Missiles from Safwan, west of Basra, towards Kuwaiti territory

2021/08/27 23:27

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Baghdad / Obelisk: A security source revealed that three missiles were launched from farms in the Safwan district, west of Basra, towards Kuwaiti lands, indicating that one of the missiles fell on Iraqi lands, while reports indicate that the two missiles targeted oil towers on the Kuwaiti side, according to Al-Marbad Radio.


The French president arrives in Baghdad amid tight security

politicsbreakingEmmanuel MacronBaghdad summit 2021-08-27 16:44A-AA+

Shafaq News/ French President Emmanuel Macron arrived after midnight Friday – Saturday to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on an official visit to participate in the activities of the “Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership”.

Macron is received by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi Macron and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense at Baghdad International Airport.

The French president will meet with his Iraqi counterpart, Barham Salih, and the Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi.

The Iraqi authorities took strict security measures in the vicinity of Baghdad Airport and the Green Zone.

A security source told Shafaq News Agency, that the security plan for securing the summit has reached its climax, as the Baghdad International Airport road was closed, and the Green Zone was closed, with entry to it restricted to holders of special badges until the summit ended.

Macron is the first president to arrive in Baghdad among the presidents and officials invited to attend the Baghdad conference.

The French presidency clarified that Emmanuel Macron, who paid a brief visit to Iraq on September 2, 2020, wants “to show his support for the pivotal role of Iraq, to ​​combat terrorism, to develop the country and to help ease tensions.”

On Sunday, the French president will head to the Kurdistan Region, and then to the city of Mosul, parts of which were destroyed after it had been in the hands of the Islamic State for three years.

The presidency indicated that he will speak in Mosul with students as well as “influential” personalities before showing his support for Eastern Christians by visiting the Church of Our Lady of the Hour. He will also visit the site of the reconstruction of the Sunni Al-Nouri Mosque, which was destroyed by the extremist organization.

In Erbil, Macron will remind the Iraqi Kurdistan authorities of “France’s support force in the fight against terrorism.” He will also meet with the historical Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani to honor the Peshmerga.

The French president’s delegation includes Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, a former captive of the Islamic State who is now raising the issue of Yazidi women on international platforms, and writer and feminist activist Caroline Forrest.


Stoltenberg: The decision to intervene in Afghanistan was correct and NATO must prepare to use force again

political| 09:33 – 27/08/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the decision to intervene in Afghanistan in 2001 was correct, stressing the need for the alliance to remain ready for the military option again in other regions of the world.
In an interview with European media published by the Greek Kathimerini newspaper, Stoltenberg said that the decision to intervene in Afghanistan came by consensus between the governments of NATO member states, referring to the activation of Article 5 of the Alliance Charter, which in that case came “with the aim of defending the United States, not Afghanistan.”
He said, “We went to Afghanistan to protect the United States and NATO allies from terrorist attacks, and for 20 years we have succeeded in preventing Afghanistan from being used as a safe haven for organizing, planning and financing terrorist attacks, and that represents a tangible gain.”
The Secretary-General of NATO held the Afghan government and its forces responsible for the fall of almost the entire country to the “Taliban” movement within a few days after the withdrawal of the alliance forces from the country.
He added that NATO expected more from the government of President Ashraf Ghani after “having invested heavily over the past 20 years in blood and wealth in building the Afghan security forces,” expressing his conviction that the reason for the collapse of the Afghan government was due to “the absence of political and military leadership.”
Stoltenberg acknowledged that after the end of the evacuations from Kabul, NATO would have to face “difficult questions” about the mistakes it committed in Afghanistan in recent years, stressing the need to answer them frankly and “draw the right lessons from this process.”
He pledged that NATO would “exercise vigilance” and make sure that the “Taliban” honors its pledges not to give sanctuary to terrorists, stressing that the alliance has “diplomatic, economic and financial tools” to compel the movement to fulfill its promises.
Stoltenberg stressed that NATO remains a strong alliance, noting the need for the United States and Europe to continue to stand side by side “no matter what happens in Afghanistan.”
He continued, “NATO must remain ready and able to use military force once again, as we did against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.”
Stoltenberg expressed his conviction that “Europe is unable to defend itself without the United States and NATO,” adding that the alliance is required to meet modern challenges such as “the increase in Russia’s aggressiveness and the growth of China.” Ended 29 /


