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  1. US sanctions on Iran boost Kurdistan’s trade at border A security guard is seen at the Kurdistan Region - Iran border crossing of Haji Omaran on Jan. 3, 2018. (Photo: AFP) ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – US sanctions on Iran have had a positive impact on the Kurdistan Region’s economic trade, boosting the movement of goods at the border with its neighboring country’s Kurdish areas, a Kurdish official claimed on Tuesday. On Aug. 6, the Trump administration announced the re-imposition of economic sanctions on Tehran which had been lifted when the 2015 nuclear deal was signed. Economically, the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region has enjoyed a notable increase in economic trade on its border with Iran as the value of the Iranian currency plummets under the newly-imposed US sanctions. “The US sanctions on Iran have had no negative implications on us [the Kurdistan Region] because we use US dollars and Iraqi dinars as our currency. The value of these two currencies now are much stronger against the Iranian Toman [Riyal],” Abdullah Akreyi, the Director-General of Kurdistan Region–Iran relations, told the official website of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). He explained that with the dramatic fall of the Riyal, Kurdish businessmen are now able to import more goods from Iran through its multiple border crossings. “If they were importing a single truck carrying goods from Iran before, they are now importing four trucks at the same cost,” Akreyi stated. “A lot of people are taking advantage of this to travel to Iran which has created a heavy load on the border crossings. Almost 3,000 people from the Kurdistan Region cross into Iran on a daily basis.” The Kurdish official noted that the import business booming, job opportunities on the border have also increased. Akreyi added that, so far, no decision has been made in the Kurdistan Region to halt its trade with Iran. “We don’t want to halt trade because our people need it. But, if the Iraqi [federal] government made a country-wide decision for the border gates to close, we would be obliged to implement it,” he concluded. Previously, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, stated that the semi-autonomous region would deal with the new US sanctions on Iran within the framework and policies of Iraq. “Until now, the sanctions are not clear for us in the Kurdistan Region. I believe they are not clear to them, yet, either,” Barzani said in response to a question asked by Kurdistan 24 correspondent Aras Ahmed during a press conference in Erbil. “But certainly, the Kurdistan Region’s steps will be in line with the policies and position of Iraq,” he continued. “We have asked the US and Baghdad to give us more clarifications on the matter.” He mentioned that the KRG had asked the US to send a delegation to explain what exactly should and should not be done to avoid violating provisions within the economic sanctions. “We do not want to violate the terms of the sanctions; we want to receive further clarifications of what lies under those embargoes,” Barzani added. Both the Kurdistan Region and Iran have substantial economic ties, accounting for billions of dollars annually in trade. http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/economy/9234ea6b-508e-4978-bcc8-c9ee5ab4b6da
  2. I agree again but Iraq has many Shite’s that are sympathetic to Iran including a lot of Iraq’s leaders ( Iran is not stupid, they helped set that up) I think that is probably the biggest reason but they share a 1500 mile border and both countries rely on trade for their basic needs.
  3. Saudi Replaces Iraq As Top Oil Supplier To India In July: Report Many European refiners are winding down purchases of Iranian oil after the United States imposed sanctions on Tehran, leading to higher supplies to Asia, mainly India and China. | Updated: August 15, 2018 00:29 IST Imports of Iranian oil by India, surged to a record 768,000 barrels per day (bpd) in July NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia replaced Iraq as top oil supplier to India in July after a gap of more than a year, according to data from industry and shipping sources, as a higher intake of Iranian oil ahead of U.S. sanctions altered trade routes. Many European refiners are winding down purchases of Iranian oil after the United States imposed sanctions on Tehran, leading to higher supplies to Asia, mainly India and China. The United States in May quit the 2015 nuclear deal and announced reimposition of sanctions on Tehran. While some sanctions were implemented from Aug. 6, those affecting Iran's petroleum sector will come into force from Nov. 4. Imports of Iranian oil by India, Tehran's top oil client after China, surged to a record 768,000 barrels per day (bpd) in July due to higher intake by state refiners, tanker arrival data showed. India's top refiner wants to continue buying Iranian oil as the OPEC member is offering discounts in freight and extended credit period, Sanjiv Singh, Chairman of Indian Oil Corp, said on Monday. Saudi Arabia and Iraq continued to be the two biggest oil suppliers to India last month although monthly supplies from them declined by 12 percent and about 23 percent in July, the data obtained from shipping and trade sources showed. The sources declined to be identified. On top of incentives offered by Iran on oil sales, higher July official selling prices (OSPs) of oil from Saudi Arabia and Iraq also dented demand for their oil. "Iranian crude OSPs for July have