Parliamentary Finance is preparing a plan for “bridging the gaps” smuggling hard currency abroad

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Since 09/10/2015 20:48 pm (Baghdad time)

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Detection of the parliamentary finance committee member Massoud Rostam, Thursday, for activating the plan to fill the gaps in front of the “political business” Almjmaya currency being smuggled abroad, stressing near-money laundering law legislation and vote on it.

Said Rustam’s / scales News /, that “the work of the parliamentary finance committee at the moment is focused on filling the gaps in front of” business political “groups that smuggle hard currency” dollar “out of the country,” stressing that “the committee has prepared a plan in coordination with the Central Bank and the Office of anti-money laundering detection and prosecution of those who then take the necessary measures against them. ”

He added, “The committee has completed all legal proceedings relating to the law of money laundering legislation in the nearest time”, adding that he “would limit the smuggling currency out of the country and regulates banks and the Central Bank’s work on hard” currency the dollar. ”

He denied Rustam, that “the committee be able to retrieve any sums of money through the files of the investigation of corruption or smuggling of currency”, stressing that “the recovery of the money is very difficult and you need a real administrative reforms at all levels.”

He revealed to the Parliamentary Integrity Committee member Mohammed fact that all “open a new file on corruption” traders “are fleeing the hard currency” dollar “abroad by buying goods at low prices, confirming the involvement of senior officials in that case.”

He said the fact that L / scales News /, that “the issue of a new corruption ensured Parliamentary Integrity Commission investigated a” hard currency drain “out of the country by” traders “are standing behind senior officials in the state.”

He added that “this process is done by some traders who derail the hard currency” dollar “of the country through the purchase of goods and goods very low prices worth,” stressing that “Akhbarat from private sources and arrived at the committee of parliamentary integrity on the work of these traders.”

He noted that “the prices of those goods do not compare the money that is taken out of the country under the pretext of import,” explaining that “this process is to cover currency smuggling behind them senior officials process.”

And it revealed to the economic and investment commission in Parliament that “the Presidency of the Council of Representatives received money from the draft Cabinet laundering law, asserting that the legislation delayed many and we need as soon as because it will contribute to the prevention of smuggling of currency abroad” .anthy / 29 / d 24

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Abadi’s office announced the details of the decision to exempt agents and general managers


September 10, 2015

Baghdad / Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network (IMN) –
The Information Office of the Office of the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued details of the decision to exempt agents and general managers.


The Information Office said that “based on the first package of reforms presented by the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, in the center of administrative reform and private measures limbering and including raising the efficiency of the performance of state institutions, the Abadi decided hundred and twenty-three, Deputy Minister and Director exemption years”.


He added, “There is a list of other exemptions will be issued later, knowing that a large portion of the sites have been canceled, and the exemption of general managers, which either have not been canceled Vtm exempt general manager of incompetence and replaced with other”.


He pointed out that the 123, Undersecretary of the Ministry of years and a director who has been relieved, the numbers are broken down by the ministry, as follows:


Ministry of Health (3 Agents) and (10 general managers).
The Ministry of Commerce (1 agent) and (8 general managers).
The Ministry of Transport (2 agents) and (6 general managers).
Ministry of Agriculture (4 two managers).
The Ministry of Culture (3 two-managers).
Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (1 head body) and (2 two managers).
The Ministry of Displacement and Migration (2 agents) and (1 general manager).
The Ministry of Housing and Construction (1 general manager)
The Ministry of Oil (2 managers of two years).
The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (1 general manager).
The Ministry of Communications (2 advisers).
The Ministry of Electricity (8 general managers).
The Ministry of Education (3 years managers).
Ministry of Industry and Minerals (34 general managers).
The Ministry of Finance (4 two managers).
The Ministry of Justice (2 managers of two years).
Ministry of Youth (5 managers of two years).
The Ministry of Municipalities (1 general manager).
Ministry of Water Resources (8 general managers).
The Ministry of Environment (1 general manager).
Intelligence service (1 general manager).
Hajj body (1 agent) and (1, Director General).
Baghdad Secretariat (1 agent) and (4 managers two years).

http://center-imn.net/1/?p=31512

The parliamentary economic: Iraq Siqtrd $ 6 billion under the name of “Treasury bonds”

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Since 09.10.2015 at 17:30 (GMT Baghdad)

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Revealed a member of the economic and investment commission parliamentary Najiba Najib, on Thursday, the Iraqi government is moving towards borrowing from the International Monetary Fund of a new, while confirming that Iraq is about to borrow $ 6 billion under the name of “Treasury bonds.”

