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    " The Dinar Daily ", Tuesday, 7 October 2014

    Today is day twenty-nine of victory in the eviction of Maliki or " VEM - Day 29 ".


    Parliament rejects nomination of Gharib, Jabiri for security posts

    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 15:04

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Iraqi Parliament voted on Tuesday session against the nomination of Riyadh Gharib and Jabir al-Jabiri to assume the ministries of Interior and Defense.



    Iraqi parliament fails to give confidence to the interior and defense ministers

    [16:17] 14 / Sep / 16

    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.

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    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

    16/09/2014 20:43:00

    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.



    Iraqi forces coalition nominates a new person for the Ministry of Defense

    17/09/2014 08:56:00

    Tikrit / NINA / The head of the Iraqi Jamahir coalition, Ahmed Abdullah al-Jubouri said the Iraqi forces coalition nominated MP, Badr al-Fahal to take over the defense ministry.

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / The Iraqi forces coalition nominated MP Badr al-Fahal to take over the defense ministry in the new government of Haider al-Abadi. "

    It is mentioned that the candidate of the Iraqi forces coalition for the Ministry of Defense Jaber al-Jabri did not have the confidence of the House of Representatives in yesterday's session.



    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.”



    Speaker: "Parliament to vote for security ministers on Thursday"

    Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:13

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Salim al-Jubouri assured that "We are willing to vote for the nominees of the security ministries during the parliament session of Thursday."



    Jubouri announce the postponement of the vote on the remaining ministries to future meetings

    Thursday 18 September 2014 11:40

    Jubouri announce the postponement of the vote on the remaining ministries to future meetings



    MP confirms the lack of agreement between the political blocs to nominate candidates for the two Security Ministries

    18/09/2014 10:58:00

    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 .



    Vote on candidates for Security Ministers Posts postponed for 2 weeks

    Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:18

    Baghdad (AIN) –Parliamentary source revealed that parliament postponed the vote on the candidates for the posts pf the Security Ministers for two weeks.

    The source stated to AIN "The Iraqi National Alliance decided to postpone the vote to give a chance for the Prime Minister to choose qualified Ministers."



    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).

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    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

    22/09/2014 08:43:00

    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
    22/09/2014 09:34:00

    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

    28/09/2014 10:55:00

    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

    01/10/2014 12:48:00

    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.



    [S]ecurity ministers file will be resolved soon and their selection will be exclusively by Abadi

    05/10/2014 08:35:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / MP for the state of law coalition, Hisham al-Suhail said that "the issue of the security ministers will be resolved soon through the agreement of the concerned political blocs on the candidates."

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The situation experienced by the country and the region urgently needs an end to this file and no to delay it too much, because it does not benefit the political process in the country."

    Suhail added that "the Prime Minister is determined to end this file and he has the final word because he has an obvious desire that these two offices should be run by professionals."

    The House of Representatives failed to vote on the candidates submitted by Abadi to the ministries of interior and defense Riad Ghraib, Jaber al-Jabri, respectively, and decided to postpone the vote on the positions until reaching national consensus.


    * More SLC " double talk " , IMO
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    Is the Islamic State luring the US into sending ground troops?

    A black flag belonging to the Islamic State is seen near the Syrian town Kobani, as pictured from the Turkish-Syrian border, Oct. 6, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

    Is the Islamic State luring the US into sending ground troops?

    This is not the first military confrontation between the Islamic State (IS) and the United States. Both parties have tested each other’s will in Iraq for years.

    There is no doubt that both will rely, in one way or another, on their experiences between 2003 and 2011 to decide on their strategies for the current confrontation in Syria. The whole world has heard US President Barack Obama’s strategy, but the question remains about the strategy of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

    IS circles state that Baghdadi considers himself to be facing a fateful challenge, but that the challenge does not rise to the level of “a war of life or death.” IS is infinitely confident that the results of this war will not be worse than the previous ones, in which the Americans failed to accomplish their declared mission to “eradicate terrorism.” Therefore, IS is not worried about the fate of its “state and presence.” On the contrary, IS’ leadership thinks that it has raised the ceiling on jihad globally by declaring the “Islamic caliphate” on the 1st of Ramadan this year and that any new jihad experience would not accept a lower ceiling for now on.

