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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.
  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.
  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.
  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
  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.
  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. Obeliskسيمينز-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 obeliskأمريكا-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."
  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."
  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.
  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 communicationبريطانيا-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.موعد-التصويت-على-الكابينة-الوزارية-الأحد-المقبل Obelisk
  15. 02/12/2020 11:26 Views 99 Section: Iraq Investment companies leave Iraq due to administrative bureaucracy Baghdad / Obelisk: On Wednesday 12 February 2020, the Investment and Economy Committee of the House of Representatives identified several things that Iraq needs to re-attract international investment companies. A member of the committee, Nada Shaker Jawdat, said in a press statement: that Iraq needs a real national will to get rid of the stifling administrative bureaucracy that was one of the reasons for the reluctance of international investment companies to invest in it. She added: We need to attract companies for proper planning of infrastructures that suffer from a very significant decline due to the lack of investigation and investigation of the projects that were allocated a large financial and were not originally established on the ground. And she continued: We need a correct institutional system to eliminate corruption, and move away from the old systems in blocking the wheel of investment progress, and facilitate the procedures that the investor needs to create a suitable environment for investment Obeliskالشركات-الاستثمارية-تغادر-العراق-بسبب-البيروقراطية-الادارية
  16. The Federal District is considering a case against the Presidents of the Republic, the government, and the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers 11:08 - 12/02/2020 0 The information / Baghdad .. On Wednesday, the Federal Supreme Court heard a lawsuit filed against the President of the Republic, the President of the Government and the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, and decided to dismiss it for lack of jurisdiction to adjudicate administrative decisions. The spokesperson, Iyas al-Samuk, said in a statement, which received (information), a copy of it, “The Supreme Federal Court held a session headed by Judge Medhat Al-Mahmoud and the presence of all the member judges. ” Al-Samouk added, “The plaintiff requested the suspension and cancellation of the implementation of Resolution No. (445) for the year 2019 related to authorizing ministries and entities not affiliated with the Ministry and the governorates with direct contracting until 12/31/2019 as an exception from the instructions for implementing the federal budget for the fiscal year 2019.” And he stated that "the court held its session in the presence of the representatives of the parties to the case, and found that the decision that is the subject of the appeal is considered an administrative decision issued by the executive authority." He stressed, "The court affirmed its lack of competence to consider the appeal submitted to the administrative decisions that the law has drawn as a way to challenge it other than by appeal before the Federal Supreme Court, whose terms of reference are defined by Article (93) of the Constitution," noting that "the Federal Supreme Court is building Based on the foregoing, I decided to dismiss the lawsuit because it was not based on a document of the constitution. Ended / 25
  17. The Iraqi economy between corruption and politics - 32 Minutes Ago Researcher Shatha Khalil * in confirming the causes of the deteriorating situation in all its details in Iraq, creating chaos in a professional manner and maintaining its continuity, is in short ((the strangest constitution)) in the world, placing countless mines, according to the affirmation of Iraqi and international professional laws, which caused In a spiral of disputes over which the political quotas have legitimized the presence of these mines, the harvest of this democracy was bitter, with the fragmentation of people's awareness and engagement with sectarianism, the prevalence of unprecedented corruption, and the birth of a nationwide militia community. Iraq is witnessing massive protests and demonstrations against government corruption, the constitution, Iranian interference, corrupt religious parties and militias, as astronomical financial returns accrued by these parties for many years, at the expense of a poor people and institutions that began to crack and collapse, not to mention wasting the world's money, in a country that possesses “the second largest reserves Oil in the World ”, as the country was ranked 169th out of 180 on the corruption index according to Transparency International, and the Transparency International report described Iraq and the prevalence of political, economic, and administrative corruption within its various institutions. The organization's reports also confirm that the volume of the stolen money in the period after 2003 amounted to 300 billion dollars, and Iraqi sources add that about 350 billion dollars were wasted and stolen during the years 2003-2014 with fake projects and financial and administrative corruption in the country, in addition to the presence of five thousand projects that were not implemented Because of poor planning, at a time when the country is going through an internal and external debt crisis, as corruption has exhausted the Iraqi economy despite all its material and human wealth. The World Bank indicated that Iraq is ranked the second most country in the world to suffer from rampant corruption, in addition to the classifications that it is considered one of the most bad in terms of business