ISIS launches wave of counterattacks against Hashd al-Shaabi west of Mosul


By Rudaw 6 hours ago
Two members of the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary near Tal Afar. AFP file photo
Two members of the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary near Tal Afar. AFP file photo

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — In a bid to open the road connecting Raqqa, Syria, with Mosul, Iraq, and to push Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary out of western Nineveh province, ISIS has launched a massive assault on the group including 10 car bombs since early Sunday evening and clashes continued into the evening.
“Since 4 p.m., ISIS militants started counterattacks against the Hashd al-Shaabi from Tal Afar, Baaj and Blaij and clashes are still ongoing,” Hashm Sitai, a high-ranking Kurdish Peshmerga commander confirmed to Rudaw, describing the ISIS counterattack as “the newest and the heaviest ISIS attack.”

Raqqa and Mosul have been ISIS’s last strongholds in each country.

“From two fronts, Tal Afar and Baaj, they are launching assaults with heavy weapons and car bombs and they have targeted Hashd al-Shaabi with 10 car bombs,” Sitai said.

Sitai said both sides have casualties, but he was unable to provide specific numbers.

He added that Peshmerga forces are on alert for the possibility of spillover into nearby Peshmerga positions.

“[They] have not inflicted any damage on the Peshmerga,” Sitai said. “But, if Hashd al-Shaabi were defeated, it would negatively impact Peshmerga’s movements.”

On the previous day, ISIS militants ambushed and killed six Kurdish members of Hashd al-Shaabi in Diyala Province.

The Hashd forces are participating in the Mosul operation and they are designated to clear western Nineveh Province of ISIS militants, most notably in the Turkmen town of Tal Afar.

Former US civil administrator for Iraq Paul Bremer regrets about the de-Baathification law



Sunday, February 12th, 2017 – 23:21 GMT | Publication Number: 23 147

Former US Iraq civilian administrator Paul Bremer said he made a mistake when he handed uprooting the Iraqi Baath Party project to Iraqi politicians.
Bremer said in a meeting with the Arab television network that “Iraqi politicians and sought the scope of the de-Baathification law in bypassing it, and had appointed a group of judges and lawyers to deal with these abuses.
He continued that the “de-Baathification left an impact on only 1% of the members of the party, where they agreed on the ablation by the US administration and in consultation with the British and the majority of Iraqis.

As for the decision to disband the Iraqi army; Bremer said it needs to be resolved completely; because the old Iraqi army, the restoration would have led to serious political consequences, Shiites and Kurds have threatened to end their cooperation with Washington in the event of a call to the former members of the military.

Bremer believes that the duration of their stay in Iraq should be longer, and said: “We spent a short time in Iraq, compared to the experience of the Second World War, Bush was informed that one year is not enough to perform my mission in Iraq.

Paul Bremer was appointed by US President George W. Bush, former head of the civil administration to oversee the reconstruction of Iraq on 6 May 2003, and prior to his appointment to that position was headed by Paul Bremer, a consulting firm crises, a subsidiary of Marsh and McLennan.

Iraq: edit west coast of deferred Mosul


العراق: تحرير الساحل الغربي من الموصل مؤجل

New Arab Mosul

February 13, 2017

  • Top NewsMilitary officials in the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, revealed the postponement of the government date of the restoration of the coast of operations Mosul ‘s right (west), although the arrival of army troops and a counter – terrorism police units and federal on seven different axes of the second halves of the city, located west of the Tigris River, after the completion of it was scheduled to start operations on February 10 current. 

In this context, a military commander said in the leadership of the band sixteen in the Iraqi army’s “new Arab”, that “the attack was postponed to a time unknown, and it was supposed to start a movement ground on several axes to get a foothold near Mosul airport, from the axis south-west and the Valley of the pomegranate from the western axis, but it did not happen progress has been postponed until further notice. “  And that “joint forces moving eighth day in a row on the alert and keep an eye out for the zero hour but stopped from Baghdad”, criticizing it by saying that “the organization of the Islamic State (Daesh) turned to put the offensive, and arranged its ranks again, and re-review of his plans and sustain his weapons. This delay It is not in our favor and not in favor of the population languishing under his authority. “ He warned the commander of the “injured soldiers and the loss of heat sterility achieved victory in the east coast of the city and its momentum,” asserting that “the current situation is a sporadic shelling of Iraqi Airways and Air Alliance sometimes.”. For his part, drew a colonel in the army, Fadel al-Jabri, that “the date of the attack was delayed on the west coast of Mosul,” revealing in an interview for “new Arab”, that “due to the preoccupation with troops in clearing the east coast.” “The organization is still waging daily attacks on the east coast, by two to five attacks between suicide attacks or roadside bombs and armed attacks, which makes something move on the west coast is not possible now.” . He added that “our forces continue to cleanse the east coast, and there are pockets of militants Daesh infiltrators and rocket attacks, added to their operations inside the east coast. Therefore, the decision was made to postpone the attack until the process of keeping the land in the east coast completely finished.”

