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  1. Abadi may succeed if he makes good on corruption fighting promises: experts April 12 2018 11:50 PM Haider Abadi Mostapha Hassan Iraqi premier Haider Al-Abadi has been making a myriad of promises on fighting corruption and cracking down on those suspected in such cases. But he has gone nowhere. Nothing significant has happened on the ground in this regard. Experts say Abadi did not bring even a single politician to justice. "D'awa Party, the Shiite entity which has been ruling Iraq since2003, has a plethora of corrupt figures. They party has several fat cats, especially Nouri Al-Maliki. But none of them was tried over corruption," the commentators said. Corruption is snowballing in the violence-torn country as time passes, they also argued, citing reports of Maliki, the notorious politician who has close ties to Iran and who is responsible for the collapse of the Iraqi army in 2014 and the fall of Mosul, stating he has siphoned off billions of dollars. Political outbidding According to the experts, who spoke to The Baghdad Post on the issue, corruption has turned out to be a tool for political outbidding among the Iraqi candidates and politicians for electoral gains. "Those politicians are nothing but gangs. They are basking in corruption due to the country's outdated, loose and biased legal system," the experts added, noting the corrupt party ruling Iraq has embezzled about $ 500 billion since it came to power. A document circulating on social media indicates that the former Iraqi premier Nouri Al-Maliki has assets up to $ 3 billion. The document was issued by the legal affairs department in the Central Bank. Citing this revelation, commentators said Abadi will not dare to try any member of the ruling party, saying he seeks to consolidate his power through 'compromises' that are made at the expense of the Iraqis. Major cases This came as Abadi chaired the meeting of the top anti-corruption body, where he asserted the necessity of focusing on 'true proofs' when it comes to probing corruption cases. In the meeting, Abadi broached on major corruption cases that have been investigated and referred to the judiciary for further measures. According to a statement released by Abadi's office, those engaged in these cases were arrested. He also asserted the necessity of regulating the ork of inspectors across Iraq, for them to assume their role as determined by law. The premier yet stressed the need to focus on the cases which involved squandering of public property. According to reports, corruption is chronic in Iraq. It nearly permeates all sectors and department of the government. Baghdad provincial council declared that about 100 services project were suspended due to corruption. And the cases were referred to the judiciary. But no investigation has been opened so far. Hassouma al-Azberjawi, member of the council's services committee mentioned that the financial and administrative corruption impedes the implementation of countess projects. Experts have a dim outlook when it comes to prospects of wiping out corruption in Iraq. But they say that Abadi may be rendered successful in case he makes good on his promises to obliterate corruption from the country plagued with militias, sectarianism and violence.
  2. Iraqi MP Suggests Asylum for Syria’s Assad Family Basnews English 13/04/2018 - 17:49 Iraq ERBIL — An Iraqi politician and member of council of representatives has called on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to grant Syria’s Bashar al-Assad’s family with asylum in hopes of preventing an extension of bloodshed in the region. Mithal al-Alusi, who is also the leader of Iraqi Ummah Party, said in an open letter to Abadi that the Syrian regime is manipulated by Iran and Russia, two states which are also believed to have been encouraging Assad over even chemical attacks against his own people. He claimed that Assad and his family are disliked by the people of Syria and the wider region, and they might be desperate for a place to stay outside Syria. “Even though Bashar al-Assad supports terrorism against post-2003 Iraq, I would like to propose granting him and his family with asylum in Iraq for the sake of the people of Syria and preventing a predicted war,” Alusi stated.
  3. Iraq news play pause Voting forgery penalty to reach 15 years in prison March 30 2018 07:22 PM Iraqi women show off their ink stained fingers after voting in the provincial elections - File photo The Iraqi Higher Election Commission (IHEC) warned Friday from forging the elections by buying the electoral cards, saying that the penalty could reach 15-year imprisonment. IHEC spokesperson Karim al-Tamimi stated that the commission has taken strict steps to secure fair, transparent elections by issuing penalties against violators, such as withdrawing the permits of candidates and political coalitions and parties that proved to be involved in voting forgery, and to be referred to the court to be tried. "The penalty of buying or selling the electoral card could reach spending 15 years in prison," al-Tamimi added. Iraq is anticipating parliamentary election on May 12.
