SPIEGEL ONLINE 9 August 2018 – Sie ist die Frau an der Seite des brutalen syrischen Diktators: Asma al-Assad. Nun wurde bekannt, dass die 42-Jährige an Brustkrebs erkrankt ist.
Syrien: Asma al-Assad ist an Brustkrebs erkrankt – kurier.at
Assads Frau hat Brustkrebs – n-tv NACHRICHTEN
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : WHILE KURDISH PKK/PYD TALKS ABOUT AGREEMENT WITH BUTCHER ASSAD
By eaworldview – August 8, 2018 – Journalist Riam Dalati, citing an informed source, says the Assad regime will soon confirm the killing and deaths of tens of thousands of detainees since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011. In recent weeks, relatives have been receiving confirmation of executions and deaths from inhumane conditions. The notifications, reportedly covering hundreds and even thousands of prisoners, have come when families have sought civil records from local offices.
7 Augus 2018- There are definite signs of an emerging guerrilla campaign from the #YPG/#PKK in the areas #Turkey holds in northern #Syria. What it amounts to, we shall see. Impacts considerations over #Idlib, especially as the PKK moves back solidly into the #Asad–#Iran–#Russia camp. More via www.mesop.de
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : SPLENDID JOINT RINGMASTERS
Nikolay Kozhanov August 6, 2018 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary – A deal brokered by Russia has something for everyone involved — Syria, Israel, Iran and, of course, Russia itself — and has defused at least temporarily what could have become a deadly showdown between Israel and Iran. Russia is continuing efforts to enforce an agreement designed to stabilize the situation at the border between Israel and Syria. Under the agreement, Iranian forces and their proxies are pulling back from southern Syria in exchange for Damascus’ resumption of control of the Syrian-Israeli border and Israeli recognition of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s authority over Syrian territory according to the 1974 borders.
Russia also moved to deploy its military police at the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel and plans to set up eight observation posts in the area. This effort is designed to prevent a direct conflict between Iran and Israel.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PKK/PYD FOLLOWING THE “REVOLUTIONARY DIRECTION OF BASHAR AL ASSAD & ABDULLAH OECALAN”
AL MONITOR – Syria’s Kurds cautiously progress in talks with Damascus
Fehim Tastekin August 7, 2018 – Article Summary – According to the former head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, Salih Muslim, a recent Kurdish delegation to Damascus didn’t go into the talks with red lines, but rather focused on building confidence.
After the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), sent a delegation to Damascus, cards are being reshuffled. Following the first meeting in Damascus after President Bashar al-Assad’s declaration of a dual strategy of “either negotiations or war” for the future of territory controlled by the SDF, an option of reconciliation has actually emerged. It was reported that the government delegation presented a 12-item list of demands that included handing over districts that have government offices in Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor and Hasakah, joint management of oil and natural gas fields by local administrations under the supervision of the government, flying the Syrian flag at border crossings and government buildings, and the gradual termination of contacts with foreign forces.
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – Syria’s Kurds Prepare for a Future Without the US
By Richard Hall – https://www.thenational.ae – 2018-08-06 22:11 GMT
For the past seven years, Syria’s Kurds have maintained an uneasy truce with President Bashar Al Assad’s government. The differences between them have been overshadowed by greater threats.But today, with ISIS all but defeated and the Syrian army in control of most of the country, those differences cannot be put aside any longer.
The two sides are tentatively beginning to address seemingly incompatible positions: Mr Al Assad’s aim to recapture “every inch” of Syria, and a long-held Kurdish desire for decentralised government.”The Syrian panorama is more clear now,” Zozan Alloush, a senior member of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), told The National. “They recognise our power on the ground. Our people have sacrificed enough and we think now is the time to negotiate.”
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS EDITORIAL : SYRIA GROUND ZERO – Economies of cannibalization ( Liz Sly @LizSly : Such a brilliant, heartrending account of what Syria has become after seven years of war by @SynapsNetwork. A tragedy and a mess, on an epic scale.
Picking up the pieces – How Syrian society has changed
Syria’s war has transformed the country in both shattering and subtle ways. While many evolutions are for the worse, others inspire cautious optimism: Syrians have shown relentless ingenuity in adapting to every stage of a horrendous conflict, salvaging remnants of dignity, solidarity and vitality amid nightmarish circumstances.
Putin man in the middle between Assad, Erdogan over Idlib – Commentaries by Semih Idiz, Maxim Suchkov and others
6 August 2018 – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is counting on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to prevent a Syrian military attack on Idlib, which, Erdogan said, could destroy the Astana accord. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said July 26, “Idlib is our goal, but not just Idlib. … The military — and it is at their discretion — will decide priorities and Idlib is one of these priorities.”
“I asked for the necessary intervention by him [Putin] on this subject. My hope is, God willing, he will do what is necessary,” Erdogan said after meeting with Putin that same day on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PUTIN’S SPUTNIK IST SICH NICHT GANZ SICHER Rückzug aus Syrien? Iran stellt Bedingung
© Sputnik / Witalij Ankow – 6 August 2018 -Der Iran wird seine Präsenz in Syrien verringern oder das Land sogar verlassen, wenn sich die Situation stabilisiert und der Kampf gegen den Terrorismus zu Ende geht. Dies erklärte am Samstag der offizielle Sprecher des iranischen Außenministeriums, Bahram Kasemi.
„Wir werden uns in Syrien befinden, solange die syrische Regierung dies wünscht. Neben dem Ersuchen der syrischen Regierung war der Kampf gegen den Terrorismus unsere wichtige Aufgabe. Sobald wir das Gefühl haben, dass Syrien der relativen Stabilität nahe ist, dass der Kampf gegen den Terrorismus zu Ende geht und bedeutende Erfolge erzielt worden sind, können wir natürlich die beratende Präsenz in Syrien reduzieren oder es völlig verlassen“, sagte Kasemi gegenüber der Nachrichtenagentur Pana.