Sadr warns: If we do not stand a serious pause, the war between America and Iran will be the end of Iraq

 Politics    05.20.2019 00:39  1357    Editor: as     

Baghdad today – Baghdad

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, warned on Monday that the war between Iran and America would be an end to Iraq, stressing that any party that infuses Iraq with war and makes it a battlefield will be an enemy of the Iraqi people.

“I’m not with the war between Iran and America, and I’m not putting Iraq in this war and making it a battlefield for the Iran-US conflict,” Sadr said in a twitter tweet at his Twitter account.

“We need a serious stand with the senior people to keep Iraq away from the fierce war that will consume the green and the land, making it a rift,” he added.

“We need to raise the Iraqi people’s voice condemning the war and mixing Iraq with war, if Iraq did not stop one serious and it will be that war the end of Iraq if it took place .. I have been warned to warn.”

Sadr said, “So this does not fuel a war you will be firewood, both parties are not qualified to enter the war and does not want it .. Neither Iraq nor its people carries another war .. We need peace and reconstruction.”

The leader of the Sadrist movement, that “any party that infuses Iraq by war and makes it a battlefield to be an enemy of the Iraqi people.”


America’s new man in Baghdad: Who is Matthew Tueller?

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Matthew Tueller, incoming US ambassador to Iraq, attends a military ceremony in Mukalla, Yemen, November 29, 2018. File photo: AP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Matthew Tueller was confirmed on Thursday as the new US ambassador to Iraq. He assumes the post against a backdrop of escalating tensions between the US and Iran, which could have serious repercussions for Baghdad. 

“Our long standing principle objective is to bolster Iraq as a sovereign, stable, and democratic partner of the United States,” Tueller told his confirmation hearing in the Senate back in March. 

“We must remain engaged to ensure that Iraq can fend off the internal, external threats, including threats from Iran to its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Prescient words from a US diplomat who will arrive in the Iraqi capital just as many of America’s non-emergency personnel are making for the exit, following the raising of the threat level posed by neighboring Iran and its Iraqi proxies. 

Tueller joined the Foreign Service in 1985 after earning a BA in international relations from Brigham Young University and a master’s in public policy from Harvard. 

He has spent most of his career in the Middle East. His early overseas assignments include Kuwait, Jordan, and Qatar. He went on to work in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iraq. His first appointment as ambassador came in 2011 to Kuwait.

Ryan Crocker, a former US diplomat, has said Tueller “probably has the best Arabic of anyone in the Foreign Service”. 

The seasoned diplomat is now leaving his post as ambassador to Yemen, where he has served from 2014 and was involved in negotiations between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi forces. 

He has earned a reputation for his steadfast support for Saudi Arabia and ardent criticism of Iran – accusing it of fomenting instability in the region. 

“I’m not saying that Iran is the source of all of the instability – but we see that opportunistically, they’re going in,” Tueller told the Associated Press last year while posted in Yemen. “They’re throwing gasoline on the fire in an area of the world that’s so important to all of us.” 

During his Senate hearing, Tueller said in order for Iraq to stabilize it needs to “move towards a vision for national unity in which all its communities play a part”. American determination to see Iraq as a “pillar of stability” stands in direct contrast with “Iran’s agenda, which seeks to exploit divisions, weaken state institutions and foster extremism,” he added.  

Tueller’s appointment to Iraq comes as the Trump administration turns up the heat on Iran, which enjoys deep political, economic, military, and religious ties with its Iraqi neighbour. 

He told his Senate hearing the administrations moves are not an attempt to “sever the relationship between Iraq and Iran”. 

“What we want to see is a normal, healthy relationship based on respect of sovereignty and Iraq wanting to build an Iraq that is strong, stable, and sovereign,” Tueller said. 

Tueller called the US-Kurdish relationship “an historic one, a long-lasting one” and said he intends “to make sure that relationship is one that’s solid”. He also emphasized that “a good, solid relationship” between Baghdad and Erbil is important for the US, and that he intends to  “ensure that the relationship is a positive one”. 

