Security media: targeting Baghdad airport was carried out by three drones

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Shafaq News/ The Security Media Cell stated, on Thursday, that Baghdad International Airport was targeted by three drones, one of which was shot down.

A statement by the cell stated, “After an outlaw group targeted Balad Air Base on Wednesday evening with three missiles without causing human or material losses, it returned again late on Wednesday night and targeted Baghdad International Airport with 3 drones, a plane was shot down.”

It added that it would provide later details on the position of the remaining two planes.

A security source revealed to Shafaq News Agency earlier today that the American forces present at the Victoria base at Baghdad International Airport managed to shoot down a drone shortly after the base was subjected to a missile attack.

The military part of Baghdad Airport includes international forces, including American forces, as well as Iraqi forces.


Each employee will receive a 'digital identity number'

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani on Wednesday (June 9) announced the creation of a new digitized payroll system for the government, which would use an individualized “digital identity number” to track and pay every public sector worker in the Kurdistan Region.

According to a statement released by the KRG Ministry of Finance and Economy, the number will help deliver useful services to workers, including by facilitating the opening of bank accounts where they could be paid electronically.

During a meeting with Minister of Finance Awat Janab and officials who manage the KRG’s biometric system, Talabani said that the new system was a positive development towards modernizing the Region’s public sector payments system and was consistent with the reform law.

It is expected to be implemented in July.

(NRT Digital Media)

Talabani confirms the readiness of the Kurdistan government to support American investors in the region

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Shafaq News/ The Deputy Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, affirmed on Wednesday that the government is ready to provide all facilities to American investors, while stressing the need to review the banking system to support investment.

The Media Office of the Presidency of the Government stated in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, that Talabani received in Erbil the US Consul General in the region Robert Waller with an American delegation that included a number of experts in the field of private sector development, to discuss ways to develop private sector projects and the need to pay attention to the important projects that companies in this sector.

The attendees highlighted the importance of encouraging American investors to implement strategic projects in the Kurdistan Region, and Talabani expressed the government’s readiness to provide all facilities to them.

The meeting also touched on the need to review the banking system in the region to support investments and investors and strengthen the private sector.

The meeting also discussed the issue of implementing the general budget law for the year 2021, where the US Consul expressed his full support for the government’s efforts in this regard.

The central bank sells the highest amount of dollars since the exchange rate change

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The central bank sells the highest amount of dollars since the exchange rate change

{Economic: Al Furat News} The Central Bank of Iraq sold, today, Wednesday, the highest amount of the dollar since it changed the exchange rate on December 19, 2020. 

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The total sales of the foreign currency auction of the bank today amounted to 217 million and 769 thousand and 315 dollars.
The total sale for the purposes of strengthening balances abroad (transfers, credits) in today’s auction was 196 thousand and 769 thousand and 315 dollars, and the total cash sale was 21 million dollars.
On January 19, the Central Bank of Iraq decided to make a major change in the dollar exchange rate and decided to amend it as follows:
1450 dinars per dollar, the purchase price of foreign currency from the Ministry of Finance.
1460 dinars per dollar, the price of selling foreign currency to banks.
1470 dinars per dollar, the price of selling foreign currency to the public.
Today, Wednesday, the stock exchange in Baghdad is witnessing a jump in dollar prices, reaching 1550 dinars, the highest price recorded in weeks.
It is said that the central bank decided first on Monday, meet all citizens ‘ requests for foreign currency (dollar) for the purposes of travel, study and treatment abroad by feeding the electronic payment cards {MasterCard and Visa Card} and the price official specified by the Bank. ”
Ammar al – Masoudi

Parliamentary Finance comments on the rise of the dollar and explains the reason

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Shafaq News/ The Finance Committee of the Iraqi Parliament commented, on Wednesday, on the continuous rise in the price of the dollar against the dinar in the local markets.

Committee member Ahmed Al-Haj Rashid told Shafaq News Agency, “The rise in the dollar’s exchange rates against the Iraqi dinar came due to supply and demand, and the merchants’ dealings and dependence on foreign currency and their preference over the local currency.”

He added that “many citizens buy the dollar and store it in homes, preferring it over the Iraqi dinar, and this is another reason for the high exchange rates, which exceeded 150 thousand per 100 dollars.” 

