Shiite authority and America .. behind the scenes of a rare meeting with Khamenei, leaders of Iraqi factions



Iraqi factions

2020-10-22 18:09

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Shafaq News / The British “Middle East Eye” website revealed, on Thursday, an order given by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, last week, to the Iraqi Shiite factions to stop their attacks on American interests immediately.

The site quoted a prominent commander of one of the Iranian-backed armed factions participating in the attacks as saying that Khamenei’s orders were clear and explicit: “All attacks that target US interests in Iraq must stop.”

The Hezbollah Brigades, the faction most hostile to the United States and accused of carrying out most of the attacks, were the first to respond to Khamenei’s orders, and Harakat al-Nujaba and other smaller factions soon followed. 

While a prominent commander in one of those factions participating in the attacks said to the British website: “The Americans seek to pit people against us in various ways, so we decided to thwart the efforts of the Americans in this regard, which is more important than targeting the American embassy.”

He added, “Calming the Iraqi street, preserving the Iraqi government and the political process is a priority now, and therefore it has been decided to stop all attacks targeting US interests in Iraq until the danger passes.”

The major shift in the position of the armed factions backed by Iran, and the timing of the announcement of this unilateral truce, raised many questions about the real purpose behind the decision, its circumstances, its duration, the guarantor of the decision, and most importantly, the identity of the decision-maker.

Iraqi officials and leaders of armed factions told the website that the armed factions were encouraged to attack American targets in order to pressure Trump and his allies inside Iraq, and push them to take reckless moves that lead him to lose the elections.

Nevertheless, it seems that the calculations have changed after the Iranians confirmed the seriousness of the threats that Pompeo conveyed through Iraqi President Barham Salih, that the United States would strike the interests of Iran and its allies inside Iraq, according to a prominent Shiite leader close to Tehran.

The politician who participated in the talks with Iran told the British website that the Iranians had received very important advice from a common ally who had a clear role in changing their position, and the advice stipulated to avoid provoking Trump at this stage, because he is serious about his threats, and because he is desperate and will not hesitate to take any A reckless act will cost everyone heavy losses. Any military move inside Iraq now means the fall of the Iraqi government, and Iran itself will not be able to deal with the repercussions of the fall of the government, especially the repercussions of a political, financial and economic nature.

That alleged “common ally” is Britain, a country that Shiite leaders see as the real party on the Iraqi scene at the present time, and he is credited with persuading the Iranians to avoid provoking the Americans and pursue the option of appeasement.

The politician added that there is no clear information, but all indications indicate that the British were the ones who played an influential role this time, although they did not appear in the picture as usual.

Unusually, Khamenei’s instructions were not transmitted this time to the armed factions through the usual channels or to Iranian officials operating in Iraq.

Instead, given its importance, the leaders of the most prominent factions were summoned to Qom to meet with Khamenei, according to 3 of the faction leaders, including the oldest Iranian-backed Shiite group in Iraq, the Badr Organization, the Hezbollah Brigades, and the most influential faction, Asaib People of truth, and there was more than one meeting with Khamenei.

While a prominent leader of one of the armed factions said that the essence of the orders issued was preserving power in the hands of the Shiites, and this means preserving the position of the prime minister and the current government, Khamenei says that Al-Kazemi is Shiite, regardless of whether he is good or bad from our point of view, and he will leave his post Sooner or later, but the position must remain in the hands of the Shiites.

 The commander added that Khamenei had warned that any attacks now would threaten Al-Kazemi’s rule, and thus the political strategies of everyone, and “therefore, any activities that might threaten the Iraqi government or place it at the mercy of the Americans must stop immediately.”

Iraqi security forces enter “alert” state

Editing date: 10/22/2020 22:19


A security source revealed that, starting tomorrow, Friday, the Iraqi security forces entered the state of alert against the background of the expected popular protests next week.

The source said, “The security forces will enter the normal state of alert tomorrow morning, Friday, in preparation for the demonstrations that are scheduled to start next Sunday.”

Activists had called for mass protests next Sunday, on the first annual anniversary of the biggest wave of protests in Iraq on October 25.

