The United States refuses to grant Zarif a visa to enter its territory

Zarif was supposed to participate in the Security Council meeting in New York City
Zarif was supposed to participate in the Security Council meeting in New York City

The US administration has refused to grant Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a visa to enter the United States, a Reuters official said on Monday.

Zarif was supposed to participate in the Security Council meeting in New York City on Thursday.

The official’s comments, on condition of anonymity, came in conjunction with the escalation between Washington and Tehran following the killing of the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Qassem Soleimani in a US raid, on Friday, attacks on the United States embassy in Baghdad and the killing of an American contractor in a base raid. Military in Iraq.

UN spokeswoman Stephanie Dujarric declined to comment on the news of the denial of entry.

The United States, on Monday, accused Russia and China of preventing a statement by the United Nations Security Council “confirming the immunity of diplomatic and consular headquarters”, in the wake of an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia attack on the US embassy in Baghdad on December 31.

Zarif had gone to the United States in September to attend the annual meeting of world leaders in New York City at the United Nations, after he imposed US sanctions against him for implementing the “reckless agenda of the Iranian Supreme Leader.”


Harb: Parliament’s decision to bring out foreign forces is like a farce to absorb anger


Legal expert Tariq Harb

Legal expert Tariq Harb emphasized that the parliament’s decision to remove foreign forces from the country has no legal effect because it did not restrict its implementation in time and left the matter to the government, which is more like a farce in order to absorb anger.

He added, “Harb” in press statements, that “the speaker did not clarify the number of voters, the number of those who said yes and the number of those who said no, and that a law should have been issued and not a decision.”

Al-Tamimi: Abdul-Mahdi cannot remove the US forces, as he is resigned



Baghdad / Al-Akhbariya:
Legal expert, Ali Al-Tamimi, confirmed on Tuesday that Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi cannot cancel the agreement with the United States of America and withdraw its forces from Iraq, since he is resigning and head of the caretaker government.
Al-Tamimi said in a statement to “Al-Akhbaria” that “the first agreement between Iraq and America in 2008 regarding the exit of American forces in Iraq no later than 1.1.2011 and was implemented … and organized by law 51 for the same year.”
He added, “The second agreement was in 2008 with a strategic framework, which is specific to cooperation in all fields. According to Article 24, paragraph 4, it is permissible to remove American forces from Iraq whenever the Iraqi government wishes.”
Al-Tamimi added, “In 2014, the coalition forces were formed in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2170, led by America … and at the request of Iraq.”
He pointed out that “we must differentiate between the presence of these forces that Iraq can ask to leave and the agreement that has nothing to do with this presence,” noting that “Abdul-Mahdi cannot remove these forces because he is resigned and is conducting business.”

Iraqi protestors declare innocence from Parliament and give the government 4 days to choose a president


Protests in Baghdad, demonstrations, Iraq, 27 October 2019

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The Iraqi demonstrators in the main sit-in square that leads the great popular revolution since the beginning of last October and until now have given the president of the republic, Barham Salih, until next Friday to choose a president for the interim government, declaring innocence from parliament and considering its decisions as illegal.

The demonstrators, in a statement issued by them from Tahrir Square, received a reporter “Sputnik” in Iraq, on Monday evening, a million revolution in the provinces of the country , the largest and most severe of the demonstrations of the first of October last year, if no president is chosen for the interim government.

The protestors of Tahrir Square, in the heart of the Freedom Monument, in the middle of the capital, Baghdad, declared their position after a day in which the Iraqis shared their fears of American sanctions, and a siege that remembers the scenes of starvation in the nineties of the last century, saying:

“Our brothers, our dear sons, we have been from the first day that we went out into the protest arenas, convinced that this authority is represented by Parliament, and the government that emanates from it, an enemy power for the people and the country, works against its interests , and has never wavered in its destruction of non-national interests.”

The protesters of liberation considered that what happened yesterday in the parliament session are acts that are not related to the national interest, and that they are trying to plunge Iraq into an international conflict that has nothing to do with it, and send a negative image of it as a totally biased state in favor of an axis against another axis, which we reject reject We completely consider it an aggression against our homeland by a brutal authority that was the first to defend its interests and not the interests of other countries, and reject sub-affiliations in favor of belonging to the homeland. “

 To confront the challenges they described as grave, the protesters demanded in their call to the people of the country, “to stand up and stand seriously against those who are trying to destroy the homeland by sticking it into” foolish “adventures, back to the dark ages we experienced, and we got out of their miracles in miracle, in response to non-national interests, regardless of who they are The intended destination, in or outside the authority. “

They stressed the speedy and without any delay, and no later than the tenth of January this year, by the President of the Republic choosing an interim Prime Minister, and as defined by his conditions from the square, working to prepare the appropriate ground for the holding of early and fair elections, and under international supervision for a period not exceeding six months.

Liberation lieutenants throughout the cold nights expressed their position on the parliament’s vote on the decision to remove foreign forces from Iraqi lands in an extraordinary session on Sunday, stressing that the current parliament lacks legitimacy, due to the massive boycott of the 2018 elections, and in order to complete its legitimacy, it must He does not take any measures and does not issue any decisions against the interests of Iraq and its oppressed people. “

The protesters noted that any procrastination or postponement in meeting these demands will make the revolutionaries of the sit-in squads on a date to repeat the revolution of the first of October last year, in a more severe way, in which the movement is paralyzed in all parts of Iraq, because the danger posed to the homeland is great, Destructive, with the care of a wretched hand you want to throw him into the abyss.

The liberation protestors concluded their statement by expressing, “We, as revolutionaries, have gone out and we expect death, and we will again offer ourselves to death if the price is the security of our homeland and our dear people.”