    Characterizing the confrontation as a “fateful challenge” did not prevent Baghdadi from sending clear signals that he is willing to rush this confrontation, which he had previously predicted in his speech “God knows and you do not know.” That was evident when he chose to behead Western hostages before Obama had even adopted a strategy.

    Regardless of whether Baghdadi’s prediction is based on realistic information or is just a propaganda speech to motivate his fighters, IS’ discourse is clearly using the term “lure,” which means provoking the opponent into sending ground forces, since IS cannot send its fighters to US territory to fight there. The late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden believed in and adopted this strategy. So IS is discounting the criticism by its jihadist opponents — including Jabhat al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammed al-Joulani — who recently accused IS of being responsible for the formation of an international coalition targeting Islam and jihad in the Levant and Iraq.

    Obama has always said that he would not send ground troops to Iraq or Syria. IS interpreted this as an attempt to avoid the trap prepared for him. But IS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani seemed confident in his speech “God is on the lookout,” about two weeks ago, that Washington will send ground forces and that the mujahedeen will be waiting.

    There is no doubt that some US officials have started talking about the possibility of sending ground troops, whether American or Arab, after seeing the inadequacy of aerial bombardment [alone], indicating one way or another that the IS leadership is reading from an open book. Some attribute that to having learned from experience. Others are suspicions and consider it a plot.

    Baghdadi distinguishes between two phases. The first is the current one, represented by aerial bombardment. He thinks that IS should aim to minimize its losses, especially vehicles, artillery and tanks, although it did not pay for them. Those items will be important for the second phase. During the bombardment, however, it is not enough for him to hide and fortify his fighters and weapons because there is a task that he needs to do: continue provoking his opponent to force him into sending ground forces, whatever their nationality. When that happens, the second phase will begin.

    IS’ insistence on storming the city of Ain al-Arab [Kobani] in northern Syria, may be an intentional provocation, especially as IS is well aware that Washington decided to start air strikes only after IS fighters got near the perimeter of the Kurdish city of Erbil, in Iraq. IS is also well aware that Ankara considers IS coming close to its border a red line and that it will not hesitate to respond using all means, including the military. The Turkish army had bombed IS convoys for simply traveling on a path leading to areas adjacent to the border. That happened in al-Rahi, in the north of Aleppo, several months ago. So what if IS takes control of a whole city, such as Ain al-Arab?

    Again, IS' leadership is reading from an open book. It is as if it knew of Ankara’s plan to establish a “buffer zone.” Regardless of whether the matter is related to experience or is a conspiracy, there is no doubt that the complexities of the situation make it open to all possibilities. It is difficult to decipher the code by relying solely on things visible or on prior positions.

    Based on IS’ discourse, despite the strangeness that IS would make an effort to mobilize armies against it and push them to fight it from air and land, the matter is in fact natural and not strange at all.

    First, IS and other jihadist organizations can only live in an atmosphere of chaos. Stability is its enemy. So these organizations try to create and sustain chaos regardless of the cost, because they would cease to exist if the chaos ended.

    Second, IS, in its bid to lead the global jihad, realizes that it will not be able to progress as long as it is stuck in the region fighting the “near enemy.” Since IS cannot send fighters to fight the “distant enemy,” it has opted to lure that enemy to its own battlefield in order to fight both enemies together. This way, IS would gain more legitimacy among jihadists, and that would translate into more funding and volunteers. That means, in one way or another, pulling the rug from under the feet of its rivals, first and foremost al-Qaeda's leader, Ayman al-Zawahri.

    It seems that this time Washington is reading from an open book. Washington is preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan, Zawahri’s stronghold, but is also preparing to storm the “land of the caliphate,” Baghdadi’s stronghold.


