Iraqi parliament fails to give confidence to the interior and defense ministers
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Erbil, September 16 / September (PNA) - Iraqi Council of Representatives for Tuesday, September 16th / September vote on the candidates and the interior and defense ministries to next Thursday, after the failure of Riad Ghraib, Jaber al-Jabri to get the confidence of the board.
According to media reports that House Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, in order to vote on the candidates for the security ministries to session next Thursday, after he failed to Riad Ghraib, Jaber al-Jabri obtain the confidence of Parliament.
She reports that the candidate Federation of Iraqi forces Jaber al-Jabri got 118 votes out of 251 fails to take over the Ministry of Defense, after being nominated by the bloc to take on this position, pointing out that the National Alliance candidate Riad Ghraib got 117 votes out of 251, to fail is the other in The Ministry of the Interior.
The Iraqi Parliament Fails to Approve New Security Ministers
Posted by Reidar Visser on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:35
New Iraq PM Haydar al-Abbadi kept his promise to present ministerial candidates for portfolios not included in the recent vote on his new cabinet, but the Iraqi parliament proved uncooperative. As a result, only one minister, for water management, was approved in today’s session. Crucially, all key security ministries remain vacant.
The most contentious nominations related to the defence and interior ministries. With respect to defence, the name of Jabir al-Jabiri, an Anbar politician with considerable popular backing and past ties to the former finance minister, Rafe al-Isawi, has recurred for some time as the nominee of the Sunni coalition in parliament. Conversely, it was something of a surprise that Riyad Ghrayb, a Shiite chameleon who has gone from a past with ISCI to the State of Law bloc and the faction of Hussein al-Shahristani, was put forward in the last minute. Before that, it had largely been thought that Badr would present a candidate, even after their original nominee, Hadi al-Ameri, was found by most other parties to be too unpalatable in such a sensitive position. As late as yesterday, a modification of the Badr proposal was presented in the shape of “independents” that might be acceptable to Badr, such as Ahmad Chalabi and Qasim Dawud. Today, the Shiite alliance held a last-minute meeting before the parliament session without being able to agree internally on a candidate.
There are regional and international dimensions involved, too. It has been suggested that the Iraq interior ministry struggle is a reflection of the contradictive relationship between the United States and Iran in the region as a whole, with Iran backing Badr candidates in Iraq and the United States – finally in possession of some real leverage because of the ISIS threat and Iraqi requests for American military assistance, and tacitly in alliance with Iran against ISIS – strongly objecting to this.
It is noteworthy that during the parliament session today, Abbadi implored the chamber to approve the nominees whereas parliamentarians of the Shiite alliance (whom Abbadi himself represents) voiced opposition to a vote, saying the interior minister at least should be internally approved in the Shiite alliance first. Deputy speaker Humam al-Hammudi of ISCI at one point tried to stop the vote according to the official parliamentary record.
Whereas the voting record hasn’t been tied down to individual MPs or even parties, the patterns suggest that parts of the Shiite alliance may have voted No and possibly that there was a revenge No in the vote on the State of Law nominee for tourism (Ali al-Adib). Interior minister Riyad Ghrayb got 117 out of 245 votes, Jabir al-Jabiri 108 out of 251, and Ali al-Adib got only 78 out of 250 votes. By way of contrast, a Sadrist nominee for the water ministry was approved with a more resounding 162 out of 250 votes. Altogether 285 MPs were in attendance, probably a reflection of the realization that a simple majority could have settled the matter of the security ministers and have them approved if those who were against Jabiri and Ghrayb had simply absented themselves.
Parliament adjourned until Thursday 18 September but it is unclear whether Abbadi will come up with new nominees by then. It cannot be stressed enough that these final components of the Abbadi cabinet are among the most important decisions relating to the new Iraqi government as a whole – and as such far more significant than the plethora of international gatherings that are currently going on in the name of defeating ISIS in Iraq. Experiences from Yemen suggest that airstrikes will eventually hit someone that shouldn’t have been hit. In that kind of context, only a durable political coalition in Baghdad can prevent the situation from fragmenting completely. The absence of agreement on security ministers was a key reason the second Maliki government remained so shaky throughout its term, and it is likely this issue, more than anything else, that will seal the fate of the new, so far partial, government put in place by Haydar al-Abbadi.
