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  1. In Major Blow To Iran, China Withdraws From World’s Largest Gas Field By Irina Slav - Oct 07, 2019, 12:00 PM CDT Join Our Community China’s CNPC is no longer a partner in the 11 phase of development of the giant South Pars gas field in Iran, the country’s oil minister Bijan Zanganeh. State news agency Shana quoted Zanganeh as saying, “The fate of the South Pars Phase 11 has been determined and Petropars will continue developing the project alone and by the end of the this [Iranian calendar] year (to March 20, 2020), the first jacket will be installed in the phase for a platform with 500 mcf/d of gas production capacity.” South Pars is the world’s largest natural gas field and Iran and Qatar share it. Iran announced plans to use foreign capital to boost its gas production from South Pars after the international sanctions against it were dropped and soon enough French Total and CNPC entered the project as partners. When talk began that the United States will reimpose sanctions on Tehran, the French supermajor had already invested $90 million in the 11th phase of South Pars. Before President Donald Trump announced the return of the sanctions, Total’s CEO Patrick Pouyanne said the company would seek to secure waivers so it can continue working on South Pars but unfortunately for it, waivers were not granted. Following Total’s exit, CNPC remained Iran’s only partner in the project and for a while it seemed that the Chinese company will remain the largest shareholder and operator of the project. Yet then reports began surfacing that the Chinese are about to pull out of the project for fear of CNPC’s exposure to the U.S. financial system. In a way, Zanganeh’s statement is nothing but an official confirmation of old news. Despite this confirmation, Iran seems no less determined to carry out its plans for South Pars, with state-owned Petropars as the operator. The 20-year development project envisages bringing gas production from the field to 2 billion cu ft of gas daily. https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/In-Major-Blow-To-Iran-China-Withdraws-From-Worlds-Largest-Gas-Field.html
  2. THE CONTINUED BLOCKING OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES IN IRAQ Tuesday, 8 October 2019 10:29 AM Baghdad / National News Center Social networking sites continue to be blocked in all governorates of Iraq, with the exception of the Kurdistan region, after the Internet service “partially” returned to the country, after being cut for several days. Internet service returned on Monday evening, October 7, in part, after a five-day break, as the authorities stopped the Internet service completely in all the provinces of the country except the Kurdistan region, on the second of October, one day after the Demonstrations of protests were marred by violence. With the return of the Internet continued to block the main communication sites used in Iraq, most notably Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Telegram, Amnesty International has called on the Iraqi authorities to "end the illegal ban on access to the Internet and social media." https://nnciraq.com/18841/
  3. High oil prices due to the turmoil in Iraq Economy ,oil prices ,rising oil prices 2019/10/08 05:19:29 Oil prices rose on Tuesday as supply concerns were fueled by unrest in crude producers Iraq and Ecuador as demand concerns were set aside as investors awaited the outcome of US-China trade talks this week. By 06:52 GMT, Brent crude rose 44 cents, or 0.8%, to $ 58.79 a barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate crude rose 42 cents, or 0.8%, to $ 53.17 a barrel. According to Reuters. Investors are cautious ahead of US-China talks due to be held in Washington on Thursday, although they are not expected to produce a comprehensive deal to end a trade war between the world's two largest economies. Protests in Iraq and Ecuador have threatened to disrupt production from both OPEC members, and the death toll in Iraq, OPEC's second-largest producer, rose after a week of unrest. The Ministry of Energy in Ecuador, one of the smallest producers in the "OPEC", which is scheduled to come out of the organization next year, said protests against austerity measures could reduce oil production by 59 thousand and 450 barrels per day. https://www.shafaaq.com/ar/اقتصـاد/ارتفاع-أسعار-النفط-بفعل-اضطرابات-العراق/
  4. 2019/10/08 13:59 The number of readings 18 Section: Iraq Abdul Mahdi and Halbousi discuss ways of coordination to achieve the demands of the demonstrators Baghdad / Obelisk: Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, on Tuesday, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Halbousi to discuss the demands of the demonstrators. "The meeting comes within the framework of continuous cooperation and coordination between the executive and legislative authorities, efforts to respond to legitimate demands and the sources of the Office of the Supreme Religious Reference in Friday sermon, and requests delivered by demonstrators in the light of direct meetings and contacts held," the office said. With their representatives. " The statement added, "They also discussed the package of reforms and the first decisions announced by the government and continue to submit them in order to reassure our people on the keenness of the executive and legislative authorities to listen to the right demands and respond to them, in addition to discussing the violations and attacks that led to the martyrs and wounded of demonstrators and members of the security services, The focus of efforts on maintaining security and stability after the return to normal conditions in Baghdad and the provinces. The Obelisk http://almasalah.com/ar/news/179768/عبد-المهدي-والحلبوسي-يبحثان-سبل-التنسيق-لتحقيق-مطالب-المتظاهرين
