A spokesman for the Commander in Chief reveals the fact that the Peshmerga have returned to areas under the control of the Federal Forces

security 7/20/2020 19:45 667 Editor: ht    

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Today, Thursday (9 July 2020), the spokesman of the Armed Forces Commander in Chief, Yahya Rasool, revealed the fact that the Peshmerga have returned to areas under the control of the federal forces.

Messenger said in a press statement I followed (Baghdad today), “The meetings between representatives of the Peshmerga Ministry and representatives of the federal government forces are continuing to develop the correct mechanism for the work of joint coordination centers in a number of regions and governorates, with the aim of exchanging intelligence and pursuing ISIS cells, especially since there are some Areas experiencing a security vacuum between the peshmerga mantle and the presence of pieces of the federal government, reaching in some areas a distance of 10 square kilometers, or more up to 13 square kilometers.

He added, “He denies the return of the Peshmerga forces to any area controlled by the forces of the Federal Government.”

Rasul valued the “role of the Peshmerga forces that are within the Iraqi national defense system, and they had a heroic and courageous stance in confronting ISIS elements and in the liberation battles in the city of Mosul, and there was a constellation of heroic martyrs from the Peshmerga forces and the wounded, and this role should be mentioned.”

As for the coordination centers, their mission will be to provide information to the leadership, whether in the Peshmerga Ministry or the Joint Operations Command, to take the appropriate decision, according to a spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

Rasoul alluded to the possibility of leaving a joint force of the (Peshmerga Forces – Federal Forces) to carry out operations against ISIS cells.

Regarding the Turkish bombing of several regions of the Kurdistan Region, Rasul explained that “the neighboring countries must respect the sovereignty of Iraq.”

Earlier, the Secretary General of the Peshmerga Ministry, Jabbar Yawar, confirmed on Thursday (July 9, 2020) that many fallacies were raised recently about the recent meeting that took place between the Ministry and the Iraqi Defense early this month, and while he indicated that the meeting touched on three main axes, He emphasized that the Peshmerga were actually concentrated in many disputed areas along more than a thousand km.

Yawar denied during a televised interview I followed (Baghdad today), what was circulated during the past days, from the conclusion of an agreement according to which the Peshmerga forces returned to Kirkuk, which called for the issuance of an official denial by the Joint Operations Command, and described those reports as “fallacies.”

He added, “On July 2, we held the third meeting between the Supreme Coordination Committee in the ministries of the Peshmerga and Defense in Baghdad, at the request of the Ministry of Defense.”

Yawar pointed out that “the atmosphere of the meeting was positive, where a detailed and extensive discussion was held on a range of issues, the most important of which are three axes, which are the coordination centers between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army, and the second is the positions of the Kurdistan Regional Forces and federal forces from Khanaqin to Sinjar, as well as identifying the existing security voids The third axis is the implementation of joint military operations against ISIS militants. ”

The delegation included both the chief of the Peshmerga Staff, Lt. Gen. Jamal Emenki, the Secretary-General of the Ministry, Lt. Jabbar Yawer, and a number of senior officers in the ministry, and met with a delegation of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense headed by the Deputy Commander of Joint Operations Abdul Amir al-Shammari.

A well-informed source confirmed, Thursday (July 09 2020), that the Iraqi Defense Ministry delegation will arrive in Erbil early next week, to complete discussions with the Peshmerga on many points and issues.

The source said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “the two sides will complete the discussions that took place in Baghdad, including agreeing on coordination committees and joint points and their locations, and joint operations that will take place to pursue ISIS elements and the date of the beginning of these operations, in coordination between the two parties.”

He added, “There is an initial agreement to form 4 joint points between the army and the Peshmerga, and their locations will be in Kirkuk, Khanaqin, Makhmour and Sinjar, while a center for the exchange of intelligence information will be formed between the two sides.”

He pointed out that “the agreement does not include the deployment of the Peshmerga forces, but rather it is sufficient to restore the joint chambers that were before 2014 without the presence of the Peshmerga forces in external control.”



A valid announcement for Kurdistan employees regarding the distribution of salaries

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09/20/2020 11:06:55

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Shafaq News / The Ministry of Finance and Economy of the Kurdistan Regional Government announced, on Thursday, a schedule for the distribution of salaries to all ministries, bodies and departments of the regional government.

