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MESOP TODAYS HEADLINE : WATCH PRESS CONFERENCE LAVROV / STEINMEIER ON SYRIA
- AGAINST ALL REBELS & PRO ASSAD –
- LIVE: Lavrov and Steinmeier hold press conference following meeting in Ekaterinburg – English – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTjXSLuuLjM
MESOP TODAYS RELEVANT TWEETS & SHORT CUTS
MESOP : TURKISH PM YILDIRIM ABOUT RAPPROCHEMENT WITH PUTIN & NETANJAHU
Yıldırım said the time had come for Turkey to mend relations with Syria after taking steps for rapprochement with Israel and Russia, adding that they would overcome the Syrian problem together with regional actors.
MESOP : ……. AND AFTER MANBIJ – WHAT WILL HAPPEN ?
Asked about the U.S. promise to Turkey that the PYD — a group Ankara does not recognize as a legitimate Syrian opposition movement — would leave the area after Manbij’s liberation, Pentagon spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said Washington understood Turkey’s sensitivities regarding the issue. www.mesop.de
MESOP : AFTER THE WELLCOME – CLEANSING ?
According to local sources, PYD forces set ablaze civil registry and land registry buildings in Manbij, shortly after capturing the city from Daesh group with the support of the U.S.-led coalition and the U.S.-backed Syrian Arab Coalition.
MESOP TODAYS ANALYSIS – THE CASE FOR KEEPING SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA’S DEFENSE SECTOR
By Anna Borshchevskaya – Forbes – August 12, 2016 – Anna Borshchevskaya is the Ira Weiner Fellow at The Washington Institute.
Lifting EU sanctions would undermine the effectiveness of U.S. sanctions and confirm to Putin that intransigence and defiance reap rewards.September 12 will mark the two-year anniversary of the European Union’s sanctions against Russia for its military aggression in eastern Ukraine, an augmentation of what it had already applied six months earlier following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea. The September 2014 sanctions targeted Russia’s military. For instance, the sanctions set up export-control provisions that deny military and certain dual-use technologies to any Russian company engaged in defense work. They also prevented certain Russian defense industry companies from buying EU-made technologies or accessing EU-based financial services. Read full text http://www.mesop.de/?p=77050
MESOP INSIDER : Russia deploys jets at Iranian Airbase to combat insurgents in Syria (Pictures
Al-Masdar News has obtained exclusive photos of Russian warplanes being deployed to the Hamedan Air Base in western Iran.
Currently, the strategic TU-22M3 bombers take flight from southern Russia at Modzok airfield; however, this newly signed military agreement with Iran will allow Russia to reduce flight time by 60%, saving the Kremlin both money and improving airstrike effectiveness. Watch pics : http://www.mesop.de/?p=77070
MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARIES : TWO DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW ABOUT HEZBOLLAH
A TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE: UNDERSTANDING HEZBOLLAH’S INVOLVEMENT IN SYRIA
Featuring Nadav Pollak & Hanin Ghaddar – PolicyWatch 2673 – August 15, 2016
On August 11, Nadav Pollak and Hanin Ghaddar addressed a Washington Institute Policy Forum marking the publication of the new study “The Transformation of Hezbollah by Its Involvement in Syria.” Pollak, the paper’s author and a former Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation Fellow at the Institute, currently works as a counterterrorism analyst at the Anti-Defamation League. Ghaddar is the Institute’s inaugural Friedmann Visiting Fellow and former managing editor of Lebanon’s NOW news website. The following is a rapporteur’s summary of their remarks. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77068
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WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP TODAYS STARTER : “FACTS ON THE GROUND” – UNITING THE CANTONS – PKK/PYD – FINANCED & SUPPORTED BY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Syrian Kurds look west after Manbij victory
DEUTSCHE WELLE – 14 Aug 2016 – After retaking Manbij from IS, the Syrian Democratic Forces look to advance west to unite Kurdish controlled areas. The force has been enshrined as the US partner on the ground.Thousands of civilians started to pour back into northern Syrian city of Manbij on Saturday, a day after the US-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) recaptured the strategic transit point. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77025
MESOP INSIGHT : ISIS reportedly attacked U.S. base in northern Syria / NEW !
