Pompeo is making a “lightning” visit to a military base in Iraq

Pompeo’s visit comes after the “Key One” attack (AFP)Pompeo is making a "lightning" visit to a military base in Iraq

December 28, 2019

A source in the Iraqi Defense Ministry told Anatolia that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a “lightning” visit to a military base west of the country on Saturday.

The source added, an officer with the rank of colonel, to “Anatolia”, that “Pompeo briefly visited the Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar Province (west), where American soldiers are stationed.”

“Pompeo met with US military commanders in Iraq, but it was not clear what was discussed,” said the source, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Pompeo’s visit comes a day after an American civilian contractor was killed and US and Iraqi soldiers were wounded during a missile attack on the “K1” base near the northern city of Kirkuk.

Finally, rocket attacks have been repeated, targeting military bases hosting American soldiers and diplomats in Iraq .

American officials point fingers at Iran through its proxies from the Iraqi factions that finance and arm Iran, which the latter denies.

The United States had recently threatened a “decisive” response if Iran or its proxies attacked American forces or its allies in the region.

Tensions are running high between Washington and Tehran, two allies of Baghdad, amid fears that Iraq will turn into a battleground between the two countries.

And deploy about 5 thousand American soldiers in several military bases throughout Iraq within the framework of the international coalition to fight the terrorist organization “ISIS”.

Member of the Democratic Building: Iraq does not stand on a person .. And reveals the position of the Kurds towards the new construction candidate

Editing Date: 12/28/2019 23:41

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party revealed the position of the Kurdish parties towards the new construction coalition candidate for prime minister.

Ali al-Faili said to the program (special coverage) broadcast by the satellite channel Al-Furat, “The position of President Barham Saleh regarding his resignation to the presidency of the parliament is a position to which he records and records history by facing these unknown circumstances of the positions of the political class that are still deafening their ears to the demands of the demonstrators and despising the feelings and demands of citizens Guidance and religious reference. ”

He added that “the building coalition did not engage any Kurdish political party regarding the passage of its candidate, Asaad Al-Eidani, to the prime minister,” noting that “our interference in choosing the candidate is a project that is in the interest of the political process and the country.”

Al-Faili added that “Iraq today is at a crossroads, so we hope everyone not to question the Kurdish position towards Baghdad, and we are with the unity and safety of Iraq, so how can we support a candidate’s demand that violates the demands of the demonstrators and does not match their specifications.”

The Construction Alliance warned of “the gravity of the situation and not sticking to an objectionable candidate,” saying “Iraq does not stand for one person,” adding, “The President of the Republic did not maneuver the House of Representatives and told them that he was biased towards the citizens, so construction must enjoy wisdom and rationality and nominate a non-controversial figure.”

Al-Fili called on the political blocs to “respect themselves and not accuse the president of being a foreign agent.”

On the candidacy of the building for the Lieutenant-General Abdul-Ghani Al-Asadi to head the transitional government, Al-Faili stressed that “Al-Asadi is a prominent and prestigious figure that can pass, provided that it is the subject of acceptance of the street and we have no indication of his person.”

And revealed a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, “a prospective meeting of political forces in the Kurdistan region to take a common position on the new election law,” waving to “the option of boycotting if the law remains with its legal loopholes.”

Al-Fili concluded by saying, “The political class will succeed in the upcoming elections,” noting that “whoever plans for the new law aims not to hold early elections, because the law includes large gaps and specialists should reconsider some of its articles in order to benefit the demands of the demonstrators.”


A deputy for construction reveals the name of the new candidate for the presidency of the transitional government

Editing Date: 12/28/2019 23:08

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The deputy of the building alliance, Abdul Amir Al-Taiban, revealed the new construction candidate for the presidency of the transitional government, describing it as “distinguished.”

Al-Ta’ayban said to the “Special Coverage” program broadcast by Al-Furat satellite channel tonight that “due to the desire of the Iraqi street and the angry masses, Asad Al-Eidani’s candidacy for the prime minister was withdrawn.”

He added that “the building is in the process of a distinguished personal study to present to the President of the Republic,” noting that “through the orientation of the street’s desire to test a well-known Iraqi figure, I expect the nomination of Lieutenant General Abdul-Ghani Al-Asadi to guard the next transitional government.”

Al-Otaiban called on the building coalition to “nominate Al-Asadi for the position as being acceptable to the provinces and the Tahrir Square in central Baghdad,” noting that “Al-Asadi is a sincere and indisputable figure.”

