America says the foreign forces in Iraq should be there with the consent of Baghdad

Oct 11, 2016

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) The US State Department said on Tuesday that foreign military forces in Iraq should be there with the consent of the government in Baghdad and under the coalition of the anti-organization “Islamic State umbrella.”

The row between Turkey and Iraq on the presence of some 2,000 Turkish troops at a base in northern Iraq, at a time when the alliance is preparing to launch an attack on the city of Mosul under the control of the “Islamic state.”

The US State Department said in a statement, “All parties must coordinate closely during the coming days and weeks to ensure the unity of efforts to defeat” Daesh “and achieve lasting security for the Iraqi people.”

 

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U.S. Loosens Iran Sanctions to Smooth Dollar Transactions Saleha Mohsin

 SalehaMohsin

October 8, 2016 — 10:58 AM CDT Updated on October 8, 2016 — 12:59 PM CDT

A huge picture of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is erected next to a Qadr-F (L) missile, displayed at a square in southern Tehran, on September 26, 2011 to mark the ‘Sacred Defence Week’ that commemorates Iran’s bloody eight-year war with Iraq. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images) Photographer: Atta Kenare/AFP 

The U.S. Treasury Department is loosening sanctions on Iran, relaxing rules on foreigners doing dollar-denominated transactions with businesses in the nation.

The new rules allow such deals with entities in Iran that aren’t under sanctions even if they are minority owned or controlled by someone who is on the sanctions list.

“It is not necessarily sanctionable for a non-U.S. person” to engage in deals with an entity not on the list “but that is minority owned, or that is controlled in whole or in part, by an Iranian or Iran-related person on the” list, the Treasury said in guidance for businesses updated on its website late on Friday. 

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Sadr calls for “peaceful epic” next Tuesday in front of the court time to protest against corruption

 

The cleric Moqtada al-Sadr

 

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11/10/2016 18:24
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Long-Presse / Baghdad called the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, on Tuesday, to “peaceful epic” through demonstrations in front of court time, which includes the headquarters of the Supreme Judicial Council, and while pointing to his respect, particularly the judicial institutions, including the not to be, however dictatorial authority, stressed the need to people say his speech to the challenges of “corruption and the corrupt,” so as not to sits by the “tyrant of the last”, attacking the electoral Commission and its promise “not neutral” Sadr said in a statement received (range Press), a copy of “believe in respect, particularly the judicial ones institutions .. We are people we want this will be the same prestige and independence of the institutions, however, do not be dictatorial power. ” He said al-Sadr “We are people who believe in freedom of the people and that the people do not want corruption, believe in the power of the people do not impose our opinions and our positions on one .. so Vamlna people struggling patient says as saying in front of the challenges of corruption and corrupt so as not sits by a tyrant last and gown else.”Addressing the chest of the Iraqi people by saying, “O people of Iraq authentic .. through over the years, your voice rises and Shi power above you,” noting that the people’s money stolen and rights rob and territory occupies and manipulates terrorism Bmekdrath and control. “He completed the chest,” O heroic Iraqi people .. disappointed your after God’s great that will not tolerate injustice, he and you are his father, the injustice and the father of corruption. “Sadr called on the Iraqi people to” peaceful epic be your voice which is heard on Tuesday next and in front of emerging court in the outside of the green Zone to reject the return of the corrupt and pin Collect .. both vice presidents or others which uprooted reform and trying to cross terrorism terrorism pin them. “He said al-Sadr in his statement that” there is a line claiming to reform a pull out opponents and restores his loyalists young to repair distasteful not begins himself and his followers before the others. “He returned the chest to address the Iraqis by saying,” you are required to achieve victory for the marquee reform in front of the camp of corruption and in particular we are in the month of reform to uproot corrupt of all aspects of the government to live free and dignified lives and to uproot corruption from counterfeiters in the elections because of the Commission is not neutrality where, but the bulk of what the Soldiers soldier for a party or a particular class, “and urged the need to” No demonstrations are a certain class or a certain stream Valmasir your fate is not the fate of the party without the other. “
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Nechirvan Barzani: All reserved rights of employees in the Kurdistan Region

 

 

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Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Council meeting

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Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Council held a meeting chaired by the prime minister in the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani, and the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, on Tuesday, where Nechirvan Barzani talked about the rights of employees in the Kurdistan Regional Government and follow a sophisticated electronic system “system Albaaomitri” in the distribution of salaries in circles and institutions of the region, describing the system as a step “mission” towards government reforms.

