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    " The Dinar Daily ", Friday, 23 May 2014

    It is EVICT MALIKI DAY + TWENTY - THREE (23) or " E - M DAY + 23 ".

    The Iraq Elections Result: Maliki’s Complicated Win

    by Reidar Visser

    The uncertified result of Iraq’s parliamentary elections, released by the election commission today, cannot be described as anything other than a victory for the incumbent prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki.


    The question now, however, is what Maliki can do with this impressive victory.

    " ...... the election result will be submitted for legal certification. In 2010, that process lasted more than 2 months, significantly delaying the process of government formation. Symptomatically, ISCI has already signaled that it may challenge the counting of the votes ........... "

    http://gulfanalysis.wordpress.com/20...mplicated-win/

    and

    " ..... despite the superiority of Maliki’s electoral coalition, the competing Shiite forces, the Kurds and the Sunnis, are together able to form a comfortable majority to prevent Maliki from remaining in office. "......................
    Maliki likely fears that if he rushes to do business with parties outside the Shiite alliance, his Shiite rivals would do the same and that they may have a better chance to win over the Kurdish and Sunni forces, because there is a general consensus among them to not keep Maliki in power.

    At the same time, the rest of the Shiite groups fear that this consensus is not solid enough to withstand discussing the details, and that going alone to the Kurdish and Sunni forces may put them in a weak bargaining position and make them appear responsible for breaking Shiite unity.

    An important factor here are the choices that the Sunni and Kurdish forces will make. If the Sunnis and Kurds rush to form ethnic and sectarian alliances, then the Shiite alliance may do the same.

    Some are proposing scenarios such as replacing Maliki with another figure from the State of Law Coalition as a compromise to ensure the continuation of the Shiite alliance. Yet, such a solution may come at a later stage, after the favored options by most parties have been exhausted. What is certain now is that a harsh negotiating season will begin as the conflict moves from its electoral aspect into the closed negotiating rooms and deals among the elite.

    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/orig...#ixzz32WLRErmd
    Last edited by chattels; 05-23-2014 at 12:07 PM.



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    Motahedoon Coalition holds a meeting headed by Nujaifi in Erbil

    Motahedoon Coalition holds a meeting headed by Nujaifi in Erbil

    22/05/2014 20:38:00

    Erbil / NINA / Members of Motahedoon Coalition / united for reform / held on Thursday a meeting in Erbil headed by Osama Nujaifi, to discuss the future of the political process and moves to form a new government.

    It is scheduled to hold a press conference for Nujaifi after the end of the meeting.

    AND


    Breaking News .. Nujaifi confirms rejection of Motahedoon Coalition for a third mandate for al-Maliki

    22/05/2014 21:07:00

    Erbil / NINA / Head of Motahedoon Coalition / united for reform / Osama Nujaifi confirmed on Thursday the rejection of his coalition for the third term for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

    He said in a press conference today after a meeting of leaders of Motahedoon Coalition / united / in Erbil, that our presence in the next government, is linked to the change, and will not participate in a government that will not lead to change, stressing the existence of cases of manipulation and fraud in the elections.

    Nujaifi added that forming the regions is a constitutional right, and any province has constitutionally the right to form a region.

    The members of the coalition held a meeting in Erbil headed by Osama Nujaifi, to discuss the future of the political process and moves to form a new government .

    AND


    Al-Mesarry : The series of killings and sectarian displacement will not end until preventing the third mandate for al-Maliki

    22/05/2014 22:57:00

    Erbil / NINA / The leader Motahedoon coalition, MP Ahmad al-Mesarry said on Thursday that the coalition will not give the PM a third term, whatever the challenges.

    He said in a joint news conference with the leaders of Motahedoon Coalition in Erbil today that the tragic situation that Iraqis lived cannot be repeated.

    He added that the killings and sectarian displacement and assassinations and security operations, which affected provinces and regions without the others will not come back and this cannot be achieved, but by preventing al-Maliki to get a third term, he says.

