Washington comments on “missile strikes in the international area of Baghdad”

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July 06, 2020

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A spokesman for the US State Department assured Al-Hurra that the ministry is aware of reports of rockets falling on the international zone in Baghdad. 

The spokesman told Al-Hurra that the Iraqi security services are leading the investigation into this matter. He added that the threat of missile attacks “is dangerous not only for us, but for the Iraqi government, neighboring diplomatic missions, and residents of the former international zone and surrounding areas.”

The State Department spokesman recalled the remarks made by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo last Wednesday in which he commended the Iraqi government for bringing all armed groups under their control, including those that fire missiles at Iraqi government facilities.

Minister Pompeo also said that “the presence of these outlaw actors remains the greatest obstacle to additional assistance or economic investment” for the country. He added that “the world in order to help Iraq, Iraq must help itself first, and that Baghdad’s actions are a step in the right direction and we commend it.”

The US State Department’s statements came after reports that, on Sunday night, Baghdad airport was hit by an unexploded missile, according to Iraqi media.

However, the Iraqi Security Media Cell denied the fall of a Katyusha missile near the Baghdad International Airport terminal.

“The Baghdad Operations Command did not indicate any missile launches until 0050 hours, and we call on the media to be accurate and to take information exclusively from the security media cell,” a cell statement said Sunday.

The Katyusha missile had targeted earlier Sunday the Green Zone, where the United States embassy is located in Baghdad, in a new attack on American interests, a week after the arrest and release of pro-Iranian fighters in the background of those attacks.

Since October 2019, more than 33 missiles have targeted Iraqi facilities hosting diplomats or foreign soldiers, as well as the US embassy in Baghdad.



The Minister of Transport announces major changes to the joints of Iraqi Airways

7/20/2020 22:45

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Section : Iraq

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Baghdad / Obelisk: Minister of Transport Nasser Hussein Bandar Al-Shibli revealed Sunday, 5 July 2020, a package of important administrative and professional reforms and measures to improve the performance of Iraqi Airways.

A statement of the ministry stated, “These measures included events of major changes in the important and essential work joints that will enhance the reality of work in the next stage.”

And the Minister of Transport, during his meeting with a number of division directors Sunday, at the company’s headquarters and in the presence of a number of members of the Parliamentary Services Committee, that “Iraqi Airways is an important and sovereign formation and there is a clear focus for its performance as the national carrier in the country.”

After an extended meeting with the Director General of Iraqi Airways, Manaf Abdel Moneim, and the directors of the main divisions and divisions, the Minister affirmed, “There is clear progress in the work mechanisms for the purpose of promoting the economies of the national carrier by discussing many of its joints, particularly the work of agencies, the recovery of sums paid by agents, and reaching stages Advanced with ATST as well as the work of the Air Cargo Village, which aims to maximize its revenues in order to improve its position in the service of travelers. ”

He ordered the Minister of Transport to “pay the salaries of the contracts this month and find a radical solution regarding them.”

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Security Media Cell denies targeting Baghdad airport with ‘Katyusha’: We have not indicated a missile launch

2020.07.06 – 02:26

People – Baghdad  

On Monday, the Security Media Cell denied targeting Baghdad International Airport with a missile attack, calling for accuracy in the transmission of security information.  

The cell said in a statement, which “people” received a copy of, (July 6, 2020), “Several media outlets reported on the Katyusha rocket landing near the Baghdad International Airport terminal.”  

The statement added, “We deny this news completely, and the Baghdad Operations Command did not signal any missile launches until 0050 hours, and we call on the media to be accurate and take information exclusively from the security media cell.”  

Media and pages circulated on social networks, at dawn on Monday, news of the Katyusha rocket landing near the Baghdad airport terminal.  


Al-Kazemi’s office spokesman resigned two days after his assignment

Baghdad News:

Professor of political science, Al-Nahrain University, Yassin Al-Bakri announced, on Monday, that he will resign from the position of spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Information Office, just two days after Al-Bakri was assigned to that task.

He said al – Bakri in the tweet , “Ladies and Gentlemen ,,

Greetings ,,

announced my resignation from the post of spokesman for the official media of the Office of the Prime Minister,

and so special to my circumstances.

Secure, peaceful and love for Iraq and Iraqis.

With higher my respect.

He revealed a government source, last Saturday, naming Yassin Bakri Officially speaking on behalf of the Information Office of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.


Parliamentary Finance: No delay in the distribution of employee salaries after today

Editing Date: 7/5/2020 22:44

Ayna News – Baghdad

Parliamentary Finance Committee confirmed, on Sunday, that there will be no delay in distributing salaries to state employees after today.

A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, MP Ahmad Mazhar Al-Jubouri, said that “multiple reasons contributed collectively to the delay in paying the salaries of Iraqi state employees and retirees during the past days, despite the approval of the internal and external borrowing law that provided flexibility for the government to pay salaries.”

