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Deputy for the conquest: our priorities during the next phase to remove US forces from the country

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MP confirmed the alliance of conquest victory of al-Musawi, Tuesday, that the priorities of the coalition during the next phase to remove US forces from the country.

"Any US sanctions against the Islamic Resistance factions are worthless and come within the framework of a US-Gulf track to retaliate against the resistance's supporters," al-Moussawi told al-Maaloumah.

"It is our priority during the next phase to work on the removal of US troops from the country," adding that it condemned "the American approach against the resistance factions that fought their tails in Iraq."

She pointed out that "the resistance won politically and ideologically against America and its supporters," stressing that "the continuation of the American approach to the imposition of sanctions is worthless and will increase the determination of the resistance in the fight against terrorism and its supporters."

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US Envoy calls for Kurdish role, strong participation in Iraqi government

 
 

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Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy for the Coalition against the Islamic State, meets with Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. (Photo: KRG)
 

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The US Special Presidential Envoy for the Coalition against the Islamic State, Brett McGurk, on Monday emphasized the key Kurdish role in Iraq’s political process and encouraged the leadership to participate actively in governing the country through the new government of Iraq.

McGurk’s comments came during a meeting in Erbil with the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region,Nechirvan Barzani.

During the meeting, which was attended by the US Ambassador to Iraq,Douglas Silliman, and the Consul General in Erbil, Steven Fagin, the delegation discussed the process of electing the speaker of the Iraqi Parliament and his deputies, according to a statement issued by the press office of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG.)

They also discussed the ongoing talks among the Iraqi political parties for the formation of the new Iraqi government, Erbil – Baghdad relations, and the Sep. 30 parliamentary election in the Kurdistan Region.

“The delegation expressed its support for the influential role of the Kurdish parties in Baghdad, their strong participation in the political process, and governance in Iraq,” the statement reads.

The Kurdish parties altogether have secured about 60 seats out of a totalof 329 in Iraq’s Parliament. They continue to negotiate with Iraq’s largest parliamentary blocs over the formation of the new government, but they have yet to decide which bloc they will join, as that decision is based on which bloc is prepared to go furthest in addressing Kurdish political concerns.

Barzani highlighted the continuing efforts of the Kurdish parties inparticipating actively in Iraq’s political process, determining government posts, and forming a new government.

He mentioned that talks continue between the Kurdish parties in general, and the leading two parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in particular, to establish a unified position in their negotiations with Baghdad.

McGurk’s meeting with Barzani follows after Iraqi politicians have begun to take the initial steps toward forming the new government.

On Saturday, parliament chose as its new speaker, Mohammed al-Halbousi, former governor of Anbar Province and a member of the Fatih (Conquest) bloc, which is supported by Iran. Halbousi beat out the former Iraqi Defense Minister, Khalid al-Obaidi, whom the US had backed for the post.

Commentators have begun to suggest that Iran is winning over the US in the battle for influence in Iraq. Ranj Alaaldin, a Brookings Institution scholar, suggested that “Iran’s favored candidates are also set to get the presidency and premiership,” while the Middle East news magazine, Al-Monitor, titled its report on Halbousi, “Iran 1, US 0.”

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Makkurk of Sulaymaniyah: An important decision will be issued within days on the formation of the Iraqi government

Makkurk of Sulaymaniyah: An important decision will be issued within days on the formation of the Iraqi government
 



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(Reuters) - US special envoy to the International Anti-Dictatorship Alliance in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday predicted that Iraqi political forces would resolve the formation of a new federal government in the coming days.

"We are confident that the Iraqi political forces will be able to form a strong, professional and national government," McGork said at a news conference with leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (MNF) Mullah Bakhtiar in Sulaymaniyah today.

He added that "America attaches importance to the decisions that will be issued by the political forces in Iraq and the Kurdistan region on the issue of forming a federal government."