Earlier on Wednesday, Shafaq News Agency’s correspondent reported that the Al-Kifah and Al-Harithiya Central Stock Exchange in Baghdad recorded today, 150,000 Iraqi dinars, for 100 US dollars.

The Central Kifah Stock Exchange recorded 149,500 Iraqi dinars during its opening yesterday morning.

Our correspondent indicated that the buying and selling prices rose in the banking shops in the local markets in Baghdad, where the selling price amounted to 150,500 Iraqi dinars, while the purchase prices amounted to 149,500 dinars per 100 US dollars.

In Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, the price of the dollar also increased, as the selling price reached 150,200 dinars per hundred dollars, and the purchase price was 150,000 dinars per hundred dollars.

Once again, the delegation of the KRG will soon be in Baghdad regarding the budget

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Once again, the delegation of the KRG will soon be in Baghdad regarding the budget

{Political: Al Furat News} A representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) bloc revealed a new and close visit of the government delegation in the Kurdistan region to the capital, Baghdad, with the aim of resolving the issue of the region’s share of the financial budget for 2021. 

“The share of the Kurdistan Region is present in the Federal Budget Law for 2021, so the law must be applied,” said Rezan Sheikh Diller, in a press statement.
She added that “the problems are related to Article 11 of the law,” explaining that “the federal government asked the Kurdistan government, papers and legal procedures for the budget, related to revenues and public expenditures since 2014 until now.”
Sheikh Dler indicated that, “a delegation from the Kurdistan region is scheduled to visit the capital, Baghdad, in the next few days, to reach more understanding with the government and the Ministry of Finance, in this regard,” adding that “there will be no problems between the two parties and the implementation of the law.”
The negotiating delegation of the Kurdistan region headed by the Deputy Prime Minister, Qubad Talabani, visited the capital, Baghdad, and held a series of meetings with the federal government, including a meeting with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, before the delegation returned to Erbil.
Talabani wrote, in a tweet on Twitter: “We are very close to a final agreement on a mechanism for implementing the budget law,” adding that “there are good intentions from both parties, and adherence to the text of the law will have a positive impact on the financial situation in the Kurdistan region, and will direct relations Between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region towards a new stage.
And the Kurdistan Regional Government announced, last Sunday, sending two important files to Baghdad this week.
“The two files concern the Kurdistan region’s oil expenditures and non-oil revenues,” said Jutiar Adel, spokesman for the regional government, during a press conference.
Regarding sending the salaries of Kurdistan region employees, Adel said, “I most likely will reach this issue to the implementation stage, and part of it has already reached the implementation stage, and in the near future financial dues will be sent to the Kurdistan region within the federal budget.”
It is noteworthy that the House of Representatives voted on March 31, 2021, to approve Article (11) of the Iraqi Budget Law for the year 2021, which is related to the Kurdistan Region’s share of the budget.
The Kurdistan Region needs 895 billion dinars per month to distribute salaries without deduction, i.e. up to 10 trillion and 740 billion dinars annually.
Article 11 of the Budget Law states that:
First: The dues between the Federal Government and the Kurdistan Region shall be settled for the years from 2004 to 2020 after the Federal Office of Financial Supervision, in coordination with the Office of Financial Supervision of the region, has audited them to show the final accounts approved by the Federal Office of Financial Supervision from the revenues The realized finances and expenditures after excluding the sovereign expenditures and what was spent for the region within the ruling expenditures.
A- The Kurdistan Regional Government is committed to producing crude oil from its fields at an average quantity of no less than 460,000 barrels per day. The quantities needed to cover production, transportation and operating expenses are excluded, according to the data provided in this regard, and the quantities consumed locally in the region and the quantities that cover the allocations of the region’s share of petrodollars, provided that they are not less The values of the delivered quantities for the amounts realized from the sale of 250 thousand barrels of crude oil per day at the price of SOMO.
Paragraph (a) above is implemented in coordination between the Federal Ministry of Oil and the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan Regional Government.
C- The Kurdistan Regional Government is obligated to hand over non-oil revenues to the state treasury and according to the Federal Financial Management Law, provided that the Federal Financial Supervision Bureau, in coordination with the Office of Financial Supervision in the region, audits the data related to those revenues.
D- The balances of the Trade Bank of Iraq with government and private banks owed by the Kurdistan Regional Government are settled. The Ministry of Finance schedules monthly installments deducted from the region’s share, starting from the fiscal year 2021 and for a period of 7 years.
E – The federal government is obligated to pay the dues of the Kurdistan Region mentioned in this law and the schedules attached to it after the region implements paragraphs (a, b, c, d) of this article.
Third – Obligating the Kurdistan Region to provide the Federal Ministry of Finance, after auditing the Federal Financial Supervision Bureau, in coordination with the Office of Financial Supervision in the region, with the staffing for its affiliated formations (civilian – military), distributed according to grade, vacant and occupied job title, and gender, according to the numbers specified for it according to the manpower schedule (c). ) Attached to this law no later than 06/30/2021.
The Kurdistan Regional Government is obligated to pay the salaries of the region’s employees from the allocations within the appropriations of the region’s budget (employee compensation) and before any payment order for any other expenditure from its current budget.
Ammar Al Masoudi

