Infallible reveals an “undeclared” dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad and is afraid of repeating the scenario Afrin Sinjar

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Iraqi President Fuad Masoum described relations between his country and Saudi Arabia as “excellent.” Stressing that relations between Baghdad and the Kurdistan region «returned normal, pointing to the existence of« quiet and undeclared dialogue »between the two sides.

He criticized the political conflicts in Iraq, pointing out their implications, and the tendency that the exchange of some parties with accusations of theft encourages reluctance to invest in the country.

“There is legislation that is necessary and the backbone of the affairs of the state, especially those referred to in the constitution, has not yet been ratified,” Masoum said in an interview published in London’s Al-Hayat newspaper. He explained that «in the absence of these laws that affect the lives of citizens, resort to the previous laws, and often in the application of a constitutional violation». He pointed out that «there are other laws, such as the law of the Council of the Union, which is the second chamber of the legislature and its powers to return bills passed to parliament in case of violation of the Constitution, has not yet agreed upon and postponed from cycle to another, such as the oil and gas law, . He revealed that “the draft proposed to be between the members of two scholars of Sharia and two specialists in the studies of democracy, to be the right to veto the decisions and veto, while others believe that they are experts, and it is still the subject of interactions.

“There are many countries that have provided assistance to Iraq to restore stability, especially to the displaced, and they must return to their areas. “We have received international humanitarian aid, but it is not the quantity and kind that solve the problem,” he said. “Twenty million dollars here and 15 million there.” He stressed the need to «there will be facilities to attract investment from abroad».

The Iraqi president mentioned reasons behind the reluctance of investors to enter the Iraqi market, including: «Some debates and political conflicts, such as accusations of theft and many of them without evidence, but the investor when reading these statements in the press and the media, especially when issued from a member of the House of Representatives Or a member of a provincial council or even a politician, will ask: Why do I involve myself? He stressed that the relations of the Kurds with the federal government, «returned normal and there is a quiet and undeclared dialogue. Delegations go there and others come here. Each of the two parties need the other, not the territory (Kurdistan) to dispense with the federal government does not dispense with the territory, both in one state and all interests interconnected ».

He added: «Baghdad sent money to the region to pay salaries of health and education staff, and this is a good step».

In response to a question about Turkey’s threats to invade the Iraqi town of Sinjar near the Syrian border under the pretext of chasing elements of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) against Ankara, he replied: “After the party’s departure, foreign forces can not come and invade part of Iraq.” He did not hide his concern about repeating the Afrin scenario, expressing the hope that «do not make such a move».




Posted by Iraqi Thoughts | Apr 2, 2018 | Featured, Security | 0

By Haidar Sumeri

For the first time since the defeat of Da’ish, church bells tolled in northern Iraq last week to celebrate Easter. Palm Sunday saw large crowds turn out in Bakhdida district in a jubilant show of resilience that was reminiscent of the Easter processions held on the same streets before the northern offensive by Da’ish in 2014 and the subsequent occupation of much of Iraq’s north. The recuperation of communities decimated by the events of the last few years is under way and whilst the challenges facing the state are clear, the dauntingly bleak future many predicted for Iraq now seems rather vacuous. The latest numbers by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) indicate a staggering 3,573,060 refugees have returned to their areas of origin following liberation at the hands of the Iraqi military.


Baghdad continues to exhibit truly remarkable improvements in terms of security, with no major bombings in the capital since the Al-Tayaran Square bombing in January. Hundreds of streets have been reopened lately, many of them closed to the public since the invasion in 2003, in addition to tens of thousands of blast walls being removed from the streets and nearly 1,800 checkpoints withdrawn. The city has also seen a decrease in small-scale IED and gun attacks, until recently a normal part of daily life in the capital.

The dramatic decrease in terrorism witnessed by Baghdad must be attributed to the outstanding efforts of the Iraqi intelligence apparatus and their clandestine crusade against Da’ish sleeper cells within the city and its peripheries. Numerous terror attacks are foiled on a monthly basis in Baghdad and the country’s south through the toil of Iraq’s intelligence community, which has grown to become one of the most adept forces of its kind at combatting terrorism in the Middle East. A recent feel-good coup for intelligence units was the rescuing of a Yezidi girl last week held captive in the Sha’ab area of Baghdad by four Da’ish militants from Ninawa who had been hiding in the capital.


