MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER FAKE NEWS SYRIA – A DESCRIPTION
By Scott Lucas – 19 Febr 2018 – eaworldview – A case study of chemical-attack deniers and how falsehoods of Syria’s conflict are pushed by network of Russian & pro-Assad agitators to general (&, they hope, gullible) audiences
Earlier this month we highlighted how Newsweek, once a leading US magazine, published the disinformation of a pro-Assad activist describing himself as a lawyer, former American
Now, writing for New Politics, Stephen Shalom gives a detailed explanation of how falsehoods and distortions of Syria’s conflict are pushed by a network of Russian and pro-Assad agitators, trolls, and conspiracy theorists to general (and, they hope, gullible) audiences:
Kurden verbünden sich offenbar mit dem Assad-Regime
Süddeutsche.de – 19 Febr 2018 – Diese wird von Ankara als syrischer Ableger der verbotenen kurdischen Arbeiterpartei PKK betrachtet. Die Milizen der YPG sind Teil der internationalen Allianz gegen die Terrormiliz Islamischer Staat (IS) in Syrien und arbeiten mit den US-Truppen zusammen. Der Kampf gegen den IS hat lange alle …Türkei warnt syrische Regierung vor Unterstützung der Kurdenmiliz – Handelsblatt
Assad schickt Truppen nach Afrin – n-tv NACHRICHTEN
Kurden verbünden sich mit Assad – gegen die Türkei – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Volltexte lesen http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/krieg-in-syrien-kurden-verbuenden-sich-offenbar-mit-dem-assad-regime-1.3873339
MESOP BREAKING NEWS AFRIN/SYRIA : PKK/PYD BACK IN ASSAD’S SHELTER ! – YPG reaches military agreement with Syrian rejime [Waar Media]
YPG reaches militery agreement with Syrian rejime
Date: 2018/02/19 – 1:12 PM – WAAR MEDIA – WAAR-DUHO:Forces loyal to the regime are amassing near Afrin on Monday.A build-up of pro-regime forces to the east of Afrin was broadcast by Al Mayadeen TV.The forces were shown on the road between Aleppo and Afrin cities.“Popular forces will arrive in Afrin in the next few hours to support the steadfastness of its people in confronting the aggression which Turkish regime forces have launched on the region,” state news agency SANA reported, citing its correspondent in Aleppo.
A Kurdish politician from Syria told Rudaw on Sunday that Syrian Arab Army Forces would come to Afrin on Monday.“The agreement is to protect borders,” explained Sheikho Bilo, an official from the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Unity Party (PYDKS), adding that “the agreement is only militarily.”
19 Febr 2018 – Deniability and De-Escalation: Russia’s Use of Military Contractors in Proxy Wars
Russia’s use of private military contractors on the Syrian battlefield creates problems for the United States, lending the Kremlin a sense of deniability, and making it more difficult for Washington to determine an appropriate level of escalation when retaliating against incursions against U.S. and coalition troops by the Assad regime.
MESOP NEWS SYRIA UPDATE : ALL SOURCES & EXPERTS
Week in Review February 18, 2018 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary – Iran tries to broker deal between Ankara and Damascus to contain fighting over Syrian Kurds. Turkey’s military assault on Afrin, dubbed Operation Olive Branch, has tested the abilities of Moscow, Tehran and Ankara to keep the Astana process on track, with an increasing risk of major power conflict, as we explained here last week.
The oil field carnage that Moscow doesn’t want to talk about
18 Febr 2018 – With Turkey’s Rush to War Against Syrian Kurds, What Is the Endgame in Afrin? – @aronlund provides 3 scenarios: 1. TR wins 2. TR gets bogged down 3. Assad moves in to stave off TR. Lund suggests 3 may combine & civilians get crushed, which seems possible. More via www.mesop.de
MESOP NEWS DEBKA FILES – DIRECT ACTION TO REACT ON IRAN ! – Netanyahu: Israel will strike Iran directly if need be
DEBKA FILES ISRAEL : 18 Febr 2018 MUNICH – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Munich security conference on Sunday: “We will act if necessary not just against Iran’s proxies but against Iran itself, if needed.” Holding aloft a piece of the Iranian drone which Israel captured over its air space, he stressed that Tehran was the world’s greatest threat and “Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around its neck.” Taunting Iran’s’ foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the audience, he asked,” Do you recognize this? You should. It’s yours,” he said. “You can take a message back to Iran. Do not test Israel’s resolve.” This drone violated Israel’s sovereignty and posed a threat to our security, he said “We destroyed it and its control center in Syria.”
Kurdish politician: Syrian forces to enter Afrin tomorrow
By Rudaw 4 hours ago 18 Febr 2018 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Syrian forces will enter Afrin on Monday, according to a Kurdish politician from Syria.
“SDF and Syria have reached an agreement,” Sheikho Bilo, an official from the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Unity Party (PYDKS) told Rudaw on Sunday.
18 Febr 2018 – Für die #YPG wäre es ein politischer Erfolg, wenn sie der türk. Invasion widersteht und zugleich das syrische Regime nach #Afrin zurückholen kann, ohne der #SAA die vollständige Kontrolle zu übergeben. Der #Türkei bliebe am Ende ein grenznaher wenige km breiter Sicherheitsgürtel.
Hassan Hassan حَسَنْVerified account @hxhassan
As I reported above, and now confirmed by a YPG leader to @ibrahimhamidi, the YPG-Russia deal would allow the regime to send “symbolic forces” (The report suggests the regime will send “institutions”, “security agencies”,… Which is NOT “symbolic!” More via www.mesop.de