Iraq Troops Enter Tikrit, Drive Islamic State From Oilfields

(Bloomberg) — Iraqi forces entered the central city of Tikrit in an attempt to drive out Islamic State militants, and regained control of two oilfields in the region, a local official said.

Iraqi forces entered Tikrit from the north and south, and took control of several sites including the police academy and hospital, Khalid al-Khazraji, deputy chief of security in Salahuddin province, said by phone. Another three or four days may be needed to gain full control of the city, he said.

The Ajeel and Hamrin-Alas oilfields in Salahuddin were recaptured on Tuesday and are under the control of soldiers backed by local militias and tribes, al-Khazraji said.

Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, fell to Islamic State during its initial surge of conquest in northern Iraq in June last year. Iraq’s government this week announced a major military offensive to recapture it, with army units backed by pro-Iranian Shiite militias.

While Iran, an ally of the Shiite-led Iraqi government, has helped coordinate the assault, the U.S. — which is leading a bombing campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — says it hasn’t been asked to provide air support.

‘Overt’ Involvement

The top U.S. military official, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that the Tikrit offensive marked Iran’s “most overt” involvement in Iraq since it began influencing operations there in 2004, a year after the U.S. invasion to oust Saddam.

Previous Iraqi efforts to dislodge Islamic State have been unsuccessful. Iraqi and U.S. officials say an offensive is planned for the coming months to retake Mosul, the biggest city captured by the jihadists.

The Ajeel oilfield has a production capacity of 28,000 barrels a day, though airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition have caused significant damage, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The EIA in January cited an Iraqi official as saying that total output from fields controlled by Islamic State in the country was not more than 15,000 barrels a day.

To contact the reporter on this story: Khalid Al-Ansary in Baghdad atkalansary@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.netBen Holland, Andrea Snyder

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Iraqi forces advancing toward Tikrit, under the supervision of Iranian

Washington did not set a timetable for an attack on Mosul .. and Australia send 300 additional troops to Iraq

Date: March 4, 2015
Source: capitals – Agencies
  • Iraqi forces and allied militias fired from a location in Diyala province, adjacent to Salah al-Din during the battle to liberate Tikrit from «Daash».AFP
  • John Allen: preparations for the battle of Mosul should include the formation of a police force to ensure the security of the population, and the appointment of local authorities to rule the city.AFP

Iraqi troops surrounded, supported by armed Shiite factions, yesterday, the organization «Daash» in Tikrit, the largest city in Salahuddin province, and neighboring cities on the second day of the largest offensive of these forces on the stronghold of the extremist organization. At the time of Washington confirmed that it is not time-table for the attack, which Iraqi forces preparing to attack against the organization in Mosul, Australia announced send 300 additional troops to Iraq, where he will be involved, especially with their counterparts New Zealanders in the training of Iraqi forces to fight regulation.

He said Iraqi military officials, yesterday, said that the security forces, backed by Shi’ite factions known as the «units popular crowd», gradually progressing toward Tikrit, and submit slowed because of bomb blasts on the side of roads and sniper fire.

These forces did not enter Tikrit, the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein, or the role of the town overlooking the Tigris River, which officials described as the head of the center for the organization «Daash».

In the southern flank of the attack, Police and army officials said government forces moving north from the city of Samarra may launch an attack on the role at a later time.

Witnesses said, for «Reuters», the commander «Qods» in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who helped coordinate counter-attacks on «Daash», since the takeover of the organization on a large part of northern Iraq last June «oversees the part at least from the process. »

And sheds light on the existence and the front line on Iran’s influence on Shiite fighters, who were a major factor in containing the extremists in Iraq. In contrast, the air strikes carried out by the coalition, the US-led Iraq and Syria, had no role so far in Tikrit as announced US Department of Defense (Pentagon), the day before yesterday, for reasons perhaps including the great Iranian presence. The Soleimani directs operations against the East Wing of the village about 55 kilometers from Tikrit, called Po feathers, after recovered from «Daash» two days ago. It was with the two commanders Selmani Iraqi Shiite forces, two commander «popular crowd» Abumahdi engineer and leader of the «Badr Organization» which is one of the most powerful Shiite factions, Hadi al-Amiri. A witness said the security forces accompanied by near Albu feathers «he (Soleimani) stands on a hilltop indicates his hands toward the areas where the organization is still working». It is the largest offensive military operation in Salahuddin province north of Baghdad, since last summer, when the organization killed hundreds of Iraqi soldiers, who abandoned military base at Camp Speicher outside Tikrit.