Popular protests began in Iraq a year ago in the capital, Baghdad, and the central and southern provinces of the country with a Shiite majority, and it succeeded in forcing the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi to resign late last year.

The protests were punctuated by bloody acts of violence, as the demonstration grounds turned into an open battlefield between demonstrators on the one hand, security forces, and unknown gunmen and others suspected of being from pro-Iranian Shiite factions on the other hand.

Dozens of activists in the popular movement were also subjected to kidnapping and assassination by unknown gunmen throughout the year of the protests.

According to figures from the government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, 560 protesters and security personnel died in the protests.

During the formation of his government last May, Al-Kazemi formed a committee to investigate the acts of violence, pledging to bring those involved to justice, but no accused has yet been brought before a court.

Al-Kazemi confirms the Iraqi government’s endeavor to achieve economic reform through international cooperation

Baghdad / Obelisk: Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi received, on Thursday, October 22, 2020, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab at his residence in the British capital, London.

A statement by the Prime Minister’s Media Office received by Al-Masalla stated that during the meeting, they discussed the security and political situations in Iraq and the region, and ways to enhance joint cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially in the economic and security fields.

Al-Kazemi pointed to the Iraqi government’s serious endeavor to achieve economic reform, and to make Iraq an attractive environment for investment, through international cooperation with its partners in the world, and stressed that the opportunity is available for British companies to invest in Iraq, and the government’s keenness to provide suitable conditions for work.


What is the relationship of Al-Kazemi’s European tour with his visit to Washington? A political analyst responded

Time: 10/22/2020 21:34:06

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) A political analyst from the British capital, London, Bassem Abu Tabikh, linked Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s European tour to his visit to Washington that took place on August 18 of this year.

Abu Tabikh told Al-Furat News, “We cannot separate Al-Kazemi’s visit to Washington from these visits, given that there is a conflict in the decision-making countries, especially in the relationship with China and its projects in Iraq and the US veto on it.”

He added, “European capitals have proposed alternatives to Al-Kazemi, as I linked this visit to the extent of his relationship with the intelligence service, and I believe that Al-Kazemi was able to overcome his mission to discuss the most important file, which is the fight against terrorism and other files, including financial liquidity, activation that eliminates unemployment and open another horizon.”     

Abu Tabikh added, “The visits of previous Iraqi governments to European capitals did not bear fruit, especially in the field of electricity, because of the failure to provide security guarantees to companies, which disrupts the provision of services to the Iraqi people.”

He pointed out that “the task of the Iraqi government is to work on preparing the security ground, considering that the investor is a coward and needs a safe incubator environment. If it is not prepared and made the arena suitable for investment, we will find very big obstacles and return to square one.”

On the retrieval of Iraqi funds abroad, Abu Tabikh said, “Successive Iraqi foreign ministries have worked on money recovery files and worked to recover some of them; but the previous regime used to register names close to it and vague, so we need to build bridges with these countries in which there are money, farms or Investments in factories. ” 

He stressed, “The need for intensive visits by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry and its ambassadors to obtain many information that works to retrieve these funds and activate them as they generate financial liquidity on the Iraqi national income that contributes to extricating Iraq from its economic crisis.”

Wafa Qatlawi

Minister of Finance: The white paper won the absolute support of the industrialized countries and international organizations

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The Minister of Finance, Ali Abdul Amir Allawi, announced, on Thursday, October 22, 2020, the support of international organizations and industrial countries for the White Paper.

The media office of the Minister of Finance said in a statement received (Baghdad today), that “Allawi confirmed, after his participation in the tour of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to a number of European countries, that the White Paper would receive absolute support from industrialized countries and international organizations for the first time.”

The statement added that “international support and welcoming the white paper is an achievement of the Ministry of Finance,” noting that “international organizations have seen that Iraq faces arduous economic challenges overshadowed by the crisis of Corona and low oil prices, and that the White Paper is an ambitious program for comprehensive economic reform, promoting the growth of the private economy and protecting the most vulnerable groups.” Weak. ”

He pointed out that “the industrialized countries and international organizations announced their support for the Iraqi government’s vision of reform not only to ward off the current crises, but to create permanent economic opportunities for the Iraqi people that meet their aspirations.”

