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Monday، 07 October 2019 02:05 AM

 

US diplomat: Iraqi PM's resignation 'inevitable' amid deadly protests

 
In the wake of escalating civil unrest and a wave of violent protests across Iraq, the American ambassador to the country has warned that the resignation of the prime minister may be imminent.

Matthew Tueller, a career diplomat who took over the Baghdad mission in June, told U.S. military leaders on Sunday that it "appears inevitable" that Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi would resign in the face of deadly protests and a call from one of the country's most powerful clerics that the government resign and hold new elections under U.N. supervision.

"Through this move, we assess Moqtada al-Sadr is seeking to take advantage of this crisis by giving demonstrators a dramatic response to their anger against the government and strengthening his own hand," Tueller wrote in a classified email sent to U.S. military leaders on Saturday morning.

"Subsequently former PM Haider al-Abadi also issued a call for early elections. With these drastic developments the resignation of Adil Abdul-Mahdi by as early as today appears inevitable and Iraq's government will enter unchartered [sic] and fraught political territory."

"It is unclear if these moves will slow down the protests or accompanying violence," Tueller concluded.

However, U.S. military leaders in the region remain skeptical of whether Abdul-Mahdi will actually resign or give in to protester's demands, an American military official told Task & Purpose on condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive discussions.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis have flooded the streets of Baghdad and elsewhere across the country over the past week to protest government corruption, widespread unemployment, and a lack of basic services and infrastructure, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Iraqi security forces have responded to the protests with force, leaving more than 100 people dead and injuring as many as 6,000.

Abdul-Mahdi, who has been in office for less than a year, had pledged that he would fix unemployment and combat rampant government corruption, but has yet to make good on those promises, The Washington Post reported Friday.

"Mahdi's resignation may not be enough," Jennifer Cafarella, research director with The Institute for the Study of War, told Task & Purpose. "Muqtada al Sadr has called for the resignation of the entire council of representatives and some of the protesters have gone even farther and called for a complete overthrow of the government."

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 03:19 PM

 

Iranian militias attack the media in Iraq to obliterate their crimes against Iraqis

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Militias loyal to Iran and Abdul-Mahdi, attacked the office of the channel "Al-Arabiya" in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, and a number of media to cover up their crimes against the Iraqi people.

Al-Arabiya correspondent in the Iraqi capital said that the office had received threats in the past few days, but that the office contacted the security authorities to provide them with the necessary protection, and indeed the protection was provided for a short time, but the pressure of the demonstrations forced the protection teams to withdraw and leave.

The reporter confirmed that black cars carrying masked persons (about 10 people), wearing black uniforms, broke into the main entrance, assaulted the cadre in the office of the channel, beat employees with weapons, and then smashed equipment and mobile devices.

The correspondent added that the gunmen had deluded the workers that they had executed, and were speaking in the ordinary Iraqi dialect, and then left the office to an unknown location.
The reporter also confirmed injuries among colleagues during the attack.

The reporter said that the team received assurances and promises from the Prime Minister's Office and other officials to follow up the details of the attack, and confirmed that there is a meeting of senior officials, one of which pledged to open a full investigation into the attack.

The reporter also noted that elements of the Federal Police declined to assist the channel team during the attack.

On the other hand, the reporter explained that this is not the first time that the media have been attacked in places supposedly under the control of the Iraqi government, referring to the attack on the Tigris channel, Friday.

He added that the Iraqi government must clarify what happened, if the attacking group armed militias , then how to allow insurgents to roam this way in the Iraqi capital Baghdad? If it is an official body, it is authorized to storm the headquarters of the channel in this way and do what it did ?.

NRT in Baghdad announced the closure of its headquarters after being attacked by militias after the Tigris.

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 05:11 PM

 

Video report .. Tissue salesman defies gas and bullets of Abdul - Mahdi militias and help protesters

 

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Demonstrations continue in Baghdad and a number of Iraqi cities, amid tight security accompanied by incidents of attacks on demonstrators and resulted in casualties.

The demonstrations, which came out to demand accountability and corrupt anti-unemployment, last Tuesday from Tahrir Square near the Green Zone in central Baghdad and quickly spread to other areas in the capital.

The security forces used live bullets, rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the demonstrations in Baghdad and the south of the country, "killing more than 100 people and wounding more than four thousand others, according to security and medical sources.

The October demonstrations are unprecedented, if they did not start at the invitation of a party or religious leader as usual in Baghdad, but gathered angry protesters against the lack of public services and unemployment.

