Iraq: Confidence is in the Air

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, President of IBBC


At a major Iraqi business event on Monday, there was a strong sense that Iraq’s fortunes are turning a corner, with the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Da’esh) on the retreat, andsubstantial export funding newly available for projects in the country.

More than 250 delegates attended the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC)s Spring Conference in London, with half of those flying in from Iraq.

Amongst detailed discussions on topics such as energy, finance and technology, several soundbites captured the overall mood of the conference:

Confidence has returned to Baghdad — it is in the air! Baghdad is confident again, and it’s absolutely wonderful.

Baroness Emma Nicholson (pictured), UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Iraq.

“I am confident that Iraq is recovering.”

Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Despite … challenges, I do believe that the trajectory for Iraq is upwards … Don’t be shy in suggesting projects.

Frank Baker OBE, British Ambassador to Iraq.

The IBBC Spring Conference focused on the rising confidence of Iraq’s private sector, bringing to attention liberated areas open to investment, and discussing new areas for expansion, such as infrastructure and technology.

Washington Seeks Continued Coordination with Erbil: US Delegation


Washington Seeks Continued Coordination with Erbil: US Delegation

ERBIL — A high-level delegation from the United States on Tuesday met with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil, ensuring the Kurds of continued US supports and stating that Washington is in need of a coordination with Erbil.

According to a press release by Kurdistan Region Presidency, Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, commended Barzani’s role in leading the Peshmerga forces and scoring tremendous victories in the anti-Islamic State (IS) efforts.

In response, Barzani thanked the US administration for standing with Kurds and reiterated that close cooperation between Peshmerga and the US forces resulted in significant victories over terrorists “without targeting even one single civilian location”, according to the press release.

Barzani also highlighted the culture of coexistence in Kurdistan Region and pointed out that this culture has given Kurdistan a privilege to overcome the threat of terrorism.

Following the meeting, Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council, Masrour Barzani described the meeting as “productive”. He posted on his official twitter account that the anti IS efforts and “plans for the day after” were discussed with the US delegation.

US delegation including Trump’s son-in-law meet Kurdish leadership in Erbil


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US delegation including Jared Kushner and Gen. Joseph Dunford meeting with President Barzani and Kurdish leaders in Erbil.
US delegation including Jared Kushner and Gen. Joseph Dunford meeting with President Barzani and Kurdish leaders in Erbil.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is meeting with Kurdish leaders in Erbil on Tuesday.

The US visitors have met with Kurdish President Masoud Barzani, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, along with veteran Peshmerga commander Mohammad Haji Mahmoud, and other Kurdish officials.

Masrour Barzani, Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, described the meeting on Twitter as “productive,” saying they discussed progress in the war against ISIS and “plans for the day after.”

Dunford and Kushner were in Baghdad Monday where they met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and were updated on the war against ISIS.

Kushner, on his first trip to Iraq, came on the invitation of Dunford, “to meet with Iraqi leaders, senior US advisors, and visit with US forces in the field to receive an update on the status of the counter-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria,” according to a press statement.

Trump’s advisor and son-in-law “is travelling on behalf of the President to express the President’s support and commitment to the Government of Iraq and US personnel currently engaged in the campaign,” the press statement detailed.

Masrour Barzani with Jared Kushner. Photo: Masrour Barzani/Twitter

Masrour Barzani with Gen. Dunford. Photo: Masrour Barzani/Twitter


Jared Kushner and Gen. Dunford visited Hammam al-Alil base, south of Mosul, on Monday. Photo: Joint Chiefs of Staff/Twitter




The government commits bank Rafidain and Rasheed promoting small loan transactions

Baghdad …

The cabinet voted on Tuesday to approve a recommendation on exempting taxpayers to pay tax penalties and accrued interest on their debts, and while committed bank Rafidain and Rasheed promoting micro – credit transactions in accordance with the mechanism adopted, approved the implementation of the 202 service project in Nineveh province in coordination with the International Support Group.

Information Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement , “Economy News” received a copy of it, that ” the Council of Ministers held on Tuesday, its regular , headed by Haider al – Abadi,” noting that ” the Council voted to approve the draft trade unions and professional associations law and submit it to the House of Representatives, voted on adoption of the recommendation of the Committee on economic Affairs on taxpayers to pay the tax exemption of fines and accrued interest on their debts. ”

The statement added that ” the Council issued a directive regardless of the amount of 30 billion dinars , agricultural, veterinary and fertilizers for the prevention that provides an account for the expense of farmers to support and provide revenue veterinary and prevention departments for the year 2017,” pointing to “guidance follow – up and project financing breakwater in addition to the adoption of implementation of 202 projects SOA services water, electricity, sewage , municipal services, health and education in Nineveh province in coordination with the international support Group “.

He continued, ” The Council voted on small loans and approve the recommendation of the Committee on Economic Affairs, containing the approval of the acceptance to ensure that the sponsor guarantor of state employees for loans granted by private banks to the borrowers of the staff,” he said . “In the event of a breach of the borrower guaranteed his commitment to repay the loan , the Ministry or entity is associated with Ministry to recover the outstanding loan amount of the employee ‘s sponsor to sponsor the employee submit a written undertaking to the bank creditor to approve the deduction of the amounts of Roatbh when a breach of the debtor to pay the debt earned his trust. ”

And between that, “it was required to bank Rafidain and Rasheed promoting micro – credit transactions in accordance with the mechanism approved in addition to private banks,” adding that ” the Board directed by the Ministry of Finance to launch funding for allocations earmarked medicines within the Ministry of Health Center in 2017 in the light of the books received from the Ministry of Health month which , including the share of the Kurdistan region contained in the draft agenda Quaon the general budget for the year 2017 “.

so Baghdadi fled from Mosul!


So Baghdadi fled Mosul!
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Twilight News / President of the Presidium of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Fuad Hussein, the British Independent newspaper revealed information about the way in which is believed to be the leader of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Daesh fled out of Mosul.

According to the official, the Kurdish Baghdadi “fled Mosul two months ago when he opened the road to the west quickly after a fierce attack” was carried out by militants militant group.

Hussein said in an interview with journalist Patrick Cockburn that “17 Daesh used a car bomb in Mosul and some of its units in Syria to reveal the road that leads to the outside of Mosul.

Hussein said he and other officials believe that the Kurds Daesh what was to implement a process of this kind, but to take out al-Baghdadi safe from the siege.

President of the Presidium of the region and explains that al-Baghdadi smuggling operation carried out after the liberation of the eastern side of Mosul, and before Iraqi forces are currently ongoing launches, which began in the 19th of last month, freeing the western side of the process.

Hussein said Daesh “brought 300 fighters from Syria” for this task.

The newspaper suggests that al-Baghdadi had fled across the road to the west, through the elements of the territory they control the popular crowd before their withdrawal, allowing the organization to complete the smuggling operation.

He adds that the Hussein of Daesh unity, which came from Syria to participate in the output of Baghdadi immediately returned to their place.

The Kurdish official believes that Daesh turns after the liberation of Mosul to the guerrilla style “because I do not think they will stay as a state” and will launch terrorist attacks, but “without the sources they owned” in the past.