A new attack on the Ain Al-Assad base was thwarted

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Shafaq News/ The air defenses of Ain Al-Assad base in Anbar Governorate managed to shoot down a drone.

A statement by the Security Media Cell stated that the air defenses had treated an unidentified drone that tried to approach the Ain al-Assad air base of the Iraqi Air Force Command in Anbar Governorate, where the treatment was carried out outside the vicinity of the base.

And earlier on Wednesday evening, a security source told Shafaq News Agency that about five missiles targeted the Ain Al-Assad military base in Anbar, referring to the activation of the CERAM system within the base in an attempt to dispel the missiles.

While eyewitnesses from Anbar said that the missiles were fired from a Kia wheel in the village of Bastamiya, (25 km west of Heet district), and they suggested that no material or human losses would be caused.

For its part, the international coalition said in a statement issued after the missile bombing, which was received by Shafaq News Agency, that “the outlaw militias launched at 6:45 pm on Wednesday five missiles towards the Iraqi base of Ain Al-Assad.”

The statement explained, “These missiles fell about two kilometers from the base,” describing it as “another reckless act that could have caused severe damage to innocent Iraqi civilians.”



Five missiles target Ain Al-Assad base

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01/05/2022 19:18

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The International Coalition announced, on Wednesday, January 2022, the targeting of the Ain Al-Assad military base in Anbar Governorate, western Iraq, with five missiles. 
In a statement received by Al-Masala, the international coalition stated that at approximately 6:45, the armed groups fired 5 missiles towards the Iraqi base of Ain Al-Assad. 
He added: These missiles fell about two kilometers from the base in another reckless act that could have caused severe damage to innocent Iraqi civilians.

It is noteworthy that the Security Media Cell announced that a missile had fallen on Al-Nasr camp, west of Baghdad.


Azm Alliance welcomes Taqadm’s initiative, describing it as historic

01/05/2022 20:07

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Alliance of Resilience, headed by Khamis al-Khanjar, welcomed, on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, al-Halbousi’s call to unify political action and the alliance together.

In a statement received by Al-Masala, Al-Khanjar said that while we highly value the position of our brothers in the National Progress Alliance, headed by President Muhammad Raykan Al-Halbousi and his brothers in the alliance, in reuniting and not listening to all the pressures that tried and are trying to keep us away from the joint work that serves our masses, we announce our welcome This historic step and this great patriotic spirit.

On Wednesday, the Progress Alliance, led by Muhammad al-Halbousi, called for the Azm Alliance to unify positions.

In a statement received by the Obelisk, the coalition said: With the date of the first session of the House of Representatives approaching, and our belief in the necessity of unifying positions to achieve the unity and sovereignty of Iraq and preserve the rights of our loyal masses, we express our sincere desire to unify political action in our provinces under one banner.

He added: We call on Khamis al-Khanjar and those who are honest with him in the Azm Alliance to assume his responsibilities in leading the next phase in a comprehensive alliance with his brothers in the National Progress Alliance.


The exclusion of al-Maliki and the dagger .. Revealed the reasons for the “failure” of the agreement between Al-Attar and Al-Sadr

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Shafaq News/ A source from the coordination framework revealed the reasons for the “failure” of the agreement between the framework and the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, and it was not possible to hold the meeting scheduled for Wednesday between the two sides.

The source told Shafak news agency, “The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, told the head of the Coordinating Framework delegation, the leader of the Al-Fateh Alliance, Hadi al-Amiri, who was going to al-Hanana to meet al-Sadr at his residence to complete the negotiations, of the need to resolve some issues that al-Sadr had stipulated during the two previous meetings with the framework before everything”.

And that “the matter is related to resolving the participation of the head of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, in the next government, that is, refusing the latter’s candidacy for any government position, in reference to the position of Vice President of the Republic, which al-Maliki’s coalition aspires to.”

He added, “Also, removing the leader of the (Azm) alliance, Khamis al-Khanjar, from the coordinating framework and preventing him from entering into any future alliances, and all of this is just pressure exerted by al-Sadr on the framework to accept the political map whose last features he defined.”

