Citizen bloc wins chairmanship of parliament Financial committee

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Baghdad (AIN) -The parliament Citizen bloc won the chairmanship of the parliamentary Financial committee.

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State of Law bloc wins presidency of eight parliamentary committees

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Baghdad (AIN) -The State of Law bloc won the presidency of the following parliamentary Committees: Law, Economy, Investment, Education, Youth, Sports, Reconciliation, Women, Tribes, Tourism and Accountability.

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Has ISIS peaked? Terror group suffers setbacks in Iraq

CNN) – Is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) finallybeginning to feel the pressure? The first signs are emerging that a combination of coalition airstrikes and more assertive Iraqi and Kurdish forces are forcing ISIS to change its behavior, and inflicting serious losses of both territory and fighters.

Analysts tell CNN it is too early to say ISIS has “peaked.” It controls vast areas of northern and western Iraq, as well as much of north-eastern Syria – and exercises draconian authority in areas as far apart as Anbar in western Iraq and Aleppo province in northern Syria. ISIS also continues to pick up endorsements and pledges of allegiance from other jihadist groups, most notably in Libya and Egypt.

But there are signs ISIS is under stress, especially in Iraq, with its lines of communication and resupply disrupted in some areas, key figures targeted in airstrikes, and sources of revenue under threat.

Lauren Squires, a researcher with the Institute for the Study of War who has followed the group closely, says: “ISIS is facing the unhappy experience of losing the element of surprise.”

“Mosul fell in June because no one thought Mosul would fall … ISIS has capitalized on the Iraqi and Western governments not expecting it to be as quick and aggressive as it has been,” Squires told CNN.

Now the group’s strengths and weaknesses are perhaps better understood.

US President Barack Obama said in an interview at the weekend that the next phase of the campaign against ISIS was imminent. “The airstrikes have been very effective in degrading ISIL’s capabilities and slowing the advance that they were making,” he told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“Now what we need is ground troops, Iraqi ground troops that can start pushing them back,” he said, supported by an expansion in the US training and advising mission.

“Afraid to congregate”

Airstrikes by US and coalition aircraft in Iraq (and US strikes in Syria) are often no more than a handful per day, hampered by poor weather and the need to avoid civilian casualties. But the strikes appear to have limited ISIS ‘freedom of movement and destroyed some of its military hardware, as well as oil refineries that are a source of income.

Last week, General Lloyd Austin, who heads the US Central Command, said ISIS “are afraid to congregate in any sizable formation.”

“They know if we can see them, we’re going to Engage them and we’re going to hit what we’re aiming at,” he Told a forum at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

Squires echoes that, saying: “ISIS is exhibiting signs of stress as they seldom move and maneuver in large convoys anymore. We’ve seen pictures of ISIS moving on motorcycles and in single trucks as opposed to the summer when they moved in convoys.”

Recent strikes also suggest Iraqi and coalition targeting is benefiting from better intelligence about the movement of senior ISIS figures. Earlier this week, Iraqi television claimed that an aide to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an air strike on Fallujah, days after the US said it had targeted a convoy of high-profile ISIS figures near Mosul.

ISIS itself has obliquely acknowledged the impact of airstrikes, releasing a video this week about the value of trenches and underground shelters. A fighter in a shelter near Fallujah said: “If airplanes are observed in the sky, the brothers can hide themselves until the airplanes are gone,” according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group.

But airstrikes alone can not prevent it from taking further territory.This is a group that “understands how to implement operational patience,” Squires says. ISIS is also organized on a provincial basis, and local commanders have considerable autonomy, giving it flexibility and the agility to exploit enemy weaknesses quickly.

“Even if intelligence exposes the location of ISIS senior leadership so a targeted attack could kill [leader Abu Bakr al-] Baghdadi, this sort of blow to the organization would actually not stall operations or affect the group’s day-to-day behavior,” she told CNN.

Iraqi forces regroup

The main reason for ISIS ‘swift advance southward through Iraq in the summer was the abject failure of the Iraqi Security Forces to put up any resistance. Bolstered by Shia militia known as Popular Mobilization Units, the ISF is beginning to counter-attack in a few

“Army units backed, and sometimes fronted by Shia militias have undoubtedly acquired some much needed momentum, although ISIS is showing a surprising capacity for defense under pressure,” says Charles Lister, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Doha.