moved in tandem with other middle east producers but incentives offered by Iran has made its oil more attractive compared to other alternatives," Sushant Gupta, Research Director, Asia Pacific Refining, at consultancy Wood Mackenzie. Gupta said less buying from other importers such as Japan, South Korea and Europe have also led led to more volumes towards India. "The deadline to reduce Iranian crude is November 4th. So with this increase in July, India would show a bigger cuts in Iranian crude come Q4 2018," he added. Saudi Aramco raised July Arab Light crude price to Asia to 4-year high while Iraq increased the official selling prices for Basra Light crude to Asia by $0.40 a barrel. Apart from Iran, India also boosted intake of Venezuelan and Nigerian oil. India's imports of Venezuela oil in July rose to 423,500 bpd, an increase of 37 percent from June, as some of the delayed cargoes from May arrived in July. Narrowing of Brent's premium to Dubai prompted Indian refiners to lift more Nigerian grades, said Sri Paravaikkarasu, head of East of Suez Oil at consultancy FGE. 6https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/saudi-replaces-iraq-as-top-oil-supplier-to-india-in-july-report-1900642 COMMEN
  4. Trump’s Iran Sanctions Are Backfiring in Iraq The U.S. crackdown on Tehran is putting Iraqi politicians in an awkward spot. August 14, 2018 BAGHDAD—As soon as the most recent round of U.S. sanctions, announced by the Trump administration on Aug. 7, hit Iran, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi said his country would reluctantly comply. But a week later, reality has sunk in and many Iraqi officials have pushed for Baghdad to maintain trade relations with Tehran. The reason: Iraq, which shares a 1,458-kilometer border with Iran, could be badly hurt by the sanctions. Iraq relies on its eastern neighbor for everything from gas supplies to electricity to water and foodstuffs. Not only is Iraq in a no-win position, but it is the United States, which still maintains some 5,200 troops in Iraq, that put it there: The country’s dependence on Iranian trade and public services is largely due to the U.S. invasion in 2003. When the international community imposed sanctions on the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein from 1990 to 2003, next-door Jordan was exempt. The United Nations excused Jordan from sanctions that banned it from buying oil from Iraq, for instance. So there’s a strong precedent for exempting Iraq from the Iran sanctions. If that doesn’t happen, and Iraq violates sanctions and is hit by U.S. penalties, it is likely to place the country further into Iran’s sphere of influence—exactly what President Donald Trump’s administration says the United States wants to combat in the broader Middle East, where Iran is becoming increasingly powerful. Even Abadi, who is considered to be more pro-American than his predecessor, cannot afford to comply with sanctions. He has been backpeddling since last week. On August 13, he said: “I did not say we abide by the sanctions, I said we abide by not using dollars in transactions. We have no other choice,” the prime minister told reporters in Baghdad. The U.S. has re-imposed sanctions on precious metals, including gold, the automobile industry, and the purchase of U.S. dollars. Beyond what Abadi announced about trade in dollars, the government in Baghdad says it has not come to agreement on whether to comply with other sanctions—a buzz phrase for non-compliance. Abadi has already faced a significant backlash from Iraqi and Iranian politicians merely for suggesting at first that Iraq would comply with sanctions. According to Iraqi media reports, U.S. Treasury officials visited the Central Bank of Iraq in July and said the U.S. would sanction any Iraqi bank that conducted financial transactions with Iran. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Iraqi government has bank accounts with the U.S. Federal Reserve, where its dollars are kept. And these dollars, which the Iraqi economy relies upon, could be frozen should Iraq violate sanctions. Despite such possible hardships, Iraq has no choice but to violate sanctions, for several reasons. First, Iraq needs Iran’s refined gas. Iraq’s electricity minister said in July 2017 that Iraq would be reliant on Iranian gas to generate electricity for at least seven years. Iraq does produce natural gas of its own, but lacks the facilities to process it into fuel for local consumption. The gas Iraq receives from Iran constitutes approximately 20 percent of the electricity it produces. Already, Iraq meets only 70 percent of its electricity demand. Iraq has been sending Iran oil to pay for its gas imports and to pay its electricity debt. Second, Iraq’s water supplies are dependent upon the flows of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers from where it gets 98 percent of its surface water. If it chose to do so, Iran could divert 13 percent of Iraq’s water resources. Iraqi Deputy Water Minister told Gulf News in April that 20 to 30 percent of the Tigris River’s water in Iraq originates in Iran. If Iraq complied with sanctions, Iran could easily cut the flows of water, as it already has done in the northern Kurdistan area in Sulaimaniyah province, according to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Agriculture. At a time of serious drought in Iraq, this is no idle threat. Third, Iran has deliberately flooded the Iraqi market with cheap imports, such as foodstuffs. This has undercut Iraqi agriculture by decreasing demand for homegrown products that are more expensive. Even