Parliamentary security: The number of NATO forces does not exceed 400 soldiers, and their tasks are training only

Local | 10:33 – 27/02/2021

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The Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee determined, on Saturday, the number of NATO forces in Iraq.

A member of the committee, Abbas Sarout, said in a statement followed by / Mawazine News, that “the NATO forces present in Iraq are responsible for training and not combat, according to the Iraqi government’s agreement with them.”

He added that “the number of NATO allies in Iraq does not exceed 400 soldiers,” noting that “the training tasks do not need large or additional numbers.” Ended 29 / A 87

The International Coalition: We have reduced the number of our soldiers, and the Iraqi forces no longer need training

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commander in the international coalition confirmed, on Saturday, the reduction of the number of its soldiers in Iraq, and while noting that the Iraqi forces no longer need training, he indicated that the mission of NATO forces is to provide advice.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Joint Task Force for Strategic Affairs of the International Coalition, Major General Kevin Katsi, said, “The terrorist gangs of ISIS have reached their final stages and the Iraqi forces have succeeded in dismantling them,” indicating that “Iraqi forces killed and arrested many ISIS terrorist leaders.”

He added, “We are working with the Iraqi security forces to dismantle the financial network of ISIS,” explaining that “the armed groups that carry out missile attacks pose a threat to Iraq.”

He pointed out, “The government and security forces deal with missile attacks carried out by armed groups and are committed to supporting Iraqi forces in confronting missile attacks against diplomatic missions.”

He continued, “We have reduced the number of our forces at the request of the Iraqi government and are coordinating with the Joint Operations Command and with the Peshmerga forces to confront the remnants of ISIS.”

And he went on to say: – NATO forces provide advice to the Iraqi security forces, pointing out that “ISIS gangs exploit the difficult terrain to target civilians and the Iraqi forces are able to deal with them.”

Regarding the sorties, he explained, “Any sortie for our planes is only done with the approval of the government. Iraqi air forces and sorties are not limited to us, but there are many tasks that Iraqi aircraft and the army’s aviation

carry out . ”He added:“ Iraqi forces are able to carry out large-scale security operations without the aid of air strikes, and the Iraqi forces no longer need training because they are at a level of sufficient professionalism.

” “The intelligence cooperation has become bigger and wider after the changes that the Prime Minister made to the security leaderships.”

He concluded: “We rely on the intelligence information provided by the Iraqi security leaders and the change in security leaders leads to higher operations in detecting missile attacks,” stressing that “most of the attacks on the columns target equipment provided to the Iraqi forces and not to the coalition.”

And he considered, “The operations against the international coalition columns are a threat to the security of Iraq and the lives of civilians.”

Foreign Minister: We will not allow the recent events to be used to undermine the relationship between Baghdad and Tehran

Time: 02/27/2021 17:05:47 Read: 1,105 times

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fouad Hussein, confirmed, on Saturday, during his meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Muhammad Javad Zarif, in the Iranian capital, Tehran, that Baghdad will not allow the disruption of the excellent relations with Iran.

Tehran announced that the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Fouad Hussein and Iran, Muhammad Jawad Zarif, confirmed during a meeting held between them today that their countries would confront any attempts aimed at undermining their bilateral relations.

In a statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry stated that Zarif condemned, during the meeting held in Tehran, the recent US air strikes that targeted Iraqi factions in the Syrian Albu Kamal region at the borders of Iraq, stressing that they constitute a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

Zarif also indicated, according to the statement, that “some recent attacks and incidents inside Iraq may be aimed at undermining Iraq’s relations with Iran and the security and stability of this country.”

In turn, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein stressed, according to the statement, that Baghdad “will not allow the events that take place on its territory to be exploited with the aim of sabotaging the distinguished relations between the two countries.”

Hussein expressed Baghdad’s readiness to facilitate Iran’s access to its frozen assets in Iraq under the US sanctions, stressing that progress has been made in the negotiations between the two countries in this regard.


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Today, Saturday, the Central Bank of Iraq announced that its cash reserve has risen to more than $ 55 billion.

The central said in a statement followed by the “National News Center” that “the increase in monetary reserves came as a result of high oil prices,” indicating that “the monetary reserve has now exceeded $ 55 billion.”

The central added that “the decrease in bank purchases from the outlets led to an increase in the cash reserve.”

Fox News: US forces are preparing in Iraq, fearing an Iranian response

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A group of American soldiers in Iraq during one of the patrols, Shall Gurga, northern Iraq, August 28, 2010, Joe Biden, the US Vice President, announced on the first of September that the American forces had completed the operation to liberate Iraq, but that they would start a new mission in Iraq which he called Operation; The new dawn ;. Through this new operation, the remaining US forces interact with the Iraqi Army forces during operations and can also assume a civilian role and combat terrorism, if needed. An archive photo

The American “Fox News” channel reported that the international coalition led by Washington has raised the threat level to the American forces in Iraq, and put the forces at the Balad base on alert for any Iranian response after the bombing of militias affiliated with Tehran on the Iraqi-Syrian borders yesterday

The channel said that only necessary activities would be permitted at the base of “Balad”, with the imposition of mandatory preventive measures on anyone outside the fortified buildings at the base.

According to a report by “Fox News”, such a situation may last for several days, and it comes as a routine precautionary measure, which was taken based on the current field conditions.

The base, which hosts the international coalition forces, was subjected to missile strikes last week, and the United States accused “Iranian-allied militias” of being behind the attack.

