Keep an eye out for the visit of the US Iraqi defense minister and wait for the government’s handling of the military administration


BAGHDAD – The Journal News

It is expected to head the new US defense secretary, James Mattis, to Baghdad, to visit his country deployed in Anbar, Nineveh and Irbil forces near Baghdad.
Iraqi military sources said that a definite visit, but no agreement to schedule the habit of US officials and varied expectations about the next US step to manage the new White House, the retention of the former president’s policy, Barack Obama, herself, in support of an open Iraqi government without charge, and the trend new would boost US forces in Iraq to more than 20 thousand troops and political influence stronger budge Iran niche Her upper hand in the country.

And owns the new American minister, James Mattis, a chronology bad with a lot of political leaders in Iraq, during the period of his military positions in Iraq between 2005 and 2009, and a private wing in which the popular crowd forces there.
According to experts in the Iraqi issue, Washington has a cover up its forces through the fourth paragraph of the Convention on the “common defense”, signed between them and Baghdad, under which the Americans from the country pulled out in 2011, include the American intervention to protect their interests and the democratic process in Iraq.
In the context of the so Akharokd American site “Mmeltra Times”, the Pentagon did not announce thousands of deadly air strikes committed by the US military in countries including Iraq since 2001.

According to the military site specialist, in 2016, it did not record these attacks, which knew the deadly bombing in the open database, upon which the US Congress and military analysts and allies of Washington and researchers.
The site adds that the strikes carried out by military helicopters and planes march drone, pointing out that the database on air strikes “were not complete since October since the start of the war on terror.”
And the transfer of the US site for unidentified army source as saying, “The United States is not trying to hide the air strikes, and so has been monitoring the strikes in the past, we do not monitor, for example, the number of strikes carried out by Apache helicopters.”
But the site indicate that the Apache helicopters of the US Army used in the last 15 years more than others in the fight against the organization “Daesh.”

To that discussed the Ministerial Council for National Security, headed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Sunday, relations with America’s recent decisions taken by the US president Donald Trump of denying citizens of seven countries, including Iraq, from entering the United States affected were undone later.
A statement by the Office of the Abadi media that “the Prime Minister and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Haider al-Abadi presided Sunday Ministerial National Security Council meeting, the Council discussed the relationship with the United States in light of recent decisions and their impact on the political, security, economic, trade and cultural relations within the strategic framework agreement signed between the two countries. “
“The face of the Council to take the necessary measures to protect the interests of Iraq,” stressing “the big Iraqi armed forces heroine confidence a check-back victories on the terrorist gangs Daesh full for the Liberation of the Iraqi territory soon, God willing.”

He said he “has approved a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation between the intelligence of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service and the Belgian counterpart,” noting that “the meeting included a discussion and follow-up on previous decisions and directives as well as a number of other topics on the agenda.”


Iraq is preparing to receive 24 fighter Korean


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[Oan- Baghdad] is
preparing Iraq for receiving fighter military aircraft from South Korea in the form of payments during the first quarter of this year 2017.
A statement by the Iraqi Ports received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it, that “high – level delegation of theteam , Deputy Commander of the Air Force and a number of staff officers in the ministry visited the port this morning and met with Director General of the ports of the Iraqi Chief Engineer Riad Sawadi Shamkhi and managers of the port of Umm Qasr north and the southern and Director of the Office of the Inspector General in the southern region. ”
He added that the delegation ‘s visit “to create and prepare for the arrival of military shipments of Korean -made planes [T50], a fourth – generation aircraft are used for duties near attribution and advanced training as stated Deputy Commander of the Air Force.”
The statement pointed out that ” the meeting may Plain great cooperation of Higher and coordination with the port administration in creating all its possibilities in laying ships cargo carrier securely and unload cargoes safely and out of the port ASAP to reach the Ministry of Defence stores and then to our fighters heroes child heads of gangs Daesh terrorist” .
For his part , Director General of the ports of Iraq , “expressed the readiness full company and all its capabilities to serve our heroine and we will be the other arm of our military forces , brave and popular mobilized.”
The Iraqi air force, announced on 25 December that it would begin in the first quarter of 2017, receiving 24 fighter aircraft under contract with South Korea.