Saleem al-Jubouri: The House of Representatives granted another chance to al-Abadi next Thursday in order to resolve the issue of security ministers
BAGHDAD / NINA / Speaker of the House of Representatives Saleem al-Jubouri, said on Tuesday that the House granted another deadline for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ended next Thursday in order to resolve the issue of the security ministers.
Al-Jubouri said in a statement to his press office: "It is in order to complete the formation of the Government of Abadi and in the form which achieves the supreme interests of the Iraqi people, especially in the security side, which has become a concern for all Iraqis after the deterioration that the area had witnessed, the House of Representatives gave sufficient time to choose the security minister after voting on the government last week.
The House of Representatives did not give confidence in its today session for candidates of the ministries of Defense, Interior and Tourism, while it voted for / Muhsen Asfour / as Minister of Water Resources.
UNP MP: Jabiri to be re-nominated for defense minister post
September 17, 2014 by Ahmed Hussein
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) MP Sajida Mohammed of the Union of National Powers assured that “The Union nominated Badr al-Fahal to assume the defense minister post.”
MP Mohammed stated to IraqiNews.com “Al-Fahal is among the candidates for the post after the rejection of the parliament to the nomination of the candidate Jabir al-Jabiri,” noting that “Jabiri will be re-nominated for the same post.”
“We were surprised by the rejection of the parliament for Jabiri since he was our only candidate for this post.”
MP confirms the lack of agreement between the political blocs to nominate candidates for the two Security Ministries
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP for the State of Law Coalition, Haider Mutlaq al-Kaabi said the political blocs have not agreed to nominate candidates for the two ministries / interior and defense /.
Kaabi said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The National Alliance and the Iraqi forces coalition failed to reach an agreement for naming their candidates for the ministries of interior and defense, indicating that it is likely to postpone naming the two ministers (defense, interior) and vote on them after the Eid al-Adha."
On the meeting of the Council of Representatives today, Kaabi said: "The Council will discuss the work of the council during the past 8 years, in addition to swear oath to a number of MPs who did not perform the constitutional oath."
The House of Representatives has failed to vote on the candidates for the ministries of interior and defense, Riad Ghraib and Jaber al-Jabri in the meeting, which was held on last Monday under the chairmanship of Salim al-Jubouri, head of the Council and attended by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi .
Alliance forces are likely to vote on the ministries of interior and defense after the Eid al-Adha
Sat Sep 20 2014 21:26 | (Voice of Iraq)
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
Suggested Bloc parliamentary alliance of Iraqi forces, Saturday, and vote on the Interior and Defense ministries directly after Eid al-Adha, revealing submit new names to the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
The head of the bloc Ahmed electrodes in an interview for the program "Khvaya declared," which aired "Alsumaria", that "All agreed on the importance of these two bags and two interior and defense," he said, adding that he "got several meetings with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to resolve this matter."
The electrodes that "coalition forces Iraqi nominated new names, one of them from Mosul, Khalid al-Obeidi and another from a military professionals Nuri forgiving," likely "to vote on the security ministries directly after the feast."
It is noteworthy that each of the candidate Iraqi forces to the Ministry of Defense Jaber al-Jabri, and the National Alliance candidate Riad Ghraib failure in a session last Tuesday (September 16, 2014) to get the confidence of Parliament.
To postpone the vote on the security ministers of the post-holiday
Sun Sep 21 2014 17:43 | (Voice of Iraq) - Add Comment - revealed Deputy for green mass in the House of Representatives, about to go to postpone the vote on the defense and interior ministers of the post-holiday Eid al-Adha.
The MP explained Leila disappeared, in an interview with the site of the Central Council of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUKcc.net), today Sunday, 21/09/2014, that there are differences between the components of the National Alliance, to nominate a candidate as interior minister, referring to the limbs you want to nominate a prime Badr Organization, Hadi Ameri, while the other parties oppose the nomination of Ameri.
She noted that the MP Alborznge to vote on the two posts delayed until after the holiday, pointing out that the Council will hold a regular session tomorrow, will meet with the committees on Tuesday, that the Council will hold next Thursday, his last session before the holiday.