World Bank: Iraq has drawn up a policy to improve the country’s economic reality

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The World Bank confirmed, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, its readiness to respond to any request submitted by the Iraqi government regarding loans, while indicating that Iraq has drawn up a policy to improve the country’s economic reality by adhering to the reform white paper, but it is still facing economic crises. 

The representative of the Bank in Baghdad, Ramzi Numan, said in a statement that the Obelisk followed, that the World Bank is ready to help Iraq if the Iraqi government asks us to do so, as the government so far has its financial and economic plans, and that the World Bank is working with the Iraqi government on a new project to promote vaccines. related to the Corona pandemic, and this is what the government requested in this context, and it does not come within the portfolio owned by Iraq. 

He added that the Iraqi government has not yet requested a loan from the World Bank, and we have all the readiness and are open for direct dialogue and are ready at any moment to cooperate, as we are trusted partners with Iraq, and we are interested in supporting Iraq in the path of stability.  

He resumed saying that the Bank is working with the Government of Iraq to implement the reform items that it has drawn, and we are working through all our projects to approach the economic crises that we have previously identified, and all the projects we undertake are in the framework of supporting the reform white paper.

He pointed out that Iraq has drawn up a policy to improve the country’s economic reality by adhering to that paper approved by the Council of Ministers, and work has begun to implement its contents.

 He added that matters in this aspect are not smooth, as there are many crises, as there is the importance of the political decision that pushes the reform process forward towards economic recovery, and by this we mean the process of consensus between the political parties at the level of the various authorities to make the reform successful. 

And he added that Iraq is still facing economic crises, including what the state inherited previously, and some of them at the present time as a result of low oil prices and the Corona pandemic, and all of them are crises that do not end day and night, and the whole world is still suffering from the consequences of the Corona pandemic, so we do not expect that the package of structural problems What Iraq has suffered can be cured in a short time. 

In conclusion, we expect that the turnout for the elections and the ability to move forward towards a political authority capable of committing to a reform plan actually begins with rebuilding and addressing the existing gaps and problems. 

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The first appearance of Qassem Musleh after his release (photos)

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Shafaq News/ The commander of the Popular Mobilization Operations appeared in Anbar this morning, Wednesday, among a group of people wearing military uniforms, who seem to be his supporters and those close to him.

A group of photos, said by Shafaq News Agency correspondent, documented that they were taken from the Jadiriyah Bridge in central Baghdad, the appearance of a Musleh, and those people greeted him with hugs, kisses and congratulations on the occasion of his release by the Iraqi judicial authorities after his arrest for several days.

An informed source revealed that the leader of the Popular Mobilization Forces, Qassem Mosleh, was released on Monday, based on a decision taken by the judiciary.

Iraqi special forces arrested Qassem Musleh on May 27, on charges of “terrorism”, which almost sparked a bloody conflict in the heart of the Green Zone in Baghdad.

As factions of the Popular Mobilization spread inside the Green Zone and surrounded several vital sites, including the residence of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.

The move by the PMF drew widespread domestic and international criticism.

Mystery surrounded the reasons for the arrest of Qassem Musleh, as some indicated that he was accused of targeting the Ain al-Assad military base in Anbar, while others said that he was accused of assassinating activists in the popular movement.

