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Psalm 37:4

4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Heavenly Father, thank You that we can delight in You! You are so Awesome and Wonderful!  Thank You for today :)  We love You :)   In Jesus Name, Amen.



Chattels - Article quotes:  “The head of the Iraqi National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafary, assured that the INA is the biggest bloc and not the State of Law Coalition headed by the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki.”   “Habeeb al-Turfi, of the Citizen bloc assured that the Iraqi National Alliance is the biggest parliamentary bloc. Speaking to AIN, Turfi said “The biggest bloc is the INA due to its effect in the parliament and it will be able to nominate the next PM.“  WOW !   it seems clear now that President Massoum will designate the choice for PM made by the National Alliance then that PM must form and seat a government/Council of Ministers acceptable to a majority vote by the full Parliament within 30 days after designation by the POR (President of the Republic).

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Four-way meeting between al-Jubouri and infallible and Mahmoud al-Jaafari, and ends with the declaration of the National Alliance, the largest bloc

Four-way meeting between al-Jubouri and infallible and Mahmoud al-Jaafari, and ends with the declaration of the National Alliance, the largest bloc

BAGHDAD – A source from the National Alliance, the four-way meeting was held yesterday evening between the head of the National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Parliament Speaker Salim al and Fuad Masum, President of the Republic and the President of the Federal Court Medhat al-Mahmoud to discuss the biggest bloc in parliament.

The source said in a statement to the Agency ((eighth day)) that the meeting ended as the National Alliance, the largest bloc in parliament, which is tasked with forming the next government, not a coalition of state law.

The source added that the infallible will cost the National Alliance after the Eid al-Fitr form the next government.                                                                                          8th-day.com 

BGG ~ This article is saying al-Jubouri, Massoum, Medhat al-Mahmound and al-Jaafari met and decided the NA would be the ones to form the next GOI – not the SLC singularly. It goes on to say (translated) Massoum will call the NA to proceed later this week (essentially – based on the Eid al-Fitr timeline). HUGE NEWS…

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Reform Movement confirms that the National Alliance still refuses to Maliki’s nomination for a third term

Members of the National Alliance, during a regular meeting

Tomorrow’s Press / Baghdad: spokesman the National Reform Movement MP Ahmad Jamal, Saturday, that the National Alliance is still rejects the nomination of Nuri al-Maliki for prime minister a third term, pointing out that the coalition will present its candidate for the job within 15 days and will invest the holiday to discuss and intensify dialogues to settle the matter …                                                                                               Alghadpress.com

Sistani undertakes decisively ordered the formation of the government and reject the survival of Maliki

Free - Called the Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani in Iraq’s political leaders yesterday not to cling to their positions, in a reference to Prime Minister outgoing Nuri al-Maliki.

Sistani said in his Friday sermon read by one of his aides in the holy city of Karbala that he should political leaders to be flexible, even breaking the political deadlock.

Observers considered that the message of al-Sistani outs for the survival of al-Maliki government is the result of a recent meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, expecting to be al-Sistani has vowed to decisively ordered the prime minister in Iraq to demonstrate its impact on the political scene…             Faceiraq.com


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Maliki Visits Iraq’s Former President in Sulaimani


Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki with former President Jalal Talabani. Photo: Kurdsat

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki with former President Jalal Talabani. Photo: Kurdsat

SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region—Despite local opposition to his visit, Iraq’s embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki arrived at Sulaimani today to see former president Jalal Talabani after his return from Germany.

The visit comes at a time that relations between Erbil and Baghdad are at all time low due to serious disputes between both governments over oil and gas issues and the autonomous region’s share of the federal budget that has been blocked by Baghdad since January.

Talabani, secretary general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Iraq’s former president returned from medical treatment in Germany last week.

Kurdish leaders have long accused Maliki of paying little heed to constitutional mandates meant to promote power sharing among Iraq’s Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds.

The Iraqi prime minister has been in office since 2006. His second term in 2010 was made possible after the Kurds lent him their support after signing an agreement in Erbil.

The Shiite premier is especially unpopular among the Kurds for squeezing Erbil on oil policies and imposing a virtual economic siege, forcing Kurdish civil servants to go unpaid for months.

“I never like him to come to this city, he has cut off the salaries of people,” said a man from Sulaimani after hearing about Maliki’s expected visit. “He should be pelted with stones as soon as he gets off the plane.”

Some Kurds vented their anger at Maliki on social media, demanding protests in Sulaimani against him.

