Baghdad calls for Washington to shorten the time processed weapons

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ahead of talks conducted in Washington, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with President Obama the middle of next month, a delegation from the Pentagon has held Mbahat in Baghdad today to identify the needs of Iraq’s weapons, calling the defense minister to speed up the arming his forces operations ..
He held Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi in Baghdad military talks with the director of the agency defense and security cooperation in the US Department of Defense ‘Pentagon’ team Rexy and his accompanying delegation addressed
Ways to develop military ties between the two countries, especially the US sales program (FM MSI) where he explained the Iraqi side of the urgent need to military applications of gear and weapons the US Iraqi minister ..oshdd the need to shorten the time in Iraqi forces equipped with the necessary equipment and weapon because the program is characterized by the processing period as quoted by a press statement received by his press office length ‘Khaleej Times’ on Wednesday.
For his part, the American commander who was accompanied by the US ambassador in Baghdad, Stuart Jones that his country is doing its utmost to provide Almaatdhalosasah and necessary to meet the requirements of military and armament of the Iraqi army.
The discussions come at a time when the general commander of the Iraqi armed forces, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is preparing to hold talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington in 14 of the next month dealing with joint efforts to counter terrorism and cooperation in the military and security fields and to provide support and arming of Iraqi forces in the fight against al ‘Daash’ .
The United States is leading an international coalition of dozens of Arab and foreign countries to support the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in the face of the organization ‘Daash’ that controlled large areas in Iraq and Syria.
United States of America is one of the most prominent sources of arming Iraq and announced in the second from last month to provide Iraq with arms shipment of new included 21 million and six hundred thousand rounds as well as thirty-six thousand rockets and three thousand and seven hundred shell distributed over ten million rounds of five comma twenty five mm and seven rounds million and five hundred rounds caliber seven comma sixty-two mm
Four million rounds caliber zero comma fifty mm in addition to the six hundred thousand rifle rounds.
The deal also included a variety of missiles were distributed to one thousand five hundred Hellfire missile and
Thirty-five thousand rockets two comma seventy-five-inch size .. also included fifteen thousand tank shell caliber hundred and twenty-mm and three and twenty thousand artillery shell hundred and fifty-five mm
Two and twenty thousand sixty-mm mortar shell and ten thousand mortar rounds one and eighty-mm caliber
In addition to three hundred thousand anti-tank missile forty mm caliber severe explosion and dual purpose and four thousand a hand grenade.

Video of the meeting of the Iraqi defense minister with the director of agency security and defense cooperation in the US Department of Defense ‘Pentagon’ team Rexy:

budget and biting the Iraqi dinar – the study of the causes and the consequences

120 Show March 25, 2015 11:34
D. Haider Hussain Al Tohme
Euphrates Center for Development and Strategic Studies

Iraqi dinar saw a sudden drop in price against the dollar than it was before the adoption of the state budget in January 29.

He warned a number of experts and specialists in the financial and economic of the continuing decline of the Iraqi dinar exchange rate against the US dollar and its impact on the economic situation in the country’s affairs,

calling on the central bank to take swift action and effective solutions for the sake of the stability of the dinar exchange to save the national economy price.

The local market has recently seen a recession and volatile serious economic, coincided with the austerity budget for 2015 because of the deterioration of oil prices, and increased the continuing rise in the dollar economic conditions in the country’s exchange rate worse.

Citizens expressed their discontent and dissatisfaction with the currency fluctuations, stressing that this volatility cast a shadow over the stability of the domestic market and the standard of living for most classes of people, as well as the opportunity for traders and speculators to manipulate the prices are not justified.

Continued deterioration of the value of the dinar also raised against the dollar amazement and wonder a lot of specialists and non-specialists about the efficacy of the new monetary policy in the country, the fact that the deterioration mentioned revolving around the central bank’s policies, policies which hover around two axes,

the first price, which is sold by the dollar against the dinar, and the second The quantity sold of this dollar, the central bank is directly responsible in identified, but that is how the order details need to be clarified.

