Kurdistan: We will give three candidates instead Zebari to take over the finance portfolio next week

Kurdistan: We will give three candidates instead Zebari to take over the finance portfolio next week
10/20/2016 13:20 pm

The deputy head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party bloc Tariq friend, on Thursday, said his bloc will be presented next week, three candidates for the Ministry of Finance as substitutes for the former minister, Hoshyar Zebari.

He said a friend in a statement received / balances News / copy of it, that "the Ministry of Finance is the election event the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s recognition of all the political blocs, and the existence of mistakes during the reign Hoshyar Zebari does not mean making the ministry of the share of other political bloc."

He said a friend that "the Kurdistan Democratic Party will submit three candidates replacements Zebari during the next week for the purpose of voting on one of them by the House of Representatives and the resolution of this ministry task related to the country’s economy and the lives of citizens and their livelihood, and any delay in the vote on the candidates will make the presidency of the parliament is responsible for the negative effects for the survival of the ministry without a minister. "

It is said that the House of Representatives voted to dismiss Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari expressed concern Fassad.

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New Republic via a GCR Update as of Oct. 20 2016

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IFAD begins Investment in Iraq

IFAD to begin investment in Iraq to address challenges of agriculture and rural development

The development of the first strategic roadmap for investment in smallholder agriculture and rural development in Iraq is the focus of a high-level meeting being held in Amman from 18 to 20 October.

Organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the meeting will set the stage for identifying the priorities for IFAD’s engagement in Iraq, including the main strategic objectives, as well as the framework for the first ever IFAD investment in the country.

The development of Iraq’s  country programme is aligned with, and will build on IFAD’s fragile situations strategy.

“IFAD is committed to working in the most fragile and complex environments,” said Khalida Bouzar, IFAD Director for the  Near East, North Africa and Europe Division. “We will work to build the resilience of target communities in post-conflict environments such as Iraq,” she added. This, she said, would be done through complementary partnerships with local and international organizations while maintaining a clear focus on job generation and targeting the most vulnerable communities.

Also addressing the meeting on the opening day will be Ahmad A.H. Bamarni, Ambassador of Iraq to Italy. Other participants include the different directorates of Iraq’s Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Water Resources, as well as representatives of  universities and research institutions working on agriculture in Iraq.

The opening session will be followed by presentations by experts from Iraq on challenges and priorities facing smallholder farming in the sectors of crop production, water and irrigation, livestock, date palm, honey production, climate change and natural resource management. Experts will also focus on sustainable agriculture, agricultural policy needs and access to finance.

A special session will be devoted to the challenges and priorities for targeting and empowering the most vulnerable communities in Iraq.

Working in collaboration with other international partners who support agriculture and rural development issues in Iraq is a key element for IFAD projects.  Interventions will be made by a number of international organizations to highlight the scope of their work, and identify complementarities with the IFAD investment.

(Source: IFAD)

Mosul Offensive ‘On Track,’ Centcom Commander Says

The commander of U.S. Central Command detailed the progress of the Mosul offensive in Iraq and also spoke of the long-range strategies for the United States in the Middle East during a discussion at the Center for American Progress here today.

Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel answered questions from former Deputy Defense Secretary Rudy DeLeon, stressing at all times the need to listen to allies in the region.

Votel gave a quick update on the Iraqi offensive to liberate their country’s second-largest city from the clutches of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. “What I can report to you is that it is on track with the plan,” he said. “In some areas, we are right where we expected to be, [and] in other areas we are a little bit ahead of where we expected to be.”

ISIL is facing advances from three different directions – the south, east and northeast, the general said, and they are getting squeezed. “What we are seeing so far is that the plan the Iraqi security forces have put together along with their Kurdish partners … is meeting the needs of what we must do right now,” he said.

Time, Effort, Sacrifice

The offensive is only three days old, Votel noted, and the ISIL terrorists have had two years to build up defenses and emplace booby-traps and improvised explosive devices throughout the city. He said he expects the liberation of Mosul to take a lot of time, effort and sacrifice.

The key watchwords Votel said he uses for the counter-ISIL campaign are “momentum” and “pressure.”

“It is extraordinarily important that we keep momentum up for our activities,” he said. “There is a lot of activity that we are continuing to pursue out there because it supports the other notion of constant pressure on the Islamic State.”

Operations against the group in Syria and other parts of Iraq did not stop because of the offensive on Mosul, the general pointed out. “The strategy has been to try to present the Islamic State with as many dilemmas as we possibly can,” he said.

Protection of Women and Girls in Mosul

Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin (pictured), United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, to the United Nations Population Fund, on the Protection of Women and Girls in Mosul:

I am deeply concerned about the rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis in Mosul, Iraq, and the heightened threat to the health and lives of pregnant women who may be cut off from life-saving emergency obstetric care.

