Al-Ghanimi announces that a force will be sent to Basra to arrest the “killers” “within hours”

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Shafaq News / The Minister of Interior, Othman Al-Ghanimi announced that a force had been sent to arrest the killers of activists in Basra Governorate. A high-ranking delegation arrived from Baghdad on Saturday evening, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to witness the escalation of assassinations against activists in the province.

Al-Ghanimi said in statements from Basra, “We will pursue the criminals and arrest the” killers “within hours, through a force that went to fulfill this duty.

Al-Kazemi threatens to dismiss Basra officials: You must detect criminals as soon as possible

Unidentified gunmen launched a series of operations and assassination attempts against activists in the protests last week.

The two most violent attacks took place in Basra, killing a number of activists and civilians, while other activists were subjected to assassination attempts in other governorates, including Baghdad and Dhi Qar.

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Al-Kazemi threatens to dismiss Basra officials: You must detect criminals as soon as possible

 

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Shafaq News / The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi waved on Saturday the dismissal of Basra Governorate officials from their posts, especially the security leaders, against the background of the recent wave of assassinations against activists in the protests, calling on them to reveal the criminals as soon as possible.

Al-Kazemi’s speech came during his visit to Basra and his meeting with the security and military leaders at the Basra Operations Command headquarters.

Al-Kazemi said, during the meeting, according to a statement from his office received by Shafaq News, “Our presence in Basra is exceptional, because Basra is important for us and we do not accept failures to protect its security.”

He added that “outlaw groups have been trying for some time to intimidate the people of Basra, and they constitute a threat to them and all Iraqis,” addressing the security leaders, saying, “You must work with all means to provide security for the people of Basra, and there are criminals who commit assassinations, but we have not seen an act equivalent to the gravity of This crime. “

Al-Kazemi pointed out that “uncontrolled weapons and tribal problems are unacceptable, and there must be proactive action, as transgression, lawbreaking and crime cannot be dealt with in passing.”

And he added, “We have to restore the citizens’ confidence in the security services, and I came directly from travel with the security ministers and heads of the security services to support the security forces and raise the morale, and work for the establishment of security in the province.”

He noted that “the failures that occurred must be avoided, and the recent assassinations constitute a breach that we cannot tolerate.”

Al-Kazemi waved the dismissal of security leaders who do not carry out their duties fully, saying, “There is no place for the feared within the security services, and there is no room for fear for those who work for Iraq.

He added, “I do not accept any leader who fails to do so, and what happened in Basra must be a lesson and a lesson,” addressing the security leaders in Basra, “I expect serious action from you, and you must uncover the criminals as soon as possible.”

He also expressed his rejection of any form of political interference in the security work.

Unidentified gunmen launched a series of operations and assassination attempts against activists in the protests last week.

The two most violent attacks took place in Basra, killing a number of activists and civilians, while other activists were subjected to assassination attempts in other governorates, including Baghdad and Dhi Qar.

After the assassinations, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi tweeted, saying: “Collusion with the killers or submitting to their threats is unacceptable, and we will do whatever is necessary for the Ministry of Interior and Security agencies to carry out the task of protecting the security of society from the threats of outlaws.”

The popular movement began in Iraq in October 2019 and is still continuing in a limited way, and it succeeded in overthrowing the previous government headed by Abdul Mahdi.

According to government figures, about 560 demonstrators and security personnel were killed during the protests, including dozens of activists who were assassinated by unknown perpetrators.

The Al-Kazemi government has pledged to prosecute those involved in the killing of protesters and activists, but no accused has been brought to justice so far.

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American Institute: The withdrawal may be achieved before the completion of 3 years .. 3 reasons that prevented American investments in the past

Policy 2020/08/22 16:20 1,454    

Baghdad today – Follow-up:

An American institute considers the visit of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to the United States successful, and while he spoke about 3 reasons that hindered US investments in Iraq previously, he indicated that the withdrawal promised by President Donald Trump may take place before the end of the 3-year period that he set .