He pointed to “the continued construction of consultative meetings with the rest of the blocs on the selection of a new personality”, pointing out that “there is an orientation from the representatives (conquest and construction) to pass Al-Asadi.”

Al-Atiban continued, “What happened in response to the rejection of the largest bloc candidate considered by the building coalition a violation of the constitution and the failure of the president to comply with his responsibilities according to Article 76 of the constitution.”

“The president of the republic is under pressure from well-known political blocs; but this does not prevent him nor does he give him the right to pass the building candidate, and he could sit and demanded that a new candidate be presented instead of traveling to Sulaimaniyah.”


Al-Tamimi: Holding the President of the Republic accountable requires an absolute majority

Baghdad / Obelisk: Legal expert, Ali al-Tamimi, on Saturday, December 28, 2019, explained the constitutional steps to hold the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, accountable to the House of Representatives after he apologized for assigning the Construction Alliance candidate to head the transitional government, as called for by the Construction Alliance.

Al-Tamimi said, in a statement to Al-Masala, that “the accountability of the President of the Republic requires a vote of the absolute majority of Parliament, half of the total number plus one, and when one of the three reasons is available: breaking the oath, violating the constitution, or high treason.”

Article 61 of the Iraqi constitution stipulates VI / A on “accountability of the President of the Republic based on a reasoned request, by an absolute majority of the number of members of the House of Representatives,” and in the second part B: “exemption of the President of the Republic, by an absolute majority of the number of members of the House of Representatives, after his conviction from the Federal Court Supreme, in case of breaking the oath, violating the constitution, or high treason. ”

And Al-Tamimi said, “Parliament sends the result to the Federal Court in accordance with Article 93/6. If it is condemned by the (President of the Republic) accordingly, then the Federal Court will return the decision of the conviction to the House of Representatives, then the parliament must vote by an absolute majority on the exemption.”

He added: “If this long path occurs … the new president of the republic will be elected within 30 days of the exemption decision as stipulated in Article 70 of the constitution.”

Article 70 / first stipulates that “the House of Representatives elects from among the candidates a president of the republic, by a majority of two-thirds of the number of its members.” And in its second division, “if none of the candidates obtains the required majority, competition between the candidates with the highest votes is announced, and the president is declared who gets On the majority of votes in the second ballot. ”



The Construction Alliance holds a meeting to resolve a new candidate for prime minister and the fate of Saleh

12/28/2019 11:34:25

Shafaq News / The Construction Alliance will hold an important meeting in the capital, Baghdad, this evening, Saturday, to present a new candidate for the post of Prime Minister, to succeed the resigned from his position, Adel Abdul Mahdi.

According to information received from the capital, the coalition blocs are currently holding a meeting to discuss the selection of a new candidate after its failure to pass the previous candidate Asaad Al-Eidani, who is the governor of Basra.

Information indicates that the coalition blocs are studying the issue of exempting the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, from his position on the grounds of his refusal to assign al-Idani to the position of head of the Federal Government.


A deputy for other leaders calls on the political blocs to give Saleh the opportunity to choose an independent prime minister

Editing Date: 12/28/2019 20:55

{Baghdad: Al-Furat News} Today, Saturday, the MP from the Sayeron Badr Al-Ziyadi bloc called on the political blocs to give the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, the opportunity to choose an independent prime minister.

Al-Ziyadi said, in a press statement: “I call on the political blocs to show wisdom and give the President of the Republic an opportunity to choose an independent figure for the prime minister and pressure toward a specific name as a result of burning Iraq and dragging into the unknown.” is over


An illustration from Anbar reveals the truth about the visit of the US Secretary of State to the Al-Asad base

 Security    12/28/2019 19:46  862          

Baghdad today – Baghdad

The leader of the Anbar governorate crowd, Qatari Al-Obaidi, revealed on Saturday 28-12-2019, the fact that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Ein al-Assad base in the province.

Al-Ubaidi told (Baghdad Today), “The news that talked about the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Ein Al-Assad base is incorrect, and there is no visit by any American official to Al-Qaeda, today, or yesterday.”

The leader in the Anbar governorate mobilized that “after the bombing of the military base (K1) in Kirkuk, last night, strict security measures were taken at Ain al-Assad base, as was the air tightening, to monitor the airspace, and some expected that the ongoing takeoff and landing in the base Linked to the visit of a senior American official, and the truth is, these are precautionary security measures. ”

The local media also reported, earlier, unconfirmed reports that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced visit to Ein al-Assad base in Anbar, west of the country.

