Pentagon to seek Iraqi reprieve from travel ban


AFPJanuary 30, 2017
The Pentagon is working on a list of names of Iraqis who have worked for the US military, including fighters and translators, "often doing so at great peril for themselves," Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said
The Pentagon is working on a list of names of Iraqis who have worked for the US military, including fighters and translators, “often doing so at great peril for themselves,” Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said (AFP Photo/SAFIN HAMED)

Washington (AFP) – The Defense Department pledged Monday to lobby for US entry of Iraqis who supported the American military after President Donald Trump barred nationals from Iraq and six other countries with Muslim majorities.

The Pentagon is working on a list of names of Iraqis who have worked for the US military, including fighters and translators, “often doing so at great peril for themselves,” Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis told a news conference.

“We are ensuring that those who have demonstrated their commitment tangibly to fight alongside us and support us, that those names are known” to the services responsible for authorizing entry into the country, he said.

In an executive order Friday, Trump barred entry to the US for 90 days for citizens of Iraq, a key ally in the fight against violent extremist groups, and Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The order, billed as a temporary move to allow time for the new Trump administration to review visa criteria in an effort to make America safe from “radical Islamic terrorists,” also banned all refugees from coming into the country for 120 days.

The sudden travel ban sowed confusion and led to distressed scenes over the weekend at airports in the US and abroad as would-be passengers were detained or turned away.

It also sparked outrage in the US and criticism from the United Nations human rights chief and a number of countries, including Iraq.

“We are still in the process of assessing” the order, Davis said. He declined to say whether the Defense Department had helped in planning and advising the president’s move.

The status of Iraqi pilots who are currently training at an air base in Arizona appeared murky.

“That is one of the issues that we are specifically looking at,” the spokesman said.

Iraq pushed back against the US ban, urging Washington to “review this wrong decision.”

The Iraqi parliament approved a bill calling for the government to take similar measures against Americans if Washington does not scrap the directive.

The travel restrictions come on the heels of repeated assertions by Trump that the US should have stolen Iraq’s oil before drawing down its troops in 2011 from the war there.


Iran test fires ballistic missile


By Rudaw 7 hours ago

Iran test fires ballistic missile
Iran launches a ballistic missile. Photo: FARS
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iran conducted a ballistic missile test on Sunday, a possible violation of UN Resolution 2231 that was signed in 2015 and barred the country from testing ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons for eight years.

“The Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile flew 600 miles (about 1,000 kilometers) before exploding, in a failed test of a reentry vehicle,” Fox News reported officials from US Pentagon as saying.

The missile was reportedly launched from a test site near the city of Semnan, about 225 kilometers east of Tehran. A US official confirmed the launch adding that Iran also tested this type of missile in July 2016, Reuters reported.

“We’re looking into the exact nature of it,” White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said in a press briefing confirming that they have received reports of the missile test.

It is not clear Iran’s missile, described as “high-precision” by Iran’s defense minister in September 2016, is capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

UN Resolution 2231 “calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

Iran signed the resolution in July 2015, along with China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the High Representative of the European Union.

On Sunday, the lieutenant commander of Iran’s Revolution Guards Corps had boasted of the country’s weaponry.

“On the issue of the production of ballistic missiles against mobile targets, I should say that Iran is among a handful of nations which have access to this know-how,” FARS news agency reported General Hossein Salami as saying.

Iran has maintained that recent acquisitions of uranium are for its nuclear energy programs. The Iran Nuclear Deal, also signed in July 2015, forbade Iran from enriching or importing uranium up to weapons-grade quality.

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Urgent dumping millions of leaflets on the right of Mosul residents prepare for liberalization


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threw the Iraqi air force, millions of leaflets on the right coast of the city of Mosul.
A statement by the cell media and Cal-Harbi received all of Iraq [where] a copy of it, that “the Iraqi air force planes dropped millions of leaflets and newspapers on the right side of the city of Mosul, including urging citizens to prepare for operations of liberation.”

