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  1. 11 points
    This is not a Report but what I have seen and experienced in Iraq, then as a soldier (27 years retired) three OIF combat tours and now as a contractor supporting those I once was! And Good Morning too, from Iraq! I have so…… much I could share but little time with the current drawdown of US Forces. Here are a couple short stories that will solidify your investment decisions in regards to purchasing dinar, ISX and Al Warka. On 5 Jan 10, I opened an Al Warka count at branch 717, note: the branch is physically located on a Forward Operation Base (FOB). In opening my account I was apprehensive, curious and excited all at the same time. It was unlike any current US bank where you walk in, fill out the required paperwork ~ walk out with temporary checks in hand, three working days later you receive a debit card ~ and you’re off to the mall baby! I can honestly say there was apprehension when hand over several thousand USD to and unknown individual knowing he didn’t speak English and my Arabic sucks! When I opened my accounts Saving/Checking IQD and USD the deposit was annotated by hand in a small blue ledger and given to me along with deposit receipts. All deposit or withdrawals are initialed by the branch manager and the “official” Warka stamp is placed on every receipt. When opening my account I requested a Warka Debit Card ($5 cost) and Warka e-Bank ($15 cost). In the back of my mind, I’m thinking “If I were investing with Bernard Madoff my money would be safer!” When opening my accounts. I was told both my Warka Debit Card and e-Banking pin would be sent to the branch in 7 – 10 days. Well……5 weeks later I received my Warka Debit Card and pin #. I received my e-Banking instructions and pin via. email 2 weeks after that. The first thing I’m thinking is what good is this Warka Debit Card if I’m not in Iraq or can’t access a De La Rue machine. Note: all currency in my Warka account is IQD. For checks and balances I decided to purchase merchandize from AAFES using my Warka Debit Card ~ well it worked! The purchase when thought just like my Wells Fargo debit card. I will be testing my Warka Debit Card ~ internet purchase and when CONUS in about 7 weeks. I will keep everyone posted, if it works out side of Iraq. Additional checks and balance, when initially logging on to my online Warka e-Bank and accessing my accounts I noticed 5,580,000 IQR missing or not deposited in my savings account. I immediately when to the Warka Bank with all my receipts and surprisingly the correction was made in one day. Surprised at first, but there have been several occasions when I’m making a deposit and US Soldiers from the base finance company are exchanging USD for IQD. The GOI is forcing everyone to use IQD instead of USD. Why would Iraq force it’s currency to be circulated?  I will talk about ISX on later post. Economically – Being unlucky to convoy and lucky to fly to various locations with in Iraq. The economic growth is mind boggling! The construction to rebuild AND build an infrastructure of highway networks, rail networks and international travel is well underway. You truly have to see it to believe it. Also, I will keep everyone posted on Iraqi First Initiative (IFI). The IFI is the gradual replacement of contractors with Iraqi citizens as all military bases are turned over to Government of Iraq (GOI). I hope you find this informative. “Supporting Victory” God, not my will, Your Will Be!
  2. 7 points
    I see a great deal here and I too am here on the ground in Iraq but I would like to say first of all that while I do speak with the locals, (LN) for short, I rely little on what is told me by them. As some of you have seen I posted a statement on this site a little while ago and was met with very kind words, that I do appriciate. One thing that I do see regularly here is a lot of hype and what I would like to say is what I see and what I hear and feel. First of all I arrived here in 2004 at a time that this country was dead. It was in a totally shattered state. When we would leave the wire fire fights were common to the point of two to three per time spent outside the wire was the norm and not the exception. Roads were almost completely non-existant, people were begging for simple things, for instance water and MRE (Meals Ready to Eat). As time continued things began to improve, for example vehicles began to appear more and more but all was still very bad as a whole. By mid 2005 roads began to become more common but attacks were common as well. Things have gotten better as time goes on and I am sure most of you have little interest in the progression of time here. What most are concerned with here are the standards and what do they mean now. In answer to that concern here is the answer. I travel greatly through central and southern Iraq by air mostly and some convoy as well and see things as they are. Towns and villages are springing up all over within the last three years. I have watched a strong farming culture developing, with vehicle traffic becomming more and more regular with some rather nice vehicles such as Mercades and Volvo cars present. Satalite TV systems are common place items on homes and black-outs have become more and more rare with the passing of time. Banks are opening on the different military bases and local businesses are moving onto those bases as well. On the base that I work we have Oriental, Mediterian and Itialian resturants opening all owned by the local economy which is not bad as I would have thought at first. Shopping malls are being built along with a strong tourism base realitive to what one would expect of a redeveloping country. Finally a financial base is building which is gaining strength. What you are no doubt hearing the dollar is not being used within Iraq so how are they paying for all of this progress..... That is a great question and one that I personally do not have the answer other than to say in the beginning the dollar was the standard and was for a long time but not now. I have not seen any other, and I do mean any other, form of currency being used through the time that I arrived until now but the dollar and the dinar. Make no question, this country is coming to life and becoming stronger by the minute. what will happen in the future I have no idea but there is no comparision from when I got here and now other than to say night and day. I hope that this helps answer questions you may have.