However, not all Iraqi regions are enjoying the current spell of relative peace as much as Baghdad. Kirkuk has seen its fair share of turbulence over the last few months as Da’ish remnants and Kurdish separatists have tried to gain footholds across the province in order to undermine security in the area. Da’ish remnants and Kurdish security forces had an unspoken “live and let live” agreement around the province’s countryside. As long as the city and nearby oilfields were never endangered by the militants, they would face no meaningful offensives against their many strongholds in southwestern Kirkuk and the Himreen mountainous region. In addition to this détente, the Kurds turned a blind eye to Da’ish oil smuggling operations.

The harmony was upended last year when Iraqi forces retook the province, its namesake city and the major oilfields in Kirkuk. Since then, Iraqi forces have struggled to contain a fledgling Da’ish insurgency supplemented by obscure Kurdish separatist factions aiming to destabilize security in order to erode confidence in the Iraqi security forces that are now in control.

Federal Police units have launched weekly operations to scour Kirkuk’s countryside for Da’ish militants, specifically concentrating on Hawijah and its neighbouring towns and villages, a historic Da’ish bastion. On Saturday, Iraqi security forces, including Hashd Al-Sha’abi (PMUs) units began a major operation south of Kirkuk to hunt down Da’ish remnants near Tuz Khurmato who had been engaged in terror and criminal activities in the area. Negotiations are purportedly under way to allow a set number of Kurdish security forces back into Kirkuk to help secure the city, especially Kurdish neighbourhoods. However, a stumbling block might turn out to be the fact that such forces will probably only be permitted to return to the city under federal control, a notion that the Kurdish regional government has seemed averse to.

A series of deadly Da’ish attacks along the Baghdad-Kirkuk highway have grabbed the headlines in recent weeks with terrorists ambushing passing vehicles and setting up fake checkpoints in order to arrest members of the security forces who routinely travel south during their leave periods. A recent Da’ish propaganda release showed the kidnapping at one such checkpoint and subsequent execution of at least 10 soldiers. A recent attack also killed and wounded upwards of 20 civilians when militants opened fire on a bus carrying Shi’a civilians on their way to a religious pilgrimage. These attacks have prompted an outcry from Iraqis that has pushed officials to heighten security along large stretches of the road. On Saturday, it was announced that Saraya Al-Salam, the paramilitary group led by Muqtada Al-Sadr, would be deployed along the highway to tackle the rise in Da’ish activity. These attacks are a further indication by Da’ish that it will be prioritising a new insurgency over any meaningful attempts to reclaim territory for the foreseeable future.

Anbar and Diyala

The situation in Iraq’s Diyala and Anbar provinces continues to be relatively quiet yet disturbingly tense. Da’ish has made no major moves in the country’s eastern and western regions yet nevertheless a steady stream of small-scale attacks risk turning into a deluge if left unchecked. Regular intelligence reports suggest the western Anbar desert is witnessing a significant Da’ish regrouping effort, most notably in the Wadi Houran area, a place many have referred to in the past as the birthplace of Da’ish. Iraqi army and allied tribal groups have stepped their efforts to intercept Da’ish movements in western Anbar however only a direct confrontation with Da’ish deep inside the desert will suffice in truly clipping their wings.

Diyala province has also recently witnessed several large-scale operations to track down and neutralise Da’ish terror cells and these efforts are continuing on a constant basis. A more pragmatic approach is needed though, one that builds better intelligence networks among the farming communities of the province in order to allow the Iraqi military to locate the exact orchards and forests being used as training bases and launching pads by Da’ish as they try to terrorise villages and towns north of the provincial capital Ba’qubah. Earlier in the week, a heavy Da’ish assault on Albu Mar’ie, a village 60km north of Ba’qubah comprised of just seven houses, ended in humiliation as the village’s residents, including women, picked up their arms and managed to successfully hold back the attackers for an hour until the Iraqi military arrived. This incident has greatly elevated morale among the cluster of villages in the area, which are under regular attack by Da’ish. It probably did not have the same effect on the militants.


Meanwhile, the city of Mosul is experiencing its first stretch of peace in over a decade. Iraqi security forces have been surprisingly successful in recent months in their objective to hunt down the hundreds, if not thousands, of Da’ish terrorists and collaborators who decided to flee the liberation battles to fight another day. More than 120 suspected Da’ish militants have been arrested in the city within the last fortnight.

