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chattels: Davutoglu: Turkey wants a stable Kurdistan By Rudaw ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday that the purpose of Turkish troops in Iraq is to promote stability in the region and empower Erbil.
Davutoglu has said Turkey supports the Kurdistan region and that Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani's visit to Ankara on Wednesday is a clear indication of stable relations between the two. “Our existence in Iraq is to ensure the stability of the region because we do not want to be neighbors with Daesh,” the Anadolu Agency quoted Davutoglu as saying.
“Therefore, we will support both Iraq and the Kurdish region an all terms.” Turkey works for stability in the region and remove threats posed by extremist groups, therefore "we sent forces to Mosul because we did not want ISIS become our neighbor," Davutoglu said.
During a meeting between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Barzani, the two leaders stressed the significance of cooperation, according to local reports. chattels: wealthwatch.world/showthr...
chattels: Erdogan: It is ‘out of the question’ to pull out troops from Iraq By Rudaw ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Pulling Turkish troops out of Iraq at this time “is out of the question,” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Thursday, as he announced a meeting this week with Washington and Erbil to discuss the issue.
"Turkish troops in Mosul are not there as combatants, they are trainers," Erdogan said. "Their numbers may vary depending on the size of Kurdish Peshmerga troops," he was quoted as saying by the official Anadolu Agency. "It is out of the question, for now, to pull them out," he said.
Turkey and Iraq’s central government in Baghdad have been locked in a growing diplomatic spat since earlier this month, when Iraq objected to Turkish forces entering the country. Turkey explained the forces were there to train Kurdish Peshmerga forces, but Baghdad demanded they must leave.
Erdogan reiterated that Turkey's presence in northern Iraq was not new. He said that, since 2014, Ankara has been training the KRG’s Peshmerga forces, following a request from Mosul’s governor. Erdogan also announced that Turkey, the United States and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) would meet on Dec. 21 to discuss the issue. chattels: wealthwatch.world/showthr...
[07:15:58 PM] chattels: Turkish officials arrive in Baghdad amid row over troops training Kurds By Rudaw ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A senior Turkish diplomat and the head of the country’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) arrived in Baghdad Thursday, Turkey’s official news agency reported, amid a row over Turkish forces training Kurds in Iraq.
Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu and MIT chief Hakan Fidan arrived in the Iraqi capital “to hold official meetings regarding the presence of the Turkish military in Mosul,” the Anadolu Agency quoted sources as saying. The Turkish pair is expected to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari and Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi, it said.
chattels: Reidar Visser @reidarvisser 4h4 hours ago #Iraq PM office reiterates denial Abadi gave any consent to any Turkish military presence or training on Iraqi soil pmo.iq/press2015/10-12-20... …
chattels: :: 2015/12/10 23:54 • [Baghdad-where] concluded the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, on Thursday his visit to Ankara after meeting with senior Turkish officials and returned to Arbil. He described Barzani in a brief statement, the results of his visit to Turkey as "good." wealthwatch.world/newrepl...http://wealthwatch.world/newreply.php?tid=3181&processed=1
chattels: Parliament hopes to vote on the budget next week :: 2015/12/10 16:42 • [Baghdad-where] the House of Representatives expressed vote on the draft general budget of the State Finance Law for 2016 next week.
The parliamentary Finance Committee yesterday announced the readiness of the draft budget from a technical point of law, and submit it to the presidency of the parliament next Monday. wealthwatch.world/newrepl...http://wealthwatch.world/newreply.php?tid=2814&processed=1
chattels: Department of Defense announced the opening of volunteerism in the ranks of the army. According to a ministry statement received by the agency all of Iraq [where] a copy of which it called "the youth who wish to volunteer in the ranks of the Iraqi army, to submit their applications at the Center for Volunteer Baghdad for the inhabitants of the province of Baghdad and volunteer centers in the provinces for the inhabitants of the rest of the provinces, as of the date 15-12- 2015 and according to the conditions and controls volunteer force.chattels: www.alliraqnews.com/modul...
chattels: Why Washington Doesn’t Understand Iraq, Interview With Douglas Ollivant wealthwatch.world/newthre... http://wealthwatch.world/newthread.php?fid=14&processed=1
chattels: Excellent read - highly recommended
chattels: Bottom line—U.S. political actors need to act with greater care when making bold statements about Iraq and the region. Arabs—and Kurds and Persians and Turks—actually do read what is said, and a casual remark that is a footnote on page 20 here may well be a front page headline in the Arabic press.
chattels: " Haider al-Abadi is undoubtedly the most pro-American figure one can imagine emerging in Iraqi politics at this point. This also means that he is on the blame line for American political rhetoric, as he is seen as “America’s guy.”
