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  1. Politics Jun 26, 2022, 10:22 AM US logistics convoy comes under attack in S Iraq TEHRAN, Jun. 26 (MNA) – News sources on Sunday reported that a US logistics convoy was targeted in southern Iraq. An explosive device has been blown up on the way of passing logistics convoy belonging to US forces in Basra province, southern Iraq. No one was injured in the blast, the report added. Attacks on US convoys have increased over the past two years in Iraq and some groups have been able to target US military bases in Ain al-Assad in Al Anbar province, al-Harir in Erbil and Victoria base near Baghdad International Airport. Resistance groups in Iraq have repeatedly stated that they would confront American forces in case of their presence in their country. https://en.mehrnews.com/news/188408/US-logistics-convoy-comes-under-attack-in-S-Iraq
  2. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/06/iraqi-parliament-speaker-outspoken-anyone-recognizes-israel-cut-off-manhood-video/ Iraqi Parliament Speaker Outspoken on Anyone Who Recognizes Israel – “I’ll Cut Off Their Manhood” (VIDEO) By Joe Hoft Published June 18, 2022 at 10:40am Iraqi Parliament Speaker Halbousi says he’ll never recognize Israel as a nation. He goes so far as to say that he will “cutoff the manhood” of any man who does support Israel. In the video below of excerpts from the Speaker’s talks, Halbousi says that Iraqis will never even extend their hands to Israelis. In another speech, Halbousi shared that Israel is a usurping Zionist entity. This is after he degrades any peace deals with Israel while using hate as the rationale. He then threatens the manhood of any man who backs Israel. The Speaker has also talked of Israel not as a nation and Palestine as the true owners of the land that Israel now rests. See these speeches from Halbousi below:
  3. FBI Uncovers Iraqi Man’s Plot To Assassinate Former President George W. Bush FILE – U.S. President George W. Bush, reacts, after shoes were thrown at him, by a correspondent, during a joint press conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, not seen, in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/ Thaier al-Sudani, Pool, File) OAN NEWSROOM UPDATED 1:50 PM PT – Tuesday, May 24, 2022 An Iraqi man living in Columbus, Ohio is in FBI custody in connection with a suspected ISIS plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush. According to a recently unsealed search warrant Shihab Ahmend Shihab detailed his plan to take revenge for the Iraq War to an informant. That same informant reportedly drove the suspect around Dallas, Texas in February, where he took video and photos of Bush’s home and offices. Federal agents said the suspect wanted to assassinate Bush because he felt the former president was responsible for “killing many Iraqis and breaking apart the country after the 2003 US military invasion.” The FBI claimed that Shihab belonged to a group named Arabic for Thunder, headed until recently by a former pilot for the executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The FBI also surveilled the suspect’s WhatsApp account to collect evidence and said he had been living in the U.S. since 2020. Shihab allegedly told the informant “he wanted to be involved in the actual attack and assassination” and that he “did not care if he died as he would be proud to have been involved.” A federal agent mentioned that he inquired about how to obtain fake FBI and police badges. The suspect is also accused of trying to smuggle four other Iraqi nationals into the country across the southern border. He is being charged with aiding and abetting the attempted murder of former President Bush which carries a prison sentence up to 20 years, along with being charged with attempting to illegally bring an individual into the U.S., a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. https://www.oann.com/fbi-uncovers-iraqi-mans-plot-to-assassinate-former-president-george-w-bush/
  4. Five members of Imtidad resign, the Movement was shocked Iraq NewsImtidad movement 2022-05-23 02:37 A-AA+ Shafaq News/ On Monday, the General Secretariat of the "Imtidad" Movement was "shocked" that five other deputies withdrew late at night. The General Secretariat affirmed that it "is committed to the Movement's charters to follow up on complaints, investigate accusations, and apply laws to all without exception." The statement added that Imtidad formed a fact-finding committee to investigate the complaints addressed to its members," but "we were surprised by the withdrawal of five deputies." The representatives are Muhammad Nouri, Daoud Al-Aidan, Nidaa Al-Kuraiti, Kazem Al-Zayer, and Nissan Al-Zayer. In February, 17 members of the Imtidad also withdrew from the Movement. The Imtidad Movement is one of the few activist-led parties headed by pharmacologist Alaa al-Rikabi who was dismissed and the head of the Movement's bloc in the parliament Mohammed Nouri Aziz from their offices. It won nine seats in the October 2021 parliamentary election. https://shafaq.com/en/Iraq-News/Five-members-of-Imtidad-resign-the-Movement-was-shocked