and the weak investment environment, given the many problems in the legal and legislative structure and the fragility of the security situation, especially the past months. The size of the increasing corruption in Iraq created successive living and economic crises for citizens, and confused their country's economy until it became among the worst in the world, even though the country has the largest oil reserves in the world after Saudi Arabia, and Iraqi oil reserves represent about 10.7% of the total global reserve. Iraqis are suffering from high unemployment, poor public services, and extreme poverty, whose rates were "official" in 2019, at 22.5%, while World Bank statistics indicate that poverty reaches 41.2% in areas liberated from ISIS, and 30% in areas. Southern, 23% in the center, and 12.5% in the Kurdistan region. The World Bank added that 50% of children are poor in the southern governorates of Iraq. The Iraqi economic and financial file, which successive Iraqi governments have sought since 2003, and gradually to destroy all pillars of the Iraqi economic, military, educational, and health state, and this is difficult to believe at all, but the numbers, statistics, documents, facts, and data on the ground demonstrate this in an unbeatable manner. And the significant decline in Iraq’s industrial capabilities and in the aspects of energy saving and neglecting basic infrastructure played a major role in opening a wide door for Iran to develop its industrial and construction companies in an unprecedented way. Iran's role in destroying the country and plundering its wealth economically: Iran enters as a basic partner in the Iraqi market with financial returns amounting to about thirty billion dollars annually, which is earned by exporting its products to Iraq and from energy supplies and construction and investment contracts that it acquires through facilities and exceptions provided by those in the government Iraqi and their full loyalty to them - that is, Iran. The economic expert, Salam Smaism, indicates that the significant decline in the material sector has made the Iraqi economy a rentier and exposed economy, meaning that it depends on one thing which is oil, and that it be exposed, that is, it covers all its needs through import and then it is exposed to external economies . In the financial sector, Iranian and Iraqi reports indicate significant progress in the Iranian share at the expense of the Iraqi share, from the financial sector, as Iran now has about 11 banks operating in Iraq independently. Iranian banks also bought a share of six other Iraqi banks, and the total money for the Iranians in those banks amounted to more than seventy billion dollars, which reflects an almost absolute Iranian domination of the Iraqi economy. Laws that do not serve the civil ruling economy in Iraq in the second half of 2003, Paul Bremer, worked to destroy industry and agriculture by eliminating customs tariffs, and after pressing against this unfair measure the country’s right to customs collection and imposing the economic policy that it deems appropriate to preserve its wealth, and to preserve Its domestic industries, imposed a formal fee of 5% for the reconstruction of Iraq, while the use of customs clearances that help the statistical agencies in checking import, and thus improving the degree of reliability of the statistics ... Is this deliberate destruction of the Iraqi economy ?! And it seems, there were two purposes of this procedure, except for the practical aspect of not controlling the border outlets, the control of some political parties and criminal mafias over many of the border outlets, and using them to enter goods without control and the state treasury costs billions of dollars. The border outlets adopt the old methods of payment, evaluation and primitive frameworks, and do not rely on modern technology electronic payment as most countries of the world do to preserve their wealth and protect the country. Not to mention the forgery of official papers of many of the goods entering, for the purpose of tax evasion, as some reports stated that Iraq was losing $ 15,000 per minute due to corruption at the border crossing points. The proper and efficient management of these outlets can achieve profits and revenues for the government treasury that may not be less than oil revenues. This irresponsible policy led to the flow of goods to the Iraqi market without controls, which led to an accelerated collapse in the local industrial capabilities, which had been weakened a lot due to the ban on the import of spare parts for their machines and equipment. Corruption has led to the failure to examine and control the goods and materials entering the country, to ensure their suitability and human potential, and that they do not pose any risk to human health or security, nor to verify the quantity and quality of goods entering the Iraqi market, and to limit the dumping policy, which is to import large quantities of goods Certain and poor specifications have a low price and poor specifications. And far from setting the proper foundations for the import process, and making sure not to import any product that can be produced internally, in order to preserve local production, and to encourage the Iraqi industry. This industrial debility led to the collapse of competitiveness, and the domination of imported goods on the markets, which led to the demobilization of large numbers of workers in the industry to join the regiments of the unemployed, or the lines of those seeking government jobs without real production in return. This is what corruption produces in all its forms, not only economic or political, as the repercussions are significant on the environment and social life, and the main reason is the weakness of the state and the inadequacy of regulatory systems, the inability to assess risks in a correct way, weak governance systems and ethical standards, and the failure to activate accountability mechanisms. given the decline in the standards of efficiency and fairness in the selection of the occupants of senior posts, and the spread of the phenomenon of bribery at the companies to redeem transactions such as import, export, etc., and the accountability of corrupt officials followers and loyal to Iran .. all these and other reasons of the most important weakness of the state and the looting of factors Guetsadha and the destruction of their society .. what Iraqis are waiting for ?! Economic Studies Unit