It is possible to affect the conduct of operations in Tikrit in Salahuddin province in plans to restore the northern city of Mosul, the largest city controlled by the organization. In this regard, he stressed the international coalition against the group coordinator, US General John Allen, that no time-table of the attack that Iraqi forces were preparing for the attack against the organization in Iraq, especially the upcoming battle in Mosul.

He said, before the research «Atlantic Chaonsl» Center in Washington: «We must resist the temptation to set a timetable» upcoming attacks against extremists, such as the Battle of Mosul.

He added that «the most important of the schedule is ready», stressing in particular the need to prepare for the post-fight, in terms of the ability to meet the needs of residents of areas that are recovered from the organization.

In this regard, the US general said that preparations should include the formation of a police force to ensure «security» of the population, and the appointment of local authorities to rule the city, and the representation of the central government, and attention to the refugees wishing to return to their homes and restore public services.

The «Pentagon» denied, last Friday, to be put pressure on the Iraqi forces to launch a military attack, to restore Mosul, confirmed that the attack set a date of return to Baghdad.

In addition, Allen announced that the United States «protect» Syrian opposition fighters who were armed Stdrihm and, as soon as they become the battlefield.

He said «We have a clear project to train and equip them with the latest weapons, but also to protect them when the time comes».

Asked whether the protection of these fighters can be made through the imposition of a no-fly zone, Gen. Allen said that «all these options neighbor said her research.»

He stressed that «it is important not to think about that we will not support these fighters».

For its part, Australia, announced yesterday, sending 300 additional troops to Iraq, where he will be involved, especially with their counterparts New Zealanders in the training of Iraqi forces. He stressed the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, that these soldiers were sent to meet the formal request, made by the Iraqi and US governments.

He told reporters in Canberra «I want to draw out that we did not take this decision without thinking, in the end, Iraq is required to eliminate a death cult (Daash), but we do not want to leave the Iraqis alone».

The «Of course, we hesitate, as a people are peace-loving, to involve ourselves in distant conflicts, but as we know, this conflict was dropped himself on our country». And spreads in Iraq currently 170 soldiers from Australia special forces, on a mission to train Iraqi forces. Last week, the New Zealand authorities announced that they will soon send 140 soldiers to Iraq in a training and support mission.

On the other hand, Abbott said that about 100 Australian citizen currently fighting in the ranks of «Daash», in Syria and Iraq, while there are about 150 other citizen support organization from within Australia. The Australian force will be deployed as New Zealand, as of next May in Taji Military Base, north of Baghdad.

Central Bank announces start implementing the deletion of zeros from currency

Published in the Economic

03 March / March 2015

Light News / Baghdad 

Iraqi Central Bank announced on Tuesday that he gave the green light to direct the implementation of the deletion of zeros from the currency, pointing out that it takes two years.

 

Alak said at a news conference, child “Light News,” that “the file to delete the zeros of the Iraqi currency is put into effect, and the World Bank gave the green light to implement it.”

He added that “the completion of administrative matters on this file will take two years,” adding that “the Bank began creating models of the new currency.”


Parliament receives a membership stabbed 35 deputies, including replacements for Maliki, Allawi and Najafi

03/02/2015 (22:39)




BAGHDAD / Mohammad Sabah

The recent decisions of the Federal Court to overturn membership 5 parliamentarians to open the doors of appeals within the House of Representatives wide after 6 months of the start of the legislative session.

MPs revealed the existence of appeals membership of 35 deputies, including replacements for Maliki, Allawi and Najafi and Saleh al-Mutlaq.

The deputies are excluded occur they and their replacements are now taking part in the hearings, expected rise in the number of members of the House of Representatives to 332 if replacements excluded deputies led the constitutional oath.

announced that the Federal Supreme Court, last Wednesday, that the decisions regarding the replacement of members of the House of Representatives issued in accordance with the law, stressing that be replaced by the same entity and maintain, and noted that the “Law No. (6) omitted how to choose a variant of the entity,

so I went the Federal Supreme Court in its decisions to implement the provisions of the House of Representatives Election Law No. (45) for the year 2013 which was released later on the Law of the replacement of members of the House of Representatives.” .

