MP: First group of F16 reaches Iraq in the second half of 2014
BAGHDAD / NINA / A member of the parliamentary committee on security and defense, Abbas al-Bayati said the first group of the aircraft F16 will reached into the country in the second half of this year.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The first batch of these aircraft (4 aircraft) will arrive in the country in the second half of this year according to the previous deals signed by Iraq with the U.S. side to modernize its weapons and its armed forces ."
Bayati added that "U.S. support for Iraq is continuous , especially during the current period where Iraqis and their armed forces are fighting against the al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorists through the coordination, armament and information aspects," indicating that "the war waged by Iraq against terror is a war on behalf of the world."
It is mentioned that the U.S. administration has decided to speed up delivering Iraq with different types of weapons, including surface to air missiles and Apache helicopters, which mostly of them come within the previous arms deals in order to support Iraq in its war against terrorist organizations, (al-Qaeda and ISIS ).
Ministry of Human Rights calls KRG to take legal actions against Mufti of Iraq
BAGHDAD / NINA / The Ministry of Human Rights called the Kurdistan Regional Government to "take legal action against the Iraqi Mufti, Rafi al-Rifai for his call to striking Iraqi army and inciting the sectarian fighting."
The statement of the ministry said : "The call, launched by Rafie al-Rifai , who takes the Kurdistan Region based in recent years, for the Sunnis of Iraq and the people of Anbar for self-defense and fight the Iraqi army, is not the first call , but it was preceded by calls, comments and Fatwas , where previously he has issued a statement on 12.31.2013 calling the residents of Anbar to full readiness to take up arms and prepare for combat missions," noting that "this statement gave legitimate cover for al-Qaeda and ISIS organizations to violate the sanctity of our people in the cities Fallujah and Ramadi . "
The ministry expressed regret and concern for the issuance of such so calls on the tongue of cleric claims himself a mufti for the people of Iraq, which is supposed to be his calls and his fatwas filled with love of Iraq and the unity of its people and launching calls of tolerance and non-violence and to emphasize the need for social cohesion and peaceful coexistence and closing ranks. "
The Ministry of Human Rights called the Kurdistan Regional Government to take legal deterrent action, which stipulated by all international charters and conventions, particularly the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Iraq.
The federal judiciary called on all security agencies "to follow-up such as convulsive letters and take legal action against those who issued such calls in any part of Iraq."
The events that Iraq has recently witnessed appear to be instigated by al-Maliki at the behest of America with the aim of achieving the following:
1 - Compelling the residents of the "Sunni" governorates to call for a federal system, which is not widely popular amongst them. Tariq al-Hashemi has recently appealed on the Aljazeera channel, after he had officially announced his resignation from the post of vice-president, to Saudi Arabia to assume its responsibility in protecting the "Sunni" community, just like Iran does with the "Shia" of Iraq. This corroborates the collusion of America's agents in seeking to divide Iraq. In the wake of the al-Hawija massacre perpetrated by the soldiers of al-Maliki, Tariq al-Hashemi announced that "…the federation has become a real choice in Iraq after the event of al-Hawija and the constant targeting and marginalisation of the Sunnis in the country."
On the ground, the largest Iraqi tribes within the "Sunni" governorates have started joining the ranks of the "Military Council of the Tribal Revolutionaries" (MCTR) and are engaging the Iraqi forces and the Awakening Councils affiliated to them in hit-and-run tactics and guerrilla warfare. This is in order to face up to the excesses of the Iraqi government and what they refer to as the "Safawi Alliance" against the residents of the "Sunni" governorates, especially in al-Anbar.
The forming of this military council came after the blunt calls made by the mufti of the "Sunnis" in Iraq, Rafi' Taha al-Rufai', stipulating the obligation of resisting al-Maliki whom he labelled as the dictator. Al-Rifai' mentioned the need to open new fronts to engross al-Maliki so that the pressure on al-Fallujah and al-Ramadi may be alleviated.
2 - Generating the pretexts for al-Maliki to win the elections in two months' time such as fighting al-Qaeda and "terrorism" by tightening his grip on security and continuing to deplete the riches of the Ummah. By claiming that she does not meddle in Iraqi political affairs, America has made it clear that she is still clinging to al-Maliki who has proven to her that he is capable of fulfilling his role in the "Strategic Framework Agreement", the most important clauses of which are fighting terrorism and maintaining the flow of oil.
Nouri al-Maliki has too many political enemies; thus he may seek to forge a new alliance with some Sunni parties that lack popular support in the hope of weakening his rivals and standing up to the disgruntled Shia groups within his own political setup, namely the "State of Law Coalition". Al-Maliki is threatened most by the possible emergence of a new alliance within the Shia constituent at local government level between the Sadrist movement and Ammar al-Hakim's group that may pull the rug from under his feet and undermine his position of "representative of the Shia". Hence, as he endeavours to prevent ISIS from backing its fighters in Syria, al-Maliki is capitalising on his onslaught on ISIS to regain his popularity among the Shia sect so that he may win the forthcoming elections.
Nevertheless, it seems America will not allow the collapse of al-Maliki since he is totally submissive and executes her orders faithfully in addition having control over the security, military and financial institutions of the country.