The Iraqi parliament had voted in the presence of the head of the caretaker government, Adel Abdul Mahdi, in an extraordinary session called by the latter, yesterday, Sunday, January 5, on a decision of four paragraphs:

First, obliging the Iraqi government to cancel the request for assistance submitted to it by the international coalition to fight ISIS  (banned in Russia), in order to end military and war operations in Iraq, and achieve victory, and the Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign forces in the territories and prevent them from Use Iraqi airspace for any reason.

Second, the Iraqi government represented by the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces must announce the preparation of foreign technicians and trainers that need them, their whereabouts, tasks and duration of their contracts, and thirdly, the government, represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, should go to the United Nations and the International Security Council, and file a complaint against the United States of America for its violations And grave breaches of the sovereignty and security of Iraq, and fourth and finally, that this decision should be implemented from the date of voting on it.

On Friday, January 3, the head of the caretaker government, Adel Abdul Mahdi, called on MPs to hold an emergency session and consider the attack, which he described as a violation of sovereignty.

Thousands of fighters gathered in the popular crowd and political leaders, in the presence of the head of the caretaker government, Adel Abdul Mahdi, the bodies of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Qasim Soleimani, and the victims who were killed after the American bombing, last Saturday, January 4, in the Karrada area, central Baghdad.

The killing of Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis has sparked widespread political and popular anger, amid calls for the removal of Iraq from the conflict between the United States of America and Iran.

The deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Qasim Soleimani, were killed on Friday, January 3, by an American raid on their convoy near Baghdad International Airport, which killed eight, including “important figures.”

The economic cost of the Iraqi-American clash … Nabil El-Marsoumi


Books: Dr. Nabil Al-Marsoumi

1. There is a high possibility that the United States will freeze Iraqi oil revenues that pass through the US Federal Bank to Iraq. As well as the possibility of freezing Iraq’s investments in US treasury bonds, which amount to $ 32.7 billion, and freezing Iraq’s other assets in American banks and financial institutions.

2. The collapse of the Iraqi dinar exchange rate due to the scarcity of foreign currencies and the suspension of the currency auction for the Iraqi Central Bank, which depends on the influx of oil dollars, which will lead to monetary instability and to price turmoil and its rise.

3. A significant decline in the Iraqi cash reserves in the Central Bank of Iraq, which depend on the flow of oil money and thus eroded ability to defend the Iraqi dinar exchange rate

4. The investment environment in Iraq will deteriorate greatly, Iraq will become a repellent for investment, and many international companies will refrain from investing in Iraq because of the security, political and economic instability that prevails in the country.

5. The 2020 budget will suffer from a real crisis due to the significant decline in public revenues on the one hand and the stop of international and American institutions from lending to Iraq, which is one of the important sources of financing the Iraqi budget deficit.

6. A significant decline in the production and export capacity of crude oil due to the expected withdrawal of US and foreign companies in general operating in the fields of licensing contracts as well as the suspension of projects aimed at developing the gas industry and infrastructure for the Iraqi oil sector

7. A sharp decrease in the volume of Iraqi foreign trade for each of the exports and imports funded mainly from oil revenues, which will lead to a huge rise in the levels of prices for goods and services and to a decline in the country’s revenues from ports and border ports.

8. The state’s inability to provide salaries for employees, retirees, and those covered by the social protection network that depends 87% on oil revenues, and that it is hoped that these salaries will increase by 14 trillion dinars in the 2020 budget to implement governmental and parliamentary reform packages

9. The United States is expected to abolish the exception granted to Iraq by importing gas and electricity from Iran, which will negatively affect the supply of electricity to citizens.

10. The significant losses that the Iraqi banking sector will be exposed to due to possible US sanctions.

11. Iraq will have to pay several billion dollars to the United States in exchange for its evacuation of its military bases in Iraq.

12. The decline in performance in the Iraqi economy, especially in the sectors of agriculture, industry, construction, and transportation, which will exacerbate the problems of poverty and unemployment in Iraq.

13 The great damage that will be caused to the Iranian economy, which depends a lot on Iraq, as Iran exports to Iraq $ 12 billion worth of goods annually that contribute greatly to reducing the severity of US sanctions on it, as well as stopping the flow of Iranian oil through Iraq and to the decline in the number of Iraqi tourists to Iran, which limits the flow Foreign currencies to Iran, as well as the suspension of oil derivatives imported by Syria from Iran through Iraq, as well as the endeavors aimed at linking rail networks between Iraq and Iran as part of a broader plan to enable Iran to transport its goods to Syria and its Mediterranean ports.

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US Secretary of Defense: We are not planning to withdraw from Iraq

Time: 7/1/20 12:03 AM

{International: Al Furat News} US Defense Secretary Mark Asper said that Washington has no plans to withdraw from Iraq.

He stated that “his team is trying to find out more about the memo on withdrawing from Iraq,” stressing, “We have no plans to withdraw.”

“It could be about redeployment, not withdrawal . ”

The local and foreign media had published a document attributed to operations of the International Alliance on starting arrangements for the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq.

It reads: ” Out of respect for the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq and as requested by the Iraqi parliament and the Prime Minister, the Joint Task Force Command – Operation Solid Resolve will relocate the forces during the coming days and weeks.”

The statement added: In order to accomplish this mission, the coalition forces must take certain measures to ensure a safe exit from Iraq.

He continued: “During this time there will be an increase in helicopter flights over and around the Green Zone in Baghdad.”

He stressed that the coalition forces will take all measures to ease the inconvenience to the public, this will be the implementation of the tasks during the night hours and emphasize the value of our partnership and inviting us to support Jmhoriuckm at the time of need during the defeat of the organization Daesh and we respect the sovereign decision which demanded Brahilna. ” Ended

Document talking about the liberation demonstrators rejected the parliament’s vote to withdraw the foreign forces

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