A long-overdue army shake-up appears to be under way.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi Announced Wednesday That 26 Commanders provenance Being fired and 10 more Pushed into retirement – in what many see as the first move Depoliticizing Toward the army.Abadi’s predecessor, Nuri al-Maliki, Had made ​​senior appointments on the Basis of political loyalty rather than professionalism, and bypassed institutional constraints on his power.

A statement on Abadi’s website stressed “the need to restore confidence in the security forces through real action and by combating corruption at the individual and institutional levels.”

It will take time for the results of such an overhaul to show, but the Iraqi army enjoyed a taste of success this week in retaking Baiji, an important oil city of about 200,000 people north of Baghdad, which was seized by ISIS in June. On Wednesday, Iraqi television showed senior officers at the city’s al Fatih mosque – with the whole city apparently freed of ISIS fighters after a weeks-long campaign supported by coalition airstrikes and a drone attack carried out by the Royal Air Force at the weekend.

The recapture of Baiji leaves ISIS ‘main prize, the city of Mosul, vulnerable. While ISIS ‘physical control of Iraq’s second largest city is yet to be challenged, it appears to have serious problems in governing. Water and electricity supplies are sporadic, according to local residents contacted recently by CNN, and food prices have risen dramatically. ISIS is hunting down anyone perceived as a possible source of dissent. One Iraqi journalist contacted by CNN said six colleagues were abducted at the end of October; they have not been seen since.

Not so long ago ISIS was advertising the social services it was providing in Mosul, posting photos showing the “prosperity” enjoyed by residents under the “shade of the Caliphate.” Now the mood is very different, with coalition air strikes around the city pinpointing ISIS convoys and buildings.

Residents told CNN that ISIS had lost many fighters since airstrikes began and was putting pressure on families to provide fresh recruits. They added that ISIS had lost the trust of Mosul residents, and there had been several attacks on militants by newly formed citizens’ “brigades.”

Such anecdotal evidence is not enough to suggest ISIS is on the verge of losing Mosul, but the loss of Baiji “threatens a central corridor of the ISIS caliphate” says the Institute for the Study of War – and could isolate ISIS ‘military areas of operation .

Further north, Kurdish peshmerga forces evicted ISIS from Zumar – an important town between Mosul and the Syrian border – at the end of last month. Kurdish commanders said more than 80 ISIS fighters were killed in the operation, but it took weeks and multiple airstrikes to expel ISIS from the town.

Western Iraq

To the west of Baghdad, ISIS still controls much of Anbar province.A month ago, the group appeared to be closing in on the capital. It had a presence in parts of Abu Ghraib not far from the international airport. There were mortar attacks on the “International Zone” in Baghdad where government offices and embassies are concentrated. ISIS has also held Fallujah and much of Ramadi – the two largest towns west of Baghdad – for most of this year.

However, the landscape has changed somewhat following the recapture by the army and Shia militia of the town of Jurf al-Sakhar in neighboring Babil province. Hadi al Amiri, leader of the Badr Brigade, a Shia Militia That was Heavily Involved in taking, Jurf al-Sakhar, Foreign Policy magazine Told That “With this operation complete, there are no more dangers [posed by the Islamic State] to Baghdad. “

The next town in the cross-hairs is Amriyat-al-Fallujah on the Euphrates River, where pro-government tribal militia are dug in but under frequent mortar attack from ISIS, according to Iraqi sources.If ISIS is repelled from the area, Iraqi forces potentially have a platform from which to push north into Anbar. But if ISIS takes Amriyat, the pressure on the capital will be intensified.

Iraqi efforts to reverse recent ISIS gains in Anbar province should benefit from the arrival there of US trainers and advisers. According to Lauren Squires at ISW, “We assess US forces are at Al-Asad airbase to train Sunni tribesmen for a counteroffensive against Hit,” a nearby town which was seized by ISIS last month with great bloodshed after a local tribe resisted the group.

Squires sees the training mission as a “very tactical solution to a very strategic problem.” Possibly of greater significance is the declaration by the Iraqi government that it will at last begin arming Sunni tribes in the area. Meeting tribal leaders at Al-Asad on Wednesday, the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Salim al-Jibouri, declared: “The arming process of tribes has started today.”