"There is no doubt that the parties are committed to the constitutional times," he said, adding that he would "make an important decision on the issue of forming the government in the coming days."

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SPE McGurk affirms US support to Iraqi presidential election

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The U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State, Brett McGurk, anticipated on Wednesday that leaders of Iraq’s political parties “will participate actively and resolve the issues of the formation of the new government during the upcoming days.

McGurk added during his meeting with Secretary of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Politburo, Mala Bakhtyar, in Sulaimani, “We are very confident that the Iraqi government is moving forward to a strong, sovereign, new government in Baghdad.”

The U.S. envoy also added that during a meeting with Bakhtyar, developments and issues of the formation of a new Iraqi cabinet were discussed

“We are very confident that the Iraqi government is moving forward to a strong, sovereign, new government in Baghdad. We are very confident that Iraqi friends and partners will get together and make other decisions to stick to the constitutional timeline to forming a new government,” he said.

He also noted that the aforementioned decisions are for the Iraqis, Iraqi political leadership, and the leadership in the Kurdistan Region.

“The Iraqis will form a new government in the legally mandated period,” McGurk added.

Moreover, he affirmed that the United States will assist the Iraqis in the election of a new president.
 
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Cabinet to be formed without foreign influence: Halbusi

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New Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbusi highlighted Wednesday the necessity of forming the next cabinet through national will, away of foreign influence.

During a telephone call with the U.S. Secretary of State  Mike Pompeo, Halbusi discussed the political situation in Iraq and the ongoing full financial support to Iraq to provide services to all Iraqi cities, according to a statement by Halbusi's media office.

Halbusi also praised the role played by the International Military Intervention against ISIS, along with its efforts in restoring safety and security in the liberated cities.
 
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2018/09/19 20:20
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Halabousi to US Secretary of State: keen to form a government by an Iraqi decision

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - President of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halboussi discussed Wednesday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the role of the international coalition in the war on "urging" and efforts to restore security and stability to the liberated cities, stressing that the decision to form the next national government Iraq is far from external influences. 

"Today, he received a phone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who congratulated him on his election as president of the council. He expressed his optimism that this step would be a reflection of the will of the new generation and their important future role in leading the country towards Stability and overall development ".

The statement added that the two sides discussed "the overall political and service situation and the continued support of Iraq economically for the delivery of services to all Iraqi cities." The two sides also discussed the role of the international coalition in the war and the efforts to restore security and stability to liberated cities. 

"The role of the United States in supporting and supporting Iraq during its liberation phase is daunting," Halabousi said, adding that "the importance of continuing the international community's efforts to create conditions for ensuring the return of displaced people to the liberated areas is important."

He pointed out that "Iraq is ahead of an important stage after folding the page of terrorism, which requires the activation of legislation and laws necessary to develop the Iraqi economy and provide investment opportunities and benefit from international expertise in this area," stressing that the need to "be the decision to form the next Iraqi national government away from the effects And the choice of a strong government to be able to play its role in the fight against corruption and the building of state institutions and the development of administrative and economic capabilities to ensure a decent life for all people without discrimination. 

The political scene in Iraq is a wide movement among the winning forces in the elections that took place on 12 May 2018, to form the largest bloc in preparation for its mandate to form the next government, after the parliament ended the election of its presidency.

 

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Pompeo: Hallelujah: Optimistic in your management to embody the new generation and lead the country towards stability

