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I am not an American option, and I will hold the killers of the protesters accountable. Adnan Al-Zarfi reveals his priorities   - One Hour Passed  

At first glance he appears progressive and looks like he would facilitate an RV to move the country forward.   We will see.  He too can be a wolf in sheep's clothing

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The central bank exempts merchants and citizens from the commission of using POS for a period of 6 months
Economy News _ Baghdad

The Central Bank of Iraq announced, on Tuesday, that it excludes merchants, business owners and citizens from the commission of using points of sale for a period of 6 months.

The bank said in a statement, "Economy News" received a copy of it, that "regarding the call to use electronic payment tools in financial transactions and avoid dealing with cash in order to preserve public health, the commissions on citizens and merchants when using POS devices will be zero for a period of 6 months starting from 17 This March.
The bank called "all banks the need to contribute effectively in supporting the current stage by providing financial and banking products and services to encourage different groups of society to use electronic payment tools."

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1 hour ago, DinarThug said:

 "The increase in electronic payment users will contribute to attracting the large cash block in homes that exceed more than 30 billion dollars to the banking sector and entering it within the economic cycle, including what contributes to the development of the Iraqi economy."


Still trying to dredge out that elusive chunky mattress money they are really interested in that money for some reason Hmmm

thanks cnn

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18 minutes ago, Half Crazy Runner said:

It would be somewhat ironic if they RV’d right now, but all the banks here were closed because of the virus and we couldn’t cash in ... 🥺

LOL.  Was thinking the same thing yesterday. 

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On 3/16/2020 at 11:20 PM, DinarThug said:

What do you know about Adnan Al-Zarfi, the candidate to form the government?


Zarfi’s rise is a blow to Iran's efforts to unite Shi’ite parties


- 5 Hours Ago



BAGHDAD - Adnan Al-Zarfi, the Prime Minister-designate in Iraq, realizes that the Shiite consensus on his candidacy is a prerequisite for passing his cabinet from the test of Parliament in which his predecessor, Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, failed, thus avoiding, according to those close to him, marketing all that indicates "breaking the wills", because The matter may evolve into obstinacy and counter-mobilization.

But the influence of pro-Iranian religious parties may diminish in light of Corona's remnants on the health and financial sector, as well as the tumbling oil prices and increasing popular pressure.

The rise of Zarfi constitutes a blow to the efforts to "reunite the Shiite component", which was launched by the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani, before the United States killed him in a raid near Baghdad airport early this year.

Soleimani's efforts began when Tehran realized that it had lost most of the Shiite street in Iraq, due to the failure of the ruling class to achieve its aspirations, so it emerged in unprecedented demonstrations in early October, almost toppling the entire political system.

Although Soleimani personally supervised a bloody crackdown to suppress demonstrations, he at the same time launched a process to reunite Shiite political forces, after years of conflicts and divisions, fueled by the pursuit of leadership and power.

Iran believes that the Shiite political class has been preoccupied with its divisions and internal struggles over leadership, power and influence on its street until it exploded.

Political sources say that Iran continued to encourage its allied parties to come closer after the killing of Soleimani, and that the Shiite parties confirmed their need to reorganize their ranks, when they saw the former commissioner, Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, fall due to the opposition of Sunni and Kurdish political forces.

There was a lot of talk in the political scenes about "losing the prestige of the component," and the necessity that the other parties influence the selection of the candidate for prime minister only to a limited extent, and not to the point of dropping it.

This controversy prompted the seven Shiite parties and forces to form a special committee to organize internal understandings leading to the selection of a new prime minister with overt Shi'a support.

However, the Seven Committee did not reach anything, so the "Saeroun" bloc of Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr announced the end of negotiations in it, in the most prominent indication of the collapse of the Shiite rapprochement.

Instead of the Shiites agreeing to a candidate they support for prime minister, the Sadrists authorized the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, to exercise his constitutional powers and assign those he deems appropriate to form a new government.

This development sparked great Shiite anger against President Saleh, who reached the point of waving by removing him from his post, after he exceeded the "component stake" and nominated an unacceptable figure.

