KRG: technical reasons delayed the export of oil through pipelines to Turkey
16-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Erbil: Muhammad Zangana
Announced Sven Dzia, a spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government, said in a statement published by the official website of the Government of the Territory, that «technical reasons delayed the start exporting crude oil from fields in the region to Turkey via the new tube», denying that «be the reason for the dispute with Baghdad over export ».
And between Dzia that the Turkish side and the Kurdistan Regional Government «are committed to the agreement and it will go». He also stressed that the decision to export oil region «is not dependent on the approval of the Iraqi government officials».
He added: «oil region will be issued soon .. A matter of time .. Can after weeks, maybe before or after the New Year, will begin as soon as the export was technical factors help ».
The agency «Reuters» yesterday quoted an informed source in the energy sector that oil pumping tests in a new pipeline from Iraq's Kurdistan to Turkey, began Friday, but it is not scheduled yet to send any exports. The source added that the tests show that Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government are proceeding on the road towards the implementation of their agreements for oil and gas and Qataha last month. The source said: «Turkey has made it clear repeatedly that it wants a comprehensive agreement also includes Baghdad, but also said it would stick to its agreement with the Kurds».
Did not confirm any government entity belonging to the Council of Ministers or to the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq or denies these tests. It also does not suspend the federal government in Baghdad on it.
Turkey signed agreements and the Kurdistan region of energy worth billions of dollars in late November (November) last year, sparking the ire of Baghdad, which says it is her sole authority with respect to oil exports, and fears any move that could widen political autonomy in the region. Turkey has made unremitting efforts to get at the approval of Baghdad, which says that any oil deals signed by the Kurdistan Regional Government are illegal, but the central government has not yet shown any signs of retreat from its position.
Baghdad says it alone Her power over Iraq's oil exports, while the Kurdistan Regional Government says that it has the right to sell oil independently, and the girl recently its own pipeline to export crude to Turkey. It is assumed that discusses the officials in the federal and regional governments of the oil agreement between the KRG and Turkey.
Uniting surprising position of governor of Anbar on the resolution of the demonstrations and asked about plans to "deal with al-Maliki"
16-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad / Wael grace
Confirmed a coalition united to the governor of Anbar was not consulted coalition in his new position toward the protesters and his quest "broke up the sit-ins and postponed until after the legislative elections," and stressed that "personal position", as revealed deputies are united that they called for a meeting between the governor and leaders of the sit-ins "to determine the future demonstrations ", accused the demonstrators, the conservative conclusion of a deal with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to withdraw an arrest warrant issued against him earlier.
And attacked the governor of Anbar Ahmed Theyabi, the first of yesterday, of what he described as "Almichdeghin and idiots" of some politicians and the media who "invoke the defense of the protesters and traffickers," and stressed that the people of the province will take up "any criminal force and will not allow the killing and shedding the blood of innocent people."
A member of the coalition are united and former MP Omar Alhegel in a statement to the "long" "The proposal the governor of Anbar broke up the sit-ins until after the elections, is a personal position", pointing out that the governor is one of the sons of the sit-in squares and their candidate to the post.
He Alhegel in a statement yesterday, the "long" to "United was amazed at the words of the governor of Anbar, not Esicrna in his recent toward the protesters," stressing that "negative attitudes with the protesters or the strained relationship between the local government and the demonstrators borne by the governor and sitters because they're from Rahoh to the post of governor , and still has a relationship with the demonstrators. "
He Alhegel a leader of the clan Independent WIN in the united "The Alliance will hold a meeting of the local government in Anbar and the leaders of the sit-ins, to discuss the future of the demonstrations, and what are the demands that have been made," asserting that the coalition will ask the governor, "if an agreement with Maliki to break up the sit-ins," noting that the meeting will come out by that satisfies all parties.
He attributed it to the head of the Islamic Party in Anbar Khaled Obaid al-Alwani, governor of Anbar, the last position of the sit-in squares, the last exposure to the "pressures" during the last two weeks of the "Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who attacked the protesters, and threats Hamid al-Hayes on the impact of the death of his nephew."