  3. 4 points
    “Boots-on-the-Ground” Info Found From An Outside Source 5/8/10 May 8, 2010 · I see a great deal here and I too am here on the ground in Iraq but I would like to say first of all that while I do speak with the locals, (LN) for short, I rely little on what is told me by them.As some of you have seen I posted a statement on this site a little while ago and was met with very kind words, that I do appreciate. One thing that I do see regularly here is a lot of hype and what I would like to say is what I see and what I hear and feel. First of all I arrived here in 2004 at a time that this country was dead. It was in a totally shattered state. When we would leave the wire fire fights were common to the point of two to three per time spent outside the wire was the norm and not the exception. Roads were almost completely non-existant, people were begging for simple things, for instance water and MRE (Meals Ready to Eat). As time continued things began to improve, for example vehicles began to appear more and more but all was still very bad as a whole. By mid 2005 roads began to become more common but attacks were common as well. Things have gotten better as time goes on and I am sure most of you have little interest in the progression of time here. What most are concerned with here are the standards and what do they mean now. In answer to that concern here is the answer. I travel greatly through central and southern Iraq by air mostly and some convoy as well and see things as they are. Towns and villages are springing up all over within the last three years. I have watched a strong farming culture developing, with vehicle traffic becomming more and more regular with some rather nice vehicles such as Mercades and Volvo cars present. Satalite TV systems are common place items on homes and black-outs have become more and more rare with the passing of time. Banks are opening on the different military bases and local businesses are moving onto those bases as well. On the base that I work we have Oriental, Mediterian and Itialian resturants opening all owned by the local economy which is not bad as I would have thought at first. Shopping malls are being built along with a strong tourism base realitive to what one would expect of a redeveloping country. Finally a financial base is building which is gaining strength. What you are no doubt hearing the dollar is not being used within Iraq so how are they paying for all of this progress….. That is a great question and one that I personally do not have the answer other than to say in the beginning the dollar was the standard and was for a long time but not now. I have not seen any other, and I do mean any other, form of currency being used through the time that I arrived until now but the dollar and the dinar. Make no question, this country is coming to life and becoming stronger by the minute. what will happen in the future I have no idea but there is no comparision from when I got here and now other than to say night and day. I hope that this helps answer questions you may have.
  4. 3 points
    I'm Tired! by Robert A. Hall I'm 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I've worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired. I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it. I'm tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to "keep people in their homes." Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I'm willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their own money. I'm tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe , the freedom of the press of China , the crime and violence of Mexico , the tolerance for Christian people of Iran , and the freedom of speech of Venezuela. I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to. I'm tired of being told that "race doesn't matter" in the post-racial world of Obama, when it's all that matters in Affirmative Action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of U.S. Senators from Illinois. I think it's very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less arrogantly of an all-knowing government. I'm tired of a news media that thinks Bush's fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama's, at triple the cost, were wonderful; that thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress; that picked over every line of Bush's military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his; that slammed Palin, with two years as governor, for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever. Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn't vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004. I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and Madrassa Islamic Schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance. I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight Global Warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore's, and if you're greener than Gore, you're green enough. I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don't think *** people choose to be ***, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I'm tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana. I'm tired of illegal aliens being called "undocumented workers," especially the ones who aren't working, but are living on Welfare or crime. What's next? Calling drug dealers, "Undocumented Pharmacists"? And, no, I'm not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic, and it's been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I'm willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person, who can speak English, doesn't have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on Welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military....those are the citizens we need. I'm tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years and still are? Not even close. So here's the deal. I'll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims, who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we'll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear. I'm tired of people telling me that their Party has a corner on virtue and the other Party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers; bums are bipartisan. And I'm tired of people telling me we need bipartisanship. I live in Illinois, where the "Illinois Combine" of Democrats has worked to loot the public for years. Not to mention the tax cheats in Obama's Cabinet. I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor. Speaking of poor--I'm tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn't have that in 1970, but we didn't know we were "poor." The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing. I'm real tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems. Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter. Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.
