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Victory Jubouri: grades in the budget of 2015 brief on health, education, security

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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} confirmed MP from the Union of Forces victory Jubouri that the grades in the budget of 2015 abridged only to volunteer in the security establishment and the sectors of health and education.

Showed al-Jubouri told the Euphrates News} {today that “the House of Representatives to exercise its oversight role properly and monitor the doors of exchange in the budget.
“The grades assigned in 2015 Moana will be brief and to the health, education, security
“The displaced families suffering from inhumane conditions difficult, especially with the onset of winter and should allocate special funds to provide for their needs and solving their problems, indicating that” 40% of the displaced families have not received one million dinars grant.
The prime minister Haider al-Abadi vowed earlier to send the General Budget Law for the next year to the House of Representatives before the end of the holiday Alchrieih.ahar that the leader of the coalition of Fadi al-Shammari said that “next year’s budget will include 98 000 degrees and careers. M ended

Britain plans to send hundreds of troops to Iraq next month

London Anatolia announced the British defense minister, Michael Fallon, the country will increase next month, military support for Iraq, in the field of training, noting that it would send hundreds of soldiers to add to the fifty military currently in Iraq .
Newcomer Fallon told the British media that the new forces will protect British forces training, as well as a few would be «ready to fight», but they will not engage in any clashes; it will protect the training teams if necessary.
He added that the training teams will expand their activities; in the context of efforts to confront the terrorist organization Daash, where he will focus on the Iraqi military and Kurdish forces training; to invalidate car bombs and IEDs effect.
British minister pointed out that Daash is of attacks methods in the wake of the air strikes, and Pat organization confined to villages and towns, adding that «confronted in this case; can be made only through the ground intervention, from the local army, and not by the Western military» .
It is scheduled to British troops deployed in four safe areas; one in the territory of northern Iraq, and the other near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and the longer this mission is the first of its kind, following the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq three years ago.

Visit Abadi more than just security and coordinate financial support for the UAE

First Published: 2014-12-15


Middle East Online

Emirates is well aware of the importance of stability in Iraq

Abu Dhabi – conducted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Monday talks with UAE officials in the first visit to herald the possibility of return to Baghdad and around the Gulf, Arab and raise the level of security coordination and financial support with Abu Dhabi, according to observers and diplomatic sources.

And received the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Iraqi Prime Minister at the airport. Ebadi said after arriving in Abu Dhabi that his visit to the UAE aims to promote common interests, security and stability in the region.

A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister that Abadi held a meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, pointing to his pride the development of relations between the two countries, and expressed his “gratitude Emirates supporting the positions of Iraq and its people in the face of Daash terrorist gangs and their contribution to the construction and reconstruction.”

In his talks with al-Abadi, affirmed the UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum “parking Emirates by the Iraqi people to rebuild their own secure stable after being able to defeat terrorism and armed groups that harm and destruction of the Iraqi infrastructure and economy, and natural coexistence and brotherhood between different groups and communities Iraqi society. “

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid pointed to the importance of joining all international and regional efforts to combat terrorism wherever it grew and grew and emptied the governments and peoples of the region to the social and economic development and create favorable opportunities for young people to learn, work and contribute effectively in building modern societies. “

Informed sources said that the visit of the political dimensions deeper relevant approach Emirati broad issues of the region include urged Baghdad to establish balanced relations with Iran and the rest of the Arab countries of the surroundings.

She hoped that the results are accessible from Abadi visit to the Gulf country with the most comprehensive regional dimension. She stressed that the UAE began some time ago to work on maturing comprehensive approach to the issues of the region are realistic and take into account what is facing the region the risk of requiring overcome the differences between the various countries and the search for common ground for convergence, taking into account existing balances, and without thinking changed once but adjusted gradually in direction to ensure the interests of the various parties.

The UAE’s approach, according to these sources, include urged Iraq to balanced relations between Iran and the region, and so out of the realization that the Emirati talk about full away the Iraqi government talk about Iran today is unrealistic and does not take into account the situation on the ground.

She also said that the UAE was established this perspective based on in-depth knowledge of the political, social and religious intricacies, and even the military between Iran and Iraq, and the consequent departure from Iraq for the Arab ranks, especially during periods of rule by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

According to observers, the which qualifies the UAE to achieve a breakthrough in the Iraqi file thorny, that the Gulf state has shown in various difficult turns experienced by Iraq to have political ends there, and in contrast to the neighboring countries of other nearby seemed much interference in Iraqi affairs is not balanced which Iraq has increased departure from the incubator and the Arab rush toward Iran.

Previously, the UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to express his country’s approach to the Iraqi affair, saying during a visit to Baghdad in late November last “The UAE will continue to support the political process that achieve security, justice, equality and political participation of all the Iraqi people Considering that Iraq’s security and stability pillar of regional security and stability. “

“We are with brotherly Iraq in its efforts to rebuild and to achieve security and safety in the face of the forces of terrorism, which poses a threat to all countries in the region and distorts the values ​​of our Islamic religion.”

