Commander of the NATO mission: We did training and advice .. There are no combat forces in Iraq

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05/17/2021 16:41

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Baghdad / Al-Masala: National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji discussed, on Monday, the work of the NATO mission in Iraq, with the new commander of the mission in the country, Lt. Gen. Michael Lawesgaard.  

In a statement received by Al-Masalla, Al-Araji’s office stated that the National Security Adviser, Qassem Al-Araji, received in his office Monday the new commander of the NATO mission in Iraq, Lieutenant-General Michael Lollesgaard, and they discussed the mission’s work and its training tasks in Iraq, related to developing training capabilities for Iraqi forces and providing advice. .

The statement added: The new NATO mission commander presented a summary of the mission’s work and its specific tasks, stressing that there is no combat force inside Iraq, but rather the mission’s work is limited to training and advisory tasks, within the framework of cooperation between Iraq and NATO to support the capabilities of the Iraqi forces in counseling and training.

For his part, Al-Araji confirmed, according to the statement, that the Iraqi forces have made great strides in the field of combat experience, noting that cooperation with NATO falls within the framework of the need to develop the training side, which is an important factor to strengthen the capabilities of our security forces and keep abreast of developments in this field.

 NATO’s plans to raise its military force in Iraq are back on the front line again with the escalation of violence and tension between US forces and a number of armed groups.

The NATO commander in Iraq had said earlier that the mission of the NATO mission in Iraq is not combat, and that NATO forces are present on Iraqi soil at the invitation of the government, and that the activities of the alliance are confined to Baghdad, and may expand in other areas if the Iraqi government requests that. .


Officially, the government challenges some of the budget’s provisions and asks the judiciary to stop working with it

PoliticsbreakingGeneral Secretariat for the Council of Ministers2021 budget 2021-05-17 09:32A-AA +

Shafaq News / On Monday, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers officially announced the submission of an appeal on some of the budget items, and requested the Federal Court to issue a state order; To stop these terms from working.

The General Secretariat issued a clarification received by Shafaq News. Concerning an official letter related to the provisions of the Federal Budget Law.

She said, “Some social media sites have transmitted a copy of the Ministry of Interior’s book numbered number (5537) dated 4/18/2021, which includes the ministry’s request from the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to appeal some provisions of the Federal Budget Law No. (23 of 2021); as a result. There is a deficit in compensation for workers in the ministry. “

She explained that “the legal department in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers lodged an appeal with some of the budget items for contradicting the government program and the principle of separation of powers, with the request of the Federal Court to issue a state order to stop working on these items until the case before it is decided.”

And she emphasized, “its standing by this segment and its endeavor to solve the issue radically with the relevant authorities, represented by the Ministry of Finance and the relevant government departments.”

In early February, the Iraqi parliament approved the country’s financial budget for the current year, with a total expenditure amounting to 129 trillion dinars, and a deficit of 28 trillion.

Estimated revenues from exporting crude oil were also calculated on the basis of an average price of $ 45 a barrel, and an export rate of 3.250 million barrels per day.

The budget was approved after months of disagreements, as well as after parliament reduced the value of expenditures provided by the government, which is 164 trillion dinars.