While videos and photos of protesters spread in front of the hot water cannons and tear gas used by Iraqi security forces to counter the demonstrations, there were scenes of individual stories that took up considerable space on social media.

Among these stories is a video that was spread to an Iraqi woman who used to sell paper napkins in Tahrir Square, but they appear in the video distributed free of charge to demonstrators who were exposed to tear gas.

Many commented on the video of the Iraqi woman and some called it "mute Iraq", while others compared to the ruling political class in the country since 2003.

Twitterers praised the Iraqi woman, saying that those who described them as "corrupt politicians" in Iraq were unable to provide what the vendor of simple napkins.

The passage of several reactions on Twitter, said the Saudi journalist, Amjad Taha: "poor Iraqi woman rich in morality working as a vendor of napkins in a country Tehran steals oil ... rushing to distribute her tissues to the injured.

Another Iraqi woman commented on the footage: "An Iraqi woman, mute, sells napkins, but she spoke to the young Iraqi people who were wounded and wounded, and distributed napkins, which is her only source of livelihood."

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I'm going to assume the US is just standing by watching all this?  I think we have a long wait...thanks Abdul-Mahdi!

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10-6-2019   Newshound Guru MilitiaMan   ...

The so called brotherly neighbor has tentacles deep inside helping them selves to the cash cow called Currency Auctions.

I don't disagree,

there are things in the country that are and will be far from over. 

However, one hell of a good way to solve that is to stop the auctions,

raise the value,

which will provide jobs that will come from going international with a new internationally excepted currency

That will be the facilitator for global trade for the world which will in turn beget purchase power for the citizens,

while they grow economically with the new jobs created from the positive effects of raising the value. imo.

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5 hours ago, NEPatriotsFan1 said:

Maybe this is the $h*tshow we always thought would happen right before the RV/RI......

 

There’s A Shiite Show Every Day In The Middle East ! :o 

 

 

 

Or As They Call It Over There (Where They’re 10 Hours Ahead) - Monday ...

 

:D  :D  :D 

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To implement the demands of the demonstrators .. Parliament meets with the keys to money in Iraq

 

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Bashir Khalil Al-Haddad chaired on Sunday an expanded meeting that included the chairman and members of the parliamentary finance committee in the presence of a number of deputies from other committees, the Ministry of Finance and bank managers.

Haddad stressed the importance of the Cabinet's approval of the House of Representatives decisions for a package of quick measures to implement the demands of the demonstrators, and called for the return of the dissolved contracts from the ministries of the Interior and Defense while securing financial allocations to return them immediately, and issuing direct orders and joining the service.

Al-Haddad also stressed the rapid disbursement of loans to restart the stalled factories to provide employment opportunities for young people, and the issuance of periodic financial grants to students graduates of preparatory, diploma and graduate degrees, and urged the federal government to take prompt and immediate action to the demands of the demonstrators and improve services in general.

Participants in the meeting appreciated the keenness of the House of Representatives and follow-up of the Presidency to activate the mechanisms of joint work, coordination and cooperation with parliamentary committees in order to provide services as soon as possible to the demonstrators and intensify efforts to address obstacles and stand a serious pause to surround this crisis.

 

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Iraqi Chief Justice to examine Barriers to Investment

 

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17th October, 2019
 

 

On Tuesday 1st October the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) was pleased to host a roundtable discussion chaired by IBBC President Baroness Nicholson with His Excellency, Chief Justice Faiq Zidan, who was visiting the United Kingdom as guest of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The meeting was attended by several IBBC member representatives including from Constellis, G4S Secure Solutions, Harcus Sinclair, Mosul University, Protechnique, PWC SPS and Unihouse Global.

Chief Justice Zidan introduced himself and summarised his career, which began in 1991 as a lawyer in Baghdad. He was appointed as a judge in Baghdad’s Civil Courts and Criminal Courts in 1999 and then Chief of the Central Investigative Court responsible for Combating Terrorism and Important Crimes in 2005. In 2012, Faiq was appointed to the Federal Court of Cassation as Vice-Chief in 2014 and in 2016 as Chief, a position he still holds today. He was appointed President of the Supreme Judicial Council in January 2017.

Christophe Michels, managing director of IBBC, gave a summary of the history of IBBC in Iraq, the make-up of its current membership and the many events and activities currently being organised in Iraq, Dubai and the UK.

Members reported on current legal and judicial challenges they face when operating in Iraq. His Excellency confirmed he was familiar with many of these issues and undertook to review them on his return to Iraq. He said he would be particularly interested in any legal or judicial interpretations that could discourage foreign investment.

