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MESOP TODAYS HEADLINE : Letter From Damascus
January 22, 2016 3:32 | Salam Kawakibi
If the Europeans do not take the Syrian conflict seriously, other global actors will not take the Europeans seriously either. Read all http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/?fa=62548
MESOP TODAYS OPINION : On Racism, Patriarchy & Corruption in Iraqi Kurdistan / TELEsur TV
By: Bruno Jantti – 21Jan 2016 – When working in Iraqi Kurdistan, I was struck by the prevalence of regressive attitudes, including racism and sexism.
I returned recently from Iraqi Kurdistan where I spent a couple of weeks investigating the Islamic State (IS) group. Working mostly in the vicinity of Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk, I could not help but notice a great many societal and cultural characteristics that somewhat surprised me.Considering what is happening right next door in Syria, the level of anti-Syrian racism did catch me off guard. I came across such prejudice almost daily. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70386
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP : January 21, 2016 Special Dispatch No.6273
Russia, Syria Agreement On Unlimited Duration Of Russian Airforce Deployment In Syria
On January 14, 2016, pravo.gov.ru, the official website for Russian legislation, published the full text of an agreement between Russia and the Syrian regime “concerning the stationing of the aviation group of the Russian armed forces on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.”According to the Russian independent newspaper Vedomosti (“Insight”), the agreement, which is dated August 26, 2015, was signed by Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu and his Syrian counterpart Fahed Jassem Al-Freij, although in the published agreement no signatories’ names appear. Article 12 states that the agreement has an unlimited time frame, but that either side can terminate it by informing the other in writing, in which case the agreement “will terminate one year after receipt of the notification.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70388
MESOP First Hand: Kurdish YPG (PYD/PKK) Forces ‘Routinely Terrorize’ Assyrian Christians in Syria
By Edwin Mora – Breitbart News – 2016-01-22 01:07 GMT – Multiple reports have indicated that the Kurdish Democratic Union Party’s militia (YPG) in northern Syria attacked the Assyrian Christians in the region, leaving several people dead.
The YPG has known ties to the U.S.-designated Marxist terrorist group, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).Jeff Gardner, director of operations for Restore Nineveh Now, which has discreetly worked to prop up forces that can defend the historical Christian communities in the region, has spent much of his time on the ground in Syria and Iraq.He provides Breitbart News Network with an account from an Assyrian Christian perspective: Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70392
MESOP SYRIA REPORTS: RUSSIAN MILITARY MOVES INTO AIRBASE IN EASTERN SYRIA — INVITED BY PYD/PKK / COMPETITION OR CO-OPERATION WITH US?
22 Jan 2016 – The New York Times supports claims that Russia is moving into an airbase in northeastern Syria, close to another base which has been taken over by the US for operations.
A fighter said the Russian military, moving into the base near the city of Qamishli, is recruiting men from Deir ez-Zor Province, including from groups with whom the US worked in its failed “train-and-equip” program for Syria’s rebels. The fighter indicated that the contacts were with elements of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, including in a meeting in the town of Tal Abyad near the Turkish border: “We were really surprised to meet a Russian delegation in our headquarters.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70403
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP : THE USUAL CORRUPTION – Iraqi Kurdistan govt denies seizing $250 million of oil minister’s wife Chra Rafiq
Nrttv.org – 21 Jan 2016 – HEWLÊR-Erbil, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) released a written statement on Wednesday (Jan. 20) refuting reports that Kurdish authorities have seized some $250 million dollars belonging to an oil “businesswoman”, also wife of the Kurdistan Region’s current oil minister Ashti Hawrami.Hawrami routinely accused of corruption by observers, Kurdish officials and local media. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70380
MESOP : THANKS TO BOTH PARTIES SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) IS TODAY BANCRUPT MORE OR LESS
Barham Salih warns about “dangerous” situation in Kurdistan Region
21 Jan 2016 – The second deputy leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Barham Salih, warned about the situation in Kurdistan Region of Iraq and demanded fundamental and basic changes and reforms in the autonomous region. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70382
MESOP BACKGROUNDER – Is Iraq’s Kurdish Region Seeking Independence? / By Middle East Monitor
By Haydar Hadi – 2016-01-22 00:56 GMT – Iraq’s northern Kurdish regional government (KRG) has recently been digging trenches from Rabia, near the Syrian border west of Mosul, to the outskirts of the eastern province of Diyala.The trenches have raised concerns that it might be a prelude to a Kurdish announcement of independence from Iraq amid concerns of security for minority groups. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70394
MESOP: KAK MESUD’S IDEAS – SUPPORTED STRONGLY BY ISRAEL
Time has come to redraw Middle East boundaries: Massoud Barzani
22 Jan 2016 – MESOP – GUARDIAN – Kurdistan Region president Massoud Barzani has called on global leaders to acknowledge that the Sykes-Picot pact that led to the boundaries of the modern Middle East has failed, and urged them to broker a new deal paving the way for a Kurdish state.Massoud said the international community had started to accept that Iraq and Syria in particular would never again be unified and that “compulsory co-existence” in the region had been proven wrong. – Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70420
MESOP Syria Feature: Is the UN’s Aid Agency Guilty of “Complicity” with the Assad Regime?
