib’s political process could end if his country did not reach an agreement with Russia.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS ANALYSIS : The limits of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and what Syrians can learn

MENA Source by Reem Salahi and Bachar El-Halabi   20 Sept 2020

We are often taught to believe that international judicial accountability is the ultimate resolution for crimes committed. Yet, after eleven years of adjudication and nearly $1 billion spent by different stakeholders, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) judgment on August 18 demonstrated that justice is not necessarily delivered by international courts. Indeed, like most international bodies and mechanisms, they can be subject to political whims, legal hurdles, technical bureaucracies, obstruction, protracted proceedings, and high costs. In the case of the STL, these obstacles hollowed the mandate of the Tribunal and ultimately resulted in a deficient verdict unable to influence Lebanon’s increasing social, political, and economic woes.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS EXCLUSIV SYRIA – KURDISTAN : US ENVOY MEETS PKK/PYD

Sirwan Kajjo@SirwanKajjo· 20 Sept 2020
IMPORTANT: #US Envoy to #Syria James Jeffrey will arrive in NE Syria tomorrow. Among other things, he’ll meet with #PYD & #ENKS officials to discuss the latest regarding US-sponsored intra-Kurdish talks in #Rojava.
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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : USA schickten Schützenpanzer nach Syrien und stocken Luftpatrouillen auf

20.09.2020 • 17:47 Uhr RUSSIA TODAY

Das US-Militär hat Schützenpanzer nach Syrien geschickt, um die Sicherheit der Koalitionstruppen zu gewährleisten. Darüber hinaus stocken die USA ihre Luftpatrouillen im Nahost-Land auf. Die Maßnahme erfolgt nach einer Kollision zwischen russischen und US-Militärwagen.

Das Pentagon hat mehrere Schützenpanzer, Radarsysteme und zusätzliche Soldaten in die Arabische Republik Syrien geschickt, um nach einem Streit mit den russischen Truppen im vergangenen Monat die Präsenz des US-Militärs im Nahoststaat aufzustocken.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SYRIA WARNING UPDATE: SYRIAN REGIME OFFENSIVE ON IDLIB MAY BE IMMINENT

Sep 18, 2020 – Isabel Ivanescu, Andrew Greco – ISW – INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR

Key Takeaway: Turkey may have agreed to cede control of territory in southern Idlib to pro-Assad forces in a meeting with Russia on September 16.  If the reports of a deal are true, a pro-Assad offensive is likely imminent. Turkish-backed opposition forces and al Qaeda linked elements may fight back against advancing Russian-backed regime forces even without Turkish support. Turkey is most likely to cede the territory south of the M4 highway, a zone in which Turkey had already agreed to allow Russian patrols in March but retained forces, including artillery units, that precluded a full regime takeover. ISW warned on March 18 that this situation was unlikely untenable because al Qaeda-linked forces rejected Russian presence.[1] Turkey could face backlash from al Qaeda-linked elements, local civilians, and even Turkish-backed opposition forces for negotiating away opposition-held territory.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEW REPORT :  UN human rights chief calls on Ankara to investigate war crimes by Turkish-backed groups in Syria

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday called on Turkey to immediately launch an impartial, transparent, and independent investigation into multiple credible allegations of human right violations and possible war crimes by Turkish-backed groups operating in Syria.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : How the Islamic State found a haven in Syrian desert

The Syrian regime and Russian forces are facing a growing threat of the Islamic State, which continues to hold pockets across the desert in central Syria.

Sultan al-Kanj – AL MONITOR –  Sep 15, 2020 – The Islamic State (IS) operations against Syrian regime and pro-Iranian targets have recently intensified, causing additional losses among those forces despite the military operation that Russia launched on Aug. 25 against IS in the Syrian desert, known as Badiya, in central Syria.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : DONALD TRUMP WOLLTE ASSAD NACH GIFTGASANGRIFFEN TÖTEN / MILITÄRS HINDERTEN IHN & US DEMOCRATS

SYRIENS DIKTATOR – : Trump: Ich wollte Assad töten lassen –   16.09.2020-04:23 FAZ

Alles sei bereit gewesen, Syriens Machthaber zu töten, so brüstet sich (! FAZ)  Donald Trump. Doch der damalige Verteidigungsminister Mattis sei dagegen gewesen.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : UN holds a meeting with SDF, Autonomous Administration (PKK/PYD) of Northern and Eastern Syria

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict held a televised meeting with the leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces and the co-chair of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration of Northern and Eastern Syria, which dealt with the joint work plan with the United Nations and the steps taken in the explicit commitment.

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