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  1. That's why Iraq need HCL and National Oil Company Law ASAP in place. So nobody can say anything about national wealth.
  2. Iraqi PM slams Tillerson's remarks on Hashd al-Sha'abi Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:38AM Home Iran Politics Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (Photo by AFP) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's media office has criticized meddlesome comments made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding the country’s Popular Mobilization Units or Hashd al-Sha’abi. “No party has the right to interfere in Iraqi matters,” Abadi's media office said in a statement on Monday, citing a source close to the prime minister. Abadi made the remarks after Tillerson said Iran and all other countries currently helping Iraq in its fight against the Daesh terrorist group needed to leave the Arab country now that the battle was drawing to a close. “The foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home and allow the Iraqi people to regain control,” Tillerson said in the Saudi capital on Sunday. Tillerson was speaking after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. Hashd al-Sha’abi is an Iraqi state-sponsored umbrella organization composed of some 40 groups, which are mainly Shia Muslims. The force reportedly numbers more than 100,000 fighters. Iraqi authorities say there are between 25,000 and 30,000 Sunni tribal fighters within its ranks in addition to Kurdish Izadi and Christian units. The fighters have played a major role in the liberation of Daesh-held areas to the south, northeast and north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, ever since the terrorists launched an offensive in the country in June 2014. On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also slammed Tillerson’s remarks, saying they had been uttered under the influence of petrodollars of certain states. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif “Exactly what country is it that Iraqis, who rose up to defend their homes against ISIS, return to?” Zarif said in a tweet late on Sunday, using an alternative name for Daesh. “Shameful US FP (foreign policy), dictated by petrodollars,” he tweeted. Upon his arrival in the South African capital city of Pretoria on Sunday, Zarif also denounced the policies of US President Donald Trump’s administration as “isolated in the world.” “Unfortunately, the Americans do not want to rectify their viewpoint that Iran is a source of stability and peace as well as a campaigner against terrorism in the region,” he said. Daesh launched a terrorist offensive inside Iraq in 2014. It swiftly took over territory in the Arab country and posed a threat to seize Baghdad. Iran has been providing advisory military assistance to the central government in Baghdad and the regional government in the Iraqi Kurdistan, helping them both maintain ground and win back territory lost to the terrorist group in 2014.
  3. Main Kurdish opposition calls for formation of ‘salvation government’ Mon Oct 23, 2017 02:09AM Home Middle East Iraq Iraqi children wave their national flag as they celebrate in the city of Kirkuk on October 18, 2017, after Iraqi government forces retook almost all the territory disputed between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region. (Photos by AFP) The main opposition party of Iraq’s Kurdistan region has called on Kurdish President Massoud Barzani to quit, urging the formation of a “National salvation government.” “The Kurdistan presidency must be dissolved and a national salvation government be formed to overcome the current situation,” said a statement released by the Gorran, or the Change Movement party, on Sunday. Founded in 2009, Gorran is the official opposition to the ruling two-party coalition of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. The political party, under the leadership of Omar Said Ali, was one of the Kurdish political parties that were against the last month’s highly controversial independence referendum. Read More: Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdistan’s vice president Saudi, UAE secretly worked for Kurdistan secession: Report Ayatollah Sistani urges Iraq to protect Kurds amid tensions The developments followed weeks of simmering tensions between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government over the referendum, held on September 25 in open defiance of the central government in Baghdad. Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani (L) sits next to Iraqi President Fuad Massum during a ceremony at the airport in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah following the arrival of Iraqi ex-president Jalal Talabani's coffin on October 6, 2017. Following the vote, Baghdad imposed a ban on direct international flights to the Kurdish region and called for a halt to its independent crude oil sales. Last week, Iraq’s judiciary also issued arrest warrants for three senior Kurdish officials, who were allegedly behind the contentious plebiscite, which also faced strong opposition from regional countries, including Iran and Turkey. Iraq's Supreme Court has already ruled the referendum unconstitutional.
