Kurdish leaks .. Plan to postpone the referendum and presidential elections in the Kurdistan region




06-09-2017 11:44 PMThe Euphrates –

Confirmed information leaked that the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Massoud Barzani, prepared a plan to postpone the referendum and the presidential and parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan region.

According to information, the Kurdistan Democratic Party presented a plan to the political bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to postpone the referendum on independence in return for the acceptance of political blocs to postpone the presidential and parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan region. According to the leaked information, according to the planned plan, Barzani’s term and the current session of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament may be extended for another two years in return for postponing the referendum.

A source familiar with the meeting, which was held Tuesday between the joint leadership of the Movement for Change and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Sulaymaniyah that representatives of the National Union told the Movement of Change that they support the postponement of the elections and extend the mandate of Barzani and the current session of parliament.




Kurdish Islamist group refuses to hold referendum


The Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIA) on Wednesday rejected a referendum on the secession of the province scheduled for the 25th of this month, while it said that its actions would lead to many problems in the region.

“The referendum of Kurdistan in its general form is a constitutional right to decide the fate of the Kurdish people in Iraq,” said member of the group Zana Said, pointing out that “dialogue must be held with internal and external parties before proceeding.”

He added that “in the light of the political and economic crises that are plaguing the province, the referendum will become Pala and will introduce new problems in the indispensable.” He stressed “the need to restore the provincial parliament and the participation of the parties involved in the political process in the province and set a new date for this project.”

It is noteworthy that the outgoing regional president Massoud Barzani had announced on Wednesday, there is pressure to postpone the referendum, while stressing his insistence on this decision and irreversible.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday that the referendum on the secession of the province is “deception of the people and unconstitutional.”


Strong wave of dissent hits Talbani’s PUK


September 06 2017 11:52 PM
Jalal Talbani
Jalal Talbani

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, led by former President Jalal Talbani, moans under internal conflicts over the Kurdistan referendum set to be held September 25th, the Baghdad Post reported Wednesday.


Informed sources said 32 figures within the party oppose the date of teh refrendum.


Sherine Reza, an MP from the Change Movement (Gorran), confirmed the pajrty suffers a strong wave of dissent.


She said in a statement to the Baghdad Post that a number of the party’s politicians seek to joint Gorran movement.


The Kurdistan region independence referendum to secede from Iraq will be held on Sept. 25.


Regional powers including Iran and Turkey oppose the move.

Informed sources in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, led by former President Jalal Talabani, the existence of dissent and problems within the Union, because of the different position on the referendum of the region.

The sources said that “32 personalities in the Union opposed the date of the referendum, and other personalities with the referendum, while some of the characters remained silent on the subject.”

For her part, MP for the Movement for Change, Sherine Reza confirmed the existence of a split within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.

“Some union figures are trying to join the movement of change and the other is sticking to the union, while some figures from within the union are distancing themselves from the point of view,” she said.



Barzani Party is considering postponing the Kurdistan referendum


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The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), headed by the outgoing president of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, is considering postponing the referendum in Kurdistan against the backdrop of widespread rejection at the international and local level.

Political sources said in a press statement on Wednesday that “the Kurdistan Democratic Party presented a plan on the political bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to postpone the referendum on independence in exchange for the acceptance of political blocs to postpone the presidential and parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan region.”

According to information according to political sources that “according to the plan drawn, may be extending the mandate of Barzani and the current session of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament for another two years in return for postponing the referendum.”

The referendum, called by the president of the Kurdistan region (outgoing), Massoud Barzani, rejected the domestic and international broad, while observers considered the move as a pressure paper on Baghdad to obtain political and financial gains.




Japan offers Iraq $ 500 million loan



The Japanese embassy in Baghdad has signed a memorandum with Iraq to provide a financial loan of 500 million dollars to improve the financial conditions of the Iraqi government and reform in the areas of administration and finance.
The embassy said in a press release that the signing of the mutual memoranda was held in Baghdad to provide Japanese official development assistance loan. The loan aims to improve the harsh financial conditions and reform the country’s finances by assisting the Iraqi government in its current administrative and financial reforms.
She added that the decline in world oil prices in recent years resulted in a sharp decline in revenues of the Iraqi government, and forced Iraq to increase spending on defense and relief of the displaced because of the terrorist organization, causing the increase of government spending, “asserting that,” according to estimates by the International Monetary Fund, The budget in Iraq in 2016 to 14.1%. While the public debt in the same year to 66.9% against GDP.
“In view of these circumstances, Japan and the G7 countries in the Group Leaders Declaration of the Summit held in Isi-Chima in May 2016 expressed their continued support for Iraq’s efforts to address the financial challenges and support the economy through reform,” she said.
“This loan is part of Japan’s commitment to provide financial assistance in accordance with the announcement, amounting to US $ 500 million,” she said. “This loan was first disbursed to US $ 233 million (25 billion yen) Japanese) in June 2016. ”
“This loan is expected to contribute to the reform program by improving government spending, energy efficiency and transparency of public companies,” she said, noting that “this Japanese assistance is jointly funded with the World Bank.”



