Trump told Fox News: Iraqi leaders are not asking for withdrawal in private talks and Soleimani was targeting the US embassy in Baghdad

Baghdad / Obelisk: US President Donald Trump said on Fox News Friday that he believed Iran was intending to target four US embassies.

“We will inform you that it was most likely the embassy in Baghdad,” Trump said in an excerpt from the interview. “I can reveal that I think it may have been four embassies,” he added.

Asked that the Iraqi response to the killing of Qassem Soleimani could lead to the departure of US forces in Iraq, Trump confirmed that he agreed with that.

He clarified that he did not coordinate with Iraqi officials about the departure of the American forces in Iraq, noting that this is what the Iraqis want and say publicly there is no secret in that, but they do not put that in the talks.

Earlier, the US State Department said that the United States does not intend to consider withdrawing its forces with Iraq.

On January 2, Trump ordered an air strike against Qassem Soleimani after violent protests at the embassy in Baghdad, which the United States said was Iran that incited it. No American was killed in the strike.

The American president’s justifications for the killing of Soleimani changed, as he said that the Iranian general was planning to launch unspecified “imminent” attacks against American forces.

He also blamed Soleimani’s history for helping to stir up trouble in the Middle East and providing weapons to the factions that used them to kill American soldiers in the war in Iraq.

On the other hand, Friday, the US State Department’s special envoy for Iranian affairs, Brian Hook, confirmed Washington’s readiness to hold talks on the Iranian file.

Hook said today in Brussels that US President Donald Trump announced the opening of doors again to American diplomacy to negotiate this file.

Hook said Trump would like to reach a new nuclear agreement with Iran to overcome differences between the two countries.

Hook added: “We call on Iran to do the same and not meet our diplomatic approach with military violence.”

In 2018, the United States announced unilaterally the end of the nuclear agreement reached after unremitting efforts with Iran aimed at preventing it from achieving nuclear weapons production.

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detention of 3 Iraqis working in Baghdad Airport, leaked the movements of Soleimani

Time: 10/1/20 11:05 PM

International: Al Furat News: The Iraqi authorities detained 3 people working in Baghdad International Airport on Thursday evening, on suspicion of leaking detailed information about the movements of the Quds Force commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani, to the Americans.

The two sources confirmed to CNN, on condition of anonymity, due to security concerns, that the three detainees are Iraqi citizens.

And the Iraqi authorities launched an investigation this week into the circumstances of the American strike that killed the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and an Iraqi paramilitary figure, and investigators are following what is suspected of being a “spy network” that is believed to have leaked information and details about Soleimani’s movements to the Americans.

 Iraqi investigators believe that the alleged leaked information was essential to the US operation that killed Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of the PMF, backed by Iran.

The investigation, headed by Faleh al-Fayyad, the National Security Adviser, focused on interrogating security personnel at Baghdad International Airport, where the attack occurred.

Soleimani arrived at Baghdad airport from Damascus according to the sources, which indicated that a parallel investigation is being conducted by the Syrian authorities at Damascus International Airport, adding that Iraqi and Syrian investigators are communicating with each other.

A US plane had killed Soleimani, the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Organization, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and a number of people accompanied by a raid at dawn last Friday.

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Heavy American flight over some areas of Baghdad and a “remarkable” movement at Baghdad Airport

Baghdad / Obelisk: A security source said, on Saturday, that some areas of Baghdad witnessed heavy American flights.

The source said, “The areas west of the capital and Baghdad International Airport witnessed a heavy flight of American helicopters, without knowing the reasons.”

The source said, “The flight came to secure the arrival of a foreign military commander.”

To that, eyewitnesses reported on social media, that Baghdad airport is witnessing military appearances, and security measures are raising attention.

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Source: Abdul-Mahdi will visit Erbil tomorrow

 Politics    01/20 2020 22:48  53    Editor: as      

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A well-informed source revealed, on Friday, January 10, 2020, that the resigned Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, will visit Erbil tomorrow morning.

The source said to (Baghdad today), that “Adel Abdul-Mahdi will visit the governorate of Arbil at eight in the morning tomorrow, Saturday.”

He added, “Abdul-Mahdi will meet during the visit senior officials in the Kurdistan region.”

