A source for {Euphrates News}: the region gave the central bank a huge amount

Date of release: 2017/8/28 19:51 

(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) revealed a source familiar with the release of the authorities of the Kurdistan region for a huge amount in favor of the Central Bank of Iraq.

The source told the agency {Euphrates News} that “the central bank received money reserved in Iraqi banks in Erbil,” noting “to transfer part of the amount as a down payment to the bank.” 

He added that “the amount received about one trillion dinars out of five trillion dinars,” referring to “negotiations between the authorities of the region and the bank to hand over the rest of the amount.” 

The source refused to disclose the reason for the arrest, saying only that “the proceedings are related to higher authorities”



Baghdad sends the dues of peasants of the Kurdistan Region for the season 2017


By Rudao 1 hour ago
 وزير الزراعة والموارد المائية في حكومة إقليم كوردستان، عبد الستار مجيد
Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Abdul Sattar Majeed

Ruudau – Erbil 

The Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Kurdistan Regional Government, Abdul Sattar Majid, that Baghdad sent the dues of farmers in the region for the wheat crop for 2017. 

“The Iraqi government sent about 80% of the amount of wheat crop to farmers in the provinces of the Kurdistan Region.

He pointed out that “was allocated 45 billion dinars to the province of Erbil, 35 billion for the province of Dohuk and 15 billion for the province of Sulaymaniyah.”

The minister of agriculture and water resources said: “The dues of the farmers will be paid after the end of Eid al-Adha holiday.”

Translation and editing: Azad Jumkari



‘The enemy’s back is broken’: Iraq reclaims key city as ISIL collapses


The eight-day battle for Tal Afar highlighted just how weak ISIL has become since losing Mosul — however, the city left behind is a shell of its former self

Popular Mobilization Units fighters ride on the back of a truck on their way to fight against Islamic State militants in the airport of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, Iraq. The operation to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, from the Islamic State group began Sunday, Iraq’s prime minister said.Felipe Dana / AP Photo

TAL AFAR, Iraq — Iraq’s military fully reclaimed this northern city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Sunday in a rapid campaign that defied expectations that the extremist group would put up a fierce resistance in one of its last major strongholds.

The battle for Tal Afar, which lasted just eight days, highlighted the diminished capabilities of ISIL in Iraq a month after it lost the key bastion of Mosul to a coalition of Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and is likely to determine how future fights against the militant group will be executed.

Senior Iraqi military officers said the group has lost the will to fight in the face of a motivated and increasingly more professional military and are advocating that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi authorize his armed forces to launch simultaneous battles for the last major cities that ISIL controls

Belgian special forces soldiers sit on a rooftop with a guided-missile launcher, a few miles from the frontline, in the village of Abu Ghaddur, east of Tal Afar, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have won a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country’s war on the Islamic State group. Balint Szlanko/Associated Press

Since ISIL took over nearly one-third of Iraq’s territory in 2014, Abadi has opted to reclaim cities one by one while the U.S. and other Western nations helped to rebuild Iraq’s armed forces, which collapsed during the ISIL blitz.

Now, with more than three years of combat experience, Iraq’s security forces are eager to quicken the pace of the fight, with some commanders urging that the battles for the two remaining ISIL strongholds, Hawija and Qaim, be launched at the same time.

“The enemy’s back is broken,” said Lt. Gen. Sami al-Aridhi, a top commander of the elite counterterrorism service units in Tal Afar. “Their morale is gone.”

Aridhi is among a cadre of influential commanders who believe the main branches of Iraq’s armed forces – the army, federal police and counterterrorism service are capable of fighting concurrent battles.

Those forces, along with 12 brigades of mostly Shiite militias, attacked Tal Afar from three fronts, breaking ISIL defence lines on the edges of the city before rapidly advancing to the city centre.

The troops were surprised by what Col. Arkan Fadhil, a counterterrorism service officer, called a “controlled resistance” by small clusters of ISIL fighters and the near- total lack of civilians in the city.

Ahead of the battle, Iraq’s government and its U.S. military partners had estimated that 10,000 to 50,000 civilians remained in Tal Afar under desperate conditions. The city had been surrounded by the Shiite militias since late November as Iraq’s armed forces waged the gruelling nine-month battle for Mosul, about 40 miles to the east.

At the same time, U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes were pounding the city, an important way station for ISIL to move fighters and resources between the territory it controlled in Syria and Iraq.

