Russland will Marinebasis im syrischen Tartus erneuern

MESOP : DIE MARITIME ACHSE ZUR RUSSISCHEN KONTROLLE DES MITTELMEERS – (Krim – Tartous)  / FÜR DEUTSCHE LINKE KEIN PROBLEM

Moskau (dpa) – 27-7-2014 – Russland will seinen Marinestützpunkt in der syrischen Hafenstadt Tartus von 2015 an gründlich modernisieren. Die Basis solle dann künftig russische Kriegsschiffe höherer Klassen aufnehmen können, meldete die Agentur Interfax unter Berufung auf den Generalstab in Moskau am Sonntag. Tartus werde nicht nur erhalten, sondern «bedeutend erneuert mit Blick auf die politische Situation in Syrien und die militärische Lage in der Mittelmeerregion», hieß es.

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FULL REPORT : KURDWATCH NEWSLETTER JULY 2014 / WEST KURDISTAN – SYRIA

MESOP :  Forced Recruitement by PYD/YPG means a breach of international conventions and a serious human rights violation

ʿAmudah: PYD introduces compulsory military service for young men

KURDWATCH, July 26, 2014—On July 13, 2014, the legislative council of the transitional administration for the canton of Jazirah, which was appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), released to the public a new law on the »duty of self defense«. All men between the ages of eighteen and thirty years are required to serve six months in the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG).

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KURDWATCH NEWSLETTER WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) JULI 2014 -ʿAmuda: PYD verpflichtet junge Männer zum Militärdienst

MESOP : ZWANGSREKRUTIERUNGEN DER PYD/YPG OHNE RECHT AUF KRIEGSDIENSTVERWEIGERUNG BEDEUTET VERSTOSS GEGEN UN KONVENTIONEN UND EINE EKLATANTE MENSCHENRECHTS-VERLETZUNG

KURDWATCH, 26. Juli 2014 – Am 13. Juli 2014 hat der Legislativrat der von der Partei der Demokratischen Union (PYD) eingesetzten Übergangsverwaltung für den Kanton Dschazira ein neues Gesetz zur »Pflicht der Selbstverteidigung« veröffentlicht. Alle Männer im Alter von achtzehn bis dreißig Jahren werden gezwungen, sechs Monate bei den Volksverteidigungseinheiten (YPG) der Partei der Demokratischen Union (PYD) zu dienen.

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10,000 Bodies: Inside Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Crackdown

MESOP : NO DEMONSTRATIONS & NO SIGNIFICANT PROTEST BY WESTERN LEFTIES

Photographs of Corpses Offer Evidence of Industrial-Scale Campaign Against Political Opponents by Assad Regime, U.S. Investigators Say

By  Adam Entous & Dion Nissenbaum – The Wall Street Journal – At Hospital 601, not far from the presidential palace in Damascus, Syrian guards ran out of space to store the dead and had to use an adjoining warehouse where military vehicles were repaired. A forensic photographer working for Syria’s military police walked the rows and took pictures of the emaciated and disfigured corpses, most believed to be anti-Assad activists. Numbers written on the bodies and on white cards, the photographer said, told regime bureaucrats the identities of the deceased, when they died and which branch of the Syrian security services had held them. (Graphic image follows.)

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MESOP : TODAY’S SYRIA UPDATE MAP (BY ISW)

MESOP: BASHAR GOING DOWN AGAIN – Losses for Syrian regime rise sharply

Marlin Dick| The Daily Star – 25-7-2014 – BEIRUT: Syrian regime forces and allied groups have suffered more than 800 casualties in the last week, a leading anti-regime activist group said Wednesday, amid signs of a “significant” lack of manpower.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a total of 1,769 people lost their lives in the one-week period following President Bashar Assad’s inauguration for a third term July 16.

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MESOP LATEST : Dozens of ISIL militants killed in clashes with Kurds in northern Syria

ARA News- 25-7-2014 – Tel Abyad, Syria – Amid clashes between al-Akrad Front Brigade, the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and other Syrian opposition factions on one hand, and al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State (previously as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ‘ISIL’) on the other, the latter lost 64 of its militants.The clashes took place during the last three days in Akhtrin town in Kobane’s western environs, north of Syria.YPG Media Center confirmed that the YPG forces regained control in the village of Chel Oghli (25 km west of Kobane).

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MESOP FOCUS : Islamic Front rejects rival’s caliphate, as well as proposed emirate in Syria

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 02:00 PM PDT Long War Journal

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The Islamic Front, a coalition of several leading insurgency groups in Syria, has released a statement rejecting the caliphate announced by its rivals in the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, in late June.

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THE STUPIDITY OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY / BY MICHAEL M. GUNTER

MESOP ANALYSIS : Michael Gunter about PYD support – we like to listen to the same melody concerning the moderate Syrian anti-Assad Forces

While the PKK link is real and largely explains the PYD’s success in fending off ISIS so far, the PYD is also a moderate secular movement and thus is everything the United States should want to support. (MG)

THE STUPIDITY OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

By Professor Michael M. Gunter – Tennessee Technological University – USA 

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The Dilemmas of the Kurds in Syria

MESOP : GREAT ARTICLE BY OUR FRIEND DAVID ROMANO

By DAVID ROMANO 24-7-2014 – Last week I wrote about the international community’s options of whom to support in Iraq. I did so in multiple choice format, concluding that only the Kurdistan Regional Government appears democratic, worthy and capable of taking on the Islamic State’s Jihadis. Since 2012, however, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s militants have also been fighting Kurds in Syria very actively. Most recently, they used weapons and vehicles captured in Mosul to increase their pressure on Kobane and other cantons controlled by the Kurds of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan).

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