SPIEGEL ONLINE 13 Jan 2017  –  Israel sieht sich nicht als Kriegspartei im syrischen Bürgerkrieg. Es ist vielmehr ein Krieg im Krieg, den der jüdische Staat gegen seine Feinde Hisbollah, Syrien und Iran führt.

Dabei lässt sich die Regierung von Benjamin Netanyahu auch nicht davon abschrecken, dass Russland die Luftüberwachung in Syrien seit Beginn seiner Militärintervention im September 2015 massiv ausgebaut hat. Das russische Militär hat im Bürgerkriegsland Boden-Luft-Raketen der Typen S-300 und S-400 stationiert. Diese Waffensysteme haben eine Reichweite von 400 Kilometern und könnten damit selbst Flugzeuge über israelischem Gebiet angreifen.

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MESOP INSIDER “DAVID IGNATIUS WP” – Trump Team Says Russia Issued Invite to Syria Talks — But Is It A Cover Story for Improper Links?

January 14 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump says Russia has invited the US to join the political talks at the end of January for a resolution of the Syrian crisis — but the announcement may be a cover story amid the controversy over Russian links with Trump and his advisors.  A transition official said the invitation was extended on December 28 by the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, to Trump’s appointment for National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn. On the surface, the Russian approach is both a reception of Trump and a further snub to the outgoing Obama Administration, which has been frozen out of the Syrian process since the autumn.A Turkish-Russian reconcilation has sidelined the years of effort of US Secretary of State John Kerry to work with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for a resolution. The attempts were finally buried by Moscow as it led the pro-Assad reoccupation of all of Aleppo city with imposition of a siege, bombing, and political maneuvers.Russia then worked with Turkey for a deal to remove civilians and rebels from Aleppo, followed by a nominal ceasefire and the announcement of regime-opposition talks in Kazakhstan.

The Trump official said that “no decision was made” during the call, “I don’t have anything additional on U.S. attendance at this time.”A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Friday that the US would attend the talks.

Cover Story for Russia-Trump Controversy?

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MESOP INTEL DEBKA FILES ISRAEL – MYSTERY OR NO MYSTERY ? – Mystery blasts in Damascus: Syria accuses Israel

There were two unclaimed explosions in Damascus overnight Thursday and early Friday (Jan.12-13) – one at an officers club in Damascus and the second at Mezzeh airport, which Syria alleged was the work of the new Israeli S-35 stealth aircraft firing across the border from a point over the Sea of Galilee. There was no claim to either of the attacks. The standard Israeli policy of striking any Iranian arms shipments for Hizballah in Lebanon when they cross through Syria would not longer be applicable to any such air strike, if indeed one was launched..

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MESOP NEWS FOCUS : Mr. TILLERSON AS A CLOSE COMRADE IN ARMS !? – Syrian Kurds best US allies in fight against IS: official


13 Jan 2016 – MESOP  – US nominee for the Department of State, Rex Tillerson, stated that Kurds in Syria are best allies of his country in fight against the terrorist group of the Islamic State (IS). According to Hawar News, Tillerson stated that Washington would continue to back Kurds in Syria, adding that the U.S. will attempt to make a balance between Turkey and the Kurds. Turkey has labeled the later as a terrorist organization and believes it has close ties with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which has been fighting with Turkey for more Kurdish rights since 1984.

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MESOP NEWS GREAT ARTICLE BY Loubna Mrie : Aleppo’s forgotten revolutionaries

Date of publication: 12 January, 2017 – Comment: Countless icons of the Syrian revolution who struggled for freedom between 2012-2014 have been ignored and erased from history by the western media, writes Loubna Mrie.

In journalism and on social media, I often come across a narrative – from the Syrian regime’s most ardent supporters, to even those who acknowledge its oppressive nature – asserting that the Assad regime is fighting a war against vile, extremist, Al-Qaeda-like organisations. The ignorant simplicity of this argument became clear after the fall of rebel-held eastern Aleppo.The city was often portrayed as the epicentre of a jihadi insurgency liberated by the national army. Many ostensibly left-wing individuals worldwide even went so far as to celebrate this as “liberation”.

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Friday,January 13 2017, Your time is 15:02:35 – Russia agrees US should attend Syria talks: Turkey –  GENEVA – Agence France-Presse – Russia has agreed that the United States should be involved in talks on Syria’s political future slated to take place in the Kazakh capital of Astana later this month, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Jan. 12.“The United States should definitely be invited, and that is what we agreed with Russia,” Çavuşoğlu told journalists in Geneva after an international conference on Cyprus.

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  • SDF’s main component YPG is the military wing of PYD; PYD & PKK both members of KCK. KCK’s co-chair is Cemil Bayik, who is also PKK’s leader




MESOP SYRIAN OPPOSITION STATEMENTS : Astana Must Be a Stepping-stone to UN-led Negotiations in Geneva

01/10/2017 02:45 pm ET | Updated 2 hours ago Huffington Post  – By Hind Aboud Kabawat   Member of the High Negotiation Committee / Peace activist

The latest attempt at a ceasefire in Syria is far from ideal and has come on the back of an illegal killing spree by the regime, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah. Nevertheless, it can be a positive development if it helps spare innocent civilians from the suffering that Assad and his foreign allies have inflicted upon hundreds of thousands of Syrians over the past six years. But for any ceasefire to hold and an agreement to work, views of those best placed to sustain a solution must be heard at the negotiating table.

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MESOP NEWS – SCOTT LUCAS OPINION Syria is on the brink of partition – here’s how it got there

January 11, 2017 6.50pm GMT  – By  Scott Lucas – Professor of International Politics, University of Birmingham  –  The Conversation UK.

After nearly six years of uprising, conflict and chaos, the partition of Syria is imminent. President Bashar al-Assad will of course rail against it; his crucial ally Iran will probably resist too, and the marginalised US won’t even acknowledge the prospect. But the lines are nonetheless being drawn.

With pro-Assad forces back in control of Aleppo city, a newly co-operative Turkey and Russia are ready to pursue partition as a short-term resolution. The Syrian opposition and many rebels will embrace it as their best immediate option, and the leading Kurdish political and military groups will settle for whatever autonomy they can get. If things continue shaping up this way, by the end of 2017, Syria will quite probably become a country of four parts.

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US Says PYD to Take Part in Syria Peace Talks

By Hisham Arafat  – – 2017-01-12 – The US Department of States said on Tuesday that the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) of Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) is to be included in the upcoming peace talks on Syria. The anticipated peace talks are to be held in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on a yet-undecided date.

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