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - 
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday congratulated parliament speaker Mohamed Halabousi on his assumption of the presidency, expressing optimism that the move would embody the will of the new generation and their important future role in leading the country towards stability and overall development. 
"The Speaker of the Parliament received a telephone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who congratulated him on his election as Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives," a statement from the Halbusi office said. 
"The two sides discussed the overall political and service situation and the continued support of Iraq economically for the delivery of services to all Iraqi cities," the statement said. "The role of the international coalition in the war was also discussed and efforts to restore security and stability to liberated cities."
"Halabousi paid tribute to the role of the United States in supporting and supporting Iraq during its liberation phase," he said. "The importance of continuing the efforts of the international community to provide the necessary conditions to ensure the return of the displaced to the liberated areas." 
Al-Halbusi stressed that "Iraq is on an important stage after the closure of the page of terrorism, which requires the activation of legislation and laws necessary to develop the Iraqi economy and provide investment opportunities and benefit from international expertise in this area." 
The speaker pointed out that "the decision to form the next Iraqi national government away from external influences, and the selection of a strong government to be able to play its role in the fight against corruption and building state institutions and develop their administrative and economic capabilities to ensure a decent life for all people without discrimination. Finished 29 / d

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US policy announces the content of a phone call between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Speaker of the Iraqi parliament

America announces the content of a phone call between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament

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The US State Department announced on Thursday that its minister, Michael Pompeo, had made a phone call with the new Iraqi parliament speaker Mohamed Halboussi.

The ministry said in a statement today that Pompeo congratulated Halaboussi on his new position and stressed that the United States looks forward to working with him in this new and more important role.

The statement added that "Pompeo pledged to continue the detainee with the Iraqis as they seek security, prosperity and stability."

The statement added that Pompeo "confirmed his support for Iraq's territorial sovereignty, especially at this critical time."

Pompeo also pointed out his support for the efforts to form a moderate government, according to the constitutional timetable, which responds to the aspirations of the Iraqi people, the statement said.

 

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Al-Rubaie: US sanctions against the brigades and al-Najabi are an attack on Iraq

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A member of the political bureau of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Mahmoud al-Rubaie, condemned the US sanctions on the two gangs as "aggression" against Iraq, pointing out that the timing of the sanctions is "purely political."

"The timing of the US sanctions against al-Ubeibah is purely political and evidence that we have defeated them politically," al-Rubaie said in televised remarks. "The US sanctions were the result of the failure of the Trump envoy's efforts."

"The sanctions came after the failure of the sedition of Basra thanks to the wisdom of the Islamic resistance factions," he said.

The member of the Political Bureau of the scorpions that "the new political forces broke the draft Trump envoy," stressing that "there are very good understandings between the political forces to form a government." Ending / 25

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The United States' special envoy to the International Anti-Dysh Alliance in Iraq and Syria, Brett McGurk, predicted that Iraqi political forces would decide on forming a new federal government in the coming days.

"We are confident that the Iraqi political forces will be able to form a strong, professional and national government," he told a news conference with leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Mullah Bakhtiar in

 

He added that "America attaches importance to the decisions that will be issued by the political forces in Iraq and the Kurdistan region on the issue of forming a federal government.

"There is no doubt that the parties are committed to the constitutional timing," he said.

 

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I do believe that with many years in this investment-what is expected to happen and when it finally does happen are 2 distinct Camels of different colors.

 

One of which, just to keep the KAOS full steam ahead, happens to be a Rainbow colored a Unicorn Camel ( amazingly rare) what poops rainbow smoothie ice cream for the kids. 

 

I think I upped my Lithium dose a bit too high. 

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I do believe that with many years in this investment-what is expected to happen and when it finally does happen are 2 distinct Camels of different colors.

 

One of which, just to keep the KAOS full steam ahead, happens to be a Rainbow colored a Unicorn Camel ( amazingly rare) what poops rainbow smoothie ice cream for the kids. 

 

I think I upped my Lithium dose a bit too high. 

Sad part was I understood everything you said, scary. 

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Sad part was I understood everything you said, scary. 

 

We are scaring ourselves with this understanding: THIS scares me ! 🤪

 

( que Twilight Zone intro )

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5 minutes ago, 10 YEARS LATER said:

I do believe that with many years in this investment-what is expected to happen and when it finally does happen are 2 distinct Camels of different colors.

