Karbouli: America has supported the government despite its corruption and there are attempts to mix papers on the demonstrations

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leader of the solution party, Jamal Karbouli, that Washington supported the resigned government and overlooked its “corruption and crimes”, indicating that there are those who want to mix papers with lies, about the demonstrations supporting the American presence in Iraq.

Al-Karbouli said in his tweet on Twitter today: “Before it disagreed with it … America was the biggest supporter of the resigned government, and it turned a blind eye to its corruption and crimes.”

He continued, “Do not confuse the papers with lies that peaceful demonstrations support the presence of American forces in Iraq,” adding that “the popular demonstrations came out with one goal of toppling the corrupt power parties that destroyed Iraq.”



The American army resumes its joint operations with Iraq

Baghdad / … two American military officials confirmed that the American army has resumed its joint operations with Iraq, 10 days after it was suspended following the assassination of the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani.

The New York Times quoted officials who did not mention their names as saying that “the army was keen to resume operations against ISIS as soon as possible, with the aim of missing the opportunity for the organization to regain its momentum, and denying it any propaganda victory it might claim because of the United States ceasing its operations in Iraq” “.
In response to a question by Agence France Presse, the Pentagon refused to comment on what was reported by “The New York Times”.
On the initiative of Washington, the joint military operations between the two countries ceased on January 5, two days after Soleimani was killed by a raid by a US plane marching near Baghdad airport.
On the same day, the Iraqi parliament asked the government to end the presence of all foreign forces in the country.
And Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “All Iraqi leaders have told him on private councils, that they support the American military presence in their country, despite public calls for American soldiers to leave Iraq.”
However, Pompeo did not rule out a reduction in the number of his country’s soldiers deployed in Mesopotamia, in line with President Donald Trump’s desire to confirm his intention to withdraw from “costly” military operations in the Middle East. Finished 2


Trade agreement with China .. What is waiting for Iraq?

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Researcher Shatha Khalil *

Iraq lives in an embarrassing economic situation, after exiting from its violent war against the terrorist organization ISIS, and the displacement and destruction that these wars left behind have depleted the country’s material capabilities, which need comprehensive reconstruction, in light of a federal budget that suffers from deficit and accumulated debts in trillions of dinars .

The Iraqi government took a step towards reform by signing a comprehensive trade agreement with the Chinese government on September 23, 2019, in Beijing, representing a new economic stage in the reconstruction of infrastructure for Iraq, within a program that can be called oil for reconstruction, as Iraq is one of the most important sources of supplying crude oil to The People’s Republic of China, with an export between 750 thousand barrels to one million barrels per day, and the trade balance between the two countries is not less than 30 billion dollars annually thanks to the momentum of merchandise imports from China.

Here, the opinions of the observers on these agreements were divided between a supporter and a critic, which is concluded with the second largest economic country in the world, possessing advanced technology, and giant companies, which can contribute to revitalizing the economy and improving services in Iraq, but is Iraq eligible for those contracts at the time He is suffering from financial and administrative corruption and the precarious political situation, in addition to the internal crises, from the protests and the consequences of the killing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Qassem Soleimani on the street, and the tension that “Iraq” is experiencing due to the “American-Iranian” conflict and the government between the pro Yen to Iran and among those rejecting its presence in Iraq, and what may be caused by the international financial sanctions by the American Federal Bank .. We mentioned this in a previous article … The question that arises in this circumstance .. Is the land of Iraq fertile for the start of investments?

He sees some independent politicians who confirmed that the agreement will inflict fraud on Iraq and mortgage its oil for fifty years, and independent politician Laith Shubbar said, “The signing of the agreement by an independent government and its implementation reflects the existence of suspicions of corruption.”

To get acquainted with the terms of the agreement between Iraq and China:

1. The agreement without penal terms and falls within the friendship agreements. In the event of a dispute, the recognized international arbitration bodies are resorted to.

2. The term of the agreement is 20 years.

3. The Iraq-China Fund for Reconstruction is established, supervised by the Iraqi government and a guaranty consulting firm, and is chosen by the central bank among the top five largest global companies.

4. The Chinese party guarantor of the agreement is the Chinese Insurance Corporation (SINO Shore), which is the supreme governmental organization.

