U.S. House passes $1.1 trillion government funding bill

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REUTERS/Larry Downing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy answers a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 10, 2014.

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late on Thursday to fund most federal agencies through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

By a vote of 219-206, the House approved the bill, which would fund the Department of Homeland Security only through February to give Republicans a chance early next year to try to stop President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms that are largely carried out by DHS.

The legislation still must be passed by the Senate before it can be sent to Obama for signing into law.

A separate bill to fund the government for two days is likely to be passed by the House, according to a Republican leadership aide. The measure is needed to give the Senate time to pass the $1.1 trillion bill and also avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Thursday when current funding expires.

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Iraqi soldiers leave their units because of unpaid wages .. Karbouli and calls for immediate release of advance

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10-12-2014 08:35 PM

Reflected in the financial and administrative corruption in Iraq on all government institutions, what dire beyond economic disaster, to include the security of the country if the government was unable to rectify the matter, especially the negative effects seemed clear to the military establishment.

Reveals a source in the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, that ‘dozens of soldiers in military units in Anbar began to leave their units because of their salaries for three months.’

The source adds that ‘the ministry tried to remedy the situation Pttmin soldiers, but to no avail, and in turn, informed the commander of the armed forces, the prime minister, Haider Abadi, subject to remedy the situation before Tazmh and out of control’, adding that ‘Abadi, trying to find a suitable solution and accelerate the adoption of the budget to end crisis’.

The source asserts that ‘withdrawal effect on the morale of the other soldiers, and disrupt the work of the military establishment’.

This comes at a time when Iraq is witnessing a major financial crisis because of rampant corruption and lack helm sound management, which disrupted the adoption of the budget year 2014 until today, and that has been spent during the rule of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the country’s advances, while the Council of Ministers failed to agree on the draft The final budget for 2015.

And see the strategic Iraqi security expert, confident Obeidi, that ‘impending financial crisis will have very serious implications for the security situation of Iraq’.

Stresses al-Obeidi, said in an interview seen by ‘Agency News’, the need to’ not to neglect the implications of the withdrawal of Iraqi troops despite the fact that this is still in its infancy ‘, adding:’ For those in charge of the military establishment to understand the gravity of that, especially in shambles security situation such as the situation of the Iraqi ‘.

And calls for al-Obeidi those responsible to ‘resort to any solution, whatever the consequences on the economic situation, the international Kalaguetrad or reliance on community banks, and so on, because Iraq is going through a financial crisis in all cases, but the security crisis that Szbbha financial crisis is a particular danger, and must correct them as quickly as time before out of control ‘.

It is considered that ‘organization Daash would use this thing in his favor, and try to win the retreating soldiers at his side, and give them the best of which were obtained in the Iraqi army in the salaries and allowances’.

For his part, warns MP for Anbar province, Mohammed al-Karbouli, of ‘the consequences of leaving the troops without salaries, especially in Anbar province, which is witnessing a difficult circumstance security’.

See Karbouli, in an interview for the new ‘Arab’, that ‘it is imperative to accelerate the central government in resolving the crisis, with the launch of an advance emergency urgent’.

In the meantime, live organize ‘Daash’, a period of financial prosperity because of its imports from the sale of oil from Iraq, Syria, amounting to about one million dollars a day, except for other imports, as is confirmed by experts in the affairs of the armed groups and talked about the Iraqi Oil Ministry in earlier.

And distributed organization’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, finally, ‘gifts and gifts of real estate and the elements of the organization in Iraq and Syria, which will motivate them a lot in the fighting and lifting their spirits.’

The Iraqi government is trying to find an excuse for not paying salaries to soldiers, as it finally vindicated, ‘checks and stand on the phenomenon of corruption that has developed in recent years and I knew that the phenomenon of ghost soldiers’.

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White House: 2015 budget will focus on addressing the Daash in Iraq, Syria, and Ebola virus

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Confirmed White House spokesman Josh Earnest today that “the US budget for 2015 will focus on addressing the organization Daash in Syria, Iraq and virus [Ebola] in West Africa.”

Ernest said at a news conference that “US President Barack Obama will sign a draft budget law of 2015, estimated at 1.1 trillion dollars immediately upon its success in the US Congress skip the vote.”

