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MESOP TODAYS GLORIOUS QUOTATION : „TOO PUBLIC!“
Iran Revokes Russia’s Use of Air Base, Saying Moscow ‘Betrayed Trust’
By ANNE BARNARD and ANDREW E. KRAMER – 23 Aug 2016 – New York Times
Tehran has stopped allowing Russian planes to fly into Syria from one of its bases, complaining that the Kremlin has been too public about the deal. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77341
MESOP COMMENTARY : PUTINS AIRWAYS WILL TRY AGAIN
All Russian Planes Back from Iran Base, Future Missions Possible: Russia
- Russia. “§ Aug 2016 – Moscow – http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/all-russian-planes-back-iran-base-future-missions-possible-russia?utm_source=World+Affairs+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2c236557e1-August_
MESOP TODAYS OINION BY HAID HAID (NOWMEDIA – BEIRUT) : MANBIJ CIVILIANS & LOCAL COUNCILS CRITICAL AGAINST SDF/PKK(PYD) FORCES / LESSONS FROM MANBIJ
Was Manbij a successful model for future anti-ISIS action in Syria? – After their liberation from ISIS, Manbij residents complain that Kurdish forces are turning away from previous promises of establishing local Arab rule in the city :
23 Aug 2016 – NowMedia – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and a number of ethnically Arab factions, successfully captured the city of Manbij in northern Syria from ISIS on August 12. However, the operation to seize the city, which lasted for 10 weeks and proved to be more difficult than expected, seems to be the easy part compared to future plans. The Manbij offensive was a test run that the US-led coalition hopes to replicate in future operations against Raqqa, ISIS’s de-facto capital in Syria. The SDF’s military’s successes against ISIS in northern Syria have also created tensions between Arabs and Kurds. Kurdish forces have been accused of violations against Arab communities in areas seized from ISIS, which has led to feelings of fear and mistrust among Syrian Arabs about the Kurdish-led SDF alliance. The offensive against the majority Arab city of Manbij was, therefore, designed by the US-led coalition as a potential model to mitigate these ethnic tensions by putting Syrian Arabs in the forefront of fighting and administration of the captured territory. The operation was also an important step in attempting to isolate and weaken ISIS in the area before the big battle expected in Raqqa. However, it seems that the SDF may have different priorities, rather than heading directly to Raqqa and leaving Manbij to be governed by locals. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77358
MESOP TODAYS RELEVANT TWEETS & SHORT CUTS
MESOP BREAKING ! Kak Mesud in Ankara
KRG President Masud Barzani in Turkey 4 hi level meetings-what results could be critical 4 Rojava& YPG fight – www.mesop.de
Kurdistan Region’s Pres.Barzani visits Ankara. Comes as Turkey/Assad hit YPG in Syria, KDPI renews insurgency against the Iranian regime.
MESOP EXCLUSIV HASAKAH
SDF official Nasser Mansour published the main terms of agreement of ceasefire in #Hasakah city (TRANSLATION BELOW)
Click for Document in English / Arabic http://www.mesop.de/?p=77362
MESOP : A DEEP SPLIT INSIDE OF HDP FACTION’S
Nuray Mert hints at split between Turk democratic leftists and Pro PKK Kurds over continuing war http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/time-to-talk-frankly-about-kurdish-politics.aspx?PageID=238&NID=103088&NewsCatID=406 …
MESOP : THE MANBIJ LECTURE
Robert Ford @fordrs58 – Robert Ford Retweeted Haid Haid
challenges determining future governance in Manbij which had its own governance working b4 ISIS occupied the town
Haid Haid @HaidHaid22 – Locals are concerned that the SDF will attempt to attach #Manbij to the de facto Kurdish autonomous regions in Syria http://mme.cm/7KBW00
MESOP TODAYS ACTUAL MAP MANBIJ THIS AFTERNOON – 23 Aug 2016
MESOP STATISTICS : PKK Bombings last years
It’s not just ISIS that rarely claims attacks in #Turkey. Quick numbers from the GTD of PKK attacks over last 5 yrs. Watch Graphic pictures http://www.mesop.de/?p=77368
MESOP : THE „DIALOGUE PARTNERS“ IN TEHRAN
A 15-year-old boy by the name of Naser Xezri has been sentenced to execution by a #Iran‘ian court in #Saqqez.
MESOP : ROBERT FORD LASHES CONTRA OBAMA
Robert Ford @fordrs58 3h3 hours ago – Turk PM says Ankara accepts Assad role n Syria transition as it focuses on US-backed Syrn Kurds n Manbij & Hassakeh http://www.alhayat.com/Articles/16977518 …
MESOP – WAR CRIMINALS BOTH
Both #Assad & #Russia are using incendiary weapons in civilian areas, vs. international law https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/08/16/syria/russia-incendiary-weapons-burn-aleppo-idlib …
MESOP : LATEST FROM HASAKHA
#BREAKING #YPG/#Asayish has taken the central prison of #Hasakah, #NDF and #Syrian army are retreating.