Nechirvan Barzani said that the Kurdistan Regional Government has worked to install this system several months ago to be working today and in a practical and formal terms will be developed special centers for the completion of this process in the cities and villages and provinces of the Kurdistan Region in order for employees to register, also thanked Mr. Qubad Talabani and circle IT IT in the Council of Ministers and officials and employees of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office for their fruitful for the success of this process.

On the subject of the signing of the Kurdistan Regional Government agreement with the company “Deloitte” global professional services, Nechirvan Barzani, said that “such agreements are of great importance in achieving transparency in the production and export of oil, and the strengthening of trust between the people and the government, which is a positive step for the Government of the Territory towards society international “.

He said the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, “We have taken the necessary measures to prepare for the start of the battle to liberate Mosul with Iraq and the international coalition forces, and we have good coordination with the parties,” adding that “the liberation of Mosul have an economic, security and trade for the Kurdistan Region importance.”

Nechirvan Barzani stressed during the meeting to “reduce expenses in the Kurdistan Regional Government, and to ensure the rights of all employees, pay their money saved with the government.”

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Ex-PM Maliki making comeback as Iraq’s most powerful man

 

By vBulletin® Ahmed Rasheed and Maher Chmaytelli | BAGHDAD

BAGHDAD Nuri al-Maliki is once again positioning himself as Iraq’s most powerful man, poised to return as kingmaker in a fight for influence that could decide Iraq’s fate as a unified country after the coming battle to recapture Mosul from Islamic State.

Two years after he was pressured to leave office by both the United States and Iran for failing to stop Islamic State fighters from sweeping across the country, the former prime minister still leads a powerful Shi’ite parliamentary bloc.

In recent weeks his followers have been using their authority in parliament to dismantle the cabinet of his successor, Haidar al-Abadi.

They have held corruption hearings, forcing out the government’s leading Sunni and Kurdish figures, Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi and Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari, who both deny corruption and say they were pushed out to hurt Abadi.

Maliki’s office denies that he has any plans to return to the premiership, and his allies say he is more likely to try to name an ally as the next prime minister rather than take back the role for himself.

But there is now little doubt that his aim is to sideline Abadi and restore the power of his own Iran-backed Shi’ite faction, which minority Sunni and Kurdish politicians say could put Iraq’s future at risk even if it vanquishes Islamic State.

Zebari, who served as foreign minister for more than a decade and was Baghdad’s most senior Kurdish politician until he was forced out of the finance ministry last month, said Maliki was deliberately undermining the government on the eve of the campaign to recapture Islamic State’s last major stronghold.

“They do not want this government to succeed in Mosul,” Zebari told Reuters in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region, referring to the northern city where US-backed Iraqi forces are preparing for a major offensive.

“Because Maliki was responsible for the fall of Mosul and the melting of the Iraqi security forces under his command. So any successes here would be a major rebuke to him and his future chances of a comeback.”

In the latest victory for Maliki, the supreme court ruled on Monday that Abadi violated the constitution last year by scrapping three positions of vice-president. Maliki, who became one of the three vice presidents when he left office as prime minister, will now return to that job.

Two politicians close to Maliki said parliament may soon summon Abadi himself to face questioning in parliament over his performance, as well as Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, another former prime minister and potential rival to Maliki.

Maliki’s media office denied that the campaign against ministers in Abadi’s cabinet was part of an attempt by the former prime minister to return to power and said the moves demonstrated parliament exercising its role to hold the government to account.

But allies say Maliki will seek to remove Abadi from office at the next election, whether or not Abadi, who lacks a strong political faction of his own, decides to campaign as part of an alliance with Maliki.

Maliki’s “aim is not necessarily to become PM but to have the PM chosen supported by him,” said Sami al-Askari, a former lawmaker who has served as an advisor to Maliki.

“If Abadi joins Maliki for the elections, Maliki will not choose him to be PM again; if Abadi runs without Maliki, he has no chance to win enough seats.”

CONCILIATORY TECHNOCRAT

Maliki left office reluctantly in 2014 after the security forces crumbled and fled in the face of a lightning advance by Sunni Muslim fighters from Islamic State.

His foes, including the Obama administration in Washington, accused Maliki of having run a sectarian government during eight years in power that alienated Sunnis, driving them into the arms of Islamic State, and undermined the morale of the army.

Abadi, a conciliatory technocrat, took office promising to reduce sectarian polarization. He swiftly introduced reforms to limit the patronage of sectarian parties by cutting the number of senior posts, although parliament has mostly fought to block or delay the changes.

Abadi has won widespread credit for rebuilding the army with American support and recapturing most of the territory seized by Islamic State. But he has not built up a political power base of his own in the parliament, which was elected in 2014 and where Maliki’s faction is still the largest.