Originally -lo Strictly Adakkh- The public is who selects the daily market demands of the dollar, while the central bank exercised the role of providing these applications and what is reflected in the pricing.

If the central bank to provide all the quantities according to the market mechanism, it will keep prices stable, while that if he sold the amount is less than what is required, the result is a lack of width dollar, which leads to the generation market parallel to sell the dollar,

meaning that the dollar becomes his two prices , the first official determined by the central bank, and the other parallel to him away from this price by unmet demand, and is determined by supply and demand forces.

In the past, there was a difference between the two rates: the official price and the market price, but this difference was within the universally accepted standards, the 2% up, whereas the current difference is the 7% up to – 8%,

which is a big difference means that we have become about the two prices, the official rate and the black market rate. Dollar exchange rate has risen during the past few days gradually up to 1290 dinars, in its highest rate in years.

To make matters worse, the General Budget 2015 Act, has committed the Central Bank of Iraq, in paragraph 50, identifying sales of foreign currency (dollar) in daily auction ceiling does not exceed 75 million, with the exercise of justice in the sale,

and claim the participant in the auction bank providing goods enter the tax documents and data settling accounts and savings Alkmarki within 30 days from the date of purchase of the amount, and so it applies penalties stipulated in the Central Bank Act or regulations issued it, and use other banking tools to maintain the strength of the dinar against the dollar.

In this context, it is noteworthy that the foreign currency sales in the first half of 2014 from the central bank window has reached almost $ 25 billion, according to data published in the bank site, and for the full year compared to the first half of estimated sales of $ 50 billion.

Has identified the budget sales ceiling law $ 75 million a day, and when the implementation of this article literally, taking into account the work days and is without a 250 days per year, the annual sales ceiling under the law, may not exceed $ 18 billion, and thus the window sales are less than half estimated for 2015.

The demand to reduce the window sales does not mean reducing the demand for foreign currency, but to restrict the supply of government source.

And will face a clear contradiction between the officially fixed exchange rate and the amount of sales that the decision of the budget law in advance.

In a related development, Prime Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs and economist Iraqi Dr. denied the appearance of Mohammed Saleh, was announced by some officials, who indicated that the central bank’s actions are the cause of rising prices of the dollar against the dinar,

stressing that the central bank basically procedures are immunization to the process of selling the currency action , and it aims to not wasting the currency for the time being, especially since Iraq is suffering from great financial hardship.

Saleh said At interview of the island Nt- The rise in the dollar price came on the back of lower oil prices in the international oil market, though most of Iraq’s imports of Finance comes from oil, and the hard currency comes with oil revenues, adding that the Ministry of Finance turned half of the oil revenues to her reserve and crisis dollars.

Saleh added that Iraq does not have an economic resource is oil gets on the dollar through it, it does not issue a goods and materials and goods out of Iraq, nor reap from religious tourism or general tourism hard currency for the lack of attention, and customs applied to imported goods properly.

He stressed that the new central bank action came to fortify the dollar selling process, not a final stop currency auction, pointing out that the Iraqi dinar completely covered in foreign currency, and there are fears of a weak Iraq reserves of hard currency, at least in the foreseeable future.

The Central Bank of Iraq, had announced in (the 18th of January 2015), that the financial reserves of Iraq is equivalent to one and half times the weakness of the currency bloc, returned it the “best rates” in the countries of the world.

He also confirmed that Iraqi financial institutions are “unable” to cover the fiscal deficit, he stressed the need to reconsider the structure of the budget and spending and to diversify sources of income and achieve the investment more broadly to address the decline in oil prices.

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US begins airstrikes in Tikrit in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive

The airstrikes were ‘ongoing,’ an official said without providing details.

At Iraq’s request, the US began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters, a senior Us official said.

The airstrikes were “ongoing,” the official said without providing details. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the attacks had not yet been officially announced.

An Associated Press correspondent in Tikrit reported hearing warplanes overhead late Wednesday, followed by multiple explosions.