“The budget, which is attacked by Democrats because of the imposed additional controls on the banking sector will develop a number of important priorities such as addressing HIV [Ebola] and fight al Daash as well as many of the priorities of the Obama administration in the US homeland.”

He pointed out that “President Obama had previously asked on more than one occasion of the Congress additional funding for the war on Daash and boost US efforts in the fight against HIV [Ebola] in West Africa.”

He explained that “part of the budget will be allocated for the implementation of reforms in the market [Wall Street] In addition to providing high-quality education for every American during early childhood,” and funding strategy to combat climate change plan. “

Ernst called the US Congress to vote for the budget “will ensure continuity and balance to our economy,” despite differences in views on some items, pointing out that “President Obama prefers not to create headwinds for the economy if the budget was rejected.”

The Congress had voted today to discuss the budget to pass by just two votes with obvious objection by Democrats because of the amendments to the laws on banks, which place a high ceiling limits for wealthy donors to banks.

Congress is scheduled to vote later today on the draft of the new budget that threatens to shut down its refusal to repeat the scenario of the government Alammerakih.anthy Law

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Unmasked: the man behind top Islamic State Twitter account

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Revealed: the company exec campaigning for IS on twitter

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Channel 4 News has identified the man who became one of the most-followed disseminators of pro-jihadi material on Twitter.
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He spent his mornings, afternoons and evenings sending thousands of tweets of propaganda about the Islamic State militant group, acting as the leading conduit of information between jihadis, supporters, and recruits.

His tweets, written under the name Shami Witness, were seen two million times each month, making him perhaps the most influential Islamic State Twitter account, with over 17,700 followers.

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Two thirds of all foreign fighters on Twitter followed him. When a fighter’s Twitter account is suspended, he often promoted the new one and urged people to follow it.

He spoke to British jihadis regularly, before they leave to join the Islamic State, after they arrived, and if they died he praised them as martyrs.

He has until now been able to remain anonymous, avoiding questions about his motives and his central role in the Islamic State’s propaganda war, but a Channel 4 News investigation can today reveal that the man operating the account is called Mehdi and he is an executive in Bangalore working for an Indian conglomerate.

Channel 4 News has chosen not to reveal his full name as he says his life would be in danger if his true identity was made public.

Mehdi said he would have gone to join Islamic State himself, but his family were financially dependent on him: “If I had a chance to leave everything and join them I might have.. my family needs me here.”

On his Facebook pages he regularly shares jokes, funny images and talks about superhero movies, posting pictures of pizza dinners with friends, and Hawaiian parties at work.

Elsewhere on Facebook there are indications of his Islamist ideology, in conversations about Libya and Egyptian uprisings.

After being contacted by Channel 4 News, Mehdi shut down the Shami Witness account.

Social media conflict

A recent report by the Brookings Institute found social media to be one of the key organizational strengths of the Islamic State, finding that it uses such channels “to spread and legitimise IS’s ideology, activities, and objectives, and to recruit and acquire international support.”

The man behind Shami Witness posted thousands of updates to the @ShamiWitness Twitter account every month, usually from his mobile phone.

Using the @ShamiWitness account he five times tweeted the video of the execution of US aid worker Peter Kassig, and dozens of Syrian soldiers within minutes of it being uploaded to the internet.

“May allah guide, protect, strengthen and expand the Islamic State … Islamic State brought peace, autonomy, zero corruption, low crime-rate”, he wrote on Twitter in November.

Mehdi said of Iftikhar Jaman, one of the British jihadists from Portsmouth killed fighting for Islamic State, that: “you bros [brothers] talked the talk, walked the walk”.

And he said to British fighter Mehdi Hassan “May Allah give you brothers decisive victory there”.Hassan later died fighting in Kobane.

To another British fighter he said: “may Allah reward you” and quoted one British fighter’s suggested that the rebel Islamic Front poses a greater risk to the Islamic State than the secularist rebels of the Free Syrian Army.

ShamiWitness seemed to express glee at the deaths and rapes of Kurdish fighters on Twitter, but later said that this comment was taken out of context.

He had written and later deleted the tweet where he said: “@ArjDnn I should thank PKK for recruiting female fighters, specially the ones caught alive by rebels. lol”.

But in his real life, he had spoken out against rape on Facebook.