 

One of which, just to keep the KAOS full steam ahead, happens to be a Rainbow colored a Unicorn Camel ( amazingly rare) what poops rainbow smoothie ice cream for the kids. 

 

I think I upped my Lithium dose a bit too high. 

 

Perfectly clear and in English too  :lol:

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Barzani and Pompio discuss the election of the president and the formation of the government
(Baghdad: al-Furat News) The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, during a telephone conversation, the political process in Iraq, and the election of the President of the Republic.
A statement by the provincial government that Barzani received on Saturday evening, a telephone call from Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State of the United States of America and discussed "the latest developments in the political situation and the future of the political process in Iraq, and highlighted the process of electing the presidency of the Iraqi Council of Representatives and efforts to elect the presidency and the government New Iraq ". 
Barzani and Pompio stressed "the intensification of efforts to ensure the success and progress of the political process in Iraq, expressing the aspiration to be the next phase in Iraq a stage of political stability and security and the new government and authority to reflect the aspirations and rights of all components of Iraq," according to the statement. 
Pompeo pointed to "the importance of the active role and the Kurdistan region to participate in the Iraqi political process and the formation of the three presidencies of the country."
The statement pointed out that "the circulation of issues of US relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan region and the latest developments in the arena in Iraq and the region in general, was the subject of talk in a telephone conversation between the US Secretary of State, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government." 
It is noteworthy that the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Najirvan Barzani, held on Saturday evening, a series of meetings with leaders of the political parties in Baghdad, visited Najaf and met with the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr and discussed with them the formation of the government and the election of the President of the Republic and the nomination of the Prime Minister.
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2018/09/23 12:28
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Pompio and Barzani discuss the formation of the new government by telephone

BAGHDAD - The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, discussed with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, during a telephone conversation, the political process in Iraq, and the election of the President of the Republic.

A statement by the provincial government that Barzani received on Saturday evening September 22, 2018, a telephone call from Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State of the United States of America and discussed "the latest developments in the political situation and the future of the political process in Iraq, and highlighted the process of electing the presidency of the Iraqi Council of Representatives and efforts to elect The presidency of the republic and the new Iraqi government. "

Barzani and Pompio stressed "the intensification of efforts to ensure the success and progress of the political process in Iraq, expressing the aspiration to be the next phase in Iraq a stage of political stability and security and the new government and authority to reflect the aspirations and rights of all components of Iraq," according to the statement.

Pompeo pointed to "the importance of the active role and the Kurdistan region to participate in the Iraqi political process and the formation of the three presidencies of the country."

The statement pointed out that "the circulation of issues of US relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan region and the latest developments in the arena in Iraq and the region in general, was the subject of talk in a telephone conversation between the US Secretary of State, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government."

It is noteworthy that the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Najirvan Barzani, held on Saturday evening, a series of meetings with leaders of political parties in Baghdad, visited Najaf and met with the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr and discussed with them the formation of the government and the election of the President and the nomination of the Prime Minister.

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US’ Pompeo stresses political role of Iraq’s KRG

Officials on phone discuss political developments, including parliament electing president and formation of new government

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US’ Pompeo stresses political role of Iraq’s KRG
 
 
 
 
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ERBIL, Iraq 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday stressed the role of the Iraqi northern region governed by Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in the country’s politics and shaping the country’s leadership.

In a phone call that KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received from Pompeo, the latter “pointed to the significant role" of the Kurdish region in Iraq's political process, said a KRG press office statement on Sunday.

The two officials discussed, according to the KRG statement, “political developments in Iraq, including the process of the election by the parliament of the new Iraqi president and the formation of the new government.”

Pompeo stressed, during the call, the KRG’s “significance and active role it holds in the political process of Iraq and how they will help shape the country’s branches of leadership, in Parliament, in the government, and in the presidency,” read the press statement.

U.S. relations with Iraq and the Kurdish region as well as the latest developments in the wider region were also discussed, said the statement.