  5. 3 points
    Thank you Traconesu02 for that post!! You hit the nail on the head, Most people dont realize the time away from their family and jobs as well. Thank you for posting that. You are truly are something of a rarity to have perceived that. Mark twain said "I can live for two months on a good compliment. I know first hand that the complaints at times are many but the thanks few. Danimal
  6. 2 points
    Time for reports from those who are currently in Iraq. What's the financial climate there? What's the latest from the 'marketplace'? Any level of anticipation of a RV soon?
  7. 2 points
    May 6, 2010 Assistant Secretary of U.S. State: Washington working to remove Iraq from Chapter VII Michael Corbin, Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State said Thursday that Washington was working very seriously with international communities and the United Nations in New York to get Iraq out of Chapter VII sanctions since it results from the previous regime. Corbin said in a joint news conference with the governor of Nineveh to his country's support for the political process and the formation of the new government to build good relations with neighboring countries and we have development programs with our Iraqi counterparts to the problem of the border. He said Washington supported the political process and the formation of new government and be transparently and quickly and we believe that the votes are caused by the formation of the government and it will be through the elected Iraqi and be 100%. "We want the security of the relationship to turn into a civil relationship, in agriculture, education and all other relations with the province, will be the opportunity to visit other areas in the province to meet with local leaders, where, and to emphasize that our relationship with all the ingredients. For his part, said the governor of Nineveh province Ethel Nujaifi This is the first visit of the Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State to maintain meeting was held with him to discuss some important issues, mainly relating to civil deal between the province of Nineveh, and the United States of America. http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&sl=ar&tl=en&u=http://www.radiodijla.com/cgi-bin/news/news_item.pl%3Fid%3D2010-05-06%252016:52:40&rurl=translate.google.com&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhi8XNbtq8H67NS8BFF1EG56Q3YsBw
  8. 2 points
    I hate to post negative stuff, but this had to be said. I'm fully prepared to accept whatever he might dish out in retaliation, but this is fact: FACT: I don't make a secret out of the fact that I make a few dollars on this site. FACT: I've honored every promise I've made. FACT: Nobody has EVER "forced" me to do anything against my will here. FACT: I write my OWN analysis's of the situation in Iraq - I don't try to make profit on other people's work. FACT: I remain true to my values no matter what kind of offers are made to me by dealers, advertisers, or other agencies. I'm a person of integrity, and that integrity has never been compromised. I realize I'm opening a can of worms by exposing my personal opinions on these characters, but it's something that needs to be said. There are honest sources of information out there, we all know DV isn't the "only" site for Iraqi information... but some people simply shouldn't have your trust, no matter how much "information" they seem to have. I'm done, I have actual news to bring to the table shortly. to all the GOOD people on this board.
