Rafidain Bank opens a branch in Diwaniyah


Release date: 2018/2/17 8:27 • 14 times read
{Al-Diwaniyah: Al-Furat News} Rafidain Bank announced the opening of its branch in the eastern Hamza district in Diwaniyah province to provide the best banking services for citizens.
The bank’s information office said in a statement received by the agency (Euphrates News) a copy today that “the Director General of the Bank, Dr. Khawla Talib Jabbar opened branch of eastern Hamzah in the presence of a number of officials and dignitaries and tribal sheikhs.”
The statement pointed out that “the opening of the branch comes within the efforts of the bank and its plans for this year to expand its work in all provinces in order to provide services and financial facilities for citizens and employees and retirees from the payment of salaries and opening current accounts and savings and bank deposits and advances and loans of all kinds.”


Sources for «morning»: a meeting expected for the three presidencies this week

17/2/2018 12:00 am

The House of Representatives finishes reading two laws

Baghdad / Sabah / Omar Abdul Latif
The three presidencies this week set a date for their meeting to discuss three files, most notably the budget this year, as well as the results of the Kuwait Conference and the relationship between the center and the region. And while the House of Representatives resumed on Thursday, its 12th regular session headed by Salim al-Jubouri ended during the first reading of the laws of the Iraqi Programmers Association And the traffic, the MP expected the stream of parliamentary wisdom, Hassan Khalati, that everyone reaches an agreement to pass the budget within the minimum levels of consensus.

The legal adviser to the President of the Republic, Amir Kanani, in an interview for «morning»: «The meeting of the three presidencies will be presented the most important issues on the domestic political scene in addition to what they see the personalities gathered», explaining that «the Speaker of the House Salim al-Jubouri recommended the inclusion of discussion budget General of this year within the agenda of the meeting of the three presidencies ».
Kanani added that «the other file to be discussed by the meeting of the three presidencies is the relationship between the Center and the region to seek solutions to issues that are still stuck such as airports, borders, salaries and others, as well as discuss developments in the political process related to the elections and review the most important events and highlight the results (Kuwait International Conference) Reconstruction of Iraq ».


Legal Committee: a meeting expected between the three presidencies to resolve the differences of the budget


The head of the parliamentary legal committee Mohsen al-Sadoun, on Friday, the existence of movements to hold a meeting of the three presidencies in order to resolve differences on the federal budget for the current year.

Al-Saadoun said in a press statement that ‘the budget law in its current form is contrary to the Constitution and must be amended’, indicating that ‘includes the distribution of the share of Kurdistan region individually on its provinces, and this is a constitutional violation that the provinces of the region linked to his government and provincial councils can not be divided share of each province Alone ‘.

He added that ‘there are moves to hold a meeting of the three presidencies to discuss the budget, and resolve outstanding differences on them and pass them as soon as possible’, stressing that ‘Parliament will vote to pass them only after a decision of the three presidencies, which can address the problems there.’

He stressed that ‘Kurdish blocs will insist on rejecting the budget in the event of failure to solve their problems by the three presidencies’.


Rafidain announces the salaries of employees of some universities electronically



Treasures of the media – the Rafidain Bank, on Friday, the salaries of employees of some universities affiliated to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research through electronic payment tools.

The bank’s information office said in a statement that “the salaries of employees of some of the faculties of the University of Baghdad and other colleges that are holding the University of Nahrain have been distributed electronically.”

The statement pointed out that “the disbursement was made by electronic payment tools, after the arrival of their instruments and their amounts from their circles.”


Abadi: Iraq will surprise the world economic transition in years

17/2/2018 12:00 am

Launch of the meetings of contracting with investment companies early March

Baghdad / Al-Sabah
Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said that the world today has great confidence in Iraq and its future, and that the allocations of the reconstruction conference will include all cities from the south to the north, revealing at the same time the launch of meetings with investment companies early March, pointing out that the world will be surprised Of the economic shift that will be witnessed by Iraq during the next four years, comes at a time when the Council of Ministers to grant allocations to the employees of the Border Crossing Authority, while also voted to modify the allocation of degrees of employment to the Ministry of Health from the medical specialties of graduates of medical and health professions.