The statement pointed out that “earlier, the Finance Committee in the Iraqi Council of Representatives announced its support for the white paper aimed at reforming and activating the private sector and changing the course of the national economy from the role of state control to the role of regulation, law enforcement, attention to vulnerable groups, social welfare and work to introduce radical improvements to The state administration of the public financial system to reduce the continuous waste of resources, and also seeks to restructure the banking sector and put in place scientific and real solutions to raise the production of the public sector.–%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%82%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8

Announcement of the normalization of relations between Israel and an Arab state “soon”

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Shafaq News / Israeli sources said, on Thursday, that the Israeli delegation that visited Sudan is optimistic that relations between the two countries will soon be announced.

The sources indicated that the delegation that visited Khartoum included representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office, the National Security Council, and Israeli intelligence and security agencies.

The Israeli Radio confirmed that an Israeli delegation visited the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on a private plane, on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his hope that Sudan would “quickly” recognize Israel, noting that “the decision on the relationship with Israel is a sovereign decision that belongs to the Sudanese government.”

“We continue to work actively with them to show why it is in the Sudanese government’s interest to make this sovereign decision. We hope they will, and we hope they will do it quickly,” the US secretary said.

The Israeli newspaper “Yediot Aharonot”, on Thursday, indicated a possible announcement by US President Donald Trump of a peace agreement between Tel Aviv and Khartoum in the next few days.

In a statement to local media, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said that Israel is “very close to establishing relations with Sudan,” which was confirmed by his special advisor for foreign affairs Ari Shalikar, told “AFP.”

After a meeting in London that included the Finance Minister .. Statement of the Economic Contact Group for Iraq

116 Policy 2020/10/22 19:05

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The British Embassy in Baghdad, Thursday, October 22, 2020, published a statement that resulted from the meeting of the Iraqi government and international partners in London today.

“The Iraqi government and international partners met today to launch the Economic Contact Group for Iraq, which is an international coalition to support the government of Iraq in pushing for the implementation of critical economic reforms,” the embassy said in a statement.

The embassy published the text of a statement issued by the Economic Contact Group for Iraq, as shown below.

Al-Kazemi meets the British Crown Prince

Time: 10/22/2020 15:58:10 Read: 975 times

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi met Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, Prince of Wales, at the Royal Clarence House in London.

Al-Kazemi and his accompanying delegation are visiting Britain in the last leg of his European tour that began last Sunday and included France and Germany.

Ammar Al-Masoudi

US Ambassador Al-Halbousi: We support the Iraqi government on all levels

Time: 10/22/2020 15:48:23

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi received, today, Thursday, the US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller.

A statement by Al-Halbousi’s office, which Al-Furat News received a copy of, said, “The meeting discussed bilateral relations and strengthening strategic cooperation between Iraq and the United States in accordance with mutual interests.”

During the meeting, the US ambassador affirmed his country’s support for the Iraqi government at all levels to achieve development, security and stability.

Ammar Al-Masoudi

Al-Kazemi and Johnson agree to proceed with a strategic cooperation that includes multiple axes

Time: 10/22/2020 14:42:34 Read: 676 times

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, met today, Thursday, in the British capital London, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, at the end of his European tour that also included France and Germany.

A statement by the Prime Minister’s Office, a copy of which was received by the Al Furat News Agency, stated, “The discussion of issues of common concern, the review of all developments and political and security positions in Iraq and the region, and the development of bilateral relations between the two countries in a way that serves peace and local and regional stability.”

The statement added that “during the meeting, it was agreed on more cooperation between Baghdad and London, in the field of combating terrorism, and also in the political and economic sphere, in light of the economic challenges that Iraq faces due to the decline in global oil prices and the repercussions of the Corona pandemic, and moving forward with strategic cooperation between Iraq and the United Kingdom, including multiple axes. ”

Ammar Al-Masoudi