, says MP Imad al-Zurfi told the “long”, that “there are a large number of complaints submitted to the House of Representatives challenged membership 35 deputies to the health and the various political blocs,” pointing out that “these MPs were sworn in earlier sessions as substitutes for the heads of the bloc . ”

He added Zurfi “The replacement process was in accordance with the Law No. 6 of 2006, which gives the head of the bloc the right to choose alternative candidate with him provided that of the cluster and the entity and the province,”

noting that “these appeals filed against a good alternative Nuri al-Maliki Sinead, as well as the replacements for Osama Najafi and Saleh al-Mutlaq and Iyad Allawi and the governor of Najaf, Adnan Zurfi. ”

He noted a member of a coalition of law that “all Hola Representatives bench submitted their applications to the President of the House of Representatives Saleem al-Jubouri, who passed them to the replacement process and sworn according to the approved legal proceedings in the House of Representatives.”

He noted the MP Najaf province, that “the Federal Supreme Court overturned the past few days membership of five deputies and considered incorrect based on the Law No. 45 of 2013 as the closest to the spirit of the Constitution in terms of respect for the will of the voters,”

stressing that “if the swearing-in of the four deputies others it will raise the number of members of the House of Representatives to 332 deputies. ”

decided the Federal High Court, on 16 \ 12 \ 2014, non-membership of a House of Representatives Health bench, stressing that the vacant seat awarded to the candidate who received the highest number of votes out of respect for freedom of choice of the voter.

He adds Zurfi ” There is a problem and the violation of legal where the House of Representatives took place after the performance Ihsan al-Shibli sworn my substitute without the presence of an administrative order him as well as not giving me Anevkaka from the membership of the House of Representatives, “noting,” We both attend together to Parliament, which rose many as 329 deputies sessions. ”

He continues, MP Najaf province said “Law No. 6 does not require the alternative receiving the most votes, but gives the president of the block or entity the right to choose in addition to the presence of an agreement recently signed between the heads of political blocs gives them a choice of bench privileges.”

The MP is unlikely for “the existence of a new appeals reached the parliament right 35 deputies will be submitted to a vote in the House of Representatives and in the case of lack of access to two-thirds of the votes Veseljo owners to the Federal Court to decide these outstanding issues. ”

According to Article (52 / I), the House of Representatives “decide on the membership of its members, health, within thirty days from the date of filing an objection , by a majority of two-thirds of its members, and may be challenged in the Board’s decision to the Federal Supreme Court, within thirty days from the date of issuance. ”

decided the presidency of parliament, last Saturday, to postpone the Federal Court decisions on the switch of Representatives and swearing, attributed the reason to the lack of a quorum for the switch of Representatives completion which requires two-thirds of the members.

He MP Imad al-Zurfi that “the President of the House of Representatives asked for clarification of the Federal Court about its past and therefore we await the Federal Court’s decisions after the submission of appeals membership of 35 deputies,” adding that “these actions will confuse the legislature because Hola 35 mostly They came as substitutes for senior political leaders. ”

wondering Zurfi “Why the Federal Court applied the Law No. 6 of 2006 in the previous session and down with him in this session,” pointing to “the existence of the intersection between the decisions of Parliament and federal court.”

It notes the MP that “his brother Adnan Zurfi got 17 thousand votes while he got on the 3000 Voice of the rival Ihsan al-Shibli won the 5000 voice. ”

For his part, says Zaid al-Janabi, MP unlikely alternative for Saleh al-Mutlaq, said that “there are errors in the replacement of members of the House of Representatives in No. 45 of 2013 which The alternative is to determine who got the most votes out of respect for the will of the voter from the same province, mass and not the coalition. ”

shows al-Janabi, in an interview for the “long”, that “the will of the voters are choosing Lists winning the most votes in the political entity and not mass”, pointing out that “alternative holds 300 votes while he got a 5000 voice.”

