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MESOP TODAYS QUOTATION : MEETING TEHRAN WITH ANKARA
“Underlining the significance of Iran’s role in Syria, Çavuşoğlu said that both countries see no difference between the PKK and its affiliates in Iran, the Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria”. – More : www.mesop.de
MESOP TODAYS RELEVANT TWEETS & SHORT CUTS
MESOP : WHO RULES IN SYRIA ?
Aymenn J Al-Tamimi @ajaltamimi 27m27 minutes ago – Iranian embassy in Syria apparently involved in appointing new leader for the National Defence Forces in Suwayda http://all4syria.info/Archive/335345
MESOP : PKK KILLED AK YOUTH PARTY MEMBER
Not sure if this is true, but PKK is usually pretty ruthless with opponents in areas they consider ‘theirs’.
Beybin Somuk @beybinn – The PKK kidnapped and killed Naci Adiyaman, the president of the AK Party’s Youth branch of Sirnak, Beytussebap district. www.mesop.de
MESOP : KOMALA EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)
Ardalan Faraji on the invasion of #Khomeini‘s fanatic militias and their hatred towards the Kurdish rights movement.
salar Ashna @SalarAshnagar – Have you heard ‘ئه ردهڵان فهرجی’ by http://kurdtribunal.com on #SoundCloud? #np https://soundcloud.com/kurdtribunal-com/y6h0hbhdpfgs?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=twitter …
MESOP : US ENVOY ARIVING – WITH NEWS ABOUT GUELEN’S DESTINY
US VP Biden to visit #Turkey, high-profile trip to Ankara following failed coup comes amid Gulen extradition talks: https://twitter.com/ntv/status/764395730786279424 …
MESOP: HOW TO HANDLE WITH ASSAD !
Robert Ford @fordrs58 – Robert Ford Retweeted Max Fisher
and it could be that the Syrian ruling team wouldn’t give Assad permission to depart even if he wanted to do so.
Max Fisher @Max_Fisher – Many grains of salt, etc, but a possible reminder that Iran (much like Russia) can’t control Assad. https://twitter.com/farnazfassihi/status/764084648515215360 …
MESOP : BRETT McGURK IS A GIANT GREENHORN
MESOP : FORGET ABOUT THE WEST !
“Our silence is shaming” @guardian on #Assad‘s continued blatant use of chlorine in #Syria https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/12/the-guardian-view-on-assads-use-of-chemical-weapons-our-silence-is-shaming?CMP=share_btn_tw …
“The War on #Syria’s Doctors” by @ellen_fra for @ForeignPolicy http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/08/11/the-war-on-syrias-doctors-assad-medicine-underground/ …
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MESOP TODAYS OPINION BY MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
Iran Payment Wasn’t Ransom, but it Was Ransom
10 August 2016 – Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that an American plane carrying 400 million dollars in cash landed in Iran at the precise time the Iranian government released four American hostages. Critics claim the 400 million was a ransom payment. The White House and State Department deny it emphatically.They’re right. The 400 million wasn’t a ransom payment, but it was a ransom payment. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=76972
MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY BY ARYE MEKEL – Turkey, the Refugee Crisis & Brexit: Concerns and Opportunities for Greece
By Ambassador Arye Mekel, August 12, 2016 – Ambassador Arye Mekel, a senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, served as Israel’s envoy to Greece from 2010 to 2014.
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 359, August 12, 2016 – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The unending refugee crisis, the failed Turkish coup and subsequent purge, and Brexit are all causing great apprehension in Athens. But these challenges might present new opportunities. Turkish tensions with the West highlight Greece’s status as the most responsible element in the eastern Mediterranean, which could bolster Greece’s relations with both the EU and the US. And European distraction over Brexit and its own refugee problem is emboldening Greece to take steps that run counter to both the EU and the IMF. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=76974
MESOP TODAYS DEBATE : OBAMA’S LYRICS ABOUT SECURITY & DEMOCRACY / US Analysis: How Obama Gave Up Democracy for “Security”
Robert Pee of the University of Birmingham writes for The Conversation: Barack Obama, the US President, waxed lyrical about some of his administration’s remarkable foreign policy achievements in his recent speech to the Democratic National Convention. “Through diplomacy, we shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” he said. “We opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our children.”