Such promises have been made before, but if effectively implemented could impact the battlefield in Anbar.

The Iraqi government’s dependence on Shia tribal militias – some of which have close links to Iran – may yet turn out to be a double-edged sword. Charles Lister of Brookings says the “Shia militias, both during the US offensive and during today’s counter-ISIS operations, have rarely proven themselves effective offensive units. And when they have, they’ve too often proven liable to involvement in acts of brutality. “

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have documented Both atrocities by some of these Units Popular Mobilization Against Sunnis.

Additionally, says Lister, the Iraqi armed forces have often shown little regard for civilian casualties – “through continued artillery bombardment and the use of their new Russian [rocket launcher] systems.” So winning back territory may be unsustainable if people perceive the Iraqi military as more of an enemy than ISIS.

A determined and adaptive foe

While there may be signs of progress in the campaign against ISIS, analysts point out that it can move easily from waging conventional warfare to guerrilla-style insurgency and terror attacks. This is already evident in Baiji, where a suicide bomber attacked Iraqi forces just after ISIS left the city, and in Baghdad, where almost daily suicide bomb attacks against Shia mosques and markets keep the capital on edge.

The group is prepared to take – and even expects – high casualties in the pursuit of its objectives. Charles Lister describes this as its “millenarian thinking … for ISIS, the idea of ​​throwing dozens and dozens of fighters to their deaths in Kobani is not perceived as such a high-loss move as Western strategists might think.”

ISIS now appears to be committing reinforcements to the assault on Kobani despite their vulnerability to air strikes, apparently seeing victory there as a symbol of its prowess. “It wants to convey to the global jihadist community that it has momentum,” says Squires.

No one expects ISIS to crumble in the face of more assertive Iraqi and Kurdish forces and limited coalition airstrikes. But its days of easy conquest appear to be over, and holding onto its gains present a host of challenges – even if the senior leadership is not hollowed out by airstrikes.

In Charles Lister’s view, “ISIS faces serious long-term challenges, including maintaining its tacit alliances in Iraq and sustaining an ability to provide enough service to civilians as to ensure a necessary level of acceptance.”

William McCants, Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, says ISIS – in declaring a Caliphate and the creation of the Islamic State – has much to lose when it has to retreat. “Take away the state’s territory and expose its brutality and rapaciousness, and you discredit the standard bearer of the idea,” he writes in Foreign Affairs. “You may even discredit the idea itself.”

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Kurdistan Parliament describes the Erbil – Baghdad as “necessary and good,” and the staff of the region are demanding the approval of the budgets of the current year and next

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Long-Presse / Erbil

Vice in Kurdistan Parliament, on Friday, Baghdad convention – Erbil as “important and necessary” to address the outstanding problems, and among the implementation of terms of the agreement will accelerate an end to the economic crisis in the region, the citizens of the region called for the adoption of the budgets for 2014 and 2015 as soon as possible.

He said the Kurdistan Regional Parliament member Mahmoud Salar in an interview with the (long-Presse), “The Convention, which took place between the oil minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi and the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani, on Thursday, important and necessary to begin to address the outstanding problems.”

Mahmoud said that “the total allocated for the salaries of the staff of the Kurdistan region of the amount estimated 850 billion dinars a month,” noting that “the implementation of the terms of the agreement will accelerate in the end the economic crisis experienced by the Kurdistan region because of the region cut allocations since the beginning of the year to now.”

For their part, counting staff in the region in reports broadcast media Kurdish and seen by the (long-Presse), the Governments of the region Agreement and the center as a “good step”, demanding the “Exchange 2014 and 2015 budget as soon as possible because the staff are living in an economic crisis that has affected all aspects of their lives “.

Employees called to “accelerate regardless of salaries and the implementation of provisions of the Convention to address the economic crisis, which affected most of the segments of the Kurdish community.”

A spokeswoman for the Department of State Jennifer Sacchi, announced on Friday, welcoming her agreement the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, noting it “an initial step towards resolving all outstanding problems between the two sides.”

