MESOP CULTURE : DEUTSCHE MENSCHEN 2017 / LINDA WENZEL AUS PULSNIITZ IN SACHSEN IN GUTER VERFASSUNG – Der neueste Bericht !
Iraq – German ISIS girl found in Mosul is in good health
By Rudaw 3 hours ago – 23 July 2017 – BERLIN (AP) — A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday. She is reported to be in good health and will be interrogated next week by Iraqi officials.
The 16-year-old teenager, only identified as Linda W. in line with German privacy laws, is getting consular assistance from the German Embassy in Iraq, prosecutor Lorenz Haase said from the eastern German city of Dresden. Three Iraqi intelligence and investigative sources confirmed to The Associated Press that the German teenager, who was apprehended in the basement of a home in Mosul’s Old City earlier this month, was Linda Wenzel.
23 July 2017 – Detention warrants have been allegedly issued for four rights advocates who were detained in Büyükada and released on probation. Their attorneys said that they haven’t been informed. www.mesop.de
MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER : PKK/PYD CREATED BODIES PREPARE FOR AUTONOMY / PYD – Kurdish officials discuss election law, administrative divisions in Rojava-Northern Syria
ARA News – 23 July 2017 – The Executive Board of the Constituent Council of the Democratic Federal System in Rojava-Northern Syria met with members of the Council and representatives of the Electoral Commission on Thursday to discuss the election law and the administrative divisions of the regions of Rojava and Northern Syria.
MESOP HEUTE : AUS PUTIN’S SICHT SCHREIBT „sputnik“ news – Amerikanischer General bekennt: USA befinden sich unrechtmäßig in Syrien
Sputnik 23 July 2017 – Die USA haben keine rechtliche Grundlage, in Syrien zu bleiben, wo sie ohne die Genehmigung von Damaskus eine Militäroperation gegen die Terroristen führen. Dies erklärte am Freitag der Chef des Kommandos für Sonderoperationen der US-Streitkräfte, General Raymond Thomas, beim Sicherheitsforum in Aspen im US-Bundesstaat Colorado.
„Der Tag ist nicht mehr fern, wo die Russen sagen werden: ‚Warum seid ihr, die USA, immer noch in Syrien?‘ Sie waren dem schon nahe … Wir sind berechtigt dorthin (nach Syrien – Anm. d. Red.) gegangen, doch wenn die Russen diese Karte ausspielen, so werden wir, wenn wir bleiben wollen, dies nicht tun können. Sie (die Russische Föderation – Anm. d. Red.) kann dies tun“, sagte General Thomas.Er erinnerte daran, dass die einzige Begründung für den Aufenthalt des US-Militärs in Syrien der Kampf gegen den Terrorismus sei. In diesem Zusammenhang lehne es Washington ungeachtet der Proteste der Landesbehörden ab, seine Operationen einzustellen.
Good piece by
@AbuJamajem on the magical thinking behind the CIA’s gunrunning to Syrian rebels, and on what’s next: https://tcf.org/content/commentary/america-already-lost-covert-war-syria-now-official …
Partner Operations in Syria: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward – By Aaron Stein
- July 2017 – One of America’s most senior generals said on Friday he instructed the Kurdish YPG militia to change its “brand” a day or so before it unveiled an alliance with Syrian Arabs in 2015 under the name Syrian Democratic Forces.The recounting by U.S. Army General Raymond Thomas, the head of Special Operations Command, offered a glimpse into the mechanics that preceded a major rampup in U.S. support to the Kurdish fighters despite fierce opposition from NATO ally Turkey.Thomas said he made the Turkish concerns known to the YPG back in 2015.
MESOP NEWS OPINION: WHATEVER HAPPENS NOW – U.S. IS OUT !
July 21, 2017 – Sam Heller – THE CENTURY FOUNDATION
President Trump has shut down America’s covert program to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Trump decided to terminate the secret CIA program nearly a month ago, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The program had, since 2013, provided training, salaries, and weaponry to “vetted” rebel factions waging war on the Assad regime.America has definitively ended its commitment to regime change in Syria—half-hearted though it was.Trump’s decision is, on some level, an admission of defeat. But it is also a concession to reality, and an acknowledgement that America’s covert military program in Syria was misconceived from the start.
By Hanin Ghaddar – PolicyWatch 2836 – July 21, 2017 – Hanin Ghaddar, a veteran Lebanese journalist and researcher, is the Friedmann Visiting Fellow at The Washington Institute.
Absent vigorous international complaints, Hezbollah will force Syrian refugees out of eastern Lebanon to face certain persecution from the Assad regime. With a reported force of five thousand fighters, Hezbollah has launched its long-anticipated offensive against militants in the Arsal and Qalamoun mountains, along the Lebanon-Syria border. The Syrian air force is aiding the effort by intensifying its strikes against militants around Arsal, on both sides of the border, while coordinating with Hezbollah and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). The Lebanese army is so far limiting its role to stopping militants from infiltrating into Lebanon.