  5. Sandstorm forces closure of Iraqi airports, public buildings AFP May 23, 2022 137 2 min The streets of Iraq’s capital Baghdad were once more largely bereft of traffic on Monday morning, as the latest in a series of sandstorms descended Baghdad – Iraq closed airports and public buildings on Monday as another sandstorm — the ninth since mid-April — hit the country, authorities said. The capital Baghdad was enveloped in a giant dust cloud that left usually traffic-choked streets largely deserted, an AFP correspondent said. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi ordered all work to cease temporarily in public institutions, with the exception of health facilities and security agencies. He cited “poor climatic conditions and the arrival of violent sandstorms” in a statement issued by his office. Iraq is ranked as one of the five most vulnerable nations to climate change and desertification. The environment ministry has warned that over the next two decades, Iraq could endure an average of 272 days of sandstorms per year, rising to above 300 by 2050. Air traffic was suspended Monday at international airports in Baghdad, Erbil and Najaf, according to statements issued by each airport. The previous two sandstorms killed one person and sent nearly 10,000 people to hospital with respiratory problems. The Middle East has always been battered by sandstorms, but they have become more frequent and intense in recent years. The trend has been associated with rising water scarcity, overuse of river water, more dams, overgrazing and deforestation. Oil-rich Iraq is known in Arabic as the land of the two rivers, in reference to the Tigris and Euphrates. Iraq’s environment ministry has said the weather phenomenon could be addressed by increasing vegetation cover and planting trees that act as windbreaks. https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/sandstorm-forces-closure-of-iraqi-airports-public-buildings/
  6. Iraqi government interested in artificial intelligence Amr Salem May 23, 2022 239 3 min Artificial intelligence robot. Al Ain news image. Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, during his meeting with Professor of artificial intelligence and the president of eSystems Engineering Society, Dhiya al-Jumeily, On Sunday, confirmed the government’s interest in developing artificial intelligence facilities and supporting related scientific researches, according to a press statement issued by the Iraqi cabinet. Kadhimi, during the meeting, commended the scientific accomplishments Jumeily achieved that also received great attention in the global scientific communities. According to the cabinet’s press statement, Kadhimi emphasized the government’s interest in supporting scientific researches specialized in artificial intelligence, encouraging Iraq’s possession of a scientific base for this modern field, and developing Iraqi human resources specialized in this field. On the other hand, Jumeily thanked the Prime minister for the reception, and praised the government’s programs that seek to care about innovators, support them and develop their role in the society. Jumeily is a professor in the School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Liverpool John Moores University. He has extensive research interests covering a wide variety of interdisciplinary perspectives concerning the theory and practice of Applied Artificial Intelligence in medicine, human biology, environment, intelligent community and health care. The professor published over 300 peer reviewed scientific international publications, 12 books and 14 book chapters, in multidisciplinary research areas. Artificial intelligence is the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. Artificial intelligence is a type of modern sciences that has spread widely in recent years, and entered many industrial and research fields, especially robotics and smart services for governments and companies. https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/iraqi-government-interested-in-artificial-intelligence/
  7. Iraq dust storms continue to bring cities to a standstill Sinan Mahmoud 1 hour ago © AHMED JALILCentral Baghdad is shrouded in heavy dust on Monday. EPA Millions of Iraqis endured another dust storm day on Monday, the latest in an unrelenting spate that has blanketed the country since April. The night before, the government declared Monday a public holiday except for the health, security and services departments. The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority also decided to suspend all flights until further notice. Iraq's Meteorological Authority said the country had been hit by an anticyclone coming from the eastern Mediterranean with wind speeds of between 40 and 50 kilometres per hour, lifting dust and sand from the vast expanses of desert in western and north-western parts of the country. Almost all of Iraq will be hit by the latest storm which could last until Tuesday afternoon and is expected to cross to the Gulf States, it added. Authorities urged Iraqis to stay indoors as much as they can, to seek treatment for breathing difficulties and put on surgical masks if they need to go out. A hotline has been set up for emergencies. The storm has left the usually traffic-choked Iraqi streets largely deserted with a thick layer of orange dust settling across the buildings and vehicles. The storm has been more severe in the provinces of Najaf and Karbala, south of Baghdad, turning the skies orange. Iraq is the fifth most vulnerable country in the world to the effects of climate change, according to the UN. It faces a wide range of challenges made worse by water insecurity, mismanagement and man-made issues such as the illegal razing of agricultural areas to build houses. Among the devastating consequences of rising temperatures are droughts and desertification. About 39 per cent of the country is affected by desertification and 54 per cent of its agricultural lands have been degraded mainly by soil salinity caused by reduced water flows in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, a declining precipitation rate and sea level increases, the UN says. Iraq is no stranger to sandstorms, but they have been much more frequent in recent years as the country reels under mounting environmental challenges. Earlier this month, one person died and more than 5,000 were admitted to hospital suffering from breathing difficulties, according to the Health Ministry. https://www.msn.com/en-ae/news/middleeast/iraq-dust-storms-continue-to-bring-cities-to-a-standstill/ar-AAXC5v6