The oil minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, announced Thursday, agreed with the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government to the Federal Government to transfer $ 500 million for the region, and among that the agreement ensures that the provincial government put 150 000 barrels of crude oil per day at the disposal of the federal government, said The head of the provincial government will visit Baghdad at the head of a delegation to develop a “comprehensive” and constitutional solutions to resolve outstanding issues.

The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani, Wednesday, (November 12, 2014), that the door is open a dialogue with the central government to reach an agreement and a mechanism for the non-recurrence of cutting the budget and salaries November Territory staff, as expressed optimism forthcoming visit to the oil minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi to Erbil.

The Council of Ministers of Iraq’s Kurdistan region honest, Wednesday, (November 12, 2014), on the legal Kurdistan company for exploration and production of oil and fund oil and gas revenues in the region, and in what was described Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani hosted by the deputy Qubad Talabani in the region’s parliament session as “positive and fruitful.” , pointed out that he has reviewed the Ministry of Natural Resources plan to find a solution to the current financial crisis and the budget and staff salaries by oil revenues.

It is noteworthy that the former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, instructed to cut the budget of the Kurdistan region since the beginning of the current year 2014, including staff salaries, against the backdrop of the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil.

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The opening of the tenth session of the International Exhibition of Sulaymaniyah 2104

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The opening of the tenth session of the International Exhibition of Sulaymaniyah 2104
On the land of fairs in Taslojh area off events international Sulaymaniyah gallery edition of the tenth, and last four days and was attended by more than 140 Arab and international and local from various countries of the world company, and included exhibits in which the tools of agricultural and industrial heavy and light equipment and medical supplies, food, construction materials and equipment, health supplies, as well as Popular Products and Offers various means of communication, where the exhibition .. Behrouz Mohammed Saleh, Governor of Sulaymaniyah opened and attended by a large audience of citizens ..
Azad Abdul Qadir supervisor of the exhibition told PUKmedia: We are pleased today to inaugurate the ten session of the International Exhibition of Sulaymaniyah, despite the circumstances that we are experiencing, we as traders Sulaymaniyah decided to contribute to the opening of this industrial and investment trade fair to be a magnet for visitors and investors .. and the number of participants in the exhibition of 140 Arab and foreign and local company and the provinces of Iraq, including the companies and facilities and the Iraqi Ministry of industry, as well as the participation of companies from China and the United States, Iran, Turkey and Arab Republic of Egypt, Jordan and other countries in addition to local companies in Sulaymaniyah, offices and branches, and offered in food products, health and construction industries, heavy agricultural equipment and clothing and Alxssuarat antiques and agricultural seedlings and Cabinet, timber and ready-made pools and modern handicrafts and many other products and modern cars and vehicles that are used in industrial fields and lighting devices and equipment with clean energy ..

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Top Shiite cleric in Iraq expresses the hope “that the cast motionless officials appropriate response from those countries.”

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Confirmed Shiite cleric in Iraq, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that the external Iraqi politicians to move towards the neighboring countries the right step in the relations, in reference to the Iraqi-Saudi relations.

Sistani said in a Friday prayer sermon, read by his aide, Sheik Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalai, in the city of Karbala that “political officials move toward neighboring countries to open a new page of understanding and the restoration of relations in order to solve the problems of Iraq and the region.”

He expressed “hope that the cast motionless officials appropriate response from those countries.”

Parliament also called for the speedy adoption of the budget for the next year, 2015, stressing at the same time on the face of declining financial revenue by showing flexibility and overlooked some of the demands.

And on the decision of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi dismissal of about thirty officers from the military establishment, Sistani expressed the hope that the decision is a step to reform the military system, while stressed the need for concerted efforts to fight corruption and adopt a professional building state institutions.

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Abdul-Mahdi: Baghdad and Erbil agreement will ensure recovery of the money that we lost to the Treasury and the logic of mutual profit will double profits

