MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : DOWN ON YOUR KNEES ! – Syrian Democratic Council Ready for ‘unconditional Talks’ With Assad Regime
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) Rudaw – 2018-06-10 18:30 GMT – The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), a Kurdish-Arab alliance and political wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), announced on Sunday it is ready for peace talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. In a statement, the SDC said is wants to resolve the deadly conflict in Syria, now in its eight year, through dialogue and would not “hesitate to agree to unconditional talks” with the Syrian government, as reported by AFP.Hekmat Habib, head of the SDC, told AFP both the council and the SDF “are serious about opening a door to dialogue” with the Syrian regime.
#BreakingNews The #AssadPutin air force bombed the #ChildrenHospital in Taftanaz (Idlib province), murdering 14 civilians, among them 5 children. #AssadGenocide #PutinAtWar – 10 June 2018 More via www.mesop.de
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : TRUE ? THE BAGHDAD POST
June 09 2018 11:50 PM – Russian warplanes bombed terrorist Hezbollah militias’ positions in the Syrian border town of Al Ghassaniyah.
The Iran-backed militia of Hezbollah, whose notorious leader Hassan Nasrallah said plainly in a video that had gone viral on social media that the group is fully backed by Iran, seeks to hijack the political arena through using its arsenal to suppress voters and control the outcome of the election. http://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/story/28204/Russian-warplanes-bomb-Hezbollah-positions-near-Syrian-border
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – US, Turkish patrols ‘likely’ in Manbij countryside: monitor
By Rudaw 53 minutes ago – 10 June 2018 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Forces from the Turkish military and the US-led anti-ISIS coalition “are likely be run as mobile patrols on the border between both parties in the countryside of Manbij,” a conflict monitor reported on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights citing unnamed sources said “the patrols of each party will move within its areas, without entering the other party’s areas.”
We are powerful enough to defend Manbij – PYD chair / GERMAN MEDIA
9 June 2018 – AHVAL PRESS – Salih Muslim, former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) told to German News Agency (DPA) that Kurds decide on their alliances in Syria according to their interests and have the forces to defend the Syrian town of Manbij, Şarkul Avsat reported on Friday.
Muslim answered the question about the recent deal struck between Turkey and the U.S. on Monday, which included the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the town. Turkey sees SDF and its armed forces People’s Protection Units (YPG) as a terrorist organisation affiliated to Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been fighting inside Turkey for more that 30 years.Ankara launched a military operation against the YPG in the northwest Syrian enclave of Afrin in January and has pushed the United States to force the YPG and affiliated forces out of Manbij, where U.S. special forces troops are stationed.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PKK/PYD(YPG) FACING REALITY ! – U.S.-Turkey Manbij deal a turning point for Syrian Kurds
AHVAL 9 June 2018 – Syrian Kurdish leaders are concerned that Turkey would be more inclined to strike similar deals with the United States after the recent U.S.-Turkish agreement on the northern Syrian town of Manbij.They note that their partnership with the U.S. in the war against ISIS requires Washington to fully inform them about developments related to Manbij.
Biji Manbij? US & Turkey plan for the Syrian city’s future without the YPG
After months of talks and threats of military action against the strongest force fighting ISIS in Syria, the U.S. and Turkey agreed to a ‘roadmap’ that would see the YPG leave Manbij
Joanne Stocker The United States and Turkey have agreed to a plan that could see the removal of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), part of the Syrian Democratic Forces fighting Islamic State, from Manbij in northern Syria, and replacement of the military stabilization force with one of their own choosing.
This is according to senior U.S. Department of State officials who spoke to reporters on Tuesday, June 5 on a background briefing call. Turkish officials have gone public in their interpretation of the roadmap agreed to by the two sides and announced on Monday. The ‘roadmap’ endorsed by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the result of months of meetings since the visit by former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Ankara in February.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Top US, Russian generals fail to agree on Syrian-Israel, Syrian-Jordanian borders – Tricky Disguise pro Hezbollag & Iran
9 June 2018 – DEBKA FILES ISRAEL – At issue is the presence of Hizballah and other pro-Iranian units in growing numbers – disguised as Syrian troops – opposite Israel’s borders, DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources report. Under the command of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, these units are being “absorbed” into the Syrian army as a ploy for supporting claims by Damascus and Tehran that no Iranian troops are present in Syria at all – only “Iranian military advisers.” Russian officers posted in Syria were apparently told not to interfere in this process.
Turkey Eyes Clearing East Euphrates of Kurdish YPG Units
By Nisan Ahmado – 2018-06-08 22:11 GMT – (VOA) — Turkey will seek to clear the entire east Euphrates area of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), preferring to resort to a political settlement similar to the agreement made on Manbij, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.
Bozdag made the comments to the Haberturk newspaper Wednesday, two days after a “road map” was reached between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the Syrian city of Manbij.
- Robert Pearson, a Middle East Institute scholar and former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, told VOA the road map was the beginning of the process as it laid the foundation for further cooperation between the two countries. The extent of this cooperation will depend on finding a common ground between the two NATO allies, he added.