Chief Justice Zidan further encouraged IBBC and its members to organise more encounters with Judges from Iraq and to also increase its exchanges with the Iraqi Parliament, a suggestion much welcomed by the IBBC management and members present.

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Drums and trumpets .. The Iraqi community demonstrating in front of the White House in Washington

 

 

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7th October, 2019
 

 

Hundreds of members of the Iraqi community in the United States solidarity with their countrymen in a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington DC.

The demonstrators, according to published by Iraqi activists from the diaspora banners calling for an end to violence and repression against their compatriots during the ongoing protests in the capital Baghdad, and in a number of provinces.

The demonstrators demanded the US administration to intervene and end the suffering of the Iraqi people, and to stop support for the ruling political class in the country. Protesters chanted in front of the White House against the federal government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi, calling for its dismissal, calling it in the strongest terms, and that it is "a government of murder and dictatorship."

The demonstrators called on the community to stop the Iranian interference, considering that what they are witnessing now is caused by the regime in Tehran, which interferes in Iraqi political, security and economic affairs. Demonstrators banged drums, blowing horns, and the civilian activist commented on a video he posted of the demonstration, saying that many areas of Washington DC had heard the sounds of drums and trumpets.

Baghdad and a number of other Shiite-dominated provinces are witnessing bloody demonstrations sparked on Tuesday. According to the latest death toll, more than 100 demonstrators were shot dead by security forces and more than 6,000 wounded. The demonstrations are the most violent since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003.

 

 

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1 hour ago, boosterbglee said:

I'm going to assume the US is just standing by watching all this?  I think we have a long wait...thanks Abdul-Mahdi!

I have a feeling the US may be helping this along behind the scenes.. one way to get things moving over there..

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5 hours ago, DinarThug said:

10-6-2019   Newshound Guru MilitiaMan   ...

The so called brotherly neighbor has tentacles deep inside helping them selves to the cash cow called Currency Auctions.

I don't disagree,

there are things in the country that are and will be far from over. 

However, one hell of a good way to solve that is to stop the auctions,

raise the value,

which will provide jobs that will come from going international with a new internationally excepted currency

That will be the facilitator for global trade for the world which will in turn beget purchase power for the citizens,

while they grow economically with the new jobs created from the positive effects of raising the value. imo.

 

Although not a fan of anyone called a guru, I do believe he is right...auctions must end...corruption will always be in any oil I have countries...you only have to look at kuwait and their parliament and the amount of times they have been sacked....this is not over by a long shot but auctions must end and rate change is required..

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All The M.O.U.s Agreed to and Signed from ALL THE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD ? This, although a large task , may be handled faster than what it may seem . The World will not wait in complete patience....

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Timing seems suspect that these protests now coincide with Trump pulling our troops out of Syria and leaving the Kurds on their own. Seems like a push to get the Iraqis to do something. Just my opinion. 

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A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government visits Baghdad

 

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7th October, 2019
 

 

A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government will visit the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Tuesday.

According to a statement to the Ministry of Planning in the Kurdistan Regional Government, "it is scheduled to be a delegation from the ministry to visit Baghdad to meet with officials in the Iraqi capital. He did not give the statement more details.

Previously Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region issued a decree commissioned by the Minister for Territory Khaled Huani management file dialog between the Kurdistan Regional government of Iraq and the federal government. Agreed the federal government with the territorial government, during the last period, the development of practical mechanisms to discuss the outstanding issues details, through the formation of technical committees from the ministries concerned, under the supervision of the joint Supreme Committee.

The disputed areas files, Financial issues and budget, oil and gas, most of the outstanding issues between the two sides. In July, Barzani visited Baghdad at the head of a high-level government delegation and met the three presidencies (the Republic, the government and the parliament) on a visit he described as "positive."

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Did the Iraqis miss the opportunity?

 

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These scenes from Iraq are not simple. It's cruel and painful. Their difficulty is compounded by the fact that they can no longer be held responsible for the Saddam Hussein regime, which was uprooted 16 years ago. Moreover, it is hard to believe that the youths who moved in Baghdad, Najaf and Nasiriyah acted on the orders of the "Great Satan" or any regional power. It should be noted that the Iraqis went to the polls four times after the adoption of the current constitution. This means that the legitimacy of the current government is not in doubt. It was born on the basis of the election results, even if the difficulties of childbirth left scars in its soul and body.

