ENKS Insists on Reopening Headquarters in Rojava Soon – 40 ENKS headquarters have been closed by PYD across Rojava
MESOP NEWS : MORE ABOUT THE STALINIST PYD/PKK-REGIME OF ROJAVA-WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
Basnews English – 19/04/2017 – ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) will reopen all its headquarters in the cities across Rojava (the Syrian Kurdistan region) after they were closed down by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).Ibrahim Bro, the head of ENKS, told BasNews on Thursday that 40 headquarters belonging to the parties within ENKS have been closed down by PYD across Rojava. All political activities of ENKS have also been prohibited, he said.”We have decided to reopen all our headquarters in the upcoming days,” Bro said.
April 18, 2017 – Special Dispatch – No. 6880
An article by the leader of the liberal Russian party Yabloko, Grigory Yavlinsky, titled “Russia’s Deadlock in Syria” was posted on his party’s website on April 13, 2017. In his article, written in the aftermath of the chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhun and the American retaliatory strike on the Shayrat base, Yavlinksy flayed Putin’s policy in Syria. He claimed that Assad was a loose cannon who controlled Russia more than Russia controlled him despite Russia’s costly investment in the Syrian regime. Furthermore, Russia’s policy had left it without reliable allies in the region, while alienating the Trump administration in which Russia had placed such high hopes.
Russia, argued Yavlinsky, had pressing needs at home and could not financially sustain a quagmire in Syria, while simultaneously overextending itself in Ukraine, Libya, and conducting an arms race with the Americans. In sum, the military involvement in Syria would soon resemble the tragedy of the Soviet Union’s involvement in Afghanistan and if Russia sought to avoid a recurrence of that nightmare it had to withdraw immediately from Syria. We republish Yavlinsky’s article below:
By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – 19 Apr 2017 – The Syrian opposition says Russian attacks have overtaken those of the Assad regime this week.
Truce violations by Russian forces have outnumbered those of Assad’s forces since Sunday, the Syrian National Coalition said on Wednesday. The Coalition’s media department said it has recorded at least 50 attacks by the Russian air force on about 40 villages in opposition territory on Sunday and Monday, compared with at least 40 assaults by pro-Assad forces. Russia has bombed opposition areas intensively since its military intervention in September 2015, killing thousands of civilians. Despite supposedly guaranteeing a ceasefire from December 30, it has recently escalated the strikes, especially after the Assad regime’s chemical attack in northwest Syria on April 4 and US missiles fired on a regime airbase three days later.
18 Apr 2017 – AL MONITOR – ISTANBUL — On April 9, the fourth batch of evacuees left the besieged al-Waer neighborhood in Homs, northern Syria. The group headed for the city of Jarablus, which has been controlled by opposition factions since its liberation from the Islamic State (IS).
Batches of civilians and fighters continue to evacuate al-Waer under the Russian-brokered deal between the neighborhood committee and the regime on March 13. The “reconciliation deal,” as the Syrian regime calls it, calls for a halt in military hostilities against the neighborhood and the evacuation of opposition fighters to other opposition-held areas. Homs was the epicenter of the revolution during the first year of the rebellion and saw numerous uprisings since the outbreak of the rebellion.
Against strict UN regulation forced recruitement of young people
PYD Arrests 25 Youths in Sari Kani, Rojava – PYD forcibly enrolls youths in military forces
ERBIL — The ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) has begun a campaign of random arrests in Rojava (Syria’s Kurdish North) against the youths, in an attempt to conscript them into its military forces.
Confidential sources confirmed to BasNews that armed forces belonging to PYD, an offshoot of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), raided houses and commercial places in Sari Kani town near Qamishlo city on Monday and abducted 25 youths, including a judge named Yusuf Basho Haji Khalaf. PYD forcibly enrolls the Rojava youths into its military forces, the source said adding, that a number of people have fled to the rural areas to evade PYD’s conscription.
PYD, under PKK’s influence, does not accept any political parties whose views do not go in line with PKK’s ideology. The ruling party has been cracking down on the opposition parties and closed their headquarters across the region. www.mesop.de
Assad’s departure still non-starter for Putin – By Maxim Suchkov – AL MONITOR – Is there a Syrian Medvedev? (Part 2)
17 Apr 2017 – Maxim Suchkov writes that following the visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow this week, “the departure of President Bashar al-Assad was and remains a non-starter for Russia. What neither Lavrov nor Putin would probably say to Tillerson, but do expect him to understand, is that Russia has invested so much into Syria now, politically and militarily, that Moscow’s primary concern is less about Assad than about the principle, power and prestige of maintaining its position. Hence, any plan that might move Moscow from this standing would have to involve some face-saving mechanism that the Kremlin could package as a win-win internationally, and as a ‘decision made in Russia’s best interest’ domestically.”
MESOP NEWS TODAYS ANAYLSIS BY FABRICE BALANCHE – ASSAD’S CHEMICAL ATTACK SIGNALS AN IMMINENT IDLIB OFFENSIVE
By Fabrice Balanche – Fabrice Balanche, an associate professor and research director at the University of Lyon 2, is a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute.
PolicyWatch 2786 – April 14, 2017 – The regime’s latest atrocity was spurred by clear military motivations, and the situation will likely worsen as the army begins a wider ground campaign against rebel strongholds in Idlib province.
MESOP NEWS “FULL TEXT” : Tillerson’s Visit To Russia – Lavrov: ‘In Syria… We Are Not Backing Any Particular Person, Be It President Assad Or Somebody Else’
April 14, 2017 – MEMRI SPECIAL DISPATCH – No. 6879 –
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow on April 11-12, 2017 came against the backdrop of a recent U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airbase that was followed by political tensions between Russia and the U.S. However, Tillerson’s visit was perceived as positive and was described by Russian political analysts as “productive” and as “the start of dialogue.” During a joint press conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that the two counterparts agrees to continue bilateral cooperation. Lavrov said: “Russia is open not only to a dialogue with the United States in the most different areas but also to joint actions directed at achieving results in spheres that meet the interests of both countries.” Lavrov also underlined that Tillerson did not threaten Russia with sanctions and that both parts are committed to overcoming “barriers.”