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25. Mai 2015, 09.46 Uhr:

PKK versus PDKI

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Gestern kam es zu bewaffneten Zusammenstößen zwischen Einhieten der PKK und der Demokratischen Partei Kurdistans - Iran (PDKI), dei denen zwei Peshmerga der iranisch-kurdischen Organisation getötet wurden:

At least two members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) were killed on Sunday in clashes with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on the Iran-Iraq border, a KDPI spokesman said.

Mohammad Saleh Qadri claimed a group of PKK fighters had attacked the KDPI peshmerga in the mountainous region. The PKK had previously insisted that the rival group leave the area around the villages of Kelashin, Khenela and Saqar.

“The clashes are continuing,” Qadri told Anadolu Agency. “The PKK want us to leave the area but we determined to establish military center there because our martyrs’ cemeteries are there.”

The KPDI was established in 1945 to fight for Kurdish rights in Iran.

Ein Sprecher der PDKI warf der PKK vor, vom Iran unterstützt zu werden und im Auftrag Teherans zu handeln.

“We strongly suspect there was a coordination between the Pasdaran and the PKK to attack the KDPI,” Sharafi told Rudaw in a live interview Sunday from the group’s headquarters in Koya, Kurdistan region.

“We also suspect that the Iranian Pasdaran disguised as PKK guerillas fought our troops,” Sharafi said.

Meanwhile, in a strongly worded statement on Sunday the KDPI condemned the attack and called PKK actions “treason against the Kurdish struggle” and “serving the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Die PKK weist diese Vorwürfe zurück, nachdem sie anfangs die Zusammenstöße ganz geleugnet hatte.

Auch in Kurdistan fordert der regionale Konflikt zwischen Iran, Saudi Arabien und der Türkei seinen Tribut. Während die PKK und die Patriotische Union Kurdistans (PUK) als Verbündete des Iran gelten, pflegt die Demokratische Partei Kurdistans (KDP) enge Beziehungen zur Türkei.

24. Mai 2015, 12.49 Uhr:


von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Zahlen, die für sich sprechen:

From Death to Death,” a report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), finds that 2,157 Syrian nationals have drowned off the coast of Libya en route to Europe since the outbreak of an uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. According to SNHR, over 75 percent of those who drowned have been women and children.

The report finds that the number of refugees from Syria has now reached 5.8 million, equal to more than a third of the country’s population according to 2011 figures.

The vast majority of Syrian refugees are hosted by neighbouring countries including Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, which this year became host to the world’s second-largest population of refugees.

Relatively small numbers of Syrian nationals have reached Europe – the latest European Union figures show that just 150,000 Syrians have sought political asylum within its borders since 2011.

24. Mai 2015, 10.43 Uhr:

Wie Ramadi fiel

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Ein kurdischer Offizier der irakischen Armee erklärt, warum Ramadi an den Islamischen Staat fiel, der inzwischen militärisch stärker sei als zu Beginn des “War on Terrors", warum die US-Luftwaffe versagt hat und warum es völlig unrealistisch ist, zu glauben, dass Anbar zurück erobert werden könne.

All das klingt leider wesentlich überzeugender, als die offiziellen Statements aus Washington, wo man lieber irgendwas von Sandstürmen und taktischen Rückzügen erzählt, während jetzt bekannt wird, dass es während des Sturmes des IS auf Ramadi gerade einmal vier Luftangriffe des US-Airforce gab.

At times, ISIS targeted the Iraqi Army and police with 25 car bombs, yet our forces managed to fight back and repel the attacks.

But this time there was a major betrayal by the Special Operations command. This command was formed by the Americans during [former] prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and they carried the latest advanced weapons.

Two days prior to the ISIS attack we had accurate information that the Special Operations had packed up and abandoned their base in Ramadi. (…)

Last year, the Iraqi army had 15 divisions and some of the best weapons and was in charge of Mosul and Tikrit, yet it couldn’t take back 10 percent of Anbar that was out of control. How can it retake this province with Mosul and Tikrit gone?