And translated Emirates this perspective in practice during the crisis, which still exist in Iraq since been a large part of its territory to the invasion by the organization Daash, expressing positive dealings with the situation there through engaging in war the international effort on the militant group, and accelerate the allocation of financial aid to thousands of displaced people flooded areas, especially on the north of the country to escape the war.

Emirates as they seem today ready to help Iraq financially to the reconstruction and overcome remnants of war against Daash and the resulting losses and destruction.

Iraq’s Premier Has Narrowed Nation’s Divide

BAGHDAD – When an Iraqi court sentenced a prominent Sunni politician to death recently, it seemed like an unmitigated disaster for the country’s new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi.

Mr. Abadi, after all, Had Taken office with an international Mandate to create a more inclusive Government, and win the trust of Iraq ‘s Disaffected Sunnis so they would fight Islamic Militants State rather than support them.But the verdict, on capital murder charges brought by the previous government against the politician, Ahmed al-Alwani, prompted the defendant’s Alwani tribe to threaten that it would stop battling the Islamic State.

Mr. Abadi swung into action. He immediately contacted Sunni officials and Alwani tribe members, assuring them that there would be no execution. And he urged them to solve the matter by the tribal tradition of paying “blood money” to the families of the victims, two soldiers who were killed in a gun battle when commandos came to arrest Mr. Alwani last year.

His handling of the crisis in November was the most tangible sign yet that Mr. Abadi was successfully shifting the tone of politics here, and that courting Sunnis could help the government battle the Islamic State more effectively. Reassured by Mr. Abadi’s outreach, the Alwani tribe stayed in the fight on the government’s side.

In nearly every way, Mr. Abadi has so far Been a different leader than his predecessor, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki , Despite Political hwy common Shiite bloc. And though the obstacles facing his government are vast, and he faces political challenges within his own party, his early performance has encouraged a wide array of Iraqi and Western officials.

In his first months in office, Mr. Abadi has already appeared three times before Parliament, something Mr. Maliki did only twice in eight years.

Mr. Abadi has fired incompetent and corrupt military commanders appointed by Mr. Maliki and rooted out 50,000 so-called ghost soldiers, no-show troops for whom commanders nevertheless collect salaries.

In his signature success so far, Mr. Abadi Reached a deal to share oil Revenue with the Kurds in northern Iraq , an issue That Mr. Maliki had pushed nearly to the point of Kurdish secession.

“He is doing all the things we feared he would not be doing,” said Gyorgy Busztin, the deputy special representative for the United Nations in Iraq. “I respect him more and more each day.”

While many officials credit Mr. Abadi’s conciliatory style for much of the improved political atmosphere, they say the changes also point to a larger shift: a new sense of urgency among Iraq’s leaders that finally – after years of crises – the country could break apart in the face of the threat from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The Sunni extremist group’s march across a vast swath of Iraq has been aided by the sectarian hostility that Mr. Maliki’s rule inflamed.

“Almost everyone recognizes that this is the last chance for this country to survive as Iraq as we know it,” said Ayad Allawi, an Iraqi vice president who was appointed by Mr. Abadi to oversee reconciliation programs.

He added, of Mr. Abadi, “everyone is giving him a chance.”

Still, the obstacles facing Mr. Abadi’s government remain vast.

Kirk Sowell, a Jordan-based political risk analyst and publisher of the newsletter Inside Iraqi Politics, said that even though Mr. Abadi had succeeded in doing away with sectarian intimidation, “at the same time, it’s important to say how weak he is.”

A third of the country is beyond Mr. Abadi’s control and in the hands of militants. As commander in chief, he does not even control all of the country’s security forces. While attempts have been made to bring Shiite militias under government control, the reality is that many operate with impunity and continue to commit abuses against Sunnis, human rights activists say.

Ominously, Mr. Abadi also faces constraints from hard-line factions within his own Shiite constituency.

Osama Nujaifi, the Sunni vice president, said that even though Sunni officials were optimistic about Mr. Abadi’s intentions, they remained worried about the “old guard,” a reference to Mr. Maliki and his cronies, who many believe are working behind the scenes to undermine Mr. Abadi.

“Maliki is absolutely convinced that he will be back sometime in 2015,” said one Western official, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid angering Iraqi officials.

In the Alwani case, Mr. Abadi’s advisers, as well as diplomats and other Iraqi officials, saw something sinister at work: the hand of Mr. Maliki, who many believe still exerts influence within Iraq’s judiciary. Mr. Abadi’s advisers privately say they were shocked at the verdict, especially because Mr. Abadi himself, according to Mr. Nujaifi, had privately asked Iraq’s top judge to delay a decision.

