Kurds demand long-term solutions to oil dispute after agreement reached with Baghdad

IRBIL, Iraq – Goran Mohammed had just completed his second year of university in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil when he dropped out to help his father run the family grocery store. When that still did not earn the family enough money, the 19 year old was forced to take a second job as a taxi driver.

“I would prefer to stay in school or go fight (against the Islamic State group) with the peshmerga, but my family needs every penny,” he said.

Mohammed’s difficulties reflect that of his region, where the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government has struggled to stabilize the local economy in the face of a militant onslaught and an expensive financial dispute with the Iraqi central government in Baghdad.

Negotiations between the two sides yielded some progress Thursday after Baghdad agreed to release $ 500 million in frozen budget payments. In return, the Kurds will provide 150,000 barrels of oil per day for Baghdad to sell. The dispute, which resulted in a freeze on payments of Kurdistan’s share of the national budget, has had a significant impact on Kurds living in the north – many of whom have not received salaries in months.

But while the cash infusion may provide temporary relief, many here say it is nowhere near enough to stabilize the Kurdish economy amid the Islamic State group insurgency, which has driven more than 1 million people to seek refuge in northern Iraq.

Hiva Mirkhan, a member of the Kurdish parliament and part of the Kurdish parliament’s finance committee, said the $ 500 million will only cover about 71 percent of the overdue government salaries. The other 29 percent, she said, must still be fronted by the Kurdish government.

Baghdad moved to withhold the 17-percent share of the national budget normally earmarked for the Kurdish region – an estimated $ 20 billion – after the Kurds independently shipped oil to Turkey in January without going through the Iraqi Oil Ministry. In May, the Kurdish government went a step further and sold the 1.05 million barrels – worth more than $ 100 million at the time – in Turkey.

Iraq’s Supreme Court in June rejected a request from the central government, under then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, to outlaw direct oil exports from the Kurdistan region – a decision which some Kurdish officials interpreted as a license for further independent sales. The US has supported the Iraqi government’s restrictions on independent Kurdish oil sales but the State Department has yet to intervene in any sale.

The budget payment may have inspired some confidence in Iraq’s new government, led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who has promised a quick resolution to the problem. However, Kurdish officials are looking for a more concrete show of good faith from Baghdad.

“It must be solved systematically,” said Sharko Jawdat, a lawmaker with the Kurdish parliament and member of the oil committee. “There needs to be a legal solution to these problems.”

In recent weeks, however, the battle against the Islamic State group has overshadowed the issue. Tens of thousands of men have left their homes and jobs for the front lines, further adding to the regional economic slowdown.

The Kurds have taken advantage of the chaos to push into disputed territory, including the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, reigniting a decades-old dream of Kurdish independence. Meanwhile, northern Iraq faces an unprecedented burden of providing shelter to more than 1 million people who fled the fighting.

“It’s putting tremendous pressure on the Kurdish government,” said Ali Kurdistani, an independent political analyst in the Kurdish province of Sulaymaniyah. “When you have this many refugees … it affects jobs, since they are also looking for jobs. There are not enough schools for students, there are not enough places to live, and other things like health care and basic services aren ‘t enough. ”

Mario al-Jebouri, who owns a real estate company in Irbil, said property prices have plummeted after being hit by the budget cut and the Islamic State group’s offensive.

“Some developers are selling their properties at a 50-percent lower cost than they were eight months ago,” he said. “The infrastructure projects need a cash injection, which is far greater than $ 500 million (but) the first priority is to have people receive their salaries.”

Still, some are hopeful that Thursday’s agreement will have a positive impact on business.

“We were obliged to decrease the prices because nobody was buying,” said Yassin Ahmed, a salesman at the secondhand market in Irbil. “If the government pays the salaries people will buy more.”

