Al-Kaabi calls for a serious and urgent stop to return to the previous dollar exchange rate

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Al-Kaabi calls for a serious and urgent stop to return to the previous dollar exchange rate

First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hassan Al-Kaabi, called on Wednesday for a serious and urgent pause to return to the previous dollar exchange rate.
Al-Kaabi said, during a session of the House of Representatives, that “raising the exchange rate of the dollar has a very negative impact on the life of the Iraqi citizen, and for economic stability in general.”
He stressed, “There must be a serious and urgent pause for all members of the House of Representatives and the Parliamentary Finance Committee to return to the previous exchange rate.


Al-Kazemi announces a position on the bombing of “Ain al-Assad”: The perpetrators do not belong to Iraq


Mustafa Al-Kazemi

The bombing of Ain al-Assad

2021-03-03 07:46

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Shafaq News / The Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kazemi described, on Wednesday, the groups that targeted Ain Al-Assad base as having no true affiliation with Iraq.

The media office of the Prime Minister stated in a statement received by Shafaq News that “The Ministerial Council for National Security held a meeting today chaired by Al-Kazemi, and during the meeting they discussed the latest security developments, and the Commander-in-Chief was informed of the completion of preparations and preparations for the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Iraq, which are considered “A historic visit that will set him on the path to stability, development and prosperity. It will also strengthen the international and intellectual symbolism of Iraq and its religious reference.”

“The council discussed the attack against Ain Al-Asad base this morning,” he added.

According to the statement, Al-Kazemi stressed that “such attacks are carried out by groups that do not have a true affiliation with Iraq, targeting Iraqi military bases that cannot be justified under any title or name, and that they harm the progress achieved by Iraq, whether in terms of overcoming the economic crisis or the growing role of Iraq in achieving security.” And stability regionally and internationally. ”

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces stressed that “the security services have clear directions to take a decisive position against these groups, regardless of their names and allegations, rejecting attempts to cling to an unreal affiliation with one of the Iraqi security services, and their actions with a false cover, and that accountability for the abusers from any party will be protected.” The reputation of our security forces is heroic. ”

Al-Kazemi explained that “any party that believes that it is above the state or that it is able to impose its agenda on Iraq and the future of its people is more important,” noting that “our national and moral responsibility towards our people requires us not to allow the logic of weapons to precede the logic of the state, and it is imperative for Iraq.” From removing itself from regional and international conflicts and moving according to pure Iraqi priorities, and we call on all political forces to take clear and declared positions to support the government’s approach in this regard and to protect the people and the state. ”

With regard to the foreign presence on Iraqi lands, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces emphasized that “at the time those forces came at the request of the Iraqi government at the time, this government took upon itself to enter into a strategic dialogue with the United States, which has so far resulted in a 60% exit.” From the coalition forces from Iraq in the language of dialogue and not the language of weapons, and we are proceeding with the dialogue according to the Iraqi priorities and needs to agree on timetables for the departure of the combat forces, and to agree on mechanisms that provide the training, support and advice our security forces need.

Parliamentary Finance reveals positive dialogues regarding the approval of the 2021 budget

Wednesday 3 March 2021 | 01:33 PM

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Today, Wednesday, the Finance Committee of the Iraqi Parliament revealed positive dialogues regarding the approval of the 2021 budget bill.

Committee member Jamal Cougar told “Eye of Iraq News” that “the past two days have witnessed positive political and parliamentary dialogues regarding the approval of the 2021 budget bill, and this means that the approval of the budget will be very soon, and most likely the beginning of next week.”

Cougar explained that “the budget bill in 2021, can only be passed by consensus and political agreement between all parties. This law is very important, and it cannot be passed according to personal or political whims or in a political way to impose a fait accompli.”

Intense preparations before pontiff meets Iraqi ayatollah


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BAGHDAD (AP) — In Iraq’s holiest city, a pontiff will meet a revered ayatollah and make history with a message of coexistence in a place plagued by bitter divisions.

One is the chief pastor of the world-wide Catholic Church, the other a pre-eminent figure in Shiite Islam whose opinion holds powerful sway on the Iraqi street and beyond. Their encounter will resonate across Iraq, even crossing borders into neighboring, mainly Shiite Iran.

