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Matthew 5:5-7 (NKJV)
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your mercy. We pray for opportunities to show Your love & mercy to others as You have shown us. We are so grateful for Your love.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
The Iraqis have spent this last week meeting. All sects were involved including the Shia, Sunni, Kurds and Turkman. The purpose which has been the hold up in the process, is to remove the element of “trust” between the sects and put forth a document in writing which identified both the big problems and their solutions. Laws that have been dormant for years like the HCL and Article 140 were moved to the forefront along with their solutions. They were agreed upon to be signed, run in front of parliament and registered with the Iraqi courts and the UN. This document is all important to the process to give everyone that warm fuzzy to vote the new government in. Many of these things could not be done before the government is voted in because they require the new COM to be seated and the Sunni’s and the Kurd’s, having been burnt by the previous Shia government lead by Maliki, were gun shy to vote until they got assurances that the new government was in tune with their concerns and solutions. Both the Kurd’s and the Sunni presented papers of demands and the negotiations commenced. As of this morning sometime we should see that all parties have signed, all agreements are done.
This will be seen by the CBI as a settled position as far as the government goes. The government may or may not take a few more days to form but it is my belief that it will make no difference to the plan. Both the Sunni and Kurd’s have presented their ministers for review and that review has already rejected two unqualified applicants. So there is a process at work here to get the most qualified, experienced technocrats they can to run these ministries unlike the last government where you could purchase a ministry if you offered the most money. The process and announcement of the government should be early this week as the Iraqis are moving at light speed for them. Tomorrow we should see our RV providing that the document is/was signed last night and there is every reason to believe it was. The CBI needs this done and it has been waiting patiently since July 1st to introduce monetary change. The last word is that it is still holding in the high threes. My belief is it will be $3.71 and I have my reasons for this. I won’t go into them here.
Next week should be a glorious week for both us and the Iraqis. I realize there are many that still don’t understand what’s going on or how they can do this. I also realize that if I miss the date by even one day, there are those that will call me a kook. It makes no difference to me. I want everyone to know how close this is to being finished.
When this happens, I am asking that everyone who is in my family contact me immediately. ~ Tlar
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Tlar - Article quote: “Monday 0.1 September 0.2014 Said a member of the negotiating committee of the National Alliance, MP for the coalition of state law on the Keywords” “that the paper curriculum of government to the next government will be completed today for presentation at an expanded meeting for signature by all the political blocs. “He said in a statement told the National Iraqi News / Nina / ” “This The paper prepared by the National Alliance after the integration of the demands of all the political blocs and agreed upon by everyone…“ Today the government program is completed and signed by an expanded meeting of the blocks.
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Hakim: We have agreed to resolve the differences with the coalition forces and we will sign today
The leader of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim, and House Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, during a press conference held on Saturday, (August 30, 2014)
Long-Presse / Baghdad - Said the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim, on Sunday, to reach an understanding about the full alliance with the National Union of Forces on controversial points, while stressing that he would be today, “the signing of this agreement.”
Ammar al-Hakim during a joint press conference with the head of the negotiating team of the Kurdistan Alliance, Hoshyar Zebari, at the headquarters of the Supreme Islamic Council, in central Baghdad, on the sidelines of a meeting held by al-Hakim with the Kurdish delegation, attended (range Press), “The meeting, which brought together negotiating committees in the National Alliance, the Federation of powers witnessed a tumble yesterday, “but he also said,” but the two delegations have held another meeting in late on Saturday, which was reached for a full understanding. ”
Hakim said that “the two alliances will sign today on the agreement, which was yesterday.”
The leader of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim was held on Sunday, (August 31, 2014), a meeting with a delegation from the Kurdistan Alliance participating in the negotiations to form a government in his house in central Baghdad, to discuss the stages and reached, the negotiations between the political blocs.
And the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim, on Saturday, (August 30, 2014), that talks on forming the government are still ongoing, and pointed out that the parties want to form a government quickly, while pointing Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, the need to respect the calls of reference which indicates During the period preceding it calls “wise”, he stressed that there is a will of the political blocs to form a functioning government within the constitutional period.