The ISIS of now is different from that of a year ago in terms of fighting tactics, arms and devotion.

About five days before the attack on Ramadi I had intelligence that 400 armed vehicles had entered Iraq from Raqqah through the Qaim border crossing. Their plan was to deploy 200 vehicles to Tikrit and the other 200 to Ramadi.

I informed my superiors of the ISIS plan and suggested they be taken out by airstrikes on the road but that didn’t happen and the convoys reached Anbar and Tikrit.

Within hours of their arrival 24 car combs attacked us. This means foreign suicide bombers had come to Anbar from Syria. That day, however, ISIS couldn’t advance. The next day they sent 30 suicide bombers into our defense lines.

An enemy that can prepare 50 suicide bombers overnight, isn’t a joke.

I don’t think all the airstrikes and attacks on ISIS in the past year and half have degraded any of the ISIS capacity. In fact, ISIS is getting stronger and has weapons that we don’t have.

ISIS now poses a 70 percent threat to the capital Baghdad and all the Shiite militia could do is to prevent the army from pulling out. I don’t think they can take back any territory from ISIS.

23. Mai 2015, 12.50 Uhr:

Alltag der Barbarei

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Ein paar Ereignisse der letzten Tage aus Syrien und dem Irak. Ganz unvollständig. Natürlich fallen derweil auch weiter  barrel bombs, wird gefoltert, vergewaltigt und getötet …. sind erneut tausende neuer Flüchtlinge unterwegs, schließen den Millionen sich an, die schon geflüchtet sind.

Notizen also aus dem Alltag der Barbarei:

Vor kurzem kam eine neue Ausgabe des Hochglanzmagazin des Islamischen Staates Dabiq auf den Markt. Darin lobpreist die Organisation erneut ihre Praxis, yezidische Mädchen in die Sexsklaverei zu zwingen:

Saby (taking slaves through war) is a great prophetic Sunnah containing many divine wisdoms and religious benefits, regardless of whether or not the people are aware of this. The Sirah is a witness to our Prophet’s (sallall’hu ‘alayhi wa sallam) raiding of the kuffar. He would kill their men and enslave their children and women. The raids of the beloved Prophet (sallall’hu ‘alayhi wa sallam) convey this to us. Ask the tribes of Bani al-Mustaliq, Bani Quraydhah, and Hawizin about this.

O religions of kufr altogether, we have indeed raided and captured the kafirah women, and drove them like sheep by the edge of the sword. And glory belongs to Allah, to His Messenger, and thebelievers, but the hypocrites do not know!

Derweil hat der IS Ramadi im Irak eingenommen und Palmyra in Syrien, wo das Enthaupten gestern losging. Damit kontrolliert der IS jetzt 50% Syrien, während die von Al Qaida angeführte Army of Conquest in Idlib Fortschritte macht.

In Palmyra, wo das Regime eines seiner berüchtigen Gefägnisse unterhielt, kamen derweil einige Gefangene des Assad Regimes frei. Sie saßen dort seit Dekaden:

Lebanese nationals arrested by Syria during the Lebanese Civil War and imprisoned in Palmyra’s infamous prison have reportedly been freed amid ISIS’ takeover of the historic heritage city.

Lebanon’s MTV reported Thursday morning, hours after the fall of the city, that 27 Lebanese had been freed from the facility, known commonly as Tadmor Prison after the Arabic name for the ancient town.

Es ist dasselbe Gefägnis, in dem Berichten Überlebender zufolge, mit denen ich im April in der Türkei gesprochen habe, in den 80er Jahren die Wirkung von Giftgas an Häftlingen getestet wurde.

Und im Irak einigt man sich nun, dass es die schiitischen Milizen Ramadi “befreien” sollen. Über deren Anführer schreibt der Spiegel heute:

Die meisten schiitischen Milizen kämpften schon in Iraks letztem Bürgerkrieg (ungefähr 2005 bis 2007) - allen voran Hadi al-Amiri. Der Chef der Schiiten-Milizen-Allianz war vier Jahre lang Verkehrsminister in der letzten Regierung von Nuri al-Maliki.