Pope Francis and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani are to meet on Saturday for at most 40 minutes, part of the time alone except for interpreters, in the Shiite cleric’s modest home in the city of Najaf. Every detail was scrutinized ahead of time in painstaking, behind-the-scenes preparations that touched on everything from shoes to seating arrangements.

The geopolitical undertones weigh heavy on the meeting, along with twin threats from a viral pandemic and ongoing tensions with rocket-firing Iranian-backed rogue groups.

For Iraq’s dwindling Christian minority, a show of solidarity from al-Sistani could help secure their place in Iraq after years of displacement — and, they hope, ease intimidation from Shiite militiamen against their community.

Iraqi officials in government, too, see the meeting’s symbolic power — as does Tehran.

The 90-year-old al-Sistani has been a consistent counterweight to Iran’s influence. With the meeting, Francis is implicitly recognizing him as the chief interlocutor of Shiite Islam over his rival, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. News of the meeting heightened long-standing rivalries between the Shiite seminaries of Najaf and Iran’s city of Qom over which stands at the center of the Shiite world.

“It will be a private visit without precedent in history, and it will not have an equal to any previous visits,” said a religious official in Najaf, involved in the planning.

For the Vatican, it was a meeting decades in the making, one that eluded Francis’ predecessors.

“Najaf did not make it easy,” said one Christian religious official close to the planning from the Vatican side, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the visit’s delicacy.

In December, Louis Sako, the patriarch of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church told The Associated Press the church was trying to schedule a meeting between Francis and the ayatollah. It was included in the first draft of the program, “but when the (Vatican) delegation visited Najaf, there were problems,” he said, without elaborating.

The church kept insisting.

“We know the importance and impact of Najaf in the Iraqi situation,” Sako said. What value would the pope’s message of coexistence in Iraq have, they determined, if he did not seek the support of its most powerful and respected religious figure?

Sako finally confirmed the meeting in January, weeks after the pontiff’s itinerary had been assembled.

Rarely does al-Sistani weigh in on governance matters. When he has, it has shifted the course of Iraq’s modern history.

An edict from him provided many Iraqis reason to participate in the January 2005 elections, the first after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. His 2014 fatwa calling on able-bodied men to fight the Islamic State group massively swelled the ranks of Shiite militias. In 2019, as anti-government demonstrations gripped the country, his sermon lead to the resignation of then-prime minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

The Vatican’s hope was that Francis would sign a document with al-Sistani pledging human fraternity, just as he did with Sunni Islam’s influential grand imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb, based in Egypt.

The signature was among many elements the two sides negotiated over extensively. In the end, Shiite religious officials in Najaf told the AP a signing was not on the agenda, and al-Sistani will issue a verbal statement instead.

Each minute of Saturday’s meeting will likely unfold as meticulously as a scripted stage play.

The 84-year-old pontiff’s convoy will pull up along Najaf’s busy column-lined Rasool Street, which culminates at the Imam Ali Shrine, one of the most revered sites in the world for Shiites.

To the side is an alleyway too narrow for cars. Here, Francis will walk the 30 meters (yards) to al-Sistani’s modest home, which the cleric has rented for decades. Waiting to greet him at the entrance will be al-Sistani’s influential son, Mohammed Ridha.

Inside, and some steps to the right, the pontiff will come face to face with the ayatollah.

Each will make a simple gesture of mutual respect.

Francis will remove his shoes before entering al-Sistani’s room.

Al-Sistani, who normally remains seated for visitors, will stand to greet Francis at the door and walk him to an L-shaped blue sofa, inviting him to take a seat.

“This has not taken place by his Eminence with any guest before,” said a Najaf religious official.

He will stand despite his fragile health, said the religious officials. Since fracturing his thigh last year, the cleric has been firmly ensconced indoors. Francis suffers from sciatica.

The Pope will be offered tea.

“His Eminence will provide His Holiness a message of peace and love for all humanity,” said the official.

Gifts will be exchanged.

It is not clear what Najaf will bestow, but Francis will almost certainly present al-Sistani with bound copies of his most important writings, top among them his latest encyclical “Brothers All,” about the need for greater fraternity among all peoples to bring about a more peaceful, ecologically sustainable and just world.