Iran's prominent allies, Nuri al-Maliki, leader of the State of Law coalition, Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Badr Organization, and Hammam Hammoudi, leader of the Supreme Council and Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq movement, formed a new bloc that explicitly declared Zrafi’s rejection, while vigorously seeking to win the leader of the wisdom movement Ammar al-Hakim at his side.

And this slogan raised the "right of the Shiite component" to designate who would choose him for the post of prime minister, in what resembles the "uprising of the sect," according to observers.

Although al-Hakim refused to engage in this Shiite bloc, he was forced to reduce his public support for al-Zarfi and his decision to assign him, amid indications that he wanted to absorb Iranian pressure now.

The sources say that Al-Zrafi, Al-Hakim and other Shiite parties are trying to determine the extent of Iran's ability to influence Iraqi political affairs, after the state of retreat imposed by the Corona virus.

With regard to al-Hakim, and perhaps other Shiite forces, he does not have to listen to the Iranians, if they do not possess their previous degree of influence, especially since al-Hakim is described in the Revolutionary Guard circles as his tendency to avoid wearing the Iranian cloak politically.

Observers say that al-Hakim's expected standing in the coming days, alongside al-Sadr behind al-Zarfi, may affect the positions of other Shiite forces, including al-Maliki.

And if Iran is not able to provide what it was providing in the past, then the temptations of power in Iraq are many, and they can constitute a great compensation. On this basis, the anti-Zarafi front may be gradually dismantled in the coming days.

On the level of relations between representatives of sects and nationalities, a striking paradox emerges, as Al-Zarfi and his Shiite opponents rely on the same tools in this confrontation, as both are betting on their relations with the Sunni and Kurdish political forces to obtain their support, which means that the next stage may witness more The decline and weakness in Shiite political performance.

Al-Zarfi’s chances are almost equal to that of his Shi’ite opponents in gaining the support of Sunni and Kurdish politicians, because the last two components are related to the form of partnership in the new government, regardless of who constitutes it.

Al-Zarfi and his opponents say that the Sunnis and the Kurds will go with those who offer a better deal, if the current Shiite division continues.

It is expected that the Sunni and Kurdish political forces, which are now focused on extracting additional gains from the weak, larger partner, will play an indirect role, to unify the ranks of the Shiite political forces, Khalaf Al-Zorfi, at some point.

Observers say that it is not difficult for Shiite parties loyal to Iran to cancel the assignment of Zarfi to form a government by voting in the House of Representatives, but stands between them and doing so is a question, "Who is the alternative?", Pointing out that the differences are most severe in light of a clear Iranian deficit. On the convergence of views, as was the case on the day, Qassem Soleimani raised his stick in the faces of everyone.

The Iraqi political writer Farouk Yusuf believes that the continuation of the government holiday in light of the collapse of oil prices and the violent shocks that Iraq may be exposed to will inevitably lead to the widening of the circle of protests, expecting that these parties will concede and accept a settlement, through which Al-Zarfi will be the head of a quota government that guarantees parties through them. It continues to dominate the political decision.

Youssef said in a statement to "Arabs" that the parties will see in Al Zorfi a front for a bad stage, the collapse of the health sector and the fiscal deficit will be the most important feature, which will fail the ability of the next prime minister to fulfill his promises regarding the loose weapon or the type of relationship with Iran.

He considered that all of this will cast a shadow over the transitional phase, which everyone prefers to pass quietly until the picture becomes clear, whether with regard to the threat of the Corona pandemic or with regard to the decrease in national income that does not cover the minimum level of state performance, pointing out that talking about recycling the crisis may be an attempt To blackmail Zarfi and whoever is behind him only, and that in the end the Shiite parties will prefer a compromise that will be an attempt to delay the exacerbation of their internal crises.

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The American State Department refuses to consider Al-Zarfi "supported" by Washington


10:41 - 21/3/2020

US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, David Schenker, refused on Saturday to consider the Prime Minister-designate Adnan Al-Zarfi as an American-backed.

"The United States did not focus on individuals, but rather on principles related to the appointed Iraqi Prime Minister, Adnan Al-Zarfi," Al-Monitor newspaper quoted in his report, translated into Arabic, "Al-Maalouma", as saying.