if Iraq were to stop buying these goods, farmers would not be able to produce enough supplies at home. Over several years, Iraqi farmers have fled to urban areas due to a lack of demand and conflict with the Islamic State. At the moment, a decline in the numbers of farmers is also an obstacle. Iran has political leverage, too. Since the May 12 national election, Iraq’s political elites have been unable to form a government in part because of enormous pressure from Tehran to install politicians in their favor. If Iran’s loyalists succeed and dominate the new government, Iraq’s rulers will definitely make decisions that support Iranian interests. The Gulf states and Turkey would seem to be a logical alternative to Iranian trade. However, Iran has loosened Iraqi restrictions against it by greasing the palms of local border and trade officials for years. It seems unlikely that corrupt officials will seize the opportunity to broaden Iraq’s list of trading partners. In general, while Gulf states object to Iraq’s economic reliance on Iran, governments have done little to help Iraq become more independent. The Kuwait-sponsored reconstruction conference to help Iraq, held in February, has yielded no results, according to Iraqi sources, even though millions of dollars of pledges were made. Once again, Iraq is finding itself controlled by outside forces and without any recourse at a time of widespread civil unrest in the country over water and electricity shortages. In penalizing Iran, the United States is unintentionally encouraging Iraq to drift away Washington and into the arms of Tehran. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/08/14/trumps-iran-sanctions-are-backfiring-in-iraq-219358
  5. US Secretary of State, PM Barzani Discuss Peshmerga, IS War, Gov. Formation ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed in a phone call on Tuesday the latest political developments in Iraq and Kurdistan Region. According to a statement by Barzani's office, the pair also exchanged views on the success of the Iraqi and Peshmerga forces against the Islamic State (IS) militants in the area. They further talked about the formation of the future Iraqi government, the statement added. Concerning the recent protests in southern and central Iraq, the two officials reiterated their support for the demonstrators' demands, stressing that they have to be provided with a better quality of life. Ensuring the lives of the religious minorities, especially those Yezidis who have been freed from the grip of IS, and the Christians, were also on the agenda. http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/kurdistan/459268
  6. Secretary Pompeo's Calls With Iraq's Prime Minister Abadi and Iraqi Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Barzani Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 14, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Pompeo spoke with Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al Abadi and Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government. The Secretary expressed appreciation for the two leaders’ progress in resolving outstanding Baghdad-Erbil issues according to the Iraqi constitution’s framework for dialogue. In his conversations with each leader, the Secretary emphasized the importance of forming a moderate new Iraqi government, pursuant to the constitutional timeline, that is responsive to the expectations of the Iraqi people. The Secretary commended recent successful joint operations by Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga against ISIS. Finally, the Secretary underscored continuing U.S. support for a strong, sovereign, and prosperous Iraq as outlined in our bilateral Strategic Framework Agreement with Iraq. https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/08/285156.htm
  7. That is perfect Calijim but I believe it will be called Revaluation Week or Month. Haha. I like the way you think!!!!! 👏
  8. CIA exposes Muslim Brotherhood's radical plots: Report FacebookTwitterGoogle+EmailWhatsApp A formerly classified document by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) unsealed new secrets about the Muslim Brotherhood's radical schemes, showing the group's plots to recruit its followers through penetrating into educational systems, syndicates and student unions. The CIA prepared "Building Bases of Support" document in 1986, warning against the growing influence of Islamic extremists, whose number was estimated by the CIA at 30,000 from around 24 fanatic groups of different ideological backgrounds. Most of these elements were involved in perpetrating acts of terror. The Muslim Brotherhood is the most important fundamentalist Islamic organization in the Arab World. It is the largest opposition group in Egypt and has challenged the ruling regimes of Syria and Sudan. It also plays an important role in the internal politics of Jordan and has members in a number of other Arab states. The popularity of the Brotherhood, which seeks a return to Islamic values and adherence to Islamic law, has increased as the latest Islamic resurgence has gained strength. Despite occasional journalistic claims that a monolithic Muslim Brotherhood exists under the leadership of a shadowy Supreme Guide, we believe that Brotherhood organizations in the various Arab states are distinct groups that formulate their own policies. There is evidence of cooperation on some issues and the giving of mutual aid when necessary. In Recent years, Brotherhood leaders in Egypt and Sudan have adopted an increasingly moderate stance toward the governments of