BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Dressed in black and waving al Qaeda flags, Islamist insurgents battled tribesmen for control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday, while in Fallujah they grabbed loudspeakers after weekly prayers to call for support.
The militants, who have been tightening their grip on the Anbar region near war-torn Syria for months, stormed police stations in both cities on Wednesday. The next day, the Sunni tribesmen made a deal with Iraq's Shi'ite-led government to fight them. Dozens of militants were reported killed on Friday.
"There is no way to let al Qaeda keep any foothold in Anbar," said one tribal leader, who asked not to be named. "The battle is fierce and not easy because they are hiding inside residential areas."
The turmoil, and recent deadly attacks in Lebanon, illustrate how the war in Syria, where mostly Sunni rebels are battling President Bashar al Assad, who is backed by Shi'ite power Iran, threatens to tear apart neighboring countries.
Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is trying to create a state ruled according to strict medieval Sunni Islamic practice across the Iraqi-Syrian border and has joined forces with powerful groups fighting against Assad.
At least 40 of the militants, who fought with machine guns and pick-up trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns, were killed in Ramadi, medical and tribal sources told Reuters. There was no casualty figure for tribesmen or security forces.
The army, which had withdrawn from Anbar on Monday, has been deployed on the outskirts of Ramadi and Falluja to back the tribesmen against al Qaeda, in what is set to be a critical test of strength for the government.
TIPPING THE BALANCE?
The deal with the tribesmen against al Qaeda echoed a decision by local tribes in 2006 to join forces with U.S. troops and rise up against al Qaeda forces who seized control of most of Iraq's Sunni areas after the 2003 U.S. invasion.
American troops and local tribes finally beat al Qaeda back in heavy fighting after a "surge" of U.S. forces in 2006-07
Tension has been high in Anbar, which occupies a third of Iraq's territory, since police broke up a Sunni protest camp on Monday. At least 13 people were killed in clashes.
Many Iraqis feared the country was heading for an explosion of Shi'ite-on-Sunni bloodshed that would fracture it along sectarian lines.
On Thursday tribesmen, angry at what they perceive as Sunni marginalization in politics, clashed with Iraqi troops trying to regain control of Falluja and Ramadi.
But the late Thursday agreement between the tribes and the government appeared to go some way towards tipping the balance against Islamist militants seeking to establish local control.
"Those people are criminals who want to take over the city and kill the community," said Sheikh Rafe'a Abdulkareem Albu Fahad, who is leading the tribal fight against al-Qaeda in Ramadi.
He said around 60 militants were killed in the fighting, declining to give a casualty figure for the other side. Reuters could not independently verify that death toll.
Fighting was getting increasingly difficult as militants had positioned snipers on top of the buildings, Fahad said.
Further complicating the situation, not all the tribesmen were prepared to join the fighting against al Qaeda in Anbar, where tribal ties are strong.
"Some tribes are against this fighting. They cannot do anything but they are just not cooperating," said one tribal leader on condition of anonymity.
There were no clashes between tribesmen and militants in Falluja, eyewitnesses said, but masked insurgents have control over large parts of the city and have set up several checkpoints in the city.
Islamist militants grabbed loudspeakers after Friday's prayers to call on worshippers to back them, the witnesses said.
(Writing by Rania El Gamal; editing by William Maclean and Philippa Fletcher)
The parliament is ready to deal positively with any legal request to discuss the current situation
BAGHDAD / NINA / The rapporteur of the parliament, Mohammed al-Khalidi said that, "The Parliament is ready to deal positively with any legal request to discuss the current situation concerning political and security experienced by the country."
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The Parliament is legislative Council and its duty is to enact laws in addition to an emergency matter submitted by 50 MPs or the government or the president to discuss it and make it a part of the agenda."
Al-Khalidi added, "There is no request submitted by any party to discuss the country's political and security situations so far, therefore the agenda will go as usual " expressing the Council's readiness to deal positively with any request submitted by any party. "
On today's meeting and the presence of Iraqiya coalition MPs, he said that "a lot of Iraqiya MPs, especially Motahedoon MPs, have resigned and I am one of them and we will not attend the meeting."
