Post From Wealthwatch.world Chat Room 10-18-15
Wealthwatch Sunday OOTW Chat 10-18-15 Part 2 of 2
OOTW: Iran Has Never Been More Influential In Iraq Associated Press Hamza Hendawi Qassim Abdul-zahra, Associated Press Jan. 12, 2015, 12:23 PM 515 FACEBOOK LINKEDIN TWITTER EMAIL PRINT iran iraqThaier Al-Sudani/Reuters Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani (L) and Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri speak during a news conference in Baghdad December 24, 2014.
In the eyes of most Iraqis, their country's best ally in the war against the Islamic State group is not the United States and the coalition air campaign against the militants. It's Iran, which is credited with stopping the extremists' march on Baghdad.
Shiite, non-Arab Iran has effectively taken charge of Iraq's defense against the Sunni radical group, meeting the Iraqi government's need for immediate help on the ground. Two to three Iranian military aircraft a day land at Baghdad airport, bringing in weapons and ammunition.
Iran's most potent military force and best known general — the Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force and its commander Gen. Ghasem Soleimani — are organizing Iraqi forces and have become the de facto leaders of Iraqi Shiite militias that are the backbone of the fight.
Iran carried out airstrikes to help push militants from an Iraqi province on its border. The result is that Tehran's influence in Iraq, already high since U.S. forces left at the end of 2011, has grown to an unprecedented level.
OOTW: OLDER ARTICLE BUT IMHO STILL HOLDS WEIGHT
OOTW: Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition have helped push back the militants in parts of the north, including breaking a siege of a Shiite town. But many Iraqis believe the Americans mainly want to help the Kurds. Airstrikes helped Kurdish forces stop extremists threatening the capital of the Kurdish autonomous zone, Irbil, in August.
But even that feat is accorded by many Iraqis to a timely airlift of Iranian arms to the Kurds.
The meltdown of Iraq's military in the face of the extremists' summer blitz across much of northern and western Iraq gave Iran the opportunity to step in. A flood of Shiite volunteers joined the fight to fill the void, bolstering the ranks of Shiite militias already allied with Iran.
Those militias have now been more or less integrated into Iraq's official security apparatus, an Iraqi government official said, calling this the Islamic State group's "biggest gift" to Tehran. "Iran's hold on Iraq grows tighter and faster every day," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the sensitive subject.
OOTW: THE ARTICLES LENGTHY BUT A GOOD READ
OOTW: Obama puts nuclear deal into effect President Obama on Sunday signed the Iran nuclear deal, officially putting the international agreement into effect, Fox News reported.
The seven-nation deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was reached on July 14, after roughly two years of negotiations. The so-called “Adoption Day” on Sunday also requires the United States and other participating countries to make the necessary arrangements and preparations for implementation” of the deal, the president said.
Senior administration officials said Saturday they understand it’s in Iran’s best interest to work quickly, but they are only concerned that the work is done correctly.
They insisted that no relief from the penalties will occur until the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency has verified Iran’s compliance with the terms of the agreement. They said Iran’s work will almost certainly take more than the two months Iran has projected.
The administration officials spoke on a conference call with reporters, but under the condition that they not be identified by name. As part of the nuclear agreement, Obama on Sunday also issued provisional waivers and a memorandum instructing U.S. agencies to lay the groundwork for relieving sanctions on Iran.
In Iran, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told state TV: “On implementation, all should be watchful that Westerners, particularly Americans, to keep their promises.” Velayati said Iran expects that the United States and other Western countries that negotiated the deal will show their “good will” through lifting sanctions.
Iran’s atomic energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, told state TV that Tehran was ready to begin taking steps to comply, and awaited an order from President Hassan Rouhani. “We are hopeful to begin in the current or next week,” he said.
OOTW: The IAEA said Sunday that Iran has agreed to allow greater monitoring of its commitment to the deal, going beyond basic oversight provided by the safeguards agreement that IAEA member nations have with the agency. The steps being taken by the U.S. come 90 days after the UN Security Council endorsed the deal.
whitelions: Hi all they passed the budget and I have not been to any dinar site lately how gurus pin the rv on the budget this year ?
chattels: I think of passing the budget as a vote by the Parliament. We have the approval of the COM only at this point.
whitelions: Thats not what I asked but I'll stand corrected if it makes you feel better
chattels: ‹@whitelions› I feel fine, thank you.
Winter: So its that time again in the dinar world to hear, what we have heard for over 10 years......"were close"....lol
Winter: the were close is like a broken gps
lonegunman: In all the years wathcnig this the budget means nothing........................ IMO
lonegunman: you can almost tell the time of year and month by the articles coming out ! same general talk and ideas, plans .... nothing fiinished
MzDiva: how long can this drag on
chattels: The beatings will continue until the morale improves :)
chattels: Early to bed, another tough week ahead.
Winter: The budget this, the budget that, the budget headed to Parliment....MEANS NOTHING for AN RV Winter: NOTHING