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Said Oil Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, on Friday, that the agreement between Baghdad and Erbil does not constitute a “final solution” to the outstanding issues, but is the “beginning” of the broad comprehensive, just and constitutional between the two solutions, and as he emphasized that the agreement if it has been applied and developed will ensure the restoration of tens of billions of dollars defeat by Iraq during the 2014 to the Treasury, confirmed that the logic of “mutual profit” will double the value of profits “unforeseen and direct” and will increase the benefits of shared benefits flowing in the interest of the whole country.
Said Oil Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said in a statement about the recent agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government received (long-Presse) a copy of it, “After extensive consultations, and in implementation of paragraph 17 of the government curriculum, which requires resolving the outstanding differences between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government and necessitated by the mutual obligations , it was agreed with the Government of the Territory to start by first steps to rebuild confidence and resolve differences in a comprehensive, just and constitutional. ”
Abdul-Mahdi said that “the crisis constituted a threat to the economic, security and political and national unity of interests, and this has been agreed by the federal government transferred $ 500 million to the Government of the Territory with the Government of the Territory put 150 thousand barrels of crude oil per day at the disposal of the Federal Government.”
Abdul-Mahdi said that “the federal government and the Government of the Territory had been reached in 2014 and the years before that, in many times, the agreements did not find their way to the application, or applied for a short time and then stopped.”
The Minister of Oil, “Perhaps another attempts what was agreed upon at a joint meeting between the two sides in the Minutes (21 April 2014) requires” direct pumping oil produced from the region by 50 thousand barrels through the Iraqi-Turkish line and (50) A. barrel through the production system in the Zab region. ”
And between Abdul-Mahdi said that “the correspondence continued between the parties in this regard, and almost up to the result, but high uncertainty, and the accumulation of requirements and accounts unilateralism, led to the stoppage permanently in the (8 July 2014), according to the official books,” he said, adding that “the difference in the 2014 led to the Iraqi treasury loss of oil production and exports from the region and to the loss of territory to collect the dues from the general budget in addition to the loss of production from Kirkuk, starting in March 2014 “.
However, Abdul-Mahdi, saying, “It is here necessary to restore an atmosphere of trust and mutual cooperation building came, which resulted in the final agreement,” adding, “The 500 million dollars, which will be transferred to the Government of the Territory, and 150 thousand barrels per day, which will be handed over the federal government does not constitute a final solution, not to the issue of mutual benefits, not to the issue of exports and production, but also opens the way for the start of the development of a comprehensive, just and constitutional solutions to all outstanding matters. ”
And Abdel-Mahdi said that “the development of respect for the agreement and development, especially during the visit of Prime Minister of the Territory Government Nechirvan Barzani to Baghdad in the coming days, will ensure re-exports nearly a million barrels of oil per day from Kurdistan and the rights of Kirkuk, north of any of tens of billions of dollars that we lost during the year 2014 (more than US $ 30 billion). ”
Abdul-Mahdi, and pointed out that “these funds we need it the most, especially with the drop in oil prices and the prospect of continuing to decline through 2015,” pointing out that “no matter what the excuses or arguments here or there, but we should appreciate our responsibilities well.”
Iraq’s oil minister said that “the logic of mutual profit adds to unforeseen and direct profits profits unforeseen and indirectly make a million barrels of additional oil per day is not just only the number, but system numbers will double the benefits of shared benefits indirect and invisible to all, which will be channeled to all in the interest of the country and the people Iraq as a whole. ”
The oil minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, announced on Thursday (November 13, 2014), agreed with the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government to the Federal Government to transfer $ 500 million for the region, and among the agreement to ensure that the Government of the Territory put 150 thousand barrels of crude oil a day under the disposal of the federal government, confirmed that the President of the Government of the region will visit Baghdad at the head of a delegation to develop a “comprehensive” and constitutional solutions to resolve outstanding issues.
The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani, Wednesday, (November 12, 2014), that the door is open a dialogue with the central government to reach an agreement and a mechanism for the non-recurrence of cutting the budget and salaries November Territory staff, as expressed optimism forthcoming visit to the oil minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi to Erbil.
The Council of Ministers of Iraq’s Kurdistan region honest, Wednesday, (November 12, 2014), on the legal Kurdistan company for exploration and production of oil and fund oil and gas revenues in the region, and in what was described Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani hosted by the deputy Qubad Talabani in the region’s parliament session as “positive and fruitful.” , pointed out that he has reviewed the Ministry of Natural Resources plan to find a solution to the current financial crisis and the budget and staff salaries by oil revenues.
It is noteworthy that the former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, instructed to cut the budget of the Kurdistan region since the beginning of the current year 2014, including staff salaries, against the backdrop of the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil.

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