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MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY : THE ISRAELI VOICE – by Ceng Sagnic – Israel Notes – Tel Aviv
The Shifting Balance of Power in Iraqi Kurdistan: Division or Independence?
29 May 2016 – MDC Junior Researcher Ceng Sagnic analyzes the changing political landscape in Iraqi Kurdistan and explains how the internal contests for power affect the region’s drive towards independence. Read all : http://www.mesop.de/?p=74462
MESOP : A SUMMARY OF TWEETS & SHORT CUTS CONCERNING KURDISTAN
One day, maybe the FSA & YPG will realize that tit-for-tat fighting around Sheikh Maqsoud, Castello Rd etc is in neither of their interests.
MESOP : THE MOSUL COMPLEXITY
MESOP : ALWAYS LISTEN VON CHARLES LISTER / NOT TO PKK REPORTER AN WILGENBURG
MESOP : THE KRG OFFENSIVE
MESOP : NOT ONE KURD WILL DIE FOR TO SAVE THE IRAQ UNITY !
Shiite soldier hung from bridge in Falluja a rallying cry for battle vs ISIS. “If that sounds familiar, it is” #Iraq
MESOP : MORE BLOOD & MORE DESTRUCTION
G7 pledges $3.6bn in financial aid for Iraq. Specific inclusion of KRG, but supports “territorial integrity of Iraq” http://www.mofa.go.jp/files/000160266.pdf …
Turkey to add Gülen movement to list of terror groups: President http://bit.ly/25mp4SH
BREAKING: Clashes between #ISIS & Turkish soldiers on the Turkey – Syria border at Ayasha NE of al-Ra’i – @sayed_ridha
MESOP : THE BRAVE Mr. TONER – US SPECIAL FORCES JOIN PYD/PKK
.@toner_mark “I can confidently say that our Special Forces on the ground are carrying out their mission with” – Click for Full Text : http://www.mesop.de/?p=74432
MESOP : THE BOLD Mr. WARREN
This time they were also a few kilometers near the forward line of troops assisting SDF and YPG forces
MESOP : WHERE IS THE FRONTLINE – NOBODY KNOWS
Same for Syria, if US (and Turkey?) allows, border area controlled by ISIS would now be in hands of SDF
COL Steve Warren @OIRSpox
Every #Iraq-i city needs to be cleared of #ISIL. In what order that happens is a #political decision — not tactical.
COL Steve Warren @OIRSpox May 27
Since World War I, no one has really known where the front line is. It’s #fluid. In the case of #Syria, we stay in #goodguycountry – More on : www.mesop.de
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP SUMMARY : 26 April – 30 May – RUSSIAN AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA
By Genevieve Casagrande – 29 May 2016 – By ISW – Russia has continued its air campaign against the Syrian opposition, despite its claims to temporarily suspend airstrikes against Syrian al Qaeda-affiliate Jabhat al Nusra and the opposition. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced a temporary pause in its air campaign against Jabhat al Nusra in order to give opposition groups time to distance themselves from the jihadist group on May 25 and again on May 27. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74440
MESOP : THE LAST OF OBAMA’S MOHICANS
The last remaining Pentagon-trained rebel group in Syria is now in jeopardy
By Liz Sly May 27 – THE WASHINGTON POST
REYHANLI, Turkey — Throughout the fiasco of the Pentagon’s $500 million effort to train and equip a force of Syrian rebels to take on the Islamic State, one small group endured. The New Syrian Army completed the U.S. training course in Jordan, infiltrated into Syria and then, in March, without fanfare or publicity, seized a pinprick of territory from the militants at the remote Tanaf border crossing with Iraq in the far southeast corner of the Syrian province of Homs. There they have remained, holding their ground without deserting, defecting or getting kidnapped, unlike many of the other similarly trained rebels whose mishaps prompted the temporary suspension of the program last year.Even this modest success is now in jeopardy, however, following an Islamic State suicide attack this month. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74446
MESOP : WILL KURDS STAY – OR GIVE IT BACK ?
Syria Daily: Facing ISIS Offensive, Rebels Hand Over Village in Northwest to Kurdish-Led Force
May 29 – by Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Facing an Islamic State offensive, rebels have handed over a village in northwest Syria to a Kurdish-led force, according to multiple reports from activists.Free Syrian Army units were said to have turned over control of Sheikh Issa in northern Aleppo Province to the Syrian Democratic Forces on Saturday, as rebels battled ISIS on the outskirts. Read all : http://www.mesop.de/?p=74448
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)
MESOP : AGGRESSIVE MULLAHS
Iran-Led Push to Retake Falluja From ISIS Worries U.S.
By TIM ARANGO – 29 May 2016 – NEW YORK TIMES – An operation to oust the Islamic State from a stronghold in Iraq raises concerns that it could feed the same sectarian tensions that have let militants flourish there. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74442
MESOP RECOMMENDATION : Matthias Küntzel, Germany & Iran: From the Aryan Axis to the Nuclear Threshold / by Joseph S. Spoerl
Matthias Küntzel, Germany and Iran: From the Aryan Axis to the Nuclear Threshold, translated by Colin Meade. Candor, NY: Telos Press Publishing, 2014. 274 + xiii pp. ISBN 9780914386001
This publication is an English translation of a book which was first published in German in 2009, with an epilogue penned by the author in May 2014. Germany and Iran: From the Aryan Axis to the Nuclear Threshold focuses on German-Iranian relations from the time of Kaiser Wilhelm (1859-1941) to the present, culminating in a treatment of the Iranian nuclear program and Germany’s shameful role in shielding it from sanctions. Matthias Küntzel is uniquely qualified to write this book. The subject of his doctoral dissertation was the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and he has published extensively on Germany’s position vis-à-vis nuclear proliferation. Küntzel is also a student of Islamist ideology and its disturbing incorporation of extreme Jew-hatred as a central doctrine. This book presents important new findings based on the author’s research in German and American archives. Read all : http://www.mesop.de/?p=74444
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
MESOP LATEST : THE CRIMINAL MERKEL/ERDOGAN DEAL MAKES PROGRESS !
EU’s Timmermans cites progress on visa-free travel for Turkey
ANTALYA – 29 May 2016 – Reuters – The European Union and Turkey held constructive talks on the conditions for granting visa-free travel for Turks, and EU experts will visit Ankara next week to work on removing the last obstacles, the European Commission’s vice-president said on May 27.
Frans Timmermans said on Twitter after talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and EU Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik that they shared a “joint determination to overcome last remaining obstacles to visa liberalization.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74458