January 22 – by Scott Lucas – eaworldview – UN officials have altered the language of a humanitarian aid plan to avoid offense to Damascus, following consultations with the Assad regime.
The proposal for the $3.1 billion global appeal, prepared by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,removed all references to “besieged” areas and “sieges” after the regime’s response to the original text.
The document was scrubbed of any mention of violations of international humanitarian law, such as aerial attacks on medical facilities and the targeting of civilian areas, and of a program to remove landmines, unexploded bombs, and missiles. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70397
MESOP Syria Daily: Envoy — I Can No Longer Count on UN Resolutions for “Peace”
January 22 – by Scott Lucas – eaworldview – The UN’s envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has told the Security Council that he can no longer count on its “ambiguous” resolutions for a political resolution.De Mistura’s remarks to a closed-door Council session on Monday began circulating last night on the Internet. Issued only a month after the latest Council resolution, they confirm the doubts that opposition-regime talks, which international powers have scheduled for January 25 in Geneva, will take place. As an immediate obstacle, the envoy cites both disagreement over the substance of the discussions and the list of those who can represent the opposition. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70401
MESOP TODAYS SYRIA FLASH : TRUE STORY OR WELL-CALCULATED FAKE ?
Vladimir Putin asked Bashar al-Assad to step down
FINANCIAL TIMES – Sam Jones in London, Erika Solomon in Beirut and Kathrin Hille in Kazan – 22 January 2016 – Igor Sergun was asked by Vladimir Putin in 2015 to propose to Bashar al-Assad that he step down. The answer was no. – Just weeks before his death on January 3, Colonel-General Igor Sergun, director of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, was sent to Damascus on a delicate mission.The general, who is believed to have cut his teeth as a Soviet operative in Syria, bore a message from Vladimir Putin for President Bashar al-Assad: the Kremlin, the Syrian dictator’s most powerful international protector, believed it was time for him to step aside. – Mr Assad angrily refused. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70410
MESOP REPORT : UN Accused Of Allowing Assad Regime To Censor Syria Aid Plan – BuzzFeed News has established that references to besieged towns such as Madaya were deleted from a key aid plan after consultation with the regime.
Jane Bradley – Investigations Correspondent, UK – 22 Jan 2016 – BUZZFEED – The United Nations altered a key humanitarian aid plan for Syria after consultation with the Assad regime, including deleting references to “besieged” areas such as Madaya where thousands of people are starving, Buzzfeed News can reveal.UN insiders in the region and NGOs have accused the organisation of pandering to the regime by allowing it to censor the document. Watch all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70414
MESOP : LAST WORDS BY CHAIRMAN SALIH MUSLIM (PYD/PKK) – Syrian Kurds say must be represented at Geneva III peace talks
PARIS, REUTERS 22 Jan 2016 – Syrian Kurds must be represented at peace talks in Geneva or they will fail, a Syrian Kurdish leader said on Friday. Salih Muslim, co-chair of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), also said one of the opposition groups involved, Jaysh al-Islam, had the “same mentality” as al Qaeda and Islamic State. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70418
NORTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP : Erdogan wants scorched earth / END OF ALL TALKS & POSSIBILITIES – APO OECALAN NOW THE ONLY CONTACT-PERSON TO TURKISH GOVERNMENT ?
