As I have been telling everyone it is very important and necessary for Iranian influence to be gone or greatly impaired in Iraqi politics and in the general influence of Iraq prior to any RV.
So recently out pops a news article on the Iraqi Shiite Grand Ayatollah reportedly sending a letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali al-Khamenei asking about the IRGC Quds Force chief's role in Iraq. Article is below.
Once again their words not mine. No hype or rumors, just the facts.
This article is telling us the importance of getting rid of Iranian influence and that it is a major obstacle to the stability of Iraq. It is now a target for the religious sector as it is for the political sector. I believe it is just a matter of time before Soleimani’s Quds forces and militias will have to pull out. Remember too that the US generals do not want their USA “boots on the ground” forces fighting alongside Iranian forces. It will NEVER HAPPEN ! Being that the USA is finally committing a significant level of military forces as a surge force (50,000 troops) to free Anabar and Mosul areas, wouldn’t it be a good idea now for Iran to pull out prior to their arrival? If the do not it will be interesting to see just what will happen.
This is all good news as the pressure is building now for this to happen too. Lots of pressure in all areas of getting rid of Iranian influence in Iraq, something we prayed for so long.
SISTANI QUESTIONS QASSEM SOLEIMANI’S INFLUENCE: REPORT
The Shiite Grand Ayatollah reportedly sent a letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali al-Khamenei asking about the IRGC Quds Force chief's role in Iraq.
BEIRUT – The highly influential Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has reportedly criticized Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani’s role in Iraqi politics, in a sign of a split between the Shiite religious establishments in Iraq’s Najaf and Iran’s Qom.
Asharq Alawsat reported Monday that Sistani had sent a message to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei questioning him about “Soleimani’s increasing influence in Iraq.”
An unnamed Iraqi politician told the Saudi-daily that Sistani had asked “whether this had happened at Khamenei’s instruction or through Soleimani’s [own independent action.]”
The normally shadowy Quds Force commander emerged as a public figure following ISIS’ sweeping advances in Iraq in the summer of 2014, appearing in a number of pictures alongside Shiite Iraqi militiamen.
However, Soleimani’s media presence has shrunk in recent months, amid reports that his bombastic statements on Tehran’s foreign policy have upset Iranian leaders.
The Economist on September 5 cited a source as saying that the IRGC commander had been reined in by the Iranian authorities and “can no longer act as a de facto foreign minister.”
The report further stated that former IRGC commander Mohsen Rezaei had been brought out of retirement back to his former position to “keep an eye on General Suleimani.”
Despite reports of Soleimani’s curtailed role, he has continued to act as a trouble-shooter in Iraq. In July, the Quds Force chief met a number of Iraqi Kurdish leaders to discuss extending Massoud Barzani’s term as president of the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government.
Then in late August Soleimani appeared at a meeting of the National Alliance parliamentary coalition of Shiite parties that ended with an acrimonious exchange between him and Iraqi Premier Haidar al-Abadi.
Abadi reportedly “objected strongly” when Soleimani criticized the reforms the Iraqi premier is pushing through—especially those which could harm former PM Nouri al-Maliki, who is close to Tehran.
Sistani’s growing frustration over Soleimani’s role in Iraqi politics represents growing differences between the clerical establishments in Iraq’s Najaf and Iran’s Qom, the world’s top two Shiite seminaries.
Asharq Alawsat’s source said Sistani has started to realize that Iran’s intervention in Iraqi politics on behalf of Maliki “has begun to affect [Najaf’s] historic role.”
The source added that Sistani’s action was evidence of “a clear dispute between the Najaf… and Qom Seminaries” in which Sistani and Khamenei are the highest authorities respectively.
According to the politician’s own analysis, Khamenei’s approach to reform in Iraq focuses on “the political dimension of the issue because the holding to account of [high level] corrupt [figures] will affect powerful Shiite leaders.”