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Parliament reveal the names of the deputies for 6 sessions

11/17/2014 0:00

BAGHDAD – morning
House of Representatives revealed the names of its members absent from parliamentary sessions held in the month of October and the last twenty-sixth session of the current month.
According to a statement of the Council received “morning,” a copy of it, that the names of the MPs who were absent from the meeting held on 10.16.2014 21 are: Mohammed Ali Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, Ahmad Abd al-Hammadi Chaouch, Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Moussa, Ahmed Abdel-Hadi Abdul Hussein Chalabi, Ahmed Attia Ahmed Ali, Ali Habib, but improving, that Abdolreza shower Saad, Bahaa Hadi Jawad Ahmed, Abdul-Khaliq Abdul-Jabbar Hussein Sharif, Abdul Jawad Kadhim chopsticks, Harith Chanchal hip Sinead, Omar Hamed Mutlaq Obeid, Hajim Hossam Ali Hussein, Hassan Halboss Hamza Nassif, Khudair Abbas Hassan Hussein, Hussein Shakir Aziz Jassim, nostalgia Qaddo Mahmoud Ahmad, Khaled Hamad Al Alawi Shihab, Khaled Ali Obeid Jazaa, Khosro Abdullah Ismail unknown, Rehab grace Mktov Khcjor, Rashid Aboud Ibrahim Mohsen, Hamid Kadhim Raad Awad, Risan Dler Mustafa Ali, Rinas Jano Hamad Younis, Salim Juma Mohammed Khader, Serwa Abdul Wahid capable Ibrahim, Saadoun Guillard hilarious accelerator, Salim Ali Shawki Abdel Doyle, Samira Ali Jaafar Mohammed, Salah Amer Muzahim Darwish, Talal Khudair Abbas feast, Zafer Salman Mahmoud Nazim Aisha Ghazal Mehdi Amadan, just Nuri Mohammed Abdullah Al-Mohammad, just gun Shenawa Valley, Abdul Ilah Ali Mohamed Taha, Abdul Rahim Jassim Mohammed Mutlaq, Abdul Aziz Hassan Hussein Hassan, Abdul Aziz Abdul Nour Awad Salman, Abdul Azim Abdul Fattah Mansour Ejman, Abdul Kahar Mahdi Mohamed Hassan, Abdullah Hassan Rasheed intruder, Abdul Hadi return Ismail Yassin, Abdul Hadi Muhammad Taqi Said Hussein, Abboud Wahid Aboud stubborn, Adnan Abdel Moneim Rashid Ali, Adnan Hadi Noor Ali Saeed, Aziz Kadhim Alwan Zoughair, Ali Faisal al-Fahd al-Fayad, Ali Attia blocker Salman, Ali Mohammed Hussein Ali al-Adeeb, high-DIG Abdullah Sheikh Ali, Faris Abdul Aziz Mohammed Ali Taha, Fawzi Hussein Fadel tendon, Kazim Kazim Attia feast, Magda Abdel-Latif Mohammed Ali, a rare Muthana Amin Hussein, Mohsen Saadoun Ahmed Saadoun Mohammed Saadoun Hatem Sehud, Mohammed Abbas Salman Mohammed, Mohammed Kazem for Cash Taher, Mohammed walker Jerry Hassan, Mohammed Nasser Daly Ahmed, Mohammad Taqi Ali Hammouche Kara Mawla, Mahamat Nouri Ahmed Hammoud Abed Rabbo, Mahmoud Daoud Salman Musa, Mutashar Hussein Silverline Yassin, Mehdi Ahmed Hafez, Mason Farooq Saeed Salem, Azghir Najim Abdullah Abdullah.
The statement added that the members of parliament absent from the 22nd meeting, on 10.18.2014 were: Ibtisam Hashim Abdul Hussein Jaber, Mohamed Ali Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, Ahmad Abdul Hadi Abdul Hussein Chalabi, Ahmed Attia Ahmed Ali, governor of Musa Abbas Abbas, Hamid Ahmed Musa Musa, Hassan Khodair Abbas Hussein, Mahmoud Ahmed Qaddo nostalgia, Khaled Hamad Shihab Allawi, Ribawar Taha Mustafa Ahmed, Zahir Yassin Hanash Sultan, Salim Ali Shawki Abdel Doyle, Dhia Najim Abdullah Ahmed, Zafer Salman Mahmoud Nazim, Aisha Ghazal Mehdi Amadan, just Nuri Mohammed Abd Al-Mohammad, Amer Jassim Hussein Ali, Abdul Rahim Mohammed Jassim Mutlaq, Abdul Aziz Hassan Hussein Hassan, Abdel-Aziz Abdel-Nour Awad Salman, Abdullah Hassan Rasheed intruder, Abdul Hadi Muhammad Taqi Hussein Saeed, Adnan Hadi Noor Ali Said Aqil Fahim Hussein Salman, Ali Faisal al-Fahd al-Fayad, Ammar Tohme Abdul Abbas Shenawa, Awad Mohsen Mohamed Radi, Ghazi Faisal Nugrus Matter, high-DIG Abdullah Sheikh Ali, Farah Basil Sharif Aziz, Mazen Sabih apparent Awad, Mohammed Kazem for Cash Taher, Mohammed walker Jerry Hassan, Mehdi Ahmed Hafez, Charter Abdul Kadhim Rahif Hill.
