aggiedad77 » February 7th, 2014, 9:09 am
Here are summaries of the overnight news:
The Ministries of Justice and Women in Iraq: report by Human Rights Watch inaccurate
Serious allegations being reported by the Human Rights Watch against the Iraq prison system regarding the mistreatment of incarcerated women. The Ministries of Justice and Women has responded stating the report is basically inaccurate. They have formed a committee to look into any claims, but other than overcrowding issues they have found no basis the claims. Inmates have rights to file suit if they feel they have been abused.
The Ministry of Labor sets deadline for concessional lending
The Labor Ministry has designated Feb 16 as the final day to apply for "soft" loans.....this sounds to be like unemployment "loans" or monies for those unemployed to be able to afford food.
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KOGAS company is considering selling 49% of Iraq's Akkas gas
The Korean Gas Company is looking to reduce debt and may consider selling 49% of the Akkas gas field in Iraq. They retain the rights to run/produce the Akkas gas field located in Anbar....the biggest gas find in Iraq with 5.6 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves.
Choose from Iraq's prime minister next?
Who will be the next Prime Minister of Iraq? Will it be Maliki again...can he garner the votes, the support, the union of political blocs to bring about the required support? Will it be Allawi who ran against M last time, or al-Sadr this time. There is unlikely possibilities that it would be anyone but one of these three, based largely on religious preferences and political chumminess. There is one thing that seems fairly certain....like the last election, it may very well take some time to declare a final winner and to get a government seated.
Iraqi Council of Ministers announce the formation of a committee to review the General Budget Law
WHOA......this is news....the Iraqi Cabinet is forming a committee to review the draft 2014 budget.....because the deficit has reportedly reached 40 trillion dinar.....when did it make a 10 trillion dinar jump....last heard it was at 30 trillion dinar with the addition of the new petrodollar to the budget.....where this will take things is anyone's guess at this point.
Defense announces the death of 35 "Daasha" in the region of the Po Jaber Al Anbar
The Defense Ministry announced on Thursday they had killed 35 members of the group called Daash in the Anbar province in the region known as Po Jaber, they also confiscated vehicles that contained machine guns.
Pentagon approached Congress for approval of the processing systems of Iraq's air control
The Iraqi's are wanting to purchase air traffic control equipment, and are seeking logistical support as well as training from Pentagon owned equipment....the Pentagon has approached Congress for approval to provide this equipment....it will used to help direct air traffic from four Iraqi airports.
A penalty clause in the federal budget to punish the Kurds
More finger pointing across the negotiations table it seems like.....but the bottom line....the Baghdad government firmly believes they have rights to the oil produced in the Kurdistan region and will impose deductions to the budget percentage (17%) for the oil that is exported to Turkey by the Kurds.....the Kurds of course feel differently and are again expressing the need to pump 2 million barrels per day through the new pipeline.....Baghdad is still waving the possibility of legal action against whoever buys the oil at Ceyhan, Turkey.
Iraqi Ambassador to the Netherlands to meet a delegation from the Kurdistan Islamic Union
The Netherlands Ambassador to Iraq met with members of the Kurdistan Islamic Union, discussing a variety of topics that included affairs of the community as well as the upcoming election in April.....my guess it sounds like perhaps the Dutch will be assisting with the election process in some way.
Ambassador: Iraq Looking to Buy Arms from Iran
In answer to your question JJ....yes I believe they can do this and have been making purchases for several years.....Maliki went to Iran in December and appears to have inked a deal with the Iranians to provide weapons and equipment to Iraq....no amount was disclosed for the deal.....this is something that the US is opposed to at this point. The article also mentions military equipment that is being approved by the US Congress for shipment to Iraq.....while at the same time, Iraqi Deputy PM Mutlaq has tried to get the US to not send equipment based on fears it would be used against Sunni's within Iraq.....the Kurd President Barzani has also expressed concerns to the US for much the same reasons.
U.S. official reveals the plan of the Iraqi army to cleanse Fallujah of insurgents
Oh just great....just great....leave it to a politician to reveal plans that the Iraqi army has developed on how to push the terrorists from Fallujah....shaking my head.....this individual admitted that a US General from Central Command was in Baghdad recently to advise Iraq military and other officials on a recommended plan of attack.
Kazibrom likely commencement of commercial production for the Badra field next spring is a new discovery in Kurdistan
The Russian oil company Kazibrom will start commercial production of the Badra field in Wassit this coming spring and expects to see production at 15,000 barrels per day from the field initially. First production of the field was delayed from last fall due to safety and security reasons....that included delays on getting equipment to the field and being unable to hire local contractors.
Commission announces the distribution of Kirkuk 8000 Btaaqh electronic out of 800 000 and confirm: the remaining period is sufficient
Kirkuk has distributed about 8,000 voter e-cards and believes their time left to distribute the remaining 800,000 is sufficient to get the job accomplished......there are 43 centers to receive voters where the cards will be disbursed.
Well that wraps up the news summaries from last night....enjoy Randy