North Oil and a subsidiary of Nagarvan Barzani are working to resume pumping oil in two fields in Kirkuk


North Oil and a subsidiary of Nagarvan Barzani are working to resume pumping oil in two fields in Kirkuk

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The North Oil Company of Iraq is working with Kurdish group Karr (owned by Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechervan Barzani) to resume pumping in two disputed oil fields, where production has been halted after government forces regained control of Kurdish forces.

“This issue has not been public since the central government forces in Baghdad searched Kirkuk last week and the fields pumped an estimated 275,000 bpd before the Iraqi attack,” the source said.
The North Oil Company (NOC) was not immediately available to the central government in Baghdad. The Kar Group is located in Erbil in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Carr operates the crude pipeline that exports crude oil from the region Kurdish to Turkey.
Kirkuk, home to the oldest oilfield in Iraq, is a point of power dispute between the central government and the Kurds. The government has sent troops this month to restore disputed areas, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, seized by Kurdish fighters in 2014 after occupation. The latest military operation followed a Kurdish referendum on independence from Iraq on September 25.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) included Kirkuk in the referendum despite competing claims for the ethnically mixed region that lies outside the Kurdish region controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
On Wednesday, the Kurdistan Regional Government issued a statement saying it was ready to freeze the results of the referendum on independence, monitor an immediate cease-fire and hold talks with the central government.
The flow of oil from northern Iraq to the Turkish port of Ceyhan fell to 252,000 barrels per day (bpd) on Wednesday from about 300,000 bpd the previous day, well below the normal daily level of 600,000 bpd.
The Iraqi central government exports its exports from Kirkuk via Kurdish trucks belonging to the Kar company through the pipeline to Turkey.
Iraq, OPEC’s second largest producer, pumps more than 4.47 million bpd of fields in the south through its ships in the port of Basra to the Gulf, but with Iraq providing about 14 percent of the total output from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, The recovery of exports cut from the north could affect crude oil markets.
Brent crude was down 18 cents at $ 58.15 a barrel on Wednesday at 4:28 pm in London.


US State Department spokeswoman Lula Peshmerga We and the Iraqi people were not what we are today

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US State Department spokeswoman Heather Naort confirmed on Friday that her country would continue to stand by the Kurds and Peshmerga forces.

“We and the Iraqi people were not what we would be today, were it not for the Peshmerga and for the huge Kurdish forces,” Nawort said in an interview with Al Hurra television. “We continue to stand by them.”

“Our men and women in the US military fought and died alongside the Kurds,” the State Department spokeswoman said.

She noted that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is deeply involved with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Iraqi President Fuad Masum and the Kurds in order to resolve the current crisis.

Alaak meets a group of professors of critical theory to explain the most prominent developments in monetary policy


Economy News _ Baghdad

The Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq met on a group of professors of critical theory from various Iraqi universities to clarify the most prominent developments in the monetary policy during the past two years.

In a statement to the Central Bank, the Central Bank of Iraq received a copy of it that “the Governor of the Central Bank Ali Al-Allaq discussed with a group of professors of critical theory from various Iraqi universities to clarify the most prominent developments in the monetary policy during the past two years as well as the exchange of views and ideas to bridge the relationship between the side Academic and central bank “.

“This initiative is the first of its kind as the bank is discussing with the professors ideas and visions for the future to build a solid economy,” he sai

The Engineer summarizes the progress of Rawa and Al Qaim operations on their second day

Release Date: 2017/10/27 23:26 • 81 times read

The Engineer summarizes the progress of Rawa and Al Qaim operations on their second day

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The deputy chairman of the popular crowd Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, on Friday, outlined the axes of operations Rawa and Al-Qaim on the second day.

“The four axes for the liberation of areas west of Anbar witnessed progress on the second day of operations,” the engineer said. “The main axis starting from northwest Akashat has progressed 50 to 60 kilometers.” 

“The second axis, east of Akashat, is in the areas south of Ramadi towards Rutba and the border,” he said, adding that “the northern axis, which is divided into two sub-axes towards the river and the railway line, and 25 kilometers were liberated during the second day.” 

The Engineer said that “these axes will all work on two tasks first liberate the desert west of Anbar and besieging the existing fully in preparation for the storm.”