“People of Sulaimani, if you do not protest against the man who cut Kurdistan’s budget and threatened Kurds, then shame on you,” said Cewlik Bengol in an online comment. “Show what you think of the man whose militia in Baghdad threatens Kurds,” the commentator said.

Kurdsat, PUK’s main TV station aired a brief but silent video of the Iraqi premier with Talabani. Neither the PUK nor the Iraqi government has commented on the visit.


Schkak | Do not forget that the stroke that Talabani suffered happened during an argument he was sustaining with Maliki. The argument, we were told at that time, was strong and it was about the betrayal committed by Maliki and for having deceived Talabani on the issue of the deployment of the Tigris operation. Once again Maliki comes to bully Talabani and convince him to break the Kurdish unity. I wish that Talabani, at the end, does not surrender and clears his divisive reputation and show him the way to Shiastan…



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Islamic Dawa Party announces it is supporting Sayd Sistani call to replace the PM position with new name #Iraq


This sounds like Maliki’s inner circle (Dawa party) saying they are done with him…


Iraqi Dinar/Dollar auction 07-27-14

Currency Auctions Announcement No. (2733)

This daily currency auction was held in the Central Bank of Iraq on the 27-July-2014

The results were as follows:

25k-Iraqi-Dinar-200x96DETAILS                                                              NOTES
Number of banks                                                 15
Auction price selling dinar / US$                       1166
Amount sold at auction price (US$)                  185,890,000
Total offers for buying (US$)                             185,890,000

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Impeccable received formal letter from al-Jabouri announced the National Alliance parliamentary majority

معصوم يتسلم كتاباً رسمياً من الجبوري باعلان التحالف الوطني الكتلة النيابية الأكبرParliamentary sources, on Saturday, the President of the Republic Fouad Massoum formal letter from House speaker Salim Al-jubouri says the Declaration of the National Alliance, the largest parliamentary bloc in preparation for a future Government.

The source said ((the eighth day)): “the book received by the infallible head of National Alliance website, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari and other leaders of the blocs in the Alliance.”

Maasum walgbori has recently discussed the latest developments of the political process in Iraq and the means of communication between all the political blocs to expedite the formation of the next Government. Finished o. d                                    8th-day.com

State Dept: Iraqi PM Maliki To Be Ousted Soon Assures of ‘Urgency’ to Replace PM.

By Jason Ditz for Antiwar.com

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is seen during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP/Hadi Mizban)

Speaking with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran Brett McGurk says he believes Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s days are numbered.

“I think we’re in a race against time,” McGurk warned, but said he believes that officials are acting with “urgency” to see Maliki replaced, and that there are several “very capable” leaders to replace Maliki, though he declined to name them.

The Obama Administration has made clear for over a month that it wants Maliki replaced, though the Iraqi parliament has struggled to agree on new officials. Having finally agreed on a new president today, Fuad Masum, the premiership is the next thing to settle on.

Yet Maliki insists he intends to remain the premier for a third term, and his State of Law bloc has yet to offer an alternative candidate, making it a struggle to find a new candidate who can get a majority…                                                                     mintpressnews.com

More interesting Headlines… 

Asks Mahmoud al-Maliki and his coalition infallible considered the biggest bloc to ensure his third term

Orbit - Follow-up / summoned outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki after breakfast on Friday President of the Federal Court Medhat al-Mahmoud and his two deputies and asked them to find a way out fast and urgently to ensure that the third term to him after the issuance of a permit serious and important reference includes clearly a warning to owners through its call to politicians for not adhering to positions.

According to informed sources, has told al-Maliki, Medhat al-Mahmoud possibility that this statement reference Introduction to issue a fatwa to prevent al-Maliki of the third term.

The between-Mahmoud, the absence of any legal way out of this thing, but only one case which the president-elect Fuad Masum, commissioned by al-Maliki to form a government as the largest bloc of state law.

And afterwards contact Maliki the president Fuad Masum, asking him to issue an order of reference, but the infallible apologized for that, but after returning to the political authorities and waiting in whether there is a new political alliances.

Masum said he could not issue a mandate until after the end of the holiday, what irritated Maliki, who said that he is not for what became the president of the republic and the credit goes to him, Barham Salih, the exclusion from the competition for the presidency.

