A minister in his government: Al-Maliki’s second term is a “disaster of disasters” … and its ministers are “thieves” and his supporters will be thrown into the fire! No

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The former minister, Baqir Jabr al-Zubaidi, described the second term of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, which began after the 2010 parliamentary elections and until September 2014, as a “disaster of disasters,” indicating that the latter shared Iraq with the former Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani by an agreement signed in 2010.

Al-Zubaidi said, in a televised interview, broadcast by the semi-official “Al-Iraqiya” channel, and followed by (Baghdad Today), “Al-Maliki has influence on the street and the ministers, in words and not on the ground.”

He continued: “The decision of his second term was international – regional, and some Shiite forces supported it, and others rejected it, the Sadrist movement and the Islamic Supreme Council.”

And he added, “The second term of Maliki was (the disaster disaster), in Iraq, and the ministers were watching each other’s thefts, this is stealing and the other is stealing.

He went on to say, “Whoever signed and supported the second term of the owners and the oil licensing rounds will be held accountable before God and (throw him into the fire),” as he put it.

The former Finance Minister pointed out that “the oil licensing rounds that took place under Al-Maliki and then Oil Minister Hussain Al-Shahristani destroyed Iraq, when Iraq was selling 22 billion dollars of oil, 12 billion of which were to foreign oil companies.”

He also pointed out that “the travel of the employees of the oil companies was at the expense of Iraq … the Chinese, for example, were booked through the UAE and Qatari airlines with a flight costing $ 2,700, while on board the Iraqi Airways it cost $ 800 and the reason for their going to non-Iraqi companies is quotas and corruption rates for officials.”

He added, “Former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki signed an agreement with Masoud Barzani. In 2010, he divided Iraq between two parties, the Islamic Dawa Party and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and it was also, I believe, a guarantee for Maliki to obtain a second term.”




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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Finance and Economy on Saturday (September 19) moved to exert greater control over the exchange of US dollars and Iraqi dinars in the Region, saying it would take over responsibility for currency auctions from the Central Bank of Iraq.

The move comes as part of an effort by the KRG to capture more internally-generated wealth through stricter enforcement of taxation and fee collection. The government is facing a severe budget shortfall and is unable to pay its full public sector wage bill amid low oil prices and budget dispute with Baghdad.

The ministry has set up a group of authorized private banks, companies, and traders who can participate in the auctions.

It justified the change by saying it would “prevent a monopoly, [secure] job opportunities for all, and increase public incomes.”

Currency auctions had previously been conducted through the Central Bank of Iraq.

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By the order of Al-Kazemi .. A travel ban against a suspect accused of committing a massacre of demonstrators





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Shafaq News / On Saturday, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazimi, issued a travel ban against a high-ranking security commander accused of committing a massacre of protesters in Dhi Qar Governorate.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister, Ahmed Mulla Talal, said in a tweet on Twitter, “The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi, has issued a travel ban against Lieutenant General Jamil Al-Shammari for his involvement in the cases of killing protesters in Nasiriyah.”

Mulla Talal added that this decision came “against the background of granting him a fake leave for treatment outside Iraq.”

Activists in the Iraqi protests accuse Al-Shammari of being behind a massacre committed against the demonstrators on the Zeitoun Bridge in the city of Nasiriyah last November.

Activists recount that security forces were brought from Baghdad to Nasiriyah, led by Lieutenant General Al-Shammari, who was appointed by former Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi as head of the Crisis Cell in Dhi Qar, and opened fire on hundreds of protesters who were camping there, killing dozens.

They were part of at least 560 protesters and security personnel killed during the protests, according to government figures.

Al-Kazemi has repeatedly pledged to bring to justice those involved in the killing of protesters, but none of them has yet been brought before the court.


Pompeo: We will return to the UN to reimpose Iran sanctions next week

18 Sep 2020 | 12:30 AM

The US will return to the UN to reimpose sanctions on Iran next week, the secretary of state said on Wednesday.

The country would also do all it needed to make sure those sanctions are enforced, Mike Pompeo said at a press conference in Washington with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

The Security Council rejected the US’s Aug. 14 bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran beyond its expiration in October.

Pompeo has said that sanctions on Iran will snap back at midnight GMT on Sept. 20. 

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Historic agreements solve intractable crises between Baghdad and the Kurdistan region



GMT 13:26 19.09.2020

Talks between the federal Iraqi government and the Kurdistan region have recently yielded historic results that will soon see the light, after years of thorny crises over oil, the budget and the payment of debts of no less than 25 billion US dollars.

