MESOP : ANALYSIS OF NEAR EAST POLICY FROM THE SCHOLARS & ASSOCIATES OF THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE
PolicyWatch 2310 – August 27, 2014 - By Jeffrey White - The latest ISIS victories in northern Syria raise questions about who can prevent further advances, pointing to the potential need for foreign air intervention.
MESOP Syria : SEVDIM DAGDELENS (German Linksparty Parlamentarian) SUPPORT FOR WAR CRIMINAL AL ASSAD & UN REPORT
U.N. investigators have accused the Syrian government and Islamic State militants of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria. The U.N. report shows evidence of Islamic State militants committing “mass atrocities” such as public executions and recruiting child soldiers. U.N. investigators said government forces have dropped barrel bombs on civilian areas and cited eight incidents in which bombs were believed to have contained chlorine.
27-8-2014 – YPG spokesperson Rêdûr Xelil addressed members of the press in the city of Girkê Lêgê yesterday morning concerning the ongoing fighting between the YPG and ISIS in Cezaa, on the border between the Sinjar (Kurdish: Şengal) region of South Kurdistan and Rojava, according to a report from ANF and carried by Özgür Gündem.
27.8.2014 – Several rebel groups in northern Aleppo formed an alliance and launched a new military campaign to combat the growing threat of the Islamic State in the province Monday, reported pro-opposition news agency Halab News.
“In defense of our people in the north and east of Aleppo and in response to the aggression of [IS] we will repel them…and protect the revolution,” the group said in a statement released Monday announcing its intentions.
The new campaign, called Nahwahran a-Sham in reference to a battle in Islamic history, includes Haraka Hazam, Jeish al-Mujahideen, Liwa Fijir al-Huriya, Filaq a-Sham and Haraka Noor al-Zanki.
2014-08-25 – BEIRUT (AP) — While offering to assist any international effort to fight Islamic State militants, Syria’s foreign minister warned the U.S. Monday not to conduct airstrikes against the group inside Syria without Damascus’ consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression.Walid al-Moallem’s words appeared timed to try to pre-empt any U.S. military action in Syria. President Barack Obama has resisted ordering U.S. military action in Syria for three years, even after a deadly chemical weapons attack a year ago near Damascus he blamed on President Bashar Assad’s government. But now, Obama faces pressure from his own military leaders to go after the Islamic State group inside Syria.
MESOP 25-8-2014 – The Foreign Ministers of four Arab countries and the Jordanian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia met in Jeddah Sunday to address the threat of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, reported the pro-government Jordanian newspaper al-Rai Monday.
DIE WELT – 25-8-2014 – Mehrere Linke-Abgeordnete unterzeichneten einen Aufruf, in dem Syrien und Iran als Opfer von USA und Nato dargestellt werden. Deshalb tobt in der Partei nun heftiger Streit. Von Miriam Hollstein
Ein Syrien-Aufruf von Politikern der Linken erregt inzwischen auch innerhalb der Partei die Gemüter. Das Pamphlet “Kriegsvorbereitungen stoppen” kursiert bereits seit Tagen im Internet. Es wirft den USA und der Nato vor, durch Drohungen und “Terrorakte” einen Krieg “gegen die strategisch wichtigen bzw. rohstoffreichen Länder Syrien und Iran” vorzubereiten.
By Eva Savelsberg, Aug. 23, 2013, - KURDWATCH – For more than a year, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its People’s Defense Forces (YPG) have exercised state-like power in the Kurdish regions of Syria. Supported by Iran with weapons and ammunition moved through central Iraq, the PYD—a Syrian affiliate of Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)—controls large parts of the border region between the Kurdish areas of Syria, Turkey and Iraq.
We asked Hamish de Bretton Gordon OBE, a chemical weapons expert focusing on the Syrian crisis and founder of London-based SecureBio, to weigh in on the state of chemical weapons in Syria, one year after the Ghouta attack.Syria Deeply: Does the regime still have chemical weapons?