Today, Saturday, the Ministry of Interior announced that it had received equipment from the International Coalition, worth $2.5 million. The ministry stated, in a statement received by Mawazine News, a copy of it, that “under the supervision of the Joint Operations Command, and in order to assist the Ministry of Interior in its efforts to combat ISIS, the coalition forces / Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTFOIR) handed over the security forces in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior. With a value of $2.5 million, 35 four-wheelers and 15 backhoe loaders. The statement added, “This equipment to support Iraq in its mission to defeat ISIS is part of the Training and Equipment Fund Program to Combat ISIS that has been implemented since 2014, and is funded through the US Department of Defense budget allocated to Operation Inherent Resolve.” He pointed out that “the program, whose implementation is supervised by Operation Inherent Resolve, aims to support the Iraqi government in the battle against ISIS.” Ended 29/A87
Baghdad today – Baghdad Today, Saturday, the supreme religious authority, Sayyid Ali al-Sistani, set the date for the blessed Eid al-Adha for the year 1442 AH. Al-Sistani’s office in Najaf said, in a statement obtained by (Baghdad Today) that “tomorrow, Sunday, is the completion of the sacred month of Dhul-Qa’dah, and Monday, corresponding to 12/7/2021), is the first of the sacred month of Dhul-Hijjah for the year 1442 AH.” . Thus, Eid al-Adha falls on Wednesday, July 21, the tenth of Dhul-Hijjah.
Today, Saturday, the economic advisor to the Prime Minister, Alaa Abdel Hussein, spoke about the government’s vision to address the change in the exchange rate of the dollar against the Iraqi dinar, especially with regard to its effects on investment projects, stressing that there are 3 reasons that prevent the change now. Abdel-Hussein told the official agency, followed by the National News Center, that “with regard to investment projects, initially and the issue of the exchange rate, many of the materials that contractors enter for work are imported from abroad, and cost accounts and previous contracts are fixed at the old exchange rate, especially contracts that take time. long”.
He added, “The vision of the treatment is more comprehensive than being money or seeing the exchange rate, and it is implemented as a development project, as the problem of the exchange rate difference, if not addressed, will lead to project disruption, erosion of the achievement, delay in development and the benefit that comes from the project,” pointing out that “the treatment.” It comes from the perspective that there are projects we are waiting for completion, and by completing them, the benefit of the people will be achieved, and therefore the main and supreme goal is treatment in order to hasten the benefits derived from these projects for the people.”
He explained that “the projects were divided into a number of sections according to their type, including construction projects, electrical and metal projects, and others, and each type of them contains materials imported from abroad, and therefore the percentages were determined based on the price changes that occurred, and then work is done on the treatment.” He stressed that “prices did not change due to the exchange rate only, but prices at the global level changed, and the reason for this is the increase in demand as a result of the Corona pandemic, as the world stopped and this led to all countries depleting their stocks of materials in addition to their monthly consumption, which led to an increase in demand to cover its strategic stocks and its monthly consumer demand.
He continued: “If we look at the increase in demand with the stability of the production capacity of factories in the world, we find that this led to a general rise in all prices globally, and therefore the price change did not come as a result of changing the exchange rate in Iraq, but rather at the world level.”
And he indicated that “within the foreseeable future, the exchange rate cannot be reconsidered for several reasons, including firstly that the exchange rate is a prerogative of the Central Bank, and secondly that the current rate was approved in the budget law and is valid, in addition to a third reason is that all revenues derived from Oil, even if it increases, will only be able to cover the budget deficit of about 30 trillion dinars, and therefore we do not expect to guarantee oil prices for the next six months, and it is dangerous to think about dealing with the exchange rate.”
Regarding the budget for the next four years, Abdul Hussein said, “The Minister of Finance, Ali Abdul Amir Allawi, chairs a committee of various ministries and government agencies to develop general strategies for the budget of the coming years 2022 to 2024, and the broad outlines are not yet clear as far as the ministries’ budget is discussed in light of The priorities set by the Iraqi state.“National
Shafaq News/ The employees of all ministries and institutions in the Kurdistan Region are scheduled to receive the salaries of last June, with a deduction of 21 percent during the next three days.
According to information obtained by Shafak News Agency from an informed source, the salaries will be distributed as of tomorrow, Sunday, and completed next Tuesday, provided that the ministries of Electricity, Municipalities, Tourism and Higher Education will receive their salaries on Sunday.
The source added that the employees of the ministries of Culture, Construction, Agriculture, Parliament, the Presidency of the Region, the Council of Ministers and the Peshmerga Retirement will receive their salaries the day after tomorrow, Monday, 12 July.
The source indicated that next Tuesday, July 13, civil retirees will receive their salaries, and thus the distribution of salaries for the month of June will end with a deduction of 21 percent.
Shafaq News/ The international coalition against ISIS, led by the United States, revealed on Saturday that it is working to help form joint brigades between the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga forces to deploy in the disputed areas.