  4. CBI need to RI to achieve all economic reform and prevent all big player withdrawing from Iraq. Before that, GOI have to complete all process to implement HCL and show to world how sincere them to their own citizen ASAP. Time will tell whether this will happened or not.
  5. ISRAEL ASKS FOR AIR CORRIDOR TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO IRAQI KURDISTAN IN ITS STANDOFF AGAINST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – REPORTS 302 143 3 Share0 2 461 Donate Illustrative image On October 21, Maxim A. Suchkov‏ a journalist in the US-based Al-Monitor news website said on Twitter that according to “Moscow rumors”, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed Russia’s President Vladimir Putin that Israel is considering using the Syrian airpsace as a corridor to send planes to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Thus, Israel is allegedly going to provide aid to the Kurdistan Regional Government against the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). While it’s very unlikely that Tel Aviv is ready to provide some kind of military assistance to the KRG, there are no doubts that the Israeli leadership is considering options to provide “humanitarian assistance” to the KRG. Suchkov added that Russia does not see an Israeli involvement in the Iraqi Arab-Kurdish crisis as a good idea. Such intervention might risk the Russian investments in the Iraqi oil sector, Suchkov argued. In other words, Russia rejected the Israeli request for the assistance in the issue. On October 20, Reuters reported that an Israeli official confirmed to it that Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks of the KRG as they lose contested areas to the Iraqi Army. The official told Reuters that the Israeli prime minister discussed the the Iraqi Kurdish issues with the United States, Russia, Germany and France. Another Israeli official told Reuters that the Iraqi Kurdistan Region is “a foothold” and a “strategic place” for Israel due to its proximity to Israel‘s enemies in Tehran and Damascus. The official also said that Israel wants to see Iraqi Kurds provided with the means to protect themselves. Back on September 13, Netanyahu announced an official Israeli support to creation of an independent Kurdish state in the Middle East. the Israeli prime minister’s office released a statement claiming that Israel “supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own“. However, on September 25 two Israeli officials told Reuters that Netanyahu barred the Israeli government comment on the Kurdistan Region independence referendum in Iraq. One of the officials told Reuters back than that the Iraqi Kurdistan Region subject is “too sensitive”. In the near future, Israel will likely continue its media, diplomatic and other efforts to prevent the stabilization in Syria and Iraq after ISIS is defeated.
  6. Kurdish source: Nuri al-Maliki is allowed to peshmerga to extend for a share of oil smuggler Ali Mohsen Radi991 2017-10-19 Revealed a leader in the Kurdish National Union Party about a deal was the former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had held with the President of the Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani, while planning for a second term in 2010 The Kurdish leader said that a secret agreement signed between Maliki and Barzani stipulates that Maliki get a percentage of Kurdish oil smuggled, and be a partner with the Barzani family in the proceeds of oil smuggling, either from Kirkuk or the region in exchange for allowing the expansion of the Peshmerga in the disputed areas, and that gave a pledge Barzani has joined Kirkuk in Kurdistan and turned a blind eye to the impoverishment of the main neighborhoods of the oil-rich city. The source pointed to leaks of a private dialogue between Barzani and Maliki in 2010, in which the latter said that the western region of Iraq does not mean much, and that he is sure that Anbar, Nineveh, Diyala and Kirkuk will not be under the control of Baghdad, and that he is willing to give up those areas, To choose any area to be included in Kurdistan in exchange for the Kurds supportsystem" rel="">support Maliki in keeping him at the head of the executive authority in Iraq, A leader in the National Alliance said that Maliki is in a state of hysteria because of political gains achieved by Abadi, and that he was disappointed with any victory in the upcoming elections due to the broad popularity of Abadi as a result of his skill in dealing with the referendum crisis and his success in restoring the disputed areas, Without armed clashes with the Peshmerga. The source, who preferred to keep his name to avoid embarrassment, that Maliki continues contacts with Iranian leaders in search of an opportunity to restore some of the presence in the Iraqi Shiite circles, seeking the leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his adviser Qassem Soleimanisupport system" rel="">support in the upcoming elections, The existence of an international conspiracy to postpone the elections and keep Abbadi two more years in office. The source said Maliki asked Kassim Soleimani if Iran would continue to support system" rel="">support Abadi and provide a basket of gains to the Iraqi prime minister to ensure his political future? How is Iran's support system" rel="">support for Abadi balanced with Turkish and American support system" rel="">support? Sulaimani replied: "Ebadi managed the crisis with the mentality of the state man and achieved a rare state of balance between all parties, and he deserves all of their support system" rel="">support." Credited to yota I think better if Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Haider Abadi read this important article.
