Monthly Archives: December 2016


WSOMN UPDATED, 30 DEC

Evenstar:  Will this Saturday Night be “It”???????Well tomorrow is New Years Eve……Dec. 31, 2016. According to many intel providers it MAY be the night currency rates reset, the GCR, RV is triggered and come Tuesday Morning  (Monday seems to be a banking holiday) we may hopefully see what we all have been hoping and dreaming  of for many years…..This New Years Eve also happens to fall on a

RALPH POST, 30 DEC

Ralph:  From the various sources I have maintained over the past four plus years, I will report the following on what I have been told. Please realize that this information DOES NOT ORIGINATE with me and use your own discernment.The information is as follows: Certain “fires were lit” before the Christmas Holiday to insure that the GCR/RV process would remain on track for a timely occurrence to

WSOMN UPDATE, 30 DEC

Phenom:  Alright! Iraq and 208 other countries is ready and will participate in Gold/asset backed currencies and activation of the Global Currency ResetAvonLady:  Wall St. Flat on Last Trading Day of 2016   http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2016/12/30/business/30reuters-usa-stocks.html?_r=0AvonLady:  ECB’s Monte Paschi Capital Bar Would Trip Up 10 Other EU Banks https://www.bloomberg.com/news/

WSOMN UPDATE, 30 DEC

GEG-Dinar:  If we fly up to 30,000 feet and look at this in context of years instead of months, weeks, and days, you’ll see what has transpired.With that in mind, I honestly believe they WANT to get this done at the 1st of the year, but will punt this down range later into 2017 if they must.Some level of security and stability has to be in place, and it’s obvious the the current U.S.

THE BIG CALL WITH BRUCE, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2016,, 30 DEC

THE BIG CALL WITH BRUCE, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2016, INTEL ONLYTRANSCRIBED BY PINKROSES Bruce: Thank you all for listening to the Big Call. If the blessing comes between now and our next call, we will set up a recorded call that would be short and put it on a link for everybody to click on. That is our intentions. We really didn’t know we would be doing a call tonight. Intel wise it been

ARTHUR UPDATE, 30 DEC

Arthur   Contrary to popular belief, Iraq is still not completely out of all remaining sanctions.  
Among the remaining are the ones regarding their ongoing status with Kuwait. The Kuwaitis are still owed reparations and other concerns such as the reception of the bodies back to Kuwaiti soil.An historic meeting occurred today in which 4 important agreements were signed by the two countries which

Iraq to link Rail Network with Iran

By John Lee.

Iraq’s state-run Iraqi Republic Railways (IRR) announced on Tuesday that it plans to link its rail network to that of neighbouring Iran.

IRR Information Director Abdul Sattar Mohsen told Anadolu Agency that Iraqi and Iranian officials had already held several meetings to discuss the project.

He added that several international companies had already expressed an interest in investing in the scheme, but said the IRR is still looking for potential investors.

The 32-kilometer extension would link Iran’s Al-Shalamcheh border terminal to Basra, allowing passengers to easily pass between the two countries, especially during Shia pilgrimage seasons.

(Source: Anadolu Agency)

(Pictured Credit: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

Iraqi Forces Resume Mosul Offensive

Iraqi security forces announced on Thursday that several elements of the Iraqi army, federal police and Counter Terrorism Service have initiated a simultaneous advance, with coalition air and artillery support, along three axes to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.

On the north axis, units of the Iraqi army’s 16th Division advanced south to clear additional neighborhoods as they take new ground, U.S. Central Command officials said. On the east axis, Counter Terrorism Service units pushed west and south along two fronts. On the south axis, units of the federal police began clearing neighborhoods to the north.

Two New Fronts

The Iraqi multi-axis advance opens two new fronts within the city, officials said, and increases pressure on ISIL’s dwindling ability to generate forces, move fighters or resupply.

Since the Mosul operation began Oct. 17, the coalition has struck ISIL with more than 7,650 munitions in support of the Iraqi security forces. Additionally, at the request of the Iraqi government, the coalition re-struck two Mosul bridges Dec. 27 and disabled the last bridge crossing the Tigris River inside Mosul the day before.

The strikes were conducted to reduce enemy freedom of movement, and to further disrupt ISIL’s ability to reinforce, resupply, or use vehicle-borne bombs in eastern Mosul, officials said.

Coalition forces provide operational advice and assistance to Iraqi units along with intelligence, logistics, artillery and air support to the Iraqi security forces in a partnership to defeat ISIL in Iraq. Support is being provided in response to requests by the Iraqi government in a deliberate and consultative manner, officials said, to avoid unnecessary casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

IBBC Celebrates Successful Inaugural Conference in Dubai

More than 180 expert speakers and delegates from the UK, Iraq, UAE and abroad gathered in Dubai at The Address Dubai Marina on Sunday 18 December for the Iraq Britain Business Council’s (IBBC) Autumn Conference.

