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A corruption scandal chasing al-Maliki

Specialized in anti-corruption parliamentary committee had access to documents of the biggest corruption involving former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on the huge aircraft deal with Serbia. He informed parliamentary source «Okaz», the aircraft entered into by al-Maliki with a Serbian company deal a huge financial contracts carried the suspicion of a major corruption, pointing out that the company after the completion of the deal no longer exists, in addition to doubling the aircraft price dozens of times, and the aircraft in violation of the conditions due to their age . In addition, the Iraqi National Alliance failed to resolve the issue of dealing with the kidnapping and assassination operations against Sunnis in Baghdad. And broke up the coalition that a meeting chaired by Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in the presence of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi without result, and participated in the meeting of the Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim, Walid Alkrimoa Liberal bloc, Hassan Sinead, the Dawa Party, Hadi al-Amiri for Badr block, Hashem al-Hashemi for the Virtue Party, Faleh al-Fayad and block reform.

Maliki receives Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq

Date: 09/14/2015 17:59Maliki receives Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq

Infomation / BAGHDAD / ..

Secretary General of the Dawa Party, Nouri Al-Maliki, on Monday, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jan Kubis received, while the latter expressed his understanding of what Iraq is going through.

And Zcarpean media to Mokth received / information / copy of it, that “al-Maliki received today in his office in Baghdad the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and discussed with him the developments in the political and security situation in Iraq and programs of the United Nations mission of helping displaced people and the reconstruction of the liberated areas.”

The statement added that “al-Maliki, the price of the efforts made by the Mission with respect to the political and humanitarian situation and to support Iraq in its war against terrorism.”

For his part, Kubi full support for Iraq in its war on terror, “noting that” the UN assessed largely the situation in Iraq and show great understanding of what is happening from the developments “.anthy / 25

Russian Flights Over Iraq and Iran Escalate Tension With U.S.

Russian Flights Over Iraq and Iran Escalate Tension With U.S.

WASHINGTON — Russia is using an air corridor over Iraq and Iran to fly military equipment and personnel to a new air hub in Syria, openly defying American efforts to block the shipments and significantly increasing tensions with Washington.

American officials disclosed Sunday that at least seven giant Russian Condor transport planes had taken off from a base in southern Russia during the past week to ferry equipment to Syria, all passing through Iranian and Iraqi airspace.

Their destination was an airfield south of Latakia, Syria, which could become the most significant new Russian military foothold in the Middle East in decades, American officials said.

Members of Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria and its allies at the entrance of an air base in the northern province of Idlib after seizing it Wednesday. It had been the last air base in the province held by the Syrian government.Russia Defends the Presence of Its Military Advisers in SyriaSEPT. 9, 2015
The Obama administration initially hoped it had hampered the Russian effort to move military equipment and personnel into Syria when Bulgaria, a NATO member, announced it would close its airspace to the flights. But Russia quickly began channeling its flights over Iraq and Iran, which Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said on Sunday would continue despite American objections.

 A Russian plane in Latakia, Syria, on Saturday. The Syrian government said it was carrying humanitarian aid. CreditSANA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“There were military supplies, they are ongoing, and they will continue,” Mr. Lavrov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. “They are inevitably accompanied by Russian specialists, who help to adjust the equipment, to train Syrian personnel how to use this weaponry.”

Moscow’s military buildup in Syria, where the Kremlin has been supporting President Bashar al-Assad in a four-and-a-half-year civil war, adds a new friction point in its relations with the United States. The actions also lay bare another major policy challenge for the United States: how to encourage Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq, who came to power with the blessing of the United States but is still trying to establish his authority, to block the Russian flights.

American diplomats raised the issue with the Iraqi government on Sept. 5, hoping that the Iraqis would follow Bulgaria’s example and declare their airspace off limits to the Russian transport planes.