5. The revenues of 100 thousand barrels per day of oil sold to China, specifically for the Chinese (Zinhua and Sinoc) companies, shall be seized, and the revenues of this oil shall be placed in the Iraqi-Chinese fund.

6. The credit limit of Chinese banks to the Iraqi-Chinese fund is $ 10 billion, with interest subsidized by the Chinese government.

7. If the first package of projects succeeds, and Iraq desires to increase investment, the ceiling for Iraqi oil sales will be raised to 300,000 barrels per day, and China will increase the borrowing ceiling to $ 30 billion.

8. The amount is deposited with a bank (steak bank), then the bank transfers the account to the American Federal Reserve Bank in New York, which oversees the total Iraqi oil sales, and there is an Iraq account of sales, then the amount is transferred to a new account called the investment account: investment account

9 An account is created in the name of the debt service account (repay account) and it is devoted to support the interest rate, and its amounts are deducted from the investment account.

10. The fund includes the coverage of the following projects:

• Airports

• Building schools

• Paving external roads

• Rails

• Treating pollution of the Tigris and Euphrates Shatt Al Arab

• Building housing complexes

• Infrastructure

projects • Energy and desalination

projects • Other projects as requested by the Iraqi government

If the cost of one of the projects above is one billion dollars, then the amount is taken from the fund by (850 million dollars from China and 150 million dollars from Iraqi oil sales).

11. The Council of Ministers chooses the above projects, and signs a one-time contract, for example: a contract is signed to build two thousand schools with an open contract called an open contract

12. The Iraqi oil money started depositing on 01/10/2019, and the amount of half a billion dollars has accumulated so far, With China ready to deposit 10 billion dollars, it was hoped that the first projects would be chosen these days, but the government would turn into a caretaker government that stripped it of the power to sign.

13. Iraq has the right to choose international European, American companies to be partners with China, according to the type of project.

With regard to China, the agreement: the

agreement is not without a political dimension, since China is searching for allies in the region, but the economic dimension is clear. The Chinese money is looking for its investments, and the technology needs a market for its disposal, and the Iraqi side is also looking for allies with high technological capacity, Significant liquidity, and countries with a difference in the exchange rate against the dollar, makes the work value greater than the paper value of domestic money.

China has great seriousness in making investments inside Iraq, for a reason that differs from the United States ’approach to Iraq, as the US’s political orientation is intended to create a state of balance in the Middle East region, whether politically or militarily, unlike China, which has commercial allies in the region, as a result Its flexible policy.

China is moving at a deliberate and steady pace to become the largest empire in the world to compete with the United States by building a new world order, and it is working through a very huge economic initiative called “Belt and Road” to expand the global economy.

As it has spent more than three hundred billion dollars on this project, and China plans to spend an additional trillion over the next ten years.

Many are the countries that have shown a positive view towards Chinese money, and I thought that they are almost free loans, but some consider negative, as he considered those loans very costly economically, and may work to curb these countries because they are related to the Chinese economy, and thus mortgage their future for Chinese companies.

If we take an example of these (negative) investments in Sri Lanka, where its strategic location on the busiest shipping line between East Asia, the Middle East and Europe, it has made it a great covet for China, which lavished on this small country with about eight billion dollars at an interest rate of 6.3%, which is a percentage High compared to the World Bank, whose interest ranges between 0.25% and 3%.

As a result, China obtained 85% of the share of the “Hambantonta” strategic port with a 99-year contract, in addition to about 15,000 acres close to the port as an industrial zone.

Mombasa port is in danger:

Kenya is also forced to mortgage the largest and most important port in the “Mombasa port” for the Chinese government, due to its accumulated loans, as the debt amounted to more than $ 5.5 billion, which places Kenya among the countries most vulnerable to losing strategic assets in favor of Beijing.

Finally … The question remains for the Iraqi officials who signed these agreements, what if Iraq faltered in repaying China’s debts, does it have thoughtful plans and alternative plans to ensure the sovereignty of the country’s economic and political independence, what will he do while suffering for years from great corruption, and comes in the 12th place among the most Corruption in the world, according to the latest report of Transparency International.