Doch berüchtigt ist er für seine Rolle während des Bürgerkrieges. Eine US-Diplomatendepesche von 2009, die auf Wikileaks veröffentlicht wurde, hält über Amiri fest: “Eine seiner bevorzugten Methoden des Tötens soll es sein, mit einer Bohrmaschine die Schädel seiner Gegner anzubohren.” Amiri soll die Ermordung von Tausenden sunnitischen Zivilisten angeordnet haben.

In einem Bericht über Menschenrechtsverletzungen im Irak im Sommer 2014 hielt die Uno-Menschenrechtsbehörde über die schiitischen Milizen fest: “Diese Kräfte haben außergerichtliche Hinrichtungen, Folter, Entführungen und Vertreibungen von einer großen Anzahl von Menschen begangen - und dies straffrei.”

Im September 2014 wüteten die Schiiten in der Stadt Amerli: Sie brannten Häuser von geflohenen sunnitischen Zivilisten nieder, plünderten ihre Geschäfte und verwüsteten mindestens 47 mehrheitlich sunnitische Dörfer, berichtete die Menschenrechtsorganisation Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Was ist das Ziel der Schiiten-Miliz? “Die demografische Zusammensetzung von Iraks traditionell bunt gemischten Provinzen Salah al-Din und Kirkuk zu verändern", schrieb HRW - man könnte es auch als ethnische Vertreibungen bezeichnen.

22. Mai 2015, 10.02 Uhr:

Cui bono?

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Profitiert eigentlich außer dem Islamischen Staat irgendwer vom Fall Ramadis? Gar der Iran und die von ihm angeführten Milizen, die in letzter Zeit ein wenig in Verruf geraten waren?

Eine Antwort:

In a private meeting in Baghdad that media were not privy to, members of the Anbar provincial council also voted on whether they should allow the Shiite militias to enter Ramadi. The council members concluded that they had no other option – the government security forces did not seem capable of defending the city and the militias now appear to be the strongest military force in the country.

Now there remains only one problem: the conditions that some of the Shiite militias, especially those who appear to have closer ties to Iran than to the Iraqi government, will impose if they are to go back to fighting. The leaders of these kinds of militias – including Hezbollah in Iraq, the League of the Righteous and the Badr Brigades – had been having an increasingly testy relationship with al-Abadi. Now they’re in a more powerful position and more likely to get their way on requests like immunity from prosecution during this crisis. (…)

There are also reports of secret meetings taking place, bringing together Iraqi officials, US officials and the leaders of the Shiite militias. If what seems to be happening really is – that is, the meetings are being held to draw up battle plans and coordinate different parties in the fighting – this could be the first time that the US cooperates openly with the Shiite militias in the ongoing fight against the IS group.

Einer der Führer dieser Milizen wird so vorgestellt:

The militias’ operational head, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, was listed as a “specially designated global terrorist” by the US after he spearheaded some of the deadliest assaults on US troops after the invasion. “He’s basically a fully paid up member of the Revolutionary Guard in Iran,” said Michael Knights, an Iraq expert and fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Und ein anderer stellt klar:

“You have to remember,” he went on, “ultimately when we work, we don’t work for government. We work for God.”

22. Mai 2015, 00.29 Uhr:

Comical Command

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Erinnert sich noch wer an den irakischen Informationsminister, Baghdad Bob bzw. Comical Ali, dem eine ganz eigene Webseite gewidmet ist? Wie er 2003 etwa  von großen Erfolgen der irakischen Armee in den Nähe von Basra berichtete, als die US-Truppen gerade den Flughafen von Bagdad einnahmen?

Hätte man noch ein wenig Humor übrig angesichts der Katastrophen im Irak und Syrien, man könnte eine ganz ähnliche Seite heute fürs US-Central Command einrichten.

