Writer: Al-Zarfi is the most capable candidate for prime minister, and patriots should support him

Baghdad / news

The writer and academic, Hamid Al-Kafaei, considered that the person responsible for the prime minister, Adnan Al-Zorfi, is the most capable candidate for this task, asking the patriots to support him.

In a reply to him on the tweet of Deputy Kazem Al-Sayyadi, in which the latter said that “there is no alternative to Zarrafi except Zarrafi,” Al-Kafae pointed out that: “Zarfi is definitely the best and best candidate for prime minister until now, and on patriots who want an independent, strong and reconciled Iraq with the world, support Adnan Zarfi. ”

He added that “the situation in Iraq is very dangerous, economically, healthily, securityly and politically. So will the politicians rise to the gravity of the stage or will they keep wrestling until the country slides into the abyss?”



NATO expands its mission in Iraq

04/03/2020 01:11

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Baghdad / Obelisk: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced Thursday that NATO has decided to expand its mission in Iraq by training national and security forces cadres.

During a press conference held at the end of a meeting conducted by NATO foreign ministers via a television circuit, Stoltenberg said: We agreed to expand our mission in Iraq by placing training for non-commissioned officers, mine experts and federal police cadres within the framework of its program.



Reuters: Oil prices are improving again with the features of a Saudi-Russian agreement

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Reuters reported that crude prices recorded their largest one-session gains ever today after Saudi Arabia called an emergency producers meeting to deal with market turmoil and US President Donald Trump’s statements that he expects Russia and Saudi Arabia to announce a significant reduction in oil production.

Trump said he had spoken to Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and that he expected Saudi Arabia and Russia to cut oil production by up to ten million barrels and possibly even 15 million barrels, as both countries indicated their willingness to conclude an agreement.

Brent futures rose $ 5.20, or 21 percent, to settle the settlement price at $ 29.94 a barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate crude rose $ 5.01, or 24.7 percent, to close at $ 25.32.

Despite the huge gains, oil prices are still down more than half this year.


The Democratic Party: four demands in exchange for our passage

Editing Date: 4/20/2020 20:47


The Kurdistan Democratic Party revealed, on Thursday, the agreement of the Kurdish parties to enter into a direct and frank dialogue with Zarfi on the conditions of the Kurds to support him, stating that the conditions include the salaries of the Peshmerga, Article 140, the region’s oil, and Kurdistan’s share in the budget.

The leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Sherzad Saeed, said, “The Kurds have no veto on any person who takes over as prime minister, provided that it does not contradict Kurdistan’s interests and demands.”

He added that “the recent meetings produced a unified agreement for all the Kurdish parties on their discussions with the Prime Minister-designate Adnan Al-Zorfi,” noting that “the agreement requires opening an open and direct dialogue with Al-Zarfi on the Kurdish demands to support him to take the position.”

Saeed explained that “the Kurdish demands are summed up by four points, the salaries of the Peshmerga, the region’s share in the budget, Kurdistan oil, and Article 140”.


A “smart crushing blow” … possible US scenarios to destroy Iran’s influence in Iraq

April 02, 2020

The United States launched air strikes last month targeting pro-Iranian Hezbollah militia locations in response to the killing of two American soldiers at the Taji base.

Three scenarios facing the US administration to deal with the escalation of Iranian threats in the region, including launching a landslide attack on pro-Tehran militias in Iraq, according to observers.

These weightings coincide with the assertion of US President Donald Trump on Wednesday that Iran or its proxies are planning a lightning attack on American targets in Iraq and warned that they will pay a “very high price.”

Before that, the New York Times said in an expanded report last Friday that “the Pentagon has ordered the military leaders to plan an escalation in the military campaign in Iraq and prepare for a process” to destroy the militias affiliated with Iran.

“Iran is currently trying to take advantage of the internal situation in the United States and its preoccupation with the repercussions of the outbreak of the new Corona epidemic to carry out provocative actions in Iraq,” said Iraqi political analyst Haitham Al-Hiti.

Al-Hiti added to Al-Hurra that “Tehran also believes that US President Donald Trump will not undertake any major military action at the moment, because he is preparing to enter the presidential elections scheduled for next November, and also as a result of public opinion preoccupation with the Corona crisis.”

Tensions between Washington and Tehran worsened after a US air strike on January 3 killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who founded the Iraqi Shiite Hezbollah Brigades after 2003.