  8. UN praises ‘potential’ of Syria prisoner amnesty AFP May 22, 2022 262 3 min Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad (R) receives the United Nations special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen (L) in Damascus Damascus – UN special envoy Geir Pedersen on Sunday welcomed a general amnesty aimed at freeing thousands of Syrians convicted on terrorism charges. President Bashar al-Assad has decreed several amnesties during the country’s devastating 11-year war, but the latest in April was the most comprehensive related to terrorism charges since the conflict began, rights activists said. Pedersen, speaking to reporters in Damascus after a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, said he had been briefed “in quite some detail” on the latest measure. “I am very much looking forward to being kept informed on the progress on the implementation for that amnesty”, Pedersen said before talks on a new constitution for Syria are to resume in Geneva. “That amnesty has potential, and we are looking forward to see how it develops,” Pedersen said. The April decree granted a general amnesty to detainees convicted of terrorism charges except cases that led to the death of a person. Syria’s Justice Ministry has said hundreds of inmates had been released, and a military official, Ahmad Touzan, told local media this week that the amnesty would cover thousands, including those who are wanted but not detained. Touzan refused to disclose the number of inmates freed, saying “numbers are changing by the hour.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor, which relies on a large network of sources inside Syria, says around 1,142 inmates have so far been released across the country under the amnesty, with hundreds more expected. In the next few days Syria’s warring parties are to hold the latest round of constitutional talks in Switzerland, under a process that began in 2019. It is hoped the talks can pave the way towards a broader political process. Pedersen said he is “hopeful that this will be a positive meeting that can help bring us forward so that we can start to see… some confidence building measures,” Pedersen said. Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011 after the violent repression of protests demanding regime change. It quickly spiralled into a complex conflict that pulled in numerous actors, including jihadist groups and foreign powers. The war has left around half a million people dead and displaced millions. Throughout the war, the UN has been striving to nurture a political resolution. https://www.iraqinews.com/arab-world-news/un-praises-potential-of-syria-prisoner-amnesty/
  9. Iraq trial of Briton and German for antiquity theft adjourned Sabah ARAR Agence France-Presse May 22, 2022 — Baghdad (AFP) An Iraqi court on Sunday adjourned for two weeks the trial of a Briton and a German man accused of trying to smuggle antiquities after a defence lawyer called for more investigations. James Fitton, 66, a retired British geologist, and Volker Waldmann, 60, a Berlin psychologist, have been in custody since they were arrested on March 20 at Baghdad airport as they wound up their holiday. According to statements from customs officers and witnesses, Fitton's baggage contained 10 stone fragments, pieces of pottery or ceramics. Waldmann allegedly had two pieces, but denied they were his. The two men did not know each other before they travelled to Iraq on an organised tour, and both say they had no intention of breaking the law. The trial was adjourned until June 6 to allow time for further investigations, at the request of Waldmann's defence lawyer, Furat Kuba. During initial investigations, "certain important aspects were not examined", Kuba said, citing the report of an expert committee that said the fragments found with the men were antiquities. "We don't have any more details: what site do these pieces come from? What era, what civilisation do they date back to?" Kuba asked, adding there were also outstanding questions relating to the site where the fragments were collected. "Is it fenced and protected?" Kuba asked. "Are there signs indicating that these are ancient pieces that it is forbidden to collect?" Kuba said he wanted the tour guide or an Iraqi official who had been present at the site to give evidence in court as to whether the tourists had received instructions prohibiting them from picking up fragments. Their trial comes with the war-ravaged country, whose tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent, timidly opening to visitors. Iraq has also been trying to recover antiquities that were looted over a period of decades from the country whose civilisation dates back thousands of years. The judge told the accused they were charged under a 2002 law which provides for sentences up to the death penalty for those guilty of "intentionally taking or trying to take out of Iraq an antiquity". Fitton, at the start of the trial, when asked why he tried to take the artefacts out of Iraq, cited his "hobby", saying he was interested in "geology and ancient history and archeology," and was not aware that taking the fragments was illegal. Waldmann has denied the pieces allegedly found in his luggage were his, but they belonged to Fitton. https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/iraq-trial-briton-and-german-antiquity-theft-adjourned
  10. https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/lagarde-demands-ecb-dissenters-keep-quiet-central-bank-prepares-liftoff
