Crisis due Barzani’s refusal to step down: academic / Barzani the reason of the problem !
25 May 2017 – MESOP – A professor from the American University of Tennessee, Michael Gunter said on Wednesday, May 24, that Massoud Barzani’s opposition to step down from his position as Kurdistan Region President has resulted in the continued political crisis in the region.During a two-day conference titled ‘Iraqi Kurdistan at a Crossroads: Current Issues of Domestic and Middle Eastern Politics’ held in Erbil, Gunter said the region is facing a political crisis due to “Massoud Barzani’s refusal to step down from his presidency.”
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MESOP NEWS TODAYS REALISTIC FORECAST / IT HAS JUST STARTED AGAIN
By Aaron Y. Zelin – PolicyWatch 2810 – May 24, 2017
Even as the Islamic State continues to lose territory, its evolution in Libya since 2014 should convince Western authorities not to underestimate its capacity for directing lethal attacks abroad.After Libyan British jihadi Salman Abedi killed twenty-two people in Manchester earlier this week, a friend of his noted that he had just returned from a three-week trip to Libya only days before the bombing. Although British investigators have yet to uncover or disclose publicly that the twenty-two-year-old suspect joined the Islamic State or received training while in Libya, his brother reportedly admitted that they were with IS following his arrest earlier today in Tripoli. In addition, IS has claimed responsibility for the bombing, and the French government has since revealed that Abedi traveled to Syria as well, raising concerns that the attack was the group’s first directed operation from Libya into Europe. If so, it reiterates the dangers of foreign fighter training abroad. It also puts the spotlight on the flow of foreign fighters to Libya, which many have understandably ignored due to the even larger flows seen in Iraq and Syria.
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Assad’s Survival Is in Israel’s Best Interest
By Dr. Edy Cohen May 25, 2017 – BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 476, May 25, 2017
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Despite the Assad’s regime’s longstanding pretense to raise the banner of all-out war against Israel, since the October 1973 War the Syrian-Israeli border on the Golan Heights has been conspicuously quiet. Today, as Syria no longer capably functions as a sovereign state, a strong Syrian president with firm control over the state is a vital interest for Israel.
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USA übergeben syrischen PKK/PYD Kurden mehr als 100 LKWs mit Waffen
25 Mai 2017 – sputnik deutschland – Die USA haben eine weitere Waffenlieferung an die Volksmiliz „Demokratischen Kräfte Syriens“ (SDF) übergegeben, die vor allem aus Kurden besteht. Dies berichtete die Nachrichtenwebseite Vz.ru unter Berufung auf kurdische Medien am Mittwoch.
Mehr als 100 Lastwagen und militärische Kraftfahrzeuge brachten in zwei Etappen Waffen aus dem Irakischen Kurdistan in die syrische Stadt Al-Hasaka. Darunter waren Gewehrgranatwerfer, Panzerabwehrwaffen, Gewehre und Geländewagen „Hummer”.Dies ist bereits die zweite US-Waffenlieferung für die syrischen Kurden innerhalb der letzten zwei Monate.
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MESOP HEADLINE : DONALD T. THE OPTIMIST / About Manchester
|“I will call them from now on losers, because that’s what they are.”
|President Trump used the playground epithet to describe people like the Manchester assailant in condemning the attack. It is likely to figure prominently in upcoming conversations in Europe as he continues his first overseas trip in office after leaving the Middle East. www.mesop.de
MESOP NEWS : RARE PRO TRUMP COMPLIMENT BY WASHINGTON POST TODAY
By Kathleen Parker – WASHINGTON POST
Melania and Ivanka Trump show the world what feminine power looks like
Bareheaded and beautiful, they made a lasting impression on Saudi women. www.mesop.de
MESOP NEWS : TRUMP’S OATH IN JERUSALEM – Trump vows Israel won’t be destroyed on his watch
By Tovah Lazaroff – Jerusalem Post – May 24, 2017 02:18
“I am pretty confident that gradually the world will recognize Jerusalem as its capital.” – President Trump Gives Remarks at the Israel Museum
US President Donald Trump’s personal pledge to protect Israel from its enemies, particularly Iran, won him the hearts of his audience during his keynote speech at the Israel Museum on Tuesday afternoon.