Abadi: We will liberate Ayman Mosul in record time and I plan to visit Washington soon [Extended]


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[Oan- Baghdad]
predicted Prime Minister Haider al – Abadi, edit right Gabn to the city of Mosul from Daesh terrorist gangs ” inrecord time”.
Ebadi said during his weekly press conference to him, “We have the confidence to edit the right side andother areas in record time , ” asserting that ” the enemy has a lot of abilities and our troops suited to theprocess of editing and become important tasks is smaller than the other.”
He pointed to “configuration to complete operations and discuss new challenges in this regard and conduct security survey of the liberated areas were sent special teams for that and given a period of time of thesurvey was to find piles of weapons and explosives in huge quantities and are continuing to search for terrorists and Aldoaash.”
He added that “Daesh is not a regular army and is now being prosecuted on the basis of a list of the most wanted in cooperation with the people of Nineveh , ” pointing to “prepare for the reception of the displaced people the right side in the north of Mosul and set up shelter camps for them and hopefully make it clear that the number of IDPs according to figures of international relief goods organizations.”
And the economic and financial side , the Prime Minister said , “There is a kind of false rumors and we arekeen to secure salaries for employees and retirees , social welfare and basic services , ” pointing out that “wastewater projects in more provinces incomplete and cause problems of citizens were heading for thecompletion of these projects and water.”
” The issue of contractors and farmers benefits, the government is determined to give benefits , but there areproblems in estimating the dues up to 7.8 trillion dinars , and after checking the amount dropped to 4.5 trillion dinars and possibly fall further and that some of the benefits that talking about is not the same level , ” adding that “there is a difference from the Office of financial supervision The audit was dues for many contractors and Otmenhm that the money is there “.
He noted Abadi , that ” the rumor is a global problem and discuss measures to stop it, a real problem in America, Germany and France and there fearing them because Cockle and Facebook sites and Twitter , ” noting that “false news promoted by means of social communication dramatically and the citizen can not distinguish between true and false news , and there are fears that false information affecting the results of theelections. ”
And “in Iraq , we examine how you can control the false news and there are news aimed at weakening theposition of the Iraqi government and we want to develop a means to publish correct news and isolate thefalse news that are difficult for the citizen to distinguish between rumors.”
The Prime Minister added, “Such rumors lack of money to pay salaries and confirm that the government iscommitted to providing salaries and retirement and social protection, as well as false information that the US side does not receive the Prime Minister and say that there is no request for the thrill of the visit to Washington and the US side officially denied this , but there are he wants to offend the relationship between Iraq and other countries , as with Kuwait pumped false with respect to incense Abdullah in which any change did not get the information, but we are not dragged into this aspect. ”
And asked about owning devices Astbartah kill and kidnap in Baghdad to confuse Ansarat political and partisan views, Abadi , he replied, “we talk about intelligence effort, and I call on the media as the fourth estate to help us to this subject because this is a crime and we pursue them using our own we will not allow them to escape from the grip of justice and are prosecute all the capabilities and equipment and take thearrest of a lot. ”
He stressed , “despite the amnesty law , which did not help us and probably contributed in some respects increase the level of crime , especially kidnapping would not let them tell Nlahakhm and to strictly according to the law against the kidnapping and armed robbery.”
And on the intention to organize a demonstration tomorrow to demand changes to the Electoral Commission for elections and the necessity of this change, the prime minister said, ” The demonstrations natural right and duty of the state to protect the demonstrators and to ensure functioning normally , including protecting thedemonstrators and public property.”
And “in relation to the electoral commission, the case related to the legislative side and appointed by the House of Representatives , ” pointing out that ” the current commission term expires on 20 September next according to the law and according to our understanding of the House of Representatives seeks to form a committee for the nomination of a new Commission after the end of this Commission and I familiar with the work of the House of Representatives in this context , the Council , and I call for the exercise of his work properly and the formation of an independent Commission does not represent the political parties and respect for the citizen ‘s voice falsified crime against the Iraqi people. ”
He stressed that “the parliament must amend the electoral law time period is enough , ” pointing to “the existence of visions for the postponement of the elections and merged with the parliamentary elections , ” stressing that ” the government believes that the elections are held her time which the security services and the executive ripe for elections her time.”
On the issue of the independence of the Kurdistan region and what the Government ‘s vision for the subject, the Prime Minister said , “did not raise the independence of the Kurdistan region politically and hear from theKurdish leaders it a Kurdish issue and there is no realistic measures to move in this direction , ” he said . “We are for a unified Iraq.”
He added “there is no constitutional text and want to strengthen one unified Iraq and want to solve theproblems with the region and we hope to help the political forces that , ” pointing to “get a jump in thecooperation between the Peshmerga security forces in the fight Daesh and we want to continue after theterror.”
He pointed out that the issue of independence “was an exchange of viewpoints did not reach anything in this regard and is forbidden to take a decision in a certain direction we are all in a particular fate and we are all in this country and Iraq today is closer to the unity of the former , a single state and sectarian sensitivities ,said state sponsor of all approach to this goal , and this new approach We want our inception and we go back to a previous entry and Daesh happened after separate us. ”
And the repeated attacks on journalists and if there were procedures to follow it and reduce it, the Prime Minister condemned these attacks , calling for follow – up.


