MESOP LATEST : YPG have withdrawn from Manbij two after capturing it from ISIS

 MESOP : JARABULUS SYRIA NEWS & MANBIJ

By Paul Antonopoulos – 25/08/2016 – almasdar News – The Kurdish YPG have announced that they have withdrawn from the northern Syrian town of Manbij after it was only captured from ISIS two weeks ago.

The YPG command have announced in a statement that they have withdrawn to their bases and will leave control of the town to the Manbij Military Council with only Arab members of the YPG-led SDF to remain in the town. It is yet to be seen if these YPG fighters will now engage with Turkish forces and their Islamist proxies who are conducting Euphrates Shield operation.

MESOP FLASH: JOHN KERRY GARANTIERT YILDIRIM DEN RÜCKZUG DER KURDEN (PYD/PKK) – FSA RÜCKT NACH

Türkei kämpft um totale Kontrolle über Dscharablus

25 Aug 2016 – DIE WELT  – Am Tag nach dem Beginn der Großoffensive der Türkei in Syrien gegen die Dschihadistenmiliz Islamischer Staat (IS) sind nach türkischen Angaben 20 weitere türkische Panzer auf syrisches Territorium vorgedrungen. Auch mehrere Krankenwagen und schwere Geschütze wurden nach Angaben der Nachrichtenagentur AFP über die Grenze gebracht.

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MESOP : JOSHUA’S RECOMMENDATION / JOSHUA LANDIS

Excellent: Kurdish, Asad & Turkish strategy in Hasaka, Jarablous & Rojava. Implications for US in #Syria” by B Barfi

Escalating hostilities between regime forces and Syrian Kurds in Hasaka will likely complicate…
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MESOP TODAYS JARABULUS REPORT : 1) Turkey Changes the Dynamics of the Conflict – 2) The Maneuvers of Foreign Powers – 3) Turkeys “No fly Zone?”

Rebels v. Kurds?

The defeat is another major setback for the Islamic State. Pro-Assad forces took the city of Palmyra in central Syria from ISIS in March, and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have advanced west from northeast Syria. Earlier this month, the SDF captured ISIS’s main position in Aleppo Province, the city of Manbij.

The retreats leave the Islamic State reliant on the city of Raqqa and surrounding area for their claim of a “caliphate” which includes Syria as well as Iraq. But Wednesday’s development raises even wider questions about the future of the Syrian conflict, notably the relationship between the rebels — now with overt Turkish involvement in their position — and Kurdish forces who are opposed by Ankara.

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MESOP TODAYS RELEVANT QUESTION (II) : ROJAVA : THE PKK CORRIDOR TO THE MEDITERRANEAN SEE

ROJAVA’S SUSTAINABILITY & THE PKK’S REGIONAL STRATEGY

By Fabrice Balanche – Fabrice Balanche, an associate professor and research director at the University of Lyon 2, is a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute. – PolicyWatch 2680 – August 24, 2016

As the Kurds continue to pursue their goal of a contiguous territory in northern Syria, various nonmilitary factors will determine whether their nascent statelet is viable in the long term, including a host of demographic, economic, water, and oil issues. Although it is still difficult to predict the future of Syria as a whole, the existence of an increasingly autonomous Kurdish region along the country’s northern frontier has become a reality. For now, the boundaries of this “Rojava” remain blurred and might be different from those officially claimed by the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). Yet the group’s ongoing efforts to expand and merge its cantons reflect a firm commitment to gathering Syria’s Kurds into an economically viable statelet that extends tantalizingly close to the Mediterranean Sea — a prospect that could also advance the goals of its parent organization in Turkey, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

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MESOP : JARABULUS – SYRIA NEWS ON THE HOUR / LATEST

  1. YPG says it will pull back to east of Euphrates, but the rest of SDF forces will stay put

    YPG spokesman: “As requested by our American allies, we are withdrawing from all territories west of the Euphrates.”