    He outlined that they are in coalition / united / and to preserve the integrity of the country and the security of the people, we have agreed today not to give a third term to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

    The head of the coalition / united -reform / Osama Najafi said earlier that the coalition rejected the third term for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

    http://www.ninanews.com/english/News_Menu.asp?Zr07_VQ=I

    AND

    Motahidoun MP calls for forming national partnership government

    Thursday, 22 May 2014 15:19

    Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Jamal Qailani, of Motahidoun Alliance called the political blocs to from a political national partnership government.

    Speaking to AIN, he said "The political blocs have to pay attention to the national partenership government while holding the alliances in order to avoid the crises that happened in the former government."


    http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index....tical&Itemid=2
    Last edited by chattels; 05-23-2014 at 07:56 AM.

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    Fadhila bloc: Eight-side committee stresses necessity of adopting INA as strategic op

    Fadhila bloc: Eight-side committee stresses necessity of adopting INA as strategic option

    Thursday, 22 May 2014 18:58

    Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Ammar Tuma, the head of the Fadhila bloc stated that the Eight-side committee formed by the internal system of the Iraqi National Alliance stressed the necessity of adopting INA as a strategic option for the next period.

    In a press statement received by AIN, he said "The committee agreed upon the general system of the INA and discussed the possibility of reforming it."

    "The committee stressed the necessity of making the INA as a strategic rather than tactical option for the next period that could comprise all the new political sides," he concluded.

    http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index....tical&Itemid=2

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    First Kurdish Oil Sales Begin at Ceyhan

    First Kurdish Oil Sales Begin at Ceyhan

    By RUDAW



    For several months Baghdad has frozen payments to Erbil from the national budget as pressure and punishment for trying to go ahead with the oil sales.

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – After the first sale of Kurdish oil at the Turkish port of Ceyhan was announced by Turkey’s energy minister on Thursday, the deputy head of the Iraqi parliament’s oil and gas committee called on Baghdad to issue a “halt order” to stop the sales.

    "Oil belongs to the people of Iraq and no party should export oil without permission from central government," Ali Fayyaz said.

    “Neither the Kurdistan Region nor any other governorate has the right to export oil without permission from the central government,” he said. He called on the Iraqi oil ministry and parliament to issue a “prevention order” to stop the sales.

    The first sale of Kurdish oil at Ceyhan was confirmed by Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz. He told the Reuters news agency that 1 million barrels of oil from Kurdistan’s new pipeline was being loaded on a tanker at Ceyhan.

    Yildiz declined to name the buyer.

    The oil sales have apparently began without the consent of Iraq’s central government, which has gone to great lengths to stop Erbil from controlling exports and revenues from its abundant energy reserves.

    Ankara had pledged to wait for the row between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve before allowing the sales. But after storage tanks at Ceyhan grew full with 2.5 million barrels of piped Kurdish oil that began flowing in December, Turkey announced with Kurdish officials that the oil sales would go ahead this month.

    The Kurds have chosen an opportune moment to begin the sales: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is making an uphill bid for a third term following elections last month, cannot fulfill the ambition of keeping his job without political support from the Kurdish bloc in parliament.

    The KRG is infuriated at Maliki, who has very little room to pressure Kurdish leaders any further.


    For several months Baghdad has frozen payments to Erbil from the national budget as pressure and punishment for trying to go ahead with the oil sales. The oil revenues are expected to go a long way to ease Kurdistan’s tight cash flow.

    Baghdad has maintained that Kurdish oil sales are illegal. The Kurds have threatened to go so far as to declare independence unless Baghdad gives them greater control over their rights and resources.

    http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/220520142

    AND

    Energy parliamentary demands to take "decisions deterrent" against the Kurdistan on the back of export oil to Turkey

    Thu May 22 2014 21:09 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Alsumaria News / Baghdad

    Commission asked for the parliamentary oil and energy, on Thursday, the Ministry of Oil and the House of Representatives to take "decisions deterrent" against the Kurdistan region on the back of export oil to Turkey, while the Turkish government demanded adherence to international conventions dealing with the federal government only.

