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  1. I agree my friend, but a little hopium ain’t bad either. ok, half to admit, I am a little stoked about all the news as of late
  2. “Looks like, to me, more key Good News on the key items we have been waiting for is on the way!” ohhhhhh yeaaaaa !!!! brother Synopsis, looking good indeed, we are ready for change
  3. IBBC DELEGATION MEETS BASRAH GOVERNOR Iraq, October 17, 2017 On Thursday 12th October a delegation of IBBC Members, led by Baroness Nicholson, Honorary President, met with H. E. Mr Asaad A., the recently appointed Governor of Basrah. The meeting took place in the Governor’s office, included a Lunch and lasted until the early evening. The Governor presented his plans for Basrah and asked the company representatives how they could contribute to help achieve his ambitious objectives. IBBC members used the opportunity to introduce their companies and their services to the Governor and to participate in a wide ranging discussion with him. Mr Rasmi Al Jabri, Deputy Chairman of IBBC, who facilitated the meeting was delighted with its many outcomes. He said that with Mr Edani at the helm of the Governorate the Province had a real chance to develop and modernise. He further commented that IBBC and all of its members stood ready to support Governor in his crucial work. The IBBC delegation included representatives of the following companies: Basrah Engineering Group, Basrah Chamber of Commerce, Dar Al-Handasah, Ernst & Young, Garda World, Gulftainer, International Islamic Bank, Khudairi Group, Pell Frischmann, Penspen, Petrofac, Raatba Contracting Company, Restrata, Rumaila Operating Organisation (ROO) and Solar Turbines. The meeting was also attended by Dr Ali Nasir and Phil Sherwood of the AMAR foundation. businessnews http://iraqdailyjournal.com/story-z16057605
  4. I concur brother Laid Back, Abadi will complete his mandate and we are watching unfold before our eyes Trusting all is well out your way and a super week out to you brother
  5. I don’t think civil war is a option Chuck, the PTB´s won’t let that happen, to much at stake right now and also the Kurds are not putting up any resistance. We know Barzani is a crook and Abadi won’t let him off so easy, that coupled with Abadi’s mission of oil for the people, land for the people and peace and prosperity for the people, is in reality what Iraq’s want imo. A super evening out to ya brother
  6. It’s all good DV, we are moving along nicely now, urgency is in the air and Abadi’s determination in high gear it seems. Let the fun begin........... please, let the fun begin. Thanks Thugs, again you da man
  7. Thanks Yota, looks like it’s back to business at hand
  8. Thanks Yota, Butifldrm, for these articles Good morning DV, looks like the tensions are easing and life is returning to normal. I just could not see another conflict breaking out and all the work Abadi has done to date, come tumbling down. Barzani backed himself into a corner and wanted to take all the Kurds with him, but, as the army moved in looks like not even one shot was fired and no blood shed, well done Abadi Ok Iraq, enough of this back and forth and let’s get back to the mission at hand, oil for the people, land for the people, peace and prosperity for the people.
  9. The US Wants To Keep The Focus On ISIS, But Its Iraqi Allies Are Moving On Experts have warned for years that US-backed Iraqi forces and US-backed Kurdish forces will turn against one another once the war on ISIS ends. Now the time has come. Posted on October 16, 2017, at 4:22 p.m. Mike Giglio BuzzFeed News Reporter Borzou Daragahi BuzzFeed News Reporter Reporting From Washington, DC More Ahmad Al-rubaye / AFP / Getty Images Share Pin Iraqi children step on a Kurdish flag as forces loyal to the central government in Baghdad advance toward the center of Kirkuk on Monday. WASHINGTON — Two key American allies in the war on ISIS, the Iraqi military and the Kurdish peshmerga, have now turned their guns on one another — exactly one year from the day the two US-backed sides announced the start of their joint offensive to retake Mosul. The sudden outbreak of fighting — which saw Iraqi forces and allied militia seizing the disputed city of Kirkuk from the Kurds — shows that even as the US insists that the war on ISIS remains the top priority, its two main partners on the ground have decided to move on. "ISIS is a distraction," a Kurdish official told BuzzFeed News by phone from northern Iraq, where Kurdish leadership has been scrambling to address the crisis. "It has distracted the West for three years. It has distracted from the real problems in the country." The success of the offensive to retake Mosul — the one-time Iraqi capital of ISIS's self-styled caliphate — relied on Iraqi and Kurdish cooperation. Brokering that cooperation between the two historic adversaries was a