An IED attack targets a convoy of logistical support companies in Sarya El Shuala

09/07/2020 22:28

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Baghdad / Al-Masalla: The Security Media Cell announced, on Monday, September 7, 2020, that an explosive device had exploded on a convoy of a logistical support company near Camp Taji.

The cell said in a statement, “An explosive device exploded on a convoy carrying” containers “for one of the logistical support companies that had withdrawn from Camp Taji, the beginning of the Shula highway north of Baghdad.

She added, “Which led to damage to the glass of one of the wheels protecting the convoy.”

On Thursday, September 3, 2020, a security source reported that a device had exploded against a truck belonging to a company contracting with the International Coalition in Dhi Qar.

The source said, “An explosive device targeted a large carrying wheel belonging to a company contracting with the coalition forces to transport logistical equipment on the highway in Dhi Qar Governorate.”

The source, who asked not to be named, added that “the losses were not known yet.”

A convoy belonging to one of the transport companies contracted with the International Coalition in Babil Governorate, on Wednesday evening, September 2, 2020, was targeted with an explosive device.

The Security Media Cell stated, in a statement, that an explosive device had exploded in Babylon on the international highway, after a convoy crossed a civilian transport company contracting with the international coalition.

It indicated, “The damage to a civilian Hino wheel that was traveling behind the convoy a great distance, and the injury of a civilian, who happened to be in the explosion.”



The presidencies of the republic and the ministers discussed 3 challenges and plans to confront them


Barham Salih

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Shafaq News / The Presidents of the Republic, Barham Salih and Ministers, Mustafa Al-Kazemi discussed, on Monday, the general situation and the progress of preparations for early elections.

A statement by Al-Kazemi’s office received by Shafaq News stated that “the two sides discussed the general conditions of the country, politically, security and economically, and the challenges and plans to overcome them.”

Al-Kazemi and Saleh also discussed “the procedures and preparations for all sectors to hold early elections, and everything that would ensure the integrity and safety of the electoral process, so that its results would be the true expression of the will of the Iraqi voter.”


FILE PHOTO: Iraqi people wearing protective masks are seen at a shopping mall after malls reopened, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions are eased, in Baghdad, Iraq July 19, 2020. REUTERS/Saba Kareem/File Photo

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SULAIMANI — Iraq is reopening its land border crossings, restaurants, hotels, and bringing back sporting events without spectators, the prime minister said on Monday (September 7), three days after it recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus infections.

Land crossings would be open for trade only so as to secure local market needs, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said in a statement. Restaurants and five-star hotels must adhere to public health guidelines, he added.

Sporting events would resume as of Sept. 12. Government agencies can now bring back to work up to 50% of their employees, he said, according to Reuters.

Iraq registered its biggest daily increase in coronavirus infections on Friday with 5,036 cases as Iraqis continue to flout lockdown rules, the health ministry said.

It recorded 4,314 new cases on Monday, the health ministry said, and 77 deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 264,684 and the total deaths to 7,589.

Kadhimi said the electoral commission would be allowed to open voter registration centres and that its employees would be exempt from curfew.

The prime minister took office in May as the third head of government in a chaotic 10-week period that followed months of unrest in a country exhausted by war with Islamist militants, corruption and economic decay.

He was appointed to head a government tasked with organising an early election, a main demand of anti-government protesters who staged months of mass demonstrations last year, and has called one, to be held in June.

(NRT Digital Media/Reuters)


Al-Kazemi discusses with Saleh the preparations for early elections: their results are the true expression of the will of the Iraqi voter

09/07/2020 21:17

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Baghdad / Al-Masalla: Prime Ministers Mustafa Al-Kazemi and the Republic, Barham Salih, discussed, Monday, September 7, 2020, everything that would ensure the integrity and safety of the upcoming elections.

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Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi discusses with the President of the Republic, Dr. Barham Salih, the general conditions and the progress of preparations for early elections


The Prime Minister, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi, received in his office today, Monday, the President of the Republic, Dr. Barham Salih.

During the meeting, they discussed the general political, security and economic situation of the country, and the challenges and plans to overcome them.

Mr. Al-Kazemi and Dr. Barham Salih discussed the procedures and preparations for all sectors to hold early elections, and everything that would ensure the integrity and safety of the electoral process, so that its results would be the true expression of the will of the Iraqi voter.

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An upcoming battle between parliamentary committees and the finance minister … and deputies accuse him of insulting Parliament

09/07/2020 20:47

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Baghdad / Al-Masalla: A member of the Saeron coalition, MP Ali Al-Lami, revealed, on Monday, September 7, 2020, that a parliamentary move was soon to question the Minister of Finance, Ali Allawi.