Abadi said in his weekly press conference on Thursday evening: “The number of attendance at the Conference on the reconstruction of Iraq was greater than expected three times and this is evidence of the confidence of the international community in Iraq and the Iraqi government and support for us after the great victory achieved and the strength of Iraq and its new status,” noting that “Allocations of the reconstruction conference will include all governorates from the south to the north, and also include job creation
He added that “the government is keen on the arrival of funds to the right projects and the reconstruction of cities and help citizens and raise the deficit from them,” following that “billions of dollars spent in the past without an improvement in infrastructure and services,” Prime Minister, “the launch of contracting sessions With investment companies early next month, “stressing that” our mission is to provide a safe working environment and environment conducive to investors. “

Economic shift
Abadi expressed his thanks to Kuwait, which “donated all the expenses of the donor conference,” noting that “Iraq is moving in the right direction. Three years ago no one expected to arrive in a united Iraq today.” He added that “the amount of grants amounted to 30 billion dollars, , And our expectations were much less, “adding that” any loans will not accept only within the limits of the Iraqi budget, “and explained that” Kuwait is not our only station, our plan for the reconstruction of Iraq ambitious, “and said:” After three or four years will see Iraq shift Economic surprise
the world”.
“Corruption is no less dangerous than terrorism and we will fight them together. Combating corruption is the cornerstone, but not in the traditional way. We have stronger measures in fighting it and we will put corrupt people in prison,” he said. “There are those who want to stop the budget for political reasons. And arguments are flimsy, and see no justification to disrupt the budget. “

Session of the Council of Ministers
In a statement to the Prime Minister’s Information Office, the Council of Ministers presented a full presentation on the Iraq reconstruction conference held in Kuwait on Thursday, complementing the success achieved. The Council of Ministers has held meetings with ambassadors, “He pointed to” follow-up negotiations with international and national companies to start contracting with them on the investment opportunities announced during the month of March this year and provide facilities, and approved by the Council of Ministers. “
The Cabinet discussed the issue of water scarcity to which many countries, including Iraq, are subjected and the measures taken by the government to address them. He also stressed “the vote on extending the maintenance of the Mosul Dam, reconstruction of the Baiji refinery, .

Functional degrees of health
The Cabinet also decided to grant allowances to the employees of the Border Crossing Authority, while also voting to amend the instructions for additional hours for the staff of the Electoral Commission, in addition to assigning degrees to the Ministry of Health for the purpose of appointing graduates of medical specialties graduates of medical and health professions exclusively covered by the law of career For the academic year 2016-2017 “.
In turn, the Ministry of Health announced that the Council of Ministers decided to authorize it to contract with graduates of medical and health professions covered by the law No. 6 of 2000 to work in its institutions.
The Ministry of Health decided to authorize the Ministry of Health to contract with graduates of the medical and health professions who are covered by the Graduation Law No. 6 of 2000 to work in its institutions of 15000 with equal salaries and allowances, the ministry said in a statement received by al-Sabah. To their peers appointed to the permanent owners until the adoption of the budget law for 2018 and the allocation of grades necessary for appointment to permanent owners, “adding that” the Council of Ministers also decided to the Ministry of Finance to secure the amounts required to implement the above. “


Advisor Masoum: Abadi will send the salaries of two ministries of the region

Date of release: 2018/2/16 23:33


Advisor to President Fuad Masum, that Prime Minister Haider Abadi will send the salaries of the Ministries of Education and Health before the completion of the audit process is final.

“During our participation in the meeting of the Council of Ministers on Thursday, Abadi said [before the completion of the audit of the salaries of employees of the ministries of health and education will pay the salaries of one month to the employees of these ministries].”

He added that “the Prime Minister pointed out that after the completion of the audit process in full will be the final decision on the payment of salaries of employees of the Kurdistan region.”

On the reopening of airports in the region, said Aliawai: The airports are expected to reopen soon.


VOA Interview: US Envoy Discusses Next Moves in Battle Against IS

  • Margaret Besheer

Brett McGurk, the U.S. special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State group.
Brett McGurk, the U.S. special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State group.
Brett McGurk, the U.S. special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State group, has been meeting with partners in Kuwait this week, looking to build on the gains the alliance has made in countering and, in many instances, crushing IS militants in Iraq and Syria. VOA’s U.N. Correspondent Margaret Besheer spoke with McGurk about where the fight against Islamic State goes next.

Besheer: “Special Envoy, welcome. So you just had this meeting here in Kuwait. Is there a long-term political and strategic road map for countering ISIS and making sure it doesn’t regroup and re-emerge in Iraq and Syria?”

McGurk: “Well, in terms of countering ISIS (IS), you have to take into account where we were three years ago. I remember being here in Kuwait three years ago where nobody thought they’d be able to take back territory from ISIS. They were controlling, really, basically a quasi-state with 7 million people. They were planning attacks all around the world. They were committing acts of genocide, and they were approaching the capital of Baghdad. So, since then, almost 100 percent of their territory has been taken back, and most important, they haven’t reclaimed any of these areas. So in Iraq — the focus of the meetings today, really — 100 percent of the territory in Iraq has been reclaimed from ISIS, so that’s quite extraordinary.