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    Syrian Kurdish refugees struggle to find affordable housing

    Syrian Kurdish refugees return to their country by boat at the Peshkhabour border crossing between Syria and Iraq, Sept. 17, 2014. (photo by Vager Saadullah)

    Syrian Kurdish refugees struggle to find affordable housing

    DAHUK, Iraq — According to UNHCR official statistics, 214,372 Syrians, many of them Kurdish, have fled to Iraq as a result of the Syrian revolution, with 98% of them living in the Kurdistan Region. “Forty-five percent of Syrian refugees are living in the camps and 55% are non-camp residents,” Youssef Mahmoud, the public information associate at the UNHCR, told Al-Monitor.

    According to Mahmoud, the latest crises in Iraq have affected the situation of Syrian refugees, pushing some of them to return to their home country: “25,301 Syrian refugees have returned to Syria in legal and official ways since January 2014, and in the last 30 days, 2,027 refugees crossed the border back to Syria,” Mahmoud said.

    Sameer Hawaz, 24, arrived a year ago to Iraqi Kurdistan from Hasakah, Syria. He found a job, only to lose it shortly after as a result of the violence that rocked northern Iraq. Hawaz spoke to Al-Monitor at the Iraqi-Syrian border just before he headed back into Syria. “When I first arrived, I started working in Kurdistan. But I lost my job and have been looking for opportunities for six months now. It became extremely difficult to find a job as the situation is getting worse with the Islamic State [IS].”

    Nazha Salih, 28, another refugee, was heading back to Syria with her two children. She told Al-Monitor, “My husband returned to Syria two weeks ago because he lost his job, and I have to be with him.”

    The IS attack on Mosul pushed the city's residents to flee to Kurdish areas, with many internally displaced now living in the neighboring Dahuk province. Though Dahuk is Kurdistan's smallest governorate, according to officials, 900,000 Iraqi and Syrian refugees are now residing there, making it the largest governorate in Iraqi Kurdistan in terms of population.

    The Iraqi government has not established enough camps to house the internally displaced. Many have also refused to live in camps, resulting in a spike in rental prices.

    Mohammad Ameen, who owns a real estate agency in Dahuk, said that in the past two months, a large number of people, most of whom are from Mosul and its outskirts, have been searching for houses to rent. “The apartments that were for $400 per month are now $700, and the houses that usually could be rented for $500, now cost $800 per month. But we cannot ignore that some owners of houses did not raise the rent prices,” he told Al-Monitor.

    Abdullah Omer, 54 and a father of seven, also had to leave Iraqi Kurdistan and return to Syria. According to him, rent is too expensive and he did not have enough money to pay the rent and provide his children with the basics.

    Hussain Ali, 30, spoke to Al-Monitor while loading his bags on the boat that would take him to Syria. “I am an IT engineer. My salary was $700 and I paid $500 for rent, but the house owner then told me that I have to pay more because rents have increased. So I had to leave for the same financial reasons that drove me out of Syria in the first place. The only way for me to get out of the financial problems is to go to Turkey illegally and from there, head to Europe,” he said.

    Kawa Hassaki, an economist and the manager of Jagarkheen cultural center in Domiz refugee camp, told Al-Monitor that there was a trend of Syrian refugees returning to Syria following the violence in Iraq and the deteriorating economic situation. “It is normal that the Syrian refugees return to Syria, as many of them had left because of their bad economic situation. The suspension of the Kurdistan Region’s budget by the central government had a direct impact on the economic conditions of the region and halted many investment projects, causing a decrease in job opportunities in Kurdistan.”

    Hassaki divides Syrian Kurdish refugees into three categories: “First, those who fled from Damascus, Aleppo and Serekaniye because of the war, and came to Kurdistan. The second concerns those from Derek, Turba Spye and Qamishli. These have not witnessed any fighting, but they fled because of their bad economic situation. The last group fled because of political conflicts between Kurdish parties in Syria, especially after the PYD [Democratic Union Party] took control of Kurdish areas and applied autocratic rule with the help of the Syrian regime.”

    According to Hassaki, if the economic conditions in the region do not improve, the number of Syrians returning will increase.

