A new explosion targets the international coalition supplies in Iraq



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International Coalition Supplies

2020-09-21 19:00

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Shafaq News / The Security Media Cell announced, on Monday, a new targeting of international coalition supplies in Iraq.

The cell said in a statement received by Shafaq News, that “a convoy was transporting the international coalition equipment that had withdrawn from Iraq by Iraqi transport companies and wheel drivers who were Iraqi citizens, and this evening, Monday, an explosive device exploded between Balad and Dujail districts in Salah al-Din Governorate.”

She added, “The attack resulted in damage to one of the wheels.”

Attacks have been repeated for weeks on columns of Iraqi trucks carrying supplies for the US-led international coalition, in incidents for which no party has claimed responsibility.

However, Shiite factions close to Iran, led by the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades, have vowed to attack American forces and interests if they do not withdraw from the country.



The Iraqi presidencies and leaders of political blocs discuss the elections and the budget and announce a position on bombing


Iraqi presidencies


2020-09-21 15:47

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Shafaq News / A meeting of the presidents of the republic, the government, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Judicial Council and most of the leaders of the political blocs were held in the Government Palace in Baghdad, today, Monday, 9/21/2020.

According to a statement by Al-Kazemi’s office, during the meeting, a frank and comprehensive discussion took place on the latest security and political developments at the national, regional and international levels, as well as the federal budget, while the meeting focused on the importance of holding early parliamentary elections coming and ensuring that they are free and fair, taking into account international standards.

The meeting also stressed the need to expedite the vote on the new election law, in its complete final form as soon as possible, and for the urgent completion of the completion of the quorum for membership of the Federal Court.

They stressed the necessity of adopting the biometric card exclusively for voting in the upcoming elections, and also called on the Independent High Electoral Commission to take all necessary measures to enable voters in all parts of Iraq to obtain their electoral cards in a suitable time without excluding the displaced and displaced.

While the meeting called on the commission to double its efforts in preparation for the upcoming elections, they stressed the importance of intensifying the role of the United Nations in supporting the commission and enhancing its capabilities in conducting the elections, as well as monitoring it in a way that guarantees its integrity and transparency.

 The meeting strongly condemned and condemned all the attacks on Iraqi and foreign facilities recently witnessed in the country, including the launching of rockets that targeted official diplomatic facilities and the homes of innocent citizens. They consider that these attacks, whatever their source, represent unrighteous attacks on the national sovereignty and the interests of the Iraqi people.


Trump’s representative in Iraq and Syria meets with the President of the Kurdistan Region to discuss three files


Kurdistan Region

Nechirvan Barzani

James Jeffrey

2020-09-21 14:33

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Shafaq News / The US State Department announced today, Monday, that the US President’s Special Envoy for the International Coalition against ISIS and America’s Special Representative for Syria Affairs James Jefri will meet in Erbil, the President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani.

In a statement of the US State Department, which was reviewed by Shafaq News, regarding the visit, Jefri and senior officials in the Kurdistan Region will discuss continuous coordination to reassure the final defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the continuous efforts for stability in the liberated areas.

According to the statement, James Jeffrey will affirm the continued support for the Iraqi security forces, including the Peshmerga forces, in the war against ISIS, and renew America’s commitment to a strong, sovereign and prosperous Iraq.

The statement did not mention the date of the visit, but it comes at a time when Jeffrey is visiting Kurdish areas in Syria to hold talks with their parties.


Parliament finalizes the report on Iraq’s accession law to the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention

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Parliament completed, on Monday, the report and discussion of the draft law on Iraq’s accession to the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention.

The Information Department of the House of Representatives stated that it had completed the report and discussion of the draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 on cultural property in the event of armed conflict.


After its arrival to Parliament, Parliamentary Finance reveals the reason for the delay in sending the budget for a week from the government

Time: 09/21/2020 18:05:24

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The House of Representatives announced today, Monday, the arrival of the 2020 budget to Parliament, at a time when the Parliamentary Finance Committee announced the reason for the delay in the arrival of the budget.

The committee’s reporter, Ahmed Al-Saffar, said in an interview with Al Furat News that “it was expected that the budget will reach Parliament yesterday.”

He added that “some amendments to the budget paragraphs led to a delay in sending them.”



Parliament sets a date for the completion of the election law, votes a law, and ends reading of 8 laws

Time: 09/21/2020 17:28:21

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The House of Representatives set, in its sixth session of the fourth parliamentary session of the third legislative year of the first legislative term, which was held under the chairmanship of Hassan Al-Kaabi, First Deputy Speaker, on Monday, and in the presence of 170 deputies, the date To complete the legislation of the House of Representatives election law, he voted on one law, while he finished reading and debating eight laws.