  5. 2019/10/08 13:21 The number of readings 37 Section: Iraq Tehran: We will soon present to the countries of the region the peace initiative in the Strait of Hormuz BAGHDAD / Obelisk: Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, said Tuesday that Tehran will soon submit to the countries of the region a written proposal for a peace initiative in the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said earlier that his country would present a "Hormuz Peace Initiative" on a collective partnership within the Gulf region. Rouhani stressed that Tehran looks forward to the participation of all countries in the region in this initiative, without giving details. In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly at the end of last month, the Iranian president said that the security of the region will not be restored "unless the American forces leave". Obelisk follow-up agencies http://almasalah.com/ar/news/179764/طهران-سنعرض-على-دول-المنطقة-قريبا-مبادرة-السلام-بمضيق-هرمز
  6. 2019/10/08 13:14 Number of readings 26 Section: Iraq Babylon police announce the arrest of accused of killing a demonstrator BAGHDAD / Obelisk: The police command of Babylon announced on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, the arrest of an accused of killing a demonstrator in the province, during the recent demonstrations. "The arrest followed an immediate investigation into the incident to gather information and follow up on a number of relevant videos as well as to hear eyewitness testimony," the command said in a statement. The statement added that "all preliminary investigations indicate the involvement of the detainee to commit the crime," pointing out that "the leadership has taken all necessary legal measures against him." Follow the obelisk http://almasalah.com/ar/news/179763/شرطة-بابل-تعلن-القبض-على-متهم-بقتل-أحد-المتظاهرين
  7. 2019/10/08 10:25 Number of readings 83 Section: Iraq The House of Representatives discusses the demands of the demonstrators and the Council of Ministers will issue the second package of reforms BAGHDAD / Obelisk: The Iraqi Council of Representatives will convene on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, to discuss the demonstrations and the demands of the demonstrators, while the Council of Ministers will issue the second package of reforms. "The Iraqi parliament is expected to convene at 1:30 pm on Tuesday to discuss the demonstrations and the demands of the demonstrators," a source familiar with the media said. "The cabinet will issue today the second package of demonstrators' demands and important decisions," the source added. It is noteworthy that the Iraqi government had begun to implement the first package of demands, and announced the appointment of 1344 holders of certificates, and exempted farmers and farmers from the annual rent of agricultural land and Oaza work will launch an electronic form for the grant of the unemployed. Follow the obelisk http://almasalah.com/ar/news/179745/مجلس-النواب-يناقش-مطالب-المتظاهرين-و-مجلس-الوزراء-سيصدر-الحزمة-الثانية-من-الاصلاحات
  8. 2019/10/08 10:10 Number of readings 39 Section: Iraq Security forces reopen the Green Zone after being closed due to demonstrations Baghdad / Obelisk: Sources reported Tuesday, October 8, 2019, the reopening of the Green Zone in central Baghdad to the movement of citizens, after the temporary closure due to recent events in the capital. The sources said that "the Green Zone was opened today after the stability of the situation and the return of normalcy to life," after the capital witnessed angry demonstrations, including violence led to the death and injury of hundreds, during the past seven days. She added that the opening of the area, which includes government headquarters and foreign embassies: "came after the success of negotiations between the Office of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and the demonstrators, and began to meet legitimate demands direct guidance by the Prime Minister, and after fruitful moves by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Halbousi and parliamentary committees." . Follow the obelisk http://almasalah.com/ar/news/179743/القوات-الأمنية-تعيد-فتح-المنطقة-الخضراء-بعد-إغلاقها-بسبب-التظاهرات
  9. The US-Iran Silent War Is Suddenly Transformed Into An "Iraq Uprising" by Tyler Durden Sun, 10/06/2019 - 23:40 1 SHARES TwitterFacebookRedditEmailPrint Authored by Elijah Magnier, Middle East based chief international war correspondent for Al Rai Media The last four days have shown that the ongoing US-Iran war is acutely affecting the whole region. This is now evident in Iraq where more than 105 people have been killed and thousands wounded in the course of demonstrations that engulfed the capital Baghdad and southern Shia cities including Amara, Nasririyeh, Basrah, Najaf and Karbalaa. Similar demonstrations could erupt in Beirut and other Lebanese cities due to the similarity of economic conditions in the two countries. The critical economic situation in the Middle East offers fertile ground for uprisings that lead to general chaos. Iraq has special status due to its position, since the 2003 US occupation of the country, as both an Iranian and as a US ally. Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi up to now has armed himself with article 8 of the constitution, seeking to keep Iraq as a balancing point between all allies and neighboring countries, and to prevent Mesopotamia from becoming a battlefield for conflicts between the US and Iran or Saudi Arabia and Iran. Notwithstanding the efforts of Baghdad officials, the deterioration of the domestic economic situation in Iraq has pushed the country into a situation comparable to that of those Middle Eastern countries who were hit by the so-called “Arab Spring”. Fueled by real grievances including lack of job opportunities and severe corruption, domestic uprisings were manipulated by hostile foreign manipulation for purposes of regime change; these efforts have been ongoing in Syria since 2011. Baghdad believes that foreign and regional countries took advantage of the justified demands of the population to implement their own agenda, with disastrous consequences for the countries in question. Sources within the office of the Iraqi Prime Minister said “the recent demonstrations were already planned a couple of months ago. Baghdad was working to try and ease the situation in the country, particularly since the demands of the population are legitimate. The Prime Minister has inherited the corrupt system that has developed since 2003; hundreds of billions of dollars have been diverted into the pockets of corrupt politicians. Moreover, the war on terror used not only all the country’s resources but forced Iraq to borrow billions of dollars for the reconstruction of the security forces and other basic needs.” 142 people are talking about this “The latest demonstrations were supposed to be peaceful and legitimate because people have the right to express their discontent, concerns and frustration. However, the course of events showed a different objective: 16 members of the security forces were killed along with tens of civilians and many government and party buildings were set on fire and completely destroyed. This sort of behavior has misdirected the real grievances of the population onto a disastrous course: creating chaos in the country. Who benefits from the disarray in Iraq?” The unrest in Iraqi cities coincides with an assassination attempt against Iran’s Soleimani. Sources believe that the “assassination attempt against the commander of the Iranian IRGC-Quds Brigade Qassem Soleimani is not a pure coincidence but related to events in Iraq”. “Soleimani was in Iraq during the selection of the key leaders of the country. He has a lot of influence, like the Americans who have their own people. If Soleimani is removed, those who may have been behind the recent unrest may think it will create enough confusion in Iraq and Iran, allowing room for a possible coup d’état carried out by military or encouraged by foreign forces, Saudi Arabia and the US in this case. Killing Soleimani, in the minds of foreign actors, could lead to chaos, leading to a reduction of Iranian influence in Iraq”, said the sources. The recent decisions of Abdel Mahdi made him extremely unpopular with the US. He has declared Israel responsible for the destruction of the five warehouses of the Iraqi security forces, Hashd al-Shaabi, and the killing of one commander on the Iraqi-Syrian borders. He opened the crossing at al-Qaem between Iraq and Syria to the displeasure of the US embassy in Baghdad, whose officers expressed their discomfort to Iraqi officials. He expressed his willingness to buy the S-400 and other military hardware from Russia. Abdel Mahdi agreed with China to reconstruct essential infrastructure in exchange for oil, and gave a $284 million electricity deal to a German rather than an American company. The Iraqi Prime Minister refused to abide by US sanctions and is still buying electricity from Iran and allowing the exchange of commerce that is bringing large amounts of foreign currency and boosting the Iranian economy. And lastly, Abdel Mahdi rejected the “Deal of the Century” proposed by the US: he is trying to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia and therefore is showing his intention to keep away from the US objectives and policies in the Middle East. US officials expressed their complete dissatisfaction with Abdel Mahdi’s policy to many Iraqi officials. The Americans consider that their failure to capture Iraq as an avant-garde country against Iran is a victory for Tehran. However, this is not what the Iraqi Prime Minister is aiming at. He is genuinely trying to keep away from the US-Iran war, but is confronted with increasing difficulties. 65 people are talking about this Abdel Mahdi took over governance in Iraq when the economy was at a catastrophic level. He is struggling in his first year of governance even though Iraq is considered to have the fourth largest of the world’s oil reserves. A quarter of Iraq’s over 40 million people live at poverty level. The Marjaiya in Najaf intervened to calm down the situation, showing its capacity to control the mob. Its representative in Karbalaa Sayyed Ahmad al-Safi emphasises the importance of fighting corruption and creating an independent committee to put the country back on track. Al-Safi said it was necessary to start serious reforms and asked the Parliament, in particular “the biggest coalition”, to assume its responsibility. The biggest group belongs to Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr, with 53 MPs. Moqtada declared – contrary to what the Marjaiya hoped – the suspension of his group from the parliament rather than assuming his responsibilities. Moqtada is calling for early elections, an election where he is not expected to gather more