Baghdad reassures Washington and London of measures to ensure the security of foreign missions

Information on the target list of 40 names of armed faction leaders

Monday – 11 Safar 1442 AH – 28 September 2020 AD Issue No. [15280]

Al-Kazemi meeting with the Italian Minister of Defense (Twitter)

Baghdad: «Middle East»

At a time when Iraqis held their breath during the press conference of US President Donald Trump late at dawn yesterday (Monday), regarding whether he would address the Iraqi situation, Trump completely ignored what is going on in Iraq in terms of controversy over whether to close the largest Washington embassy in the world. In Baghdad or not. For its part, the US embassy, for its part, and at the height of the heated debate among various political circles regarding the news about its closure, announced that it will conduct a series of tests during the next two days, which requires more sirens to sound, which made it apologize to the residents for the inconvenience caused by this measure.

The three Iraqi presidencies and the Supreme Judicial Council issued, for their part, a harsh statement, which is the strongest of its kind against uncontrolled weapons and the attempts of outlaws to declare war in place of the state. A presidential statement said that “the security developments that occurred in recent times, including the continued targeting of civilian and military centers and headquarters, and the continuing assassinations and kidnappings against civilian activists, represent a targeting of Iraq and its sovereignty.” The statement added that “the trend towards which the actions of outlaw groups are heading against the country’s security and sovereignty, represents a dangerous trend that exposes Iraq’s stability to real risks.”

In addition, the Iraqi National Security Adviser, Qassim Al-Araji, met yesterday (Monday) with the American ambassador in Baghdad Matthew Toller and British Ambassador Stephen Hickey, in an attempt by the Iraqi government to reassure the American and British sides about the Iraqi government’s ability to secure the protection of foreign diplomatic missions and to deal strongly. With outlaws. A statement issued by Al-Araji’s office said, “During the meeting, they discussed strengthening joint cooperation between Iraq and the United States of America in all fields, and ways to develop the growing relationship between Baghdad and Washington.” The US ambassador emphasized, according to the statement, “his country’s continued support for the Iraqi government in the areas of security, combating terrorism and helping to overcome current challenges.” In this context, Dr. Dhafer Al-Ani, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Iraqi Parliament, told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the closure of the embassy will most likely be followed by punitive measures at the level of individuals and institutions,” indicating that “the information I have is that Washington has prepared a list of forty names from The leaders of the armed factions will consider them targets, and financial and legal sanctions will be issued against them. ” He added that “with regard to Iraq, it will treat it the same way that Tehran deals with economic blockade, financial and monetary tightening and political isolation, as well as cutting off forms of security and military cooperation.” Al-Ani explained that “the decision to close and boycott will be collective, as there are about 13 European diplomatic missions that will take the same position, in addition to a number of Arab countries,” stressing that “this means in the end that the entire political system will be questioned of its legitimacy, and thus the situation is open to All options ».

In the same context, the security and strategic expert, Fadel Abu Ragheef, told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the closure of the US embassy in Baghdad is not expected, just as I do not expect the existence of a threat, as was exaggerated in the media, as it is difficult for the United States to abandon this Simplicity for its strategic and market depth in the Middle East, which is Iraq ». Abu Ragheef added that “while it can be said that the escalation will continue, it is part of the propaganda despite the presence of messages that may have arrived, which are mostly personal to a large extent but have been leaked in a way that confused the situation during the past three days.” Abu Ragheef explained that “the process of closing the embassy is excluded, but even if such a decision is taken, it does not mean cutting ties, directing sanctions, or even directing selective military strikes.”

In addition, the leader of the “National Coalition” and the former Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, expressed his fear that Iraq would be affected by the set of conflicts raging in the region. Allawi said in a statement, that politicians and officials in Iraq must show more patience, wisdom and prudence, expressing his fear that “Iraqis will suffer harm as a result of ill-considered policies or decisions.”

