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    " The Daily Dinar ", Monday, 16 June 2014

    It is EVICT MALIKI DAY + FORTY SIX ( 46 ) or " E - M DAY + 46 "

    PREVIOUSLY AND CONTINUING

    "..... 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. - - from al Monitor

    Generally, all are " waiting for the National Alliance to name its candidate, formally , to start negotiate with him. "

    AND

    Baqir al-Zubaidi expects the Federal Court to ratify the election results during the next three days

    15/06/2014 14:04:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The head of the citizen bloc, Baqir al-Zubaidi called the Federal Court to expedite the ratification of the election results, expected to be approved during the two or three days ahead.

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / today that "speeding up the ratification of the election results is important and necessary to hold the first session of the new parliament to elect a president and its two deputies and speed up the election of the President and his deputy, and go to elect Prime Minister and members of the government to end the constitutional vacuum, which the country suffers from ".

    He added that "the first session of the Council will be held under the chairmanship of the older MP, who is / Adnan al-Janabi / from Watania coalition in order to call the House of Representatives to elect a president and two deputies, and then continue the sessions."

    http://translate.googleusercontent.c...#ixzz34OoToquo

    AND

    Sunday, June 15th, 2014 20:58

    Legal: forming the next government will not take more than two months

    BAGHDAD / Baghdadi News / .. saw legal analyst, on Sunday that once the Federal Court approval on the results of the parliamentary elections will form the next government, expected to be formed within two months.

    He said legal analyst Tariq Harb said in an interview with / Baghdadi News /, that "the formation of the next government will not take more than two months," adding, that "everyone is awaiting the approval of the Federal Court on the results of the elections, which will be announced during the next two days." He added, "The first session of the House of Representatives will be the end of June or the first of next July," noting, that it is "as soon as the issuance of a presidential decree on the Vice President of the Republic calls its new deputies to hold a meeting in the House of Representatives." He continued, the war that "the real political movement will begin after the swearing in of constitutional Algesh first to the House of Representatives," adding, "The election of the Speaker of the House and the President of the Republic in the second session of the House of Representatives."

    He noted, that "the person's choice of prime minister will be the largest parliamentary bloc in the number of seats in the House of Representatives, which will select the president."
    He explained, legal analyst said that "as soon as the formation of the Council of Ministers and presented to the House of Representatives to give him confidence're not finished forming all sections of the government," and he predicted that "the current circumstances faced by the government is not Kalzerov they were in the parliamentary elections of 2010."
    The previous parliamentary elections which were held on 7 / March 2010 to form her government took more than eight months until 17 / November 2010.

    http://translate.google.com/translat...3Fid%3D2805199

    and

    AIN reveals names of four MPs behind delay of Federal Court's approval for elections results

    Monday, 16 June 2014 11:22

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Supreme Judicial Council revealed that the approval of the election results is delayed due to four MPs.

    The spokesperson of the judicial authority, Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, stated to AIN "MPs, Abaas Mitaiwi, Raad al-Dahlaki, Saleem al-Jouburi, and Omer al-Humairi, are behind the delay of the approval of the elections results due to some judicial claims against them."

    http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index....ctions-results

    and

    The federal court ratifies the results of the parliamentary elections

    16/06/2014 12:05:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The Federal Court ratified the results of the parliamentary elections that took place on the thirtieth of the month of April.

    A source at the court said in a press statement that "the Federal Court ratified the election results except / 4 / names have been postponed ".


    http://www.ninanews.com/english/News...ar95_VQ=HEMKKE
    Last edited by chattels; 06-16-2014 at 10:24 AM.



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    Re: " The Daily Dinar ", Monday, 16 June 2014

    chattels.. I personally believe that Maliki does not fear those within Iraq, but those who have used him outside of Iraq... Promises made may not be kept when you make deals with those who are evil in intent... If you know what I mean... Thanks for the news, and your views...

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    The Caretaker Joke, and a More Serious Problem

    The Caretaker Joke, and a More Serious Problem

    7:45 AM [chattels] to Reidar Visser :

    7:45 AM [chattels] Query ? I am reading where some commentators are saying that Maliki loses his powers as Prime MInister on the 15th when a ” caretaker government ” begins. My understanding is that in a parliamentary form of government that the incumbent government is the ” caretaker government ” until the next government is seated and of course that would mean that Maliki is the chief executive until replaced by a new government. Am I wrong ?

