#Iraq‘s PM Abadi has just announced that the operation to retake western #Mosul has begun. Here we go.
#Iraq‘s PM Abadi has just announced that the operation to retake western #Mosul has begun. Here we go.
Sunday February 19, 2017 07:17
Roudao – Erbil
said Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al – Abadi, on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at theMunich security conference, said that for the first time fighting brothers in thePeshmerga by the Iraqi army after it had been for decades are fighting among themselves while the former regime used military force to suppress the Iraqi people of Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen, Shabak and other nationalities.
Abadi speech, delivered on the second day of the Munich Security Conference , which began on Friday, with the participation of 30 personalities from heads of state and prime ministers , text, and 80 ministers and more than 500 officials and will continue to work until the evening of Sunday 02/19/2017.
I am happy to be here with you and express our thanks to you in support of Iraq and itspeople and forces that caused the biggest defeats Bdaash to your positions.
In these moments that I stand among you, Iraq is approaching a lot of full territorial restoration and expel gang Daesh of the last inch was under control … We are fighting now to clean up the remaining of the city of Mosul , which is less than half the area of the city .. and after a year of victories successive we will achieve the goal will not be to Daesh place in Iraq ,as we promised and promised our people.
Ladies and Gentlemen , on
behalf of the Iraqi people , I extend my sincere thanks and supporting us in our fight against terrorism , to your countries and special mention of NATO countries and the international coalition .. and I assure you that your support was not in vain, it has liberated most of our cities and our territory , and we are achieving victories impressive on terror , which is our enemy and the enemy that threatens our people and your people and kills civilians, women and children Blarahmh … We look forward to continuing to support our troops in the areas ofarmament, training, advice and logistical support and air in order to complete the task ofeliminating Daesh.
The victory that we’re talking about is the fruit of the sacrifices of our people and our brave armed forces , which bore alone the responsibility of fighting on the ground.
Other truth that we proclaim always, is that terrorism and organizing Daesh are the enemies of the Muslims before the others were killed by Muslims exponentially to victims of other religions .. so it was on all the people of religions and sects to unite against terrorism .. This iswhat happened in Iraq while unites us all , Muslims and Christians Aesidein and the Sabians and the Sunnis and Shiites, Arabs and Kurds, Turkmen , because terrorism aimed ateveryone.
I assure you that we have taken an important step in uniting Iraqis, now they are united more than ever, and our armed forces have become hello by liberated cities sons, and everyone today are fighting side by side under the flag of the state .. For the first time fighting brothers in the Peshmerga , along with army Iraqi after they were for decades they arefighting among themselves while the former regime used military force to suppress the Iraqi people of Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen, Shabak and other nationalities.
The fighting in the editing operations also volunteers at the local forces and the popular crowd and who have been to include them into the armed forces within our plan to restrict arms possession to the state and the extension of the rule of law, has shown bravery in thedefense of the land and a commitment to high responsibility towards civilians in theliberated areas and sacrificed expensive.
The liberalization of Mosul , the process we’re in now is a clean war in which we havesought to rescue the man before releasing the ground, although the fighting was tough and house to house, but the safety of our troops made sure the homes of citizens and infrastructure and government installations.
Daesh civilians have taken as human shields to delay the advance of our troops, and blew upgovernment buildings, mosques, churches, schools, universities and houses, and taken from civilian neighborhoods rules for the rocket fire, and practiced and destroy systematically for Antiquities and Museums and the treasures of the civilization of Mesopotamia and ancient smuggling operation.
That our directives were tight and strict in the need to protect civilians, and did not relent in the offer to eliminate all of the assaults on civilians and their property, and provided at thesame time safe corridors to exit safely, and created a lot several camps to house thedisplaced.
All this is happening in the light of financial and economic distress as a result of the decline in world oil prices and with the high costs of the war.