. Jabri pointed out that “was canceled school time on Sunday, in the eastern coast of Mosul, after the government approved the resumption of working hours because of the clashes and attacks.” . He reported that the curfew began at six o’clock yesterday evening and ended at seven o’clock on Monday morning.
The Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, said in an interview that “the attack on the Mosul coast right will be very soon,” and has previously announced on January 24 last, the restoration of the east coast of the city of Mosul, after heavy fighting lasted for more than a hundred days and achieved a record duration and participation by many forces.
According to sources of the Iraqi army, the “plan of attack included seven axes distributed by both the Iraqi army and the fight against terrorism and federal police and militias the popular crowd, the axis of the container Jawasaq axis camp Ghazlani (south-west) will be the police share of the federal, while it will be a hub of Tel pomegranate and Wadi in favor of the same militias popular crowd , while the eastern axis of the Tigris River would be in favor of counter – terrorism, to be the focus of Nahrawan and the container church (west and northwest) of the responsibility of the sixteenth Iraqi army Division. “

In this context, he attributed the official in Baghdad delayed the attack to the “international coalition”, pointing out in connection with the “new Arab”, that “the international coalition did not give us the green light to the start of the ground offensive so far, as is the paving areas that will advance the military responsibility and the rest of the Iraqi forces through intensive aerial bombardment. “ . He added that “any ground current progress by our troops without air cover international alliance means greater casualties among our troops.”

 Knowing that Iraqi forces imposed a genocidal blockade on the city ‘s western coast from various quarters, including the southern axis leading to the western neighbor of the Syrian Deir al – Zour. . Estimated the United Nations Mission in Baghdad, the number of people who are in this part of the city more than 600 thousand people, most of them a slice of the poor and villagers who were unable to flee with the first days when the organization “Daesh” city, before the organization decides to later impose house arrest swept on the population and prevent them from leaving.

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Mishan al-Jubouri, accused the government of Nuri al-Maliki of rigging previous elections


Sunday, February 12th, 2017 – 23:13 GMT | Publication Number: 23144

MP for the proposed reform front Mishan Jubouri forming a council chosen by parliament to replace the Independent Electoral Commission replaced, at the same time accusing the government of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of rigging the last election. “
He said that “the problem is not to change the Commission only, but must change the electoral mechanism and voting law,” and added that “the former Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has bought half of an electronic system for voting and left the other half for manual sorting so that there is room for falsification of election results,” as he put it.

He added that “under the pretext of lack of sufficient funds, at the time the Council of Ministers refused to buy the electronic system in an integrated manner,” said Jubouri that “should buy the other half of the electronic system to become the electoral system electronically purely so that the people cast a vote like the other peoples of the world.”

The Tahrir Square in the capital Baghdad witnessed on Saturday, a mass demonstration to demand a change in the Electoral Commission Act, it called on the Sadrist movement and civil power, and dispersed by the security forces by force and used live bullets and tear gas, and fell in those demonstrations four dead and 320 injured, of whom 79 were shot and wounded District.

Alissa contradictory remarks after presiding over financial .. and World Bank loans do not threaten salaries

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Finance Committee in the House of Representatives hosted, on Sunday, the Minister of Finance Agency Essa Abdul Razzaq, officials of the ministry for trading on the implementation of the budget and the customs tariff revenues and border crossings law.
While the source confirmed for (Journal News), that the meeting touched on the salary file in particular, he asked one of the deputies present, all contrary to the minister ‘s comments on this file before and after his accession to the Ministry of Finance and the agency, noting that the minister pessimistic remarks set off from inaccurate information expected from which stalled World Bank loans and the impact on wages, as likely as al – Issa, Minister of Higher Education and scientific research, on January 16, Altdresen reluctance to pay salaries in the last three months of the current year. 