Last night, the United States launched an air strike on sites in Syria, which it said belonged to “Iran-allied factions,” and US forces in Iraq feared a possible response to the strikes in Syria, according to a Fox News report.

Al-Amiri marks something “dangerous” and says: America targeted the crowd



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Shafaq News / The head of the Al-Fateh Alliance, Hadi Al-Amiri, called on Friday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to investigate the American airstrike, which he said had targeted the Popular Mobilization Forces.

Al-Amiri said in a statement received by Shafaq News, “We call on the Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to investigate the American strike that took place last night in the Iraqi-Syrian borders.”

He added, “The information available to us indicates that this is targeting the Popular Mobilization Forces stationed on the Iraqi-Syrian borders and not as the US Defense Department claims that it is targeting the Iraqi Islamic Resistance factions in the Syrian territories.”

Al-Amiri also called on Al-Kazemi to “investigate the American narrative which claims that there is cooperation between the Iraqi government and the US Department of Defense to achieve this strike.”

He said, “This is a dangerous statement to disturb the unity and harmony between the security services,” adding, “For the utmost necessity and national importance, we are waiting for the results of this investigation to be revealed, so that our people know what is happening.”  

And the US Department of Defense announced earlier that it had launched air strikes on factions loyal to Iran in the Syrian region of Albu Kamal, on the borders of Iraq.

In a statement, the defense said that the strikes destroyed “many infrastructures located at a border point used by Iranian-backed militias,” including the Iraqi “Hezbollah Brigades” and the “Sayyid al-Shuhada” Brigades, two factions within the ranks of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces.

In the wake of the bombing, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, “The operation came after the United States obtained intelligence from Iraq, saying that” Washington encouraged the Iraqis to investigate and provide them with intelligence information, and that this was very useful in determining the target. ” 

However, the Iraqi Ministries of Defense and Interior denied any information coordination with Washington regarding the raid, which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said left 22 dead.

The Iraqi Parliament will resume its sessions early next March


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Shafaq News / On Friday, the Iraqi Parliament announced that it will resume holding its sessions in early March.

He mentioned the meeting agenda, which was issued by the Parliament Media Office and reported to Shafaq News; Parliament will hold its 38th session in the first legislative term on the first Monday of next March at 5:00 pm.

The agenda included 7 paragraphs that will be deliberated within the session as well as the conclusion of the session.

The Interior Ministry denies sharing intelligence with the international coalition regarding the US strike in Syria

Political | 09:18 – 26/02/2021

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The Ministry of Interior denied, on Friday, that it had shared any intelligence information with the international coalition related to the air strike in eastern Syria.

In a statement received by Mawazine News, the ministry stated that it would like to clarify, “and within the framework of the statements and statements related to the exchange of intelligence information with the international coalition forces regarding an air strike carried out in the Syrian territories that the mechanisms of cooperation with the international coalition are limited to developing the capabilities and skills of the security forces in The field of police work in a way that enhances the capabilities of the Ministry’s forces in enhancing internal security, fighting crime and achieving community peace.

She added, “Accordingly, no intelligence information was exchanged by the competent ministry agencies and the international coalition forces, regardless of its size, related to the aforementioned air strike.” Ended 29 / A43

At the “B” grade .. Minister of Finance: Iraq has maintained its global credit rating

Economie | 03:37 – 26/02/2021

BAGHDAD – Mawazine News

, Minister of Finance, Abd Allawi, confirmed, on Friday, that Iraq internationally maintained its credit rating at B, with an emphasis on financial and economic stability, according to the international agency Standard and Poor’s S&P.

The media office of the Minister of Finance stated, in a statement received by Mawazine News, that “Allawi participated in a dialogue session to discuss the economic and financial developments and the credit rating of Iraq via video conference, which included experts and specialists from the ministries of finance and oil and representatives of the Central Bank.”

The statement added, “During the dialogue, they discussed the economic and financial developments and the credit rating of Iraq and the factors that contributed to maintaining the credit rating at -𝗕 degree and the emphasis on financial and economic stability, according to S&P Standard and Poor’s Agency.”

Allawi said, “The change in the exchange rate contributed to alleviating pressure on foreign reserves and strengthened the ability of the Ministry of Finance to provide local financing and recovering crude oil prices at the beginning of 2021 compared to what they were in 2020.

” The future outlook was also touched upon. The stability of the Iraqi economy that came to reflect the continuation of foreign currency reserves at a level that increases the external public debt service and Iraq’s ability to pay off its external debt obligations over the next (12) months. ”

It is worth noting that Standard & Poor’s S&P agency and since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, It took decisions to reduce the rating from stable to negative for more than 80 cases around the world. Ended 6/29 n

Foreign Ministry: Hussein will visit Tehran tomorrow … and his agenda is revealed

Time: 02/26/2021 19:29:08 Read: 1,313 times

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein will visit the Iranian capital, Tehran, tomorrow, Saturday, in the second such visit to him this February.

In a statement, the ministry’s spokesman Ahmed Al-Sahhaf said in a statement that Al-Furat News Agency received a copy of, that Hussein “will make an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran tomorrow, and it will continue for one day, during which he will hold meetings with dignitaries in Iran.”

“The talks will focus on bilateral relations between Baghdad and Tehran, discuss the situation at the regional level, support paths to achieve balance and avoid tension and escalation,” he added.

He pointed out that “the visit of the Foreign Minister to the Islamic Republic of Iran after his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the period from February 22 to February 23, 2021.”

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