The writer and political researcher specializing in Kurdish affairs, Kifah Mahmoud, revealed in a special statement to the “Sputnik” correspondent in Iraq, today, Saturday, the entirety of the discussions that took place between the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and the Kurdistan Regional Government, and the results of the exchange of visits to resolve the outstanding issues after That its solution was impossible during the past years.

Mahmoud shows that the Kurdistan Regional Ministry Council discussed with the region’s president, at the end of last week, the files that were discussed in the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, last week, on the tenth of this month.

He added that there were many files that Al-Kazemi discussed with the Kurdistan Regional Government, on top of which is oil and the region’s share of the budget, salaries and the disputed areas.

Mahmoud pointed out that a spokesman for the federal government confirmed that the most important outcome of the talks is that the region’s share of oil will be handed over , and this is an important point for the first time identified in the budget for 2021.

He continued, explaining that the region’s share of the exported oil and the value delivered to Baghdad will be fixed in the federal budget, and these agreements will see the light after the 2021 budget is approved. 


Mahmoud added, “There are many understandings between Baghdad and Erbil, in the various files that have been talked about, including the file of the border outlets, as Al-Kazemi visited the ports in Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah.”

He revealed, what was leaked, that half of the imports of these outlets will be for the federal government, and the second half for the regional government, as the constitution recognizes this partnership in managing ports. 

Mahmoud added, “As for the disputed areas between the center and the region, they are not resolved by visit or by decision, as they have agreed to open coordination centers between the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga in most areas, starting from Khanaqin in Diyala, Kirkuk and areas of Nineveh such as Sinjar, east and north of the country.” 

He suggested that a delegation from the Kurdistan region went to Baghdad to complete these matters, in addition to discussing many other belongings, including the entitlements of companies that extract and export oil.

Mahmoud stated that the benefits claimed by the region amounted to nearly $ 27 billion, most of which are due to oil companies and salaries, and loans and debts owed by the regional government for their sustainability.

He stressed that technical and very serious committees from the Kurdistan region are continuing their discussions under the guidance of the presidents of the Kurdistan region and the federal government.

In the conclusion of his speech, the writer and political researcher specializing in Kurdish affairs says, “This visit moved and activated the work of these committees, and accelerated the dissolution of the salary mechanism, even during the remaining three months of this year. It also calmed down the problematic in the media between the center and the region about salaries and oil.” The region’s share of the oil and the budget … These are most of the discussions. ”

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, made a visit with a high-level delegation to the Kurdistan region, on the tenth of September, to resolve the outstanding issues before sending the draft federal budget to Parliament for approval.

The President of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, and his accompanying delegation visited Baghdad, on Wednesday, September 2, to meet with Iraqi officials and French President Emmanel Macron during his visit to the Iraqi capital.


Al-Kazemi and Al-Halbousi discuss the election law and the importance of completing it quickly

09/19/2020 17:53

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Baghdad / Al-Masala: The Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, received, on Saturday, September 19, 2020, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Muhammad Al-Halbousi.

Obelisk publishes the text of the statement:

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi discusses with the Speaker of Parliament the integration of work and coordination between the executive and legislative branches


The Prime Minister, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazimi, received today, Saturday, the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Muhammad Al-Halbousi.

The Prime Minister discussed with Mr. Al-Halbousi the latest developments in the country, politically, on the security and economic levels, and the challenges facing the country,

And the importance of the complementarity of work between the executive and legislative authorities, which would accelerate the enactment of laws that serve various segments of society.

The two sides also discussed the election law and the importance of completing it quickly, in order to advance the holding of early elections next June, coordinate the oversight role of the House of Representatives, and support government efforts in combating corruption.

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Al-Kazemi is discussing with Plasschaert coordination to ensure free and fair elections

09/19/2020 17:18

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Al-Masala: The Prime Minister, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi, received, on Saturday September 19, 2020, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jeanine Blashardt.

Obelisk publishes the text of the statement:

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi meets the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq


The Prime Minister, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi, received today, Saturday, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Blashardt.

During the meeting, they discussed joint cooperation with the UN mission in the field of coordination to hold early legislative elections, scheduled to take place in June of next year, and its role in monitoring to ensure free and fair elections.

The role of the United Nations Mission in the issue of the displaced persons file was also discussed, and governmental efforts focused on resolving this file as soon as possible were discussed.

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The Anti-Corruption Agency arrests directors of agricultural banks in Ramadi, Fallujah, Abu Ghraib and Salah al-Din

09/19/2020 15:18

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Baghdad / Al-Masala: A source close to Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi said, Saturday, September 19, 2020, that the Anti-Corruption Agency arrested 4 government officials on charges of corruption.

 The source said that the Anti-Corruption Agency today arrested 4 directors.