It also pointed to the MPs who were absent from the meeting in 23 10/20/2014 are: Mohammed Ali Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, Ahmad Abdul Hadi Abdul Hussein Chalabi, Ahmed Attia Ahmed Ali, Hamid Ali Iman Zughayyar, Beeston just Louis Ahmed, governor of Musa Abbas Abbas, Condor Highness Haji Khalaf, Hassan Hamid Hassan Hadi, Hassan Turan Bahaa Eddin Saeed Abdullah, Shaker Jassim Hussein Aziz, Sadoun Guillard hilarious accelerator, Salim Ali Shawki Abdel Doyle, Susan Baker Hussein Bakr, Shireen Abdul Rahman Dino Perry, Sadiq Salih Mahdi Sadiq, Azzouz student Shaker Mehdi, Aisha Ghazal Mehdi Amadan, Amer Jassim Hussein Ali, Abdul Rahim Mohammed Jassim Mutlaq, Abdul Salam Abdul Mohsen Aremc Taqi, Abdul Aziz Hassan Hussein Hassan, Abdel-Aziz Abdel-Nour Awad Salman, born Abdul Qader Mohammad Omar, Abdullah Hassan Rasheed Intruder Abdul-Hadi Mohammed Taqi Hussein Saeed, Adnan Rmad Khrnop Obeid, Adnan Hadi Noor Ali Saeed, Aziz Kadhim Alwan Zoughair, Ali Faisal al-Fahd al-Fayad, Ali Mohammed Sherif Mohamed Hassan, Mohammed Awad Mohsen Radi, Farah Basil Aziz Sharif, Mohammed Ali Rican iron, Mohammed Kazem for Cash Taher, Mohammed Hassan Jerry Walker, Mowaffak Baqer al-Kazim Aradh, Media Jamal Mohammed Ali Khan, Yahya Ahmed Faraj Hammadi.
The statement also mentioned the names of the deputies for the 24th meeting, on 28.10.2014 were: Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Moussa, Ahmed Attia Ahmed Ali, Bader stallion Mahmoud Khalil, Ahmed Bahaa Hadi Jawad, Biriwan repairman Abdul Karim Asad, Ahmed Tawfiq Mohi Muheisen, Abdul Jawad Kadhim chopsticks, Hassan Hamza Halboss Nassif, Shaker Jassim Hussein Aziz, Haider Mutlaq Mohammed Abdul-Sahib, Khaled Ali Obeid Jazaa, Khalaf Khalaf Abdul Samad Ali, Zaid Abdul-Karim Suwaydan God, capable Serwa Abdul Wahid Ibrahim, Saadoun Guillard hilarious accelerator, Soran Ismail Abdullah Khadr, Shaalan Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Ali, Salah Darwish Muzahim Amer, Abdul-Karim Mahmoud Hamid, Talal Khudair Abbas demanded a feast, Aisha Ghazal Mehdi Amadan, Nuri Mohammed Adil Abd al-Mohammad, Abbas Jaber Mtioa Shannan, Abbas Musa Hassan Abbas, Abdul-Hussein Buallak unknown, Abdel-Aziz Abdel-Nour Awad Salman, Abdul Azim Abdul Fattah Mansour, Abboud Wahid Aboud stubborn, Adnan Abdel Moneim Rashid Ali, Adnan Hadi Noor Ali Saeed, Ali Mohammed Hussein Ali al-Adeeb, Ali Youssef Abdel Nabi Imran, Faleh Hassan Jassim Al-Mutlaq, Faleh Sari Abdul Washi Ekab, Firat Mohammed Abdul Hassan, Qasim Hassan Sagt, Kazem Attia Kazem feast, to meet Mehdi pink Hamad, Laila Ali Khader Ahmed, Mazen Sabih apparent Awad, an example of Gamal Hussein Ahmed, Mohammed Kazem for Cash Taher, Mohammed walker Jerry Hassan, Mohammed Nasser Ahmed, a deli, a neighbor Mohammed Hamza Abdullah Mohammed, Mohammed Taqi al-Mawla Ali Hammouche Kara, Mahmoud Daoud Salman Musa, Mowaffak Baqer al-Kazim Aradh, Mason Farooq Saeed Salem, Hana Asghar, Mohammad Reza.