The United States announces its support for the Baghdad Conference

political| 09:38 – 27/08/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News

On Friday, the United States of America announced its support for the Baghdad conference, which will be held tomorrow, Saturday.
And the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, “Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein made a phone call to the National Security Adviser to US President Jack Sullivan, extending his condolences to the US government for the fall of a number of American soldiers, in addition to a number of Afghan citizens, following the bombing that took place yesterday in the Afghan capital, Kabul.”
According to the statement, Hussein stressed that “the Iraqis fought ISIS terrorists and sacrificed their children in order to save the region from the danger of terrorism. Expressing his strong condemnation of this terrorist act.”
In turn, Sullivan thanked the Secretary of State for the call, noting that “the Iraqis were proactive in fighting terrorism and its groups, and this solidarity with the families of the victims is evidence of the sense of solidarity among many of the sons of Iraq who were victims of such terrorist operations.”
Sullivan declared, “We must continue to fight them and defeat them wherever they are,” stressing the importance of holding the Baghdad conference, tomorrow, Saturday, describing the conference as evidence of the effectiveness of Iraqi diplomatic work.
And he stressed that “the United States of America supports holding this meeting.” End 29 /NS


Al-Kazemi comments on the return of Al-Sadr: Iraq first

politicsthe chestAl-KazemiThe election 2021-08-27 13:28A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, commented on Friday on the leader of the Sadrist movement’s retreat from the decision to boycott the early parliamentary elections scheduled for next October.

Al-Kazemi said in a tweet on Twitter, “We welcome the return of the Sadrist movement to participate in the elections, and we thank all the political and popular forces and leaders that made efforts for its return.”

The Iraqi Prime Minister called on all the boycotters to “similar positions, and we hope for the broad participation of our people in the elections on the path to change.”  

Al-Kazemi concluded his tweet by saying, “Iraq first, Iraq and then Iraq.”


Shafak News publishes the text of the “National Dialogue Document”

politicsbreakingNational Dialogue 2021-08-27 12:39A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Shafaq News Agency publishes the text of the “National Dialogue Document”, which was signed by a number of political blocs and led to the return of the Sadrist movement to the elections.

Below is the text of the document.

National Dialogue Document

Baghdad 25-26 August 2021

Iraq is a historical national state, and maintaining the unity, security and stability of Iraq is a responsibility that rests with all the sons of the country, each according to his position, role, responsibilities and powers, and according to the law and the constitution. Infringing on the unity of Iraq or the historical identity of its people is considered an attack that every Iraqi will undertake to respond to. Democracy is the path chosen by our people through the constitution to administer the state, regulate its relationship with society, separate powers, prevent monopolization of power or decision, protect rights and freedoms, spread justice, and build a strong economy capable of meeting the aspirations of our people.

First: Elections are the primary means of democratic expression and on the basis of which the political performance of forces and parties is defined, as they are the most sober expression of democratic performance.

Second: The Iraqi constitution is the document that everyone has accepted as a governing and just framework for regulating the relationship between official institutions and the people, and between official institutions among them, and among the Iraqi people. Therefore, respecting the constitutional text and preventing abuse is a foundational duty. However, the constitution is not a static document, and accordingly it is necessary to carry out constitutional reform in line with the aspirations of our people. The political blocs that make up the next House of Representatives undertake to amend the Iraqi constitution through the Constitutional Amendments Committee and begin its work within a maximum period of six months from the first session of the new House of Representatives.