3 - Supplying Iraq with more Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, Apache helicopters and drones, which was what al-Maliki requested from America during his last visit to Washington. Congress was hesitant about approving the deal but in light of the recent events and under the guise of fighting "terrorism" and al-Qaeda in al-Anbar, Senator Robert Mendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the arms shipment to Iraq could be given the green light provided al-Maliki did not use the weapons against his political rivals.
4 - No sooner the fighting between the various Syrian armed opposition groups and ISIS erupted, than the events in Iraq escalated at an alarming pace; and it seems that the simultaneous attacks against ISIS in Syria and Iraq were designed to enable the Syrian opposition forces, especially the Islamic Front, to score swift victories against ISIS in Syria by engrossing al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq and weakening their ability to support their allies in Syria.
America has exploited the battle against what she refers to as al-Qaeda and terrorism in Iraq to announce that she has been exploring the possibility of providing Iraqi Special Forces with training. A US military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that a special operations training centre close to the Jordanian capital, Amman, was one of the venues being considered to host the training. America has also succeeded in making the UN Security Council issue a statement on 10 January expressing its support for the Iraqi government in respect of the military operation it had been executing in al-Anbar. To quote from the statement: "The Security Council urges the people of Iraq, including Iraqi tribes, local leaders, and Iraqi security forces in Anbar Province, to continue, expand and strengthen their cooperation against violence and terror and it stresses the critical importance of continued national dialogue and unity." The statement added: "The Council expresses strong support for Iraqi Government efforts to help meet the security needs of the entire population of Iraq."
We deduce from the Security Council's statement that the events in Iraq have been induced for a host of specific aims America had wanted to achieve, namely promoting federation, helping al-Maliki win the forthcoming elections, supplying Iraq with special weapons and finally, engrossing ISIS in Iraq in order to help the Islamic Front and its allied defeat ISIS in Syria, thus paving the way for Geneva 2 and the interim phase.
*** The Grand Mufti (Arabic: مفتي عام muftī ʿām , "general expounder" or كبير المفتين kabīr al-muftīn , "the great of expounders") is the highest official of religious law in a Sunni or Ibadi Muslim country. The Grand Mufti issues legal opinions and edicts, fatāwā, on interpretations of Islamic law for private clients or to assist judges in deciding cases. The collected opinions of the Grand Mufti serve as a valuable source of information on the practical application of Islamic law as opposed to its abstract formulation. The Grand Mufti's fatāwā (plural of "fatwā") are not binding precedents in areas of civil laws regulating marriage, divorce, and inheritance. In criminal courts, the Grand Mufti's recommendations are generally not binding either. ***
Sadrist MP criticizes Maliki’s negligence to political initiatives to settle Anbar crisis
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) MP, Rafia Abdul Jabbar, of al-Ahrar bloc within the Sadr Trend criticized the negligence of the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, for the political initiatives to settle the crisis in Anbar.
Speaking to Iraqi News (IraqiNews.com), he said “Maliki has to deal with the political initiatives to settle the crisis in Anbar.”
“I hope Maliki to deal with the others to settle the crisis rather than linking all issues to himself because it will result in the lack of the political agreement and the crises will not be settled,” he concluded.
INA MP assures intentions to amend Article 38 of Retirement law to harmonize with call of Religious Authority
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) MP, Mohammed al-Hindawi, of the Iraqi National Alliance stated that there are intentions by INA to modify Article 38 of the Retirement law to harmonize with the call of the Religious Authority.
In a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, he said “The parliament voted by majority on the Retirement law and there are reactions against it such as the call of the Religious Authority to cancel the privileges of the officials.”
“I want to clarify the issue over the endorsement of the this law,” he added, noting that “We were forced either to vote for this law as it is or reject it and we did not want to deprive more than three and a half Million persons from their pensions. So we voted for this law.”
“We will work on amending this Article to harmonize with the call of the Religious Authority,” he pointed out, assuring that “The statements of some political blocs were for the political propaganda because some of them were eager to endorse this law and this Article in particular.”
MP assures continuous of Parliament in performing its duties
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) MP, Intisar al-Jabouri, of Motahidon Alliance assured that the Parliament continues practicing its duties.Jabouri reported in a statement received by IraqiNews.com “The members of the Parliament are practicing their duties at the Parliament building for a week then they go for their provinces to meet the people and get acquainted with the their problems for the next week, and so on.””The Parliament continues its work of legislating laws,” she concluded. \END\
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) MP, Salim Dali, of the Iraqiya Slate accused the government of working on postponing the elections by the military operations in Anbar.
Speaking to Iraqi News (IraqiNews.com), he said “The government is trying to disturb the situation such as the situation in Anbar starting from arresting MP, Ahmed al-Alwani, which will negatively affect holding the elections.”
“More than 200 thousand refugees have left Fallujah city which raises the question about the way of holding the elections in this city and the other cities of Anbar,” he added, expecting “Witnessing the same situation of the former elections where they were postponed in Nineveh and Anbar provinces.”
Nusayif calls to protect national products to support Iraqi economy
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) MP, Aliya Nusayif, of the Hurra Iraqiya Bloc called to include an article within the 2014 Budget law to protect the national products to support the Iraqi economy.
In a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, she said “The Iraqi economy cannot be developed if it keeps its reliance on the oil as being the only economic income to Iraq in the absence of the industrial and agricultural sectors.”
“There is no justification to hinder the industrial sector where there are about 110 thousand employees and 73 companies are not working,” she concluded.