MESOPOTAMIA NEWS PROFIL :  ASSADS GÜNSTLING – „Einer der wichtigsten Financiers des Grauens in Syrien“

13.09.2020 | DIE WELT –  Von Daniel-Dylan Böhmer  Senior Editor

Gegen ihn hat die EU Sanktionen verhängt: Mohamad Hamsho (l.)

Was macht ein Mann, der nicht nach Deutschland einreisen darf, im Präsidium eines Wirtschaftsverbandes mit Sitz in Berlin? Ein Mann, den die EU bezichtigt „vom syrischen Regime zu profitieren und ihm Unterstützung zu gewähren“. Ein Regime, das schuldig sei „der fortgesetzten brutalen Unterdrückung und der Verletzung von Menschenrechten“?

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SYRIA/ROJAVA : Launch of Kurdish courses for teachers stirs controversy in Syria’s Raqqa –

A school in the city of Raqqa – 5 October 2018 (Reuters) by ENAB BALADI

Enab BaladiRaqqa – Abdulaziz al-Saleh

14 Sept 2020 – A Kurdish course for male and female teachers conducted by the Education Committee, linked to the Raqqa Civil Council, has triggered a debate among citizens in the city of Raqqa, northern Syria. 

The course, which began on 15 August, and has a duration of one month, is intended for 16 Kurdish language teachers from fresh graduates of the university, to improve Kurdish language skills and prepare them for the new academic year 2020-2021, to teach students both Arabic and Kurdish languages. New teachers are appointed to schools through a written examination at the end of the course.

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MESOPOTAMA THEATRE – The Russian Way of War in Syria: Threat Perception and Approaches to Counterterrorism

Anna Borshchevskaya Foreign Policy Research Institute September 2020

Putin’s Russia and the West have never shared the same goals or threat perceptions regarding terrorism and other regional issues, so Washington should craft its Syria policy accordingly.

The following is an excerpt from a chapter originally published in the Foreign Policy Research Institute compilation Russia’s War in Syria: Assessing Russian Military Capabilities and Lessons Learned.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS WARNING: RUSSIA ESCALATES IN EASTERN SYRIA

Sep 9, 2020 – Eva Kahan BY ISW – INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR

Key Takeaway: Russia is scaling up pressure against US forces in eastern Syria. Russia invigorated its effort to provoke fractures within the US local partner, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in early August through information operations tailored to sow doubt about the SDF’s reliability and the United States’ commitment to Syria. Russia and other pro-regime actors simultaneously scaled up a campaign of harassment of US forces, including rocket attacks on facilities housing US forces and a confrontation with a US patrol on August 25 that concussed four US soldiers.[1] These incidents could indicate that Russia is using kinetic activity to bolster the effect of its information operations in accordance with emerging Russian hybrid warfare doctrine, which ISW will examine in depth in a forthcoming report. The intended target of Russia’s information operation, local tribal elements loosely aligned with the SDF, could perceive the United States’ inability to prevent such attacks as a sign of weakness. In one of the most dangerous scenarios, Russia may further escalate kinetically to provoke a crisis that causes local tribal elements to desert the SDF with the eventual objective of forcing US policymakers to reconsider the US commitment to Syria.


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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS HINTERGRUND : Syrien: Russland und Syrien vereinbaren Wirtschaftsabkommen

 Russlands Vizeministerpräsident Juri Borissow hat in Damaskus neue Projekte für Energie und Handel angekündigt. Ziel sei es, US-Sanktionen gegen Syrien zu umgehen. – 8. September 2020, Quelle: ZEIT ONLINE, AP, AFP, 

 Russland und Syrien wollen ein Wirtschaftsabkommen zur Umgehung von US-Sanktionen schließen.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS FOCUS : RUSSIAN-IRANIAN TENSIONS IN DEIR AL-ZOUR (SYRIA)

by Oula A. Alrifai and Ali Alleile

PolicyWatch 3374 – September 4, 2020 – To prevent the two rivals from expanding their influence in east Syria, the coalition needs to exploit their simmering disunity, empower its partners on the ground, and establish stronger ties with select tribal and community leaders.

Both recently and in past months, Iranian and Russian forces in east Syria have taken steps that say more about their rivalry with each other than any desire to confront U.S.-led forces in the area.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : THE PKK/PYD (SDC) PROJECT FOR KURDS IN SYRIA

Autonomous Administration … Real model applied for Syria’s exit from dark tunnel -2

The Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria faces many challenges due to foreign interference that rejects a democratic system in the region, and this affects the Administration and the peoples of the region as a whole, but the Administration seeks with all its capabilities to avoid shortcomings and advance its work for the better.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SYRIA SITUATION REPORT: AUGUST 19-SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 by isw

Sep 4, 2020 – John Dunford By John Dunford and Will Cristou (Syria Direct)

Key Takeaway: The pro-regime coalition is increasing pressure on the US presence in northeast Syria through kinetic activity targeting US forces. A Russian military police (MP) vehicle collided with a US military vehicle in northern Hasakah Province on August 25. Russia seeks to disrupt the US ground supply lines in northern Hasakah that connect US forces in Iraq and Syria. Pro-regime militias conducted two rocket and mortar attacks near a US base in eastern Deir e-Zor on August 18 and 29. The pro-regime coalition seeks to exploit security tensions in Deir e-Zor to undermine the US and its local partner’s presence along the Euphrates River.

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Full text http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/syria-situation-report-august-19-september-1-2020

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS  : PUTIN’S CORONA VIRUS IN IDLIB / SYRIA – ASSAD AND RUSSIA DELIBERATELY EXACERBATE CRISIS AS COVID-19 RAVAGES IDLIB

Sep 3, 2020 – Isabel Ivenescu – By: Isabel Ivanescu – INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR INSS

Key Takeaway: Mounting internal and external pressures threaten the stability and territorial integrity of opposition-held Idlib Province, where nearly 1 million internally displaced persons are concentrated without access to basic necessities. The Assad regime and Russia are deliberately exacerbating the mounting humanitarian crisis in Idlib and applying renewed military pressure as COVID-19 cases surge in the province. Rising tensions between jihadist groups in Idlib are driving further instability. These circumstances could enable pro-regime advances in the coming months by weakening anti-Assad forces.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PKK/PYD(SDF-SDC) IN MOSCOW NOWUNDER PUTIN’S UMBRELLA

Intel: Syrian Kurds court Moscow to avert potential Turkish attack

One of the two top political leaders of the Syrian Kurdish alliance and co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council Ilham Ahmed attends a press conference in Paris on Dec. 21, 2018.  – Amberin Zaman Sep 2, 2020  – AL MONITOR

The Istanbul-based leader of Syria’s opposition interim government has denounced an agreement reached in Moscow over the weekend between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) and the pro-Russia Popular Will Party (PWP), saying the sides are not legitimate representatives of the Syrian people.

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