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HOMER SIMPSON : A VOTER FOR DON TRUMP !
Homer Simpson: I’ll have read Harper Lee’s book. And I swore never to read books again after ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ gave me no useful advice on killing mockingbirds. It did teach me not to judge a man based on the color of his skin, but what good does that do me? www.mesop.de
MESOP TODAYS MOST RELEVANT TWEETS & SHORT CUTS
MESOP : GAS NOW IN HANDS OF PYD/PKK
Dispute Over Kurds Threatens U.S.-Turkey Alliance http://nyti.ms/1RbGRoJ
Very good analysis by Halil Karaveli on what the war means for Turkish Militarism http://www.turkeyanalyst.org/publications/turkey-analyst-articles/item/510-terror-likely-to-strengthen-turkish-militarism.html …
MESOP : PARTNER WLADIMIR ? ONLY GOOD FOR PKK – NOT FOR KURDS
Russia’s UN envoy speaks out against independent Kurdistan, in favour of territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq http://tass.ru/en/politics/857770 …
MESOP : COOPERATION BETWEEN YPG/PYD(PKK) AND ASSAD ?
YPG Nasrin Abdullah rejects statements of Assad advisor Shaban (20.02.2016) (EN, AR, KUR) http://fb.me/4r5ZV9s4y
MESOP : MICHEL KILO CONTRA PYD/PKK
Michel Kilo accusing PYD to be ‘separatists’, PYD response (11.02.2016) http://fb.me/7NBA8hiiH
Michel Kilo accusing PYD to be ‘separatists’, PYD response (11.02.2016) http://dlvr.it/KZ7bFr
MESOP : THE WAR GOES ON
Ankara will get new security mechanism, Turkish PM says after deadly attack – LOCAL http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID=95465&NewsCatID=341 … via @HDNER
MESOP : WILL FOLLOW KURDS & ARABS DIVIDED
Heavy clashes since 16th febr between YPG and anti-Assad rebelgroups near Sheikh Maqsoud (ANHA)
Syrian opposition agrees to a 2-to-3 week truce if Russia ceases airstrikes: source close to Syria peace talks (Reuters)
MESOP : IS NATO REALLY STILL EXISTING ?
NATO also wants to avoid a military conflict with Russia at all costs http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/nato-concerned-over-possible-russia-turkey-hostilities …
US @StateDept spox refutes #Turkey FM @MevlutCavusoglu‘s quoted remarks of @JohnKerry saying #YPG is not reliable.
#Syria opposition: ready for temporary truce (renewable) if guarantees Damascus & allies including #Russia cease fire, sieges lifted 1/2
Nusra operates in areas where rebels are; if not included in truce Russia can continue to bombard rebel held areas #Syria #Syria
#Syria opposition: temporary truce deal conditional on Al Qaeda linked Nusra not to be targeted, at least to start with
MESOP : ISW INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY: February 11-20, 2016 Reviewing the Week Compiled by Harleen Gambhir & Dina Shahrokhi
This report is derived from open sources collected & processed at ISW during the reporting period. The report includes analysis on Russia, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, ISIS, Kurdistan.
Key Take-Away -Russia strategically outmaneuvered the U.S. to secure Syrian regime gains, threaten Turkey, and expand its military footprint in the Middle East. Russia is pressuring U.S. partners in the Middle East and NATO in pursuit of its grand strategic objective of expanding its influence globally at the expense of the U.S. Three developments this week highlight Russian gains.Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71465
MESOP BACKGROUNDER : How Pentagon Geeks & Russian Generals Plotted in Secret to Take Away Assad’s WMD
20 Febr 2016 – THE DAILY BEAST – A secret plan involving Pentagon scientists and Russian national security officials managed to take out the weapons of mass destruction belonging to a brutal dictator.Every once in a rare while, a cunning plan to stop an evil dictator works. At least for a time.Such is the story of a geeky group of Pentagon scientists, State Department experts, and White House politicos who plotted together with top Russian officials to find and destroy Syria’s weapons of mass destruction—more than a year before they got the chance to actually do so. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71461
WEST KURDISTAN (SYR IA)
MESOP “OBAMA UPSIDE-DOWN” : America Is Now Fighting A Proxy War With Itself In Syria / By Mike Giglio
Confusion in the Obama administration’s Syria policy is playing out on the ground as U.S.-backed groups begin battling each other. Buzz Fed 21 Feb 2016 – ISTANBUL — American proxies are now at war with each other in Syria. Officials with Syrian rebel battalions that receive covert backing from one arm of the U.S. government told BuzzFeed News that they recently began fighting rival rebels supported by another arm of the U.S. government.The infighting between American proxies is the latest setback for the Obama administration’s Syria policy and lays bare its contradictions as violence in the country gets worse.The confusion is playing out on the battlefield — with the U.S. effectively engaged in a proxy war with itself. “ Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71467
MESOP Syria Daily: Assad Sets His Conditions For “Cessation of Hostilities” / “IRAN & RUSSIA ARE ESSENTIAL FOR REGIME”
by Scott Lucas – 21 Feb 2016 – After criticism from Russia over his refusal of negotiations, Syria’s President Assad has revised his position in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais.