We we appeal to you to help us in the implementation of the stability and basic services to cities liberated and return of displaced persons to their homes program, and call on theinternational community and humanitarian organizations to provide emergency aid to about three million displaced people, and to help treat the wounded and lifting mines and explosives, and to support community rehabilitation programs for literacy a culture ofviolence and remove the effects of Daesh crimes practiced by the right of children who havebeen exploited in a grotesque and grew up in a culture of violence, hatred and trained in the art of killing in schools Daesh, and help women who have been subjected to torture, rape and captivity , as happened to Aesideat in one of the most heinous crimes against humanity.
We are beginning to seriously develop reform programs of political, economic, social and conciliatory to the post – Daesh based on justice, equality and the rejection of sectarianism and not allowing the use of weapons outside the state and to enable the judiciary to perform its duty in the prosecution of crime and financial and administrative corruption and theprotection of freedoms and human rights, we have provided system guaranteeing the laws to the House of Representatives in these important areas, along with the development of theeconomy and diversify sources of national income and maximizing the resources of the state and not to rely entirely on oil wealth as it was before, and we face in the implementation ofreform obstacles and practical difficulties and opposition from beneficiaries of corruption and waste of public money, but we rely on the people who support us to continue the reform process.
Ladies and gentlemen ,
we believe that security is an integral part , and for this we call for the necessity ofcooperation with the Arab states and neighboring and all countries of the world friendly in intelligence fields and exchange of information to dry up the sources of terrorism, along with a wide network of economic relations building to take advantage of the natural and human vast resources available in our region to achieve development and social justice and the fight against poverty and corruption.
Our vision is clear is consistent and our position should not intervene and resolve armed conflicts in our region peacefully and in particular the crisis in Syria protracted and caused the destruction and massive displacement of millions of Syrians, and call for serious cooperation and urgent plan to end the conflict in this our neighboring state and to spare Syrian people more destruction, We are with any initiative that encourages dialogue and stop the infighting and put an end to the bloodshed in Syria.
That Iraq was keen on the security and stability of countries in the region we have suffered alot from wars and the policy of axes, and can not go back to it again . Iraq will not only be anindependent state in its decision to take into account the interests of its people in thepresent and future and is keen to establish normal and balanced relations with all countries of the region and the world.
We are at a time when we are about where to end the presence of Daesh in our country, we call for the cooperation of international security and wide to prevent the spread in the rest of the world , especially after the escape of large numbers of recruits in their ranks and their return to their home countries in Europe, North Africa and the rest of the world, and must increase intelligence cooperation for the elimination of terrorism and extreme caution of thereturning fighters who participated Daesh to commit the ugliest beheadings and genocide crimes because these tools and time bombs, it is also necessary to ban the thought that encourages murder and terrorism , and the exclusion of the other .. We declare our full readiness for security cooperation and information exchange in the field of combating terrorism and crime the organization.
We look forward with you and your cooperation to a more stable , secure and a world free of terrorism and thought exclusionary future, blessed with the peoples and nations to peace, stability and prosperity.
Peace be upon you.
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Feb 18, 2017, 10:12 pm
International Coalition intensifies airstrikes against Islamic State’s headquarters.
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A security source in Nineveh Province declared that 62 members of the Islamic State were killed by a coalition airstrike, west of Mosul, Alsumaria News reported on Monday.
The source said, “Today, US-led coalition warplanes bombarded the General Hospital building that was used by the Islamic State as a headquarters for foreign immigrants, west of Mosul.”
“The airstrike resulted in the killing of 62 members of the Islamic State, holding Russian, Chechen, French and German nationalities,” the source added on condition of anonymity.
“The airstrike was carried out based on accurate intelligence information and destructed the hospital completely,” the source explained.
“The Islamic State imposed a security cordon around the area of incident and prevented the residents from approaching it,” the source further added.
By Bill Trott
(Reuters) – Omar Abdel-Rahman, the Muslim cleric known as “the blind sheikh” who was convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and of planning a broader “war of urban terrorism” in the United States, died on Saturday in a North Carolina prison, authorities said.
Abdel-Rahman, 78, died of natural causes at 9:40 a.m. (1440 GMT) at a medical center at a federal prison compound in Butner, North Carolina, according to Greg Norton, a spokesman.