The Iraqis responded that they would look into the matter, said an American official who declined to be identified because he was talking about diplomatic communications. But more than a week later, the Iraqis had yet to take action.

A spokesman for the Iraqi prime minister declined to comment on Sunday, asserting that he had no information about the Russian flights or the United States’ concerns about them.

Two years ago, American officials confronted Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, Mr. Abadi’s predecessor, when Iraq allowed Iran to fly arms, ammunition and other equipment to Syria through its airspace. In March 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Baghdad that he had a “spirited” discussion with Mr. Maliki on the issue but with no breakthrough.

Compounding Mr. Abadi’s challenge are his efforts to maintain good relations with the United States, Iran and Russia. While about 3,500 American advisers have been sent to help the Iraqis combat the Islamic State, Iraq also has received military support for that fight from Iran, which like Russia is backing Mr. Assad. Iraq also is buying weapons from Moscow, which Mr. Abadi visited in May.

With few aircraft, Iraq’s ability to defend its airspace is extremely limited. But it could tell the Russians that they do not have the clearance to fly through Iraqi airspace and ask for American help in detecting and discouraging Russian flights.

“Since Maliki relinquished the premiership, power and authority in Iraq have become increasingly diffused with various players now exercising unilateral power over the use of force,” Ramzy Mardini, a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council, a research group in Washington, said in a telephone interview from Erbil, Iraq.

“Neutrality is the best Washington can hope for in Baghdad,” Mr. Mardini added. “Iraq is not a dictatorial state like many of the U.S. allies in the Middle East. Iraq is still a fragile state whose leaders are exposed to politics. In the discourse of Iraqi politics, forcing Abadi to side with the U.S. against Assad is like realigning him with the Sunni axis against the Shia one.”

A Russian Embassy official in Tehran told Russian news agencies on Wednesday that Iran had approved Russia’s use of Iranian airspace to fly to Syria, but the official insisted the cargo was merely humanitarian aid.

UPDATE 2-Iraq targets record Basra oil exports in Oct, adding to global oversupply

Industries | Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:04am EDT

* Aims for 3.68 mln bpd in Oct vs July record 3.064 mln bpd

* Basra Light supply jumps by 800,000 bpd in Oct from Sept

* Oct Basra Heavy supply cut, but still at high level (Adds quotes)

By Florence Tan

SINGAPORE, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Iraq aims to export a record volume of Basra crude from its southern terminals in October as it ramps up production, adding to a global oil supply glut.

The oil surplus combined with weakening demand has depressed global crude prices and pitted members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) against each other in a battle for market share.

Iraq, the largest OPEC producer after Saudi Arabia, plans to export 3.68 million barrels per day (bpd) of Basra crude, traders said on Monday, citing a preliminary loading programme.

The volume, if realised, would beat a previous monthly record of 3.064 million bpd set in July.

Iraq’s decision to split its output into two grades, Basra Heavy and Basra Light, resolved quality issues, enabling the producer to ramp up output, industry sources said.

However, the country tends to allocate more volumes than it can supply each month to avoid disrupting production as it has limited storage capacity to keep excess oil, one industry source familiar with the matter said.

Iraq is unlikely to export more than 2.35 million bpd of Basra Light in October while the volume of Basra Heavy would not exceed 850,000 bpd, he said.

Some of the October cargoes are also expected to be lifted in November instead, according to the source.


Iraq cut official October selling prices (OSPs) for Basra Light and Heavy by 50 cents and $1.10 a barrel, respectively, from the previous month, but these reductions were unlikely to lift spot differentials given the glut, traders said.

In October, Basra Light exports could jump by 800,000 bpd to about 2.8 million bpd, traders said, citing a preliminary loading programme.

The grade has been performing well in the spot market, fetching premiums to its OSP for September-loading cargoes, but the potential jump in supply could depress differentials for cargoes loading in October, traders said.

For Basra Heavy, exports could drop to about 900,000 bpd in October, according to the loading programme.