It is hasty to shorten the fate of the bloody protest movement by asking about the fate of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and his government. The problem is farther and deeper. Of course, noting that Abdul-Mahdi is an old and experienced player in the Iraqi story, from the opposition to Saddam's regime, distributed among several capitals, including the Iranian incubator, to the experiences of post-Baath Iraq, which is rich and expensive. It is wrong to say that the current system is multi-headed, as in Lebanon, for example, the first role under the Constitution is the Prime Minister.

There is no doubt that Abdul-Mahdi, who passed through the Baath, Marxism, Khomeinist tendencies and Parisian residence, knows the weaknesses of the Iraqi map and its fears, and with it the holes of the current regime and the nature of the wind that infiltrates it. Therefore, the meaning of the recent protests must stop him. It is clear that those who poured into the streets are young people born after the fall of Saddam's regime or a few years before the fall of Saddam's regime. They also came from Shiite strongholds voted in successive elections for major Shiite parties and currents. He is also known by virtue of his experience that US influence in Iraq has largely diminished, and is no longer a counterweight to or a curb on Iranian influence. There was no actual participation in the protests in Sunni strongholds still living under the weight of the rise of ISIS and the consequences of the removal of the organization and its aftermath. This also means that Salafis or “Daesh” cannot be accused of being behind the latest move.

Abdul-Mahdi knows that the protests are closer to popular anger extended by the depth of the living crisis, and then in response to the use of live bullets to suppress them, and up to the play «unknown snipers». They are protests demanding electricity and water, fighting corruption and tackling the problems of unemployment and poverty. These young men would not have faced bullets with their bare breasts had they not felt a clogged horizon and mistrust of the promises made by successive governments.

The issue of Abdul Mahdi, and the story of his staying in place, is the emergence of anti-Iranian slogans by protesters demanding the removal of Iranian influence from Iraq. The prime minister knows that these slogans would not have risen, and in places not classified as anti-Tehran because of their sectarian affiliation, had it not been for the increased feeling in recent years that Baghdad was almost run from Tehran. Iraqi commentators argue that Iran has leaked to decision-making positions in the current regime and to the country's political, economic and social makeup. They give examples of using the Iraqi arena, both in sending worrying messages to America and in circumventing sanctions.

Does the Iraqi political class pick up the messages sent by the protest movement? Are traditional treatments of the kind promises to help poor families and open the door to volunteer in the army enough? Will the old remedies of the type of name change be repeated, ie seize the move to overthrow Abdul Mahdi?

The problem further. It is a battle to restore the confidence of ordinary Iraqis, especially young people who feel they are only promised to poverty and marginalization in a country that sleeps on extraordinary wealth. It is not at all simple for an Iraqi young man to read that hundreds of billions of dollars of public finances disappeared or were wasted in the post-Saddam era. This is without forgetting the scandal of tens of thousands of fictitious military personnel, dubbed "aliens", which was clearly exposed when the army units collapsed in Mosul, which allowed IS to open the long bloody separation. The “aliens” are soldiers who lived in their homes and shared their salaries with the officers responsible for them, who cover their long absence from their parcels.

Recent events reminded me of what I heard from Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi after the withdrawal of US troops from his country. "You are a journalist," he said. "If you want an interesting and interesting topic, he has commissioned a team to investigate the fate of billions of dollars that have evaporated with magical charm." "The looting of Iraq certainly surpasses the looting that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union." “I read a lot that the Americans planned to invade Iraq to plunder its wealth. In fact, we have made a tremendous effort to lure the Americans into the process of overthrowing Saddam Hussein, because we failed as an opposition to overthrow him, and because we feared that Iraq would spend additional decades under him or his children. "Now the Americans have left, but I fear that the Iraqis will miss the opportunity to build a stable and prosperous Iraq."

I asked him about the reasons for his fears. “First, I see that the idea of the state in its true sense is not deeply rooted, neither in our society nor in the fundamental political forces. Elections are not enough when the idea of institutions is absent. Moreover, most forces speak in the economy without knowing that the world has changed and the economy has changed. There is a feverish race for monopoly and personal and factional gains. The economy cannot be managed with the mentality of factions and militias. "I am afraid that the Iraqis will miss the opportunity. Their country will remain captive to a long turmoil that will also pay for the region."

The interests of Iraqis lie in a stable, democratic and prosperous Iraq. The Arabs also have an interest in an Iraq of this kind. But any quiet reading of the post-Saddam process is worrying, and raises an important question: "Did the Iraqis miss the opportunity?"

