Erbil, Baghdad Strengthen Ties in face of IS 06 October 2014

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Erbil, Baghdad Strengthen Ties in face of IS

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Erbil, Baghdad Strengthen Ties in face of Islamic State
It was never impossible to repair the long-strained relationship between the Baghdad and Erbil governments. Compromise had always been available to both parties.
In light of the current threatening situation and the challenges facing Iraq, such solutions are finally helping to put relations between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Baghdad-based Iraqi central government back on track.
The Kurds have welcomed decisions by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to release money to pay the salaries of KRG employees, to de-escalate tensions with Erbil and to pledge to work on permanent solutions to crises.
There have been significant differences between the two sides for a number of years, but these now appear to be dissipating as the forces of the Islamic State (IS) approach the outskirts of Baghdad and Erbil. This mutual threat has prompted the involved parties to re-evaluate their positions to ensure they can respond to this danger.
When IS took Mosul in June, influential political actors, some of them close to the former government of Nouri al-Maliki, tried to take advantage of the crisis to sever relations between Arabs and Kurds, promoting the idea that Mosul had been invaded with the blessings of the Kurdistan region.
Meanwhile, parties in Iraqi Kurdistan tried to take advantage of the IS threat by advocating the declaration of a “state,” believing at the time that IS would only pose a threat to Baghdad.
The truth is that IS’ advances did not represent a logical or good opportunity for making political gains anywhere. As the Iraqi government initially insisted on escalating the situation with the Kurds, the strained relations between Baghdad and Erbil weakened the Iraqi army in the face of IS’ expansion.


Abadi: There is a significant reduction on the ground to Daash

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Monday 06 October 2014 – 10:59

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Alebadiris Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Monday, and the presence of a significant reduction of the organization “Daash” on the ground, while noting that the war with the terrorist organization still exists. Ebadi said in a speech during his visit to camps for displaced people in Sadr City, according to “Alsumaria News”, “our armed forces have long been regained the lead,” he said, adding that it was “in the position it became the offensive.”
He added that “the influence of the terrorist organization Daash shrinking dramatically on the ground, thanks to the efforts of the security forces and the Iraqi Army Aviation and the international coalition,” pointing out that “the war with the organization is still ongoing, and will not end until the victory of the Iraqis to these terrorist organizations.”
He visited Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, on Sunday evening (October 5, 2014), orphanages and the elderly in Baghdad.
The Abadi said, in the October 3, 2014, that the outcome of the battle with the organization “Daash” going with confidence for the benefit of the Iraqi people, adding that “the promise of victory” began to loom on the horizon.
The Iraqi Prime Minister, re-displaced people to their areas of which they were displaced in the nearest time, while noting that the plan “Daash” have become clear for all through sowing the seeds of sedition among the Iraqi people.
He continued, saying, “We want to maintain the cohesion of this diversity between sects and religions, and do not accept the persecution of any minority in Iraq,” and stressed that “Iraq can not be edited without sacrifices and we must stand against these terrorist attack with all hardness.”

Germany renewed its readiness to support Iraq in the face of Daash

altThis came during a meeting between the German ambassador to Iraq and the Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Gen. Babacar Zebari in the latter’s office in Baghdad.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement reported for “Twilight News” The meeting discussed security developments taking place in Iraq, where he spoke German ambassador for his country’s readiness to provide all forms of support and backing of the Iraqi forces, which is locked in a war against terrorists Daash and on behalf of the whole world.

For his part, Mr. Chief of Staff praised the great efforts of the State of Germany and all the countries in the world that stands with Iraq and provide him with the support of military and humanitarian.

He added that thanks to these efforts, “our security forces are able to progress and achieve victories on terrorist groups, which began to flee and narrowing their whereabouts and their funding sources and that the coming days will witness eliminate them and achieve victory.”

Germany provides the Kurdish Peshmerga forces with arms and ammunition is also responsible for training those weapons in Germany and the Kurdistan Region to face the terrorists Daash.

Abadi begins a campaign to purge state institutions of financial and administrative corruption

العبادي يبدأ حملة لتطهير مؤسسات الدولة من الفساد الاداري والمالي

A source familiar with the prime minister, Haydar al-Abadi, began a campaign to purge state institutions of suspicious transactions associated with men of the previous stage, or their children, and cost the state treasury billions of dollars.

The source noted that “the solution to the Office of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, which was the number of its members 500 officers and associate accompanied him to refer all the money allocated to him which is more than half a billion dollars to the state budget where it was kept only 35 element between an officer and a member of the conduct of the military operation in all the hot spots” .The source confirmed that “decisions will be issued after the Eid al-Adha related to refer three senior officers with the rank of the team to retire ranged positions between the Ministry of Defense and Natqah Office of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and the assignment of 130 officers to retire and to investigate the background of military events that accompanied the fall of Mosul, Tikrit and parts of the western regions “.

“The Prime Minister is to prevent the son of one of the senior officials in the Iraqi state from entering the Green Zone because of the manipulation of government contracts and the role of the bad in the command and control work contracts for Iraqi ministries and the receipt of information about the arrival of the so-called portfolio the bank has in the banks and Iraqi banks and the Bank to three billion dollars and is unlikely court ruling against the son in question against the background of corruption charges. “

Britain and France agree to enhance security cooperation against Daash in Iraq

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Agreed British and French governments today to strengthen security and defense cooperation at the European level to meet the threats of the organization Daash in Iraq and the security of Europe and the world.

This came during a meeting of British Prime Minister David Cameron at his office in London with his French counterpart Manuel Valls.

A spokesman for the British prime minister, in a press statement that “the two sides discussed ways to coordinate security efforts between the two countries to address the dangers posed by foreign fighters is through both prevent people from traveling suspects and confront extremism in European countries.”

He pointed out that “Cameron and Waltz also discussed the importance of the exchange of European countries for the best experiences in this field, along with work to convince the members of the European Parliament need to allow governments to exchange of passenger data among themselves in order to address the fighters returning from abroad, particularly from Iraq and Syria.”

The British aircraft have been carried out in 26 of the last month, the first strikes on sites Daash organization in Iraq after obtaining the government of Prime Minister David Cameron on the permission of the House of Commons to launch military strikes against Iraq without Daash in Syria and engage in the international coalition’s efforts in this aspect.

With France leading up to Britain’s entry to this alliance, where French President Francois Hollande on 18 September of the past, “giving the green light for French troops to hit the organization Daash”, stressing that “the process will be limited to air operations in Iraq will not only involved ground forces.”

After declaring Hollande French fighter jets carried out several raids on sites in Daash Alarac.anthy.

Special – close to the family Abadi for Iraq Press: The wife’s father died of Abadi is not his mother

Press Iraq: Baghdad:

A source close to the family Abadi for Iraq Presse today in Baghdad, said the body of the mother-Abadi arrived in Baghdad carried from London where he was deported to the house right in one of the cities north of London, the source added Abadi does not have a funeral and stayed up confined to his family and Almqrbeyen bodyguards of the family, where the man refused distracting the political center in the country measures and decrees take a long time and is now in a “state of war”. The Abadi was staying in Britain for more than 20 years, and fits an Iraqi family living in Manchester, England to argema was staying in London itself.