#Breaking Major operations by Islamic State army,led by special forces, in several regions in Salahuddin province. #Iraq

Maliki’s failure to release his son and his money seized in Lebanon

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Nouri al-Maliki came to Lebanon to evacuate for his son Ahmed, who is being held after finding $ 1.5 billion in its possession. But he quickly left the show because he is wanted on charges of bombing the Iraqi embassy in Beirut in 1981.

Many wondered about the reason for the visit of the former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to Lebanon in November 29 (last November), it was a surprise, during which he met with officials of the Lebanese and the Secretary General of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah.
Make sure we have
Revealed the former vice-president of the Republic of Iraq, Tareq al-Hashemi, on Tuesday, al-Maliki that the son is being held in Lebanon, on charges of smuggling $ 1.5 billion, has been seeking for abandoning him came.
The Don said al-Hashimi, a resident in Turkey to escape the terrorism-related charges and addressed to him by the Iraqi judiciary, without on his own site Facebook, a writer: “make sure we have the news of the spoiled Ahmed bin ousted al-Maliki, the smuggling of $ 1.5 billion from the poor and disadvantaged Iraqi funds to banks in Lebanon. “
He also added: “Ahmed al-Maliki, with the funds being held in Lebanon, as the Lebanese government wrote the Iraqi counterpart to ask them about the circumstances of the scandal, and this money is the sum of 300 thousand salaries space was acquired on monthly salaries.” He asked: “Why did not send a team yet to Beirut to recover this money?”.
He said al-Hashimi: “Some say that the Dawa Party, is also involved in the smuggling of these funds, and not only the family of the former, this silent Haider al-Abadi.”
Is not the first
The reports said that al-Maliki and his son Ahmed possess large cash liquidity in one of Banks in Lebanon, was shifted from Iraq by Iraqi foreign exchange company run by Syed Farhan, Wan Ahmad al-Maliki to withdraw $ 1.5 billion from the bank to wash the purchase of real estate in Beirut, Dubai and London, according to the guidance of his father .
Iraqi reports said, quoting an Iraqi banking sources, it is not the first time carried out by Ahmed al-Maliki to transfer huge amounts of Iraq to other countries.
A source in the Elaf Islamic Bank that the bank where he works has transferred more than $ 3 billion to calculate Ahmed al-Maliki and other characters belonging to the Dawa Party, at the beginning of 2014, when al-Maliki was prime ministers from Iraq, which was confirmed by a diplomatic agent in the Iraqi Embassy in one of the European countries , He said that the amount of more than billion dollars from Iraq by about Elaf Islamic Bank in Basra to Ahmed Nouri al-Maliki and Yasser Ckal and Aburahab account, two months months Maliki, in that European country.
Wanted in Lebanon
Furthermore, cross-reports said that al-Maliki has not completed his visit to Lebanon, as his friends advised him to leave Beirut, due to the presence of a complaint against him, could lead to his arrest. A judicial source has announced that the lawyer Tariq Handb progress before the Public Prosecutor discriminatory in Beirut complaint penalty against al-Maliki, calling for his arrest on charges of participating in the bombing of the Iraqi Embassy in Beirut, on December 15 (December), 1981, a suicide bomber who killed more than 60 bombing people, including biblical wife of the late poet Nizar Qabbani.
The families of the Iraqi victims demanded in August (August), the Lebanese authorities to reopen the investigation into the incident.

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Conscious / Araji: government check with a senior officer on the Russian plane loaded with weapons

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Conscious / Baghdad / FS

Deputy Prime Minister Bahaa al-Araji, on Thursday, the government check with a senior officer sensitive location gave an order to leave the Russian plane after confiscating weapons charge.

They said in a statement seen by (news agency, media / INA) that there are parties that do not want to expose the deal were not going to Kurdistan, but to organize Daash terrorist, pointing out that they used the old contracts reproduced from the Defense Ministry to allow them to take off from Ukraine filaments.

On the other hand, al-Araji, confirmed that the government will not accept any deduction from the oil share of Basra and other governorates province, said al-Araji, the Kurdistan Oil is Iraq’s oil and the Kurdish delegation that held talks with the federal government stressed the importance to have the agreement in accordance with the Constitution and the achievement of the Iraqi interest.

With regard to the phenomenon of aliens attributed the reason for the emergence of al-Araji, this phenomenon in the army to the presence of senior officers in the military stand behind them and the lack of follow-up to her, noting that these salaries of one billion dinars in the year. “

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