Political and social figures have criticized the Parliament and its today's agenda under the serious political and security conditions experienced by the country.
It is mentioned that the majority of Iraqiya MPs submitted their resignations to the Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi in protest to what is happening in the cities of Anbar province.
Oil resumed flowing from Kirkuk to Turkey’s Jihan port
Kirkuk (NINA) – Crude oil resumed flowing on Friday evening, Jan. 3, from Kirkuk to Turkey’s Jihan port.
Source at North Oil Company (NOC) told NINA that specialized teams have repaired the pipeline that carries crude oil from Kirkuk fields to Jihan port, as well as a second pipeline that provide local refineries with crude oil.
He added that oil flow resumed on Friday evening on various levels until it settles at average level of 300-325 thousand barrels, out the NOC total production of 650 thousand barrels.
Oil flow from Kirkuk oil field to Turkey’s Jihan port has stopped, at about 6:00 pm Thursday, Jan. 2, as a result to an act of sabotage at K2 pumping station near Baiji refinery.
In the year 2013, the Iraq-Turkey oil pipeline has experienced more than 50 acts of sabotage.
Nijaifi's office: Measures to prevent Speaker from reaching Mosque in Baghdad "Rejected"
Saturday, 04 January 2014 10:30
Baghdad (AIN) –The Speaker, Osama al-Nijaifi, tasked the Parliamentary Defense and Security Committee to launch investigation over preventing his motorcade along with other MPs from reaching the Mosque of Abu Hanifa in Baghdad on last Friday.
A statement by his office in Baghdad received by AIN cited "Under the critical current conditions that Iraq undergoes, we need to work together mutually to end all crises and to settle the problems."
"The measures taken by Baghdad Operations Command to prevent Nijaifi's motorcade with some other MPs from reaching the mosque to participate in the unified prayer in the mosque are rejected," the statement added.
"We ordered the Parliamentary Defense and Security Committee to launch investigation over these actions to discover the sides behind the attempt to disrespect the parliament and it's Chairmanship," the statement concluded.
Commander of the Baghdad: not issued orders to intercept the procession Najafi
Fri Jan 03 2014 20:50 | (Voice of Iraq)
The commander of the Baghdad Operations Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir al-Shammari, on Friday, he did not issue orders to intercept the convoy of Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi near the Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad's Adhamiya district.
Najafi announced earlier Friday to prevent the convoy from reaching the Mosque of Abu Hanifa in the Adhamiya district of Baghdad Operations Command before, and the cost of the security and defense committee summoned the parliamentary leader of those operations to the parliament building to investigate the matter.
Al-Shammari said in a statement reported for "Twilight News" that he did not issue any orders to prevent Najafi's convoy from reaching the Abu Hanifa mosque.
"This talk is unfounded."
But he did not explain further.
According to the Office of Najafi in his statement that "the measures taken by the Baghdad Operations Command, to prevent the convoy of the President of the House of Representatives and the cars of some MPs from reaching the Mosque of Abu Hanifa to participate in prayer consolidated but are measures rejected indicate a lack of respect for the people and their representatives and reflect methodologies distorted stands behind some of the employees the armed forces. "
According to the statement, the Najafi cost "for security and defense committee in Parliament to investigate the matter, and that through the application of the commander of Baghdad operations to come to the House of Representatives to explain the circumstances of the case."
The statement promised to conduct prevention "miserable and orchestrated attempt to undermine the prestige and standing of his presidency and the Council and its members," calling "the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces negligent accounting, with an emphasis on the non-recurrence of such things."
The statement also called for "a serious deal between the legislative and executive institutions which leads to compatibility and harmony to achieve the goals of our people and our invincibility."
The statement warned, saying that "without such a partnership, cooperation and commitment to the spirit of our Constitution will continue plowing in the sea and will increase the gap between us and the Mjsr her that took place, God forbid."
Gold rises 1%, extending gains after big losses in 2013
(Reuters) - Gold rose one percent on Friday, extending gains in the previous session, the big buying support by funds as well as the weakness of the stock.