  9. 2 points
    I'm moving this to the main forum and making a statement. People need to understand that this guy has shown himself to be nothing but an opportunist on many occasions, and he is NOT to be trusted. His whole website is based on plagiarism - he steals content from other sites and uses it for his own gain. In the past, he promoted my book - a very valuable and informative piece of literature. He saw that people were buying it and made his own book, which is garbage. Then he turned his site into a complete pay site, assuming people would flock to his doors for stolen content and pay him for it. When I served him with a DMCA Cease & Desist notice for using my chats and my name to promote his business, he stopped the pay site model and apologized... he also stated that it wasn't entirely his choice, and he was coerced by his business partners. He took donations for his website, and then apologized for charging people - but didn't return any of the money. Then he teamed up with E G and TK (The Three Scam Artist Musketeers) and promoted their shady trust sales pitch, which resulted in a bunch of people being scammed out of hard earned cash. When they cut him out of the picture, he started asking people for personal information. Now he's INSISTING that people give him their personal information. And WHY? After seeing his past actions, what do you really think his future intentions are? Does ANYONE believe they can trust this plagiarist thief? He's out for ONE thing - to make a buck at any expense. His "hard work" consists of stealing content from other sites. People, friends, members of DV - don't trust these people. They have proven over and over that they are not people of integrity, commitment, or honesty.
  10. 1 point
    Very interesting are the talking in coding on us here? 2010 Operational Rates of Exchange Last updated 29 Apr. 2010 for the effective date of 01 May 2010 and thereafter until further notice. Note: Due to the current fluctuation of Euro in the currenty market, it is likely that we will revise the operational rates of major currencies including currencies linked to major currencies on 12 May for the effective date of 14 May 2010. Please be sure to check the mid-month revisions http://www.un.org/depts/treasury/
  11. 1 point
    May 8, 2010 · Posted in CHATS / POSTS Where are we now? It is a fact that the UN will not continue forward without a seated government. A government that will be accepted by the people. Without a functioning government, the possibility of Iraq returning to violence is a given. link ~ May 2010 ~ IRAQ SECURITY COUNCIL REPORT … ~snip “There is recognition among council members that the makeup of the new Iraqi government will likely have some impact on Kuwait-related issues. If such engagement is slowed or stalled for an extended period, some feel that it will be more difficult for the Security Council to come to agreement on removing the restrictions imposed in historical resolutions” and that would be (Chapter 7). Chapter 7 must be lifted. Kuwait has stated they will fully cooperate after the new Iraqi government is in place and a new Prime Minister has been named. link ~ (Chapter 7) Kuwaiti MPs Iraq Settlement of Debt and Compensation and Open a New Page in Relations On May 25th -Iraq must either have a new government in place or they fall into a “constitutional vacuum” or they could give the President …more power or Prime Minister status. link ~ *** May 25th last of gov’t days ~ Article 81 of the Constitution empowers the President of the Republic as prime minister for any reason … All meetings and events for the month of May, IMO, are for tying up loose ends. I still believe that we will see multiple countries revaluing their currencies at the same time. China could make its move next week which would come before the scheduled meeting on May 24th and 25th with China and Hillary Clinton and Timothy Geithner … links ~ China May Scrap Yuan Peg Next Week … and May 24-25 ~ Geithner, Clinton to visit Beijing end of May … Also, GCC has been moving right along they meet tomorrow and then again on Tuesday *** May 8th ~ GCC finance, economy ministers meet Saturday in Riyadh … and May 11th ~ The 12th consultative meeting of GCC … Another interesting meeting being held on Tuesday in the green zone between the UN and Iraq link Tuesday, May 11th ~ Iraq and United Nations signing of “the framework of the United Nations Development Assistance” … And there is … May 13-19-2010 ~ UN Sixty-Sixth Economic and Social Commission Session For Asia and the Pacific JUNE 2010 – Just in case we are still waiting, there are the following meetings … The G20 being the main event … June 4-5 2010 G20 Finance Ministers in Busan, Republic of Korea, to prepare for the June Leaders’ Summit in Toronto, Canada June 14-16-2010 Jeddah to host 4th GCC-India Forum UN – Iraq Dates Scheduled: April 1st Iraq’s Action Plan, June 15th Review, transition to a post-Development Fund mechanism by 31 December 2010 June 1st is the beginning of the second half of 2010. It would be the optimum time, not only for accounting purposes, but for all of us to enjoy our summer, lol.
  12. 1 point
    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=253PiA7zIl4
  13. 1 point
    I WONDER IF IT WOULD HELP THEM TO REVAL THEIR CURRENCY?
