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Ivantulafitov: https://twitter.com/brett_mcgurk?lang=en Spent five days in #Iraq and #Syria focused on completing campaign to defeat #ISIS and stability in liberated areas. On Thursday, @SecPompeo will convene 52 members of our @coaliton in #Brussels to discuss details. Follow through critical.
Ivantulafitov: this is good too Secretary of State Pompeo https://twitter.com/SecPompeo?lang=en
Ivantulafitov: he is all over the middle east
Smitty76: He Visited Afghanistan, Vietnam, Interesting….. Wonder if he will make a stop in Iraq as well.
Luvwulfs: Come on folks, look at Trumps schedule. NATO for the next 2 days, UK and then Putin in Helsinki. It is a Presidential Envoy going to Iraq
Lakelady: Just WOW on Frank's call.
Speedy: Mr. ghost said He was involved in combat all over Iraq in both Iraq comflicts !!! Also involved in combat in Afghanistan !!! Mr Ghost had extensive harrowing combat experience…He also stated that the circumstances are good to see our gift !!!
Smitty76: Ghost's statement that President Trump will be in Iraq on Friday, if true, is very exciting
Smitty76: I read that a US Rep named McGurk (sp) was in Iraq now, maybe setting up for Potus, Time will tell
Blinkster: Peeps, a friend of mine found this on the Govt of Iraq Twitter PAGE:
First. this statement posted by PM Abadi today 7/10/18:
"PM @HaiderAlAbadi: I will travel to Brussels later to meet with leaders and heads of government attending the NATO Summit to discuss enhanced training for Iraqi forces and to share Iraq's considerable experience in fighting terrorism."
Gee, I believe President Trump will be there as well. I don't think it would be Abadi going, if he hasn't captured a second term as PM of Iraq, IMO. I also believe, IMO, that Abadi will be in his second term as PM when this meeting takes place. IMO.
But I happened to find this below the above post, scrolling past that post and found maybe even more importantly, three or more statements about TODAY 7/10/18 being the first anniversary of the liberation of Mosul (!!!):
"PM @HaiderAlAbadi: Today we mark the first anniversary of the liberation of Mosul which Daesh declared as the capital of their fake state, but the Iraqi people defeated them"
There are at least four posts there confirming this anniversary date, some with pics posted.
Friends, there it is. As Frank/Teams accurately reported, Mosul was DONE long before late Sept/Oct of 2017 as the press would have had us believe. July 10 2017 was the date of the defeat of Daesh in MOSUL... which means PRESS MANIPULATION of timelines and reporting!!!!
I think in fairness to Frank & Teams, this needs to be seen!!
Popeye7: Great stuff Blinkster... With what was reported by Ghost last night in his opinion, this event should occur anytime this week... In fact, I remember him stating that he would be disappointed if it did not... Such a great call, and cannot thank everyone enough for it...
By the way, tomorrow is one of those Christine Lagarde (IMF head spokesperson) kind of days from a numbers standpoint... 7/11/2018... 7 times 11 is 77...
Add the two 7's together, and we have 14... 14 plus the number that 2018 when compressed (2+0+1+8=11) 14+11 equal 25... Compress the 2, and the 5, and we have the sum of 7 once again...
We shall see what tomorrow brings in accordance to God's plan in all of this...
Don961: Scary scenarios : Who is affected by the closure of the Strait of Hormuz ?
2018/7/10 06:15:06 PM
Iran faces serious challenges in the face of the imminent resumption of Washington sanctions after its suspension in 2015 and its efforts to "reduce Iran's oil revenues to zero" by not allowing Tehran to export oil and calling on the Allies to stop importing it by November 4 "without any exceptions Or delay "
The US call received a response from some Asian countries and companies, although China has not officially announced its intention to stop buying Iranian oil. Turkey, a member of NATO, has also formally challenged US threats not to cut off its trade relations with Iran Orders from other countries "and will continue to import oil and gas from Iran.
In May, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the "Comprehensive Joint Action Plan" (Iran's nuclear agreement) signed between Iran and the five major powers plus Germany in 2015, renew the sanctions already imposed by those countries, The US administration will enter into force on November 4.
In the context of American pressure on allied countries, Japan was forced to cancel a planned visit by the prime minister to Iran on July 11, and the canceled visit was the first visit by a senior Japanese official in 40 years; giant companies decided to withdraw from the agreements with Iran by November 4, Along with European shipping companies, and others who have indicated their intention to leave Iran.
In Berne, Switzerland, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said on July 2 that "preventing Iran from exporting its oil means that no one in the region will be able to export its oil," referring to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq, Field of natural gas, and depend on its export on the Strait of Hormuz.
In response to an implicit invitation from President Hassan Rowhani, Iran's Revolutionary Guard explicitly supports the closure of the Strait of Hormuz if US partners respond to its call for a complete halt to the purchase of Iranian oil.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders, including Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, and General Qassim Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, charged with carrying out the special operations of the Revolutionary Guards, were reported in Iranian media.
The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow sea corridor between Iran and Oman. The Arabian Gulf reaches the Gulf of Oman on the one hand and the Arabian Sea in the Indian Ocean on the other. Its maximum width is 50 kilometers at a depth of 60 meters and the entrance and exit corridors are 10.5 kilometers. 20 to 30 tankers a day coming from Saudi Arabia, which exports about 88% of its oil production across the strait, and higher for both Iraq and the UAE, while Kuwait and Qatar export all their oil across the strait.