than 12-15 MPs. Al-Sadr, who visits Saudi Arabia and Iran for no strategic objective, is trying to ride the horse of grievance so he can take advantage of the just requests of the demonstrators. Moqtada and the other Shia groups who rule the country today, in alliance with Kurds and Sunni minorities, are the ones to respond to the people’s requests, and not hide behind those in the street asking for the end of corruption, for more job opportunities, and improvement of their conditions of life. Prime Minister Abdel Mahdi doesn’t have a magic wand; the people can’t wait for very long. Notwithstanding their justified demands, the people were “not alone in the streets. The majority of social media hashtags were Saudi: indicating that Abdel Mahdi’s visits to Saudi Arabia and his mediation between Riyadh and Tehran have not rendered him immune to regime change efforts supported by Saudi,” said the source. Indeed, Iraq’s neighbours gave strong indications to the Prime Minister that Iraq’s relation Iran is the healthiest and the most stable of relations with neighbouring countries. Tehran didn’t conspire against him even if it was the only country whose flag was burned by some demonstrators and reviled in the streets of Baghdad during the last days of unrest. 28 people are talking about this The critical economic situation is making the Middle East vulnerable to unrest. Most countries are suffering due to the US sanctions on Iran and the monstrous financial expenditure on US weapons. US President Donald Trump is trying hard to empty Arab leaders’ pockets and keep Iran as the main scarecrow to drain Gulf finances. The Saudi war on Yemen is also another destabilizing factor in the Middle East, allowing plenty of room for tension and confrontation. Iraq seems headed for instability as one aspect of the multidimensional US war on Iran; the US is demanding support and solidarity from Gulf and Arab countries to stand behind its plans. Iraq is not conforming to all US demands. The Iraqi parliament and political parties represent the majority of the population; regime change is therefore unlikely, but neighboring countries and the US will continue to exploit domestic grievances. It is not clear whether Abdel Mahdi will manage to keep Iraq stable. What is clear is that US-Iran tensions are not sparing any country in the Middle East https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-iran-silent-war-suddenly-transformed-iraq-uprising
  10. The Iraqi Foreign Ministry talks about "important" talks with Lavrov that included five files Politics ofMuhammad Ali HakimSergey Lavrov 2019/10/07 04:25:48 Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim has held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who is visiting Baghdad. Hakim said at a joint press conference with Lavrov, "We held important joint talks, including bilateral relations, and discussed political and regional issues, and discussed prospects of economic cooperation and investment for reconstruction and infrastructure projects, and exchanged views on the importance of increasing trade exchange between the two countries and enhance investment in energy and defense And oil. " Hakim added, "We focused on the cultural relationship and the movement of students in Russian universities, and stressed the unity of Syria and the unity of the track there and focused on the return of Syria to the Arab League, and stressed the course of Astana and Iraq looks forward to participate in the next meeting, as they discussed the fight against terrorism, especially those in Idlib Syria." . For his part, Lavrov said, "We must adhere to and implement the decisions taken at the eighth meeting of the Russian-Iraqi committee last April in Baghdad and noted the successful implementation of agreements and contracts and the supply of military equipment to the Iraqi side, as proposed." "We discussed the importance of strengthening cultural, educational and humanitarian cooperation," he said. "There are currently 3,000 Iraqi students and more than 100 Iraqi diplomats trained in special courses at the Russian Foreign Ministry's diplomatic academy. There will be 150 Iraqi diplomats next year." "We also discussed the importance of strengthening industrial cooperation in the field of combating terrorism at the industrial level or at the Baghdad Center for Information Exchange, which was established in 2015, which includes Iraq, Russia, Syria and Iran," he said. "We discussed the Syrian issue deeply and stressed the importance of continuing the fight against terrorism until it defeats all continuing terrorists in some areas. We also stressed the importance of launching an effective political process within the framework of the Constitutional Committee," he said. "With regard to the reduction of escalation in the Gulf, we have a united position that it is necessary to consolidate initiatives that bring together the forces of the region and the players rather than the initiatives that divide them." https://www.shafaaq.com/ar/سیاسة/الخارجية-العراقية-تتحدث-عن-مباحثات-مهمة-مع-لافرورف-شملت-خمسة-ملفات/