Ali Al-Lami said, “The Minister of Finance did not present anything to the country’s economy or his ministry.”

Al-Lami added, “The Minister of Finance has many indicators regarding the nature of his management of the financial file and not taking the advice and proposals received from the competent parliamentary committees, in addition to his uttering phrases that are not appropriate for the House of Representatives in the last meeting between the legislative and executive authority, although the House of Representatives is the one who Voice to him. ”

A member of the Saeron coalition indicated, “There is a move against the Minister of Finance, Ali Allawi, to collect all evidence and violations in order to question him in the coming days, leading to his dismissal.”

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The Supreme Committee issues several decisions, including the opening of all land ports and the increase in working hours

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Member of the Supreme Committee for Health and National Safety, Omar Al-Waeli, announced, on Monday, that several decisions have been taken, including increasing the number of work hours in government institutions.

Al-Waeli said in a statement that “the Supreme Committee held its seventeenth meeting headed by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and in the presence of all its members, and several important decisions were taken in light of what was put on the agenda, the most important of which is setting 50% regarding the official working hours for employees in government institutions and ministries.”

He added, “The committee has also taken a decision to resume trade exchange throughout the week and in all land ports exclusively, as well as opening restaurants and resuming sporting events in accordance with health conditions that must be adhered to, provided that they are implemented as of September 12 of this month.”

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP): The coming period will witness the solution of all problems between Baghdad and Erbil

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Deputy of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Mahdi Abdul-Karim, on Monday, suggested that the coming period will witness the solution of all outstanding problems between Baghdad and Erbil.

And Abdul Karim explained, “a specialized delegation headed by the vice president of the regional government will visit Baghdad to lay down the mechanisms for all the articles that have been agreed to develop working mechanisms and suggested solutions for them.”

He pointed out that “the Kurdistan Regional Government does not have any problem, and that it has a sincere intention to solve all problems whose continuation does not harm the interest of the region or the center.” A decisive solution to all outstanding problems between the two parties, “explaining that” all outstanding problems will be solved during the coming period. ”

Kurdistan Regional Government moves on double wages

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On Monday, the Kurdistan Regional Council of Ministers formed a committee to resolve the issue of salary providers .

Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, supervised today the first meeting of the second phase of the Higher Biometric Committee .

During the meeting, which was attended by Minister of Finance and Economy Awat Sheikh Janab, a discussion took place regarding starting the implementation of the second phase of biometrics and preparing for e-government by making use of technology and information in the directorates, departments and institutions and expanding the program to include other areas, and to become a main assistant for the actual implementation of the reform and converting government departments and institutions into electronic, and adopting A new way of providing services and exercising authority .

During the meeting, it was decided to form a committee to continue cleaning the lists of those who receive salaries and settle the file of double illegal salaries, based on the reform law, and assigning the Coordination and Electronic and Informational Follow-up Department at the Ministry of Finance to this task .

Talabani decided to electronically register for those who receive salaries from the beneficiaries who did not register themselves in the biometric system, taking into account the legal frameworks .

During the meeting, the Ministry of Finance and Economy decided to provide facilities in the matter of registration and identification of employees included in the registration in order for those who receive salaries to be legally registered.

The Kurdistan Finance Minister missed the regional government delegation to Baghdad due to his infection with Corona

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Shafaq News / On Monday, an informed source said that the Minister of Finance and Economy in the Kurdistan Regional Government, Awat Sheikh Janab, had been infected with Corona virus.

And Sheikh Janab is the second minister in the regional government to be affected by the epidemic, after the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Aram Muhammad Qadir.

The source said in a special statement to Shafaq News, that the members of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s negotiating delegation were subjected today 7-9-2020, and before traveling to Baghdad, to be examined for the Corona virus.

The source added that the results of the tests showed that the Minister of Finance and Economy was infected with the virus, so he will not accompany the negotiating delegation on their scheduled travel tomorrow, Tuesday, 9-8-2020.

Later, the Ministry of Finance and Economy confirmed, in an official statement, the news of Sheikh Janab’s injury.

A high-ranking delegation from the regional government headed by Qubad Talabani, deputy prime minister of the region, was scheduled to visit the capital, Baghdad, yesterday, Sunday, to resume discussions with the federal government to resolve the differences and pending issues between the two sides, except for failure to complete the negotiations that led to the postponement of the visit to tomorrow, Tuesday.

The provincial government delegation had previously made several visits to the capital, Baghdad, after the previous federal government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi stopped financing the salaries of employees and workers in the public sector in Kurdistan .