The precious metal is heading for a weekly gain in excess of two percent, its best weekly performance in about ten weeks amid rush to buy gold coins and a strong demand in China and the establishment of new centers in the composition of the funds at the beginning of the year.
The precious metal to me the greatest annual loss in 32 years in 2013.
Rose Spot gold rose 1.1 percent to 1238.44 dollars an ounce by 1813 GMT time.
The contract rose U.S. gold futures for February delivery to $ 13.10 to $ 1238.30 an ounce.
Local newspaper: the use of armed force in Anbar reinforces Sunni fears and to comfort her Maliki
Fri Jan 03 2014 23:11 | (Voice of Iraq)
Long-Presse / Baghdad
Criticized the local newspaper, on Friday, "the use of armed force to remove the protest camp Sunni" in Anbar province, and showed that "reinforces fears Sunni community and raise tensions high in the already" in the wake of the arrest of MP Ahmed al-Alwani, while noting that "violence will not end never unless all Iraqis are treated equally around ", called Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to" maintain economic development and make greater effort to allay the fears of the year. "
The newspaper (The National) UAE in an editorial, and briefed them (term), that "while withdrawing Iraqi forces from Anbar province after a successful attack, but he fought to remove the protest camp Sunni, the focus shifts to decode what they preach this step for the country," explained "Despite al-Maliki, issuing orders to troops out in an attempt to calm the situation, what happened originally from killing protesters and soldiers and mass resignation made by 44 MPs from parliament in protest at the arrest of a prominent Sunni lawmaker, will continue to reverberate free to the Iraqi political scene."
The newspaper said the UAE that "on the basis of conflicting versions, which began to appear, this is either to increase the marginalization of minority Iraq Sunni instigated by al-Maliki in anticipation of trying to re-election in next April, or that he attacked the support of the parties, the party against al-Qaeda militants who have been told they are staying in camp of anti-government protest in Ramadi. "
It showed that "the use of armed force to remove the camp promotes a lot of fears of the Sunni community tensions high originally in the wake of the arrest of Ahmed al-Alwani," expressing the belief that "these events have contributed to the escalation of the tide at about sustained in Iraq in 2013, which was the most deadliest year since 2008 . "
She stressed that "the use of force of the kind used in Anbar province this week can not provide a way goes when Iraq forward," explaining that "the country needs to address the concerns of the Sunni minority, such as economic development in the Sunni areas and anti-terrorism laws toughened seen by some It is targeting the year. "
And went on to say that "with regard to the issue of the presence of women in prisons Sneat they deserve legal process directly at a specific time trial just like any Iraqi citizen last," emphasizing that "violence will never end unless the Iraqis treats all about equal."
The newspaper said the UAE that "with the beginning of the new year, 2014, the divisions within Iraqi society is wider than ever and comes at a time when the country urgently needed to signals unite between the sons of the country and the leadership of a conciliatory," telltale that "all the signals that it should be made Maliki's effort was better than it had estimated. "
A police source in Anbar province, said on Friday, renewed clashes between the army and armed elements south and east of Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad), indicating that it was the use of light and medium weapons in the clashes, and pointed out that three civilians were wounded fall of three mortar shells at their home .
The Anbar Operations Command announced on Friday that security forces shelled a gathering of more than 150 terrorists in the Amiriyah Fallujah, while suggesting monitoring enhancements to the organization of the elements (Daash) in some areas of the province of Anbar.
And announced the police command of Anbar province, on Friday, about "the proliferation of local police forces and regiments of emergency in all the cities of the province," As shown that the tribal "support the security forces to uphold the authority of law and not to allow the display of weapons in the streets," said the provincial council that the security situation is "stable and local police forces fully controlled, "pointing out that" put its full potential to secure governmental institutions and the provision of services to citizens. "
The Anbar Police Command announced, on Thursday, a total ban roaming, in the city of Ramadi, (110 km west of Baghdad) Center Anbar governor, but pointed out that it came from in order to "enhance" security centers and checkpoints, while confirmed that the ban starts from eight o'clock evening until seven o'clock in the morning, and continues on Friday only.
