Iraqi forces retake most of strategic oil town

In this July 31 photo, a column of smoke rises from an oil refinery in Beiji, some 155 miles north of Baghdad, after an attack by Islamic militants. Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State group recaptured most of the town, home to the country's largest oil refinery, state television and a provincial governor said Tuesday.© AP Photo In this July 31 photo, a column of smoke rises from an oil refinery in Beiji, some 155 miles north of Baghdad, after an attack by Islamic militants. Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State group recaptured most of the town, home to the…BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State group recaptured most of the town of Beiji, home to the country’s largest oil refinery, state television and a provincial governor said Tuesday.

The strategic town, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, will likely be a base for a future push to take back Saddam Hussein’s hometown just to the south, one of the main prizes overrun by the extremists last summer. But troops backed by Shiite militias faced pockets of stiff resistance around Beiji, hindering their advance.

There was no word on the fate of the refinery, which lies on Beiji’s northern outskirts, but the advances in the town could help break the five-month siege of the facility by Islamic State fighters. Since June, a small army unit inside the refinery, resupplied and reinforced by air, has successfully resisted wave after wave of extremist assaults.

Lifting the siege of the refinery, which sits inside a sprawling complex, was likely the next objective in the campaign to rid Beiji of the militants, according to military officials reached in the town by telephone.

Hours after news from Beiji broke, a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a military outpost in the Tarmiyah district north of Baghdad, killing seven soldiers and wounding 13 others, according to police and hospital officials. Those killed included the post’s commander, a major, and two other officers, a captain and lieutenant, they said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but it bore the hallmarks of the militant Sunnis of the Islamic State group. Also, nine people were killed and 24 injured in three separate blasts in and around Baghdad.

State television quoted the top army commander in Beiji, Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, as saying troops recaptured Beiji’s local government and police headquarters at the center of the town. It aired footage taken Tuesday of army tanks and armored personnel carriers moving around the town’s dusty streets and a ball of white smoke rising in the background.

Al-Saadi later spoke to state television by telephone but the line appeared to be cut off after he said his forces were meeting stiff resistance. Three military officials later reached by The Associated Press in the town said the advancing army troops and Shiite militiamen are being slowed down by booby-trapped houses and ambushes.

Raed Ibrahim, the governor of Salahuddin province, where both Beiji and Tikrit are located, said the military had secured about 75 percent of the town as of Tuesday, retaking the center of the town and outlying districts. He said government forces continued to meet fierce resistance from the militants, whom he said were using suicide bombers to stall the military’s advance.

Ibrahim, speaking to the AP by telephone, also said booby-trapped buildings posed an added threat in Beiji.

Neither the military officials nor Ibrahim gave casualty figures for the government forces or the militants.

The officials, however, said the forces had blocked access to Beiji from Anbar province, where militants control vast swaths of land, prior to their assault on the town to prevent militant reinforcements from reaching the city.

The military, police and hospital officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Government officials in Baghdad offered no immediate comment on the news.

The Beiji oil refinery has a capacity of some 320,000 barrels a day, accounting for a quarter of Iraq’s refining capacity. A fire raged for days back in June at one of its storage units, but the refinery is believed to have also suffered major damage elsewhere.

Iraq’s army and security forces have partially regrouped after melting away in the face of the summer’s Islamic State group offensive. In recent weeks, they recaptured a string of small towns and villages, but taking Beiji would be strategically significant in what is shaping up to be a drawn-out campaign of attrition against the extremists.

Recapturing Beiji also would be a major boost for Iraq’s Shiite-led government. Airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition have aided Iraqi forces, militias and Kurdish peshmerga fighters battling Islamic State militants. Hundreds of U.S. advisers and trainers also have been working with the Iraqis.

U.S. Central Command said Monday that coalition aircraft conducted seven airstrikes near Beiji since Friday, destroying three small militant units, a sniper position and two militant vehicles, including one used for construction.

Meanwhile in Syria, U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura repeated his call for a truce in the northern city of Aleppo where rebels still hold large areas, although they are under increasing attack from advancing government forces. De Mistura, who met Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday, said an Aleppo truce could be a step toward a wider resolution of the country’s civil war.

Assad has said the suggestion was “worth studying.”