  11. The question is will they depend from the dollar and use yuan? Remember they made a deal with China.
  12. New rocket, drone attack reported on Ain Assad base in Iraq TEHRAN, Apr. 08 (MNA) – Local security sources in Iraq have reported a new rocket and drone attack on Friday morning against the US Ain al-Assad base in western Iraq's Anbar province. The local security sources in Iraq reported a new rocket and drone attack against the Ain al-Assad base run by the US occupying troops in western Iraq's Anbar province on Friday morning. The Iraqi security source added that the Ain al-Assad base was attacked two hours ago with two rockets and two UAVs, and that the (C-RAM) defense system stationed at the base was operated to repel the attack from the base. Meanwhile, Russia Today Arabic Language TV website has reported that one of the drones was shot down by air defense systems and the other drone crashed near the base. According to the latest reports, the US-led military coalition has officially confirmed the drone attack on the Ain al-Assad base in Iraq. The following is a video footage of the last night's attack on the US-run base: https://en.mehrnews.com/news/185449/New-rocket-drone-attack-reported-on-Ain-Assad-base-in-Iraq
  13. MENA Sandstorm hits Iraq's northern cities - in pictures Sand and dust coloured the skies over Mosul and Arbil A sandstorm clouds the main road in Iraq's northern city of Mosul. All photos: AFP The National Apr 08, 2022 More from The National: Muppet in wheelchair brings inclusivity to Jordanian 'Sesame Street' – in pictures Packs of stray dogs pose a dilemma in Tunisia - in pictures Tourists gradually return to Iraq - in pictures Palestinians overcome obstacles to unearth ancient treasures in Gaza Updated: April 08, 2022, 2:03 AM https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/iraq/2022/04/08/sandstorm-hits-iraqs-northern-cities-in-pictures/
  14. Rockets target oil refinery in Erbil, Iraq - report The home of the CEO of the group that owns the refinery was targeted by the IRGC in March. By TZVI JOFFRE Published: APRIL 6, 2022 21:34 Updated: APRIL 6, 2022 21:51 Unused Katyusha rockets found by the Iraqi Army are seen in Umm al-Izam (photo credit: IRAQI MEDIA SECURITY CELL/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS) Three Katyusha rockets targeted an oil refinery in the Erbil governorate of northeastern Iraq on Wednesday evening, according to the Kurdistan Directorate General of Counter Terrorism. No injuries or damages were reported in the attack. No party has taken responsibility for the rocket fire as of yet. The rockets were fired from the Al-Hamdaniya district of the Nineveh Governorate, near Mosul, according to Kurdish authorities. The refinery reportedly belongs to the KAR group. The home of Baz Karim, the CEO of the KAR group, was targeted by missiles fired by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) from Iran last month. The IRGC claimed at the time that the attack was carried out in response to "recent crimes of the fake Zionist regime.” “Following the recent crimes of the fake Zionist regime and the previous announcement that the crimes and evils of this infamous regime will not go unanswered; the ‘Strategic Center of Conspiracy and Evil of the Zionists’ was targeted last night by powerful and point-to-point missiles of the IRGC,” read the IRGC's statement. View of a damaged building in the aftermath of missile attacks in Erbil, Iraq March 13, 2022 (credit: AZAD LASHKARI/REUTERS) Iranian and pro-Iranian media reported that the attack was carried out in response to an alleged Israeli drone attack on an IRGC base in Mahidasht, Iran. In mid-February, a fire broke out at an IRGC drone base in Mahidasht. The IRGC said at the time that the cause of the fire was under investigation. Satellite imagery taken shortly afterwards by Planet satellite imaging company and shared by OSINT-account Aurora Intel showed a damaged structure at the base. According to the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV, the attack was a response to an attack by six drones said to have been launched from the site targeted by the Iranian missile strike on Saturday night. The Lebanese news network additionally claimed that multiple casualties were reported in the strike on Saturday night, despite Iraqi and American denials. The IRGC warned that any further “evil” by Israel would face a “harsh, decisive and destructive response.” https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/article-703437