The Anbar police chief said on Wednesday (the first of January 2013), "stability" of the security situation in the governorate, noting that supports tribal police will not allow the return of al-Qaeda "terrorist" after Harepetth over the previous years.
The commander of the Special Division of the Anti-Terrorism Brigade Fadel Barwari threatened, on Thursday, to enter the Anbar province missiles "thermal enter Iraq for the first time" and not a weapon light, and pointed out that the missiles will carry his name, while vowing to "exterminate" the elements (Daash), pointed out that his forces now engaged in fierce clashes in the city of Fallujah.
A police source in Anbar province, said in an interview to the (long-Presse), earlier on Thursday that "violent clashes light and heavy weapons broke out between armed elements and army troops tried to enter the city of Fallujah from three axes are the international highway east of Fallujah It is a residential area north of the city, inspired by the martyrs south of Fallujah, causing material damage to a number of army patrols, without knowing the size of the casualties, "noting that" the clashes lasted for three hours. "
The province of Anbar, undergoing large-scale military against armed groups, and severely strained against the backdrop of the arrest of the security forces MP from the list are united, Ahmed al-Alwani, and the death of his brother, as well as the killing of the son of the brother of the President of the Anbar Salvation Council, Hamid al-Hayes, the son of Mohammed al-Hayes, the leader of the the organization of the Sons of Iraq, in (the 28 of December 2013 the past).
MPs stress the need to hold national conference to resolve the crises in the country and their colleagues respond: a magical solution will not come
Fri Jan 03 2014 23:05 | (Voice of Iraq)
Range / Baghdad
Detection Iraqi lawmakers, Friday, about the need to hold a meeting and national combines political blocs after the events security and political conditions faced by the country, and while swung tripping calls soon to hold a meeting with the approach of parliamentary elections, others stressed the need to see a national standard before the meeting was held, Parliament accused of failing to disclose the files of corruption and punish the corrupt because of the difficulty of the parties to cover up some of the characters.
The vice president of the Kurdistan Alliance bloc in the House of Representatives Mohsen al-Sadoun said in an interview with the (range), said that "what Iraq is going through the security incidents in Anbar, Diyala, Salahuddin, and political circumstances complex, you need to hold a national meeting brings together all the parties to the political process of dialogue on Each of these crises. "
He Sadoun that "Parliament needs to work without the pressure of a security or political during his remaining time, and will not be achieved without the agreement of the political blocs to calm and resolve outstanding issues," likely to "show calls close in the House of Representatives to hold a national meeting, especially with elections approaching legislative mission. "
He called Saadoun Vice President Khodair al to "activate document of honor signed by most of the leaders of political blocs, which was sponsored by Alkhozai to find a suitable way to solve the security problems and political, and the consolidation of democracy," noting that "we are waiting for the activation of the initiative Alkhozai."
For her part, MP for Iraq to meet with pink in an interview (range), said that "a national conference requires that involving all the national forces without marginalization," pointing to "the failure of Parliament to disclose the files of corruption and the difficulty of punishing the corrupt because of the cover-up parties on some characters. "
She added pink "We need to see a national standard, before a national meeting," but it's complicated "because some political parties are looking for their interests to stay in power."
In turn, the MP for the coalition of citizen Habib Terminal in an interview (range), said that "all the problems in Iraq can be solved through dialogue Pacific and transparent", calling for "a national conference to discuss the terrorist attack that exposed the country and agreed that the political process is managed through funds ballot and the presence of a peaceful exchange of power is determined by the voter. "
He called Terminal political blocs to "discuss coexistence between the components of the people, really, away from narrow interests," noting that "Iraq is passing through serious security crisis, its causes from within the country and abroad through the support of regional powers to the violence in the country."
For his part, said a member of a state law Hassan al-Yasiri in an interview (range), "Sharing a meeting brings together national leaders of the political blocs," pointing to "the need to separate the security file from politics and the search for electoral gains."
He Yasiri that "good intentions and put the national interest above other affiliations will enable the leaders of blocs to sit at the negotiating table, but I do not find that the national meeting will come by magic", preferring "to resolve the dilemmas within the House of Representatives."