    The deputy chairman of the Committee on the hospitality in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "The process of exporting oil is supposed to be coordinated between the federal government and the Kurdistan region and the oil-producing provinces, according to the text of the Constitution," asserting that "the oil belongs to everyone and no right to any point of export and dispose of it without the knowledge of the federal government. "

    He added that "Article 112 of the Constitution stipulates that the oil policies, however, the federal government of the oil ministry and not the right of the territory or province to export oil without the knowledge of the government," adding that "the region to break the law and the Constitution by not complying with the agreements and decisions of the federal government.

    Fayad called the Turkish government to "abide by international agreements and dealing with the federal government only", calling at the same time the Ministry of Oil and the House of Representatives to "take the right decisions Rdaah region for violating the Constitution and the export of oil without the knowledge of the government."

    The Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz announced, earlier on Thursday, in a statement to "Reuters", the Kurdistan region of Iraq began exporting the first shipment of crude oil through the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean despite the conflict has existed since a long time with Baghdad regarding the sharing of oil revenues.

    http://translate.googleusercontent.c...#ixzz32WUKWmMm

    *** The Kurdish position is that Baghdad HAS KNOWLEDGE of the oil sales and the Kurds propose to account for all sales of oil and so the Kurds argue that they are compliant with the constitution. Baghdad wants to read CONTROL into the meaning of knowledge. Semantics ?, yes, but such is the nature and way of constitutional arguments. ***

    and

    Milestone for Iraqi Kurds: Tanker Departs Ceyhan With Kurdish Oil

    By RUDAW

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The first tanker heavy with Kurdish crude sailed for Europe late Thursday from the Turkish port of Ceyhan, marking a milestone for Iraqi Kurds who have been aching for greater economic independence from Baghdad.

    The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) confirmed the start of Kurdish oil sales via a pipeline to Ceyhan, in a statement that left no doubt Erbil is opening its first large crude exports without a deal with Baghdad.

    “The Kurdistan Regional Government has completed the first sales of crude oil produced in the Kurdistan Region and piped to the port of Ceyhan,” the KRG said.

    “A tanker loaded with over one million barrels of crude oil departed last night from Ceyhan towards Europe,” it added. “This is the first of many such sales of oil exported through the newly constructed pipeline in the Kurdistan Region.”

    The oil issue has been at the center of one of the worst rows between the autonomous Kurds and the Shiite central government in Baghdad.

    Erbil opened its new pipeline to Ceyhan in December, but after strong opposition from Baghdad Ankara said it would hold off on allowing the sales until consent from the central government.

    But after months of bickering and acrimony, including Baghdad freezing Erbil out of the national budget for months, no agreement was reached.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Taner Yildiz, who had warned that storage tanks at Ceyhan for Kurdish oil were filled to capacity with 2.5 million barrels of piped Kurdish gas, confirmed Thursday that the first oil sales had begun.

    The bone of contention between Erbil and Baghdad has been over who controls revenues. The Kurds rejected demands by Baghdad that the sales should be conducted by the State Oil Marketing Organization, inviting SOMO only as an observer.

    The latest KRG statement said that revenue from the sales would be deposited in a KRG-controlled account at Turkey’s Halkbank. It said it would be “treated as part of the KRG’s budgetary entitlement under Iraq’s revenue sharing and distribution as defined under the 2005 Constitution of Iraq.

    “Meeting Iraq’s continued international UN obligations, five percent of the sales revenue will be set aside in a separate account for reparations,” the statement said.

    “The KRG has invited independent bodies to observe the sales and export process in line with the KRG’s commitment to transparency. KRG also hopes that officials from SOMO (the federal Iraqi oil marketing organization) accept KRG’s invitation to observe the process,” the statement said.

    It said the KRG would “continue to exert its rights of export and sell oil independently of SOMO but remains committed to negotiate in good faith with its counterparts in Baghdad to reach a comprehensive settlement on oil issues within the framework of Iraq’s Constitution.

