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MESOP : PYD/PKK NOW UNDER PUTIN’S UMBRELLA
Kurdish self-administration (‘PYD’) delegation visits Duma http://ku.hawarnews.com/nunertiya-moskow-cu-serdana-dumaye/ … #syria
MESOP : WHILE MEDWEDEW SPEAKS ABOUT NEW COLD WORLD WAR + ERDOGAN GIVES HIS OWN TRIBUTE
Its easier for Turkey to shell YPG positions near to rebel-held Azaz, but less easy to shell YPG when they advance on IS-held Jarabulus. www.mesop.de
Turkish PM: “We can if necessary take the same measures in Syria as we took in Iraq and Qandil” (AFP)
Turkey PM threatens military action against Syrian Kurds http://news.yahoo.com/turkey-pm-threatens-military-action-against-syrian-kurds-144037037.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory&soc_trk=tw … via @YahooNews
You wld think Turkey informed NATO beforehand about this attack on another NATO ally. This is what Davutoglu hinted: http://www.todayszaman.com/diplomacy_davutoglu-signals-turkish-action-after-fall-of-aleppo-corridor_412162.html …
#Saudi and Turkish ops to take over border strip from IS, to prevent #YPG expansion and create de-facto safe zone? http://bigstory.ap.org/urn:publicid:ap.org:6ae2a0f29e214075a9f9f797318f7f62 …
Turkish media say #Saudi #Arabia, #Turkey may strike in #Syria (from @AP) http://bigstory.ap.org/urn:publicid:ap.org:6ae2a0f29e214075a9f9f797318f7f62 …
More foreign troops could enter conflict, U.S. Secretary of State http://www.nrttv.com/EN/Details.aspx?Jimare=5342#.Vr9P4H-V1y8.twitter …
Saudi Arabia affirms ‘irreversible’ decision to send troops to Syria., http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/02/11/Spokesman-Saudi-decision-to-send-troops-in-Syria-is-final.html …
MESOP: PUTIN – THE PYD/PKK PARTNER
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon: ‘#Russia is deliberately targeting civilians in #Syria & for that, it must pay a price’
Sohrab Ahmari @SohrabAhmari Feb 8
ISIS is a product of Assad’s evil regime. My latest @WSJopinion http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-rise-of-islamic-state-1454976369 …
MESOP : CHARLES LISTER’S LAST WORD
Charles Lister @Charles_Lister 3h3 hours ago
#Turkey (NATO member) is bombing #YPG (backed by US, #Russia) & SDF (backed by US), for attacking FSA (backed by US, Turkey & Saudi)
MESOP : GERMANY CONCERNED ABOUT REFERENDUM / DON’T CARE ABOUT THE GERMAN KRAUTS
GermanForeignOffice Verified account @GermanyDiplo
In-depth talks w/ Pres #Barzani in the margins of #MSC2016: Serious concern on Kurdish independence referendum.
Some 750 Iraqi soldiers arrived in #Makhmour, south of #Erbil, as a first step in #Mosul liberation operation. #K24
Superb, nuanced analysis of the limits/ complexities of Iran’s influence in Iraq@RanjAlaaldin https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/iran/2016-02-11/irans-weak-grip …
MESOP : INTERESTING !
Beyond sectarianism: ‘Sunni’ Turkey and ‘Shi’a’ Iran boost high level dialogue, despite disagreement on Syria. http://aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-iran-to-boost-dialogue-says-diplomat/520116 …
MESOP TODAYS BACKGROUNDER: Syria Analysis: It’s Not a “Ceasefire” — It’s Cover for the US and Russia
13 Feb 2016 – by Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Headlines are declaring the arrangement of a ceasefire in Syria’s conflict. Announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov late on February 11, it has been greeted as a ray of hope in the floundering efforts to end this seemingly intractable conflict.
What it isn’t is a ceasefire. The International Syria Support Group (ISSG) – a coalition of 17 nations, among them Russia and the US, the Arab League, the European Union, and the UN – has not in fact used that term, preferring a “cessation of hostilities”. And it isn’t even that: it’s a proposal for a cessation of hostilities, one that will supposedly start soon, but only after a working group has met with representatives of countries supporting the Assad regime and those backing Syria’s opposition.