“Maliki’s control over the justice system was on full display” in the Alwani death sentence, wrote Renad Mansour, an Iraq scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

For their part, Mr. Maliki’s supporters deny that the former prime minister is working against Mr. Abadi, though they have begun publicly criticizing the new prime minister’s policies.

Abbas al-Mussawi, a spokesman for Mr. Maliki, said, “Maliki had nothing to do with the Alwani death sentence, and he never interferes.” More broadly, Mr. Mussawi said it was too early to assess Mr. Abadi’s performance in office, but said Mr. Maliki believed it was “incorrect” that there were more than 50,000 ghost soldiers on Defense Ministry payrolls, as Mr. Abadi has claimed, and asked for a parliamentary investigation into the matter.

Balancing two imperatives – accommodating Sunni concerns without alienating Shiites – has required Mr. Abadi to walk a fine line, sometimes taking private actions that diverge from his public comments.

In the Alwani case, for instance, Mr. Abadi gave private assurances to Mr.Alwani’s tribe and Sunni leaders that there would be no execution. Publicly, however, he supported the independence of the judiciary, saying he had no right to intervene. He even Criticized a recent Human Rights Watch reportThat Urged him to order a stay of execution and is highlighted claims That Mr. Alwani, who has denied firing the weapon that killed the two soldiers, had been tortured and was refused access to lawyers.

Still, it was clear that the verdict posed a crucial moment for Mr. Abadi. Mr.Alwani’s own tribe was fighting alongside the government in Anbar Province, and after the death sentence threatened to lay down their guns.

Sheikh Adnan al-Mahnna, a tribal leader in Ramadi and Mr. Alwani’s uncle, said he was satisfied with how Mr. Abadi had handled the case, and that for now his men would keep fighting the Islamic State.

“We are fighting ISIS, we will keep fighting ISIS, unless the government breaks its promises on this case,” he said.

On other major issues, including the accord with the Kurds and an internationally backed plan to establish Sunni-led National Guard units to bolster the government’s security forces, Mr. Abadi continues to face pushback from fellow Shiites, especially Mr. Maliki.

Mr. Maliki has opposed the deal with the Kurds, called the fall of Mosul to the Islamic State in June a conspiracy orchestrated by the Kurds and warned against arming Sunni tribes to fight ISIS. He has also traveled, tending to his relationships with regional Shiite powers, meeting Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the militant Shiite movement Hezbollah in Beirut, and top officials in Iran.

Mr. Maliki has also refused to vacate his prime minister’s offices and palace in Baghdad’s Green Zone, but has given up his state-owned jet.

In taking on corruption within the military and removing officers who were loyal to Mr. Maliki, Mr. Abadi is making plenty of enemies, and fears for his safety have been raised in conversations within the Green Zone. This is Iraq, after all, where the usual exit from power is the coffin.

Visiting the city of Karbala recently ahead of an important Shiite religious holiday to mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, Mr. Abadi said he would continue to root out corruption in government ministries.

He vowed not to back off, “even if I get assassinated because of it.”

End oil dispute with Kurdistan highlighted the achievements of the Government of Abadi

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Experts: evaluation of the economic achievements internationally accredited experience

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that the government program and priorities of the strategy in the work of the ministries plan indicate a positive trend towards change with the presence of the big challenges,

Because the start encouraging, especially when the unit notes the trend towards construction and development and the preservation of Iraq.

He noted that the change and Reform hard work and a real addition to the decisions and directives and the announcement of plans and policies, as necessary to get away from the preparation of reports that suggest, but emphasizes that everything is fine approach.

The real challenge to the implementation of real actions to build the country, whatever the well-known difficulties which should be an incentive for success.

He stressed the importance of following up the extent of the actual move to implement what has been approved in Cabinet meetings so far on the ground in order to ensure effective checks later in terms of what did not get a change in the methodology the work of institutions and actual will of the competent professional shall take practical measures,

seeking to achieve success in every sector stories and the first services and infrastructure and other best quality and lower costs and shorter period of time will not be achieved change.

Issa demanded that the government is seeking to form a cell crisis private sector institutions involved in every vital sector To implement the strategies approved and to address the important issues of the country’s economy and that is accounted strictly immediately for any delay and that all government institutions,

mechanisms and capacities to operate at full capacity throughout the work period prescribed for the implementation of its best performance.

He praised the direction the government to eradicate the hotbeds of corruption in the construction of the State, said Issa : Without the rule of law and root treatment strict corruption will not be achieved change,

in addition to the use of cadres and professional with experience and proven its activity in the sector and the involvement of the private sector in decision-making and follow-up implementation of the media who participate in it as well.

Otherwise everyone will call for change and to work from the first box, indicating the importance that government institutions perform their duty quietly to show results on the ground, which will be announced the same.