Da hieß es etwa im Februar:

A major offensive to retake Iraq’s second-largest city from Islamic State militants is tentatively planned to begin in April or May and will involve 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi troops, a U.S. Central Command official said Thursday.

The Mosul offensive would be the most decisive ground battle of the Iraq campaign against the Islamic State, which has seized large swaths of the country.

Ein paar Monate später ist Mosul noch immer fest in der Hand der Jihadisten, dafür aber auch Ramadi, die Hauptstadt der Anbar Provinz vor den Toren Bagdads. Aber nein, die ist nicht etwa, wie Medien und Augenzeugen berichten, von Isis gestürmt worden, sondern:

Iraqi security forces weren’t “driven from” Ramadi, they “drove out of Ramadi,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

Eigentlich war es auch nicht der Isis, sondern ein Sandsturm, ja ein Sandsturm wars!

Reports indicate that Iraqi security forces drove out of Ramadi – an important provincial capital – during a sandstorm May 16.

Und Mosul, das kann warten. Denn man plant ja einen richtig langen Krieg:

“At the start I said three years,” he said. “That still might be the case, we may be able to achieve our objectives in three years. But I said then, and I reiterate now, that there may be tactical exchanges – some of which go the way of Iraqi security forces and others which go the way of ISIL. But the coalition has all the strategic advantages over time.”

19. Mai 2015, 13.32 Uhr:

Yours Juergen

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Was von Jürgen Todenhöfer - dem German Thinker - zu halten ist, darüber braucht man eigentlich nichts weiter zu sagen.

Hier ein kleiner Emailaustausch zwischen ihm und der Führungsriege des syrischen Regimes, den Now Lebanon zusammen mit einer Unzahl anderer entsprechender Dokumente gerade veröffentlicht hat:

6 December 2011

From: Jürgen Todenhöfer

To: Sheherazad Jaafari (forwarded to Bashar al-Assad)


Dear princess of the Middle East!
> Great idea, let us make Syria the democratic leader of the Arab world and I will spend every free minute there- in the most fascinating country with the most fascinating princess.
> What about our interview with the President? It would be so important to show his motivations and how he really is. Don’t give up!
> I am here under heavy fire, because I wrote some articles and showed together with Julia a tv movie - watched by more than 2 million Germans -trying to be objectif. And saying that he is the only one to find a peaceful way to democratie. In this ” historical hours".
> But time is running out- also for our interview. And it would be such a wonderful opportunity to see you.
> Yours Juergen


16 December 2011

From: Sheherazad Jaafari

To: Bashar al-Assad



I hope you win your tennis game today!! u should be a pro by now :D

so, I met with Ghatfan yesterday. He was pretty happy about jurgen Todenhouver, the German thinker. He said that he influenced the main stream idea about Syria as soon as he got to Germany. He was interviewed a lot and he wrote an article yesterday that was published in 7 main newspapers. He said a lot of positive comments about you as a person and about Syria as a country!!!

I am so happy about this!!!!  (….)

29 January 2012

From: Jürgen Todenhöfer

To: Sheherazad Jaafari (forwarded to Bashar al-Assad)


Hello Princess,

great to hear from you. Freddy  too is fascinated. We all miss you. Give my best regards to your president please. 

Some people in Germany want to kill me because of the interviews I gave concerning Syria. And the treats are very concrete. But they want the killers to put your army uniform on before so that they can blame your governement. Nice-isn’t it? -:)

But this time we should do something really great, something which would destroy the whole strategy of demonisation of the western countries and Al Jazeera. And you know that this is possible only with him. It will his best interview for ever - distrbuted all over the world.

He is the only leader  who can give  your country a modern democratic and stable future without foreign dominance. And this is what we have to make clear to the world. And to your people.

So let us do it. Nothing is stronger than a idea whose time has come. Now time is on our side. So please fight- for him and for your country! Yours Juergen from Cairo

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