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chattels: President Barzani: Erbil will remain neutral in Iraq-Turkey row over troops By Rudaw ERBIL, Kurdistan – Kurdish President Masoud Barzani said Tuesday that Kurdistan will remain neutral in a row between Baghdad and Ankara over Iraqi objections to Turkish troops training Peshmerga forces near Mosul.
"Before, there were agreements between Turkey and Baghdad and local authorities of Mosul over training (Sunni) Arab volunteers to be well-prepared for an anticipated battle for Mosul," Barzani told Rudaw. "The Kurdistan region is not part of the problem.
I will discuss this topic in Turkey tomorrow and we will also talk to Baghdad," he added. "If Turkish troops came to fight ISIS, it would be good." Barzani is scheduled to visit Turkey Wednesday to meet top Turkish officials to discuss the war and current regional issues.
On Saturday, Turkey revealed it had been training Peshmerga forces in four provinces in Iraq, after Baghdad disclosed that fresh forces had been sent into Iraq without consultations with the central government.A new force of some 150 trainers was relieving the previous team, it said. chattels: wealthwatch.world/showthr...
chattels: Iraq says large parts of Ramadi recaptured from Daesh By Rudaw ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi joint forces have recaptured the Anbar operations command and large parts of Ramadi from Daesh, or ISIS, the Iraqi government and international news agencies reported Tuesday.
"Iraqi forces managed to recapture the Anbar Operations command center inside Ramadi which was used by ISIS as a stronghold to carry out parts of its military missions in Ramadi,” the Iraqi Cabinet said in a statement. Meanwhile, AFP reported that Iraqi security forces recaptured a large area of Ramadi from ISIS, mainly Al-Tameem, on the southwestern side of the city. chattels: wealthwatch.world/newthre...
chattels: Playing politics with boots on the ground The commotion over sovereignty shows that many of the factions in Iraq have more urgent priorities than defeating ISIL. 08 Dec 2015 08:53 wealthwatch.world/newthre..http://wealthwatch.world/newthread.php?fid=14&processed=1
chattels: The issue of sovereignty is a sensitive one in any country but particularly so in the Middle East. Governments have been critically weakened over the issue of allowing foreign troops too much leeway: for instance, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini made devastating use of the 1964 US-Iranian status of forces agreement, which he claimed "reduced the Iranian people to a level lower than that of an American dog".
In Iraq, the scene of a prolonged occupation by a US-led coalition, the government has recently pushed back on the presence of both US and Turkish "boots on the ground", citing sovereignty concerns.
But in both cases, the presence of such troops was nothing new: instead the controversy tells us more about the internal politicking between Iraqi Shia factions and how Iraqi groups and their foreign backers care more about the local power balance than defeating the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
A clash over the return of US troops has been a long time coming. In June 2011, just months before the full withdrawal of US military forces, Iran-backed militias killed 16 Americans to drive home the point that US forces must leave.
chattels: : ............ the presence of such troops was nothing new: instead the controversy tells us more about the internal politicking between Iraqi Shia factions and how Iraqi groups and their foreign backers care more about the local power balance than defeating the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)."
chattels: In one of Iraq's quiet complexities, the Saddam regime and subsequent Shia-led governments have tolerated a large 15,000-strong Turkish ground force presence in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) area and constant Turkish aerial incursions since the early 1990s.
chattels: As long as the Turks were keeping Kurdish interests in check, there was little opposition to this presence from Baghdad. But Baghdad has become more critical of the presence since Turkey's role shifted to alliance with the KRG.
chattels: For groups such as Badr, Kataib Hezbollah and Asaib Ahl al-Haq, the urgency of defeating ISIL is low because the predominately Shia areas cannot be overrun by ISIL any more. The key fear for Badr and other Iranian proxies is now that ISIL will be dealt a series of defeats by rival forces - the government of Iraq, the Iraqi army, the Peshmerga and the US-led coalition.
chattels: The key fear for Badr and other Iranian proxies is now that ISIL will be dealt a series of defeats by rival forces - the government of Iraq, the Iraqi army, the Peshmerga and the US-led coalition. This is what happened at Tikrit. This is what will happen at Ramadi and eventually Mosul as well.
Groups such as Badr have an urgent imperative to drive out the US-led coalition before the credit for victory goes to Abadi and the mainstream Shia political and religious establishment. The Iran-backed groups are increasingly fighting "the next war" - the struggle for control of Iraq - before this war is even over.
chattels: Has anyone noticed the absence of any mention of the deletion of the zeroes ? The pundits talked much about it when it was in the news. Anyone remember the last mention of that process ?
chattels: 11-23-2015, 07:07 PM Parliamentary Economy: delete the zeros need a safe environment
chattels: for the project to delete the zeros confirmed Najib said "the Iraqi Central Bank completed the previously all preparations for the project, indicating that it " has been postponed because of the situation security is stable " in what it said that " the application of the project to delete the zeros needs to assign by the government and parliament to make it a success after the stabilization of the situation in the country because the ground current is suitable for the implementation of such a project. "
chattels: said Najib that " the subject of deletion of zeros is linked to the security situation closely ...... "
chattels: that the decision to delete the zeros of the Iraqi currency requires a political and security are conditions stable, ........... chattels: wealthwatch.world/showthr...
chattels: Can anyone say " abracadabra " ( an incantation used as a magic word in stage magic tricks ) ?
chattels: The Kurdish claim on the new reality was confirmed by John Drake, a security analyst at the British AKE Group. Agence France-Presse quoted him in June 2014 as saying the crisis “could end up [with Kurdish forces] gaining further control over territory disputed with Baghdad, such as Kirkuk and Tuz Khormato.”
