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  1. Monday، 20 May 2019 09:25 PM Iraq not able to mediate between US, Iran: MP Habib Secretary Pompeo Meets Iraqi Foreign Minister Hakim - US Department of State Iraqi MP Aras Habib expected the US-Iranian crisis to continue to escalate for a while without a direct confrontation due to the danger it poses on their interests in the region and the world, adding that it would be difficult for Iraq to play the role of mediator between the two countries. "The positions and statements exchanged between the two parties are what each of them tries to [use] to exploit the regional and international situation to his advantage by mobilizing support…" Habib said in press remarks. He also questioned the ability of Iraq to play the role of the mediator between the parties, noting that Iraq will be the first to be harmed if any future conflict takes place in the region. Tensions have escalated recently between the US and Iran with increasing concerns about a potential US-Iran war. Earlier this week the US pulled some diplomatic staff from its embassy in Baghdad following weekend attacks on four oil tankers in the Gulf, Reuters reported.
  2. Iraq’s Iran-backed militias repudiate missile attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone Kosar Nawzad | 14 minutes ago Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, that includes government offices and foreign embassies, including the US embassy. (Photo: Reuters) Iraq Baghdad US Iran Tehran Hashd al-Shaabi AAH ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iran-backed Shia militia leaders on Monday distanced themselves from a rocket attack a day earlier that was directed at the Iraqi capital’s fortified Green Zone, landing near the US embassy complex. The attack, conducted using a Katyusha rocket with no casualties reported, came amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran, as the former re-imposed and later compounded economic and political sanctions on Iran after it withdrew last year from the landmark nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The US recently announced further military deployments to the Persian Gulf to deter possible attacks by Iranian forces and its proxies across the Middle East. Washington also ordered on Wednesday the departure of nonessential US staff in its mission offices across Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and suspended visa services. Concerns over potential attacks by Iran-backed entities in Iraq have piled among other diplomatic offices. On Thursday, British paper The Guardian reported, citing two intelligence sources, that famed Iranian general Qasim Soleimani, head of the Quds force of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), had earlier met with Iraqi militia leaders and told them to “prepare for a proxy war.”
  3. Barzani sends a letter to the United Nations on its representation in Kurdistan and Article 140 of the Constitutionكوردســتانيات/بارزاني-يبعث-رسالة-للأمم-المتحدة-بشأن-تمثيلها-بكوردستان-والمادة-140-من-الدستور/ 2019/05/20 02:06:43 "The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Nezhirvan Barzani, the United Nations to play a major role in the application of Article 140 of the Constitution on the disputed areas between Arbil and Baghdad. The United Nations is scheduled to hold a special session on the situation in Iraq on Monday. Barzani said in a letter addressed to the United Nations and the UN Security Council that the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations can play a "major role" as a neutral party to begin an "intensive dialogue" between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve differences and outstanding issues, including the application of Article 140 of the Constitution. Barzani called in his letter to raise the level of representation of the United Nations in the province of Kurdistan, and that the appointment of a UN official in Erbil, the level of Deputy Secretary General's envoy. He called on the prime minister of the region to appoint a person as humanitarian affairs for the United Nations since the post has been vacant since 2015 and so far. Barzani suggested transferring the headquarters of the United Nations humanitarian programs from Baghdad to Erbil because 90% of the refugees from Syria in Iraq, and 60% of the displaced from inside Iraq are in the Kurdistan Region.