He added, “In the east there are signs of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Iranian-American tension, as well as the faltering Palestinian peace process, the Turkish-Kurdish conflict and the Turkish-Greek and Turkish-Syrian tension in the north and west, in addition to the escalation that southern Iraq is witnessing, which is never pleased.” Allawi continued: “We warn against the expansion of these conflicts and their impact on Iraq and its people,” calling for “the necessity of giving priority to the interests of the homeland, looking at the suffering of its children, and calling for dialogue of opposites, giving priority to interests and rejecting violence


Officials of the federal judiciary will visit Kurdistan tomorrow to meet with senior leaders and officials

Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan Region

The Iraqi judiciary

2020-09-28 14:07

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Shafaq News / An informed source in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region revealed, today, Monday, that the head of the Supreme Judicial Council in Iraq will visit Erbil tomorrow at the head of a high-ranking delegation, to hold a series of meetings with senior leaders and officials in the region.

The source said in an interview with Shafaq News, “The Iraqi judicial delegation includes, in addition to the head of the Supreme Judicial Council, Faiq Zaidan, the head of the Judicial Oversight Commission, Judge Jassem Al-Amiri, the Director General of the Supreme Judicial Council, Rahim Abd Hassan, and the head of the regional government representation in Baghdad, Faris Issa. “.

He explained, “The delegation will hold a series of meetings with both the Kurdish leader and the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, and the head of the regional government, Masrour Barzani.”

It is expected that the delegation will be received by Minister of Justice in the regional government, Firsat Ahmed, and senior officials in the judicial authority in the Kurdistan Region.

It is hoped that the relations between the two judicial authorities will be at the forefront of the topics that the two sides will discuss, as well as supporting the positive trend in developing relations between the governments of the region and the Iraqi government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi.

Last Wednesday, the two judicial authorities in the center and the region discussed amending the Federal Court’s law and the Kurdistan Region Judicial Council’s participation in nominating its members.

A statement by the Judiciary Media stated, “The President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Faik Zaidan, received in his office today, the President of the Kurdistan Region Council, Judge Binkin Qassem, Minister of Justice, Firsat Ahmed, and the head of the regional government representation in Baghdad, Faris Issa.”

Al-Sadr warns of “suspicious parties” dragging the country into a Shiite-Shiite clash



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2020-09-28 13:42

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Shafaq News / The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, warned on Monday of “unknown parties” working to fuel the situation to drag the country into a Shiite-Shiite conflict.

Al-Sadr said in a tweet on Twitter, “There are suspicious parties fueling the situation and endangering peaceful security.”

He added, “From here I advise everyone to arbitrate reason, Sharia and love of the homeland, before embarking on anything that would drag the country into a civil war or a Shiite or sectarian Shiite clash.”

On Friday, Al-Sadr had proposed the formation of a special committee to investigate the repeated attacks on foreign interests and forces in the country, after he accused some PMF factions of being behind them.

The proposal came after statements issued by various parties, including the Popular Mobilization Forces and the Al-Fateh Alliance led by Hadi Al-Amiri, who is close to Iran, in which they disavowed these attacks.

However, two chapters in the Popular Mobilization Forces, the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades and al-Nujaba, threatened to continue attacks on US forces in the country.

For weeks, the frequency of attacks targeting US forces and the forces and interests of other countries in the international coalition to fight the terrorist organization “ISIS” has escalated, if the attacks become almost daily, amid reports that Washington may close its embassy in Baghdad for a period of 90 days.—%D8%B4%D9%8A%D8%B9%D9%8A

Parliamentary Finance: The salaries of employees will be fully distributed this week

09/28/2020 19:46

The number of readings 103

Section : Iraq

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Baghdad / Al-Masalla: The Public Prosecution Financial Committee announced, Monday, September 28, 2020, that the salaries of employees will be fully distributed this week.

A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Abd al-Hadi al-Saadawi, said in a statement followed by al-Masalla, that “the Ministry of Finance has no problem with salaries,” pointing out that “there is a technical problem that occurred because of the new change in the central bank.”