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Lots of chatter about opposition mergers with Jabhat Fateh al-Sham in #Syria – but no agreement has been made [yet]
Charles Lister @Charles_Lister – Nothing has been agreed yet; the negotiations are ongoing. And its been proposed as a series of sequenced mergers. https://twitter.com/hxhassan/status/767792968782741504 …
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
MESOP “THE NEW AXIS WORKS” : HAKAN FIDAN VISITS DAMASCUS – TALKING ABOUT ROJAVA – REPORT BY AS SAFIR – NowMedia – BirGün
Lebanese daily As-Safir reports: An aide of MİT chief Fidan is in Damascus
22.08.2016 14:51 BİRGÜN DAİLY – Lebanese daily As-Safir newspaper has recently reported that an aide of MİT (Turkish National Intelligence) chief Hakan Fidan has gone to Damascus in order to hold talks with his Syrian counterparts.
According to the reports of SOL newspaper, while the news piece did not include much details, it mentioned that Rojava had come up during the talks.
Online Lebanese news portal NOW’s English news desk editor Albin Szakolahas also released the same report. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77339
“KNOW BETTER WITH MESOP” : Turkey & the Energy Transit Question
By Severin Fischer – August 23 – Severin Fischer is a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich.
For foreign and security policy analysts, pipelines tend to be the entry point into the world of energy. Pipelines create dependencies between countries, pipelines stay for decades, and pipelines have a highly symbolic political value. – In the European energy security debate, gas pipelines also have an identity function: you either support freeing Europe from its dangerous addiction to Russian gas by backing the Southern Gas Corridor—formerly known as “Nabucco” and designed to bring new gas supplies from the Caspian Basin, Central Asia, and Middle East regions into Europe—or you blindly follow the Kremlin’s breadcrumbs into the Nord Stream/South Stream-energy trap. Critical differentiation is rare.Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77354
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP EXCLUSIV TODAY : HAKAN FIDAN (MIT) VISITS DAMASCUS / A POSSIBLE ALLIANCE WITH ASSAD AGAINST KURDS
Ankara sent deputy intel chief to Damascus, reports / The new AXIS works
By Ibra Joudeh – – 22/08/2016 – One of the deputies of Turkey’s intelligence chief has visited Syrian capital of Damascus, according to a recent report in the Lebanese As-Safir daily. A deputy of Hakan Fidan, head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) met with high level Syrian intelligence officials in Damascus, As-Safir claimed.The meetings reportedly focused on recent developments in northern Syria, reported the daily basing its story on “credible sources.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77331
August 23 – By Scott Lucas – EAWORLDVIEW -After almost a week of fighting in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah, Kurdish forces are close to victory over the regime military and militia, according to local activists.The Kurdish YPG militia and Asayish security forces advanced on Monday in the two remaining districts controlled by President Assad’s troops, Nashwa and Ghweiran. Reports said they had captured the police station and were driving back the regime troops in the remaining “security box”.The Kurdish forces declared the eastern part of Nashwa “liberated” and said clashes were ongoing in the Laylia neighborhood. They said that key points had been taken in Ghweiran, including the ring road, and that they had surrounded the Basel stadium and the museum. Read all and watch MAP http://www.mesop.de/?p=77346
“KNOW BETTER WITH MESOP” – SITUATION REPORT PRODUCED BY ELIJAH J. MAGNIER : THE BATTLE OF ALEPPO
Aleppo prepares for a major battle and the Kurds in Syria are attracting everybody’s animosity.
22 Aug 2016 – Original version published here: alrai.li/fp39x7n v @AlraiMediaGroup – Elijah J. Magnier – @EjmAlrai – Thousands of Hezbollah, Iraqis and Iranians have gathered in what it seems to be the biggest northern battle so far against thousands of Jihadists and rebels. The aim to re-close the circle around Aleppo and secure both the northern and the southern fronts. Main targets are thought to be the surrounding of apartments 1070, the various military Academies and Ramouseh. These are the principal objectives occupying the Jihadists and rebels at the moment. – According to commanders on the ground in Aleppo “the allies of Damascus have been assembling new forces for more than two weeks now, waiting for the final general assault on different fronts around Aleppo. These forces expect the Russian Air Force to destroy the Academies and discourage Jihadists and rebels from staying in the area or even demoralise these before any infantry assault”. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77333
MESOP : PUTIN’S DECLARATION – Iran Didn’t Kick Us Out of Airbase
23 Aug 2016 – Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied that its warplanes were forced by Tehran to leave an airbase in western Iran after only a week of operations.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday that Russian bombing of northern Syria from the base in Hamedan Province “had finished for now”. The announcement came after days of criticism inside Iran, particularly from MPs, of the agreement for deployment of Russian Tu22-33M “Backfire” long-range bombers and Su-34 tactical bombers.