In a rare public speech on Monday, Assad indicated that no talks could be held before a total defeat of rebels, “When gunmen suffer, when they are defeated, the term cease-fire happens between armies and states, but it doesn’t go between a state and terrorists.”Assad’s position irritated Moscow, who are formally working with the UN and the International Syria Support Group to pursue the “cessation of hostilities” and talks between the regime and the opposition-rebel bloc. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71469
MESOP REPORT : Russia Guilty Of Syria War Crimes, Says Amnesty
SKYNEWS 21 Feb 2016 – Moscow denies it is hitting civilian areas – but rescue workers, and footage obtained by Sky News, suggests this is not the case. – By Alex Rossi, Middle East Correspondent – Amnesty International has told Sky News that Russia is guilty of some the most “egregious” war crimes it has seen in decades.The human rights organisation claims Moscow’s warplanes have been deliberately targeting civilians and rescue workers in Syria over the last week. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71478
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)
MESOP : WAR IS WAR – & OIL IS MONEY – Iran Analysis: Tehran Lashes Out at Russian-Saudi Attempt to Limit Oil Production
by Scott Lucas – eaworldview – 21 Feb 2016 – Challenging allies, foes, and analysts, Iran has lashed out at Russia and Saudi Arabia over their attempt to limit oil production and shore up global prices.Last week, leading powers in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) held urgent meetings as the oil price neared $30 per barrel, almost 75% down from $114 in summer 2014. Russia and Saudi Arabia, despite being on opposite sides in the Syrian civil war, had a high-profile meeting to agree a limit on output. A delegation from Venezuela, Iraq, and Qatar then went to Tehran to get Iranian accession to the arrangements. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71471
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
MESOP REPORT : PKK KIDNAPPS JOURNALIST & KILLS THEM – Kurdish PKK rebels abduct three Turkish journalists: report
ANKARA,— AFP – 21 Febr 2016 – Three journalists working for Turkish state-run news agency Anatolia were abducted Sunday by members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey, the agency said. Anatolia said that the incident occurred in Nusaybin in Mardin province in in Turkish Kurdistan, where the security forces have been conducting a vast operation aimed at flushing PKK rebels out of the area. The agency is Turkey’s largest and has a large network of journalists in Turkey and abroad. The PKK has kidnapped Turkish state officials, journalists and workers in the past, most of whom have later been released. EKURD NET http://www.mesop.de/?p=71473
MESOP : “WE DON’T TRUST YPG/PYD” – OBAMA – Erdoğan to Obama: Turkey to stop shelling YPG only if YPG, Russia, Assad abide by Munich deal
Deniz Zeyrek – ANKARA Hurriyet – 21 Feb 2016 – The fall of the town of Azez in northern Aleppo province where the Turkish military is pushing ahead with its cross-border artillery shelling campaign against U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia positions in Syria would mean emergence of a new refugee influx and security problem for Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his U.S. counterpart, President Barack Obama. “Their goal is not fighting against ISIL [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant]. If Azez falls, Turkey will face a serious migration and security problem. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71476
THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER
MESOP : CAMOUFLAGE GEPLATZT – MEDIENMEINUNG SIEHT TAK-PROXY ALS PKK INSTRUMENT
Mindestens 28 Tote bei Anschlag in Ankara
3dTV-blog.de (Blog) – In Sicherheitskreisen hieß es, die verbotene kurdische Arbeiterpartei PKK stecke hinter dem Anschlag. Nach dem Selbstmordattentat in Ankara …
EU-Chefs nach Anschlag von Ankara: Terror ist niemals akzeptabel
FashionMagazin – Die türkischen Behörden machten bereits kurdische Kämpfer für den Anschlag verantwortlich, Erdogan selbst kündigte Vergeltung an.
MESOP Germany: Migrant Crime Skyrockets
The actual number of crimes in Germany committed by migrants in 2015 may exceed 400,000.
The report does not include crime data from North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state in Germany and also the state with the largest number of migrants. North Rhine-Westphalia’s biggest city is Cologne, where, on New Year’s Eve, hundreds of German women were sexually assaulted by migrants.
Migrants committed 208,344 crimes in 2015, according to a confidential police report that was leaked to the German newspaper, Bild. This figure represents an 80% increase over 2014 and works out to around 570 crimes committed by migrants every day, or 23 crimes each hour, between January and December 2015.
The actual number of migrant crimes is far higher, however, because the report, produced by the Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA), includes only crimes that have been solved (aufgeklärten Straftaten). According to Statista, the German statistics agency, on average only around half of all crimes committed in Germany in any given year are solved (Aufklärungsquote). This implies that the actual number of crimes committed by migrants in 2015 may exceed 400,000. http://www.bild.de/wa/ll/bild-de/unangemeldet-42925516.bild.html