Therefore, everyone, and especially the concerned parties, must impose security and political stability and work to achieve peace in the Iraqi street, in order to ensure a serious start in the implementation of the projects expected for the rise of Iraq again, otherwise such contracts will become obsolete on Iraq and increase its dumping of debts and dependency on other countries.

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In preparation for the expected “Monday” .. Liberation protestors announce a “comprehensive project” for Baghdad and the provinces


Yassin Iraq: Baghdad

, a group of sit-in tents in the Tahrir Square in Baghdad announced today, Thursday, the completion of a comprehensive project for Baghdad and the rest of the provinces, while stressing the issuance of the first position soon.

A number of tent officials published in Tahrir Square, its intention stating: “We gathered the camp of Tahrir protesters, we have completed our large and comprehensive project, for Baghdad and the rest of the uprising provinces, under the name of the Iraqi revolutionaries,” stressing that “our first position will be issued soon.”

Baghdad and some of the provinces are attending to coordinate and join the “Nasseriya ultimatum” launched by the demonstrators of Dhi Qar Governorate, where the deadline was set to 7 days, which ends on Monday, January 20, as the demonstrators confirmed that they would follow escalatory measures represented by cutting the international road linking Baghdad and Basra in a number of Nearby provinces on the way.

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Shabandar on the Sadr and Al-Amiri alliance: Stop lying to people

Baghdad / news

The Iraqi politician, Ghaleb Al-Shabandar, launched an attack on the Sadrist movement leader Muqtada Al-Sadr and the leader of the Al-Fateh Alliance, Hadi al-Amiri, after their meetings in Iran.

Shabandar said in a televised interview followed by “Al-Akhbariya”, that “Iraq is weak, its leaders are flabby, Al-Sadr sat in Iran and allied with Al-Amiri and called on his supporters to Melzania.”

He added, “Stop lying to people because the people are tired of these things, and the demonstrators have been spreading the land for 90 days and are tired of your actions.”


The US Embassy in Baghdad: Mr. Sistani is a key safety valve for Iraq and the region


2020-01-16 | 08:08


The US embassy in Baghdad said on Thursday that it had received “with great joy” the news of the success of the operation that was carried out by the supreme religious authority, Mr. Ali Sistani, describing it as a “basic safety valve” for Iraq and the region.


Political expert: Sadr shocked his supporters by sitting with what he described as “rogue sectarian militias”

Baghdad / news

Iraqi political expert, Karm Nehme, confirmed on Thursday that the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, shocked his supporters by sitting with what he described as “rogue sectarian militias.”

Nima told Al-Akhbariya that “Muqtada al-Sadr met representatives of the Asaib al-Haq movement led by Qais Khazali, in addition to the leader of the Al-Najaba movement, Akram Al-Kaabi, and the leader of the Brigades of Sayed Al-Shuhada Abu Alaa Al-Wala’i.”

He explained that “the meeting of al-Sadr made a shocking scene for his supporters, who did not imagine that their leader could sit with what he described as brazen sectarian militia leaders.”


Abdul-Mahdi reassures Imam al-Sistani: the government and its health services are at your disposal

Time: 1/16/202 2:52 PM

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The resigned Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, sent a message to check on the health of His Eminence, the supreme authority, Imam Sistani.

The media office of Abdul-Mahdi said that the latter “is to check on the health of His Eminence, the supreme authority, Sayyid al-Sistani (as long as his shadow), the impact of his eminence being exposed to a health problem that led to a fracture of the thigh bone and a surgical operation to permit it.”

The Prime Minister affirmed, “his personal follow-up and the complete readiness of the Iraqi government and its apparatus to provide the best possible health care for his grace. And that the entire Iraqi people raise their prayers and supplication to Alpari, may He be glorified, to grant him a speedy and complete recovery.”

The text of the message follows:

“His Eminence, His Majesty, has his blessings

Peace, mercy and blessings of God

We received with great concern the news that His Eminence the Most High was exposed to a health problem and suffered a fractured thigh.

As we invoke God Almighty to recover completely and expeditiously to His grace, we would like to emphasize that the government and its health services are at your disposal to provide you with the necessary care inside or outside Iraq immediately, including assigning a medical team of the best specialists to devote and direct supervision of treatment. And we will continue to follow the development of his graceful state of health until his permission is fully recovered.

Accept the sincere supplication and best regards