BAGHDAD – Mawazine News Two US officials confirmed to “Reuters” that the American forces have completed the evacuation of their members from Afghanistan. The two officials said: “The United States has completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of entering the country in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001.” The two officials requested that their names not be published before the Pentagon announced the withdrawal in the coming minutes. For his part, the commander of the US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, confirmed that “the US ambassador was on board the last flight from Afghanistan.” He pointed out that “American and international coalition military aircraft evacuated more than 123,000 civilians from Kabul Airport.” Ended 29/A87
Despite the defeat of ISIS in 2015 in Sinjar, many of the city’s residents, the majority of whom are Yezidis, are still present in displacement camps due to the lack of stability in their areas.Monday 08/30/2021
Everyone is the same on Sinjar
BAGHDAD – The international community urges Baghdad and April to implement the Sinjar Agreement signed between them since October 2020 in order to ensure the stability of that region and move to the stage of confronting Turkish foreign interference, which is invoked by the presence of PKK fighters and Iranian interference through the popular mobilization that entered Sinjar under the cover of the war against ISIS, And he remained there even after the absence of this reason.
Recently, Sinjar has been the focus of statements by the French president, who presented a French initiative to end the Baghdad and Erbil disputes, the American consul in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and the UN representative in Iraq, Jenin Hennis-Plasschaert.
The three officials agreed in separate statements on the need to implement the Sinjar Agreement, which provides for the maintenance of security in Sinjar district by the federal security forces in coordination with the forces of the region and to expel all illegal armed groups outside the judiciary, mainly the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Popular Mobilization.
Sinjar became widely known in August 2014 after the mass massacre of its Yazidi population by the Islamic State, but this remote region of northern Iraq has great geopolitical value and is the subject of competition between Iran and Turkey.
Observers note that the Turkish military interventions and the air raids launched by Ankara on Sinjar and the Kurdish areas in northern Iraq were the focus of the attention of French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron had responded to a call by the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, France and the international community to cooperate to resolve the outstanding issues between Kurdistan and the federal government, including the Sinjar Agreement, by saying, “Our visit to Kurdistan is a message that France will not abandon its friends.” It is a statement considered by observers not only to target the war against ISIS, but also to include a French role to besiege the escalating Turkish intervention in Iraq, especially in the Kurdish region.
A member of the political bureau of Badr Abu Mithaq al-Massar revealed that French President Emmanuel Macron intends to stop Turkish interference in Iraq and address the Sinjar issue. And the NRT Arabic network quoted Al-Masari as saying that “France wants to contain the crisis of Turkish forces’ penetration deep into Iraqi territory.”
Turkey, despite its apparent interventions by bombing PKK sites and pursuing its leaders, is looking forward to a permanent presence in the oil-rich region. A Turkish official had previously announced that his country intends to establish a number of temporary military bases in northern Iraq after it intensified its strikes on Kurdish fighters there, considering that these steps are aimed at ensuring border security.
However, Iraqi parties maintain that the Turkish talk about “temporary bases” is just a cover for a permanent military presence. The increased Iranian presence through the joint alliance with the Popular Mobilization Forces and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) also poses a threat to Turkish interests in northern Iraq.
Iran is also seeking to besiege the Iranian Kurdish opposition in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. But like Turkey, the pursuit of Kurdish opponents is only a cover to ensure a strong presence in this strategic region. Iran is also concerned about Turkey establishing a foothold in the country under the pretext of fighting the PKK, which prompted it to mobilize the militias loyal to it.
Unlike Turkey, Iran sees great importance in its control of this region through the Popular Mobilization Forces, and it controls Baghdad and the central government. Washington considered that Iranian ambitions caused the delay in the implementation of the Erbil agreement.
On Monday, the US Consul in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Robert Palladino, said that his country’s government regrets the presence of pro-Iranian militias in the Sinjar district, stressing that it “does not want to address the problem of the judiciary.” “We believe that the Sinjar Agreement is appropriate to solve the problem of the judiciary,” Palladino added, during a press conference in Erbil, stressing that “an understanding between the two governments in Baghdad and Erbil and the local population will solve the problem.”
This point was emphasized by Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, noting that “the implementation of the Sinjar Agreement is for the benefit of the residents of Sinjar and Nineveh and all Iraqis.”
And the website of Kurdistan 24 quoted the UN Special Representative as saying that “the Sinjar Agreement is very important, but unfortunately its implementation is very slow. I call on the government of Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government, as well as those parties present in Sinjar, to make more serious efforts to implement the agreement.”
It is assumed, according to the terms of the Erbil-Baghdad agreement, the formation of an official local force of the Yazidis and work on the return of the displaced and the reconstruction of Sinjar. However, thousands of displaced people are still afraid to return to their areas due to security concerns and the spread of militias in Sinjar, whose residents demand that it be safe and demilitarized.
Observers warn of the developments of the situation, noting that since the restoration of the judiciary from ISIS in December 2015, many armed parties have been fighting for control, and this conflict may destabilize the entire region. With so many domestic and international interests overlapping in this relatively small area, without stabilizing Sinjar it will be very difficult to stabilize Iraq, not to mention that chaos will spill over into neighboring Syria.
Baghdad – Mawazine News The Ministry of Environment announced that it has begun preparing controls for financing residential and investment projects and individuals from the Central Bank’s initiative in support of a sustainable green economy. The authorized technical agent in the Environmental Affairs Department, Jassem Al-Falahi, said that the Central Bank’s decision to form a central committee headed by it and with the membership of the Ministry of Environment and a number of other sectoral ministries, is considered to be the actual aspect of making new activities and projects start with this step and direct to establish financing controls for all residential and investment projects and individuals from Central Bank initiative. He stressed that it is an important step in achieving Iraq’s commitments to the Framework Convention on Climate, which contributes to improving the environmental situation in the country.
