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VIDEO-Statesmen's Forum: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi

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1) Thanking America for all that we've done , all the sacrifices that have already been made by the American people for Iraq.


2) How they are planning on securing all of Iraq.


3) It's Iraq's fight to win and they will fight to win.


4) Explaining why they're asking for $$ help . To restore the devastated areas in Iraq and the 2 million people that are displaced.


He spoke for about 20 min. Then did a Q & A with the audience.




In a nutshell he says that for Iraq to succeed  they need to start by securing it and they need everyones help to do so.



He's a very calm and intelligent man.  Seems like a great leader.


No mention of currency reform so don't know what to think about that one.


:)  MIT   :)    :wave: 

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Eagle1: "Remarks by Haider Al-Abadi- Prime Minister of Iraq" - 4/16/2015
Eagle1  » KTFA - April 16th, 2015, 1:34 pm   Good Morning, Family!  

It's been awhile since I posted anything here on the forum, but after Abadi's speech this morning, I thought it was worth posting for everyone to read.

It's a bit long, but very positive in terms of the unfolding events in Iraq.

Blessings on you. Eagle1

“Winning the War, Winning the Peace: A Holistic Strategy for Iraq”

Remarks by Haider Al-Abadi Prime Minister of Iraq
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Washington, D.C.  April 16, 2015
Thank you, John, for that great introduction. And thank you all for coming here this morning.

This week, I have had productive meetings with President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the leadership of both houses of Congress.

On behalf of the people of Iraq, I would like to tell the American people what I have told
America’s leaders:

Your sacrifices over the past decade to help Iraq were not in vain. And we thank you and ourother allies for assembling the international coalition to support us in our struggle against

And now, as our campaign to defeat these transnational terrorists enters a crucial phase, we ask you to join us in looking ahead to the challenges that we must confront together in order to defeat Daesh, and address the tasks of rebuilding Iraq, reunifying our society, and bringing reconciliation to our region.

We must not only win the war – we must also win the peace. Together, we must take action
against the political, economic and social problems that give rise to violent extremism, so that terrorism on the scale of Daesh will never re-emerge to threaten our nation and our neighbors again.

The recent developments in Iraq underscore the fact that winning a military victory – important as that is – will not be enough.

Two weeks ago, I was proud to join our armed forces in raising the Iraqi flag in the liberated cityof Tikrit. This victory belongs to all the people of Iraq. It was fought and won by Iraqi heroes onthe ground, including the Iraqi Security Forces and the Popular Mobilization Forces, made up ofvolunteer units from across Iraq, including thousands of local tribal fighters, and localpoliticians. It was also a victory for all our friends and allies including members of the international coalition, who helped us win this battle.

In many ways, the victory in Tikrit offers a case study for how the rest of Iraq can be liberated militarily, and how federal and local forces can work together to ensure the safe return of displaced people to their homes. The images of thousands of men, women and children returning to their homes under the protection of our security forces is heartening.

But the battle and its aftermath also demonstrate the challenges that lie ahead for rebuilding Iraq and continuing to reach across political, ethnic and sectarian lines to unite the people.
We must continue to crack down on the abuses and excesses of a small minority of fighters that stand in direct opposition to the government’s clear policies.

We are investigating all these allegations of criminal conduct. Once corroborated, people
involved are held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest weight of the law.

Let me be as clear as I can be: Our government’s highest priority is reducing ethnic sectarian tensions and divisions in Iraq. And we have nurtured close working relationships with parliament and Iraq’s community leaders and religious institutions to ensure an outcome that is favorable to all our people.

This won’t be easy. But this must be done. Many of these divisions are centuries old. Others can be traced to the decades of dictatorship and genocide. But, whatever their cause, we must exert our utmost efforts to ensure they do not paralyze the development our nation.

As we move forward to liberate Anbar and Mosul, we will learn from and act upon the lessons of Tikrit.

Mosul is our second largest city and a complex environment while Anbar is our largest
governorate geographically.

Our goal is not only to liberate Mosul and Anbar from the barbarism of Daesh, but also to restore a level of civilization worthy of our people, our history and our heritage.

That is why all the legs of the strategic stool – humanitarian, infrastructure, as well as military – must be in place before our government moves to liberate these areas. We must be fully prepared not only to retake Mosul, but to rebuild it.

What is true of Mosul is true of all of Iraq. We must rebuild our country so that it is so strong,
united and true to our spiritual and civilizational heritage that we will never again be vulnerable to tyranny and terrorism.