Iraq began the Tikrit ground offensive in early March without requesting US air support, even as it welcomed help from Iran.

In an address to the nation Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi predicted success in Tikrit but did not say the US was providing airstrikes.

“We have started the final phase of the operation in Tikrit,” he said. “You will liberate your ground, not anyone but you,” he said, in a speech to the Iraqi people.

Al-Abadi praised all the groups involved in the battle against the Islamic State group, including the so-called Popular Mobilization Forces, which the US calls Iranian-backed militias, the Sunni tribes and coalition forces. But he fell short of confirming that the coalition is playing a direct role in Tikrit.

US airstrikes in Tikrit raise highly sensitive questions about participating in an Iraqi campaign that has been spearheaded by Iraqi Shiite militias trained and equipped by Iran, an avowed US adversary.

Iran has provided artillery and other weaponry for the Tikrit battle, and senior Iranian advisers have helped Iraq coordinate the offensive. Iraq pointedly did not request US air support when it launched the offensive in early March.

Recently, the offensive has lost momentum. Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said Wednesday the Iraqi forces have encircled Tikrit but not yet made significant inroads into the heavily defended city limits.

“They are stalled,” he said.

The US has hundreds of military advisers in Iraq helping its security forces plan operations against the Islamic State, which occupies large chunks of northern and western Iraq. But the US has said it is not coordinating any military actions with the Iranians.

Volunteer Shiite fighters fire a Howitzer artillery canon in the village of Awaynat near the city of Tikrit, earlier this monthVolunteer Shiite fighters fire a Howitzer artillery canon in the village of Awaynat near the city of Tikrit, earlier this month (Getty)
Warren said that at Baghdad’s request the US began aerial surveillance over Tikrit in recent days and is sharing the collected intelligence with the Iraqi government.

The US-led air campaign, launched in August and joined by several European allies, has allowed Iraqi forces to halt the IS group’s advance and claw back some of the territory militants seized last summer.

But the growing Iranian presence on the ground has complicated the mission, with Washington refusing to work directly with a country it views as a regional menace, yet is currently embroiled with Iran in sensitive negotiations over a nuclear deal.

The prominent role of the Shiite militias in the fight to retake Tikrit and other parts of Iraq’s Sunni heartland has meanwhile raised concerns that the offensive could deepen the country’s sectarian divide and drive Sunnis into the arms of the Islamic State group.

Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Badr Organization and a commander of Iraq’s Shiite militias, told reporters in Samarra:

“If we need them (the US-led coalition) we will tell them we need them. But we do not need the coalition. We have surveillance planes over our heads already. The participation of US planes hinders out operations … If we need it, we’ll tell our government what we need. “

He claimed that the militias, the overwhelming majority of which is made up of Shiite fighters, have their own surveillance drones.“We buy them anywhere,” he said. “We have our own … controlled by Iraqis.”


Abadi: start of the final phase of the process of “liberation” of Salah al-Din

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Haider al-Abadi

Roudao – Erbil

He said Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, to the start of the final and decisive phase of the process of “liberation” of Salah al-Din, the leaders vowed to organize the Islamic state Daash prosecution and retribution from them.

Ebadi said during a televised speech on Thursday evening, said that “the final and decisive Edit Salahuddin phase may start, we will not stop before the expulsion of all militants Daash from Iraqi territory, and Iraqi forces Stguets militants Daash and its leaders, and Sthasabhm on what they had done the killing and displacement and crimes against Iraqis “describing the second and final phase of” the last page to edit Salahuddin complete. “

The Iraqi forces have announced the start of the Battle of entry of Tikrit, by launching an intensive air strikes on al Daash inner-city locations.

The Prime Minister praised the role of Iraqis of all stripes in Tkacvhm and support to Iraqi forces in military operations against militants organize Daash, calling the whole world unity against Daash danger that threatens everyone.

Abadi said that the military operations to Iraqi forces will continue until the return of all Iraqi territory, vowing Alentzim defeat in Mosul and Anbar after Salahuddin.

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