Baghdad / Obelisk: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed, on Monday, August 30, 2021, that the Baghdad Conference confirms cooperation and partnership in a new style towards economy and investment, stressing that it is following with great importance the outcomes of the Baghdad Conference, indicating that Iraq has become an investment opportunity.
Ministry spokesman Ahmed Al-Sahaf said in a statement received by Al-Masala that the ministry works through commitment to collective initiatives with all Iraq’s neighbors and partners, affirming the principle of openness to all parties with the standards of national sovereignty and national interest, and in light of this, the Baghdad conference came in this context to confirm a pattern New partnership and cooperation on the basis of economy and investment.
He added that the outcomes of the Baghdad conference are followed up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with great interest and are based on an important variable, which is what the joint final statement mentioned to the participants, that there will be a committee of foreign ministers of the gathered countries, to follow up on the outcomes of the Baghdad conference.
He added that this involves providing follow-up aspects and meetings related to the economic and investment interests proposed by Iraq.
He pointed out that there is a big difference between August 2014, when terrorist gangs of extremism stormed Iraq and was an existential threat to the structures of the state and Iraqi society. Today, we are talking about August 2021, in which the Baghdad Conference was held.
On Saturday, the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership kicked off with the participation of Iraq and 9 countries: Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Turkey and France.
French President Emmanuel Macron, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah, his Emirati counterpart Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the foreign ministers of Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey participated in the summit.
Baghdad – Mawazine News The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed, on Monday, that the Baghdad conference confirms cooperation and partnership in a new style towards economy and investment, stressing that it is following with great importance the outcomes of the Baghdad conference, indicating that Iraq has become an investment opportunity. Ministry spokesman Ahmed Al-Sahaf said, according to state media, that “the ministry works through commitment to collective initiatives with all of Iraq’s neighbors and partners, affirming the principle of openness to all parties with standards of national sovereignty and national interest, and in light of this, the Baghdad conference came in this context to confirm a new pattern.” of partnership and cooperation on the basis of economy and investment. He added that “the outcomes of the Baghdad conference are followed up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with great interest and are based on an important variable, which is what the joint final statement mentioned to the participants, that there will be a committee of foreign ministers of the gathered countries, to follow up on the outcomes of the Baghdad conference.” He added, “This involves providing follow-up aspects and meetings related to the economic and investment interests proposed by Iraq.” He pointed out that “there is a big difference between the month of August of the year 2014, when terrorist gangs of extremism raided Iraq and it was an existential threat to the structures of the state and Iraqi society, and we are talking today about the month of August of the year 2021 in which the Baghdad conference was held.” Ended 29/A43
Shafaq News/ On Monday, the US consul in Kurdistan confirmed President Joe Biden’s “long-term” commitment to Iraq and the region, and while he warned of a new emergence of “ISIS” in the country, he indicated that the Iraqi situation is different from Afghanistan.
The US Consul in the region, Robert Palladino, said during a press conference held today, in Erbil, with a group of Kurdish media, which was attended by Shafak News Agency, that “America has started withdrawing its forces from Iraq as agreed upon,” noting that “the remaining forces will be organized. According to the agreement, they are training forces.
He added that “the war with ISIS is not over yet,” noting that “President Biden confirmed the commitment of the United States to support Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.”
Palladino stressed, “We are committed to a long-term agreement with Iraq and the region
Regarding the upcoming elections, he stressed, “We will not support any particular candidate or party in Iraq, but the US government supports the Iraqi government in holding fair elections.”
He pointed out that “the US government supports the voting process, and wishes the Iraqis to exercise their right to vote,” noting that “the stability of the Middle East is the stability of Iraq, and the situation here is different from Afghanistan, and each country has its own peculiarities.”
Palladino noted that “America will not change its policy in the Kurdistan Region,” stressing that his country “will continue to support the Peshmerga forces in terms of securing military needs, armament and training.”
He pointed out that “the US government helped the Peshmerga Ministry in carrying out reforms,” explaining that “last year it provided more than 250 million dollars to the Peshmerga.”
As the US consul stressed, “We are certain that if efforts do not continue, ISIS will reappear, and we know very well that ISIS still poses a threat, and this international coalition continues to fight it.”
The US consul also said, “We see that ISIS continues to blow up energy towers to deprive citizens of electricity in this hot season, and we also see ISIS blocking roads from people, kidnapping and killing them.”
Shafaq News/ The Minister of Finance of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Awat Sheikh Janab, announced on Monday the distribution of employee salaries through banks, while a senior government official indicated that the salaries of thousands of double-salaries were cut.
Sheikh Janab said in a press conference attended by Shafak News Agency; “After meeting with all private and governmental banks, it was decided to distribute the salaries of employees through the banks directly.”
The Minister of Finance added; One of the paragraphs of the reform law is the distribution of salaries through banks, and the decision has entered into force today.
turn; Abdul Hakim Khosrow, Director General of Coordination in the Cabinet and Supervisor of the Implementation of the Reform Law, said: So far, the salaries of more than 20 thousand people who receive more than one salary have been cut.
He pointed out that “the government currently has one million and 200 thousand employees according to the biometric system.
And he indicated that “the distribution of employees’ salaries will be through 20 banks, and 450,000 account numbers have been opened so far for employees.”
And the US embassy in Baghdad stated in a statement that “NAS” received a copy of it, (August 30, 2021), that “Ambassador Matthew Tueller met with Defense Minister Juma Inad Saadoun and assured him of the commitment of the United States, as a partner in the international coalition, to our joint fight to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS.”
She added, “We partner with the government and people of Iraq in many areas of mutual interest including infrastructure, development, environmental protection, health care and the coronavirus pandemic, as well as supporting the safety and security of Iraqi territory.”