The director of the American Hudson Institute for Political and Military Analysis – Richard Weitz said that the visit of the Iraqi prime minister was good, not only through his meeting with President Donald Trump, but also through the rest of the meetings in which the Iraqi delegation made progress on the economic level,

adding that “Trump talked about the agreement.” With Iraq selling more weapons and energy deals, as well as the issue of the military presence has been resolved, we may have to wait for the post-election period. ”

He pointed out that “the American withdrawal, which President Trump has set for three years, is subject to changes on the ground. ISIS has been cordoned off and the Iraqi forces with the help of the United States maintain the situation, and the organization is no longer able to establish a state again, as happened in 2014,” noting that “the American forces have been reduced and there.” There is a need to continue training Iraqi forces and providing air and intelligence support. ”

He stressed that “there is an Iraqi desire to cooperate with the United States and I think that Trump’s stay in the White House or the coming of Joseph Biden will not change the US strategy in Iraq, as the number of forces will continue to be reduced and withdrawn completely within 3 years and there may be changes on the ground that reduce the period 

.” The United States wants to avoid any escalation in Iraq and is working to stop the attacks on the camps in which it is present and to continue training the Iraqi armed forces. ”

With regard to the agreements concluded by the Iraqi delegation during the visit, Weitz said, “There is a problem in implementing the deals and agreements signed between Iraq and the United States due to the presence of 3 things, the first of which is security challenges and insufficient stability, and the second is that the Iraqi ministries were not effective in amending some laws and also there were tensions in The relationship between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government is what led to the suspension of implementation due to the existence of these obstacles. The political and economic reform in Iraq creates the appropriate ground.

He stressed that “the United States wants a good relationship between Baghdad and Erbil to implement its investments because the existence of differences and the absence of stable ground will impede this.”

With regard to the early Iraqi elections, which Al-Kazemi set June 6 of 2021 as a date for them, Weitz said, “The United States will support the upcoming Iraqi electoral process logistically and healthily in the presence of the Corona pandemic, support for security and law, and any operations expected by ISIS to target the electoral process will be responded to by the international coalition.”

The American General Electric Company revealed, Thursday (August 20, 2020), the details of the Iraqi government’s signing of two new agreements to strengthen the country’s electrical power infrastructure, with peak demand for it during the summer months.

The company said in a statement received (Baghdad today), that “the value of these two agreements amounts to $ 1.2 billion, at $ 500 million with General Electric for gas energy to carry out modernization, maintenance and vital service for a number of electric power stations, which will enhance efficiency levels and help preserve more than 6 thousand megawatts of electrical energy. ”

She added that “$ 727 million is with the network solutions business unit at General Electric for Renewable Energy to enhance the electric power transmission network in Iraq, improve its stability and connect it with the energy network in Jordan,” noting that “the company is cooperating with a number of export credit agencies to secure more than one billion dollars to finance Projects in the country. ”

And the company statement continued, “General Electric enjoys a historical and long-term partnership with Iraq, and is committed to meeting the needs of the electric power in the country, in light of the efforts of both sides to lay the foundations for ambitious projects in the energy sector that contribute to securing reliable energy resources throughout the country and keeping pace with the aspirations of the Iraqi people.” .

She said: “In this context, GE Gas Energy will undertake the implementation of contracts in the country amounting to half a billion US dollars with the aim of improving and maintaining the main power plants in Iraq, which are a vital pillar to maintain the generation of 6 thousand megawatts of electric power and enhance operational efficiency.” For the electric power transmission network in Iraq and linking it with the power grid in Jordan, after signing a contract to implement this project worth 727 million dollars.

He continued, “In addition to implementing the services entrusted to it, GE will also cooperate closely with a number of export credit agencies to discuss securing more than $ 1 billion in financing for these projects.”

The American company confirmed, “In the presence of His Excellency the Prime Minister, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi and a group of officials in the governments of Iraq and the United States of America, the partnership agreements were signed by His Excellency the Iraqi Minister of Electricity, Eng. Majid Mahdi Al-Amara, and Mr. Michael Isho, Vice President and Financial Director of General Electric Gas Energy.”

The company’s statement quoted Minister of Electricity Majed Mahdi Al-Emara as saying: “Our main focus is on ensuring the continuity of the electricity supply without interruption, especially in the summer months that witness peak demand for them to meet the needs of our people and various business fields. In our relentless pursuit to achieve these goals, we have already launched There is no doubt that introducing advanced technologies at the global level, especially those aimed at modernizing our power plants and ensuring smooth and smooth operations, constitute major pillars of our strategy. The new agreements signed with the leading company in energy technologies, General Electric, are an ideal option. To meet our requirements, and based on the close partnership that brings us together to generate more electricity in the country. ”

Scott Strazik, CEO of GE Gas Energy, said: “GE has a long-standing presence in Iraq, and we are working to fulfill our promises to the country and its people. At a time when the demand for electric power is rising with the increasing number of the population, and with the aim of supporting various sectors and establishing development projects in the country, we are working to identify areas of imbalance and fill the current gaps as a top priority. We thank the Iraqi government for the confidence it has placed “With regard to our capabilities to supply the necessary energy to the areas that need it in the country whenever needed, and there is no doubt that the new agreements will clearly contribute to laying the foundations of a more reliable and robust infrastructure in the energy sector.”