He added, "We are looking for an Iraqi government that will take care of the situation in Iraq first, in proving that they are Iraqi patriots, and they want Iraq to be a sovereign state."

Schenker rejected a characterization that considers the new Iraqi prime minister to be backed by Washington, as Al-Zarfi was first appointed to be the governor of Najaf in 2005 by the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority. 
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thanks cnn, sounds like ol' david schenker doesn't  have any confidence in Al- Zarfi handling any situation in Iraq LOL ,but i thought he's just a face in the chair till december elections anyways ... heres hoping   


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Al-Nasr Coalition: progress in Al-Zrafi's negotiations towards forming his government


Al-Nasr Coalition: progress in Al-Zrafi
Last updated: March 22, 2020 - 11:59 p

 Baghdad / Iraq News Network -


The deputy for Al-Nasr coalition, Faleh Al-Zayadi, revealed today, Sunday, a progress he described as great progress made by Prime Minister-designate Adnan Al-Zarfi in his preliminary negotiations to form the government.

Al-Ziyadi said, in a press interview, “Until this moment there is no agreement Among the Shiite forces to reject Al-Zarfi according to what is announced, but there is clear and tangible progress and a change in the positions of some political forces to support the government of Adnan Al-Zorfi. ”

She pointed out that“ the Prime Minister-designate is currently engaged in preliminary negotiations with all the powers, and they are going at a good, positive and escalating pace with All the forces and components. ”

Al-Zayadi added,“ Al-Zarfi was interactive political forces who are not in favor of him and called on them to agree on another candidate, but they did not agree what constituted his motivation to move forward, "noting that" the country's situation is critical and needs to form a government as soon as possible, so Zorfi’s negotiations with political forces of various addresses are currently taking place in a manner Accelerating the decision.


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An American report reveals a "heated debate" plaguing the White House ... Trump and his advisors are studying a "fatal blow" to Iran!



Yassin Iraq: Follow-up


A US report revealed a heated debate that broke out last Thursday inside the White House over whether the United States should escalate military action against Iran while it is preoccupied with the Corona epidemic.

The New York Times said in a report translated "Yes Iraq", that "a sharp debate erupted last Thursday between the US President and his senior advisers on whether the United States should escalate military action against Iran that was destroyed by the epidemic," noting that "the Secretary of State Mike group" Pompeo and Robert C. O'Brien, the National Security Adviser, urged a firm response to the missile attacks that killed two US soldiers at a base north of Baghdad, arguing that cracking down while Iran's leaders were busy fighting the country's coronary virus could finally push them into direct negotiations. .

However, Defense Secretary Mark Esber and General Mark Millie, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retreated, saying that the Pentagon and intelligence agencies had no clear evidence that attacks by Shiite militias had been ordered by Iran and warned that a widespread response could drag the United States into a wider war with Iran is tearing up the already strained relations with Iraq. ”

The military position prevailed at the meeting, at least for the time being. President Trump authorized air strikes on 5 militia arms depots inside Iraq, which were carried out at night to reduce potential human losses.

The newspaper considered that "this meeting is a glimpse of the crossed winds that blow the Trump administration's policy towards Iran and its proxies in Iraq less than three months after President Trump took the order to kill the Qods Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, who was planning operations across the Middle East."

"There is little appetite between the president and some of his senior advisers for a dangerous escalation with Iran, as leaders in Tehran are now busy trying to reduce the Corona virus epidemic that has destroyed the country," US officials say.

The newspaper points to a division within the US administration to respond militarily to Iran, and this division was presented during several high-level meetings on March 12, hours before President Trump's mandate to launch strikes.

Later that day, the discussion took place in front of the President, Foreign Minister Pompeo and others on the pretext that limited air strikes were more likely to perpetuate the cycle of violence than to break it. With the support of the new Director of the National Intelligence Agency, Richard Grenelle, the Foreign Secretary said that a more direct strike on Iran - such as hitting its navy ships - could surprise Tehran and push its leaders to the negotiating table.