By Zen Adra – 14/08/2016 – Almasdar News – A group of Islamic State fighters allegedly broke into a U.S. military base in northern Syria last Wednesday, killing and wounding dozens of American military personnel as well as Kurdish fighters. Full text http://www.mesop.de/?p=77040
MESOP : VLADIMIR & THE MULLAHS / TRYING TO COME TOGETHER
Iran Daily: Amid Syrian Difficulties, Tehran and Russia Continue Talks
Facing difficulties in Syria’s 5 1/2-year conflict, Iran and Russia continue their political discussions on Monday. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has arrived in Tehran for conversations with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari. Read full text http://www.mesop.de/?p=77046
MESOP INSIDER ALEPPO : Syria Daily – Rebels Attack Again In & Near Aleppo
Rebels have attacked again in and near Syria’s largest city Aleppo, putting more pressure on pro-Assad forces. In a sudden assault on Sunday, the rebel bloc Jaish al-Fatah moved inside a cement factory (see map) used as a garrison by the Syrian military and its foreign allies. On Sunday, attacks destroyed the first defense lines on the factory’s outer perimeter. Pro-Assad forces then called in Russian air strikes — some on their own positions, according to local sources — as rebels threatened to break into bunkers. – The Russian bombing “saved” the Syrian military and foreign militias, according to the sources. Rebels withdrew, but are expected to be preparing for a second assault. Read full tet http://www.mesop.de/?p=77048
MESOP INSIDER : Syrian Hezbollah Militias of Nubl & Zahara’
14 Aug 2016 09:02 PM PDT –By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi – The Syrian Shi’i towns of Nubl and Zahara’ to the north of Aleppo city, like other Shi’i areas in Syria, have been associated with support for the regime from the outset. In addition, given that the religious affiliation (Twelver Shi’i Islam) happens to coincide with that of Iran and its Lebanese client Hezbollah that are leading backers of the regime, Nubl and Zahara’ have become one of many areas for the building of the concept of a native Syrian Hezbollah and ‘Islamic Resistance’ (al-muqawama al-islamiya). WATCH ALL & PICS – http://www.mesop.de/?p=77060
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
MESOP “PKK”/HPG – WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL IN THE AREA – BUT WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF OUR ACTIONS FAILED
HPG statement on the explosions in Amed and Merdin – HPG issued a written statement on the 2 explosions that had taken place in the Sur district of Amed and the Qoser district of Merdin on August 10. – Sunday, August 14, 2016 – BEHDİNAN – ANF – HPG issued a written statement on the 2 explosions that had taken place in the Sur district of Amed and the Qoser district of Merdin on August 10. In its statement, HPG announced that it opened an investigation on the two explosions and has been trying to clarify the details of the events. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77030
MESOP NEWS TODAY : Kurds Accused of Changing Demography in Syria
2016-08-15 05:01 GMT – The PYD, the Syrian affiliate of the terrorist PKK organization, is being accused of attempting to change the demographic structure in the northern Syrian city of Manbij.According to local sources, PYD forces set ablaze civil registry and land registry buildings in Manbij, shortly after capturing the city from Daesh group with the support of the U.S.-led coalition and the U.S.-backed Syrian Arab Coalition. – The sources, who spoke anonymously due to security fears, told Anadolu Agency that the PYD was setting the land registry and civil registry buildings on fire in an alleged attempt to change the demographic structure of the city. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77042
“KNOW BETTER WITH MESOP” : TURKEYS DEFENSE LASHES OUT CONTRA NATO / INTERVIEW
August 15 – 08:30 – In a wide-ranging interview, Turkey’s Defense Minister has lashed out at NATO, saying that the alliance needs to re-evaluate its approach after failure to back the Erdoğan Government during the July 15 coup attempt. Fikri Işık stopped short of blaming the US for support of the coup, as other Turkish officials have. He said that Ankara will continue its commitment to NATO, and that “Turkey will not give up on fighting ISIL [the Islamic State under any circumstances]”. However, he said in a pointed criticism: NATO has to engage in some self-criticism about its stance on the night of July 15. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77052
MESOP TOP ON THE AGENDA : THE EU MIGRANT DEAL FADING AWAY THERE – EIN SUMMARY OF RESSOURCE VOICES : DW / REUTERS / AFP / POLITICO / DER SPIEGEL / CNN et.al. – WATCH ALL http://www.mesop.de/?p=77056
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)
„KNOW BETTER WITH MESOP „THE SECRET DOCUMENT“ – Audio file released: IRI involvement in mass execution of 4000 political prisoners in Iran
August 10, 2016 at 4:13 am – RADIO ZAMANEH – In 1988, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) executed at least 4000 political prisoners. IRI has never acknowledged these executions, nor provided any information as to how many prisoners were killed.