The commander of the Joint Coordination Center in the International Coalition, Colonel Dave Williams, said in statements published by the Saudi-owned Al-Hadath TV website, that “the coalition is working to help establish joint force brigades consisting of the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga forces to fill the security gaps.”
And he indicated that the new plan would be to transfer the joint units to the disputed areas, “with the aim of pursuing ISIS remnants.”
Williams also reported that the “ISIS” organization has reorganized its ranks in Diyala province and areas in eastern Syria, accusing the Iran-linked factions of distracting the coalition’s efforts to fight the organization.
“The outlaw militias are harassing the Sunni population and pushing them to join the ranks of ISIS,” he added.
And he added, “These militias’ continuous attacks against US forces have distracted the latter from its primary mission in Iraq, which is fighting ISIS.”
Williams pointed out that “the threats and attacks of the militias, which are trying to push the American forces to withdraw from Iraq, do not work,” referring to the repeated attacks on Iraqi military bases hosting American soldiers.
A parliamentary source revealed, on Saturday, that there are secret talks between the Americans and Jordan to draw up a plan to withdraw the American forces towards Jordan, which is a clear indication of the embarrassment in which they fall due to the resistance strikes.
The source said, in a statement to / the information /, that “almost certain information that we obtained is that the American side is studying with Jordan the mechanism of the withdrawal of its combat forces from Iraq towards Jordan.”
He added, “These discussions are still ongoing in this regard, and we do not have information indicating that the Al-Kazemi government is aware of it or not, indicating that the Al-Kazemi government is still shrouded in ambiguity regarding the results of the talks related to the withdrawal.” The source, who asked not to be named, indicated that “if this information is correct, then this is a clear indication of the American embarrassment that is falling into it as a result of the resistance strikes.”
Shafaq News/ On Saturday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi affirmed the government’s keenness not to repeat the previous mistakes that caused the occupation of Mosul and other cities by ISIS, considering the battle to liberate Mosul upended all international scales.
On the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the liberation of the city of Mosul, Al-Kazemi said, in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, that the battle to liberate Mosul embodied the blood connection to the land, and stressed that Iraq’s unity is its safety valve, and that the cohesion of Iraqis of all sects and ethnicities is the way to the country’s prosperity, prosperity and stability.
He added that the battle of Mosul “turned all the scales at the local, regional and international levels. After the terrorist gangs of ISIS desecrated Iraqi lands and the Kharijites of the age managed to attack its people and practice various brutal crimes against our children, it was a heroic and honorable stand for our security forces in all their forms and formations.”
He continued, “True patriotism is preserving the unity of Iraq, not compromising it. Their sacrifices were great, and victory was achieved through their valor and heroism and the honorable stand of the Iraqi people from north to south, reinforced by the blessed fatwa of the wise reference, which aroused the national and community spirit in protecting the homeland.”
And he added, “Four years after the liberation of Mosul, the government confirms its keenness not to repeat the mistakes of the past and the serious repercussions they caused, for which we paid the price in blood, and to stand resolutely against terrorism, pursue its remnants and dry up its sources, by strengthening the capabilities of the security forces and reorganizing them institutionally according to professional considerations and plans. A well-thought-out military cooperation with our friends and allies.
Al-Kazemi indicated that the government paid great attention to the file of the displaced, and developed a program to return all of them to their areas and provide the appropriate conditions for their return to stability and reintegration into their original communities, adding that this program is implemented alongside multiple projects to promote civil peace and achieve community security, in a manner that guarantees stability and a decent life. .
Each year, the tenth of July marks the anniversary of the liberation of the city of Mosul from ISIS.
Shafaq News/ “The Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigades”, the most prominent armed Shiite faction in Iraq, revealed on Saturday the existence of mediations from various parties with the aim of stopping the military escalation against the US forces in the country.
The Kataeb’s spokesman, Kazem Al-Fartousi, told Shafaq News Agency, “The Iraqi Islamic resistance strongly rejected any mediation regarding stopping military operations against the American forces.”
He added, “The military escalation against the American forces came in order to completely remove the American combat forces from all Iraqi lands. Otherwise, there will be no calm and the escalation will not be stopped, no matter what the pressures are on the factions.”
This comes at a time when the US Department of Defense (Pentagon), on Friday, ruled out a “military solution” to respond to the attacks on US forces in Iraq.
On Thursday, the “Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq” movement considered that the Shiite armed factions had exhausted all diplomatic means with the US forces in Iraq, and that they had no choice but to confront the United States.
On January 5 last year, the Iraqi parliament voted on a resolution demanding the federal government to work to expel foreign forces from the country, after the assassination of prominent Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, and the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, “Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis” near the airport Baghdad International Airport by a US drone.
About fifty attacks have targeted US interests in Iraq since the beginning of the year, including the US embassy in Baghdad and Iraqi military bases that include Americans, and the Baghdad and Erbil airports, as well as logistical convoys of the international coalition, in attacks often attributed to groups loyal to Iran.