“Israelis have experienced firsthand the hatred and terror of radical violence,” Trump said.ISIS targets Jewish neighborhoods, synagogues and storefronts. And Iran’s leaders routinely call for Israel’s destruction. Not with Donald J. Trump, believe me.”
Thunderous applause greeted his words. It lasted for almost a full minute. www.mesop.de
MESOP NEWS “WESTERN CRAZE” : THE HANGMEN AS “REFORMERS!” (PLEASE DISTRIBUTE!)
8 Prisoners Executed a Week After Presidential Elections in Iran
ERBIL – 24 May 2017 – MESOP NEWS – Only a week after the presidential elections in Iran, eight prisoners were executed across Iran. According to human rights sources, executions against at least eight death row inmates in prisons in Ardabil, Tabriz, Kermanshah and Baluchistan cities across Iran were carried out on Tuesday, May 23.
Hengaw human rights organization reported that Mehrdad Askari, 33, a Kurdish national from Humaili city of Kermashah was executed on Tuesday. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86013
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MESOP TODAYS “SERIOUS STORY”: An Innocent Kurdish Man Held Hostage in the Netherlands
May 17, 2017 by Sheri Laizer in EKURDNET – A Prison Visit With Kurdish Entrepreneur, Huseyin Baybasin. An Innocent Man Held Hostage
Sheri Laizer visited Hüseyin Baybaşin, held hostage in Holland for the past twenty years with Turkey having blackmailed the Dutch over the ‘Demmink Dossier’ and the intended quashing of Kurdish foundations. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86003
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
MESOP NEWS COMMENTARY : ERDOGAN COUNTRY OUT OF ORDER
Turkey is Missing Out on an Opportunity to Integrate Syrian Refugees & Revive its Economy / THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL
By Saleem al-Omar – Saleem al-Omar is a freelance journalist who has written for Al-Jazeera, Alquds Alarabi Newspaper, Arabi 21, and Syria Deeply.
20 May 2017 – The victory of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the constitutional referendum held on April 16 spurred great enthusiasm among the Syrian population in Turkey, who hoped that the AKP would use the victory to also help the Syrian refugees. However, the government has not taken any steps to improve the lives of Syrians. Recent news of a restaurant employee pouring hot water on a Syrian child standing outside a diner caused a major uproar. The child was rushed to the hospital and the employee was fired, but she was later released from the police station after claiming that she acted at the request of the customers. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86005
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP NEWS : THE IRAQ LIBERATION ARMY ! / READ FULL REPORT
IRAQ: The Interior Ministry announced it will launch an investigation into an elite Iraqi security unit after a news photographer embedded with the unit reported that he witnessed rape, torture, and killing of suspected Islamic State militants (AP). Read full report
MESOP NEWS : THE REAL LIFE TOGETHER WITH KURDS ALL AROUND / AFTER ISIS
Boundary Between Iraq, Kurdish Territory Divides Communities
By Balint Szlanko – 2017-05-22 16:02 GMT – (AP) — As Omar Rashad’s combine clutters down the barley field in northern Iraq, the farmer shields his eyes from the scorching sun and points at the tall berm at the end of his land, just past a cluster of agricultural buildings. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86007
MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER : Independence of Iraqi Kurdistan likely ‘not if but when’, says U.S. general – U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart
24 May 2017 – WASHINGTON,— An Iraqi Kurdish push for independence from Baghdad appears likely to be a question of “not if but when,” in a significant challenge to Iraq’s stability, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday. The main Kurdish parties in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region announced in April a plan to hold a referendum on independence this year, after the defeat of Islamic State militants.The DIA’s director, Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, told a Senate hearing that the ability of Iraq’s Kurds to reach an understanding with the Shi’ite-dominated government in Baghdad would be essential to avoid renewed conflict.
“Kurdish independence is on a trajectory where it is probably not if but when. And it will complicate the situation unless there’s an agreement in Baghdad,” said Stewart, whose role is to provide intelligence assessments and not to craft U.S. policy. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86011
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP NEWS “QUITE NEW!” : WITH GREEN LIGHT FROM TRUMP & PUTIN JOINT TALKS IN SYRIA ?