Al-Saadawi emphasized that “the salaries of employees will be fully distributed during the current week,” noting that “regarding the issue of loans and the remaining budget from the 2020 budget, the budget arrived in the afternoon to the Presidency of the Parliament and the government returned it in the morning without knowing the reasons, and it did not reach the Parliamentary Finance Committee. “.

Earlier, the Ministry of Finance confirmed its commitment to work to secure the salaries of state employees and retirees and social care.

The ministry stated in a statement, that it “works diligently to ensure that all government obligations are fulfilled and on time, and on top of those obligations are the salaries of state employees, retirees and social welfare.

Parliamentary Finance: The Council of Ministers will vote tomorrow on the borrowing law and will send it to Parliament

09-28-2020 11:26 PM

Baghdad / Al-Akhbariya:

Member of the Finance Committee, MP Naji Al-Saeedi, confirmed that the Council of Ministers will vote on the borrowing law in tomorrow’s session, Tuesday, while the salaries of employees and retirees are likely to be released soon.

In a televised statement followed by Al-Akhbariya, Al-Saeedi said, “The state is not bankrupt and has multiple resources, including borrowing.”

He added, “Iraq needs 5.5 trillion dinars per month to pay salaries,” pointing out that the government withdrew the 2020 budget bill from parliament before the members of the Finance Committee read it.

He pointed out that “the salaries of retirees will be disbursed soon, after converting 1.1 trillion dinars to finance it.” Noting that an extraordinary session of Parliament should be held for the purpose of approving the borrowing law in order to secure employee salaries.

He explained that the Council of Ministers will vote on the borrowing law at its session tomorrow, Tuesday, and then send it to the House of Representatives, stressing that the financial crisis will not be solved without the existence of real economic reform.

Regarding the work of banks, Al-Saeedi said, “Iraqi banks do not apply banking safety standards,” indicating that “35 trillion dinars are available to citizens, so they can be encouraged to deposit in banks.”

With regard to the ports, a member of the Finance Committee pointed out that “there are 3 border outlets outside the control of the state in the western regions of Iraq,” calling on the prime minister to impose state control on outlets outside the state’s control.

The US State Department is waving harsh sanctions against the leaders of the factions and confirms the continuation of the embassy’s work

29-09-2020 12:27 AM

Baghdad /

Al-Akhbariya : The regional spokesman for the US State Department, Samiwel Warburg, waved, Monday, to impose severe sanctions against the Iraqi armed factions, indicating that the US government will take all necessary measures to protect its embassy and diplomatic missions to continue its work.

In a televised statement followed by Al-Akhbariya, Warburg said, “The United States will continue to have good relations with the Iraqis, pointing out that” there are militias and terrorist groups funded from outside Iraq that target our embassies as well as even Iraqi institutions and Iraqis, and we will continue security coordination with all Iraqi security forces to fight this group. ”

“We are continuing in our relations and we have an American embassy in Baghdad, despite the challenges ahead and the attacks against us in Iraq, but we will continue to exist in Iraq, and if these attacks increase, we will take all necessary measures to protect its embassy and diplomatic missions,” Warburg stressed.

He pointed out that he was in Iraq between 2009 and 2010, and “I lived under missiles and bombs from militias and terrorist groups funded by Iran, and I personally know the challenge and danger in front of our embassy in Iraq and for some time, but we will continue because the Iraqi people deserve the relationship and friendship with the United States.”

Warburg added, “It is clear that these groups have financed Iran and financed a terrorist group, and I know that Iran is a leading country in sponsoring terrorism in the world, and unfortunately the Iraqi people are the ones who suffer from these attacks and from bullets and bombs directed at the American embassy, and the main goal of these people.” It is the Iraqi people who will suffer from the absence of America or from any measures that the embassy may take or in relations because of these attacks, and I know very well that those who launch an attack against our embassy are really an enemy of Iraq and they are really against the Iraqi people. ”

The US State Department regional spokesman did not rule out that his country would impose sanctions on the leaders of the armed factions, noting that “everything is possible.” He also stressed that “it is possible to say that the close coordination between the American security forces and the Iraqi security forces in these matters continues, and we will share information.” We are discussing who are carrying out the attacks. ”

Samiwel Warburg, the regional spokesman for the US State Department, concluded by denying any link between any US move against the state factions in Iraq and the upcoming US presidential elections, noting that these attacks “unfortunately have been occurring for a long time against our embassies and our partners in Iraq. Links between the escalation of violence and any decision by the US government, but at the same time we know that Iran has many words about a possible response from sanctions and therefore we will take all necessary steps to protect ourselves.