He added that the detainees were the managers of Ramadi, Fallujah banks, Abu Ghraib Salah al-Din.

A private government source revealed to Al-Masalla the implementation of the legal arrest orders of six officials accused of corruption, after the arrest of the former director of the retirement authority, Ahmed Al-Saadi, on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

The source said that the names of those responsible will be announced soon, and that the Corruption Investigation Commission is continuing its national mission to pursue the corrupt in an effective and serious manner.

The source revealed that the defendants will be brought before an investigating judge, and all of them are accused of corruption files with clear details.

On August 27, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi formed a committee to investigate major corruption and exceptional crimes cases and began to deal with seven major corruption files involving large heads.

The source said that the Iraqi people will soon see and hear the removal of the most corrupt officials.

Iraq is one of the countries whose development is impeded by corruption, and the Iraqi citizen has reached a state of despair for not being able to hold accountable any corrupt, even if he is small, which encouraged the corrupt to appear on satellite channels and the media and talk about commissions and commissions without fear of punishment, or respect for them. The least to the people’s feelings.

Informed sources told Al-Masalla that arrest and summoning orders will include hundreds of officials from different governorates, and under judicial orders that cannot be appealed.

The source pointed out that strict implementation procedures accompany these orders, and not just routine notices and statements as used to in previous eras, where forces and influential personalities intervene to prevent this or that accountability.

The sources revealed that the procedures will include withdrawing the hand of those involved from service, referring their files to integrity and the judiciary, and activating judicial procedures in relation to previous files that were covered up by parties, courtesies or bribes.

And it seems clearly that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, after forming a supreme committee to investigate major corruption files, is determined to implement justice for the corrupt.

A member of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, Jawad Hamdan, said, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi will be in confrontation with the leaders and heads of political blocs in his campaign against corruption, saying in a statement received by the obelisk that the Prime Minister’s steps are promising and come in The framework for its implementation of what it presented in its government program in fighting corruption

Malameh began serious steps in the efforts to combat corruption after the arrest of about seven officials by the special committee formed by Al-Kazemi, but these steps did not satisfy some of the influential forces that led a media campaign against Al-Kazemi’s actions in the new appointments that were within a functional context and not a radical reform measure. By itself, however, the political forces, which were surprised by the changes in positions, sought to distort the image, and portrayed themselves as being against quotas, while they were adhering to the sharing of positions, influence and special ranks.



Kurdistan: We are ready to provide what Baghdad requests in terms of numbers, documents and all the files related to it

Baghdad / Al-Akhbariya

The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq has shown its full readiness to cooperate and provide all facilities for all the numbers, documents and belongings that Baghdad requires in all files.

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Minister for Baghdad Affairs, Khaled Shawani, said in a statement that “there are many unresolved files and issues that need time and long discussions, and therefore the frequent visits, delegations and the formation of committees does not mean the failure of negotiations between the two sides.”

He added that “the issues between the two parties are complex, with regard to oil and gas, the region’s share in the budget, the issue of the region’s office in the hands of companies, the issue of border crossings and how to manage them, and these need details and parts, and this will be discussed through the sub-committees that will discuss each small and large in preparation for an agreement. A comprehensive and permanent meeting with Baghdad prepares for a new phase. ”

Shwani indicated that “the regional government has full readiness to cooperate and provide all facilities for all the numbers, documents and belongings of all files that Baghdad requires.”


Parliamentary Finance: The government did not send the 2020 budget to Parliament

09/19/2020 14:00

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Parliamentary Finance Committee confirmed, on Saturday 19 September 2020, that the government has not yet sent the draft federal budget for the year 2020 to the House of Representatives, calling on it to expedite sending it for the purpose of voting on it.

A statement by the committee received by Al-Masala said, referring to the special session of the Council of Ministers on Monday 14/9/2020 in which the draft Federal Budget Law for the year 2020 was approved, as the Finance Committee confirms that the Council of Ministers has not sent the budget until now.

The statement added: The Finance Committee urges the government to expedite sending it for the purpose of voting on it, as it contains paragraphs that serve all segments of the people.

 Earlier, a spokesman for the Prime Minister, Ahmed Mulla Talal, said, Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the cabinet approved a proposal that would accommodate more than 2,500 people with higher degrees and through universities and private institutes.

Mulla Talal indicated that there are loans for young people in order to open projects that try to move the economy and reduce unemployment, indicating that there is a grant from the Central Bank to be distributed to private banks as loans to young people, explaining that he will start implementing a project to collect electricity based on modern technology.

He pointed out that the Prime Minister and the ministers are ready to implement any constitutional decision issued by Parliament.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said that the 2021 budget will address the issue of contractors in accordance with Resolution 315.