  4. Trump: Iran's economy is collapsing ... They will ask to negotiate World | 09:13 - 20/05/2019 Follow up Mawazine News US President Donald Trump said Iran's economy was continuing to collapse and that the Iranians would ask to negotiate with Washington. There is a war of words between US and Iranian officials against the backdrop of the recent escalation between the two countries in the Gulf region. "Some media outlets are spreading false news about what is happening between us and Iran," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Without any knowledge, they say the United States is trying to negotiate with Iran." "These are false reports, and Iran will communicate with us when they are ready to negotiate," he said. "Their economy continues to collapse, and this is very sad news for the Iranians." Trump, Iran, on Sunday threatened that the war meant its end, as tension between the two countries in the Gulf region escalated. "If Iran wants war, that war will be the official end," Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday (May 19th). "Do not threaten the United States again." The US aircraft carrier "Abraham Lincoln" arrived in the Arabian Sea on its way to the Gulf, against the background of the recent escalation between America and Iran, which threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz. Despite the enormous power of the US aircraft carrier, its presence in the waters of the Gulf makes it less maneuverable and threatens to be targeted by Iranian naval forces or a barrage of coastal missiles. The US Central Command said in a statement to Facebook on Thursday (May 9th) that the purpose of sending the US aircraft carrier "Abraham Lincoln" and the accompanying attack force, in addition to the presence of US bombers "B52" at the base of many in Qatar, America and the interests of America's allies in the region. Iran is preparing to protect its coastlines and impose its presence in the waters of the Gulf with a naval force that includes speedboats and light submarines that can operate in shallow waters and carry out rapid attacks compared to the limited capacity of US aircraft carriers in those waters. Ended m h n
  5. Ghazi assured a delegation from the Kurdistan region that a joint mechanism should be put in place to manage the victims' file Political | 09:10 - 20/05/2019 Baghdad Mawazine News The Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Hamid Naim Al-Ghazi, stressed the importance of coordinating relations, and addressing the joint files between the governments of the Center and the region. Al-Ghazi said in a statement to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers during a meeting with the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal of the Kurdistan Regional Government Parvan Hamdi and his accompanying delegation "the desire of the Federal Government to strengthen this relationship, in accordance with its directives to deal equally between citizens from the south of the country to the north." The two sides discussed "the possibility of transferring the files of victims of the former regime to the institutions of martyrs and political prisoners of the federal." For his part, called on Hamdi to prepare a joint operation mechanism between Baghdad and the region to manage the file of victims of martyrs and political prisoners, praising the pivotal role of the Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers in the administration and coordination of many important files between various government formations and local and international non-governmental organizations.
  6. Canada will continue to strengthen bilateral relationship with Kurdistan Region SUN, 19 MAY 2019 22:08 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa on Saturday, May 18th met with the Head of Canada's Embassy Office in Erbil, Ms. Nancy Bergeron, to exchange views on the latest political developments in Kurdistan Region and its relations with Baghdad. Minister Mustafa, Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), highlighted the progress made in bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and Canada in the economic, trade, cultural and scientific fields. Ms. Bergeron said Canada will continue to strengthen relationships and activities with the Kurdistan Region in the areas of diplomacy, humanitarian assistance, stability and security in the region and beyond. The Assistant Head of DFR, Ms. Siham Jabali Mamand, also attended the meeting
  7. Secretary of the Council of Ministers to a Kurdish delegation: the government deals with the equal with the Iraqis Editorial Date: 20/5/2019 20:48 • 62 times read (Baghdad: Al-Furat News) Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Hamid Naim al-Ghazi, stressed the importance of coordination of relations, and address the files shared between the governments of the Center and the region. Al-Ghazi said in a statement to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers during a meeting with the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal of the Kurdistan Regional Government Parvan Hamdi and his accompanying delegation "the desire of the Federal Government to strengthen this relationship, in accordance with its directives to deal equally between citizens from the south of the country to the north." The two sides discussed "the possibility of transferring the files of victims of the former regime to the institutions of martyrs and political prisoners of the federal." For his part, Hamdi called for the preparation of a joint operation mechanism between Baghdad and the region to manage the file of the victims of martyrs and political prisoners, praising the pivotal role of the Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers in the administration and coordination of many important files between various government formations and local and international non-governmental organizations.
  8. Sheikh Karbalai: We are trying to preserve the unity of the Iraqis and not just by talking "The supreme religious authority has always recommended that we deal with all Iraqis," Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai said during a meeting with Ambassador Tredin Dobson. Equality, and to defend the rights of everyone without secondary addresses, "noting that" the supreme religious authority, the author of the fatwa to defend Iraq, provided logistical support to families in the areas occupied by a preacher and is always calling for peaceful coexistence between the components of Iraqi society. " "The position of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with the victims of terrorism in her country, is a humane treatment advocated by all the heavenly religions," Sheikh Karbalai said. "We are trying to preserve the unity of the Iraqi people, not only by talking, but by working, so the reference, Mr. Sistani, today cares for all Iraqis and rejects anyone who speaks words that lead to extremism from any side," he said. Views Date Added 20/05/2019 Content number 23667