Iran responded by launching a missile attack on the Iraqi base of al-Assad, where US forces are stationed, on January 8. No American soldier was killed or instantly injured in the attack, but more than 100 soldiers were diagnosed with brain injuries later.

The United States blamed the Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigades for a missile attack on March 11 that killed two American soldiers and a 26-year-old British soldier in Iraq, and launched a day later in airstrikes targeting fighters of this faction in Iraq.

Then continued attacks on US interests in Iraq, with Katyusha rockets, which the United States believes that the pro-Iranian factions are behind.

Al-Haiti asserts that the United States has three options to deal with the Iranian threats and the factions loyal to it, one of which is that Washington persists in the Iranian provocations until the end of the Corona crisis, and this is an existing option.

The second option, which has little chance, according to Haiti, is for the United States to return to the negotiating table, “and it is a difficult choice because it will be seen as a retreat for the White House administration.”

Despite the calm that prevailed in relations between Washington and Tehran with the conclusion of the Iranian nuclear deal in 2015, the relations deteriorated with a decision that Trump made almost two years ago to withdraw from this agreement and reimpose the US sanctions that paralyzed the Iranian economy.

Al-Haiti notes that “a third option is to launch a decisive strike aimed at Iran’s arms in Iraq and end its presence to a large extent, and this is one of the most likely options at the present time.”

What would the strike look like?

The Iraqi political analyst believes that the American attack, if it had taken place, would be smart, using sophisticated weapons in a manner similar to the one that killed Qasim Soleimani near Baghdad Airport.

There will be little reliance on the human effort on the ground and will focus on the use of smart weapons to avoid losses among US forces, according to Haiti.

It is believed that “the decisive strike will begin targeting the militia headquarters and main camps and ending its presence completely by relying on careful intelligence to collect information and monitor all militias affiliated with Iran.”

In addition to this, Al-Haiti said, “Alternative sites adopted by the militia loyal to Tehran after the killing of Soleimani and the flight of all of its leaders to Iran or their disappearance from view are also being targeted.”

And he confirms that such an operation requires a great intelligence effort and a period of time that may reach about 30 days, but its results will be decisive and will lead to the destruction of the militias and the demoralization of their morale, especially if their start is strong by hunting their leaders and destroying their vital facilities such as rocket factories and others. ”

What should be associated with this process? 

Al-Haiti says that the states will, before that, secure and protect their forces deployed in Iraqi military bases in order to reduce the losses that could occur as a result of the reaction of Iran and the factions loyal to it.

The United States began this week to deploy the Patriot air defense missile system in Iraq, nearly two months after the American forces were attacked by Iranian ballistic missiles, according to American and Iraqi military sources told AFP.

One of the Patriot batteries reached the Ain al-Assad base, where US soldiers are deployed, last week, and is being installed, while another has reached a base in Erbil, the largest city in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

This came in conjunction with the withdrawal of the US-led international coalition from several bases inside Iraq in recent weeks.

Al-Haiti notes that “these tactical measures aim to protect American soldiers from targeting, given that the bases in which they are currently deployed are secure and difficult to target by militias.”

Al-Haiti concludes by saying, “The United States is currently preparing for one of the two options. As for patience with Iranian provocations and trying to reduce losses in its forces, or preparing for an overwhelming smart blow that ends Iran’s influence in Iraq.”


With the drop in oil prices, the parliamentary economy presented 14 proposals to confront the economic crisis


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Today, Thursday, the Parliamentary Economic Committee presented 14 proposals to confront the economic crisis, especially with the decline in oil prices and the stagnation of the global economy due to the outbreak of the Corona epidemic.

A statement to the office of a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Economy and Investment, Mazen Al-Faili, stated that “due to the difficult economic conditions that our dear country is going through and the increasing challenges, most notably the low oil prices, the global recession, the Corona pandemic and other accumulated economic challenges, we offer a set of proposals and initial measures that can alleviate Painful effects on our people. ”

He noted that “the most important of these measures are:

1. Reducing the salaries of those with general manager rank and above by (60% ؜) and they are allocated to include additional numbers in the social welfare network who have no monthly income.

2- Approving compulsory savings with government bonds for employees whose salaries exceed three million and 20% of their salaries and at an interest rate that is met when the country’s economic conditions improve.

3. Elimination of investment expenditures in the 2020 budget and current expenditures for non-essential sections (such as commodity and service supplies and capital expenditures), which do not include unjustified expenses in stable conditions, so how in such dangerous economic conditions.

