Iraq Declares the deteriorating health of “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi” and expects his death soon

Iraq declares deteriorating health of "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi" and expects his death soon
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The head of the intelligence hawks’ cell and the director of intelligence and counterterrorism in the Interior Ministry, Ali al-Basri, in testimony on the deterioration of the health and psychological situation of the leader of the organization calling Ibrahim Awad al-Samarrai alias al-Baghdadi and recently admitted to a hospital in the Syrian island of ” Psychological “, as well as to treat fractures and serious wounds in the leg and his body prevented him from walking alone.

The head of the hawks’ cell told the official Iraqi newspaper al-Sabah that “the Baghdadi criminal is still present in the Syrian island area near our border,” while denying his escape to another area.

 He also said that “we have information and documents from our sources infiltrated the body of the terrorist entity is beyond doubt, stating that the criminal Baghdadi still exists today with the help of his collaborators in the Syrian island area,” asserting that he is now living his last days.

 Abu Ali al-Basri described the criminal case of al-Baghdadi as serious, according to the findings of the secret surveillance of the falcon cell and the latest tests and tests, as well as diabetes.



Jubouri will hold a press conference tomorrow

Release date: 2018/2/12 0:00

(Baghdad: al-Furat News) Speaker of the House of Representatives, Salim al-Jubouri, will hold a press conference tomorrow at 1 pm in the press center of the parliament building.

Jubouri is likely to address the most prominent developments in Parliament and the draft budget bill for 2018

Kuwait: Reveal program of the conference “Reconstruction of Iraq”



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Kuwait: Reveal program of the conference “Reconstruction of Iraq”

The main session will be held on Wednesday, preceded by a meeting of civil society institutions, Monday, with the participation of more than 72 local, regional and international organizations.

Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Sunday unveiled the program “Iraq Reconstruction Conference” hosted by his country this week.

The Kuwaiti minister announced the convening of the main sessions of the conference next Wednesday.

He said in a speech on the sidelines of the opening of the media center for the conference in Kuwait, the capital, the meetings include a review of the support to be provided for development projects and investment in Iraq.

He pointed out that the meetings witnessed the participation of more than 74 specialized countries and financial and monetary institutions.

He said that the main session of the conference will be preceded by the holding of working meetings, starting Monday, with a meeting dedicated to civil society organizations with the participation of more than 72 local, regional and international organizations.

Sabah said that tomorrow will also see the convening of high-level experts to discuss Iraq’s reconstruction plan with the participation of more than 75 countries and local, regional and international funding institutions.

He said Sheikh Sabah that will be allocated, on Tuesday, to the private sector with the participation of 1850 parties.

He pointed out that the ministerial meeting of the International Alliance against “Daash” with the participation of 75 countries and regional and international organizations, on the same day.

He stressed that his country’s hosting of the conference reflects its belief in the importance of supporting Iraq.

He added that the wide participation in the events of the conference gives him great importance and is a message from the international community in its commitment to the security and stability of Iraq, and the reconstruction of liberated areas of “Dahesh.” Finished

World Bank Investors: There are no opportunities in the world like Iraq

Editorial Date: 2018/2/11 20:49 • 81 times read
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urged the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank ‘s support arm of the private sector, international companies on Sunday to overcome concerns about the financing of reconstruction in Iraq and to take advantage of investment opportunities that generate high returns there are projects.
“I do not think that anywhere in the world there is such a thing,” said Ziad Badr, head of the International Finance Corporation’s mission in Iraq, in a speech at the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry ahead of the Iraq reconstruction conference on Monday as the country emerged from a devastating three-year war. Opportunities of investment, “and hit the example of a Lebanese company to achieve a return of 24 percent of its share in a luxury hotel in Erbil, Kurdistan region.
He added that IFC had investments of about $ 1.2 billion in various projects in Iraq, including banks, cement factories and telecommunications companies, and was preparing to announce an investment of $ 250 million in a telecommunications project.
Last week, the Iraqi National Investment Commission published a list of 157 projects that will seek to attract investment to the International Conference on Iraq Reconstruction from February 12-14, and the total cost of these projects is estimated at $ 100 billion.
The projects include reconstruction of destroyed facilities such as Mosul airport and new investments to boost and diversify the economy away from dependence on oil sales, through the development of transport, agriculture and industries based on the country’s energy wealth, including petrochemicals and oil refineries.
The rebuilding of homes, hospitals, schools, roads, work and communications is an important process for providing employment for young people, ending the displacement of hundreds of thousands of citizens and closing the curtain on several decades of political and sectarian violence.
Sami al-Araji, chairman of the National Investment Authority, told a gathering at the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce that about 1900 people were registered to attend the conference, representing foreign governments, private companies and international organizations.
“We are at a crossroads, the world is sympathetic with us, we have to take advantage of this opportunity, this opportunity is irreplaceable.”
He added that Baghdad is determined to eliminate “routine and corruption and other investment in some cases,” in response to complaints from Kuwaiti companies on the difficulties hindering the practice of business in Iraq.
A communications equipment supplier told the conference that he had waited six months for $ 5 million for work that had been completed for the Iraqi government.
Iraq ranks 10th among the most corrupt countries in the world, according to Transparency International.

