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    "The Dinar Daily ", Monday, 13 January 2013

    Nujaifi will closely pay two visits to the United States and Kuwait.
    13/01/2014 13:35:00

    Baghdad/ NINA /--Speaker Osama Nujaifi will visit Washington on the head of a parliamentary delegation in an official visit for the period/ 22-24 / of next January at an invitation from the U.S. administration.

    A statement by Nujaifi office said today: " Najafi will discuss the current situation in Iraq, especially the crisis in Anbar province.

    The statement revealed , "that Nujaifi will visit on the head of a parliamentary delegation Kuwait soon at the invitation of the Kuwaiti Parliament Speaker Ali Marzouk.


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    Iraq plans to issue bonds in local currency debt

    Baghdad/Al-baghdadia news translation. He said Central Bank Governor Abdel Basset Turki said on the sidelines of the Geneva Conference, said Sunday that Iraq is planning to issue bonds in local currency for the first time in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein, "according to a Reuters report that she reminded.

    Turkish predicted that "the first version of 3 billion Iraqi dinar, this is the first time that the issuance of such bonds for monetary policy and not for funding."


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    Deputies: pass a legal budget and retirement during the last quarter

    1/13/2014 0:00

    They emphasized that the House of Representatives began to «crisis» and will end his b «crisis»
    BAGHDAD - Muhannad Abdul Wahab
    showed deputies from different blocks optimistic to pass a legal budget and retirement uniform during the legislative term, despite skepticism in passing laws other task.
    confirmed Representatives in conversations for " morning, "said House of Representatives began his heart and Sinhia crisis, calling on political forces to work at full capacity to overcome differences and the success of the work of the parliament during the three months remaining of the old legislature.
    National Alliance MP Khalid al-Asadi said: "There is the possibility of voting on important laws after agreement was last Saturday, but still disagreement clear on some of the laws. "
    and was Speaker of the House has presided over the Saturday meeting at the Constitutional Hall included the heads and representatives of parliamentary blocs and heads of several committees, as it was during the meeting, according to a statement received "morning," a copy of it, search readiness Rules (bill parties, the proposed law the Federation Council, the bill treaties, consolidated bill retirement, bill the Federal Supreme Court) to a vote and the resolution of the points of contention in these laws and to emphasize the need for approval during the remaining period of the life of the current Parliament.
    confirmed al-Asadi in statement to the "morning", "What did not meet the political blocs to get closer to the solution in order to vote on the laws, they will leave to the next session and this will reflect negatively on the community it is necessary to reach a political blocs to logical solutions to compensate for the time that has passed without that draws attention further than the pace seen. "
    expected "to pass a legal budget and public pension and maybe some laws agreed upon, such as the law of parties have completed the agreement and agreed upon," explaining that "the law of the Federal Court disputed not Amrra in this session and will leave to the next parliamentary session." .
    wished that "converging political blocs in their views, because the time has grasped in terms of performance, which will be the date her and will calculate it," adding that "the House of Representatives is pushing ahead with his work despite withdrawals that will not affect the redress of some of his deputies on the background of the ongoing work the military, and if what has been agreed between the government and the province to overcome some of the obstacles that affect the conduct of the vote on the laws. "
    and called on "all political blocs to take the time to take positions and putting the interest of the Iraqi people to withdraw and the like."
    in turn, showed an MP for the coalition National Jinan Prism that "there is enough time to pass important laws of interest to the Iraqi people, it is possible that correspond to the political blocs on the laws and mechanisms adopted in the House of Representatives."
    it said in a statement the "morning" that "what we need in politics is the agreement between the the political blocs on the overall important laws, but there are some laws can not be agreed upon during this parliamentary session, and it will leave to the next session. "
    and indicated that "failure to approve laws form part of the obstruction because of some political blocs will try to put obstacles in the ways of approval for it does not represent the interests or goals of their own, "noting that" the budget law will take a long time to approve because he did not arrive from the government so far, and there are some laws that are still reeling under dispute has not been resolved, such as legal parties and the Federal Court and who needs a two-thirds vote for approval and agreed upon will be very difficult, in addition to the law of the Federation Council will leave to the next session. "
    explained Prism "There are economic laws task if there is no agreed upon will leave to the next session and therefore, some laws need to be enough time, as well as agreed upon and this is what we hope for from the blocks policy that seeks to approve more number of important laws in the remaining period of the age of the House of Representatives. "
    in turn, said the MP for the Virtue Party Susan Saad, "The parliamentary session began crisis and end the crisis and between crises must come out the House of Representatives of the outcome of the task of the past four years years old, so it was on the council and political blocs seek to approve and mature the important laws have an impact in the wheel of the political process in Iraq. "
    it said in a statement the "morning", that "the reluctance of some political blocs to attend and vote on the laws, in addition to overcoming difficulties in front of it would negatively affect the parliamentary work ", indicating that" the establishment of a majority government policy is the best solution for many of these difficulties in order to overcome them and stay away from creating an atmosphere of crisis in the political process. "
    as indicated Saad said that "the most important laws are not going only by consensus by and most of them are still under the influence, so must seek political blocs that agreed upon during the remaining time of the parliamentary session, "likely" to pass the budget and public pension, because it is important laws that affect the lives of Iraqi citizens in form and substance, "asking at the same time," all the political blocs that their responsibilities in order to approve this important legislation. "


