Statement on Iraq conducting its first counter-ISIL air operations using F-16 fighter aircraft

Press Operations

Release No: NR-349-15
September 6, 2015

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following statement:

“Today the Government of Iraq announced that Iraq has conducted its first counter-ISIL air operations using F-16 fighter aircraft. We commend the Iraqi Air Force for its successful use of this cutting edge aircraft ‎in the international campaign to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL. The first four aircraft purchased by the Government were delivered to Iraq in July. The United States is committed to building a strategic partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people and we will continue to work with the Government of Iraq on the delivery of the remaining aircraft as they become available within the framework of the production schedule.”‎


Israel starts building border fence on frontier with Jordan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second left, and Cabinet Secretary, Avichai Mandelblit, left, arrive for the the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015.© Menahem Kahana/Pool photo via AP Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second left, and Cabinet Secretary, Avichai Mandelblit, left, arrive for the the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 6…

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has begun building a fence along part of the country’s eastern border with Jordan as Syrian civil war refugees and other migrants flee their countries.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday: “We see today what happens when countries lose control of their borders.” He seemed to be referring to the massive influx of refugees from the war-torn Middle East and African migrants heading to Europe.

Netanyahu earlier bemoaned the “human tragedy” of Syria’s civil war and said Israel has aided its victims. However, he said Israel is too small to take them.

Israel already built fences along its border with Egypt to stop African migrants and in the Golan Heights bordering Syria.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog said Saturday that Israel should take in a limited number of Syrian refugees.


The death of the “Prince of Daasha” and three of his bodyguards in Daquq

11:41: 06/09/2015
Khandan – kill “emir” in the organization “Daash” terrorist and three of his bodyguards Atrgarh carried out by the international coalition aircraft on their hideouts in the district of Daquq, south of Kirkuk. 
Commission regulations DAQUQ Patriotic Union of Kurdistan official Idriss al-Haj Ali said in a statement to “Khandan”, said coalition aircraft continued strikes initiated by since the fifth of the afternoon Sunday, the nests of terrorists “Daash” in a subsidiary of Daquq district south of Kirkuk villages, pointing out that the raids killed “emir” in the organization “Daash” terrorist and three of his bodyguards. 
He added that the so-called (on a long Izzi), a “Prince” in the organization “Daash” terrorist and three of his bodyguards, were killed after coalition raids on the village, “a fourth hill.” 
Haj Ali said the raids also targeted nests “Daash” in the villages (Albomamed, Tel-Rabia, Zگlaoh, Imod, Suhail). 


Urgent Iraq, Iran sign three agreements on economic cooperation

Published: 2015/9/6 17:2668 Reads
Follow up (AIN)-Iran and Iraq have signed three agreements for the expansion of cooperation in various economic fields between the two neighboring countries.

According to Iranian media, the agreements were signed in presence of Iran’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayyebnia and his Iraqi counterpart, Hoshyar Zebari, in Tehran on Sunday.

The agreements aim to boost cooperation between Iran and its western neighbor in such areas as customs, taxation and mutual investment.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the signing ceremony, Iran’s minister of economic affairs and finance said according to the agreements, Iran and Iraq will expand customs cooperation while taking steps to do away with double taxation and encourage mutual investment in the two countries.

Tayyebnia further stated that the volume of bilateral trade between Iran and Iraq currently stands at USD 12 billion a year, expressing hope that the new agreements will further increase that figure to over USD 20 billion.
Zebari, for his part, congratulated the Iranian nation and government on the conclusion of the nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries – the US, the UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia – in Vienna on July 14, which led to an agreement between the two sides, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

According to JCPOA, sanctions against Iran’s economic sectors, including oil and gas industry, will be lifted in return for certain restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Zebari described the nuclear agreement between Iran and the sextet as rational, helpful and in the benefit of both Iran and the entire region.

The Iraqi minister also stated that relations between the two countries are progressive, expressing hope that Iran-Iraq ties with further expand in future.

Zebari arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran Saturday evening, heading an economic delegation.

Earlier on Sunday, he met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, during which the two sides explored various aspects of bilateral relations./End/

Iran to continue ‘unswerving support’ for Iraqi government

Published: 2015/9/6 17:3024 Reads
Follow up (AIN) -Iran’s Hassan Rouhani has received the credentials of Iraqi new ambassador to Tehran.
Mr. Rajih Sabir Aboudi al-Mousavi is new Iraqi ambassador to Tehran who presented, on Sunday, president Rouhani with his credentials, where the president highlighted Iran’s relationship with neighbors especially Iraq; “definitely, Iraq’s security and stability is ours security; we want to see an Iraq stable and secure; Islamic Republic of Iran has always exploited every avenue to restore stability and security in Iraq; however, we believe that the major responsibility as well as historic mission lies solely with the Iraqi government and people,” President Rouhani told the Iraqi ambassador.

Rouhani also pointed to ‘great capabilities and ample opportunities’ for developing mutual economic, cultural, and political ties; “We wish Iraqi government and nation success in fighting terrorism and bringing to all ethnic and religious groups a peaceful symbiosis in the framework of a united Iraq,” he told the meeting.

Mr. al-Mousavi for his part said that Iran was in a sense, ‘the second homeland of Iraqis.’ “Iraqi people have understood clearly in recent years and in more concrete manner, that their Iranian brethren lavish support and cordiality toward themselves in defending Iraq and sacred shrines as well; our enemies waged misguided attempts to create rifts between two nations; however, we will be in this direct path to improve already friendly relations with the eastern neighbor,” said the new ambassador. “Iran’s success in nuclear negotiations belongs to other Muslim nations as well; we are sure that Iran, under the sagacious leadership of the current leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the late Imam Khomeini’s everlasting charismatic spiritual figure, will move toward progress in a pace more rapid than ever,” he told the president./End/


Interior Minister: we have initiated reforms and corruption hit capital

06/09/2015 20:04

The ministry suffered for decades from a fundamental defect in the performance of its functions, duties and distancing itself from professionalism.

BAGHDAD / Obelisk: The Minister of Interior Mohammad Al Ghabban, Sunday, that the delay for reforms Security a “betrayal” of the people sector, as he emphasized that he took the initiative to strike “the heads of corruption” in his ministry.

Said Ghabban in an interview with a number of media, including “obelisk”, “The delay in the reforms a betrayal of national commitment to the people,” pointing out that “we initiated reforms since we receive the tasks in the changes, job rotation and hit the corruption capital”.

He added that “The ministry suffered for decades from a fundamental defect in the performance of its functions, duties and distancing itself from professionalism,” noting that “from Apr challenges facing the ministry is the political pressure and political interference.”