She said Najib’s / scales News /, that “the Iraqi government moving towards borrowing from the International Monetary Fund on a new form of cash,” indicating that “the government also will resort to borrowing to support investment projects for next year in the country.”

She said a member of the economic and investment commission in Parliament, “The government is now about to borrow $ 6 billion under the name of” Treasury bonds “, revealing at the same time that” the Minister Almalahhochear Zebari Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of the appearance of Mohammed Saleh passing by in London in order to try to change the classification Olantmaia for Iraq to “positive” and that will reduce the financial interest on loans borrowed by Iraq. ”

It is said that “a member of the economic and investment commission parliamentary Najiba Najib revealed for / scales News /, earlier, that Iraq’s debt to neighboring countries and Fund and the World Bank exceeded $ 25 billion, while confirming that it is difficult to pay off the debt,” .anthy 29/9 P / 18 G

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Coalition: Abadi apologized for attending hosted the headquarters of his work and will attend the session next week

By Mohammed Emad 10/09/2015 03:38 | Views: 1063

Coalition: Abadi apologized for attending hosted the headquarters of his work and will attend the session next week

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MP for the coalition of state law Abbas al-Bayati, on Thursday, that the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi apologized for the presence of Parliament scheduled to host the headquarters of the work session “to order an emergency”, and as pointed out that al-Abadi agreed with the presidency of parliament to attend next week, pointed out that the head The government is keen to communicate with the parliament and cooperate with him to ensure the success of the reform movement.

Bayati said that “the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi   did not reach the parliament but apologized for the presence of the headquarters hosted done to get emergency appointments on the agenda of the session.”

The al-Bayati, that “al-Abadi agreed with the Presidency of the Council of Representatives to attend next week,” pointing out that “the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi eager to communicate with the parliament and cooperate with him being a necessary and essential to the success of the reform movement.”

The Prime Minister apologized Haider al-Abadi, on Thursday, to attend scheduled to host “emergency reasons,” the parliament session, while assuring a source familiar with, that the prime minister left the parliament building after “reaching the outer gate.”

It is noteworthy that the Iraqi Council of Representatives held on Thursday, its 20th of the first legislative term of the second legislative year, headed by Salim al-Jubouri, and the presence of 220 deputies, while the agenda of the meeting included host Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and discuss the first and second readings of the three law.

http://www.khabaar.net/index.php/permalink/51688.html

Deputy for Law’s (et): The government shouldered the mistakes of previous governments

By Mohammed Emad 10/09/2015 06:17 | Views: 16

Deputy for Law's (et): The government shouldered the mistakes of previous governments

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Rat MP for the coalition of state law Hilali smile that “the current government have borne the mistakes of previous governments, noting that the reforms will be reflected positively on the future of Iraq.”

She said Hilali in a statement singled out by the reporter for News Agency (et)   that “the current government made ​​a lot of reforms and important decisions that will show effects in the future upscale and strengthen the country’s economy, noting that” demonstrations are the result of the accumulation of the past years. ”

She explained that “the government formed a security status is very difficult, in addition to the deteriorating economic situation, stressing that the reforms have positive returns on the political and economic situation in the country.”

http://www.khabaar.net/index.php/permalink/51697.html

Kurds’ smouldering feud could reignite in northern Iraq

Kurdish fighters hold position near a village in Daquq, where Saddam Hussein-era policies fuelled the ethnic strife at the centre of present-day fighting. Marwan Ibrahim / AFP

n Daquq, a dusty sprawl of 130 villages just south of Iraq’s oil-rich city of Kirkuk, a long-burning cycle of revenge is quietly gearing up for another round.

The battle is a quiet one, fought in the margins of the main war between Iraq and its allies and the militant jihadists of ISIL. It’s not about all-out fighting, but retribution – a settling of scores.

In Daquq, the score being settled is between Kurds loyal to Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, and the Arabs many of them believe have no right to live on what they believe is Kurdish land.

Last summer when ISIL swept in from the west, many Iraqi Army forces, which were at that time in control of Kirkuk and the oil flats to the south, abandoned their posts. Kurdish Peshmerga flooded south to keep Kirkuk – and its oil – from ISIL’s clutches. They defended the city of 400,000, but it was close: by autumn the frontline with Isis was a just sniper’s shot west of the highway that cuts from Kirkuk all the way to Baghdad, 150 miles to the south.

