Rafidain Bank announces the continuation of the granting of loans to citizens to buy a car in installments

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Rafidain Bank announced the continuation of the granting of loans to citizens to buy a car in installments.

The Information Office of the Bank said in a statement received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of the “Rafidain Bank continues to grant loans to citizens to buy a car in installments in the number of its branches.”

He pointed out, “it was a select number of companies to exercise this activity, explaining that” the period of repayment of the loan of up to five years, “.anthy

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IRAQ AFTER THE ISLAMIC STATE: POLITICS RULE

Americans aren’t very ‘war-weary’ anymore. But Washington still is.

If you Google the Iraq or Afghanistan wars these days, you will almost universally come across the adjective “war-weary” or some variant. It’s a word that has been used to describe the American people for nearly a decade now.

Yet despite that decade of weariness, Americans appear to be ready to go to war again — in fact, they are even more ready than their lawmakers in Washington.

A new CBS News poll shows 57 percent of Americans favor sending ground troops to combat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. That includes at least 50 percent of Republicans, Democrats and independents and is up from 47 percent in October.

It’s the latest evidence of a growing chorus calling for more force. A Fox News poll last week showed 60 percent of people thought ground troops would be necessary to defeat the Islamic State, rather than airstrikes alone. The more recent poll shows they not only think it’s necessary but are also urging Congress and the Obama administration to do it.

This comes after Americans overwhelmingly favored withdrawing troops from one of the very same countries mentioned above. Now they want to send them back in.

Despite this, there is very little push in Congress or the Obama administration for a significant ground troop presence just yet. President Obama’s request for authorization of force (which two-thirds of Americans support in the new poll) includes limited ground troops. They would be allowed for rescue missions and intelligence-gathering, but not as part of “enduring offensive ground operations.” Republicans want more leeway in the use of ground troops, but they aren’t calling for ground troops right this minute.

Which is where the lingering effects of Iraq and Afghanistan come in. Even as there is a growing desire for ground troop presence to fight the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), actually sending them in is a very difficult political decision. Once you commit to putting Americans on the ground, you own the results — as the Democrats who voted for the Iraq war and Republicans who lost the 2008 presidential election will attest.

Which is why, even as the American public is starting to build a consensus on fighting the Islamic State on the ground, Congress and the Obama administration will continue to be more cautious.

Indeed, it seems they are now more war-weary than the American people.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regulary.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/02/19/the-american-people-arent-very-war-weary-anymore-but-washington-still-is/

Obama: Al-Maliki stoking violence in Iraq

And Assad in Syria

Obama during his speech to the Washington summit

US President Barack Obama, said the former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad contributed fomenting violence in their countries.

Calling on the leaders and governments of the world to move vigorously to repel the ideology of extremism and violence adopted by the Islamist groups, stressing that the war, which they claim that the West waged on the Islamic religion is only“an ugly lie.”

Obama and in his speech to the closing session of the summit of the fight against extremism and violence, yesterday Thursday, hosted by Washington over the three days, the terrorists are taking advantage of minds incomplete maturity to impose hate speech, stressing the need to refute the idea deviant, argument that there is a war between the West and Islam.

“The response to these ideologies requires action on several axes, including eliminating sectarian conflicts in the region and the consolidation of the principles of democracy and the fight against poverty and unemployment in the Muslim world.”

He said the US president, that “the sectarian conflict in Iraq and Syria, paved the way for the organization of the Islamic state Daash, and form a magnet for terrorism factor.”

Obama urged the international community to deal with social issues may be the cause of the spread of extremism and violence, including poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, corruption and other manifestations that contributed to the stability of societies.

In this regard, pledged aid to needy countries, to encourage young people to take advantage of new opportunities for education, especially women.

He called on developing countries to work to provide a transparent environment for political action, a fourth step to counter extremism, and the elimination of political reasons taken by those groups as a pretext to carry out its operations, including respect for a peaceful democratic transition and freedoms.