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Iraqi protesters vow to continue regardless of government offers

 

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Iraqi demonstrators run amidst smoke from burning tires during a rally against state corruption, failing public services, and unemployment, in Baghdad. (AFP)
 
 
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Angry rallies in Iraq have rocked the country for six days in protest against corruption and high unemployment
 


BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi will not resign in response to the demands of demonstrators and his new package of solutions will not ease the pressure on him to abandon the corrupt political forces that support him, politicians and officials told Arab News on Sunday. Angry demonstrations in Baghdad and seven southern Shiite-majority provinces have rocked Iraq for six days in protest against corruption, high unemployment and lack of basic daily services.

At least 104 people, including security personnel, have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded in recent days as Iraqi forces used live ammunition and tear gas to repel demonstrators who clashed with security forces as they tried to reach government and party headquarters in Baghdad and the provinces.

The Iraqi Interior Ministry said on Sunday that 52 government vehicles and about 60 government and party properties had been burned so far. The demonstrators demanded the dismissal of Abdul Mahdi’s government, forming a caretaker government, dissolving the Parliament and preparations for early national parliamentary elections under the supervision of the UN.

Abdul Mahdi responded by “turning a blind eye” to the use of “excessive force” against the demonstrators and used Iranian-backed armed factions to regain control of security in Baghdad and the provinces, according to witnesses.“Two of my relatives who took part in the demonstrations were killed in the past few days in Baghdad by a sniper. Both of them were teenagers,” an anonymous military official told Arab News. “The first was hit in his neck and the other one was hit in his head.

“I know that some of the demonstrators misbehaved and rushed too much by clashing with security forces and burning some government buildings, but what I cannot justify is how a government can kill a teenager with all this coldness?”

The armed factions used by Abdul Mahdi to regain control raided the offices of a number of satellite TV channels covering the demonstrations in Baghdad, including the channels of Dijila, Al-Ghad, Al-Furat and Arabiya. They destroyed equipment and expelled workers, journalists working at these channels said.

The Iraqi Ministry of Communications has continued to impose a complete blocking of internet services in all provinces except the semi-autonomous Kurdish region since last week, and has lifted only an hour or two a day to publish the statements of Abdul Mahdi.

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At least 104 people, including security personnel, have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded in recent days as Iraqi forces used live ammunition and tear gas to repel demonstrators.

“If the net was working in Iraq, Abdul Mahdi’s government would have fallen from the earliest days,” an Iraqi human rights activist told Arab News.

“The videos recorded by demonstrators that we have received, clearly show that some security forces in Baghdad and some other provinces, have not resorted to any nonlethal options to keep protesters away from them or from some buildings. “Live bullets were the first choice of these forces without hesitation.”

Abdul Mahdi attempted to absorb the anger of the demonstrators by launching a package of “extraordinary decisions” distributed by his office in the early hours of Sunday morning, the most prominent of which included the granting of plots of land to low-income families, the construction of 100,000 new homes in the poorest areas, the distribution of a monthly grant to the unemployed and the disabled, the construction of small stalls to provide job opportunities and training courses for graduates and allowing young people to join the Iraqi army.

“These decisions show that Abdul Mahdi is currently floundering. The problem is clear and the solutions are obvious, but he is too weak to make a bold decision and act,” a prominent Shiite politician told Arab News.

“What he has to do is abandon the net of corruptors surrounding him that actually governs, but he won’t do that and they will not let him do so. “The pro-Iran political parties and armed factions see this government as the best so far because Abdul Mahdi put everything in their hands, so they will not either allow the collapse of his government, nor his resignation.”

Rahman Al-Jobouri, an Iraqi analyst, said “the pressure placed on Abdul Mahdi from his allies to prevent his resignation or retreat is enormous.

“They seek to control and end the demonstrations, by force and temptations, as they are betting on the time to restrain the demonstrators and dismantle their front, to turn into small demonstrations that would be easy to end without big noise. “It is clear now that the protests will not end, but what is clearer is that Abdul Mahdi will not resign soon.”

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A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government visits Baghdad

 

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7th October, 2019
 

 

A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government will visit the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Tuesday.

According to a statement to the Ministry of Planning in the Kurdistan Regional Government, "it is scheduled to be a delegation from the ministry to visit Baghdad to meet with officials in the Iraqi capital. He did not give the statement more details.

Previously Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region issued a decree commissioned by the Minister for Territory Khaled Huani management file dialog between the Kurdistan Regional government of Iraq and the federal government. Agreed the federal government with the territorial government, during the last period, the development of practical mechanisms to discuss the outstanding issues details, through the formation of technical committees from the ministries concerned, under the supervision of the joint Supreme Committee.