  4. Sadrist Imam denounces corrupt officials running for elections March 30 2018 06:10 PM Muqtada al-Sadr Sadrist Imam Mohannad al Mossawi asserted that Iraq is witnessing deteriorated situation in all fields due to the spread of corruption, failure and destruction in the country. During Friday's sermon, Mossawi noted that even corrupt figures are talking about the deteriorated situation in Iraq while calling for changing the situation and develop the country. This comes within their efforts to persuade the public that they are not the reason behind these problems and that they are aiming at solving problems facing them. Mossawi urged Iraqi people not to listen to those corrupt people who are the reason behind the catastrophe facing the country and will never be the reason to develop and enhance it. This comes ahead of the parliamentary elections planned to take place in Iraq on May 12. Observers said that most of the politicians who were behind corruption and destruction that rocked Iraq in the past few years are running for the elections.
  5. MP: coming elections will bring the corrupt to power March 30 2018 08:08 PM Iraqi parliament The parliament's integrity commission on Friday asserted the measures of Justice and Accountability Authority were unsuccessful, asserting the coming elections will help the corrupt come back to power. Member of the commission Bahaa Gamaleddin said that many of those facing corruption charges will get back to office because the Authority did not take the due measures against them. "It would be better for the Justice and Accountability Authority to disqualify the corrupt and prevent them from running in the coming elections," he noted. According to the MP, underhanded political deals and nepotism played a pivotal role in bringing those who devoured the Iraqi assets back to the political landscape.
  6. MP accuses Abadi of striking deals with corrupt figures March 31 2018 01:30 PM Alya Nassif Lawmaker with State of the Law Coalition Alya Nassif on Saturday stingingly criticized premier Haider al-Abadi, accusing him of undermining measures aimed to expose corrupt figures. She also added that the government is striking deals with the corrupt figures to protect them. On the ministry of commerce, the lawmaker said it is plagued with corruption."We have filed dozens of lawsuits at the integrity commission and the attorney general to probe corruption files. But nothing was done and the corrupt figures were rather promoted." Nassif said the parliament performed its duties by interrogating the corrupt officials. But there are deals struck between the political leaders and corrupt figures, which let them get away with their crimes.
  7. Jabouri cripples investigations against 7 corrupt ministers – MP March 31 2018 05:00 PM Jabouri cripples investigations against 7 corrupt ministers – MP There are seven parliamentary investigation cases against incumbent corrupt minister that have been crippled by the Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri for political reasons, MP from the Parliamentary Services Commission Nazim al-Saedi said on Saturday. Saedi said that these investigations aim to hold these ministers accountable for their corruption and do not aim to target any party or bloc, noting that at the end of the current parliament the ministers will be deposed automatically and their files will be handed to the Integrity Commission. This comes as the State of Law Coalition Rasul Radi announced earlier that the ministers investigations file has been sabotaged, stressing that there are deals struck to end this file for good.