As an economic expert d. Akram Abdul Aziz indicated that the government program itself is a great achievement at the level of orientation for the advancement of the national economy through the adoption of the reform programs aimed at achieving sustainable development.

It showed that the most important paragraphs of economic reform highlighted by the program came from the banking sector, which represents an important focus in state of the process of sustainable development,

as well as the actual orientation of the fight against corruption is one of the most important economic gains of one hundred days of the life of the government.

The specialist in economic affairs Hadi Hndas: to end the row with the Kurdistan region over oil exports, which lasted several years is one of the most important achievements of the government during the 100 days of old,

pointing out that it leads to address many of the outstanding problems with the provincial down to the logical final agreements give each party constitutional rights exclusively where no privileges to a party at the expense of another, and was accompanied by some of the agreements, but they will be gone in the future.

He noted that the convergence in views between the government and private sector leads in all cases to an effective treatment for all the economic development of the determinants in all production and service sectors.

Executive Director of the Association of private banks in Iraq, Tariq said: Orbiter and the reality of efforts to promote economic sectors touches the earnest desire of the government towards the development of economic and were beginning to gradually and is evident through paragraphs of the government program, which focused on economic reform processes.

He added in Haddbut “morning” The positives stage is a serious desire by the Prime Minister to reform the banking sector, which is the hub of the economic development process,

especially The banking sector needs to be some legal reform legislation granting private banks more flexibility in support of investment projects and the expansion of banking products that offer to the local effort and international co-activate the national economy circle.

He noted that the banking sector is hoping better than government guidelines and declared support for its activities and efforts to create a strong banks are able to support all economic activities in all the cities,

where the need for banking activity effectively, supports the need for specialized international companies to the banking sector advanced products for the completion of operations calculation.

He The Association is a chime and ambitious private banks work programs and directions of the government in order to create a sophisticated banking sector.

Kuwaiti Foreign Aajl..ozyr: our response positively to the request of Iraq to defer compensation

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First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said about his country’s position on the Iraqi request to postpone the payment of the final installment of the financial compensation due to the invasion of the former regime that “Kuwait has responded and will respond in whatever alleviates these difficulties faced by the brothers in Iraq within the powers vested Committee on compensation and without prejudice to the UN Security Council resolutions, “followed ..

Jubouri meet Larijani and Rafsanjani and spiritual in his visit to Iran, which begins tomorrow


Meets President of the House of Representatives, Saleem al-Jubouri, in his planned visit to Iran on Tuesday and lasts three days, a number of senior leaders and Iranian officials, including Iranian President Hassan Rohani.

According to a parliamentary source familiar told all of Iraq [where] that “Jubouri will go tomorrow morning from Baghdad International Airport, at the head of a parliamentary delegation to Iran and will be received by noon Airport Mehrabad Mohammed Hassan Aputrabi first deputy chairman of the Iranian parliament and Aladdin Bergorda Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Security National Council in the Iranian Shura “.

The source added that “the delegation will meet tomorrow afternoon with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, to be followed to meet Ali Larijani head of the Iranian Shura Council held after the press conference and then a dinner hosted Larijani, in honor of the Iraqi delegation.”

The source continued that “the parliamentary delegation headed by al-Jubouri, will meet on Wednesday morning, the President of the National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani and then President of the Diagnostic System’s interest in Iran, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani,” adding that “a luncheon will be followed by a meeting hosted by the Acting Iraqi embassy in Tehran.” .

The source pointed out that “House Speaker Salim al-Jubouri and his accompanying delegation will meet next Wednesday evening at the conclusion of his agenda for the second day of his visit to Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rohani.”

He said the “Iraqi delegation will be at the conclusion of his visit to Iran on Thursday in an inspection tour of a nature tourism city of Isfahan in Iran,” .anthy

Abadi underlines the Iraqi businessmen in the United Arab Emirates government went hard to support the private sector


Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi confirmed for a number of Iraqi businessmen in the United Arab Emirates that the government go to support genuine and serious private sector.

A statement by the Prime Minister’s Office received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of the Abadi “met at his residence in Abu Dhabi today a large number of Iraqi businessmen residing in the UAE, and discussed with him the investment opportunities available to the private sector and the men of the Iraqis and the obstacles businesses that stand in their way.”

The statement added that “al-Abadi listened to the opinions and observations of business investors and proposals relating to the laws and procedures of travel, and the need to facilitate the importance of providing the right environment for this vital sector, and to take advantage of the Iraqi competencies in the fields of construction and reconstruction needs of Iraq.”

The statement pointed out that “the Prime Minister responded to questions and comments directly to the audience, stressing that directed the government to support genuine and serious private sector, and the government is working hard to provide the appropriate climate for private sector participation in the construction of Iraq” .anthy