As Peshmerga have wrested Daquq’s villages out from under ISIL control, Arab residents say they have not been allowed to return home.

Peshmerga say this is for residents’ own safety from IEDs and sneak attacks by ISIL: “When we consider these areas safe to live, people can come back,” General Sardar Abdul Wahab told The National in his headquarters in the Daquq village of Kheir Wali.

But in the villages under General Abdul Wahab’s control, something about the story doesn’t quite ring true.

The Daquq villages General Abdul Wahab and his men showed this reporter were eerily empty, stripped bare of furniture, vehicles, appliances and the detritus of daily life.

In Wahda, house after house had been parsed even of light bulbs and electrical wiring. Scorch marks inside houses spoke of burning, and the looting appeared to be methodical: there was nothing left. Peshmerga denied they had anything to do with the pillaging, insisting that locals and ISIL, took all household goods.

In other villages, houses hadn’t just been emptied and scorched, but knocked down. Aid workers who serve the area, all speaking anonymously for fear of angering local leaders and losing access, said the destruction wasn’t a result of fighting between Peshmerga and ISIL, but the work of the Peshmerga after ISIL had left.

“The houses are being destroyed after the conflict. Most of these houses are sustained by two pillars at the front. The pillars get knocked over and the house just falls,” one aid worker based in Erbil told me.

“They take the trucks and burn the fields. It’s total destruction designed to force Arab residents out,” he said.

Abu Ahmad is a 40-year-old Arab resident of Wahda displaced to a neighbouring village since Isis attacked in June 2014. He said he and his neighbours had witnessed the destruction of their village by men in the baggy khaki trousers and shirts worn by the Peshmerga.

“After they took everything, they burned the houses with tyres. Every day after, new houses were burning,” he said.

He and his neighbours have yet to return home, despite Wahda being cleared of Isis in March. “We hate Da’esh [ISIL], but we know they didn’t do such a thing. It was the Peshmerga,” he said.

Although Peshmerga on the ground deny any responsibility for destruction or looting, further up the chain of command, the answer changes.

Saed Kakei, a senior adviser to the minister of Peshmerga, confirmed that in some cases, Peshmerga had indeed looted. But what is relevant, he said, is the broader picture: “This matter must not be used against one party while ignoring those who were the main causes of fighting and war.”

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle/the-review/kurds-smouldering-feud-could-reignite-in-northern-iraq

Iran Has Controlled Iraq For Years. Now It May Be Pushed Out


Iraq’s top ayatollah and its prime minister are subtly challenging widespread Iranian influence.


Akbar Shahid Ahmed Foreign Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post



Ryan Grim Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post

Posted: 09/06/2015 09:58 AM EDT | Edited: 09/07/2015 03:53 PM EDT
Credit: Haidar Hamdani/Getty Images

Iraqi men take part in a demonstration to show their support for the call to arms by Shiite cleric
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in the central Shiite Muslim shrine city of Najaf on June 13, 2014.

WASHINGTON — Iran has for years exerted tremendous influence over Iraq, turning it into essentially a Shiite-led client state under former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. But a new protest movement in the country’s Shiite-dominated south is a key sign that Tehran’s power is waning, as Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Maliki’s U.S.-backed successor, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, make forceful moves to reclaim Iraqi independence.

Much of Iraq is no longer under the control of the central government in Baghdad. The Islamic State militant group rules large swathes of the Sunni region to the west, and Kurds control their own autonomous region in the northeast. In the Shiite-majority sections of Iraq, however, including Baghdad and the areas to its south and east, a political confrontation with Iran is underway just as the Islamic Republic is engaging the international community like never before through a historic nuclear agreement.

Iraq watchers believe that a popular protest movement calling on Abadi to better handle public services and government corruption is a subtle indication that Iraqis want to beat back Iranian influence in their country.

Sistani’s position is a key indicator to follow, those watchers told The Huffington Post. U.S. officials have, in secret documents released in 2011 by Wikileaks, spoken of Sistani as the “greatest political roadblock” for Iranian operatives in Iraq. The Iranian-born ayatollah has unquestioned authority in Iraq and a very different approach to politics from his Iranian counterparts, disavowing their view of a theocratic government or “Wilayat al-Faqih,” the rule of the Islamic jurist.