A US-led coalition supported Iraqi forces, especially in the battle to expel them from Mosul in July.
Iraq re-opened its doors to foreign investment in 2003, but the vast majority of the billions of dollars invested were directed to increase the country’s oil and natural gas production.
Iraq, the second largest oil exporter in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) after Saudi Arabia, has a daily production of 4.4 million barrels.

A leader of the Iraqi Peshmerga threatens Kurdistan by seizing oil


Sunday, 11 February 2018 07:57 PM
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A leader in the Iraqi Peshmerga forces on Sunday threatened the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to seize crude oil tankers in the province in the event of non-provision of military salaries.

“The Peshmerga should not pay the tax of wrong policy,” said the commander of the Special Forces (3 and 7) in the Peshmerga forces, Ayoub Yusuf – in a letter addressed to the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government quoted by satellite “Alsumaria News”. A decent life is provided to the troops instead of cutting their salaries and power.

Saeed called on the provincial government to provide the salaries of the Peshmerga as soon as possible, stressing that in the event of non-response we will have a serious position and cut the way to all tanks transporting crude oil and seizure.

The Kurdistan Regional Government has announced earlier that the provision of salaries will be a priority for its tasks for 2018, asserting that it decided to sell all used government vehicles to the institutions and ministries of the region to provide financial resources and reduce expenses.

Abadi economy sends 30 people to Kurdistan to set salaries of employees

Abadi sends 30 people to Kurdistan to set salaries of employees
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Twilight News / scheduled to arrive on Monday a new audit committee from the federal government to the Kurdistan Region.
“The delegation will include 30 members to audit the payrolls of the staff of a number of ministries of the region, which prepared lists of salaries of their employees,” said Fayan Hussain, director general of the Ministry of Health in the provincial government and a member of the audit committee salaries of health and education officials, noting that this committee will not check the salaries of the ministries of health and education of the region .
According to the National Union, the committee visits the region at the request of the Federal Prime Minister Haider Abadi.
On the issue of salaries of the Ministries of Health and Education in the Kurdistan Region, said that the competent committee sent an electronic report to Baghdad the number and salaries of employees of the ministries of health and education in the Kurdistan Region, pointing to the Committee consider the response of the federal government with regard to the issue of the salaries of those ministries.
The committee comes as a complement to the problem committees between Baghdad and the region following a breakthrough that led to technical talks on the salaries of staff and the management of border crossings and lift the international air embargo on the region, which was sanctioned after the referendum on independence.

Iraq ends the reduction of salaries of its employees and compensates them in Kurdistan

Dr. Osama Mahdi

The Iraqi parliament decided today to stop deductions on the salaries of its employees two years ago and to allocate amounts to compensate employees of the Kurdistan region after the rise in oil prices, and allowed to be 20 percent of its members without university degrees, but failed again to approve the budget this year.

From the London : During its meeting today, the Iraqi Council voted on the law of the second amendment to the law of the elections of the House of Representatives for the year 2013 submitted by the Legal Committee “for the purpose of amending the provisions governing the electoral process commensurate with the possibilities available to the Commission and to enable some segments of society to representation in the House of Representatives” , Which included a paragraph that stipulates that 20% of the members of the House of Representatives next of the holders of a certificate of preparatory or equivalent, as said the information service of the Council in a report received by “Elaf”.

65 deputies will not hold university degrees in the next parliament

Thus, about 65 of the total 328 members of the House of Representatives will not have university degrees, while the number in the current parliament, which is approaching the end of its legislative session 90 members.