Since Saturday, Barzani has been holding meetings in Baghdad on the formation of an anticipated new Iraqi government.

The Iraqi parliament, elected in 2012, is scheduled to hold its second session on Tuesday, but the agenda of the session does not include voting to elect a new president.

Separately, a source in the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) headed by former KRG Premier Massoud Barzani said on Sunday that the party will nominate Fuad Hussein, former chief of staff to the KRG presidency, for the raq’s president.

Current KRG Premier Nechirvan Barzani is also the KDP’s deputy leader.

On Thursday Pompeo called Mohammed al-Halbousi, Iraq’s recently elected parliament Speaker.

Within 30 days of its first session, which was held earlier this month, parliament should elect -- by a two-thirds majority -- the country’s next president, according to Iraq’s Constitution.

The new president will then task the majority bloc in parliament with drawing up a government, which must be referred back to the assembly for approval.

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2018/09/23 16:00
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Washington Institute: Iraqi politicians have not yet learned .. The role of the opposition "sincere" ..

 

 

Baghdad / obelisk: Books Bilal Wahab and Barbara A. On 15 September, members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives voted by secret ballot to elect a new speaker and two deputies. The former Sunni politician and governor of Anbar, Mohamed Halboussi, won 169 votes out of 298, beating his well-known rival, former defense minister Khaled al-Obeidi.

Following this vote, the Iraqi constitutional clock began to move before the 90-day deadline for forming the next government ended. The House of Representatives must now elect a president by the end of September. Then the new president calls the largest parliamentary bloc to nominate the prime minister and form a government. All of these steps must be completed by mid-November if things go as planned, but different complications are already emerging.

Radical changes in alliances

The vote on the House of Representatives came after another sudden change in political alliances, bringing together two unlikely partners together after an election that left no one with a major victory. (54 seats) and the Al-Fateh alliance led by Hadi al-Amiri (47 seats) ranked first and second in the May elections. They were competing against each other to form the largest parliamentary bloc. Led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (42 seats), the two main Kurdish parties (44 seats in total) and various Sunni groups. Both alliances also knew that they were capable of disrupting any government they were not part of because Iraqi politicians had not yet learned the art of acting as a loyal opposition.

Amidst these behind-the-scenes relations, the repercussions of popular protests and violence in Basra have emerged.Abbadi's chances of securing another term have been reduced. That unexpected thunderstorm prompted Sadr and al-Amiri to unite rather than compete. The Saarun Alliance, Al-Fath, the National Axis under the leadership of the Sunnis, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan agreed to choose Halabousi as Speaker of the House of Representatives and Saaroun candidate Hasan Karim Al-Kaabi as First Vice- And KDP candidate Bashir al-Haddad as a second deputy (a traditional Kurdish post).

This combination has led to the dismissal of the Islamic Dawa Party, the joint opponent of the Surun and Al-Fateh alliances, from which the two former prime ministers emerged. It also recorded a remarkable victory for Tehran, which exerted pressure in favor of Halbusi.

Now the chaotic part - the choice of president

Although Sunni parties were eyeing the presidency, Iraqi political traditions still exist: the country will again be headed by a Sunni speaker, a Kurdish president and a Shiite prime minister. But the middle step will be complicated, because the Kurds are very divided. The two former Iraqi Kurdish leaders came from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, which wants to retain the post. However, his opponent, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), is demanding the presidency for a candidate of his own who still has to appoint him, considering that he won a larger number of seats (26 versus 18 for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) and deserves a fair chance because the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan In 2006.

Is the [President] of the Kurdistan Democratic Party [Massoud] Barzani a trick by these arguments, or is a game unexpectedly serious exercise to enter his foot in the midst of national political life, despite the survival of the Kurdish leader away from Baghdad for years? The chances are that it is serious [as demanded], and that the presidential decision is heading towards an unprecedented confrontation between the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. The candidate of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Barham Salih is a respected figure who has always built relations in Baghdad and was formerly deputy prime minister. In order for the KDP to win the post of president, he should not only propose a strong candidate, but he should also consume considerable political capital with Sunni and Shiite parties.