The disputed areas files, Financial issues and budget, oil and gas, most of the outstanding issues between the two sides. In July, Barzani visited Baghdad at the head of a high-level government delegation and met the three presidencies (the Republic, the government and the parliament) on a visit he described as "positive."

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The Iraqi army finally admits the use of excessive force against demonstrators


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Finally, security forces have admitted to using excessive force against peaceful demonstrators in Iraq but at the same time announced that they would hold those responsible to account.

The Iraqi military command announced on Monday, October 7, 2019, that elements of the army already used excessive force during clashes with protesters in Sadr City, east of Baghdad yesterday, killing 13 people at night, according to security and medical sources.

According to the Iraqi Security Media Cell in a statement today, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi asked to withdraw all army units from Sadr City and replace them with federal police, as a result of the events in Sadr City last night, especially as the violence was unjustified and outside the rules of engagement In the face of protests.

The statement stressed the start of procedures to hold accountable the elements who committed these acts, which they described as wrong, which raised the number of deaths among the demonstrators since the start of the protests calling for decent living and accountability for corrupt and exit from Iranian control on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 to more than 130 martyrs and 6150 injured.

In the meantime, the demonstrators in the province of Najaf postponed their demonstrations after the end of the visit of the forty Husseiniya, stressing the need to implement the initiative of the Supreme Marja on the ground, while clan elders in the province to change the current political system to presidential;

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Iraq protests descend into bloodshed as activists say Iran making them 'strangers in our country'

Anti-government protests rock Baghdad as demonstrators clash with security forces

Two protestors were killed, hundreds more wounded as Iraqis protest the country’s deteriorating economy.

A small window of calm settled on the Baghdad streets on Sunday, following five days of violent protests. But, at dusk, the mayhem ricocheted once again through the Iraqi capital and southern cities with a clear message from civilians: Cut the corruption and provide essential services, and get Iran and its proxies out of government.

“Protesters are being burned with hot water, tear gas, and by live fire. We are poor people, and the Iranian-backed militias are doing this to us. They are even coming to the hospitals to kill the (wounded) protestors,” Abbas Naji, 24, who previously worked in hospitality in the southern city of Nasiriya, but for four years has been unable to find a job, told Fox News. “We Iraqis are against the existence of militias because they are a danger to us, and we are determined to continue this movement because we need jobs, and we need our services improved.”

 

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Many demonstrators have accused the militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMFs) – which were formed in 2014 to fight the Islamic State – as targeting them on Tehran’s behalf and meddling in money-making, protecting corrupt politicians and acting out with impunity. However, they also have maintained considerable support across Baghdad, considered by many officials to be war heroes who victoriously defeated the terrorist scourge.

Naji lamented that Baghdad hospitals, under government pressure, were not providing accurate numbers of the dead and injured. He further contended that the “frequent flights” between Baghdad and Tehran were vessels for fighters and equipment to flood the country.

“We don’t want to feel like strangers in our country. We don’t want to feel as though we are under a government that assaults us,” Naji continued.

IRAN PREPARES FOR CYBERWAR AMID RISING TENSIONS, BOASTS THOUSANDS OF CYBERBATTALIONS

At least seven anti-government protesters were killed – mostly by police – in the ongoing violence Sunday, bringing the death toll to 104.

 

Anti-government protesters taking cover while Iraqi security forces fired during a demonstration in Baghdad this past Friday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Anti-government protesters taking cover while Iraqi security forces fired during a demonstration in Baghdad this past Friday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The protestors, which have encompassed virtually all frustrated ethnicities and religious sects in Iraq, started peacefully – triggered by widespread upset after respected anti-ISIS leader General Abdul Wahab Al-Saadi was removed from his position heading the counterterrorism command. Many observers feared it was so a more “pro-Iran” figure could take his place.

But, calmer protests were quickly met with an iron fist, participants said. The Iraqi government, led by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi who took office a year ago, promptly moved to deploy security forces, blackout the Internet and impose a curfew. Such moves only angered the rancorous crowd who then turned out in even larger droves as attempts to silence them grew more apparent.

“Iran controls every sector of Iraq. There are no job opportunities, no services, and yet the irony is, Iraq is a very wealthy country. Iraqis are united in wanting to see the changes that Iraq deserves. Many have been killed or injured for this cause,” said Mohammed Saad, 30, a sales manager and prominent protestor in Baghdad. “I’ve seen snipers shooting unarmed girls straight in the head, young men asking for their rights only to be shot.”

 

Iraqi Army troops deployed at a site of protests in Baghdad on Sunday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqi Army troops deployed at a site of protests in Baghdad on Sunday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

In addition to the acrimony over Tehran’s shadowy puppet-master presence, the demonstrators – the vast majority from poor neighborhoods – have been riled by the lack of clean water, electricity and sufficient health care.