So when senior American figures insult his Army, talk about arming sub-groups inside Iraq, or openly promote the breakup of his country, we are weakening his political power relative to his opponents. Let’s be very frank on this point.
Those who make these statements are strengthening the more Iranian-influenced factions that are arrayed against an embattled Prime Minister Abadi. It amazes me that some of the most anti-Iranian factions in the United States continue to make statements that aid and abet Iranian aims in Iraq."
chattels: " ......... when senior American figures insult his Army, talk about arming sub-groups inside Iraq, or openly promote the breakup of his country, we are weakening his political power relative to his opponents."
chattels: " ............ as the recent Turkish incursions have shown, Iraqis of all stripes remain very touchy about national sovereignty. I think Baghdad has gotten used to the repeated calls for a Kurdish state, but when proposals for a Sunni state also pop up (despite recent polling that shows the Sunni to be even more dedicated to a unified Iraqi state than are the Shia), this is seen as an American plan, or plot, to break up Iraq."
chattels: One Court To Rule Them All: Why Not All Iraqi Politicians Want Their Supreme Court To Work Properly
chattels: A new law governing Iraq's highest court is yet to be passed. Why? Opposition to Sharia law experts on the court. And because the Court could unravel hundreds of unconstitutional agreements and ban militias.
chattels: The Federal Supreme Court has the authority to rule on breaches of the Iraqi Constitution and to settle disputes between the central government and provincial authorities, among other things. Another court, the Court of Cassation, rules on legal matters not related to government and a further body, the Supreme Judicial Council takes care of things like appointing justices to those two courts.
A 2005 law currently guides the Federal Supreme Court's work but is considered unconstitutional in several ways. It states that the Supreme Court should be independent but at the moment it is not, due to other laws that see justices sitting on multiple benches.
Additionally the 2005 law was never approved by a two-thirds majority in the Iraqi Parliament. But one of the biggest motivations to reform the 2005 law on the Court is a familiar one: Too many local politicians believe that the Federal Supreme Court has made decisions favouring the parties in power.
This was particularly true of the administration headed by former Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki.
chattels: " ........ the Supreme Court should be independent but at the moment it is not, due to other laws that see justices sitting on multiple benches. Additionally the 2005 law was never approved by a two-thirds majority in the Iraqi Parliament."
chattels: So why is a new law for the Federal Supreme Court not being passed? There are several arguments going on that are delaying this. chattels: Read more @ wealthwatch.world/newthre...
chattels: " .......... many of the parties involved in conflicts – be they provincial authorities, regional governments like the Iraqi Kurdish or the different political parties in Iraq – fear the outcome of any binding legal decisions. "
chattels: " In the unlikely event that the Federal Court Law is eventually passed, there is one other very important question to consider. Even if the Federal Supreme Court is given a new lease of life via a new law, will it actually be able to do the work it is meant to?
It is obvious to both the politicians and the voting public that if Iraq's legal system began to work properly, the current status quo would be affected; a lot of powerful people would have a lot to lose, if things didn't go their way."
chattels: " The Federal Supreme Court could rule on any number of constitutional violations. During 2015, one of the most important cases it considered was brought against Iraq's current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi because he dismissed the country’s vice presidents during attempts at reforming the government."
chattels: " ............ could rule on any number of constitutional violations. "
chattels: " .............. one of the most important cases it considered was brought against Iraq's current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi because he dismissed the country’s vice presidents during attempts at reforming the government." chattels: " ......... could rule ............. "
OOTW: THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC CHATTELS, THANK YOU
OOTW: NOT SURE HOW MANY IN THIS "INVESTMENT" REALIZE, TRULY, HOW CRUCIAL IT IS THAT WE SEE REFORM IN THE JUDICIARY
chattels: Some say that the court has rules and at least on expert says that the " ruling " was a technicality.
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chattels: Matthew Reed @matthewmreed 11h11 hours ago My latest for @thedailybeast: Who Really Buys ISIS #Oil? thebea.st/1IGfwuj
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