major success for the US officials who put together the battle plan. The early days of the offensive saw a rare moment of unity and goodwill between the two sides. As one Iraqi special forces convoy rolled north from Baghdad through peshmerga checkpoints, Iraqi soldiers cheerfully greeted the guards in basic Kurdish. But the battle in Kirkuk shows an inherent flaw in US strategy, which is that in its push to roll back ISIS, it has failed to address Iraq’s deeply entrenched political disputes that have long threatened to put the US’s two allies on a course to war. Absent a coherent political plan, ramped-up US military support for both may have helped to bring the conflict to a head. “We chose a strategy that had a very large risk of producing exactly this outcome,” said Jennifer Cafarella, a senior analyst at the Institute for the Study of War. “The US arbitrarily decided in 2014 to focus exclusively on the anti-ISIS fight in Iraq and to subordinate any other policy considerations,” she said. “We ignored the fact that our anti-ISIS strategy allowed, if not encouraged, a very large buildup of Iranian proxy capability in Iraq, which is now being used in Kirkuk. And we made pragmatic and tactical decisions about where to use Kurdish forces against ISIS which set conditions for the post-ISIS war that is now unfolding by bringing Kurdish forces into disputed territories.” Michael Knights, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said that instead of dealing with the difficult politics surrounding the war on ISIS, the US has preferred to focus on the military campaign. “We love this war against ISIS. We’re winning it, we’re good at it, it doesn’t cost very much, and it ticks the boxes the president likes. So the whole machine of the US government really likes the simplicity,” he said. “Whereas all this other stuff is more complicated.” Marwan Ibrahim / AFP / Getty Images Share Pin People celebrated after Iraqi forces advanced into Kirkuk. The history of conflict between Baghdad and Iraq’s Kurds — who control a semi-autonomous region in the north — dates to the founding of the country, with the Kurds long pushing for independence and Iraqi forces often responding with brutal force. It reached a head under the Saddam Hussein regime, which targeted the Kurds with a campaign of genocide. Later, after the Persian Gulf War, the US imposed a no-fly zone that helped to protect the Kurds and allowed them space to carve out autonomy. The Kurds thrived after the US toppled Hussein, as violence with Baghdad ebbed. Until recently disputes between the Kurds and Baghdad revolved around more pedestrian issues like oil revenues and military supplies. Tensions ramped up considerably last month when the Kurds, emboldened by three years of US support against ISIS, carried out a referendum intended to set the stage for their eventual independence. Iraqi forces — backed by Shiite militia forces and tough rhetoric from Iran — had been threatening an incursion ever since. The fighting in Kirkuk represents the worstbout of bloodshed between the two sides since the fall of Hussein. The Kurdish official found shades of the old days of Hussein’s Baathist regime in the scenes of Iraqi forces marching through the streets of Kirkuk, an oil-rich city that has long been disputed between the two sides. “Iraq has declared war on us. It’s reminiscent of the Baathists — Iraqi tanks rolling into Kirkuk, images of Kurds killed inside the city,” he said. “And in the meanwhile the Americans are just watching this unfold." He accused the US of abandoning the Kurds in the face of aggression by Iraqi forces and militia groups who act as Iranian proxies. "I feel betrayed by one of our closest friends — the US,” he said. “The question for the Americans really, and I hate to put it in such simplistic terms, is a choice between Kurdistan and Iran.” The peshmerga took control of Kirkuk after the Iraqi military fled the city in the wake of its rout at the hands of ISIS in Mosul in June 2014. On Monday, Baghdad television stations showed Arab residents of Kirkuk celebrating the arrival of Iraqi government forces. “Finally we have been liberated, thank god,” one resident told the correspondent of a channel close to a Shiite militia. Ahmad Al-rubaye / AFP / Getty Images Share Pin Iraqi forces flash the victory sign as they advanced toward Kirkuk's center. And regime leaders in Iran hailed the Iraqi government offensive as a victory. “Today, the Kurdish forces' defeat foiled [Kurdish leader Masoud] Barzani's plots against the region,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to the Tasnim news agency. “Barzani's plan, which was also Israel's behind-the-scene plan, was to seize the oil wells in Kirkuk in favor of Israel.” Despite reported involvement of forces loyal to Iran in the offensive, neither the US nor other major western powers indicated that