  15. Jerusalem Post Business & Innovation Banking & Finance Cryptocurrency market showing explosive change By ARIEL SHAPIRA Published: APRIL 1, 2022 15:14 Representations of virtual currency bitcoin are seen in front of Tesla logo in this illustration (photo credit: REUTERS/DADO RUVIC/FILE PHOTO) The Israel Bitcoin Association (IBA) and the Israeli Crypto Community (ICC) hosted a conference on March 10 regarding cryptocurrency and regulation in Tel Aviv. The Israel Bitcoin Association (IBA) and the Israeli Crypto Community (ICC) hosted a conference on March 10 regarding cryptocurrency and regulation in Tel Aviv. Among the speakers at the event were Minister of Science and Development Orit Farkash, Tax Authority head Eran Yaakov and Tectona chairman Yariv Gilat. Top Articles By JPost Read More Polio outbreak in Israel caused by lack of vaccinations - Knesset Health Committee “The market here contains enormous potential and opportunities,” Farkash said at the event. ”It’s similar to the development of the Internet; it’s showing an explosive change. The digital asset market has exceeded a worth of $3 trillion, with over 100 countries that are dealing in coins – and we are considerably behind in terms of regulation. “We saw the Presidential order published the day before yesterday. The United Arab Emirates has said that it is a haven for crypto, Miami is adapting it, and we need to create tools that will allow us to take action,” she said. “We created an interdepartmental task force that is on track to articulate conclusions in the near future,” Farkash said. “It is extremely important for us to demonstrate our stance, which is to remove barriers to innovation as fast as possible. We want to adopt a policy of responsible development in order to allow the coins to be active in the economy, to provide solutions to potential barriers and to see this as a strategic advantage for Israeli hi-tech.” “I want to look at this as an opportunity for Israel,” Yaakov said. “We need to make an effort in order to make this work – and there is a lot of brainpower here that will allow Israel to be a pioneer in the industry.” Advertisement Celsius Network founder Daniel S. Leon, Science and Development Minister Orit Farkash and IBA’s Nir Hirshman. (credit: GIDEON MARKOVICH) The Tax Authority will address the issue of non-fungible tokens and how to tax them, he said. “In 2021 there were $40 billion in NFTs. A part of it was in Israel and of course will be subject to taxes. Throughout the day, we will release a clarification regarding NFTs as an asset subject to taxes.” ”Private citizens and Ukrainian institutions make use of digital currency channels in order to raise money for donations,” Gilat said. “I don‘t think that we can see a tool that works better than the existing infrastructure. On the other hand, whoever wants to use Bitcoin as a means of refuge for digital gold, we‘re still not at that stage.” DANIEL S. LEON, founder, partner and president of the Israeli-American crypto giant Celsius Network said that “American President Joe Biden signed a decree yesterday regulating the branch of cryptocurrency in the United States. This is exactly the chance for Israel to lead the global regulation in the industry and define the landscape of crypto regulation. “It will be the mistake of a generation if the decision-makers will not be brave enough and will hold Israel back in the process,” he warned. “We at Celsius are ready to assist with whatever is needed. “Transparency is a critical component in this issue,” Leon said. “The crypto companies that will not operate with transparency will be vulnerable and will disappear from the scene quickly. We are founding a Research and Development Center in Israel and are aiming for it to be the R&D leader in our company. No foreign programmer will be able to replace an Israeli programmer.” Nir Hirshman, CEO of the crypto forum Israeli Bitcoin Association announced the founding of the crypto companies forum. “Israel has the option to become a global financial leader to base its technological innovation and strengthen its global status using the digital currency industry,” he said. “It will not be simple. What we are hearing from every place is ‘listen, we want to be here but our investors are anxious to pull out, our employees are suffering and sometimes we are not even able to pay taxes.’ “Decision-makers, regulators: This is your moment. The responsibility is yours to ensure that Israel is not left behind and to open the market.” It is clear that local regulation is a central issue that must be addressed, the event’s organizers said, otherwise Israel may continue to relocate its best minds abroad and it’s the responsibility of the regulators to prevent this. This is an incredible industry that can bring a lot of value to Israel like it does in every other country that has regulations in place, they said. They understand the difficulty for regulators to build a new system of rules that addresses the true essence of the business, but we cannot stop innovation! https://m.jpost.com/business-and-innovation/banking-and-finance/article-702970
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