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.
EID MUBARAK. Eid Mubarak or Blessed Eid, is a traditional Muslim greeting reserved for use on the festivals of Eid ul-Adha and Eid ul-Fitr. Eid means "Celebration" and refers to the occasion itself, and Mubarak means "blessed"; for example: "Eid Mubarak, sister!"
Muslims wish each other "Eid Mubarak" after performing the Eid prayer. The celebration continues until the end of the day for Eid ul-Fitr (or al-Fitr) and continues a further three days for Eid ul-Adha (or Al-Adha). This exchange of greetings is a cultural tradition and not part of any religious obligation.
Eid al-Adha , also called the Feast of the Sacrifice (Turkish: Kurban Bayramı; Bosnian: Kurban Bajram; Persian: عید قربان, Eid-e qorban), the "Major Festival", the "Greater Eid", Baqr'Eid (Urdu: بقر عید), or Tabaski(West Africa), is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year. It honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his promised son. Ishmael (Ismail)a as an act of submission to God's command, before God then intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_al-Adha
Holidays in (2014) in addition to Friday and Saturday
Jan. 1 New Year's Day
6 Army Day /1921
*15 Prophet's Birthday
Mar. 21 Spring Day
May 1 Labour Day
July 14 14th Revolution /1958
*29 Id Al-Fitr (3Days)
Oct. *4 Id Al-Adha (4Days)
*24 Islamic New Year
Nov *2 Ashoura Day
Dates noted with asterisk (*) are approximate
* The GOI has announced a holiday for all government " offices " from October 4 - 8. Query whether that includes next Thursday and the CBI, an independent agency ? If so then we could be without an auction for as much as eight days.
Panetta: Obama was eager to withdraw from Iraq and sabotaged the talks ..
Panetta: Obama was eager to withdraw from Iraq and sabotaged the talks ..
Sat Oct 04 2014 08:10 | (Voice of Iraq)
The former American Secretary of Defense in his memoirs: the president did not listen to our warnings transformation of Iraq into a haven for terrorism and division
Washington: Heba Qudsi
The face of the former American Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta strongly criticized the administration of President Barack Obama, for failing to reach an agreement in 2011 with the Iraqi government to keep some American troops there. Panetta accused the White House b «sabotage the talks», and open the door to terrorist groups such as al-Daash to take a safe haven in Iraq.
Reveals Panetta, in his book, which is put on the market this week under the title «battles worthy» (Worthy fights) he tried with Gen. Martin Dempsey convince President Obama arming the Syrian opposition in 2012, but President Obama rejected the idea and agreed upon in 2014 after increased and exacerbated the Syrian crisis.
The magazine published the «Time» some excerpts from the book, about the diary Panetta about some secrets of the American negotiations with Baghdad, which pointed to the desire of some Iraqi leaders to keep some American troops in Iraq beyond 2011, but they did not say so publicly. Panetta said «The United States has been able to reach an agreement, and I tried all of the ministries of defense and foreign affairs to do so, but the team stopped by the White House, and became a sometimes heated disagreements. It is our understanding that the White House is eager to get rid of Iraq and was willing to negotiate the withdrawal of most of the arrangements that will make us maintain our influence and our interests ».
Panetta explained «The details of the negotiations with the then Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has been sent to the White House in December (December 2011), but the White House did not Aaaraa attention. He says «I was frustrated because the White House conducted the negotiations, but did not Ikdha, and officials were happy with the support agreement even if it did not reach the foreign and defense to nothing, and without President Obama's call was for the owners to escape from the agreement». Panetta says «it was clear to me and many others to pull out all our troops would be sweating at risk the fragile stability which barely controls the Iraq». He adds «was my fears - and expressed by the president and others - that divided the country, and return again to the violence that we've seen in the years that followed the invasion and American Iraq, and it could become a new haven for terrorists who are planning attacks against the United States. She explained to them that the stability in Iraq, not only in the interest of Iraq, but also in our interest ».
It stresses Panetta to keep some American troops in Iraq after 2011 and work advice of military advisers Americans what was to allow the emergence of organizing Daash, and said «To this day I think that the presence of American forces small in Iraq was able to provide effective tips for dealing with al-Qaeda and sectarian violence that swept the country ». Panetta pointed out that the rise of the influence of the organization Daash increases the risk that Iraq will become a safe haven for al-Qaeda.
The United States has entered into negotiations with the Iraqi government to grant American troops immunity from prosecution as a condition to keep American troops in Iraq beyond the year 2011, according to memos and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, insisted that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on the approval of the Iraqi parliament to agree.