The candidate of the Iraqi forces to the Ministry of Defense Jaber Al Jabri and the National Alliance candidate for the Ministry of Interior Riad Ghraib failed to gain the confidence of the House of Representatives during the session last Tuesday (September 16, 2014).
MP: most of the parties of the National Alliance support Ameri to assume the Interior Ministry and parliament will vote on Jabri for the defense
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Ahrar bloc, Jumaa Diwan al-Bahadeli said there are no differences within the National Alliance on the nomination of the Minister of Interior, noting that most of the forces of the Alliance support the Secretary-General of the Badr Organization, Hadi al-Ameri to take this post.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The talk about the existence of differences among forces of the National Alliance is untrue, because most of the forces of the National Alliance agreed on granting the Minister of the Interior to Badr bloc, noting that the issue of naming the ministers of interior and defense on its way to be resolved a smooth and easy and it is possible, during the next sessions of the House of Representatives to give Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi names to vote on them. "
He explained that "a number of members of the House of Representatives presented a memorandum to the presidency of the parliament signed by / 50 / MPs or more to re-vote on the candidate of the Iraqi forces coalition, Jaber al-Jabri to the Ministry of Defense, adding that the Presidency of the Parliament approved to re-vote in order to give confidence to Jaber al-Jabri as defense minister ".
The MP, of the State of Law, Haider Mutlaq al-Kaabi expected naming the ministers of defense and interior and vote on them after Eid al-Adha. "
MP: it is difficult to resolve naming defense and interior ministers before Eid al-Adha
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Iraqi forces coalition, Salah al-Jubouri confirmed the difficulty of resolving the candidates for the defense and interior ministries before Eid al-Adha.
Al-Jubouri said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "There is a need to name the ministers of defense and interior, because of the security problems in the country, which makes it imperative for the Prime Minister to resolve this file in nearest opportunity."
He added: "At the time we request to speed up the nomination of the ministers, we ask for a national consensus on the candidates offered by the prime minister to fill the two ministries."
Jubouri pointed out that "the lack of time will be main reason in the postponement of the subject after the holiday of Eid al-Adha, on the grounds that" the House of Representatives will enjoy a vacation in 26, Sep, for two weeks. "
He said: "The Iraqi forces coalition resented a group of names to the prime minister to choose one of them for the post of Minister of Defense, including Khalid al-Obeidi, Jaber al-Jabri, Nuri Gafil al-Dulaimi and Hajim al-Hassani, and others," pointing out that "some of these figures are backed by political parties, and the other are not. "
Jubouri concluded, "Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi needs professional and accepted personalities to the assumption of the security ministries, and it is difficult for Abadi to come with names to parliament do not get a consensus on them, and we get a new setback.
Alliance Iraqi forces: the re-nomination of Jaber al-Jabri to the Ministry of Defense
Dated: September 24, 2014
Baghdad / Iraq News Network, a parliamentary source said coalition forces in Iraq, said the alliance will bring the nomination to the Ministry of Jaber al-Jabri Aldvaa.oukal source: Iraqi forces that the alliance made a formal request be re-elected Jaber al-Jabri to the Ministry of Defense, and we are waiting for the political blocs agree on it, pointing out that The problem is not in the Union of Iraqi forces, but are in the National Alliance, which did not correspond to mass so far on the candidate and the Ministry of the Interior. "The House of Representatives declined to give confidence to the candidates of the Ministries of Interior Riad Ghraib and Defense Jaber al-Jabri in the meeting, which was held last week under the chairmanship of Salim al-Jubouri, head of Council and attended by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Deputy for mass Badr: Ameri-Jubouri was supported by the Kurds and the electrodes and to take internal
Wednesday 24 September 2014 12:39
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
MP for the Bloc Badr Razak al-Haidari, Wednesday, that the candidate to take over the Interior Ministry Hadi al-Amiri was supported by Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, the head of the Union of Forces Iraqi Ahmed electrodes, while noting that the Kurds do not object to that.
