Security forces deploy to Baghdad ahead of upcoming mass protests

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Shafaq News / A police source said that Iraqi security forces were deployed on Monday evening in the streets of the capital, Baghdad, hours before the start of upcoming protests.

The source told Shafaq News, “The security forces have begun to deploy within the approaches of Al-Andalus, Al-Firdous, Kahramana and Al-Tahrir squares, in preparation for the demonstrations tomorrow.”

The source indicated that no directive had been issued to block the roads so far.

Mass demonstrations are expected to take place in the capital, Baghdad, and other governorates in the center and south of the country, tomorrow, Tuesday, under the slogan “Who killed me?” The aim is to pressure the authorities to prosecute those involved in the killing of activists and protesters and bring them to justice.


To discuss the implementation of the budget … Kurdistan government reveals the date of its delegation’s visit to Baghdad

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Shafaq News / The Kurdistan Regional Government revealed, on Monday, that its delegation will visit Baghdad next week to discuss the implementation of the financial budget law for the current year.

This came in a meeting supervised by the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, regarding the region’s budget bill for 2021.

The regional government stated in a statement received by Shafaq News, that “in the meeting, which was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and a number of concerned ministers, they discussed the draft Kurdistan Region Budget Bill and the latest data related to the region’s expenditures and revenues, and various possibilities were highlighted. Of drafting. “

The meeting stressed “the need for the budget law to reflect the financial situation in the Kurdistan Region in a transparent manner.” 

In this context, the concerned ministries were directed to prepare their latest observations and views on the draft law so that the Council of Ministers can approve it in the near future before referring it to the Kurdistan Parliament.

The meeting dealt with the issue of implementing the Iraqi Federal Budget Law for the year 2021, which despite its approval, the financial dues were not sent to the region that showed its willingness to fulfill its obligations under the law. In this regard, the concerned ministers were directed to continue their communication with their counterparts in the federal government.

At the conclusion of the meeting, it was decided that the Kurdistan Regional Government delegation would visit Baghdad next week to discuss the issue of implementing the Federal Budget Law, according to the statement.

An agreement between Baghdad and Erbil to control the borders and the agricultural calendar

Political| 03:12 – 05/24/2021


BAGHDAD – Mawazine News The
Ministry of Agriculture revealed, on Monday, an agreement with Kurdistan to control the borders and the agricultural calendar, while indicating that licenses will be provided to export potatoes and tomatoes.
The Minister of Agriculture, Muhammad Karim al-Khafaji, said, according to the official agency, that “the percentage of government control over the border crossings from Basra Governorate to Diyala, except for the Kurdistan region, reaches 80%.”
Al-Khafaji added, “A meeting will soon be held with the region to discuss border control,” indicating that “we have reached an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture of the region to control the borders and agree on the agricultural calendar.”
He added, “Vegetable crops were exported abroad due to a production surplus,” noting that “there will be an application for export licenses, whether potatoes, tomatoes, or others.”

Advisor to Al-Kazemi: Iraq needs ten years of investment opportunities to enter the fourth industrial revolution

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Baghdad / Al-Masalla: The financial advisor to the Prime Minister, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, explained, on Monday, May 24, 2021, that Iraq has a ten-year opportunity to invest in three areas, while identifying ways to benefit from improved oil prices to achieve two goals.

“Iraq has an opportunity that extends for ten years before it enters the world and penetrates into the roots of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the various renewable energy alternatives begin to make its production costs less than the cost of producing crude oil,” Saleh told Al-Obelah.

He added, “It is possible that the improvement in oil prices and the achievement of good incomes for the country will contribute to achieving two goals, namely reducing severe destitution and reviving some aspects of the economy, but we are bound by a ten-year development plan that establishes to employ oil revenues in investments that absorb a growing human force without job opportunities in the future. “.

He continued, “Therefore, before us, we have the slogan of every rentier dollar that exceeds urgent social and humanitarian needs, and it must go to productive employment and generate income.”

He stressed that “Iraq has a decade-long opportunity from now until the early thirties of the current twenty-first century for productive investment in three areas, the first being large-scale agriculture with high monetary returns with the development of infrastructure projects related to water regulation, irrigation and agricultural industry, that is, manufacturing agricultural inputs and manufacturing its products.”

He added that the second field is mineral and geological investment to provide additional financing and support, especially in phosphates, silicon, sulfur and others, and the third field is achieved by radically changing the digital infrastructure for all aspects of life without losing the country’s backbone represented by electricity and strategic transportation.

He pointed out that, “In view of the above, the organized market must play the role of partnership, with its financial and technical surpluses, in drawing and implementing the economic image of Iraq. Let the ten years from 2022 to 2032 be the first development decade for Iraq after four decades of nothing in a young nation, half of its population from 19 years down This complicates the problems of work and sustenance at the same time, and it is a bottleneck from which we must get out. “

And the International Energy Agency announced, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, that the world must now abandon any new project to explore for oil or gas other than the previously agreed upon projects, as this necessitates changing the landscape of energy sources almost completely, in light of the significant decline in demand for fossil energies. It is matched by the increasing demand for renewable energy sources.