ISIL Fighters Trapped in Western Mosul, Pentagon Spokesman Says


By Lisa FerdinandoDoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2017 — As Iraqi security forces continue the push to liberate Mosul, terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant find themselves trapped in the city’s west, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

As seen through a night vision device, Air Force Tech Sgt. Brady Mueller guards the perimeter of a C-130H Hercules aircraft in Iraq, Dec. 15, 2016. Muller is a security team member assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Castelan

As seen through a night vision device, Air Force Tech Sgt. Brady Mueller guards the perimeter of a C-130H Hercules aircraft in Iraq, Dec. 15, 2016. Muller is a security team member assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Castelan

“At this point, ISIL fighters are stuck in Mosul,” the Defense Department’s director of press operations, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, told reporters.

With Iraqi forces closing in and bridge access to eastern Mosul severed, the terrorists in the western quadrant are unable to resupply and reinforce, he said.

“The fighters who remain in west Mosul face a choice between surrendering or annihilation, as there’s not a place to retreat,” Davis said.

It is nearly impossible to cross the Tigris River, which separates east and west Mosul, since access to the five bridges that spanned the river is closed off, Davis pointed out.

“Without the ability to resupply or reinforce, [ISIL] is in a situation there where their loss is certain,” Davis said.

The coalition continues its strikes in support of the shift to western Mosul operations, he said, noting since the push for Mosul began in mid-October, the coalition has conducted 10,850 strikes in support of operations to liberate the city.

“We know going into western Mosul that they are more dug in there; they have had more time to place encampments and firing positions [and] fighting positions,” Davis said, adding ISIL used its best fighters in eastern Mosul.

The strikes, he said, have destroyed vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, buildings and facilities, tunnels, boats, barges, vehicles, bunkers, anti-aircraft artillery, and artillery mortar systems.

Eastern Mosul Update

Iraqi security forces are back clearing eastern Mosul, Davis said, pointing out they have disrupted raids, uncovered sleeper cells, and found terrorists in “spider holes.”

In addition, approximately once a day, Iraqi security forces are encountering small unmanned aerial vehicles that are dropping hand grenades, he said.

Davis pointed out tests have confirmed the presence of the skin irritant sulfur mustard from samples recovered from Mosul University, a central location in ISIL’s chemical weapons program.

ISIL is surrounded in the Syrian city of Al Abab on multiple axes, Davis said.

“We continue to conduct strikes, in fact there were just some strikes earlier today in Al Bab by the United States and the coalition in support of the Turkish operations,” he said.

Meanwhile, the fight to liberate the key city of Raqqa continues and a third axes, an eastern axis, kicked off in the last day, Davis said. The new axis adds to the northwest and northeast efforts where isolation is either in progress or complete.

The coalition has conducted bridge strikes south of Raqqa along the Euphrates to restrict ISIL’s ability to move fighters and equipment, he said.

“It further isolates [ISIL] fighters so that they’ll have to take their chances with either fighting or dying or surrendering to the SDF or using what narrow window they have of escape they have right now, which is really only in this direction [to the southeast], toward Deir ez-Zur,” he said.

In addition, the Syrian Democratic Forces have cleared an additional 48 square kilometers along two axes Feb. 6.

The coalition is taking steps to further limit ISIL’s ability to maneuver across Syria, and will continue to degrade, dismantle and militarily defeat the terrorists, Davis said.

The coalition has delivered 2,310 munitions since Nov. 5 in support of the SDF, he said.

