Washington does not rule out sending troops to fight «Daash» on the ground

06-03-2015 12:25 AM

The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, he may be in the end sending units of special forces (commandos) US to Syria to support the moderate opposition fighters who train and Washington.

Gen. Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Senate, he was’ in the event of Field Command asked me to or from the Secretary of Defense to send special forces to support the Iraqis or the new Syrian forces (…), and if we found that this is necessary to achieve our goals, then it would be This is what Sentlbh of President (Barack Obama) ‘.

But an official at the Pentagon downplayed the statement, adding that Gen. Dempsey did not change his position at all on the Syrian situation because it ‘is not an option to send US troops to Syria’ only if their mission was to save an American pilot shot down or crashed.

The source said, on condition of anonymity, said the evidence that what he said Gen. Dempsey is nothing more than ‘default’, which is that the moderate Syrian opposition forces have yet to begin their training.

Gen. Dempsey made ​​a similar statement, but it singled out exclusively Iraq, where there are currently more than two thousand American troops providing advice and training to Iraqi government forces and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, in order to fight the organization ‘Daash’ extremist.

The Pentagon announced last week that the training of moderate Syrian opposition fighters would begin ‘within four to six weeks.’

It is scheduled to be deployed in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, a total of a thousand US troops to help train fighters from the Syrian opposition to moderate later sent to Syria to fight regulation.

The US strategy against al ‘Daash’ to defeat in Iraq first. In Syria says Washington that it takes probably several years before he could moderate opposition fighters to make progress against the extremists.

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KRG receives first 2015 budget payment

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KRG receives first 2015 budget payment

A worker walks on an oil pipeline at the Khurmala Dome formation of the Kirkuk oil field on Dec. 13, 2013. (STRINGER/Reuters)

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ERBIL – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has received its first 2015 budget payment from Iraq’s federal treasury. Ahmed Abdulrahman, spokesman for KRG Minister of Finance Rebaz Hamlan, confirmed that 250 billion Iraqi dinars ($208.3 million) was received on Thursday, and went toward making overdue payments to public sector employees. “We used the money to complete December payments of six ministries, the three presidencies and retired civil servants,” Abdulrahman said. Under Iraq’s 2015 budget law, the KRG is supposed to transfer an average 550,000 barrels per day (bpd) to state oil marketer SOMO – 250,000 bpd from KRG-controlled fields and 300,000 bpd of federal production from fields in Kirkuk – in return for a share of federal revenue worth roughly $1 billion per month. In January the KRG transferred 145,000 bpd to SOMO, slightly more than the 123,000 bpd that the federal North Oil Company (NOC) put into KRG-controlled pipelines from fields in Kirkuk. The size of the January payment roughly correlates with the value of the oil that SOMO received in Ceyhan.
Baghdad leaders have not articulated an official policy of using oil revenue from SOMO’s Ceyhan exports to determine the size of the KRG’s monthly budget transfers. However, Iraq’s federal government – like the KRG – is suffering from a severe liquidity crisis, making it both financially and politically difficult to authorize the transfer of any revenue that the KRG has not directly helped to generate.
The Oil Ministry said that federal exports from Ceyhan increased to an average of 304,000 bpd through February, raising the prospect that a second payment to the KRG could be higher.
The January payment and the increase in KRG transfers to SOMO demonstrate some willingness by leaders in both Baghdad and Erbil to make their oil agreement work despite shortfalls on both sides.
Although the payment from Baghdad signals some political appetite for ongoing cooperation, it still leaves the KRG well behind on its spending obligations. Every month, the KRG needs 850 billion dinars ($708 million) just to pay public sector salaries, Hamlan said in a recent interview with local media.
The KRG also needs to repay billions of dollars’ worth of debts it incurred in 2014, after Baghdad cut off regular budget payments amidst political disputes over Kurdistan’s independent oil exports.
Falling oil prices have increased the urgent need for economic reform in Kurdistan, but the prospect of reducing the government payroll is politically difficult to tackle.
In a televised interview on Feb. 24, Hamlan said that the KRG has a total of 1.4 million people on its payroll, including 682,000 civil servants and security force members, and an additional 718,000 pensioners – meaning that approximately one in three citizens depends on the government for a salary, in a region where female workforce participation is very low and most of the population is under 20 years old.
In Erbil on Sunday, Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami presented Kurdish MPs with a schedule of the KRG’s month-by-month production and export capacity until June. Iraqi Oil Report obtained a copy of the data.
The schedule shows that the KRG can, in March, send 435,000 bpd of oil for export, rising to 600,000 bpd by June – figures which include the Bai Hassan field and the Avana dome of the Kirkuk field.
[12:53:51 PM] Kimberly: The cooperative export deal could still be derailed by disputes over what the KRG will do with its spare export capacity and how to administer Bai Hassan and Avana, which have been appropriated by the KRG.
“There are some issues that we are not happy about, and also there are issues the KRG is not happy about. These issues are not solved at one time, but in stages,” Iraqi Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi said at a Sunday press conference in Baghdad.
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Ebadi calls for the provision of electricity to areas liberated from Daash and get ready for next summer