they would take any action against Baghdad. US military officials declined to condemn the Iraqi offensive in public comments — and suggested that the US would stay out of the dispute between two key allies. Col. Robert Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, even seemed to place the blame for the violence on the Kurds. “Despite the Kurdistan Regional Government’s unfortunate decision to pursue a unilateral referendum, dialogue remains the best option to defuse ongoing tensions and long-standing issues,” he told reporters in Washington. “We call on all actions in the region to focus on this common threat, and avoid stoking tensions among the Iraqi people.” In a statement, the US embassy in Baghdad expressed concern over the violence and implored both sides to keep the focus on ISIS: “ISIS remains the true enemy of Iraq, and we urge all parties to remain focused on finishing the liberation of their country from this menace.” Though ISIS has lost its major territory in Iraq, it still maintains pockets of control in the country, while the threat from the militants remains in the form of terror attacks and insurgency. In Syria, ISIS has ceded control of Raqqa and other key strongholds but is planning a last stand based around the province of Deir el-Zour, on the border with Iraq. The US wants its local allies to keep up the fight against ISIS, continuing to roll back its remaining territory and ensuring that the militants don’t find a foothold to mount a comeback. But as the Kurds and Iraqis alike have made clear — the former with their independence push and the latter with the Kirkuk invasion — both now see the other as the main enemy. Despite US efforts to keep the focus on ISIS, in fact, other forces in the region have likewise shown that they, too, are preparing to move on — consolidating their positions in preparation for the end of the major phases of the US-backed ground war. In recent days, Syrian forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad violated the terms of de-escalation deals to storm rebel-held quarters of eastern Damascus and Homs. Meanwhile, Turkish troops have moved into northern Syria’s Idlib province — in large part to prevent Syrian Kurds, the main US ally against ISIS in that country, from their own bid to expand the territory they have seized from ISIS and now seek to control. https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/the-us-wants-to-keep-the-focus-on-isis-but-its-iraqi-allies?utm_term=.wcEBVv290#.vl3E7m0Gz
  10. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-16/nafta-talks-left-reeling-after-aggressive-u-s-proposals-land Balance of Power: After Islamic State, Are Iraqi Guns Being Turned on Each Other? By Mark Williams October 16, 2017, 5:24 AM EST Play Video Control Risks' Calls Kirkuk Big Prize in Kurdish Region Control Risks' Calls Kirkuk Big Prize in Kurdish Region Three weeks after Iraq’s Kurds voted overwhelmingly for independence, Baghdad moved to regain control of the oil that helped propel Kurdish dreams of statehood. Iraqi forces took over oil fields and a military base near the city of Kirkuk that lie outside the Kurds’ semi-autonomous region but have been controlled by them since 2014. The fighting sent oil prices higher. Prime Minister Haider Abadi has vowed to seek a negotiated way forward with the Kurds — but also to prevent a fracturing of the country. While it’s unclear how he’ll square the two, mounting international concern over Kirkuk could force an opening for emergency talks. Sustained conflict might drag in Turkey and Iran. Kurdish fighters entered Kirkuk as Iraq’s army retreated before Islamic State offensives. Now, the collapse of the extremist group’s rule — as in Syria — is changing the calculus. The jihadists were defeated in Iraq due to the collective efforts of forces loyal to both Baghdad and the Kurdistan capital, Erbil, with outside help. There’s a risk the guns will be turned on each other.
  11. Nothing gets past our man Thugs, way to go bro, always looking out for us here in DV
  12. Depends on how you look at it, maybe the plan was for 16 Years to raise the value of the IQD and we are at the 16 Year mark Its like, is the glass half empty or half full I dunno, and nobody knows for sure but one thing that keeps ringing in my head is the fact that the IQD is currently being forcefully held below its true value and the day will come when it will have its true worth. Have a great weekend Chuck, hope one day we can raise a glass and cheer to the stamina we all endured to get to this baby to the next level.
  13. Thanks Yota, sure do appreciate you working overtime, well, let me correct myself.......all the time Well, maybe just maybe HCL might just be around the corner
  14. “Bank will begin issuing the international card” Thanks Yota, internacional works for me
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