  8. Germany selling Iran chemical weapons tech, boosting anti-Israel efforts March 22 2018 01:10 PM . U.S. officials are increasingly alarmed by a congressional block on President Donald Trump's pick to be the next ambassador to Germany, a holdup that comes as Berlin pursues a host of anti-Israel measures and is growing closer to Iran, according to multiple administration insiders who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. As Democrats in Congress continue to hold the nomination of Richard Grenell, a veteran Republican diplomat who was tapped by Trump to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Germany, the post remains vacant, sparking concerns the United States is ceding leverage amid sensitive discussions regarding the future of the landmark Iran nuclear deal. The vacancy also has left the United States with little voice to combat a series of anti-Israel efforts being pursued by the German government. Trump administration insiders are becoming increasingly fed-up with the block on Grenell, telling the Free Beacon that U.S. diplomats currently helming the post have been bungling critical national security priorities, including the Iran portfolio and recent efforts by Germany to sell Tehran sensitive equipment used by the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria to produce chemical weapons. "The current leader of the embassy is not an ambassador," said one senior U.S. official with direct knowledge of the situation, referring to Kent Logsdon, a former Obama administration official who is serving as the chargé d'affaires ad interim in Berlin. "He is perfectly nice and steeped in the State Department culture, but irrelevant to serious policy makers," the official said. "He oversees a team that promotes a normalized relationship with Iran and has promoted anti-Trump speakers throughout Germany." Grenell's absence on the international stage has only become more noticeable in recent months, as the Trump administration pursues a last minute diplomatic effort to strengthen the Iran deal or scrap it by May, sources said. The Free Beacon first reported that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was ousted from the administration due in large part to his efforts to walk back a series of demands by Trump that European allies crackdown on Iran's ballistic missile program. As negotiations continue, administration insiders have cited Germany as a prime roadblock in these discussions. German officials have declined to go along with a bid to crackdown on Tehran's ballistic missile program, which includes scores of medium-range rockets capable of striking Israel and sparking a regional war. Recent reports also indicate that Germany is likely selling Iran technology that is being used to help the Syrian regime replenish chemical weapons stocks. America is failing to exert its diplomatic muscle in Germany as Grenell's nomination languishes in Congress amid fierce opposition by Democrats. "The Germans have become key facilitators for Iran's dual use material and technology imports," said one Trump administration insider who works closely with the White House on Iran issues. "These are goods that ostensibly look civilian but can be used to help Iran advance its missile and nuclear programs." "In talks with American negotiators, Germany has made it clear it does not believe Iran's missiles should be subject to a snapback of sanctions waived by the nuclear deal," the source disclosed. "Instead, the Germans say the West should simply keep waiving sanctions and offer to negotiate with Iran on its missile program by offering the regime more economic incentives in exchange for JCPOA-like concessions on missiles." This has caused a tense diplomatic situation that has been exacerbated by the lack of a U.S. ambassador in Germany, the source said. "At a time like this, we need a strong-willed, pro-Israel American ambassador in Berlin," said the source. "That man in Rick Grenell. The sooner he hits the ground, the sooner we start taking it to the Germans for dragging their feet on Iranian missiles." As the Iran issue takes top billing, Germany has also come under criticism for a series of anti-Israel efforts opposed by the United States. In the latest kerfuffle, Germany has been blocking efforts by Israel to join the United Nations Security Council. Israel's presence on the council could send a significant international message and help thwart efforts by Arab nations to delegitimize the Jewish state at Turtle Bay. There, too, Grenell could have an influence, sources say, referring to his vocal support of the Jewish state and efforts to combat deligitimization efforts. Germany also has refused to take a tough line on the Iranian-tied terror group Hezbollah, according to recent report. The German government is said to be opposed to efforts by the international community to designate Hezbollah as a terror group and crackdown on its rogue activities across the region. As the diplomatic battle continues, the United States has had little to no voice in the discussion, sources say, again citing Grenell's holdup. Richard Goldberg, a former senior Senate aide and current senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, described the block on Grenell as disastrous for U.S. national security and foreign policy. "The number of bilateral issues facing the United States and Germany are mounting by the day," Goldberg said. "We need a thoughtful, strong-willed, confirmed ambassador in place as soon as possible. On issues like trade, the Iran nuclear deal and Russia sanctions, the stakes are too high to drag this out any longer. Leader [Mitch] McConnell should consider filing for cloture at the end of the week if the hold isn't lifted."
