Despite Iraqi moves .. Pompeo: All Iraqi leaders have informed me of their support for our presence in special councils

 

Pompeo: The United States will work with Iraqi leaders to "determine the most appropriate place" for the deployment of US forces in the country (Reuters - Archive)
Pompeo: The United States will work with Iraqi leaders to “determine the most appropriate place” for the deployment of US forces in the country (Reuters – Archive)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed Monday that all Iraqi leaders have informed him of what he described as special councils because they support the American military presence in their country, despite public calls for the departure of American soldiers from Iraq.

Pompeo, whose ministry often refuses to release details of his contacts, said what he had heard during talks with nearly 50 Iraqi officials since early January ran counter to what they publicly announced.

In response to a question during a symposium at Stanford University, the US minister said, “They will not say this publicly. But they in private councils all welcome the presence of America there and its anti-terrorist campaign.” Pompeo stressed that American soldiers are working to ensure that the Islamic State does not return and “provide the Iraqis with an opportunity to gain the sovereignty and independence that most Iraqis want.”

At the colloquium in which former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice participated, Pompeo said he had spoken to leaders of all affiliations in Iraq, including Shiite leaders.

But the US secretary also indicated that the United States will work with Iraqi leaders to “determine the most appropriate place” for the deployment of American forces in the country, and Pompeo added, “In the end, a solution will be found to put our forces inside Iraq and we will work with the elected leaders in Iraq to determine the location.” the appropriate”.

Last week, the Iraqi parliament voted on a resolution demanding to “end the presence” of foreign forces in the country, after the air strike in which the commander of the Qods Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, General Qassem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Authority, were killed near Baghdad.

Suleimani was assassinated by the United States on January 3, after a series of missile attacks targeting the American army and an attempt by demonstrators from pro-Iranian factions to storm the US embassy in Baghdad.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose economic sanctions on Iraq if his authorities decide to remove the 5,200 US soldiers.

Last week, the US Secretary of State rejected an invitation extended to him by resigned Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to send a delegation to discuss withdrawing American soldiers from Iraq.

The American “CNN” station quoted soldiers as saying that they had received signals of an imminent attack, and they moved quickly towards the hideouts established during the era of the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, while a few soldiers were evacuated from Al Qaeda.

The US forces said they were not sure of the ability of the Al Qaeda hideouts to withstand Iranian missiles. The missiles hit the soldiers’ homes and other facilities, according to the photos. American soldiers began to immediately remove the effects of the destruction, and rearrange the situation inside the base.

During the waves of Iranian missiles that fell on Ein al-Assad base, soldiers gathered in hideouts for hours for fear of the escalation of the conflict, he told the French press, the top American commander in the base, describing the attack as “unprecedented.”

During the interview at the air base, Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Garland said that his chiefs had given him “a few hours of advance warning” that an attack would happen on the night of January 7.

“My first reaction was shock and disbelief at first,” Garland said, questioning at the time Iran’s ability or willingness to launch a missile attack on al Qaeda. He pointed out that placing these forces in a safe place was an act of quick thinking and coordination between the leaders of the army and the air forces in Ein al-Assad. “How did we survive? It was a miracle from God,” Garland added.


A spokesman for the al-Najaba movement revealed that Sadr movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr had held talks with Shiite factions close to Iran to form a front to remove US forces from Iraq (Reuters)
A spokesman for the al-Najaba movement revealed that Sadr movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr had held talks with Shiite factions close to Iran to form a front to remove US forces from Iraq (Reuters)

The threat of a bloc and factions
The American statements came at a time when the Al-Fateh coalition bloc in the Iraqi parliament Monday threatened a military escalation against the American forces if it did not respond to the Iraqi decision to leave the country.

Al-Fath is the second largest bloc in parliament (47 out of 329 seats), and is led by Hadi al-Amiri, and it consists of political arms for armed Shiite factions such as the Badr Organization, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq and the al-Najaba Movement, and the head of the bloc, Muhammad al-Ghabban, told state television that the Iraqi government is required to take measures To end the presence of foreign forces in the country, especially after the recent House of Representatives decision.

Al-Ghabban added that any delay or deterrence by the American forces will lead to a popular escalation and military confrontations against them, warning against destabilizing the region and damaging the relationship between Baghdad and Washington.

In the context, a spokesman for the Iraqi Al-Nujaba Movement faction, Nasr al-Shammari, revealed that Sadr movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr had held talks with Shiite factions close to Iran, calling itself the resistance factions, to form a united front to remove the American forces from Iraq.

Al-Shammari said in statements carried by the official Iraqi news agency, Monday, that Sadr met in the Iranian city of Qom with representatives of most of the Iraqi resistance factions, headed by Asaib Ahl al-Haq, the Brigades of the Master of the Martyrs, the Nujaba Movement and the Peace Brigades.

