*** THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT THIRTY DAYS OLD, BUT IT IS COMFORTING TO READ AGAIN *** I HAVE POSTED LATELY ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INFLUENCE OF THE CLERICS BUT DID NOT MENTION THE TRIBAL LEADERS IMPORTANCE AS WELL, IMO*** ESPECIALLY IN TENSE TIMES WHERE THE THREAT AND ANXIETY ATTENDANT TO THE DISSOLUTION OF IRAQ AND POSSIBLE EFFECT UPON OUR LIQUIDITY EVENT ***
Iraqi Tribal Leaders Sign
Peace Charter in Diyala
By: Mohamed Tamimi Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab).
Two hundred sheikhs from Shiite and Sunni tribes in Diyala province have signed a charter of honor that forbids the shedding of Iraqi blood and rejects violence and extremism.
Tribal leaders in the Iraqi province of Diyala have signed a “Charter of Honor” that renounces violence and extremism in a bid to combat the efforts of al-Qaeda, reports Mohamed Tamimi.
Publisher: Al-Hayat (Pan Arab)
Diyala tribes sign a chart of honor against sectarian displacement
Author: Mohamed Tamimi
First Published: February 26, 2013
Posted on: February 26 2013
Translated by: Pascale Menassa
Categories : Iraq Security
In a statement to Al-Hayat, Sheikh Raed Malla Jawad al-Tamimi indicated that “sheikhs representing 200 tribes from both sects signed a charter of honor that forbids Iraqi bloodshed in Muqdadiyah, northeast of Baqubah, in order to counter the attempts of armed organizations to spark strife in the province.”
Sheikh Selman al-Jabouri, a sheikh of the Jabour tribe, which shares the district with the Tamim tribes, said that “the charter of honor will hinder any attempts by al-Qaeda and the Islamist Iraqi state to spark a civil war.”
He pointed out that “the tragedy of the 2006-2007 war awakened the tribes to the urgency of promoting peace. Moreover, the charter of honor includes articles that forbid giving shelter to armed militants, supporting them or allowing them to exploit tribal regions.”
Sheikh of al-Anza tribe Nasser al-Haza affirmed that “the charter will prevent the return of al-Qaeda.” He also called on security bodies to “prove their competence and deter any attempts to disturb stability.”
Provocative flyers were found in several towns and districts of Diyala, threatening Shiite and Sunni families and urging them to leave multi-sectarian regions. Meanwhile, the Tigris Operations Command deployed dozens of its members and set up search checkpoints at the entrances of neighborhoods and main streets.
In Kirkuk, Arabs in support of the protests in the governorate condemned the attack against the general coordinator of the protest committees, Bounyan Sabbar al-Abidi, blaming it on anti-protest groups.
A statement, a copy of which Al-Hayat received, indicated that “Abidi paid for his national stands and speeches that defended the rights of Iraqis in general.” The statement also called on the security bodies to pursue those responsible and hand them in to the judicial authorities.
Turkish intelligence expect the fall of the Syrian regime beginning of summer and a surge of activity «the Free Iraqi army in western Iraq
11-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Security sources confirmed a high level in the region's «news» quoting leaders in Turkish intelligence that the region is heading to a further escalation of the military and security, especially in Iraq, where it is expected to escalate attend «Iraqi army free» under talk about the distribution of tens of thousands of pieces of arms in the western provinces of the country, and where much of the opposition to policies of the central government in Baghdad, led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Iraqi insurgents has gained increasing boldness by sources as a result of the evolution of the situation in Syria and achieve the Free Syrian Army of progress on the ground. She noted that according to Turkish intelligence estimates that the Syrian regime would fall at the beginning of the summer, about 3 to 4 months.
*** I WAGER THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS WERE AN EXERCISE IN CREATIVE WRITING ***
4 thousand Iraqi official revealed disclosed their financial
11-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad - Al-Hayat
Monday, March 11, 2013
Announced «Integrity Commission in Iraq to 4212 a senior official revealed disclosed their financial past two months Atsdarham three leaders Jalal Talabani and Nouri al-Maliki and Osama Najafi.
The Commission said in a statement received «life» a copy of it, that «the initiators to detect disclosed their financial according to the requirements of the Integrity Commission Act No. 30 for the year 2011 distributed on 51 of the 60 Commission and the Ministry of independent department.
The statement added that «Lists respondents led by President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his two deputies, Hussain al-Shahristani and Rose Nuri Shaways, and House Speaker Osama Nujaifi and his deputy Qusay al-Suhail and 67 deputies, and a general managers in the legislature.