The economic expert, Manar Al-Obaidi, told Al-Masalla, Thursday, May 20, 2021, that the volume of investment in renewable energy exceeded for the first time in the world the volume of investment in the oil and gas sector, indicating that this dangerous indicator indicates that most countries have begun to practically turn towards alternative energy. It means reducing dependence on oil over the next ten years.

And International Energy indicated that the rapid decline in demand for oil and natural gas means that there are no exploration operations required, and that it is not necessary to invest any new gas or oil fields in addition to the ones that have been approved so far.

The decline in dependence on oil has become a tangible reality that no one can argue with. On the other hand, Iraq is still dependent on its revenues from oil and the population growth rate is still maintained at its levels and the level of education is still at its worst stage.

Al-Obeidi said that these three things foreshadow a real disaster that the country will go through during the next ten years, as oil has no value, a huge population, is scientifically unarmed and able to find job opportunities.

Al-Obaidi added that the process of educating about the dangers of population growth and attempting to control birth control should immediately begin, as well as work to establish residential communities and cities that do not depend on oil income, but rather are self-sustainable, which is the first step towards the shift from dependence on the state to dependence on the small community.

He also stressed the need to build cities dependent on the agricultural, industrial and service sectors, and to be able to finance themselves, and countries withdraw their hand little by little from their responsibility to be the official sponsor for financing the various classes of the people, to adopt mechanisms to combat illiteracy, to strengthen the role of technical education and to advance the reality of the current generation to be able To work in the future.


Peshmerga officers in Al-Kask camp … and completing the formation of coordination centers

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Shafaq News / The Chief of Staff of the Peshmerga Forces, Jamal Aymanki revealed, on Monday, the completion of the formation of four joint coordination centers between the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga to stabilize the disputed areas and pursue ISIS remnants.

Emmanke said in a special statement to Shafaq News that a number of Peshmerga officers visited Al-Kasak camp in Sinjar district, northwest of Nineveh, and formed a coordination center with the Iraqi army forces.

He added that this also happened today in Makhmour. A joint coordination center was formed there between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army forces.

Aymanki pointed to the completion of the formation of joint coordination centers in Sinjar, Makhmour, Kirkuk and Khanaqin.

The Chief of Staff of the Peshmerga Forces added that the four coordination centers are the outcome of two years of discussions in Ben Baghdad and Erbil, indicating that the discussions that took place before Eid al-Fitr resulted in the opening of the four centers, in addition to the centers of Baghdad and Erbil, for coordination between the army and the Peshmerga.

Last year, Baghdad and Erbil reached an agreement to form four joint coordination centers to exchange information and fight ISIS remnants in pockets of security vacuums located within the disputed areas.

The security vacuums between the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga forces are one of the most prominent challenges to efforts to fight ISIS remnants in Iraq.

The blanks extend from the Syrian border to the north at Nineveh Governorate, through Salah al-Din and Kirkuk governorates, to Diyala on the Iranian border.

The vacuums were formed as a result of the tension between the army and the Peshmerga following the independence referendum in 2017, as it extends between them a kind of no-man’s land between two armies, and in some areas it is a few kilometers deep and is a haven for the movement of ISIS militants without the presence of security forces.

The international coalition is investigating the bombing of Ain Al-Assad in western Iraq

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Shafaq News / The US-led international coalition announced, on Monday, that it had conducted an investigation into the missile strikes that targeted Ain Al-Asad base in western Iraq.

The spokesman for the coalition, Colonel Wayne Maruto, said in a tweet on Twitter, which was seen by Shafaq News, that the Ain Al-Asad air base was subjected to missile strikes today, and no injuries were reported, and the damage is being assessed.

Maruto added that the attack is under investigation, pointing out that every attack on the government of Iraq, the Kurdistan government, and the coalition undermines the authority of Iraqi institutions, the rule of law, and Iraqi national sovereignty.

For its part, the Security Media Cell said that a Katyusha rocket landed this afternoon in the vicinity of Ain Al-Asad Air Base in Anbar Governorate, without significant losses.

A security source informed Shafaq News Agency that the Ain Al-Assad base was targeted with two Katyusha missiles, indicating that the two missiles landed near the Foundation neighborhood in the eastern Al-Baghdadi region, as part of the base’s approaches without any casualties. 

Whereas, the leader of the Tribal Mobilization in Anbar Governorate, Qatari Al-Ubaidi, told Shafaq News that a missile was launched towards the Ain Al-Asad air base, but fell near the homes of citizens in the institution, east of Al-Baghdadi district.

It is noteworthy that the Iraqi Security Media Cell announced, on the eighth of last April, that it had thwarted an attack with 24 missiles on the Ain Al-Asad air base, which includes American soldiers, in Anbar Province, western Iraq.

Blinken visits three Arab regions to confirm Washington’s support for Israel’s security

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Shafaq News / US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will visit the Middle East, which will include Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo and Amman, and will continue until next Thursday.

