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Translated by Hamid Ahmed
The United States and Iraq have recently intensified their talks to keep a section of US troops permanently in the country following the expulsion of armed militants.
Both countries want to avoid repeating what happened in 2011, when US forces withdrew from Iraq after they successfully curbed al-Qaeda’s threat and reduced violence in the country. But three years after that withdrawal, the Iraqi army collapsed in the face of the march of armed militants.
According to US officials, who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly, the United States and Iraq have yet to decide on the size and composition of the force that would remain, which could change over time.
The two officials said no decision had yet been made on a long-term presence, and that the composition of the force to be agreed upon would be determined by the Iraqi government.
“What is happening now is similar to what we were looking for after 2011,” said James Jeffrey, a former US ambassador to Iraq who is close to the issue in an interview with USA Today.
The US newspaper says it is not clear whether the United States will be able to avoid some of the political obstacles in Baghdad that have derailed the agreement to keep troops in 2011, and that Iran, which opposes the presence of US troops in the country, has strong political influence in Iraq.
“The big problem is that if there is pressure from the Iranians to leave the United States from Iraq,” Jeffrey said.
Jeffrey, who is now an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the size of the force is likely to be less than the current strength of 5,500 US troops in Iraq. He pointed out that the task of any force that will be in Iraq in the future will be similar to what is currently done by US forces, namely, training Iraqi forces and assistance in the intelligence and reconnaissance and will not have any direct combat role.
The presence of American advisers and other means of support will help boost the Iraqi army’s ability to avert a catastrophe such as the one that occurred in 2014 when gunmen stormed Mosul, cities and other villages as many Iraqi soldiers pulled out of their positions.
Since then, US-backed Iraqi forces have managed to break a tight grip on the occupied territories and have managed to expel the militants and the rest of them have fled to the desert areas bordering Syria.
“Despite these successes, our battle is not over yet, even after the collapse of the organization’s succession, both financially and structurally, the organization remains a threat to stability in the newly liberated areas and also a threat to our countries,” US Defense Secretary Jim Mats said last month.
He may not be able to occupy territory yet, but he can create terrorism through bombings in Iraq or by planning and inciting attacks around the world.
The Iraqi government is aware of this threat and believes that further assistance is needed from the US-led coalition. Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi declared the final victory over a preacher earlier this month but said terrorism was still considered a “continuing enemy.”
“I think we have to prepare ourselves to be prepared to commit ourselves to a long-term presence in Iraq to strengthen our partner’s ability to face any threat,” General Paul Funk told USA Today in October.
In 2011, it was not possible to reach an agreement to keep part of the US troops because of the problem of securing legal protection for US forces not to be held accountable for any crime resulting from the use of their military power. The Iraqi government then rejected the deal because of political opposition to the principle of a long-term US presence.
At present, US and Iraqi officials hope to avoid a similar political hurdle. According to a US official, instead of approving a formal agreement that may require approval by the Iraqi parliament, the US military says it can operate in Iraq in accordance with the current memorandum of understanding between the two countries.
The memo is still in force since 2014, when American advisers were deployed in Iraq to help local forces fight a coup.
Jeffrey said any agreement to keep American advisers in Iraq would provide a brake on increasing Iranian influence in Baghdad.
20/12/2017 12:00 am
Baghdad / Al-Sabah
The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers celebrated the great victory that was achieved against the supporter of the terrorist and his expulsion from the territory of Iraq.
The statement issued by the Secretariat that this is achieved wisely and the leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Haider Abadi, and the valor of the Iraqi armed forces with all their silos and formations, and the blood of the martyrs and the wounded, and with the support of factions of the popular and tribal masses and sons of the homeland of all nationalities, religions and sects.
The legend says … that Santa Claus or Santa Claus carries children gifts that match their imagination … leaves them near their dreamy heads on Christmas Eve, which is close to the seal of the year in Mosul, the most popular to celebrate the end of years spent bitter and terrifying by terrorism.
Sputnik . For the first time after almost 3 years spent by the people of Mosul without a farewell year and receive another with the rest of the Iraqis in the provinces of the country, when the necks hit and rolled heads under the swords of the elements of “da’ash” terrorist since mid 2014.The correspondent of “Sputnik” in Iraq, the preparation of the city of Mosul, the center of Nineveh, north of Baghdad, to celebrate Christmas, and among the next to buy industrial pine trees, green and snow, and adornment.