Sistani is based in Najaf, the spiritual capital of the Shiite branch of Islam. After the Iranian revolution of 1979, influence over the global Shiite community shifted from Najaf to Iran’s chief religious center of Qom — in large part because Iraq was ruled by a Sunni minority regime led by Saddam Hussein. But following the U.S. invasion in 2003, power — and what’s thought to be millions in funds from religious tourism and Shiite devotees around the world — began to flow back to Najaf, historically the more significant site. Sistani and Iran have had a fragile alliance in the years since, one that’s been threatened recently because the Iraqi ayatollah has implied that he blames the Iranian client Maliki for losing ground to the Islamic State.

An American source who has worked for years with the Iraqi government said that frustration with Iran helps to explain Sistani’s groundbreaking decision last year to call up Shiite “volunteers” to join militias battling Islamic State forces. “One of the reasons Sistani called up the militias was to keep the Iranians out,” the source told HuffPost. “He’s also trying to push Iranians out of the governance structures.”

Iran’s clout manifests itself in many ways. They include Tehran’s control of a number of the Shiite militias in Iraq, the role of top Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in providing arms for those militias and for the Iraqi army, and Iranian support for a number of top Shiite political figures.


For Sistani and other players in Iraq who would like to see that influence diminished, the protest movement has created an opening, according to an Iraqi government official who spoke to HuffPost on condition of anonymity.


“It’s clear that Najaf is very determined to maintain its independence from Iran. Najaf felt it was an opportunity to ride off the back” of the protest movement, the official said.

Sistani called on Abadi last month to respond to the protest movement’s demands in a message delivered in an important Friday sermon.

“The government listens to every word of what Najaf says very, very carefully. Every Friday, everyone is listening very closely” to Sistani’s prayer message, the Iraqi official told HuffPost.

And Abadi has responded, eliminating a number of government positions — including that of vice president, costing Maliki the job he gained after U.S. pressure and opposition at home led to his resignation last year. In the Iraqi parliament, there have been calls for Maliki to face trial over his loss of the city of Mosul to Islamic State forces.

Iran’s powerful proxies in Iraq are pushing back. The leaders of two of the most powerful and brutal Shiite militias, the Iraqi Hezbollah and the Badr Organization, visited the chief judicial authority recently, reports Kimberly Kagan of the Institute for the Study of War. “The Iranian-backed militias, including Kata’ib Hezbollah, the Badr Organization, and Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, all have a vested interest in thwarting PM Abadi’s reforms, especially the attempt to eliminate the vice presidential positions and thereby expel VP Nouri al-Maliki, who has been aligning himself with the militias for months,” Kagan wrote in a Sept. 3 post.

Kagan, a former adviser to U.S. generals in Iraq and Afghanistan, suggested that the Iranian-backed militia leaders hoped to pressure Iraq’s judiciary and its president into stalling the reforms.

But it looks like Sistani, Abadi and other Iran skeptics are gathering a loose coalition of their own to resist these efforts.

Not all of Iraq’s Shiite militias support Iran, noted Phillip Smyth, an expert on Shiite militias at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of the Hizbollah Cavalcade blog on Jihadology.net. Many agree with Sistani in opposing the Iranian ideology of theocratic rule.

That presents an opportunity for the American military planners who are closely watching Iraq as they to identify which partners to work with against the Islamic State — and who have for months been worried, U.S. officials told HuffPost, that their personnel in Iraq would be vulnerable not only to Islamic State forces but to Iran-backed militants.”It wouldn’t surprise me if those in the Department of Defense are looking to liaise if not offer some support for [militias] which are both truly Iraqi nationalist and are not proxies of Tehran,” Smyth told HuffPost in an email.

The Iraqi population itself may now be galvanized by the latest protest movement to start thinking about the interests of their state rather than those of the various sects, said Iraqi-American activist Zainab Al-Suwaij.

As the executive director of the American Islamic Congress, Al-Suwaij runs conflict resolution centers in Iraq and is in touch with political actors on the ground.

“After the demonstrations in Baghdad and elsewhere throughout the country, the sectarian issue between the Sunnis and the Shiites has become less than before,” Al-Suwaij told HuffPost. “It’s not about feeling that the Shiites are in control — the Shiites are also complaining about corruption.”

Major political parties have been forced to bow to street pressure and rush to enact reforms, she noted. And she predicted that this time, unlike in the past, Iran will not be able to protect them from popular dissent.

“Iran is no longer as strong as they used to be,” Al-Suwaij said.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Phillip Smyth as the founder of Jihadology.net. In fact, Smyth is a contributor to the site and the author of its Hizballah Cavalcade blog

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/…b03784e27603d0

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