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  1. Iraq and France’s Total to Work on Gas Production, Solar Deals By Khalid Al Ansary July 24, 2021, 10:56 AM CDT Updated on July 25, 2021, 5:14 AM CDT Sign up for our Middle East newsletter and follow us @middleeast for news on the region. Iraq’s cabinet gave approval for TotalEnergies SE to develop a natural-gas field and help boost the country’s oil output. The French energy company aims to capture and process 600 million standard cubic feet a day of gas from the Ratawi field, the Iraqi News Agency said, citing a government spokesman. Total will also build a 1,000 megawatt solar power plant and start work on a seawater-injection project that aims to increase oil output from southern fields. The Oil Ministry signed an initial agreement with Total in March and was waiting on the cabinet’s approval before proceeding. Iraq Signs Heads of Pact With Total on Energy Projects: Ministry Iraq is spending billions of dollars to ramp up gas production and reduce its reliance on imports from Iran. It uses the fuel largely to power its electricity plants. Supply disruptions as well as mismanagement have caused severe power outages in the past year. Baghdad is also trying to boost its oil-production capacity beyond today’s level of around 4.5 million barrels a day. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-24/iraq-agrees-to-sign-deal-with-total-to-execute-energy-projects
  2. Iraqi leader to push Biden on withdrawal of U.S. forces By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times - Sunday, July 25, 2021 Iraq no longer needs U.S. combat troops on its soil and it is time for America to transition to a support role in the country, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said in an interview Sunday, previewing a message he’ll deliver Monday to President Biden when the two men meet at the White House. Mr. al-Kadhimi and Mr. Biden are expected to detail the framework — and perhaps a specific timetable — for the eventual exit of roughly 2,500 U.S. troops from Iraq, where they’ve been stationed as part of a multinational coalition battling the Islamic State terrorist group. “There is no need for any foreign combat forces on Iraqi soil,” the Iraqi leader told The Associated Press in an interview. TOP STORIES Town hall with Biden drags CNN to bottom of cable news ratings heap Gallup: Biden approval drops to 50%, lowest for him to date Trump slams McConnell as an 'old crow,' rips 'RINO' foes The American presence in Iraq has become something of a headache for both sides. And in light of the unfolding U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war, the political moment may be right for Mr. Biden to bring an end to America’s combat mission in Iraq. Mr. al-Kadhimi faces significant political pressure at home to facilitate the U.S. withdrawal, while the American forces themselves have become frequent targets of drone strikes and rocket attacks by Iran-backed militias operating in the country and in neighboring Syria. Those attacks against American personnel have continued despite Mr. Biden ordering several airstrikes against the militias Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, which are part of the PMF, the umbrella organization for Shiite militias based in Iraq. Those two groups, which enjoy significant financial and logistical support from Tehran, are believed responsible for many of the attacks. Relations between Washington and Baghdad also have been strained since a January 2020 airstrike at the Baghdad International Airport that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The former head of Kata’ib Hezbollah also was killed in the strike, which angered many Iraqi officials and nearly sparked a war between the U.S. and Iran. Against that backdrop, Mr. al-Kadhimi said Iraqi forces are capable of leading the mission against Islamic State terrorist fighters and no longer need direct U.S. combat help. “The war against [the Islamic State] and the readiness of our forces requires a special timetable, and this depends on the negotiations that we will conduct in Washington,” the Iraqi leader told the AP. “What we want from the U.S. presence in Iraq is to support our forces in training and developing their efficiency