The desolate city provided ample room for Iraqi troops to use heavy weaponry without fear of killing civilians. That use of firepower, along with the months-long siege, apparently sapped ISIL’s fighters of the ability to effectively use their most ferocious weapons: car and truck bombs rigged with armour, commanders said.

We haven’t seen a single civilian, dead or alive

“We haven’t seen a single civilian, dead or alive,” Aridhi said. “If there were 20,000 civilians in Tal Afar, we would have only just taken the first neighbourhood by now.”

The large presence of civilians had complicated the battle for Mosul and led to high casualties. The exact number of civilian casualties has yet to be released by the government.

Along with the absence of residents, the number of ISIL fighters in Tal Afar appeared to be vastly overstated. Before the operation was launched, Iraq’s intelligence services estimated that between 1,400 and 2,000 militants occupied the city. Iraq’s military said Saturday that they had killed 259 fighters, indicating that many had fled the battle into the vast desert north and west of the city toward Syria.

Unlike Mosul and cities like Fallujah, administrative centres that also housed ISIL families, the dusty Tal Afar did not appear to be much more than a military outpost for the group.

Houses inside the city appeared unlived in and were stocked with material to manufacture explosives and store military gear. In one house inside the Kifah neighbourhood, the rooms were full of hundreds of feet of coiled wires, apparently used to make improvised explosive devices, and discarded tactical vests and sawed-off rifle butts.

Two rusting trucks, outfitted with metal plates to turn them into devastating armored bombs, were left unfinished in a garage.

“The siege worked in preventing the enemy from getting all the materials they needed to build explosives,” said Maj. Raji al-Amidi of the counterterrorism service.

The swift collapse of the militancy in Tal Afar was unexpected. The city had a unique standing in ISIL’s hierarchy, with several top figures in the group and deputies to leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi hailing from Tal Afar. Along with its strategic location, just 40 miles east of the border with Syria, it was one of the few places ISIL occupied despite the large presence of Shiites there, making it an important propaganda tool for a group with a stated goal of exterminating Shiites in Iraq.

With the Shiite militias surrounding the city and participating in the bid to reclaim it from ISIL, experts had expected the militants to fight fiercely and try to inflict as much damage as possible before ceding the city, said Hisham al-Hashimi, who has advised the Iraqi government.

“Tal Afar was an important point of identity for Daesh,” Hashimi said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIL.

‘The enemy’s back is broken’: Iraq reclaims key city as ISIL collapses


Jubouri: the work of the Electoral Commission will end next September and Kirkuk linked security and administrative government [expanded]


Date of release: 2017/8/28 14:10 • 158 times read
Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri that the work of the Electoral Commission will end next month and will be a new commission, “while stressing that” Kirkuk linked security and administrative federal government. “
Jubouri said in a press conference held today in Baghdad that “Iraq has regained its place in the decision-making at the Arab and regional levels, and gangs called for the terrorist wing was broken in Iraq and lost its strength and achieved in Tal Afar a major achievement recognized by the eye,” declaring ” House of Representatives for eight years. ”
He pointed out that “criminal gangs should not be allowed to mix the papers in Kirkuk by targeting innocent people, abducting women or forcing families to leave,” noting that “any decision issued by any party not to allow the return of displaced persons is unconstitutional and unjust to logic or morality, Justification for not allowing the return of displaced families who have been freeing their cities for more than two years. ”
“We believe that the political conflict in any province will be an outlet for unrest and insecurity, which we will not allow,” he said, calling on “the wise and wise in Diyala for dialogue in order to maintain the stability of the province.”
He pointed out that “any affiliation and orientation of armed arms and criminal gangs are a threat to the security and stability of the state and must be confronted and fought.”
“They are keen to improve the income of the individual Iraqi and the rights of retirees and competencies with the support of the private sector and provide the necessary guarantees for that.”
He stressed Jubouri “We have cleared all files and issues that have been discussed in the media to the competent judicial authorities to consider.”
He pointed out that “Iraq has passed the stage of sectarian and communal conflict,” adding that “the provision of security and stability and the return of displaced persons are necessary and necessary measures for the elections and their success.”
The Speaker of the House of Representatives that “encouraging the private sector does not mean the retirement of retirees’ salaries.”
He also pointed out that “the conflicts and political disagreements witnessed by some provinces frustrated the citizen who was looking forward to a new stage after the advocate does not rely on bullying weapons and illegal packaging.”