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    Services parliamentary demanding ministries to announce service projects and not to rely on the budget

    13-01-2014 08:00 AM

    Baghdad (news) .. Commission asked for the services and reconstruction parliamentary and all state ministries to expedite the announcement of the service projects for the current year and not wait for the adoption of the budget year of 2014.

    The Chairperson of the Committee Vian Dkhian (of the Agency news): The 'Declaration of each ministry for a particular project requires lengthy procedures and a great time until reaching the implementation stage so must invest time in advertising and direct action until the announcement allocations of each ministry of the federal budget.'

    She added that the delay in approving the budget would hurt the project, especially the service which is Bmsas with the citizen, an advocate of the political blocs to put aside their differences and give more professional in dealing with the budget.

    And warned that official bodies and economic necessity, of delaying the completion of the enactment of the budget in 2014, after the beginning of the year, to avoid the delay experienced by the national economy disable the completion of investment projects because of a failure to approve the budget until late.


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    Hakim looking with the governor of Basra service projects in the province and the possibility of the application of the petro $ 5

    13-01-2014 09:18 AM

    Baghdad (news) .. Search head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim with the governor of Basra Majed Nasraoui conditions of service in the province, and stressed the need for the application of the petro $ 5.

    A statement by the Office of Hakim received the Agency (news) copy of it: that 'Hakim met with the governor of Basra in his office in Baghdad, and was discussed during the meeting the conditions of service in the province, where briefed the Governor on the latest efforts of the local government and service projects that lie ahead of Basra'.

    For his part, he stressed on the granting wider powers to the provincial councils, and the need to work Balpetro $ 5, being the maturity of oil-producing provinces.


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    Mr. Hakim: not and will not tolerate each drop of blood spilled Iraqi

    2014/1/13 11:49

    {Baghdad: Euphrates News} attributed president of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, Ammar al-Hakim, the families of martyrs and the four soldiers who were assassinated in Fallujah, saying "we did not slacken all Iraqi shed a drop of blood."
    Mr. Ammar al-Hakim, in a speech posted on the social networking site the {Facebook} "at a time to comfort the families of our martyrs and our soldiers, four who were assassinated in Fallujah, assure them and our people and our brothers everywhere, we did not slacken each drop of Iraqi blood being shed."

    He added: "We also call on our people to show restraint and take prudent way to waste an opportunity in the one who wants our country and our people, the band and rivalry."

    The organization} {Daash terrorist had killed four soldiers, members of the medical detachment in the gold band of Maysan province after being kidnapped a few days ago in Anbar province.


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    Representatives of the blocks of the National Alliance sign the Charter of the "moral pledge" in electoral competition and the formation of a committee of wise men to oversee it

    Monday, December 13 2 / January 2014 11:00

    [Baghdad - where]

    Signed by representatives of the blocks of the National Alliance on the Charter of the compact and commitment to Islamic morality in the electoral competition.

    A statement by the Office of the President of the National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it that "the parties and the components of the National Alliance and signed the Charter of the compact and the commitment of morality Islamic electoral competition includes the keenness of the National Alliance as a national political her pivotal role in the political process, and a commitment to principles and gains and rights the biggest social component, particularly with regard to entitlement Site Executive in the country represented by the first prime minister, urged citizens and encourage broad participation constantly in the elections, and focus on the programs adopted are based on the statement of excellence programs of others. "

    The statement added, "also includes the Charter to move away from the personalization of issues and things or firing labels defective on the other candidates and to avoid prejudice to persons or challenge competitors through exposure to the ins and do not use phrases profanity or whatever it from detracting from the merits of the rival and a pledge to bring the media of each point of the obligation to morality fair competition and avoid a collision or conflict in television programs and interviews among the parties of the coalition and try not to be drawn into any verbal clash in political television programs. "