and capabilities, and in security cooperation.” Should the U.S. transition to a mostly diplomatic presence and train-and-support mission in Iraq, it would resemble the Biden administration’s tack in Afghanistan. The U.S. is nearly finished withdrawing all of its 3,500 forces from Afghanistan. Just a few hundred Marines will remain in the country to protect the U.S. embassy and help guard the international airport in Kabul. The U.S. has about 2,500 troops in Iraq. It had been 3,000 before former President Donald Trump cut the number during his final weeks in office. The U.S. withdrew most of its personnel from Iraq in 2011 under former President Barack Obama. But a major American ground combat force returned in 2014 as the Islamic State rose to prominence and built its so-called “caliphate” across a huge swath of Iraq and Syria. The U.S. also has about 900 troops stationed in Syria. Pentagon and intelligence officials say the Islamic State has been “territorially defeated” and can no longer field a major ground army, though the organization still has many thousands of fighters and remains a threat across the region. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jul/25/iraqi-leader-push-biden-withdrawal-us-forces/
  3. Iraq's PM To Tell Biden In White House Visit: 'US Combat Troops Have Got To Go' BY TYLER DURDEN MONDAY, JUL 19, 2021 - 09:00 PM Next week on July 26 President Joe Biden is expected to host Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi at the White House in order to "highlight the strategic partnership between the United States in Iraq," according to a US statement. But the Iraqi side is now saying that American combat troops have got to go. Al-Kadhemi emphasized in a new statement at the start of this week: "The visit will be to set out this relationship, and to put an end to the presence of combat forces, because the Iraqi army can now fight for itself on behalf of Iraqis and the world against terrorist groups in Iraq. There is no need for combat troops." Then Senator Joe Biden in Iraq in 2007, Getty Images He did say that US training and intelligence assistance, along with air power when requested would continue to aid the anti-ISIS and counterterror mission in the country. Since Trump's final year in office, the presence of US combat forces in Iraq has been scaled down little by little, with some bases even being handed over to Iraq's army; however, Iraq's parliament all the way back in January 2020 passed a resolution demanding a full and final exit of all US troops. This was prompted by the assassination that month of IRGC Quds chief Qassem Soleimani and founder of Iraq's powerful Kataib Hezbollah militia, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. This was followed by large-scale protests across major Iraqi cities demanding that foreign troops leave. Since then there's also been ***-for-tat attacks between pro-Iranian Iraq groups and American forces. Recently Biden has struck 'Iran-backed' targets inside eastern Syria near the Iraq border. Days ago US Mideast envoy Brett McGurk reportedly discussed a full US withdrawal with Kadhemi in Baghdad, in order to lay some of the groundwork for the later July meeting at the White House. According to AFP: Some 3,500 foreign troops are still on Iraqi territory, including 2,500 Americans, who have been posted to help fight the Islamic State group since 2014. In Washington, Kadhemi is expected to push for a concrete timetable of American troop withdrawal. The implementation of their departure could take years. But given such a relatively small presence of about 2,500 troops, one wonders why a draw down would "take years". No doubt a stalled US exit has much more to do with ensuring the 'security vacuum' isn't immediately filled by Iran. However, it's too little, too late given Iranian Shia ascendancy in Baghdad happened the moment the Bush administration toppled Saddam Hussein. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/iraqs-pm-tell-biden-white-house-visit-us-combat-troops-have-got-go
  4. Hi everyone 😘 Looks like Sumaisem thinks they can increase the value of the Dinar to 1000 to 1 dollar, then re-denominate by deleting the zeros to place the dinar on par with the dollar if Iraq were not in such a financial crisis.