The Council voted in a session held last month on the law of the elections of the House of Representatives set date on May 12 next, following claims of deputies of the western regions, which were under the control of a preacher before being liberated by Iraqi forces and suffered near-total destruction due to fighting between the parties.

Cancellation of payroll deductions

The Council also decided to cancel the deductions of salaries of employees of about 6 million employees and Majida Tamimi, a member of the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives in a press conference, “The Committee decided unanimously to cancel the paragraph deductions for salaries of employees in the country’s budget for the current year 2018, explaining that the imposition of deductions during the past two years Was made because of the decline in oil prices and a tight control over vast areas of Iraq.

She explained that the amendments to the draft general budget, which came from the government included the increase of budget revenues from 90 billion dollars to 91 billion dollars, part of non-oil revenues .. She said the public expenditure of the state rose from 103 billion dollars to 104 billion dollars and investment expenditures also rose from 24 billion to 24.6 billion, while the deficit fell in the light of rising revenues from 13 billion dollars and became 12.5 billion dollars, as quoted by local media seen by “Elaf.”

Compensation of employees of the Kurdistan Region

On the compensation of the employees of the northern Kurdistan region, MP al-Tamimi pointed out that a new paragraph has been added to the budget allocations of $ 2 billion added to the allocations of emergency reserve, which was previously $ 190 million are compensation of employees, including in the Kurdistan region and investment expenditures and network, Sales tax on shopping malls, shopping malls, hairdressing salons for women and men, and obliging them to purchase the accounting equipment from the General Authority for Taxation.

It is noteworthy that the Kurdistan Regional Government has not paid the salaries of its employees for more than three months, which witnessed some provinces in the region angry protests for employees demanding their salaries. Haidar al-Abbadi has already pledged to pay the salaries of the regional staff, but this has not been done because of the delay in checking the lists of employees there. He pointed out that the delay was due to the inclusion of false names.

Amendments to the Budget of 2018

For his part, Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri said during the meeting that the government sent on Thursday a modified version of the draft federal budget bill for 2018 and was referred to the Finance Committee, calling them to study the revised version and include the proposed amendments to the project to complete the legislation.

He stressed the need to “hold a technical meeting with Prime Minister Haider Abadi to resolve the amendments and deliberation on the adoption of the federal budget to the benefit of all according to requests submitted,” as quoted by the media committee of parliament in its report sent to “Elaf.”

And faces the adoption of the budget objections to the Kurds to reduce the share of their northern region from 17 percent to 12.67 percent, while demanding the southern provinces to allocate 5 percent of the price of each barrel produced in their local budgets, while calling for the deputies of the western and northern provinces affected by the battles against Daash allocating amounts For the return of displaced persons to their areas and reconstruction.

Jubouri said that the presidency of the Council is working with the Finance Committee and the government to prepare a formula in the budget to meet the demands of all parties, referring to the need to amend the provincial elections law not inconsistent with the date of the meeting as well as the importance of resolving the article on the province of Kirkuk this week, urging deputies to intensify attendance and strive To complete legislation.

He explained that after reviewing the financial committee’s data and the high oil prices and the return of the displaced, the committee will ensure the draft budget item to avoid the need to cut the salaries of employees by 3.8 percent, stressing the keenness of the House of Representatives strongly not to prejudice these salaries.

For its part, the Finance Committee announced its support for the guidance of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to eliminate deductions from the salaries of employees in the budget this year, noting that a vote will be taken on the resolution in this regard.

A senior Qatari sports delegation will visit Iraq next Thursday

Editorial Date: 2018/2/11 19:11

A senior Qatari sports delegation headed by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, president of the Qatar Football Federation, will arrive in Iraq on Thursday.

“The delegation will hold several meetings with the sports sectors in Iraq,” the head of the Iraqi Football Federation, Abdul Khaleq Massoud, said in a press statement.

He pointed out that “the visit comes within the framework of strengthening ties, which bring together the two brotherly countries, in various aspects, including sports.”

Masoud stressed that “the Qatari side has always been and continues to support the Iraqi Union in various forums, especially the active role to strengthen efforts aimed at lifting the ban on Iraqi stadiums.”

The Qatari delegation will also include Vice President of the Federation, Saud Al Mohannadi, Hani Talib Blan, CEO of Qatar Stars League Foundation, Ali Daoud Naseeb, Director of the President’s Office, and many other officials.

Massoud said that “the visit will have positive repercussions on the process of opening up the sport, which is currently taking place in Iraq.”