UN Envoy: All Syria Parties Agree to Talks on Constitution
By Edith M. Lederer – 2017-05-23 16:29 GMT – (AP) — For the first time, all parties to Syria’s conflict — including the divided opposition — have agreed to take part in expert talks to help lay the foundation for a new constitution, the UN special envoy for the country said Monday.Staffan de Mistura told the Security Council in a video briefing from Geneva he is also pleased that all parties were receptive to a seventh round of political talks, which he intends to hold sometime in June. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86020
Syria Regime Says ISIS ‘Minister of War’ killed
Asharq Al-Awsat English3 hours ago 48 – 24 May 2017 –Syrian forces said on Wednesday they had killed ISIS’ “minister of war” among other senior figures in the terrorist organization in operations in northern Syria.
A Syrian source cited by regime media identified the war minister as Abu Musab al-Masri, without saying exactly when or where he was killed. He was named among 13 senior ISIS figures killed in Syrian operations east of the city of Aleppo. www.mesop.de
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)
MESOP NEWS Iran Daily: Top Official in Moscow for Syria Talks
By sCOTT lUCAS – EAWORLDVIEW – 24 May 2017 – The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, conferred with senior Russian officials in Moscow on Tuesday over the Syrian crisis. Shamkhani met his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, with both men pledging continued support for the Assad regime as they discussed intelligence-sharing and coordination of military and diplomatic efforts. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=86022
THE GERMAN CHAPTER
MESOP NEWS SIGNAL FLASH : TRUMP FAVORS INDEPENDENT KURDISTAN !
US-General: Unabhängiges Kurdistan nur Frage der Zeit
24 Mai 2017 – dpa – Für US-General Vincent Stewart ist die Unabhängigkeit Kurdistans als eigener Staat »nur eine Frage der Zeit«. Das hat der Chef des US-Militärgeheimdienstes am Dienstag in einer Anhörung des Militärausschusses des US-Senats gesagt. In der Anhörung zeigte sich Stewart auch kritisch gegenüber der irakischen Armee. Die sei unterbesetzt, schlecht trainiert und systematisch korrupt. Kurdische Sicherheitskräfte hingegen würden vermutlich auch in Zukunft erfolgreich ihr Territorium gegen islamistische Aufständische verteidigen können. Am Montag hatte sich Masrour Barzani, Präsident der irakischen Kurden, mit dem Ausschussvorsitzenden John McCain und seinem Stellvertreter Jack Reed getroffen. www.mesop.de
MESOP MULTICULTURE : “LÜGT NICHT ! IHR WOLLT DOCH KAPITULIEREN!
„Wir wollen nicht kapitulieren“
24 May 2017 – FAZ – Die Schwimmbad-Saison geht los. Matthias Wörner vom Waldschwimmbad in Offenbach über den Kampf gegen Spanner mit Smartphones, Gäste mit Fußfesseln – und Bademeister, die abends Angst haben, das Schwimmbad zu verlassen. Mehr Von Sebastian Eder
MESOP NEWS : BEVOR ERDOGAN MILITÄRISCH ZU PUTIN WECHSELT – GRENZT ER DIE WIENER AUS DER NATO AUS
Türkei grenzt Osterreich aus Nato aus
FAZ 24 Mai 2017 – Österreich wird voraussichtlich auf Betreiben der Türkei bis auf weiteres aus neuen Nato-Partnerschaftsprogrammen ausgeschlossen. Am Dienstag wurde kurz vor dem Nato-Gipfel eine Regelung gültig, wonach die Programme für alle anderen Teilnehmer der
„Partnerschaft für Frieden” (PfP) wiederaufgenommen werden können, für Österreich aber nicht.
Syrian forces said on Wednesday they had killed ISIS’ “minister of war” among other senior figures in the terrorist organization in operations in northern Syria.
A Syrian source cited by regime media identified the war minister as Abu Musab al-Masri, without saying exactly when or where he was killed. He was named among 13 senior ISIS figures killed in Syrian operations east of the city of Aleppo.