  5. In Pictures: More protests in Iraq as anger over services grows Clashes between protesters and security forces erupt in Baghdad after renewed demonstrations over poor public services. 28 JUL 2020 People march in Baghdad following overnight clashes between security forces and protesters. MURTAJA LATEEF/EPA Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets of Iraq's capital and other cities following the funerals of two people killed during clashes with security forces the night before. The two protesters were killed late on Sunday in central Baghdad during renewed demonstrations against corruption, unemployment and poor public services, including a lack of electricity, as the country reels under a major heatwave. The deaths were the first during anti-government demonstrations since new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was sworn into office in May. On Monday, clashes between protesters and security forces broke out again in Baghdad and other cities. In the capital, security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse protesters who threw stone and petrol bombs, according to reports. Later on Monday, al-Kadhimi said in a televised speech that the protests were "a legitimate right and the security forces do not have the permission to fire even one bullet in the direction of the protesters". He said he had opened an investigation and demanded results within 72 hours. Military spokesman Yehia Rasool said in a statement that security forces had been given strict instructions not to use force against protesters unless necessary. Iraq's biggest anti-government protests in decades broke out last October and continued for several months, with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis demanding jobs, services and the removal of the ruling elite, which they said was corrupt. Some 500 people were killed. The protests caused the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who was replaced in May by al-Kadhimi, a former intelligence chief. Security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse crowds. THAIER AL-SUDANI/REUTERS Sporadic demonstrations have resumed in recent weeks in several Iraqi provinces.AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP Protesters are angry with corruption, unemployment and poor public services, including lack of electricity. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP Two protesters were killed during clashes between demonstrators and security forces in central Baghdad late on Sunday. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP It was the first such deadly incident in months at Tahrir Square, the epicentre of massive anti-government protests that first erupted in October last year. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP Protesters burn tires in the city of Najaf. ALAA AL-MARJANI/REUTERS Demonstrators lit fires in the southern city of Basra. NABIL AL-JURANI/AP PHOTO https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/pictures-protests-iraq-anger-services-grows-200728062257945.html
  6. Gold and silver have now entered ‘Phase 3’ according to Mike Maloney. So what is it that has changed to bring us into this new environment? It is something that Mike has been expecting for some time, and is finally here: monetary demand. And as he hints towards the end of this video, ‘You ain’t seen nothin’ yet’.
  7. Rockets Pound U.S. Bases In Iraq Following Hezbollah-Israeli Escalation by Tyler Durden Tue, 07/28/2020 - 21:15 Submitted by SouthFront, On July 27, fighting broke out between Israeli forces and Hezbollah along the Israeli-Lebanese contact line. This became the heaviest open confrontation between the sides in about a year. The incident occurred in an area known as Chebaa Farms, which was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war. Israeli shelling started at around 3:30 p.m. local time which lasted for about an hour and a half. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that they had repelled an infiltration attempt by a Hezbollah unit and there were no casualties among IDF forces. The exchange of fire came as the IDF was on heightened alert for a possible attack by Hezbollah, after an Israeli airstrike in Syria killed a Hezbollah member earlier in July. In a televised address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hezbollah that it is “playing with fire,” and stated that “Hezbollah and Lebanon bear full responsibility for this incident and any attack from Lebanese territory against Israel.” In its own turn, pro-Hezbollah sources claimed that Hezbollah targeted a vehicle and a battle tank of the IDF with anti-tank guided missiles. Hezbollah itself described Israeli claims about the outcome of the clashes as fake and aimed to boost the morale of Israeli forces by fabricating fictitious victories. It also rejected reports about strikes on IDF targets. “The answer to the martyrdom of [our] brother, Ali Kamel Mohsen, in the vicinity of Damascus airport has not been given yet. Zionist occupiers must still wait for that answer and their punishment at the hands of the resistance forces,” Hezbollah said. A few hours after the incident on the Lebanese-Israeli contact line, rockets struck US-operated military bases in Iraq. The strike on Camp Speicher, located near Tikrit, caused a large explosion