    The Kurds have chosen an opportune moment to begin the sales: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is making an uphill bid for a third term following elections last month, cannot fulfill the ambition of keeping his job without political support from the Kurdish bloc in parliament.

    The KRG is infuriated at Maliki, who has very little room to pressure Kurdish leaders any further.

    The oil revenues are expected to go a long way to ease Kurdistan’s tight cash flow, following the cash freeze from Baghdad.

    Baghdad has maintained that Kurdish oil sales are illegal. Late last year, the Iraqi government hired a US firm to sue any buyer of Kurdish oil in Turkey.

    In turn, the Kurds have threatened to go so far as to declare independence unless Baghdad grants them greater control over their rights and resources.

    http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/2....RSRsWaL6.dpuf
    Last edited by chattels; 05-23-2014 at 08:17 PM.

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    Prospects of Shiite 'National Alliance' hinge on Maliki

    Prospects of Shiite 'National Alliance' hinge on Maliki



    Even before the Iraqi parliamentary election results were announced, the competing Shiite groups started talking about restoring the National Alliance, composed of Iraq's leading Shiite parties. There was a special emphasis on the need to turn it into an effective “institution” led by a collective leadership, according to the statement on May 16 by the Islamic Fadila Party after its leadership met with that of the Islamic Supreme Council in Iraq (ISCI).

    In its media rhetoric, the ISCI focused on the need to preserve the unity of the National Alliance, which brings together the Shiite forces, and prevent its disintegration in the next phase.

    There were similar statements made by members of the State of Law Coalition, which is headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The State of Law Coalition won the largest number of parliamentary seats, 95; the Citizen Bloc, headed by the ISCI, won 30 seats; and the blocs that represent the Sadrist movement won 34 seats.

    But these “reconciliatory” statements did still not address many important questions at hand, such as: On what foundations will the Shiite alliance be built this time? What compromises are needed to reform the alliance after a bitter electoral fight among the Shiite blocs?

    It could be argued that the main issue to decide whether the Shiite alliance continues or dies is the issue of whether Maliki stays in office. The State of Law Coalition feels that the election results produced a clear, popular mandate for the bloc to lead the next government and that the survival of the National Alliance depends on the rest of the Shiite forces acquiescing to the election results and recognizing that State of Law represents the vast majority of the Shiite vote.

    One day after the announcement of election results on May 1, Al-Masalah website, which is close to the prime minister's office, published an article calling on the competing Shiite forces to accept the results and acknowledge that a Shiite victory has been achieved. The article said that the Shiite alliance groups have achieved a numerical majority in the next parliament (about 174 seats out of 328 total) and called on the competing Shiite forces to recognize the victory of Maliki’s coalition and support it to lead the next government.

    On the other hand, deputies from the Sadrist Ahrar bloc announced that they, too, want to see the return of the Shiite alliance, but on condition that the alliance choose a prime minister who is acceptable to all major parties in the country.


    With the exception of the State of Law Coalition, all other Shiite groups are looking to “institutionalize” the National Alliance to lead the next government, instead of keeping it as a marginal entity whose only mission is to support the decisions of the prime minister. The “institutionalization” idea aims to restrict the prime minister with obligations that prevent him from monopolizing power, a charge repeated by Maliki’s opponents when they criticize his policies.

    In an article published on May 18, the day before the official election results were announced, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, a leading figure in the Supreme Islamic Council, a former vice president and a permanent candidate for the prime minister’s post, said that the best scenario was that the forces of the Shiite alliance meet and quickly agree on a prime minister, and then move to negotiate with the Sunni and Kurdish groups.

    But to accomplish that, Abdul-Mahdi said that the Shiite alliance should be built on the basis of parity between the State of Law Coalition on the one hand and the Citizen Bloc and Sadrist movement on the other, and that each party should have the right to veto the process of choosing the next prime minister. If this doesn’t happen, said Abdul-Mahdi, the likely scenario is that the State of Law Coalition would try to secure a majority alliance from outside the Shiite umbrella. In this case, the other Shiite parties would consider themselves freed of their commitments toward the Shiite alliance and would also seek to weave alternative alliances with non-Shiite forces.