Heiner Markov, CEO of Network Solutions at General Electric, said: “The importance of these agreements goes beyond the mere transmission of electric power in Iraq, as they lay the foundations for the necessary infrastructure for the country’s power transmission network and are found to advance development and pave the way for Iraq to achieve the desired positive change in its various cities. We are very proud to be able to continue to support the growth of reliable and sustainable infrastructure for electric power in Iraq. There is no doubt that these partnerships will meet the aspirations of millions of the Iraqi people and provide them with electric power, and will advance the economic development in Iraq. ”

The statement pointed out that “the service agreement signed between the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity and General Electric for gas energy is considered a vital program for modernization and maintenance, and provides for the implementation of the maintenance program in many project sites in Iraq.” GE will strive to employ the latest technologies in these sites to get back to the maximum degree. The benefit to the Ministry, such as supplying spare parts and carrying out repair and service operations in the electric power generation stations in Basra, Mosul, Baghdad, Karbala and others, which results in preserving the supply of more than 6 thousand megawatts of electric power. This comes in addition to the company’s success by adding 1575 Gigawatts of electrical energy in Iraq since December 2019, and its continued supply of 4,325 GW to meet the peak demand during the summer season.

He added that “the agreement signed between the Network Solutions Business Unit at General Electric and the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity aims to strengthen the Iraqi power transmission network and connect it with the network in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in a step that will greatly contribute to removing the pressure placed on the network and providing electric power according to the highest levels of reliability.”

The company added, “General Electric will take over the design; And supply; Installation, testing and commissioning work on designated high-voltage substations and overhead transmission lines. As part of a major initiative that will enhance the flow of operations in the national electric power grids in various parts of Iraq, the company will help supply energy to many areas severely affected during the conflicts that arose in them, and will provide all means of support for the reconstruction of these areas.

She said, “GE is committed to fulfilling all of its commitments and pledges as a partner to Iraq in developing its infrastructure and meeting its future needs. Based on its presence in Iraq for more than 50 years, GE’s partnerships are not limited to short-term power generation projects to meet peak demand during In the summer, it covers mega projects that contribute to generating energy to meet the needs of the population and industrial sectors, and the company helped secure more than $ 2.4 billion to finance energy sector projects in cooperation with export credit agencies, commercial banks, and other institutions.

The company concluded its statement:

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A primary goal for the Kazemi summit with the King of Jordan and the President of Egypt

Policy 08/22/2020 19:09 1,441 Editor: ht    

Baghdad today – Baghdad

A member of the Foreign Relations Committee in the House of Representatives, Amer Al-Fayez, said on Saturday (August 22, 2020) that there is an international role in support of the upcoming tripartite summit between Iraq, Jordan and Egypt in Amman.

Al-Fayez said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), “The meeting to be held in the Jordanian capital Amman in the coming days between the King of Jordan, Abdullah II, and the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, and the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, came as its predecessor during the era of the Prime Minister. The previous one, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, to discuss matters in the region and its developments in light of the changes and challenges taking place. “,

He added that “the Amman meeting came with international coordination to support the Al-Kazemi government,” expecting that “the meeting will result in economic and security agreements simultaneously.”

Al-Fayez indicated that “the three countries have major participants in several files, especially the economic ones.”

Earlier, revealed Jordan News Agency on Saturday (22 August 2020), for a forthcoming meeting of the Jordanian King Abdullah II Bin Al – Hussein, and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Kazemi, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al- Sisi .

The official agency, said , “The king and the Egyptian president and the Iraqi prime minister will hold a tripartite summit in Amman next week .” 

She noted that ” the summit, to be held for the third time, aims to promote economic cooperation, trade and investment between Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, adding to discuss regional issues .”

It is noteworthy that the first trilateral summit was held in Cairo in March 2019, followed by a three – way summit was held in New York in September of last year .

The Kazemi said in a press statement on Friday, during a visit to the United States, he will visit Jordan , mid – week, and then leave to Egypt to complete the agreements concluded by the former Iraqi government . ”

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An explosion targets a coalition supply convoy west of Baghdad

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Shafaq News / A security source informed Shafaq News Agency of an explosion that took place on Saturday, on the Al-Serig road west of the capital, Baghdad.

