Report .. Restoration of the Hawijah in full and the fall of another bastion of Daash



From 2017-10-04 at 16:59 (Baghdad time)

Follow up of Mawazine News

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi forces have passed a new phase in their operations aimed at reclaiming the remaining strongholds of terrorists in Iraq by storming on Wednesday the town of Hawija, the last bastion of a militant organization in the north of the country.

On September 21, Iraqi forces began their military operations to recover the city of Hawija. In this context, they recovered four cities and dozens of villages.

The city, located 230 km northeast of Baghdad, is one of the last terrorist strongholds in Iraq after they were expelled in the past months from most of the areas they controlled.

“The pieces of the army, the federal police, the rapid response and the popular crowd have started a large-scale operation to liberate the Hawija district, Riyadh district, villages and the surrounding areas,” said commander of the Hawija Brigade Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Rashid al-Jarallah.

For his part, the Federal Police Chief Major Raed Jawdat that “the pieces of the federal police control the neighborhoods of Nada and military north-west of Hawija, killing three snipers and destroy two wheels booby-trapped.”

Earlier, he announced the launch of the third phase of the operations of Hawija under artillery and missile attack directed to the headquarters of the organization in the town.

A statement said that the federal police paid “elite commando units and the mechanized and brigades brigades and marines supported by the popular mobilization forces from the area of ​​concentration north-west of Hawija.”

“Federal police forces have moved towards their targets as they seek to regain control of seven key areas of the judiciary and 12 vital targets,” Goodt said.

Hawija is 230 kilometers northeast of Baghdad and 45 kilometers from the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. It is located southeast of the city of Mosul. It is home to some 70,000 people, the majority of whom are Arab Sunni Arabs.

The city is also located along two main roads connecting Baghdad to Nineveh province and the Kurdistan region.

The process of restoring Hawija began less than a month after Iraqi forces announced full control of Ninewa province in the north of the country, where the city of Mosul and the Tal Afar, two of the main strongholds of the Da’ash organization in Iraq.

• Destruction of frontal defenses

In turn, the Popular Forces announced that it had begun to evacuate dozens of families from the villages at the outskirts of Hawija district after fleeing the grip of the organization of Daash, who tried to use them as human shields during the advance of troops.

The popular crowd said that the engineering units “began to clear the mined roads towards the judicial center to facilitate the passage of the advanced units during the liberation operations and succeed in dismantling a number of houses from the bombs planted by the elements of the criminality.”

A spokesman for the crowd of Hawija Ahmed Khurshid said the factions of the crowd and federal police were able to enter the province of Hawija

Khurshid said in a statement to (Mawazin News) that “the revival of Tnak and abscess and the village of the Republic is still under the control of a supporter”

He noted that the crowd of Hawija remained in the back lines to support the security forces and the popular crowd in their progress towards the liberation of neighborhoods of Hawija

Khurshid predicted that the full liberation of Hawija will be announced in the coming hours

In a subsequent statement, the crowd confirmed that “elements of Dahesh withdrew from the villages adjacent to the center of Hawija towards the center of the judiciary because of the intensity of the fire of the popular crowd that destroyed their front defenses.”

In the event of the restoration of Hawijah, the presence of a sympathetic organization in the country will be limited to a tape near the Iraqi-Syrian border, where the extremist organization on the other side of the border is subjected to two violent attacks.

Hawijah fell into the hands of terrorists in June 2014, along with Mosul, which was restored by Iraqi forces last July with support from the US-led coalition.

In addition to Hawija, Daqash continues to control two cities in the western province of Anbar, namely Rawah and Qaim, located on the border of Deir al-Zour in Syria.

On 19 September, Iraqi forces also launched an offensive to retrieve them.

In Syria, the terrorist organization also faces great difficulty in its “capital” of Raqqa, which has lost 90 percent since the start of an offensive by the Syrian Democratic Forces with the support of Washington.


Iraqi Kurdish opposition welcomes Abadi’s post-referendum measures


Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has tightened measures against the Iraqi Kurdistan Region following the Sept. 25 independence vote, a moved welcomed by those opposed to the referendum both domestically and abroad.