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US admits it won’t be able to train enough troops in time for Mosul offensive

 a Kurdish Peshmerga soldier stands guard, overlooking the road between Mosul and Tal afar at the frontline of Eski Mosul

A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier stands guard, overlooking the road between Mosul and Tal afar at the frontline of Eski Mosul Photo: AP

US Central Command initially said it was preparing between up to 25,000 Iraqi troops for the offensive on Mosul against Islamic State to take place as early as early as April

Only hours after announcing a major new ground offensive to retakeIraq’s second city, the US was forced to admit on Friday it is unlikely to be able to train enough troops in time.

US Central Command initially told reporters in Washington it was preparing between 20,000 and 25,000 Iraqi troops for an offensive onMosul to take place as early as April or May.

Revealing the details of the onslaught for the first time, a senior US military official said five Iraqi brigades would form the main attack force against the jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) who currently occupy the city.

These would be accompanied by Iraqi counterterrorism troops, trained by US special operations and three smaller brigades of Iraqi reserve forces.

It also laid out plans for a “Mosul fighting force”, made up of local policemen and members of nearby tribes, who would stabilise the city once Isil was pushed out. The Kurdish Peshmerga would then protect Mosul’s northern and western flanks.

But what appeared to be a comprehensive plan that would see much of Iraq’s military rebuilt after it melted away in the face of Isil last June, quickly began to unravel.

With fewer than two months to go before the operation was due to begin, the US admitted it has so far only trained a fraction of the required soldiers.

An official at US Central Command said coalition troops have so far only trained “approximately 3,400 Iraqi troops”.

Many of these have received only the initial “bootcamp” training; a six-to-eight week course for new recruits designed to teach them the very basics of combat.

Demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group, slogans as they carry the group’s flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul in June 2014 (AP)

The US is in the process of deploying 3,000 military advisors to as many as eight training locations, as part of a $1.2 billion (£780 million) American train-and-equip programme to help the Iraqi army.

But the programmes have gotten off to a difficult start. In Camp Taji, one of the main training centres, recruits were, as recently as January, being trained mostly without weapons because the bulk of their equipment had been entangled in “Iraqi bureaucracy”, according to the Washington Post.

When asked how the US intended to launch the operation given the current dearth of soldiers, the spokesman for Central Command said the assault could be delayed.

“May is just an initial goal. If senior leaders do not feel that by then they are in a position where they can be successful, they can change it.”

The Iraqi and Kurdish security forces the US-led coalition is working with to prepare for the Mosul offensive also expressed surprise and dismay at the plan.

An Iraqi security source, who asked not to be named as he did not have permission to speak to journalists, said he found it “very weird” that the US should make such a statement, adding that May was a wholly unrealistic goal.

“His estimate is innacurate,” he said. “Before reaching Mosul we have to clear the towns of Kirkuk, Diala and Tikrit”.

Both the Iraqi and the Kurdish security sources said the US had also dramatically underestimated the number of Isil fighters in the city.

Instead of 1,000 to 2,000 Isil fighters in Mosul, as the US has claimed, they put the figure closer to 10,000.

The success of the offensive would likely depend on the participation of Kurdish Peshmerga forces – one of the only fighting groups left in the north of the country after the Iraqi military fled.

But the Kurdish security source said it was far from given that they would participate in the attack. Kurdish leaders have made it clear they have little interest in taking Mosul , a city outside the territory of an aspirational Kurdish state.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/11426172/US-admits-it-wont-be-able-to-train-enough-troops-in-time-for-Mosul-offensive.html

Finance announces the launch of the salaries of self-financing companies early next week

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Finance announces the launch of the salaries of self-financing companies early next week

Brother – Baghdad
finance ministry announced the launch of the staff of the self-financing companies salaries early next week.
A source for News Agency (et) that “the Ministry of Finance announced the launch, starting from next week, the staff of the self-financing the latter companies’ salaries.”
It is said that the Council of Ministers may face its decisions on Tuesday, the Ministry of Finance, regardless salary arrears self-financing companies.

http://www.khabaar.net/index.php/permalink/42619.html

John McCain, Lindsay Graham blast Obama for leaking ISIS attack plan

– The Washington Times – Friday, February 20, 2015

Sen. John McCain, chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, Lashed out at President Obama Friday after a Pentagon official made ​​public plans to attack the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq.