The source said that an explosive device exploded on the highway in the Ghazaliya area, west of Baghdad.

He added that the bomb targeted a column of trucks carrying logistical equipment for the international coalition forces, without causing casualties.

Columns of trucks carrying equipment and supplies for the US-led coalition have been subject to repeated attacks since last month.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. The Iraqi authorities have not yet reached the attackers.

Armed Shiite factions, including the Iraqi “Hezbollah” Brigades, had threatened to target US forces and interests in Iraq if they did not withdraw in compliance with the Iraqi parliament’s decision to end the military presence in the country.

On January 5, the Iraqi parliament voted by majority to end the foreign military presence on the country’s territory, following the killing of the Iranian Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, accompanied by the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in an American air strike near Baghdad International Airport.

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Against the background of the wave of assassinations … Al-Kazemi heads to Basra upon his arrival to Baghdad

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Shafaq News / An informed security source said that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi went to Basra Governorate, in the far south of the country, upon his arrival in Baghdad from Washington.

The source told Shafaq News that Al-Kazemi went to Basra upon his arrival in the capital, Baghdad, from Washington at the conclusion of his visit to the United States of America.

He added that a high-level security delegation was accompanying Al-Kazemi on his visit to Basra, to hold a National Security meeting there.

The source indicated that the security forces deployed heavily in the streets of Basra, shortly before Al-Kazemi’s arrival in the city, where his plane is scheduled to land shortly after at Basra airport.

Unidentified gunmen launched a series of operations and assassination attempts against activists in the protests last week.

The two most violent attacks took place in Basra, killing a number of activists and civilians, while other activists were subjected to assassination attempts in other governorates, including Baghdad and Dhi Qar.

After the assassinations, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi tweeted, saying: “Collusion with the killers or submitting to their threats is unacceptable, and we will do whatever is necessary for the Ministry of Interior and Security agencies to carry out the task of protecting the security of society from the threats of outlaws.”

The popular movement began in Iraq in October 2019 and is still continuing in a limited way, and it succeeded in overthrowing the previous government headed by Abdul Mahdi.

According to government figures, about 560 demonstrators and security personnel were killed during the protests, including dozens of activists who were assassinated by unknown perpetrators.

The Al-Kazemi government has pledged to prosecute those involved in the killing of protesters and activists, but no accused has been brought to justice so far.

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US forces withdraw from a military base in Baghdad

2020-08-22 10:42

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Shafaq News / A source in the international coalition said on Saturday that their forces, and the American forces, will withdraw from the Taji military base north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, tomorrow, Sunday.

The source told Shafaq News that the international coalition will hand over the Taji camp to Iraqi forces on Sunday morning.

The source added that this would be done through the signing of an official agreement to hand over the camp, equipment and materiel to the Iraqi side.

Al-Taji base is located about 85 km north of Baghdad. It contains an airport and a huge military base that was originally affiliated with the Iraqi Republican Guard built during Saddam’s era .

That base is said to have been a center for manufacturing chemical weapons. Taji also had the largest tank maintenance site in Iraq.

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Al-Kazemi arrives in Baghdad after concluding his visit to Washington

2020/08/22 17:55

Baghdad / Obelisk: Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi arrived in the capital, Baghdad, on Saturday, August 22, 2020, after concluding his visit to Washington.

His office stated, in a statement received by Al-Masalla, that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi returns to Baghdad after concluding his visit to Washington.

After his arrival in the US capital, Washington, DC, after midnight last Tuesday, Al-Kazemi held a round of talks with US President Donald Trump and senior officials that resulted in the conclusion of investment contracts with US companies in the economic, humanitarian, political and cultural fields.

It was also agreed to continue joint coordination to combat the terrorist ISIS.

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi described his meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House as important and successful.

On Saturday, August 22, 2020, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi discussed with the leader of the Republicans in the US Senate, bilateral relations between Iraq and the United States.

Al-Kazemi’s media office stated in a statement received by Al-Masala that he had received a phone call from the leader of the Republican majority in the US Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell.

During the call, they discussed bilateral relations between Iraq and the United States, and ways to enhance them at the economic and security levels, as well as support joint cooperation in various educational and cultural fields.

And Mitch McConnell expressed his support for the efforts of the Iraqi government and its endeavors to achieve stability in Iraq.

This comes within a number of bilateral files that Al-Kazemi is discussing, during his visit, to the American capital, Washington, at the head of a government delegation, according to the same statement.

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