He added that the safety of religious minorities that had been targeted by the Islamlic State (ISIS) would be a priority and that he would “work diligently to promote prospects for their survival in Iraq”.

Tueller is entering a hostile diplomatic environment as tensions with Iran deepen. 

The US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, arguing the Obama-era accord failed to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and from interfering in Middle East conflicts. 

Washington imposed a raft of sanctions targeting Iran’s economy and oil sector and designated the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. Tehran responded in kind by designating US Central Command (CENTCOM) as a terror group.

In recent days, the US has withdrawn non-emergency personnel from its Baghdad and Erbil missions and urged US citizens to leave the country, citing an unspecified threat from Iran and its proxies. The US has also deployed an aircraft carrier group and B52 bombers to the Gulf.

Trump hopes the move will bring Iran to the negotiating table, but observers fear such brinkmanship threatens plunging the region into war.

The US State Department is commenting on the bombing of the Green Zone in Baghdad by a Katyusha rocket and determining the location of its fall

 Policy    2019/05/19 23:57  1227      

Baghdad today – follow-up

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, the US State Department suspended the Katyusha rocket attack on the Green Zone in Baghdad and determined where it would fall.

“A homemade missile has already landed in the Green Zone in central Baghdad,” Sky News quoted a State Department official as saying, adding that “the location was near the US embassy.”

“Washington is communicating with Iraqi officials and investigating the details of the incident,” he said.

The security information cell in Iraq had announced earlier, the fall of a “Katyusha” on the Green Zone in central Baghdad, while foreign media, Arab and local, that the missile landed in the vicinity of the US embassy in the region, and heard the sound of sirens issued by them .

The Baghdad Operations Command confirmed the location of the missile launch pad, saying it had found it near the university in the center of the capital.

The parliamentary security and defense committee in Iraq suspended the targeting of the Green Zone by an unknown Katyusha rocket.

“The bombing of the Green Zone may have targeted the Iraqi government or the parliament, not the US embassy, especially since there are people against the policy of the state and the Iraqi parliament,” said Badr al-Ziadi, a member of the committee.

“The committee will convene an urgent meeting on Monday to discuss the issue and is waiting for an Iraqi security report to determine the location of the missile launch area and the available intelligence.”

This comes days after the US State Department asked its “non-essential” staff to leave Iraq, while Exxon Mobil, a US oil company in Basra, postponed its staff and transferred them to Dubai, amid escalating tension between Washington and Tehran. The Arabian

Trump: If Iran wants war, it will end

 Politics    19.05.2019 23:36  108    Editor: as     

Baghdad today – follow-up

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump has vowed that Iran’s start of war with the United States would mark the end of the Islamic Republic, warning of the consequences of the US threat.

“If Iran wants to fight, it will officially end, do not threaten the United States again,” Trump said in a tweet published on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at his official Twitter account.

Relations between the United States and Iran have been strained since Trump took power in January 2017. The White House has repeatedly accused the Islamic Republic of being the biggest supporter of terrorism and a destabilizing force in the Middle East.

The US president announced on May 8, 2018, his country’s withdrawal from the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and later imposed a series of harsh sanctions on the Islamic Republic, in addition to the classification of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards terrorist organization, the step by Tehran to include US forces in the Middle East on the Iranian terrorism list .

In a dramatic escalation of tensions, the Pentagon directed a group of warships led by the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier with a number of B-52 tactical bombers to the Gulf region in early May because of “confirmed information” about threats By Iran toward US military and their allies in the Middle East.