The differences and outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad are based on the region’s share of the financial budgets, the entitlements of the Peshmerga forces, the export of oil, and the disputed areas covered by Article 140 of the permanent Iraqi constitution .

On several occasions and several times, the Kurdistan Regional Government has shown its willingness to deliver 250 thousand barrels of crude oil per day in exchange for the Iraqi government funding of employees’ salaries by 450 billion Iraqi dinars per month .

Parliament ends reading and discussion of four laws and raises its session to tomorrow

07-09-2020 05:15 PM

Baghdad / Al-Akhbariya

The House of Representatives, in its second session of the fourth parliamentary session of the third legislative year of the first legislative term, which was held under the chairmanship of Muhammad al-Halbousi, Speaker of the House, ended today, Monday, the first reading of a bill and discussed three other law proposals.

At the beginning of the session, and according to a statement by the House of Representatives media department that Al-Akhbariya received, the General Secretariat of the Council of Representatives reviewed the progress of legislative procedures for draft laws and proposals referred to all parliamentary committees in terms of the number of laws voted on, which have been read and discussed, and which have not been read yet.

For his part, “the Speaker of the Council stressed the increase in efforts to implement the laws referred to the parliamentary committees, directing to know the position of each committee on the laws referred to it in the upcoming sessions to proceed with the legislative procedures.”

The council completed “the first reading of the draft law on retirement rights for deceased persons of the medical and health professions as a result of the response to the Corona virus, submitted by the Health, Environment and Finance Committees, which came in honor of the deceased from the medical and health professions as a result of their response to the Corona virus pandemic and our appreciation for their sacrifices and appreciation of their role in preserving the citizen’s health and to ensure A decent life for their successors and for the purpose of delivering pension rights to their families. ”

The council completed “reading the report and discussing the proposed law on equivalence of academic degrees and degrees submitted by the Higher Education and Scientific and Legal Research Committees.”

The interventions of the representatives in the session, part of which was chaired by the second deputy speaker, Bashir Al-Haddad, focused on “the necessity of specifying a specific time period for the equivalence of the certificate by the Ministry of Education, since the instructions in force for the equivalence of degrees have not kept pace with the development in the field of education in the world, demanding the necessity of recognition of universities.” The mother and her branches spread in various countries of the world, in addition to addressing the issue of the length of stay for students outside Iraq. ”

For his part, “the representative of the government in the House of Representatives stated that the executive authority does not support the illuminating of the legislation of the law, pointing out that the government will work to amend the instructions related to the equivalence of degrees and academic degrees.”

In the same regard, “the council completed the reading of the report and discussion of the sports clubs law proposed by the Youth and Sports Committee.”

Representatives ’opinions regarding the law affirmed the demand for changing the club’s definition and making the membership selection process not binding on the presence of women, in addition to including the club’s internal system commitment to the principles of the constitution and the ownership of lands on which sports facilities are built for the benefit of the club, and an emphasis on taking into account the provision of space for people with special needs in sports activities “.

The council concluded, “reading a report and discussing a proposal to amend the law of Samarra, the capital of Iraq for Islamic culture, submitted by the Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Committee.”

A number of representatives expressed their “call to pay attention to the level of service departments in the city of Samarra in accordance with the law and to allocate the necessary funds for the restoration of holy religious shrines, and for the preparatory committee to be of high levels from Salah al-Din Governorate and from the General Secretariat of the religious shrines in Samarra.”

The representative of the government in the Council called for “slowing down the legislation to amend the law, as it carries a financial burden that must be discussed with the government.”

In the paragraph devoted to public discussions, “the interventions demanded a review of the unified pension law and a new amendment to the law that would do justice to the citizens referred to retirement, and a call to the Ministry of Commerce for its commitment to distribute the ration card items, and a request to reconsider government media offices and limit the appointment to them from graduates of media colleges and add Media education course in the intermediate and preparatory stages, and the call to postpone the rail link with the Kuwaiti side until the implementation of the large Faw port project, settle the issue of financial dues for Ministry of Electricity contract employees who did not receive their rights, and demand government action to take measures in the file of foreign workers in Iraq.

For his part, Bashir Al-Haddad instructed the “Economy and Investment Committee to host the Minister of Trade as soon as possible to discuss the issue of the ration card, in addition to the call to provide job opportunities for young people and to educate them to work without relying on foreign workers and to expedite the payment of salaries of federal government employees working in the Kurdistan region.”

After that, it was decided to adjourn the session to tomorrow, Tuesday 8/9/2020.