Third: All political forces in the House of Representatives and the government are working to ensure the integrity and fairness of the elections away from any outside interference or influence and to prevent the practice of any illegal action to influence the voter’s will.

Fourth: The upcoming government and parliament are committed to the time limits for ending the US military presence in Iraq.

Fifth: Iraq is a sovereign state that has its own free decision and deals on the basis of a state vis-à-vis a state and not individuals or groups, and rejects any interference in its internal affairs, and that Iraq’s external relations are built on the basis of balance and mutual respect, rejecting interference in internal affairs, and refusing to turn Iraq into an arena for conflicts or Using Iraqi lands to attack others, and that the role of foreign diplomatic missions in Iraq is clear according to diplomatic laws and customs, and any transgression of these laws is rejected.

Sixth: Peaceful demonstration is a constitutionally guaranteed right in accordance with the law. The House of Representatives and the next government pledge to respect human rights, especially the right to express opinion and position. And the adoption of laws that regulate rights and freedoms in a manner that preserves the prestige of the state and the dignity of the citizen.

Seventh: Strengthening the capabilities of the official military and security institutions, defining the competencies and workspaces of the security services in them, ending the multiplicity of agencies and the overlapping of competencies in them, and merging them into the army and police to ensure the integrity of their performance at all levels. And provide the training, rehabilitation and armament necessary for it to carry out its work in the service of Iraq’s security and territorial integrity.

Eighth: All types and justifications for carrying and using uncontrolled weapons outside official institutions, or using the weapons of official institutions outside the will of the state, are criminalized by strict legal texts, and to end the phenomenon of possession of arms, whether it is a weapon belonging to clans, armed groups, factions, or political blocs.

Ninth: Sectarian or racist political discourse is prohibited and criminalized in accordance with clear and enforceable laws. 

Tenth: Respect for religious, national and sectarian diversity in Iraq and considering it a source of strength for the privacy of our people and its deep historical structure, a source of Iraqi national values, and a basis for a comprehensive national identity that should be an umbrella for all Iraqis with the diversity and diversity of their societies and cultures.

Eleventh: Defining the political parties responsible for forming the government to bear its responsibilities before the Iraqi people in a clear and explicit manner.

Twelve: The next government shall, within a specified time frame, undertake the following:

1. Forming a higher committee with expanded powers, in coordination with the judiciary, to audit corruption files in previous governments since 2003 and to hold the negligent accountable through transparent and clear procedures in public opinion, and prevent the interference of political blocs to defend those who are proven to be corrupt.

2. A pledge to end judicial investigations into the attacks committed during the October 2019 demonstrations, whether on demonstrators or the security services, and pledge to continue the work of the committee formed for this purpose and support it by all means to end its work and announce the final results.

3. Presenting the draft law on the reconstruction council and the oil and gas law to the House of Representatives for approval.

4. Work on the completion of the e-government project to reduce corruption, administrative red tape and financial waste.

5. Forming a higher committee to audit the currency auction file, the work of banks and the work of the Central Bank, notifying public opinion of the results, and working on the independence of the Central Bank away from political interference.

6. Preventing partisan interference in the state’s administrative and technical institutions and prosecuting the phenomenon of partisan companies.

Thirteen: Ensuring the independence of the Iraqi judiciary supported by the enactment of laws that would achieve security and judicial independence.

Fourteen: Care and rehabilitation of youth, provide the necessary education for them, support youth and sports institutions to carry out their tasks, provide fair opportunities for youth work and develop their capabilities, respect women’s rights, freedom and self-will, support widows and divorced women, expand social welfare systems, and support families of martyrs, wounded and people with special needs.

Fifteen: Regulating the role of clans in maintaining security, supporting the state, cooperating with security institutions, and preventing negative manifestations such as hoarding weapons and using them in tribal conflicts, interfering in the affairs of institutions, or imposing positions in a manner that intersects with laws.

Sixteen: Supporting and encouraging Iraqi scientists, thinkers, intellectuals and artists, and supporting scientific and cultural institutions.