The statement to the members who were absent from the parliament session held in 25 10/30/2014 are:
Iariz Abdullah Ahmad Mahmoud, Ahmed Attia Ahmed Ali, Ahmed Bahaa Hadi Jawad, Omar Hamed Mutlaq Obeid, Khudair Abbas Hassan Hussein, Hassan Hamid Hassan Hadi, nostalgia Qaddo Mahmoud Ahmad, the conclusion of Kareem Abdul-Rahman, chewing gum, Salem Abdul Hassan Mattar, Saadoun Guillard Farhan accelerator, Samira Ali Jaafar Mohammed, Mahdi Hussein Salman morning, just Mhodr Radi Mahood, Abdul Rahim Mohammed Jassim Mutlaq, Abdullah Hassan Rasheed Dkhbl, Abdul Hadi return Ismail Yassin, Adnan Hadi Noor Ali Saeed, Adnan Mohsin Hassan Salem, Aqeel Abdul Hussein Sagt Ali Mohammed Sherif Mohamed Hassan, Ali Youssef Abdel Nabi Imran, high-DIG Abdullah Sheikh Ali, Kazim Kazim Attia feast, Kaveh Mohammad born Hoiz, Lama Jawad Kadhim Sultan, for example, Jamal Hussain Ahmed, Mohammed Ali Rican iron, Hatem Mohammed Saadoun Sehud, Mohammed Kazem for Cash Taher, Mohammed Hassan Jerry Walker, Mohammed Taqi al-Mawla Ali Hammouche Kara, Mahmoud Daoud Salman Musa, Nazim Kata Racine Siraj, Azghir Najim Abdullah Abdullah.
This came in a statement the names of the deputies for the 26th session held on 01.11.2014 were: Iariz Abdullah Ahmad Mahmoud, Ibtisam Hashim Abdul Hussein Jaber, Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Moussa, Arshad Rashad Fathallah Abdul Razzaq, Iqbal Abdul Hussein Abu Jerry Almave , victory Hassan Ali Mnge, that Abdolreza Saad shower, Bahaa Hadi Ahmed Jawad, Junaid Mohammed Abdul Karim Abdul Qader, Hussein Ahmed Hadi Hussein, Khadija Valley Mazer Abdul Nabi, Khadija Jaber Mohammed Jawad, Khosro Abdullah Ismail unknown, Messenger Radi Abu Hasna Asi, Zaher Yassin Hanash Sultan, Zaid Abdul-Karim Suwaydan God, Zainab fixed Kazim Ali, Suad Mohammed Ali Jabbar, Saadoun Guillard hilarious accelerator, Salim Ali Shawki Abdel Doyle, Salim Saleh connecting Khadr, Sadiq Ibrahim Hamidi Abdullah, Sadiq Salih Mahdi Sadiq, Sabah Abdul Rasul Abdul Redha, Sabah Mahdi Hussein Salman, Zafer Nazim Salman Mahmood, Adil gun Shenawa Valley, Abdul Hussein Buallak unknown, Abdel-Aziz Abdel-Nour Awad Salman, Abdul Karim Mohammed Abdul Karim Abdul, Abdullah Hassan Rasheed intruder, Abdul Hadi return Ismail Yassin, Adnan Abdel Moneim Rashid Ali, Adnan Hadi Noor Ali Saeed, Adnan Mohsin Hassan Salem, Aqeel Abdul Hussein Sagt, Ola return to Aiv Shenawa, Ali gesture Vngch Hassan Morshedi, Ali blocker Attia Salman, Ali Qubool Soadj Taher, Ali Noor Ali Mohammed, Ali Abdullah Hamoud Al Khalifa, covenants Abdul-Zahra Tahir Abbas, emotions grace Nahi Sakhir, Ghada Mohamed Nouri Abdul Razzak, high-DIG Abdullah Sheikh Ali, Fares Fares Mohammed Taha, Fatima Salman Zubari Salem, Firdaus Yasin Mahdi Hammadi, wean Mehdi Hassan Mehdi, Qassim Mohammed Jalal Hussein, to meet Mehdi pink Hamad, an example of the beauty of Hussain Ahmed, the pros Hamadoun Hamid Hassan, Mohammed Rican Iron Ali, Mohammed Saadoun Hatem Sehud, Mohammed Kazem for Cash Taher, Mohammad Hamidi orbit fact, Mohammed walker Jerry Hassan, Mahmoud Daoud Salman Musa, Masood Haider Rustom Mohammed, activist Jassim Mohammed Dhari, Manat Schweich morning prolific, Mehdi Ahmed Hafez, Mason Salem Farooq Saeed, Nada Antar free connecting Mulla, Nawal Juma and Nan Sherida, Huda carpets Mahmoud Shaker, Huda Mohammed Mahdi Abdullah, Hana Turki Abdul Hassan al-Tai, Yahya Ahmed Faraj Hammadi.