Having despaired of Maliki infallible, face a stern talk to Medhat al-Mahmoud and his two deputies and asked them to find a way out fast and urgently to cut the road to reference issued a fatwa, or public statement precludes obtaining the third term, according to sources…                                                                                                      Faceiraq.com

MP Abdul Salam al-Maliki: Prime Age did not receive any notification of a lump bigger than the state of law and the document leaked to the media is forged


Liberal: the rule of law lie and put themselves in great embarrassment 

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Baghdad / Iraq News Network - MP for the Liberal bloc, of quitting, said a coalition of law put himself embarrassed by declaring the latter that is the biggest bloc in parliament. Said Zamili in a statement today: “The National Alliance is solely responsible for the appointment of the head of the next government and there is no any other party so decided, stressing that the announcement of a coalition of law on it the biggest bloc does not have a state of the legal and constitutional as well as they have put themselves embarrassed because they though they were the biggest bloc of what Antzero the National Alliance to form a government. added, that what is required from the National Alliance to intensify efforts Alihurat and pour out the admissibility of the President of the Government of regaining national wide.                                                  aliraqnews.com

House votes to tie Obama’s hands in Iraq

House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on July 25 in favor of a resolution demanding a say before President Barack Obama can send more troops to Iraq.

The 370-40 vote demonstrates growing concern that Congress has abdicated too much power to the executive branch in the decade-old war on terrorism. While non-binding, the vote could make it more difficult for the president to ramp up the fight against Islamist militants by making clear the widespread reluctance to engage the United States in what many lawmakers view as a sectarian civil war.

“The main text of this resolution is simple: The president shall not deploy or maintain United States armed forces in a sustained combat role in Iraq without specific statutory authorization,” said Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. “This is a monumental step toward reclaiming our constitutional authority.”

Jones co-sponsored the resolution along with Reps. James McGovern, D-Mass., and Barbara Lee, D-Calif. It would initially have demanded the withdrawal of all US troops not there to protect US diplomats and other personnel but was toned down in negotiations with the Republican leadership.

The resolution follows the president’s decision to ramp up US support, with 825 military personnel now reportedly in the country.

“The time to debate our re-engagement in Iraq, should it come to that, is before we are caught in the heat of the moment — not when the first body bags come home, not when the first bombs start to fall, not when the worst case scenario is playing out on our TV screens,” McGovern said.

He made it clear that his personal opinion was that “it would be a grave mistake for the United States to re-engage militarily in Iraq.”

Iraq war veteran Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., was one of the few voices of dissent.

“Instead of giving the president an ability to blame Congress for his indecisiveness,” he said, “I think it’s time that we stand up and say we have to defend our interests.”


Fouad Massoum (C-R), the newly elected president of Iraq and a veteran Kurdish politician, stands with Kirkuk Gov. Najm al-Din Karim (C-L) during a news conference in Baghdad, July 24, 2014. (photo by ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Iraq’s new president save country from fragmenting?

Iraq has a new president. In the wake of the capture of the second-largest city, Mosul, by the Islamic State (IS); ever-growing demands by the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Massoud Barzani; and rising dissent against a new mandate for incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq has seemed on the verge of collapse. There has been a quasi consensus among Iraq observers that Iraq has ceased to exist and was awaiting de jure confirmation of its de facto fragmentation.

Many have thought that this country, which had inured international opinion to its endless succession of crises since 2003, would not survive this latest crisis. But we could be mistaken. First, Salim al-Jabouri (affiliated with the Iraqi Islamic Party, the Iraqi Muslim Brotherhood) was elected speaker of the parliament. Then, a week after the return home of President Jalal Talabani — who had been under medical treatment in Berlin for the past 1½ years and who obviously couldn’t continue with his functions — a new president was elected, indicating that Iraq could actually be more resistant to division of the country.

This writer has known the man elected president, Fouad Massoum, for nearly a quarter of a century. I got to know Massoum through his predecessor, Talabani, my close friend for more than 40 years. During tumultuous years that included the Gulf War of 1991, he was one of Talabani’s most trusted envoys and comrades-in-arms.

Five years younger than Talabani, Massoum, 76, was born in Koysancak in 1938, a town close to Erbil where Talabani spent his childhood; they have been friends ever since.

Massoum studied in religious schools until he was 18 and ended up at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious center of learning for the Sunni world. He received his master’s in Islamic studies and his doctorate in philosophy.

Massoum’s political life started as a member of the Iraqi Communist Party in 1962, a galvanizing assembly of dissent for people of Shiite and Kurdish origin. He left the party after traveling to Syria and joining the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of Mullah Mustafa Barzani, who had ignited the Kurdish uprising against the Arab authorities in Baghdad. In 1968, he became a university professor in Basra in southern Iraq, and headed the KDP office there.

