ISIS in Mosul becoming ‘desperate’ as Iraqi forces approach Tigris

 

 

By Rudaw 8 hours ago

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi forces are approaching Mosul’s 4th bridge over the Tigris River that bisects the city, a bridge that ISIS severely damaged in a “desperate act” on Saturday.

Reports coming out of Mosul indicate the militants are losing numbers and, increasingly, morale as they are trapped in the city, cut off from supply and reinforcement routes, and facing Iraqi forces advancing on three sides.

On Saturday, Iraq’s joint command released a statement declaring that they are in control of Furqan neighbourhood, putting them one kilometer from the Tigris River and in control of the intersection leading to the 4th bridge.

ISIS caused “severe damage” to this bridge on Saturday, coalition spokesperson Col. John Dorrian tweeted, describing it as a “Desperate act as they continue losing ground.”

The Iraqi Counter-Terror Services (ICTS) are also largely in control of the districts of Atibaa 1 and 2, and Rifaq in northeastern Mosul, next to Muthana district which they took control of on Friday after crossing the Khosr River, according to the military’s statement.

Fighting was ongoing in Muthana on Saturday, Rudaw’s correspondent at the scene reported.

The federal police announced the liberation of al-Salam hospital, in southern Mosul, on Saturday. Iraqi forces pushed to liberate the hospital in early December, but came under heavy fire from ISIS militants, subsequently withdrawing under the cover of coalition fighter jets.

Hashd al-Shaabi also reported they liberated three villages southwest of the strategic town of Tal Abta, some 73 kilometres southwest of Mosul. The Shiite force had not reported any gains in territory for at least one week.

Since the relaunch of the military offensive in Mosul on December 29, Iraqi forces have progressed on three axes – from the north, the east, and the southeast – a tactic that spreads ISIS thin on the ground.
“We are proceeding side by side… and advancing at the same level. This is a very important factor, thanks to which Daesh [ISIS] has not been able to move its fighters. It has to support one axis at the expense of another,” the ICTS spokesperson Sabah al-Numan told reporters, according to Reuters. He reported that ICTS forces were just 500 metres from the 4th bridge.

“We have worn down the terrorist organization with this type of advance,” al-Numan said.

Reports coming out of the city confirm that the group is worn down.

Militants wounded in the fighting are no longer receiving health care, the Mosul Eye, a historian and blogger from the city who has been detailing ISIS’ rule in Mosul, reported. “ISIL decided to let them die of their wounds,” he stated using an alternate acronym for the group, adding that 36 militants have died without medical treatment.

The Mosul Eye also reported that militants in the western half of the city number about 2,000 but detailed that some on the western bank were trying to smuggle their families to areas under Iraqi army control and escape themselves.

One militant swore in front of other fighters that “he will not fight anymore, and escaped afterwards,” the Mosul Eye reported. Another fighter “shot himself in the foot to avoid fighting.”

The ICTS spokesperson said they are not seeing a lot of defections from ISIS but stated that the group is directionless. “There is no main source for command, there is no one direction for giving command,” al-Numan told Rudaw English on Friday evening, adding that the local fighters left behind in the city are afraid and not receiving support from the leadership.

“The main leaders, they are foreign leaders, they withdrew before and kept the local fighters. And those they are very afraid and they don’t have money because ISIS leaders stopped paying their monthly salary.”

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Barzani heads the expanded meeting of the follow-up administrative reforms to combat corruption

 

 

By Roudao two hours ago
البارزاني يترأس اجتماعاً موسعاً لمتابعة الإصلاحات الإدارية لمكافحة الفساد
Barzani heads the expanded meeting of the follow-up administrative reforms to combat corruption

Roudao – Erbil

Chaired by President of the Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, on Saturday, an expanded meeting to follow up thenational administrative, economic and strategic process ofreforms to combat corruption in the region.

A statement by the Presidency of the Kurdistan region, seen by Roudao Media Network, “during the meeting, which was attended by both, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, and his deputy, Qubad Talabani, and the heads of the Integrity Commission in the region, the public prosecutor, the Judicial Council by proxy, BSA, President Barzani highlighted the objective of the meeting, an assessment of the reform processes, and combat corruption, and to strengthen coordination between institutions, and define follow up and implement the steps necessary mechanisms. “

And Obhsp statement, the President of the Kurdistan region said is true that the reform process has begun, but requires a larger format, and the need for openness of public opinion and the results of the process calling on the audience to show their opinions around. “

He revealed the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, that: “In the light of the recommendations and resolutions of President Barzani in 02.10.2016 place in the Ministry of Finance in the Kurdistan Regional Government, review the transparency of oil revenues, and many of the reformist and practical steps are still continuing.”

For his part, Vice President of the government of Kurdistan, Qubad Talabani, an explanation about the “steps and obstacles and work program of the government with regard to the reform process.”