Until now, papal plans to visit Iraq have ended in failure.

The late Pope John Paul II was unable to go in 2000, when negotiations broke down with the government of then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

One setback after another nearly scuttled this one too.

Iraq fell to a second wave of the coronavirus last month spurred by the new, more infectious strain that first broke out in the U.K. At the same time, a spate of rocket attacks resumed targeting the American presence in the country. The U.S. has blamed Iran-aligned militias.

Those same groups, strengthened after al-Sistani’s fatwa, are accused of terrorizing Christians and preventing them from returning home. Iraqi government and religious officials are concerned these militias could carry out rocket attacks in Baghdad or elsewhere to show their displeasure over al-Sistani’s meeting with Francis.

As pope, Francis sits atop an official hierarchy ruling the Catholic Church. Al-Sistani’s position is more informal, based on tradition and reputation. He is considered one of the most prestigious Shiite religious scholars in the world, the leading light at the Najaf seminaries, earning him worldwide reverence.

Iran’s Khamenei and the Qom seminaries compete for that prestige. Al-Sistani’s school of thought opposes direct rule by clerics, the system in place in Iran, where Khamenei has the final word in all matters.

“The visit could potentially upset some people and they might try to delay or cancel the visit, I hold this concern,” said a second official in Najaf. “Who could be upset? Qom’s Hawza,” he said, using the Arabic term referring the seminaries.

Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s chief justice, considered a potential presidential candidate or even successor to Khamenei, was unsuccessful in his attempts to meet al-Sistani on a recent trip.

“This increased tension with the Iranians, as His Eminence did not see Raisi but will see His Holiness the Pope,” said the official.

Politics and rivalries aside, almost everyone across Iraq’s multi-confessional fabric will have something to gain from the short encounter.

“I see the pope’s visit to Najaf as the culmination of a global movement in the Islamic-Christian tradition to promote security and peace in our country,” Iraq’s Culture Minister Hassan Nadhem told the press recently. “As we are still tinged with tendencies toward violence and intolerance.”


Associated Press writer Nicole Winfield in Rome contributed to this report.

The Pope confirms that he will visit Iraq despite the missile attacks


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2021-03-03 04:19

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Shafaq News / Pope Francis confirmed on Wednesday that he will visit his scheduled visit to Iraq despite the missile attack that targeted the Ain Al-Assad base in the west of the country.

The Pope of the Vatican is conducting a historic visit to Iraq during the next few days, and his first stop will be Baghdad, before moving to Najaf to meet the religious authority, Ali al-Sistani, then heading to the ancient city of Ur in Dhi Qar, where the Prophet Ibrahim was born, and before concluding this visit he will go To each of the Nineveh Governorate and the Kurdistan Region.

Earlier this morning, an official security source reported that the Ain al-Assad military base in Anbar Province, western Iraq, had been subjected to missile strikes.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, that at least 10 “Grad” missiles targeted the vicinity of the base, which includes the forces of the international anti-ISIS coalition led by the United States of America, adding that as of the time of writing the news, no human casualties were recorded as a result of the bombing.

The source pointed out that a “Kia” wheel was seized, a load inside which was found on the missile platform in the Al-Dulab area, west of Heet district, north of Ramadi.

Ain al-Assad base is located in the city of al-Baghdadi, 110 km west of Baghdad, and it is the most prominent military base hosting US forces in Iraq.

The Ain al-Assad base was one of the targets of missile attacks mostly by Iraqi factions close to Iran.

It is noteworthy that Iran had bombed the Ain al-Assad base in early 2020 in response to the killing of the prominent general, commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Qassem Soleimani, the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, “Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis,” and their comrades in an American air strike via a drone near Baghdad International Airport. .

After the meeting of Parliament and the blocs .. Set a date for passing the budget by a majority if the various parties do not agree

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The head of the Rafidain Parliamentary Bloc, Representative Yonadam Kanna, stated today, Wednesday (03 March 2021), that the end of next week will be set as a date for passing the federal budget for the current year with the political majority, if the different parties do not reach an agreement about it.

