Iraq is paying $1 million every month for the delays in the receipt of the aircraft
15 February 2017
ERBIL — Kurdish factions in the Iraqi parliament are expected to sue the Iraqi former PM and current VP Nouri al-Malki over the corruption of the T-50IQ aircraft purchase which has wasted millions of dollars from the Iraqi federal budget.
Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that the T-50 aircraft which the Iraqi government has bought from South Korea would soon be delivered. However, the government should have received the aircraft a year ago according to the contract.
The Iraqi government has been paying 1 million dollars to South Korea every month as a financial fine for not being able to receive the aircraft T-50IQ, according to a contract signed by former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
In 2013, al-Maliki announced the signing of a contract with the Korean Ministry of Defense for the purchase of 24 T-50IQ aircraft.
According to the deal, the process of delivery of the aircraft would’ve begun in April of 2016 after the completion of the Swairah airport by the Iraqi government. The airport is however not ready yet and Baghdad needs to pay a fine for the delay in receiving the aircraft.
This deal is one of the biggest corruption case which occurred due to the lack of an airstrip for the aircraft and the fines paid by Iraq to South Korea as a result of the delays in the receipt of the aircraft is wasting public wealth.
Mohsen Saadun, a Kudish MP, told BasNews that Maliki needs to be prosecuted and this corruption case should be investigated by the Attorney General.
On his first visit to NATO headquarters, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday delivered a blunt warning to America’s allies, telling them they must increase military spending or the United States will pull back from its commitment to the transatlantic bloc.
Noting that one of his predecessors, Robert Gates, had called for increased spending by NATO allies a decade ago, Mattis told his fellow defense ministers: “The impatience Secretary Gates predicted is now a governmental reality.”
It was a stark warning delivered on behalf of President Donald Trump, who had previously declared NATO to be “obsolete” and raised doubts about whether America would remain committed to the common defense clause that is the bedrock of the NATO treaty.
“No longer can the American taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defense of Western values,” Mattis told the meeting, according to prepared remarks distributed by the Pentagon. “Americans cannot care more for your children’s future security than you do.”
He added: “Disregard for military readiness demonstrates a lack of respect for ourselves, for the alliance and for the freedoms we inherited which are now clearly threatened. America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance, each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defense.”
‘My second home’
The blunt threat cast an ominous cloud over a meeting that began with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warmly welcoming Mattis back to Brussels, where he had previously served two years as supreme allied commander for transformation.
Mattis, who had expressed his own steadfast support for NATO during and after his Senate confirmation hearing, had arrived at its headquarters with a positive message, declaring NATO to be “my second home.”
In a nod to Trump’s criticism of NATO during the presidential campaign, and his repeated demands that NATO countries pick up more of the financial costs of the alliance, Stoltenberg stressed that military spending by European allies and Canada had increased by 3.8 percent last year.
Mattis, in his brief remarks before the meeting, pointed to Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, and its military intervention in eastern Ukraine in 2014 as a turning point for international security.
“The events of 2014 were sobering and we must continue to adapt to what’s being revealed to us in terms of our security challenges,” Mattis said.
Clearly seeking to reassure allies of U.S. commitment to NATO, he said: “The alliance remains a fundamental bedrock for the United States and for all the transatlantic community, bonded as we are together. As President Trump has stated, he has strong support for NATO. And NATO is in the midst of transformation. It has always been adapting to the security challenges, this is nothing new. Perhaps the pace of change has certainly picked up a bit, but this is something we can deal with.”
Mattis added, “I do have confidence that we will prove once again that we can react to the changing circumstances. We have done so in the past and there’s every reason for confidence that we will move out purposefully together once again. I am here to listen to my fellow ministers, to have an open conversation among friends and allies about where we’re going and our shared level of commitment.”
Earlier in the day, Stoltenberg responded to reports that Russia had deployed a new cruise missile by stressing the importance of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which Russia may have violated.
“I will not comment on intelligence issues,” Stoltenberg told reporters in response to a question about the alleged Russian breach. “What I can say is that any noncompliance of Russia with the INF treaty would be a serious concern for the alliance.”
“The INF treaty is very important,” Stoltenberg continued, “because the INF treaty eliminated a whole category of nuclear weapons, weapons which could threaten Europe and NATO allies until they were eliminated by the INF Treaty at the end of the 1980s. Compliance with arms control agreements is of great importance, especially when it comes to treaties concerning nuclear weapons.”
Fight against ISIL
Mattis spent much of the day holding one-on-one meetings with colleagues on the sidelines of the formal conference.