The MP for the coalition of the Union of National Forces Ali Jassim Mutaiota confirmed, on Saturday, (August 30, 2014), that, negotiations with the Shiite alliance, did not reach the “complete collapse” but faced “an obstacle disappointing,” while the expected return to the dialogue table, building on the willingness of internal and international pressure is keen on forming a government.
It is noteworthy that the Iraqi political forces Marathon began forming a new government, with the National Alliance and the taxpayer so Haider al-Abadi.
The President of the Republic Fuad Masum formally charged in (the 11th of August 2014 Current) leader of the Islamic Dawa Party, Haider al-Abadi, the formation of the new government, replacing Prime Minister outgoing Nuri al-Maliki, while announced the last-in, (14th of August), pull his candidacy and support the National Alliance candidate, Abadi, to form a new government.
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Zebari: Political blocs serious to settle pending issues
Baghdad (AIN) –The head of the Kurdish delegation and the Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, stated that the atmosphere among the blocs is positive and the blocs are serious to settle the pending issues.
Speaker: No obstacles hinder formation of next government
Babel (AIN) –The parliament Speaker, Saleem al-Jobouri, while meeting the official in Babel Province stated that there are no obstacles to hinder the formation of the next government within the constitutional time limit.
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The demands of the Iraqi National forces and Kurdish coalitions merged in one paper called the National paper
BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of the State of Law Coalition, Abbas al-Bayati said that the papers of demands of Iraqi National Forces and Kurdistan Alliance merged in a single one the National Alliance called it the (national paper) ” pointing out that” the national paper will form the framework of the government, which will be voted upon by the Council of House of Representatives. ”
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / “The negotiating Committee of eight for the National Alliance conducted round of negotiations with the Iraqi National forces, and with the Kurdistan Alliance, and has studied their demands thoroughly, and merged them in one paper, which was named the national paper” .
Bayati added, “The national paper will form approach framework to government that will vote on, with the ministerial cab in the House of Representatives, adding,” in this paper, it was taken into account that the Constitution is the ruler and compass for the government work, and secondly there should not preconditions.” NinaNews.com
BGG ~ Well MR. AL-BAYATI – why ever would they want “preconditions”?? They have only been gassed, minimized, starved, poisoned, lied to and about and had their money withheld for nearly a year. Other than that – I can’t think of a single reason they would want you to commit to some type of consideration as to how they will be treated…
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IS in Retreat as Kurdish, Iraqi Forces Advance to Amerli with US Air Support
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish and Iraqi forces fighting to lift a two-month siege of Amerli by the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) were swiftly advancing on the Shiite Turkmen town on Sunday and had the militants on retreat.
The joint, three-pronged advance toward Amerli began Saturday, and was backed by US airstrikes on the outskirts of the town on Sunday.
IS armies have surrounded Amerli for the past two months, cutting off the estimated 20,000 population from food, water and electricity. Reports from inside paint a shocking picture of a slowly starving population.
A Rudaw correspondent on the frontlines reported that Peshmerga forces had gained control of Ghamas, Habash and Khasadani, three strategic villages surrounding Amerli, and that the militants were in swift retreat.
“Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army, alongside volunteer Shiites, are advancing towards Amerli to fight the IS militants,” said Major Faruq Ahmed, the Asayesh (security) director in the town of Tuz Khurmatu.
“They are attacking from multiple positions, from Kifre to Uzzaim,” he said.
“Peshmarga are making progress in between Khurmatu and Tikrit (140 kilometers northwest of Baghdad) to also liberate the area that has been controlled by ISIS for over two months,” Ahmed said.
He added that the village of Suleiman Beg, as well as the Kirkuk-Baghdad highway, were still not liberated.
Mahdi Taqyyedin, from the the Amerli municipality, also reported US air drops of humanitarian aid. “US planes have been dropping aid to the Amerli citizens, which is relieving their suffering somewhat.”
