Sources for Reuters: Iran is providing ballistic missiles to Shiite groups in Iraq


* Shiite groups in Iraq are fighting proxy for Iran

Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, oversees the program

Iran turns Iraq into a forward missile base

* Iraqis trained in Iran on the use of missiles

* Missile development plants in Zaafaraniya, Jorf Sakhr and Iraqi Kurdistan

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has supplied ballistic missiles to Shi’ite groups it is fighting in Iraq and has developed the ability to make more rockets there to ward off potential attacks on its interests in the Middle East and to have a way to hit its rivals in the region, Iranian, Iraqi and Western sources said. .

Any sign that Iran is preparing a stronger missile policy in Iraq would exacerbate the tension that has already increased between it and Washington after US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

This would also embarrass France, Germany and Britain, the three European countries signatories to the nuclear agreement, which seeks to save the agreement despite the renewal of US sanctions on Tehran.

Three Iranian officials, two Iraqi intelligence sources and two Western intelligence sources said Iran had moved short-range ballistic missiles to allies in Iraq over the past few months. Five officials said they were helping those groups start making rockets.

“The logic is that Iran has an alternative plan if it is attacked,” one official told Reuters. “The number of rockets is not large – just a few dozen, but it can be increased if necessary.”

Iran has previously stated that its ballistic missile activities are purely defensive. Iranian officials declined to comment when asked about the latest steps.

The rockets in question, the Zelzal, Fatah 110 and Zafar rockets, range from about 200 to 700 kilometers.

The Jerusalem Brigade, the external arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, has bases in these areas. Three sources said Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani was overseeing the program.

Western countries have already accused Iran of transferring missiles and technology to Syria and other allies such as the Houthi movement in Yemen and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon.

Neighboring countries expressed concern about Iran’s activity in the region and considered it a threat to its security.

Israeli officials have yet to respond to the request to comment on the transfer of the rockets.

“Those who threaten us will put themselves in a similar danger and will not achieve their goal in any way,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.

The Western source said the number of missiles does not exceed dozens and that the purpose of the transport operations send a signal to the United States and Israel, especially after air raids on Iranian forces in Syria. The United States has a clear military presence in Iraq.

“Iran appears to be turning Iraq into a forward missile base,” the Western source said.

Iranian sources and an Iraqi intelligence source said a decision was taken some 18 months ago by armed factions to produce rockets in Iraq, but activity has increased in recent months, including the arrival of rocket launchers.

“We have such bases in many places, including Iraq,” said a senior commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards who served during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. “America attacked us, attacking our friends and the interests of America and its allies in the region.”

The Western source and the Iraqi source said that the factories used in the development of missiles in Iraq are in Zaafaraniya east of Baghdad and the cliff of rock north of Karbala. An Iranian source said there was also a factory in Iraqi Kurdistan.

These areas are controlled by Shiite factions, including Hezbollah, one of the closest groups to Iran. Three sources said Iraqis trained in Iran on how to use the rockets.

The source said the Iraqi intelligence that the factory Zaafaraniya produced warheads and the material used in the manufacture of ceramic blocks in the era of President Saddam Hussein. Local Shi’ite groups renewed the plant’s activity in 2016 with Iranian help, he said.

The source said that a team of Shiite engineers who worked at the facility under Saddam, after examining their records, was hired to run the plant. He said the missiles were tested near Jarf al-Sakhr.

The CIA and the Pentagon declined to comment.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that over the past few months, Tehran had transferred missiles to groups in Iraq, but could not confirm whether there was any capability to fire those rockets from their current positions.,15700023,15700124,15700149,15700186,15700190,15700201,15700213&usg=ALkJrhgacWnYWPD9VYrVrqz61ClCHoxDFQ

Karbouli’s Policy The United Nations is to present the program of Sunni forces to the new Iraqi government


Karbouli presents the United Nations program Sunni forces of the new Iraqi government
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The head of the coalition of Iraqi forces and leader of the National Axis Alliance, Jamal al-Karbouli, met in his office Friday with the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq (Jan Kubic).

A statement issued by the Information Office of Karbouli that the latter “reviewed the efforts of the political blocs to the formulation of an Iraqi government program capable of meeting the security challenges, political and economic facing Iraq to the stage of construction and reconstruction and promote stability.”

The statement quoted Karbouli as saying that “the need for the next phase national programs of action and Iraqi personalities are capable and able to assume responsibilities and innovation in the implementation of the phases of the government program away” from political and partisan rivalries and outside the framework of regional and international attraction, which is agreed upon by all parties to the National Axis Alliance in determining Proximity to our partners at home. “

Serious developments in Basra demonstrations and police vows


Release date: 2018/8/31 18:20 
{Basra: Euphrates News} Hundreds of citizens in Basra, demonstrations in front of the building of the Office of the province, against the deterioration of the quality of water supply to the areas.
He criticized the government’s neglect of the province and its suffering, and vowed to escalate the protests. 
Demonstrators tried to drop the concrete barriers and barbed Islam placed in front of the building of the governorate’s office. 
Demonstrators set fire to the Basra government building. 
For his part, Basra police chief said that “we will break any demonstration out of its peaceful nature.”
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Iran: Iraq’s commitment to US sanctions will lead to the collapse of the Iranian currency

 money and business

Economy News Baghdad:

Deputy Chairman of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Bitarram Sultani, the Iraqi government’s commitment to US sanctions against Iran, considering that this will lead to the rise of the dollar and the collapse of the Iranian currency .

“One of the reasons for the rise of the US dollar is the cooperation of the Iraqi government with US sanctions against Iran, ” said Bitarram Soltani in a tweet to him via his official Twitter account .