Such an open division between the Kurds will certainly put new pressure on the political agreement that has enabled Arab parties to circumvent a list of House leaders. The new parliamentarians will have the option of voting as they please or remain disciplined enough to follow the leaders of their blocs and deals. The choice of a speaker within the legislature is likely to require two rounds of voting - neither of the two Kurdish parties can now guarantee two-thirds of the votes needed to win the first round, but the second round can be won simply by racing the first two candidates.Instead, the KDP may approve the PUK presidential candidate in exchange for other key positions (for example, the governor of Kirkuk; and the various federal posts that are reserved for the Kurds).

Kurdish opposition parties may also play a role in subsequent rounds, perhaps by disrupting the efforts of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Baghdad, further weakening the Kurdish unity. One of these parties - the small Islamic Group in Kurdistan, which holds two seats in the House of Representatives - has been forced to move to a second round of election of the second deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, by making 53 votes to 185 votes For the candidate of the Kurdistan Democratic Party. Meanwhile, the opposition factions called for the postponement of the upcoming internal elections for the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Does Tehran outperform Washington?

While many foreign actors were actively involved in the formation of the former Iraqi governments, only two of them took part in the process this time: Iran and the United States. The fierce competition for influence remains unbalanced at the moment, with the balance in favor of Tehran due to its coercive character, its close position and its willingness to play the role of the executor of Iraqi trade policy. The interests of the United States in Iraq have not changed: the establishment of an independent and stable country, reintegrating it among neighboring countries, making it able to defend itself against rising extremism and other threats, and ready to maintain friendly military and economic ties with America. However, Washington may have to rethink its approach - or at least change how its approach approaches - to achieve these goals.

In the eyes of Iraqi politicians, the United States continued to press for the formation of a second government headed by Abadi, which led them to conclude that Iran won the first round. At this stage of political development in post-2003 Iraq, the focus on a particular candidate will be short-sighted, putting Washington in the midst of a game of influence that has little or no basis for Iran.

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The Washington Institute provides a vision of how to form the Iraqi government and elect the president

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A report by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that the Iraqi Council of Representatives to complete the constitutional steps through the election of a president by the end of September, and then calls the new president of the largest parliamentary bloc to nominate the prime minister and the formation of a government, indicating that all these steps must be completed by mid-October Next second .

 The report, published last week, said that two remaining tasks to complete the constitutional clauses after the elections last May in Iraq, the election of the President of the Republic and the formation of the largest bloc to choose a prime minister, where the authors Bilal Wahab, Barbara A. In their report, that "may end the intervention of the religious authority and its warnings, private and public about the presidency of the next government, especially after the protests in Basra, the chances of the current Prime Minister, Haider Abadi, to secure another term."

The report added that the chaotic part, is currently the selection of the President of the Republic, where the authors considered that step, as "complex" because "the Kurds are very divided, and wants the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to retain the post, but his Democratic opponent of Kurdistan demands the presidency of a special candidate, Seats (26 vs. 18 for the National Union) and deserved a fair chance because the Union has held this post since 2006. "

Certainly, such an open division between the Kurds will put new pressure on the political agreement that enabled Arab parties to circumvent a list of House leaders. The new parliamentarians will also have the option of voting as they please or remain disciplined enough to follow the leaders of their blocs and deals.

