MESOP INSIDE: US BACKED FORCES ENTER STRATEGIC CITY OF MANBIJ / THE ONLY FULL & DETAILED REPORT UP TO DATE (CLICK FOR BOTTOM LINKS)
The Syria Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed coalition of Kurdish and Sunni Arab groups, reportedly entered the strategic Islamic State-held city of Manbij this morning. A U.S. official said yesterday that the city had been successfully cut off from supply networks, but that military planners expected strong resistance from Islamic State militants. The presence of large numbers of Kurdish fighters in the attack on the Sunni Arab-majority city has raised tensions within the coalition of U.S.-supported groups fighting the Islamic State. Those tensions have spilled over into direct conflict in recent weeks between Kurds and the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo. At least 3,000 residents of Manbij have fled ahead of the fighting.
weiterlesen / click to continue
23 June 2016 – Scott Lucas – eaworldview -President Assad dismissed Syria’s Government on Wednesday, asking Electricity Minister Imad Khamis to form a new Cabinet. The change of administration adheres to the 2012 Constitution, in which the Cabinet was considered to have a caretaker role upon the convening of a new Parliament on June 6. However, it also has a political and economic dimension, as the Government of outgoing Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi was under pressure over rising prices and the crippled Syrian economy. A decision this month to raise the costs of gasoline and fuel has been criticized by pro-regime outlets. On Wednesday, al-Halqi acknowledged the difficulty, explaining after a weekly Cabinet session: The state treasury was greatly depleted by the war on Syria, and the years of war and the economic embargo have drained resources and caused production to stall in many sectors.
22 June 2016 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – UPDATE 1630 GMT: President Assad has dismissed the Government amid growing criticism of economic problems. Assad asked Electricity Minister Imad Khamis to form a new Cabinet. Under Syria’s new Constitution, the Cabinet was considered to have “resigned” upon the convening of a new Parliament, which met for the first time on June 6, and to hold a “caretaker role”.
They’ve Got U.S. Guns. Can They Stop ISIS? / By Michael Weiss – The Daily Beast – 22 June 2016 – The Mu’tasim Brigade appears to be the very model of a fighting force the U.S. Defense Department can get behind—so why is it always running short of bullets and shells?
“During the siege, we were hit with 50 ISIS car bombs,” Mu’tasim Abbas told me. “Each car was filled with 10 tons of explosive.”Abbas is the commander of the Mu’tasim Brigade (the name, he assures me, is just a coincidence), one of a mere handful of Syrian rebel groups backed by the U.S. Department of Defense to defeat ISIS.
21 June 2016 – For Iran, the ongoing war in Syria is no longer a matter of regional security. The conflict now has direct effects and implications for Iran’s national security. This perspective is clear in the daily statements coming from Tehran, from the images of slain Iranian soldiers and high-ranking officers laid to rest in the Iranian capital and most recently the appointment of Rear Adm. Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, as military and security coordinator of the joint cooperation group on Syria with Moscow and Damascus.
MESOP : THE MOST INTELLIGENT BLUEPRINT FOR TO HANDLE THE SYRIAN SITUATION ! The Case for a More Robust U.S. Intervention in Syria
The United States can do more to achieve a political settlement—invasion and containment aren’t the only options.
June 19, 2016 — By Thanassis Cambanis – Fellow – THE CENTURY FOUNDATION
Contents – 1Time to Stop the Meltdown / 2What Are the Options? / 3The Messy State of Play / 4The White House Containment Policy / 5Who’s Who? / 6Constantly Shifting Terrain / 7Assist, Protect, Pressure: A Three-Pronged Strategy / 8The Politics of the Policy / 9Do the Right Thing
What You Should Know
How are Turkey & Russia getting along these days?
21 June 2016 – Al Monitor – Russia and Turkey are extending gestures to one another in hopes of strengthening ties, but there are many factors at play: their opposing goals in the Syrian war, Black Sea politics and — not a small sticking point — Russia is still waiting for an apology and restitution for Turkey’s downing of its jet last year.
The Russian Institute for Strategic Relations (RISS), founded by President Vladimir Putin, on June 2 hosted representatives of the Ankara Policy Center. On the meeting room table was a bottle of RISS whisky with the brand name Strategy. This was the table prepared to assist in the normalization of Russian-Turkish relations. RISS paid all the expenses of the Turkish team. Both sides reported the meeting’s outcome to their national leaders.
By Vladimir Soldatkin – Irish examiner – 21 Juni Russia said it had agreed with the US on the need to improve co-ordination between their military operations in Syria. They are backing opposing sides of a civil war and launching air strikes.Moscow’s intervention on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, alongside Western backing for rebel groups and attacks on IS targets, has raised the risk of a wider international confrontation in the war.Russia’s defence ministry said military officials from both countries had agreed on the need to improve co-ordination.