Mr. McCain Demanded in a letter That Mr. Obama Provide the name of the official who described to Reporters Thursday how the Pentagon planned to send a force of 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi security Forces, Kurdish fighters and regional police to Mosul to weed out the city’s 1,000 to 2,000 Islamic Militants State.

The Arizona Republican Also Called for Mr. Obama to say Whether the White House That Had given official permission to Discuss the war plans. Committee member Lindsay Graham, South Carolina Republican, co-signed the letter.

“These disclosures not only risk the success of our mission, but could also cost the lives of US, Iraqi and coalition forces,” the senators said in the letter. “Given the serious impact of these disclosures, we want to know who at US Central Command was responsible for this briefing, and whether they had prior approval from the White House to divulge this information. Those responsible have jeopardized our national security interests and must be held accountable. “

The official, who works for US Central Command, the branch of the US military that plans and conducts operations in the Middle East, divulged details about how and when the large-scale attack would be launched during a teleconference with major news networks and regional trade publications.

“The mark on the wall that we are still shooting for is the April / May time frame,” the official said. “There’s still a lot of things that need to come together and as we dialogue with our Iraqi counterparts, we want them to go in that time frame because if you get into Ramadan in the summer in the heat, it becomes problematic if it goes much later than that.

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Why the Pentagon wants you to know its Mosul war plan

The US military is typically loathe to talk about future operations, but early this week a senior official laid out pretty detailed plans for an assault on Mosul for a roomful of reporters.

The somewhat unusual briefing outraged Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) And Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) who complained Friday in a letter to President Obama that the “disclosures not only risk the success of our mission, but could also cost the lives of US, Iraqi, and coalition forces. “

The two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee wanted to know whether the White House had signed off on the disclosures and demanded an investigation. “Those responsible have jeopardized our national security interests and must be held accountable,” the lawmakers wrote.

So why did a senior military official spill the details of the war plan to rout the Islamic State from Mosul?

The answer: The Pentagon and Iraqi military commanders are hoping to avoid a massive, bloody battle in Iraq’s second largest city. “We want Mosul to look a lot more like the liberation of Paris than Stalingrad or Fallujah,” said a senior military official familiar with the planning. In other words, US and Iraqi commanders are hoping that they can convince most of the Islamic State fighters to leave the city before the big battle.

So far it remains unclear whether the strategy will work. The senior military official who briefed reporters on Thursday said that the assault on Mosul would likely begin in April or May and include between 20,000-25,000 troops. American war planes, and possibly helicopters, will provide air support to the Iraqi forces on the ground.

Most military officials believe that there are more than 2,000 Islamic State fighters currently in Mosul. It’s unclear how the outnumbered enemy will react to the news of the coming assault by Iraqi forces. For now, though, it appears that the Islamic State fighters are determined to dig in for a hard fight, said military officials.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Friday that he did not know that US Central Command officials would be briefing reporters. But the news of the disclosures did not seem to bother him too much.

“I guess if I did sign off on these background briefings, then I’d be accused of … micro-managing the Department of Defense, and I certainly would not want to be accused of doing that,” Earnest said. “Right?”

Greg Jaffe covers the White House for The Washington Post, where he has been since March 2009.
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Tomorrow is a new mechanism for buying and selling the dollar

2/21/2015 0:00

BAGHDAD – Tariq al-Araji
revealed Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq on the Keywords that on Sunday 22 of this month, will stop work ERA Bank and the adoption of the banking system as being responsible for foreign remittances, pointing to direct the preparation of a study showing the feasibility of removing zeros at this stage.

According to Alak, statement singled out the “morning”, that “the central bank since I assumed responsibility for the work to bridge the gap in his dealings.”

and that “it was the finalization of the new version and leave the old ways, coupled with certain conditions can not remain governor at the central bank, which has the functions and the functions and activities of a large and important for the national economy. “He explained that the Governor of the Central Bank” is not true that the central stays busy selling the currency like ATM daily. ”

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