    "The administration disputes the responsibility of high and initiative quick to deny or correct or refute statements and data published by the media and the DDS or curtailment of speech or broadcast band or ignite conflict in the same media outlets, and to prevent supporters and loyalists of exposure to materials campaigns for others through shredding or distortion or a declaration announcement over others and work to organize and document outline without going into details of the post-election to confirm the continuity of the alliance as a coherent and continuous component of social largest in the country. "

    A statement of the National Alliance, "the formation of a committee of wise men from well-known personalities characterized by the ability to settle the crises they are sentenced to resort to them when you get violations or abuses of moral electoral competition clauses contained in this document."

    And that "the functions of the Committee of Wise Men received complaints and receive notification that there irregularities, both among the coalition parties or abuses carried out by parties from outside, and the initiative to communicate and find urgent solutions to disputes or quarrels and supervise the operations room and finding committee breaches and forming operations room or a coordinating committee for communication between the parties Coalition and their lists and intervention for emergency treatment and control of the electoral competition in the context of which the moral and disciplined project and receive guidance and advice from the Committee of Wise Men. "

    The statement concluded, "to form a committee [investigate breaches of the coalition parties to monitor the performance of the media and signaling violations and irregularities and adjust media activities election and the continuation of the periodic meetings of the Political Commission of the National Alliance to follow developments and draw political positions consolidated events pending the outcome of the elections and the formation of new political body under the umbrella of the National Alliance ".

    The document bore the signatures of the President of the National Alliance Ibraém Jaafari and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Vice President Khodair al, and the rest of the components of the representatives of the National Alliance.


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    Kurdistan: A gateway to opportunities in Iraq

    Staff Report (muzaffarrizvi@khaleejtimes.com) / 13 January 2014

    Iraq to become one of the world’s fastest growing economies

    Kurdistan is more open than elsewhere in the country and regional government is actively promoting foreign interest. — Supplied photo

    The Kurdistan region of Iraq offers UAE-based companies a gateway to business opportunities in oil and gas, construction, real estate and tourism in the rest of the country, says a study.

    According to the report commissioned by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Iraq has become one of the UAE’s key trade partners and is the second largest market for re-exports. UAE statistics estimate total trade for 2012 to have reached over $8 billion.

    Details of the report, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, are released as a delegation of high-profile UAE business leaders depart to Kurdistan on a trade mission organised by Dubai Chamber.

    “Bilateral trade has been boosted by the launch of Emirates Sky Cargo’s freight flights from Dubai to Basra, which supply equipment for oil companies and key foodstuffs,” the report said.

    Iraq will be one of the world’s fastest-growing economies over the next five years, but like many frontier markets there are challenges to this sustainability. Its main economy driver is oil, which accounts for 65per cent of GDP and 89 per cent of government revenue.

    “Oil production has surpassed 2003 levels and the country remains relatively unexplored. However, it is likely that ambitious targets to triple production by 2020 will be scaled down. Meanwhile, poor transport, storage and export infrastructure will curtail plans to boost production,” according to the report.

    Opportunities for business and investment also exist across a number of other industry sectors, including those which UAE-based businesses have significant expertise, like construction, real estate and tourism. For UAE businesses, the Kurdistan region of Iraq offers a more stable base and gateway to the rest of the country. According to the report, Kurdistan is more open than elsewhere in the country and the regional government is actively promoting foreign interest. The region’s economic growth is robust and led by public section expenditure and investment in oil and gas.

    The UAE’s involvement in the region has grown in recent years, led by construction and logistics. The province of Erbil is particularly strong in real estate and has witnessed rapid growth and a real estate boom, earning it the title the “Dubai of Iraq”.

    “It is hoped that Erbil will become a regional hub, with growth being driven by its airport which opened in 2010,” according to the report.

    Figures quoted in the report state that imports account for 85 per cent of the Kurdistan region’s total trade. With a booming construction market and rising disposable incomes, demand for basic materials and consumer goods is rising rapidly. According to the report, the strengths of the Kurdistan region include, stability, improving infrastructure and logistics, a positive attitude to FDI and strong trade links with Turkey, while opportunities are being driven through the huge demand across all sectors, stable gateway to the larger Iraq market, Free Trade Zones and new focus on tourism and agriculture.

    In the non-oil sectors most investment has been focused on housing and rebuilding dilapidated infrastructure. Authorities are now turning their attention to new sectors, primarily agriculture, light industry and tourism, the report states.