Haidari said in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "Badr bloc discussed with Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, the candidate of the Multi-Hadi al-Ameri to take over the Ministry of the Interior," noting that "al-Jubouri confirmed his support for the Ameri."
Haidari said that "the head of the Union of Forces Ahmed electrodes also confirmed no objection to assume Hadi al-Amiri of the Ministry of Interior and its support for him," pointing out that "the rule of law and national components all with this trend."
He continued that "the Kurdistan Alliance, in turn, emphasized his support for the Ameri as a candidate to take over the Ministry of the Interior."
The Minister of Human Rights and a prominent leader in the Badr Organisation, Mohammed Mahdi al-Bayati has revealed, the first on Monday (22 September 2014), for a final agreement between the members of a coalition of state law during a meeting held yesterday in the presence of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the nomination of former Transport Minister and head of the Badr Organization, the take the bag and the Ministry of Interior officially.
The Kurdistan Alliance MP Sarhan Ahmed said, in (13 September 2014), that the Kurds have no objection to the Secretary-General of the Badr Organization, Hadi al-Amiri to the Interior Ministry, while pointing out that they want the interior minister of an efficient and fair and does not differentiate between the components and sections of the people.
MP from Badr: Al-Abadi told the National Alliance, he needs to take time to take some critical security decisions
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP for the Badr Bloc, Razak al-Haidari said the prime minister Haider al-Abadi told the components of the National Alliance his need to take the time to make some decisions and decisive actions in the security file.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The restructuring of the armed forces and the security services are within the government program presented by the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and voted on by the House of Representatives."
Haidari added that "there is a political and parliamentary consensus within the National Alliance and other blocs on the need to reconsider the structure of the armed forces and built them on the basis of professionalism in the light of the challenges of the current and future phases."
He said "Abadi, during a meeting of the National Alliance recently, said that there are battles and confrontations on the ground, preventing him from making some adjustments , and he needs to take the time to make critical decisions regarding the security file."
He noted that "the National Alliance expressed its understanding to the vision of Abadi and give him full support to the steps of restructuring the security services and armed forces."
Badr MP: Hakim, al-Abadi agreed to nominate Hadi al-Amiri for the Ministry of the Interior
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP for the Badr Bloc, Razak al-Haidari declared an agreement between the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim and the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to appoint the head of the Badr Organization, Hadi al-Amiri a candidate for the National Alliance for the Interior Ministry.
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "an agreement was made after the meeting between Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and leader of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim recently, to nominate Hadi al-Amiri a candidate for the National Alliance for the Ministry of the Interior."
Haidari said that "the components of the National Alliance / citizen, Ahrar and the state of law coalition / unanimously agreed on the nomination of Hadi al-Ameri to the Ministry of the Interior."
He pointed out that "the possibility of re-nominate Riad Ghraib is outside the legal context, as he should get two-thirds of the votes of the House of Representatives."
He stressed that "the agreement on the candidate of the interior minister will lead automatically to pass the candidate of the Iraqi forces coalition to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense," calling the Iraqi forces coalition to "nominate a candidate for the Ministry of Defense, so as to vote on him in the parliament and not to risk by providing a candidate did not get consensus."
The House of Representatives postponed naming security ministers until the agreement of the political blocs after objecting to granting confidence to the nomination of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, both of Riad Ghraib to the Ministry of the Interior and Jaber al-Jabri for Defense.
Iraq oil revenues spent in 7 months. And salaries of Kurdistan under the cash balance
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Iraq oil revenues spent in 7 months. And salaries of Kurdistan under the cash balance
The Finance Minister said, the Government would end the settlement of all information required to complete the outstanding balance, and payment to the House in time may be after Eid, saying that everybody want to resolve the crisis, despite Kurdistan salaries paid will be linked with the available cash balance in reference to potential financial shortfall significantly by country.
And this may explain the competent Parliamentary Committee revealed on the income and expenditure figures for the past seven months, according to data that the Government of Nouri al-Maliki spent each amount from oil revenues, although they did pay petrodollars – being free to Basra and other provinces produced and not paid balance of Kurdistan, as well as other expenses depend on the provinces that fell however, daash, indicating a significant increase in spending, and not calculated to share important mayors have been awaiting the release of funds or the salaries of its employees.