  18. 11-02-2020 03:51 PM His former adviser: Trump is considering several plans for the Middle East, including Iraq, with his demonstrations and Iran's influence Baghdad - news Walid Fares, the Secretary-General of the Atlantic Parliamentary Group and former adviser to US President Donald Trump, revealed today, Tuesday, several ways and options before Trump regarding the Middle East issues in the coming stage, including Iraq, Iran and Syria, and the rapid events that are taking place. In a new analytical article published by a British newspaper, and translated into "news", Fares said that after the US Senate managed to dismantle the isolation mechanism brought by the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives to try to overthrow President Donald Trump, a question arises within the United States about the priorities of the US administration Towards the Middle East in the coming months before the November elections. And he added: The first question is, can the Trump administration, despite its victory over the isolation weapon, take a major strategic decision or several decisions in light of the short time separated from the date of the presidential elections? As the administration's ability to design plans, change policies, and implement projects during the presidential election campaign is inconclusive, and pessimistic observers believe that Washington will not make any major decisions before the presidential election. He continued: The second question posed in the corridors of the White House relates to the possibility of President Trump taking quick and unexpected steps in a number of open files in the Middle East to surprise everyone, specifically his political opponents, with his ability to achieve results that allow him to strengthen his agenda in the presidential elections to work to implement Complete this agenda if he wins a second term. The Iraqi file Fares pointed out that the most prominent issue is Iraq, where Trump has an incentive. Demonstrations are continuing and American forces are present in force and making limited moves against Iran's militias, and there may be a loophole through which the administration can achieve a faster change on the ground, allowing greater pressure on the Iraqi militias and opens The door to the expansion of protests with the possibility that the militia-backed authority will not be able to end the popular uprising, and this is something that Washington can do, but at the same time there is a possibility that Washington is unable to complete this delicate engineering work inside the Iraqi state before next November. A very important time. Divisions over Trump And between, that the division within the Trump team between the government team and the electoral team regarding the possibility of making major decisions in foreign policy in general and the Middle East in particular has not been resolved yet, because those who work in his election campaign do not want the president to make a decision that might threaten the campaign path if he fails or Obstructed him, while the other team encourages him to move forward in the region and take decided and guaranteed steps that would score points for his interest in the electoral speech. What are the files that the American president can submit without resolving them, but with successful steps taken in the Arab world and the Middle East? He pointed out that some people believed that the proposal of the Israeli-Palestinian solution might constitute in itself a point that strengthens its image in the American elections, and perhaps in the Middle East, but another section aware of the internal complications in the Arab world, especially the camp allied with Trump, is unlikely to take allies. Washington and the Arabs are taking steps because of the Palestinian leadership's rejection of the American peace plan, and with it several Arab countries. Although several Arab capitals are encouraged to start direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations with Arab cover, the time factor is not sufficient to establish an Arab-American-Palestinian-Israeli dynamic capable of overcoming the existing barriers due to political and historical culture in the Arab region despite the division between supporters of the axis Iran and supporters of the Arab coalition axis. Iranian file Some believe that the Trump administration is able to move forward on the Iranian file towards supporting the Iranian opposition in various forms, which does not expose the administration in Washington to any greater challenge facing the Iranians, because standing with the opposition "does not cost anything", as the words of specialists in this file. In the coming months, the administration appears to be able to work better on Iran, given that there is a reason that the uprising inside Iran is moving in an uncalculated direction, prompting the Iranian regime to enter into a distraction project outside Iran, or a major crackdown in Inside, this will constitute in both cases an additional problem that the administration does not have the ability to resolve before the elections, thus the nominated president will go to the presidential elections with an open loophole on the Iranian front that his political opponents use against him. In Syria, the balance exists between the west of the country under the control of the Assad regime and the Iranian forces and Russian support, the northern border that is under the control of Turkey, the east where the United States and its Kurdish allies control, and the status of the "statico" is stable with a single change that may be in Idlib, and the question here is Can the administration make any move in Syria to improve the situation? The