He called on members of the united Yasiri who submitted their resignations to the President of the Coalition of Osama Najafi, to "refrain from Orteurahm and return to the House of Representatives."
The head of the House of Representatives Osama Najafi announced on December 30, 2013, for the withdrawal of the document of honor, because of what he called "fighting the army of the people", and among some of the parties cooperated with the document of honor whom the vice president and Ammar al-Hakim and Iyad al-Samarrai, "said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki did not cooperate with the document and did not respect them since the early days. "
The members of parliament are united declared, in December 30, 2013, to resign from the House of Representatives and put However, Speaker Osama Najafi, and with Benoit that political partnership has become questionable, said House Speaker withdrawal from the document of honor that has been approved by the months since the first days For its launch, accusing al-Maliki not respected, and pointed out that he will work with local and international to withdraw the Iraqi army from the cities.
The three presidencies and political forces occurred in the month of September, to document the social ladder to resolve the political crisis in the country, in the presence of prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and House of Representatives Osama Najafi and leader of the National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and while absent from the conference leader of the Iraqi List, Iyad Allawi, leader of the list Saleh al-Mutlaq The Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani.
The prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, announced in (23 this month), from Karbala, the launch of a military operation in the desert of Anbar as the (revenge commander Mohammed), against the backdrop of the killing of the commander of the seventh division in the army, Brigadier General Mohammad spherical, and a group of his officers and his entourage during a raid by Walker to al-Qaida in the area of Wadi Horan, (420 km west of Ramadi).
State of Law: Daash locked in a proxy war for Saudi Arabia
Fri Jan 03 2014 23:01 | (Voice of Iraq)
A member of the coalition of state law Saad logistical The Iraqi government's decision in the ongoing war against "terrorism" came in line with the wishes of the Iraqi street from the state, which is expected to hit the iron fist dens "terrorist" and all of lawful blood of the Iraqi Sunni or Shiite, pointing out that attitudes and activities of al-Anbar tribes confirms that the rightness of those convinced the government option.
And talking logistical from incubator political terrorism form MP Ahmed al-Alwani - who was arrested by Iraqi forces - and Ali Hatem al-Suleiman, who launched calls "jihad" against the Iraqi army, explaining that those disenchanted that they can take advantage of the presence of "extremist groups" to achieve political goals they offered.
In his interview with Al-Manar Website, eating outside support Iraqi political groups that you receive Daash, confirming that it received support from the Saudi intelligence service and the religious establishment in the kingdom. He said that extremist groups fighting a proxy war for Saudi Arabia, which is the armed wing of al-Qaeda to the government and religious formations. "Saudi Arabia is not alone, but there are points in Jordan provides support for these groups, and we have evidence to confirm the existence of connections to these actors with political formers incubator for these groups."
"Arab media practiced the game itself, and wants to devote to the processes that fought targeting Sunnis of Iraq, and that there is a Shiite government unfairly penalize year the governor of Anbar, knowing that the police and the chief of operations and the Awakening forces and tribal members and all of rose up against al-Qaida are the people of the year."
Sheriff Solomon regions solve the problems of the country and will develop for the better
Fri Jan 03 2014 22:39 | (Voice of Iraq)
MP for the coalition of Kurdish blocs Sheriff Soliman regions that solve the problems of the country and will develop for the better.
Rep. Solomon said in a press statement that "the regions will not tear the country apart, as some believe, but will develop for the better, and improve security and services in the provinces, which will switch to the provinces."
"The experience of successful establishment of the Kurdistan region, the best proof of it," noting that "the provinces is a constitutional right, and that if the Iraqi legislature was seen as a way to incorrect legislated and guaranteed in the Constitution."
Between Suleiman and that "it is natural that there will be regions or federations of the founding of the modern state of Iraq's federal, adding," Like it or not, there will be regions and federations in the future and we must understand the federal It's not a split. "
Observers believe that the country is experiencing are conditions service and security turbulent and unstable in the absence of clarity of vision loss and strategies that will be built a country established a strong foundation and Staff.
The story (true) for the killing of the commander of the seventh division
Fri Jan 03 2014 22:31 | (Voice of Iraq)
The news agency pratha
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