MESOP T ODAY’S OPINION : “ISIS Is Weaker Than It Looks,” By Balint Szlanko

By Balint Szlanko – @balintszlanko – For Syria Comment, Sept 13, 2014 – ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan—The extremist group known variously as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or simply Islamic State, has maneuvered itself into a difficult situation over the last couple of months. Fanatical groups like this are prone to violent overreach and they often end up with everybody else ganging up on them. ISIS is no different and now it will pay the price. It may also be far weaker than it looks, for it’s only really been able to shine against much weaker enemies.

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MESOP FOCUS : THE LONG WAR JOURNAL – ‘Moderate’ Syrian Revolutionaries Front continues to support al Qaeda

12 Sep 2014 01:07 PM PDT – An article in yesterday’s New York Times titled “US Pins Hope on Syrian Rebels with Loyalties All Over the Map” highlights the fact that President Obama’s recently declared strategy against the Islamic State depends on empowering Syrian rebels to take control once the Islamic State is driven out. This plan leaves the US “dependent on a diverse group riven by infighting, with no shared leadership and with hard-line Islamists as its most effective fighters,” the article observes, and proceeds to elaborate on the difficulties of working with the various groups and even knowing what their allegiances are.The article concludes with a brief focus on one likely prospect:

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MESOP : ISIS & ASSAD – TWO FACES OF MEGA-CRIME – New deal between ISIS, Regime on Syria’s oil: sources

 (Zaman Al Wasl- Eqtsad)- 11-9-2014 – Much has been written about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and why it’s considered one of the world’s richest terrorist groups, as in the previously published article by Eqtsad when the Syrian researcher and expert Hamza Mustafa, tackled the issue of IS’s funding sources, explaining in details how donations received from donors and sympathisers, particularly in the wealthy Gulf States, or war spoils seized in military bases of vehicles and weapons from the fleeing Iraqi government forces especially in (Mousel) ,and most importantly how the Global Jihad Organization is financing Islamic movements .

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Syria – YPG & FSA form a joint military chamber to combat ISIS in Syria

MESOP : REVOLUTIONARY OPPORTUNISM

PKK STARTS CHARME OFFENSIVE PRO U.S. & SENDS SALIH MUSLIM EN ROUTE WAHSINGTON / AFTER A LONG COOPERATION WITH ASSAD REGIME THEY NOW COUNT ON FSA – BECAUSE OBAMA PROMISED TO SUPPORT FREE SYRIAN ARMY : THAT WHY PKK (PYD) TRIES TO GET INVOLVED BY USING THE RIGHT SIDE

ARA News – 11-9-2014 – Urfa, Turkey – The Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) announced on Wednesday the formation of a joint operation chamber with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the city of Kobane in northern Syria. The newly established chamber of “al-Furat Volcano” was formed to fight militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in areas along the Euphrates River in Syria. According to the YPG’s Media Center, the chamber is aimed to unify all anti-IS battalions and expel the group out of Kobane and Raqqa province in northeastern Syria.

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MESOP FOCUS : Head of Islamic Front, other senior leaders killed in explosion

Oren Adaki, an Arabic language specialist and research associate at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, contributed to this article. 10 Sep 2014 03:35 AM PDT

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Hassan Abboud, who was killed in today’s car bombing, posted this picture on his Twitter page earlier this year. It shows Abboud (right) walking alongside a top al Qaeda operative known as Abu Khalid al Suri (left). Al Suri was killed in a suicide attack in February.

The Islamic Front, a coalition of several rebel groups fighting in Syria, announced today that more than one dozen of its senior leaders have been killed in a car bombing in Idlib. Among them is Hassan Abboud, who was the head of the Islamic Front’s political office. Abboud was also the head of Ahrar al Sham, an al Qaeda-linked group that holds key positions within the Islamic Front alliance. There has been no claim of responsibility as of this writing. Their deaths are a major blow to the Islamic Front and Ahrar al Sham.

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MESOP SYRIA INSIGHT : EVIDENCE OF USING CHLORINE – NO PROTEST REACTION BY WSTERN LEFTIES

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reported it had found “compelling evidence” that a toxic chemical, likely chlorine, was used “systematically and repeatedly” in attacks on the northern Syrian villages of Talmanes, Al Tamanah, and Kafr Zeta earlier this year. The report doesn’t specify who was responsible for the attacks, though only the Syrian government is known to have the ability to conduct the type of aerial attacks that were witnessed. The Syrian government was not required to include chorine when it submitted its declaration of chemical weapons in September 2013. Destruction of the declared stockpile was completed in August.

TODAY’S MESOP News Roundup Syria : Rebels, IS battle over Turkish border area

11-9-2014 – Rebels reportedly attacked the IS-controlled town of Dabiq in northern Aleppo near the Turkish border Thursday, igniting fighting in a strategic area that could potentially cut rebel supplies from Turkey, the pro-opposition Aleppo Media Center reported.

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MESOP : VERY GOOD ARTICE BY KRISTIN HELBERG (QANTARA) – Assad & Islamic State – The two faces of terror in Syria

Fighting the war on terror together with Syria’s President Assad would be not only cynical and morally bankrupt, but also a tactical mistake. As long as he is in power there will be jihadists in the region, because the Syrian regime has been using them for years to secure its grip on power, writes Kristin Helberg. – Is it a clever gesture or a bad joke? Bashar al-Assad declares himself willing to combat terrorism along with the West, but only if the international community accepts “Syria’s leadership and independence”. The message is clear: “If Obama wants to bomb Islamic State (IS) positions, we’re happy to tell him where to send his drones, and then we can concentrate all our attention on the Syrian resistance and drop barrel bombs wherever we like.”Will the Americans and Europeans be foolish enough to fall for this propaganda? Some who know the region actually advise accepting the Syrian regime as the “lesser evil” and fighting IS alongside it. This would be a fatal misjudgement, because Assad and IS need each other to exist. They are the two faces of terror in Syria.

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MESOP REPORT : Top YPG & FSA Commanders Met for Cooperation against ISIS (By Mutlu Civiroglu)

Top Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) met  on August 22, 2014 in city of Afrin north of Aleppo. Both parties have agreed to create a common front to fight against ISIS which is preparing for new offensive in north of Aleppo to seize the border crossing with Turkey.

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YPG and FSA Commanders

From the Kurdish side, Head of Afrin Canton Defense Affairs Abdo Chilo and some other YPG commanders and from the FSA Colonel Abdul Jabbar al-Aqidi and some other commanders participated this important meeting.Sources close to meeting parties also state that YPG and FSA agreed to fight jointly against Assad regime as well.

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MESOP : GOOD NEWS ! YPG JOINTLY WITH FSA

YPG & FSA Form Joint Operations Command

The YPG has formed a Joint Operations Command with the Free Syrian ARMY (FSA) and other armed Syrian opposition groups in the Euphrates region in an effort to combat the growing threat of the Islamic State (ISIS). The formation of the Joint Operations Command, which is formed up of all major opposition groups active in the region, was proclaimed at a military ceremony attended by representatives of many of the parties, including a large number of both YPG and FSA fighters.

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