  11. Lavrov: We are satisfied with the normalization of the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil and continue that will develop Iraq economically Politics ofSergey Lavrov 2019/10/07 04:32:18 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed satisfaction at the normalization of relations between Baghdad and Erbil. Lavrov is in Baghdad for talks with his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed Ali al-Hakim. In a joint press conference after the meeting, Lavrov said, "We thank the Iraqis for valuable information on the completion of the process of forming the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government." "We reaffirm our satisfaction with the normalization of the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil, and stress that further strengthening the relationship will help support the economic development of Iraq as a whole and resolve all issues." https://www.shafaaq.com/ar/سیاسة/لافروف-مرتاحون-لتطبيع-علاقة-بغداد-واربيل-ومواصلة-ذلك-سينمي-العراق-اقتصاديا/
  12. Russian Foreign Minister arrives in Baghdad on a visit to the Kurdistan Region 2019/10/07 03:19:07 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Baghdad on Monday for a two-day official visit. Lavrov's visit comes at a time when the capital Baghdad and a number of provinces have been witnessing bloody protests since the middle of last week, which left dozens of demonstrators injured and thousands injured. Lavrov met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim, according to sources familiar with the matter. Lavrov will meet with Iraqi officials in Baghdad and Erbil. https://www.shafaaq.com/ar/سیاسة/وزير-الخارجية-الروسي-يصل-إلى-بغداد-في-زيارة-تشمل-اقليم-كوردستان/
  13. Ehab Al-Jubouri Monday, 07 October 2019 11:13 AM Iran sends militias supporters of Hussein and Bani Akram and Amir of the Faithful headed by Soleimani to suppress the demonstrations in Iraq FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsApp Informed sources revealed that the deputy of the Popular Mobilization Council, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, invoked the guidance of the Iranian regime Ali Khamenei to rescue Iranian agents and militias in Iraq. The engineer asked Khamenei to send armed militias to quell the popular uprising in Iraq. Indeed , Khamenei responded immediately to the request of the Engineer, to intervene after militia supporters of Hussein, the sons of Akram, and the Commander of the Faithful, as well as child elements for "Crown age" and Abu Fadl, through Munthareya east of Diyala on Wednesday , 2 October headed by the commander of Vliq Jerusalem terrorist Qassem Soleimani , all of which reached Iraq in civilian clothes under the pretext of a visit Arbain Hussein. The sources pointed out that an Iranian regiment entered from Mehran to Baghdad despite the closure of the border between the two countries. For their part, activists stressed that the demonstrators are still ongoing protests against Iranian political and military intervention in Iraq. They added that the protesters had to start the demonstrations at night to stay away from sniper bullets, and stressed that those who kill the demonstrators are Iranian elements as well as Iraqi pro-mullahs of Tehran, and said: They wear black military uniforms. In moves by Iranian militias, the Fatah Alliance led by Hadi al-Amiri, Iran's arm of Iraq, called on the three presidencies to open up positively to Khamenei's directives, vowing to make every effort to kill the popular uprising. For his part, said the Iraqi media Othman al-Mukhtar, the people of Najaf and the southern provinces tore pictures of Shiite religious symbols such as Khamenei and Yaqoubi, and others known for loyalty to Tehran in opposition to their control of institutions and decisions and sponsor the rampant corruption in the country. Mukhtar pointed out that the crackdowns escalated at a rapid pace, and the ceiling against the demonstrators became higher, using live ammunition. Regarding Iran's control of Iraq, Al-Mukhtar stressed that there is a full state of awareness in the Shiite community that political Islam in general and sectarianism in particular led the country to this situation, considering that the Iranian regime is the sponsor and the cause of underdevelopment and collapse in various vital sectors. He added: Our country received as revenues in 10 years $ 150 billion, in addition to $ 200 billion in grants and aid, despite these fictional sums, Iraq has collapsed health, education and economic, and increased rates of unemployment and drug abuse. https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/ar/Story/181393/إيران-ترسل-ميليشيات-أنصار-الحسين-وبني-أكرم-وأمير-المؤمنين-برئاسة-سليماني-لقمع-تظاهرات-العراق
  14. Iraqi government retaliates against journalists and activists for taking demonstrations "Online" Monday 07 October 2019 save Print Baghdad - Writings Complete encirclement of demonstrations and unprecedented punishment for all those who participated in the transfer of the movements of Iraqis and send their voice abroad through the publication of videos and pictures of the mass movement against the Iraqi government and parties and against Iranian domination of the Iraqi decision. On October 7, 2019, Iraqi journalists were quoted as saying that they had issued government instructions to arrest dozens of activists and journalists for covering demonstrations and exposing demonstrators. It also quoted Iraqi tweets on the social networking site Twitter as saying that the arrest and detention orders included about 130 Iraqi activists and journalists, based on Article 4 of the Terrorism Law, while the real reason was their coverage of the demonstrations in Iraq, which killed about 115 people and more than 6100 injured as a result The use of excessive force and live bullets against peaceful protesters since the beginning of angry protests Tuesday 1 October 2019. https://kitabat.com/news/الحكومة-العراقية-تنتقم-من-الصحفيين-وا/