  14. 1 point
    Military says Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military says its warplanes have struck Kurdish rebel targets inside northern Iraq. The military's press office said on Saturday that Turkish warplanes pounded positions across the border on Friday after army helicopters came under anti-aircraft fire from Iraqi soil. It said the rebel positions there were destroyed. The helicopters were chasing a group of Turkish Kurdish rebels who killed two soldiers in a cross-border attack near the Daglica area along the Iraqi border. Five rebels were killed in the clashes. It was the largest reported clash between the troops and autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels since the guerrillas killed four soldiers and wounded seven others in an attack on a military outpost in eastern Turkey on April 30. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/05/08/military-says-turkish-warplanes-hit-kurdish-rebel-targets-northern-iraq/
  15. 1 point
    Good grief they wait a Month after the results are known to engage in "serious" talks, I would hope so. Thanks for the post "aszone."
  16. 1 point
    Definitley a good article and from someone who has seen the explosion in agriculture already happening in Iraq, blessings to this man if he can make these things happen for his people, they definitely deserve to have this happen for them. I hope it does, I've said before you can spit on the ground here and a blade of grass will pop up, the land is so fertile, the agricultural boom along with their upcoming "black" wealth will keep this country going a long long time.
  17. 1 point
    Hey DV team, I definately know Adam Montana has put in a lot of work and Integrity into developing this site, thanks Adam. However, I would like to thank his team, including the moderators for their continued support and constant watch. The team not only watches out for false information on this sight and cleans it up, but is aware of other sites and what is being said elsewhere. Just wanted to say, thanks to the whole team!
  18. 1 point
    Hattiesburg American • May 7, 2010 As the hearse carrying the flag-draped casket of Sgt. Anthony Magee made its way down Hutchison Avenue today, Hattiesburg High School teachers, students and the community paused to pay respect to a hometown hero. Magee, 29, of Hattiesburg, was injured April 24 when enemy forces attacked his unit in Iskandariyah, Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. He died April 27 at a hospital in Germany. Magee graduated from the school in 2000. His father, Tony Davis, is the chief of resource officers for the Hattiesburg Public School district. Emma R. Pope was Magee’s third-grade teacher. She was one of the first to arrive to get a glimpse of the processional on its way to Hall’s-Fairley Mortuary. “I knew his father and would ask about him from time to time,” she said. “He was a respectable child in school. I’m paying my respect to the family.” Holding a red, white and blue handmade sign that read “God bless you,” 10th-grader Walter Johnson made his way along the street before the processional started. “We’re here today to support Chief Davis and his family,” he said. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. today at Hall's-Fairley Mortuary. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with burial in Venia Park in Collins. http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100507/NEWS/100507012/Soldier+s+body+returns+to+Miss.
  19. 1 point
    May 8, 2010 The conclusion of the Convention on the strategic partnership between Iraq and the United Nations next Tuesday بغداد – الصباح BAGHDAD - morning Concluded Iraq and the United Nations next Tuesday a partnership strategy for the next five years. And The United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said it signed with the government, represented by the Ministry of Planning next Tuesday an agreement under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework. Sources in the UN mission, "it was a framework of the United Nations development assistance in cooperation with the government and the country team of the United Nations and other national partners. This is a framework partnership strategy between the parties to address key national priorities for the period between 2011 and 2014, adding that" among these priorities, management governance and human rights, economic growth and access to social services quality and environmental management and the empowerment of women, children and youth in the country." http://articlesofinterest-kelley.blogspot.com/search/label/Iraq%20and%20UN%20May%2011th 07-05-2010 Iraq and the United Nations next week sign a strategic partnership بغداد/ اور نيوز Baghdad / Orr News The United Nations Mission in Iraq / UNAMI / The United Nations and the Iraqi government will sign an agreement next Tuesday, "the framework of the United Nations Development Assistance". Will represent the Iraqi government to sign the agreement and the Ministry of Planning and Development Cooperation and the signing ceremony will be held at the headquarters of UNAMI in the Green Zone. Sources in the UNAMI has been developed within the United Nations development assistance in cooperation with the Government of Iraq and the country team of the United Nations and other national partners. This is the framework of strategic partnership between the Government of Iraq and the United Nations to address key national priorities for the period between 2011 and 2014. The sources said that among the priorities of governance, human rights, economic growth and access to social services quality and environmental management and the empowerment of women, children and young people in Iraq. http://articlesofinterest-kelley.blogspot.com/search/label/Iraq%20and%20UN%20May%2011th