on the site. At the same time, at least three rockets targeted another US-operated military base – Camp Taji, located near Baghdad. According to local media, one rocket hit an Iraqi helicopter while another landed in an artillery weapon depot. The third rocket landed in the area of the 2nd Air Force Squadron but did not explode. Local sources claim that the strikes came in response to a drone strike on the al-Saqer military camp, south of Baghdad, on July 26. This camp is operated by the Popular Mobilization Units. This branch of the Iraqi Armed Forces is often described by Washington and mainstream media as Iranian proxies and even terrorists. Even if the incidents in Iraq and the Lebanese-Israeli border were not linked, they serve as strong evidence of the escalating tensions in the Middle East. Despite the defeat of ISIS and the relative de-escalation of the conflict in Syria, the region still remains in a permanent state of escalation. However, now, the source of these tensions is the developing conflict between the Israeli-US bloc and Iranian-led forces. https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/rockets-pound-us-bases-iraq-following-hezbollah-israeli-escalation
  8. 02/12/2020 13:11 Views 147 Section: Iraq Siemens postpones its commitment to the Convention to improve electricity in Iraq because of the demonstrations Baghdad / Obelisk: The Iraqi ambassador to Berlin, Dia al-Dabbas, reported on Wednesday 12 February 2020 that German companies, including Siemens, were affected by the events of the demonstrations in Iraq. Al-Dabbas said in a statement pursued by the "obelisk": that the German companies were preparing to participate in a large number in the Baghdad International Fair and another in Basra, but the recent events that the country witnessed as a result of the popular demonstrations affected the work of the companies and led to the postponement of the exhibitions. Al-Dabbas added that German companies are still continuing to operate in Iraq, but without going through the programs and plans previously set, pointing out that the uncertainty hangs over the future of the agreement that was signed previously to improve the reality of electricity in Iraq next summer, due to the recent events. Obelisk http://almasalah.com/ar/news/187773/سيمينز-تؤجل-التزامها-باتفاقية-تحسين-الكهرباء-في-العراق-بسبب-التظاهرات
  9. 02/12/2020 18:20 Views 78 Section: Iraq America extends Iraq's exemption from sanctions on Iran for 45 days Baghdad / Obelisk: The United States decided to extend Iraq’s exemption from sanctions related to importing gas and electricity from Iran for a period of 45 days, according to an Iraqi official, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The Iraqi official, who preferred not to be identified, stated that this time the extension will be for 45 days and will be applied within strict conditions, noting that Baghdad and Washington are currently in talks about what these conditions are. The last exemption granted to Iraq was supposed to end this week, but the United States preferred not to designate Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Allawi, in the face of additional pressure, at a time when the former minister is trying to form a new government in the midst of a series of unrest. Washington imposed strict sanctions on the Iranian energy sector in 2018, and threatened to punish countries dealing with Tehran in this field, but it granted Iraq a series of consecutive temporary exemptions, which started with 45 days, then expanded to 90 and 120 days, especially as Iraq relies on neighboring Iran to secure About a third of his need for electricity. It is worth noting that any entity dealing with the Iranian energy sector and the central bank listed on the American black list is subject to secondary penalties, knowing that the American exemption led to the protection of Iraq from similar sanctions, which allowed it to continue importing about 1400 megawatts of electricity and 28 million cubic meters "988" Million cubic feet "of gas from Iran. Follow the obelisk http://almasalah.com/ar/news/187790/أمريكا-تمدد-إعفاء-العراق-من-العقوبات-على-إيران-لمدة-45-يوما
  10. 12-02-2020 01:04 PM Political analyst: The continued flow of Iraqi money to Hezbollah ... the most prominent goal of Kawtharani Baghdad / news Hezbollah representative in Iraq, Muhammad al-Kawtharani, hosted meetings of the Iraqi armed factions for several goals, including the continued flow of Iraqi money to Hezbollah, in addition to directing the Iraqi factions loyal to Iran to contain the protests. Political analyst Ahmed Al-Abiad said in a press statement, "The armed factions in Iraq are now concerned with the American presence because they consider it the obstacle in front of them, which caused embarrassment to the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi and will cause embarrassment also to Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi if he succeeds in forming his government." Al-Abiad added that "the reason for Muhammad Al-Kawtharani’s meeting with the Iraqi factions comes is that Hezbollah considers Iraq more important than Lebanon in terms of the flow of funds, since the banking sector in Lebanon is restricted by many restrictions not the same as in Iraq, so the Iraqi depth in relation to Hezbollah is more