As I have often said, at home and abroad, while we welcome the support of our friends and
neighbors, partners and allies, this is Iraq’s fight to win – and we will win it.

As the American people confront the challenges of transnational terrorism around the world,
please remember that the people of Iraq, who have suffered so much, are doing our part to ensure that no other nations need endure what we are enduring.

We are fighting back on the battlefront, and we are working hard on the home-front.

Since I became Prime Minister of Iraq in September, the people of Iraq have set about
reconciling our society, reforming our government and our military and security forces, reviving our economy, and restoring relationships with our neighbors.

Over the past 12 years, Iraq has had a succession of free elections. Our government took office in a peaceful political transition in which elected leaders stepped down to make way for new leadership. We want to protect our nascent democracy, and honor the shared sacrifices of our two countries that fought for the freedom and liberty that we all cherish.

Our government represents every political faction in Parliament and every sector of society.
We are doing our best to provide public services, economic opportunities and equal justice for all Iraqis – whatever their religious confession, whatever their ethnic origin and wherever they live. Our government has successfully concluded a long-sought, interim agreement with our Kurdistan Regional Government. This agreement provides for a fair sharing of oil revenues and the weapons and support that the Peshmerga forces need to participate fully in the fight against Daesh as a part of Iraq’s security forces.

We are also restoring relationships with the local tribes in areas threatened or dominated by
Daesh. I have met regularly with representatives from the provinces of Anbar, Salahuddin and Mosul. We are reinforcing our support, increasing arms supplies, and providing humanitarian deliveries, including hundreds of tons of food aid.

We are striving to give all our people a system of self-government that is worth fighting for.
As we weed out corruption and incompetence in civil and military institutions, we replaced over 80 senior commanders and officers in the ministries of Defense and Interior. And just last week, we retired more than 300 officers in the Ministry of Defense as part of efforts to rejuvenate our Armed Forces Military reform means respecting human rights under even the most difficult circumstances. One of my first acts as Commander-in-Chief was to call a halt to the shelling of residential areas, because we value human life, and want to minimize the suffering of innocent civilians who are trapped, while the terrorists of Daesh engage in the slaughter of innocents.

Throughout our country, our government is striving to protect personal freedoms and reinforce the rule of law.

As Prime Minister, I issued an executive order to expedite the release of detainees who have not been charged and established a central registry of those who have been incarcerated. Because a free society needs a free press, I have met with Iraqi journalists and dropped all pending lawsuits against journalists on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office.

While fighting terrorism and protecting human rights, we are also striving to revive our
economy, reform our government, reconcile our society and restore our infrastructure.
Iraq’s oil production has increased – in fact, it is reaching record levels, despite some of the
damage that Daesh has inflicted on our oil infrastructure.

But with our reliance on oil revenues for 85 percent of our federal budget and the decline in oil prices, we have had to take a new look at our fiscal policies and our economic prospects. We have been forced to turn to new sources of revenue, including taxes on goods and services.

Still, we are looking to the future. In addition to our energy sector, with one of the world’s
largest reserves of oil, we are exploring alternative industries as well. We once were one of the
most diversified economies in OPEC. We will build a diverse economy again. That is why we
are investing in agriculture, petrochemicals and other industries.

In order to encourage economic growth, our government must become more efficient and

We need more brain-power, more muscle – and less fat. Our government is trying to cut our
budget through spending reductions and economic reforms.

As you know so well here in Washington, D.C., this isn’t an easy task. But we are striving to
lead by example.

While we are holding the line on spending in many areas, our budget includes $440 million for rebuilding the areas that we are liberating from Daesh.

In a major government reform, we are decentralizing decision-making from Baghdad to the local governments. Decisions about the local populace will be made at the local level by those closest to the people.

We are moving from a state-dominated system to a more vibrant mixed economy. We are
privatizing key sectors, exploring public-private partnerships and entering more joint ventures with international companies, including American firms.

Through these initiatives, we are encouraging domestic and foreign investment, expanding and creating large and small businesses, and ensuring that government supports, not stifles, the private economy.

These efforts are already reaping returns. Major oil companies, manufacturers and banks are investing in Iraq and expanding their operations in our country.

Government reform, economic recovery, and physical and social reconstruction can and must go hand-in-hand.

In an effort towards reconciliation, our cabinet has approved amendments to the accountability and justice law, commonly known as the de-Baathification law.

We need to bridge the sectarian and ethnic divides. But reconciliation is a two-way street. We all must reach out to our fellow Iraqis and reach back when the hand of friendship is offered.