  15. 2019/10/07 12:40 The number of readings 65 Section: Iraq Khamenei warns of a conspiracy to divide the Iraqi and Iranian peoples Baghdad / Obelisk: Khamenei calls Iraq protests "conspiracy" TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian leader Ali Khamenei warned on Sunday of a conspiracy of enemies aimed at differentiating the Iraqi and Iranian peoples. "Iran and Iraq are two peoples whose bodies, hearts an d souls are linked to the means of believing in God and love for the Ahl al-Bayt and Hussein bin Ali," Khamenei said in a tweet on his Twitter account. "This connection will grow more and more intense. Enemies seek to differentiate, but they are incapacitated and their conspiracy will have no effect." http://almasalah.com/ar/news/179735/المرشد-خامنئي-يحذر-من-مؤامرة-للتفريق-بين-الشعبين-العراقي-والايراني
  16. More die as Iraq spirals into chaos PM released a 17-point plan in reaction to the protesters demands Families of killed during demonstrations will get payouts BAGHDAD: Iraq was spiralling into chaos on Sunday as eight more people were killed and 25 injured on a sixth day of protests against corruption, unemployment and failed public services. The latest violence raised the total number of deaths to 104 people and more than 6,000 wounded in less than a week of unrest, Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Saad Maan said on Sunday on state TV. Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced a series of reforms after an “extraordinary” overnight Cabinet session, but politicians and others told Arab News they would not be enough to end the protests. Abdul Mahdi’s 17-point plan was the result of an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday night and comes after days of offering only vague reform promises. It includes increased subsidized housing for the poor, stipends for the unemployed as well as training programs and small loans initiatives for unemployed youth. “Abdul Mahdi is floundering,” a prominent Shiite politician said. “The problem is clear and the solutions are obvious, but he is too weak to make a bold decision and act. “What he has to do is abandon the net of corrupt people surrounding him who actually govern, but he won’t do that and they will not let him.” Abdul Mahdi’s reform plan included granting of plots of land to low-income families, building 100,000 new homes in poor areas, a monthly grant to the unemployed and the disabled, small trading stalls to provide job opportunities, and new training courses for graduates. Analysts said it would not be enough to assuage protesters who accuse the prime minister of turning a blind eye to excessive force by Iranian-backed armed factions. “Live bullets were the first choice of these forces, without hesitation,” an Iraqi human-rights activist told Arab News. Abdul Mahdi’s backers would view the fall of his government as a victory for the US and its allies, observers said. “The pressure on Abdul Mahdi from his allies to prevent his resignation or retreat is enormous,” analyst Rahman Al-Jobouri told Arab News. “What is clear is that the protests will not end, but what is clearer is that Abdul Mahdi will not resign.” Latest deaths The latest deaths on Sunday came in new clashes between protesters and police in the eastern Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, where security forces used live rounds and tear gas. Maan said 18 people died overnight on Saturday, and masked gunmen dressed in black stormed TV channel offices in Baghdad, including Saudi-owned Al Arabiya, where they attacked staff and destroyed equipment. He said eight members of the security forces were among those killed and 51 public buildings and eight political party headquarters had been torched by protesters. At least 18 people were killed in clashes between anti-government protesters and police in Baghdad on Saturday night, according to police and medical sources. Protests, the scale of which has taken authorities by surprise, have come as the cabinet has tried to appease public anger over corruption and unemployment with a new reform plan. Two years after the defeat of Daesh, security is better than it has been in years, but corruption is rampant, wrecked infrastructure has not been rebuilt and jobs remain scarce. The families of those killed during demonstrations this week will also get payouts and care usually granted to members of the security forces killed during war. “Amid all of this, I swear to God that my only concern is for the casualties,” Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said during the cabinet meeting, according to state TV. The streets of the capital were quiet so far on Sunday. Protests have tended to gather steam later in the day. The clashes shattered a day of relative calm on Saturday after authorities lifted a curfew and traffic moved normally in the center of Baghdad. Hundreds of security personnel were deployed in the streets. The demonstrations began in Baghdad on Tuesday but have spread quickly spread to other cities mainly in the south. In the city of Nasiriya, where at least 18 people were killed during the week, police fired live rounds at demonstrators on Saturday. Twenty-four people were wounded in the clashes overnight, including seven policemen, according to security, hospital and morgue sources. Protesters also torched the headquarters of several political parties in Nasiriya, police said. These included the headquarters of the powerful Dawa party that dominated Iraq’s government from 2003 until 2018 elections. Violence also broke out again in Diwaniya, another city south of Baghdad killing at least one