  20. 1 point
    IHEC: More than 4000 stations counted Saturday, May 8th 2010 11:08 AM Baghdad, May 8 (AKnews) - The Electoral Commission expects to finish the manual recount and resort process within a period not exceeding 10 days; according to the Director of the IHEC, counting about 4000 stations was completed and its data were sent to the National Center for electronic input so that the final results would be announced. “Recounting 900 stations was completed yesterday, thus the total number is 4100 stations”, Waleed Al-Zaidi, director of the Operations Center in the IHEC has said today. "Complaints were submitted to the Commissioners Board and these complaints are minor complaints, including one of the entities claim that the difference in votes is 100 votes, but the station was opened for the observers, there was no difference, confirming that the technical procedures of counting and sorting are moving quite naturally. "In case there was a difference in the votes and new results, the Independent High Electoral Commission will calculate these votes by a decision from the Commissioners Board and will also account the same staff of the station or the center where fraud or forgery took place“, the Electoral Commission spokesman , Qasim Al-aboudi said. “The Counting and sorting process is being conducted with transparency and professionalism by the staff of the Commission. It is done in two shifts, morning and evening, and continues for twelve hours per day, this process is conducted by 333 employees recruited from all the Iraqi provinces with local and international observers and under the media eyes”, says observer Ahmed Younes. http://www.aknews.com/en/aknews/4/143320 IHEC recounts 3000 ballot boxes in Baghdad Saturday, May 8th 2010 10:26 AM Erbil, May 8 (AKnews) – The senior official of the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq (IHEC) Sardar Abdul-Karim announced today the recounting of 3,000 poll boxes in Baghdad; the process will end within the coming days. The recounted votes will not challenge the issued final results in Baghdad, he noted. The justice commission demanded the IHEC to recount the votes in Baghdad to remove the suspicions about the vote results. The Iraqi parliamentary elections were held the 7th of March, and the results of the elections were announced on the 26th: they showed the progress of Iraqiya List led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, 91 seats, followed by the State of Law coalition led by outgoing Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki with 89 seats, while the Iraqi National List coalition won 70 seats and Kurdistan Alliance List came in the fourth place by obtaining 43 seats. http://www.aknews.com/en/aknews/4/143301
  21. 1 point
    This is why I only belong to this site. You can come on here and get an honest opinion and still have all the BS from other sites that is brought here. IMO entertainment only. Thanks for all your time Adam
  22. 1 point
    I am not being presumptive or demanding. I was simpy stating that it's been sometime since i'd heard directly from anyone who stated they were still in Iraq. IMO, people on the frontline are the best source of info. I am aware of the tremendous sacrifice being given by those who serve our country , in Iraq. I fully support our troops and civilians who have put their life in harms way to protect our Freedoms. I would never undervalue their service in a trivial matter. I was simply seeking a dialogue for all our concerns. My apology if my post offended you or anyone in anyway.
  23. 1 point
    Ok guys, Pacific Western Bank does sell IQD, I promise you. My friend just ordered some last Thursday and received it on Monday. Do not rely on what someone on the phone or a Teller says. If the person you speak with doesn't know, ask for a supervisor. I also work for this bank and I've had at least 20 friends buy here in the last 5 months. The only thing is that you need to have an account at the bank. You can't order currency there if you don't have an account there. They offer free checking accounts, so you can establish an account for $100 and then use them to buy in the future.
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    Again-Kaperoni has succeeded in posting a nononsense information sharing post. Now there's a viable explanation for the boats. They don't want to pay tax so they're coming to the party early. And we know there will be a party! Thank you for sharing the post.
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    Thank you for the kind words!
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    Hey, Lone Star gave me an idea. How many future millionaires served in Iraq? I did OIF 3 and 4.
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    NEVER DID. I JUST FIGHT A DIFFERENT WAR EVERY DAY KEEPING THE STREETS SAFE FOR EVERYONE. I STILL APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU GUYS HAVE DONE. GOD BLESS.