He added that the assembled parties agreed to coordinate efforts and form a united front in order to completely and finally remove US forces from Iraq. Shammari said that the Iraqi resistance factions gave an opportunity and a period he did not mention to the government and the parliament to end the foreign presence through diplomatic and political methods.

Source: Al-Jazeera + agencies

Al-Suri: Closing the US Federal Account for Iraq means the country’s total collapse

14-01-2020 12:59 AM

Baghdad / Al-Akhbariya:

Economist Majed Al-Suri confirmed on Tuesday that Iraq cannot do without dependence on the “oil revenue account” in the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, indicating that the closing of the account means the destruction of the country.

Al-Suri said in a televised statement, followed by “Al-Akhbaria”, that “Iraq has no choice but to rely on the” oil revenue account “at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, which was approved by a decision of the UN Security Council.

He pointed out that freezing or tampering with this account means destruction to the country and not only to the economy, noting that selling Iraqi oil in the end means transferring funds to this account, and if Iraq wants to stop this matter, it will return to what is known as “Chapter Seven”, which will mean that it will take place Country management by the United Nations.

Al-Suri ruled out that the Trump administration would resort to such an option regarding Iraq, but would be used as a pressure card in order to reach settlements between Washington and Baghdad.

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Al-Fateh: The American forces ’circumvention of its exit decision will lead to military confrontations

14-01-2020 12:40 AM

Baghdad / Al-Ikhbaria:

The parliamentary bloc Al-Fateh warned against popular escalation and military confrontations in the event of a delay by the American forces for their continued presence in Iraq.

The head of the bloc, Deputy Muhammad Al-Ghabban, told a news agency followed by “Al-Akhbariya” that the Iraqi government is required to take measures to end the presence of foreign forces in the country, especially after the recent decision of the House of Representatives.

Al-Ghabban added that any delay or deterrence by the American forces will lead to popular escalation and military confrontations against them, warning against destabilizing the region’s security and damaging the relationship between Baghdad and Washington.

He pointed out that the National Security Council voted to remove the foreign forces after the leaders of the security and military services emphasized that they were not needed.

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Source: The government is negotiating to keep US forces within NATO to avoid the parliament’s decision

Baghdad / Al-Ikhbaria:

A government source revealed, today, Monday, the government put forward a proposal for the American side to keep the American army within NATO forces to avoid the parliament’s decision.

Russia Today channel quoted the source as saying, “There is communication between the Iraqi and American governments about the future of the American forces in Iraq, and the common desire between them is for negotiations to begin and continue for months or a year.”

He added that “one of the existing proposals is for NATO to be in Iraq and the presence of American forces to be included in this alliance.”

He pointed out that “Iraqi government officials confirmed to US officials their need for US bases in Iraq.”

Last Sunday, the Iraqi parliament adopted a resolution committing the Iraqi government to end the presence of any foreign forces on Iraqi soil and preventing it from using its lands, airspace and water for any reason.

“At this point, any delegation heading to Iraq will be charged with discussing the best way to reassert our strategic partnership, not to discuss the withdrawal of forces,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortigos said in a statement.

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Parliamentary Security and Defense: Trump’s deputy secretly arrived in Baghdad and visited Assad’s base last Friday

Baghdad – news

The Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee confirmed today, Monday, the visit of Vice President Mike Pence to the Ain al-Assad base in Anbar, after his secret arrival in the capital, Baghdad, last Friday.

A representative source in the committee told Al-Ikhbaria that US Vice President Mike Pence arrived last Friday at Baghdad International Airport in secret.

He added: “Pence was transported to Ain al-Assad base in Anbar province via Apache planes, to see the situation after the Iranian bombing of the base.”

It is noteworthy that Iraqi security sources told “Al-Akhbaria” last Friday that there was a state of alert around the Baghdad airport and the proliferation of American planes and armored vehicles, noting that there is arrival or departure of a high-ranking American figure, without reaching more accurate details.

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Pompeo: We will work with Iraqi leaders to determine the most appropriate place to deploy American forces

Time: 13/1/20 11:03 PM

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced that the United States intends to work with the Iraqi leadership to determine the most appropriate place for the deployment of American forces in Iraq.

Pompeo said in a speech to him, California, today, Monday: “As for how the issue of the location of our forces inside Iraq will be resolved in the end, we will work … with the elected leaders in Iraq to choose the most appropriate place.”

The US Secretary of State had confirmed the US readiness to continue the dialogue with Iraq on the “appropriate structure” for the US military presence in the country, following the release of the office of the resigned Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, in a statement, in which he said he requested to send delegates to Iraq to put in place implementation mechanisms Iraqi House of Representatives decision to withdraw American forces.