  9. Parliament to continue to convene sessions until July : MP March 24 2018 01:57 PM the Iraqi parliament Parliament's legal committee on Saturday said that the parliament will continue to convene sessions until next July. Member of the committee MP Rana Saeed said that the legislative term consists of four calendar years. And this term started on July 1st 2014. The lawmaker also noted the parliament is authorized to assume its role until June 30th in accordance with the constitution. Iraq is to hold the legislative elections on May 12nd.
  10. Reports play pause US, Israel to hit Iran's nuclear sites: sources March 22 2018 12:17 AM US, Israel to strike Iranian nuke sites soon The US and Israel are preparing for airstrikes against Iranian nuclear sites, informed sources told the Baghdad Post on Wednesday. The strikes are mostly expected following intelligence reports confirming that the mullahs are actually preparing to increase uranium enrichment and benefit from the stockpile at the nuclear weapons industry. Observers said earlier this week that the US President Donald Trump would pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the world's major powers. The strikes will target nine Iranian nuclear reactors, the sources said, stressing that the goal is to strip Iran of any possible nuclear power. The sources also revealed that the United States and the forces that will participate in this strike will use the Iraqi airspace. The expected strike would be as intense as the Israeli strike on the Syrian atomic reactor in Deir al-Zour in 2007. In a secret operation that has been extensively speculated on for a decade, Israelsaid it sent four F-16 fighters hundreds of miles into Syria on 6 September 2007, to bomb the partially completed al-Kubar facility near Deir ez-Zor, according to the Guardian. Previously-classified footage, images and intelligence documents on the plan showed how Israel had monitored the site for several years and feared it could become operational within months. The defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, stopped short of suggesting the possibility of a similar strike on Iranian facilities, but made clear the 2007 attack proved Israel was willing and able to act militarily. “The motivation of our enemies has grown in recent years, but so too the might of the (Israel Defense Forces),” he said. “Everyone in the Middle East would do well to internalise this equation.” This comes after Tehran's statements to withdraw from the nuclear agreement if it does not get economic gains and continued the reluctance of major banks to work with them. Earlier, President Hassan Rouhani ordered in 2016 to begin planning for the development of nuclear propulsion units in response to what he called the US breaches of the agreement. Rouhani pointed to the lack of economic benefits after signing the agreement because of the reluctance of many institutions, including major Western banks, to work in his country for fear of violating US financial sanctions. The report said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had asked Iran for clarifications on its intention to build naval nuclear facilities.
  11. Reports play pause US, Saudi Arabia, UAE to set up action group against Iran March 21 2018 06:58 PM . Debka Ahead of their White House talks on Tuesday, March 20, President Donald Trump and the Saudi Crown Prince agreed on a new Supreme Committee to coordinate military and diplomatic efforts for curbing Iranian expansion, according to a report published by Debka. The United Arab Emirate is the third member. This committee, to focus on coordinated operations, will consist of the three governments’ national security advisers. For final decisions, they will call in President Trump, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman (MbS) and the UAE Emir Sheikh Muhammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MbZ). White House sources reported that the new group would be ceremonially launched in Washington this week. The Emirates national security adviser Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan will come over to join the event. The emir himself is expected in Washington soon. US and Saudi officials confirmed Tuesday that the new Supreme Committee’s mission would be to execute the goal shared by the three governments, namely, to stall Iran’s expansionist designs across the oil-rich Gulf and the Middle East. DEBKAfile’s sources report that this move is consistent with the decision which President Trump was widely believed to have reached for taking the United States out of the 2015 nuclear with Iran. Intensive discussions are taking place in the White house on timing; whether Trump should make the announcement when the next deadline for re-certificating the accord comes up in mid-May or jump the gun in March or early April. The US, the Saudis and the UAE are meanwhile checking to make sure that their military assets are in sync and ready for potential repercussions. The new Supreme Committee will fill the cohesion void left in the Gulf Cooperation Council by the refusal of two of its members, Qatar and Oman, to go along with the tough policies pursued by Saudi Arabia and the UAE since MbS took over the reins of government in Riyadh three years ago.