Christmas, first in a shop that had been shut down for years by the terrorist “Da’ash”, appeared in Mosul, specifically on its left coast, which embraced freedom after Iraqi forces fought and defeated him on January 24 this year.
Ahmed Khalil, 27, plays Santa Claus on drums and dances, among which Santa Claus sings “happy new year” for Abba, the most famous Swedish rock band in the 1970s.
Ahmed Khalil, the owner of a boutique called “Romantic Boutique” at Mosul University, opposite the fuel station in the city of Mosul, told us about Christmas preparations in the city.
“Our work began in mid-November. We prepared Christmas trees, decorations, colored and gold bands, children’s toys and light leaflets.”
Khalil said, we received many requests from shops, restaurants and companies, to decorate the entrances and facades with Christmas trees and decoration of Eid, as well as some houses.
Among the places where Christmas decorations are lit up in Mosul, by Khalil, is the Bajin al-Jandoul meat restaurant, one of the oldest restaurants in the city, in Al-Muhandisin neighborhood and Al-Diwan for counters. It is located in Al-Narkal neighborhood opposite the International Mall and many cafés and cafeterias.
Since the beginning of the week, a romantic boutique has been set up in a restaurant named “Abu Laila” in the banks’ neighborhood, also on the left coast.
Khalil told us that many Christian families have returned to Mosul after being subjected to forced migration by the terrorist “Da’ash” organization, which has a choice of harsh choices, such as changing religion or leaving in clothes only, with the confiscation of all their property.
“But the Muslim families are the most likely to buy trees and decorations, most of them in the left coast. On the right side, there are a few customers who shop for Christmas because of the delay in the return of life in the right after the destruction of terror and military operations until the end Last August.
Khalil revealed that he had received a request to decorate the Mosul airport on the right side with 100 pine trees, likely to have a ceremony even though it was not opened or operated as a result of the damage he had caused because of a “call.”
As for the work of the shop under the control of “Da’ash” terrorist, the young man reported that he was one of the few survivors who managed to leave the city when the organization seized it on June 10, 2014, and the shop closed from time to liberation.
Of course, there was no birth ceremony in any of the years, and all of it was forbidden, but after the liberation of the city.
After Ahmad Khalil returned with many families to the left coast, he found his shop, which he opened since 2007, damaged by the “da’ash” and the battles against him, but he started renovating it and changing its decor to look prettier than before.
In the year 2018, the people of Mosul are looking forward to the reconstruction of their city and the governorate, and the opening of its airport and museum after witnessing a historic disaster carried out by the “da’ash” brutally destroying human history with axes, as well as the most important features of Nineveh and perhaps the most famous and most famous minaret of Hadba, which drew the city from it one of its titles.
In the past days, the men were walking around Mosul with their weapons, their beards and their Afghan clothes, and the mummies of the al-Hesbah. All the features of joy and celebration are forbidden and those who practice them are subjected to slaughter, slaying and stoning to death.
The cafés were not a place of entertainment in the clamor of Dahesh, where secret elements gathered to gather information about people to kill and pillage them. Instead of Christmas trees, al-Daashi stood out from al-Hesba, addressing young men and men and inviting them to join the organization. With the hairs of his beard or his mustache.
Perhaps the wishes of the children of Mosul, for the rest of the world’s young, are different from their dreams of getting dolls … a car to flip the soil, a bride with a hat and eyes that close and open, and another that Mama says … A Santa Claus father might dream of the return of their parents or their brothers and sisters and friends – Far away and some of them remained missing and buried under the rubble and debris that have been destroyed so far on the right side of the city.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The cabinet agreed on Tuesday to authorize the minister of finance or his authority to negotiate and contract for the purchase of arms, ammunition and logistical support to the ministries of defense and interior, the Popular Propaganda Authority and the anti-terrorism apparatus.
A statement by the Office of Abadi received by “Eye of Iraq News”, “The Council of Ministers held its regular session on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Haider Abadi.”
The statement added that the council “approved the authorization of the Minister of Finance or authorized to negotiate and contract for the purpose of purchasing arms and ammunition and logistical support to the Ministries of Defense and Interior and the Popular Propaganda Authority and the anti-terrorism apparatus based on Article 2 of the amended budget law for 2017.”