Urgent US State Department: Iraqis exception of blocking access


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spokesman for the US State Department, announced the ministry ‘s intention to prevent Iraqi excluded from entry into the United States.
He said that the State “is a list of Iraqis who can be excluded from the ban Login”.
US President Donald Trump issued last Friday, an executive order that prevents the entry of immigrants to the United States for four months and also prevent the entry of citizens from Iraq and six other Arab and Muslim are Libya, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Iran for 90 days States.
The House voted today to approve the recommendation in reciprocity in response to the US embargo.
Iraqi Foreign Ministry also expressed “regret for this wrong decision , ” claims reviewed by the new US administration.

Jaafari, a US ambassador rejected Trump’s decision and announce the latest release of Iraqi airports


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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} told Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, on Monday, the US ambassador in Baghdad, Iraq, to reject the decision of the US President, Donald Trump, the judge to prevent the entry of Iraqis to America “temporarily.”
According to a Foreign Ministry statement, received by the agency {Euphrates News}, a copy of the “al – Jaafari met with the US Ambassador in Baghdad, Douglas A. Silliman, and discussed with him the recent presidential decision – American private to prevent reception of the United States for citizens of seven countries , including Iraq “.
He Jaafari, according to the statement, expressed “surprise at the decision of the US president Donald Trump not to receive Iraqi citizens,” adding that ” the sons of the Iraqi community living in the countries of the world is characterized by its reputation of good, scientific potential, and finance, did not prove their involvement in any terrorist act.”
He added, ” The modern terrorism began in New York and Washington, and indicates the involvement of any Iraqi terrorist act in America, and different countries of the world, so why take such a decision against the people sacrificing his sons with their blood in defense of themselves and on behalf of the peoples of the whole world?”.
The foreign minister noted that ” the Iraqi victim of terrorism, and face his crimes, and are making consecutive victories, and chasing Daesh terrorist gangs from one city to another in spite of the exceptional circumstances experienced by, and that is the security challenge, the economic challenge, and lower oil prices, the cost of the war against terrorism and it looks forward to the stance of the international community on his side. ”
He noted that “Iraq faces terrorists Daesh who came from more than a hundred countries, including the United States, other democratic countries, and its current major victories, has not ruled on the countries of the world through these Alhmaz, did not cut his ties with the countries from which the terrorists, but spread out, and called on all countries to shoulder their responsibilities towards the common enemy that threatens everyone. ”
He said the “Iraq got the position of Vice President of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations by 173 votes; the belief of the nations of the world for his efforts in the fight against terrorism, and the suffering caused by terrorist operations and crimes of terrorists Daesh, and protection of human rights , ” calling on the US administration to “estimated sacrifices Iraqi efforts in the war against terrorism, and the spilled blood of the Iraqis for the duration of their resistance to the defunct regime and establish a democratic system, as well as the sacrifices of the Americans who were killed on Iraqi territory whose number exceeded 4,000 troops, and disbursement of funds in overthrowing the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. ”
The foreign minister stressed, ” It is not reasonable to sacrifice Iraq with the blood of his sons, and wasted wealth in the war against terrorism, and collections in the United States of America the strategic framework agreement, collaboration, and issued by the US administration so actions , ” noting “While we reject the decision to prevent Iraqis receiving in the United States and call for review emphasize our commitment to the establishment of better relations between Baghdad and Washington, and activating the strategic framework agreement signed between the two countries , especially the ongoing cooperation, and there are military advisers, and American companies operating in Iraq. ”
The statement quoted the US ambassador, his assertion that he “will carry the claim Iraq to review the decision to ban the Iraqis greeted by the United States,” adding that “they have made efforts for the release of a number of Iraqis who have been detained at the US airports.”
He added that “many Americans citizens are working to help the Iraqi people in their fight against terrorism through the training of Iraqi forces, medical teams and humanitarian operating within international organizations; to provide the necessary for families displaced supplies,” adding that ” the US administration has promised to continually support for Iraq, and to contribute to the reconstruction of the infrastructure of the liberated areas for the return of displaced persons. ”
And US President Donald Trump, issued an executive order in late last Friday, eliminates the temporary cessation of the flow of refugees to the United States.
According to the order preventing the issuance of visas for people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen for at least 30 days.
According to US media, the US authorities have arrested two Iraqi refugees Airport “John F. Kennedy International” in New York.
And it prevented the Cairo International Airport authorities on Saturday, an Iraqi family, to travel to New York, a day after the signing of Trump ‘s decision to prevent the refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries to temporarily enter the country , “according to exporters navigational and security.
For his part, House of Representatives voted today to deal Similarly with the United States, and the claim of the United nations , international organizations and the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic cooperation to take a decision in this regard, also included recommendations to address the US Congress to review the resolution, demanding the US administration to review its decision.
for its part, summoned the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, on Monday, the US ambassador to the question on the issue of banning the entry of Iraqis to the US Altdh.anthy