    The Iraqi government’s suspension of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s budget in early 2014 and the IS attacks on the Kurdish areas early August have not only hit Iraqi Kurds particularly hard, but have made life so unbearable for Syrian refugees that many have opted to return to their war-torn country next door.

    Mohammed Sulaiman, 33 and from Qamishli, told Al-Monitor, “Three years ago, I came to Kurdistan. I lost my job, so I’m going back to Syria, although I know that the basic services like electricity and water are not efficient and I may not find a job there, but it is better to be in my home.”


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    Russia's role in the fight against IS

    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (L) shakes hands with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov before a meeting in Damascus in this June 28, 2014, picture released by Syria's national news agency SANA. (photo by REUTERS/SANA)

    Russia's role in the fight against IS

    As the United States and its various partners in the Middle East continue airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS), and combine attacks on IS targets inside Syria with intensified efforts to assist the more moderate forces attempting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, Washington should not forget Russia’s complex role in the fighting.

    In one way, Moscow may well have been the first member (beyond the Assad regime) of the de facto coalition against the groups that coalesced to become IS. After all, Russia’s policy since the beginning of the Syrian civil war has been to support Assad to prevent the chaos that can help extremists gain power. This has led Russia to supply arms, and reportedly to share intelligence, with the Syrian government. When IS dramatically gained ground in Iraq, Russia quickly provided ground attack fighter jets and other weapons to Baghdad.

    Yet, Russia objects to key elements of the Barack Obama administration’s strategy to fight IS. The Kremlin has not welcomed attacks by the United States and other countries inside Syria for two reasons. The first is Russia’s position that the airstrikes require permission from Damascus, something Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated Sept. 23 in a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From Moscow’s perspective, forcing Washington and others to appeal to Assad would buttress his legitimacy — which is precisely why US officials want to avoid anything beyond the notification they have provided so far. The second reason is Russia’s fear that the attacks on IS targets will eventually expand to include regime targets.

    This in turn raises two important questions. Does Moscow believe that Assad’s military can continue to hold its ground simultaneously against IS and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) if the United States and others change the military balance? And if Russia sees the Syrian regime begin to lose ground, what else might top leaders be prepared to do?

    No one outside Putin’s inner circle can answer the first of these questions, though Russia’s public disapproval of US attacks on IS in Syria and new efforts to aid anti-IS anti-Assad forces suggests some underlying concern. The second one — what Russia might do — is ultimately more important.

    Media reports have thoroughly catalogued Russia’s military assistance to Syria so far, which has included Buk and Pantsyr anti-missile systems, Yakhont anti-ship missiles, Yak-130 training jets that can be adapted for ground attack missions, drones and a variety of other things, including parts and services (perhaps most notably for Russian-origin Syrian attack helicopters). According to one report, Russian advisers are actually operating surveillance drones and providing intelligence on IS troops to the Syrian military.

    Of course, Russia has also provided nonmilitary help, such as a 2012 agreement to exchange Syrian crude oil for Russia’s refined petroleum products and regular diplomatic support, including multiple UN Security Council vetoes to shield Syria from further UN pressure. Syria has at various time apparently hoped for more, including seeking offshore banking services that would have allowed Damascus to continue international financial operations despite Western sanctions.

    What else could Moscow do? In theory, Russia could send combat troops to Syria, but this seems quite unlikely for reasons not dissimilar from the ones discouraging the Obama administration from engaging directly on the ground in Iraq: it would be open-ended, expensive and not too popular at home. Post-Cold War Russia has thus far been unwilling to fight outside its immediate neighborhood.

    Nevertheless, Russia does have other options, and for hints about how the Kremlin might proceed, it may be useful to look at eastern Ukraine and the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. While Syria and Ukraine are quite different in their details, they do share one important similarity: in both cases, Russia’s policy has attempted to prevent the collapse of a friendly regime whose survival protects important Russian interests. In Ukraine, Moscow wants to keep Kiev from eventually joining NATO; in Syria, Russian officials want to avoid a failed-state terrorist base for Chechen extremists.