Twilight News publishes the text of the decisions of the Council of Ministers


Twilight News publishes the text of the decisions of the Council of Ministers
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Shafaq News / The Cabinet held its regular session on Wednesday 6 September 2017 headed by Prime Minister Haider Abadi.

During the meeting, he discussed Iraq’s stance on the serious human rights violations against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Dr. Abadi called for a firm international stance towards them as a special humanitarian issue, especially that the Iraqis have already been consumed by the fires of tyranny, repression and genocide.

Dr. Abbadi gave a brief summary of the latest political and security developments and the ongoing preparations for liberating the remaining Iraqi land and sustaining the momentum of the victories.

The Cabinet discussed the issues on the agenda and issued the following resolutions:

The Council of Ministers approved the regulatory and national quality policy in Iraq with regard to the safety of locally produced goods and services imported according to international standards.

The Council also voted on the project for the care of victims of human trafficking.

The Cabinet approved the tasks and mechanism of the Higher Committee for Investment and Reconstruction.

In order to facilitate the return and stability of displaced persons, particularly in Nineveh province, the Council approved the recommendations of the 4th session of the Civil Crisis Management Cell.

With regard to the development of the marshes, the Cabinet approved a legal amendment on the project to establish 130 schools in the marshes.

The Council of Ministers voted to approve the establishment of a civil college (Al-Manara College of Medical Sciences) in Maysan Governorate.

The Council also approved the amendment of the paragraph concerning the decision of the Council of Ministers to form a committee to monitor the implementation of projects funded by the British loan.

The council also discussed organizing the return of Iraqi pilgrims.


Abadi security : We will coordinate with the Peshmerga in the battle of Hawija

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Iraqi Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Haidar al-Abadi on Wednesday to liberate Hawija district in the province of Kirkuk and areas west of Al-Anbar from the control of the Daish organization soon, referring to coordination with Kurdish Peshmerga forces during the battle of liberation of Hawija.
Abadi told a news conference in Baghdad after the weekly cabinet meeting.
“I promise the people of Hawija and western Anbar liberation soon,” Abadi said, adding that Iraqi forces would coordinate with the Peshmerga in a battle to regain control of Hawija.
The Iraqi government announced last Thursday to regain control of the Ayadiyah area, which was the last stronghold of the Daqash organization in the district of Tal Afar and the province of Nineveh in general.
Since then, Iraqi forces have been preparing to launch an attack to extract Hawija and the eastern part of the district of Sharqat in Salahuddin province.
“We do not make deals with criminals, but we give them between surrender or death,” Abbadi said.
The agreement has provoked negative reactions at the official and popular levels.


Abadi adviser: China is entirely dependent on Iraqi crude oil



The financial adviser to the Prime Minister, Mudher Mohammed Saleh, said Wednesday that China is fully dependent on Iraqi crude oil, indicating that Chinese companies are ready to develop the infrastructure of Iraq, especially in the sectors of agriculture, housing, energy and rail.
“China is totally dependent on Iraqi oil and demand for crude oil will rise from 53 percent of its total energy consumption to 64 percent by 2050,” Saleh said in a press interview. “China refineries are determined on three types of oil at the forefront Iraqi oil, then Iran and Saudi Arabia. ”
He explained that “Iraq will issue 67% of its oil to Asia, and China holds the largest share of that ratio,” stressing that “the introduction of the principle of oil for reconstruction with the Chinese state when the visit of the Prime Minister to China in December 2015 and there are signed memoranda of understanding To build development relations in this regard. ”
He noted that “Chinese companies have full readiness to work in Iraq’s environment and develop the infrastructure of our country and looks forward to the reconstruction of the agricultural sector, housing, energy, railways and others with a competitive basis and international standards.”


Abadi announces the liberation of all Nineveh province after the restoration of the last pockets of «state» in Tal Afar