He added that “the Council directed the establishment of the National Security Service to speed up the security audit procedures for officials of ministries and other parties in the liberated areas to hand over their salaries.”
He added that “the Council of Ministers directed by the Ministry of Finance to finance the Ministry of Health amount of five billion dinars of medical evacuations for the purpose of rehabilitation and infrastructure and the provision of medical equipment and supplies to conduct operations for medical recruitment at Ibn Sina Hospital.”
“The council agreed to authorize the Minister of Water Resources to negotiate and sign a $ 100 million loan for the dam. He also directed the formation of a committee to evaluate the water supply of the Basra water project.
The statement pointed out that “the Council of Ministers directed that the Ministry of the Interior to complete the procedures for the implementation of Article 36 of the Law on the establishment of foreigners No. 76 of 2017 on the determination of the amount of fees and fines collected by embassies and consulates and the Directorate of residence and residence and passport at the border crossings taking into account the principle of reciprocity, The Tourism Authority to submit a new proposal to determine the fees required in exchange for the use of tourist groups of tourist facilities and impose on each tourist within those groups. Finished
Since 2017-12-19 at 18:52 (Baghdad time)
Baghdad – Mawazine News
The Prime Minister, Haider Abadi, on Tuesday, the authorities of the Kurdistan region, to respect the peaceful demonstrations in the province of Sulaymaniyah and other areas in the region, while threatened not to remain silent in the event of citizens in Kurdistan to any aggression.
“After the announcement of Al-Muzair victory, we turn to the sectors of interest to the citizen’s life to make a qualitative leap. We have a plan of action to implement the benefits of the new phase, foremost of which is achieving community peace, achieving stability in all governorates and promoting citizenship and cooperation between the two sides,” he said. “We also focus our attention on caring for the families of the martyrs and the wounded and providing them with the necessary treatment, opening centers for their treatment and rehabilitation and bringing medical teams from all over the world.”
“After announcing the victory, we began to move towards stimulating the work in the housing and energy sectors, and we have held many meetings with international companies within the National Housing Initiative, and seek to resolve the housing problem and increase in population growth,” and thanked the “positions of the religious authority announced by Last Friday sermon to support the authority of the state and the maintenance of security and stability and arms inventory by the state throughout the country and not to exploit the fighters for political interests. ”
He called on the House of Representatives to “approve the budget and not to disrupt the state and the interests of the people,” saying by saying “because the delay and non-reading is unacceptable and must pass the law.”
He added, “We renew our call to the Kurdistan Regional Government to abide by the Constitution and cooperation to extend federal authority according to the Constitution,” revealing “the existence of a committee to return to the borders of 2003.”
He pointed out that “what is happening in Kurdistan is the result of the decision of the referendum wrong and uniqueness of the resolution,” calling for “respect for the right to demonstrate and protect citizens who peacefully express their rejection of these policies and non-fire.”
“We will not stand idly by if citizens in the Kurdistan region are attacked and our duty is to protect all citizens,” he said.
And on the salaries of employees of the Kurdistan region, Abadi said, “We follow the issue of salaries of the region and we began the segments of teachers and doctors and police to be audited and then disbursed according to the percentages and numbers correct, and not subject to party and personal gain.”
As for the elections, Abadi stressed his “determination to hold the elections on time”, pointing out “to accelerate the return of displaced persons and services.”
In the talk about the privatization of electricity, Abbadi said that “the collection of electricity includes all Iraq and we conducted in Mosul, which is a sound and at an appropriate price rate of twenty thousand families poor,” saying that “the House of Representatives put the collection in the budget and surprised by the impact before the elections.”
He pointed out, “to investigate the volume of funds being recovered and stop smuggling, and to provide an opportunity to return money in accordance with the law and the judiciary.”
On the anti-corruption campaign and the prosecution of spoilers, Abadi stressed that “there is no lists prepared in advance of the names of the corrupt,” pointing to “the existence of a series of measures to prosecute the criminals.”
As for the damage to Darbandakhan dam in Sulaymaniyah, as a result of the recent earthquakes in the province, Abadi pointed to “the authorization of the Minister of Finance to obtain a loan from the World Bank for the maintenance of Derbandakhan Dam.”
On Tuesday, the cabinet convenes a regular session chaired by its chairman, Haider al-Abadi, to discuss and vote on a number of laws on its agenda. Abadi will hold a press conference to discuss the latest political, security, social and economic developments.
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