Al-Jubouri added, “The delay in paying the salaries of June will be the last, and for the rest of the months, salaries will be paid and disbursed within normal times without any delay. We are assured by the public opinion that the state is obligated to pay salaries to all employees within the approved timelines.”

The government was late in tightening and paying the salaries for the month of June, which raised public concern, despite the approval of the internal and external borrowing law.


Disclosure of the main reason behind the late payment of salaries of state employees

Policy 7/20/2020 20:23 104    

Baghdad Today – Baghdad

Parliament member of the Finance Committee, MP Ahmad Mazhar al-Jubouri, revealed on Sunday 5 July 2020 what he described as the “main reason” behind the delay in paying the salaries of state employees.

Al-Jubouri said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi directed the departments concerned with an urgent audit of the salary file in all ministries and government institutions in Iraq, to reveal who receives more than one salary.”

He pointed out that “scrutiny of lists that contain huge numbers of names require time not less than that, and this is the reason for delaying payment of salaries over the past days.”

He added, “The audit campaign revealed thousands of names that received more than a salary from the Iraqi state,” stressing that “what Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazimi has done in this context is an important step towards economic reform and the creation of a framework for justice and equality among all Iraqis.”

He noted that “the audit process has not ended and it is continuing around the clock, and there are expectations that thousands of other names will receive more than one salary in government institutions.”

Al-Jubouri pointed out that “resolving the audit file needs additional time because the matter requires great efforts and the government will have firm measures according to our information about who receives more than one salary, but it is too early to explain what the legal steps are at the present time until the file is completely resolved.”

Today, the Rafidain Bank announced the direct distribution of pensioners ’salaries for the month of July.

The bank said in a statement received (Baghdad today), that “the salaries of civil and military retirees for the month of July were commenced through electronic payment tools.”

The statement added, “Civil and military retirees can receive their monthly salaries from anywhere they are.”

Earlier, the Central Bank of Iraq announced, on Thursday (02 July 2020), the Ministry of Finance’s assistance in securing three-month salaries, while talking about the date for the disbursement of the salary of last June.

“A directive issued by re-dividing bonds in favor of the Ministry of Finance by about 8 trillion dinars,” said Ihsan Shamran, director general of accounting at the Central Bank, in a statement carried by the official news agency.

He added, “These bonds will enable the Ministry of Finance to secure employee salaries for the months of July and August,” noting that “the central bank has made it easy for the Ministry of Finance to process the debt repayment for a period of 10 years.”

Shamran indicated that “the Ministry of Finance can receive money from banks,” noting that “the payment of employees’ salaries is likely at the beginning of next week.”

The Director General of Accounting stressed that “the central bank has a major role in facing the current financial crisis that Iraq is going through.”


Rafidain Bank begins distributing the salaries of retirees for the month of July



Baghdad /

Al-Akhbaria Al-Rafidain Bank announced on Sunday that it has begun distributing the salaries of civil and military retirees for the month of July.
The media office of the bank said in a statement, “Al-Ikhbaria” received a copy of it today, that “the salaries of civil and military retirees for the month of July have been started through electronic payment tools.”
He added, “Civil and military retirees can receive their monthly salaries from anywhere they are.

Peshmerga announces agreement with the Iraqi defense to establish 4 security coordination centers, one of them in Kirkuk

security 7/20/2020 17:36 79    

Baghdad today – follow up

Secretary General of the Peshmerga Ministry – Jabbar Yawar revealed the most important thing agreed upon in the last meeting held in Baghdad last week and gathered a delegation from his ministry with representatives from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. 

Yawer said in a televised interview followed by (Baghdad Today) that “it was agreed to establish 4 joint coordination centers in the constitutional Article 140 areas for the disputed areas in Diyala, Kirkuk, Makhmour and Mosul.” 

He added, “There is a discussion about the mechanism of these centers and whether there will be joint operations and joint lines.”

He pointed out that we had a successful experience before the ISIS invasion of Mosul through joint coordination centers in Diyala, Kirkuk and Mosul, we had controls, patrols, joint security work and joint operations, and we were able to fully control these areas and no terrorist attacks occurred for many years, especially after the withdrawal of American forces. 2011 “.

He concluded by saying, “Currently, we want to restore the same mechanism of work because ISIS terrorists have nests in these areas, and they threaten people, install ambushes and mines and take royalties.”

On Saturday, Deputy Chief of Peshmerga Staff, Major General Qarman Kamal, denied that there was an agreement with the Ministry of Defense to redeploy the Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk and the disputed areas.

“The recent visit of a delegation from the Peshmerga Ministry to Baghdad was positive and achieved good results, and we exchanged views on the danger of ISIS in the disputed spokesman,” Karman Kamal said in an interview with (Baghdad Today).