    Abdul-Mahdi pointed to a memorandum that Maliki sent ahead of the announcement of election results to the Kurdish and Sunni forces, inviting them to start negotiations to form a government headed by Maliki. Adbul-Mahdi considered that memo evidence Maliki is not insistent on the Shiite Alliance. Abdul-Mahdi said that despite the superiority of Maliki’s electoral coalition, the competing Shiite forces, the Kurds and the Sunnis, are together able to form a comfortable majority to prevent Maliki from remaining in office.

    It seems that the various Shiite groups at this stage are trying to absorb the “shock” of the results and take the pulse of the other parties. Each party thinks that its interest is not to dismantle the Shiite alliance, at least during the early stages of negotiation. Maliki thinks he can get a mandate to stay on as prime minister via the Shiite alliance, where he has a majority. Perhaps he can also benefit, as happened after the 2010 elections, from the Iranian pressure on the other Shiite groups to accept a third term for him.

    Also, the rest of the Shiite parties think that staying in the National Alliance strengthens their bargaining position with non-Shiite forces helps minimize the concessions they would have to give to other parties, while pleasing the Iranians who favor the maintaining of the Shiite alliance.

    Maliki likely fears that if he rushes to do business with parties outside the Shiite alliance, his Shiite rivals would do the same and that they may have a better chance to win over the Kurdish and Sunni forces, because there is a general consensus among them to not keep Maliki in power.


    At the same time, the rest of the Shiite groups fear that this consensus is not solid enough to withstand discussing the details, and that going alone to the Kurdish and Sunni forces may put them in a weak bargaining position and make them appear responsible for breaking Shiite unity.

    An important factor here are the choices that the Sunni and Kurdish forces will make. If the Sunnis and Kurds rush to form ethnic and sectarian alliances, then the Shiite alliance may do the same.

    Some are proposing scenarios such as replacing Maliki with another figure from the State of Law Coalition as a compromise to ensure the continuation of the Shiite alliance. Yet, such a solution may come at a later stage, after the favored options by most parties have been exhausted. What is certain now is that a harsh negotiating season will begin as the conflict moves from its electoral aspect into the closed negotiating rooms and deals among the elite.

    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/orig...#ixzz32WLRErmd
    Last edited by chattels; 05-23-2014 at 08:42 AM.

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    Re: Prospects of Shiite 'National Alliance' hinge on Maliki

    Interesting to see the outcome of all of this... Seems that Maliki's party has decided to put all of their money on him, and role the dice... We shall see the outcome... Deals are being made, and arm twisting galore...

    Thanks chattels for bringing the news... Praying for your recovery.. In fact I prayed for you tonight, and hope that your healing is complete... God bless, and take care friend..
    Popeye7...

    Thank you for your prayers. - chattels
    Last edited by chattels; 05-23-2014 at 12:08 PM.

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    Re: Prospects of Shiite 'National Alliance' hinge on Maliki

    Here's a BOMBSHELL piece from sczin11:

    Economists assert: Iraq is now eligible to enter the World Trade Organization Posted by Iraq News Journal on May 23, 2014 - increased the votes to claim Iraq’s accession to the World Trade Organization, as part of the phase transformation to the capitalist system and its openness. And fulfill its obligations to the international community made by the same signing of the Charter of the International Covenant. since said economic analyst Abbas Ghalibi that the economic environment in Iraq are not eligible for entry into the WTO because of the laws that governed which does not keep pace with the evolution of the global economy.