In a meeting with parliament members Sept. 27, two days after authorities in Erbil held a referendum on Kurdish independence, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he would impose the rule of federal authority by force in the Iraqi Kurdistan region via the constitution and the law. Addressing Kurdish authorities, Abadi said, “You become my partner in governing Iraq; I become your partner in governing Iraqi Kurdistan. The equation should be like that.” Abadi also warned the Kurdistan Regional Government that he would surprise them with a series of measures against the separatist movement within its government. At the same time, he also announced that he would not take any punitive measures against Kurdish citizens, that he would not accept any assault against them and that he wouldn’t accept any violence against citizens — whether or not they were Kurds.

On Sept. 25 — the day of the referendum — Abadi ordered Kurdish authorities to hand over “all border crossings, including airports, to the federal government.” He also asked neighboring states as well as the rest of the world to “deal exclusively with the Iraqi federal government concerning border crossings and oil” in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution, which considers border crossings under the control of the federal government and oil a resource owned by all the Iraqi people.

Baghdad’s government halted all international flights to Iraqi Kurdistan on Sept. 29 after Kurdish authorities refused to hand over international airports in the region to Baghdad’s government as requested. Excluded were humanitarian flights that could obtain special approval from federal authorities.

The federal government also ordered that all unofficial land border crossings be shut down between Iraqi Kurdistan and other countries, in particular Iran and Turkey. The government is also working on controlling official border crossings through coordination with Iran and Turkey, as Iraqi forces will be deployed to border areas along those two countries.

In tandem with the executive measures, Abadi is attempting to take legal action against Kurdish authorities for holding a referendum that the federal court prohibited. Abadi also is attempting to activate old corruption lawsuits against Kurdish officials, especially one involving Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan. On the day of the referendum, the Iraqi Cabinet issued a statement that says, “The council examined the measures to be taken by competent authorities, including the group entitled to reclaim Iraqi funds, to monitor accounts in Iraqi Kurdistan as well as accounts of officials there whose accounts receive deposits of funds for exported oil.” The statement says the public prosecutor would prosecute all state employees in Iraqi Kurdistan who held the referendum and the subsequent measures in violation of the ruling by the federal court.

Kurdish authorities called for dialogue in a calm tone, implying that it may be possible to make concessions to Baghdad on some controversial issues. Najmiddin Karim, the governor of Kirkuk who was dismissed by the Iraqi parliament Sept. 14, said Oct. 3 that Kurds are ready for dialogue with Baghdad. He added that results of the independence referendum are not the main component in the fate of the province. The presidency of Iraqi Kurdistan even expressed its backing of suggested initiatives to resolve the issue. Initiatives include one proposed by the supreme Shiite cleric in Najaf, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who called upon Baghdad and Erbil to give due deference to the constitution to solve the differences among them. The initiative stresses supporting the unity of Iraq and opposing any separatist effort.

However, Baghdad refuses any dialogue with Iraqi Kurdistan. In a Oct. 3 statement, Saad al-Hadithi, Abadi’s information office spokesman, says Iraqi Kurdistan should “cancel the results of the unconstitutional referendum” so it could “once again have a serious dialogue to strengthen the unity of Iraq.” Hadithi added, “Iraqi Kurdistan should confirm that it abides by the constitution and the federal court orders.”

When it comes to the conflict between Erbil and Baghdad, an international and regional consensus and intelligent and quiet steps by Abadi seem to have given Baghdad the upper hand. Kurdish authorities, on the other hand, have not found a comprehensive consensus in favor of separation and against Baghdad’s punitive measures.

Referendum results showed that voter participation in some of the main cities such as Sulaimaniyah and Halabja did not exceed 55%, while a relatively large number of voters — including, for example, 22% in Halabja — voted against independence. Overall, more than 72% of the 3.3 million registered to vote turned out.