The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, played down the termination by emphasizing that the warplanes could return: “Further use of the Hamadan air base in the Islamic Republic of Iran by the Russian Aerospace Forces will be carried out on the basis of mutual agreements to fight terrorism and depending on the prevailing circumstances in Syria.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77348
MESOP SPECIAL – Al-Qa’ida Uncoupling: Jabhat al-Nusra’s Rebranding as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi – CTC Sentinel – August 22, 2016
Abstract: On July 28, 2016, Jabhat al-Nusra, which had previously identified itself as a branch of al-Qa’ida in Syria, announced the changing of its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (‘Conquest of al-Sham Front’) in a video recording that for the first time revealed the appearance of its leader, Abu Muhammad al-Julani. The nominal decoupling of the organizations was approved and coordinated with al-Qa’ida’s senior leadership and was designed to unify Islamist efforts in Syria and to make it more difficult for the United States and Russia to justify targeting the group. With its popularity on the rise and other rebel groups welcoming the announcement, the move appears to have paid off so far. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77356
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)
MESOP : THE “REVOLUTIONARY CUBA” WITH FRIENDS – Tehran Uses Cuba to Press US Over Sanctions
August 23 – by Scott Lucas – Concerned about continued US sanctions after the July 2015 nuclear agreement, Iran’s Rouhani Government has used a high-profile trip to Cuba to press Washington.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at the outset of a Latin America tour on Monday that the US had failed to “advance its agenda” by putting economic pressure on both Tehran and Havana. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77352
MESOP MIDDLE EAST
MESOP ANALYSIS – Washington Institute: Hezbollah’s Involvement in Syria Decreased their Popularity
Asharq Al-Awsat 23 Aug 2016 – Beirut-Latest studies issued by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, titled “A Transformative Experience: Understanding Hezbollah’s Involvement in Syria,” confirmed that participating in the Syrian war has exhausted Hezbollah fighters and drained it.The study mentioned noted that despite extensive reporting on Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria, little attention has been paid to the experience the militia has gained there or the consequences it faces back home in Lebanon. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77350
THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER
MESOP HEUTE : DIE NEUE ACHSE WIRKT & FUNKTIONIERT / ERDOGAN WIRD SEINE SCHUTZZONE NUN ERHALTEN – ALS GRATIFIKATION VON PUTIN & ASSAD
BILD newsticker – 22 Aug 2016 – Ankara – Die türkische Armee hat ISIS-Stellungen und der Kurdentruppe PYD im Norden Syriens mit Artillerie beschossen.
Bei den Angriffen seien ISIS-Ziele in der Stadt Dscharablus und PYD-Ziele nahe Manbidsch unter Haubitzen-Feuer genommen worden, berichteten die Sender CNN-Türk und NTV. Zuvor hatte der türkische Außenminister Mevlüt Cavusoglu (48) erklärt, Ankara wolle die Grenzregion zu Syrien vollständig vom IS „säubern“. www.mesop.de
MESOP : DIE DEFINITION & KONSTITUTION DER NEUEN ACHSE – VORSITZ RUSSLAND / AUSSCHLUSS BRUESSEL & WASHINGTON
“Unter Ausschluss der USA” – China soll größere militärische Rolle in Syrien spielen
RT Deutsch Moscow – 23 Aug 2016 – Stehen wir vor dem Beginn einer neuen anti-IS-Koalition mit Russland, dem Iran und China in Syrien? Wie könnte sich das auf das Gleichgewicht der … Mehr https://deutsch.rt.com/meinung/40103-china-soll-grossere-rolle-in/
MESOP : DIE SCHUTZZONE ENTSTEHT – ABER NICHT DIE VERSPÄTETE DER USA
Sputnik Deutschland 23 Aug 2016 – Das Pentagon will eine Flugsperrzone über den Kampfgebieten zwischen Kurden und syrischen Regierungstruppen verhängen, wie die …
Syrien droht im Nordosten ein neuer Kriegsschauplatz – Berliner Morgenpost
In Syrien öffnet sich eine neue Front – Tages-Anzeiger Online
Neue Front im Syrien-Krieg: Kurdisches Roulette – Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Außenminister Cavusoglu kündigte an, die Grenzregion zu Syrien von … Staat” (IS) mit aller Härte aus der Grenzregion zu Syrien vertreiben.