The report indicates that one of the main goals of the "maximum pressure" campaign by the Trump administration to impose economic sanctions is to paralyze the Iranian economy to the point that the government will agree to negotiate a new agreement on its nuclear program. This did not happen, and many US intelligence officials and regional experts do not believe that Iran is about to make such a move, especially with an election year in America.

Iran is in a weak position

But there is widespread agreement among senior US officials that Iran, with its leadership destroyed by the coronavirus, is in a weak position. And US intelligence agencies have confirmed public reports that the epidemic has led to a dangerous division at higher levels in Iran. Iranian leaders have been affected by the coronavirus more than almost any other country, and have been concealing the virus from their colleagues, according to intelligence reports - adding to mistrust and divisions in the government.

Trump administration officials who call for military action against Iran have used those reports to take American military action against Iran. Foreign Minister Pompeo, Mr. Grignell, and others have argued that the measures taken so far have not deterred Iranian provocations. But President Trump's willingness to take drastic measures, such as striking General Soleimani, and the unpredictability of the president’s decisions, gives the United States an opportunity to impose a change in Tehran’s behavior.

As administration officials consider their next step, they are pressuring the Iraqi army to crack down on Shiite militias as the Pentagon mobilizes Patriot air defense batteries and other systems to protect Iraqi bases, where US and other allied forces are stationed.

Meanwhile, US administration officials are reviewing a host of additional targets, including air strikes on more militia weapons depots and logistical stores, as well as strikes against militia leaders and possibly Iranian ships, and officials said covert operations and cyberattacks are also being considered.



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The formation of an Iraqi government is becoming more urgent due to the health, financial and security crises


- 8 Hours Ago



On March 2, the designated Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, stepped down after he was unable to obtain sufficient parliamentary support for his proposed government, which led to the constitutional [timings] beginning to move for President Barham Saleh, who has 15 days to assign another candidate. This deadline expires on 17 March, and another deadline may need to be redefined if the attempt to form the next government is also stalled.

However, further prolonging the process amid the continued pursuit of patronage politics will be dangerous in light of the numerous and enormous challenges facing the country - a confused pathway that could lead to the resumption of mass protests quickly - starting with the increased outbreak of the Corona virus in Iraq and neighboring countries; and renewed hostilities between American forces and pro-Iranian militias all the way to the financial insolvency on the horizon due to the deteriorating oil market. According to experienced financial expert Ahmed al-Tabaqqali, every drop of one dollar in the average oil price is costing Iraq an annual revenue loss of $ 1.5 billion - a figure that is astonishing given that the price of Brent crude just fell from $ 68 a barrel to $ 36.

Why did Allawi fail?

Allawi's inability to form a government indicates that the political system based on sharing public office and benefits (“quotas”) remains in place. Despite his promise to avoid the custom of party nominations and the formation of a technocratic government, he adopted secrecy and confrontation during his negotiations, something that his opponents considered stemming from his conclusion of an agreement with the Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr. In the end, Allawi expelled the Kurds, most of the Sunni Arabs, and a sufficient number of Shiite MPs, which in turn led to his loss of the quorum. Perhaps Kurdish and Sunni parties may calculate that they can wait for a more favorable arrangement for them, as they are immune to the popular protests that have pressed Shiite parties since October.

Among the things that have not changed, too, is the disruption policy. While no single party has the ability to bring together a governing coalition, most of the smaller parties have sufficient authority to block such a coalition. Even militias that do not have seats in the House of Representatives have this disproportionate influence - for example, the Hezbollah Brigades, which is on the US terrorist list, objected to the nomination of intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kazemi as prime minister. This does not bode well for any candidate to be appointed after Allawi, and the ability of the formed government to deal with this number of crises simultaneously.

Iran's setbacks change the landscape

Despite the ongoing problems caused by patronage issues, Iranian interference, and the elite's unwillingness to listen to the demands of the protesters, there may be an opportunity for a new, improved, and real process [of forming a government] in Iraq. Allawi's failure is a blow to Sadr's authority and Iran's ability to impose results and mediate an Iraqi consensus on its dictates.

Here it is worth noting that the assassination of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and his partner, the leader of the "Hezbollah Brigades" Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, left a major political impact. No single person in Iraq or Iran has yet been able to play the important role Soleimani was playing in Iraqi Shiite politics - building consensus.