In the context of the institutions concerned official feet, an oral report on the steps of those institutions in the context of the reform process, and the fight against corruption has also been talking about the “Draft Strategy prepared by the Integrity Commission and is now in the final stages, and includes a road map to tackle corruption in the next five years.”

And Ocharalhoudor that “the reform process, the process of a national, comprehensive, common and related to all the parties, and not retaliation, is dealing with issues of fairness in the framework of the law, also requires media support and political support from all parties,” It was emphasized that “the process is going on, and he may not any person or party under any addresses they create obstacles to the process. “

At the conclusion of the meeting, a decision was made to hold an expanded meeting, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, on Monday the 16th of this month, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, and a representative of the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region, concerned institutions that attended the meeting today, during which take practical steps, and to each institution roadmap and mechanism of action, to be followed up by a higher committee to coordinate and follow up the reform process as a whole and the application of those steps.

 

Liberated forces kill 277 Daashaa today and approaching the Tigris River in central Mosul [Extended]

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security forces killed on Saturday, more than 277 of Daesh terrorist gangs, as it approached the Tigris River on the left coast of the city of Mosul, which divides the city into two parts [left side and right side.

And it announced a media war cell in a statement received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it, the results of liberalization of Nineveh province operations on Saturday, said that “pieces of the northern axis of Baktat army ongoing clearing operations residential buildings and managed to inflict losses terrorists and the destruction of two wheels bombs and destroy the wheel bearing unilateral and killed 26 terrorists and the backing of the international airline alliance. ” 

He pointed out that ” the eastern axis of the coast left in Mosul counter device forces embarked terrorism pieces from two directions and managed in the northern direction from editing the comrades neighborhood and managed to destroy three wheels bomb and Mffersta mortar and destroy the wheel bearing machine-gun and killed more than 20 terrorists , backed Airways international coalition and bring down the 3 drones and offers southern direction toward the north – unit neighborhood and managed to free the first doctors neighborhoods second doctors inspired Furqan [Baath] previously and control at the intersection leading to fourth on the Tigris River bridge and managed to destroy the wheel of bomb and destroy the wheel bearing unilateral dropping march aircraft and killed 65 terrorists Air attribution international coalition. ” 

And the southern hub operations for the Coast left police forces and federal cuts band ninth armored army statement noted , “enabling it to penetrate to revive the peace, Palestine and Aledumaz and Sumer and control of the Salam Hospital and School of Medicine and Shifa Hospital and a number of buildings in Palestine and Aledumaz neighborhood.” 

The statement noted that ” the forces killed 135 terrorists and destroying six wheels bomb and Tadmarjltin Mgoomtin carrying terrorists and 10 additives for terrorists and bring down three aircraft march and destroy the mortar detachment and disinfect Darren bombs and the destruction of six launchers as BG 9], and medium machine gun bkc and the destruction of 11 motorcycle and found center command and control of Daesh coast and left two prisons and the center of communications and media center for terrorists , and the attribution of army aviation heroes and Air Alliance international, and managed to blow up two wheels car bombs killed 11 terrorists and destroy the mortar detachment. ” 

The statement continued , “In Alhnobi west axis Federal police forces managed to repel the terrorists was on the village of Bacharh and managed to destroy the wheel bomber killed 20 terrorists and destroyed wheel bearing unilateral.” 

Digress and that “in the western axis of the PDF crowd managed to free the villages and easy Ahmed Albeefj South Mvelkih in the south – west of Tel Abth.”

http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=56076

US: Baghdad only got loan guarantees not cash in recent agreement

By Rudaw 3 hours ago


 US: Baghdad only got loan guarantees not cash in recent agreement

Stephanie Williams, the US Embassy in Baghdad’s Chargé d’Affaires signing a loan guarantee agreement with Fadhil Nabi, the Iraqi deputy minister of finance, January 5, 2017. Photo: US Embassy Baghdad.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — US State Department Spokesman John Kirby said on Friday that the Kurdistan Region should receive revenues from the Iraqi government pursuant to the constitution, and that Thursday’s agreement in Baghdad was a loan guarantee agreement, not a direct loan from the United States to Iraq.

 

“Back in December, just last month, the Government of Iraq did approve a budget that would provide for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to receive federal revenues consistent with Article 121 of the Iraqi constitution and requirements in the budget law,” Kirby said in response to the question if there was “any understanding, formal or informal, about allocating part of that loan for the benefit of the Kurdistan Region.”

 

Article 121 of the Iraqi Constitution stipulates how the federal budget should be shared with regions and governorates. Budget sharing has been a point of contention between Baghdad and Erbil for a number of years particularly since early 2014.

 

Kirby clarified that Thursday’s agreement signed by Stephanie Williams, the US Embassy in Baghdad’s Chargé d’Affaires, and Iraqi Deputy Minister of Finance Fadhil Nabi was simply a loan guarantee agreement, not the implementation of a loan from the United States to Iraq.

 

“There wasn’t a loan to Iraq of a billion dollars,” Kirby said. “What there was yesterday was that the United States signed a loan guarantee agreement with Iraq for up to a billion dollars.

