Shafaq News/ The Secretary-General of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, Qais al-Khazali, threatened on Tuesday to kill American soldiers in Iraq in response to the recent American bombing that targeted the popular crowd in Anbar.
Khazali said in a televised speech, followed by Shafak News Agency, “We are not blood students, warlords, and the resistance operations are as keen as they can not to shed blood.”
Khazali added, “The tactic in the last stage was to drain the enemy’s military capabilities to force it to withdraw,” stressing that “the American enemy has proven that it does not respect any sanctity of the blood of the people.”
He pointed out that “the treacherous American enemy is the one who started with the loss of lives and moved the battle to this level,” noting that “the resistance operations have moved to a new stage, and the retribution for the blood of our precious youth will only be the blood of its occupying soldiers.”
Al-Khazali stated that “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and the initiator is darker.”
He continued, “If America continues to shed Iraqi blood, we are able to continue responding,” stressing by saying, “We have full readiness and planning in a way that the enemy will not expect in terms of location and type of weapons.”
A security source told Shafak News Agency; Yesterday, at dawn, Monday, an American bombardment targeted sectors belonging to the Sayyid Al-Shuhada Brigades, which are affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Forces, which led to the killing of 4 members and the wounding of an unknown number.
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Today, Tuesday, the Governor of the Central Bank announced the imminent transition to the “Digital Bank”.
The Media Department of the House of Representatives stated, in a statement received by the “National News Center”, that “the committee to monitor the implementation of the government program, headed by Representative Hazem Al-Khalidi, the head of the committee, and in the presence of its members, hosted the Governor of the Central Bank, Mustafa Ghaleb, and a number of government bank managers to discuss what has been accomplished from the ministerial curriculum, and a meeting was held In the constitutional hall of the House of Representatives, in the presence of a number of members of various parliamentary committees, as well as the Minister of State for Parliament Affairs, Hayam Al-Haidari.
The committee indicated, according to the statement, that it “held several meetings to evaluate the work of the government and submitted in a previous period a detailed report to the House of Representatives in which it touched on the percentages of achievement and areas of failure,” noting that “the government has not yet presented its government program, which led to a lack of coordination between institutions different country.”
The statement continued, “The committee raised a number of questions regarding a number of related issues that fall within the work of the Central Bank, the most prominent of which are the negative effects of the decision to raise the exchange rate, as well as the absence of the reasons and justifications mentioned for this, especially with the increase in the bank’s sales through the currency sale window and the possibility of filling the deficit after the increase in The price of oil is in addition to the lack of necessary conditions to preserve the local product, and there are many exceptions to this, and a clear delay for a project made in Iraq.”
The statement said, “The stages of completion of the ministerial curriculum and the application of mechanization were discussed, in addition to the measures taken by the central bank and government banks regarding administrative reform.”
The statement continued, “The committee discussed the foundations adopted by the Central Bank in classifying banks, closing banks that violate the law, and the consequences of raising the exchange rate on the poor and middle class,” stressing “the need for coordination between the government and the Central Bank to start drafting a bill for the bank.” With regard to supporting housing projects and granting loans, the committee noted the “low percentage of completion in this area.” In answering the committee’s inquiries, the Central Bank Governor praised “the effective role of the committee by exercising its oversight role and striving to diagnose weaknesses and work to fix them.” The governor of the bank added that “all government banks are administratively affiliated to the Ministry of Finance and he has no choice in managing those banks,” noting that “the government is addressed regarding the central bank’s role in choosing the management of government banks as well as eligibility.” And the governor of the Central Bank said that “the banking sector in Iraq went through two important turns in 2012 and the other in 2019 led to a rise in the granting of licenses to banking companies and banks,” noting that “the bank demanded from the government to automate border crossings to control the imports of the ports, whose imports are considered to come after oil. in terms of importance.”
In the same context, the Governor of the Central Bank indicated “the imminent creation of an electronic collection system, which the bank has been working on since 2019, in addition to working on the digital identity that organizes the opening of an account for citizens from their homes and the transition from paperwork to the (Digital Bank) system.”
For their part, the bank managers provided, according to the statement, “an explanation of the questions and inquiries raised by the deputies about the banking system, stressing that there are problems facing a number of banks and the need for actual reforms.”
Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi and his accompanying delegation left on Tuesday the capital, Baghdad, on an official visit to the European Union headquarters in the Belgian capital, Brussels.
In a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, Al-Kazemi’s office said that he will hold a series of meetings and dialogues with the Belgian side and the European Union to enhance the level of Iraqi-European cooperation.
Al-Kazemi confirmed, before his departure, that the visit will focus on activating the agreements concluded between Iraq and the European Union countries, and in a way that contributes to Iraq’s overcoming the economic crisis and expanding the scope of investments.
He added, “Iraq faces a seasonal shortage in the supply of electric power that the government feels and will take measures to address it, knowing that we have opened 4 major electric power stations this year, and we look forward to opening more stations in the coming months.”