“The meeting of the Presidency of the Council of Representatives with the heads of parliamentary blocs discussed three issues, the first is the laws completed in the current parliamentary session, the second is the laws that have been read in a first reading, and their number is (17) laws, and the third is the laws,” Kanna said in a press statement followed by (Baghdad Today). The second reading, which is (20) laws, has been read. ”

He added, “The Federal Court and the budget laws have priority among other laws that the House of Representatives will legislate during the next few sessions,” stressing that “these two laws are among the laws that have reached advanced stages.”

The deputy for the Christian component pointed out that “among the laws that we have completed a second reading and classified from controversial or controversial laws are the laws of freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration, information crimes, and the retirement rights of deceased persons with health and medical professions, in addition to some agreements.”

According to the head of the Rafidain Parliamentary Bloc, “the meeting agreed to give the different parties on some paragraphs of the budget law another opportunity that will end by the end of next week, and otherwise Parliament will be forced to pass the law on the principle of the political majority and not by consensus between forces and components.”

He pointed out that “the gathered forces agreed to offer to amend the Federal Court law sent by the Presidency of the Republic to vote with the federal budget,” considering that “these two laws are among the most important laws that are required to be passed at the present time.”

Yesterday, Tuesday, a parliamentary source in the House of Representatives reported that the Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, had begun meeting with leaders of political blocs to discuss the budget laws and the Federal Court.

The source said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), “Al-Halbousi held a meeting with the leaders of political blocs in order to resolve the pending laws in Parliament, to resolve the vote on them, most notably the Budget Law and the Federal Court.”

The Central Bank cuts interest on loans as part of the “1 trillion” initiative

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{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Central Bank of Iraq announced today, Wednesday, that the interest imposed on loans granted within the one trillion dinars initiative will be reduced.

The media office of the Central Bank said in a statement that Al Furat News received a copy of, that it is “keen to take into account the current exceptional circumstances related to the financial and economic aspect and the repercussions of the Corona pandemic.”

He added, “It was decided to reduce all the interest imposed on loans granted within the initiative of the Central Bank of Iraq (1) trillion dinars.”

The Central Bank issued a mechanism for reducing the interest below:

1- Reducing the interest of the Central Bank of Iraq for large projects to be (1%) instead of (2%)

2- Reducing interest for banks on housing loans to be (2%) instead of (4%)

3- commission adjustment Central Bank (for housing loans) to be (5 per thousand) instead of (7 per thousand)

4- All interests for the banks and guarantor companies are “diminishing”.

A 10-missile attack targeting Ain Al-Assad base in Anbar

2021/03/03 08:26

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Baghdad / Al-Masalla: Security sources reported, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, that Ain Al-Asad Air Base in Anbar Governorate had been targeted with 10 missiles.

The sources told Al-Masalla that 10 Katyusha rockets target the vicinity of Ain Al-Asad Air Force Base in Al-Anbar Governorate.

She added that warning sirens were triggered to enter the shelters, adding that no injuries had been recorded until this moment.

In the recent period, the intensity of the operations carried out by armed groups against the diplomatic headquarters and the sites of the coalition and the United States in Iraq has increased, and most of them did not result in significant human and material losses, which raised many questions about the objectives of these operations and who is behind them.

On February 15, missiles hit the US military base at Erbil International Airport, killing a non-American contractor, while another missile struck a base hosting US forces north of Baghdad days later, hitting at least one contractor, and missiles struck late Last month, the Green Zone in Baghdad, which includes the US embassy and other diplomatic missions.


For the third day in a row .. The Central Bank of Iraq sales recorded a decrease in the currency auction



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2021-03-03 04:05

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Shafaq News / The Central Bank of Iraq sales of hard currency decreased on Wednesday by 4 percent, to reach $ 120 million.

The correspondent of Shafaq News Agency stated that the Central Bank of Iraq witnessed during its auction for the sale and purchase of foreign currencies today a decrease in its sales by 4.2 percent to reach 120 million 52 thousand and 218 dollars, which the bank covered at a base exchange rate of 1460 dinars per dollar, compared to yesterday, Tuesday, where Sales amounted to 125 million 321 thousand and 939 dollars.

The purchases amounting to 120 million 52 thousand dollars 218 went to strengthen the funds abroad in the form of transfers and credits, while the banks did not purchase any dollars in cash.

Our correspondent indicated that 16 banks have fulfilled the requests to enhance the assets abroad.