Joint Operations issues a statement after two Katyusha rockets hit a family in Baghdad

Editing date: 9/28/2020 19:32


The Joint Operations Command issued a statement today, Monday, after two Katyusha rockets hit a family in Al-Radwaniyah district in Baghdad.

The leadership said in a statement, “At a time when the government and security forces do their utmost to care for the interests of citizens, protect them, extend the law and support stability, crime gangs and outlaw groups are alerted to practice their atrocities and commit crimes against safe citizens, with the aim of creating chaos and terrorizing people.” , Pointing out that “these gangs committed a cowardly crime this afternoon in the Bou-Shaban (Al-Bu Amer) district in Al-Radwaniyah district in Baghdad, when they targeted with two Katyusha missiles the house of a safe family and completely destroyed it and caused the death of five people (three children and two women) and wounding two children. The place of departure was determined from the Al-Jihad neighborhood. ”

She added, “The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, instructed to deposit the security force, and all the security authorities concerned with the arrest, for failing to perform their security duties, and every force that neglects and allows such security breaches will be punished, and he also ordered an immediate investigation into the incident and the prosecution of the perpetrators regardless of their affiliations And their connections to obtain the most severe penalties, “indicating that” Al-Kazemi stressed the need for all security agencies to intensify their intelligence efforts at the current stage to curb these crimes that terrify citizens, and he stressed that these gangs are not allowed to go around and wander and tamper with security without obtaining their just penalty. ”

Once again, Baghdad resorts to a “bitter” solution to secure salaries




2020-09-28 13:21

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Shafaq News / A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee revealed on Monday that the government will once again resort to borrowing in order to secure employees’ salaries for the rest of the months of the current fiscal year.

A member of the committee, Ahmed Al-Jubouri, told Shafaq News, “The salaries of employees for the month of September are fully insured and will be spent in the coming days.”

He added, “The government will go again to borrowing to secure salaries for the remaining months of this year 2020.”

Al-Jubouri pointed out that “the parliament has no choice but to approve the new borrowing to secure the salaries of employees for the months of October, November and December,” noting that “if the law reaches parliament, it will be discussed by the Finance Committee, and then it is presented for reading and voting.” 

Last June, Parliament approved a law allowing the government to borrow (5) billion dollars abroad and 15 trillion dinars from domestic borrowing by authorizing the Minister of Finance to issue treasury transfers and bonds.

Iraq is struggling to secure employee salaries and other operating expenses due to the financial crisis caused by the low oil prices due to the Corona pandemic, which has paralyzed large sectors of the world’s economies.

Iraq relies on oil sales revenues to finance more than 95 percent of state expenditures.

Parliamentary Finance: The salaries of employees will be fully distributed this week

09/28/2020 19:46

The number of readings 21

Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Obelisk

Erbil opens its doors to American investors

Kurdistan Region


Sophie Firs


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2020-09-28 09:59

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Shafaq News / The governor of Erbil, Firsat Sofi, invited American companies to invest in the Kurdistan Region on Monday.

Sophie said during his meeting with US Consul Rob Waller in Erbil that the construction process of the new US consulate is going smoothly, and coordination is being made to complete the project on time.

Regarding the twinning proposal between the US state of Nashville and the city of Arbil, Sophie said, “We are happy with this proposal and currently we are preparing to develop and strengthen friendly relations and sign this agreement.”

Regarding the advent of American companies, the governor of Erbil declared, “We welcome warmly, and our doors are open to American investors and companies to participate in the reconstruction of Erbil and the Kurdistan region, and I am ready to provide all the facilities and support to them.”