Al-Kazemi also indicated that “the production of electrical energy has reached its highest level over the past decades, but the challenges are still great, and we still need more serious work to rise to the level of our people’s entitlement and their legitimate rights, including energy provision.”
He pointed out that “the electricity crisis is the result of poor planning in this field, and the waste of money and energies for the past long years without a clear methodology for a long-term solution.”
He continued by saying, “This government inherited a legacy of poor planning in the field of energy and worked during the past year to expand investments in electric power in addition to activating the investment of Iraqi gas, which is the decisive factor in operating our electric stations, most of which run on gas, which reflects previous poor planning and lack of strategic plans in this field.
Al-Kazemi stressed that “the discussions that he will hold with the European Union countries will focus on this field, in addition to other economic, security and political fields.”
An informed government source told Shafaq News Agency that Al-Kazemi will leave the country for Belgium, the first stop in a tour to hold talks with European officials.
On Tuesday, the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, issued several recommendations to ensure the integrity of the parliamentary elections scheduled for next October. The Presidency of the Republic said in a statement received by Mawazine News, that “in the framework of the efforts of the President of the Republic, Barham Salih to ensure fair, transparent and fair elections, an extensive meeting was held at the Peace Palace in Baghdad regarding the ongoing preparations for organizing the upcoming parliamentary elections, which included the President and members of the High Commission Council. The Independent Electoral Commission, the UNAMI mission, and the Prime Minister’s advisor for electoral affairs, Hussein Al-Hindawi, where the meeting included recommendations from the Presidency of the Republic in this regard. President Barham Salih stressed the importance of securing fair and fair elections in the various stages of their conduct, addressing gaps and outstanding issues, and providing electoral security to create a safe and stable environment in order to secure the free will of voters to choose their representatives, and to provide protection and equal opportunities for participation and candidacy, appreciating the efforts made and continuous by the The Electoral Commission and the relevant supporting bodies in order to organize the electoral maturity. The Presidency of the Republic made a set of recommendations related to ensuring the integrity and fairness of the election process, most notably preventing the illegal use of the short-term voter card through its collection and inventory by the National Office of the Electoral Commission, and intensifying the biometric registration at a greater pace. Biometrically register their data on polling day and before casting their votes, along with other valid official documents, provided that a process of checking and intersection of fingerprints is conducted, and quick measures are taken in the event of a similarity being discovered, and legal and financial penalties are imposed on polling station employees who witness violations of this kind. With regard to counting procedures, the Presidency of the Republic recommended that the counting and counting operations be electronic and manual in each electoral station, in the presence of party representatives and observers, and announce the results after matching, and deliver copies of the results to agents of political parties and candidates. Among the recommendations, the general results of the elections are announced within 24 hours of the end of the polling, and the polling, counting and sorting process and general results are covered through live broadcasting in the voting and counting centers, and in order to strengthen national election observation and ensure their integrity, all forms of support are provided to national monitoring networks and unions and civil society organizations interested in electoral affairs. Saleh said that the upcoming elections are of great importance as a national entitlement that should not be violated or influenced, pointing out that creating the appropriate conditions for this electoral entitlement is an essential pillar for its success and the continuation of the path towards the desired reform. During the meeting, lengthy deliberations took place, through important interventions from the attendees, regarding the requirements necessary for the success of the electoral process and the achievement of standards of integrity and justice, in its various stages, and coordination and cooperation at all official and civil levels for serious and effective monitoring of the success of the electoral process, according to the statement.
A large number of members of the Popular Mobilization Forces and their supporters, as well as political, military and security figures, participated, on Tuesday, in a symbolic funeral for the victims of the American raid, which was launched at dawn on Monday, on the border strip between Syria and Iraq.
The mourners marched to the sound of chants of “Death to America” and “Revenge for the martyrs” in Freedom Square in the Jadriya area of the capital, Baghdad, near the gate of the fortified Green Zone, which includes the embassies of the United States and Britain.
Strict security measures were imposed during the funeral, including the closure of the fortified area, which witnessed frequent incursions during the recent period by armed factions loyal to Iran, including the Popular Mobilization Forces.
The funeral was attended by senior leaders of the crowd, including Faleh al-Fayyad, head of the crowd, Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Badr Organization, in addition to National Security Adviser Qassem al-Araji.
Mourners raised banners saying, “Targeting the crowd must speed up the evacuation of American forces from the country.”
This picture shows gas flares at the Basrah Gas Company’s (BGC) facilities in Basra on February 11, 2019 [HUSSEIN FALEH/AFP via Getty Images]June 29, 2021 at 4:03 pm
Iraq Basra Gas (BGC) consortium has signed a $360 million loan agreement with the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help it reduce gas flaring across the south of the country and provide much-needed fuel for power generation, Anadolu has reported.
BGC said that the five-year IFC loan will partially fund the construction of the new Basra Natural Gas Liquid Extraction Plant, which will boost gas processing capacity by 40 per cent to 1.4bn ft³ per day (14.42bn m³ per year) from 1bn ft³ per day.