A new national election is not due until 2018. But the two politicians allied to Maliki said it could be brought forward to as soon as April next year when provincial elections are due.

Jasim al-Bahadli, a Baghdad-based political analyst, said Maliki’s ambition to shape the next government was realistic given the backing he still has among majority Shi’ites.

Maliki “has still enough support from large sections of the Shi’ite community, not necessarily to return to power, but to have the upper hand to decide who should be the next prime minister,” Bahadli said.

AFTER MOSUL

Despite removing some of Abadi’s cabinet colleagues, parliament is unlikely to take the drastic step of unseating the prime minister himself before the US-backed offensive on Mosul, which could start as soon as this month.

That battle will be fateful. Mosul is the largest city in northern Iraq, four times the size of any other city captured by Islamic State. Defeating the militant group there would destroy its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq. But a victory will not be enough on its own to ensure Iraq survives as a unified state.

Kurdish and Sunni politicians fear a new phase of turmoil, with sects and ethnic groups fighting for oil and land in areas where the militants once ruled.

Maliki’s return to a position of power would make it more difficult for Baghdad to win over the loyalty of Sunnis, said Baghdad-based political analyst Ahmed Younis.

Sunnis “look to Maliki’s period as their worst ever, during which they were hugely persecuted and suffered bloody crackdowns against what they see as legitimate protests,” he said.

Maliki is far from the only senior Shi’ite figure who will be seeking more authority after the Mosul offensive. The war on Islamic State has increased the influence of Iranian-backed Shi’ite paramilitary groups which helped defend Baghdad after Mosul fell and fought to recapture territory.

The largest militia is the Badr Organisation, whose leader Hadi al-Amiri “is seen by majority of the Shi’ite population as the leader of the war against Islamic State in Iraq,” said analyst Bahadli. “He will definitely win most of the credit of the victory rather than anyone else within the Shi’ite governing establishment.”

Were Amiri to take on a higher profile political role, that would probably be even more alarming to Sunnis than a Maliki comeback. Sunnis accuse the Shi’ite militia of carrying out abuses in regions taken back from Islamic State.

Two prominent Sunni MPs said they would not vote for Amiri, asking not to be identified so as not to exacerbate tension.

(With additional reporting by Stephen Kalin in Baghdad and Michael Georgy in Erbil; editing by Peter Graff)

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Obama breaks another promise to ‘save’ the Iran deal

 

By Post Editorial Board

The Obama administration keeps on breaking its promises on the Iran deal — its promises to the American people, that is.

The latest betrayal: The Treasury Department just lifted key restrictions on Iran’s ability to do business in US dollars and access world financial markets — breaking Team Obama’s explicit vows as it lobbied Congress not to nix the deal.

Iran’s banks weren’t even cut off from the US financial system over the nuclear issue — but over Tehran’s funding of terrorism, its regional aggression and so on.

Which makes another Treasury move even more squalid: It will now also let foreign firms and branches of US firms do business with Iranian groups like the Revolutionary Guard.

The Guard is the chief conduit for Tehran’s support of terrorism, tied to numerous plots, including one in DC aimed at a Saudi envoy. And it’s also a prime force helping Syria’s Bashar al-Assad massacre civilians in his bloody bid to keep power.

It was behind the kidnapping of US sailors in January, the serial harassment of US Navy ships and even last month’s arrest of another Iranian-American in Iran.

Yet the Obama Treasury is making it easier for the Revolutionary Guard to do business — as part of an official US drive to boost Iran’s economy in the name of preserving the nuclear deal.

This, when a Foundation for Defense of Democracies report last week noted much of Tehran’s windfall from the deal has gone to Iran’s military, including its nuclear and missile programs and its terror operations.

At least Team Obama has only three months left to shower more gifts on Iran. But what of the next president?

Donald Trump slams the Iran deal every chance he gets. Hillary Clinton promises to be tough in “enforcing” it, but publicly backs President Obama’s signature foreign-policy achievement. If she wins, let’s all hope this is another of those issues where her real position isn’t her public one.

Parliament will hold its meeting next Tuesday

 

 

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{Baghdad} Euphrates News announced the decision of the House of Representatives Imad Youkhana, the board of the Presidency of the Council of Representatives has decided to convene a parliament session on Tuesday, the next day on 18.10.2016.
He said Youkhana told {Euphrates News} that ” the board chairman of theparliament decided to hold a parliamentary session on Tuesday of next week, after he held a meeting with the heads of blocs last Saturday, has been Report ofRepresentatives through the Parliamentary Chamber that on Tuesday, 10.18 will hold a parliament session . ”
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