MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS COMMENTARY BY FABRICE BALANCHE / THE FUTURE OF PKK/PYD IN SYRIA

Syria Kurd autonomy under threat after IS ‘caliphate’ falls / No Kurdish Recognition

Date created : 23/03/2019 – 08:28 – Beirut (AFP) – Now the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” has fallen, the hard-won limited autonomy of Syria’s Kurds will be left in peril if their key US ally goes ahead with its announced pullout. On Saturday, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces announced the end of the proto-state that the Sunni Arab extremist group declared across large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : THE ONGOING GOLAN HEIGHTS DEBATE (ISRAEL – SYRIA)

Martin Indyk‏ @Martin_Indyk  – 24 Nar 2019 – Martin Indyk Retweeted Sam

Of course it’s changed but it can change again. Israel can’t come down from the Golan now but it acquired the territory by force. Israel accepted UNSC 242 which requires an exchange of territory for peace. Until there’s peace it gets to hold on to it but it doesn’t get to own it.

Sam @eifers1

Replying to @Martin_Indyk

Martin – the landscape has changed since 2000 and Syria is a terrorist state with no chance of making peace with Israel. The corrupt UNHRC is demanding an Israeli pullout from the Golan which is unreasonable so Trump protecting Israel from that is a good move.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS FOCUS – Report: ISIS sleeper cells are now a threat in eastern Syria, and regional states may exploit them by Seth Frantzman

A new analysis by Wladimir Van Wilgenburg at The Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis examines the threat of ISIS sleeper cells in the wake of the defeat of ISIS in Baghuz. Regional states that oppose the role of the SDF and its US partners may also exploit them.

A link to the report.

Important #BREAKING analysis from @vvanwilgenburg about the threat of ISIS sleeper cells after the defeat of ISIS in Baghouz https://t.co/j8WcduKYgE

— Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis (@MidEast_Center) March 23, 2019

 

And he writes; The sleeper cell attacks increased, after US president Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would withdraw its troops in December. “The sleeper cells became more active in Manbij, Shadadi, and Raqqa,” Layla Mohammed, the co-head of the Raqqa Civil Council said in an interview.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS “FOR NOW THE END OF THE CALIPHATE”  : March 22 –  US says ISIS finally defeated in Baghuz, small clashes continue  by Seth Frantzman

 

The US has asserted that ISIS is defeated and no longer holds ground in Syria.Defense Department says Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria – White House spokeswoman.

Planes still flying over Baghouz. Airstrikes within the last hour. Machine gun fire in the distance. Is #ISIS totally defeated? Essentially yes, but there are still “hundreds” of holdouts per SDF. That’s what were seeing here in eastern #Syria.

— benwedeman (@bencnn) March 22, 2019

Pompeo said: “We’re close…..We need to finish out the last few square meters there in Syria. Still work to do.”

BREAKING: #SDF spokesman @mustefabali tells @VOA_Kurdish he cannot confirm @POTUS‘ comments on the end of #ISIS‘ caliphate in #Syria as SDF troops are still operating inside #Baghuz and additional airstrikes are being carried out

— Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) March 22, 2019

More news

.@StateDept has amended the terrorist designations of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (#ISIS) to include Amaq News Agency, Al Hayat Media Center, and other aliases. Read more: https://t.co/FtB7BO6P0u pic.twitter.com/kw8vdBig2d

— State Dept CT Bureau (@StateDeptCT) March 21, 2019

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : KEINE SICHERHEITSZONE FÜR KURDEN

USA suchen verbündete Truppen für Syrien

21 März 2019 – „General Joseph Dunford, der Vorsitzende des Vereinigten Generalsstabs der USA, weist einen Bericht des Wall Street Journal zurück, wonach das US-Militär an Plänen arbeite, die den Verbleib von bis zu 1.000 Soldaten in Syrien vorsehen. Er nannte den Bericht ‚sachlich falsch‘. ‚Es gibt keine Änderungen des im Februar angekündigten Plans, und wir setzen weiterhin die Anweisungen des Präsidenten um, die US-Streitkräfte bis auf einen Restbestand zu reduzieren,‘ sagte Dunford in einer Erklärung am Sonntag. Das Wall Street Journal berichtete sonntags unter Berufung auf US-Beamte, die USA hätten geplant, weiterhin mit den kurdischen Kämpfern in Syrien zusammenzuarbeiten, die von der Türkei bedroht werden. In dem Bericht heißt es, dass die neuen Pläne ausgearbeitet wurden, nachdem die Verhandlungen zwischen den USA, der Türkei, den europäischen Verbündeten und den Kurden nicht zur Schaffung einer sicheren Zone in Syrien geführt hatten.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS UPDATE BAGHOUZ : Toll Climbs at Syria’s al-Hol Camp as SDF Presses Offensive Against ISIS

Thursday, 21 March, 2019 – 12:00 Asharq Al-Awsat – Twelve people died overnight after arriving at a camp in northeastern Syria from ISIS’ final enclave at Baghouz, the International Rescue Committee said on Thursday, as the US-backed forces pressed an offensive against the extremist group in its last redoubt.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : SHORT CUTS – UPDATE BAGHOUZ / SYRIA

 

Liz Sly‏Verified account @LizSly 21 Mar 2019 – 2,000 more women and children arrived at al-Hol camp from the last sliver of ISIS-held Baghouz last night. 12 of them died, 60 in very bad shape. There are now 72,000 people there & 138 died, almost all of them babies & some children. @theIRC

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EXCLUSIV!

First video from inside the liberated Baghuz camp – by Seth Frantzman

Here it is, first video

First video from inside the camp. It’s a mess. pic.twitter.com/5x8m8OC98m

— Woofers (@NotWoofers) March 19, 2019

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Syria &China Sign Economic Agreement

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : NEXT STRONGHOLD SILKROAD = CHINA & ASSAD !

Wednesday March 20th, 2019 by The Syria Times (Pro-government newspaper)

The agreement, which is believed to be the third of its kind, is thought to be work 100 million yuan and will be used to fund humanitarian needs in Syria writes The Syria Times.On Monday, Syria and China signed an economic and technical cooperation agreement according to which China will grant the Syrian government 100 million yuan (17 million dollars) to fund humanitarian requirements that are to be specified and agreed upon at a later stage. The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the Planning and International Cooperation Commission by the Commission’s head, Imad Sabouni, and the Chinese Ambassador in Damascus, Feng Biao.

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„DIESE CHARTA IST HEILIG“ – Das neue Syrien wird in Berlin gebaut (Aber erst nach Flughafen!)–

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : FAKE AS FAKE CAN BE / BERLIN IM VERZÜCKUNGSMODUS

DIE WELT 20 März 2019 – Von Daniel-Dylan Böhmer

Würdenträger aller syrischen Volksgruppen setzen sich in Berlin zusammen und einigen sich auf eine Charta, um das Land zu versöhnen. Nach zweieinhalb Jahren Arbeit wagt der Rat den Schritt in die Öffentlichkeit. WELT liegt das Dokument vor.

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