Saleh discusses with Pompeo joint cooperation in combating terrorism

Baghdad / Al-Ikhbaria:

President of the Republic Barham Salih received, on Saturday evening, a phone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

A statement issued by Saleh’s office, which was received by Al-Akhbaria, said, “During the phone call, the latest security and political developments were discussed at the regional and international levels, stressing the need to protect Iraqi sovereignty and respect the independent Iraqi national decision.”

He added, “It was also pointed out that self-restraint and dependence on calm and constructive dialogue in resolving crises and avoiding escalation in a manner that strengthens the foundations of peace and stability in the region and the world, as well as cooperation and joint coordination to confront ISIS terrorism and the failure to provide terrorists with the opportunity to reorganize their remnants and threat to international peace and security.” .


Al-Nasr coalition refuses to reassign Abdel-Mahdi: change and early parliamentary elections

Baghdad / Obelisk: A member of the Al-Nasr coalition led by Haider al-Abadi confirmed on Saturday, January 18, 2020, that the coalition refused to re-assign resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to form a new government, while he indicated that with change and early parliamentary elections.

“We protest against what was proposed by the political blocs to reassign Adel Abdul Mahdi to form the government, because this proposal contradicts the demands of the masses, because there is blood that has been shed, and the blood of the martyrs should not be underestimated,” said coalition member Jassem Hammoud Al-Alawi.

He added, “We called for change before the mass movement, and we said that Abdul-Mahdi cannot be the man of the stage, and he failed in an unquestionable manner in running the country, handcuffed, and what confirmed our words and the words of al-Abadi the last popular movement that presented true demands.”

He pointed out, “The government is now silent on the assassinations that affect the activists, even though it claims that it is (the caretaker government) that the security file is still in its hands and it is assumed that there will be an account, whether for the security leaders or even the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and we have many days to come.” .

And on the participation of the Victory Coalition in political dialogues to get out of the political crisis and the formation of the next government, Al-Alawi said, “Victory and its Abadi leader were not absent from the political arena, but now an issue that does not favor the initiative from any party, and the topic has become relevant to all political partners, so the constitutional terms and understandings have become In the wind. ”

He continued, “Al-Abadi is one of the political leaders and most of the decision-makers consult Al-Abadi and take his opinion as he tends to change, because everyone is calling for change and that there are independent personalities in the administration of the government.”

And, “Al-Abadi presented an initiative that includes the formation of an interim government that will hold early elections, and during her term she will work on a draft amendment of the constitution, and these things we focused on before the start of the popular demonstrations.”

And local newspapers, and political sources, earlier, quoted an Iraqi-Iranian movement to keep Adel Abdul-Mahdi in his post, after the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

The resigned Prime Minister visited the Kurdistan Region last week, and met the President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Masoud Barzani, which is the first visit of Adel Abdul-Mahdi to Erbil, since he took office 15 months ago, while observers indicate that it is an attempt by Abdul-Mahdi to win the region in favor of re-granting confidence in him .

 According to legal expert Ali Al-Tamimi, “The Prime Minister can be assigned again for a second session when he finishes his mission and his legal duration of 4 years, even if there is no constitutional text for that, but by analogy with what was stated in Article 77 of the constitution that specified the president’s term in two terms and that it applies The Prime Minister shall apply to the President of the Republic.

And revealed the former deputy in parliament, Jassem Mohammed, that political discussions took place between the blocs, recently, summarized by keeping the head of the caretaker government Adel Abdul Mahdi in power until early elections.


Karbouli: The protesters have defeated the politicians since the first day of the demonstrations


, head of the solution party, Jamal Karbouli, confirmed today, Saturday, that the demonstrators have defeated the politicians since the first day of the demonstrations, over the parties.

Al-Karbouli said in a tweet on his Twitter page, followed by “Al-Ikhbaria,”: “The demonstrators have defeated the politicians since the first day of the demonstrations, when the prestige of the parties that used to fence them with kidnappings and assassinations fell with the silences that silenced the rejection of their terrorism.”

He added, “The protesters are winning because they are defending the cause of a people,” noting that “the party of power will be defeated because they are selfish.”

The head of the solution party concluded his tweet with Bashtak, “# Protesters – Victory.”

Pompeo: I assured the President of the Republic of Iraq of the commitment to eliminate escalation and the role of the coalition in combating ISIS

Baghdad / Al-Akhbariya:

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed, today, Saturday, the details of a call he had with the President of the

Republic, Barham Salih.

In a tweet on his Twitter account, Pompeo said, “The Iraqi President, Saleh, and I see them again talked

today about the important and lasting role of the international coalition in the fight against ISIS,” noting that

“our commitment to remove the escalation is a steadfast position.”

Pompeo announced on Monday (January 13th) 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 in California: “Concerning 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.”

A human rights center documents the killing and kidnapping of 5 activists in Iraq within 24 hours


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Shunem Abdullah Khoshnaw
Keywords Iraq demonstrations

Rudaw – Erbil

The Iraqi Center for the Documentation of War Crime has announced that 5
protesters have  been targeted, killed and kidnapped during the past 24 hours in Baghdad, Dhi Qar and Karbala.
The center reported in a tweet on Twitter that “armed militia kidnapped the activist (Ahmed Fadel), one of the activists of Tahrir Square, this morning, Saturday, while he was returning from the square.”

He also mentioned, “The targeting of the civil activist (Mustafa Qassem Al-Badiri) with a sound bomb in front of his house located in Al-Shuhada neighborhood in the city of Nasiriyah in Dhi Qar Governorate.”

On Friday evening, “the activist (Ahmed Alaa Al-Darraji) was kidnapped from Al-Tayaran Square after he left from Tahrir Square, and the activist (Hassan Hadi Al-Zaidi) was killed by riot police after their attack on Al-Sinak Bridge,” according to the center.

To that, the Iraqi Center for War Crime Documentation confirmed, “The activist and paramedic (Hoda Khudair) was shot dead by a silencer by the popular crowd in Karbala, in order to support the popular demonstrations in Iraq,” the center said. 

A few days ago, the Crime Documentation Center announced that the death toll of the demonstrations had risen since the start of the demonstrations to 669 people, in addition to 25,000 wounded, and the Human Rights Commission has documented 30 assassinations against activists since last October. 

Activists in the protests have been subjected to coordinated attacks such as assassinations, kidnappings and torture since the protests erupted more than two months ago, while the frequency of targeting has increased dramatically in recent weeks.

Iraq has witnessed unprecedented popular protests since the beginning of October 2019, the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi was forced to resign in early December 2019, and they insist on the departure and accountability of all political elites accused of corruption. The country managed a transitional phase in preparation for early elections\