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by ISW Analyst Team
This report is derived from open sources collected and processed at ISW during the reporting period. The report includes analysis on Iraq, Syria, ISIS, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Ukraine.
Iran stands to gain from events in Iraq and Syria this week. The battle against ISIS in Tikrit portends increased Iranian influence over Iraq’s security sector. The Iranian-backed Syrian regime may be gaining ground against rebels in Damascus. Russia is using an operational pause to shore up its presence within Ukraine. ISIS, absorbing losses in Iraq, conducted significant attacks in Libya and extended its reach into West Africa. Meanwhile, the Syrian regime may be looking to portray alignment with the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against ISIS.
Operations to retake Tikrit from ISIS met with early success and are accompanied by supporting operations against ISIS in Kirkuk province. ISIS responded by attacking west of Samarra, a threat stream that will likely persist. The cross-sectarian assault forces attacking Tikrit, including the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Iranian-advised and funded Iraqi Shi’a militias, and Sunni tribal militias, maintained collaboration during the operation without major violent, sectarian incidents. If Tikrit is effectively cleared, the greater test of sustainable cooperation will come during the hold phase when sectarian activity by security forces and militias and ISIS’s guerilla tactics may create new challenges. Anti-ISIS forces in Iraq must also decide to what degree to conduct operations balancing Iranian leadership and U.S. involvement. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey stated in Congressional testimony, “…anything anyone does to counter ISIL is in the main a good outcome…In other words, the activities of the Iranians [and] the support for the Iraqi security forces is a positive thing in military terms against ISIL.” Unless the Iraqi Security Forces operate in Mosul and Anbar without militia backing, however, any gains they make in these areas will not likely result in lasting outcomes that help to mitigate Sunni popular grievances. PM Abadi’s statement from the frontlines in Tikrit praised Shi’a militias for their role, revealing diminished U.S. leverage to oppose Iranian-backed Shi’a militias and support an inclusive outcome in Iraq’s other Sunni areas.
See: Iraq Situation Report: March 12-13, 2015; Control of Terrain in Iraq: March 12, 2015; Iraq Situation Report: March 10-11, 2015; Iraq Situation Report: March 9, 2015; Iraq Situation Report: March 7-8, 2015
He added that “the meeting includes the first reading of a bill to ratify the establishment of commercial Ministerial Council between the Government of the Republic of Iraq and the Government of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and reading Convention on the Law The first project accession of the Republic of Iraq to eradicate the illicit trade in tobacco products to the Convention on the WHO Framework regarding tobacco control protocol Act. ”
and he finished the statement by saying that “the agenda of the meeting also includes the first reading of the draft law on ratification of the Convention in the field of environmental protection between the Government of the Republic Act Iraq and the Government of the State of Kuwait and the first reading of the draft to maintain the documentation for the second reading of the draft labor law law, noting that “the meeting begins at eleven in the morning.”
The House of Representatives has raised its yesterday on Monday after obtaining the altercation between the parliament speaker and deputy Liberal bloc of Without the completion of laws proposed in Aamalh.anthy table
Posted: 15.03.2015 | 21:18 GMT |
Last updated: 15.03.2015 | 22:21 GMT | Varieties
Iraqi military officials announced the arrest of a number of Mshali “Daash” in northern Iraq, who are dressed in women’s clothes while trying to escape the fighting.
A spokesman for the province of Baquba police headquarters Ghalib al-Jubouri said that “the security forces arrested 20 militants, some of them disguised themselves as women after fleeing toward Tikrit battles Diyala province.”
The pictures were taken with “Aldoaash” and published in the “Instagram”.
The photos show insurgents from organizing “Daash” terrorist disguised as women ranging from underwear through Balvesatin and even robes and veils,
And appears in the images that some extremists arrested have shaved their beards and mustaches with a makeup.
Source: RT + “The Daily Mirror”
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BAGHDAD / … Parliamentary Finance Committee confirmed Sunday that the general budget included the granting of staff percent salary advance, noting that the launch of the predecessor is within the powers of the Council of Ministers exclusively.
A member of the committee MP Ahmed Sarhan, told the “eye Iraq News”, “The Council of Ministers is responsible exclusively in terms of the implementation of the budget law, and can not interfere with the Council in this matter, as the parliament is the only legislative authority.”
Ahmed added that “the general budget included granting advance percent salary granted to employees, citizens and loans granted to them by the government banks,” adding that “this matter back to the Council of Ministers exclusively.”
The House of Representatives has voted on the state budget for this year’s Law (29 / January), and send it to the presidency, having ratified by the President of the Republic, Fuad Masum, sent to the Council of Ministers, to be after the publication of the budget in the Official Gazette. Finished / 13
He Jubouri during the meeting that “the ultimate elimination of al Daash requires greater international support in all fields, especially in the areas of training, arming, praising the role of qualitative and effective international coalition in the war on terrorism and to achieve the desired objectives. ”
The statement noted that “the meeting was attended by Stuart Jones, the US ambassador in Iraq and Bert Makourk Assistant US Secretary of State.”
The head of the Council of Ministers Haider al-Abadi has received today at the official office of the International Alliance of the Presidential Special Envoy to fight Daash guerrilla terrorist Gen. John Allen and his accompanying delegation in the presence of the US ambassador in Baghdad, Stuart Jones and Ambassador Brett Mkourk, and stressed the importance of supporting the reconstruction of the liberated areas Fund to speed up the return of Nazhan.anthy
He added that “the taxi river will be free on the first day,” he said, adding that he “would be at a subsidized price for students and staff in the morning. ”
The Transport Minister Baqer al-Zubaidi was opened last Monday the first test flight of the Taxi river in Baghdad, which Tptdo of Marina boats in Jadiriya and ends in the holy city of Kadhimiya station, saying the ministry has sought to develop the taxi to be similar to what exists in the Bosporus in Turkey and the Nile in Egypt .anthy