The arrival of US military force of “4,000” troops to Anbar .. and vice reveals the reason for their presence to maintain (Details)



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MP Noureddine Ardalan, on Monday, for the deployment of the United States consisting of four thousand military force in Anbar province, adding that the deployment of this force by Washington comes in anticipation of Aa’ahtmalat ‘in the post – Daesh phase in Iraq.
Said Noureddine in a press statement, ‘three days arrived US military force of four thousand military Anbar province , and settled there before’, adding ‘is now set up camp for this force in that region. “

He said, he ‘according to the available information, the aim of the introduction of this force by the United States at this time is to prepare for any possibilities in the post – Daesh in Iraq’.

Noureddine did not hide all of the tasks that the new US force, to prevent any entry of militias crowd to Sunni areas, stressing ‘chances for a Shiite factions trying to raid Sunni areas after the completion of the war against Daesh’.

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Ambassadors of European countries are showing interest in the reconstruction of Iraq and increase trade



Since 30/01/2017 16:43 pm (Baghdad time)

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Announced the ambassadors of European countries, on Monday, the desire of their countries to contribute to re-Iraqi infrastructure building after its liberation from the terrorist organization Daesh, and increased trade and investment.

A statement by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, received / balances News /, a copy of it, that “the Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the ambassadors of European countries met to Iraq at the ministry headquarters in Baghdad, and during the meeting, review the conduct of military operations against terrorist Daesh gangs, and international support for Iraq European countries in various fields. ”

He Jaafari, according to the statement, “the thanks and appreciation of Iraq to the positions of European countries in international forums and the United Nations, financial aid, and humanity, and service, and the military in the face of terrorism.”

He noted that “the battle against al Daesh will end in Iraq, but may move to other countries, so it must combine international efforts to eliminate it, and to prevent its spread,” adding that “the roots of terrorism remains a very real danger to the world unless they are the face of the culture of murder espoused, and drying up its funding, and the criminalization of takfiri thought. ”

He called on al-Jaafari, according to the statement, the international community “to stand by all countries facing terrorism, so that the terrorists know that when they are targeting countries will find that they are facing the peoples of the whole world,” stressing that “Iraq is looking forward to its continued support, and support, and the reconstruction of the infrastructure of the Iraqi cities, especially liberated from the grip of terrorists Daesh. ”

He said al-Jaafari, said that “the Iraqi-European relations lived up to the best level in the past period, and seeks Iraq to enhance cooperation, opening the door for investment, and activating the common interests in all fields,” noting that “Iraq could restore much of the stolen with the help of friendly countries, its effects, and calls to make more efforts to retrieve contraband all its effects. ”

For their part, the ambassadors of European countries, according to the statement, about “the continuation of their countries’ support for Iraq in its war against Daesh terrorist gangs”, praising the “great victories achieved by the Iraqis, and the liberation of the Iraqi lands from the grip of terrorism.”

And have shown, “the desire of their countries to contribute to the reconstruction of Iraq’s infrastructure, and to increase the volume of trade and investment with Iraq” .anthy 29 / S