Alwani said in a statement the "term" that "conservative attitude toward the protesters in Al-Anbar, a personal position," stressing that "the Islamic Party heard a proposed resolution of sit-ins until after the elections through the media."
He said al-Alwani said the proposal conservative, came to shut out those who accuse arenas sit-in to "harboring terrorists", and exploited as a platform for some politicians, noting that the proposal "is not bound to any party," he says, "were surprised by the proposal, and perhaps the governor wants to absorb the anger of the government Federal and Hamid al-Hayes yards against the sit-in. "
The President of the Islamic Party in Anbar that "arenas sit rejected a proposal the governor to end the demonstrations, and supported to prevent the exploitation of political platforms demonstrate, and agreed to police searches of squares on a daily basis," stressing that "the Islamic Party and united still support the positions and demands of the demonstrators."
For his part, one of the leaders refused to sit in Fallujah accused the demonstrators of being the reason behind the "deterioration of the security situation in Anbar, or killings that affect the citizens," saying the governor's proposal "unfortunate."
Sheikh Mohammed said Albjara, one of the leaders of the sit-in in Martyrs Square in Fallujah "is not in the interest of Anbar or other provinces Almentvdh to postpone the sit-ins until after the election," he said, adding that the provinces other five went out into the street after being found "enthusiasm in demonstrations in Anbar," considering abandoning for the protesters in the rest of the provinces "is often seen as immoral."
He criticized the governor of Anbar province Albjara call to break up the sit-ins until after the feast, stressing that "the proposal is unfortunate," and that the sit-in squares and streets in Anbar speaks of "Deal held with conservative Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, against the withdrawal of the arrest warrant issued against him."
Albjara added that "the home of the governor of Anbar subjected to a raid by SWAT forces in the day that he became governor," Albjara also pointed out that the sit-in squares "rejects the proposal to the governor, and ready for the inspection of the squares by the police on a daily basis."
The governor of Anbar Ahmed Khalaf Theyabi and provincial council chairman morning Krhot and members of the provincial council of Anbar, met with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, on November 25 last year, in Baghdad, and discussed various affairs of the province and the challenges they face, and said al-Maliki said in a statement issued by his office said the meeting dealt with the need to giving the security aspect of the utmost importance to maintain and strengthen the additional forces of the army and police forces, including security and stability.
Syria war brings al-Qaeda threat to Iraqi Kurdistan
WASHINGTON — Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has asked the Kurdish government to form a committee to investigate Kurdish jihadists going to Syria for jihad. The KRG is facing the same problem as other European countries: Jihad in Syria has not only brought al-Qaeda to Europe’s doorstep but also to that of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, as shown by an attack in Erbil on Sept. 26.
Summary⎙ Print The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq seeks to prevent the spillover of the war inside its borders.
Author Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Posted December 14, 2013
There were reports indicating that several Kurdish Islamist fighters were recruited in mosques in the province of Sulaimaniyah. The Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) captured several Kurds from Iraqi Kurdistan in Syria, and in July Kurdish TV broadcast an interview with three captured Kurdish Islamic fighters. Most of the Kurdish Islamist fighters came from Islamist strongholds inside the province of Sulaimaniyah, close to the Iranian border.
The city of Halabja located in Sulaimaniyah province has been the historical stronghold of Kurdish Islamists since the 1960s. The first Kurdish Islamic party, the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan (IMK), was created in Halabja and declared a holy war against the Iraqi government in 1987 in response to the genocidal Anfal campaign.
However, the movement splintered as a result of the IMK joining the Kurdish government, and several Kurdish jihadist groups emerged that controlled parts of Halabja. In March 2003, a joint US special force and Kurdish fighters dislodged fighters of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, which fled to Iran and has since been mostly operating outside the official Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Since then, most Islamic Kurdish parties have operated inside the system and become more moderate, trying to achieve their goals through political means. But the war in Syria has provided more opportunities for Kurdish youths to refocus on an armed jihad and join groups such as the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
One of the legal Islamic Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG), tried to disassociate themselves from jihad, although their members sympathize with jihad in Syria.