 The choice of a speaker within the PLC is likely to require two rounds of voting - neither of the two Kurdish parties can now guarantee two-thirds of the votes needed to win the first round, but the second round can be won simply by a race between the first two candidates. On the candidate of the National Union against other key positions (for example, position

As for the next prime minister, the authors saw that "there are many foreign actors actively involved in the formation of the former Iraqi governments, but Iran and the United States have a clear role in this, and the competition for power is not balanced at the moment, with the tip of Tehran Because of its proximity and readiness to play the role of the executor of the policy of Iraqi deals, and the interests of the United States in Iraq has not changed, namely, the establishment of an independent and stable country, and re-integration among neighboring countries, and make it able to defend itself in the face of escalating extremism and other threats, Vaz on friendly military and economic ties with America. "

The report pointed out that "Iraqi politicians, assert that the United States continued to press for the formation of a second government headed by Abadi even after warning Sistani, which led them to conclude that Iran won the first round," noting that "at this stage of political development in Iraq after a year 2003, the focus on a particular candidate would be short-sighted, putting Washington in the middle of a no-rule influence game that is largely in favor of Iran. "

"Politicians in Baghdad and Kurdistan will remain vulnerable to the influences of Washington and Tehran in the coming weeks, and such ambiguities and surprises may continue as the process of forming the government moves forward," concluded the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy.

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Congress takes aim at pro-Iran election winners in Iraq

 
 
Bryant Harris September 24, 2018
 
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US lawmakers are preparing sanctions as Tehran presses Baghdad to form a government friendly to its interests.
 
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Hashim al-Mousawi, the official spokesman for Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, speaks during a news conference in Baghdad, Nov. 23, 2017.
 

Congress is once again trying to reduce Iran's influence in Iraq in a way that could jeopardize the country's efforts to form a new government following May legislative elections.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on bipartisan legislation that would block the assets of Iranians found to pose a threat of violence in Iraq. Meanwhile Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., has introduced a bill to sanction two Iran-backed Shiite militias in the upper chamber.

“I’m proud to introduce this legislation and send a strong message that we will not tolerate the destabilizing efforts of the Iranian regime when it comes to the government of Iraq,” the House bill's sponsor, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said in a statement when he introduced the Preventing Iranian Destabilization of Iraq Act in December.

The House unanimously passed similar legislation to Perdue's earlier this year as an amendment to the defense authorization bill. But the provision from Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, was dropped when the bill was merged with the Senate version.

“My amendment sanctioning Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Harakat Hezbollah Nujaba, two of the most destabilizing Iranian-backed militias in Iraq with American blood on their hands, passed the House unanimously,” Poe told Al-Monitor in an emailed statement today. “Removing the provision was a mistake and only emboldens these Iranian-backed terrorist groups.”

The Iraqi Embassy in Washington declined to respond to repeated requests for comment.

However, public disclosure forms indicate that Iraq's lobby shop, the Livingston Group, met with Kinzinger in January to discuss his bill. And Iraq's former ambassador, Lukman Faily, told Al-Monitor that the Perdue bill in particular could complicate Baghdad’s struggles to form a governing coalition.

“This will be seen as another example of the geopolitical increase in tension between the US and its allies on one side and Iran and its supporters on the other side,” said Faily.

The House initially passed its version of the Perdue legislation a few weeks after one of the targeted militias, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, won 15 seats in Iraq’s May parliamentary elections. The group is part of the pro-Iran Fatah coalition, which came in second and is in talks to form a coalition government with the top vote-getter, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's nationalist Sairoon coalition. The other targeted militia, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, did not field any candidates.

“At the very least, [Asaib Ahl al-Haq] bought one Cabinet member in the Iraqi government,” Michael Knights, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told Al-Monitor. “Not a major one like defense, interior, finance, none of those. The worst that can happen is that [the group] will control a junior ministry in the Iraqi Cabinet.”

Still, the Perdue bill could place the United States in the unenviable position of sanctioning an Iraqi government official.

“They are no longer in the fringe of politics,” Faily told Al-Monitor. “Such a legislation, if implemented, will have ramifications within our internal politics too. It will enhance polarization and will push parties and blocs to take sides with or against such sanctions. [Asaib Ahl al-Haq] is now part of our democratic setup and hence its effect will be visible and for all to see and feel, more so if they take part as ministers within the next Cabinet formation.”