Al-Abbadi: Basra received the lion’s share of development loans to Iraq


Al-Abbadi: Basra received the lion's share of development loans to Iraq

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Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:
Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for the prime minister, said Monday that Basra province has received a lion’s share of development loans to Iraq.
Al-Hadithi said in a press conference that “Basra province receives great attention from the Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi, because of the distinguished position that it represents between the provinces of Iraq, and hardly passes a meeting of the Council except to have a special share of Basra.”

He added that “the province has won the lion’s share in the number of projects and allocations specified in the development loans provided to Iraq, where it was allocated from the Japanese loan, for example, more than two billion and one hundred million dollars, half of the funds allocated in the loan of more than four billion, In a previous session in the context of his interest in Basra and in order to address the situation in which the formation of a committee headed by Secretary General of the Council of Ministers and the membership of the Adviser to the Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and the Chairman of the advisers in the Prime Minister and a number of specialists to handle the conditions of services and follow-up infrastructure projects owned Of the sectors: municipalities, water, electricity, health and sanitation, to identify the impact of projects and direct prejudice to the lives of the people of Basra, and the projects in which the ratios achieved high implementation to study the possibility of completing the completion and to find ways to provide the obstacles facing these projects solutions. “
“The Council of Ministers approved the formation of a committee to follow up the files of integrity in the province, which has been submitted to the judiciary for review, in addition to this Council to form a committee of the Office of Financial Supervision to audit the stages of the transfer of projects and contracting procedures and financial and technical issues all and determine the extent of violation of the instructions in force, The Council instructed the committees to visit Basra and prepare their reports there, with urgent proposals to find solutions to existing problems and overcome the obstacles to the completion of these projects, and submit their proposals and recommendations to the Prime Minister for decision.
He explained that “the first results of the work of these committees is what was presented to the Council of Ministers in its previous meeting, where he briefed the Council on the results of the visit of the committees to the province of Basra and was in light of the resolution of the problems existing in six major investment projects to resume work.
He pointed out that “the committee investigated the reasons for the delay in the completion of a number of projects where directives were issued to address the delivery of services to residential complexes in agreement with investors, and guidance follow-up observations related to the work of financial control and quickly, Basic infrastructure that has been idle for years and without justification, and an inventory of these suspended projects has been ordered to deal with cases of suspension and accountability of the defaulters. “
He added that “the confirmation of the Council of Ministers serious support to the province of Basra and accelerate the implementation and completion of projects and provide all the necessary facilities for that, the Council of Ministers not to include the imported materials entering the completion of the water project of Basra, which is implemented from the allocations of the Japanese development loan decisions to protect the local product issued by Council of Ministers”.


The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers sets the holiday of Eid al-Adha





28-08-2017 03:40 PMThe Euphrates –
The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced on Sunday that Eid al-Adha holiday will start on Thursday, August 31, until Tuesday, September 5.

“Eid al-Adha holiday will start from next Thursday until Tuesday, September 5,” the secretariat said in a statement.

The Kurdistan Regional Government, set earlier in the days of Eid al-Adha, from August 31 until September 5, confirming that Wednesday (September 6) will be the first days of work in all circles and institutions of the region.



Iraq and the World Bank agree to implement the emergency project to support the stability of liberated areas


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Economy News _ Baghdad
The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs announced on Monday the agreement of Iraq and the World Bank on the implementation of the emergency project to support the stability of liberated areas. 

The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is taking part in a workshop on the “Emergency Project to Support Stability and Stability in Iraq” held by the World Bank at the Rashid Hotel in Baghdad. 

“The workshop will address the definition of the concept of the emergency project to support stability and stability in Iraq and its main components aimed at addressing the important and pressing issues in the liberated areas,” said Ammar Menem, a spokesman for the ministry. Learned from similar international experiences “. 

“Discussion of the proposed mechanisms to be implemented in cooperation with international agencies will have a lot of discussion in the workshop,” Menem said.

“The meeting will focus their discussions on a cooperation agreement and define the next steps to prepare the project according to a timetable agreed upon,” the spokesman said. 

“The objective of the project is to provide an additional social safety net for the children of the liberated areas of the terrorist sanctuary, which will provide additional income to the family approaching 400 thousand dinars per month and for one year from the start of the project, and will provide funds for young people to open their own projects enable them to support themselves And their families. The program also represents a serious test of the Ministry of Labor’s efforts on the CCT program for its expansion after Sadr City 2 was selected as a pilot area for implementing the program. ”