Kurdish opposition parties — which oppose Barzani, whose presidential term has expired — stood with Abadi on his measures against Iraqi Kurdistan authorities. Sarwa Abdel Wahid, head of the Movement for Change (Gorran) parliamentary bloc, said Sept. 27, “Abadi dealt with the [Kurdish] crisis in a patriotic manner. He acts as a man of state.” Abdel Wahid said that Abadi, through these measures, does not want to target the Kurdish people but rather the Iraqi Kurdistan officials who caused the crisis. She called upon Abadi to expel companies affiliated with Barzani from state institutions in Iraqi Kurdistan and to halt their activities with state ministries. She said the Barzani family owns many companies that implement projects with a number of ministries and governmental institutions in the Kurdistan Region.

Gorran also condemned on Oct. 2 the formation by Barzani of the “Political Leadership of Kurdistan-Iraq,” which replaced the Referendum Council and some considered a step toward dictatorship, given that its members were not elected or appointed by parliament. Gorran released a statement that says: “The time was not appropriate for the referendum, and it was organized at this particular time to help [the Kurdistan government] evade having to solve outstanding problems.” The statement was making reference to the suspension of the Kurdistan parliament and Barzani’s insistence on staying in power even after his presidency ended.

In a statement Oct. 2, the Kurdistan Islamic Group also criticizes Barzani, saying: “Before holding the referendum, the authorities promised the people of Kurdistan that they will march toward statehood and that the referendum is their first step. Therefore, everyone was waiting for the step after the referendum to restore the prestige and status of the official institutions in the Kurdistan Region and work on holding elections. But instead of that, the Referendum Council was changed to the Political Leadership of Kurdistan-Iraq, which is an illegitimate [institution].”

Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, a senior politician in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), also issued a statement against the recently held referendum, saying: “Despite the fact that the world’s great powers, the United Nations and neighboring countries asked us to postpone the referendum because of the inappropriate circumstances, the Kurdistan political leadership (including myself) did not respond to those calls and challenged the whole world and conducted the referendum. … Now, our people are paying the tax of this stubbornness. So instead of evaluating ourselves and assessing the current situation in a realistic and precise manner, [a new, unconstitutional institution] Political Leadership of Kurdistan was formed, which is illegitimate.”

The latest trend adopted by some Kurdish leaders to form Iraqi political entities rather than only Kurdish entities shows that Barzani’s plan to find a national Kurdish front in favor of independence has failed. On Oct. 2, Barham Salih, a veteran leader in the PUK, announced the formation of the Coalition for Democracy and Justice to present a drastic solution for all of Iraq — “Basra, Samawah, Baghdad, Mosul, Ramadi, Erbil and Sulaimaniyah” — to save the people from “state mismanagement, wars, corruption and breach of the constitution and law.”

Ali Mamouri is Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse Editor and a researcher and writer who specializes in religion. He is a former teacher in Iranian universities and seminaries in Iran and Iraq. He has published several articles related to religious affairs in the two countries and societal transformations and sectarianism in the Middle East.

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Abadi meets in Paris with two delegations from a company for military equipment and other oil

Release Date: 2017/10/5 0:29 • 8 times read
The Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi met at his residence in the French capital with representatives of the Talas Company for Military Equipment headed by its director Patrick Caen. He also met with a delegation of French oil company Total, headed by company director Patrick Beunier.
“The demands of the security forces, their capabilities, their armament and the equipment needed to sustain the battle against terrorism and to clear the liberated areas of mines and war remnants have been discussed,” a statement by the Prime Minister’s Information Office said.
He added that “the director of Total Oil Company expressed his desire to expand oil and gas investments in Iraq, stressing the company’s keenness to deal with the federal government and the establishment and development of projects supporting the Iraqi economy in this area.”
Prime Minister Haider Abadi arrived in the French capital Paris on Sunday evening for a one-day official visit.


Jubouri receives a signed document calling for maintaining the unity of the country


Date of release: 2017/10/4 23:55 • 60 times read
{Baghdad: Al Furat News} Receiving the Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri, a document signed by the Anbar clans deprive Iraqi blood.
“The Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri received in his office on Wednesday, a delegation representing the elders and dignitaries of Anbar province in the presence of the President and members of the Parliamentary Tribes Committee, and during the meeting discussed the situation of Iraq in general And the problems experienced by the province of Anbar, as well as developments in the liberation battles in the western province.
“The importance of unifying the efforts of all to achieve community reconciliation throughout Iraq, and the need to seriously consider Anbar and solve all the problems in it coinciding with the near liberation of the full of the desecration of terrorism.”
He called on the government to “make greater efforts to accelerate the reconstruction of the infrastructure of the province and develop services and complete the return of displaced persons to their areas.”
For their part, members of the delegation delivered a document of the President of the Parliament signed by all the tribes of Iraq, including important points, including the prohibition of Iraqi blood and a call to preserve the unity of the country.
The speaker welcomed the move, stressing that “it will play an important role in maintaining the unity of Iraq and its social fabric.”