That would be down from a planned 1.017 million bpd for this month, but remain elevated compared with 600,000-650,000 bpd in July and August, traders said.

Basra Heavy crude sellers are struggling to find buyers for the high export volumes as refiners in Asia want to purchase and process the grade while similar quality Latin American grades can be had at cheaper prices.

Basra Heavy’s discount has dropped to as low as $2 a barrel for cargoes loading in September.

Basra Heavy’s OSP in the months ahead “will have to drop another dollar to compete with Latin American crude” like Colombia’s Castilla and Mexico’s Maya, a seller said. (Additional reporting by Rania El-Gamal in DUBAI; Editing by Tom Hogue and Susan Fenton)

Urgent Hamoudi: Abadi Parliament next Wednesday and attend the questioning of defense minister after the feast

History of edits:: 2015/9/14 17:17 • 19 visits readable
First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hamoudi detect the first appointment to host the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the parliamentary session on Wednesday.
Hamoudi said in presiding over the evening session of parliament today, “Haider al-Abadi can attend the Prime Minister to the Council on Wednesday as the date first, and at his request.”
He pointed out that “the interrogation of Khalid al-Obeidi, the defense minister will be in session on Thursday, the first of October after the Eid al-Adha.” End

Integrity court declares the investigation into 53 special file corruption, Ministry of Finance

Date: 09/14/2015 13:22Integrity court declares the investigation into 53 special file corruption, Ministry of Finance

Information / BAGHDAD / ..
Court announced integrity and economic crime and money laundering in Baghdad, on Monday, the presence of 53 the issue of financial and administrative corruption related to the Ministry of Finance, and while confirming that some of the defendants in which high degrees, stressed that the investigation was mostly in advanced stages.
He said to achieve fairness judge in Baghdad Ihab Abdul Redha said in a statement received by the agency / information / copy of it, “his court is currently considering 53 files belonging to the Ministry of Finance relating to charges of financial and administrative corruption”, noting that “a portion of these files has reached advanced stages will be forwarded to court Subject”.
He said Abdul Redha, that “the defendants in these cases, some degree of director general of the Undersecretary of the Ministry,” pointing to “approach the Inspector General’s office in the Ministry of Finance to provide administrative investigation and the statement of the amount of damage in public money earned because of these files.” Finished / 25

Abadi: possible exit from the economic crisis stronger but we need to be patient and not to despair [expanded]

History of edits:: 2015/9/14 14:39 • 64 visits readable
Stressed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi possibility of Iraq would emerge from the economic crisis resulting from the fall in oil prices, which constitutes 95% of the annual budget.
A statement by his office received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of the Abadi stressed in his speech during the workshop implementation of economic reforms under the banner of [the advancement of the agricultural sector in order to support the national economy, “the importance of developing the agricultural sector and the actual contribution to the increase in gross national product,” adding ” the need to expand the circle of beneficiaries of this sector, which will contribute to job creation and the advancement of agriculture. “
He said that “some bureaucratic procedures contribute to disrupt the work and procedures and we have taken a project to simplify these procedures and raise excess episodes obtrusive and we will hold all of the cause in this matter,” referring to “the importance of real partnership between the private and public sectors.”
He said Abadi, that “citizens want reform and we are working and continue the implementation of reforms and there are obstacles cumulative work hard to overcome and there are attempts to block these reforms, especially of those affected them and tell them that we will continue it and to reduce government spending even if rising oil prices, because this approach is wrong and harmful to the state”.
He explained that “there is a possibility to exit the crisis stronger, but we need the patience of the positive and not despair,” noting that “we are in a time in which we work for the implementation of reforms and face these economic and financial challenges, we are fighting a war with terror Daash gangs that require money, weapons and we are working to create a balance in order to provide weapons We need the battle. “
He continued, “The livestock is still up to now is not the required level and must work to develop and take advantage of larger” .anthy
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