Seventeen: Supporting sports institutions in a way that absorbs the energies of youth and turns it into an achievement worthy of Iraq’s reputation.


Disclosure of the content of the reformist Al-Sadr paper: Al-Kazemi adopted it and these parties signed it

politicsbreakingthe chestAl-KazemiPolitical forcesreform paper 2021-08-27 09:53A-AA+

Shafaq News/ A member of the Sadrist movement, Mudar Khazal Al-Azrajawi, revealed on Friday that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi had adopted the reform paper that the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, had talked about.

Al-Azrajawi told Shafaq News Agency, “The reform paper that Al-Sadr talked about was adopted by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and was signed by the heads of Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political blocs.”

The parliamentarian also indicated that “the signed document serves as a covenant between the political blocs and will be published in the media soon, adding that” the signed document will be presented for discussion in the House of Representatives in the coming days.”

Al-Azergawi indicated that “there will be a new vision during the upcoming elections.”

On Friday, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced that he would run for the legislative elections to be held on the tenth of next October, reversing his previous position in which he decided to boycott them.

Al-Sadr had decided in mid-July to boycott the parliamentary elections.

Al-Sadr announced in a televised speech today that he had received a reform paper from the political forces, saying: This paper came in accordance with our aspirations, calling at the same time for a pause under the dome of Parliament to implement the terms of the reform paper.

He added, “Returning to the electoral project has become an acceptable matter, and we will contest the elections with determination to save Iraq from corruption, occupation, dependency and normalization,” adding that “the interest necessitated that we run in the million elections.”


Al-Sadr retracts the decision to boycott the elections and thanks Al-Kazemi

political| 03:59 – 27/08/2021


Najaf – Mawazine News

On Friday, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced that he would back down from the decision to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Al-Sadr said in a press conference, which was followed by “Mawazine News”, that he “received a reform paper from the political forces”, which invited him to participate in the upcoming elections.
Al-Sadr added, “The paper came in accordance with our aspirations, and the interest required that we run in the elections.”
He noted, “We will run the elections with determination and determination,” saying: “I find myself in need of you, and thank you to Brother Al-Kazemi.”
Al-Sadr directed his supporters by saying: “I find myself in need of your standing with me through your million-dollar stand in the demonstration square and the parliament dome at another time.”


Al-Sadr retreats and announces his participation in the legislative elections

politicsbreakingthe chestThe electionbacking downend boycott 2021-08-27 08:57A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced on Friday that he will run for the legislative elections to be held on the tenth of next October, reversing his previous position in which he decided to boycott them.

Al-Sadr had decided in mid-July to boycott the parliamentary elections.

Al-Sadr announced in a televised speech today that he had received a reform paper from the political forces, saying: This paper came in accordance with our aspirations, calling at the same time for a pause under the dome of Parliament to implement the terms of the reform paper.

He added, “Returning to the electoral project has become an acceptable matter, and we will contest the elections with determination to save Iraq from corruption, occupation, dependency and normalization,” adding that “the interest necessitated that we run in the million elections.”


The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council announces his participation in the Baghdad Conference

political| 03:22 – 27/08/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News

The Iraqi ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Abdul Sattar Hadi Al-Janabi, met with the Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf.

A statement of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, a copy of which was received by Mawazine News, stated that the two sides discussed brotherly relations and the historical neighborhood of Iraq and the Arab Gulf states.

According to the statement, Al-Hajraf indicated that the GCC countries are keen on the security and stability of Iraq and are interested in its reconstruction. The two sides agreed to activate the mechanisms of strategic dialogue between the GCC countries and the competent Iraqi authorities, and to activate the mechanisms of joint dialogue.

Al-Hajraf confirmed his readiness to attend the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, and the two sides discussed the mechanisms and timing of the arrival of the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council and his accompanying delegation to the capital, Baghdad. Ended 29/R77