  9. Morning in the eyes of economists and interested Sunday 19 Mayالصباح-في-عيون-خبراء-الاقتصاد-والمهتمين Morning in the eyes of economists and interested Baghdad / Economic morning The eyes of the economists did not ignore the media messages of Al-Sabah newspaper. Today, on its sixteenth anniversary, its families share their joy in continuing the successes of this voice that express the lives of the people. No side has ignored and responded to events with all transparency and impartiality, and presented them to the public with precise details that were not available in other media . Appearance of Mohammed Saleh The financial advisor to Prime Minister Dr. Mazhar Mohammed Saleh said: "Sincere congratulations to Al Sabah Newspaper and all its employees in their annual memory, especially those on the economic page. This page showed its interactive strength with national, regional and international economic events and with high credibility. Visions and charting the future economic and social prospects. " "The economic team of Al-Sabah Newspaper has rightly demonstrated the ability to draw up dynamic, continuous interactive links with economic events, to predict them or to counteract the negative phenomena and repercussions. Thus, while the economic page continues its role in reflecting the role and impact of government economic policies In the construction of the foundations of prosperity and economic development, it did not ignore the importance of market economy and the role of the private sector in determining the parameters and foundations of the future economic country, which takes the social market philosophy of ideal and optimal, especially the role of the private sector in the drawing of evidence Ml affecting the emergence of generating forces with institutional character actors and guarantors of the stability and growth of the national market. " Mustafa Abdel Hussein International Energy Expert Mustapha Abdul Hussein said: "Since the establishment of Al-Sabah, it has played a good enlightening role by presenting diverse topics and analyzes, sources, experts and all matters of economy, energy, and politics, expressing the views of those concerned about the triangle of progress based on these three ribs The scope of the intellectual product presentation varied to different levels of recipients, which helped spread the newspaper and receive it openly and with an enlightened mind by all popular groups, Which has gained great popularity, especially after the recent changes in the output of a new suit and a number of pages compatible with what is prevalent in the national newspapers deployed in the region was a wonderful breakthrough. "Perhaps the best feature of (Sabah) economic page, which included articles and interviews of Iraqi economists and energy, with the opening of that page windows of the world economic thought, and reinforced by studies that included tables and numbers have always been a reference to us in the daily knowledge shared by the elite of economic investigators And researchers for the latest scientific research results. " Bassem Antoine Vice President of the Baghdad Economic Forum Bassem Antoine warned that "the morning newspaper Abu, fully aware of what this phrase means, find her family working towards standing up at all paths of life and challenges faced without distinction, and this counts, today bless our newspaper glue her feast and more Of success and development, and remains the voice important to support the process of economic development and continued its important step in the follow-up to the local economic, regional and international in a manner can be described as wonderful. " Amer Issa Jeweler A member of the Baghdad Economic Forum, Amer Issa Al-Jawahiri said: "The morning newspaper Al-Glagh contributed through the size of its spread and its official commitment and its management in the course of coverage and participation in the event and in directing public opinion to have a constructive role in the active contribution to its development and prosperity. In this context, it is necessary to increase the monitoring, evaluation and follow-up of all sections and terms of reference of the newspaper on the achievements of the government program and the development plan and the extent of developments and changes in the sides. B socio-economic - cultural - societal - political values ". We also propose that each section of the newspaper organize an expanded semi-annual seminar, including axes to be agreed upon with the stakeholders, aimed at promoting and developing the work policies and methodology of the partnership aiming at prosperity and improving the position of Iraq internally, regionally and internationally. Ahmed Omar Al Rawi "I congratulate Al-Sabah on the day of its establishment, and the dear economic page and its cadres all the greetings and appreciation in the hope of further progress and expand the area (economic) to include more tender, and the inclusion of other numbers of readers eager for information in this area, . "The economic page is distinguished by the diversity of its subjects between the economic column and the vision, and the local, Arab and international reports, in a unique and strong economic manner that raised the interest of those concerned with economic affairs from experts, research centers and economic forums, as well as officials of banks and government and local banks and the Central Bank of Iraq. The Ministry of Water Resources and the Ministry of Water Resources, in addition to the participation of a number of not a few writers specialized in economic affairs from inside and outside the country, God bless the efforts of the staff of the economic page and wish them progress and We are with you to bring the page with all that concerns the national and regional economy And international ". Wafa Al Mahdawi Dr. Wafaa Al-Mahdawi said: "Congratulations to Al-Sabah Newspaper on its 16th anniversary, and on this occasion we applaud the efforts of the press corps of editors, correspondents and photographers in this distinguished media work in the country.
  10. US Military Convoy of 60 Vehicles Enters Iraq from Jordan: Source Basnews English 20/05/2019 - 17:38 Published in Iraq ERBIL — US forces have mobilized a large convoy of over 60 vehicles from Jordan into Iraq’s western province of Anbar where the largest US military base on Iraq’s territory is located, a military source from Anbar told BasNews. “More than 60 US military vehicles entered Iraq through Trrebil border crossing on Monday and moved towards Ain al-Assad Airbase near al-Baghdadi district of western Anbar province,” said the source. He noted that the convoy was accompanied by security protection and aerial coverage while moving from Jordan to Iraq. According to the source, the US military across the border strip between Iraq and Syria, at the Ain al-Assad Airbase and Habbaniyah base, are all receiving reinforcement now. The report comes amid increasing tensions between US and Iran. Washington has already increased the level of threat in Iraq, suspecting Iran and its militias forces in Iraq of taking actions against the US forces, diplomats, citizens and interests. Earlier on Sunday, a Katyusha rocket was fired onto Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone where the US embassy is located. Reports claimed that the rocket had landed only half a kilometer far from the US embassy building.