Moreover, Sadr's new alliance with Iran has proven to be futile so far. In his quest to control Iraqi politics at a time when he portrays himself as rising above it, Sadr has only succeeded in antagonizing his opponents. He then multiplied his many mistakes by issuing orders to his “Peace Brigades” militia, not only to stop protecting the protesters but to take part in their suppression [also]. During the past month, amid the escalating number of dead and wounded, he made a harsh statement to an Iraqi television reporter who was conducting an interview in which he said that violence is his way to "pull the ears of his children" who need discipline.

But just because Iran is losing does not mean that Iraq is winning. Iraqi politicians have a proven track record of neglecting their administration, and they operate within a catalytic structure that tends toward dysfunction, sectarianism, and internal conflict rather than good governance and sovereignty. For years, Iraqi factions and militias denouncing Iran for power and wealth, either for Tehran’s sake or for its own sake - have largely worked at the public's expense. There is room for this dynamic to change if Iraqi nationalists within the political class overcome their fears about Iran, just as thousands of young protesters overcame.

This is extremely difficult nowadays because the Sadr militia and other rival militias have been the main beneficiaries of the void left by the engineer, not the nationalists. Moreover, while the mitigation and delegitimization of the influence of Iran and the militias is good news if directed positively, the underlying financial and health crises may increase the pressure on Baghdad to an unbearable degree with the exacerbation of internal fighting between the militias, which will not contribute Except in increasing the suffering of the people.

What's Next?

For the time being, it appears that Iran's main goal is to end the Iraqi protests while identifying and preparing two alternatives to Soleimani and the engineer. The situation is starkly different from what it was only two years ago, when the 2018 parliamentary elections seemed to boost Tehran's long-term influence by marginalizing traditional political parties and empowering pro-Iranian militias. Now that Soleimani has been killed and the inability to reach an agreement with Sadr, Tehran may have to turn a little bit off course and try to woo / co-opt other Iraqi parties and politicians of local prestige. Two old alternatives - Nuri al-Maliki and Hadi al-Amri - emerge as leading candidates.

In parallel, Iraq's obstructive policy may contribute to the extension of the status quo, whereby Adel Abdul Mahdi, the weakened prime minister, remains a transitional prime minister despite his resignation four months ago. Certainly, Iran and the militias are interested in keeping him in office in order to preserve the electoral gains they achieved in 2018. The Kurdistan Regional Government prefers his return, in the hope that it will ensure a stable flow of federal budget funds from Baghdad.

However, maintaining the status quo has become more difficult. The impending health crisis will lead to the delegitimization of a government that has been the subject of protests for months. Suddenly low oil prices and shrinking financial flows could prove more influential in undermining the elite's resilience. Such crises are likely to lead to chaos rather than forcing political actors to focus on teamwork. In the absence of any Iranian organization, competition among Shiites may cause more disputes as declining oil revenues shrink quotas, while militias may escalate their violence against protesters and other opponents.

The past two weeks have provided an introductory overview of this potential mess. He praised al-Sadr's opponents when Allawi proved his inability to form a government, and an official of the "Hezbollah Brigades" Abu Ali al-Askari soon asked the Supreme Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to grant his approval to return Abdul-Mahdi as interim prime minister. In response, Sadr warned that he would revive the notorious "Mahdi Army" brigades. Within hours of Allawi's announcement, missiles were fired at the "international zone" [green] in Baghdad. The target was not clear - the United States embassy or the seat of the Iraqi government? The March 11 attack that killed American and British officials in the Taji camp served only to exacerbate the situation.

To avoid such fluctuations and move forward, the government will need a reliable prime minister who can benefit from recent successes while lowering expectations for what can be done in a multi-crisis period. The protest movement forced Abd al-Mahdi to resign and created great momentum towards early elections. Thus, instead of trying to dismantle the patronage system immediately, it is better to use the means to act independently in order to create a safe space for fair elections. This step, in addition to managing crises, will be the main task for the next government.