Despite the continued escalation between the United States and Iran, several indications from the White House in recent days that Trump does not want to engage in direct military conflict with the Islamic Republic, amid news of a major dispute in the administration of the President on how to deal with this issue, Especially under the insistence of the National Security Adviser, John Bolton, to adopt a more aggressive approach.ترامب-اذا-ارادت-ايران-ال

Mr. Ammar al-Hakim to Joe Hood: The recent American-Iranian escalation threatens the security and stability of the region

Editorial date: 2019/5/19 20:53

(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) The head of the Alliance for Reform and Reconstruction, Mr. Ammar al-Hakim, said that the recent US-Iranian escalation is causing concern in all countries in the region and threatens its security and stability.

This came during a meeting with Mr. Ammar al-Hakim in his office in Baghdad, Sunday evening, Ambassador Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Baghdad, Joe Hood.

A statement issued by his office, received by the agency {Euphrates News} copy, it was “during the meeting discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and the latest political situation in Iraq and the region.”

Mr. Ammar al-Hakim said during the meeting that “the recent American-Iranian escalation is a source of concern for all countries in the region and threatens its security and stability.” He welcomed some recent statements indicating the parties’ keenness to ease the conflict.

He called for “to be a prelude to reach appropriate solutions and spare the peoples of the region the scourge of wars and siege policies,” stressing that “Iraq has close relations with the parties enable him to play the role of mediator to bring the views and end the tense situation.”

“The security of the diplomatic missions in Iraq is the responsibility of the Iraqi state. In turn, these missions must send positive messages about the political and security situation in Iraq after it has reached advanced stages, and all reasons for the departure of the staff or nationals of these missions Iraq ”

Urgent Security media explains the nature of the explosion in green

Urgent Security media explains the nature of the explosion in green

Release date: 1919/2019 21:01

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The security information cell, the nature of the explosion, which witnessed the Green Zone in central Baghdad on Sunday evening.

“A Katyusha rocket landed in the middle of the Green Zone without causing any casualties,

” the statement said

, quoting a security source for the Euphrates that “the site of the fall of the projectile was near the aircraft museum next to the monument of the unknown soldier. Green. “Finished

Oil Minister: Exxon Mobil employees’ withdrawal is unacceptable or justified


Economy News _ Baghdad

Oil Minister Thamer al-Ghadhban said on Sunday that the withdrawal of Exxon Mobil employees was unacceptable or justified, revealing a forthcoming meeting with ExxonMobil officials this week. 
“The global oil companies are operating in the oil fields, especially in the provinces that enjoy security and stability,” Ghadhban said in a statement received by the “Economy News”. “The withdrawal of the employees of ExxonMobil is unacceptable or justified, and withdrawal may lead to the transmission of messages Wrong about the situation in Iraq, and this is never before. “

“The withdrawal of a number of employees in the company of Oksin Mobil West Qurna field temporarily or precautionary, despite their small numbers has nothing to do with the security situation in the oil fields in southern Iraq or threats, but is for political reasons, as we think attributed to the state of political tensions that Witnessed by the region, “noting that” other international companies are working freely and safely and stability in the development of oil fields, and there are no problems or justifications that require it. “

“He sent a letter to officials at Oxon Mobil asking for clarification, and he was asked to return to work under a long-term contract to develop the West Qurna field, which is one of the important fields,” he said, adding that “the Iraqi government and the Ministry of Oil are working to provide The highest levels of security, technical and social stability, and to achieve the conditions and security environment appropriate for all companies, in order to achieve common goals.

Al-Ghadhban revealed “a forthcoming meeting with ExxonMobil officials this week at their request to discuss the withdrawal of the company’s workers from the West Qurna field, as well as the integrated South project, which was initially agreed between the two sides.”

Exxon Mobil on Saturday suspended all foreign employees from the West Qurna 1 oil field in Iraq and transported them to Dubai.

The production of West Qurna / 1 field reaches 440_490 thousand barrels per day of crude oil and 150_200 million cubic feet of natural gas.

Document .. Presidency of the Parliament of Kurdistan declares 5 names to fill the post of President of the Territory Political

Political | 01:10 – 19/05/2019

BAGHDAD – Mawazine News

The Presidency of the Kurdistan region announced on Sunday, officially five names for the post of President of the region.