The schedule, which was reported to Shafaq News Agency, stated that the next Saturday and Sunday will witness the distribution of the salaries of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, people with special needs, the Judicial Council, the ministries of justice, natural resources, endowments, religious affairs, planning, industry, trade, transportation, communications, the Financial Supervision Bureau, human rights, regions outside the region, the Environment Authority, and the Investment Authority The Integrity Commission, the Electoral Commission, the Landmine Foundation and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

According to the same schedule, next Monday will witness the distribution of the salaries of the ministries of municipalities, tourism, electricity, agriculture, water sources, culture, youth, construction, and housing, and the presidency of the region, parliament, and the Council of Ministers.

The regional government had decided last month to deduct 21 percent of employee salaries for one month, due to the financial crisis in the region as a result of Baghdad cutting the salaries of employees of the region and declining oil prices in global markets.

The government said it had taken this step to be able to distribute the available funds to all employees.

It is expected that the region will resume its talks with the Iraqi government next week to resolve outstanding issues, including the re-payment of salaries of the region’s employees.

The previous Iraqi government headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi had cut last April the salaries of state employees in the Kurdistan Region after accusing the region of not committing to an agreement to deliver 250 thousand barrels of oil per day to the company “Sumo” owned by Baghdad, which was denied by the government of Erbil.

Al-Kazemi’s government agreed two months ago to launch salaries for one month for the region’s employees, and mortgaged it regularly on Baghdad and Erbil’s agreement on the oil file and the region’s share of the federal budget.


The Anti-Money Laundering Office issues a statement on the European decision: Iraq will be removed from the list of high-risk countries soon

7/20/2020 12:55

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Office in Iraq, on Thursday 9 July 2020, issued a statement regarding the decision of the European Union Commission to continue to keep Iraq in the revised list of high-risk countries on money laundering and terrorist financing.

A statement of the office mentioned to the “obelisk” stated that the efforts made to remove the name of Iraq from the European list of high-risk countries are still ongoing since the issuance of that list for the first time in 2016, which was more comprehensive than the list issued by the International Financial Action Group FATF.

He added that in 2018, after meeting many requirements and clear progress in the Iraq file in the field of combating money laundering and terrorist financing, the name of Iraq was removed from the international list of the FATF group to escalate the impact of that effort and cohesion in order to accelerate the removal of his name from the European list through compliance The full European standards in this field, and Iraq has continued, through high-level coordination between its government agencies to develop anti-money laundering and terrorist financing measures by issuing regulations and instructions regulating this sector and the acquisition of devices and programs that contribute to uncovering this type of operation in addition to entering into bilateral and multiple treaties The parties are concerned with international cooperation in combating these crimes.

The statement pointed out that the continued inclusion of Iraq in the European Union list was not due to the indication of a deficiency in the Iraq file, but was under the pretext that the security situation in Iraq did not enable the European Union Commission to stand on the Iraqi situation in the field or communicate with Iraq directly, and that this reason It was not a technical or acceptable reason for the continued inclusion of Iraq in this list. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance took the initiative to send letters of protest against the European Commission’s recent recommendation not to remove Iraq from the list.

He continued: The Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Office also continued to hold meetings with the relevant authority in the Commission to explain and provide evidence that Iraq fulfills the requirements and standards of the European Union in the field of combating money laundering financing terrorism.

He pointed out that it is important to point out that the last recommendation of the European Commission has not yet entered into force and that it does not mean preventing dealing with Iraq, but rather is limited to applying due diligence towards financial transactions that Iraqi institutions are part of, and that the extraordinary efforts made by many government agencies recently contributed In communicating the voice of Iraq and its real efforts in this field, it is hoped that the European list will be reviewed soon, and that the name of Iraq will be removed from it.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fouad Hussein, had expressed Iraq’s disappointment at the decision of the European Union Commission to include Iraq in the revised list of high-risk countries regarding money laundering and terrorist financing.

In his letter to his European counterparts, Hussein expressed his surprise at the justification given by the committee for its decision on Iraq, and disclosed by saying: Our competent authorities have been working closely over the past two years to provide the necessary and relevant information through official channels on meeting the requirements of the European Union to combat money laundering and financing Terrorism.

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