U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said he met with Mattis for about 50 minutes and they agreed on the need for increased spending by the majority of NATO countries that do not meet the alliance’s benchmark of 2 percent of annual GDP.
Fallon said he and Mattis also discussed the need to bring senior leaders of the Islamic State to justice. With Western allies close to defeating ISIL in its remaining strongholds in Iraq and Syria, Fallon said he stressed to Mattis that it was of paramount concern to European governments to track ISIL fighters who might seek to return to their homes in Western Europe.
Fallon said NATO defense ministers expected the U.S. to soon release proposals for the future of the joint military campaign against ISIL.
Overall, Fallon said he supported the call by Mattis for quicker decision-making by NATO and for the alliance to upgrade its capabilities to respond to modern-day threats. “The threats are evolving more rapidly than the alliance,” Fallon told reporters.
This article first appeared on POLITICO.EU on Feb. 15, 2017.
Protesters demand changes in the electoral commission, a move opposed by Maliki
13 February 2017
BAGHDAD — Nouri al-Maliki, Iraqi former PM and current VP, is suspected to be behind the violence that erupted between the protesters and the security forces during Saturday’s demonstrations in Baghdad, which resulted in the death of five people and wounding of around 200 others.
The followers of Sadrist Movement, led by the Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, on Saturday organized a large-scale demonstration in the center of Baghdad, demanding changes in the electoral commission and ending corruption in the Iraqi government.
The officials of the electoral commission of Iraq are believed to be affiliated with Maliki, thus he is endeavoring to block any reforms in the commission as he intends to take over the Iraqi PM’s position in the upcoming election.
Faiq Sheikh, member of the Iraqi parliamentary legal committee, stated Maliki has urged his supporters to blend into the crowd of the protesters and to open fire at the security forces to cite violence between the protesters and the security members.
The current electoral commission is in Maliki’s favour, Sheikh said, arguing that most of its staff members are working under his command.
US Vice President Meets German Chancellor and other leaders to rally international support
BAGHDAD / Shaima Rashid – Murtaza Salah
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi leave at the head of a senior Iraqi delegation to participate in the work of the 53rd session of the annual Munich Conference on Security Policy, which begins on Friday and lasts two days for the duration of
February 17 to 19 with the participation of more than 500 senior political figures from all over the world to discuss the fight against “Daesh” terrorist and policy issues, security and Alaammar.omn scheduled to Prime Minister delivers a speech at the conference, explaining the Iraqi done in the fight against terrorism and to mobilize international support to support Iraq militarily and economically and humane.
Politicians and stressed that “My terrorism and the reconstruction of liberated areas,” the most prominent al-Abadi would expose him in the Munich conference, calling on world countries to fulfill their obligations towards Iraq, which Ringer terrorism for years.
He said government spokesman d. Saad al-Hadithi told the “morning”: that “it is scheduled to Prime Minister Haidar al-Abbadi heads the head of a high ministerial delegation on Friday to Germany to attend the annual Munich Conference on Security and Political World, which will start its work for the period from February 17 to 19 this at the invitation of Chancellor German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “
Sabri pointed out that “The prime minister will meet on the sidelines of the conference, heads and officials of a number of participating countries, including a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss global policy issues of security, along with a number of leaders and leadership in the international community.”
He explained newborn, that the delegation, which will be headed by al-Abadi to the Munich conference of the ministers of planning, defense, national security and a number of senior officials, as will deliver the Prime Minister speech during the conference, which provides a detailed explanation of the Iraqi government’s position and its actions in the fight against “Daesh” terrorist and victories troops recently Iraq in Mosul, in addition to clarify Iraq’s position on the nature and the importance of coordination that must mounts with the international community in the areas of support and backing in the war led on behalf of the world, as the Prime Minister will give an explanation on government steps to achieve the unity of the national ranks and solving political problems and cope with the crisis economic experienced by the country and the reform measures undertaken by the government in this context, in addition to the forms of support from the international community for Iraq on the military, economic and humanitarian level and the reconstruction of liberated areas. “
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Twilight News / media reported military cell on Wednesday the killing of three leaders of organized Daesh including a Saudi national air strikes launched by the international coalition aircraft on the headquarters of them in the right coast of the city of Mosul.
She said in a statement the cell responded to Twilight News, it’s us at the Directorate of Intelligence Information military aviation international coalition bombed the headquarters of the Doaash On July 17, the right side of the area of Mosul, killing the following leaders, they are:
1- Hammadi Ahmad sumac / responsible for the money transfer.
2- Hamid Ahmed Ibrahim aka (Abu Ouf Almslaoa) and to the connector.
3- اAbu Khaldun (Saudi national) Aldoaash additives administrator.
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