Abadi office presents a solution to end the crisis of Kurdistan and salaries of Peshmerga and staff of the region


The Kurdistan Regional Government’s recognition of the sovereign right of the federal government to control oil revenues and border crossings will secure the salaries of all the staff of the province, including the Peshmerga, a spokesman for Prime Minister Saad al-Hadithi’s media office said Wednesday.

Al-Hadithi said in a press statement published today that “I have no information about the issue of securing the salaries of the region, in return for the delivery of oil revenues and border crossings to Baghdad, during the visit of the Kurdish delegation negotiating to the capital and meeting with Prime Minister Haider Abadi.”

He added that “our position on national wealth is clear and stress the need to return to the public treasury of the country, to take over the federal government to distribute and secure the salaries of all employees throughout Iraq.”

He explained that “the region stopped the export of oil, in favor of the federal government In contrast, was suspended a share of the federal budget, amounting to 17%, while the government of Kurdistan distributed the salaries of staff of the region, but failed later, so we say now that the return of oil imports from the fields of Kurdistan and Kirkuk , And border crossings to Baghdad, will facilitate the payment of salaries of employees of Kurdistan on a regular basis.

He stressed that “the proceeds obtained from customs, and the export of oil, will be a means to provide a financial cover, the federal government, through which it can secure the salaries of employees of Kurdistan, including the Peshmerga.”

He pointed out that “the census of the employees of Kurdistan, to know their real numbers, at this time, an action premature, we will go into details later,” stressing that “what the federal government is doing in the interest of the Kurdish citizens, and will not harm them.”

The federal government has called on the authorities in the Kurdistan region to hand over border crossings, and Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports, in response to the referendum on the separation on 25 September last.

In response to the referendum, the House of Representatives voted on the wording of a resolution in the presence of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and a number of members of his government, confirmed not to recognize the results of the Kurdish referendum, while obliging Abadi to implement the text of the resolution, which included 13 points.

According to the parliament’s decision, Abadi is obliged to return Kurdish forces to their areas before 2014 and enter a duel, as well as chasing money smuggled oil, and hold officials and advocates of the referendum, and the participants of the officials.

After the Hawija .. A border battle waiting for Iraqi forces


Journal News

Iraqi forces are preparing to launch a new phase of military operations in the remaining areas of western Anbar, which is still under the control of a terrorist organization since 2014.

A member of the parliamentary security and defense committee Hamed al-Mutlaq said in an interview with the Journal News on Wednesday that “the liberation of the district of Hawija opens the door for the security forces to move west of al-Anbar to free them from the organization of the terrorist advocate.” He added that “the capacity of the desert region and the preoccupation of security forces In the liberation of the areas of Mosul and Tal Afar and Hawija, the last of the resolution of the battle of the western regions. ”

In the opinion of the security expert, retired Major General Abdul-Karim Khalaf told the «Journal News», that “the operations of al-Anbar started very limited, in order to distance the preacher from the areas of south to eliminate him,” pointing out that “the security forces now exist in the north of the judiciary, Close to Rauh. ”

He added that “north of him will form a belt in which the security forces are mobilized,” adding that “there are troops on their way to the areas mentioned.”

He pointed out that “a huge operation is expected to be launched during the next two weeks, towards Rauh and al-Qaim to the border with Syria,” noting that “the process will not stop when it is reported and West Euphrates, but will be a process to control the border with Syria, .

He added that “the operation will achieve the prime minister’s vision of restoring border guards and closing the ports and controlling them completely, to prevent the flow of terrorists,” stressing that “the security forces will transfer the battle from within the cities to the border, and thus the cities will be safer, Implement his plans “.