    7:46 AM [chattels] This is completely untrue. The status of the Iraqi govt is 100% the same before and after 15 June (when the term of the current parliament expires) and right up until a new govt has been formed. Unfortunately, the myth of the caretaker govt lives on in the Obama administration, which made it up together with Iraqiyya and other critics of Maliki:

    http://gulfanalysis.word ··· problem/ ( * see below )

    7:47 AM [magnetlady] chattels So what does that mean exactly?

    7:48 AM [chattels] magnetlady it means that until we have a new PM that we have the old PM and this notion of a caretaker government ending Maliki's influence / control is a fantasy

    (*) The Caretaker Joke, and a More Serious Problem

    Posted by Reidar Visser on Thursday, 16 September 2010 16:29

    *** same issue arose in 2010 ***

    Iraq is slowly emerging from Ramadan mode but it is already weekend again and it might as well be useful to take a closer look at an interesting detail from the big Obama speech on Iraq on 31 August:

    “A caretaker administration is in place as Iraqis form a government based on the results of that election.”

    What a truly Delphic assertion. At first sight one might wonder whether Obama was trying to put the Maliki government on notice by designating it as “a caretaker government” instead of a normal one. But no, a closer look at statements by White House spokesman Robert Gibbs and Vice-President Joe Biden suggests that there was in fact an attempt at putting a positive spin on the situation in Iraq. According to Gibbs, “more importantly, there is a caretaker government that is making decisions on behalf of the Iraqis.” And then Biden, “unlike after the last election, however, a caretaker government is providing security and basic services and preventing a dangerous power vacuum from erupting”.

    Aha! A caring caretaker government that carefully takes care of Iraq. So it was meant to be positive, after all. The problem is that it all resonates poorly with the Iraqi debate on the subject, and moreover that the labelling of the Maliki government as a “caretaker government” is in fact fallacious and unconstitutional.

    Here is why. In the autumn of 2009, enemies of Nuri al-Maliki in Iraqiyya and the Iraqi National Alliance (INA) began making strenuous attempts at labelling the government as a “caretaker” one in an attempt at restraining Maliki’s spending powers prior to the elections. They appeared not to care a fig that such a designation was a legal concoction with no basis in the constitution, but eventually modified their demands – first to a “law on electoral conduct” that would go some way towards restraining Maliki but was never passed, and then by restricting Maliki’s spending powers somewhat in the 2010 budget. But of course throughout this period the government maintained exactly the same legal status, since there simply is no constitutional provision for changing the status of the government after an election. Such a change in status comes into effect only if parliament is dissolved prematurely; otherwise all that is specified relates to the steps and the timeline for forming a new government. It should be added that Biden’s attempt to create a contrast to the situation in 2006 is also erroneous. Just like the constitution adopted in 2005, the Transitional Administrative Law that remained in place under the Jaafari government did not explicitly change the status of the government subsequent to the first legislative elections; rather it stipulated a deadline for the formation of a new one (31 December 2005) which like all other deadlines in Iraq was cheerfully violated, in that case by around six months.

    One may still wonder how this curious designation found its way into the White House. One possible route is through Ad Melkert of UNAMI, whose ideas are often listened to by the Obama administration. In early August, before the UN Security Council, Melkert said “a common understanding seems to have evolved last week among all political blocs over whether indeed the stage of a ‘caretaker’ government has been reached.” This is however misleading. What happened was as follows. After the elections, some Iraqiyya and INA members have continued their vivid exegesis of the Iraqi constitution to claim that the current government is a caretaker government. This reached its height in late July, when a legal counsel to Nuri al-Maliki, Tariq Harb, presented an elegant, diplomatic and constitutionally correct refutation by saying that the current government was for practical purposes a caretaker government, since the constitution explicitly demands parliamentary consent for certain decisions (treaties etc.) and since parliament is not operational. In other words, the current Iraqi government could perhaps be construed as a de facto caretaker government, but surely any attempt at a de jure designation of it as a caretaker government would be unconstitutional – one might as well declare Mithal al-Alusi the King of Iraq, since that kind of action similarly has no legal basis. Nonetheless, some Sadrists and other INA members shouted loud hurrahs afterwards, claiming victory; Melkert then flew off to the UNSC with his interpretation of the events based on the INA version and it later ended up in the Obama speech.