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    I agree. Thanks to everybody that keeps this place going. I dont know what i would do with all my time if it wasen't here. I want to give a special thanks to Luckylucy. Steve
  30. 1 point
    "If we found out that you had it for an ivestment, we will shut your acct off" What the hell does that mean? They can do that? Whats the dictators name? lol Semper Fi
  31. 1 point
    1. DD was promoting scammers and their "offers" (read: scams) 2. DD got cut out of the loop, by his own admission on his website. (If you can't find it, it's because he deleted it - he does that REGULARLY.*) 3. Now DD wants your personal information. What do YOU think his intentions are? *You will notice that when you post on this site, you have 5 minutes to edit your post, and then you are held forever accountable for the things you say. Want to know why certain people don't post here anymore? Because I refuse to allow them to come, stir up rumors, and then delete their own posts later so they can claim innocence. Look at wayback.org - you'll see that I've always left every single one of my posts on my blog, good bad or otherwise. this is because I believe in INTEGRITY. Some people out there do not feel the same way and have no problem going back on their words and on their posts. Anyway, I'm done in this thread - I've said all I need to say, you've had your warning.
  32. 1 point
    Thanks People - You are the best!
  33. 1 point
    Yes thank all mods, especially K98nights. Thank you.
  34. 1 point
    May 7, 2010 · Posted in CHATS / POSTS Med chat 5/7/10 Cool: B was here a few minutes ago med Cool: he said it looks like they going to have a gov Cool: now Med: YES Med: THEY WILL Med: I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM RATIFY THE 17 REGIONS Med: I SEE ALSO THAT THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION SAID THERE WILL NOT BE ANY CHANGE Med: I ALSO SEE THE ARTICLE THAT THE LIST AND RULE WAS A FAKE Med: MADE UP Med: ON NAHRAIN Med: THEY DID NOT MEET Med: ALSO I SEE ALLAWI IS STILL SAYING THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO FORM FIRST Med: AND THE U.S. HAS SAID THROUGH THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE Med: WE WILL GET IRAQ OUT OF CHAPTER VII Med: AND NOW WILL WORK VIGOROUSLY TO REMOVE THEM Med: THE REASON THERE WILL NOT BE ANYMORE RECOUNTS IS SIMPLE Med: THEY DO NOT WANT THE U.S. AND U.N. TO DO WHAT WE DID IN 2005 Med: THE SAME THING THAT IS GOING ON HAPPENED THEN Med: SO WE DID INTERVENE Med: STOPPED ALL WHAT WAS GOING ON AND PUT MALIKI IN OFFICE Med: THAT IS HOW HE GOT IN THROUGH U.N. INTERVENTION Med: WHICH IN IRAQ Med: THE ARM OF THE U.N. IS THE U.S. Med: MALIKI KNEW THAT ALLAWI WOULD BE THE ONE THAT THE U.N. WOULD PROBABLY HAVE PUT IN THE OFFICE OF PM Med: ***** ASKED ME TO SEND HIM THE ARTICLE ON THE 275 MILLION THAT MALIKI WAS HAVING TAKEN OUT OF THE COUNTRY Med: HE WAS GOING TO CHECK ON IT WHILE IN NY FOR ME Med: HE THOUGHT IT WAS VERY FISHY Med: WHY TAKE IT OUT OF COUNTRY Med: AND WHY TAKE CASH Med: NOW THIS GUY COULDN’T HAVE HAD 275 MIL ON HIM OBVIOUSLY Med: IT HAD TO BE ON PALLETS natef250: cuz it is going to be worth so much more that would what ? 275 bil ? Med: NO Med: HE DIDN’T BRING DINAR natef250: it was USD ? Med: HE CAN’T DEPOSIT DINAR INTO A SWISS BANK Med: I AM GOING TO CRASH NOW Med: YOU ALL TAKE CARE Tags: no tags
  35. 1 point
    Okay, let me get this straight. People can publicly bash the owner of this site, but when it comes time for correction, it needs to be done in private. No, no, you want to bash and make silly comments, then you had better be able to take the correction publicly. I really do not care whether or not he likes A.M. However, if he doesn't, then why is he on HIS site??? Just to be a pain in the neck? There are plenty of other Dinar websites out there, maybe he should go look for them. Grumpy did the right thing. Oh! And....... "negative" "publicly"
  36. 1 point
    So CaptainConrad, Are you then saying you don't have dinar yourself?? Did someone lead you to believe this is a good investment? Did a licensed investment advisor recommend buying DINAR and DONG ?? I think we all know this is a speculative venture. How can you berate other people for having dinar when I am assuming you own some also or why would you be on this site. Mongo I would prefer not to use the dealers also, so, what is the link to the Treasury Dept. or where do I go to buy them. I know banks sell them but they seem to charge more. Thanks
  37. 1 point
    You all should buy from your local banks and forget the dealers. It's much cheaper for one thing and you won't have to worry about non-filled orders. For Californians, for example, you can buy from Pacific Western Bank (if you're a customer) or your own bank and you'll have your money within a couple of days typically. A friend of mine ordered $6k in IQD last Thursday and it arrived yesterday. So if you don't want to keep supporting these dealers, you have better options at a cheaper price.
