MESOPOTAMIA NEWS „GREATEST FAKE“: Russia-Turkey-Iran Fail To Reach Agreement on Constitutional Committee / SYRIA
by Scott Lucas | Dec 19, 2018 | EAWORLDVIEW – Russia, Turkey, and Iran have failed to reach agreement on the composition of a constitutional committee to help resolve Syria’s 93-month conflict.The foreign ministers of the three countries, meeting in Geneva, signed an agreement in principle for a committee leading to “a viable and lasting Syrian-owned, Syrian-led, UN-facilitated political process”.
But they failed to conclude the make-up of the 150-strong committee — 50 members each from the Assad regime, the opposition, and civil society and “independent” groups — with diplomats saying Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had objected to five names. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura, who has pursued the committee since January and is quitting at the end of December, was absent from the gathering.
Balanche @FabriceBalanche 18 Dec 2018 – Balanche Retweeted ilhan tanir
Where is the truth? Turkish operation seems inulactable despite US insurance but Erdogan is not busy : “Patience et longueur de temps font plus que force ni que rage” (Jean de La Fontaine).
Balanche added,ilhan tanirVerified account @WashingtonPoint
US Envoy Jeffrey, today: situation has calmed down http://tinyurl.com/y7tds3sl Erdogan, today: We may launch operation into Syria at any moment | http://tinyurl.com/yc9e7jem …
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- Turkey-backed Syrian rebs need big Turkish mil support to be effective. Especially armor. •Currently, CJTFOIR/SDF are intertwined. Firing on SDF means firing on CJTFOIR. •CJTFOIR already told Turkey-backed Syrian rebels it would use lethal force if they invaded.
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Turkey, Russia, Iran call for ‘viable, Syrian-led’ political process in Geneva
DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES – ISTANBUL – 18 Dec 2018 – Published 7 min ago
Turkey, Russia and Iran called for the launch of a “viable and lasting Syrian-led, Syrian-owned and U.N.-facilitated political process” after talks in Geneva on Tuesday, saying that a new Syrian Constitutional Committee should convene early next year.
In a joint statement read out by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after the trio met U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, they said that the work of the new body “should be governed by a sense of compromise and constructive engagement”.
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – Neither Independence Nor Federalism for Kurds: Syrian FM
Basnews English 18/12/2018 – 15:18 ERBIL — Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallim has made it clear that Damascus would not agree with independence or federalism for the Kurds in the country.
Speaking to Damascus University professors, Muallim described the Kurds as “important” component of Syria who are ready for dialogue in the direction of benefiting the Damascus government.He said that the Syrian regime is against the autonomous administration in north of the country or any ideas of independence for the Kurds.The foreign minister described it as the “American delusion”, which the Kurds, he believes, should avoid.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : DER „MARTIN G.“ AUS DEM BÜRO KATJA KIPPING – DEN KURDENFREUND PUTIN & DAS OPULENTE PKK BÜRO IN MOSKAU ERWÄHNT ER NICHT
Martin Glasenapp @MartinGlasenapp 18 Dec 2018 – Klartext: SDF/#YPG sind allein nützlich gegen den #IS. Danach überlassen die #USA sie den Wölfen #Erdogan oder #Assad. Mit Folgen für #Kurdistan & den gesamten Nahen Osten. Wer für die Freiheit mit dem Westen rechnet, wird im Stich gelassen. #Azadi #Rojava https://twitter.com/faysalitani/status/1074740834673811456 …
KOMMENTAR : MESOP – Die USA haben mit Hunderten von Millionen Dollar die PKK/PYD(SDF) über die Jahre finanziert und ausgebildet – mehr nicht. Dafür hat Washington hingenommen, daß die PKK incl. Glasenapp diesen sie massiv unterstützenden Westen stets durch Ablehnung des Westlichen Imperialismus lautstark gegeisselt haben – und nun reiben sie sich naiv die Augen. Facing reality: Grossmächte folgen ihren Interessen. Mehr via www.mesop.de
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : “Until now, Russia and Turkey are working together.” – SDF Commander: Russia pushing Turkey to attack US-backed forces
SYRIA – ROJAVA KURDISTAN
16 Dec 2018 – ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Polat Can, a senior commander of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has accused Russia of pushing Turkey to attack Manbij and the east of the Euphrates.
“Russia has frozen the campaign on Idlib because Turkey pledged to fight Kurds in Manbij and East of the Euphrates. Russia did it in Afrin and wants to repeat the scenario. Russia wants to benefit through many ways,” he wrote on his official Twitter account on Sunday.
Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened an all-out invasion of the region where SDF and US troops operate. The US responded strongly to Turkish plans to attack the area, and so far, there have been no signs of a Turkish offensive.
US policy in Eastern Syria is being challenged by Turkey as Ankara claims ISIS is no longer a threat and accuses Washington of shielding Kurdish groups it accuses of terrorism.
By Seth J. Frantzman – December 15, 2018 – In the wake of threats by Ankara to launch an offensive in northern Syria in areas where US forces are present, US President Donald Trump spoke with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday.
In the discussions, Trump reportedly urged Turkey not to launch a military operation in eastern Syria, where the US is working with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to defeat ISIS.The call came after Turkey vowed to launch an offensive in eastern Syria, with Erdogan on Wednesday telling an audience that “within a matter of days” an offensive would be launched east of the Euphrates River. “I am particularly underscoring that our target is not the US soldiers by any means, but members of the terrorist organization operating in the region.”
Turkey would make the area “livable” and return land to its “true owners.” These comments were directed against the Kurdistan Workers Party, (PKK) which Turkey accuses of playing a major role in eastern Syria.
by Scott Lucas – EAWORLDVIEW | Dec 15, 2018 | The US-supported, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces say they are close to taking control of the last major Islamic State-held town in Syria.
Spokeswoman Lilwa al-Abdallah said on Friday that the SDF will soon capture Hajin, in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border:
Military operations are ongoing to fully end Daesh….Our forces are advancing in fierce battles. Soon, we will celebrate the full liberation of Hajin from the hands of the mercenaries.
by Scott Lucas | Dec 14, 2018 | EAWORLDVIEW – The Turkish military has clashed with the Kurdish militia YPG in northern Syria, a day after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed an offensive.A Turkish soldier was killed by fire from YPG fighters in the Tel Rifaat area, west of the Euphrates River, according to Ankara’s army. It said Turkish forces returned fire.
Kurdish outlets said the Turkish army began the clash by shelling YPG positions. A pro-Assad blog claimed Assad regime forces were alongside the Kurdish militia, with six troops injured.Erdoğan said Wednesday at a defence industry summit, “Turkey will carry out a military operation in a couple of days….It is time to realize our decision to wipe out terror groups east of the Euphrates.”