 

 

 

DIE ARROGANZ DER ERBOBERER / VON CHRISTOPH EHRHARDT (FAZ)

MESOP REPORT : WAS GESCHIEHT IN MANBIJ ? DIE PKK/PYD KOMMUNE  & IHRE MENSCHEN & AUCH LINKE

BEIRUT, 23. August. Für Hassan Naifi ist Manbidsch nicht befreit worden. „Die Menschen waren heilfroh darüber, dass die Dschihadisten weg sind”, sagt er. „Aber die freundlichen Befreier haben auch ein anderes Gesicht.” Mitte des Monats war der „Islamische Staat” (IS) aus der nordsyrischen Stadt vertrieben worden. Nach wochenlangen Kämpfen und massiven Luftangriffen der amerikanisch geführten Anti-IS-Koalition waren die Milizionäre der Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in die Stadt eingerückt. Frauen verbrannten ihre Vollschleier, steckten sich Zigaretten an, umarmten kurdische Kämpferinnen. Aber Hassan Naifi, der auf der Todesliste des IS stand und fliehen musste, ist noch nicht in Feierstimmung. Er kann nicht zurück. Sein Bruder und dessen Familie, die geblieben war, die der IS als Geisel genommen und weiter im Norden freigelassen hatte, auch nicht. Die neuen Herrscher (PKK/PYD) würden das nicht zulassen, sagt er.

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“KNOW BETTER WITH MESOP” : THE REASON & THE GENESIS OF TODAYS TURKISH INVASION WITH US HELDPING HAND

Backed by Washington, Turkey & Syrian rebel allies take Jarablus as Kurds shut out

AMMAN:  24 Augusten 2016 – SYRIA DIRECT  –  Multiple Syrian rebel groups fighting with the Turkish forces announced the “complete liberation of Jarablus city from the terrorist IS gangs” late Wednesday afternoon.  Rebels posted pictures on social media, reportedly from inside the city. Syria Direct could not independently confirm the images or the extent of rebel control over the city and its surrounding villages.Immediately east of Jarablus, just across the Euphrates, lies territory held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Kurdish forces hold territory extending eastwards along the Turkish border to Iraq.

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MESOP TODAYS SUMMARY OF RELEVANT VOICES: TURKEY’S & BIDEN’S OFFENSIVE IN SYRIA – NYT – HURRIYET – BBC – AL AJZEERA – REUTERS – FINANCIAL TIMES et. al.

Turkey Begins Major Offensive in Syria as Biden Arrives in Ankara

Turkey sent tanks, warplanes, and special operations forces into a border region of Syria on Wednesday as part of the U.S.-led coalition’s push to force the self-proclaimed Islamic State from the town of Jarablus. The operation marks Turkey’s largest military operation to date in the Syrian conflict (NYT) and comes as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Ankara (Hurriyet) to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Turkey ordered residents of the Turkish town of Karkamis, which borders Syria’s Jarablus, to evacuate ahead of the offensive (BBC). A spokesman for Syria’s Kurdish YPG militia, a major U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State, called (Reuters) Turkey’s offensive “blatant aggression in Syrian internal affairs.”

ANALYSIS

“The offensive on the city of Jarabulus began hours before Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was set to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara to discuss tensions raised by the failed coup in Turkey last month. The joint operation in Syria seemed intended to send a message that the countries are still cooperating in the fight against the militant group,” Ceylan Yeginsu writes for the New York Times.

“With relations between Washington and Ankara at their most acrimonious in years, Mr Biden will publicly reassure Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the US authorities will examine as quickly as possible the extradition request for Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based cleric who the Turkish president claims was behind the coup. At the same time, Mr Biden will privately express American concern at the sweeping crackdown of his opponents that Mr Erdogan has instigated since the coup attempt on July 15,” Geoff Dyer and Mehul Srivastava write for the Financial Times.

“These days, however, the U.S. and Turkey see eye to eye on very little. The two countries are at odds over Syria and the urgency of removing Syrian President Bashar Assad; over support for Syrian Kurds who, in contrast to the Turks, have proved to be reliable U.S. partners in the fight against Islamic State; over the territorial sovereignty of Iraq; and over continuing sanctions on Iran. Though American officials privately acknowledge that Mr. Erdogan is ‘erratic,’ they have given the Turkish leader extraordinary leverage over U.S. policy,” CFR’s Steven A. Cook and Michael J. Koplow write for the Wall Street Journal.

 

MESOP ESSENTIAL INTERVIEW WITH STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS : Syria Interview: Rebel Faction Jaish al-Islam on the Political & Military Situation

Last week, the Jaish al-Islam spokesman, Captain Islam Alloush, gave an extensive interview on the political and military situation:

The Situation Near DamascusHave your recent offensives achieved their objectives since the start of the al-Riqaa battle series?

Yes, we have achieved 70% to 80% of the targets that we set in East Ghouta and Eastern Qalamoun.

What is the current situation in the city of Daraa and in the Yarmouk Basin [in western Daraa Province] as the fronts against the regime are static while the ISIS-affiliated faction Army of Khalid Bin al-Waleed is active? Do you have any presence there?

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