The protesters can only be persuaded [to evacuate the squares] and return to their homes by a strong Iraqi national candidate. Then, the new prime minister will need to embark on the difficult tasks of ensuring space in which protesters can translate their demands into political programs, keep the militias under control, pass a new election law that guarantees accountability among elected officials, and lay the foundation for a credible process that brings those involved in violence against The protesters are brought to justice.

The role of the United States

Much of Washington's latest approach to Iraq was a mixed bag of sticks, which included drone strikes targeting specific groups and additional sanctions. American officials have placed the burden on Iraqi leaders directly to ensure a transparent process to form a government without interference from any outside party. So far, this approach has deterred politicians in Baghdad from making disastrous choices, but it has not pushed them toward adopting a constructive policy. Hence, Washington should consider additional ways to fortify the means to act independently in Baghdad.

Among the other steps that should be high on the agenda is a measure that the United States can take effectively when it focuses sufficiently on it: mobilizing international support to hold credible Iraqi elections. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (“UNAMI”) remains a legitimate and effective channel to help Baghdad reform its electoral law, make a new appropriate division of constituencies, and organize an international supervision process. To avoid further disappointments, it is important to improve security and increase the free political space between now and the next elections.

Bilal Wahab

The Washington Institute


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Victory reveals the truth about Abadi, the chest, and the blocs supporting Zorfi


Policy  ,   03/22 2020 17:21   





Baghdad - Iraq today:


A coalition spokeswoman, Ayat Al-Mudhafar, confirmed that there is no dispute between the leader of the coalition Haider al-Abadi and the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr, noting that there is support from Kurdish and Sunni blocs in charge of forming the government, Adnan al-Zarfi.

 Al-Mudhafar said in a televised statement that "the blocs opposed to Al-Zarfi must take the country's crises into consideration," explaining that "Al-Nasr considers Al-Zorfi as a force of personality, neutrality and patriotism."

 She stressed, "The rejectionist blocs should object to al-Zarfi in parliament, not the street, and al-Zarfi has relations with party leaders and his personality differs from Muhammad Allawi," noting that "al-Zarfi wants to involve protesters in his government and hold the killers accountable."

Al-Mudhafar pointed out that “the armed factions must be subject to the authority of the state, and the blocs that possess armed factions must not participate in the elections,” adding that “there is no disagreement between Al-Sadr and Al-Abadi, but a difference in views, and may unite later.”

 She pointed out that "Al-Sadr, in his tweets, and Sunni and Kurdish blocs are supportive of al-Zarfi, and the general atmosphere promises to pass the Zarfi government in parliament." And the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, last Tuesday commissioned Adnan Al-Zarfi to form the next Iraqi government.


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Al-Zarfi goes towards the pass, and specific Shiite forces support his government to get Iraq out of the bottleneck that Abdul Mahdi placed

Policy  ,   03/22/2020 23:21   




Baghdad-Iraq Today:


In a previous report, private sources told (Iraq Today) that there are prominent Shiite political blocs, now standing behind the Zorfi government and pushing them to gain confidence by securing a supportive parliamentary cover for them, and these sources indicated that "the strongest Shiite forces are Walkers, wisdom, victory, and part of the rule of law, as well as other small Shiite forces unanimously agreed to pass the government in the House of Representatives, after cries of refusal to assign Zarrafi from the authorities and blocs with certain orientations escalated. "

Other sources revealed that the Prime Minister-designate, Adnan Al-Zorfi, had secured the parliamentary cover required to pass his government in the House of Representatives, despite the intense media attacks that are now being launched by parties that do not like political change and do not want to lose their gains in a government that is supposed to consist of Qualifications and an independent, non-partisan technocrat, as well as fighting endemic corruption due to the policies of the Abdul Mahdi government.

The sources added, "The forces of support for the Al-Zorfi government raise the slogan of taking Iraq out of the bottleneck in which the policies of the Abdul Mahdi government, which is completely biased and detailed by the Iranian axis, and hostile to US policies, have caused a great rift in the form of strategic relations with the United States by And also with the regional countries that resumed their activities with Iraq in the Abadi government, but they contracted under the government of Abdul-Mahdi, which introduced Iraq to this polarization in response to clear political desires.