  12. Iraq news play pause Sadr slams Maliki's 'absolute majority' policy March 22 2018 02:25 PM Sadr slams Maliki's 'absolute majority' policy Sadritst Movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr criticized the former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's "absolute majority" policy on Thursday, asserting that his movement do not support this idea. In a Q&A at al-Sadr's website, the leader answered a question about the probability of corrupt politicians exploiting this "absolute majority" policy, stressing that the movement will not adopt this plan. Analysts say that after introducing the quota system after the fall of the former president Saddam Hussein's regime to guarantee that his Shia party gets more votes and influence in the Iraqi state, Maliki called for abolishing it and forming a new system based on the absolute majority. They added that Maliki attempts to increase the influence of his Iranian sponsors in Iraq and promotes his Shia bloc to be either led by him or by the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) top leader Hadi al-Ameri. Maliki claims that his new "absolute majority" scheme that he adopted will be a patriotic project that all of the Iraqi factions be part of.
  13. Iraq news play pause Investors of Iraq reconstruction conference retreated – source March 19 2018 01:22 PM Iraq reconstruction international conference in Kuwait - File photo A large number of investors, who expressed desire to invest in Iraq during 'Iraq reconstruction international conference' in Kuwait, have pulled out, according to source of the National Investment Authority. "The number of investors that will meet with the authority in Baghdad is proper, but still there are 2000 investors who confirmed their desire to invest in Iraq during Kuwait's conference, have retreated," the source told al-Ghad Press website on Monday. "This is a bad publicity for the Iraqi market," the source explained, revealing that those investors preferred to invest in Egypt to Iraq; however, Iraq is a 'promising market.' About 2500 investors attended the Kuwait conference, including major international specified companies, while only 500 of them will meet up in Baghdad. "The 500 investors are not even the ones Iraq was seeking. "Iraq's media failed again in promoting the investment, besides there is no credibility in the conference's outcome," the source added
  14. The Kurds will not have a chance if this happens........ Home Iraq news World news Reports Opinion Media SpotLight NewsWall <img src="" style="display:none" height="1" width="1" alt="" /> Reports play pause Maliki aims to destroy quota system in favor of sectarianism March 17 2018 09:03 PM Maliki aims to destroy quota system in favor of sectarianism After plunging Iraq into chaos by his sectarian powered policies, former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki comes ahead of the elections to promote more of his sectarian propaganda. Analysts say that after introducing the quota system after the fall of the former president Saddam Hussein's regime to guarantee that his Shia party gets more votes and influence in the Iraqi state, he comes today calling for abolishing it and forming a new system based on the absolute majority. They added that Maliki attempts to increase the influence of his Iranian sponsors in Iraq and promotes his Shia bloc to be either led by him or by the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) top leader Hadi al-Ameri. Maliki claims that his new "absolute majority" scheme that he adopted will be a patriotic project that all of the Iraqi factions be part of. He stated that politicians must save Iraq from the quota system that crippled Iraq, noting that no stability, rebuilding and development if the quota and consensus system is adopted in the country. After implementing sectarian policies that struck division and unrest throughout Iraq and caused the occupation of ISIS terrorists to more than a third of Iraq, Maliki says that the enemies plans to spread division amongst Iraqis will not succeed, calling the Supreme Electoral Commission to be independent and professional to protect Iraqis votes. Observers told The Baghdad Post after being ousted from the Prime Minister Post for his failure to protect the safety and sovereignty of Iraq, Maliki aims to come back to control Iraq to further the influence of the Iranian Mullah's regime. They added that Maliki is a puppet to the Mullah's regime and by these statements he aims to preserve and protect its influence and ideology in Iraq. The Observers further stated that his new project only aims to crush all the remaining Sunni and Kurdish influence and power so he can fully control Iraq with Iran's and have more control over the establishments and institutions of the Iraqi state. Political experts asserted that this comes as tensions rise in the Middle East as Iran tries to carve a road from Tehran through Baghdad, Damascus to Beirut to gain access to the Mediterranean Sea in what it calls the Shia crescent and it uses corrupt, puppet politicians and the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria to achieve that goal.