Among the 200,000 people likely to be displaced during the initial weeks of military operations in Mosul, an estimated 46,000 are women and girls of reproductive age, including about 8,000 who are pregnant or about to give birth. Life-saving health services must be maintained and accessible to all who require them.

Whether women live or die in a crisis often depends on whether they can access basic sexual and reproductive health services, which too often take a back seat to other urgent needs, like food and shelter. This includes pregnant women, who may face potentially life-threatening childbirth complications, as well as lactating women, caring for newborns throughout the chaos.

UNFPA is scaling up emergency reproductive health services and its response to gender-based violence to protect the health and lives of women and girls caught in the midst of this crisis, which is expected to displace more than one million people in the weeks ahead.

Additional funding is urgently needed to mobilize health-care providers and equip them with medicines and other essential reproductive health supplies and equipment.

UNFPA is committed to the full realization of the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all women and girls under all conditions, crisis or otherwise, at all times.

(Source: UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund)

Coalition Targets ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight strikes in Syria:

  • Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed two oil tanker trucks and an oil pumpjack.
  • Near Shadaddi, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed four vehicles and a fighting position.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed eight oil tanker trailers and an oil wellhead.
  • Near Mara, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
  • Near Washiyah, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two vehicles.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter, remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted six strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

  • Near Haditha, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles, two weapons caches, an artillery system and an ISIL-held building.
  • Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed an ISIL-held building and a command and control node.
  • Near Qayyarah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building and a vehicle.
  • Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
  • Near Tal Afar, a strike suppressed ISIL small arms fire.

Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.

Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

In Mosul, Women and Children face Impossible Choice

In Mosul, women and children face impossible choice: risk their lives fleeing city or stay for battle to come

As the military operation approaches Mosul, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) warns that residents, including up to 900,000 women and children, will have to make the terrible decision to risk their lives escaping ISIS, or stay and face the oncoming onslaught.

The city’s most vulnerable people, including the elderly, pregnant women, and those with young children, are the least able to flee the city.

Aleksandar Milutinovic, the International Rescue Committee’s Iraq County Director, said:

“As people hear the fighting getting closer to their homes, many in Mosul will decide that their children and loved ones will be safer risking minefields and capture by ISIS than getting caught up in the crossfire. We know from speaking with people who recently escaped Hawija that ISIS will be increasing their patrols of the city, and anyone caught trying to escape risks execution. For those who do slip past, mines and explosive devices will undoubtedly result in casualties.”

However, many of the most vulnerable will struggle to flee, leaving them more likely to get caught up in the fighting. Milutinovic said:

“While those who attempt to escape Mosul face horrific obstacles to reach safety, we can’t forget those unable to take the dangerous journey. The IRC is particularly concerned that those left behind for the fighting to come will include some of the most vulnerable of Mosul’s civilians, including the elderly, pregnant women, those with young children, as well as women and girls who have lost male relatives.”

It is expected that as many as 200,000 people could flee from the city in these first weeks, though there are currently only 60,000 tents available in seven emergency camps.

In total, up to 1 million people could flee their homes in search of safety during the military operation, with an estimated 700,000 requiring shelter, food, water and other vital aid. The majority will end up seeking shelter in abandoned buildings, schools and mosques in the towns and villages around Mosul.

The IRC’s mobile response teams are waiting close to the frontline to the north, east and south of the city and are ready to reach the most vulnerable. The IRC teams will provide $420 in cash to 5,000 families (30,000 people) so they can buy food, pay rent and buy clothes, blankets and cooking utensils.

Another 30,000 will be given essential items, provided with legal support or identified as needing specialist care. With more funding the IRC could increase the reach of its response to 90,000 people.

After escaping the city, men and boys over the age of 14 will be security screened. This may take several days and it will be critical conditions are suitable, and people are provided with food, water, medical care and adequate communication on the process. The IRC will be one of the few aid agencies present at these centres, helping to ensure that the most vulnerable are identified, prioritised and, if necessary, given medical care.

Those fleeing Mosul will have lived under the nightmare of ISIS’s rule for two years. Many will have gone without medical care, struggled to pay for food and been traumatised by the violence they have witnessed.

A significant number will require specialist help going far beyond the immediate needs of food, water and shelter in the months to come. The IRC’s teams of child protection and women’s protection experts will seek to support those most in need of additional care in the coming weeks.

You can read more about life in Mosul and the IRC’s planned respond here and the stories of Iraqis who recently fled ISIS controlled areas here.

(Source: International Rescue Committee)

Currency Auction Results, 19th Oct

By John Lee.

The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has reported that 29 banks and 14 remittance companies took part in its currency auction on Wednesday.

A total of $146,492,691 sold at a price of 1182 Iraqi Dinars (IQD) per dollar.

(Source: Central Bank of Iraq)