Momen Zellmi, a Kurdish journalist based in Sulaimaniyah, who wrote an article for the Kurdistan Tribune about Kurdish jihadists in Syria, told Al-Monitor, “The people of Halabja have struggled against injustices, tyrants and despotism from early history.”
“So, I believe right now, while the people of this city — especially the youths — see the violence by [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad against his people, they want to help the poor Syrian people in Syria by jihad against the Assad regime,” he said.
For the first time on Nov. 18, Kurdish security forces arrested a Kurdish jihadist at the airport of Sulaimaniyah returning from Turkey. Sheikh Lahur Jangi, head of the anti-terror force confirmed that Kurds have traveled to Syria to fight against the Syrian regime.
“These young Kurds are trained in advance and some of them are even trained to commit suicide. We are doing our best to obtain information about these terrorist groups, not only in Kurdistan but also in Syria,” said Lahur Jangi.
One of the government's countermeasures is banning the funerals of slain Kurdish jihadists who died in Syria and whose families want to bury them in their hometowns. Moreover, the KRG Ministry of Endowment in Iraqi Kurdistan has ordered imams and preachers in the region to advise young people not to go for jihad.
Although there are tensions and competition between the Kurdish nationalist political parties over power-sharing in the Iraqi Kurdistan government and over control of Kurdish territory in Syria, al-Qaeda-affiliated groups do not make any distinction between the different Kurdish parties from either Iraq, Turkey or Syria and see them as a threat.
Suicide bombings and attacks targeting Kurds have taken place not only in Iraq but also in Syria. Moreover, Kurdish nationalist parties have fought jihadist and Islamist groups in Iraq, Syria and Turkey and also fought against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In a video statement released by ISIS in Sorani, Kurdish fighter Abu-Haris al-Kurdi said, “With these guns, we will return to [Iraqi] Kurdistan, and we will kill all of the members of the KDP [Kurdistan Democratic Party], PUK [Patriotic Union of Kurdistan] and [KRG] security forces [ruling KRG parties].”
Two Kurds, Abu al-Maqdisi al-Kurdi and Shakar Fayeq Hama Ameen, were involved in an ISIS attack on Dec 4 against the Iraqi intelligence headquarters in Kirkuk. Moreover, some say Kurds were also involved in the attack in Erbil on Sept. 26.
Zagros Hiwa, a spokesman for the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), the executive political council of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), told Al-Monitor that the Kurdish movement in Turkey has a long history of struggle against Islamist groups in Turkey. Moreover, he accused the Turkish government of supporting jihadist groups against Kurds in Syria.
Hiwa said that the KRG might have turned a blind eye to the practices of jihadist groups in the Kurdish areas of Syria and the recruitment of Kurdish youths in Iraq. “Or it may have miscalculated the danger of this trend. But the attacks in Erbil and Kirkuk showed that these groups show no mercy to any people or any political group.”
"Any attack on the Kurdish people in South Kurdistan [Iraqi Kurdistan] by jihadist groups is an attack against the KCK, too. KCK strongly condemns any abuse of Islam for political interest and is ready to take the necessary measures in this regard, as it has already done so during its 40-year struggle,” Hiwa concluded.
Kurdistan Alliance: We will not vote on the law ignores the demands of the Kurdistan Region
15-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Deputies confirmed for the Kurdistan Alliance bloc that Kurdish blocs will not vote on the budget bill for 2014, if it is to ignore the legitimate demands and legal Kurdistan Region. Stressing that the Kurdish bloc will not vote on the law can not take into consideration the legitimate demands and legal Kurdistan Region.
The MP longings dry, that "there is a new method followed in the Iraqi parliament and the approach used by the federal government, which counts on the style of the meeting of the Kurdistan Region in the files belonging to the Kurdistan Region and do not fit."