    Why should we care about these ridiculous details? Because the US government seems to underestimate the extent to which competing interpretations of the constitution may be used to determine who should form the next government in Iraq. For example, how will Iraqiyya react if its claim to a privileged role in forming the next government is trumped by an all-Shiite alliance? How will the Shiite alliance, in turn, respond to US-inspired attempts to check the powers of the prime minister that are not in the constitution? If the US government wishes to make a meaningful contribution to forming the next government in Iraq and assist the Iraqis in identifying solutions that are both realistic and constitutionally acceptable, it should pay greater attention to what is in the constitution and what is not. It may however be too late, since the drift towards a focus on the putative pan-Shiite alliance has strengthened during Ramadan, which on top of the legal issues brings up the issue of stalemate within that alliance. Often it is forgotten that the problems we are seeing between INA and Maliki in many ways go back not to 2009 or 2005 but rather to the 1980s when the Daawa seceded from SCIRI in Iran.

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    Two Special Forces Peshmerga Detained by Militants

    Two Special Forces Peshmerga Detained by Militants
    By Nehro Muhammad

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Two Kurdish Peshmerga from the Zeravani special forces were detained Sunday by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after they mistakenly drove into a checkpoint controlled by the jihadists near Mosul.



    “We will treat them as prisoners of war,” an ISIS fighter told Rudaw by telephone.



    Muhammad Ali and Bakhtyar Najmadin, who belong to the Kurdish army’s elite Zeravani forces, were returning to their posts from Erbil in the late afternoon when they found themselves at an ISIS checkpoint near the city of Mosul, which has been in militant hands for more than a week.



    Rizgar Abbas Ali, a Zeravani officer stationed near Mosul, confirmed the news.



    Rudaw spoke to the detainees, after the cell phone of one of the two soldiers was answered by an ISIS fighter who identified himself as the assistant for security affairs.



    “The Peshmergas have been detained by us, we have them and they are in good health,” said the ISIS fighter, who introduced himself as Mujbil. “The decision to release them or otherwise lies with our commander,” he said.



    “I have been detained by the ISIS and they are treating me well,” Najmadin told Rudaw, after he was handed the phone by his ISIS captors.



    Najmadin, 33, is a native of Kirkuk, and Ali, 56, is from Halabja.



    Najmadin said they had not been harmed by their captors. “We are hoping for a prisoner exchange. We are asking the Kurdistan presidency and Kurdistan Regional Government to come to our rescue,” he said.



    But Abbas, the Zeravani officer, said he had intelligence that the two captives “have been beaten badly.”



    Mujbil, the ISIS captor, confirmed the Kurdish pair had been beaten upon capture. “As they were detained, one of our fighters had beaten them, but we will punish and flog him because in the ISIS it is forbidden to beat a prisoner.”



    A high-ranking Zeravani officer told Rudaw on condition of anonymity that contact has been made with the ISIS to decide the fate of the two Peshmergas.



    “They have promised us that they will release them and we are waiting for them to keep their promise,” he said.


    Kurdish Peshmerga forces have moved into areas in northern Iraq abandoned by the Iraqi Army, after an onslaught by rebels who captured Mosul last week and are now near Baghdad.

    http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/160620143

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    Obama’s Second Syria

    Obama’s Second Syria
    By Ako Mohammed

    US President Barack Obama’s speech on Friday dashed Iraq’s expectations and made the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) overjoyed. His words must have also reminded the Iraqi leaders that the best way to save their country from a disastrous end is first and foremost an agreement with the Kurds.



    With two points, Obama made everything clear to the Iraqis: First, that his country wouldn’t send troops to Iraq again and that what is happening there is a domestic issue and it is upon the Iraqis themselves to find a solution.



    Those two very points contradicted America’s own definition of terrorism, while his decision to withdraw his troops from Iraq three years ago was detrimental to this country.