A security source said today, Friday, that the wheel that targeted the “K1” base with Katyusha rockets was arrested in Kirkuk Governorate.

The source said, in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “the security forces arrested the wheel that targeted the K1 base this evening, and seized 4 Katyusha rockets near the village of Qizliar.”

The source, who preferred not to be named, denied that “there is a burned wheel of the federal police, but rather an electric generator.”

The Security Media Cell announced, earlier today, Friday, that a number of shells had landed inside the K1 camp in Kirkuk Governorate.

And the cell stated in a brief statement received (Baghdad today), that “a number of shells landed inside the K1 camp in the Kirkuk governorate.”


Political analyst: The President of the Republic has not announced his resignation … and reveals the reasons for his absence

Editing Date: 12/28/2019 20:21 • 20 times read

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) Political analyst Issam Al-Faili confirmed that the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, did not submit his resignation legally.

Al-Faili said (for Al-Furat News) that “the message of the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Muhammad al-Halbousi, and the head of the Supreme Judicial Council said:” I am ready to put my resignation at the disposal of Parliament. “And he did not announce his resignation legally.

He added that “the political blocs tried in various ways to pressure the president of the republic to accept the construction candidate,” noting that “the president of the republic did not present, and he is too strong to leave Iraq for the storm.”

“In Article 71, paragraph seven, the president of the republic is held accountable by an absolute majority of the parliament, and after that the file is referred to the Federal Court,” he said, noting that “all indications confirm his stay in office.”

He continued, “Saleh went to Sulaimaniyah and gave space to the political blocs to arrange their papers to resolve the crisis,” referring to ”

Al-Falili pointed out that “the absence of the President of the Republic will complicate the crisis significantly.”


Protesters shut down the Nasiriyah oil field

Editing Date: 12/28/2019 19:25

{Dhi Qar: Al Furat News} Demonstrators in Dhi Qar Governorate closed today, Saturday, the giant field of Nasiriyah, 38 km northwest of the city of Nasiriyah.

Security and oil sources in Nasiriyah, the center of Dhi Qar Governorate, south of the country, said in press statements that production in the Nasiriyah oil field, which is estimated at 100 thousand barrels per day, stopped on Saturday morning after demonstrators against the government cut access to it, demanding to provide jobs for them.

This is the first time that production has stopped in an oil field in Iraq since the start of anti-government demonstrations on October 1, AFP reported.

In spite of the stoppage of production in the field, which is located 300 kilometers south of Baghdad, experts believe that this stoppage will not have a significant impact on Iraqi production and exports if it does not continue for a long time.

Iraqi officials said that the administrative buildings of the national company operating the field had been closed for 50 days due to the civil disobedience campaign that paralyzes large areas of southern Iraq.

It is worth noting that Iraq has been witnessing for three months a broad protest movement against the government, and these protests are concentrated in Baghdad and several cities in the southern provinces.

Protesters often stage sit-down campaigns targeting major roads and government infrastructure, including oil fields.

It is noteworthy that Iraq is the second largest oil producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries “OPEC”, as it is the fifth largest oil exporter in the world, as it exports approximately 3.4 million barrels per day from the port of Basra, which overlooks the Persian Gulf, and that Iraq’s revenues from the raw material They account for about 90 percent of the country’s budget.

And given that the Iraqi government relies almost entirely on oil revenues, analysts believe that any blow to oil exports may be “catastrophic” for the country, knowing that one fifth of Iraqis live below the poverty line, while youth unemployment is about 25 percent, according to For World Bank statistics, finished


Saeroun: The political blocs are afraid of “revealing the hidden” after choosing an independent prime minister

Baghdad – news

A member of the House of Representatives for the Alliance of Saireon Ghaleb al-Amiri confirmed today, Saturday, that some political blocs impose the nomination of an independent prime minister for fear of revealing the hidden.

Al-Omairi said, in a tweet, on his personal page on Twitter, which was followed by “Al-Akhbariya”, that “some of the concerns of assigning a new independent prime minister are not to lose their right to nominate and violate the constitution.”

He noted that “this mass is afraid of revealing the hidden.”

Today, Representative Kazem Al-Sayyadi affirmed that the people refuse to nominate any party-affiliated figure for the post of Prime Minister.

And political analyst, Ali Al-Azrajawi, confirmed that the closest scenario that will be achieved under the current situation is the formation of an emergency government and the holding of early elections.


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