He pointed out that «among the 30 ministers received the Integrity Commission revealed 21 forms disclosed their financial, as well as 15 of the 23 who are the rank of minister, and heads of independent bodies and is related to the Ministry.
He continued: «During the past two months, the body forms received revealed two governors out of 15 governors and three heads of provincial councils and 55 of its members.
It is noteworthy that revealed receivables financial which includes senior civilian officials, the head of state down to the general managers, and military leaders from the rank of lieutenant colonel, represents one of the inter conditions aimed at checking the integrity of the charge of senior positions in the State and prevent sliding them to the misconduct of public money or enrichment or abuse of office for personal benefit.
*** INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH IT APPEARS THAT ADDITIONAL MONIES THAT THE KURDS SAY ARE OWED TO OIL COMPANIES IN THE KURDISTAN REGION MAY BE PAID IN FULL SUBJECT TO AN AUDIT - MAYBE THE KURDS ARE NOT AS UNHAPPY WITH THE BUDGET AS THE INITIAL REPORTS INDICATE AND THAT IT IS MORE A CONCERN ABOUT THE MAN, MALIKI, AND THE PROCESS, CONSENSUS AND MARGINIALIZATION ***
Minister Kurds are boycotting the government in Baghdad to while taking a final position of the budget
11-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Erbil - as Francis
Monday, March 11, 2013
The Minister of Kurds in the Iraqi government that the ministers and the heads of the Kurdish groups in Baghdad wait issuance official position and final regarding the adoption of the federal budget released in a second meeting in the coming days to return to the capital, while threatened presidency of the region to take the position of «open to all options» and carried head Minister Nouri al-Maliki responsible for the consequences.
She described the presidency of the region after a meeting on Saturday evening, headed by Masoud Barzani with ministers and heads of Kurdish blocs in the Iraqi parliament, the adoption of the federal budget in the absence of the Kurds and the «Iraqi List», as «step devote division», and stressed that «will be a meeting of representatives of the Kurdish forces in Baghdad to take position that is in harmony with our aspirations, and work to prevent passing approach bullying and devote policy monopoly and exclusion, and broad consultations with all the parties and forces and components to crystallize the position is open to all options to reach the option that protects democratic Iraq, and end the case unilaterally and adventure ».
The trade minister said the Kurdish federal government Khairallah Babiker, who participated in the meeting to the newspaper «Kordestani Noi» the mouthpiece of the party of President Jalal Talabani said that «representatives of the blocks and the ministers Kurds will not go to the Baghdad, and wait issuance position Kurdish official final meeting during the next few days».
The senior lawmaker for «Democratic Party» in the Kurdish parliament Abdul Salam Berwari told «life» that «the issue is not related to the adoption of the budget as it relates to the nature of government in Baghdad, and Barzani stressed repeatedly on concerns of direct rule in Baghdad to exclusivity and up to one-man rule, The events of the past months, and most recently the adoption of the budget, has proved this haphazard approach. It seems that the laws be approved by a majority, which means that the marginalization of partners in government, and the abolition of the links between the Iraqi Kurds and with the rule of law, and the position of the presidency of the region was clear and the list of options, without specifying the nature of these options.
The «imposed on the region penalty clauses, which export oil at 250 thousand barrels per day, against the payment of dues to companies, and if not reached this rate is reduced allocations, while the region which does not differ from any area and Iraqi obliged to pay those dues, why are excluded, and how they want to continue in production. He added that «Maliki received the wrong signals from foreign countries, it looks like a misunderstanding of Saddam Hussein at the time of the U.S. ambassador before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and how else can we explain this escalation.
The MP said the bloc «change» in the Kurdish parliament, which boycotted the vote on the federal budget ruler Sheikh Latif told «life»: «In my personal opinion that the benefits of the Kurds in this budget is better than its predecessors, was approved 17 percent of the size of the budget for the region , was double the funds allocated for the Committee on Constitutional Article 140 from 172 billion to 325 billion dinars, were maintained on the previous allocations Peshmerga. In terms of oil, the text refers to the need to pay the federal government $ 750 billion to companies as an advance, and will be paid the remaining pending the result of the audit.
He pointed out that «objectors can submit their appeals to the Federal Court, and I think that the best solution is. And the possibility of direct Region towards the option of economic independence as board some Kurdish MPs, considered cute that «this depends on the elements of power possessed by the region and guarantees available, and how to allow surrounding countries to export oil and world price, and not through the auction, the fact that the region is not an independent state. These countries will try to share the value of sales in light of the lack of the region to oil infrastructure. Then you will continue to do so, or to change its position will change their interests? ».
Warrants for the arrest of former Awakening leader Sheikh Suleiman because of demonstrations Anbar
11-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa
Central division tribal seemed clear in Anbar province, a major Sunni provinces in Iraq, which is witnessing demonstrations and sit-ins since about 77 days, stepped up the Iraqi government from accusations of some senators there who still have a prominent role in directing the course of demonstrations including not diminish the momentum mass according to the contrary to expectations . According to a statement by the Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation in Babil province (100 km) south of Baghdad, they had arrested the Prince of elements armed cell carrying the name «battalion conquest described» in Anbar province «where confessed during investigations to receive financial support from the leader of the Iraqi Awakening Previous Ahmed Abu Risha and (Amir) Suleiman Sheikh Ali Hatem al-Suleiman, in order to carry out 'terrorist' in the southern areas and attacking a prison in Ramadi, while stressing the issuance of arrest warrants for Abu Risha and Sulaiman.
In remarks «Middle East», said Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha said that «an accusation like that can not be ينطلي on one at all», describing the feet of the government on charges of supporting terrorism and issuing an arrest warrant against him as a retirement bonus from the government has after the killer «Qaeda »for a period of 7 years, which is« not denied by anyone in the world, he said. The Abu Risha «I was expecting various charges by the government, but to reach out to be charging someone has 10 people from his family led by Shahid Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, and 17 people from the thigh to which it belongs, and 40 people from his tribe, by organizing Al Qaeda, that is supporting the (base)!! ', wondering' any funny this logic?! .. I would even say any lack of modesty?! ..Did you say the charges have so they went to the (base)? ».
The Abu Risha considered that «the charge is for that God Evdham and reveals the nature of the thinking that controls them. Abu Risha said that he does not recognize the 'memorandum of arrest, and they have to Enqauha and drink its water. He pointed out that «the current government must remember and قفتنا with it, and still fighting (al-Qaeda), but just because we stand with our people in their just demands turn to supporters of terrorism. He pointed out that they had come to him several issues «including agendas Foreign and could not prove anything, and then pulled protections and imagine that we will kneel, Vfujioa protect tribal us and exponentially, then send us an army Vusbandthm clans including not expect, is no longer in front of them only fabricate this file which is part of a series targeting symbols of the year, a file will not end, which requires us to stay on our positions at all costs. The Abu Risha considered that «the most dangerous thing that the government is using the judiciary to settle scores with those who are considered by political opponents, while we stop them in distress, and we stand today with our people because we men clans and we are not employees have until نأتمر about them.
In an attempt to create alternatives to the influence of which is represented by Abu Risha and al-Suleiman, has been recently established entities of some tribal elders view it as pro-government. In this context, Sheikh Qassem Mohammad al-Karbouli, in Anbar, told «Middle East», that «what was done by the government of formations led by considered himself Sheikh Karabila Abdul Razzaq Karbouli, decoration Hardan, who was elected by the will-governmental alternative to Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha to Awakening Iraq, making such outcasts, even from their families, and the government imagines that it considers replacements for those senators who now stand alongside their people.
However, Sheikh Mohammed al-Hayes, a tribal leader Alboveab and founder of the Sons of Iraq in Anbar close to the government, told «Middle East» that «there is already old men do not want to mention names allied with al Qaeda now that interest, and I can say that there weapons, and there are exercises in some arenas sit in Ramadi by (al-Qaeda). He added that «(SOI) is a new attempt to expel al Qaeda, which has started to regain its ranks complicity by some senators, noting that they allied« now with the State to re-impose order there.
Anbar: Army moves to "protect the borders of Syria" and raising fears of escalating security with protesters
11-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad / term
Been the general coordinator of the People's Committees in Kirkuk Bunyan-Obeidi was killed in an armed attack south of the city yesterday, as expected the leaders and members of the coordinating committees for the demonstrations, government security escalation in the next few days, boosted by the spread of intensive security in areas of sit-ins in five provinces.
In the meantime, student of the Islamic Party, a party supporter of demonstrations protesting the policies of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq Martin Kobler a UN investigation into the murder case protesters along the lines of investigation that took place in the case of the killing of Hariri.
A source in the police yesterday that the general coordinator of the People's Committees for the demonstrations in Kirkuk killed in an armed attack targeted him in front of his home south of the city, and after surviving a minor injury from an assassination attempt in the last week of February 2013.
The source said the "long-Presse that" unidentified gunmen attacked at about half past ten before yesterday afternoon, General Coordinator of the popular committees for the demonstrations in Kirkuk Bunyan cactus Obeidi and shot him when he was about to get out of his house in the neighborhood of Wasta south of Kirkuk, and shot him dead.
The source added that "al-Obeidi was hit by several bullets in places fatal and he died instantly," explaining that "the strength of the security rushed to the house of al-Obeidi and the transfer of his body," pointing out that "extensive investigation open incident of what would have implications for the street in Kirkuk Hawija also. "
And denounced the current "Arab joint meeting" in Kirkuk, the assassination of al-Obeidi, stressing that "the security agencies arrested Arabs" did nothing after the assassination of al-Obeidi, and pointed out that al-Obeidi was the first "leader in Kirkuk demonstrations on February 25," two years ago.
A statement by the stream yesterday that "the assassination of Banyan cactus Obeidi will not deter us from continuing our march," stressing that "in light affect the forces of terror and gheelah and treachery and crime on the Arab personalities extended that hand treacherous to kidnap one of the leaders of the Arab meeting joint general secretary of Youth Caucus February 25 organized demonstrations first in Kirkuk and President of the coordinating committees for these events after trying sinful in the last month and that God saved him returned today Vaqtervoa heinous crime against one of the leaders of Arab youth in the province. "
For his part, said coordinating committees spokesman for Anbar province, protesters Said Lafi "long" yesterday that "the situation in the province is not reassuring," adding that the province is witnessing increasing security measures in addition to the arrival of the new military forces to maintain the pretext of protecting the border with Syria. "
And confirmed the existence of great fears of escalating security prospective by the government against Anbar, warning that get any escalation may drag to face with angry protesters on the government, pointing out that efforts clerics and tribal leaders in the city under way in order to appease some protesters angry especially young ones .
Meanwhile, a deputy for the province of Anbar and a member of the Islamic Party Walid Mohammadi in a statement seen by the "long" that "condemnation by the United Nations against such crimes is a shy and تميعا to its charter established for it, and an impediment to its role in promoting security and stability in the world, and this What we noted previously, that Kubler weak and can not even issue a statement a clear condemnation of the security services as well as the government. "
He added that "what is happening in Iraq demonstrations proved Slmatha for about three months, and targeted by government forces several times, arrived to kill some of them in Anbar and Nineveh, calls and urgent investigation internationalist in the killing of these protesters in the absence of mutual trust between the government and protesters Like the real committee formed to investigate the murder of Hariri in Lebanon. "
And between Mohammadi said that "the protesters do not trust investigations conducted by the government and its being accused President they believe, and the government also does not stop accusing the protesters of being sectarian and harbor terrorists in their sit-in and they backed from abroad, so I think we need to a third party, independent and professional separates the killing of demonstrators and their demands legitimate as well as in the government's accusations of demonstrators. "
Abu Risha rejects accusations «government files fabricated»
11-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad - Al-Hayat
Monday, March 11, 2013
Tensions between the Iraqi government and the demonstrators year, with the announcement of the charges to tribal leaders are leading demonstrations, namely Ahmed Abu Risha and Ali Hatem, supporting terrorism, what he considered Abu Risha fabricated file is added to the fabrications of the government, while killing one of the organizers of the demonstrations in Kirkuk.
And announced «Intelligence Directorate Babil province first of yesterday the arrest of a cell of 12 people in al-Qaeda, confessed بتلقيهم support of Al-Suleiman Ali Hatem al-Suleiman, head of the Iraqi Awakening Ahmed Abu Risha.
Word Abu Risha in a statement to Al-Hayat yesterday, that 'the government of (Prime Minister Nuri) al-Maliki behind these accusations, because they fabricated government files, and this is part of the series we were expecting his arrival to us.
The earlier accusations were built on confessions detainees accused Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi of supporting terrorism, has led later to leave Iraq and issued a death sentence against him in absentia, with the dawn arrest of a number of elements of the protection and Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi and leaking information about near charge him, demonstrations Sunni cities has been going on for more than 70 days.
Said Abu Risha, who had founded the company of his brother Star Abu Risha organizations «awakening» clan, the most prominent role in eliminating the influence of the organization «base» Between 2007 and 2009, said that «the government wants to determine how the leaders and symbols Sunni through prosecute issues and files fabricated».
Furthermore, unidentified gunmen assassinated a coordinated demonstrations in Kirkuk province (north) architecture Obeidi as he emerged from his home in the Wasiti district of central province. Police said that «al-Obeidi was killed in an armed attack targeted him in front of his house, after he survived an assassination attempt in the last week of February 2013.
At this time, threatened the Kurds to take new steps to respond to the decision of adoption of the budget for 2013 without taking their demands, and waiting for ministers and MPs Kurds decision to a meeting of the Kurdish forces during the next two days to make a final position of the government before returning to practice their work in Baghdad, while threatened «coalition state law, led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki put alternate candidates of ministers of the Iraqi List, some of whom have decided to withdraw from the government, pursuant to the principle of the political majority.
Mahmoud Othman: Approving the budget in this way delayed Barzani's initiative.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The Kurdish independent MP, Mahmoud Othman considered approving the budget for the current year in such way has delayed the initiative of the President of the Kurdistan region to resolve the political crisis.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "We have consulted with the state of law about vote on the budget in style of national consensus," noting that "approving the budget in this way is an evidence that they, unfortunately, did not response with us."
Othman added, "It was supposed that the President of the region's Office visits Baghdad for the current period to work on activating the initiative of the president of the region, but developments that happened, especially passing the budget delayed this visit."
It is mentioned that Kurdistan Alliance said that passing the federal budget, without the presence of any Kurdish lawmaker, is an indication of the end of the era of the national partnership.
The coalition spokesman MP, Mo'aid al-Tayyib said in a press statement that "the foundations of the political process, from the beginning, are compatibility, balance and partnership, and we started noting there is a clear breach in many of the critical and important issues," adding that "passing the budget, without the presence one Kurdish lawmaker is a serious indicator to the end of the era of national partnership, which is a fixed principle , not in the current Iraqi constitution, but even in the old constitutions of Iraq, which stipulated that Kurds and Arab are partners in the homeland. "
He added that "the cause, of what is going on, is prejudice to the foundations of partnership and balance, as well as the lack of confidence and respect for agreements with the Kurdistan Regional Government." He pointed out that "during the meeting, held by the President of the Kurdistan region with the representatives of the Kurdish blocs in the federal government and the House of Representatives, yesterday a decision was taken to invite Kurdish Ministers and Deputy Prime Minister in the federal government to consult in order to make a crucial decision in the coming days.
The House of Representatives had voted on Thursday, in the presence of 168 deputies, on the state budget for the current year in a clear absence of Kurds MPs and some of Iraqiya MPs
Kurds: Withdraw ministers and economic independence among the options.
BAGHDAD / NINA / A member of the Kurdistan Alliance, Adel Berwari said: "withdraw Kurds' Ministers from the government and declaring the independence of Kurdistan economically is among the options that we hope not to use in response to the federal government's refusal to pay the dues of the oil companies operating in the region."
He explained in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "All options are currently before the province after passing the budget in the absence of the Kurdistan Alliance and the Iraqiya List," adding: "There are continued meetings and dialogues between the Iraqiya List and the authority of the Kurdistan region, but so far we cannot be certain that the withdrawal of Kurdish Ministers from the federal government is the only option now, this talk is still premature. "
Berwari pointed out that among the options is declaring the independence of the region economically, since there are oil companies the government refuses to pay their dues, "noting:" There is a pressure card now in the hands of Kurdistan, and this card is largest than amount that the federal government rejects to pay to the oil companies operating in the region. "
He added: "The federal government could not impose an economic blockade on the region, but the opposite is true, since Abraham al-Khalil port towards Europe is in the hands of Kurdistan, as well as the border ports with Iran and others, and the oil wells, even in Kirkuk, within the control of Kurdistan, and we hope not to reach this extent to use these cards, we always seek to resolve things peacefully, and we hope economic differences not to be broader and deeper God forbid. "/
Kurdish MP calls to review their alliance with the National Alliance.
Sulaymaniyah / NINA / A member of the Kurdistan Alliance, the MP, Leila Hassan called on the Kurds to review their alliance with the National Alliance.
She said, in a press statement that the number of the components of the National Alliance were with the Kurds and support them before the vote on the budget, but they did not take any position in favor of the Kurds during the vote.
She explained that some parties resort to the Kurds during crises, but when they are in a position of power, we see how they are against the Kurds.