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[Baghdad-where] the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called for the power of the areas that is released from the terrorist gangs Daash provision, while urging the Ministry of Electricity to prepare for next summer.

A statement by the Office of Abadi received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it today that “al-Abadi, received in his office today, Minister of Electricity Qassim Fahdawi, and during the meeting to discuss the reality of power and preparations for the ministry for the summer season, in addition to the importance of providing electrical power to the regions, which is released in battles our heroine against al Daash terrorist. “

He called on the cadres of al-Abadi, “the Ministry of Electricity to make utmost efforts for the electric power of the citizen to provide and prepare for the next summer season.”

He pointed out that “there are wins and regions have been edited by the security forces, it is necessary to intensify efforts to restore power to them for re-hosts that displaced them.”

The Minister of Electricity Qassim Fahdawi announced earlier that “the electric power will improve in Iraq during the next summer season.”

And between Fahdawi in a statement to [where] that “the electric power will improve during the next summer after the entry of new plants for the service as well as to improve the transmission and distribution networks.”

However Fahdawi saying, “This is not the ambition that we wish but power will improve a little bit.”

It is said that electric power is witnessing during each summer frequent breakdowns and many hours to extinguish the season.

The Minister of Electricity Qassim Fahdawi had promised more than one occasion to end the power crisis in Iraq during his stay in office for the next four years from the age of the current government.

For its part, questioned the Commission on oil and energy parliamentary, get this near-improvement, where he said the Commission’s decision on the Qubool’s [where] in 26 of the last month that “the electric power, according to the Ministry of Electricity plan for next summer, and Mracbatna of the situation, it will be the same generation level during last summer and will not the case is different with him. “

The House of Representatives has passed a resolution in 2012 introduced the electricity sector to private investment, after a lot of efforts made ​​by the Government to improve over the past failed Almadih.ant

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Rasheed Bank announces exchange instruments of the pilgrims and the salaries of retirees of Nineveh and Salahuddin procedures

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الخميس 5 مارس 2015 | 07:45 مساء
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BAGHDAD / .. decided Rasheed Bank, on Thursday, to facilitate the procedures of the payment instruments pilgrims winners and non-winners in the hot spots (Nineveh / Salahuddin / Anbar) .

A statement of the Ministry of Finance “Eye Iraq News” received a copy of it, the Director General of the Bank Mohamed Abdel Wahab was quoted as saying that “the new regulations issued by the Rasheed Bank allows the citizen review of a number of branches that have been allocated for the disbursement of funds deposited instruments calculates open the pilgrimage at the bank,” he said to be allocated to the branches are (Karkh / 23 Karkh district and branch 520 student Rusafa / Alboshjaa 519) and the province of Kirkuk (Babacrker / Branch June 1) and in Anbar province (gray Branch) and the province of Salah al-Din Samarra Branch).

He explained that “there are other facilities for retirees in the hot spots were allocated two branches in Baghdad to pay salaries and two (Yarmouk branch of the retirees of Nineveh province / branch and fitness for retirees Salahuddin” ./anthy 4 province

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