The sources pointed out that "the moderate Shiite forces, through passing the Zorfi government, want to send a clear signal to the United States and its allies that they want peace and do not want a break with it, and that the irresponsible actions taken by parties in Iraq do not represent the entire Shiite will, but rather a part that works For private or external interests. "

And indicated that "the passage of the Al-Zorfi government is imminent, and the man will work to address the crises and calamities caused by the resigned government, and will restore the required external balance in the form of Iraqi relations, after a retreat and a clear retreat of the reasons."


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Confirmed leaks behind the scenes (Iraq Today) gets the number of deputies supporting the government of Al-Zrafi and the opposition blocs

Policy  ,   03/22/2020 23:12   




Baghdad - Iraq today:


(Iraq Today) obtained confirmed information indicating the number of political blocs in support of the passing of the government of Prime Minister-designate Adnan al-Zarfi, as well as the opposition blocs to pass the prospective government.

And among a private source, the number of deputies supporting Al-Zorfi amounted to 216deputies from the various political blocs, while the opposition side reached only 78 deputies.

The source pointed out, the Sawiron bloc has 50 deputies and the victory alliance 25, the Iraqi Forces Union 45, the Kurdistan Alliance 39 deputies as well as the National List 21, as well as the wisdom stream 15 deputies and the Kurdish Change Movement 8 deputies and the new generation movement 3 deputies, as well as dissidents from The state of law has 6 deputies, and also a portion of the conquest amounted to 9 deputies. ”

He continued, while the number of deputies opposing the passage of the Al-Zorfi government reached only 78 deputies distributed among the League of Masses, the Badr bloc and the rule of law, as well as the movement of giving and virtue.

The source pointed out that the Al-Zorfi government will pass in complete comfort and will have unprecedented parliamentary support and will pass before the end of the constitutional period.

The source also added, that Al-Zarfi’s mandate is continuing and the opposition blocs fear that he will go to parliament to know that he will pass his government cabinet.

He also added that Mr. Al-Sadr is still supportive of assigning with the Victory Alliance, while changing the positions of wisdom and approach in favor of Al-Zarfi, pointing out that information blocks are pushing false information to confuse the taxpayer as well as the representatives who support him.


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Well there is this article from 6 days ago, that I saw today. Regarding foreign intervention into Iraq, again, to bounce Iran and its Iraqi sympathizers back to Iran. If we do this I hope we give Iraq back to the Iraqis asap, make them RV, then say ba bye to them.  

raq market: stop the organization of trading sessions and trading activity in securities as of tomorrow




16th March, 2020


The Iraqi Stock Exchange announced that it would not organize trading sessions and stop trading activity in securities as of tomorrow.





Based on the decisions of the health crisis of 2020/3/15. The Board of Governors decided not to organize trading sessions and the suspension of stock dealings from Tuesday 2020/3/1 to enable brokerage and investment companies to complete financial adjustments between them - starting again on 2020/3/24.   

  Two more days ... could be. I just pray it does not take to long. No more meeting and quorum games, etc .

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Iraq market: stop the organization of trading sessions and trading activity in securities as of tomorrow


56 minutes ago, new york kevin said:

Well there is this article from 6 days ago, that I saw today.


It’s The First Post In This Thread ! ;) 


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Saturday, March 21, 2020 3:55 PM

Observers: The forces of power in Iraq are under the illusion that they are political parties



Observers emphasized that the forces of power in Iraq are under the illusion that they are political parties. Perhaps the main reason for this delusion is the way they reach power, as they did not practice politics in a real competitive field.
They added that the emergence of power parties in Iraq is similar to the rise of mafias in countries that have witnessed a transition from a pattern of central government dominated by single-party or military forces, to another form of government in which features of centralization and the absence of law are absent.

For his part, political analyst Iyad Al-Anbar says that the active and influential forces in the Iraqi political system are not political parties, but rather are gatherings linked to religious, political and family leaderships, no more, no less.

They are also structural and not mass gatherings, as they are linked to their leaders or the political families that established them, and they inherit staying at the top of the pyramid in them. Therefore, we find "parties" that disappear from the political scene after the death of their leader or his distancing from the centers of power.