“Sistani looks at the matter from a legal perspective; he believes that fighting corruption is a legal duty, regardless of the political consequences.”
The Iraqi PM on August 9 announced a raft of measures to reform the Iraqi state, two days after Sistani told him to “strike against corruption with an iron fist” as Iraqis mobilized for growing protests against the state’s inability to provide basic services.
Abadi’s seven-point reform plan—which was approved by the cabinet and parliament—calls for eliminating the co-vice presidential posts, one of which is held by Maliki.
Maliki also faces charges of being responsible for the fall of Mosul to ISIS in 2014 when he was premier, after a parliamentary report blaming him and top commanders for the matter was referred to Iraq’s judiciary on August 17.
However, Iran extended the embattled Maliki a show of support, hosting him for a visit to Tehran on August 19 during which he met with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Update: Abadi’s Reform Laws
INVESTMENT LAW IS READY FOR APPROVAL
Completed Committee economy parliamentary and investment final draft of the second amendment to the Law on Investment Law No. (13) for the year 2006.omn scheduled lifting of the law to the Presidency of the Council of Representatives on Monday in order to be included on the agenda for a vote this week.
Committee member Rep. Najiba Najib confirmed in a statement »Sabah» that the committee put the finishing touches on the final draft of the new law, which ensures the previous overcome the problems and obstacles and attract local and foreign investors, likely to include it on the agenda of the meetings this week. She Najib said the Economic Commission has made great efforts work through two parliamentary commissions on fueling this law in line with the changes witnessed by the world in the field of investments, and the need for the country to major projects, especially infrastructure and services that exceed the state budget capabilities under the current circumstances through which the country projects .waodan that the amendments included in the final draft is the result of an agreement the parties concerned the law, as it fielded committee of representatives of the national investment in the discussions, studies and workshops prepared to include the
Chairperson-in-law hubs to attract major investments to the country after the formation of a sub-committee to follow up the amendments to the law The new, in addition to the legislative work and oversight.
Among the most prominent amendments included by the Commission in the law, Najib indicated that the real estate foundation for investment, and that the investor had difficulty in getting on the ground to set up the project, so it was agreed that the National Investment Commission is the main factor for the provision of the land and complete all administrative and legal proceedings, and submit them ready for Msttmr.kma noted the agreement of the committee with the Investment Authority following the decentralization in the appointment of heads of bodies in the provinces, to be considered legal and constitutional issue, as the parties concluded their agreement to the notice of authorities in the provincial nomination for the post of President of the Commission in the province on the last opinion National Commission for investment.
The Committee on the economy and investment were laid last week, Chairman of the National Investment Commission Dr. Sami al-Araji, to discuss the text of the second amendment to the Investment Law No. (13) of 2006 before it is submitted to a vote.
The National Guard law was expected to go before parliament on 9/8 for a final vote. Did it get passed?
“The continued postponement of the NGL not only undermines efforts for national reconciliation, it also hurts the credibility of Sunni politicians in the eyes of their constituents as the initiative increasingly becomes viewed as a failure. If a long-term and sustainable solution is to be established, restoring confidence in political representatives and inclusive institutions must be an utmost priority. “
PARLIAMENT POSTPONED ITS MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY TO WEDNESDAY
Alsumaria News / Baghdad - Chairman of the parliament decided on Tuesday to postpone the hearing to the 19th day on Wednesday because of differences over the National Guard Law.
The parliamentary source said in an interview with Alsumaria News, "The presidency of the parliament decided to postpone the 19th meeting, which was scheduled for Tuesday on Wednesday."
The source, who asked not to be named, said: "the delay was due to differences on the Law of the National Guard."
It was scheduled to hold the 19th session of Parliament in the ten o'clock on Tuesday morning.
