Najafi calls internal security file to take over in cities

(Independent) .. Search Vice President Osama Najafi with Interior Minister Mohammed Salem Ghaban important files, as editor of Nineveh, and the work and achievements of the Ministry of Interior and plans, and the security situation and developments in the confrontation with the terrorist organization Daash ..

And Najafi stressed when visiting the Interior Ministry, today, that the security file within cities should be handled by the Ministry of Interior in order to experience in this area as well as the police man destined mainly for this kind of work, the Interior Ministry, which is best able to implement the law by virtue of their competence, so that it is known in the army to defend the country and protect its sovereignty tasks.

He pointed out, according to a statement from his office, to the apparent progress in the process of liberalization, and praised the victories achieved against terrorism, called Il police take responsibility for the liberated areas and help people return to their homes ..

He emphasized that the war against terrorism should not be an excuse to harm any citizen, should differentiate between deviant individuals who helped Daash and participated in the crimes and their families, and do not download clans responsibility deviation of their members ..

Najafi and pointed to the religious and ethnic diversity in the province of Nineveh, and the importance of respect in the process of liberalization in order to help the inhabitants of the areas of the security forces in Tahrir and the extension of State authority and the law after the liberation, and not to allow a final liquidation of accounts outside the law and the principles of justice authority.

He stressed the critical importance of the theme of human rights and personal freedoms and respected by all state agencies.

Called to support the liberalization of Nineveh and involvement in the camp edits.

For his part, the minister welcomed the visit of Vice President of the Republic, referring to the vision of the Ministry of the Interior in the security business strategy and the importance of quickly applied to achieve positive results reinforce the confidence of the citizen security services and his desire to support and attribution.

The minister stressed that the vision is focused on the Ministry of Interior responsible for the security file, especially in the city of Baghdad, and for this purpose has been prepared an ambitious plan that would narrow the terrorists and facilitate the movement of citizens and their daily lives.

Add to activate the intelligence work in the face of terrorism, to reduce the human and material sacrifices, and the involvement of the police man the security effort as well as public support of competence, and the development of professional work based on the law and order, and to address any group carrying weapons outside the scope of the state no matter what.

Ghaban Najafi stressed the importance of support and political leaders to see the ministry, what are some of wills still working to derail the reform process.

The meeting dealt with many things that are in support of the effort for liberation and justice and the maintenance of order. (End)

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Iraqi security forces regained large parts of the town of Dhuluiya

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Erbil, December 30 (PNA) – Police sources said that the army and the Iraqi security forces and pro-government militias seized control of large parts of the town of Dhuluiya on the Tigris River north of Baghdad on Monday, gunmen Daash terrorist organization.

The attack began on Sunday and lasted until Monday and through which he militia fighters and the Iraqi army and federal police to end the siege of militants of the town, 70 km north of Baghdad.

Khalaf said Hammad, a police officer from DHULUIYA-backed militias, Iraqi security forces controlled the central parts of Dhuluiya where there are government offices, although fighters Daash now become trapped in small areas in the north west of the town.

Daash terrorists controlled the northern half of the town since June, and besieged the southern half of the Diluaah where members of the tribe refused to swear allegiance to Jabour Sunni militant group.

A resident of Dhuluiya Badu named Ahmed told Reuters: “We are trapped inside our homes since early in the morning. We do not hear only the bombing of the aircraft and machine-gun fire severely wait .. save us from the Islamic state.”

Iraqi police said an Iraqi helicopter and fighter jets carried out air strikes.

It uses Daash neighboring villages to isolate tribesmen Jabour, who are fighting against them, and also to attack the nearby town of Shiite country.

And targeted a new offensive, which began on Sunday, ending Daash grip on both the country and Dhuluiya.

There are a lot of strongholds Daash located in rural areas north of Baghdad, between the capital and the city of Samarra.

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MP calls to invest remains of federal budgets during financial crisis

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Baghdad (AIN) –MP Abdul Hussein al-Musawi of the Iraqi National Alliance demanded to establish a new fund to deposit the remains of the federal budgets and invest these remains during financial crisis.

MP Musawi said in a statement received by AIN Saturday “Establishing this kind of fund is necessary since all former federal budgets began with deficit and ended with remains.”

“This fund will be a real source for the government to face financial crisis and emergency cases,” he added, demanding the government to “provide necessary explanation over the remains of the budgets of 2012 and 2013 which exceeded $ 20 billion.” /End/  S4D

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Brent drops towards five-year low near $57, supply glut weighs

SINGAPORE Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:36pm EST

A woman pumps gas at a station in Falls Church, Virginia December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A woman pumps gas at a station in Falls Church, Virginia December 16, 2014.

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(Reuters) – Brent oil extended losses into a fourth session on Tuesday, with prices hovering close to a more than five-year low above $57 per barrel, as persistent worries about a global supply glut offset concerns about output disruptions in Libyan.

However, forecasts for a 900,000-barrel drawdown last week in oil stocks in top consumer the United States, following a rise to highest recorded December level in the week ended on Dec. 19, checked losses in crude prices. [EIA/S]

Brent for February delivery fell 8 cents to $57.80 as of 0323 GMT, after tumbling to $57.37 in the previous session, the lowest level since May 2009.