He pointed out that the forces of power in Iraq are political groupings, and what separates them more than unites them; and once they reach power, that access is separated, not uniform, for these entities. It appears that the job titles of the opposition unite them more than the exercise of power and the struggle to remain there.

He added that the political forces in Iraq lied to the authorities themselves, and believed their lies! When its party cadres were considered to be the men of the state, and therefore it continued to transfer them in the highest positions in the state. But they did not take advantage of politics and assumption of positions as an opportunity to learn how to manage the state, but rather transferred their crises and party struggles to the political institutions that they run.

He continued: The thinking of the powers of power was frozen with the idea of confiscating the state and weakening it, under the illusion that weakening the state is in its interest and enhances the chances of it staying in power and enjoying influence.

He pointed out that the stalemate of the power parties is a phenomenon that knows no exception, because all political forces in Iraq face this problem, despite their denial or neglect.

 With a simple account of the ideology and organizations of these parties, we find that they do not face the problem of (the generational gap), which reflects the reflection of intellectual and political developments and the positions of party cadres.

Therefore, we have not seen the emergence of emerging political leaders expressing the dynamism of society, whose speech and thinking of traditional leaders are no longer convincing to the younger generation.

He stressed that the October demonstrations express the dynamism of society and a cry of protest against the rigidity of partisan life in Iraq.

Rather, it expresses a new society that has left the area of total and total deprivation of liberties, and it will not accept its return easily. Rather, his culture is gradually shifting towards adhering to freedom and considering it a central issue in the life of society and cannot be relinquished, and the younger generations consider it an inalienable gain and no compromise on it.


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"Aid is not subject to sanctions." Washington refutes Iranian allegations


Iran recorded approximately 21 thousand cases of corona


Although the United States has offered Iran to help alleviate the burdens of the outbreak of the Corona virus, which is taking place in the country, Tehran considers that the US sanctions stand in the way of facing
the crisis

Tehran has requested that US sanctions be lifted, accusing the United States that these sanctions have exacerbated the crisis because it "cannot buy medicine", but US officials have confirmed that the sanctions do not include medicine

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that the United States had offered Tehran help

Tehran, for its part, refused to help and asked the International Monetary Fund to obtain five billion dollars in urgent aid, according to what Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Hawad Zarif announced a few days ago

Pompeo returned on Friday to confirm in response to the Iranian request to lift the sanctions that Washington would not take this measure

The minister's statements came days after new US sanctions against Iran. The Trump administration has listed on the "black list" five UAE-based companies, three companies in China, three in Hong Kong and one in South Africa due to doing business with the Iranian petrochemical sector

At the same time, the Iranian regime is seeking international support to lift US sanctions. The Iranian foreign minister wrote a few days ago in a tweet: "US illegal sanctions have drained Iranian economic resources and weakened their ability to fight disease"

But Pompeo clearly stated at a news conference Friday that "humanitarian aid to Iran is open and not subject to sanctions"

He said: "We are doing everything we can to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and to ensure that the financial transactions related to this can take place. There are no sanctions for drugs destined for Iran, and there are no sanctions for humanitarian aid"

"They have a terrible problem there and we want humanitarian and medical assistance to reach the Iranian people," he added

When asked if the administration would consider lifting sanctions on Iran, he said: "They know the answer, Iran's leaders know the answer to your question"


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"Corona" topples the official to send fighters from Iran to Syria




22nd March, 2020

An Iranian opposition channel said that the brigade of the Revolutionary Guards, Hussein Asad Ilahi, who is responsible for recruiting and sending Iranian and Afghan fighters to Syria, died as a result of infection of the new Corona virus.

The "Der TV" channel added that Major General Assad Al-Lahi was one of the close personalities of the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in an American air strike on a plane near Baghdad International Airport on the third of last January.

She explained that Major General Hussein Asad Ilahi, the former commander of the 27th Brigade of the Revolutionary Guards that maintains security in the capital, Tehran, died as a result of infection of the new Corona virus.

Since the detection of the new Corona virus in Iran on February 19, this virus has infected a number of senior officials, members of parliament and political and religious figures, while a number of them have died, including Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hussein Sheikh Al-Islam.

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