“The commitment of the Iraqi government to implement sanctions will lead to a reduction of the dollar entry from Iraq to Iran, ” Soltani said.

“How does a friend country and a brother behave like this, what do we expect from other countries?” Soltani slammed Iraq’s commitment to US sanctions. ! “.

The Iranian official wondered at the end of a tweet about the real winner in the relationship between Iraq and Iran .

Iran is the second country after Turkey in terms of volume of trade with Iraq, where the volume of trade exchange between Iraq and Iran in 2017 about 6.7 billion dollars, of which only $ 77 million is the value of Baghdad’s exports to Tehran .

The Iraqi authorities decided to stop importing Iranian cars, fearing that their markets would be affected by US sanctions .

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said last Tuesday that he was obliged to abide by US sanctions despite not being “sympathetic” to them .

Nusseiri: structural, structural and technical development in the Central Bank contributes to financial and monetary stability



Economy News _ Baghdad

 The economic and banking adviser to the Association of Private Banks Samir al-Nusairi said on Friday that the structural, structural and technical developments carried out by the Central Bank during the years 2016 and 2017 contributed to the emergence of prominent features to achieve financial and monetary stability.
Al-Nusairi said in an interview with Al-Iktissad News that “the Bank’s actions contributed to the support it provided to the national economy during the economic and financial crisis and the war on terror. It is a bright spot and a success experience in a country that is going through harsh conditions and a historic phase that is the most difficult to meet the economic and security challenges. Which passes through any country in the world during the past four years such as Iraq, “noting that” efforts and wise policies and applications of monetary policy and development measures of the Central Bank in the difficult economic stage of Iraq, where the bank was able to draw a strategy for the years (2016-2020) Stability in the financial system, stimulating fiscal growth, financial inclusion, structural and institutional construction, and optimal investment in human capital. “
He added that “the Central Bank has achieved important achievements, including maintaining the inflation rate of not more than 2% and the level of foreign reserves within the acceptable rates in accordance with international standards as the foreign reserves of Iraq to the extent of $ 58 billion and stimulate the banking sector regulatory and supervisory and regulatory and establish new units within the regulatory structures of banks Such as compliance, combating money laundering, financing terrorism, managing credit and operational risks, issuing the Money Laundering Law 39 for the year 2015, forming the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Council, developing payment systems and implementing all payments by retail and telephone. Mobile and the establishment of national and divided work on the application of international standards in financial reporting in line with the transparency and disclosure of starters and the formation of the Iraqi Payments Council. “
He pointed out that “the Bank’s efforts exerted daily to stimulate financial inclusion and the formation of the Financial Inclusion Council and draw a national strategy for financial inclusion and focus on the initiative to settle the salaries of employees for the purpose of raising the financial coverage of the population who do not have accounts in the banking system,” explaining that “for the purpose of re-confidence in the sector The bank has re-evaluated and classified banks in accordance with international standards and standards in evaluating business results and measuring the efficiency of performance, as well as the establishment of the deposit insurance company in order to raise the savings rate at banks and reduce the percentage of home-based economy and thus stimulate the economy through activating the Investment banking and finance and take regulatory and structural measures and the introduction of the depository center in the Iraqi market for securities and the establishment of a national center to inquire credit. ” 
Al-Nasiri said that “at the level of international banking relations, the Central Bank has been able, with exceptional efforts, to restore relations with Arab and foreign central banks and to deliver the achievements achieved over the past three years to the international financial institutions such as the Financial Action Organization, which contributed to the transition of Iraq’s classification from the monitoring and follow- To the normal follow-up area every two years, “considering the visit of the Governor of the Central Bank Ali Al-Alak last month to the Security Council and presented the achievements and organizational and structural development and technical compliance with international standards Financial reporting and enhance the confidence of the Iraqi economy and Iraq’s ability to adhere to international credit benefits and accolades of the World Bank and the IMF have had a clear impact in strengthening economic resilience and financial victory.

NATO to deploy 500 troops in Iraq


Date of release: 2018/8/31 16:53
The new Canadian commander for the NATO mission in Iraq, General Danny Fortin, is determined to deploy 500 troops in Iraq in late October.
“Half of the 500 NATO military personnel to be sent to Iraq will be from Canada, which pledged to lead the mission in the first year,” Fortin said in a televised interview. “The first challenge is to understand the needs of Iraqis rather than what they think they are Need it “. 
“He is no longer able to control a large area of ​​land and is unable to carry out complex operations. However, it does not mean that the threat posed by these people has completely disappeared, likely deployment of troops in late October, while the training structure will be more Pronounced late fall next. “Finished

coalition Abadi officially denies the nomination of Fayadh to head the Iraqi government

The coalition of Abadi officially denies the nomination of Fayadh to head the Iraqi government
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Twilight News / The coalition victory, on Friday, surprised by the circulation of data described by the “fake” with the signing of leaders in victory or other names.

The coalition victory in a statement to the twilight News that it holds periodic meetings of its members and issued clear and agreed statements and represent the view of the coalition.

The Coalition confirmed that “the official positions are issued through the media office of victory and that the publication of data is not known source does not represent victory and we deny the issuance of any statement today.”

Abadi al-Fayadh, head of the Popular Lobby and the National Security Adviser, was dismissed for “engaging in political and party work and his desire to deal with political affairs, which is contrary to the sensitive security tasks he carries out,” according to a government statement.

And announced “basic leaders” in the coalition, “victory” headed by Haider Abadi, the nomination of Faleh al-Fayadh to head the next federal government.

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