Last days in Middle East – a recap

Lets start with Turkey, the prime minister Erdogan stalls the re-take of Raqqah in Syria. Why? He’s grumpy about US cooperation with YPG, the Kurds. US on the other hand cooperate with forces who have the same objective – to get rid of Daesh. Turkey is angry and frustrated over being powerless in the matter. To them Kurds are terrorists. However, Erdogan can possibly call himself President after the election in the matter April 16. It would increase Mr Erdogans power. He also seem to hold some grudges against Europe (since Turkey not yet been accepter into EU due to human right issues.) and have encouraged all Turks in EU to have at least five children in every family. That would, according to Erdogan, make Europe a continent with Turkish values in the future. The advancing in Syria seem a bit slow. Possibly because of Turkeys ultimatum.

In Iraq civilians are fleeing Mosul in large numbers. The people lack food, water, shoes and everything essential. Iraqi forces is said to be about 600 meters from the  Great Mosque of al-Nuri. A important milestone for the Iraqi army as the mosque is the one from where al-Baghdadi declared the caliphate.

Grand Mosque of al-Nuri
Great Mosque of al-Nuri, Mosul Iraq

4 Israeli military aircraft have been sighted close to Palmyra in Syria. For some reason they’re targeting Hezbollah – not Daesh. And it’s clearly a violation of a sovereign country.

Russia was invited by al-Assad in Syria and are considered the only nation not invading Syria, according to al-Assad.

But there are Canadians on the ground, educating coalition members. And Iranians. I’ve tried to figure out where they are and what they are doing in terms of military aid but no one seems to know. Iranian PressTV interview religious leaders who seem angry at everyone involved in this mess and most of all at Saudi Arabia.

A mosque was hit in al-Jinah and 49 people lost their lives. Al-Quaida according to USA and civilians according to Syria.

It’s so easy for national leaders to interfere and have opinions on things. Blaming each other instead of coming together. There are people that need to be saved. Countries that needs to be rebuild. How hard is that to understand?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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