    How is Russia’s Ukraine policy relevant to Syria? In two ways. First, Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine demonstrate Moscow’s determination to prevent a separatist defeat. Every time Ukraine’s forces escalated the fighting and took the upper hand, Moscow found a new way to help the separatists, initially by providing arms but later by providing armed and trained Russian “volunteers,” many of whom appeared to be Russian military personnel. Second, and conversely, Russia’s escalations were incremental rather than extravagant. Putin did not order 50,000 troops into eastern Ukraine — instead, he sent a few thousand, which was enough to tip the balance against the Ukrainian government’s weak and neglected army and its aggressive but poorly equipped militias.

    Perhaps most significant looking ahead in Syria is Moscow’s apparent decision to provide Ukraine’s separatists with the now-notorious Buk anti-aircraft missile system widely believed to have brought down Malaysian Airlines flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. This tragic incident occurred not long after government forces began devastating — and effective — airstrikes against the separatists. Under the circumstances, it would have been quite logical for Russia to supply the Buk system, though Russian officials continue to deny this.

    Russia has already provided the Buk system to Syria, of course, but — under pressure from the United States and Israel — Moscow has not delivered the longer-range and more dangerous S-300 system that Damascus has ordered. A report from mid-August suggested that Russia might abandon the deal, but Russian reports usually describe it as “suspended,” which implies that it could be reinstated. If top officials genuinely think that the United States or others may target Syria’s forces in air attacks, shipping the S-300s to Syria could be a natural response. Alternatively, some in Moscow could argue that giving Damascus the S-300 could encourage Washington to coordinate its attacks inside Syria with the Assad regime because of the greater risks. This could potentially be a costly path for Moscow, however — especially if Syria’s military actually tried to shoot down a US jet (or succeeded in doing so) using the system.

    Of course, the S-300 would not particularly help Damascus to contend with IS or FSA forces inside Syria — since neither has an air force — so providing it would be primarily a geopolitical move rather than an immediate military response. But Russia could sell additional weapons to the Syrian armed forces, too. Since Moscow cares less and less about Western governments’ reactions and Western public opinion, the biggest limiting factor for further arms is probably what Syria can afford and how generous Russia would be with financing when the Kremlin faces its own financial pressures.

    Russia cannot stop the United States or its partners from attacking targets inside Syria without consent from Damascus or from arming and training Syria’s moderate opposition. Nevertheless, Moscow can increase its own support for the Assad government and could do more than it has so far. Officials in Washington and in Middle East capitals should keep this in mind.


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    Via CNN: starting siren Green Zone

    CNN: starting siren Green Zone

    Orbit - Agency Buratha / correspondent network CNN, the launching of warning sirens in the Green Zone in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Monday evening.

    Among the calls that have accompanied these whistles asked people to stay inside buildings and homes and not going out, pointing out that these warnings came after the fall of the number of shells within this region.

    Referred to the Green Zone in Baghdad, is considered the most secure areas in the country and is heavily guarded because they contain a number of important government buildings and foreign embassies.

    There is no information at this time about the source of these shells or for actions taken by the Iraqi authorities.


  6. #6

    Tariq Harb: constitutionally permissible to vote on the defense and interior minister

    Tariq Harb: constitutionally permissible to vote on the defense and interior ministers collectively

    Said legal expert Tareq Harb may constitutionally parliamentary vote on the Minister of Interior and Minister of Defense collectively any in one basket and one vote because the Constitution and the rules of procedure stipulated voting individually any there be a vote for each minister separately in the case of a candidate for the post of prime minister when the formation of the government only did not require the constitution and rules of procedure in other cases in accordance with the provisions of Article 76 of the Constitution and Article 49 of the Rules of Procedure of the House of Representatives.