    The boom in housing construction has been led by Turkey and Lebanon, however the UAE company Trojan Construction is currently engaged in a three-year housing project.

    Other UAE companies that are active across a number of different sectors in Kurdistan include Dana Gas, Rotana, Majid Al Futtaim, and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), the report states.

    In terms of other opportunities, banking is starting to see proliferation with foreign banks, primarily from Turkey and Lebanon, starting to move into the market. HSBC and Standard Chartered have also invested, according to the report.

    Industry accounts for 22 per cent of the region’s GDP and is led by the oil and gas sector. However, low-end manufacturing, such as bottling plants and construction materials, has attracted investors such as Pepsi Cola.

    Meanwhile, tourism and travel account for 19 per cent of GDP. In 2010, 1.3 million people visited the region, with 20,000 of this number from outside Iraq. Western visitors come primarily for business, but Kurdistan’s picturesque mountains attract tourists from Iran and Turkey.


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    KRG, Iraqi government fail to agree on oil income

    13 January 2014 10:10 (Last updated 13 January 2014 10:20)

    Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraqi government have not reached a consensus concerning annual budget and income of oil which is exported to Turkey.


    Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraqi government reportedly failed to reach a consensus over the annual budget allocated to KRG and income of oil exported to Turkey during a meeting on Sunday.

    The meeting with Nechervan Barzani, the prime minister of KRG, was held at Iraqi prime ministry office that was attended by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Husayn Shahristani and deputies of Kurdistan List of Iraqi Parliament.

    A deputy from Iraqi parliament, Ala Talabani, told Anadolu Agency that Maliki met with the Kurdish delegation to discuss various disgreements, notably budget issue, between the federal and local government.

    The primary item of the meeting was energy and the Iraqi prime minister reached a consensus over many issues except one which was related to KRG's exporting of oil to Turkey on its own initiative, said the deputy, adding "If the regional government exports oil on its own initiative and does not transfer its income to Baghdad, KRG's 17 percent share in budget will be imperiled."

    Noting the Baghdad government had serious concerns over KRG's exporting oil without its approval, Talabani also added the inter-delegational meeting that would be held on Tuesday was postponed indefinitely.

    Meanwhile, Shahristani on Sunday summoned Turkish chargé d'affaires Efe Ceylan to protest the pumping of oil from the Kurdish region to Turkey without the approval of the central government in Baghdad.

    "Al-Shahristani asked the Turkish government to abide by an agreement signed earlier between the two countries in this regard," a statement from al-Shahristani's office said.




    Monday,January 13 2014, Your time is 6:51:01 AM
    Iraqi Kurdish prime minister heads to Baghdad to solve oil row

    ARBIL – Anadolu Agency

    The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced a delegation led by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani will visit Baghdad to iron out the problems caused by oil exports to Turkey.

    The statement announcing the plans to visit for the upcoming days was sent to the Anadolu Agency by the KRG spokesperson Safeen Dizayee a day after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki threatened to cut central government funding for Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region if the Kurds pursued a drive to pipe oil exports to Turkey without Baghdad’s approval.

    “This is a constitutional violation which we will never allow, not for the [Kurdistan] region, nor the Turkish government,” al-Maliki told Reuters in an interview Jan. 12.

    Dizayee said the KRG administration has sent an official letter to al-Maliki to inform him about the visitation plans.

    “This letter includes solutions for every problem,” he added. “We asked the delegation headed by dear Nechirvan Barzani to go to Baghdad from Arbil soon and reach a final agreement,” Diyazee’s statement read.

    Recalling Barzani and al-Maliki had decided to establish a delegation that would deal with the problems between the parties during a Dec. 25 meeting, Dizayee said this delegation is the one to visit Baghdad.
    Barzani will head the delegation to show the sensitivity of the Kurdish side about the issue, the spokesperson underscored.

    “We declare we are committed to the Iraqi Constitution and the deal we signed with the Baghdad government on Dec. 25. We are committed to the Iraq Oil Ministry’s oil transportation order. The richness of the country belongs to all Iraqis,” he said.

    He added they want the two parties to reach an immediate consensus to accelerate the budget approval process.

    “If it will be rushed, the budget will be sent to the Iraqi Parliament and it will be voted upon. Therefore, the project will be saved from further delay,” the statement stressed.

    The KRG said last week that crude had begun to flow into Turkey and exports were expected to start at the end of this month and rise in February and March.

    The central government and the Kurds differ over how to interpret the Constitution’s references to oil and how revenues should be shared. The Kurdish share was set at 17 percent after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, although the Kurds frequently complain they get less than that.