possibility exists first through its ability to improve the balance of power in its favor on the ground, reduce the Iranian threat and strengthen the position of its allies, and at the same time, in the event of a confrontation with other parties (the regime and the Iranians), there is a risk of not being able to control the conditions during the election period. Lebanon and Libya On the other hand, some have put forward the Lebanese file as a Kabab that Trump can advance through, by strengthening the capabilities of the army and supporting protesters to gain points against Hezbollah and its allies in the government. This is possible, but there are risks that Washington's allies on the ground cannot move quickly and in the right direction, and American support will be turned into a process of progress in the interest of Hezbollah. The Libyan file also falls within the equation that the Trump administration can move through, by supporting the Arab coalition to advance against militias, especially after the proliferation of extremist militants who were transferred from northern Syria to western Libya and the capital Tripoli, which may motivate Washington to help Europe reduce their presence by means of Different, but the challenge here is not in implementation but in decision-making in Washington, as the Trump administration revealed that it has not taken a big decision regarding Turkish policy in Syria and Libya, and if the White House decides to lead the confrontation against extremists on the basis of its association with organizations listed in the lists of American terrorism This will affect the public relationship between US President Donald Trump and Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and this has not been resolved. In summary, the analysis indicates that there are already several files that the Trump administration can achieve progress without finalizing in the next nine months. , As Trump outside the isolation crisis is still at the beginning of the process of structuring the constituencies around him, and this is time consuming, and he wants to use the most time in domestic politics and the election campaign. So the decisive factor for the question we asked was the presence of a team within the Trump administration that would provide him with these limited victories in foreign policy and help him to be re-elected by the end of 2020.
  19. Iraq .. went to invest gas in the border fields Iraqi oil refinery February 11, 2020 1:03 PM Mubasher: The Parliamentary Oil and Energy Committee in Iraq revealed, today, Tuesday, the government’s intention to invest gas in the border fields with both Kuwait and Iran to generate electric power. A member of the committee, Representative Amjad Al-Uqabi, said that the Ministry of Oil signed the fifth licensing round regarding border fields with Iran and Kuwait, according to the Iraqi News Agency (INA). Al-Aqabi added that these fields will provide large quantities of dry gas, which will contribute to the operation of power plants. Al-Oqabi said that Iraq desperately needs to invest gas in its fields in order to maintain electric power, as Iraq still imports gas from Iran. A member of the Parliamentary Committee called on the oil and electricity ministries to prepare a joint plan to provide large quantities of gas for the purpose of operating electrical stations. And the Parliamentary Oil and Energy Committee revealed, earlier, efforts to merge the ministries of oil and electricity into one ministry. The Ministry of Electricity, previously, set the date for dispensing Iraq with importing gas and electric energy from neighboring countries, launching the fifth licensing round to rehabilitate gas fields in Diyala province, and rehabilitating the pipeline network that would produce approximately 750 million cubic meters. Nominations :العراق-توجه-لاستثمار-الغاز-في-الحقول-الحدودية/
  20. 10-02-2020 10:46 PM Bahaa Al-Araji: The Shiites will be less than 50% in the next parliament Baghdad / Al-Akhbariya: Former Deputy Prime Minister Bahaa Al-Araji confirmed, on Monday, that the percentage of the Shiite component in parliament will decrease by less than 50% in the next parliament. Al-Araji said in a televised statement, followed by "Al-Akhbaria", that "the Shiite blocs in Parliament will be less than 50% in the next parliament." Al-Araji added that "the Sunni and Kurdish constituents will not give up their interests with the government of Muhammad Allawi, no matter what happens", noting that "the Kurds will not be given Their opinion of any government before guaranteeing their interests. ” Al-Araji continued that“ Allawi will not respond to any pressure exerted by the blocs on him, and the United States has no problem with assigning Allawi. ”
  21. 10-02-2020 11:21 PM President of the General Union of Agricultural Societies: the auction of currency manipulates the prices of fruits and vegetables BAGHDAD / News: The head of the General Union of associations of agricultural cooperative in Iraq , Haider Alasad, on Monday, the auction currency is the main reason for rising prices by manipulating the prices of fruits and vegetables , " said Alasad during the discussion seminar held by the Iraqi Economic Council that some of the weak people worked to exploit The agricultural sector is in money laundering operations because this sector is characterized by the rapid financial circulation in the sale of agricultural products and their disposal and converting them into financial liquidity, " demanding the concerned authorities to work to hold violators from the individual vendors of imported products and monitor the markets in Iraq To cut off the road to money laundering operations to maintain the local product that matches the importer with taste and quality. In addition, the costs of agriculture are less than the costs of import. The Assembly noted that the symposium was held in the presence of the Committee on Agriculture and Parliamentary Water and Mr. Minister of Agriculture and the advanced staff in the ministry and those interested in the Iraqi agricultural sector.