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    Cool: Coach buys beer for hockey players after the game. Not so cool: Hockey players are 10 years old. Greatest coach ever? (torontosun.com) Video shows little-league hockey players with beers By The Canadian Press Last Updated: May 2, 2010 5:10am HUMBOLDT, Sask. - A video posted on YouTube that shows 10-year-old hockey players in Humbolt, Sask., posing with cans and bottles of beer has resulted in the suspension of an assistant coach and a parent who acted as the team's treasurer. Lorrie Heggie of Sask-Can hockey said the incident was a serious case of misjudgment. "I've talked to the guy and I can't for the life of me figure out what he was trying to gain, whether he was just being a silly dad trying to have some goofy fun, or whether he had some purpose to it," said Heggie. "We've indefinitely suspended the individual that brought the beer into the dressing room and we've indefinitely suspended the fella that took the video." The video, filmed by the treasurer dad, shows the young boys being posed with the alcohol and being prompted to hold it up to the camera. At one point as he asks a boy to say hi to the camera he tells the players they're "going to be on YouTube." "OK, take a drink," one of the adults in the room prompts a 10-year-old. "No," says the boy, who appears uncomfortable. "Here we are in the locker room, young men just having a beer," narrates the camera operator. "Look at that. Love it....the boys are enjoying a fine beer after a hard game." The video has since been removed from YouTube. http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/05/02/13796036-cp.html
  40. 1 point
    War Eagle, that post was uncalled for and you were sent a warning, please reconsider posting in that nature in the future
  41. 1 point
    Served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm 1990-1991...made it to retirement in 1994...thanks to all my brothers and sisters in arms serving today
  42. 1 point
    I must say this. This type of incident is exactly why we try to keep people from discussing specifics when it comes to their personal information. We try to keep it out of the chatroom and out of the forum. So when you see a moderator has deleted an email address from one of your posts or a telephone number or other specific personal information please understand that we are looking out for your safety and not censoring a post because we have an agenda, as I have been accused of. I am not directing this at a single individual I am just making a public service announcement, in the hope that it might help someone understand the motivation behind the moderator practice of removing personal information from posts in a public forum. Thanks guys, Stay safe, ToddS Thank you Carla for posting this information. I agree with you that photo does look familiar but so far I have been unable to find it. I will keep looking.
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    1969 - 1970 US Army, RVN, Criminal Investigation Division.
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    deployed back in 04 05 06 07 08 6 month tours....gotta love the AF...lol...still tickin..@ Victory dod contractor....DRS
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    USAF 1971 - 1978 one year BIen Hoa Vietnam.
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    Did Desert Shield/Storm. Hit boots on ground in 2003 and been here ever since.
  47. 1 point
    I did 04 and 06 with the US Marine Corps... cssg 15 @ Al Taqaddum. Semper Fi devil dogs
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    I did one year in 04, Washington Army National Guard
  50. 1 point
    I did OIF1 OIF3 and 1 year as KBR in Al Kut and 1 year in Afgan


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