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This daily currency auction was held in the Central Bank of Iraq on the 01-Sept-2014
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Three lawsuits against al-Maliki in the International Court of Justice
Three lawsuits against al-Maliki in the International Court of JusticeSources of the International Court of Justice, that there are three lawsuits Maliki condemns genocide, crimes against humanity, targeting civilians in Iraq, being responsible for all the top positions of the armed forces in the country.
Iraqi lawyers said: “The three cases are now in the Court of Justice against Maliki involving crimes against humanity, genocide in addition to the claims brought against him in front of the Iraqi judiciary.
The lawyers added: “The al-Maliki and as chief executive officer in Iraq will bear the consequences of prosecutions that will be held against him and what happened from the killings and the displacement and the bombing of cities and the fall of the cities and the loss of billions of dollars are paid out without any legal interpretation.
For his part, observers, said: “All items Maliki breach of the Geneva Convention and international Alrabah- known the protection of civilians during armed conflicts and local operations,.
Added observers: “The international courts can condemn al-Maliki by Article III of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which relates to expose civilians to danger, and for the massacres genocide,” and considered that “Maliki breach of all the Geneva Conventions and international treaties and international humanitarian law.
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National Alliance agrees to equal share of the ministries with the Sunni lists
BAGHDAD / NINA / A political source from the National Alliance revealed that the National Alliance agreed, late yesterday evening, to equal its share of the ministries with the Sunni lists. ”
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / “The Union of Iraqi forces demanded yesterday to make its share 40% of the ministries and insisted on this request, but was rejected by the National Alliance, which led to the withdrawal from the negotiations that took place yesterday afternoon.”
He explained that” the intervention of the assigned Prime Minister Haider Abadi and Khalid al-Attiyah and Faleh al-Fayad, and their meeting at a late hour yesterday evening with the leaders of the Union of Iraqi forces, led to bend the Iraqi forces from their position on the withdrawal, and gave them assurances that the share of the National Alliance and Iraqi forces will be equal, and an expanded meeting will be held on Monday for the negotiating delegations to complete the talks between the two sides”.
Iraq and Syria pose Saudi dilemma – failed states or Iran proxies
BY ANGUS MCDOWALL AND WILLIAM MACLEAN
A member of the Saudi border guards force man a machine gun mounted on a military truck positioned on Saudi Arabia’s northern borderline with Iraq July 14, 2014. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
(Reuters) - With militant Islamists gaining the upper hand in Syria’s rebel movement and grabbing big tracts of Western Iraq, Saudi Arabia’s ruling family faces an increasingly uncomfortable dilemma.
The Al Saud have long seen the conflicts in Iraq and Syria as a pivotal battle for the future of the Middle East, pitting Sunni Muslims against a radical, revolutionary, Shi’ite Iran.
But in both Syria and Iraq the kingdom’s preferred Sunni allies have lost out to more militant groups, and Riyadh faces its nightmare scenario of watching two key Arab states become proxies for its rival Tehran or, worse, perpetual failed states.
What the Al Saud dynasty most wants in both countries is a stable government with strong Sunni representation that could act as a bulwark both against what they see as Iranian expansionism and a Sunni militant ideology that threatens their own rule.
In Syria, where the Saudis are a leading backer of rebel groups including the secular Free Syrian Army and the Islamic Front, which includes less militant Sunni fighters, Riyadh still has some options to influence the outcome of the war.
But in Iraq, its most populous neighbor, with which it shares an 850 kilometer (530 mile) frontier, Saudi Arabia has few tested friends or established links with Sunni groups, and knows that the majority Shi’ites will continue to dominate power.
“In terms of strategic games, the Saudis are waiting to see what will happen,” said Mustafa Alani, an Iraqi security analyst with close ties to Riyadh’s Interior Ministry.
“They don’t have any group they can rely on among the Sunni Arabs. They’ve been absent since 2003, and it cost them a lot.”
For the Saudis, the militant advance this summer might have given a welcome bloody nose to Tehran and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whom it has accused of being “Iranian 100 percent”, but it did so at the partial expense of their own security.
While Islamic State’s territory does not yet extend to the Saudi border, and appears unlikely to pose a military threat, many of the kingdom’s citizens have joined the group, raising fears they will turn against their own government.