Ultimately, the best ways to achieve reconciliation are restoring a sense of personal safety for all our people and reviving the economy for those without work and the more than a half million high school and college graduates entering our job market every year.
To conclude where I began, just as Iraq is working with the United States and all our
international partners to defeat Daesh, we must also work together to rebuild our country in
every way – physically, socially, economically and politically.

We ask the United States and the coalition partners to continue to support Iraq militarily through providing weaponry, training, and advisors, the sharing of critical intelligence and doing all that you can to stop the flow of foreign funds and foreign fighters into Iraq.

We also ask the United States, our neighboring nations, our coalition partners and the
international financial community to help us to rebuild our country, including restoring the areas that have been devastated by Daesh and assisting more than 2 million internally displaced persons within our borders.

We have devoted hundreds of millions of dollars in scarce resources in our own budget for a
stabilization fund for our country. We have had useful discussions with the World Bank and the IMF. And we ask the United States and other Western nations to assist us as well, through public and private investment in rebuilding our infrastructure and reviving our economy.

For all our challenges, Iraq has great strengths and offers great opportunities. Our economic
fundamentals are strong – vast energy reserves, an educated population, and rapid growth before the turmoil wrought by Daesh.

As we defeat Daesh, we can realize our potential as a business and investment partner, with growing demand for new transportation, electrical power, and water supply facilities, new schools and hospitals, and new communications and information technologies.

And we will not only become an economic success story. We can become a model for how a
society can free itself from tyranny and terrorism and develop an inclusive and effective system of good governance on the local and national levels.

Together, we can and must win the war.

And then, together, we can and must win the peace.

Thank you all for everything you have done and everything you are continuing to do in this great  cause.

Thanks 4 the Video TBomb...(+1)  :twothumbs: 

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04/16/2015 20:51


Tomorrow Press / Baghdad: The prime minister Haider al-Abadi, on Thursday, during a lecture he delivered at the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington that Iraq will triumph and defeat terrorist organizations and that he is still a strong fined numerous challenges.

The prime minister's office said in a statement I followed "tomorrow Press" that "Abadi gave a lecture at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, a summary of developments liberate the land and his vision of a state-building and reforms undertaken in all sectors," indicating that "Abadi display in front of nearly 300 Researcher and academic and media efforts on the construction of the security forces capabilities and armament, training and reconstruction of areas that have been edited and Iraq's relationship with neighboring countries, the region and the world. " He added that "the Prime Minister touched on the economic reforms and financial challenges faced by Iraq and the steps taken to encourage investment," adding that "al-Abadi said that Iraq will triumph and defeat terrorist organizations and that he is still strong, despite the many challenges it faces. "The statement continued that "the Prime Minister show the importance of continuing the international community to support Iraq in a fair fight against terrorism, in addition to the show taking place in the political side developments and accomplished by the Iraqi government since Tsenmha of reforms and laws relating to state-building, "noting that" al-Abadi answered questions and inquiries regarding the present political and security situation and the results of his visit to Washington and the war against al-Daash terrorist. "

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Under section: political Dated: April 17, 2015


 Bgdadamishpkh News Iraq Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi welcomed the assistance provided by Iran in the face of Daash, but called on Tehran to respect the sovereignty Bgdad.oukal Abadi in front of experts in American politics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in the third day of his visit to the United States, "must that everything passes through the Iraqi government, "said .ouhspma Washington, Iranian officers gave advice and arms to some participation in the restoration of the city of Tikrit from the hands of Daash process factions during Alokhirh.waltqy weeks Abadi last Tuesday by President Barack Obama in order to supply the request of the Iraqi forces more weapons Heavy address Daash which controls large areas of Iraq and Soeria.oukal Abadi, he came to Washington, holds a list of weapons that are required to provide the country with, he said, adding that he had received assurances handed over a number of F-16s at the time Mahdd.oaaln President Obama to make significant progress in Addressing Daash, and confirmed the determination of the United States eliminate the militant group with respect for the rule Alarac.oavad Obama after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the White House that any external support to help defeat Bdaash must pass through the Iraqi government.


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Thank you for the post. It does follow that we will not see much as far as an RV until ISIS is removed from Iraq. Seems logical that they would not want to increase the value of the IQD that ISIS holds via all their pilfering of banks and ransom money just to strengthen their enemy. 


They MUST cut off the money supply to ISIS world wide. Remember that Iraq is not the only country with ISIS militants and not the only currency that they have accrued. 

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Abadi is the type of calm and tolerant leader that is a light to the Middle East. I pray for his safety and his continued good works so that others may follow and lead in all areas of Iraq by his example.

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