But you ask about whether this will be sustainable. I think I’ll make three points. Number one, they haven’t retaken any territory. Number two, in areas that they have lost, 3.2 million Iraqis — these are almost all Sunni Arabs who fled ISIS — are back in their homes. That’s an unprecedented rate of returns in a post-conflict environment like this.

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Besheer: But at the same time, [U.S.] Secretary [of State Rex] Tillerson announced, I think, it was $200 million for newly liberated areas in Syria, but none for the newly liberated areas in Iraq. So how does that play into that strategy?

FILE - Iraqis displaced from Mosul receive aid distributions near Qayara, Iraq, Dec. 28, 2016.
FILE – Iraqis displaced from Mosul receive aid distributions near Qayara, Iraq, Dec. 28, 2016.

McGurk: Well, we’re the number one contributor to humanitarian aid in Iraq. We’re the number one contributor in stabilization assistance in Iraq. We’re the number one contributor in military support in Iraq. A lot of our support is still in the pipeline, so of course we have a budgetary cycle of the way these things go, but we also announced yesterday — Secretary Tillerson announced an important signing of the Iraqi Minister of Finance with the EXIM Bank [the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the government’s official export credit agency] ​— about $3.3 billion to support financing for U.S. companies to do business in Iraq. And U.S. companies in Iraq are doing quite well. I mean, General Electric helps provide for almost 60 percent of all of electricity generation in Iraq. So, look, this is going to be a long-term effort.

The one point I want to make out of the conference here, because I’ve read some stories about, well, this is just a one-day event and they have to try to raise $10 billion — that’s not the case. Iraq put out a figure on Monday here that they need about $80 billion over the next 10 years to help finance their reconstruction. They also made very clear that most of their reconstruction assistance will come from their own budget, their own reform process — working with the IMF [International Monetary Fund], working with the World Bank, to reform their own mechanisms. So, they’re really not asking for handouts. They’re asking for a hand up to get themselves moving, and I think so far — of course, the meeting is still going on here, right down the hall — I think so far, the responses have been quite encouraging.

Besheer: So what do you think the game changer has been in the progress you’ve made against ISIS in Iraq and Syria? What was the key to it? Was it the choking [of] the funding or the military or a combination — I mean, what was the game changer?

McGurk: Well, I can go through a whole strategy. We have five lines of effort in the global strategy — we can go through that.

FILE - Iraqi army soldiers search a house for Islamic State militants and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) north of Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 19, 2017.
FILE – Iraqi army soldiers search a house for Islamic State militants and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) north of Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 19, 2017.

I want to make two points when it comes to Iraq. Number one, a very different way to fight the war on the ground. So when we say by, with and through, we really mean it. This was Iraqi-led. The Iraqis did the fighting, the Iraqis cleared their cities. It was the Iraqis who then held the cities and held the ground, the Iraqis working with local communities. The U.S. forces, coalition forces, were behind helping them and assisting them; we were not doing the fighting on the ground. And I think that model has actually proven to be quite effective.

Number two, we did an awful lot of diplomacy, and a lot of it behind the scenes — but not only to get the whole world organized to combat ISIS globally, to fight their networks, the finances, the foreign fighters, but also to have the region engage with Iraq. So, some of the biggest contributors here just down the hall today are really quite amazing. Turkey, one of the biggest contributors today — $5 billion of reconstruction assistance to Iraq. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE [United Arab Emirates], Kuwait, of course, with $2 billion. If you add all that up, it comes to a little less than $10 billion or so. UAE announced a fairly extraordinary private sector investment of $5 billion for an Iraqi housing project outside Baghdad. So, this engagement from the region was really not happening some years ago, and I give credit really to [Iraqi] Prime Minister [Haider al-]Abadi and his government. They reached out to the region and they helped build some bridges that had been closed.

So Saudi Arabia — you used the word “game changer.” I don’t really use that word too often, but Saudi Arabia for the first time in 30 years reopened its borders with Iraq a few months ago, direct flights from Saudi Arabia into Iraq for the first time in 30 years, and then you saw the investment the Saudis are just making now in Iraq. So, those are the types of shifts that are quite important and that we want to try to encourage to make sure that the defeat of ISIS is enduring.

Besheer: So, ISIS may be down and out in Iraq and Syria, but not so much in places like Libya, West Africa, Afghanistan. So how are you going to replicate the success you’ve had to date in those places? Is it a similar model or does it change with the environment?

FILE - Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) soldiers secure a street near the Old City in west Mosul on June 3, 2017, during their ongoing battle to retake the city from Islamic State group fighters.
FILE – Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) soldiers secure a street near the Old City in west Mosul on June 3, 2017, during their ongoing battle to retake the city from Islamic State group fighters.