    He added that this matter has received a few days ago in the parliament session, which granted the confidence of the government, where he was to vote individually minister but now Van, which provides the names of the minister is the Prime Minister and not the candidate-designate to form a government as well as the subject now, is not to form a government, but respect to the addition of new ministers a government was formed so there is no requirement of the Constitution and the system Rating solo no vote on each name separately for ministers who attend the government after its formation as a state and defense and interior ministers also said there are precedents parliamentary vote collectively and not individually, as happened when the vote on the Vice President Nouri al-Maliki and Iyad Allawi, Osama al-Nujaifi and, as happened in 2008 where he took Parliament to vote collectively on the 3 laws once the law of the provinces and the General Amnesty Law and the Budget Law "

    He said the war that this constitutional interpretation reduces the severity of disputes policy on candidates first, as it represents a response to the need for urgent and pressing for the existence of these two ministers Secondly, there is no where to move away from the provisions of the Constitution and the rules of procedure and this is what we wish it to be after the end of the holiday, the Parliamentary Day 14/10 / 2014.


  7. #7

    Kurdistan: the province will provide the Baghdadnumbers exports of oil and then disbu

    Kurdistan will provide the Baghdad numbers exports of oil and then disbursed salaries stalled

    Alsumaria News / Baghdad - MP for the Kurdistan Alliance Ribawar Taha, on Tuesday, that the government of the province of Kurdistan, the government will provide the Baghdad figures oil exports abroad, while pointing out that the salaries of employees of the province will be launched stalled after that.

    Taha said in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "The Baghdad government has demanded the Kurdistan Regional Government in the presence of ministers and Kurds to the House of Representatives for the oath and direct their jobs," noting that "the cabinet will be sworn in after the holiday."

    Taha added that "Baghdad has also called for providing figures oil exports to outside the region," adding that "the Kurdistan Regional Government agreed to it and do not have any objection."

    Taha stressed that "the civil servants' salaries will launch the region after the oath before the Minister of Baghdad and providing figures oil exports."

    The MP for the Kurdistan Alliance Ribawar Taha, in (September 11, 2014) Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Cioaz in the coming days regardless salaries of the province for the ninth month.

    The Committee on Industry and Energy in Kurdistan Parliament confirmed, in the June 8, 2014, that the export of oil from the region continuously, indicating that the Government of the Territory borrowed sums of money from foreign oil companies to pay employees' salaries.


  8. #8
    US: do not have any evidence about support by any state to Daash.

    Washington / Nina /-- Us ,State Department spokswoman Jane Bsaki (Jen Psaki) said in a news conference that the United States have any evidence about any state who gives a support to Daash, alluding to the retreat by Vice President Joe Biden,the for his remarks about the role of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia and his official apologize for those remarks.

    Some media sources quoted Biden as recently saying in a speech at Harvard University : " Our biggest problem was our allies in the region, the Turks who are reliable and senior friends to us, as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and others, as their interest was only focused to oust President the Syrian regime Bashar al-Assad, thus these countries provided support to all who accept the overthrow Assad.


  9. #9

    Agreement between the Baghdad government and the Kurdish region of paydays and figure

    Agreement between the Baghdad government and the Kurdish region of paydays and figures oil exports
    Baghdad, Oct. 7 (Petra) - The Iraqi government agreed with the Kurdish region on a common formula to resolve the differences and the distribution of salaries of employees of the province.

    The MP said the Kurdistan Alliance Ribawar Taha Tuesday that the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq will provide the central government in Baghdad figures oil exports abroad upon request.

    Taha said the salaries of the staff of the province will be launched after the oath by the Minister of the Kurds and assuming the government Haider Abadi after the holiday of Eid al-Adha and that this requires providing the Baghdad numbers of oil exports from fields in the Kurdish region, noting that the Kurdistan Regional Government agreed to it and do not have any objection.

    - (Petra) AFP / e
    07/10/2014 - 13:29


  10. #10

    Former US Defense Secretary expect to continue the war against Daash "30" years.

    Former US Defense Secretary expect to continue the war against Daash "30" years.

    BAGHDAD / Nina /-
    -Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expect continuity of the war against Daash for 30 years.

    Panetta held president Obama responsibility because of his decisions during the past three years for what happening today of harmful developments, criticizing the lack of pressure on the Iraqi government to allow the survival of American force in Iraq after the withdrawal of combat troops, end of 2011.


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