The show MP Zaid al-Janabi was surprised at the decision of the Federal Court, which said it would “give the losing parliamentary seats to the winner of the expense,” adding that “the most prominent MPs who submitted appeals membership MP Ali Alsjeri an alternative Environment Minister Qutaiba al-Jubouri. ”

confirms a member of the Arab coalition, headed by Saleh al-Mutlaq, said that “there are deputies made ​​appeals to membership of Kurdish blocs and the National Alliance and the Sunni blocs.”

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Today the launch of the workers’ salaries   

3/3/2015 0:00

 Baghdad virgin Hassani
proceed with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on Tuesday workers’ salaries secured exchange to holders of smart and Wednesday card exchange manual for the months of January and February.
ministry spokesman Amar Menem said “morning”: “The Department of pension and social security for workers affiliated to the ministry completed all distribution procedures salaries in coordination with the accredited bank in Baghdad and the provinces, as well as relevant to recipients card offices (Ki Card Smart) for the purpose of workers’ salaries exchange secured. ”
He said Menem he “was identified Tuesday to divert workers’ salaries from the smart card holders and on Wednesday for manual exchange.”
He said that according to the law of retirement and social security for workers, the retired who has less than 30 years of service receive a salary of $ 340 000 dinars.
It also said the retired family of the deceased, which has more than three beneficiaries will receive a salary of $ 300 000 dinars, also for two months, while the retired family deceased, consisting of two beneficiaries receive a salary of $ 280 000 dinars, at a time when a retired family receives the deceased that have one receivable monthly pension of $ 260 000 dinars, for only two months.

Iraq resort to bonds to cover the budget deficit

First Published: 2015-03-03

Finance Minister announces consultations with Deutsche Bank and Citibank version potential for bonds worth about six billion dollars.

Middle East Online

BAGHDAD – from Dominic Evans

Iraq’s oil exports are still below 2.6 million barrels per day

Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said Iraq is looking with Deutsche Bank and Citibank version potential for bonds worth about six billion dollars in its efforts to cover the expected huge budget deficit this year.

Government revenues have fallen with the drop in oil prices at a time when Iraq is waging a costly militants organize an Islamic state in the northern and western provinces military campaign, which resulted in a potential shortfall of approximately $ 25 trillion mortgage dinars ($ 21.4 billion).

To finance the deficit, Zebari said that the Ministry of Finance is considering measures including the issuance of bonds and borrowing from state banks and the conversion of some of the Iraqi banking assets in the Central Bank to bonds.

And perhaps also considering raising funds through sales of oil futures if the Council of Ministers rejected plans to issue bonds for ten years.Officials say the council of ministers headed by Haidar al-Abbadi sees the proposed interest rate at nine percent too high.

And payment of the sharp drop in oil prices Zebari to review the budget for the year 2015 several times to ensure each of them a reduction in the expected revenue from crude exports. I assumed the final version an oil price of $ 56 a barrel and exports of 3.3 million barrels per day.

Iraq’s oil exports remain high since the beginning of the year without the 2.6 million barrels per day due to reasons such as bad weather at the southern export terminals and major exports disappointing from the north through a pipeline run by the Kurds. But Zebari said the amounts are increasing.

Zebari said: “I think people now realize that this budget realistic.”

He said the proposal to transfer 50 percent of the assets of state-owned banks with the central bank into bonds Seder about five billion dollars to get a $ 1.8 billion through the International Monetary Fund and Iraq also will use special drawing rights.

The government has also imposed taxes on imported cars and cards of mobile phones and the Internet. And hopes to borrow six billion dollars from state banks and provide two billion dollars by reducing the rewards of government employees who earn high salaries.

Zebari said “In general, we try projected deficit through our own resources to cover.”

He said Zebari, a Kurd, said the authorities in the capital and the Kurdistan Regional Government in the semi-autonomous north of the country is still committed to the agreement to export oil despite disagreements about the amount of exports and payments.

Kurds complain that Baghdad did not comply with its obligations to pay them part of government spending, while Baghdad says that only a small fraction of the northern oil fields is transported for export via Turkey.

Zebari said “we deal with different expectations and a lack of confidence. But the agreement coherent and talks were continuing.”

He added that the government has turned 250 trillion dinars for the Kurds since the beginning of the year, a small fraction of the amount originally expected. He hoped to pay the other part, and soon a new round of talks.

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