Sep 01, 2017

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Thursday declared victory over the organization of the state in Tal Afar and the entire province of Nineveh.
Tal Afar became the next target of the US-backed war on the “state” following the restoration of Mosul, where the organization announced the establishment of a “caliphate” on parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014, and Mosul, capital of Nineveh province.
“We liberated the Tal Afar,” Abbadi said in a statement. “We say to the criminals: wherever you are, we are coming for liberation and you have no choice but to die or surrender.”
Iraqi forces waited until the small town of Ayyadiyah, 11 kilometers north-west of Tal Afar, was cleared to declare full victory in its campaign. The organization’s militants are retreating to the town.
“Units from the Iraqi army and the federal police, supported by units of the popular crowd, have recovered Ayadiyah after days of fierce and unexpected fighting,” army officers said.
But there are still pockets of resistance and Iraqi forces are working to clear the town of the rest of the elements of the “state.”
“There must be no other terrorists hiding in the houses of the town,” said Lieutenant Colonel Salah Karim. Hundreds of additional troops arrived in Ayadiyah on Wednesday after Iraqi forces came under mounting pressure to expel the state fighters from their last stronghold in the former stronghold of the group.
Iraqi forces faced an unexpected battle in Ayadiyah and fought a street-to-house street war in the center of the town.
“They will not be allowed to flee,” al-Abbadi said in his statement.
The number of people holed up in Tal Afar was estimated at about 2,000 in the face of 50,000 government troops last week, and it was not clear how many returned to Ayadiyah.
“This great victory ends the liberation of Tal Afar and the complete liberation of the province of Nineveh,” the commander of the joint operations of Iraq, the commander of operations «come Tal Afar» team commander Abdul Amir Rashid Yaarallah.
“The Iraqi army forces and the popular crowd completed yesterday (morning) the liberation of the Ayyad district completely after heavy fighting in the last two days,” said Colonel Ahmed al-Jubouri, commander of the Ninewa operations of the army.
He explained that “the Iraqi warplanes chasing the remnants of the state organization in the mountain range north of Ayadiyah fled towards the direction of Rabia and the Sinjar district and firing automatic fire at the elements of the organization fleeing towards the mountain chain,” without mentioning the toll of the losses.
In the context, the US embassy in Baghdad, said that the organization “state” lost 90% of the territory that was controlled in Iraq after the restoration of Iraqi forces province of Nineveh (north).
“The US Embassy in Iraq congratulates Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi people on the rapid liberation of the city of Tal Afar and Nineveh province entirely from the control of the state organization,” a statement from the embassy in Baghdad said.
“We have seen clearly the state of weakness and despair of the fighters of the state organization during their retreat to a unified force including the Iraqi army and the anti-terrorism and the federal police and local police and popular mobilization forces and Kurdish peshmerga.”
“Thanks to the close cooperation between these forces and the advisers of the United States and the international coalition (led by Washington), the state now lost 90 percent of the Iraqi territory it controlled,” the statement said.
Five Iraqi soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in two attacks targeting a security checkpoint and a military patrol in the northern provinces of Baghdad and Salahaddin, security sources said.
Three unidentified gunmen believed to be linked to the state organization launched a grenade and machine-gun attack on a security checkpoint for members of the Sunni-dominated Sunni tribal bloc in Abu Ghraib district, 20 km west of Baghdad, the police captain said.
He pointed out that the attack resulted in the killing of 3 of the «tribal crowd» and wounding 5 others injured, pointing out that the perpetrators fled to an unknown destination immediately after the attack.
In the province of Salah al-Din, north of the country, two soldiers were killed by the Iraqi army and wounded eight others after a bomb explosion targeting a military patrol in the outskirts of «Balad» south of the province, according to police lieutenant, Noman al-Jubouri.
He said that “the attack is the first of its kind targeting security forces in the area of ​​Balad (predominantly Shiite) as it is far from the northern areas of Salahaddin province, which is active in the organization of the state».
The northern areas of Salah al-Din, close to the administrative borders of the provinces of Diyala and Kirkuk (north), are witnessing almost daily “terrorist” operations carried out by elements of the “state.”
The organization is still in control of a large pocket southwest of Kirkuk, including Hawija and Riyadh and Zab districts. Kurdish forces control the rest of the province since the withdrawal of the Iraqi army forces before the invasion of the state’s armed forces to the north and west of the country in the summer of 2014.
Over the past months, the state has lost vast territory of those it seized in the north of the country in 2014 as a result of an internationally backed government campaign, most notably its stronghold of Mosul, which it defeated last month.


Learn about the Kurdistan ballot ballot form

Date of release: 2017/9/6 13:59 


The Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum in the Kurdistan region, it ended all preparations for the referendum on the independence of Kurdistan, scheduled for the twenty-fifth of September.

And received the agency of all Iraq [where] the ballot card form, which consists of a single paper called the Electoral Commission for the referendum in the Kurdistan region in three languages ​​[Kurdish, Arabic, English] in addition to the motto. 

And without the following question in the four languages ​​[Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish, Syriac] “Do you want to become Kurdistan region and Kurdistan areas outside the region independent state?”. 

There are two boxes on the card, the first in green “I agree” and the second in red “disagree”. 

The head of the Independent Electoral Commission for the elections and the referendum in the Kurdistan region, Hendrin Mohammed, had announced earlier on the required documents for the participation of the Kurdish community in the referendum, referring to the need to “provide ration card to participate in the referendum on independence.”

Mohammed said in a press statement that “the Kurdistanians living outside the region will not be able to participate in the referendum independence without the availability of ration card to them,” noting that “not counting the votes of those who do not have ration cards in the event of discovery after voting.” 
He added that “we demand four votes to vote in the referendum, namely: Iraqi nationality, passport and national card, and each citizen who owns the ration card with any other observer, to participate in the referendum.” 

The head of the Electoral Commission for Elections and Referendum in the Kurdistan Region that “under the laws of the Commission, every citizen does not have the ration card will not be able to vote, because the registration of the names of voters are in accordance with the numbers listed in the ration card lists.”


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