Nor is it a viable proposal. Instead, it’s best seen as political cover. It covers Kerry, in his remarkably zealous quest to secure the start of a resolution by the end of March, and Russia, in its mission to prop up the Assad regime by bombing the rebels and civilian areas in concert with both Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71219
MESOP TODAYS OPINION – By Kimberly & Fred Kagan (ISW) – The Syrian Ceasefire is a Big Win for Russia, Assad & Iran
13 Feb 2016 – The Syrian ceasefire agreement of February 11 is a big win for the Russians and the Syrian regime. Russia, Iran, and Syria are in the midst of a major military offensive that has allowed them to besiege Aleppo and has them poised to make gains across the battlefield. This so-called “cessation of hostilities” agreement allows them to consolidate and prepare for further advances while preventing the opposition that the U.S. ostensibly supports from attempting to undo any of their gains. It does not require the Assad coalition to allow humanitarian access to the hundreds of thousands they have just trapped in and around Aleppo itself, and it leaves them fully in control of what humanitarian aid goes to the other areas they themselves are besieging and deliberately starving. It was concluded without the participation of the opposition, and is thus an imposition of a truce on the fighters the U.S. is theoretically supporting at a moment when they have lost vital ground. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71221
MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY BY Fabrice Balanche – THE WORST OF THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS IS COMING FOR EUROPE
PolicyWatch 2557 – February 12, 2016 – Fabrice Balanche, an associate professor and research director at the University of Lyon 2, is a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute. The Assad regime’s Russian-aided military campaign and the onset of spring augur another mass refugee flow into the EU, and the only surefire way to stop it is by addressing the root of the crisis inside Syria. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71217
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MESOP : ON THE EVE OF TURKISH / SAUDI INTERVENTION IN SYRIA – JETS ARRIVED AT INCIRLIK BASE
Saudi Arabia sends troops and fighter jets to military base in Turkey ahead of intervention against Isis in Syria – Saudi officials have stated that they want to fight Isis and see President Bashar al-Assad removed – 13 Feb 2016 – THE INDEPENDENT UK – Lizzie Dearden @lizziedearden –
Saudi Arabia is sending troops and fighter jets to Turkey’s Incirlik military base ahead of a possible ground invasion of Syria.The Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, confirmed the deployment in a statement to the Yeni Şafak newspaper on Saturday, days before a temporary ceasefire is due to come into force. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71215
MESOP Syria Feature: Saudi Moves Jets to Turkey; Foreign Minister Says “Assad is Finished”
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister has declared that Syria’s President Assad is “finished”, as Riyadh sent another military signal with the despatch of jets to the Incirlik airbase in Turkey.Speaking with CNN, Adel al-Jubeir repeated the Saudi declaration, made last week, that it is prepared to send ground forces into Syria if requested by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State:However, Jubeir also made clear that the Saudi signals are meant to maintain pressure on the Assad regime: “I believe Bashar al-Assad is weak. I believe Bashar al-Assad is finished.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71223
MESOP Syria Daily: Assad — We Will Retake The Entire Country
February 13 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Undermining an international proposal for a cessation of hostilities, Syria’s President Assad has declared that his regime will regain control of the entire country, and that he will never negotiate with an opposition-rebel bloc.
Assad was speaking to AFP on Thursday, hours before the International Syria Support Group set out its plan:
Q: Do you think, Mr. President, that you can regain control over all Syrian territory? And what is the timeframe you have for that now? Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71198
MESOP DOCUMENTATION: THE STATEMENT OF SYRIAN OPPOSITION / ABOUT MUNICH RESULTS
Hijab: Kerry’s Munich statements made without our approval / Orient net
12 Feb 2016 – Syrian opposition General Coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) Riad Hijab said today that the HNC members “do not agree to the statements released today,” pointing out to the recent statement released from Munich which was made between Kerry and Lavrov.Hijab said that “we refuse to commit to the ceasefire while Assad stays in power and his allied Shiite militias remain in Syria,” Orient correspondent reported. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71200
MESOP FULL TEXT : ASSAD’S AFP INTERVIEW – “I Am Protecting the Country” – I WILL RETAKE THE WHOLE COUNTRY !
Full transcript of AFP’s interview with Syria’s President Assad on February 11:
How do you feel when you see tens of thousands of your citizens starving, running away from hunger, from their areas, which are being shelled by your Russian allies, and trying to cross the borders to Turkey? And how do you feel when you see the pictures of them drowning in their attempt to cross the seas? Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71206
MESOP : PYD/YPG(PKK) LEARNING FROM PUTIN ? BOMBING HOSPITALS ?