U.S. crude for February delivery fell 3 cents to $53.58 after it settled down $1.12 on Monday, when it hit an intraday low of $52.90 – also the lowest since May 2009.

“There’s no sign of any reduction of output by OPEC,” said Ken Hasegawa, commodity sales manager at Tokyo’s Newedge Japan.

Traders are now eyeing the weekly U.S. inventory data.

The industry group the American Petroleum Institute is scheduled to release its report later in the day, while the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration will release its data on Wednesday.

“A potential surprise draw in U.S. oil stocks would give a short-term fillip to the upside,” said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at Sydney’s CMC Markets.

Supply disruptions in Libya, which is producing 128,000 barrels per day from fields linked to the eastern port of Hariga after fighting halted operations at the key export ports Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, also supported oil prices.

“Libya is not a major producer but the disruption could be a trigger for a mini-rally,” McCarthy said.

Oil prices this year have been hammered by rising global supply and more recently OPEC’s reluctance to cut output. Brent is heading for its biggest annual drop while U.S. crude is set to post its biggest decline since 2008.

(Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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Washington tries ‘passive tough love’ in Iraq

WASHINGTON Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:15am EST

(Reuters) – When the United States withdrew its last troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, both Washington and Baghdad said Iraq was ready to defend itself. The rise of radical Sunni group Islamic State has proven that belief wrong. Yet senior White House and Pentagon officials are determined to show “strategic patience” and not be drawn into Iraq’s new civil war.

Washington has sent 1,900 troops to Iraq, while U.S. forces and their allies have conducted more than 1,300 air strikes against Islamic State, in both Iraq and Syria.

But American officials say their goal is to get Iraqis to resolve their deep political differences and battle Islamic State themselves.

“The message to Iraqis was you must do it yourself,” said a senior American official who was part of a U.S. military delegation that recently visited Baghdad. “We can’t solve it for you.”

Jonathan Stevenson, who from 2011 to 2013 served as the National Security Council’s director for political-military affairs for the Middle East and North Africa, said the belief in “strategic patience” comes from President Barack Obama himself. Stevenson said budget constraints and the White House’s hopes for a détente – and possible nuclear deal – with Tehran fuel the go-slow approach. Most senior American military commanders believe another large U.S. military intervention in the Middle East would likely fail and be hugely unpopular at home.

Stevenson said Middle East leaders also have an “exaggerated perception” of the impact an American military intervention to unite Iraq might have. One way to change that view of American military power is “don’t use it.”

“I think that is the prescription the administration is trying to follow,” he said. “It’s a form of passive tough love.”

(Edited by Simon Robinson)

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The U.S. fight against the Islamic State now has its own inspector general

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The U.S. government has spent $1 billion since August trying to stop the Islamic State from gaining ground in the Middle East, all without a designated watchdog to keep tabs on the efforts.

That changed this month with the appointment of an inspector general to review all federal programs related to Operation Inherent Resolve, including those from the Pentagon, State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Defense Department Inspector General Jon Rymer became the first official watchdog for an “overseas contingency operation” on Dec. 17, when Phyllis Fong, chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, tapped him for the role.

Special inspectors general have been appointed to review U.S. reconstruction efforts related to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but none have existed to examine actual conflicts abroad.

“I welcome the opportunity to work with my colleagues at the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development Offices of Inspector General to leverage our existing resources as we begin this critical mission,” Rymer said in a statement.

Among his responsibilities, Rymer will be in charge of determining the accuracy of spending reports and whether taxpayer funds have been used and awarded properly. He will also determine which inspectors general have primary control over reviews when several have jurisdiction, in addition to providing twice-yearly reports to Congress.

Rymer named State Department Inspector General Steve Linick as his No. 2 for the oversight work.

“We look forward to working with lead inspector general Rymer as we work toward the goal of providing effective, independent and comprehensive oversight of Operation Inherent Resolve,” Linick said in a statement.

The Obama administration in November requested an extra $5.6 billion from Congress to fight the Islamic State through 2015, and lawmakers approved the proposal as part of a $577 billion defense-spending bill this month.

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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Prime Minister General Commander of the Armed Forces, Dr. Haider Abadi, visiting Basra Operations Command Headquarters

Mr. Prime Minister and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Haider Abadi visited today, Basra Operations Command, was briefed on the security situation in the province.

The face of the sovereignty beaten with an iron fist all tempted to tamper with the security of the optical citizen, pointing to the existence of an intelligence effort to eliminate criminal gangs in the province.

He stressed the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces on the need to deal with any armed robbery, kidnapping or, as a practical threat to the security of the community; as such cases are not different from terrorism.

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December 29, 2014

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Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abadi is an inspection tour of the Center for Cancer and a residential neighborhood in Basra treatment

Mr. Prime Minister, Dr. Haider Abadi visited today, the treatment of cancer in Basra province, and a look at the medical services provided, and lose its sovereignty patients admitted and instructed to redouble efforts to meet their needs.

He has also toured in a suburb of Basra province, and listened to the citizens and their complaints and comments on the level of services.
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CoM to discuss amendment of Provinces law on Tuesday

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Baghdad (AIN) –The Council of Ministers will discuss the amendement of the Provinces law.

Source stated to AIN “The amendment of the Provinces law No. 21 in 2008 will be discussed by the CoM on Tuesday.” /End/

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