NATIONAL GUARD LAW CONTROVERSY & FEARS OF EXPLOIT INTERNAL INFIGHTING
The continuing controversy over the National Guard and law amid fears of exploitation of internal infighting
Tuesday 8 September 2015 - 9:58
Confirmed the MP for Ashwaq dry Kurdistan Alliance, the National Guard, the law can not be passed without the consensus of all political blocs it because of its impact on the security situation in the country and as pointed out that the alliance to which they belong with the approval of the law indicated the existence of some differences around between various blocs.
The dry Radio tow that the Kurdistan Alliance with the approval of the law is that all the political blocs different in some articles of the law, especially with regard to the possibility of moving troops out of the province or confined to their tasks in maintaining that form where, adding that the approval of the law must be done by all the political blocs in connection with direct the security of the country.
For its part, expressed its reservation on the mass of the citizen-led provincial governments Guard troops be certain that the National Alliance insists that be centralized leadership of those forces to avoid confusion in the war with Daash.
He said MP from the bloc Hassan Khalati that other point, which is unfavorable to the middle provinces and the south is the mechanism of formation of these forces on the basis of the ratio of each province which sees the Sunni component, while the National Alliance demands that the popular crowd and Arab tribes fighting actually Daash is the nucleus that is formed So the guard.
To that description body of opinion in the popular crowd member Karim al-Nuri law in its current form and that it will generate amalgam Musharanh militias.
He said Al-Nouri told Radio tow the law allows arming those forces that will be devoted accents of the southern provinces living poverty oil while the government not be able to prosecute the wanted within the provinces will each own army and allow them to arms manufacturing as well as it is nothing more than a trap for ripping The unity of the country.
He announced the coalition of state law in parliament for refusing to pass the National Guard Law, said the head were part of the coalition, the Dawa Party, a block behind Abdul Samad during a press conference held in his office in Basra said that the law had been drawn out of bounds and came to the division of Iraq within the Biden project that wills him to the United States American dividing Iraq into three mini-states, pointing out that this law aims to form armies inside Iraq fighting among themselves, he said, stressing rejection of other blocks as well as the rule of law as well as the individual to pass a law of the members of the National Guard.
MALIKI: NATIONAL GUARD LAW WILL NOT PASS
By Roudao 14 hours ago 09-08-2015
Roudao - Erbil
He said the president of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki in a televised interview broadcast Monday evening on 07/09/2015 number of Iraqi Satellite TV channels that "the law of the National Guard will not pass."
Maliki said "I do not think that the National Guard Law will recognize, especially after holding the Doha conference, which cause severe allergic between all shades of the Iraqi society, because such a project needs a good arm and great revenues, and can not be all that the intervention of foreign hands negative trying symbols Guard Law National derailed. "
And follow-Maliki "should be popular crowd is the main base of the National Guard, Valhacd now. There are Shiites, Sunnis, Christians and even the Kurds, and approval of the National Guard Law in this period and after the Doha conference makes us imagine that there is a blueprint opens Trivl sectarianism put the ingredients, so it must We pay attention to each well of a national law enacted. "
He also said "that the National Guard was a national project, but it has become dangerous for the country after foreign interventions it, it must be mixed National Guard and in all the provinces, and not to be the provinces of guards or territory, Flo has also become, we can not move any force our will, I remember there was a problem At the time, he wanted to move brigade 16 of the army and it was the Kurds, but they rebelled and took up arms, and returned to the region, so it will not accept this law because it will be the spearhead of the projects have destroyed the country. "
Asked about and who took part in the Doha conference Accounting, al-Maliki said that "any official of the object was, sat down with the Baathists and terrorists in Doha will be held accountable, both within the House of Representatives or hold him accountable and prosecuted according to the Iraqi constitution and the law."
When asked about his relationship with Iran, he said: "we are linked with Iran's historical ties, and the Islamic Republic a major role in the stand next to us against al Daash, both provide us with weapons or equipment, and we, the people of all of Iraq to thank Iran, Shiite and Sunni, for standing to next to us in the fight against this Organization".
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