She is dry, in a statement to PUKmedia, today Sunday, 12/15/2013, that "for the scenario approve the budget of the Iraqi state for the year 2013 I think it will be again so as not to accept the federal government of the Territories and Ataatqubl Madjaet in paragraph 112 of the Constitution, and you want to include failure in the development of oil and political circulate on the territory of Kurdistan. "
She MP Ashwaq dry that "We are not ready to link the fate of our own destiny with the federal government on the issue of the failure to develop a strategic approach to oil and thus now used as an argument and its electoral propaganda against the Kurdistan Region."
On the other hand, MP said Saman Fawzi, that: "So far, the federal budget for 2014, the Council of Ministers did not decide until you reach the Iraqi Council of Representatives."
He said Fawzi, told PUKmedia: "We hope that the vote on this law within the Council of Ministers kind of agreement between the basic components of the Iraqi people, even when it comes to this law, Parliament nearest opportunity and less time we passed in the parliament."
He Fawzi, that "the federal government that did not take into consideration the demands of the Kurdistan Region and the demands of the Kurdish blocs We certainly will defend the interests of the Iraqi people and the legitimate interests and constitutional and try to modify the budget so that it is in the interest of all Iraqis, but will not vote on the law can not take into consideration the demands of the legitimate and legal territory Kurdistan. "
IHEC adopts the system of voting in 2010 to Iraqis of overseas
BAGHDAD / NINA / The president of the Board of Commissioners in the Office of the Independent Electoral Commission, Miqdad Sharifi said that smart cards will not be distributed to Iraqi voters abroad and will depend on the election system in 2010 to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections .
Sharifi said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The Electoral Commission will adopt the voting system of 2010 , which is the normal voting for Iraqis of overseas because the Commission does not know the numbers of them and many of them might not register in the records of voters ."
He noted " that the election mechanism outside Iraq would be through the citizens' IDs that prove they are Iraqis or their Iraqi passport , noting that the Commission is coordinating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to agree on which states that will hold the ballot outside, which will depend on the presence of Iraqis in them."
It is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections in the thirtieth of next April .
Parliament talking about the postponement of the elections: You can not end the current chapter without approving the budget
Monday, December 16, 1 / December 2013 12:23
Twilight News / favored the decision of Parliament Muhammad Khalidi, Monday, to postpone parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on 30 / next April because of the late arrival of the budget from the government to parliament.
alt Khalidi said in a press conference held in the House of Representatives and was attended by "Twilight News", "The Cabinet has not discussed so far the budget because of the big differences between the Kurdistan Region and center on some points, as well as requests for the provinces and ministries," stressing that "the budget will be delayed approval will not pass easily. "
And that "can not be an end to the House of Representatives dismissed unless the current is approving the budget and therefore possible postponement of the upcoming elections and this is very dangerous."
Parliamentary elections are held in 30 of next April after being identified by a presidential decree issued by the presidency last month.
The political blocs began preparations for early parliamentary elections across the announcement lists and new blocks.
State of Law: the Kurds waving to export oil in order to obtain gains in the budget
16-12-2013 09:50 AM
Baghdad (news) .. MP for the rule of law Adil al-Maliki, that the process of exporting oil from the Kurdistan region to Turkey constitutional violation, was charged with the Kurdish leaders waved to export oil outside the region in order to obtain gains in the general budget for the coming year.
Maliki said (of the Agency news): The Kurdish leaders in the Kurdistan region of deliberately talking about the export of oil out of the region at the near approve going forward in order to obtain financial gain more, pointing out that the Constitution pointed out that the natural resources in any part of Iraq belongs to the people and managed by the federal government of being responsible for the country.
He added that the wells new discovered, managed in cooperation between the region and the central government and the role of territory manager only away from the political export or contract, and if the insistence of the region to export it to the government that the approaching Turkish side that the import of oil from the region is illegal and prevent them from import .
The Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussein stressed, in (November 28, 2013), it is not possible for the federal government silence on the export of oil Kurdistan region without its consent, and in what was considered to dispose of the wealth of Iraq's natural without the consent of the federal government is an encroachment on Iraq.