Twenty Islamic State militants remaining in last stronghold in Anbar: Official

by Nehal Mostafa 

Nov 9, 2017, 11:25 pm

Anbar ( The number of remaining Islamic State militants is estimated at no more than twenty members at the group’s stronghold in western Anbar, an official said.

“The families that remained in Rawa are around 300 families. News that mentioned that they are besieged to be used at human shields are untrue as the militants are in defeated,” Hussein al-Okaidi, mayor of Rawa told Baghdad Today.

“After the IS blew up the only bridge in Rawa, security troops had to look for a way to the town through al-Rummana,” he added.

Okaidi indicated presence of “desert roads and island that stretches out to the Syrian land. But there should be redeployment and tightening control on land before starting the last battle to clear Rawa of the militants.”

“The remaining number of militants in Rawa are no more than 20, while the rest fled toward Syria,” he added.

Operations were launched, late October, to liberate Qaim and Rawa towns. Both have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “Caliphate”.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced on Friday liberation of Qaim in record time.

Many IS militants reportedly fled Qaim heading to al-BuKamal in Syria, after several leaders ran away and were killed in airstrikes by the Iraqi and U.S.-Coalition jets.

On Saturday, Hussein al-Okaidi, mayor of Rawa, Operations in Rawa will not launch before three days at least to eradicate the sleeper cells and end the militants presence in al-Rummana village.

The Joint Operations Command denied on Wednesday launching clearance operations in Rummana, warning media agencies from reporting news that harms the military plans of the operations.

  Lebanese banks in Kurdistan: fear of the decision of Baghdad to close private banks in the region

Lebanese banks in Kurdistan: fear of the decision of Baghdad to close private banks in the region

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Erbil / Al-Ghad Press:
A source at the Lebanese Bank of Lebanon and the Lebanese Diaspora in Arbil, on Thursday, there is concern among Lebanese businessmen of the escalation of tension between Arbil and Baghdad.
The source, who asked not to be named, told “Al-Ghad Press” that “Lebanese businessmen are concerned about the escalation of tension between Baghdad and Arbil.” He added that “Bloom Bank did not receive notice of closure until the end of the session on Thursday, amid fears of increased tension between the government Center and Territory “.

“Information indicates that the Central Bank of Iraq issued orders to banks to close their branches in the Kurdistan region within a week to avoid the prohibition of entering the window selling the dollar, but did not respond to anything until the moment for us and did not understand whether we are covered or not that decision.”
Lebanon has about ten banks alone in Erbil and also in Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk, and many investors were working projects within Arbil, but declined after 2014.
And remind the Central Bank of Iraq, the face of all banks not to sell the dollar to its branches in the Kurdistan region.
A document issued by the Central Bank and got “Al-Gharab Press” a copy of it, “based on the decision of the House of Representatives No. 58 in 2017/10/12 on the non-sale of foreign currency to banks operating in the region or have branches in it, the Central Bank confirms Commitment to this decision “.



This is what Qubad Talabani demanded from Mr. Moqtada al-Sadr

Date of release: 2017/11/9 17:16 • 746 times read
{Najaf: The Euphrates News} Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, a telephone conversation today with the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr.
“During the call, Mr. Sadr was asked to intervene to broker a dialogue between the brothers in the region and the federal government and to return to abide by the constitution,” a statement from the office of Muqtada al-Sadr said.
“Commenting on this request, Mr. Sadr stressed that the referendum was not constitutional from the original, how can stick to the Constitution with the abolition of the referendum.”
The statement continued, “It was also addressed to the subject of the federal budget, where Mr. Muqtada al-Sadr said that the state is going through a difficult economic situation and that the Iraqi people in the south and center is not different from the region in this respect if not difficult.
He also said Muqtada al-Sadr, according to the statement on “not to involve the people and the lives of citizens and the stability of their livelihood in political conflicts.”