  22. 11-02-2020 02:53 PM Source: Allawi completed his cabinet, leaving only four ministries Baghdad / news A political source very close to decision-making revealed on Tuesday that Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi completed his cabinet, leaving only four ministries. The source said to "Al-Ikhbaria", "Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, faced a great difficulty in choosing the new cabinet, due to the pressures he faced from the two parties of power." He explained that "the ministerial cabinet is close to completion, and only the ministries of Finance, Defense, Oil, and Higher Education are left, pending the final agreement with the Kurdish party to complete the cabinet." It should be noted that only 10 days have passed since the assignment of Allawi by the President of the Republic to their villages, Saleh.
  23. PARLIAMENT PRESIDENCY: ANTI-WORKING GANGS AND ISIS ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN Monday, 10 February 2020 9:30 PM SHARE THE ARTICLE: Baghdad / NNC- Hassan Karim Al-Kaabi, the first deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, denounced in the strongest terms, the closure of a number of universities in Dhi Qar Governorate by the so-called anti-working team and their repeated attacks on college students, calling on the security forces of all kinds to move immediately to arrest these gangs and put an end to this recklessness and chaos The quotient. In a statement today, Monday, February 10, 2020, Al-Kaabi stressed that gangs with what is called perpetual combat have reached a stage that cannot be tolerated or tolerated at all. To take their role in cooperating with the security forces in dealing with all manifestations of intimidation, intimidation, vandalism, arson and attacks on university students. And he expressed his regret for the presence of these escaped gangs in our dear province, Dhi Qar, the cradle of civilizations, the city of science, writers, poets, culture, intellectuals, artists, and doctors, stressing that what happened today cannot pass without immediately punishing the perpetrators.
  24. DEPUTY REVEALS THE DETAILS OF ALLAWI'S MEETING WITH THE KURDISH BLOCS Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:21 AM SHARE THE ARTICLE: Baghdad / NNC- The Kurdistan Islamic Group bloc revealed, on Tuesday, the details of the meeting of the Kurdish blocs with Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi. The representative of the bloc, Ahmed Haji Rashid, said, "The Kurdish blocs held a meeting with the Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi to find out the form of the next government and provide support for it," noting that "Allawi stressed during the meeting that he will form a government of technocrats and will work to appoint ministers outside the political process." Rashid added that "Allawi set two conditions for appointing his ministers, the first of which is to be honest, and the second to be efficient." He pointed out that "the Kurdish blocs did not address during the meeting the issue of offering a candidate, since the conditions that Allawi set are the most appropriate to choose ministers and carry out his governmental duties without restrictions. ” He pointed out that "Allawi stressed during the meeting to fight corruption and work on the principle of transparency and make the issue of services one of the main factors for his cabinet," pointing out that "the Kurdish blocs confirmed support for these steps to the Prime Minister-designate, in order to make the next government successful." Rashid added that "the Kurdish blocs presented to the Prime Minister-designate their demands and stressed the importance of excluding the issue of the salaries of the region's employees from political issues, as well as touching on the issue of crops and benefits of farmers and basic services," noting that "the Prime Minister-designate expressed positive cooperation with these demands."
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