Number of foreign fighters entering Iraq and Syria drops by 90 percent, Pentagon says


April 26 at 12:49 PM

The flow of foreign fighters into Iraq and Syria has dropped from roughly 2,000 a month down to 200 within the past year, according to the Pentagon, which says the waning numbers are further proof of the Islamic State’s declining stature.

The declining number of fighters is a direct result of strikes that have targeted the terror group’s infrastructure, Air Force Maj. Gen. Peter E. Gersten, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State, said Tuesday.

The Pentagon’s assertion lines up with other information that has emerged recently.

Last week, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, N.Y., published an article in its journal, the CTC Sentinel, that highlighted the Islamic State’s financial plight. Documents in the journal, and noted in a report published by The Post, show that the Islamic State is having difficulty compensating its fighters and workers while providing basic amenities such as electricity and fuel. Recent defectors from the group have indicated that many fighters are on half pay and some haven’t received salaries in months.

Foreign fighters within the Islamic State have traditionally received better treatment than their local and conscripted counterparts. As recently as January, U.S. intelligence reports estimated that there were more than 30,000 foreign fighters from roughly 100 different countries within the Islamic State’s ranks. That includes more than 6,000 Westerners. This number was echoed in a December report by the Soufan Group, a think tank, indicating that foreign fighters in Syria had doubled between 2014 and 2015. Western officials are concerned that foreign fighters returning from Syria and Iraq will return to their home countries radicalized and willing to carry out terror attacks within their own borders.

Patrick Skinner, director of special projects at the Soufan Group, said the Pentagon’s recent estimate regarding the dwindling flow of foreign fighters is “probably accurate.”

“Foreign fighter flows are a seriously lagging indicator and the pressure has been on the group and the crossings for a while,” Skinner said. It “would take time to trickle down into reduced motivation to go. … ISIS has band wagon appeal and fewer jump on the losing bandwagon.”

A recent poll by the public relations firm ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller, and detailed in a reportfrom The Post, indicates that 80 percent of Arab teens and young adults rule out any support for the Islamic State, a number that is up from 60 percent in 2015. The poll is based on results from 3,500 respondents ages 18 to 24.

On Monday, President Obama said he would deploy an additional 250 Special Operations troops to Syria. The forces will bolster local ground forces that are fighting the Islamic State. The Pentagon has also announced a number of recent measures that will expand the U.S.-led campaign and help local allies in the fight against the extremist group. This includes the additional deployment of rocket artillery around the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul and into Turkey to provide fire support to forces fighting in Syria.


Rasheed Bank: We completed 98% of the banks restructuring



Rasheed Bank: We completed 98% of the banks restructuring


BAGHDAD / Karim Jassim al-Tai / .. Rasheed Bank director general of the Ministry of Finance Mohamed Abdel Wahab revealed the completion of 98% of the banks restructuring Stressing that this process Stnmah powers and greater flexibility to the work of banks in Iraq.
Said Abdul Wahab, in a statement singled out by the agency / KD / economic: that all banks in Iraq are included structuring Indicating that the bank completed 98% of the re-structure was approved by the Board of Directors and sent his family and the Ministry of Finance.
He said Abdul Wahab said the bank waiting for the approval and ratification by the House of Representatives on the current Banking Act for the purpose of approving restructuring of the Rasheed Bank and other banks Alaovernmah.
He noted that the law presented to the members of the House of Representatives and has read the first reading, and there is a second reading of the law restructuring the banks Aovernmah.mnoha that this law regaining financial and legal follow-up Committee in the House of Representatives.
He pointed Abdul Wahab that the adoption of this law will be given the powers and flexibility and movement of a larger work of banks in Iraq, according to the new law Stressing that the bank will begin to open new branches if the passage of the new law to be added to its branches throughout Iraq and the (151) branch. / End / 22 /


Masum meet with Abadi al-Amiri, Engineer regarding recent events in Tuz


By Ziad alHaidari 12 minutes ago


معصوم يجتمع مع العبادي والعامري والمهندس بخصوص الاحداث الأخيرة في طوزخورماتو

Roudao – Erbil

According to informed sources, a meeting bringing together all of the President Fuad Masum and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abbadi, and Secretary General of the Badr Organization, Hadi al-Amiri, and a leader in the popular crowd Abu Mahdi Mohandes, Tuesday evening, to discuss recent events in the district of Tuz.


Nechirvan Barzani: the implementation of serious reforms in the region

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The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, that his government is serious in implementing the reform processes they need to help all parties in order to implement the plan on a scientific and regular basis. ”

A statement by the provincial government that Barzani “received, on Tuesday, the Japanese ambassador to Iraq Yyoumio Iwai and his accompanying delegation, and took place during the meeting , they discussed the political situation in the world and Iraq and in Kurdistan, and service projects provided by Japan , whether in Iraq or in the region, was emphasized on the continuation of Japanese aid to Iraq and Kurdistan. ” 

He revealed the Japanese ambassador that” his country ‘s honorary consulate in the Kurdistan region, is scheduled to open a consulate general it soon in the capital of the region. ” the 

two sides discussed according to the statement” steps region towards reform and change, he also thanked the Japanese government for the assistance submitted and progress of Iraq and the Kurdistan region and the projects carried out in the region. ”

Parliament gives confidence to a number of candidates for the new government cabin


Khandan – Iraqi Council of Representatives on Tuesday approved the names of candidates for some of the ministries presented by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, while failing to give confidence to the candidates of the Ministries of Justice and Education.