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Iyad Allawi announced his resignation from the membership of the House of Representatives

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Baghdad / Obelisk: Office of the President of the National Coalition, Iyad Allawi, announced on Friday, January 10, 2020, the resignation of the latter from his membership in the House of Representatives.

Allawi’s office stated, in a statement, that “the leader of the National Coalition, Iyad Allawi, announces his resignation from the membership of the Iraqi parliament, as a result of the failure of the Council to perform its legislative and oversight role and its failure to deal seriously and positively with the demands of the popular and mass movement.”

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Parliament holds a session tomorrow to vote on bills

Time: 1/10/2020 4:45 PM

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Parliament will hold its regular session tomorrow, Saturday, to vote on several bills.

A representative source said in a press statement that “the session No. 27 will be held at exactly one o’clock in the afternoon tomorrow, Saturday, explaining that, according to the session’s agenda, a vote will be taken on the proposal to amend the Federal Financial Management Law No. 6 of 2019, and also vote on a draft law to join Iraq To the International Land Transport Agreement of 1975 “.

He added: The session will also witness the second reading of the proposal to amend the Iraqi Commission for Accreditation Law No. 78 of 2017, and complete the vote on the health insurance law proposal. 

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Abdul-Mahdi asks Pompeo to send delegates to develop mechanisms for implementing the withdrawal from Iraq

Time: 1/10/2020 1:08 PM

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi received, yesterday evening, Thursday, a phone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on the latest developments and the desire of various parties to prevent escalation and go to open war.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office issued today, Friday, that the Al Furat News Agency received a copy of it, saying that Abdul Mahdi confirmed during the phone call, “Iraq rejected and rejects all operations that violate its sovereignty, including the recent operation that targeted Ain Al-Assad and Erbil, and that Iraq is making unremitting efforts and is contacting all parties to prevent its transformation into a battlefield. ” 

Abdul-Mahdi also requested, according to the statement,” the US Secretary of State to send delegates to Iraq to put in place mechanisms to implement the House’s decision to withdraw troops safely from Iraq, and that Iraq is keen to keep the best relations with its neighbors. And his friends in the international community are on protection Representations, foreign interests and all those present on Iraqi soil, and that its priorities are limited to combating terrorism, ISIS and violence on the one hand, and the reconstruction of Iraq, achieving economic growth, protecting the country’s sovereignty and independence, national unity, and achieving security and stability for Iraq and the region on the other hand. 

The Prime Minister also indicated to “the American Secretary of State that there are American forces entering Iraq and American marches flying in his sky without permission from the Iraqi government, and that this is in violation of the agreements in force, and the American minister promised to follow up on the matter and affirmed his country’s respect for the sovereignty of Iraq.” 

The two parties also stressed the importance of sustaining the development of the relationship between the two countries.

The House of Representatives had voted in an extraordinary session on the 5th of this month, on a parliamentary decision in the presence of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to compel the Iraqi government to preserve the sovereignty of Iraq by canceling the request for assistance submitted by it to the international coalition to fight ISIS in order to end military operations and achieve victory, liberation and government commitment Iraqi to end the presence of any foreign forces in Iraqi territory and prevent it from using Iraqi land, water and air for any reason.

The parliamentary decision also stipulated that “the Iraqi government is committed to confining arms to the state and urgently going to the United Nations and the International Security Council and filing a complaint against the United States; The results within 7 days of the date of this decision,

and the American administration announced its rejection of Iraq’s request and the parliament’s decision to leave the country.

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Al Furat News} publishes the text of the supreme reference sermon today, Friday

Time: 10/2/2020 12:46 PM

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) Our agency publishes the text of the sermon of the Supreme Religious Reference today, Friday.

The representative of the supreme authority in Karbala, Mr. Ahmed Al-Safi, delivered a speech in the sermon he delivered from inside the Al-Husseini Al-Sharif dish. The text of what was received from the Al-Marjai’s office in the holy Najaf states: To give up even part of their self-interest and to favor public interests over it. ”

He added, “Dealing in a manner dominated by the various parties, each of which possesses an aspect of power, influence and potential, and trying each of them to impose their vision on the rest will lead to the persistence of the crisis and its difficulty in resolving the solution, and therefore everyone may come out of it losers, and the biggest loss will be the share of the country and the general public. Those who have no income in the current internal and external conflicts and whose affairs do not concern them insofar as they are concerned with the security and stability of their country, the preservation of its independence and sovereignty, and the provision of a free and dignified life for them and their children.