Iraq has remained one of the most oil-rich countries in the world, boasting the fourth-largest oil reserves on the planet, yet has been saddled with steep debt, poverty and unemployment.  An estimated $450 billion garnered by the state since Saddam Hussein’s ouster ten years ago has all but dissolved into the pockets of cronyism, corruption, and phantom soldiers, experts contended.

The unemployment rate has hovered at around 10 percent.

“There is no electricity, no clean water. The money from the oil goes to Iran; it is stolen from us,” Abdul Zaha al-Kinani, an unemploymed man in his mid-20s from Sadr City, said. “We want clean water, food. But, the militias from Iran are killing us, and the world is silent.”

Marking the first official government statement since demonstrators flooded the streets five days earlier, Interior Ministry spokesperson Saad Maan confirmed the deaths and announced that an investigation had started to uncover the figures behind the seemingly leaderless movement. Maan accused protestors of torching 51 public buildings and eight headquarters used by political parties.

 

An injured protester being carried after reacting to tear gas fired by security forces during a protest in Tahrir Square, in central Baghdad, last Tuesday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

An injured protester being carried after reacting to tear gas fired by security forces during a protest in Tahrir Square, in central Baghdad, last Tuesday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

On Monday, Iraq’s national security advisor, Falih Al-Fayadh, stood firm that the government would not allow demonstrators to “bring down the Iraqi state.”

However, those civilians in the thickets of the chaos maintained that they were the ones being targeted by security forces, which have indiscriminately fired on them with live ammunition, rubber bullets, and tear gas. According to one U.S. intelligence source, there was a concern that the PMF militias also were posing as demonstrators and mixing in with the crowd, only to attack fellow protestors from the inside.

The unrest has been the steepest challenge facing the conflict-laden country since it declared ISIS defeated some two years ago.

In an attempt to quell the bubbling violence, the prime minister late Saturday declared several measures aimed at ending the low living standards and rampant corruption, as well as improving public services and job opportunities.

But, for many impassioned protestors, this wasn’t enough – they said the government must go.

“Iran controls out government, and no one is intervening to save us,” decried Abdul, a 24-year-old tour guide from Baghdad. “There must be a change in our parliamentary system, all these politicians have been the same for 16 years, and the thieves must be changed.”

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Mahdi also faced blowback from key political figures and parliamentary blocs. The Iraqi cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr has called on the government to resign and conduct early elections under United Nations supervision.

Moreover, many members of parliament have suspended their work with the federal government, and scores of officials were said to have escaped north to the semi-autonomous Kurdish region and neighboring countries for their safety.

 

Anti-government protesters setting a fire and blocking roads in Baghdad last Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Anti-government protesters setting a fire and blocking roads in Baghdad last Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

One former government employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Fox News on Sunday that he received an inside tip that he was “wanted” by the militias and the government for his outspoken government stance and escaped Baghdad in the dead of night to an undisclosed location.

“They are chasing us, looking for us, we don’t know what will happen, and if we can ever go back,” the source said. “We don’t know what will happen in the coming days if we will be in a very dangerous situation.”

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The Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shiite spiritual leader, has urged all sides to halt the bloodshed immediately. And, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, told Fox News in a statement Monday that the region was “deeply concerned about the violence” and called on all parties to “respect the law, exercise restraint and protect the best interests of the nation.”

“We need to give the government a chance to address the demands (and stop) the snipers from Iran who have come to kill the civilians,” added Raed Hamdani, a Baghdad-based political analyst. “This isn’t protesting anymore. This is a fight between different armed groups and militias.”

 
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Iraqi Prime Minister: new reforms in the coming days to meet the demands of citizens

 

Iraqi Prime Minister: new reforms in the coming days to meet the demands of citizens

 

7th October, 2019

 

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi received a phone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The Prime Minister reviewed, according to the Information Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, developments in the security situation and the return to normal life after lifting the curfew.

Adel Abdul-Mahdi, the control of security forces and stability, and the government to provide a package of reforms and measures and continue to provide more in the coming days to meet the demands of citizens.

For his part, the US Secretary of State expressed confidence in the Iraqi forces, stressing the US position in support of Iraq and the government's efforts to enhance security and stability.

Earlier this month, Baghdad and southern provinces in Iraq witnessed mass demonstrations demanding better services, fighting corruption and providing job opportunities that led to the deaths and injuries of demonstrators and security forces, prompting the government to declare a curfew in a number of provinces.