The cleric, who had diabetes and coronary artery disease, had been incarcerated at the complex for nearly 10 years, Norton said.
Earlier, the cleric’s son Ammar said his family had received a phone call in Eygpt from a U.S. representative saying his father had died.
The Egyptian-born Abdel-Rahman remained a spiritual leader for radical Muslims even after more than 20 years in prison.
With his long gray beard, sunglasses and red and white clerical cap, the charismatic Abdel-Rahman was the face of radical Islam in the 1980s and 1990s. He preached a fiery brand of Islam that called for the death of people and governments he disapproved of and the installation of an Islamic government in Egypt. His following was tied to fundamentalist killings and bomb attacks around the world.
“Abdel-Rahman was at the vortex of some of the bloodiest and most consequential terrorist incidents of the 1990s – incidents that would establish the patterns of global terrorism that continue to bedevil us today,” said Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University in Washington.
“He was a tireless and enthusiastic in projecting his message of violence and hatred,” said Hoffman, who served on the U.S. government’s commission that reviewed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington and over Pennsylvania.
Abdel-Rahman, who was born in a village along the Nile on May 3, 1938, lost his eyesight due to childhood diabetes and grew up studying a Braille version of the Koran.
As an adult he became associated with the fundamentalist Islamic Group and was imprisoned and accused of issuing a fatwa leading to the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, against whom he had railed for years. The sheikh said he was hung upside-down from the ceiling, beaten with sticks and given electric shocks while held but he was eventually acquitted and went into self-imposed exile in 1990.
He managed to get to New York after the U.S. Embassy in Sudan granted him a tourist visa in 1990 – despite the fact that he was on the State Department’s list of people with ties to terror groups.
U.S. authorities blamed a computer error for the visa, but the mistake was compounded in 1991 when Abdel-Rahman was given a green card and permanent U.S. resident status. The New York Times reported the CIA had approved the visa application for Abdel-Rahman, who had supported the anti-Soviet mujahedin in Afghanistan during the 1980s.
Abdel-Rahman preached his radical message and lived in the New York City borough of Brooklyn and nearby Jersey City, New Jersey, building a strong following among fundamentalist Muslims. Even in exile, he remained a force in the Middle East, where followers listened to cassette tapes and radio broadcasts of his sermons decrying the Egyptian government and Israel.
While in the United States Abdel-Rahman and his disciples would be linked to the 1990 slaying in New York of militant Rabbi Meir Kahane, the 1992 killing of an anti-fundamentalist writer in Egypt and attacks on foreign tourists in Egypt.
U.S. authorities took action in 1992 by revoking Abdel-Rahman’s green card on the grounds that he had lied about a bad check charge in Egypt and about having two wives when he entered the country. He was facing the possibility of deportation when a truck bomb went off in the basement parking garage of the World Trade Center on Feb. 26, 1993, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 in an attack that made Americans realize that they were not immune to international terrorism.
Four months later Abdel-Rahman was arrested and went on trial with several followers in 1995, accused of plotting a day of terror for the United States – assassinations and synchronized bombings of the U.N. headquarters, a major federal government facility in Manhattan and tunnels and a bridge linking New York City and New Jersey.
The indictment said Abdel-Rahman and his followers planned to “levy a war of urban terrorism against the United States” as part of a jihad – or holy war – to stop U.S. support for Israel and change its overall Middle East policy.
The defendants were not directly charged with the 1993 World Trade Center attack but were convicted of conspiring with those who did carry out the bombing.
Abdel-Rahman’s convictions also included plotting to kill Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during a visit to the United States in 1993, a Jewish New York state legislator and a Jewish New York State Supreme Court justice.
Much of the case against Abdel-Rahman and his followers was based on video and audio recordings made with the help of a bodyguard for the sheikh who became an FBI informant. A video also showed four defendants mixing fertilizer and diesel fuel for bombs.
After a nine-month trial, the sheikh and nine followers were found guilty in October 1995 on 48 of 50 charges.
