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Section : Iraq
Baghdad / Obelisk: Spokesman for the Armed Forces Commander General, Yahya Rasoul, confirmed on Sunday 2 August 2020 that Iraq will continue to work together with the international coalition in accordance with the strategy set by the Iraqi government.
In a statement received by Al-Masalla, Rasoul said that the relationship between the Iraqi armed forces and the international coalition is based on three principles: training, armament, and equipment.
Rasoul stressed that we will continue to work together according to the strategy laid down by the Iraqi government.
Earlier, on Saturday, 25 July 2020, the international coalition handed over its location, which it occupies as a base in Bsmaya, to the Iraqi security forces.
Deputy Commander of the Joint Task Force of the International Alliance, Major-General Gibrald Strickland, said in a press statement pursued by the “obelisk” that the Joint Task Force – Operation Solid Resolve handed over its position in Camp Bsmaya to the Iraqi Security Forces thanks to the successes achieved by the Iraqi Security Forces in the campaign against ISIS.
He pointed out that he is working to refocus his positions inside Iraq, pointing out that these military moves were planned long ago in coordination with the government of Iraq.
He added that the international coalition is transferring the seventh site that it was occupying this year to the Iraqi security forces, as part of an ongoing partnership between the Iraqi security forces and the international coalition against ISIS, praising the crucial role of the Iraqi forces in liberating Mosul three years ago.
Earlier, the Deputy Commander of the International Coalition Forces announced, Thursday, July 23, 2020, that he no longer feared the resurgence of ISIS in Iraq, describing his remnants in Iraq that it is only a shadow of what it was in the past.
Even if the international coalition realizes that ISIS will not be completely eliminated, the decay of its power has allowed us to reduce our presence here in Iraq, said American General Kenneth Ekman of Baghdad during a video conference with reporters at the Pentagon.
He added that the coalition has so far built its plans on the risk of ISIS returning, but we are moving away from this, because it simply does not happen.
The general stressed that ISIS is finding it difficult to find refuge even in rural areas, because its leaders, money, logistics and media are nothing but a shadow of what it was in the past.
He added that one of the signs of success is the failure of ISIS to control lands, noting that when we reach a stage where there is only a small rebellion hiding in rural areas, in caves and mountains, we will have succeeded in general.
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Shafaq News / Iraq had hard currency reserves of 48 billion US dollars, according to the Global GFP Ranking Corporation , which indicated that China ranked first with most of the world’s reserves .
The institution said, according to its latest classification and seen by Shafaq News, that “Iraq’s reserves of hard currency, including foreign exchange and gold, reached 48 billion and 880 million dollars,” noting that “Iraq ranked 40th with the most reserves among the 138 statistically listed countries.”
She added that “Iraq ranked sixth in the Arab world after each of Saudi Arabia, whose reserves amounted to 496 billion and 400 million dollars, followed by second place Algeria with 97 billion and 890 million dollars, followed by the United Arab Emirates with reserves of 95 billion and 370 million dollars, followed by fourth in Libya with reserves amounting to 74 billion and 710 million dollars, and then Lebanon comes in fifth place with reserves of 55 billion and 420 million dollars . ”
She noted that “China ranked first with the largest reserves in the world in hard currency, with reserves of 3 trillion and 236 billion dollars, followed by second in Japan with reserves of one trillion and 264 billion dollars .”
The Central Bank of Iraq, in April 2019, reported a rise in Iraq’s foreign exchange reserves to $ 62 billion .