 

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Pompeo calls Abdul Mahdi and the latter reviews the issue of demonstrations in Iraq

 

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7th October, 2019
 

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Monday that he received a phone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

A statement issued by the office said that Abdul-Mahdi reviewed developments in the security situation and the return to normal life after lifting the curfew, asserting the control of security forces and restoring stability, and the government providing a package of reforms and measures and continuing to provide more in the coming days to meet the demands of citizens.

For his part, the US Secretary of State expressed confidence in the Iraqi forces, stressing the US position in support of Iraq and the government's efforts to enhance security and stability, according to the statement.

 

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7th October, 2019

Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's office announced Monday that he had received a phone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss developments in the security situation, the return to normalcy and a package of government reforms.

"Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi received a telephone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo," the office said in a press release. "The Prime Minister reviewed security developments and the return of normalcy to life after lifting the curfew, and confirmed the control of security forces and the restoration of stability and the provision of a package of reforms and measures and continue to provide more in the coming days to meet the demands of citizens."

"For his part, the US Secretary of State expressed confidence in the Iraqi forces," stressing that "the position of the United States in support of Iraq and the efforts of the government to enhance security and stability."

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Tomorrow .. House of Representatives held its meeting to discuss the demands of the demonstrators

 

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7th October, 2019
 

 

A source said today that the House of Representatives, will be held on Tuesday, its regular session to discuss the demands of the demonstrators after the meeting held by the Presidency of the House of Representatives with representatives of the demonstrators.

A source familiar with the (Mawazine News), we got a notification from the Presidency of the House of Representatives on the convening of a meeting of the Council, on Tuesday.

He added that tomorrow's session, will see the discussion of the demands of the demonstrators, because some of the demands need to legislate laws by the House of Representatives and others implemented by the executive authority, ie the Council of Ministers and the House of Representatives will submit its recommendations to the Council of Ministers in this regard.

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Source: Abdul Mahdi will launch a new reform package on Tuesday
 

Source: Abdul Mahdi will launch a new reform package on Tuesday

 

7th October, 2019

 

A source in Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's office said Monday that the latter will launch a new reform package on Tuesday.


Russia quoted today the source as saying that "Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi prepared a set of projects and decisions to meet the demands of the demonstrators," noting that "this package is all linked to the demands of the demonstrators, including with regard to jobs and financing projects."
 

He added that "the prime minister is in contact with the demonstrators through the cell he formed in his office, and may meet in the coming days a group of them."

 

 

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The Council of Ministers will announce a package of important new decisions to be issued at its meeting on Tuesday, according to the Iraqi News Agency "conscious".

The Council of Ministers, in its extraordinary session last Saturday, issued the first package of decisions to meet the demands of the demonstrators; most notably the opening of the door to apply for residential land, the distribution of 17 thousand housing plots among the eligible, and the construction of 100,000 housing units distributed among the provinces, and granting exempt loans Of benefits.

The first incentive package also included the inclusion of 150,000 unemployed people with a monthly grant, granting the unemployed money, loans and land for projects, contracting with volunteer lecturers, and exempting farmers from the lease amounts of the agricultural lands that they owed previously. Earlier this month, Baghdad and southern provinces witnessed mass demonstrations demanding better services, fighting corruption and providing jobs that led to the deaths and injuries of demonstrators and security forces, prompting the government to declare a curfew in a number of provinces. 

The Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, during a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the control of security forces and stability, and the government offers a package of reforms and measures and continue to provide more in the coming days to meet the demands of citizens.

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Trump: The time has come for our troops to emerge from silly endless wars

 

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7th October, 2019

 

 

US President Donald Trump has said it is time for his country's military to emerge from "infinite and ridiculous" wars.

"It's time for our troops to get out of the ridiculous endless wars," Trump said in a tweet. He will have to Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds resolve the situation."

This comes at a time when the declared senior Turkish official, on Monday, said that Turkey would wait out US forces in Syria from the area of operations before the start of the attack, where the US military completed a withdrawal of Atadh and weapons from the base Tel Arqam in the city of Ras al-Ain, and another military point in Tel Abyad.

 

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The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago. We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight. When I arrived in Washington, ISIS was running rampant in the area. We quickly defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,.....

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.....again said “NO,” thinking, as usual, that the U.S. is always the “sucker,” on NATO, on Trade, on everything. The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for....

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....almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN. Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to.....

 
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...figure the situation out, and what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their “neighborhood.” They all hate ISIS, have been enemies for years. We are 7000 miles away and will crush ISIS again if they come anywhere near us!

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