Usually held in London, the well-attended conference marked the first time the IBBC has held an event in the UAE, a hub for global and regional companies that operate in the Middle East.

The decision to move the Autumn Conference to Dubai has certainly proven to be a good one, with the new location attracting a new audience of business leaders and decision makers based in the region.

A record number of delegates from non-member companies registered for the event, including representatives from Mitsubishi, Serco, Rolls-Royce, Capital Bank of Jordan and LUKOIL.

They were joined by representatives from IBBC member companies, such as Shell, ExxonMobil, Siemens, GE, Amec Foster Wheeler, GardaWorld, Restrata, Eversheds and more.

The conference was supported by H.E. Mr Kadhim Finjan Al-Hamami, Iraq’s Minister of Transport, and Mr Frank Baker OBE, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iraq, who jointly opened the event with IBBC President Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne.

The theme of the conference was ‘Doing Business in Iraq’. Delegates heard from Ariel Flores, General Manager of BP (Rumaila Operating Organisation), on operating Rumaila in a $50-barrel world during the first session, ‘The Iraq Oil and Gas Sector in 2016’. He focused particularly on how investing in technology, training and safety is key to Rumaila’s operations.

Meanwhile, Marwa Al Nasaa, the International Monetary Fund’s Resident Representative for Iraq delivered an overview of the IMF’s Stand-By Arrangement (SBA), economic developments under the SBA and a forecast of what’s to come.

Other headlining speakers included Dennis Flannery of Citibank, Dr Jafar Dhia Jafar of URUK Engineering and Contracting Company LLC., Zeeshan Sheikh of the International Finance Corporation, Salem Jawad Chalabi of Stephenson Horwood Middle East LLP and Jorge Vila of Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation (IMMDF), who addressed the audience from Paris via a Skype link-up.

IBBC members also joined panel discussions. Asrar Abdulhussein Mohammed of International Islamic Bank participated in the finance session, while Iain Rawlinson of Gulftainer and Peter Turner of SKA International shared their insights on opportunities in Iraq for investment and partnership within the transport and logistics sectors.

Amar Shubar of Management Partners, Gavin Rennie of EY, Afif Masri of PwC and Vikas Handa of Beas LLC (formerly of Weir Group) chaired the panels on finance, power, opportunities in the private sector and O&G respectively.

he IBBC Autumn Conference was generously sponsored by the Islamic International Bank, Gulftainer, Weir Group, SKA International and the IMMDF.

The IBBC’s next conference will take place at Mansion House, London, on Monday 3 April 2017. More information will be available in due course.

For information on the IBBC Autumn Conference, membership or conference sponsorship opportunities, contact the IBBC London team at london@webuildiraq.org or +44 20 7222 7100 or our UAE Representative Samer Al-Omari at samer.alomari@webuildiraq.org or +971552088000.

(Source: IBBC)

EU commits additional €7m for Children in Iraq

A new €7-million contribution from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) to support UNICEF’s work in Iraq brings the total amount of ECHO assistance committed to UNICEF Iraq in 2016 to €20 million.

This additional support comes at a critical time as families continue to flee Mosul, humanitarian needs for those inside the city increase, and winter conditions exacerbate children’s vulnerabilities

Mr. Jean Louis De Brouwer, Director of Operations at ECHO for European, Eastern Neighbourhood and Middle East said:

With the military operations in Mosul at their tipping point and fighting ongoing in Hawija and Telafar, it is crucial to increase protection and principled, lifesaving humanitarian assistance to all people in need. Our support will cover emergency needs of families displaced by the fighting and aims at reaching those most in need, trapped in active conflict zones and in newly accessible areas.

It is important for the European Union to provide assistance to children affected by conflict in Iraq, many of whom have gone without education, vaccinations, and other aid for more than two years.”

The additional funding will support UNICEF’s ongoing emergency response. EU-funded programmes provide emergency food, water and hygiene supplies to newly displaced families. EU support will also boost first-line health, water and sanitation, education in emergencies, child protection and winterization assistance.

This generous funding from the European Union at such a critical time will enable UNICEF to continue providing emergency assistance to Iraq’s families, providing hope for a better future for every child,” said UNICEF Representative in Iraq Peter Hawkins.

This new contribution reinforces the strong partnership between EU and UNICEF in Iraq, focusing on providing emergency assistance where it is needed most.

More than three million people are displaced in Iraq, and an estimated 11 million are in need of humanitarian assistance – half of them children. In 2017, as many as 1.2 million additional people may be forced from their homes as military operations continue.

(Source: ReliefWeb)

(Picture credit: UNICEF)