Mattis: Iran is pumping money into the Iraqi political arena to influence the elections


2018/03/16 03:03 p
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 US Defense Secretary Jim Matisse
US Defense Secretary Jim Matisse said Iran is pumping money into the Iraqi political arena to influence the election 

“We have evidence of Iran’s attempts to influence the Iraqi elections.”,15700023,15700105,15700124,15700149,15700168,15700173,15700186,15700201&usg=ALkJrhi9tYop2uUAt_Cfw4PtJ88FDvGPCw

US helicopter crashes in Anbar


There are likely to be dead …

US helicopter crashes in Anbar

The US military announced late on Thursday that a military helicopter carrying US soldiers had fallen in western Iraq.

“The rescue teams are dealing with the site where the plane landed at the moment,” the US Central Command said in a statement. “There are no further details yet,” the US Central Command said in a statement.

Reuters quoted a US official as saying that according to preliminary reports, the aircraft was believed to be a “H-60” helicopter and landed near Qaim in Anbar province near the Syrian border.

The official said the plane “was carrying seven people” and that it was likely to have been killed.

The agency quoted the mayor of Qaim Ahmad al-Mahlawi as saying that the plane was carrying seven people.

The US Central Command confirmed it would investigate the cause of the crash.,15700023,15700105,15700124,15700149,15700168,15700173,15700186,15700201&usg=ALkJrhjXRVX9B3psCESLFGHUI-78uyVIdA




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Erbil-Baghdad Talks Move to Oil, Border

Erbil-Baghdad Talks Move to Oil, Border

ERBIL — Spokesperson to the Iraqi PM press office Saad Hadithi said on Thursday that special committees to deal with technical issues have been set to solve the rest of the disputes between Erbil and Baghdad, according to Kurdistan 24.

“The special committees to deal with the technical issues are working on resolving the issues of oil and border crossings revenues,” Kurdistan 24 quoted Hadithi, adding that both the federal and regional ministries of oil have made significant steps towards resolving the tensions in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution.

According to sources, the federal government will send the salaries of Kurdish public employees from both ministries of Education and Health next week.

The Iraqi premier on Tuesday issued a decree to lift the international flight ban on the airports in the region.

However the Kurdistan Region leadership believes that sending employees’ salaries and reopening the airports in the region cannot summarize all the rights of the Kurdish people.

Deputy Trump calls Abadi and comment on the lifting of the ban on aviation Kurdistan


Deputy Trump calls Abadi and comment on the lifting of the ban on aviation Kurdistan
 one hour ago

US Vice President Mike Bens during a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Haider Abadi developments between Baghdad and Kurdistan and the political situation, praising the opening of airports in the Kurdistan region and send salaries to the staff of the region.

Baghdad imposed a ban on international flights to the airports of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in September last, as part of the “punitive” against Kurdistan against the backdrop of the referendum on independence from Iraq.
Arbil has entered into difficult negotiations with Baghdad over the past months in an attempt to restore international flights to the two airports, before ending with a decision by Prime Minister Haider Abadi to resume flights since Thursday

In a statement to the White House seen by the twilight news, Pence expressed his happiness to reopen the airports of the Kurdistan region and send part of the salaries of staff of the region by the federal government.
The two sides touched on the upcoming Iraqi parliamentary elections and pointed out that they must be conducted freely and away from any fraud

The two sides also talked about relations between the two countries and the protection of Christians and other religious components in Iraq and the Middle East, and that the commitment of the Iraqi prime minister is important for America.
As he spoke about the elections in Iraq next May, reports on Iran’s interference in the government and the establishment of a free and fair election in which those Iraqis who have been displaced by the fighting are “hasty.”
He congratulated Bens Abadi on the victory of the Iraqi security forces in the war against “Daash,” stressing the ongoing partnership of those forces, the US military and allied partners.

Deputy Trump reveals details of a phone call with Abbadi .. This is for Christians

Policy  2018/03/15 21:06  249  Editor: en

Baghdad today

US Vice President Donald Trump on Thursday detailed details of a phone call with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, stressing the administration’s commitment to protect Christians and religious minorities in Iraq and the Middle East.

“The US administration is committed to protecting Christians and religious minorities in Iraq and the Middle East,” Bens said in a tweet on Twitter.

“He congratulated Abadi on the successes of the Iraqi security forces against Dahesh,” he said, praising “the partnership between them and US forces and the international coalition to defeat the organization.”

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq expressed concern on Tuesday, 13 March 2018, on the escalation of killings and armed robbery that affected the lives of innocent minorities and components in the capital Baghdad, days after the killing of a Christian family there.

A close associate of Abadi sends a message to infallible about his rejection of the 2018 budget



The leader of the coalition of the rule of law Jassim al-Bayati, on Thursday, a letter to President Fuad Masum on his refusal to ratify the law of the budget of 2018.

Al-Bayati, who is close to the prime minister, said that “the President of the Republic Fuad Masum to recognize that he is a Kurd and not an Iraqi,” noting that “not to ratify the infallible budget is a Kurdish decision par excellence and this dangerous precedent.”

“It is impossible to vote again on the budget in parliament and return 17% to the Kurds,” he said. “The Kurds should know that their proportion of the budget is their constitutional right, and what they have received is a constitutional entitlement.”,15700021,15700105,15700124,15700149,15700168,15700173,15700201&usg=ALkJrhgTVGZcXK9CVT19NQnyibcnTg8_Yw