MESOP : THE DIPLOMATIC “DIALOGUE PARTNER”ACTS AS A WAR CRIMINAL Human Rights Watch: Syria regime barrel bombing civilians

Waar, Duhok: 25 Feb 2015 – The Syrian regime has carried out hundreds of air attacks that have killed thousands of civilians in the past year, a U.S. rights group said Tuesday.Regime forces have indiscriminately deployed high explosive air-delivered munitions, including barrel bombs, on civilians in defiance of a UN Security Council resolution ordering an end to the use of these weapons, Human Rights Watch said in a damning report. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed in an interview earlier in February that his forces were not using barrel bombs despite evidence to the contrary. Barrel bombs are made from oil drums filled with high explosives and shrapnel to enhance fragmentation, and then dropped from helicopters. Cheaply made and locally produced, they are more destructive than conventional bombs.

WESTKURDISTAN (SYRIA) MESOP : No solidarity for Assyrians – why? – These are only Christians

Assyrian Hostages in Syria Are ‘Safe’, Says ISIS Member

Assyrian International News Agency – 2015-02-24 – An Assyrian woman and her children who fled from Tel Tamar because of the attacks by ISIS.Hasaka, Syria (AINA) — ISIS attacked several Assyrian villages in Syria yesterday, killing 4 Assyrian guards and kidnapping more than 90 Assyrian men, women and children, and destroying at least 4 churches (AINA 2015-02-23). About half of the abducted Assyrians were brought to the Jabal Abdul Aziz area, while the remainder are held captive in their villages, Tel Shamiran and Tel Jazira. The following are the names of the Assyrians kidnapped from the village of Tel Goran:

Joel Zaya / Aweya Zaya / Joseph Zaya / Najma Youkhana / Tato Odesho / Jorej Odesho / Jamil Odesho / Jamil Kolyat / Joseph Ishmael / Ishmael Ishmael / Abdo Mirza / Wegram Mirza / Mirza Khaya / Aweya Wegram / 5 unnamed women / 1 girl aged 6

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MESOP NEWS ON THE HOUR : Kurdish forces regain new villages near Qamishli after ISIS withdrawal

ARA News – 24 Feb 2015 – Qamishli, Syria – Villages near the IS-held town of Tel Hamis in the southern countryside of Qamishli, in northeastern Syria, witnessed a mass displacement of civilians, following clashes between the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), local sources reported on Monday.Speaking to ARA News in the Qamishli countryside, civil rights activist Ismail Ali reported: “About 50 families fled from the town of Tel Hamis and its surroundings, and have been housed in schools in the town of al-Hol.”

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WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – Much Ado at the Qusayr Site? A Syrian Nuclear Snapshot

INSS Insight No. 666, February 23, 2015 – Ephraim Asculai , Emily B. Landau Ephraim Asculai, Emily B. Landau

On January 9, 2015, the German weekly Der Spiegel published an article alleging that Syria did not give up its nuclear weapons development ambitions following the destruction in 2007 of its almost completed, North Korean-constructed nuclear reactor near the town of Deir-al-Zor. Instead, according to Der Spiegel, it is in the process of erecting a new nuclear facility near the town of Qusayr, very close to Syria’s border with Lebanon. Syria has a long history of deception and lying to the international community on matters concerning its development and use of weapons of mass destruction. Therefore, any new information concerning these matters, even if highly speculative, should set the scene for further investigations, which in the past have revealed problematic Syrian intentions and activities in the chemical and nuclear realms.

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MESOP REPORT : Essential & Urgent Needs of Kobane / Reconstructing Board – Spokesperson: Idris Nassan

22 Feb 2015 – A SUMMARY – Health care: There were four hospitals- 2 destroyed completely and 2 damaged between 20 – 50 %. The private clinics and pharmacies are hard damaged. So there is very urgent need to a medical point or a hospital that can provide medicine and health care to thousands of civilians in the city and the countryside.Infrastructure:It was planned by the Syrian regime for majored Kurds people Kobane to depend on the neighboring towns and cities (Manbej, Sirrin and Shekhlar) for its drinking water, electricity and flour.

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Syrian Kurdish Militia Arrests Assyrians, Including a Priest

22 Feb 2015 – AINA NEWS AGENCY – Hasaka, Syria (AINA) — Nearly 400 Asayish (Kurdish security) members of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria surrounded the Malikiyya neighborhood yesterday and arrested 10 Assyrians and Christians, including an Assyrian a priest, members of the Malikiyya Social Commission, a Christian group, and Assyrian members of the armed protection units of Malikiyya, in Hasaka. The following individuals were arrested:

Rev. Gabriel David, the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch’s delegate

Akhiqar Rashid, executive officer of the Mother Syria Assembly

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(What a tragedy that Saddam + Ghadafi have left already)

EU diplomats may change position towards Assad

February 20, 2015 – Syria – ARA News – Some European Union countries which withdrew their ambassadors from Syria are saying privately it is time for more communication with Damascus even though Britain and France oppose it, diplomats said.

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MESOP : TURKISH BORDER WILL COME UNDER HEAVY PRESSURE – Syrian army’s advances near border rattle Ankara

Al monitor – Ankara had been dreading this scenario. On Feb. 16, the Syrian regime army launched an offensive to besiege opposition-controlled areas of Aleppo, lifting the opposition’s 18-month siege on two Shiite villages and severing the opposition’s supply lines to Turkey. If Aleppo falls, the next front to intensify will be Turkey’s border. Beirut daily Al-Akhbar reported the situation with the headline: “A blow to Ankara: Syrian army makes advances in Aleppo offensive.”

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MESOP : EXTREME CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN US FIGHTERS STAY TO PYD/PKK: “Though Matson (who has “Christ is Lord” inscribed on his vest) has become something of a poster-boy for the American Christian right, he has so far expressed no interest in leaving the YPG for a Christian militia.

Christian Foreign Fighters Deserting Kurdish YPG in Syria Because They Are Communists

By Alex MacDonald – Middle East Eye – 2015-02-20 – Foreign volunteers fighting the Islamic State (IS) are leaving the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and joining other militia’s due to the group’s left-wing socialist ideology.According to foreign fighters quoted by AFP, an exodus is currently underway of US and other Western volunteers from the YPG due their left-wing stance, with one US army veteran — referred to as “Scott” — claiming he decided not to join after finding out they were a “bunch of damn Reds.” Another British volunteer named Alan Duncan also said he had left the YPG, who are based in the Syrian Kurdistan region also known as Rojava, because of their leftist views and said he knew a number of other people were planning to leave soon for the same reason.

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MESOP : ISIS ? – LEAVE IT TO PYD (PKK) Berxwedan of YPG: We Will Crush ISIS in All Over Syria / Interview with Mutlu Civiroglu

After recapturing the city of Kobane proper, you began the liberation of villages and your operations have continued for several weeks. What is the situation on the eastern, western and southern fronts, how far have you reached?

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