For top US general, a sober return to still-divided Iraq

General Martin Dempsey (R), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to US troops at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq November 15, 2014. REUTERS / Phil Stewart

General Martin Dempsey (R), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to US troops at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq November 15, 2014.

(Reuters) – On his first trip to Iraq American this summer, the top US general was dogged by a question from

At meetings over the weekend, soldiers and Marines asked General Martin Dempsey variations on the same basic question: Even if the US-backed campaign succeeds in rolling back Islamic State, what is to prevent this from happening again, years from now?

Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who spent over three years in Iraq including overseeing training, said the only way Iraq will succeed long term is if its leaders could bridge the sectarian divide, something they failed to do after the 2011 US withdrawal .

“I’m not surprised I’m back, to be honest with you,” he told Reuters.

Three years after US combat troops went home and left the Shi’ite-dominated government to oversee the peace, a small US force is back and again helping to stop Sunni militants who threaten to overrun the country.

Dempsey said Iraq’s new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, had taken some positive steps and that Iraq’s new leaders appeared “much more thoughtful about what it might take to actually settle things down.”

For many of the Americans, like Dempsey, being in Iraq stirs up old memories. The general asked a group of troops to raise their hands if they had been stationed in Iraq once, twice, three times before. Hands in the audience kept going up as he called out higher numbers, four, five.

Dempsey assured them this campaign was different, with forces farther from the fight and far fewer in number – totaling up to 3,100 in the coming months, as opposed to a peak of about 170,000 under President George W. Bush.

“I want them to understand that this is not like it was,” Dempsey said in an interview. “This is not about us being in the lead in any sense. This is about us expecting that Iraq recognizes the threat it faces and is looking to us to help them, advise them.”

Some critics in the US Congress say the mission does not go far enough. Dempsey has himself acknowledged US forces might be needed to accompany Iraqi or Kurdish forces into combat to guide air strikes during a complex operation.

One soldier asked Dempsey whether he considered Iraq a combat deployment. Sidestepping political sensitivities, Dempsey said US troops were deployed in a “combat advisory role.”

(Editing by David Storey and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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Hagel Says US Speeding up Training of Iraqi Forces

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that the US military is accelerating its efforts to train and advise Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants.

Hagel said US special operations troops in Iraq’s western Anbar province are getting an early start on the train-and-advise effort. He said the effort began a few days ago, but did not provide details.

The Pentagon chief spoke to reporters after observing Army training in California’s Mojave Desert.

According to plans laid out last week, the US expects to train nine Iraqi security forces brigades and three Kurdish Peshmerga brigades.

Hagel said the speed-up was recommended by Gen. Lloyd Austin, the commander of US Central Command.

Hagel’s spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said later that Austin believes getting an early start on training Iraqi forces in Anbar may prompt other countries with a stake in the fight against Islamic State to commit trainers to Iraq.

Approaching the problem of ill-trained and poorly motivated Iraqi soldiers as a coalition rather than as a unilateral US undertaking is a key pillar of US strategy. Partnership is seen as a way of undermining the ideological appeal of Islamic State.