In fact, this had already begun. The Kurdish forces took control over Kirkuk in April 2014, which represents the essence of the disputed areas between Arabs and Kurds. Oil-rich Kirkuk holds a symbolic position for the Kurds. The Kurdish forces’ control of the disputed areas could spark a long ethnic war, most notably over Kirkuk, after IS is forced out of the Iraqi territory.
Based on that, some people might be skeptical of the KRG's claim that it intends to end the fighting against IS. Some, in fact, suspect just the opposite: that the KRG is seeking to extend the fighting, to consolidate the Kurdish presence in the disputed areas, including Tuz Khormato. MP Siham Moussa said Nov. 12 that “Barzani is IS’ partner and led the group to Iraq.”
The Iraqi government, however, worried about what the KRG would like to achieve, announced in March that it would “embark on the implementation of constitution Article 140 on the disputed areas as soon as IS is eliminated in those areas.”
Barzani had said last year that “there is no need for constitution Article 140 on the disputed areas to be implemented,” and stressed that “these areas have become part of the Kurdistan region, after the peshmerga forces have entered them.”
Naeem al-Aboudi, a spokesman for the Shiite militia and parliamentary bloc Asaib Ahl al-Haq, also known as the League of the Righteous, told Al-Monitor regarding Barzani’s statement, “Such a statement will ignite a nationalist sectarian conflict.” This war of words could turn into a fierce civil war, under an already critical and complicated situation in Iraq. chattels: wealthwatch.world/showthr...
chattels: ” The Iraqi government, however, worried about what the KRG would like to achieve, announced in March that it would “embark on the implementation of constitution Article 140 on the disputed areas as soon as IS is eliminated in those areas.”
chattels: .” Barzani had said last year that “there is no need for constitution Article 140 on the disputed areas to be implemented,” and stressed that “these areas have become part of the Kurdistan region, after the peshmerga forces have entered them.”
[08:18:50 PM] chattels: This war of words could turn into a fierce civil war, under an already critical and complicated situation in Iraq.
chattels: A number of Kurdish MPs were yesterday for "harassment and targeting of racist and nationalist" of security officers Airport Baghdad International. According to MP Masood Haider in a press release that he was, along with a number of Kurdish MPs during their return to Baghdad coming from Sulaimaniya, to some irresponsible acts by some security men at Baghdad International Airport. www.ninanews.com/News_Det... http://www.ninanews.com/News_Details.aspx?wuujfEw2eTJXic%252bsrGNdQg%253d%253d
chattels: Sterile meetings postpone the legislation of the Federal Court Act until further notice 7/12/2015 9:46 wealthwatch.world/showthr... http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3233
chattels: Yousef Salman: still a project of the Federal Court Act is facing inter parliamentary and political obstacles, you see the parliamentary circles sufficient justification to delay the postponement of passing one of the main important laws which are contained in the document the political terms of the agreement.
chattels: It seems that the meetings repeated for the presidency of the House of Representatives with the leaders of the blocks on the agreement on the points of contention in the draft of the controversial law in preparation for inclusion on the agenda, still sterile and did not produce results may lead to get out of the bottleneck.
chattels: Legal Committee of Parliament confirms that the political blocs have yet to agree on a pass project Federal Court Act during the current legislative term.
chattels: "no real negotiations to pass the Federal Court Act in the coming sessions, and did not hold new talks to resolve points of contention relationship between the blocs and parliamentary committees."
chattels: " the judicial system reform is necessary for the political blocs to speed up the legislation of Court Act Federal, the body concerned the interpretation and challenge laws Constitution, "
chattels: "has been narrowing differences relating to Article 1 of the draft law on the presidency of the Federal Court, and will remain head of the judiciary is the same President of the Tribunal pending the enactment of a law regulating the work of the judiciary ".
chattels: Reads as though Medhat Mahmoud will remain unless and until there is a new law.
chattels: Washington, Baghdad on different pages in fight against IS By Susannah George | AP December 8 at 12:17 PM BAGHDAD — A series of political spats in Baghdad over the past week surrounding foreign forces on Iraqi soil have exposed the increasing weakness of Iraq’s prime minister and a disconnect between Washington and Baghdad in the fight against the Islamic State group.
As Iraq struggles to push IS out of the vast areas still under the extremists’ control, it has been caught in a tug-of-war between Iran, which exerts great influence over the Shiite-led government and provides crucial support to its ground forces, and the U.S.-led coalition, which is providing vital air support.
As Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has struggled to please both sides, he has come to be seen by many as weak and indecisive, further undermining efforts to defeat the extremists.
The challenge he faces was thrown into sharp relief by two recent controversies over foreign forces. wealthwatch.world/showthr... http://wealthwatch.world/showthread.php?tid=3234
chattels: An article worth your reading and consideration.
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