Kurdish official: The territorial government agreed to hand over oil revenues to Baghdad



Since 2017-11-09 at 17:18 (Baghdad time)

Baghdad – Mawazine News

KDP official Said Mamuzini on Thursday confirmed the approval of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for the delivery of oil revenues to the federal government.

“The provincial government has agreed to hand over oil revenues, border crossings and airports,” Mumozini told Mawazin News. “It is necessary that it be managed jointly and with the presence of regional police forces in those places.”

The official called on the Iraqi government to “invite the Kurdish delegation, which intends to visit Baghdad to resolve the outstanding differences,” noting that “must agree on the budget before approval and vote on it within the Iraqi Council of Ministers.”

The Iraqi security forces entered the province of Kirkuk on Monday (October 17, 2017), while taking control of government headquarters and oil fields that were run by the federal government before 2014. Ended 29




Anbar crowd reveals to Mawazine News the reason for the late release of Rawah and the pomegranate

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Since 2017-11-09 at 18:25 (Baghdad time)

Special – Mawazine News

Anbar tribal spokesman Ghassan al-Ithawi revealed on Thursday the reasons behind the delay in the liberation of Rawah and Rummaneh districts from the control of the terrorist organization, stressing that the battle of liberation will be quick and easy.

Al-Ithawi told Mawazine News that “the reason for the delay in launching the operations of the liberation of the district of Rawah and Al-Rummaneh district is that the military units, after their liberation, must simplify security and stability in it, For the liberation of the nearby villages of the Judicial Center and located within its administrative boundaries, “pointing out that” the 7th Division liberated today a group of villages in the north of Qaim. ”

“All the military plans and preparations for the liberation of Rawah and the Romana (the last bastions) have been completed, and the joint forces are waiting for the general command to launch the operations,” he said.

The Joint Operations Command denied on Wednesday (November 8, 2017) the launch of the liberation of Rummaneh (north of Qaim), while the media warned against reporting any news that would harm the military plans.

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Abadi heads a meeting of the national cell of the intelligence coordination body

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The Prime Minister of the Armed Forces, Haidar al-Abadi, chaired a meeting of the National Intelligence Coordination Council (NIC).



“The meeting discussed the work of the intelligence agencies and their future plans during the next phase after the elimination of terrorist gangs,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.



Abadi said “the great victories of the armed forces on the gangs of terror and broke the thorn of terrorism in Iraq,” stressing that “the preacher will end soon military, but the challenge remains security, which requires intensifying the intelligence effort and a plan of action considered and strategy applied on the ground, and this is what we did during the period Past and continuing with greater efforts. “



He pointed out “the importance of the role of citizens in cooperation with the security system,” noting that “the past months have witnessed such cooperation and contributed significantly to the establishment of security and the liberation of the regions.”



“We need more cooperation in the coming period,” Abadi said.



The Prime Minister listened to “a detailed explanation of the intelligence work and its results and issued directives to support this effort to provide security for citizens.” Finished



Abadi stresses that the end of the military “da’ash” will be soon


Thursday, November 09

The Arabs today - Abadi stresses that the end of the "Dahesh" militarily will be soon

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi
Baghdad – Najla al-Tai

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Thursday that the terrorist organization ” Da’ash ” will soon end militarily but that the security challenge remains.

The press office of the Abbadi said in a statement that the Prime Minister and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Haider Abadi, chaired a meeting of the National Cell of the Coordination of Intelligence.According to the statement, “was during the meeting to discuss the work of the intelligence agencies and their plans for the future during the next phase after the elimination of the organization calling.”Abadi said “the great victories of the armed forces on the organization of” dashing “and breaking the thorn of terrorism in Iraq,” asserting that “the preacher will end soon, militarily, but the challenge remains security, which requires intensifying the intelligence effort and a plan of action and strategic applied on the ground, and this is what we did during The past period and continue with it and with greater efforts. “

“The importance of the citizen’s role in cooperation with the security system has witnessed the past months such cooperation and contributed significantly to the establishment of security and liberalization of areas and we need more cooperation in the coming period.”Abadi said, according to the statement, “a detailed explanation of the work of intelligence and its results and issued directives to support this effort to provide security for citizens.”