    America has always treated terrorism as a global threat, but by referring to Iraq’s problems as domestic, Obama covered up all the regional hands that are stirring up turmoil in Iraq.



    Obama took the same policy towards Iraq that he has adopted towards Syria and put the war on terrorism on the backburner. This means that if the Iraqi leaders do not find a way out of their crisis, Obama’s present to Iraq would be the same disaster of Syria.



    The US gave arms to Nouri al-Maliki. It trained and funded his sectarian army. It was silent when Baghdad cut off the funding of the Peshmerga. It didn’t stop Maliki’s hostility towards the Kurds. It didn’t stop him from violating the constitution that was written with the American help. It didn’t stop him from brutalizing the Sunni population and their demands for autonomy. The US didn’t say a word about Baghdad freezing Kurdistan Region’s budget and worst of all, Washington opposed Kurdistan’s oil exports.

    It was for these reasons that some analysts said Obama lacked a world vision. What was strange was Obama’s own confession, that despite all the support, the Iraqi army wasn’t able to defend the cities. This in itself contradicted the American belief that says an army is strengthened by the people not just money and arms.



    As I mentioned in my previous column, Iraq’s failures and that of its army are due to Maliki’s own political failures and the deepening of the problems with the Kurds and Sunnis.



    And now that America’s position is clear, the Kurds for their part are in a strong position. On the one hand they are in control of all the Kurdish territories and Maliki’s policy of starving the Kurdistan Region by cutting of their budget has failed. On the other, they also have the strongest and most determined army in Iraq.



    Therefore Obama’s speech must be clear to the Iraqi leaders that the only way to avoid Syria’s fate is a genuine political agreement that can be felt on the ground. Meanwhile, all eyes are now on the Kurdish leaders to see what their first move is going to be.

    http://rudaw.net/english/opinion/16062014

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    FM Spokeswoman: Iran against US military interference in Iraq

    FM Spokeswoman: Iran against US military interference in Iraq

    Monday, 16 June 2014 10:34

    Baghdad (AIN) -Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham underlined that Tehran is seriously against the US military adventurism in Iraq.

    ˈThe Islamic Republic of Iran is strongly against the US military intervention in Iraq,ˈ Afkham siad in a statement reviewed by AIN.

    ˈWith no doubt the recent incidents are linked to the goal of influencing and changing the political trend of Iraq and evidence shows that the US is trying to misuse the status quo in Iraq and disrupt the outcome of election,ˈ she added.

    Afkham reiterated that no one should expect help from those who created insecurity in Iraq.


    The foreign ministry spokeswoman reiterated that Iran follows up the current issues in Iraq with sensitivity and accurately, and said, ˈThe terrorists attack on Iraq takes place at a time when the people of Iraq gained a great victory in the countryˈs recent parliamentary elections and this important thing has not been tolerable for some countries.ˈ



    Afkham also warned against the repercussions of using terrorism as a tool and the trans-regional threats of the terrorist groups, and said, ˈIt is the duty of governments and international bodies to responsibly support the government of Iraq to repel the danger of Takfiri and extremist terrorists.

    http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index....erence-in-iraq

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    Peshmerga announces the death and injury of 37 of its members since the fall of Mosul

    Peshmerga announces the death and injury of 37 of its members since the fall of Mosul

    Sun Jun 15 2014 23:59 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Twilight News

    She said the Ministry of Peshmerga in Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq on Sunday that 37 of its troops were killed and wounded in the military operations that followed the fall of the city of Mosul, however, militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

    The spread of the Kurdish forces in the disputed areas between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government after the withdrawal of the Iraqi army forces them fully.

    Said Jabbar Yawar, secretary-general of the Ministry of Peshmerga for "Twilight News": "We are now in the process of forming an operation room for the Peshmerga forces and made ​​a number of victims."

    And that, in the area between the Rabia border in the province of Nineveh, during clashes with forces Daash killed two members of the Peshmerga, pointing out that the element of the Peshmerga in the same area killed and another injured in a bomb explosion on Sunday.

    He added that a bomb exploded on a Peshmerga brigades upon the withdrawal of the Iraqi army from its headquarters in Kirkuk, a few days ago, which led to the death of two Kurdish troops and wounding four others.