The expansion will contribute to increasing BGC’s capacity to process an additional 400 million standard cubic feet of gas per day from nearby producers, it added.
Established in 2013, the Basra Gas Consortium is a 25-year joint venture between the state-owned South Gas Company, Shell, and Japan’s Mitsubishi.
Iraq is the second-largest producer of crude oil in the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) after Saudi Arabia. It has an average daily production of 4.6 million barrels under normal conditions.
The country also has an estimated stockpile of 132 trillion cubic feet of gas, 700 billion of which has been burnt off due to lack of infrastructure to exploit it, the Iraqi oil ministry has said. Iraq needs gas to operate power plants, and it imports 20 million standard cubic feet per day from Iran, although 70 million standard cubic feet per day of gas is required to operate the plants.
Shafaq News/ The Minister of Justice, Judge Salar Abdul Sattar Muhammad, directed, on Tuesday, to reduce the official working hours to one in the afternoon, starting from tomorrow, Wednesday, for all judicial departments in Baghdad and the provinces.
In a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, Muhammad said, “This directive came because our country has experienced an unprecedented wave of rising temperatures.”
He added, “In order to preserve public health, we have directed that the end of the official working hours, starting from tomorrow at one o’clock in the afternoon, and until further notice.”
Several local administrations in the governorates have decided to reduce the official working hours or suspend work on specific days due to the heat wave that hits the country and temperatures exceed 50 degrees Celsius in some areas.
Shafaq News/ An informed government source said that Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi will leave Baghdad later on Tuesday, heading to Europe to conduct an official tour that includes a number of countries.
The source told Shafaq News Agency, that Al-Kazemi will start an official foreign tour later today, by visiting a number of European countries.
The source added that Al-Kazemi will arrive in the coming hours to the Belgian capital, Brussels, on his first stop on the European tour.
No further details were immediately available regarding the other stations of Al-Kazemi’s tour.
Al-Kazemi had made his first European tour last October, which included the countries of France, Britain and Germany.
Shafaq News/ During its weekly session on Tuesday, the Iraqi Council of Ministers took two new decisions regarding electricity and supporting cultural events.
Al-Kazemi’s office said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, that during the ministers’ session, Al-Kazemi renewed his previous directives for the ministers to work hard in order to create a stable electoral environment, and to create the appropriate atmosphere for holding the elections without any obstacles and in a way that ensures wide participation of voters.
He also called on all ministries to exert their utmost efforts and help the Independent Electoral Commission to carry out its work and perform its duties in an optimal manner.
Al-Kazemi pointed to Iraq’s success in hosting the tripartite, Iraqi-Jordanian-Egyptian summit, in the presence of Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, and President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, within the framework of Iraq’s openness to its Arab surroundings, restoring its regional role, and building complementary relations with its brothers based on Common interests and to achieve the stability and well-being of peoples.
The Cabinet session witnessed a review of the latest developments in the work of the Committee to Strengthen Governmental Measures in the areas of prevention and health awareness control to limit the spread of the Corona pandemic, especially with the emergence of signs of an escalation in the number of infections and what the Ministry of Health requires to double work to confront it, in addition to its efforts in securing vaccines and distributing them to health institutions In Baghdad and the provinces, he urged citizens to take the vaccine.
After the Council of Ministers discussed the topics on the agenda, it issued the following decisions:
First / Approval of the recommendation of the Ministerial Council for Energy (89 for the year 2021), according to the following:
– Signing an annex to a second contract for the supply of electric power via the (Khabat – Qaraqosh) line with a voltage of (132) kV and a capacity of (100-150) megawatts, in addition to the capacity previously contracted to supply it according to the Council of Ministers’ decision (150 of 2021), and a line (Chemchamal). – Taza), and two lines (Kardamala – Debs) in the amount of (300 + -15%), to compensate for the shortage of electrical energy due to the decrease in energy supplies from the Iranian side and the continued need for the electrical system, and at the tariff price for energy imported from the Iranian side, provided that the processing is starting From 15 May 2021.
– The General Electricity Transmission Company/Northern Region, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Electricity, bears the amounts of taxes owed, and this is regulated by the contract concluded with the supplying company.
Second / agree to the following:
Excluding the purchase of copyrights (Copy Right), contracting foreign literature for translation into national languages, the production of cinematic, theatrical and folklore works from the contracting methods set forth in the instructions for implementing government contracts (2 of 2014), the instructions for implementing the federal general budget for the fiscal year / 2021, and simplifying the procedures for purchasing Intellectual property rights of foreign literature by approving electronic communications to own it, as is the case in the Arab world and the countries of the world.
Providing financial grants for cinematographic films from the budget available in the Ministry of Culture for the co-production of the following films:
A – The wood man
B – Messi Baghdad
C – the exam
E – the hanging gardens
– Ministry of Culture employees receive wages for their work in translation or film and theater productions and folk arts within the budget and the allocated sections, provided that the conditions mentioned in Article (53) of the Civil Service Law (24 of 1960) as amended are met.