    Economists assert: Iraq is now eligible to enter the World Trade Organization Posted by Iraq News Journal on May 23, 2014 - increased the votes to claim Iraq’s accession to the World Trade Organization, as part of the phase transformation to the capitalist system and its openness. And fulfill its obligations to the international community made by the same signing of the Charter of the International Covenant. since said economic analyst Abbas Ghalibi that the economic environment in Iraq are not eligible for entry into the WTO because of the laws that governed which does not keep pace with the evolution of the global economy.
    added Ghalibi in a press statement: “The Iraq is not qualified now to enter the World Trade Organization because of its transformation into what is known as a market economy, despite the positive effects that may affect the economy in Iraq if it were to enter the WTO, and that the government has taken a number of measures and controls that facilitate the way for it to enter to the WTO, including the enactment of important laws contribute to the development of the Iraqi economy. ” and pointed out that “these laws to combat unemployment in Iraq, as well as the fight against inflation, which hit the Iraqi economy during the past period, and to work on the development of the private sector, which could indicate all these reforms that Iraq began to turn into a market economy, which Stahlh to enter the World Trade Organization. ”

    So much more in here...... http://theiraqijournal.com/economist...-organization/

    NOTE: World bank granting money , helping out wherever they can.. wow.. everybody is on board
    Last edited by Cricket22; 05-23-2014 at 12:30 PM.

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    Ahrar MP: Maliki to prevent shedding Iraqis' blood by not nominating for PM post

    Ahrar MP: Maliki to prevent shedding Iraqis' blood by not nominating for PM post

    Friday, 23 May 2014 13:40

    Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Hussein al-Mansoury, of al-Ahrar bloc expressed the rejection of the political blocs for the nomination of the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, for the third term of the Prime Minister's Post.

    Speaking to AIN, he said "There are some blocs that reject Maliki's nomination for the third PM Post and he has to avoid the nomination for this post to prevent shedding the Iraqis' blood due to the disturbed security situation."

    http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index....tical&Itemid=2

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    Re: Ahrar MP: Maliki to prevent shedding Iraqis' blood by not nominating for PM post

    The Ministry of Construction announced the completion of a complex project near residential neighborhood in Wasit -

    23-05-2014 12:05 PM-Baghdad (news) .. Minister of Construction and Housing Mohammad Darraji, said the ministry is nearing completion of a complex project residential neighborhood in Wasit province by 512 housing units, the second apartment complex accomplish the ministry after the residential complex or Hlana in the province. Daraji said in a statement received by the Agency (news): The 'ministry is nearing completion of a complex project and the neighborhood, which is located south of the province of Wasit by 512 housing units on the land and reached an area of ​​64 acres.' - He explained: that the 'complex neighborhood contains two types of buildings, the first of them and the 24 Building, each with three floors floor comprises four residential units and total housing units in this type of buildings, 288 residential units and an area of ​​136 square meters for each housing unit and the second type of buildings The number 28 has a whole building 224 housing units and an area of ​​96 square meters for each housing unit. ' He added: 'residential complex also includes a number of buildings attached to it, including one primary school and two intermediate schools and a health center with a mosque and nursery market includes a number of shops add a building management and security guards surrounding the complex, and networks of pure water and water irrigation and sewage and rain water and the system of fire and electrical grid Interior ' -

    http://translate.google.com/translat...3Fid%3D2740178


    NOTE: what is really going on in iraq? housing...trade, economics, financial, banks, trade offices, consulates opening, stock exchanges, ports, FREE zones, tourist attractions.... COME ON FOLKS..... the NEW IRAQ is happening

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    Re: Prospects of Shiite 'National Alliance' hinge on Maliki

    9:42 AM [sczin11] ** I wanted to publicly apologize for what I thought was a bombshell news article this morning... I try and vette, analyze, and make sure, when i see something REALLY good for the progress of what we are waiting for, before posting- we certainly don't need any more bumps in this ride- When i researched the article i found, dated May 23, 2014, in the Iraq News Journal, i never bothered to look down the page beyond the logos and pictures, to see another web page link... I want to publicly thank TOOTSIE, one of our members here (great teamwork all the time) who conscientiously found that link, and pointed out it is a repeat article, almost word for word, from one posted on March 16, 2014 in MASHRIQ newspaper- I have compared the articles, and they are almost word for word identical- a few minor translation differences- Again, I apologize for this error, on my part- My ONLY question NOW, is WHY did the Iraq Journal, re-post this article TODAY?

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