    The official said the Kurdish saying that two of the Peshmerga forces were killed and 23 others wounded in Diyala, which has seen battles between militants and the organization of an Islamic state on the borders of the Peshmerga hand Saadia north of the province.

    The Government of the Territory has vowed to protect the population in the conflict zones in front of creep militants of the Islamic state in a number of provinces of the country and said that its forces take the defensive only.

    Kurdish forces fought over the past five days, sporadic clashes with militants of the Islamic State in Nineveh, Kirkuk and Diyala.

    The government has said it is the Kurdish forces have moved in coordination with the federal government.

    http://translate.googleusercontent.c...#ixzz34mxkh4Fx

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    AIN reveals names of four MPs behind delay of Federal Court's approval for elections

    AIN reveals names of four MPs behind delay of Federal Court's approval for elections results

    Monday, 16 June 2014 11:22

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Supreme Judicial Council revealed that the approval of the election results is delayed due to four MPs.

    The spokesperson of the judicial authority, Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, stated to AIN "MPs, Abaas Mitaiwi, Raad al-Dahlaki, Saleem al-Jouburi, and Omer al-Humairi, are behind the delay of the approval of the elections results due to some judicial claims against them."

    http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index....ctions-results

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    Kurdish Taxis Shuttling to Baghdad Report Abuse by Shiite Militias, Iraq Army

    Kurdish Taxis Shuttling to Baghdad Report Abuse by Shiite Militias, Iraq Army
    By RUDAW


    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish taxi drivers shuttling between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad report abuse and beatings by Shiite militias and the Iraqi military because of their ethnicity, amid turmoil in Iraq as Sunni Islamic militants nearing Baghdad vow to topple the government.



    Taxi drivers reported being abused and threatened by Shiite militants of the Iranian-backed Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous), and by Iraqi Army soldiers.



    "I returned from Baghdad two days ago, they (Asa’ib) put a gun to my head, asking if we were Kurds,” recounted a driver from Erbil. “They told us, ‘if you ever come back, we will kill you,’ and then he started cursing us and our leaders.”



    In a televised speech about the security situation in Iraq, the leader of the Asa’ib, Qais al-Khazali, blamed the current turmoil on an alleged plot hatched by the Kurds, militants of the Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and loyalists of Saddam Hussein’s ousted regime.



    "The Kurdish leaders seized the headquarters of the army and the weapons and equipment, and took control of the disputed areas after the withdrawal of the army," the Shiite leader charged.



    Other drivers told similar accounts of abuse, saying that Kurds were being abused and beaten at Iraqi Army checkpoints as well.



    “Even a (Iraqi army) captain did the same to us,” said one driver. “I saw them take two drivers who were ahead of me. They started hitting them with their Ak-47s. He cursed us (Kurds) one thousand times," he added. “I went through the checkpoints, but they took the other drivers.”



    Drivers reported better treatment at checkpoints of the ISIS, whose fighters together with other rebels captured Mosul last week and are now near Baghdad.



    “When one goes through ISIS checkpoints, they never say anything. But the Shiites insult you very much," recounted one driver.



    Shiite leaders have issued a fatwa, or religious decree, calling on followers to take up arms against the ISIS threat. In response, thousands of Shiites from Iraq’s central and southern provinces have mobilized and joined their militias.



    Iraq’s Sunni leaders have denounced the Fatwa, fearing it could open the gates to a war between Iraq’s majority Shiites and very large Sunni minority.



    Meanwhile al-Iraqiya TV, which is close to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malliki’s government, has seeming embarked on an anti-Kurdish campaign, accusing Kurdish leaders of cooperating with ISIS against the government in Baghdad.

    http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/160620144

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    The federal court ratifies the results of the parliamentary elections

    The federal court ratifies the results of the parliamentary elections

    16/06/2014 12:05:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The Federal Court ratified the results of the parliamentary elections that took place on the thirtieth of the month of April.

    A source at the court said in a press statement that "the Federal Court ratified the election results except / 4 / names have been postponed ".

    http://www.ninanews.com/english/News...ar95_VQ=HEMKKE

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