However, the source added, “These differences will be resolved to reach a final agreement with al-Sadr and the signing of the document of the largest bloc, which will include the names of the deputies affiliated with it and their signatures on it, in addition to pledges to remain within the coalition to ensure that the deputies do not enter into more than one political alliance.”

He pointed out that “a meeting soon will bring together the negotiating committees emanating from the coordination framework and the Sadrist bloc to end the alliance between the two sides before the parliament session scheduled for the ninth of this month.”

The source concluded by saying, “Everyone (the framework forces) hopes to form a unified Shiite bloc that reassures all allies to proceed with the implementation of the understandings made by Shiite leaders with Kurdish and Sunni leaders.”

And yesterday, Tuesday, an informed political source revealed that a delegation from the coordination framework of the Shiite forces (today) visited Al-Hanana, the residence of the leader of the Sadr movement in the city of Najaf, in an effort to persuade the latter to unite the Shiite house before the first parliamentary session on January 9.

The source, who is from the coordination framework, told Shafaq News Agency, “According to the agreement between the coordination framework and the Sadrist bloc, it is hoped that a delegation comprising representatives of the coordination framework will hold a third meeting with the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr at his residence in Hananah to complete the understandings regarding the formation of the largest bloc concerned with the formation of the government”.

He added that “the leaders of the framework see that the unity of the Shiite component confirms the strength of his government that al-Sadr intends to form, especially since the coordination framework has kept the dialogue open with the Sadrist bloc in the hope of achieving the unity of the Shiite house because the break in the contract between them will harm everyone.”

He explained that “the upcoming meeting will be under the title of a meeting of the joint committees to agree semi-finally on the controversial points, most of which were agreed to be resolved, including the status and address of the popular crowd, as well as the selection of the next prime minister by Al-Sadr, as well as the corruption files and the referral of those involved in them to the competent authorities.” .

Al-Sadr seeks to form a “national majority” government, unlike the forces of the coordination framework, which are trying hard to find a foothold in the next government by forming a consensual government similar to previous governments.

The Sadrist bloc topped the elections with 73 seats, while the total seats for the Coordination Framework forces together amounted to about 60 seats; The State of Law coalition has 33 seats, the Al-Fateh coalition has 17, and the State Forces have 4 seats, in addition to other blocs, of which at least one deputy won in the recent elections.


The Secretary of the House of Representatives announces the completion of all procedures to hold the first session next Sunday

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The Secretary of the House of Representatives announces the completion of all procedures to hold the first session next Sunday

{Local: Al Furat News} The Secretary-General of the House of Representatives, Sirwan Abdullah Serini, announced the completion of all procedures to hold the first session of the House of Representatives in its fifth session on the scheduled date next Sunday morning. 

The Secretary-General said in a press statement, “The General Secretariat of the House of Representatives has completed all the security, administrative and technical procedures and preparations for holding the first session of the House of Representatives in its fifth session on schedule next Sunday morning.”

He pointed out that “a meeting was held this morning with the head of the age to discuss these procedures and give an explanation of the paragraphs listed on the meeting’s agenda and inform him of the steps by which the voting process will take place on the Speaker and his two deputies.”

The Secretary-General stressed the importance of this new session of the House of Representatives in the future of Iraq and the aspirations and hopes of the people, given the circumstances that Iraq went through during the previous parliamentary session and the accompanying various political, popular, security and health events and the clear change of the Iraqi political arena and what the elections produced from a new map of political forces Especially the popular ones.


The two Kurdish parties agree to go with a joint delegation to Baghdad in the negotiations to form the government

  •  Time: 01/05/2022 16:28:31 
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The two Kurdish parties agree to go with a joint delegation to Baghdad in the negotiations to form the government

{Politics: Al Furat News} Kurdish partisans in the Kurdistan region announced that a joint delegation would go to Baghdad to negotiate the formation of the new government. 

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The leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Hoshyar Zebari, said in a joint press statement with the leader of the Patriotic Union, Imad Ahmed, after the meeting, that: “This is the first meeting at the level of the two political bureaus, during which we emphasized the joint work in negotiating with Baghdad.”
He stressed, “The party’s desire for the participation of the rest of the Kurdish political parties in the delegation and negotiations, but the relations between us and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan are the basis and we will go together to Baghdad.”
For his part, Imad Ahmed said, “During the meeting, we stressed that we went to Baghdad aimed at guaranteeing the rights of the Kurdish people, and the entitlements of the region in the formation of the next federal government, and in the Iraqi state so that we can be real partners in the new, democratic, federal Iraq, and in order to be able to Providing better services to the code and the Iraqi people as a whole.