  7. I think better if Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Haider Abadi read this important article.
  8. Iraq Kurds: Army claims full control of Kirkuk province 20 October 2017 Middle East Image captionKurdish fighters are moving into the area Iraqi forces say they have now wrested control of all areas of Kirkuk province from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, following fierce fighting. They say they have retaken Alton Kupri, the last Kurdish-held area. There has been no Kurdish confirmation. A BBC correspondent at the scene witnessed rocket, artillery and machine-gun fire. Iraqi forces have this week taken over swathes of territory held by the Kurds since 2014. Army and allied militia launched an operation which saw Kurdish forces pushed back into the officially recognised autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). The oil-rich province of Kirkuk, which includes ethnically mixed Kirkuk city, is claimed by both the central government in Baghdad and the KRI. Kirkuk: Iraq's war within a war Kirkuk residents stuck in the middle Independence: What is at stake? Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered military action after the Kurdish government held a referendum which overwhelmingly backed independence . Mr Abadi had declared the vote illegitimate. An Iraqi military spokesman said counter-terrorism and federal police forces, as well as Iranian-backed militia, had advanced on Alton Kupri at 07:30 (04:30 GMT). Image copyrightAFP Image captionAltun Kupri was the last area in Kirkuk province held by Kurdish forces, seen here earlier this week The BBC's Richard Galpin, who was at a checkpoint in the area, says there was a "major outbreak of fighting" with large numbers of military vehicles and soldiers heading to the scene. The town, known as Perde in Kurdish, lies on the northern edge of Kirkuk province, about 50km (30 miles) south of the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Image copyrightAFP Image captionFighters loyal to the Iraqi government could be seen in the Alton Kupri area on Friday The latest action comes a day after an Iraqicourt ordered the arrest of Kurdistan's vice-president for calling troops sent to Kirkuk this week "occupying forces". Peshmerga forces had controlled much of the province since 2014, when Islamic State militants swept across northern Iraq and the army collapsed.
  9. Both of it need HCL... No wonder oil company goes direct to Kurdistan for make contract to explore oil and gas in Kurdistan.
  10. At least 11 killed, 15 wound in bombing in Iraq’s Anbar province Thu Oct 12, 2017 03:01AM Home Middle East Iraq The burnt wreckage of a vehicle lies on a field as members of the Iraqi forces backed by paramilitary units advance in the village of al-Rayhanna, near the area of Anna in the vast western province of Anbar, on September 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP) At least 11 civilians have been killed in a bomb explosion in the western Iraqi city of Hit in Anbar province. Local officials said another 15 people were injured in the blast that targeted a café on Wednesday night. Following the attack, security services imposed a curfew in the region, the Iraqi News website reported. According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), 196 civilians were killed, while another 381 were injured due to violence and armed conflicts in September. Read More: Massive bombings strike heart of Baghdad Bomb blast kills 8 civilians, soldier in restive western Iraq Car bomb at busy Shia neighborhood kills 12 people in Baghdad No group has claimed responsibility for the blast which has the hallmarks of the Daesh terrorist group. Daesh unleashed a campaign of death and destruction in Iraq in 2014, seizing Mosul and declaring it as its so-called “capital” in the Middle Eastern state. Iraqi army soldiers and allied fighters have been leading a major campaign to rid the country of the Takfiri elements. The Iraqi forces fully liberated Mosul in July. They are now engaged in counter-terrorism operations elsewhere in the country.

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