The Cabinet said in the meeting, he briefed Tuesday on figures prepared by the Ministry of Finance on Kurdistan and charged up the expected income from the export of oil and its relationship to the federal budget and decided to form a Ministerial Committee to study the financial situation and formulate priorities for basic pay in a way that does not harm the living reality of the citizen.
I got the "range" on the total numbers of financial revenues and expenditures for the first seven months of this year, showing that Iraq had spent all the money earned from oil exports, although it has not paid the dues and no amounts of petrodollars – being free for Basra and other provinces produced, and most of the financial obligations of provinces fell however, daash.
According to the President of the parliamentary Finance Committee, Magda Abdel Latif al-Tamimi, said in an interview with "the range", the Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday discussed the income and expenditure in the budget for the previous period ", adding that the next two days, which would be why extend water revenue and expenditure for the remainder of the current year, ready by the Ministry.
Former House of representatives failed to approve the budget for 2014, which migrated to the new parliamentary session. Tamimi called that "it is hoped that a special meeting of the Council of Ministers (Thursday) to discuss the federal budget for the 2014" is likely the Government will hand over the federal budget to Parliament after Eid al-Adha holiday ".
The "oil revenues, according to data from the Ministry of Finance of the beginning of the year to 31 July 2014 at fifty-seven trillion dinars from oil revenues, remittance income Treasury amounted to 2 trillion, two hundred and sixty-six billion" as "the non-oil revenues amounted to one trillion nine hundred and fourteen billion while revenue opening balance as at 1 January 2014 was 2 trillion nine hundred and seventy billion dinars".
The Deputy of the free block that "total income which came during the first seven months of the year totaled 64 trillion and one hundred and fifty billion dinars".
As for operational expenditure and investment, the Finance Committee Chairman said that "the investment expenditure amounted to 14 trillion, eight hundred fifty-one billion for the first seven months of the year, made only on ongoing projects, while current budget or operational forty-nine trillion and seven hundred and fourteen billion dinars".
And noted that "the Ministry of finance will work quickly to make guesses for future income and expenditure are shown in case oil prices drop as the price per barrel to $ 94 what will be the implications for the size of the budget.
The Finance Minister said the Agency Mohammed Sudani told to "run" it "after deliberation the initial federal budget by the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday decided to form a technical committee headed by the Ministry of finance and membership the ministries of oil, planning and the Central Bank and the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to discuss the budget problems.
He said the Sudanese Cabinet select the Technical Committee by one week to finish work on the budget, which will submit its recommendations to the Government proposals and the expected deficit and actions that would address the shortfall. "
The Finance Minister declined to comment on the budget figures that completed his Ministry, he said, "you cannot speak any number of budget numbers (which belong to the territory of the CR Stan and provincial expenditure and revenue) at the present time that there is a functional Commission continues and meets on a daily basis in order to reach a solution to this problem."
And on the possibility of launching Kurdistan salaries during the current period, the Minister answered that "solving this problem (salaries of Kurdistan) is part of the political agreement that will resolve this crisis, so there is a great desire, to the Council of Ministers to resolve the issue," adding that the Kurdish region has its own budget, like the provinces and ministries and this natural right.
The Government of Nouri al-Maliki has cut staff salaries in Iraqi Kurdistan since February due to differences over export of oil produced in the region.
He added that "the Council of Ministers will set a date to which the Ministry of finance to release salary and amounts assumed dispensing, subject to the cash available to the Iraqi State."
The Minister predicted that the budget will be approved during the current month in the Cabinet and the Parliament.
Saleem al-Jubouri: An extraordinary session of the government tomorrow to discuss the budget
Erbil / NINA / Speaker of the House of Representatives Saleem al-Jubouri announced on Wednesday that the federal government will hold a special meeting tomorrow to discuss the general budget of the country, stressing the seriousness of the government in solving the problematic balance of the Kurdistan region and the salaries of its staff.
He said in a joint news conference with the head of the regional parliament Youssif Mohamad today that there is a major challenge facing everyone without discrimination which is terrorism and IS," noting that "this challenge requires from the whole to be united.