But while Obama drove home a powerful and personalized message about the appeal of American values, he said next to nothing about his attitude to one of the US’s most established priorities: the often-controversial business of promoting democracy around the world. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=76995
MESOP REPORT : ERDOGAN CLOSES KURDISH HDP PARTY IN ISTANBUL
Official HDP Statement:
13 Aug 2016 – The Istanbul headquarters of HDP, the third largest party in the parliament representing the will of more than five million voters, was ravaged and vandalized by Turkish Police Special Operations teams at 3.00 a.m. on 11 August. Backed by a helicopter and armored vehicles, the police broke in the building like gangs; they stayed there for five hours and did not let any HDP executives or lawyers in. What they left behind were broken windows and tables, pillaged aid packages to Sırnak and Nusaybin, smashed flowers, computers and copiers, ripped books, torn posters and graffiti, and damaged walls and infrastructure. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=76970
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
MESOP : THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION – Will Turkey Cooperate with Tehran Over Syria?
August 13 – Iran is proclaiming a breakthrough in its strategy over the Syrian crisis, moving towards cooperation with Turkey. Tehran and Ankara have been on opposite sides since Syria’s uprising began in March 2011. Turkey has supported the Syrian opposition and rebels, while Iran’s economic and military aid has been essential to the survival of the Assad regime. – However, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif declared on Friday, after meeting Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Ankara that “important views are shared between Turkey and Iran on Syria”. These included protecting “Syria’s territorial integrity” and ensuring “that the Syrian people should decide their own future”. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=76976
MESOP ANALYSIS : If Russia is the key actor, where does that leave Turkey?
What will be Turkey’s toll for a second chance with Russia? / By Fehim Tastekin
13 Aug 2016 – AL MONITOR – Although he brought together a million people at an Aug. 7 rally in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan still doesn’t feel safe in his own country. He might feel safer in Russia, although the countries were on the brink of war after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet Nov. 24. Fearing an assassination attempt after a July 15 coup attempt, Erdogan’s entourage took a roundabout air route Aug. 9 on its way to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg. Journalist Fikret Bila conveyed the mood on Erdogan’s plane: Security officials crossed Turkey in fear, but were able to relax a little in Russian air space. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=76978
MESOP DOCUMENTATION : THE PKK GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING – Final declaration of KONGRA GEL General Assembly Meeting released – STATEMENT
Historic decisions were made during the KONGRA GEL 10th General Assembly Meeting held with the motto “Let’s Build Democratic Autonomy, Ensure Liberation of Leader Apo and Kurdistan People”.
Thursday, August 11, 2016 – BEHDINAN – ANF – Kongra-Gel Council and KCK Executive Council Co-Presidency released a statement declaring the final declaration of the KONGRA GEL 10th General Assembly Meeting held in Medya Defense Zones. The meeting lasted four days and was attended by 160 Turkish, Arab, Persian and German delegates from four parts of Kurdistan. The meeting witnessed significant discussions, criticism of practice and self-criticism. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=76982
MESOP : COMMON ENEMY = PKK ! – Çavuşoğlu after Meeting Zarif: ‘Turkey’s Security is Iran’s Security’
Said Abdul Razzak – Asharq al Awsat – 13 Aug 2016 – Ankara- Following the critical meeting between Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Friday in Ankara, where the two ministers expressed mutual understanding on Syria’s territorial integrity. Çavuşoğlu said during a joint press conference on Friday that Turkey and Iran have a common understanding on the territorial integrity of Syria. “We have been underlining that Iran has had a constructive importance in establishing a permanent solution in Syria from the very beginning,” he said. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=76990
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP INSIGHT : THE DEADLY MASTERMIND – QASSEM SOLEI MANI
Qassem Soleimani to play “major role” in Mosul operations – BY AMIR TOUMAJ | August 12th, 2016 | email@example.com | @AmirToumaj
The spokesman of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Front (PMF) announced on August 6 that Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, will play a major role in the upcoming operations to take the city of Mosul from the Islamic State. The spokesman defended the presence of Iranian military advisors in Iraq.According to translations of his remarks published by IRGC-affiliated Fars News Agency, the spokesman called Soleimani “one of the most important military advisors” from the Islamic Republic of Iran. He added that Soleimani and other Iranian advisors are in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government and that they provide important consultation. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=76980
MESOP : THE NEXT BLOODY BATTLEGROUND / Fleeing Mosul: Humanitarian Nightmare Looms
By Sharon Behn – 13 Aug 2016 – VOA NEWS – Up to a million people are trapped in the Islamic State-controlled city of Mosul. As Iraqi, Kurdish and tribal forces close in, men, women and children are expected to come streaming out. Protecting them will be one of the largest, most complex humanitarian operations in the world.Kurdish forces are approaching from the east, pushing their front line into IS’s backyard. Iraqi forces edge up from Baghdad north toward Mosul, slowly taking village after booby-trapped village as coalition jets bomb IS targets. People are already desperately trying to flee the fighting. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=76988
“KNOW BETTER WITH MESOP” – THE MOSUL CHAPTER / By David Petraeus
The challenge in Mosul won’t be to defeat the Islamic State. It will be what comes after.