McGurk: It’s a great question. So each region is different, and we look at this — we look at this very carefully. I mean, every single day, 24/7, we’re looking at how the networks are emerging, where people are moving, how they’re getting money. So the one thing we have to do, of course: ISIS tries to be a global network. That’s what makes it different than kind of other terrorist organizations. It has become a metastasized global network. And so what we had to do was build a global network to fight the network. So, yesterday here just in Kuwait, we had all now 75 members of our coalition — Philippines joined just yesterday, so one of the largest coalitions in history — united to work together against this threat. And that’s the counterideology, the countermessaging. It’s the counterfinancing, it’s the counter-foreign fighters. And then we look at each different region of the world and who among the coalition wants to take the lead in that part of the world, and what particular tools might be needed, say, in Philippines versus Afghanistan versus in Iraq.

So every place is different, but by building this international consensus and this international coalition, that’s really the only way to stay ahead of the threat. We’re making progress, but the number one message yesterday in our coalition meetings is that we’ve made a lot of progress in the last three years, there’s no question — but this is not over. And that was the point from almost every delegation we heard yesterday: This isn’t over. We remain united as a coalition. We actually approved — all 75 delegations — a document called The Guiding Principles to guide the coalition as we go forward into the next year. And the key point of that is that this isn’t just about Iraq and Syria, it’s about the global campaign. So there was real unanimity in that room yesterday, led by Secretary Tillerson. And so you know, we’re going to stay at it. This isn’t over, and we’re going to keep our foot on the accelerator.

Besheer: Finally, I just like to ask you about accountability, because that’s a big issue. They found massive graves in liberated areas in Iraq, ISIL/ISIS-liberated areas. What about accountability for the victims of ISIS?

McGurk: So, this is also worth reminding people, what was happening in some of these areas not very long ago — you know, mass atrocities, acts of genocide, destroying our common heritage, thousands of young girls taken hostage and many of them are still missing, and we still meet with the families and we do all we can to find leads to try to rescue as many girls as we possibly can.

But, look, it gets back to the point I just made: We cannot rest against this enemy, and that means not only defeating them, but also following through and making sure that their defeat is enduring and they can’t come back, and that justice is done to those who committed these terrible crimes.

In Syria now, you know, they’re all trying to escape, so we have in Syria detained over 400 foreign fighters, including some of the most notorious former ISIS leaders, and we’re going to make sure that they can never get out. And we’re working with coalition countries and partners, if they happen to be their citizens, about how they are going to be prosecuted, how they’re going to be handled. This is a very difficult issue within our coalition. But we are very much determined that justice will be done for these terrible crimes.




The Munich conference begins and lasts for three days

Release Date: 2018/2/16 18:17 • 82 times scheduled
{International: Euphrates News} The Munich Security Conference, in its 54th edition, began in Munich, Germany, amidst strict security measures for more than 4,000 security personnel.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterich, began the session with a statement in which he stressed that all conflicts in the world were mixed with a new kind of terrorism.
The crises in the Middle East required a united effort to confront them, stressing the importance of the role of the United Nations and its initiatives in conflict resolution.
On the Gulf crisis, Guterich lauded Kuwaiti and US efforts to resolve them.
The international official pointed out that the leaders of the countries that the realization that global challenges require a unified vision of the confrontation.
It is noteworthy that the conference discusses over three days, many of the security files, primarily the future of Europe and its relationship with Russia and the United States of America, in addition to the crises of the Middle East, especially the Syrian file.
The session is attended by the heads of 21 countries and governments, more than 80 foreign ministers and defense ministers and more than 600 invited managers from international companies, academics and representatives of civil society organizations.
Iraq is participating in the conference represented by Prime Minister Haider Abadi.
The German news agency said the conference this year could see bilateral talks more important than words delivered by participants.
The German authorities take strict security measures during the days of the conference at the Hotel Baerischer Hof in Munich, where about four thousand policemen and more than 200 soldiers in insurance operations.


URGENT Abadi heads to Munich for security conference

Release Date: 2018/2/16 18:31 • 93 times read
Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi left Friday evening for Baghdad for Germany’s security conference.
On Friday, the 54th Munich Security Conference opened with a high international presence to discuss several international and regional security issues, including thorny issues in the Arab world and its surroundings.
The session is attended by the heads of 21 countries and governments, more than 80 foreign ministers and defense ministers and more than 600 invited managers from international companies, academics and representatives of civil society organizations.
Participants included British Prime Minister Theresa May, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Turkish Prime Minister Ben Ali Yildirim and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.