“In the past 24 hours, we conducted an additional six strikes with a total of eight engagements using 18 munitions in support of SDF operations to isolate Raqqa,” he said.

(Follow Lisa Ferdinando on Twitter: @FerdinandoDoD)


Urgent .. killed 40 Daashaa air strikes targeted positions Ayman Mosul


Urgent .. killed 40 Daashaa air strikes targeted positions Ayman Mosul
Twilight News / According to the Military Intelligence Directorate on Tuesday to launch the Iraqi Air Force aircraft air strikes targeted sites to organize Daesh in the right side of the city of Mosul.
She said the directorate said in a statement responded to the Twilight News, it’s based on their information carried out the Air Force air strikes targeted two camps of Daesh leaving destroyed, as well as plant booby-trapping and shielding and killed 40 terrorists in the villages Asilh and spillway on the right side of the connector.

Twilight News / According to the Military Intelligence Directorate on Tuesday to launch the Iraqi Air Force aircraft air strikes targeted sites to organize Daesh in the right side of the city of Mosul.

EXCLUSIVE: Iran pulls missile from launchpad after apparent prep for launch, US officials say



NOW PLAYINGExclusive: Iran removes new missile from launch pad

Iran removed a powerful missile from a launchpad east of Tehran within the past few days, Fox News has learned, as U.S. and Iranian officials continued trading public barbs about the Islamic Republic’s missile tests.


The Pentagon is concerned because Safir missiles use the same components as those needed for an intercontinental ballistic missile. Iran’s ballistic program has “expanded dramatically” in the past 10 years, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News.

New satellite imagery from Feb. 3, obtained exclusively by Fox News from ImageSat International and verified by U.S. officials, showed Iran preparing a Safir for launch. That missile is the type Iran has previously used to put a satellite into space.


It has been two years since Iran has launched a Safir into space, according to officials. But there has been a flurry of activity on an Iranian launchpad that U.S. officials have been watching closely, since the launch of a ballistic missile from the site last week.

In a surprising about face, Fox News learned Tuesday morning that Iran’s missile had been removed from the launchpad. It was not immediately clear why.

On Jan. 29, Iran launched a new type of medium-range ballistic missile prompting an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Jan. 31. A day later the White House issued a strongly worded statement from National Security Adviser Mike Flynn putting Iran “on notice.” President Trump tweeted a similar statement soon after.

Days later, American intelligence officials watched as Iran quickly cleaned up the site and prepared another missile on the same launchpad near Semnan, about 140 miles east of Tehran, before it was removed.

ImageSat International reported a “missile integrations facility” near the launchpad that is normally quiet had a host of visitors on February 3, when the new missile showed up on the launchpad. Another satellite photo showed an additional Iranian missile launcher and nine vehicles in the desert not far from the launchpad.

“The specific aspect of the Safir that is useful from an ICBM perspective is learning how to stage a missile, basically stacking one missile atop another,” said Jeffrey Lewis, a scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. “Other than that, though, it’s really a space launcher.”

On Friday, the same day the satellite photos showed the new Safir missile on the launchpad, the White House announced new sanctions against 13 Iranian individuals and 12 Iranian companies tied to its missile program.

Iran’s Supreme Leader on Tuesday issued a new warning to the White House about the coming 38th anniversary of Iran’s Revolution this Friday.

“No enemy can paralyze the Iranian nation,” Khamenei said. “[Trump] says ‘you should be afraid of me’. No! The Iranian people will respond to his words on Feb. 10 and will show their stance against such threats,” according to Reuters.

Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how “kind” President Obama was to them. Not me!

Speaking in Tokyo on his first overseas trip, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called Iran the “single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.”

The view was shared by former President Barack Obama’s State Dept. in its last terrorism report issued in June. The report listed Iran first as a state sponsor of terrorism along with Sudan and Syria.

On Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called Iran’s recent ballistic missile launch “very dangerous” and said the launch “should not have happened,” and agreed with President Trump that new sanctions on the Islamic Republic were needed.

Also Sunday, Iran fired off five advanced surface-to-air missiles as part of a military exercise Sunday, two US officials told Fox News. The Iranian Sayyad  — or “Hunter” — missiles were launched from Dasht-e Kavir, a remote area 45 miles south of Semnan, the location of last week’s ballistic missile launch. Officials said the tests were successful.