And in Qatar, ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani warned that U.S.-led airstrikes won’t be enough to defeat “terrorism and extremism” in Iraq and Syria. Speaking to the Gulf nation’s legislative advisory council, he said the policies of Assad’s government and “some militias in Iraq” — a thinly-veiled reference to Iranian-backed Shiite militias — are the most important factors contributing to extremism in the two countries.

Qatar allows U.S.-led coalition forces to use its vast al-Udeid air base to launch airstrikes against IS positions in Syria and Iraq. It also has provided arms and other aid to Syrian rebels, but has come under fire from critics for its support of Islamist groups. Qatar denies the charge.


Associated Press writers Vivian Salama in Baghdad; Qassim Abdul-Zahra in Boston, Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria; Abdullah Rebhy in Doha, Qatar; and Diaa Hadid in Beirut contributed to this report.

lah Rebhy in Doha, Qatar; and Diaa Hadid in Beirut contributed to this report.

Barzani refuses to sell control of Baghdad Kurdistan oil

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Posted       11/11/2014 08:29 AM

Chairman threatened the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq that his government would not allow Baghdad to control the sale of the Kurdistan oil, stressing that if the Kurds did not reach a solution with the federal government Veseljon to other solutions without detection.


Tsriht Barzani came at a joint news conference with his deputy Qubad Talabani evening in the Kurdistan Parliament building after a day devoted to discuss the situation and the problems of the oil sector in the region, the end of the session.

Barzani and added “We will not allow in any way that controlled SOMO on Kurdistan oil,” adding that the export of Kirkuk must be shared between the province and Baghdad.

He predicted that the export of oil up  to the very end of this year to 450 000 barrels per day at the end of 2015 to 800 000 barrels. ”

Regarding the budget, said the prime minister “Baghdad cut the budget without justification and should not be the issue of employees’ salaries as part of the talks.”


KRG: We will not recognize the process to export oil company SOMO

      Tuesday   11   November   2014 | 7:58


President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Barzani said that the process of export of crude oil from the region will not be handed over to SOMO, and that the provincial government and by oil revenues, local revenues will provide the needs of the Kurdistan region, said a member of the Energy Committee for Change, ultra Mustafa Barzani said during Meeting with the President of the Supreme Council for oil and gas in the province, said the province will not deliver oil marketing territory process for the company of the Iraqi State Oil Marketing Sumo, and will continue attempts to address the problems with Baghdad, adding that ‘a delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government will not go to Baghdad by the Iraqi government to send a financial boost for the region ‘, said Mustafa said the Kurdistan Region is soon to deal with financial problems, and that the rate of oil export reached 319 000 barrels per day, and tackle the financial crisis for the region in the final stage


Special / Tamimi: Government austerity drives us to host the finance ministers and the oil and Planning


BAGHDAD – Iraq Press – November 11: revealed interim president of the Finance Committee parliamentary, Magda al-Tamimi, he will soon be in Parliament to host finance ministers and oil and Planning and the Governor of the Central Bank and officials of Customs and Free Zones to see Iraq’s financial strategy of the fact that the next Iraqi government, the year of austerity.


She said Tamimi’s / Iraq Press / that “the central bank warns against the use of hard currency and gold reserves in order to fill some of the country’s investment projects because of austerity because the bank reserves important cover of the Iraqi dinar,” adding that “the purpose of hosting to be made by Parliament and on the face particular the Finance Committee to figure out ways to find a way to increase non-oil revenues of Iraq after the resulting total dependence on oil to create worried Iraq’s financial environment. “


Tamimi and noted that it “would invite everyone to the commitment of the austerity policy and the preservation of public money and called on officials to respect this money to launch and customizations to the extent that actually need it.”

In turn, has ruled out the former deputy head of the Central Bank, the appearance of Mohammed Saleh, said that “resort to the central bank’s reserves of hard currency to cover any investment projects.”

Saleh said L / Iraq Press / “The Central Bank reserves of hard currency to exceed $ 76 billion, and this confirms that it is not capacitive, which enables him to cover for investment projects in the whole of Iraq,” stressing that “the duty of the existence of reserves in the central bank’s hard currency is to work to protect the Iraqi dinar is a cover for him. He believed that “talk about the drag of foreign currency reserves is premature, especially that he contributed to the hard currency that was complete them with the Central Bank in 2012 the order of $ 76 billion and this figure has not changed to this day,” according to his assertion.