Activists: Kurdish YPG Militia Attacked National Hospital in Azaz
Opposition activists claim that the Kurdish militia YPG attacked the National Hospital in the town of Azaz, in northwest Syria near the Turkish border, in an offensive on Friday against rebels. Eaworldview – 13 Feb 2016 – Rebels claim that they repelled the YPG assault, which followed a Kurdish advance this week with the capture of nearby villages and the Menagh airbase. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71208
MESOP SYRIA INSIGHT : Besieged and Hard-to-Reach Regions
Syria: February 12, 2016 – By Christopher Kozak – ISW – The International Syria Support Group (ISSG) – a group of world powers that includes the U.S., Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – reached an agreement to implement a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in Syria during their most recent meeting in Munich, Germany on February 11, 2016. The “cessation of hostilities” will face significant hurdles, including the lack of a clear enforcement mechanism and the prospect of continued attacks by ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra (JN), and other irreconcilable groups. The ISSG also agreed to secure immediate humanitarian access to six besieged locations in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254. The demands for renewed deliveries of humanitarian supplies nonetheless include only a fraction of the civilian populations across Syria in need of assistance. This map overlays current zones of control in Syria with publicly-available data on besieged and hard-to-reach populations as released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). www.mesop.de
MESOP INSIGHT – Russia’s new Syrian strategy: Ethnic cleansing (Sensitive Situation on Golan Heights)
YNET Analysis 13 Feb 2016 – : Russia’s new strategy to prop Assad up is to destroy rebels’ power base through ethnic cleansing, forcing supporters to flee as refugees to neighboring countries and eventually Europe.
Russian forces, combined with the Iranians and Hezbollah, have changed their tactics in Syria. With a complete disregard to the international community, they are intensively bombing rebel bases, even at the risk of killing thousands of civilians, and starting a new wave of refugees. The two major focus points in the campaign are the cities of Aleppo and Deraa. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71225
MESOP NEWS : Turkish military shells PYD targets in Syria
February 13, 2016, Saturday/ 18:01:08/ REUTERS | BEIRUT – Turkey’s military shelled Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria on Saturday, a Turkish government source said, hours after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu warned that Ankara would act if it faced a threat from across the border. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71227
MESOP DESCRIPTION : Syrian Armed Opposition Forces in Aleppo
By Jennifer Cafarella and Genevieve Casagrande (ISW) – The United States faces a geostrategic inflection in Syria that it has not yet fully recognized. The “cessation of hostilities” declared on February 11, 2016 permits Russia and the Assad regime to continue targeting U.S. allies in Aleppo under the pretext that the opposition in the city consists predominantly of al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al Nusra. The Russian view of the situation in Aleppo is false and deliberately distorting. There are multiple opposition groups within Aleppo that are distinct from Jabhat al Nusra, do not share its vision, and which the United States must support and strengthen. The U.S. must take steps to achieve three objectives: Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71231
THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER
MESOP : „WIR SCHAFFEN DAS !“ / NÄMLICH DIE DRINGEND NOTWENDIG GEWORDENE ABSCHAFFUNG DES BARGELDES ALS STAATLICHE KONFISZIERUNG ALLEN EIGENTUMS
Schäuble warnt vor künftigem Anstieg der Staatsverschuldung auf 200 Prozent der Wirtschaftsleistung. Horrende Staatsverschuldung droht: Schäubles Experten mit erschreckendem Szenario für 2060. – Haushaltsszenario bis 2060 Deutsche Schulden könnten griechische Verhältnisse erreichen. FAZ 13 Feb 2016
Dieses Papier hat es in sich: Finanzminister Schäuble hat mit seinen Experten Szenarien für die zukünftigen Schulden in Deutschland errechnet. Die Ergebnisse sind erschreckend. Drohen uns griechische Verhältnisse? Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=71196
MESOP NEWS : Saudi-Arabien sendet harsche Warnung an Putin
13 Feb 2016 – DIE WELT – Der saudische Außenminister ist sicher, dass Syriens Diktator Assad früher oder später abtreten muss. Und er warnt Russland davor, sich durch dessen Unterstützung die Sunniten zum Feind zu machen.
Saudi-Arabiens Außenminister Adel al-Dschubeir hat einen Rückzug des syrischen Präsidenten Baschar al-Assad für unausweichlich erklärt. “Der Ausgang in Syrien ist vorherbestimmt. Baschar al-Assad wird es in der Zukunft nicht mehr geben”, sagte al-Dschubeir der “Süddeutschen Zeitung”. Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=71202
MESOP : NECLA KELEK HOCHSYMPATHISCH ! / Flüchtlingskrise – “Merkel muss darüber nachdenken, was sie uns zumutet”
DIE WELT 13 Feb 2016 – Die Islamkritikerin Necla Kelek und ihr Sohn Julian wollen, dass Deutschland bleibt, wie es ist. Die Bundeskanzlerin kritisieren sie dafür, dass sie “einfach die Tür aufgemacht” hat. Von Andrea Seibel
Die Welt: In Deutschland kann man derzeit über kein anderes Thema als über die Flüchtlinge reden. Ist das typisch deutsch?
Necla Kelek: Dann bin ich auch schon sehr deutsch. Bei uns gibt es kein anderes Thema. Das ist eben mein Lebensthema, alles was mit Migration und Integration zu tun hat.
Die Welt: Was bewegt Sie dieser Tage am meisten? – Julian Kelek: Meine eigene Zukunft. Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=71213