Σάββατο, 1 Νοεμβρίου 2014

MESOP 01/11/2014



  • Top Iranian Official: Obama is ‘The Weakest of U.S. Presidents’ : Adviser to Iranian president mocks Obama’s ‘humiliating’ presidency (UPDATED)
By Adam Kredo – The Washington Free Bacon – The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon.The comments by Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, come as Iran continues to buck U.S. attempts to woo it into the international coalition currently battling the Islamic State (IS, ISIL, or ISIS).

And with the deadline quickly approaching on talks between the U.S. and Iran over its contested nuclear program, Younesi’s denigrating views of Obama could be a sign that the regime in Tehran has no intent of conceding to America’s demands.
“Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region. Under him the Islamic awakening happened,” Younesi said in a Farsi language interview with Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency. “Americans witnessed their greatest defeats in Obama’s era: Terrorism expanded, [the] U.S. had huge defeats under Obama [and] that is why they want to compromise with Iran,” Younesi said.
The criticism of Obama echoes comments made recently by other world leaders and even former members of the president’s own staff, such as Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Younesi, a former minister of intelligence in the country, also had some harsh comments about U.S. conservatives and the state of Israel.
“Conservatives are war mongers, they cannot tolerate powers like Iran,” he said. “If conservatives were in power they would go to war with us because they follow Israel and they want to portray Iran as the main threat and not ISIS.”
Younesi took a more conciliatory view towards U.S. Democrats, who he praised for viewing Iran as “no threat.”
“We [the Islamic Republic] have to use this opportunity [of Democrats being in power in the U.S.], because if this opportunity is lost, in future we may not have such an opportunity again,” Younesi said.
The candid comments by Rouhani’s right-hand-man could provide a window into the regime’s mindset as nuclear talks wind to a close.
The Obama administration has maintained for months that it will not permit Congress to have final say over the deal, which many worry will permit Iran to continue enriching uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon.
About the potential for a nuclear deal, Youseni said, “I am not optimistic so much, but the two sides are willing to reach results,” according to an official translation posted online by Fars News.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have adopted a much more pessimistic view of Iran’s negotiating tactics, which many on the Hill maintain are meant to stall for time as Tehran completes its nuclear weapon.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.), for instance, wrote a letter to the White House this week to tell Obama his desire to skirt Congress is unacceptable.
“Congress cannot and will not sit idly by if the Administration intends on taking unilateral action to provide sanctions relief to Iran for a nuclear deal we perceive to be weak and dangerous for our national security, the security of the region, and poses a threat to the U.S. and our ally, the democratic Jewish State of Israel,” Ros-Lehtinen wrote.
“If the Administration opts to act in a manner that directly contradicts Congress’ intent, then Congress must take all necessary measures to either reverse the executive, unilateral action, or to strengthen and enhance current sanctions law,” she told the president.
“President Obama does believe that by rewarding Iran and permitting it to do whatever it wants in the region, the mullahs in Tehran will be convinced to compromise,” said Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iranian dissident and associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).
However, “the result has been disastrous: Iran controls 3 Arab capitals (Damascus, Beirut, and Baghdad) and its allies just captured the fourth one (Sana in Yemen) and Iran’s economy has significantly improved,” Ghasseminejad explained.
“Unfortunately, it does not seem that the mullahs reached the conclusion desired by the administration,” he said. “Iranians believe this administration is weak, it has lost its economic leverage over Iran and there is no credible military option on the table. Iran has been rewarded upfront, they now ask for more while are determined to keep their nuclear program intact.”
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MESOP LATEST : Disputes break out among FSA rebels in Kobane

November 1, 2014 – ARA News – Suruc, Turkey – A group of 14 fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA), who entered the city of Kobane two days ago, returned to Turkey after rifts among them concerning distribution of arms, a military source in Kobane told ARA News on Friday.

The source, on the condition of anonymity, pointed out that the FSA group, who were supposed to be responsible for heavy guns of Dushka type in the fight against IS in Kobane, returned back to Turkish territory, after a dispute over the distribution of weapons.
The same source said that Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) intervened immediately to resolve the dispute among the FSA rebels in Kobane. Around 200 FSA fighters entered Kobane through Turkey in the last two days, local sources told ARA News.  In another context, Ismat Sheikh Hassan, head of the Defense Council in PYD-linked Auto-Administration told ARA News on the phone that he expects a high level of coordination between the Peshmerga forces –who came from Iraqi Kurdistan to back kinsmen in the fight against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS)– and the YPG in Kobane.  Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, the civil rights activist Barzan Khalil reported that sporadic clashes broke out on Friday morning, between militants of the Islamic State and Kurdish fighters from the YPG. Meanwhile, the IS group launched mortar fire against several YPG-held neighborhoods in the city. Khalil added that the international coalition’s fighter jets targeted an IS-led military vehicle full of explosives in Kobane on Friday.  

MESOP : ERDOGAN’S WORLD IS UPSIDE DOWN – Erdogan slams world’s support for Kobane, Hollande prevaricates

Reuters/Philippe Wojazer – By RFI – 31 Oct 2014 – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the US and its allies for paying too much attention to the Syrian town of Kobane, where Kurdish forces are fighting the Islamic State (IS) armed group, during a visit to Paris on Friday.”Why are coalition forces continually bombing this town of Kobane?” Erdogan asked at a press conference after meeting French President François Hollande. “We talk about nothing other than Kobane which is on the Turkish border and where there is no one left any more except 2,000 people fighting.”