“The liberation operations of al-Gharbia, which started in the past few days, included al-Jazeera, al-Badia, al-Anbar and police forces, and did not attract troops from outside the province,” he said.

The joint security forces liberated the Hawija district completely from the organization of the preacher of the terrorist, and recovered last month to spend west of Anbar from the terrorist organization.

Kurdistan Parliament announces the closure of the nomination for the presidency of the region


The Parliament of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, on Wednesday, the closure of the nomination for the presidency of the region without the submission of any person to run for office and the scope of the Commission.

A member of the regional parliament for the Islamic Group, “The Kurdistan Regional Commission has opened suddenly to run for the post of president of the region and without prior announcement.”

He added that “any person did not apply for the presidency of the region and closed the Office of the door to the Imam of those interested,” noting that “the Commission will submit a letter to the Parliament of the region to take a decision in this regard.”

UN policy urges Baghdad and Erbil to resume dialogue “without external interference”


UN urges Baghdad, Erbil to resume dialogue "without external interference"
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The United Nations is working to prevent the development of tensions between Baghdad and Erbil and to find a common basis for a constructive dialogue that will prevent interference by external parties in this problem, UN Special Envoy to Iraq Jan Kubic said.
This came during a meeting of the Security Council of the Kurdistan Region Councilor pleased Barzani, on Wednesday, the envoy Kubic, and discussed the latest developments in the political situation in Iraq and reactions to actions following the referendum of Kurdistan.
A statement by the Kurdistan Security Council, Barzani described the reactions of Baghdad after the referendum in large amounts and unconstitutional, noting that the people of Kurdistan took a step democratic and constitutional to express his will.
He stressed that the referendum was a step to address the problems that have not been resolved through all other ways, stressing that the Kurdistan region before the referendum and then left the doors of dialogue open and wants to step to achieve the will of the people of Kurdistan through peaceful means.
For his part, Kubic said that the United Nations wants before any step to prevent the development of tensions and find a common basis for a constructive dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad and to prevent interference by foreign parties in this problem, stressing the role of the United Nations, which intends to urge the two sides (Arbil and Baghdad) On tensions and speed up dialogue.


Map shows remaining ISIS-held districts in Kirkuk’s Hawija


October 04 2017 02:41 PM
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Joint Forces Command and War Media Cell issued on Wednesday a map featuring the latest developments in the military operations to recapture Hawija city in southwestern Kirkuk from ISIS terrorists.

The map shows only four districts are still controlled by ISIS, namely (al-Riyadh, al-Saidiya, Helewa and al-Sharifiyah).

According to War Media Cell, 13 days have passed since the military operation to retake the city was first launched.


On Wednesday, it was reported that Iraqi joint forces advanced five kilometers towards Hawija.

Federal Police Forces (FPF) recaptured 65 villages in western Hawija on Tuesday.
On Friday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced launching the second phase of Hawija liberation operation, including districts in western Kirkuk.

On July 10, Iraqi security forces recaptured Mosul after a 9-month military operation.

In late August, it retook Tal Afar city. Currently, forces seek to recapture ISIS-held districts in Kirkuk Governorate and western Anbar.

Abadi reveals the implications of his visit to France {expanded}


Editorial date: 2017/10/4 17:03 • 82 times read
(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) Prime Minister Haider Abadi revealed the contents of his visit to the French capital Paris after receiving an official invitation.
“Our visit to France takes a day to discuss the strengthening of the bilateral relations between France and Iraq at all economic and commercial levels,” he said in a televised address before leaving for France. “The French view the counterterrorism front as an urgent breach. “He said.
“Iraq has been victorious in liberating Ninewa province and breaking the brink of terrorism. They see Iraq as having great importance in the region, not only in Iraq, but also in stabilizing the region,” he said.
“We are facing a great challenge to the reconstruction of Iraq, the restoration of liberated areas, the reconstruction of all regions, the improvement of the living standards of citizens and the creation of jobs,” he said.
“There is a need for France and other European countries to invest in Iraq, as well as cooperation in the economic, financial and anti-terrorism fields, and exchange views on this,” he said.

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