URGENT Three villages liberated and 25 killed in Daabia west of Anbar


Editorial Date: 2017/10/27 20:27 • 44 times read
(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) liberated the joint forces, three villages west of Anbar province.
The commander of the liberation operations in western Anbar, Lieutenant-General Abdul-Amir Rasheed Yarallah in a statement to the cell of the war media received the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it, “the pieces of the command of the operations of the island liberated the villages of (Al-Awani-Jabbab North – slip) south of the Euphrates River and the destruction of four wheels bearing mono Two car bombs and the killing of 25 terrorists. “


Iraq may be coming to the end of 40 years of war as the government wins two big victories


They must not overplay their hand, making sure that all communities in Iraq get a reasonable cut of the national cake in terms of power, money and jobs

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There is a growing mood of self-confidence in Baghdad which I have not seen here since I first visited Iraq in 1977. The country seemed then to be heading for a peaceful and prosperous future thanks to rising oil revenues. It only became clear several years later that Saddam Hussein was a monster of cruelty with a disastrous tendency to start unwinnable wars. At the time, I was able to drive safely all around Iraq, visiting cities from Mosul to Basra which became lethally dangerous over the next 40 years.

The streets of the capital are packed with people shopping and eating in restaurants far into the night. Looking out my hotel window, I can see people for the first time in many years building things which are not military fortifications. There are no sinister smudges of black smoke on the horizon marking where bombs have gone off. Most importantly, there is a popular feeling that the twin victories of the Iraqi security forces in recapturing Mosul in July and Kirkuk on 16 October have permanently shifted the balance of power back towards stability. The Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, once criticised as weak and vacillating, is today almost universally praised for being calm, determined and successful in battling Isis and confronting the Kurds.

“I detect a certain jauntiness in Baghdad that I have not seen before,” says the Iraqi historian and former minister Ali Allawi. “Al-Abadi has hardly put a foot wrong since the start of the crisis over Kirkuk.” A recently retired senior Iraqi security official adds that “it was bit of luck for all Iraqis, that [Kurdish President Masoud] Barzani brought on a confrontation when he did”. People in the capital are beginning to sound more like victors rather than victims.

Life in Baghdad is abnormal by the standard of any other city: it remains full of blast walls made out of concrete slabs that always remind me of giant grave stones. Numerous checkpoints exacerbate appalling traffic jams. Bombings by Isis are far less frequent than they used to be, but there are memories of past atrocities, such as the truck bomb in Karada district on 3 July 2016 that killed 323 people and injured hundreds more. “Many of them were burned to death in buildings with plastic cladding on the outside that caught fire like Grenfell Tower,” observed an Iraqi observer as we drove past the site of the blast.

Violence will not entirely end: the Shia majority are about to celebrate the Arbaeen festival on 10 November when millions of pilgrims walk on foot to the shrine city of Kerbala to mourn the death of Imam Hussein in a battle in 680 AD. The road between Kerbala and the shrine city of Najaf, is already decorated with thousands of black mourning flags, interspersed with occasional green and red, ones, and there are thousands of improvised tents where the pilgrims can rest and eat.

The vast numbers involved makes it impossible to protect them all, so Isis may well bomb the vast multitude of pilgrims in a bid to show that it has not been totally eliminated. Despite this the long-expected defeat of Isis is very real, but the greatest boost to public morale comes from the unexpected crumbling, with little resistance and in a short space of time, of the Kurdish quasi-state in northern Iraq that had ruled a quarter of the country.

Iraqi history over the last 40 years has been full of what were misleadingly billed as “turning points” for the better, but which turned out to be only ushering in a new phase in Iraq’s multi-phase civil wars that have been going on since the Americans overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003. All sides have become, at different periods, the proxies of foreign backers, but this period may now be coming to an end primarily because the wars have produced winners and losers.

Communal politics are not the only determining feature in the Iraqi political landscape, but the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish communities are its main building blocks. The Sunni, a fifth of the population, have lost comprehensively because Isis became their main vehicle for opposition to the central government. Justly or unjustly, they share in its defeat. Their great cities like Mosul and Ramadi are in ruins. Sunni villages that line the main roads have often been levelled because they were seen as the home bases of local guerrillas planting IEDS. IDP camps are full of displaced Sunnis.

Shia-Kurdish cooperation was born in opposition to Saddam Hussein and was the basis for the post-Saddam power-sharing governments. But both sides felt that they were being short-changed by the other and Baghdad and Erbil came to see each other as the hostile capitals of separate states.