For the Al Saud, most Islamist factions represent a dangerous ideological challenge to their system of dynastic rule, leading to their campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and cooperation with Washington to tackle al Qaeda.
The ruling family has grown so worried, spurred by memories of attacks by Saudi veterans of Iraqi fighting last decade, that King Abdullah in February decreed tough new laws and has mobilized the powerful clergy to preach against radicalism.
“We have done and will do everything we can to stop the spread of this corrosive poison in our country and region and encourage all other governments to do the same,” Riyadh’s ambassador to London, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, wrote in a British newspaper this month.
GIFT TO IRAN
Saudi authorities say they are constantly in touch with Iraqis.
And the kingdom may have some ability to use traditional connections to influence Sunni tribes with extensive membership on both sides of the border.
“There is a long tradition of tribal elders from Iraq and other Arab countries visiting Saudi princes and other important personalities and petitioning for financial support to help them advance their broad social and political interests,” said Neil Partrick, an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.
Nevertheless, Riyadh has had no ambassador based in Iraq since 1990, when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and threatened Saudi soil, and relations have soured even further since 2003, when the U.S.-led invasion gave the Shi’ite majority more power.
Saudi Arabia is the biggest humanitarian donor to Iraq, following a $500 million gift via the United Nations, said one of several diplomats in the Gulf interviewed for this article.
But its attempts to back Sunni political leaders north of the border have been sporadic and unsuccessful.
“People think the Saudis have more influence than they do. There are some contacts, but not much,” said a diplomat.
Diplomats said both Riyadh and Qatar were in touch with a number of “moderate Sunni leaders” in Iraq, whom they supported to defuse growing support for Islamic State radicals.
However, such ties are not strong, said Alani.
While Riyadh did provide some funding to Iraq’s Sunni tribes after Baghdad stopped financing the Awakening movement there, a diplomat said, the connections, mainly through the Shammar tribe of King Abdullah’s wife, were limited.
Even Saudi religious leaders have little influence over fellow Sunnis in Iraq, most of whom follow different schools of Muslim thought to the Wahhabi school dominant in the kingdom.
WAIT AND SEE
Immediately after Haidar al-Abadi was tapped to be prime minister, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal described it as the “only good news I heard lately”, a sign of how far Riyadh distrusted Maliki.
Abadi is from the same political bloc as Maliki, however, and was described by a diplomat as “the lowest common denominator in terms of what was acceptable to everybody”.
“Abadi is from the same extremist Shi’ite party as Maliki, so we will have to wait to see what his actions are like, not just his words,” said Abdullah al-Askar, head of the foreign affairs committee of the appointed Shoura Council, which advises the government on policy.
An early attempt to reach out had indifferent results, said one senior Gulf source who declined to be named, though his account could not be confirmed.
He said national guard head Prince Miteb bin Abdullah met Iraqi officials after Abadi was nominated to offer advice on tackling the Sunni insurgency, but that they were “less welcoming than expected” and he was rebuffed.
“The prince communicated his message with officials working with Abadi and his message was firm and clear that issue of insurgencies must be dealt with firmly,” said the source.
While the departure of Maliki removes a poisonous personal enmity from Saudi-Iraqi ties, Riyadh also accepts the reality of political and sectarian constraints in Baghdad, said the source.
“There’s an understanding that for the time being, the prime minister in Iraq needs to be a Shi’ite,” he said.
Some Iraqis hope the changes in Baghdad could lead to a wider accommodation between Tehran and Riyadh, helping to cool tensions in their country and across the Middle East.
“I think there will be positive developments between Iran and Saudi Arabia because of the advance of the Islamic State … They will both play a role now in Iraq because of Islamic State,” Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters.
But after Saudi and Iranian officials met for their first bilateral talks since moderate President Hassan Rouhani was elected last year, official media in both countries kept reporting of the exchange to a minimum. It was a sign, say analysts, of how far their mutual suspicions persist, and how difficult it will be to work together to tackle Islamic State.
(Additional reporting by Michael Georgy in Baghdad and Amena Bakr in Doha; Editing by Will Waterman)