In his book, repeats Panetta that senior officials in the White House, such as Tom Donilon national security adviser who served as adviser to the fight against terrorism and head of staff Denis McDonagh, who was deputy national security adviser at the time, was to have influence and the ability to control the policies national security more than officials such as Secretary of Defense, which was occupied by Panetta and Minister of Foreign Affairs, which was occupied by Hillary Clinton. The Leon Panetta of the leading officials of the administration of President Obama in that period, where he served as director of the CIA, and then defense minister. The personalities of high expertise and credibility within the American political circles.
For its part, defended the State Department spokeswoman Jane Bsaki about the administration's decision to withdraw from Iraq, and said «were not among the administration requirements needed to keep troops in Iraq at the time». The «Administration was certainly committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure that certain actions of the troops, and obviously we could not get them».
Us Sends 350 More Troops To Protect Embassy In Baghdad
Us Sends 350 More Troops To Protect Embassy In Baghdad
Saturday, 04 October 2014 11:19
Baghdad (AIN) -President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized the deployment of approximately 350 additional troops to "to protect diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad, Iraq," the White House said.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest made clear that the additional troops would "not serve in a combat role."
Obama first announced he was sending as many as 275 troops into Iraq in late June, with 200 providing security at the embassy, support facilities, and Baghdad's airport. On June 30, he notified Congress he was sending an additional 200 troops to provide additional support.
"The President has made clear his commitment to doing whatever is required to provide the necessary security for U.S. personnel and facilities around the world," Earnest said in the statement on Tuesday. "The request he approved today will allow some previously deployed military personnel to depart Iraq, while at the same time providing a more robust, sustainable security force for our personnel and facilities in Baghdad."
This latest increase, whitch comes the same day militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) murdered a second American journalist, pegs the total number of U.S. troops in Iraq at nearly 1,500, according to ABC News' Jon Williams.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said approximately 820 U.S. troops will now be responsible for "augmenting diplomatic security in Iraq." The new forces will include a headquarters element, medical personnel, associated helicopters, and an air-liaison team, he said.
"The Department of Defense will continue to plan and prepare further military options should they become necessary, and we will remain ready to protect our diplomats, our citizens, and our interests in Iraq, while we continue to work with the Iraqi government to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," Kirby said.
Here's the full statement from the White House:
Today, the President authorized the Department of Defense to fulfill a Department of State request for approximately 350 additional U.S. military personnel to protect our diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad, Iraq. This action was taken at the recommendation of the Department of Defense after an extensive interagency review, and is part of the President's commitment to protect our personnel and facilities in Iraq as we continue to support the Government of Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). These additional forces will not serve in a combat role.
The President has made clear his commitment to doing whatever is required to provide the necessary security for U.S. personnel and facilities around the world. The request he approved today will allow some previously deployed military personnel to depart Iraq, while at the same time providing a more robust, sustainable security force for our personnel and facilities in Baghdad.
In addition to our efforts to protect our personnel, we will continue to support the Government of Iraq's efforts to counter ISIL, which poses a threat not only to Iraq, but to the broader Middle East and U.S. personnel and interests in the region. The President will be consulting this week with NATO allies regarding additional actions to take against ISIL and to develop a broad-based international coalition to implement a comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners in the fight against ISIL. As part of this effort, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel, and President Obama’s counterterrorism advisor, Lisa Monaco, will be traveling separately to the region in the near-term to build a stronger regional partnership.
Coalition against terrorism: preparing for the restoration of Mosul "Daash" may take
Coalition against terrorism: preparing for the restoration of Mosul "Daash" may take years!
Sat Oct 04 2014 06:53 | (Voice of Iraq)
Said Gen. John Allen, the American who is coordinating the move of the international coalition against al-'Islamic state' yesterday (Friday), that planning for the restoration of the Battle of Mosul, Iraq's second city, it may take years.
Said Allen, who arrived Thursday in Iraq, told reporters that 'the process of restoring the connector can take up to a year (...) the process will begin no later than the year'. And captured the 'Islamic state' on the connector on the tenth of June, at the beginning of the detonator offensive north of Baghdad, which allowed them to control large areas in five Iraqi provinces. On the extremist organization's headquarters to this city in his mount from its operations.
He said Gen. George who met Thursday Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi 'It certainly will require a process as much as possible (...) of preparation.'