The visit was to review many important files with the Kurdish leaders represented in the financial budget and the staff salaries, which were stopped over the past months, in addition to the file of the displaced people in the region.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Saleem al-Jubouri arrived this morning to the city of Erbil.
Sadoun denies holding an extraordinary session for the House of Representatives today
BAGHDAD / NINA / The leading figure of the Kurdistan Alliance, MP Mohsen al-Sadoun denied holding an extraordinary session for the Council of Representatives to discuss the budget law in conjunction with holding an extraordinary session for the Council of Ministers. "
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the Presidency of the Council of Representatives did not inform the political blocs formally to attend its members to a special meeting of the House of Representatives to discuss a particular topic, pointing out that "most of the members of the House of Representatives have a holiday for Eid al-Adha."
He explained, "The last report to the political blocs by the Presidency of the Council of Representatives, is holding a regular session on 14 of this month, therefore there is no unusual or extraordinary session during this period."
The head of the House of Representatives Salem al-Jubouri announced yesterday, from Arbil, that the federal government will hold a special meeting today to discuss the budget of the country, stressing the seriousness of the government in solving the problem of the share of the Kurdistan region and the salaries of its employees.
KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region—Security and military officials in Kirkuk say Shiite militias are acting with impunity as they fight the Islamic State (IS), carrying out brutal campaigns against Sunni Arabs who are asking for protection from Kurdish forces.
Following the fall of Mosul to IS and as the extremist group inches toward Baghdad, thousands of Shiite militiamen have heeded Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s call to fight IS and mobilized to battlefields in Kirkuk, Mosul, Diyala and Tikrit.
In Iraq there are at least two dozen known Shiite militia groups, including the Badr Brigades, Mehdi Army, Hezbollah, Ali ibn Abutalib and Asaib Ahl al-Haq. The militias are heavily armed and are believed to receive support from the Iraqi army.
A new stronghold for the Shiite militias is the town of Amerli, Salahaddin province, which was under IS siege until a rare joint operation between Peshmerga forces, the Shiite militias, the Iraqi Army and US airstrikes ousted IS in late August. Shiite militias took over the town after IS was pushed back.
Sherwan Hamid, a Kurdish Peshmerga officer near Kirkuk, told Rudaw, “The policy and behavior of Shiite militants have changed completely. In the beginning their only goal was to retake Shiite areas, but now they have started seeking revenge.”
Hamid added, “Following the liberation of Amerli, Suleiman Beg and some other villages, the Shiite militants entered the village of Yenginje and destroyed all the houses, stores and shops that belonged to Sunni Arabs.”
“When they find an IS militant corpse, they behead it and drag the body from the car in the streets,” he maintained.
For years during Iraq’s brutal sectarian conflict, Shiite militias were accused of setting up checkpoints, abusing power, running secret prisons and operating as unofficial, and unchecked, security forces. The power of Shiite militias is a major point of contention for Sunni Arabs who have been persecuted by Shiite forces.
Pola Ahmed, director of Daquq security station south of Kirkuk, said, “IS still controls several areas within Kirkuk’s borders. The security authorities, with the help of the Iraqi army, have a plan to retake those areas and the Shiite militants are expected to participate in the operation. This has raised grave concerns among the Sunnis.
Ahmed added, “We have been approached by Sunni Arabs in those areas via tribal leaders. They have informed us that they would like to have the Peshmerga forces attack their areas and that they are ready to surrender themselves and their arms to Peshmerga forces on the condition that Shiite militants can’t attack their areas,” Ahmed added.
Abbas Abdulhussein, commander of Suleiman Beg front south of Kirkuk, told Rudaw, “All of the volunteers have come for jihad against IS. Every battalion has a commander and all of the commanders are under the command of (Badr leader) Hadi al-Ameri who carries out the orders of the highest Shiite clerics.”
“The Shiite jihadists have the right to take the lives and properties of those Sunni Arabs who have fought along with IS, because they had taken the lives and properties of Shiites. They have killed dozens of Shiite police, soldiers and citizens and they continue to do so,” Abdulhussein added.
Abdulhussein said, “We believe that those who lived under the IS command are considered IS members. There are no impartial people under the authority of IS.”