  11. Pompeo informs President Saleh that his country does not want war with Iran 20/05/2019 05:44 PM Al-Ahed News - Baghdad Spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic, Luqman al-Faily, said that there is no Iraqi mediation between Tehran and Washington so far. He said in a press statement, "The American and Iranian parties did not ask for such mediation, but there is an Iraqi effort to ease the tension because we are involved in this conflict." On the content of the talks held by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Iraq recently, and his meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih, the spokesman pointed out that "Pompeo stressed that his country does not want war with Iran."
  12. UN in Iraq should play mediator in Kirkuk dispute: PM Barzani By Majeed Gly 26 minutes ago Iraqi forces stationed at a military base west of Kirkuk in October 2017 after the fall of the oil-rich province of Kirkuk. File photo: Marwan Ibrahim / AFP NEW YORK – In a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani proposed five key points for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) to consider in its agenda for the country. Rudaw obtained a copy of the letter that was sent three weeks before the United Nations Security Council voted on a resolution to extend the term of UNAMI for another year. The letter was sent amid efforts by the Iraqi government to prepare a plan to reduce the UN agenda in Iraq. Kirkuk and other disputed areas feature prominently in the letter in which Barzani says the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy can “play a main role” as a mediator to commence serious and intense dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad in order to resolve problems between the two by, among other things, “implementing article 140 of the Iraqi constitution.” The UN Security Council extends the term of UNAMI by passing a resolution determining its agenda every year. In recent years, the UN did not prioritize the problem of Kirkuk and article 140 of the Iraqi constitution due to protests by Baghdad. In a similar letter by the KRG to the UN Secretary General and members of the Security Council last year, the KRG had called on the UN to broaden its role in Iraq in order to resolve the question of Kirkuk and other disputed areas. The United States supported the request, but the United Kingdom ignored it. This year’s draft resolution of UNAMI does not address the problem of Kirkuk and other disputed areas, according to a diplomatic source. The UN is due to hold a vote on the draft on May 31. Member states have not yet responded to Barzani’s letter. Oil-rich Kirkuk, which Kurds consider to be akin to their Jerusalem, was seized from the Peshmerga by Iraqi forces and Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitias in October 2017 following the Kurdistan independence referendum. Kurdish forces had protected the disputed city from Islamic State (ISIS) attack since 2014. Under the 2005 Iraqi constitution, the Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen of Kirkuk are supposed to settle the question of whether the province belongs to federal Iraq or the Kurdistan Region in a referendum. Such a vote has never taken place. In the letter, Barzani also calls on the UN to upgrade its mission in the Kurdistan Region and appoint a high-level official to Erbil – like a deputy envoy to the UN Secretary General. The prime minister also asks the UN to appoint someone to the humanitarian affairs post which has remained vacant since 2015. Barzani also calls on the UN to move its main humanitarian affairs office from Baghdad to Erbil, as “90 percent of Syrian refugees in Iraq and 60 percent of all Iraqi IDPs are based in the Kurdistan Region.” The Kurdistan Region accommodated nearly 1 million Iraqi IDPs who fled the war with the Islamic State (ISIS) and 800,000 of them still remain in the Kurdistan Region, according to UN’s latest report. In the letter, Barzani also calls on the UN to refer to the Kurdistan Region as a “federal” region in its reports and “recognize it.” The UN prepares periodic reports about Iraq – the most important of which is the one prepared by UN Secretary General which is submitted to UN Security Council. In the latest report by UN Secretary General, the “KRG” has been mentioned 33 times and Iraqi government institutions have been characterized as federal 12 times.
  13. Source reveals the files of Abdul Mahdi on his Gulf tour 2019/05/20 09:39:57سیاسة/مصدر-يكشف-ملفات-عبد-المهدي-بجولته-الخليجية/ A source close to Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said that the Prime Minister will visit during the next two days Qatar and Kuwait in a tour of the region comes to complement the visit to Saudi Arabia. A source close to Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said that Russia is mediating to resolve the crisis between Washington and Tehran, in addition to Iraq and other countries. "Russia is one of the countries mediating the crisis between Washington and Tehran, as well as Qatar, Iraq, Switzerland, Oman and Japan," the source said. The source said that "the Prime Minister is working to activate this mediation during his visit to Qatar and Kuwait during this week," noting that Abdul Mahdi, "visiting during the next two days Qatar and Kuwait in a tour of the region, Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah visited Tehran on Monday as tensions between Iran and the United States and its Gulf allies escalated. Oman has contributed in the past to the prelude to negotiations between Iran and the United States.
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