Still, Mosul’s mayor recently spoke about the police’s concern as they face a new “phenomenon” – dead bodies turning up on the streets overnight. This latest crime-wave has been attributed to Da’ish elements trying to survive by turning to criminal activities. But those who have kept a close eye on Mosul since the days of the occupation will recognise that Al-Qaeda in Iraq had an almost mafia-like grip on the city via protection rackets and kidnappings. Civilians and businesspeople that defied them usually ended up being identified by their loved ones in morgues. This might be another indication that Da’ish is going back to the ways of its predecessors.

That being said, Mosul has seen a substantial improvement in its security with no major terrorist attacks of any sort for months. If this streak continues then it will hopefully provide NGOs and international companies with enough reassurance to begin helping the Iraqi government with much needed assistance in rebuilding the city.

Ninawa province has not been overly relaxed though, not with growing threats by Turkey’s leadership to invade northwestern Iraq for the purpose of expelling PKK fighters, who it deems to be terrorists, from Sinjar and the border region with Syria. The population of Sinjar does not share the Turkish viewpoint regarding the PKK. On Sunday, as the final batch of fighters left Sinjar, the Yezidi community lined the streets to hug and kiss the men and women who helped to rescue them from Da’ish. The PKK played a major role in Sinjar’s liberation in late 2015 and has protected the city from Da’ish threats since then. But rather than risk Turkish forces igniting another major conflict in the region, approximately 500 fighters began to withdraw from the 23rd of March.

Iraqi armed forces will now assume control of the district and will work closely with Yezidi paramilitary groups to maintain security. Turkish president Erdogan has continued to aggressively express his country’s readiness to launch operations in the area while absurdly maintaining that such actions would be coordinated with the Iraqi government, which for its part has categorically rejected any Turkish interference of any kind.

All in all, Iraq is firmly on track to rehabilitate its security environment and continue to rebuild its military strength. However, robust contingency plans must be put in place to tackle the growing threat of a Da’ish insurgency, particularly in western Anbar and Kirkuk and a genuine push for alleviating post-referendum tensions must take place between Baghdad and Erbil as soon as possible so that a comprehensive security framework can be put in place for Kirkuk and other disputed areas.


Haidar Sumeri is a Middle East observer, mainly focusing on Iraq’s war on terrorism.

Documents / Mawazine News / published instructions for the implementation of the budget for 2018

Political Since 2018-04-03 at 23:21 (Baghdad time)

Baghdad – Mawazeen News

published / Mawazin News /, Tuesday, the financial budget guidance for the current year 2018, issued by the Ministry of Finance.

The instructions referred to the provisions of Articles 6 and 7 of the Law on the Salaries of State Employees and the Public Sector No. 22 of 2008 and any other special laws in force mentioned in paragraph (2) of Article (6) of the promotion conditions specified in the documents.

Paragraph (1) of the Instructions includes the terms and conditions of the promotion and promotion of employees distributed on 7 points indicating the conditions to be met.

The second paragraph includes the calculation of the press service and the conditions necessary for promotion and promotion. Paragraph (3) clarifies how to calculate the service of practicing the profession of law and the conditions related to the profession.

Paragraph (4) contains the calculation of the duration of the political separation of those who were issued the decisions of the Commission of Inquiry from the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and appointed permanent owners exclusively and the conditions necessary to provide and related studies.

Paragraph (vi) refers to the calculation of the duration of the contract spent by the employee during his contractual service in the ministries and entities not associated with the ministry or the governorate or the head of the provincial council and related thereto.

The eighth paragraph concerns the dispatch of all spending units to the promotion of their employees by their superior two months before the date of entitlement to the committee referred to in paragraph “II” after verification and support of the availability of the conditions referred to in paragraph ” First”.

(9) The formation of a committee headed by an employee whose job is not less than the assistant director general and two members whose functions are not less than that of a director concerned with the promotion of employees after verifying the availability of the conditions stipulated for the promotion stipulated by law and all amendments requiring amendment of the degree and job title referred to in paragraphs Above.

Paragraph (10) relates to the Committee’s consideration of the requests contained in paragraph (first to seventh) and in accordance with the above conditions and raising the recommendation to the competent minister or the head of the entity not affiliated with the Ministry or the Governor or the President of the Governorate Council according to its constituencies for the purpose of approving the recommendations Taking into account the conformity of the generalized job description with the legal department letter 30878 on 23/6/2010 associated with the approval of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.

Finally, paragraph (eleventh) relates to the fundamental scrutiny of all orders that will be issued on the promotion or calculation of services for the above paragraphs and stop any matter contrary to the controls and instructions for promotion.

