December 2017 – Rebuilding Syria by Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Faysal Itani and independent international security analyst Tobias Schneider, focuses on large, strategic policy questions: Why should the international community help rebuild Syria? Should it work with the Syrian government? If so, can the promise of rebuilding be used as leverage? Who are the local partners? What are the priorities in terms of sequencing?
The report does not plan exclusively around a post Bashar al-Assad presidency or even a consensual political settlement scenario. The report’s goal is to inform a stabilization and reconstruction plan that strengthens political legitimacy in Syria by upholding the security and dignity of the Syrian people.
Read pdf document http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/publications/reports/rebuilding-syria
6 Dec 2017 US Soldiers and PKK/PYD-YPG fighters dance together in Rojava – West Kurdistan – Syria
MESOP NEW BACKGROUND : A RELEVANT PKK DECLARATION BY IT’S GERMAN CADRE ERCAN AYBOGA
The survival and development of the revolutionary process in Rojava, i.e. of a new democratic perspective, has the big potential to change the mindsets of dozens of millions of people in Middle East. – By ERCAN AYBOĞA (Germany) – ANF – Sunday, 3 Dec 2017, 00:30
How did the US end up supporting the Kurds in Rojava?
Tuesday, 5 December, 2017 – 11:00 – London, Geneva – Asharq Al-Awsat
Spokesman for the Syrian opposition delegation at the Geneva talks said that the regime’s withdrawal from the negotiations last week was an embarrassment to Russia.
“I don’t think that those who support the regime are happy with such a position being taken by the regime. This is an embarrassment to Russia,” Yehya al-Aridi said on Monday at the hotel where the opposition delegation is staying in Geneva. “We understand the Russian position now. They are… in a hurry to find a solution.”
avatar Soner Cagaptay @SonerCagaptay – SYRIA / PKK/PYD(YPG) & PUTIN
5 Dec 2017 – RT @aaronstein1: Russia directly facilitated the YPG’s taking of Tel Rifaat and Menagh AFB. This battle came after the Nov. 2015 shoot down… www.mesop.de
MESOP NEWS : A BIG BLOW AGAINST IRAN & HEZBOLLAH ! – ‘Six Iranians, including a general, killed in Israeli strike’
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – Sources close to Hezbollah say 3-car convoy was hit Sunday, killing 12 people in all; Iran names one of the dead as General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi – TIMES OF ISRAEL 4 dec 2017
An alleged Israeli airstrike Sunday near Syria’s Quneitra border crossing with Israel that killed six members of Hezbollah also killed six Iranians, a source close to the Lebanese Shiite terror group told AFP on Monday.
“The Israeli strike killed six Iranian soldiers, including commanders, as well as the six members of Hezbollah. They were all in a convoy of three cars,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Iranian general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was among those killed in the strike, Iranian officials said.“General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi and a number of fighters and Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) forces were attacked by the Zionist regime’s helicopters,” said a statement on the
See this thread for the strike reports of the past few weeks: the U.S.-led coalition has been abetting the offensive of the pro-Asad forces. Again. “Race for the east” indeed.
As with Palmyra, @CJTFOIR coordinated with Russia to strike Abu Kamal in support of an Iranian-led offensive to retake the city and to defend against the IS counterattacks. Apparently, Russian long-range bombers and Kalibr cruise missiles weren’t enough.
Former SDF spokesman tells of US arming terror groups
Talal Silo tells details of US arming terror groups in region and how the terrorist PKK/PYD-dominated SDF was formed
02.12.2017 – ANADOLU AGENCY – INTERVIEW: Former SDF spokesman tells of US arming terrorists – Talal Silo tells details of US arming terror groups in region and how the terrorist PKK/PYD-dominated SDF was formed
Mattis Suggests Change in Posture Toward Kurdish YPG
By William Gallo – 2017-12-02 20:24 GMT – (VOA) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis suggested the United States will move away from arming Syrian Kurdish fighters, as part of a wider shift from a military-led to a diplomatic-led approach in Syria. Mattis’ comments help clarify the status of the U.S. relationship with Kurdish YPG fighters, who have been a crucial U.S. partner in the Syrian war.
2017-12-02 – (BBC) — More than 400 US Marines are to leave Syria after helping to capture the city of Raqqa from so-called Islamic State. Marine units have been deployed since March to provide artillery support to an alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters battling the jihadist group. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)-PYD-PKK declared victory in Raqqa last month.