The United States announced that any American delegation visiting Iraq will not discuss withdrawing American forces. is over

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Parliamentary Security and Defense: Trump’s deputy secretly arrived in Baghdad and visited Assad’s base last Friday

Baghdad – news

The Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee confirmed today, Monday, the visit of Vice President Mike Pence to the Ain al-Assad base in Anbar, after his secret arrival in the capital, Baghdad, last Friday.

A representative source in the committee told Al-Ikhbaria that US Vice President Mike Pence arrived last Friday at Baghdad International Airport in secret.

He added: “Pence was transported to Ain al-Assad base in Anbar province via Apache planes, to see the situation after the Iranian bombing of the base.”

It is noteworthy that Iraqi security sources told “Al-Akhbaria” last Friday that there was a state of alert around the Baghdad airport and the proliferation of American planes and armored vehicles, noting that there is arrival or departure of a high-ranking American figure, without reaching more accurate details.

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Close to Al-Sadr reveals the fact that Ahmed Al-Sadr is nominated for prime minister

Time: 13/1/20 6:19 PM Read

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) A close associate of the Sadr movement leader, Muqtada Al-Sadr, revealed today, Monday, the fact that his sister’s son, Ahmed Al-Sadr, was nominated to head the government.

One of the people said to the close, “Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi,” asking: “Who is Kyle Hashem Al-Oqabi Sayyid Ahmad al-Sadr want to head the government? Manila Halaloum?”

Lerd Saleh replied: “Because of the publications of some (the two streams) that are harmful and unhelpful.” is over

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The House of Representatives votes on a law and ends reading two draft laws

Time: 13/1/20 5:02pm

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The House of Representatives voted at its twenty-eighth session, which was held under the chairmanship of Hassan Al-Ka’bi, the first deputy of the Speaker and in the presence of 187 deputies today, Monday 13/1/2020, on the law of accession of the Republic of Iraq to the International Land Transport Agreement and a number of articles of the Health Insurance Law And it ended the first reading of two draft laws.

The media department of the Council stated in a statement, {Al Furat News} received a copy of it, that at the beginning of the session, the Council voted on a draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the International Land Transport Agreement of 1975 submitted by the Foreign Relations, Services and Reconstruction Committees, with the aim of facilitating international land traffic for transport operators and their agents Through the movement of goods subject to customs seals by a simple and cost-effective system and reducing delays at border crossings and the passage of shipping containers and vehicles in international trade for the purpose of joining the Land Transport Agreement of 1975.

The council resumed voting on the proposal of the health insurance law submitted by the Health and Environment Committee, while postponing the vote on a number of articles of the law until it was agreed upon in coordination with the executive authorities.

In another matter, the council finished the first reading of the proposal of the Sports Clubs Law submitted by the Youth and Sports Committee, which came in implementation of Article 36 of the Constitution of Iraq for the year 2005 and in line with the changes taking place at the world level in sports clubs and to open the way for them to benefit from the laws related to investment, privatization and sports professionalism And intellectual property rights and television transfer rights, in order for clubs and sports institutions to take the required role in the sports movement and in the social and cultural life and in order to adopt and prepare athletes and develop their physical and mental capabilities and in order to spread the principles Olympic between members of the community and athletes.

The Council completed the first reading of the proposed sports federations law submitted by the Youth and Sports Committee based on the changes that occurred in the work of sports federations worldwide and the requirements for updating its law and implementation of laws related to professionalism and sports investment and the National Olympic Committee and to provide an appropriate space for federations to carry out their work and implement their goals and effective participation in international sports organizations In order to prepare athletes and develop their physical and mental capabilities for their international and regional competition and to consolidate the Olympic principles and spread them among athletes, in order to ensure the advancement of the irrigation movement Yeh in the country in order to organize and accommodate diversity and plurality and proliferation became facing the sports movement in the country.

After that, it was decided to adjourn the session to tomorrow, Tuesday 14/1/2020, finished

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Karbouli: The fugitive weapon targets the Iraqis … The security services are unable to reveal the truth to the people

Baghdad / news

Jamal al-Karbouli, head of the solution party, stressed that the fugitive weapon targets the Iraqis, noting that the security services are unable to reveal the truth to the people.

Karbouli said in a tweet on “Twitter”, “Katyusha launchers target Iraqi bases and exclusively kill Iraqi officers and soldiers, and in Baghdad, Katyusha kills Iraqi families in their homes.”

He added that “the silencer and the sniper assassinate the demonstrators and the media silently, and the security services are unable to reveal the truth to the people !!”, noting that “the uncontrolled weapon is targeting the Iraqis.”

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