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MESOP BREAKINGS NEWS TONIGHT
SYRIA: Reports #Turkey has recommenced intense shelling of SDF in northern Aleppo.
هادي العبدالله Hadi @HadiAlabdallah
BREAKING: Turkish forces resume intense shelling on PYD units in northern rural #Aleppo.
MESOP SOUTH KURDISTAN – IRAQ
Joel Wing @JoelWing2 4m4 minutes ago – U.S. trainers head to Makhmour ahead of Mosul operation http://ekurd.net/iraqi-kurdistan-news-in-brief-february-18-2016-2016-02-18 …
MESOP : BE NICE TO OUR GUYS
MESOP : DICTATORS LIKE DICTATORS
Alexander Marquardt @MarquardtA 9m9 minutes ago – Assad’s efforts to take back control of the whole country are ‘futile,’ says Russia’s UN ambassador. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-russia-syria-envoy-idUSKCN0VR240 …
MESOP : CLEAR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BY YPG (PYD/PKK)
MESOP : Another setback for ISIS
Zeina Khodr @ZeinakhodrAljaz
SOHR: #Syria Democratic Forces backed by US strikes cut ISIL supply lines btw Raqqa & Mosul that run through Shadadi, Hassakeh province
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MESOP TODAYS FUNNY QUOTATION : Cause the airport is too small for such a big name
MESOP TODAYS HEADLINES : ERDOGAN TRANSPORTS GROUND FORCES TO SYRIA
- The Turkish government is facilitating the transit of approximately 2,000 Syrian rebel forces across the Turkey-Syrian border to provide reinforcements to Syrian Arab rebels resisting the expansion of Syrian Kurdish militias near Azaz, rebel sources told Reuters. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71370
MESOP WHO TELLS TRUTH ? CEMIL BAYIK OR SALIH MUSLIM ? / THE ANKARA BOMBING
“The co-leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) umbrella group, Cemil Bayık, was quoted by the Fırat news agency as saying he did not know who was responsible for the Ankara bombing. But the attack, he said, could be an answer to “massacres in Kurdistan”, referring to the Kurdish region spanning parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71366
MESOP BOMBINGS IN TURKEY : WE DIDN’T DO IT – CAUSE WE HAVE DHKCP OR OTHER PROXIES DOING THESE JOBS FOR US
SDF spox denies YPG involvement in Ankara bombing: ‘We do not use the methods of terrorist groups’
AMMAN: A spokesman with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied Turkey’s accusations that the YPG was responsible for the previous day’s Ankara car bombing, on Thursday, telling Syria Direct that “we do not use the methods of terrorist groups.” SYRIA DIRECT ! 18 Feb 2016 – www.mesop.de
MESOP : PUTIN AS AN IMPERIALISTIC CONQUERER OF HISTORY
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR _ New York Times – Not so long ago, Derbent buzzed with plans to celebrate its 5,000th anniversary. Then Moscow entered the picture and knocked 3,000 years off its age. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/18/world/europe/derbent-as-russias-oldest-city-think-again-moscow-says.html?emc=edit_ee_20160218&nl=todaysheadlines-europe&nlid=73143833
MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY
COUNTERING RUSSIAN AND ASSAD REGIME RESPONSES TO SAFE ZONES / By Anna Borshchevskaya
PolicyWatch 2561 – February 17, 2016
For such zones to succeed, they must be backed with militarily enforced no-fly zones and a persuasive response to Moscow’s inevitable small-scale violations and disinformation campaign.On February 13, Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said in Munich that Russia has no intention of ending its bombing campaign against the Syrian rebels. “They are all bandits and terrorists,” he told Time in an exclusive interview. Earlier, on February 11, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Oleg Syromolotov, informed the Interfax news agency that the Kremlin will consider any attempts by the U.S.-led coalition to establish safe zones on the Turkish-Syrian border without United Nations authorization and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s permission “an act of direct military intervention.” This statement came as no surprise. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71364
MESOP TODAYS OPINION : The Sexual Misery of the Arab World / By Kamel Daoud – New York Times
AFTER TAHRIR & COLOGNE (GERMANY)
– 18 Feb 2016 – ORAN, Algeria — After Tahrir came Cologne. After the square came sex. The Arab revolutions of 2011 aroused enthusiasm at first, but passions have since waned. Those movements have come to look imperfect, even ugly: For one thing, they have failed to touch ideas, culture, religion or social norms, especially the norms relating to sex. Revolution doesn’t mean modernity.Read all : http://www.mesop.de/?p=71360
MESOP DOCUMENTS : OFFICIAL STATEMENT BY YPG/PYD – CONCERNING THE ANKARA BOMBING
18 Feb 2016 – The General Command of YPG (People’s Defense Units) has released a statement in response to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu who blamed the YPG for yesterday’s attack in the heart of Turkish capital Ankara which left 28 people dead and 64 others wounded.
YPG General Command said they have no links to the attack, remarking that Davutoğlu put forward this accusation to pave the way for an offensive on Rojava and Syria. The General Command stressed that YPG hasn’t engaged in any kind of military activity against the Turkish state so far in spite of all its attacks and provocations.We hereby publish the full text of the related statement by YPG General Command; Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71358
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP TODYS SITUATION REPORT IRAQ / BY ISW – Patrick Martin & ISW Iraq Team
Key Take-Away: Prime Minister Abadi is facing grave political challenges following his announcement of a cabinet reshuffle on February 9. Supporters of his past reform have stated that all positions should be open for consideration in a government, including that of the prime minister. In addition, Muqtada al-Sadr gave PM Abadi 45 days before he threatened to withdraw his support from PM Abadi’s government. Separately, PM Abadi stated that he was willing to resign as part of the reshuffle if necessary. WATCH MORE AND ACTUAL MAP http://www.mesop.de/?p=71362
NORT KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
MESOP TOP OF THE AGENDA : Turkey Accuses Syrian Kurds of Ankara Bombing / READ ANALYSIS BY BBC / GUARDIAN & STRATFOR
Turkish fighter planes bombed Kurdish targets (Today’s Zaman) in northern Iraq Wednesday night, shortly after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Syrian Kurds of carrying out a car bombing (Hurriyet) that killed twenty-eight people in Ankara Wednesday. Davutoglu said a Syrian national with links to the People’s Protection Units (PYD/ PKK) orchestrated the attack. He said they had assistance from Kurdistan Workers’ Party militants in Turkey. Fourteen suspects have been detained. Full Text with resource persons: http://www.mesop.de/?p=71368
MESOP : NO INVASION POSSIBLE !
Turkey’s bluff – By Ömer Taspinar – Februray 2016 – Todays Zaman
There is a sense of déjà vu in reports that the Turkish army may be about to engage in a military incursion in Syria.
Similar reports had surfaced last year as well. Back then, the story was that Turkey was preparing to set up a safe zone in Syria along a 70-mile stretch of Turkey’s border with a 20-mile deep incursion into the Syrian border. It is hard to take the idea of a unilateral Turkish incursion in Syria seriously for a number of reasons. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71374
MESOP OPINION BY MURAT YETKİN / HURRIYET
Will the Turkish army be deployed in Syria?
Unless Turkey is directly attacked by Syrian forces, it is not very likely that the Turkish army will be deployed in Syria.
I’m not talking about a few shells falling on the Turkish side of the border or shots fired at Turkish patrols or border stations, or perhaps even the incidental shooting down of planes; after all, there are already set and announced rules of engagement for such incursions. The Turkish military responds to such incidents immediately, as in the cases of the last few days. The military has been careful to make the point that all artillery fired on positions across the Turkish border of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the military wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), have been responses to PYD incursions. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71376