The White House said, in a statement, that Blinken “intends, during his visit to the region, to affirm Washington’s support for Israel’s security and to restore relations with the Palestinian side.”

“In pursuit of our quiet and intense diplomacy to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, I have requested our Foreign Minister Tony Blinken to travel to the Middle East this week,” the statement added, quoting Biden.

“During his trip, Minister Blinken will meet with Israeli leaders and address our firm commitment to the security of Israel. He will continue our administration’s efforts to rebuild relations with and support the Palestinian people and leaders, after years of neglect.”

“Blinken will work to engage other key partners in the region, including coordinated international efforts to ensure that immediate aid reaches Gaza in a way that benefits the people there, not Hamas, and to reduce the risk of further conflict in the coming months,” Al-Betty Al-Abyad said.

Allawi chairs a meeting to prepare a financial strategy for the security services

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Shafaq News / On Monday, a meeting chaired by the Iraqi Minister of Finance discussed presenting a detailed budget report for the security and defense sectors.

At the ministry’s headquarters, Allawi chaired the eighth session of the committee for preparing the federal budget strategy for the medium term 2022-2024, in the presence of the advisors of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Adviser to the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, the Undersecretary and Adviser of the Ministry, and a number of the Ministry’s general directors, according to a statement by the Ministry of Finance’s media office reported to Shafaq News.

The statement stated; The strategy of the Ministry of Defense was presented by the Director General of the Budget and Programs Directorate, and he addressed all financial needs and allocations for the coming years that contribute to supporting the military establishment that meets all its needs.

The statement pointed out that the Director General of Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Interior had presented the ministry’s strategy and future steps for the sections on financial allocations and the reasons for providing privatization compared to previous years in addition to developing the ministry’s infrastructure. 

The statement quoted the Minister of Finance as saying; “One of the priorities for preparing budgets is that the Ministry of Finance is interested in allocating security ministries, which are the basis for security stability in the country and which contribute to supporting the country’s economy and attracting companies to support investment in Iraq, which maximizes non-oil revenues.”

Allawi added; “We support all security agencies by working to provide all financial allocations for the purpose of facing the security challenges that Iraq faces.”

The government is moving to develop the designs for the national dialogue

Political| 12:03 – 24/05/2021


BAGHDAD – Mawazine News
, Advisor to the Prime Minister Hussein Allawi, announced, on Monday, that the government is preparing designs for the National Dialogue Initiative, stressing the importance of this initiative, which will enhance stability and work to provide an appropriate environment for conducting free and fair elections, while indicating that the development of security services that he worked on Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, led to the curtailment of ISIS terrorist gangs.
Allawi told the agency, according to the official agency, that “the national dialogue initiative launched by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi on March 8, as the government is working on designing its own stages.”
He added that “there is a higher committee by the advisory body of the government team, which works day and night to design this initiative, and set work rules and controls, to start with it,” indicating that “
He pointed out that “the National Dialogue initiative is very important, and it is now coming under conditions that help it, since there is a real stage for building the country, as it is one of the most important political approaches that the Prime Minister has put in place to build the state, enhance stability, and go to successful, free and fair elections.”
He explained that “the political environment is helpful to the national dialogue initiative, as we noticed during the last period that there are statements issued by everyone that praise, support and advance the initiative, as it is an approach to stability, and going to a political, social and economic electoral climate that helps broad political participation, and national dialogue that produces the stability and strengthening of the democratic system.” in the country”.
Regarding the government program and the development of the security services, he pointed out that “Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi has a great vision after a year of taking over the government, the conduct of the government program, and therefore the plan for reforming the security sector he is working on with the security services, whether it is military, security or intelligence.” .
He continued, “This plan led to a limitation of the spaces in which the terrorist gangs of ISIS and their remnants were operating.”
He stated that “the security policy applied by the government aims to create a favorable environment for economic work and supports development and reconstruction in the liberated areas.”
He emphasized that “the Supreme Committee for Electoral Security aims to prepare security measures for free, fair, just and rewarding elections.”
Earlier, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi called for a national dialogue in which all the different political forces, popular and youth protesting activities and opponents of the government participate, in order to be a gateway to achieving the aspirations of the people.

The opening of a joint coordination center between the army and the Peshmerga in Diyala

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A government source in Diyala revealed, on Monday, the opening of a joint coordination center between the army and the Peshmerga in the province.
The source told (Baghdad Today), “The center was opened in the district of Khanaqin, but it did not officially start its work, indicating that it includes liaison officers from the army and the Peshmerga forces to coordinate security positions on the borders separating Diyala and Kurdistan on the Sulaymaniyah side and endeavor to close all the spaces between Contact points within the administrative boundaries and intelligence cooperation in monitoring and tracking the movements of ISIS cells and wanted persons.
He pointed out, “Peshmerga forces will not be deployed in any area within the borders of Diyala, indicating that” coordination is limited to the borders separating the region and the governorate. “