those countries. The Brotherhood in Egypt has reacted positively to conciliatory overturns from president Mubarak, while the organization in Sudan has been effectively co-opted by the Nimeiri regime. The organization operates in Jordan and most other Arab states with tacit permission of the government. The Brotherhood, nevertheless, retains the potential to become a seriously destabilizing force in the region. The individual organizations could adopt confrontational postures if the host governments implement or persist in policies that bring to power younger, more aggressive members of the organization also could lead to a more militant stance toward these governments. “The Brotherhood has been successful in building a fundamentalist network through the recruitment of educators, students, journalists, other professionals and businessmen,” said the document, adding that “increased factionalism is the Brotherhood’s most serious potential problem”. The document underlined the key influential role played by scholar Yousuf Al Qaradawi in directing the illicit group’s tactics, warning against his future schemes and subversive machinations. The Egyptian Al Qaradawi now resides in Qatar. Egypt's growing economic problems will heighten the appeal of the Brotherhood's vision of a just Islamic society. Declining revenues from oil, tourism and remittances are depressing the already low standard of living. Returning overseas workers are swelling the ranks of educated Egyptians becoming frustrated by the lack of employment opportunities. Despite cooperation with the government, the stand of the Brotherhood against the Camp David accords, the Agency for International Development and Western culture penetration ofEgypt makes it a potential anti-growing religious conservation, will tend to make Egypt less sympathetic to US goals in the Middle East. A weakened Brotherhood, however, is likely to strengthen Islamic extremists who are even less accommodating to the United States. https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/Story/30652/CIA-exposes-Muslim-Brotherhood-s-radical-plots-Report
  9. Member of State of Law Coalition, Rasoul Radi confirmed on Tuesday that the parliament'slargest bloc will be formed before the holiday of Eid-Al Adha. Radi pointed out that the largest bloc discussions have been resumed after the announcement of the parliamentary elections final results. He added that the largest bloc will include State of Law Coalition, Fatah Alliance, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Kurdistan Democratic Party, Victory Alliance, Al-Qarrar Alliance and Iraqi Force Coalition. Radi said that the bloc will be a cross-sectarian bloc, noting that the new bloc will be different from the previous ones. https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/Story/30640/Parliament-s-largest-bloc-will-be-formed-before-Eid-Al-Adha-Radi
  10. I read it DropitlikeItsHot. I just felt like ripping on them for dragging their feet on everything. Thanks for keeping it positive, we’ll see what happens. I believe their next Holiday is the 21st. Ratify the election, form the government, indict the criminals, get the suitable environment, get the HCL in the Gazette, all by Sept 5th.
  11. this is a part of the conspiracy plotted against Iraq to be always involved in wars and fighting against crises. And who are the conspirators? Iran, SA, Iraqi fractions who are out of power. Or how about blaming the USA like everyone else. 80b is chump change to what the USA has spent and let’s not forget the thousands of our military who have been killed, wounded, or suffer from PTSD while trying to liberate your country.
  12. Wars against ISIS cost Iraq $80 bln since 2003, ambassador FacebookTwitterGoogle+EmailWhatsApp Habib al-Sadr, Iraq's ambassador to Cairo, said on Tuesday that the war against ISIS terrorist organization cost the state around $ 80 billion. He said, "ISIS has been militarily defeated, but we have to win them culturally and intellectually." In a press statement, Al-Sadr added that Iraq has not stabilized since 2003, confirming that terrorism has not given Iraqi governments a time to implement developmental projects. He pointed out that this is a part of the conspiracy plotted against Iraq to be always involved in wars and fighting against crises. The Iraqi ambassador to Cairo said that the Iraqi cities liberated from ISIS's control are witnessing a positive development, noting that imams of mosques in these cities need to be rehabilitated in the Al-Azhar Al-Sharif's institutes and universities. https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/Story/30647/Wars-against-ISIS-cost-Iraq-80-bln-since-2003-ambassador
  13. Pitcher

    Abadi meets Erdogan in Ankara

    Abadi returns home after Ankara trip FacebookTwitterGoogle+EmailWhatsApp Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi has returned home from Ankara following an official visit. According to a statement by Abad's office, Abadi arrived in Ankara on Tuesday morning, where he held an expanded meeting with president Erdogan. They discussed the bilateral ties and boosting them at all levels. Talks between the two sides focused on enhancing investments, trade exchange, border security and fighting terror. https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/Story/30663/Abadi-returns-home-after-Ankara-trip
  14. They just celebrated a month of holidays. Now another 6 days. No wonder nothing gets done over there. Not saying they are lazy, just seems they have a lot of holidays.

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