And media outlets close to the Popular Mobilization announced that the crowd had received the accused on the day of his arrest, amid denials from the government authorities.

The Iraqi authorities did not announce the place of detention of the accused.

An informed political source had told Shafak News Agency, at the time, that “Musleh is in the house of the head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Faleh al-Fayyad, and is being investigated there by a joint committee between the Iraqi government and the security of the crowd.”

Qassem Musleh, was the commander of the “Al-Tuffof Brigade” affiliated with the Husseiniya shrine in the Popular Mobilization, before he separated from it due to disagreements, and in 2017, he assumed the position of commander of the crowd’s operations in Anbar.

Nechirvan Barzani thanks Britain for its “safe haven” and warns of drought.. London invites him to visit

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Shafaq News/ The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani expressed on Wednesday his thanks for the main role played by Britain in issuing a UN Security Council resolution in the formation of a safe haven within the borders of the Kurdistan Region at the beginning of the nineties of the last century, while warning of the damage caused by drought in the region and Iraq He affirmed Kurdistan’s commitment to international resolutions in preserving the environment and protecting it from climate change.

President Barzani said during a press conference held with British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab in Erbil and attended by Shafak News Agency correspondent: We discussed several topics with the minister, including the development of bilateral relations, differences and outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad and the efforts made to address them, the war against ISIS and fears of return His appearance again, and the situation in the region in general in addition to other issues of common concern.

He added that “Britain, along with other countries, had a major role in establishing the safe haven in 1991,” stressing that “building this haven was a new beginning for the Kurdistan Region, and since that time until now our relations with Britain continued in all fields and developed more during the war on Kurdistan.” ISIS organization.

President Barzani went on to say: Of course, the Kurdistan Region and Iraq as a whole were affected by the outbreak of the Corona virus, which caused severe economic damage, stressing that to advance the economy for the post-Corona era we need the cooperation and solidarity of all.

He concluded by saying: We are currently suffering from the problem of drought and the negative effects resulting from the war on ISIS, stressing that the Kurdistan Region is committed to international resolutions related to the environment and its preservation from climate change.

In turn, the British Foreign Secretary said: My visit to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region comes within the framework of interest in bilateral relations, adding: We are friends of the Kurdish people (..) I think we have historical relations and have faced many challenges.

And he added, “I think the region can face the dangers of ISIS.”

He also said: We talked about the security and stability of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, and Britain will continue to abide by its commitments towards Iraq.

The minister revealed that the British government allocated a sum of money to support the Peshmerga forces.

Raab continued by saying: We discussed with President Barzani the role of free media and freedom of opinion, and we also discussed issues of education and climate change.

The minister invited the President of the Kurdistan Region to visit the capital, London, saying: We hope to see him there in the near future.

Within hours… a jump in dollar prices in Baghdad amid government assurances

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Shafaq News/ The exchange rates of the US dollar recorded a new jump against the Iraqi dinar, on Wednesday, on the main stock exchange in the capital, Baghdad.

Shafak News Agency correspondent reported that the Al-Kifah and Al-Harithiya Central Stock Exchange in Baghdad has currently registered 150,500 Iraqi dinars, compared to 100 US dollars.

The Central Kifah Stock Exchange recorded during its opening this morning 150,000 Iraqi dinars.

Our correspondent indicated that the buying and selling prices rose in the banking shops in the local markets in Baghdad, where the selling price amounted to 151,000 Iraqi dinars, while the purchase prices amounted to 150,000 dinars per 100 US dollars.

For his part, a government source said in an interview with Shafaq News Agency that “the rise in dollar prices in local markets is temporary,” noting that “the Central Bank has sufficient reserves to reduce the price of the dollar in local markets.”

The source, who asked not to be named, added that “the merchants did not enter the bank auction for 6 months, when parliament was discussing the issue of stabilizing the price of the dollar in the hope that the price of the Iraqi dinar would rise, which led to the consumption of all the dollar amount that they had,” noting that “traders They are now starting to replace the dollar, very strongly.”

He pointed out that “the market is also subject to speculation, whether internal or external, and therefore this will lead to a price crisis,” stressing that “this rise is considered temporary, and once the bank raises its currency sales by 25 percent, there will be a drop in dollar prices.”