The Central Bank of Iraq calls on all banks operating in the Kurdistan region of Iraq to stop their dealings



Iraq’s central bank on Thursday called on banks and private banks to close their branches in the Kurdistan Region.
According to media reports, the Central Bank has given these banks and banks seven days to implement the closure of its branches in the region.
A document issued by the Central Bank of Iraq, directed banks not to sell dollars to their branches in the Kurdistan Region.
Baghdad has taken all security and economic measures in response to a referendum held by the region on September 25.
The Iraqi Council of Representatives has issued a binding resolution demanding the Iraqi government to stop all financial and banking dealings with the Kurdistan Region.
These sanctions come in the wake of a ban on direct international flights to the Kurdistan Region.

Officially announced the solution of the succession succession but the region lives in chaos

The official announcement of a solution to the succession is encouraging but the region is in chaos
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The Syrian army announced on Thursday victory over the organization of the Islamic state, saying he regained control of the city of Albuqmal, the last strongholds of the militant organization in Syria, which represents a fallout for his project in the region.
He said the army and its allies were still fighting in the last pockets of militant organization in desert areas near Bu Kamal, close to the border with Iraq.
The restoration of control over the town ends the rule of organizing the Islamic regional state or the so-called succession declared by the organization across territories in Syria and Iraq in 2014 and suffered millions of its cruel and oppressive methods.
Despite the fierce defensive battles waged by the organization in its most important cities this year and the fighting fought by its elements in every house and every street, its final collapse came at lightning speed.
Instead of fighting to death in their recent battle in the cities and towns of the Euphrates valley near the border between Iraq and Syria, many militants surrendered or fled.
In Bu Kamal, a commander in the pro-Syrian military alliance said militants fought fiercely, but the city fell on the same day the attack began.
“The liberation of the city of Boukamal is of great importance because it represents an announcement of the fall of a terrorist organization project which calls for the terroristization of the region in general and a collapse of the fantasies of its sponsors and supporters to divide it,” the army said in a statement.
The fate of the remaining leaders of the organization remains unknown: were they killed in the bombing or in the battle? Were they arrested but not identified? Have you been hiding in caches long prepared for a new campaign?
The last appearance of the organization’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who set himself up as a successor to the Grand Mosque in Mosul, was recorded in a voice recording broadcast in September.
Baghdadi said in the recording, “O soldiers of Islam everywhere intensified strikes after strikes and make the centers of information people of disbelief and the role of intellectual war within the goals.”
Iraqi forces regained control of Mosul in July after a nine-month battle. The Syria-Democratic Alliance of Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab forces backed by the United States, controlled the main stronghold of al-Raqqa in Syria in October after four months of fighting.
But all the forces fighting Islamic state organization in Syria and Iraq expect a new phase of guerrilla warfare, a tactic that the hardliners have proved capable of carrying out armed operations in both countries.
The loss of land does not mean the end of the attacks of “single wolves” using guns, knives or trucks that target civilians, as did supporters of the organization in several parts of the world, Western security officials said.
* A mess in the Middle East
The leadership of the Islamic State Organization may remain underground as it did after previous setbacks and wait for a new opportunity to take advantage of the chaos in the Middle East.
The wait may not be long. In Iraq, a referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Region in the north of the country, a major confrontation between the semi-autonomous government of the province and the central government in Baghdad, backed by Iran and Turkey.
In Syria, two rival campaigns battled the Islamic state in the east this year – the Syrian army, backed by Russia, Iran, Shi’ite groups and an alliance of Kurdish and Arab groups backed by the United States.
Syrian officials and a senior adviser to Iran said the Syrian army would now consolidate its claim for Kurdish-controlled territory. Washington has yet to announce how it will respond to an extended military campaign against its allies.
The fierce competition for influence between Iran and Saudi Arabia will exacerbate tensions in the region and increase the likelihood of unrest that could benefit the organization of the Islamic state.
The rivalry between the two sides and the conflict has taken a religious turn, causing Shi’ite groups backed by Iran to incite Sunni groups backed by Saudi Arabia and igniting sectarian conflicts in the region.
A senior Iranian official this week from Aleppo, Syria, spoke of a “line of resistance” stretching from Tehran to Beirut, an implicit boon to his country’s influence on the region.
In recent days, rivalry has intensified again after Riyadh accused Hezbollah of firing a missile from land in Yemen under the control of the Houthi movement allied with Iran.
Hezbollah is an important element in the pro-Syrian coalition supported by Iran. A Hezbollah commander told Reuters Hezbollah fighters played a key role in ousting the Islamic state from Bou Kamal.
The “state” of the collapsed organization
Baghdad’s declaration of succession in 2014 launched a new era of hardliners’ ambition. Instead of following Al-Qaeda’s strategy of launching armed attacks against the West to stimulate the Islamic Revolution, the new organization simply decided to create a new state.
This has led to an increase in the number of adherents of radical thought and prompted thousands of young Muslims to “migrate” to the virtuous state they knew from propaganda films.