In 1973, he became Cairo representative for Mustafa Barzani, the then-leader of KDP and the father of current KRG President Massoud Barzani. The same year, Talabani, heading the leftist-Marxist faction of the party against Barzani, became the party’s Beirut representative and engaged with Palestinian organizations that had made Beirut the center for the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Massoum remained in this position until 1975, when he left to become one of the six founding members of the PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) along with Talabani.

In the PUK hierarchy, Talabani was the uncontested No. 1, followed by the current leader of the Goran (Change) Movement, Nushirevan Mustafa, and the legendary peshmerga commander Kosrat Resul. The next tier consisted of Massoum and Latif Rashid, the brother-in-law of Talabani.

After the 1991 Kurdistan regional uprising, Massoum become the first prime minister of the Sulaimaniyah region. Iraqi Kurdistan had a dual government at the time, with Erbil under Barzani (KDP) and Sulaimaniyah under Talabani (PUK) rule. Ever since, Massoum has remained a loyal friend and confidant of Talabani.

In the history of Iraq, only two people have been democratically elected as president and both were Kurds. Jalal Talabani became the first non-Arab president in 2005, followed now by Massoum.

Massoum was the candidate of the Kurdish Alliance and after two election rounds in the federal parliament, he became the second Kurdish president of Iraq by winning 211 out of a total of 275 parliamentary votes.

The process and procedural details that led to Massoum’s election reveal some lesser-known facts about the Kurdish political arena that have implications for the current political situation and future of Iraq and its neighborhood. There are 63 Kurdish members of the Iraqi parliament. That Kurdish bloc had to nominate a Kurdish candidate for the post of president that was allocated to the Kurds by an earlier gentlemen’s agreement.

The Iraqi parliament was scheduled to convene July 24 to elect the president of Iraq. Late July 23, in a closed-door gathering in Baghdad, Kurdish members of parliament voted for their presidential candidate in a contest between PUK senior leaders Massoum and Barham Salih.

In a close race, Massoum won a majority, 30-23. The rest of the Kurds’ parliamentary bloc was absent.

Massoum received 15 votes from the PUK, six from Goran (a splinter group from the PUK), four from Islamic parties and five from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), while Salih got four votes from the PUK, two from Goran, three from Islamic parties and 14 from the KDP.

This voting pattern shows that Turkey, and its closest ally in the region, the KDP, tilted toward Salih. His candidacy had been opposed earlier by a powerful PUK figure, Talabani’s wife, Hero Khan. There were widespread rumors in Sulaimaniyah that Iran, which has a strong behind-the-scenes presence in the area, had been backing her for a long time. A third contender for the post, the governor of Kirkuk, another Talabani loyalist, Najmaddin Kerim, had been opposed by Barzani.

Massoum emerged as a compromise candidate for various Kurdish factions. He has been in the Iraqi parliament since 2005, was the acting speaker for a while and also had chaired the committee that drafted the constitution. Massoum had strong credentials and good relations with both Sunnis and Shiites in Baghdad. He is a personally endorsed by Talabani and cannot be opposed by Barzani.

From these and other developments we can conclude that the United States (which doesn’t support the independence of Kurdistan and favors an inclusive Baghdad government with renewed power-sharing) and Iran (which has openly said it is against independence for Kurdistan) were pleased with the quick election of Massoum as president.

There were also strong rumors in Baghdad that the United States was also in favor of Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni Arab, as speaker of parliament.

Following the election of Massoum, Iraq was actually and surprisingly ahead of the constitutional timeline for forming its next government. The most problematic task will be agreeing on a prime minister. Nouri al-Maliki, whose State of Law Coalition list gained more seats more than any other party, has no inclination or willingness to leave his post. The new president has 14 days to nominate the prime ministerial candidate from the largest bloc in parliament.

The name of Maliki is problematic, but any other name is no less so. What is interesting is that Massoum, after he won the presidential post, swore to protect the unity of Iraq as the president of the country that he himself helped write the constitution for in 2003. That would be oxymoron to bring forward the issue of an independent Kurdistan, seceding from Iraq, while a new Kurdish president in Baghdad has taken an oath to preserve the unity of the country.

There is no doubt that Massoum’s presidency has a tacit blessing from Iran, has pleased Washington and put Erbil on hold with its main ally in Ankara.

With the Kurdish Massoum in the presidential seat, Kurds’ eyes are once again focused on Baghdad. But, their quest for Kurdish independence has had to be postponed and put on the back burner for a while.

Cengiz Candar is a columnist for Al-Monitor’s Turkey Pulse. A journalist since 1976, he is the author of seven books in the Turkish language, mainly on Middle East issues, including the best-seller Mesopotamia Express: A Journey in History.               al-monitor.com

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