U.N. Resolution 2231 calls upon Iran not to conduct ballistic missile tests — but does not forbid the nation from doing so. The resolution went into effect days after the landmark nuclear deal with signed with Western nations including the U.S.

Iran has placed four satellites into orbit since 2009, according to, which says the Iranian Safir missile closely resembles Iran’s Shahab–3 ballistic missile, based on North Korea’s Nodong missile. The website is run by the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists.

In his book “The Field of Fight,” Flynn writes about Iran: “For nearly forty years every American administration has permitted the Islamic Republic to build up its strength, and even organize assassinations in our capital. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan either directly sold weapons to Iran, or enabled others to do it.”

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews

Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel . She joined FNC in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent. You can follow her on Twitter at @JenGriffinFNC.

US Secretary of Security: my fault rushed prepare a decree immigration


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{International: Euphrates News} presented US Secretary of National Security John Kelly, Tuesday, on the part of Congress fierce barrage of criticism over tightening of immigration policies in the United States.
He acknowledged Kelly said in a speech during the deliberations of the Committee for National Security Affairs in the House of Representatives, that the decree, signed by President Donald Trump, about that was in a hurry and had to be careful a little bit in the preparation of the document, delivery and discuss the matter at length with members of Congress.
Kelly said in response to a remark about the existence of urgency in the preparation and signing of the document: ” my fault.”
US President Donald Trump has signed in late January , a number of decrees on tightening immigration policies, and tasked the President, the State Department and Department of Homeland Security to halt the reception and distribution of the refugee program for 120 days, and the prohibition of Trump for a period of 90 days entry of the citizens of Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Sudan to the United States.
Last Friday the imposition of Judge James Robert of Seattle {Court of the State of Washington} temporary ban on the implementation of the decree Trump proposal to tighten US immigration system.
On the other hand, Kelly said the United States was not considering add other countries to the list of seven countries whose nationals are subject to the temporary ban, in response to reports that the government Trump is considering adding 12 new state to the list.
Kelly told a congressional committee that he expects a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico “establishment” within two years Almqublan.anthy

Securities: Trading indicators jump 50% after the use of the electronic system



/ Baghdad

Iraq Stock Exchange confirmed that trading indicators jump 50% after using the electronic system, pointing out that the current year will see the launch of trading via the Internet.

The executive director of the market in a press statement I followed the “Economy News, he said that in previous years after 2003 was to deal in the market is the manual trading, but after the introduction of modern electronic systems, there has become a large and significant progress in the process of trading in the market.

And Abdel Salam that “trading indicators jump 50% after using the electronic system,” pointing out that this rise reflected positively on the volume and value of shares in the Iraq Stock Exchange.

Abdul Salam confirmed that the current year will see the trading launch via the Internet, noting that the launch will allow the investor trading on the shareholding companies, bonds and any listed securities in the market through this system and via the Internet , like any investor , trading in the market hall as well as the organization of all financial settlements and equity in accordance with the procedures and instructions prevailing market.

The infallible Barzani stress the importance of coordination between the security forces and the Peshmerga


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{Baghdad} Euphrates News said President Fuad Masum, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani, on Tuesday, the importance of increasing coordination between the Peshmerga security forces in operations breakers.
According to a presidential statement, the agency {Euphrates News received}, a copy of it, that infallible “received at his residence in Arbil, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government , Nechirvan Barzani, and discussed with him the political and security developments in Iraq and the Kurdistan region and throughout the region, and ways to alleviate the economic suffering, especially for low – income “.
“Also during the meeting, which was also attended by Interior Minister of theKurdistan region and the Minister of Peshmerga agency Karim Sinjari, emphasizing the importance of developing cooperation between the Peshmerga forces and other armed forces, raising coordination along the breakers operations in the war against terror level.”
The statement quoted the infallible assertion, ” the need to focus on efforts toresolve the economic problems and pay particular attention to staff with limited income.”
In another context, he praised the president of the republic, ” the victories of the armed forces in the ongoing military operations in Mosul,” praising ” the sacrifices made for the liberation of the occupied Daesh terrorism and provide security and tranquility to its residents” .anthy


Urgent Abadi Parliament calls for the formation of a new election Commission


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[Where – Baghdad]
Prime Minister Haider al – Abadi, called on Tuesday the House of Representatives to form a new election Commission near the end of the legal period of the current Commission follows …




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