On 9 Aug 2016, the house of ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a high-ranking political and religious cleric and jurist who passed in 2009 has released a audio file for the first time revealing the conversations of the late ayatollah with a number of high ranking officials in the Islamic Republic regime that all played key roles in the mass execution of political prisoners in Iran in the year 1988. – The file is an audio conversation that is taking place in 1988 when ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri was named to succeed Ayatollah Khomeini, as the future leader of the Islamic Republic. Montazeri has called to his house members of what the public came to call the “death commission”( Heya’t Marg) – a special commission for the 1988 state-sponsored executions of political prisoners in Iran which had 16 members representing the various authorities of the Islamic government. Full text http://www.mesop.de/?p=77038
MESOP : PYD STRUCTURE/CANTONS OUT OF QUESTION – TURKEY / Turkish PM suggests three-step road map for Syria after consultations with Israel & Russia
ISTANBUL – 15 Aug 2016 – HURRIYET – Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has suggested a three-pronged road map for a solution to the five-year-old war in Syria, which has not only affected neighboring countries but also many parts of the world with the flight of more than 4 million refugees.
Stating that he was optimistic that a solution was at hand due to the changing nature of Turkish foreign policy, in which Ankara aims to make more friends and decrease its number of enemies, Yıldırım said the time had come for Turkey to mend relations with Syria after taking steps for rapprochement with Israel and Russia, adding that they would overcome the Syrian problem together with regional actors. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77064
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP : PKK JOURNALIST MURDERED IN SOUTH KURDISTAN / IRAQ
Massoud Barzani orders investigation into Iraqi Kurdish journalist’s murder
HEWLÊR-Erbil, 15 August 2016 – Massoud Barzani has instructed appropriate agencies in the Kurdistan Region to conduct a “thorough investigation” into the murder of Kurdish journalist Wedat Hussein Ali, after his body was found in Duhok Governorate over the weekend. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77066
MESOP : AN OLD FRIEND OF ISRAEL FADING AWAY THERE ? – Jordan’s King Abdullah vows to fight Israeli ‘extremism’ at Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post – 15 Aug 2016 – King warns failure to reach a two-state solution inflames “violence and extremism in the region.”King Abdullah of Jordan vowed to fight against “repeated violations and attacks carried out by Israel and extremist groups,” in an interview to the Jordanian Ad-Dustour daily on Monday. Read full text http://www.mesop.de/?p=77054
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MESOP : “DAS GEHEIME DOKUMENT” : Tonaufnahme belastet Irans Revolutionsführer Khomeini / 4000 Hinrichtungen in Iran – DER STANDARD – WIEN –
Amir Loghmany aus Teheran – 13. August 2016, – Ayatollah Montazeri bezeichnete die Hinrichtungen nach der Revolution als Schande – sie wurden mit dem direkten Befehl Ayatollah Khomeinis durchgeführt Die Vergangenheitsbewältigung im Iran hat neue Nahrung bekommen. Eine 27 Jahre alte Tonaufnahme von Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, dem ehemaligen Stellvertreter des Revolutionsführers, der später – von Ayatollah Khomeini abgesetzt – zu einem prominenten Regimekritiker wurde und 2009 verstarb, bringt neues Licht in ein dunkles Kapitel der Geschichte der Islamischen Republik und die Hinrichtungen fast zehn Jahre nach der Revolution von 1979. Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=77036
MESOP : EIN GROSSAUFTRAG FÜR DEUTSCHE TRAUMATHERAPEUTEN ? – Türkischer Außenminister wettert gegen Europa : „WIR ALLE SIND TRAUMATISIERT ! „
MESOP / DER SPIEGEL – 15 Aug 2016 – “Sie demütigen uns”: Der türkische Außenminister Cavusoglu greift den Westen in einem Interview scharf an – und warnt vor einem weiteren Putsch.
Der türkische Außenminister Mevlüt Cavusoglu hat in einem Interview seinen Unmut über die Europäische Union zum Ausdruck gebracht. Er zeigte sich enttäuscht, dass sein Land nach dem gescheiterten Putsch nicht mehr Unterstützung von der Europäischen Union erhalten habe. Die Europäer verstünden nicht, dass das türkische Volk “traumatisiert” sei. “Sie demütigen uns, statt der Türkei zu helfen.” Volltext http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/tuerkei-aussenminister-wettert-gegen-europa-a-1107684.html