important than the Lebanese depth. For this reason, Kawtharani met with the Iraqi factions in order to continue the flow of Iraqi money to Hezbollah as well as to control the protests in the country. "After the death of more than 1,000 Iraqi demonstrators and the wounding of 30,000 others, they believed that during Allawi's mandate, the demonstrations would end," he said. And that "there is field intelligence for the uprisings and even the issue of bridges was caused by the fact that the revolutionaries wanted to take into account the interests of people in them because there were interests that disrupted simple people and the process of restoring life to some commercial areas is important." The moral base that gains people. " Reuters news agency quoted Iraqi sources as saying that Hezbollah's representative in Iraq, Muhammad al-Kawtharani, hosted meetings of Iraqi armed factions for the protests. The sources said that "Al-Kawtharani replaced Soleimani and rebuked the armed groups, as Soleimani did in one of his recent meetings with her for failing to reach a unified plan to contain the popular protests against the Baghdad government and the paramilitary forces that dominate it." http://www.ikhnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=208936
  11. NATO CONFIRMS THE CONTINUED SUSPENSION OF ITS WORK IN IRAQ Tuesday, February 11, 2020 6:31 PM SHARE THE ARTICLE: Baghdad / NNc- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed on Tuesday that the work of the NATO mission in Iraq is still pending since the beginning of last December. "Consultations are continuing with the Iraqi government to resume the military training program," Stoltenberg told a news conference on the eve of a meeting of NATO defense ministers. He added that "the international coalition and NATO suspended the military training program in Iraq" for security reasons, but their actions will resume as soon as possible. " Stoltenberg pointed out that "the alliance is constantly communicating with the Iraqi government," stressing: "We work closely with it, because we will only remain if the Iraqi side invites us to do so. We respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq, and our experts are there at the invitation of the government." https://nnciraq.com/24782/
  12. AL-KAABI CONFIRMS IRAQ’S KEENNESS TO PROVIDE SAFE AND ATTRACTIVE CLIMATES TO ENTER INVESTMENT COMPANIES Wednesday, February 12, 2020 3:18 PM SHARE THE ARTICLE: Baghdad / NNC- The First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hassan Karim Al-Kaabi, confirmed today, Wednesday, that Iraq is keen on providing safe and attractive climates to enter investment companies. Al-Kaabi’s office said in a statement received by “NNC”, that “Al-Kaabi received at his office today the Australian Ambassador to Iraq, Joan Lunds.” He added, “During the meeting, the developments of the political scene in Iraq and the region were discussed, in addition to a review of the overall bilateral relations and common issues between the two friendly countries. And ways to activate it during the next stage. ” Al-Kaabi stressed, according to the statement, that "Iraq seeks to enhance economic and investment cooperation between the two countries and benefit from advanced Australian experiences in various fields, which contributes to expanding the size of the commercial partnership and supporting various aspects of development in Iraq." He pointed out that "the country is keen to provide a safe atmosphere and climate and create Attractive opportunities to enter solid international companies, including Australian, to invest in the country. https://nnciraq.com/24889/
  13. 02/12/2020 11:20 Views 61 Section: Iraq Britain calls for accountability for those involved in the assassinations, kidnappings and intimidation in Iraq Baghdad / Obelisk: British Ambassador to Baghdad, Stephen Hickey, commented, on Wednesday 12 February 2020, on the killing of the executive director of Al-Rashid Satellite Channel, Nizar Thanoon, last Tuesday by unknown gunmen, west of Baghdad. Hickey said in a tweet on his Twitter platform: I was shocked by the death of Nizar Dhanoun by unknown assailants, and that freedom of expression is a basic human right, and it is also a right that the nation should be proud of. He added that these assassinations and kidnappings and intimidation cannot continue, and those responsible must be held accountable. social communication http://almasalah.com/ar/news/187765/بريطانيا-تدعو-الى-محاسبة-المتورطين-بالاغتيالات-والخطف-والترهيب-بالعراق
  14. 02/20/2020 19:43 Views 687 Section: Iraq The date for voting on the cabinet is next Sunday Baghdad / Obelisk: The head of a parliamentary bloc revealed, on Tuesday 11 February 2020, the date for voting on the cabinet of Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi. Deputy Muhammad al-Khalidi, a member of the Parliamentary Bloc of al-Khair, said that on Sunday February 16, 2020, the parliament will hold an extraordinary session to vote on the cabinet. Al-Khalidi added that the cabinet did not include the recycling of any name from the ministers of the resigned government, stressing that all the names are independent from the parties. http://almasalah.com/ar/news/187741/موعد-التصويت-على-الكابينة-الوزارية-الأحد-المقبل Obelisk
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