The leadership of the Islamic state included former Iraqi officials who are well acquainted with the methods of state administration. The organization issued identity documents and currency coins and established a police force for ethics.

Unlike previous hard-line movements, which relied on sympathetic donations, the organization’s control over land gave the opportunity to manage a real economy. The organization exported oil, agricultural products, taxation and trafficked antiquities.

On the battlefield, the organization changed its tactics by using heavy weapons seized from its enemies during the military victories it first achieved, adding tanks and artillery to suicide bombers and fighters in its ranks.

The organization imprisoned foreigners, tortured them and demanded ransom for their release and the murder of those whose country refused to pay money and publish brutal video footage of their killing online.

The number of those treated in this way is nothing compared to the large number of Syrians and Iraqis killed because of their behavior, words, sex, religion, race or clans. Some were burned alive, others were cut off and some were thrown from rooftops.

The women who were captured were sold as slaves in the slave markets. But with the loss of the state’s Islamic land organization in recent months, photographs of women wearing the veil and smoking previously banned cigarettes were shown.

‏World Bank: Iraqi economy continues its development progress due to recent reforms

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Economy News _ Baghdad

The World Bank said on Thursday that during 2016-2017, Iraq has been able to implement fundamental changes in the domestic regulatory framework in two main areas: starting business and obtaining credit.

“Starting business is easier in Iraq by combining multiple registration procedures and shortening the time required to register companies,” said a statement issued by the Bank, which was published on its official website, “Al-Iktissad News.” Entrepreneurs no longer have to register their companies independently In the General Authority for Taxation, and reduced the time required for registration of companies, because of increased resources available in the registration services and improve the electronic registration system.

He added that “Iraq has worked to improve access to credit information through the launch of credit registry managed by the Central Bank of Iraq As of 1 January 2017, the register included 234,967 customers and 4,877 commercial borrowers, and included information on their history of the five years Past “.

“The Doing Business data reveal that fragile economies continue to reform and deal with crises as opportunities to improve business systems,” said Saroj Kumar Jha, regional director of Mashreq’s World Bank.

“As part of Vision 2030, the Iraqi government has embarked on a fundamental reform agenda based on the General Government Framework Program (2014-2018), which places priority on institutional economic reforms and the development of the private sector,” he said.

“The commitment of the World Bank to support the Iraqi government’s efforts to implement priority reforms that will enhance the business environment and achieve better growth and opportunities for all Iraqis,” Jha said.

Iraq ranked 168th in the ease of doing business compared with 165th ranked in last year’s report.

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