Erdogan’s government, which has backpedalled on peace talks with the PKK and other Kurdish parties recently, previously prevented Kurds crossing the border to fight in Kobane and some of its critics accuse it of surreptitiously helping IS. Erdogan said this was a “false accusation” and repeated his call for a buffer zone.
Syria protested about the peshmerga entering its territory, describing it as a “flagrant violation of Syrian sovereignty”. Hollande agreed with Erdogan that Kobane was not crucial, saying that the “key town” is Syria’s second scity, Aleppo. But, he added, “even if Kobane has been emptied of its population, it is necessary to provide it with the reinforcements necessary and in this regard, we have faith in Turkey.”* He also accused Baashar al-Assad’s government of having a “strategic alliance” with IS.


Während Dilar Dirik, Vorzeigefrau der PKK, der Zeitschrift “konkret” ein Interview gibt, behauptet sie an anderer Stelle munter, der israelische Geheimdienst Mossad sei an der Entführung Öcalans beteiligt gewesen.

Israel sieht “Dämonisierung” des Mossad

FAZ-Bericht über Beteiligung an Entführung von PKK-Chef Öcalan als “falsch” zurückgewiesen

In Israel zeigt man sich besorgt über die langfristigen Auswirkungen der Entführung des kurdischen Untergrundführers Abdullah Öcalan. Vor allem nach wiederholten Meldungen, der israelische Auslandsgeheimdienst Mossad sei an dessen Entführung aus Kenia beteiligt gewesen.”Leider läßt sich der Eindruck nicht vermeiden, daß die Dämonisierungsbemühungen gegenüber dem Mossad einen neuen Höhepunkt erreicht haben,” kommentierte ein hochrangiger Diplomat im israelischen Außenministerium einen entsprechenden Bericht der “Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung” (FAZ).Die israelischen Medien, deren Geheimdienstexperten sonst meist als erste spektakuläre Aktionen und auch Fehlschläge des Mossad enthüllen, wurden bislang nicht fündig. “Alle Berichte über Mossad-Hilfe an der Entführung Öcalans berufen sich auf Spekulationen,” erklärte ein Ex-Mossad Agent.

“Sie berufen sich auf die Tatsache, daß Israel gute Beziehungen zur Türkei unterhielt. Als ob es dafür nicht gute Gründe gebe, auch ohne Hilfe bei der Entführung.” Die “Identifizierung” eines Mossad-Agenten, der schon bei der Entebbe-Aktion 1976 gesichtet wurde, durch “ägyptische Zeugen” löste in Israel nur noch Kopfschütteln aus.Die isarelische Botschaft in Bonn wies den FAZ-Bericht offiziell zurück. Man sei über den Beitrag verblüfft, hieß es in Botschaftskreisen. Der Bericht sei aus einer fragwürdigen Quelle und erhalte falsche Darstellungen bekannter Fakten.Als Beispiel wurde die Darstellung in dem Bericht genannt, nach der ägyptische Zeugen auf dem Flughafen von Nairobi den israelischen Geheimdienstoffizier identifiziert hätten, der die Befreiung einer entführten El-Al-Maschine 1976 in Entebbe geleitet habe. Bei dem Flugzeug habe es sich jedoch um eine Maschine der französischen Fluggesellschaft Air France gehandelt. Der Einsatz sei von Joni Netanjahu geleitet worden, dem Bruder des israelischen Premiers Benjamin Netanjahu. Er sei bei dem Einsatz getötet worden.Der Pressesprecher der israelischen Botschaft in Bonn wies erneut jede Beteiligung Israels an der Festnahme des PKK-Chefs zurück. In jüngster Zeit seien erfundene Darstellungen über eine israelische Beteiligung erschienen. Diese “unverantwortlichen Berichte” seien nicht nur falsch, sondern auch “eine Dummheit”, da sie die gespannte Lage weiter zuspitzten. Aus diesem Grund sehe man sich gezwungen, gegen die Urheber dieser Berichte vorzugehen. Der Sprecher kündigte an, daß sich die Botschaft heute offiziell bei Verlag und Chefredaktion der FAZ über den Beitrag beschweren werde.Öcalan war Mitte Februar nach offizieller türkischer Darstellung vom türkischen Geheimdienst aus der kenianischen Hauptstadt Nairobi in die Türkei gebracht worden.Trotz des Dementis von israelischer Seite, ist man nicht überall davon überzeugt, daß der Mossad bei der Öcalan-Entführung keine Rolle gespielt hat. So verweisen deutsche Sicherheitskreise auf die enge Zusammenarbeit der Geheimdienste Kenias und Israels. Der Mossad habe bei Ausbildung und Ausrüstung des kenianischen Partnerdienstes entscheidend mitgeholfen und sei personell selbst in Kenia massiv präsent. Außerdem unterhalte der Mossad seit drei Jahren auch eine sehr enge Kooperation mit dem türkischen Geheimdienst MIT. http://www.welt.de/print-welt/article568604/Israel-sieht-Daemonisierung-des-Mossad.html

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