The Ministry of Finance, the fully insured for the year 2017 of ministries and departments not associated with the Ministry of salaries, noting that it is steadily moving to address the consequences of the current crisis , according thoughtful dimensional program.
He said economic expert on behalf of Jamil Anton’s (Journal News), “The salaries of state employees come from oil revenues, so I rule out the salaries of state employees adversely affected as a result of delayed payment of international loans to Iraq.”
“The amount of international loans acted not according to what you would like the government, but acted to re-liberated areas devastating for the protection of the social and the ration card and when Iraq is bound to be spent amounts but certain proportions and there are a review of these amounts, ruling adversely affected loans to pay state employees for the current year salaries.”
He said the “state employees ‘ salaries come from the monthly oil and oil production and sales prices , indicating that put a price of $ 42 per barrel in the budget confirms the existence of a surplus in oil revenues can cover the budget deficit.” 

The Ministry of Finance, confirmed secure full salary for the year 2017.owalsar steady strides in addressing the consequences of the current crisis , according thoughtful dimensional program depends on the revenue estimate area and volume of annual spending. ” 

The ministry reiterated that the ministries and departments not associated with the Ministry salaries fully insured for the 2017 federal budget that covers all the basic needs of all sectors of the state. ”
The World Bank approved last December a new loan of one billion and 485 million dollars to help Iraq ‘s economy in the face of falling oil prices and the burden of the cost of the war against Daesh bringing the total support to Baghdad to about $ 3.4 billion. 

The Finance Ministry said, in a statement, ” The salaries of the ministries and departments not associated with the Ministry fully insured for the year 2017 , ” noting that ” the federal budget covers all the basic needs of all sectors of the state.” 

The ministry said it was “committed to Bmenhjha in the face of economic developments.” 

Noting that it “going steady strides in addressing the consequences of the current crisis , according thoughtful dimensional program depends on the revenue estimate area and volume of annual spending.”
Finance Committee and hosted in the House, the Minister of Finance Agency Essa Abdul Razzaq, officials of the ministry for trading on the implementation of the budget and the customs tariff revenues and border crossings law. 

The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday (7 December 2016), on the draft general budget for fiscal year Act 2017. 

He guessed the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Abd al – Razzaq al – Issa, earlier, the reluctance to pay Altdresen salaries in the last three months of this year, indicating that scholarship students are included in the budget of 2017. 

Issa said, ” the indicators that we have within the 2017 budget refers to the probability that the last three months will see a problem in the process of paying the salaries of the teaching staff.”
Said Alissa at the time, that ” the ministry has developed a devoted to scholarship students amounts within the budget of the year 2017 , ” adding at the same time that the “difficult economic situation of Iraq ‘s financial and liquidity One of the main obstacles to our funding by the Ministry of Finance.” 

He pointed out that ” the amounts that have been obtained from the grant of the Ministry of Finance have been a few over the past year to the lack of financial liquidity , ” stressing that “will put pressure on financial for the scholarship to be delivered to students.” 

The House of Representatives voted, in 2012 Minutes 12 of the first legislative term of the third legislative year, the draft Iraqi universities and government institutes Students Scholarship Act, but the financial crisis that occurred in 2014 due to lower oil prices led to a reluctance to distribute Although included in the public budgets.

Vietnam is the victory of Iraq a victory for all the peoples of the world


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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} received Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Foreign Minister of a copy of the adoption of the new ambassador of Vietnam to Baghdad, Mr. Nguyen Hung Tak leaves, meeting reviewed the progress of bilateral relations between Baghdad and Hanoi, and ways to enhance mutual cooperation and activating common interests and face common risks.
And welcomed Jaafari , according to a statement his agency {Euphrates News} received a copy of it today , “Vietnam ‘s decision to re – open its embassy inBaghdad, wishing the Ambassador Muwafaqiya, and success in his diplomatic duties in Iraq.”
He expressed Jaafari “prepared the State Department to provide all the support and services that will facilitate the Vietnamese mission task, and to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, stressing the need to expedite theconvening of the meeting of the Iraqi-Vietnamese Joint Commission, and theactivation of common interests, and the signing of agreements that would open new horizons for investment, calling on Vietnam to pay the debt Bzmtha of Iraq ,especially that Iraq is passing through exceptional circumstances is the security challenge, the economic challenge, low oil prices, the cost of the war against terrorism. ”
For his part, the new Vietnam ‘s ambassador to Baghdad Nguyen Hung Tak “his country seeks to strengthen bilateral relations between Baghdad and Hanoi, blessed the great victories that Iraqis have achieved in the war against Daesh gangs terrorist , ” noting that ” the victory of Iraq is a victory for all the peoples of the world, and that his country highly values efforts and sacrifices made by the Iraqis in their war against terrorism, “noting that” the meetings of the Iraqi-Vietnamese joint Commission will promote cooperation between the two countries as well as it will accelerate the payment of his debts incurred by Iraq “.anthy
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