By David Petraeus
August 12 – WASHINGTON POST – David Petraeus is a retired U.S. Army general who commanded coalition forces in Iraq from 2007 to 2008 and Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011 and served as CIA director from 2011 to 2012. He is a partner in a major global investment firm.
In the next few months, a mixed force of Iraqi Arab and Kurdish security forces — including various Sunni and perhaps some Shiite militia elements — will enter Mosul, clear the city of Islamic State extremists and then work to bring governance, stability and reconstruction to one of Iraq’s most complex cities and its province. Read all : http://www.mesop.de/?p=76993
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP BACKGROUNDER: THE WEST IS OUT & DOWN – PUTIN & MULLAHS & SULTAN RECEP T. COMING TOGETHER
Iran & Turkey Agree to Cooperate Over Syria
2016-08-12 AL JAZEERA – The foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran have pledged greater cooperation on resolving the Syria crisis, vowing to keep the dialogue open despite their differences. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=76986
By Amir Toumaj & Caleb Weiss | August 12th, 2016 | Admin_@longwarjournal.org |
Video showing Harakat al Nujaba’s “preparation” for the battles in southern Aleppo
Iranian media reported the deployment of elite Iraqi and Lebanese militias in southern Aleppo proper on Monday to bolster the Assad regime’s forces. On that same day, Harakat al Nujaba – an Iraqi Shia militia backed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – released a video brandishing its forces parading in the area.
The video shows hundreds of Nujaba fighters from its “Second Brigade” marching through the countryside of southern Aleppo, where fierce battles have been raging between the Assad regime and its allies and a jihadist-led rebel coalition. In the convoys, at least one Russian-made BTR-80 can be seen, along with Iranian-made Toophan anti-tank missiles, which are copies of the American-made TOW missiles. Several Iranian Safir vehicles are also present in the convoys, along with more traditional technicals, such as armed pickup trucks. Watch all http://www.mesop.de/?p=76984
THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER
MESOP: EINFACHE ARBEITSTEILUNG DER DIALOGPARTNER
Syrien: Russland bombt – um die Opfer soll sich der Westen kümmern
SPIEGEL ONLINE – 13 Aug 2016 – Immer wieder erinnert Außenminister Steinmeier den Kreml an seine Verantwortung für die humanitäre Lage in Syrien. Doch Russland kümmert sich … http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/syrien-russland-bombt-um-die-opfer-soll-sich-der-westen-kuemmern-a-1107421.html
MESOP „DANK AN BASSAM TIBI“!
Fordert in BILD ein Burka-Verbot: Islamwissenschaftler Bassam Tibi
Deutschland diskutiert über ein Verbot von Burkas und Nikabs! In BILD schreibt der angesehene Professor und Muslim Bassam Tibi („Euro-Islam“), warum ein Verschleierungsverbot in Deutschland richtig ist. Was wissen deutsche Politiker über Verschleierung im Islam? Befürworter von Kopftuch und Burka behaupten, dies sei eine Vorschrift der Scharia (Gottes Gesetz im Islam).
Als Scharia-Experte weiß ich, dass dieses Recht im Widerspruch zum Grundgesetz steht! Denn: Die Scharia lehnt die Gleichstellung von Mann und Frau ab, auch lehnt sie die Gleichheit der Religionen ab mit der Begründung, der Islam sei die einzige richtige Religion. Das Grundgesetz verpflichtet genau zum Gegenteil hiervon als Verfassungsnorm. www.mesop.de