Erdogan says Turkey will no longer talk with PKK, operations continue
21 Jan 2016 – MESOP – Ankara will no longer engage in contact with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and will instead “liquidate” all PKK militants through ongoing security operations, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed. “We know that the only goal of the separatist terror organization is to fulfill the duty it has been tasked with by its master and completing the contract it has been given,” Erdogan said on Jan. 20. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70384
MESOP MEMRI DISPATCH : January 22, 2016Special Dispatch No.6274
Following Media Reports Of Turkish Incursion Into Northern Iraq, Some Iraqis Call For Opposing Any Intervention In The Country
On December 5, 2015, media reported that 150 Turkish soldiers had entered Iraqi territory with 20-25 tanks, that were then deployed at a Turkish military base located inside Iraq near the city of Mosul, which had been captured some 18 months previously by the Islamic State (ISIS). In light of these reports, the Iraqi government quickly condemned the violation of its sovereignty, threatening to appeal to the UN Security Council for a resolution demanding that Turkey withdraw all its forces from Iraq
.Iraqi Shi’ite militia leaders joined the Iraqi government’s demands, even threatening that if Turkey did not withdraw, they would not hesitate to use force against it. Concurrently, Shi’ite militia supporters in Iraq launched protests against the Turkish presence in the country. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70416
THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER
MESOP : NOCH ORIGINALVERPACKT !
Bundeswehr-Waffen auf dem kurdischen Schwarzmarkt verkauft
22.01.2016 – 08:50 Uhr Thueringer Nachrichten – Auf dem Schwarzmarkt im irakischen Kurdengebiet werden nach Recherchen von NDR und WDR Bundeswehr-Waffen angeboten, die von der Bundesregierung an die kurdische Autonomieregierung geliefert wurden.
Das Bundesverteidigungsministerium erklärt, die Regierung der Region Kurdistan-Irak habe sich zu einer „korrekten Nachweisführung der übergebenen Waffen verpflichtet“. Das Bundesverteidigungsministerium erklärt, die Regierung der Region Kurdistan-Irak habe sich zu einer „korrekten Nachweisführung der übergebenen Waffen verpflichtet“. Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=70390
MESOP: PESHMERGGA BEKOMMEN KEINEN SOLD – VERKAUFEN DEUTSCHE WAFFEN – KRG TENDENZIELL PLEITE
Auswärtiges Amt bestellt Vertreter der KRG Kurden ein / Deutschlandfunk
Das Auswärtige Amt hat den Vertreter der kurdischen Autonomie-Region im Nordirak zum Gespräch gebeten.
Dabei geht es unter anderem um Berichte, nach denen kurdische Peschmerga-Kämpfer deutsche Waffen weiterverkauft haben sollen. Ein Sprecher des Ministeriums sagte in Berlin, es stünden ernste Vorwürfe und Anschuldigungen im Raum, die sofort aufgeklärt werden müssten. Reporter von NDR und WDR hatten zuvor berichtet, dass sie auf dem Schwarzmarkt in den Städten Erbil und Suleimaniya Sturmgewehre und eine Pistole der Bundeswehr entdeckt hätten. Unabhängig davon wird den kurdischen Peschmerga-Kämpfern auch vorgeworfen, Häuser von arabischen Irakern zerstört und die Menschen vertrieben zu haben. www.mesop.de
MESOP : STALINISTEN VERBÜNDEN SICH MIT STALINISTEN – PYD/PKK ALS KOMBATTANTEN PUTIN’S
Markus Bernath – DER STANDARD – Wien – 22 Jan 2016 -Russen stehen an der Grenze zur Türkei MARKUS BERNATH 21. Jänner 2016, 18:17 336 POSTINGS Russland soll Soldaten und Ingenieure in die syrische Grenzstadt Qamishli verlegt haben Ankara – Russland baut in der syrischen Stadt Qamishli, unmittelbar an der Grenze zur Türkei, einen neuen Stützpunkt für seine Militäreinsätze aus. Hundert Soldaten und ein Team von Ingenieuren seien mit dem Ausbau des Flughafens der Stadt beschäftigt, meldeten türkische Medien unter Berufung auf die Syrische Beobachtungsstelle für Menschenrechte in London und Oppositionsgruppen im Bürgerkriegsland. Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=70399