Iraqi military official: completion of 75 percent of the process of clearing the island

24 November, 2017

Iraqi forces and elements of the popular crowd advance in the Western Sahara


Ali Mahbouba

The commander of the Iraqi Army’s 9th Armored Division, Lieutenant General Qassem Al-Maliki, announced on Friday that 75 percent of the desert clearing operations of the island were completed.

Al-Maliki said in a statement to “Radio Sawa” that the joint forces liberated important areas where he was besieged, as well as other areas deep in the desert.

He pointed out that the sectors “are able to accomplish the duty as soon as possible,” adding that they are in control of the situation at the present time.


Iraq and the IMF are making progress on credit standing

25/11/2017 12:00 am
Baghdad / Al-Sabah 

The Iraqi delegation and IMF experts in Amman recently discussed the third review of the 36-month credit agreement with Iraq.

“The Iraqi delegation and the IMF team of experts have held extensive discussions on the third review of the credit standoff agreement and these discussions have made good progress towards reaching an agreement on the 2018 budget bill in line with the Credit Readiness Agreement.”

During the discussion, The team met with Dr. Ali Mohsen Ismail Al-Alaq Acting Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Dr. Maher Johan, Undersecretary of the Minister of Finance, Dr. Qassim Attiyah, Undersecretary of Planning, Dr. Mazhar Saleh, Financial Advisor to the Prime Minister, Financial, and officials from the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Iraq and the Ministry of Oil.

Coconut noted that ” the mission team extend its thanks to the Iraqi authorities for their cooperation and the open and fruitful debates conducted with it.”

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund has agreed to hold a standby credit agreement 7 July 2016 (see press release 16/321), and the second review was completed on 1 August 2017.

International institutions have made progress in managing Iraq’s financial profile and announced this on more than one occasion Local and international.

Our forces are chasing the remnants of the “fanfare” of the defeated

25/11/2017 12:00 am

Purged 6000 km and 88 villages within the operations of the big island

Baghdad / Sabah

Our security forces have been cleansed of the popular crowd, 6000 square kilometers and 88 villages, during the liberation operations of the Upper Euphrates and the island, aimed at pursuing the elements of the defeated “martyrs” of the battles and securing the areas between the governorates of Salah al-Din, Nineveh and Anbar.

The aim of the operation is to secure the Iraqi-Syrian border, and to eliminate the “crowding” in those desert areas, as well as to cut off supply routes to these gangs.

The commander of the operations of the clearance of the Upper Euphrates and Al Jazeera special forces team corner Abdul Rashid Rashid Yarallah: “The Iraqi army divisions and the popular crowd and the federal police and the support of the air army was able to clear the (88 villages) and about 6000 square kilometers, and seized control of the bridge or the scorpions and Geneva airport south The district of urban south of Mosul, and a few hours after the launch of the liberation of the Great Island », stressing that« the pieces are still continuing clearance operations ».

In a press statement, Yarallah announced that “the army and the popular mobilization forces have embarked on a massive operation to clear the areas of the island between the governorates of Salah al-Din, Nineveh and Anbar, as part of the second phase of the clearing operations of the island and the Upper Euphrates.”

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announced on Friday the launch of the second phase of the second phase of clearing the island and the Upper Euphrates. The Chinese and the southern part of the urban area », and the crowd and the forces of the coalition with them began to clean up Geneva airport south of the urban deep in the island’s desert, and took control of the popular forces, the most important transport lines in desert desert after access to the bridges of sugar and Umm al-Akbar.

The escape of elements calling to the depth of the Iraqi desert

24 November, 2017

Iraqi forces in Western Sahara


Ba’athist elements began to flee deep into the western desert of Iraq after a major offensive launched by the security forces to hunt down their last members.

According to intelligence agencies of popular mobilization factions, “the escape of elements calling from their headquarters to the depth of the desert of Mosul and Salah al-Din and Anbar after the rapid progress made by the pieces of the crowd supported by the Iraqi army.”

On Thursday, Iraqi forces launched their latest military operations in Western Sahara along the border with Syria to hunt remnants of the militant group after three years of control over a third of the country’s territory.

This operation is the latest operation that is expected to announce at the end of Prime Minister Haider Abadi the final defeat of Daish in Iraq.

In its daily reports, the US-led International Alliance noted that no air strike was carried out on Thursday as military operations in the desert began.

“We can support the Ninth Division, but not the popular crowd,” coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon told AFP.

The Joint Operations Command announced that since the beginning of the operations it had cleared 77 villages, equivalent to about 5,800 square kilometers.

In this process, Iraq is culminating in its continuous attack since 17 October 2016 against militant strongholds, from Mosul, which took nine months of bloody fighting, to Tal Afar and Hawija to the north, to Anbar in the west.

Source: AFP

Iraq Resumes Bid for Full WTO Membership


At an informal meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of Iraq held on 17 November 2017, WTO members welcomed Iraq’s stated determination to resume its WTO accession process after nine years of dormancy. The meeting further provided the opportunity for the government of Iraq and members to exchange views on next steps for that formal resumption in the near term.

Mr Adel Al-Masoodi, Director-General of the Foreign Economic Relations Department of the Ministry of Trade and Vice Chairman of the Iraqi National Committee on Accession to the WTO, said:

We are here with you at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization to assure you that Iraq is fully committed to the process of economic reform and to be part of the global economic system.

“We look forward to opening new horizons for co-operation with the WTO, all international organizations and the international community.

Ambassador Mouayed Saleh, Permanent Representative of Iraq in Geneva, also spoke on behalf of the Iraqi delegation. He said that Iraq is at the beginning of a long and complex WTO accession process “which will take years“, but he highlighted the firm and unequivocal will of the government and the people of Iraq to move forward and become an integral part of the international economic and trading system, following a very difficult time in Iraq’s recent history.

Indeed, Ambassador Saleh underlined that the main reason that Iraq’s formal accession process had fallen dormant had been the need for Iraq to focus on improving the security situation in the country in recent years.

The Iraqi delegation in Geneva included other high-level officials from the Ministry of Trade, the Council of Ministers, the State Commission for Customs, the Ministry of Planning, and the Central Bank of Iraq.

Source: Kurdistan is waiting for a letter from Baghdad to send its delegation next Monday


Sumer News: A source confirmed early Kurdish, the Kurdistan Regional Government waiting for a message from the Iraqi government, in order to be the visit of the delegation to Baghdad on Monday.

The source told (Sumer News), “The US ambassador mediated between the parties and stipulated Baghdad to be a delegation representing all the Kurdish parties within the government and parliament in the region.”

“The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) president, Najran Barzani, succeeded in persuading the opposition parties, especially the Change Movement and the Islamic Group, before going to Baghdad to consolidate the Kurdish position,” he said.

He pointed out that “there is a request by the provincial government through the US ambassador is to cancel the requirement to declare the cancellation of the referendum because it will hold dialogue and make the Kurdish leaders embarrassed in front of their people.”

He pointed out that “the Iraqi government agreed to review the budget in 2018 after the announcement of 12% based on the mediation of Washington in the case,” pointing out that “the border crossings will be shared on the grounds that the Peshmerga part of the Iraqi defense system.”