The Strait of Hormuz absorbs oil traffic by 30 to 40 per cent of the world's oil trade by more than 17 million barrels per day; there are no alternatives available to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Iraq to export oil from the ports of Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
Closing the Strait of Hormuz will lead to higher oil prices, natural gas in the global market and a turbulence in financial markets, which could lead to a collapse in the economies of some countries that rely heavily on financial speculation.
The US Energy Information Administration's 2014 report notes that the closure of sea lanes for oil transport in the Middle East could lead to increases in overall energy costs and energy prices in the global market.
These concerns, which China is aware of, have pushed the Assistant Foreign Minister to make intensive contacts with a number of Arab countries in the context of exerting more efforts to ensure stability in the Middle East and surrounding Iran, commenting on the threat of Iranian Revolutionary Guard leader Ismail Kuthari "Hormuz" in case the United States decided to block the export of Iranian oil.
China imports part of its oil needs from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait, as well as Iran, provided by the State of Qatar with natural gas; so any complete or partial closure of the Strait of Hormuz will have negative effects on the Chinese economy.
During his tour of several European countries, the Iranian president is trying to secure tougher conditions for sanctions that the United States is working to impose in coordination with allies to stop buying Iranian oil following the US president's decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal. Exchange more than 23 billion dollars annually.
Iran, the third-largest oil producer of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), exports more than 2.28 barrels of crude oil per day, according to data from the Iranian Oil Ministry for June 2018.
Rohani believes that his European tour may prevent the complete collapse of the nuclear deal with the support of China and Russia, and some European countries that may be affected by US sanctions to prevent the export of Iranian oil.
Iran, by threatening to shut down the vital Strait of Hormuz for global energy transfer, has sent multidimensional messages to the United States, the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council to boost domineering internal control and control and protests against the backdrop of the economic crisis. .
While Iran's threats do not seem realistic and feasible for many reasons, they will in any way affect the confidence of oil and natural gas importers in the United States and elsewhere in the world that rely on safe and stable energy passage.
On the military front, Iran will be able to threaten the security of the Strait of Hormuz and prevent the passage of oil tankers and commercial vessels through it.
But according to the data, such a step would be a dangerous escalation that threatens the interests of the world's countries, especially the major ones, which will be pushed to take deterrent countermeasures using naval forces to impose energy security or engage in military confrontations. Iran knows that it will be the loser. The Iranians are determined to take risks at this stage of internal, regional and international crises.
Iran can close the Strait of Hormuz for an indefinite period of time by simultaneously attacking and breaking several ships, creating a barrier to the passage of other tankers due to the relatively limited entry and exit entrances.
However, according to data from the permanent deployment of naval forces from several countries, including the United States, the continued closure of the strait will not last for more than two to three weeks.
Perhaps the most important is the implications for the world's major financial markets, the global oil market, and the prospect of price rises that would disrupt the world's economy. Iran may be the most affected by its deteriorating economy and internal turmoil, which could turn Iran into a military option to create multiple conflicts In the region as a punitive measure for the United States and its allies.
Starfire1: Donald Trump got Wall Street's attention by saying the U.S. dollar is “too strong,” warning that a soaring greenback has “disadvantages” for U.S. companies doing a lot of business abroad.
The value of the dollar versus a basket of foreign currencies, including Japan’s yen, the British pound and the euro, has risen more than 25% since the start of 2014. Those sharp gains include a nearly 1% drop after Trump suggested he prefers a weaker buck, which put the dollar in the red for 2017.
Here's several things you should know about U.S. dollar policy:
Higher dollar not good for U.S. companies selling overseas. The stronger the dollar the more expensive U.S. products are when sold abroad in markets with cheaper currencies. Consumers in those markets may choose to buy less expensive, non-American goods.
Fewer foreign sales of American products translates to less profit for U.S. companies and fewer new jobs. The broad Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index, which is filled with large American companies such as retailer Walmart and heavy equipment maker Caterpillar, gets more than 43% of its total revenue from foreign sales.
Strong greenback could derail Trump’s growth plans. Ironically, the dollar's rise has been partly a result of Trump’s proposed policies – corporate tax cuts, less regulation and more government spending. In short, Trump’s policies that push up the U.S. dollar could offset the benefits – and impede the success – of “Trumponomics.”
If foreigners can’t afford to buy products and services exported from America, it could derail Trump’s plans to revive U.S. manufacturing.
Recent dollar strength has also been driven by the U.S. Federal Reserve's stated plans to raise short-term U.S. interest rates at least three times this year, which would boost the current yield of 0.75% to 1.5%.
Talking down the dollar breaks from precedent. Trump’s public preference for a weaker dollar contrasts with normal U.S. policy to promote a “strong dollar.” U.S. presidents normally refrain from talking specifically about the dollar, preferring to leave such commentary to the Treasury secretary, who normally sticks to the common refrain, “the U.S. supports a strong dollar.”
A strong dollar, of course, signals strength and projects confidence in the U.S. The shifting message from Trump creates some confusion on Wall Street and a fresh uncertainty as to what the new White House administration will say and do next.
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