A source familiar with, / Mawazin News /, “The Presidency of the Parliament of Kurdistan officially announced during a meeting held today, five names to fill the post of president of the region.”

The source added that “the names are Nigervan Barzani, Omid Abdul Salam Kader, Mohammed Hama Saleh Omar, Ripwar Aziz Mustafa, and Hawa Abdullah Khader.”

Iraq asks Exxon Mobil to immediately return its staff to the Qurna field

Iraq asks Exxon Mobil to immediately return its staff to the Qurna field

2019/05/19 05:31:20

The Iraqi Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban strongly criticized the decision of Exxon Mobil Company to evacuate its staff from the Qurna oil field in Basra in the south of the country, demanding the immediate return of the field.

In a letter to the US company, the oil minister and the Iraqi deputy prime minister for energy stressed in a statement issued on Sunday that this decision is “unacceptable and unjustified,” stressing the stability of security and social conditions in southern Iraq “like other cities of Iraq.”

The minister said that the decision of the US company to withdraw a number of employees from the southern field temporarily or precaution, despite the small numbers “has nothing to do with the security situation in the oil fields in southern Iraq or threats .. But it is for political reasons, as we think, attributed to the state of political tensions Which is witnessing the region. ”

Al-Ghadhban pointed out that the other international companies are working “freely, safely and stable” on the development of oil fields in the territory of Iraq, without any problems or justifications that require such measures, warning that the evacuation of ExxonMobil employees to Dubai may lead to ” About the situation in Iraq, and this is what we do not accept at all. ”

The minister said he sent a letter to US company officials asking them to explain the procedure and return to work under a long-term contract to develop the West Qurna field.

Al-Ghadhban stressed that the Iraqi government and the Ministry of Oil are working to provide the highest levels of security, technical and social stability and to create conditions and security environment suitable for all companies operating in its territory.

The minister said he planned to hold a meeting with Exxon Mobil officials this week, at their request, to discuss their decision, as well as the integrated South project, which was initially agreed upon between the two sides.

Earlier this week, the United States decided to withdraw non-essential staff from its embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil.

A government adviser reveals three reasons for the failure of investments in Iraq and announces 4,900 opportunities worth 100 billion dollars

A government adviser reveals three reasons for the failure of investments in Iraq and announces 4,900 opportunities worth 100 billion dollars

 Localities  2019/05/19 10:29    915     

Baghdad today – follow-up

The Prime Minister’s Advisor for Financial Affairs revealed the appearance of Mohammed Saleh on Sunday, May 19, 2019, for three reasons behind the failure of the projects “investment portfolio” in Iraq, noting that the government has been making three months ago great efforts to move projects stalled and slow in my portfolio of private investment and government.                                                         

“The private sector can not work without providing the right infrastructure,” the semi-official Al-Sabah newspaper quoted Salih as saying. “Projects of the private investment portfolio, which are close to 900 projects, are either idle or stagnant, with a total value of $ 40 billion.” .

Saleh attributed the reasons for the halt and delay of projects to three reasons: «the allocation of land and sorting by the municipal departments, in addition to not granting banks loans and bureaucracy in dealing», stressing that «the government for three months is making great efforts to examine these investment projects in the private sector with To overcome the obstacles encountered in the ministries of the state, including financial in terms of approvals and the granting of loans and municipalities in connection with the allocation of land, while combating corruption and bureaucracy  

in it ».

The prime minister’s adviser added that «the government is also seeking to move the government investment portfolio, which has a huge investment estimated (4900) project value of funding (100) billion dollars», explaining that «the reasons for stopping the return to weak implementation with weak funding, which fluctuates with the oil rent .

Saleh pointed out that “moving the portfolios of private investment and government will contribute to reduce the level of unemployment, which is now high rates of up to 16 percent, with the achievement of what we expect from the growth in GDP by 7 percent, which is high, which is achieved by China now» .