Allen acknowledged that the rebuilding of the Iraqi army will take time before it becomes able to defeat the extremists fighters.
the countdown to eliminate the organization "Daash" began two days ago,
From my friend : MALIKI GAVE A SPEECH YESTERDAY HIS NORMAL FRIDAY APPEARANCE, AND HE ANNOUNCED THE COUNTDOWN OF THE ELIMINATION OF DAASH BEGAN 2 DAYS AGO AND IRAQ WILL BE THE TOMB FOR THEM. HE CONGRATULATED THE SECURITY FORCES AND THE SONS OF THE TRIBES THAT CLEANSED MANY OF THE NORTHERN CITIES OF DAASH.
Maliki: gangs "Daash" started crushed area after the other, and Iraq will be the tomb of them
By Adminsa eleven thirty-two 03.10.2014
Vice President Nouri al-Maliki, said Friday that the countdown to eliminate the organization "Daash" began two days ago, adding that the security forces and the popular crowd and the sons of the tribes cleansed most of the northern cities of Conception terrorism.
Maliki said in a statement to the Center Brief semi-official and seen by agency news to Alnaba (et) "We congratulate the Iraqi people on Mahakgueth security forces and popular mobilization and the sons of the tribes of victories on gangs Daash criminal in the villages and cities of Diyala, Salahuddin and Tuz Khurmatu circumference Amerli arm of the Tigris and the rock cliff" .
He added that "terrorist gangs began Daash crushed in the area after the other and village after village and retreat by the blows of our security forces," pointing out that "the countdown to eliminate gangs Daash began two days ago."
Maliki confirmed that "Iraq will be a graveyard for them and will continue to retain its security and sovereignty that can not alienate them, and will remain, sovereign head held high and his people have a will and full sovereignty until the last inch of cleansing the pure land that disgraced by obscurantists and those who stand behind them."
Al-Abadi: Iraqi Forces Will Defeat ISIL Terrorists Soon
Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:4
Al-Abadi: Iraqi Forces Will Defeat ISIL Terrorists Soon
TEHRAN (FNA)- Prime Minister vowed that Iraqi forces will defeat ISIL terrorists in the near future amid more advances by the army backed by Sunni tribesman and Shiite volunteer forces.
"The course of the battle today is going on in favor of our honorable Iraqi people and tidings of victory have become visible and the abominable defeat will be the fate of Daesh (ISIL) and Iraq's enemies and all the forces which have allied with them and which dared to attack our land, people and sanctities," Haider al-Abadi said in an message on Friday, press tv reported.
"Iraq is determined to clear the country's North and West from the ISIL Takfiri militants," he added.
He hailed the latest gains made by the Iraqi forces in their fight against the terrorists, saying Iraq owes its achievements to the stance of Muslim clerics, most particularly Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
The Iraqi prime minister also called on all political factions to set aside differences and unite.
"I call on the political forces to unite and disavow differences. I also call on the educated people, media people and writers to defend the right and confront the psychological war launched by the enemy and which is more dangerous than the military confrontation," he said.
The comments came after Iraqi forces, backed by Sunni tribesman and Shiite volunteers, on Friday took control of most of the town of Dhuluiya in Salahuddin province from the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
The Iraqi military said over two dozen ISIL terrorists, including two British nationals, were killed during the operation.
The ISIL controls large areas of Syria’s east and north. The group sent its militants into Iraq in June, seizing large parts of land straddling the border between Syria and Iraq.
The West and its regional allies, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are reportedly giving financial and military support to the militants.
Iraqi President: Iran Should Join Anti-IS Coalition
Iraqi President: Iran Should Join Anti-IS Coalition
By Namo Abdulla
Iraqi President Fuad Masum speaking to Rudaw.
Iraq’s President Fuad Masum has said that Iran, a key partner of Baghdad and the Kurds, should be invited to join the international coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS.)
In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Rudaw, Masum said that Iran can play a role in the battle against IS and noted that the Islamic Republic supported the Kurdistan Region to ward off an IS threat.
The president, who traditionally plays a role as a mediator between Iraq’s parties and is a key diplomat, discussed the prospects of an oil and gas law — a major point of contention between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad — as well as economic and military relations with Turkey and the US.
Rudaw: Your country is a part of an international coalition against the Islamic State (IS.) How effective do you think US President Barack Obama’s strategy is for destroying IS?
Fuad Masum: IS is not a short-term issue. You can strike them militarily in Iraq and Syria and cripple them so they can no longer do what they are doing now, but this isn’t going to eliminate the problem. IS is an underground organization and might have many branches. Therefore, a detailed investigation is required in order to understand and find out where and how they are operating.
Rudaw: You opposed Nouri al-Maliki’s candidacy for a third term as prime minister, but now he is your vice-president. Has your relationship improved?