A security source who spoke on condition of anonymity said Iranian militants are being trained near the town of Taza in Kirkuk province.
“All of the members of that military unit are Iranians affiliated with (Iran’s) Quds army. Their first mission is to retake the Bashir village, which is under IS control,” he said.
The Shiites militias have established several checkpoints on the Kirkuk-Baghdad road.
The director of security in the town of Tuz Khurmatu in Salahaddin province south of Kirkuk, said the Peshmerga worked well with the Shiite militias on anti-IS missions but their relationship has deteriorated over the past few weeks.
They “attacked our checkpoint at Khurmatu gate, but we repelled the attack,” he said. “The Shiite militants, on a daily basis, make problems for Kurds inside the town of Khurmatu.”
These are not the Jihadis we’re looking for
By DAVID ROMANO
As I write this, I am not certain whether or not the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane has fallen to the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS). Kobane has been besieged by ISIS for weeks, although now reports that they have advanced to within the city itself are emerging. Scores of villages in northern Syria have fallen to the ISIS Jihadis, and an exodus of some 160,000 terrified Syrian Kurds fled to the border with Turkey.
Turkey should be most alarmed by ISIS gains just south of its borders and accusations that Ankara had a role in the group’s meteoric rise. The incredibly savage ISIS fighters have become a Frankenstein monster completely outside of anyone’s control. Already some Turks, although it is difficult to gauge how many, openly share their view that ISIS is more genuinely Islamic than Mr. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Many believe that Ankara supported and continues to support ISIS, along with various other Islamist groups in Syria, in order to both overthrow the Assad regime and destroy the Kurdish push for autonomy in Rojava (Western, or Syrian, Kurdistan). Reports emerged of Jihadis receiving free medical care in Turkish hospitals all along the Syrian border, of weapons and supplies being transferred to them from Turkey, of ISIS selling its smuggled oil more freely in Turkey than anywhere else, and even of Turkish special forces secretly embedded with Jihadi groups in Syria. When ten Arab countries signed onto an anti-ISIS coalition in Jedda recently, Turkish representatives present at the meeting refused to join. Although Ankara never fails to label the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) “terrorist” and still refuses to officially negotiate with it, Turkish officials apparently negotiated with ISIS for the release of their hostages and they still have yet to officially designate ISIS a “terrorist group.”
There are good reasons as to why Turkey is now finally turning against ISIS, however. If it were definitively proven that they supported ISIS, this would cost the NATO member country a lot of friends. Indeed, all of Turkey’s hard earned credentials as a respectable, democratic and investment-friendly member of the world community would go up in smoke. This is why Turkish leaders recently started making a bit more clear in their rhetoric that they stand against ISIS and its barbarism. Unfortunately, Turkey may stop supporting ISIS only to keep arming Jabhat al-Nusra and other less prominent, but equally radical, Jihadis – so long as they are willing to fight Assad and the PKK. Turkey will tell us “These are not the Jihadis we’re looking for.”
The time has thus come for Turkey to show the world more clearly which side of this fight it supports. The crisis in Kobane offers Ankara a good opportunity to do so. Although Kurdish parliamentarian Selahatin Demirtas’s call for Turkey to army the Syrian Kurds (who are linked to the PKK) is probably too much for Ankara to contemplate, other actions could make a difference and remove the doubt about where Turkey stands. Besides the admirable gesture of taking in fleeing refugees, Turkey should allow its own Kurdish citizens (or others) who wish to help fight ISIS in Syria do so. Stopping them at the border near Kobane just creates more problems. If Syrian Kurdish representatives on the border want to admit such people, they should let them. Ankara could also coordinate with Syrian Kurds to provide them support and other logistics assistance from across the border. Everything short of sending Turkish troops into Syria, which would likely do more harm than good, should be considered. If it really opposes ISIS, Turkey could even shell the Jihadi positions near the border with its artillery.
Any tangible Turkish assistance in defending Rojava from ISIS’s advance would in turn help, not hurt, the peace process with the PKK in Turkey. Kurds in Turkey would be reminded that the government in Ankara is their government as well, and as such it can be relied upon to help their kin across the border. If, on the other hand, popular suspicion about Ankara’s collaboration with Jihadis against Rojava (and even Iraqi Kurdistan) continues, Kurdish separatist sentiment and radicalization in Turkey will likely rise as well. The peace process with the PKK might collapse as a result, and Ankara’s problems will multiply quickly.