 

“And a loan guarantee is much different than a loan. What this does is it makes it more affordable for the Government of Iraq to be able to borrow money from international capital markets.”

 

In early December, the Iraqi parliament approved a 100.67 trillion Iraqi dinars (about $85 billion) budget for 2017. It forecasted a deficit of 21.7 trillion dinars ($19 billion) and spending of 100.7 trillion dinars.

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The joint statement issued at the end of official talks between Iraq and Turkey

 

 

7 Cannon the second 2017
 A joint statement
belief in historical, religious and cultural relations and good neighborliness between the two countries and the interest of the Turkish government and the Iraqi government to consolidate and strengthen the bonds of relationship between the two brotherly peoples, held on Saturday, 01/07/2017 in Baghdad , the third meeting of the Supreme Council for strategic cooperation between the two countries. The two sides discussed the vital issues of interest to thetwo countries and prospects of cooperation in all fields and the possibility ofbuilding and development of strategic, political and economic relations that serve the interests of the two countries.
Below in the joint statement issued by the third meeting of the Supreme Council for strategic cooperation:

1. The two sides stressed the ownership by security and stability and achieve mutual fight terrorism together in the framework of respect for thesovereignty and territorial integrity , which is the basis of relations between the two countries.

2. The two sides stressed that Ba’shiqah camp is an Iraqi camp.

3. The Iraqi side confirmed on a hard stance towards the camp and that theTurkish side Ba’shiqah begin steps to withdraw troops and end this file, and the Turkish side confirmed its commitment to Iraq ‘s unity and respect for itssovereignty.

4. The two sides stressed the importance of raising the level of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries in the field ofreconstruction of areas affected by terrorism, and activating the agreements and memoranda of understanding signed between the two parties.

5. The two sides agreed to increase cooperation in the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers shared water and project management.

6. The Turkish government commends the triumphs of the armed and security forces within the Iraqi Liberation Nineveh operations and eliminate the terrorist Daesh gangs.

7. The two sides stressed not to allow the presence of any terrorist organizations on their soil and not to do any activity that threatens thenational security of both countries. The parties agreed to work together in the fight against terrorism and Daesh with the international coalition.

8. The two sides stressed the need for a comprehensive action leap in thefield of culture and tourism for the purpose of strengthening cultural and social ties between the peoples of the two countries and allow for thecohesion of the country ‘s citizens.

9. The two sides agreed to find understanding in determining the interests and challenges shared strategic vision and work together for the security and stability of the region as well as the elimination of all of the factors that would threaten the security and stability of the region, including ethnic and sectarian polarization.

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Official statement: Iraq and Turkey agree to achieve mutual security and stability, combating terrorism

 

History of edits:: 7/1/2017 17:3270 visits readable
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it agreed Iraq on Saturday with Turkey to achieve mutual security and stability and the fight against terrorism.
Quoted the prime minister the joint statement issued at the end of official talks between Iraq and Turkey, and the Agency has received all of Iraq [where] a copy of which was ” the belief historical, religious and cultural relations and good neighborliness between the two countries and the interest of the Turkish government and the Iraqi government to consolidate and strengthen the bonds ofrelationship between the two brotherly peoples, held on Saturday, 01/07/2017 in Baghdad , the third meeting of the Supreme Council for strategic cooperation between the two countries have the parties discussed the vital issues that concern the two countries and prospects of cooperation in all fields and the possibility of building and development of strategic, political and economic relations that serve the interests of the two countries. ”
He said the parties’ ownership by security and stability and achieve mutual fight terrorism together in the framework of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity , which is the basis of relations between the two countries and Ba’shiqah camp is an Iraqi camp. ”
The Iraqi side also stressed the hard stance towards the camp Ba’shiqah and that the Turkish side begin steps to withdraw troops and end this file, said the Turkish side its commitment to Iraq ‘s unity and respect for its sovereignty. ” The
two sides stressed the importance of raising the level of trade and economic cooperation between thetwo countries in the field of reconstruction of areas affected by terrorism and activating theagreements and memoranda of understanding signed between the two sides also agreed to increase cooperation in the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers shared water and project management. ”
The Turkish government and praised the triumphs of the armed and security forces within the Iraqi Liberation Nineveh operations and eliminate the terrorist gangs Daesh The two sides also stressed not to allow the presence of any terrorist organizations on their soil and not to do any activity thatthreatens the national security of both countries. The parties agreed to work together in the fight against terrorism and Daesh with the international coalition with the parties stressed the need for acomprehensive action leap in the field of culture and tourism for the purpose of strengthening cultural and social ties between the peoples of the two countries and allow for the cohesion of thecitizens of the two countries.
The parties agreed to “find understanding in determining the interests and challenges shared strategic vision and work together for the security and stability of the region as well as theelimination of all of the factors that would threaten the security and stability of the region, including the sectarian and ethnic polarization.”