person, police said. New plan not enough The cabinet’s new plan may not be enough to placate protesters and the politicians who’ve sided with them. Opposition to the government among parliamentary blocs who have begun boycotting legislative meetings is already brewing, adding pressure on Abdul Mahdi and his cabinet to step down. Influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, who has a mass popular following and controls a large chunk of parliament, demanded on Friday that the government resign and snap elections be held. At least one other major parliamentary grouping allied itself with Sadr against the government. But powerful political parties which have dominated Iraqi politics since the 2003 US-led invasion and toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein have not indicated they are willing to relinquish the institutions they control. The unrest is the deadliest Iraq has seen since the declared defeat of Daesh in 2017 and has shaken Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi’s year-old government. Iraqis fear the violence will continue to escalate. The violence continued as people began journeying across southern Iraq for the Shiite pilgrimage of Arbaeen, which is expected to attract 20 million worshipers. https://www.arabnews.com/node/1564921/middle-east
  17. 2019/10/06 19:55 Number of readings 114 Sectio Joint operations: 104 people, including 8 associates, were killed and 6107 others injured during the demonstration Baghdad / Obelisk: Joint Operations Command announced on Sunday, "the martyrdom" 104, including 8 associates and wounding 6107 others, pointing to the arrest of some "engineers". "The current toll from the events that accompanied the demonstrations is the death of 104 people, including eight members of the security services," a spokesman for the joint operations told a news conference. Maan added that "the number of injured demonstrators and associates reached 6107 injured in the events of demonstrations," pointing out that "security forces were able to arrest some of the engineers during the demonstrations." The Obelisk http://almasalah.com/ar/news/179733/العمليات-المشتركة-استشهاد-104-بينهم-8-منتسبين-وإصابة-6107-آخرين-خلال-التظاهرات
  18. Defense and Interior confirms that live bullets are not used in front of demonstrators Sunday 06 October 2019 save Print Baghdad - Writings The Ministries of Defense and Interior confirmed that their members did not target any of the Iraqi demonstrators with live bullets and that the shooting was in the air only to disperse the demonstrations away from vital installations. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Interior made it clear at a joint press conference held on Sunday, October 6, 2019, to find out the latest developments of the events of the huge demonstrations that took place in most of the provinces of Iraq, led by the capital Baghdad since the beginning of October. Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman hinted that malicious hands were behind the targeting of protesters on Friday, stressing that there was no clash between security forces and demonstrators, as confirmed by the Ministry of Defense spokesman as well. He also announced the death toll of the demonstrations to 104 dead and about 6100 injured, including a victim in the ranks of the security forces. In conjunction with these statements, activists on social media circulated a picture of masked elements dressed in black clothes, which they say is the one who kills protesters with live bullets and injures police and the army as well as to trap between the demonstrators and the security forces. https://kitabat.com/news/الدفاع-والداخلية-يؤكدان-عدم-استخدام-ا/
  19. Death toll in Iraq protests reaches 104, more than 6,000 wounded PM released a 17-point plan in reaction to the protesters demands Families of killed during demonstrations will get payouts BAGHDAD: At least 104 people have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded in less than a week of unrest in Iraq, Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Saad Maan said on Sunday on state TV. Maan said eight members of the security forces were among those killed and 51 public buildings and eight political party headquarters had been torched by protesters. At least 18 people were killed in clashes between anti-government protesters and police in Baghdad on Saturday night, according to police and medical sources. Protests, the scale of which has taken authorities by surprise, have come as the cabinet has tried to appease public anger over corruption and unemployment with a new reform plan. Two years after the defeat of Daesh, security is better than it has been in years, but corruption is rampant, wrecked infrastructure has not been rebuilt and jobs remain scarce. Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s 17-point plan was the result of an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday night and comes after days of offering only vague reform promises. It includes increased subsidized housing for the poor, stipends for the unemployed as well as training programs and small loans initiatives for unemployed youth. The families of those killed during demonstrations this week will also get payouts and care usually granted to members of the security forces killed during war. “Amid all of this, I swear to God that my only concern is for the casualties,” Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said during the cabinet meeting, according to state TV. The streets of the capital were quiet so far on Sunday. Protests have tended to gather steam later in the day. The clashes shattered a day of relative calm on Saturday after authorities lifted a curfew and traffic moved normally in the center of Baghdad. Hundreds of security personnel were deployed in the streets. The demonstrations began in Baghdad on Tuesday but have spread quickly spread to other cities mainly in the south. In the city of Nasiriya, where at least 18 people were killed during the week, police fired live rounds at demonstrators on Saturday. Twenty-four people were wounded in the clashes overnight, including seven policemen, according to security, hospital and morgue sources. Protesters also torched the headquarters of several political parties in Nasiriya, police said. These included the headquarters of the powerful Dawa party that dominated Iraq’s government from 2003 until 2018 elections. Violence also broke out again in Diwaniya, another city south of Baghdad killing at least one person, police said. The cabinet’s new plan may not be enough to placate protesters and the politicians who’ve sided with them. Opposition to the government among parliamentary blocs who have begun boycotting legislative meetings is already brewing, adding pressure on Abdul Mahdi and his cabinet to step down. Influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, who has a mass popular following and controls a large chunk of parliament, demanded on Friday that the government resign and snap elections be held. At least one other major parliamentary grouping allied itself with Sadr against the government. But powerful political parties which have dominated Iraqi politics since the 2003 US-led invasion and toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein have not indicated they are willing to relinquish the institutions they control. In eastern Baghdad on Friday and Saturday, police snipers shot at demonstrators and several people were wounded, Reuters reporters said. Security services said the violence killed 8 members of the security forces and wounded more than 1,000, state television reported. At least 95 demonstrators have died across Iraq, according to a Reuters tally based on police and medical sources. Iraq’s semi-official High Commission for Human Rights had put the toll at 99 dead since protests broke out on Tuesday. The unrest is the deadliest Iraq has seen since the declared defeat of Daesh in 2017 and has shaken Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s year-old government. Iraqis fear the violence will continue to escalate. The violence continued as people began journeying across southern Iraq for the Shiite pilgrimage of Arbaeen, which is expected to attract 20 million worshipers. https://www.arabnews.com/node/1564921/middle-east
  20. Rebounds Sunday, October 062 019 17:34 Iran's Revolutionary Guards threaten to suppress any protests against the regime in southwestern Iran TEHRAN (Reuters) - A commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards threatened on Sunday to crack down on protests against the government and government in the town of Lardaghan, in the southwestern province of Jhar Mahal and Bakhtiari. The commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Maj. Gen. Ali Muhammad Akbari, in a speech to the people of the city of "Lrdgan", claimed that the protests on Friday and Saturday in this city are advocates of return and hypocrites of the Khalq and anti-revolution. Protests broke out last Friday and Saturday against the Iranian government over the HIV epidemic, which was spread as a result of a mistake by the Iranian Health Ministry by vaccinating the people of this city with contaminated injections. The threat of Major General Akbari, after a wave of protests began yesterday, Isfahan province , central Iran , organized by members of national Allorah victory for the people of lordegan city. In the march, the demonstrators carried banners reading: "Lori will not yield to humiliation .. O corrupt official boarded." The lor is one of the components of the non-Persian peoples in Iran, and they are located in different cities and provinces, and most of them are located in western Iran in Lorestan, Kermanshah, Ilam, Hamadan, Mezandran, Kurdistan, Mahabad and Bakhtiari. https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/ar/Story/181389/الحرس-الثوري-الإيراني-يهدد-بقمع-أي-احتجاجات-تخرج-ضد-النظام-جنوب-غرب-إيران
  21. Demonstrators tear pictures of religious references and record the moment when armed elements stormed the satellite channels Sunday 06 October 2019 save Print Baghdad - Writings Activists posted on social media Twitter, Sunday, October 6, 2019, videos of moments to tear up the protesters image of the Jacobite Marabha Islamic Virtue Party in Nasiriyah. The media also published a video showing the moment when armed elements stormed the cars "Land Cruise" to the Arab satellite site and the destruction of its devices to prevent it from covering the huge demonstrations witnessed in Iraq since the first of October, as part of a systematic campaign to suppress the demonstrators and prevent any media from disclosing the truth Protesters by masked gunmen say they belong to Iran, the Badr Organization, Asaib Ahl al-Haq and other factions. In another context, called on the United Nations Mission in Iraq to stop the violence in the country, stressing that those responsible for the violence must be held accountable. 246 people are talking about this 27 people are talking about this https://kitabat.com/news/متظاهرون-يمزقون-صور-مراجع-دينية-وتسجي/
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