He did not testify at his trial but at a sentencing hearing Abdel-Rahman gave a passionate speech of more than 90 minutes through a translator, proclaiming his innocence and denouncing the United States as an enemy of his faith.
“I have not committed any crime except telling people about Islam,” he said.
Abdel-Rahman was still an important figure in radical Islam even after years in prison. A year before his al Qaeda followers pulled off the most destructive assault on U.S. soil, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Osama bin Laden had pledged a jihad to free Abdel-Rahman from prison. When Mohammed Mursi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, began his short-lived presidency of Egypt in 2012, he said winning the sheikh’s freedom would be a priority and the jihadists who attacked an Algerian oilfield and took hostages in 2013 also demanded his release.
In 2006 one of Abdel-Rahman’s lawyers, Lynne F. Stewart, was sentenced to 28 months in prison for helping smuggle messages from the cleric to his followers in Egypt.
(Additional reporting by Mohamed Abdellah in Cairo and John Walcott in Washington; Editing by Frank McGurty and W Simon)
Iraqi planes dropped millions of leaflets on the western side of Mosul warning residents that the battle to dislodge Islamic State is imminent as troops began moving in their direction, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday.
The militants are essentially under siege in western Mosul, along with an estimated 650,000 civilians, after U.S.-backed forces surrounding the city forced them from the east in the first phase of an offensive that concluded last month.
The leaflets published on Defence Ministry social media said the troops had begun advancing toward western Mosul.
“Your armed forces (..) are advancing in the direction of the right side, relying on God,” read one of the leaflets, referring to the western side of the northern Iraqi city.
“Get ready to welcome the sons of your armed forces and to cooperate with them, as your brothers on the left side have done, in order to reduce losses and speed up the conclusion” of the battle, added the leaflet.
Other leaflets warned Islamic State members to “lay down their weapons and surrender”, the ministry said in a statement.
The offensive to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul, its last major city stronghold in Iraq, started in October. The hardline Sunni group declared in 2014 a self-styled caliphate that also spans parts of Syria.
The defeat of the group in Mosul would effectively end the Iraqi half of the “caliphate”.
Mosul is the largest city it captured in both countries and its de facto capital in Iraq. Raqqa is its capital in Syria.
Up to 400,000 civilians could be displaced by the offensive as residents of western Mosul suffer food and fuel shortages and markets are closed, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq Lise Grande told Reuters on Saturday. [nL8N1G30CI]
The U.S.-led military coalition said earlier on Saturday its forces had destroyed a building in the main medical complex of western Mosul that was suspected of housing an Islamic State command centre.
The militant group disputed the assertion, saying in an online statement that Friday’s strike had killed 18 people, mostly women and children, and wounded 47 others.
Independent media have no access to western Mosul or other areas under Islamic State control in Iraq and Syria.
The coalition said Islamic State was using the five-storey building as a military command and control facility.
The strike followed reports that the militants are dug in among civilians on the western side of Mosul and storing weapons in hospitals, schools, mosques and churches as a tactic to avoid targeting. [nL8N1G170P]
“The coalition was able to determine through intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts that ISIS did not use the building for any medical purposes and that civilians were no longer accessing the site,” a coalition statement said, using an acronym for Islamic State.
(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Helen Popper and Adrian Croft)
said the Iraqi Defense Ministry Saturday February 18, 2017, the Air Force dropped millions of leaflets on the west of Mosul, to inform the population that a ground offensive to flush out the organization of the Islamic State “Daesh” fighters out of their neighborhoods become imminent. The elements of the organization is subject to the siege in western Mosul, along with an estimated 650 thousand of civilians since their expulsion from the east by US – backed forces in the first phase of the attack, which ended last month. The ministry said in a statement, ” The Iraqi air force planes to receive millions of leaflets on the right side of the city of Mosul, which the directives and recommendations include the citizens to prepare for the reception of Iraqi forces to liberate their areas, and a warning Aldoaash to lay down arms and surrender, before they face their fate at the hands of our troops.” – See more at: http://www.rudaw.net/mobile/arabic/middleeast/iraq/1802201711#sthash.QHCPhO5z.dpuf
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