Kirby said a number of countries have made verbal commitments to provide trainers, but he said he could not identify them because they have yet to publicly announce their intended contributions.

The US announced earlier this month that it will send another 1,500 troops to Iraq to expand training and advising of Iraqi security forces. But those troops have not yet departed the US, leaving some to question how urgently Washington viewed the mission.

The special operations troops that Hagel said Austin is now putting at al-Asad air base in Anbar had been operating as 12-man advisory teams elsewhere in Iraq since last summer. Kirby said about 50 are now at al-Asad, which was a major air hub for US forces during the 2003-11 war.

The Islamic State group holds key cities in Anbar, including Fallujah.

During his stop at Fort Irwin to see Army desert training, Hagel gave a pep talk to a few hundred soldiers. One asked Hagel when the US was going to send an invasion force to Iraq to fight the Islamic State group.

Hagel said that was not in the cards, echoing President Barack Obama’s belief that it would make no sense.

“This has to be an Iraqi effort,” Hagel said, adding: “It is their country. They have to do this themselves.”

Hagel said he planned to speak Monday with Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Joint Chiefs chairman who spent the weekend in Iraq.

Urgent .. Parliament to host Oil Minister

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Baghdad (AIN) –Reliable source revealed on Sunday that the Iraqi Parliament will host the Oil Minister, Adil Abdul Mahdi, during its session on Monday.

The source told AIN “The Iraqi Parliament will host the Oil Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi upon his request to explain the details of the agreement he managed to conclude with the Kurdistan Regional Government to settle some outstanding issues.”

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URGENT: after meeting Grand Astani..ris the House of Representatives to visit Saudi Arabia tomorrow

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Parliamentary source revealed on Sunday that “House Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, will travel to Saudi Arabia to meet tomorrow to an official invitation.

The source told all of Iraq [where] that “al-Jubouri visit Saudi Arabia at the head of a parliamentary delegation, including Vice-Hamoudi and Aram Sheikh Mohammed.”

“The delegation will discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations and exchange of parliamentary experience.”

The head of the House of Representatives Saleem al-Jubouri, received in the first of this month, an official invitation from the president of the Saudi Shura Council to visit Riyadh.

The visit to Saudi Arabia, al-Jubouri, after a similar visit by President Fuad Masum, at the head of a government delegation on Tuesday with a two-day search in which senior leaders and officials, including the king of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the development of bilateral relations and developments in the region took.

Commenting on the visit infallible Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said it was “the first steps for the return of normal relations and it would be a good omen for the next meetings between officials yielded the development of relations between the two countries.”

It is said that Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, today visited the top religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in a similar step taken by the President of the Republic Fuad Masum last Tuesday before heading to Asaudih.anthy

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Abadi Office: Dempsey did not discuss the post-combat forces, and our position is clear

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Editor Mohammed Shafiq – Sunday November 16, 2014 17:37

Alsumaria News / Baghdad
Confirmed the Prime Minister’s Office Haider al-Abadi , Sunday, that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey did not discuss during a meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi post-combat forces for the Liberation of Anbar and Nineveh, while stressing that the Iraqi government’s position is clear from the use of foreign troops.

He said the media spokesman for the Office Saad newborn in an interview for “Alsumaria News”, “The Iraqi government’s position is clear on the use of foreign troops to participate in combat operations on the ground,” stressing that ” Iraq does not need foreign troops. “

Newborn and added that he “has not been talking about it during a meeting with Prime Minister Bdimpsa,” pointing out that “something like this needs to be a decision of the US President and the support of Congress.”

Newborn and pointed out that “Gen. Dempsey congratulated on the great progress of the Iraqi forces,” pointing out that the latter “expressed his country’s readiness to provide various kinds of support and backing for Iraq.”

The Anatolia news agency quoted Turkish official said he was “close to al-Abadi,” saying that the latter yesterday refused a US offer to engage US combat troops in battles that may be launched in hazardous areas against elements of the organization ” Daash . “

And arrived Dempsey, on Saturday (November 15, 2014), to the capital of Baghdad , where he met both Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, and Army Chief of Staff Babacar Zebari , and praised the victories achieved by the security forces in the fight against the organization “Daash”, and he went to the city Erbil and met the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani.