Deal between Maliki and Ahmed Abu Risha, to end the sit-ins in Anbar with U.S. blessing
25-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Iraq - Baghdad
An informed source said Iraq's News Sunday, March 24, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President of the Conference of the Anbar Awakening previously Ahmed Abu Risha, agreed to settle their differences and refer the decision to postpone the elections in Nineveh and Anbar
He also promised to Maliki, head of the Anbar Awakening, Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha, to return him to his position as Chairman of the Anbar Awakening and the settlement of all outstanding differences between them provided end the sit-ins in Anbar.
The two parties agreed with the blessing of U.S. compromises differences, as requested by Ahmed Abu Risha Maliki no later than days to end the sit-ins in the yard of the splendor and dignity
*** BGG's idea of giving it two days to shake out following the visit of John Kerry matches up with the Tuesday deadline now extended to the factions boycotting the council of ministersand parliament , but i do not know whether there is a connection or not ***
Law: majority or dissolve the government and parliament if no longer Minister
25-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
He coalition of state law that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki gave ministers Sadrists days extra to show their final position of the comment attend the meetings of the Council of Ministers, stressing that non-return would lead to the formation of a majority government or dissolve the government and parliament and hold early elections. As expected National Alliance Back ministers Sadrists and the Kurdistan Alliance to cabinet meetings, sees Kurdistan Alliance that does not solve the political differences, but to sit at the negotiating table and talk in terms of the concepts involved. member of the state law the National Alliance MP Abbas al-Bayati said that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki decided to extend the deadline ministers Sadrists to Tuesday to demonstrate their final position of the comments attendance at meetings of the Council of Ministers. Bayati said in a press statement: that Maliki gave ministers power two days to allow sufficient for them to return to the Council of Representatives and in the absence of their presence will give them compulsory leave for (30) days and then will be dealt with the subject by variables that get in political attitudes. comes this talk in the wake of the decision cleric Moqtada al-Sadr comment attend his ministers in the Council of Ministers, an objection to some of the decisions passed in the Council of Ministers described as detrimental to Iraq, which was most recently the decision to postpone the elections in the provinces of Nineveh and Anbar , with continued Minister attendance their ministries to serve the citizen. For his part, noted a member of a coalition of state law the National Alliance MP Fuad Alldorki, that does not return ministers Sadrists and the Kurdistan Alliance for the Council of Ministers will lead to the formation of a majority government or dissolve the government and parliament and hold early elections. said Alldorki in a press statement: "Sadrist movement and the Kurdistan Alliance did not withdraw from the government so far, but hung their meetings Council of Ministers for dialogue to reach solutions satisfactory to all parties, and expected return to the cabinet soon. between that in the case decided the political blocs to withdraw from government , the prime minister will be forced then to form a majority government or calling to dissolve the government and parliament and hold early elections. said MP for the coalition of state law that the proper solution of the political blocs is to resort to dialogue and put the interests of the country above the interests partisan and factional and provide political atmosphere in order to reflect on the security situation of the country, as well as access to a working paper suit everyone. was media adviser to Prime Minister Ali al-Moussawi, revealed the intention of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki commissioning and other ministers to replace those ministers mainstream after their insistence on their position not to attend the meetings of the Council of Ministers, saying: "The deadline given by Prime Minister of Ministers trend was clear statement position so Council is still adheres opinion about the importance of not disrupt the march of the Council of Ministers and the public interest. "to that predicted leadership of the coalition of state law Moussawi that a large part of the political crisis will end through dialogue and understanding on the contentious issues between the blocks, As will be deported remainder to the next parliamentary session. Musawi said in a press statement: Electoral Commission and the political blocs will begin to prepare itself for the House of Representatives election coming after the middle of the current year ie once the announcement of results of provincial elections, stressing that this sponsor sitting briefly political parties to the dialogue table to solve a large part of the crises in the other part will be deported for the next parliamentary session.
They pointed out the presence of signals suggest capping the crisis will begin when you resume the House of Representatives to work next week, indicating that the government has made great strides in the implementation of requests demonstrators and what happened last Friday is clear evidence that there is a clear trend and rational to resolve the crisis, stressing that this trend will prevail in the right way to resolve. Meanwhile, see the National Alliance MP Mohammed Kazem al-Hindawi that the crisis experienced by the country will end forming a majority government. ruled Hindawi collapse of the political process, and expected it will see some crises that will end forming a majority government going by the work the government and parliament to end session the current election. said that the ministers Sadrists and the Kurdistan Alliance will return to cabinet meetings soon, in what was described positions of the Iraqi List as "volatile", as he put it. said the National Alliance MP that latter position to the Iraqi list appeared in a statement, Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq who confirmed it does not return Minister only after responding to the demands of the protesters, saying that this position represents pressure on the government, adding, "But the government is aware that the positions of the Iraqi List," volatile "and quickly returns to its decisions, noting that these statements are not free of partisan interests and factional. of On the other hand, MP for the coalition of Kurdish blocs Mehdi Haji, that the only solution to political differences is the dialogue in terms of the concepts involved. between Haji told the "Agency news", that the Kurdistan Alliance emphasizes the need for dialogue and sit at the negotiating table, where there is no alternative for dialogue to resolve differences. and continued: political blocs agreed since 2003 to build Iraq and democratic basis of democracy is dialogue must therefore be dialogue in order to resolve those differences to be based on the basis of participants of the sitting at the dialogue table and there should be a strong will and the interests of the homeland above partisan and factional interests.
He MP for the coalition of Kurdish blocs to the absence of a way to resolve differences and get out of the current crisis is to sit at the table of dialogue and outcomes applied on the ground.
Assad Confirmed Dead, Iran Attempts To Control Syria Army
By Israel News Agency Staff
Jerusalem, Israel --- March 24, 2013 … Russian media sources have confirmed that Syria President Bashar Assad was shot by an Iranian bodyguard Saturday night.
"The lone assassination pumped several bullets at point blank range into Assad," said the source. "Assad was rushed to Al-Shami Hospital in Damascus in critical condition. He died on the operating table from heart failure resulting from massive blood loss."
An Israeli security analyst believes the report to be accurate.
"In the last 24 hours have we seen Assad? Any photographs or video? No. Nor will we see any as loyalists who are closest to Assad have been threatened if any leaked photos or reports reach Western media. Iran is attempting to take control of the Syrian army and its wealth of weapons as Syrian solders are now deserting in mass. I don't believe that the West will allow any Iranian control of Damascus."
"There was a reason why Barack Obama visited Israel. And it was not for a photo op with Miss Israel. I don't think Netanyahu would apologize to Turkey or to anyone. But if it was between a dead Assad and saying sorry to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan I think there was no hesitation in making that telephone call to Ankara."
The Israeli analyst said that several events have taken place in the last 24 hours including the Syrian army shooting at an Israeli border patrol unit. It is believed that this action was coordinated by Assad loyalists who stood outside the dead President's hospital room to deflect the global media from the assassination and to pull Israel into a war with the Syrian army. The leader of the Western-backed Syrian opposition coalition announced he was resigning.
Moaz al-Khatib didn’t detail what motivated his decision, in a status update made on social media Website Facebook.
But he did say that he now had the ability to “work with freedom that cannot be available within the official institutions.”
Al-Khatib also said the international community has failed to adequately support the rebels’ fight against Assad.
Opposition members from Syrian's President Bashar Assad's Alawite sect demanded his overthrow today and urged their co-religionists in the Syrian army to rebel.
"We call on our brothers in the Syrian army, specifically members of our sect, not to take up arms against their people and to refuse to join the army," the delegates said in a news release after two days of meeting in the Egyptian capital.
The Israeli analyst said that the Israeli army is on heightened alert in the North and the US is moving a battle carrier group off the Syrian coast. That the US would not tolerate any further action by Iran inside Syria and has warned Iranians to leave the country.
"Assad had complete and total support from both Iran and Russia. They backed Assad in his bloody campaign which resulted in the loss of over 70,000 Syrian civilians. No one helped those Syrians except for one country - Israel. They have taken in dozens of wounded Syrians across the border who are now being cared for in Israeli hospitals."
"We can expect to see a photo of a dead Assad within 48 hours. There are many phone cameras in the pockets of those guarding his body. One of those photos would be worth almost a million dollars to the one getting that photo out to the Western media."
Alwani stresses withdrawing confidence from Maliki
Monday, 25 March 2013 08:44 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Ahmed al-Alwani, of the Iraqiya Slate confirmed the necessity of reconsidering the mistakes of the former stage and to withdraw confidence from the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, to replace him for the remaining period for the current Parlaimentary rotation.
He stated to AIN “There must be a solution for the multiple problems with the Government by replacing Maliki.”
“The demonstrators in Anbar formed a committee to negotiate with the Government and we are waiting for nominating the representatives of the demonstrators of other provinces in this committee to send the negotiating delegation to discuss the 13 demands of the demonstrators,” he added.
“If we gain our rights, we will have a different stance towards the Government,” he concluded.
Mirror: Iraq was a great laboratory for the privatization of war .. The money went into the pockets of security companies and scammers
25-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
There is no Western leaders and military personnel who wish to declare victory in the war in Iraq. After six weeks of the U.S. invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, the face of George W. Bush's speech to the world and is standing in front of a banner reading: Mission Accomplished. Shortly thereafter, Tony Blair told the British forces, saying "It was a way كسبتم unusual war."
In 2009 when it was revealed Twenty Armoured Brigade flag from the Basra garrison finally to point the end of British combat operations in Iraq, praised Prime Minister Gordon Brown successfully conflict. Today and ten years after the war began on March 20, 2003, there are only one group can celebrate victory. They are the heads of oil companies and mercenaries and businessmen who have poured their money into Iraq after it turned into a precious gold mine.
The price of more than a hundred thousand dead Iraqis were killed during a decade of turmoil in the country.
Eighteen months later only invasion, began commercial airlines carrying security personnel and investors are flocking daily to the capital, Baghdad, where gravitated security companies eligibility of the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa and the U.S. Special Forces to offer tempting which gives thousand pounds per day to protect VIPs and key objectives of terrorism.
As the eyes of businessmen aspire to the grand prize - a share of the first batch reached 6.6 billion pounds of reconstruction funds began flowing to Baghdad aboard a U.S. military plane.
It was the Iraqi funds from the proceeds of the sale of oil, which was funded by the United Nations Programme (oil-for-food) and which was intended to be used to rebuild this devastated country.
It is a shame that a large part of this money ended up in the pockets of fraudsters or corrupt officials; In 2007 decides prison official Robert Stein - Supervisor of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Hilla - for nine years after the recognition of his role in a corruption scandal in millions of pounds. Between 2003 and 2004, when Stein was responsible for the distribution of reconstruction funds, used fake bids for the award of contracts worth 5.7 million pounds to his partner in the plot contractor Philip Bloom, who also entered the prison.
This is just one example, in 2004 the Americans began to build the water system and sanitation in the city of Fallujah. Was due to cost 23 million pounds and gets the job done in 18 months, but the actual cost of the project amounted to 129 million pounds and was not completed until today.
Iraq was a laboratory for the privatization of war, and apart from enriching a lot of business, it is not a model for the reconstruction of any country. Government has given the United States - in order to reduce casualties and convinced them the ability of private companies to do the work more efficiently - hefty contracts, mostly for U.S. companies.
It represents the birth of modern warfare privatized. During World War II, there was a contractor and one user for every seven soldiers, while during the invasion of 2003 increased the number to two contractors for every five soldiers.
In 2006, the number of contractors outnumber soldiers. The security companies eligibility at the beginning of the queue of work, and won the British companies as contracts; where the company won Oadz, which was run by Brigadier Tim Spicer, a contract worth 250 million pounds to oversee all security operations eligibility, where he founded Sandline along with mercenary Simon Mann, who was jailed in the post for plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea.
The British company also won another - a global strategies - a contract to provide security for diplomats in the southern city of Basra worth 265 million pounds over five years. And won a third company - Aereyns - a contract worth 90 million pounds to secure the oil fields in Iraq and the training of 20 thousand of Iraqis to protect oil pipelines from sabotage.
Of the most security companies Dar civil dispute around which benefited from Iraq is Blackwater American. In 2004 four of its members who ambushed and burned to death in the city of Fallujah, where the company was accused of failing to protect its people. After three years, the Company entered again into the spotlight when IOF fired the 17 Iraqi civilians killed in Baghdad. After payment of a judge Americans charges against five members of the company.Last year the company agreed - that today called academic - to pay $ 4 million pounds to settle U.S. charges of smuggling arms.
The opponents of the war claimed that the real reason for the invasion is so that the West can put his hand on the vast oil reserves in Iraq. And doubts escalated when achieved Halliburton - specialized in the fields of oil, which was run by former Vice President Dick Cheney - big profits from the war he helped wage. Between 2003 and 2010, won the subsidiary of Halliburton - KBR - 20 billion pounds through U.S. government contracts in Iraq, where those accused subsidiary company at outrageous prices and investigators felt the need to recover the amount of 365 million pounds.
The British company Amec has won a joint contract worth 600 million pounds to rebuild the Iraqi water liquefaction, while earned a consortium led by BP's $ 1.3 billion per year to develop Iraq's Rumaila oil field.
Iraq's oil wealth have the ability to transform the country, but nevertheless there are still regular interruptions in electrical power, and a lot of people rely on untreated water.
Said that Tony Blair - who urged British companies to invest in Iraq - earns 20 million pounds per year, including 2.5 million pounds for his role as an adviser to U.S. investment bank JP Morgan. Businessmen who amassed fortunes of Blair's decision in fueling the war, maybe not envy any penny earned.
KR to take important decision towards political process soon, says Atroushi
Monday, 25 March 2013 09:22 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Firhad al-Atroushi, of the Kurdistani Democratic Party, revealed that Kurdistan Region will take important decisions towards the political process soon.
He stated to AIN “The withdrawal from the parliament and suspending attendance for the Council of Ministers’ sessions are not solutions for the crisis,” noting that “The stances aim at pressurizing a conceited side who does not respond to the demands of the Sunni, Kurdish and some parts of Shiite sides.”
“After the first of April, KR will take importance decisions over the Government and the political process but we will see the developments of the situation,” he concluded.
Timimi criticizes supervisory sides tasked to confront corruption
Monday, 25 March 2013 09:50 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Mansour al-Timimi, of the State of Law Coalition criticized the supervisory sides that are tasked to confront corruption.
He stated to AIN “As much as the role of these supervisory sides grows better, the corruption will reduced to law levels.”
“These concerned sides that involve Integrity Commission, Parliamentary Integrity Committee, Financial Supervisory Divan and the offices of the General Inspectors are requested to upgrade their roles to eliminate corruption,” he added.
“Corruption, which is not less in its danger than terrorism, delayed the construction process in the country and it represents a major challenge for Iraq,” he concluded.
Nijaifi shows conditional agreement upon Kerry’s suggestion to hold early election
Monday, 25 March 2013 12:15 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The parliament Speaker, Osama al-Nijaifi, agreed upon the suggestion of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to hold early elections in Iraq under the condition of forming a technocrat government headed by an independent person.
The Turkish Anadulu News Agency stated “Kerry suggested to Nijaifi holding early elections in Iraq to settle the political disputes in Iraq where the latter approved the suggestion under the condition to forming a government with a technocrat headed by an independent person.
“Kerry was upset from the development of the political situation in Iraq,” the Agency added, noting that “While meeting Nijaifi, Kerry assured that the political updates would destroy all the efforts conducted by Washington to have democracy in Iraq.”
“Kerry advised the opponents of the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, not to withdraw from the political process or the next elections because it will affect the Sunni sect in Iraq.”
“Kerry referred to the 2005 parliamentary elections and the situation of the Sunni sect who did not participate in it which resulted in limiting their role in the political process in Iraq,” the Agency concluded.
*** I AM HOPING HERE THAT THERE IS SOME AFFIRMATION IN THE DENIAL AND THAT MALIKI WILL RECONSIDER POSTPONING THE ELECTIONS - OTHERWISE I WONDER WHAT, IF ANYTHING, KERRY ACCOMPLISHED BY HIS VISIT, OTHER THAN TO IRRITATE SADR ***
Breaking News … Maliki denies canceling decision of postponing elections in Anbar, Nineveh
Monday, 25 March 2013 11:30 | | |
Nineveh (AIN) –The Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, denies canceling the decision over postponing the next Provincial Councils elections in Anbar and Nineveh.”
The media center of the Iraqi Media Network quoted Maliki, as saying “The reports over canceling the decision of the Council of Ministers over postponing the PCs elections in Anbar and Nineveh are groundless.”
“This decision is related to the CoM and the Independent High Electoral Commission,” he concluded.
MP: Kurdish MPs will attend parliament tomorrow while Ministers not attend Cabinet.
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Muhsin al-Sadoun confirmed attending the Kurdish lawmakers to Baghdad to attend the parliament session to be held on Tuesday, adding that the Kurds Ministers would not attend the next Cabinet meeting, because they are consulting with the leaders of the region on the differences between the Federal government and the Center.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that: "Some Kurdish lawmakers may not attend the next meeting of the Council of Representatives, because they are abroad," denying any decision taken by the province to boycott the House of Representatives."
He noted that the Kurds Ministers did not boycott their ministries, and they continue to conduct their, as we see the Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari in Qatar in an official task to deliver the file of the Arab summit to the Emir of Qatar, as well as the trade Minister Khairallah Babiker, who is outside Iraq for a governmental mission.
Sadoun pointed out that Kurdish ministers will not attend the next session of the Council of Ministers, because they are at the stage of consultation with the leaders of the region on the differences between the federal government and the region.
The Ministers of the Kurds did not attend the last two sessions of the Council of Ministers, for their presence in the Kurdistan region for the purpose of consultation with the leaders of the region on the outstanding issues between the federal government and the province of Kurdistan.