David Romano has been a Rudaw columnist since 2010. He is the Thomas G. Strong Professor of Middle East Politics at Missouri State University and author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement (2006, Cambridge University Press) and co-editor (with Mehmet Gurses) of Conflict, Democratization and the Kurds in the Middle East (2014, Palgrave Macmillan).
Jaafary receives credentials of new US Ambassador to Iraq
Jaafary receives credentials of new US Ambassador to Iraq
Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:08
Baghdad (AIN) -Foreign Minister, Dr. Ibrahim Al Jaafary, received in his office in Baghdad the new U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Stewart Jones.
A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received by All Iraq News Agency cited "Jaafary received during the meeting a copy of the credentials of the Ambassador, who succeeded former Ambassador, Stephen Beecroft.
"They also discussed bilateral relations and ways to find mutual cooperation and activating the Strategic Framework Agreement," the statement added.
"The two sides touched upon relations between Iraq and neighboring countries in the next stage, and adopting the policy of international openness to create integrative coordination aiming to confront the risks that threaten the security and sovereignty of countries in the region," the statement concluded.
Islamic State controls all surrounding areas of Hit district, west of Anbar province
Islamic State controls all surrounding areas of Hit district, west of Anbar province
Ramadi / NINA / A security source in Anbar operation command announced that the Islamic State (IS) controlled all surrounding areas of Hit district, west of Anbar.
The source told the reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The elements of the (IS) attacked, at dawn today, Hit district from three directions , the first is the military headquarters and checkpoints internal and external, the second direction is the main roads to cut off military supplies to the district, and the third attack is to targeting the checkpoints with 3 car bombs, which led to stagger the armed forces defending the district as a whole.
The source added, "The number of martyrs and wounded in the ranks of the security forces reached 74 in the primary outcome , including 42 martyrs and dozens missing, and the elements of the (IS) captured a battalion of tanks, the headquarters of the Infantry Regiment, the headquarters for the leadership of the border guards of the Fourth Region, the Police Department of Hit and 5 police stations in the district, stressing that the battles are going on between security forces and elements of the (IS) ".
UNAMI: More than 3000 Iraqis killed, injured during last September
UNAMI: More than 3000 Iraqis killed, injured during last September
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 21:21
Baghdad (AIN) -According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of at least 1,119 Iraqis were killed and another 1,946 were injured in acts of terrorism and violence in September.
A statement by UNAMI received by AIN cited "The number of civilians killed was 854 (including 79 civilian police), while the number of civilians injured was 1,604 (including 84 civilian police). A further 265 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed, and 342 were injured (including Peshmirga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside Iraqi Army/not including casualties from Anbar operation)."
"Anbar excluded, Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 1,335 civilian casualties (352 killed, 983 injured), followed by Salah-il-Din (298 killed, 383 injured), Kirkuk (59 killed, 51 injured), Diyala (36 killed, 71 injured), Nineveh (75 killed, 16 injured)," the statement added.
"Up to now, UNAMI has not been able to obtain the total civilian casualty figures from the Health Directorate in Anbar. Overall casualty figures for Anbar will be added if and when they become available," the statement concluded.
Jaafari and American ambassador discuss activating the strategic framework agreement
02/10/2014 11:00 Jaafari and American ambassador discuss activating the strategic framework agreement between the two countries
BAGHDAD / obelisk: Search and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, with the new American ambassador to Iraq, Styawat Jones activating the strategic framework agreement between the two countries.
According to a statement obtained by "obelisk", a copy of the "al-Jaafari, received in his office in Baghdad's new American ambassador to Iraq, Styawat Jones, received the credentials of the new Ambassador Stephen Beecroft to succeed."
The statement added that "During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations, file, and find ways of mutual cooperation and activating the strategic framework agreement between the two countries, and the issue of relations between Iraq and neighboring countries and the region in the next stage, and the adoption of the policy of international openness."