He explained that the Football Federation will set a date later, after the arrival of the delegation, to hold a joint press conference to review a number of issues related to football, joint efforts in the process of development, upgrading the reality of the ball in both countries, as well as exchanging experiences and activating aspects of the protocol Signed between the parties recently.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Abdul Hussein Abtan visited Qatar last month and signed a protocol of cooperation in the fields of youth, sports and sports media between the two countries.


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Dr. Haidar Abbadi presides over a meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security.

Security plans and the intelligence effort to maintain security stability in all regions were followed up during the meeting.

The Iraq Digital Wall project has also been approved, together with a memorandum of understanding in the area of security cooperation with Italy.

Kuwaitis are looking to solve two dilemmas going to invest in Iraq

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Kuwaiti businessmen seeking to invest in Iraq are seeking guarantees and overcoming the bureaucratic hurdle to inject investment into a country that has suffered long periods of political, economic, security and foreign instability from a war with the Islamic state.

Kuwait is hosting an international conference for the reconstruction of Iraq, which is scheduled to begin on Monday and last for three days amid the aspiration of the Iraqi and Kuwaiti sides to turn the page and open a new page based on mutual interests and good neighborliness.

More than 1,800 companies and 2,000 economic figures representing some 50 countries are expected to participate in the economic event of the conference under the theme Invest in Iraq, where the Iraqi National Investment Authority will offer 157 investment opportunities to foreign investors from all over the world.

Kuwaiti companies participating in the conference held a seminar on Sunday at the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in which Sami al-Araji, chairman of the National Investment Commission in Iraq, and officials from the World Bank, focused on the guarantees offered by Iraq to foreign investors, as well as some of the problems experienced by investors there, especially the bureaucracy.

“Kuwait’s private sector is looking forward to having clear feasibility studies and guarantees for investment in Iraq,” said Abdulwahab al-Wazzan, deputy head of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Kuwaiti companies can participate in all fields of investment in Iraq.

Al-Wazzan said that the private sector is always looking “for guarantees that will give stability to the investment process. Every investment needs stability. You can not afford to invest without any rest in how you build and build and then continue. This is the right path .. these basics that build on your investment in Iraq. ”

Said Al – Wazzan said there are several points of the World Bank and the Arab Investment Guarantee Corporation and the Kuwaiti Fund for Development will be effective in providing guarantees for investment in Iraq , ” but the cover should be at the level of states to encourage Investors … in the security aspect and the political side and (side) associated with the exit and entry of funds and taxes. ”

Kuwaiti investors who invested in Iraq in the 1980s suffered loss of their assets after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the rupture that took place between the two countries until 2003.

Sami al-Araji, chairman of the National Investment Commission in Iraq, said his country is modern in market economy, Pursue and facilitate the functions of foreign investors but “do not have a magic wand. “Investors will not be considered to be complacent, but they will seek to pursue their grievances and overcome their obstacles.

“Iraq has a” rare opportunity … the world is sympathetic to us “and wants Iraq to achieve civil peace and to invest its resources for the benefit of its people.

“We should not waste this opportunity” and be invested in rebuilding Iraq in all sectors, Araji added.

He said that the most important investment guarantees in Iraq are the Iraqi investment law and Iraq’s acceptance of international arbitration decisions, “wherever” in the investment issues in addition to the agreements signed between Kuwait and Iraq on investment guarantees.

At the seminar, a Kuwaiti investor working in Iraq for 14 years said he was complaining about the government bureaucracy that has been preventing him for six months now from receiving $ 5 million in receivables from the Iraqi government. But he stressed that he would continue to invest in Iraq “because this is our duty to our brothers in Iraq.”

During the seminar, Ziad Badr, head of the International Finance Corporation’s mission in Iraq, said that the World Bank with its various subsidiary institutions provide various guarantees and different and effective investment in Iraq, It has many advantages including strong infrastructure and no restrictions on foreign currency transfers in addition to linking the Iraqi dinar to the US dollar.

Badr, whose institution works as a specialized arm of the World Bank Group to work with the private sector, said Iraq remains one of the countries with the greatest return on investment in the world.

“I do not think that anywhere in the world there are such opportunities for investment. Our investments in Iraq of $ 1.2 billion, there is no investment is useless. ”

Bader added that the International Finance Corporation (IFC) will invest an additional $ 250 million in the Iraqi telecommunications sector in the coming period.