The following documents explain all the conditions and instructions issued by the Ministry of Finance on the implementation of the financial regulations for the current year 2018. End of 29/6

The 2018 budget comes into force

Date of release: 2018/4/3 21:59 • 66 times read

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The Ministry of Justice announced on Tuesday, the issuance of a new number of the Iraqi fact sheet, “noting that” the number included in the Financial Budget Act of 2018.

The statement quoted the ministry received the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it, the Director General of the Iraqi Chronicle Shatha Abdul Malik, saying that “the issue was issued {4485} of the Iraqi fact sheet on Monday.”

She added that “the number included the Federal Budget Law of the Republic of Iraq for the fiscal year 2018.”

It is noteworthy that the Minister of Justice Haider Zamili, had announced recently, that the Ministry will publish the law of the budget in 2018 in the Official Gazette, the duration of the legal period, as the Iraqi Department of Facts issued and each year a special edition of the budget law.

Urgent in the document .. A new direction of finance for ministries related to salaries of employees

Date of release: 2018/4/3 21:33 • 36 times read

{Baghdad: Al-Furat News} The Ministry of Finance sent a special book to all ministries on the retirement of employees.

“According to the provisions of Article {27} of the Federal Budget Law of 2018, which includes the {deduction ratio} {3.8%} of the total salaries and allowances of all state employees, the public sector and all retirees are compensated and compensated The total amount of this percentage of the increase in the price of crude oil exported for January, February and subsequent months. ”

He pointed out that “the matter of stopping the deduction of the ratio referred to above and coordination with the Ministry of Finance Accounting Department for the purpose of recovering the amounts that were deducted for the period from 1-201-201 to 31-3-2018, which restricted the revenue of the secretariat and return to the beneficiaries.”


Baghdad operations announced the opening of main roads and a branch in the session south of the Capital

Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:

The Baghdad Operations Command announced on Tuesday the opening of major roads and subways in the Dora area south of the capital.

In a statement to the command, Al-Ghad Press received a copy of it that “in implementation of the directives of Baghdad Operations Commander Major General Jalil al-Rubaie, the Brigadier General of the Security Assistant to the Operations Commander of Baghdad on the side of Karkh opened a number of main and subsidiary roads in the shops of the Dora area, which was closed for security reasons throughout the years. Past “.

the General Pension Authority in Iraq announces the payment of salaries of retirees and return the amounts deducted

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The National Pension Authority announced on Tuesday that in coordination with the Rafidain Bank and Al-Rashid and the Iraqi Bank for Trade Tbi and the International Company for smart card began to pay the salaries of retired citizens for the holiday of April 2018, noting that pensioners can holders of smart card Key Card and retirees manual exchange check exchange centers to receive their salaries .

The agency said in a statement today that the cancellation of the deduction of pensions of 3.8% under the budget law has been implemented and will be reinstated from the beginning of this year in the next pension meal.

The Authority pointed out that it will begin the completion of a campaign (a life certificate) for retirees where it is necessary to review the original pensioner who did not provide the certificate of life in February to receive a salary and will appear in the salary list is:

1_ (the card is opened after the fingerprint) for smart card holders who have an agent to receive the pension.

2_ The expression “Affirmation of the life of the original pensioner” will appear in the list of pensionable pension for smart card holders. The pensioner should review the National Pension Board or its branches in the governorates for the purpose of presenting a life certificate.


Health Authority to pay the new system


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A news source said, a government source in the Ministry of Health of Kurdistan, on Tuesday, the salaries of the ministry’s employees in the new system.

“The salaries of health workers will begin on Wednesday and Thursday,” the ministry’s director of planning, Fayan Al-Jaf, told reporters. “Salaries will be paid according to the new salary system, which reduces savings.”

The Kurdistan Regional Government recently announced the ratification of the amendment of the system of salaries and reduce the proportion of savings from salaries of employees, ranging between 10% to 30%, while the ratio in the old system ranging from 15% to 75%.



medical and health personnel in Sulaymaniyah ends the strike and returns to official work

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Shivak News / Medical and health staff in Sulaymaniyah on Tuesday announced the end of their strike and the province of the official duration temporarily in all hospitals and clinics in the province.

A statement issued by the cadres today, that we decided to end the gatherings and demonstrations temporarily according to the following conditions:

1 – Paying salaries every 30 days and on schedule.

2 – work to end the compulsory savings system.

3 – Determine the fate of salaries lost.

4. Maintaining the safety and integrity of specialized members who are exposed to threats in multiple forms.

5. Preventing the punishment and exclusion of protesting voices.