Great though their differences were, they might not have over-boiled for a few years had Barzani and his Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) not had the astonishingly bad idea of holding a Kurdish referendum on independence on 25 September. It was one of the great miscalculates of Iraqi, if not Middle East, history: the KDP now complains that it was the victim of Iranian machinations, but its real mistake was to confront the Iraqi government when it was politically and militarily much stronger than it had been after recapturing Mosul from Isis. Regardless of which Kurdish leader did or did not betray the cause, their Peshmerga would have lost the war.

Ironically, the Iraqi Kurds are now likely to lose a large measure of the independence they enjoyed before the referendum. They have lost not only the oil province of Kirkuk, but may also lose control of the borders of their three core provinces. Iraqi regular forces are pressing towards the crucial border town of Fishkhabour between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey. Al-Abadi last week turned down a Kurdish offer “to freeze” the referendum result, demanding its complete negation, though it now has only a symbolic value.

Iraqis in Baghdad are rightly wary of predictions of a return to normal life after 40 years of permanent crisis. There have been false dawns before, but this time round the prospects for peace are much better than before. The biggest risk is a collision between the US and Iran in which Iraq would be the political – and possibly the military – battlefield. Barzani and the KDP are promoting the idea of Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi Shia paramilitaries being at the forefront of every battle, though in fact Kirkuk was taken by two regiments from Baghdad’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service and the 9th Armoured Division.

The success of the Iraqi regular forces is such that one danger is that they and the Baghdad government will become overconfident and overplay their hand, not making sure that all communities in Iraq get a reasonable cut of the national cake in terms of power, money and jobs. A golden rule of Iraqi politics is that none of the three main communities can be permanently marginalised or crushed, as Saddam Hussein discovered to his cost. The end of the era of wars in Iraq would not just be good news for Iraqis, but the rest of the world as well.

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan confirms the ceasefire between the Peshmerga and the federal

Release date: 2017/10/27 19:11 • 83 times read
The spokesman for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Giyath al-Surji, said on Friday that the clashes “temporarily” between the federal forces and the Peshmerga in all areas of the Nineveh Plain areas have been stopped.
Al-Surji said in a press statement that “the international coalition to start negotiations with Erbil and Baghdad to stop the fire and prevent any clash and reach peaceful solutions between the parties,” stressing “to stop the clashes in the areas of Nineveh Plain temporarily.”
Al-Surji said that “negotiations are underway between Baghdad and Erbil on the disputed areas,” expressing “the hope that the federal forces and Peshmerga reach peaceful solutions and we reject the fighting and the use of violence between the brothers.”
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered a 24-hour suspension of federal forces to allow a joint technical team to deploy troops on the international border and in all disputed areas without bloodshed.
The spokesman for the International Alliance, confirmed earlier in the day, the lack of agreement between the federal forces and Peshmerga on the cease-fire.
Heavy clashes took place on Thursday between the Peshmerga and the federal forces heading to the Fishkhabur crossing to secure the pipeline linking the Turkish port of Ceyhan.


Parliament of Kurdistan postponed the meeting on Saturday to another notice

Kurdistan Parliament postponed the meeting on Saturday to another notice
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The head of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on Friday postponed the meeting scheduled to be held on Saturday to another notice.

The Kurdistan Regional Parliament said in a statement today that it had decided to postpone the holding of the fourth ordinary session, which was scheduled for Saturday, 28/10/2017 to another notice.


Open safe corridors to evacuate civilians in Qaim


The popular crowd on Friday opened four corridors to evacuate civilians from the Qaim district, west of Anbar.

“The security forces have opened four safe corridors to evacuate civilians from the Qaim district of Qaim border with Syria,” said the leader of the popular crowd in Anbar province, Qatri al-Samarmed. “The passages are located in the area of ​​Jabbab, H1, T3, “He said.

“The security forces and the local government of Anbar have identified wheels and trucks to transport displaced families evacuated from Qaim and Rawa districts to the temporary shelter center in Kilo 18 west of Ramadi,” he said.

“The popular mobilization forces of all factions are working to provide food and medical supplies to civilians, who are being evacuated while dealing with the elderly and children with great care until they are brought to the camps for the displaced,” he said.

The security forces began early Thursday, the judicial editing operations narrated by al-Qaim and the border with Syria, with the participation of various security factions, to eliminate the terrorist organization in the last strongholds in Iraq.