4- Allocating a special emergency budget to cover the requirements to combat the Corona epidemic and disbursing them to operational and investment requirements in accordance with specific priorities in terms of health reality controls and standards and challenges.

5- Collect the money due and the taxes imposed on the mobile phone companies without any delay or installment.

6- Adopting strict procedures for controlling and collecting non-oil revenues, especially in border outlets and for all provinces and regions, and registering federal revenues that are distributed fairly to all Iraqis.

7- Postponing the payment of all external debts, including Kuwait compensation

8- Agreement with licensing tour companies to reduce unnecessary costs on the one hand and pay the dues of its current work with oil instead of cash to reduce losses to Iraq from lower oil prices.

9- Postpone the work of all economic agreements with neighboring countries or China in the foreseeable time, especially as its fields are not a priority and some of them are unfair in Iraq.

10- Obliging the region to hand over all the oil produced to the Ministry of Oil for federal marketing, and otherwise its allocations allocated in the budget are transferred to the rest of the Iraqi provinces according to the population ratio, which is a budget of approximately (15) trillion dinars.

11- The issuance of national bonds to citizens through government banks at an encouraging rate of interest that is satisfied when the economic conditions improve to finance the necessary budget with important allocations.

12- Activating anti-corruption efforts, especially its major files, to collect the huge money seized by the corrupt and reallocate them to resources and important exchange gates.

13- The region is obliged to pay the value of any quantity of oil sold outside the legal federal context and calculate it from within its budget.

14- Find quick, easy and transparent mechanisms for the delivery of ration card materials and social network care salaries within a week and enough to cover the need for those covered by them for at least two months.


Al-Zarfi warns the Minister of Defense of the danger of continuing attacks in the center and north of the country

Editing Date: 2/4/2020 14:31 • 68 times read


Prime Minister-designate Adnan Al-Zarfi and Minister of Defense received Najah Al-Shammari at his residence in Baghdad.

Al-Zorfi stressed, according to a statement of his office, during the meeting, “the importance of completely eliminating the remnants of the ISIS terrorist organization in various regions, warning of the danger of continuing attacks on the military units in central and northern Iraq.”

He stressed that “his prospective government puts in its priorities the security challenge and put the appropriate plans to address firmly all the remnants of the terrorist organization, and upgrade the efficiency and performance of the armed forces in preparation for controlling the borders and preserving the sovereignty of Iraq.”

On the other hand, Al-Shammari outlined the most important challenges facing the Iraqi armed forces, particularly the Iraqi army, confirming his ministry’s readiness to launch a major campaign to eliminate all remnants of the ISIS terrorist.


Oil Minister: Iraq supports the call for an urgent meeting of OPEC

Editing Date: 4/2020 19:14


Iraq renewed its call, today, Thursday, to accelerate the holding of an urgent meeting of OPEC oil-exporting countries and producers allied to them from outside, and its support for all calls that come in this framework.

A spokesman for the Oil Ministry, Asim Jihad, said in a statement received [where] that the Deputy Prime Minister for Energy and Oil Minister Thamer Abbas Al-Ghadban sent a message to the Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC Mohamed Barkindo this day, in which he stressed Iraq’s support for an urgent meeting of the Organization of Exporting Countries For OPEC + to study the repercussions of the oil market, and to take quick measures to restore stability to the oil market and restore the balance between supply and demand. ”

He added that anger had had many contacts with OPEC ministers and allied allies from outside it, and with the organization’s secretary and head of The current session, in which he called for the necessity of returning member ministers to the dialogue table in order to work to stop the repercussions of the collapse of oil markets, and accelerate agreement on a formula that contributes to the stability of the oil market and rebalancing,

Jihad pointed out that the Oil Minister expressed his confidence in the possibility of agreeing during the next meeting, on a formula that contributes to achieving positive results that are in everyone’s interest

and gradually restore stability to the global market.

Saudi Arabia had called for an urgent meeting of OPEC + and a group of other countries in an effort to reach a fair agreement that would restore the desired balance to the oil markets


Urgent, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has been infected with the Coruna virus

Editing Date: 4/20/25 18:35

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Ali Larijani, the President of the Iranian Parliament, was infected today by the new Corona virus, and

Iranian media reported Thursday evening that the Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani was infected with the Corona virus,

indicating that Larijani was transferred to a hospital for the purpose of placing him in quarantine