He criticized at the conclusion of his speech, “the previous government it did not behave properly oil revenues which recorded large numbers during the past years.” Admiral ended


Sit affiliate for “Daash Foundation” declares the death of “al-Baghdadi”


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announced to organize a sit-in of the so-called institution of “Islamic state” and Almarafo media to “Daash” for the death of its leader, “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” surgeon injured Friday in an air strike impact.

It said in a tweet on her social networking site “Twitter” pursued and published by the Arab media and the world:

“We will release the killing of Caliph al-Baghdadi, and swear allegiance to the new caliph successively”

Crown Crown Prince receives President of the Republic of Iraq

Crown Crown during the reception

Arrived President Dr. Fuad Masum President of the Republic of Iraq, to ​​Riyadh this evening on a visit to the kingdom.
The President was received Riyadh Air Base Airport, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Crown, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Advisor and Special Envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
As he was received by His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region and Mayor of Riyadh Region Engineer Abdullah bin Abdulrahman next and Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Kingdom Ghanim Alwan al-Jumaili and director of the Riyadh region, police Maj. Gen. Saud Abdulaziz Crescent and the commander of Riyadh Air Base in charge of Major pilot Corner Mohammed Saeed al-Ghamdi, and a representative of the Royal Protocol.
Then accept President Dr. Fuad Masum honor guard.
Following that shook hands with the members of His Excellency Iraq Embassy to the Kingdom of His Excellency. Then went to the Royal Protocol Hall.
After that His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President Dr. Fuad Masum accompanied the solemn procession to the Palace of the King.
And includes facilities for Iraqi President HE Foreign Minister Ibrahim Abdel Karim Hamza al-Jaafari, the Minister of Finance, Hoshyar Zebari, HE Interior Minister Mohammed Salem Abdul Hussain and Minister of Planning Salman Ali Hassan and National Security Advisor Faleh al-Faisal Fahd and President of the Presidium of the Republic Naseer Aiv Habib and Undersecretary of State Nizar Issa Abdul-Hadi and director of the delegation Office of the President Nazar Muhammad Saeed, the private secretary of the President of the Republic Dr. Joan Fuad Masum, and Director General of the Presidency of the Republic ceremony Joanne Ali Karim.

Moussawi: exclude the arrival of this week’s budget to parliament for approval

Slyder | 11 نوفمبر 2014 14:03

Treasures Media / Baghdad –

ruled out the MP for the Bloc Hashim al-Moussawi, on Tuesday and the arrival of the draft federal budget bill to parliament for approval this week, expected to be next year’s budget with a deficit estimated at $ 70 billion.

Moussawi said in a statement that “up to now, parliament did not actually receive the revised plan to the draft budget of the federal government, whether in 2014 or 2015 budget.”

He said al-Moussawi said that “the budget today is quite different from the reality of the proposed budget before the tenth of June, on the grounds that the Iraqi state revenues were very large proportion of which depends on the oil sector, and export of oil,

and the oil was produced before the tenth of June, up to three 1.0005 million thousand barrels per day, “noting that” revenue will be from the oil produced by the Iraqi
state, which is up to 2.3 million barrels of oil a day only,

“attributing it to” decrease state revenues by almost one third, as well as having a new problem has become a burden on the budget is down oil prices from $ 112 to approximately $ 86 a global price, and almost the Iraqi oil $ 76,

“he said, adding that” the government sells oil prices are already low for the neighboring countries, due to the security situation that prevailed in the country. “

And between al-Moussawi said “the federal government had formed a committee headed by the Minister of Finance to submit the draft budget to parliament,” he said, adding that “the problem,

the Commission put the final touches on the draft budget law,” pointing out that “Parliament will be fully prepared to discuss this project and approval as soon as possible Perhaps hoping to lift the suffering of the Iraqi citizens, and to be a strong motivation to move the wheel stalled projects due to lack of approval. “

He pointed out that “Send in the budget this week, it may be very unlikely,” noting that “there is a committee of the federal government, headed by the Minister of Finance to put back the 2014 budget and the 2015 budget.”

He noted al-Moussawi said that “the drop in oil prices and the lack of oil exports will reflect negatively on the Iraqi state revenues, and we expect to be a budget for the year 2015 with a deficit of at least US $ 70 billion,

or nearly 70 trillion Iraqi due to lack of Erdat and increased expenses, which will cause a deficit in the federal budget.”

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