The defense celebrates the Army Day tomorrow with the largest fireworks in Iraq

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The defense celebrates the Army Day tomorrow with the largest fireworks in Iraq

{Local: Al Furat News} The Directorate of Information and Moral Guidance in the Ministry of Defense, in cooperation with the Sindbad Land Department, announced, on Wednesday, that it will hold a big party on the occasion of the anniversary of the founding of the Iraqi army. 

The Directorate stated in a statement that {Al-Furat News} received a copy of it, that “on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the heroic Iraqi army, and under the auspices of the Ministry of Defense – the Directorate of Information and Moral Guidance, in cooperation with the administration of Sinbad Land, will hold a big ceremony on the gardens of Sinbad Land on Thursday evening January 6, 2022, with the participation of the military musical choir, in addition to the radio of patriotic songs that sing the heroism of the brave Iraqi army.

And she added, “During the ceremony, a large number of fireworks will be launched, which will be the largest of its kind in Iraq, bearing in mind that the invitation is general for the honorable Iraqi families, especially the families of the valiant Iraqi army of all kinds and formations and all the members of the Internal Security Forces and the Popular Mobilization, and entry will be free for those affiliated with and their families by presenting the identity of affiliation with the ministry upon entry, with the offer that entry is for families only.

The Directorate of Information and Moral Guidance invited all Iraqi satellite channels to cover this important event, noting that “the celebration begins at seven in the evening and attendance will be at six in the evening.”


Iraq acquires US ExxonMobil’s stake in a giant oil field

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Iraq acquires US ExxonMobil's stake in a giant oil field

{Economic: Al Furat News} Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar announced that the Council of Ministers had approved, in its regular session, today, Wednesday, the National Oil Company’s acquisition of ExxonMobil’s share in the West Qurna/1 field, which is one of the giant fields in the southern province of Basra. 

And Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced last July that he wanted another American company to replace Exxon Mobil – which operates the West Qurna 1 field – when it leaves Iraq.

Al-Kazemi added at the time that ExxonMobil was considering leaving Iraq for reasons related to its internal administrative practices and decisions, and not because of the situation in Iraq.

Exxon, which in 2019 appeared to be proceeding with a $53 billion project to increase Iraqi oil production, sought to sell its 32.7% stake in West Qurna 1, one of Iraq’s largest oil fields.


Al-Sadr sends a message to Barzani

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Shafaq News/ On Monday, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, sent a letter to the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani.

Al-Sadr said in a televised statement that Barzani “does not sympathize with the Americans,” calling for “exiting the occupation from Iraq.”

Al-Sadr explained, “We benefit Barzani more than the Americans,” adding, “I consider myself a Kurd, a Sunni, a Turkmen and a Sa’bi.”

He stressed that “there are corrupt people among the Shiites as well,” warning against “dividing Iraq and making it a morsel of the West.”


The Iraqi Oil Company acquires ExxonMobil’s stake in the West Qurna field

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Shafaq News/ The Minister of Oil, Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar Ismail, announced, on Wednesday, the Cabinet’s approval for the National Oil Company to acquire ExxonMobil’s share in West Qurna/1 field, which is one of the giant fields.

ExxonMobil’s share is 32.7% in the West Qurna/1 field. The West Qurna field is one of the large oil fields in Iraq, and oil was extracted from it for the first time in 1973. It is estimated that it contains 24 billion barrels of oil reserves.

During the year 2010, Iraq signed several contracts with international companies to develop its oil fields within the first and second licensing rounds. Most of these fields were concentrated in the fields of the south, and Exxon was one of the companies that won the contract for West Qurna field, the first phase within an alliance of several companies.

The other partners in the field are Japan’s Itochu (19.6%), Indonesia’s Pertamina (10%) and the Iraqi State Oil Exploration Company (5%).

However, Iraq rejected the deal and wanted to replace ExxonMobil with another American company, not less than the American company that seeks to get out of the field or buy the Basra Oil Company its share.