A parliamentary source for “Khandan”, said the voice of the Council during its ongoing session to give confidence to the candidates of the Ministry of Health (Ala rich) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Wafa James Baldwin) and water resources (Hassan al-Janabi).

The source added that the parliament also voted to nominate (Ala Disher) and Minister of Electricity, and (Abdul Razzaq al-Issa) and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Akil Mahdi as minister of culture.

The source noted that the candidates Abadi to the Ministries of Education and Justice did not Ihsla confident the House of Representatives.

The source noted that the lifting of its parliament to next Thursday to vote on the names of the rest of the candidates.

The source added that the parliament also voted invalidity actions carried out by the sitters of Representatives in today’s session.

Urgent Jubouri using threatening legal action against the deputies violated the majority rules ofprocedure


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threatened to Parliament Speaker Salim al – Jubouri, to take legal action against MPs who practices against theparliamentary majority and outside the system Aldakhali..itba

Urgent Abadi: to provide the rest of the Cabinet during the two – day orientation for the selection ofheads of bodies of technocrats


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Prime Minister Haider al – Abadi pledged to provide the remaining of the cabinet reshuffle during the next two days, stressing his determination to choose the heads of independent bodies of technocrats after the completion of the amendment Wazzara..itba

Parliament will vote approves five ministers and Abadi undertakes to provide the remaining of the cabinet reshuffle during the next two days {expanded}


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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} House of Representatives voted in its regular twenty-fifth, headed by Salim al-Jubouri, head of the Council, in the presence of 183 deputies on Tuesday, 04/26/2016, on the decision not unconstitutional and Qanueh measures taken in the absence of legal majority, in addition to the approval of the five new ministers of technocrats within the cabinet reshuffle by hosting Haider al-Abadi Prime Minister.
According to a statement to the House of Representatives received by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it, he “then has to approve the cabinet reshuffle for 5 bags out of 10 new bags of ministers technocrats presented by Haider al – Abadi Prime Minister during hosted in the meeting, where it was voted to take over thefulfillment Jafar Mahdawi as Minister of Labour and social Affairs, after accepting theresignation of Mohammed Shia ‘Al Sudani, took over as Hassan al – Janabi , thepost of Minister of water resources, after accepting the resignation of Mohsen bird, as well as the vote to take Ala rich office of the Ministry of Health after accepting thedismissal of Adila Hammoud. ”
the statement added” the council also voted to take Ala Disher Zamel as minister ofelectricity, after accepting the resignation of Qassim Fahdawi, as agreed to nominate Abdul – Razzaq al – Issa, Minister for Higher Education, after accepting theresignation of Hussein al – Shahristani, was during the meeting not to give confidence to the names put forward to take over the ministries of education, justice, and youth sports and culture agency, transportation, and communications agency, and the State Department. ”
for his part , the Prime Minister thanked the deputies who voted for the reshuffle as part of a comprehensive reform, pledging the rest of the cabinet reshuffle during thenext two days, stressing his determination to choose the heads of bodies independent technocrats after the completion of the reshuffle.
He stressed Abadi , that ” the reshuffle is an important step for the country ‘s stability and cooperation to carry out reforms for the benefit of the Iraqi people, and tocommunicate with the world and international financial institutions, expressing concern over the attempts to disrupt the House, pointing to the existence of a large award for Iraq by the countries of the world out of the economic crisis.
and over President al – Jubouri , on behalf of the board presidency of the Council thanked the deputies; for attending the meeting, and A_i_arhm responsibility placed on their shoulders to touch people ‘s issues, in advance greetings to the Iraqi people aspiring for reform, pointing out that the next phase requires a major effort to improve the level of services , especially electrical energy that the Iraqi people aresuffering from the scarcity of the provision.
the President of the House of Representatives that ” the last period were the practices of the absence of the parliamentary majority and outside the rules ofprocedure , ” noting that ” the presidency of the Council of Representatives will take all the legal procedures for those who wanted to portray things as is reality. ”
the face of al – Jubouri of the Committee on parliamentary services to follow up my water and electricity accurately, calling Alsaasah actors and combat the parties on the ground to appeal to reason and wisdom to deal with what happened in Tuz Khurmatu , by sitting on the brotherly dialogue table, and confronting the terrorist Daash, then read the Council ‘s Al – Fatiha in memory the martyrs of Iraq who faced Daash and terrorism.
for his part , stressed the governor Zamili Attorney that Mr. Muqtada al – Sadr proved the existence of the parliament, calling for a vote on the government cabin.
the Council voted to set up a parliamentary committee comprising the heads ofblocs; to engage in dialogue with the objectors of Representatives, and listen to their opinion, and decide then adjourn the meeting until the day next Thursday, 28.4.2016. Ended h

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    Still remain to be voted on: Foreign, Finance, Oil, Justice, Education, Transport, Communications, Youth, Industry, Housing, Planning

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    Hasan Janabi – Water Wafa Mahdawi – Labour Alaa Ghani – Health Alaa Dishr – Electricity Abdulrazaq al-Eisa – Higher Ed Akeel Mahdi – Culture

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    So 6 new ministers were voted in today, reasonable progress given the earlier chaos.

Urgent Liberals objected to the adjournment of the meeting and calls for the completion of voting for the rest of the Cabine


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objected deputies of the Sadrist Liberal bloc, raising the parliamentary session until next Thursday.
According to a parliamentary source told all of Iraq [where] that “the Liberal MPs refused to adjourn the meeting to Thursday and demanded to continue to vote on the rest of the candidates Wazzarat..itba

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