According to the council’s statement, Al Furat News received a copy of it, that at the beginning of the session, the council postponed voting in principle on the proposed law to cancel the dissolved Revolution Command Council’s decision No. (218) of 2002 submitted by the Legal and Financial Committees until the government’s opinion of the law is known from Financial aspect.

On the other hand, Al-Kaabi noted that the parliament will complete at the end of this week the legislation for the parliament elections law.

The Council voted on the draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the Minamata Convention on Mercury and submitted to the Foreign Relations, Health and Environment Committees to control and reduce the risk of mercury and its effects on the environment and human health from human emissions and releases of mercury and its compounds, and to transfer the best available technologies in everything related to mercury from its products, trade in it and sites. Contaminated with it and the method of storage and benefit from the experiences of countries.

The Council postponed the vote on the health insurance law proposal submitted by the Health and Environment Committee until the articles of the proposal are mature.

The Council ended reading the report and discussing the two draft laws for the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the Maritime Labor Convention of 2006 and the Law on the Accession of the Republic of Iraq to the Seafarers’ Document Identity Agreement No. (185) for the year 2003 submitted by the Committees on Foreign Relations, Labor, Social Affairs, Displaced and Deported

The Council completed the reading of the report and discussion of the draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 on cultural property in the event of armed conflict submitted by the Committees on Foreign Relations, Culture, Tourism and Antiquities.

The Board completed reading the report and discussion of the draft law of the Republic of Iraq ‘s accession to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Watercourses Transboundary and International Lakes Helsinki 1992 and submitted by the Committees on Foreign Relations, Culture and Tourism and Antiquities.

The House of Representatives finished reading the report and discussion of the draft law amending the law of the Federal Supreme No. (30) For the year 2005 submitted by the Legal Committee.

The representatives’ interventions focused on the importance of replacing all members of the Federal Court and determining the issue of age and excluding them from the retirement law for a specific age, provided that the appointment of judges is by the Supreme Judicial Council, and the proposal to add two more members from the Kurdistan region within the reserves with the original members of the court, as well as making the enforcement of The law from the date of voting on it due to its utmost importance and the emphasis on the presence of experts in Islamic jurisprudence to ensure the conformity of the provisions issued in accordance with Article Two of the Constitution, and the demand to limit the amendment of the law to addressing the quorum of the court without entering into other additional amendments.

In its response to the interventions, the committee concerned with amending the Federal Court Law affirmed that consideration is given to the opinions and suggestions of the ladies representatives, indicating its focus in amending the law on the article related to amending the court’s numerical quorum and the mechanism for voting in it.

During the session chaired by Mr. Bashir Haddad, the Council completed the first reading of the draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the Convention on Limits of Liability for Maritime Claims of 1976 in its form amended by the 1996 Protocol, including the amended limits of liability therein submitted by the Foreign Relations Committee in order to set limits of liability Ship owners against claims related to ship salvage operations, deaths, bodily injuries, loss or damage to property, and placing it within its international legal framework.

The Council completed the first reading of the draft Law of the Third Amendment to the Industrial Investment Law for the Private and Mixed Sectors No. (20) of 1998 submitted by the Economic and Investment Committee to keep pace with industrial development and achieve advancement in the private and mixed industrial sector and to clarify the exemptions enjoyed by the industrial project that obtained the establishment license and define procedures for cancellation cases The leave and its impact.

The council concluded the first reading of the proposed law replacing freedom-depriving punishment with sums of money submitted by the Legal Committee to give the opportunity to some of those convicted of intentional crimes and offenses that are not of serious nature and to reduce the expenses that burden the state and add resources to the state treasury.

On the other hand, Bashir Haddad announced the arrival of the draft budget law for the year 2020 to Parliament.

The general discussions of the interventions of the ladies and gentlemen focused on the inclusion of financial allocations in the budget for the year 2020 for lecturers, contracts and daily procedures, responding to the demands of health cadres sitting in a number of governorates, and calling for hosting the advanced staff in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inquire about some statements about Iraq’s borders with neighboring countries to see A map of the borders and the sovereignty of Iraq, the emphasis on the government’s control of uncontrolled weapons and the imposition of the law, and the need to accelerate the construction of the large port of Faw within international technical specifications, as well as the call to activate the Federal Service Council.

After that, it was decided to adjourn the session to Tuesday 9/22/2020.