Kamal added, “The Peshmerga provide official reports to Baghdad continuously regarding the movements of ISIS, and we agreed on more cooperation and coordination, and we believe that the presence of this security and military cooperation will achieve a mutual benefit.”

The Peshmerga Deputy Chief of Staff denied, ”

Last Thursday, the official spokesman for the joint operations, Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji, revealed a meeting held with the Peshmerga forces, which is the first of its kind to start a new security coordination and fill security gaps in various regions of the country.

Al-Khafaji said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “an important meeting was held today, for the Supreme Committee for Coordination between the Center and the Region regarding the areas where there are no combat and security forces.”

And that “the meeting was attended by a high-level delegation, from the Peshmerga Ministry headed by the Chief of Staff of the Peshmerga, General Jabbar Al-Yawar, Secretary-General of the Peshmerga Ministry, and a number of Peshmerga officers, discussed under the guidance of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Mustafa Al-Kazemi with the joint operations delegation, which was attended by the Deputy Joint Operations Team Abdul Amir al-Shammari, the commander of the ground forces, Major General Qassim al-Muhammadawi, in addition to senior officers and the spokesperson for joint operations, coordinating security sectors and filling security gaps in the country’s regions. ”

He explained that “the meeting is the first of its kind to coordinate between joint operations and peshmerga, fill the gaps and open centers for joint coordination in several places and regions and combat the ISIS terrorist organization.”

He stressed that “the meeting ended with an agreement to hold a series of other high-level meetings, in order to start a new and practical relationship for the distribution of security sectors through coordination between the center and the region, filling security voids, pursuing ISIS elements and preventing infiltration, and agreeing to open joint centers between peshmerga officers and the rest Security forces to unify visions to pursue the remnants of terrorism. ”


The capital of banks operating in Iraq exceeds 15 trillion dinars

7/20/2020 10:34

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Association of Iraqi Private Banks revealed, on Sunday 5 July 2020, the size of the Iraqi banking sector, as the capital of banks operating inside the country reached more than 15 trillion dinars.

The executive director of the Association of Iraqi Private Banks, Ali Tariq, said that the Association of Banks provides all financial media and researchers with financial information for the banking sector that explains its size and impact in Iraq during the year 2019, noting that the data prepared by the central bank indicates an increase in the capital of the banking sector to more From 15 trillion dinars.


He added that the banking sector has witnessed a great development during the past years, and was able to increase the volume of lending and deposits in banks, which will positively affect the Iraqi economy, especially after the Central Bank reduced interest on small and medium enterprises.


Tareq stressed that the capital of Iraqi banks amounted to more than 15.3 trillion dinars until 2019, divided into 3.3 trillion dinars, the capital of government banks, while the capital of private banks amounted to 12 trillion dinars, pointing out that deposits in the banking system amounted to 82.1 trillion dinars, including 71.38 trillion dinars in banks Government while in private banks amounted to 10.72 trillion dinars.

Tariq added that the cash credit amounted to 42 trillion dinars divided into 34.2 trillion dinars provided by government banks and 7.8 trillion dinars provided by private banks, while pledge credit amounted to 25.2 trillion dinars divided into 17.2 trillion dinars from government banks and 8 trillion dinars from private banks .

He stressed that bad debts amounted to 4.1 trillion dinars divided into 2.37 trillion dinars in government banks and 1.77 trillion in private banks, and this failure is due to the lack of commitment of borrowers to pay back borrowing money, explaining that the profits of banks during the past year amounted to 1090 billion dinars divided into 956 billion Dinars for government banks and 134 billion dinars for private banks.



Al-Hakim briefs Blackshart about his new alliance and its role in the coming stage


05-07-2020 01:55 PM

Baghdad / news

The leader of the Al-Hikma Movement, Ammar Al-Hakim, today, Sunday, received the United Nations Representative in Iraq, Jenin Blaskhardt, and briefed her on the role of the Iraqi coalition in supporting the path of the state.

Al-Hakim said in a statement received by “Al-Ikhbaria”, a copy of it, “We discussed during our reception the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Baghdad, Jenin Blaskhart, the developments of the political scene in Iraq and the region and the health crisis facing the world.”

He added: “Where we stressed the need to intensify efforts to confront the Corona pandemic and address the economic reality imposed by the declining oil prices, and we demonstrated the importance of diversifying sources of income and activating the tourism, agriculture and industry sectors.”

He continued: “We also discussed the file of early elections and the need to resolve the laws related to them, and we also called on the United Nations to assist in training and exchange of experiences.”

Al-Hakim continued: “On behalf of the” Iraqi “coalition, we said that it is an Iraqi coalition that seeks to support the path of the state and restore confidence in the political system, and we affirmed that its doors are open to anyone who believes in these goals.”