  15. Reports play pause This may not be the right place to post this, but some good info. Qatar’s spying on US officials more dangerous than Russia or Iran March 13 2018 06:01 PM Desperate Emir of Qatar cracks down on royal family members Despite the fact that Qatar is tiny compared to Russia “it’s enormously wealthy and beneath its façade of moderation, it seeks to export Islamic supremacism around the world,” according to an analyst quoted by al Arabiya on Tuesday. According to a report by Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, and a New York writer focusing on radical Islam, Qatar is far more of a threat than it was on 9/11due to its close ties to terror. These links have made it a pariah nation in the region causing neighboring countries to take a unanimous stance to boycott it. The report states that according to intelligence community, they have been suspicions over the years that Qataris played a larger role in 9/11, and spying on Americans as part of their plot to interfere in the United States’ domestic affairs. The report details Qatar’s history of spying and harboring terrorists listing examples including how the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks was transported away on a special Qatari government jet with blacked out windows, when the FBI arrived in Qatar to arrest him. Greenfield refers to Qatar as the main patron of the Muslim Brotherhood, an international Jihadist network, with close ties to Iran and how it spreads terrorist propaganda through Al Jazeera channel “to influence American policy through think tanks like Brookings while spying on Americans.” He considers Russia’s backing for the Shiite axis in Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen not nearly as destabilizing as Qatar’s backing for the Islamist militias that wrecked Syria, Yemen, Libya, Egypt and much of the region. He sums up Qatar’s role in destabilizing the region with the support of Iran saying that “Qatar’s Iranian allies may be the final winners of the Arab Spring’s humanitarian catastrophe, but it was Qatari propaganda and weapons that kickstarted the region’s unholy wars.” According to him, Qatar has the world’s most influential hostile state propaganda service, far more so than Russia’s RT, adding that: “It hasn’t given up on influencing Americans.” With regards to influencing the US elections, Greenfield says: “Obama administration colluded with Qatar’s arms shipments to terrorists by instructing NATO forces not to interdict these shipments which later ended up in the hands of Jihadists in Libya and Mali. Qatar bought weapons from the genocidal Muslim Brotherhood regime in Sudan, whose leader is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity, and shipped them to Jihadists in Syria through the terror state of Turkey.” Qatari espionage against Americans He said that instead of investigating the role of Qatar in influencing American elections, Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, a former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assigned to look into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections; He is reportedly taking the “Qatari propaganda at face value” and directing his investigation accordingly. He pointed out that US President Trump has been critical of Qatar and if Mueller uses Qatari opposition research to undermine a sitting president on behalf of a terror state, he will actually be doing what Trump has been accused of. According to Greenfield’s report, “Mueller had been accused of covering for the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities in America before. But now he risks being guilty of colluding with the Brotherhood’s Qatari backers to bring down an anti-Qatari president for the terror state that shielded the mastermind of the September 11 attacks.” Thus he believes: “There could be no greater act of treason than that.” He says that Qatar passed damaging information produced by espionage to Mueller through the media. “Mueller needs to make it clear that he won't be colluding with Qatar. If he employs material produced by Qatari espionage on Americans as part of their plot to interfere in our domestic affairs, he's the one who needs to be investigated for collusion,” Greenfield added. He warns that the media in the United States hardly ever runs stories critical of Qatar, and if Qatar’s terror backing and fake news operations have been supplemented by a domestic spying and blackmail operation against Americans, this cannot be tolerated. “Americans who collude with Russia should be held accountable. So should those who collude with Qatar,” he said.

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