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Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of State Khalid Shwani speaks to reporters at a news conference in Erbil, Kurdistan Region/ Iraq on September 21, 2020. (Photo Credit: NRT Digital Media/ Screenshot)

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of State Khalid Shwani claimed on Monday (September 21) that Iraq’s federal government has not yet sent the monthly transfer of 320 billion Iraqi dinars ($267 million) that it promised to under an agreement reached last month.

In April, Baghdad cut off all budget transfers to Erbil after the latter failed to send any oil to the federal government, as it was required to under the 2019 federal budget law. The move put huge financial pressure on the KRG, which repeatedly delayed and then cut public sector salaries.

The two sides reached a temporary agreement in early August where Baghdad would send 320 billion Iraqi dinars, in return for bringing customs procedures at the Region’s international border crossings under federal control.

During a press conference, Shwani said that the KRG is committed to the agreement and will continue to adhere to its terms until the approval of a federal budget law.

Lawmakers in Baghdad are working on a budget that will cover the final quarter of 2020, with the Council of Representatives debating the proposed bill this week.

A separate law for the 2021 budget is set to be drafted later.

“There is no indication that the [federal] government is against the sending of the amount of money, but the money has not been added to the Region’s bank account yet,” he said.

Despite the deal, more than month has passed since the KRG has paid public servants, with many worrying that the KRG will again delay salary payments.

Regarding the disputed areas, Shwani accused acting Kirkuk Governor Rakan al-Jabouri of facilitating the occupation of lands belonging to ethnic Kurds.

“The imposed Kirkuk governor is playing a high role in Arabizing the lands,” Shwani said, referring to Jabouri, who took over following the federal government’s takeover of the province in October 2017. Arabization was the policy of forced displacement of Kurds and other groups from the disputed areas in favor of Arab settlers pursued by the former Ba’ath regime.

“There are some judges inside the Kirkuk court that support the decisions of the imposed Kirkuk governor and help him and decide in his favor,” he said.

 (NRT Digital Media)


Washington imposes a new package of sanctions on Iran, including the Minister of Defense

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US sanctions on Iran

2020-09-21 10:45

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Shafaq News / On Monday, the United States of America announced the imposition of a new package of sanctions on Iran.

“The sanctions include the Iranian defense minister and two key figures in Tehran’s uranium enrichment program,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press conference with the ministers of defense, treasury and trade, which was followed by Shafaq News.

In turn, US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said, “Washington is imposing sanctions on a group of experts and officials in the Iranian nuclear energy agency.”

In addition, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross explained that “US sanctions target parties linked to Iranian nuclear activities,” stressing “President Trump’s strong commitment to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.”

“The names of 5 scholars have been added to the list of sanctions against Iran, along with other entities,” he added.

For his part, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, “The United States of America is taking a new step to protect the Americans and our allies.”

He added, “Iran is violating international resolutions by delivering banned weapons to groups such as Hezbollah and the Houthis.”


The Iraqi Parliament receives the draft 2020 budget





2020-09-21 08:48

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Shafaq News / The representative of the government in the Iraqi parliament announced on Monday the arrival of the country’s draft fiscal year 2020 budget to Parliament.

The representative of the government, Torhan Al-Mufti, informed the members of parliament during the session that the draft budget had reached the parliament, according to Shafaq News Agency correspondent. 

On September 14, the Iraqi Council of Ministers approved the draft federal budget bill for the year 2020, indicating that it was sent to the House of Representatives.

Earlier, the Parliamentary Economic and Investment Committee revealed that the size of the federal budget deficit for 2020 amounted to 45%, indicating that it focuses on securing salaries and financing the ration card, as well as facing the Corona pandemic.


Barzani: The region is ready to facilitate the work of the private sector and investors

Kurdistan Region





2020-09-21 06:32

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Shafaq News / The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani expressed on Monday the region’s readiness to support and facilitate the work of the private sector and investment companies, including Spanish, in the region.

This came during his meeting with the Spanish ambassador to Iraq, Juan Jose Escobar and a Spanish trade delegation, according to a statement issued by the Presidency of the region.

The statement said that Barzani discussed with the Spanish delegation “the development of relations between the two parties, especially on the economic and commercial side.”

Barzani renewed, “the region’s readiness to provide all support and facilities to the private sector and Spanish investors, to create job and investment opportunities in the region and to participate in the development of various economic sectors in Kurdistan.”

The statement indicated that the two sides also discussed “the general situation in the region, the political process in Iraq, the region’s relations with Baghdad and the ongoing discussions to address the pending differences, the spread of the Corona virus, terrorism concerns and other issues of common concern.