    “The Iraqi government holds Turkey legally responsible on this subject and reserves the right to demand resultant losses,” Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani said yesterday after a meeting with Chargé d’Affaires Efe Ceylan.

    “Turkey must not interfere in an issue that harms Iraqi sovereignty,” Maliki also said during the Reuters interview.


    Last edited by chattels; 01-13-2014 at 11:38 AM.

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    Inside Iraq: Two years after U.S. withdrawal, are things worse than ever?
    By Michael Holmes, CNN

    January 13, 2014 -- Updated 1120 GMT (1920 HKT)

    Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- On a bitterly cold December morning in 2011, we watched as the last U.S. troops crossed the border into Kuwait, ending America's war in Iraq.

    More than 100 vehicles were in that convoy, snaking its way across the desert and through the floodlit border crossing, leaving behind empty bases and memories of nearly 4,500 American lives that were lost.

    Americans breathed a sigh of relief. Many Iraqis held their breath. War, they feared, was far from over for them, and time has borne out their fears. The death and violence never stopped -- it's just that the bombs and bullets faded from American minds and television screens once the pull-out was complete.

    Two years later we're back in Iraq and things are in many ways worse for Iraqis than when the Americans left.

    Driving in along what the U.S. military called "Route Irish" -- or the BIAP (Baghdad International Airport road) -- the stark concrete blast walls are now covered in murals, the median is grassed with palm trees and fountains. We were reminded this was done for the 2012 Arab League Summit in Baghdad, not for general "beautification."

    Those of us who'd been to Baghdad on multiple assignments were struck by the ubiquitous security presence -- police checkpoints and posts and army units on duty in some places.

    The traffic was always bad in Baghdad. Today, it's worse that we can remember.

    Locals talk of almost becoming accustomed to the threat of not coming home at night because of some random car bomb.

    More than 8,000 people were killed in Iraq in 2013, according to the U.N. estimates -- most of them innocent civilians caught up in the tempest of violence that grips their country.

    The groundwork for today's problems began almost as soon as that last American convoy left in 2011. Sunni lawmakers protested the rounding up of many of their aides and security guards, and the country's vice president -- top Sunni leader Tariq al-Hashimi -- faced arrest and later fled the country.

    The government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was supposed to usher in a political era of inclusion and reconciliation. His critics say those first days after the American departure were a signal of opposite intentions that have continued to this day.

    The Sunni minority that had ruled Iraq via the iron fist of Saddam Hussein was at the political and social mercy of al-Maliki's Shia-dominated government. Today, they say, "inclusiveness" never materialized, Sunnis have been marginalized and resentment has festered in a divide-and-conquer political climate. As one local put it, "It's like if you're against us, you're a terrorist and we'll arrest you."

    This resentment, aided by the violent government shutdown of Sunni protest camps, provided an opening for the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to move into the Sunni heartland of Anbar Province in force. Al Qaeda is a beast that feasts on discontent and in Anbar there is no shortage of sustenance.

    A previous version of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq, comprised the core insurgents the Americans fought in those cities during the war. They have regrouped and strengthened across the border in Syria during that country's bloody conflict -- and extended their fight for a home for their brand of hard-line Islamism into Iraq.

    The results have been deadly -- not just in Ramadi and Fallujah of course, but across the country, where, just like the "bad old days" of 2005-2009, bombings and killings have become pretty much daily events.

    In 2006 the Americans convinced -- and paid -- Sunni tribal and religious leaders to fight the hardliners, with great success. But Sunni grievances never went away and some in Anbar see ISIS as comrades-in-arms against an al-Maliki government viewed as an oppressor of Sunnis. Other Sunnis see al-Maliki as the lesser of two evils -- they don't like how they're treated, but like even less the ISIS brand of hard-line, brutal "governance".

    Al-Maliki has more than once termed the various fights and stand-offs in Ramadi and Fallujah as a fight against "al Qaeda", but it's not that simple.

    The Sunni sense of being under the heel of a sectarian government, of being cut out of the running of their country, failing to share in growing oil revenues, has nothing to do with al Qaeda and won't evaporate once ISIS is forced from Ramadi and Fallujah.

    The Americans aren't coming back to help out with boots on the ground, but they are giving other support -- offering drones, missiles, aircraft and other assistance.

    But this isn't a battle to be won militarily. Sunnis -- many of whom have yet to get used to no longer running the country -- say they want to be part of the system that was meant to be "inclusive" but has, they feel, been anything but.

    READ MORE: How al-Maliki overreached in Anbar province


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