And that “what took place in the last days of serious attacks and repeated violations of Iraqi sovereignty, with apparent weakness of the authorities concerned in protecting the country and its people from these attacks and violations, is part of the repercussions of the current crisis, and everyone is required to think carefully about what might lead to the situation if it does not happen Putting an end to it because of insisting on some positions and refusing to budge on it, it is expected that this will exacerbate the problems in its various aspects of security, political, economic and social, and allow others to have more interference in the affairs of the country and seize the opportunity to achieve their ambitions in it.

Mr. Al-Safi pointed out that “everyone’s sense of national responsibility and translating this feeling into influential positions in developing a solution to the current crisis by responding to the requirements of reform in accordance with the map that has been talked about again constitutes the right way out of this crisis if I want to end it with an acceptable result, after all the great sacrifices made by the sons of this The country on various fronts and arenas. ”

He continued, “The people have ceased their wars, tribulations and adversity at various levels for decades, under the previous regimes and even the current system. Let the concerned parties rise to the level of national responsibility and do not waste the opportunity to reach a comprehensive vision for the future of this people in which they have what the dreams of parents did and did not It is achieved for the children to this day, which is that Iraq is the master of itself governed by its children and there is no role for strangers in its decisions, the judgment in which is based on the will of the people and be a rational ruling that works to serve all citizens of different national and religious affiliations, and provides them with a decent life and happy life in glory and safety, and whether This is a lot on him A dear country with what possessed the minds of enlightened huge potential ?! We ask God Almighty to repay everyone and gives them luck to walk in this way he Most Merciful “ended

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IRAQI PROTESTERS RALLY IN ATTEMPT TO RECAPTURE MOMENTUM

Iraqi demonstrators participate in anti-government protests in Baghdad on December 27, 2019 (Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters)

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SULAIMANI — People flocked to Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on Friday (January 10) in response to calls for large demonstrations to mark the passage of 100 days since the beginning of an anti-government uprising at the beginning of October.

The protests initially focused on bread-and-butter issues like unemployment, corruption, and poor public services, but quickly grew into larger calls for systemic change and for the government to step down. The protest movement quickly spread to the southern provinces as well.

Protesters have also strongly spoken out against foreign interference in Iraqi affairs, particularly by Iran and the United States.

Around 500 people have been killed in the government’s attempted crackdown and an estimated 17,000 wounded. The security forces and outside armed groups have used live bullets, sniper fire, tear gas, and sound grenades against protesters and burned down their protest camps in an attempt to drive them from the squares that they occupy in Baghdad and provincial capitals.

Human rights groups have extensively documented their use of military-grade tear gas canisters, shot directly at the heads and torsos of the demonstrators, causing horrific injuries.

Activists and ordinary protesters have also been subjected to a “campaign of terror,” where militias and the security forces have singled them out for abduction and targeted killings.

The protests forced Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to offer his resignation to the Council of Representatives at the begging of December. However, he remains in office in a caretaker capacity, with President Barham Salih and several major Shia parties unable to agree about how to proceed.

Beyond government paralysis, protesters have also had to contend with rapidly escalating tensions between the US and Iran with Iraqis caught in the middle.

The demonstrations on Friday are designed to reinvigorate the protests after attention was deflected by squabbling between the parties and hostility between Washington and Tehran. To organizers, it represents an opportunity to reassert their demands for the government to step down, new elections to be held, and Iraq to reassert its sovereignty.

In Basra, protesters gathered on Friday morning saying that they were marching to mourn those who had been killed during the protests and to continue to pressure the government to step down.

As has been a hallmark of the protests, the Iraqi flag was prominently displayed in a sign of national unity, sovereignty, and anti-sectarianism.

Protesters also gathered in Nasiriya, which has seen extreme violence used against demonstrators resulting in the deaths of dozens there, and in Kut.

(NRT Digital Media)

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