IS is not a short-term issue. You can strike them militarily in Iraq and Syria and cripple them so they can no longer do what they are doing now, but this isn’t going to eliminate the problem.
Fuad Masum: Being a deputy is different from being the prime minister. The prime minister has a lot of power, especially as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. This power enables the prime minister to do anything, good or bad. But now Maliki is a deputy. He doesn’t hold any power. He’s probably realizing now that he made many mistakes in the past.
Rudaw: If he doesn’t hold any power, why do you that believe that Maliki, the former prime minister of Iraq, agreed to take this position?
Fuad Masum: Maliki is the leader of a major Iraqi group, the State of Law coalition which is a big coalition in the Iraqi parliament. He doesn’t want to disappear. He wants to remain part of the institution that he was involved in for some time.
Rudaw: Since 2003, Iraq and Turkey haven’t had good relations while the relationship between Turkey and the Kurdistan Region have improved to a great deal. Do you think Turkish – Iraqi relations will improve under the current cabinet?
Fuad Masum: I hope so. Now that Turkey is more involved in the IS issue, Turkey has issued a number of statements against IS. Turkey attends all the meetings and has decided to take part in the fight against IS. Iraqi-Turkish problems were personal.
Rudaw: Strained Turkey-Iraq relations predate IS. What makes you think this might change now?
Fuad Masum: Well, sometimes the disagreements between two countries are tied to certain individuals. The problems between Iraq and Turkey were made personal.
Rudaw: Are you referring to Maliki and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan?
Fuad Masum: Yes, but now the situation has changed. The government in Iraq is new, and Turkey doesn’t have any negative experiences with Abadi. Also just as it’s a threat to Iraq and other countries, IS is also a threat to Turkey.
Rudaw: If relations between Baghdad and Ankara improve, will it be at the expense of Erbil-Ankara relations?
Fuad Masum: I don’t think so. Each has its own arenas. Erbil-Ankara relations don’t come at the expense of Iraq; nor do Iraqi-Turkish relations come at the expense of the Kurds. Turkey and the Kurdistan Region only have trade and economic ties. The ties with Iraq are broader.
Rudaw: The Kurdistan Region has its own oil policy and Baghdad is especially upset with Turkey for facilitating Kurdish oil exports. Do you think this issue will be solved?
Fuad Masum: The problems aren’t between Turkey and Iraq, but are instead Iraq’s domestic issues. Everyone must abide by the constitution. According to the constitution, the oil and gas law will systematize (the industry.) When this law is passed there won’t be any problems between Erbil and Baghdad.
The government in Iraq is new, and Turkey doesn’t have any negative experiences with Abadi.
Rudaw: Do you think the problems between Baghdad and Erbil will be solved?
Fuad Masum: Yes, they will be. Both sides need each other for different reasons. Baghdad needs Erbil for economic reasons, and we also need Baghdad. Baghdad needs Erbil for political reasons; we also need Baghdad for its economy and many other things.
Rudaw: After the American invasion of Iraq, the US accused Iran of being a destabilizing factor in Iraq. Now things have changed, and Iran and America are fighting alongside each other in Iraq against a common enemy. Do you believe that Iran and America have common interests in Iraq?
Fuad Masum: Iran and the US need to reconsider their policies and reach a solution because the problems aren’t going to remain American-Iranian issues: they will grow. Currently Iran’s policy aims to solve all of its own problems. The United States also realizes that Iran is a powerful state in the region and doesn’t want to stay enemies. I believe their relations will improve. When I met the US Secretary of State (John Kerry), he said that his government doesn’t want to create problems for Iran and that it’s not (America’s) job to change the regime in Iran. But there is one matter between them: the nuclear issue. If we reach an agreement on this issue, there won’t be any problems between the US and Iran.
Rudaw: In the Paris meeting about IS, I believe you told reporters that Iran should have been invited. Do you believe Iranian participation is necessary?
Fuad Masum: Then and now I believe that Iran should officially participate and play its own role in the fight against IS. Iran, as I have often said, has about 1,000 kilometers of shared border with Iraq, so it can’t be ignored. Since the first day that IS took over Shingal and few other towns, Iran sent humanitarian aid as well as weapons.
Rudaw: Do you believe that one of the reasons why America acted quickly in this area (Shingal and other areas of Nineveh province taken by IS) was that the US did not want Kurdistan and the rest of Iraq to fall into Iranian hands?
Fuad Masum: No, the fear wasn’t that Iran would take over the Kurds, but rather the danger that IS posed. The US intervention wasn’t out of fear of Iranian domination, but out of fear that IS might become more powerful in the region.