Knights confirmed that the potential sanctions have caused considerable consternation among Iraqi politicians across multiple sects and ideologies. Knights himself favors holding off on the sanctions until Baghdad forms a new government and recommends narrowly targeting figures such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq leader Qais al-Khazali, who is a member of parliament himself.

Knights said he asked every single Iraqi official he met during a June trip to the country — from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on down — about the wisdom of sanctioning Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Khazali himself.

“They were nervous about the prospect, less nervous about sanctioning Khazali personally and more anxious about sanctioning all the members of his movement,” Knights told Al-Monitor. “They felt it would drive the rank and file to Khazali if they were to be lumped with the same label as being a terrorist.”

Knights also said that many fighters were not involved in the surge of violence targeting US soldiers following the 2003 invasion of Iraq and joined the group more recently in 2014 to fight the Islamic State. He said the Trump administration has the authority it needs to enact the sanctions laid out in both the Kinzinger and Perdue bills.

“People in the Middle East take this stuff seriously,” said Knights. “Even though we might know that it’s just completely duplicative … they don’t know that in the Middle East. It sends a kind of signal of continuing and intensifying intent on behalf of the US government.”

Indeed, the Trump administration has started to ratchet up the pressure on Tehran’s proxies throughout the Middle East as part of a hard-line strategy against Iran.

Following two separate rocket attacks earlier this month — one on an airport in Basra, which hosts a US consulate, and another in Baghdad’s Green Zone, where the US Embassy is located — the White House placed the blame on Iran and its Iraqi militias, without offering evidence.

“Iran did not act to stop these attacks by its proxies in Iraq, which it has supported with funding, training and weapons,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “The United States will hold the regime in Tehran accountable for any attack that results in injury to our personnel or damage to United States government facilities.”

Asked today about US plans to counter Iranian influence in Iraq, Pompeo said the United States has “been working to achieve a government that is an Iraqi national government.” He added, “We are working diligently to make sure that the Iraqi people — that voice they gave during the election — is who ends up in leadership.”

The rocket attacks came after Reuters reported in August that Tehran had given ballistic missiles to its Iraqi proxies, citing Iranian, Iraqi and Western officials.

“Iran’s willingness to transfer these missiles to its Iraqi agents is a measure of its involvement in these forces,” Behnam Ben Taleblu, a research fellow at the hawkish Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Al-Monitor. “The US should determine which militias received these weapons and designate them” for liaising with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Ben Taleblu also noted that the missiles may end up in Syria “since much of Iran’s infrastructure has gone up in smoke there.”

Both militias targeted by Perdue's bill fight alongside Iran in Syria on behalf of the Bashar al-Assad government.

 

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Pentagon: US to work with partners to expose Iran's 'evil activities'

 

The United States will work with its partners in the region to expose Iran's "evil activities", US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Dana White said, describing Iran as "the most destabilizing factor in the Middle East."

White added in a televised statement that the coalition forces reduced the presence of the ISIS organization in Syria and Iraq to 2%, asserting that US forces will remain in Syria to finish a lot of work with USpartners.

She pointed out that the American forces are present in Syria to defeatISIS and ensure it does not return, as well as to train local forces.

https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/Story/31740/Pentagon-US-to-work-with-partners-to-expose-Iran-s-evil-activities

 

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Secretary General of the Civil Society for Reform, Salim Jubouri, in his office with the US ambassador in Baghdad, Douglas Slimian, the latest developments on the Iraqi arena and the efforts of the political blocs to form a government.
"The importance of consolidating Iraq's relations with its regional and international environment in order to enhance joint cooperation and achieve stability in Iraq and the region and support investment and reconstruction to promote the economic reality of the country," Jubouri said. 
For his part, the US ambassador in Baghdad, the US administration confirmed its full support for the stability of Iraq at all levels.
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