Rudaw: Taking a look at the past three years, we see a chaotic Middle East. The problems in the Middle East first appeared to be driving Iran and America further apart; for instance in the case of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. However, now the situation has changed. Do you believe the events in the Middle East made Iran a more successful player in the Middle East — I mean, more successful than America?
Fuad Masum: Iran holds its own weight in the region and has to be taken seriously. This isn’t about signing an agreement to have Iran withdraw from Syria or something along those lines. Now that IS is being targeted in Syria, this is necessary. As we have said, no borders has remained between Iraq and Syria.
No matter how hard IS is hit, they can get to Syria one way or another. They can’t be allowed to go to Syria to regroup, to take a break and then come back.
The US intervention wasn’t out of fear of Iranian domination, but out of fear that IS might become more powerful in the region.
Also, as America strikes IS, it has reassured Syria’s allies that the US won’t get involved in fighting Syria. But its sole purpose is to defeat IS. That’s why Arab countries’ fighter jets are involved in bombing IS. The areas under the Syrian army’s control haven’t been targeted (by coalition forces.) They may have been assured that the air strikes wouldn’t target them.
Rudaw: When IS advanced toward Erbil, the US interfered. Before then, IS had taken Mosul and parts of Syria but the US did not intervene. Does this mean that Kurdistan holds a special place in US foreign policy because of its pro-western, secular nature?
Fuad Masum: The Kurdistan Region in Iraq is seen as a prototype. The region has been stable and took in many refugees. This region must be protected — that’s why they acted quickly. Iran acted quickly as well. When IS advanced towards Erbil, Iran helped the Kurdistan Region. Had they entered and captured Erbil, the situation would have been different.
Rudaw: The oil and gas law is a priority for the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad. Do you think this law will be passed any time soon?
Fuad Masum: There might be an agreement to set a deadline to pass the law. The law has to be passed according to the constitution. Whatever is outlined in the constitution must be implemented. We all have to abide by the constitution. If the law is passed, then the oil and gas dispute will be solved.
Rudaw: Erbil insists that it should have control over the exploration, extraction and exportation of its oil. They say the revenues can go back to Baghdad for redistribution … but Baghdad doesn’t agree with this. How can this problem be solved?
Fuad Masum: There have been two views on the solution to this issue. There is an article in the constitution that has had varying interpretations. But firstly, all of us need to agree that we will abide by the constitution. Then we can sit down and look at the constitution to see what it says. There is always the possibility for agreements.
Today, this problem is between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad. In the future, other Iraqi cities and Baghdad might face the same problem. For example, Basra or Nasiriya may say, “We want to do the same thing.” Therefore, the law must systematize (oil and gas.) If a law isn’t created we’ll both be hurt. Most of the Kurdistan Region’s 17 percent share of the budget comes from Nasiriya and Basra; if they ask for the same thing (as Kurdistan) then there will be a problem. Therefore, a comprehensive law for all of Iraq needs to be passed. If the law is passed and everyone abides by it, I believe there won’t be any more problems.
Rudaw: Since Saudi Arabia joined the coalition against IS, there are reports that Saudi-Iraqi relations are improving. Do you believe that Iraq can have good relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran at the same time?
Today, this problem is between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad. In the future, other Iraqi cities and Baghdad might face the same problem.
Fuad Masum: Iraq must look at each country differently. Iraq doesn’t view Saudi Arabia through an Iranian lens. Iraq has shared interests with Iran and Saudi Arabia. Therefore, no one’s interests should be met at the expense of the other. Saudi is ready to normalize its relations with Iraq. Ibrahim al-Jafari, Iraq’s foreign minister, visited Jeddah two weeks ago. He was warmly welcomed there. At the Paris convention I met King Faisal. He greeted me very warmly. I even asked him, “Is the Saudi door opening?” He said it is totally open.
Iraq has to value its relationship with Saudi Arabia because when we say Saudi, it means the entire Gulf region. The Gulf is important to Iraq, especially Saudi Arabia. We have a long border with them, just as we do with Kuwait. This can’t be ignored.
Rudaw: How is your relationship with Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani?
Fuad Masum: If anything happens, I inform him via telephone. He does the same thing. We have a good relationship.
Rudaw: Is the Kurdistan Region President as optimistic as you are about Abadi?
Fuad Masum: Abadi is new in his post. He has good ideas. We have met in person several times. We will wait to see his steps after the government is formed. Mr. Barzani has spoken to him and congratulated him on his new post. Abadi will probably visit Erbil soon.