Iraqi Political News

13 F16 aircraft to Iraq next year

13 F16 aircraft to Iraq next year

A new batch of F-16 fighter jets will arrive in Iraq starting next year, the Washington-led international coalition said .Deputy Commander of the International Coalition Forces, Major General Andrew Croft, said in a televised statement that the new batch includes 13 fighters of this type and will arrive in Iraq ‘probably’ next year .

With this payment, the number of aircraft to be flown by Iraq will rise to 34 . Croft did not say whether the planes would arrive in Iraq at once or in separate payments .

Baghdad and Washington signed an agreement in 2011 to buy 36 F-16 fighter jets .

Iraq received the first batch of these aircraft in July 2015 and then received the other payments successively in subsequent years .

The Iraqi Air Force used F-16 fighter jets in the battles, which were supported by the US-led coalition against a staunch organization .

US report: Kuwait conference failed and a humiliating blow to Iraq threatens the future of Abadi

US report: Kuwait conference failed and a humiliating blow to Iraq threatens the future of Abadi

The New York Times reported on the Iraq reconstruction conference held in Kuwait, saying it was heading for ‘failure’, usually a ‘humiliating blow’ to the federal government headed by Haider al-Abadi .

"Iraq has destroyed a war with extremists who are calling for the destruction of cities and the displacement of millions of people. Iraq has asked the US-led allies for $ 88 billion for reconstruction," the paper said .

The Iraqi fund-raising conference in Kuwait, attended by dozens of potential donors, went into failure on Tuesday, with barely $ 4 billion – and nothing from the United States, the paper said in its report.

While the conference does not end until Wednesday, the message was clear: President Trump left the building of the Iraqi state to others, and they barely respond .

"It was a humiliating blow to the Iraqi government, which could not afford a fraction of the cost of rebuilding the war that in some respects was the result of the 2003-2003 US-led occupation .

"This failure threatens the political future of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi and undermines years of efforts by the United States and others to stabilize Iraq and fight extremism, " it said.

Monitoring sources: 3000 file corruption on officials “forbidden” to approach them!

Monitoring sources: 3000 file corruption on officials "forbidden" to approach them!

"Of the 6,000 cases of corrupt officials in previous and current governments, about 3,000 have not been completed," government sources said Sunday

The sources revealed that the government and parliamentary oversight bodies are subject to political pressure, which hampers its work and its ability to hold the corrupt accountable.

In this context, the spokesman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Abdul Sattar Birqdar, acknowledged that the recent amnesty law allowed "corrupt" impunity.

He stressed that "there are corrupt people have been convicted of judicial decisions and issued sentences of punishment against them according to the law, but they included the law of amnesty, which was legislated by the House of Representatives .

"The Integrity Commission has uncovered hundreds of corruption files and issued arrest warrants against hundreds of officials for their involvement in corruption, misappropriation of public funds, making deals with local and foreign companies for commissions and mismanagement .

"The head of the Integrity Commission Hassan al-Yasiri, announced at the annual conference of the body, the number of ministers and those in the rank of those who were issued orders for recruitment to investigate during the year 2017, 35 ministers, as well as 306 officials, adding that the funds seized more than 51 Billion dinars. "

Chihod: Kuwait conference contract to destroy Iraq and dumping debt

Chihod: Kuwait conference contract to destroy Iraq and dumping debt


The deputy speaker of the State of Law, led by Nuri al-Maliki, Mohammad Saadoun al-Chihoud, said Sunday that the Kuwait donors conference did not help Iraq, noting that "it was not held rather to help Iraq but to destroy it and drown it in debt.

""The major countries have abandoned Iraq again and abandoned it on several occasions, and this is conclusive evidence that the conspiracy against Iraq continues despite the failure of its chapters, which began to enter the rule through sectarianism and ending with the introduction of a terrorist," Chihud said in a statement.

"Iraq has lost billions of dollars because of its war with terrorism on behalf of the world.

The war has destroyed infrastructures and superstructures, and has delayed and delayed giant and big projects, as well as the wheel of development, reconstruction and construction.

"He pointed out that "the Kuwait donors conference was not held rather to help Iraq, but to destroy Iraq and flood it with debt and therefore the outputs of the conference does not carry any meaning to help and construction and reconstruction, but to drain the wealth of Iraq and its people,

pointing out that" Iraq needs 100 billion dollars as a grant to build and reconstruction of liberated areas As well as to complete the strategic projects in Iraq, and therefore the allocation of $ 30 billion in loans means the conference is free of its real content, "pointing out that this represents a huge blow to the economy of Iraq, which will continue to suffer dilution for many years.

Gulf states are backing back from providing substantial financial support to Iraq

Gulf states are backing back from providing substantial financial support to Iraq

IFC estimated that Iraq alone needs at least $ 50 billion."This figure is not realistic unless oil prices remain relatively stable," said Christian Goose, deputy head of IMF’s Middle East Monetary Department.

Adding that "the funding gap is increasing significantly if oil prices fall."However, the results of the conference outweighed many dim forecasts.

"This is an important reference to Iraq, through which Abbadi will go to the elections," said Elizabeth Dickinson, chief analyst for the Arabian Peninsula in the International Crisis Group.

"This gives us something concrete to return to Baghdad and demonstrate the capacity to support and rebuild the country."

Many foreign officials at the conference say contributions are expected to be much lower. In early December, some officials said it was difficult to reach the Iraqi government’s original standard for raising $ 20 billion from international donors.

"We were strongly encouraged to seriously reconsider this," a Western diplomat told AFP.

The most pressing question is how Iraqis who expected to start a Marshall Plan when the international conference ends with loans and goodwill will explain, not many direct donations. In the end, the government pressed its goal of holding the assembly and renamed it a "donors" conference to the "reconstruction" conference.

A large part of this draws attention to the expected shortage of pledged funds.

Much of the fear is due to lack of confidence from countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

In the beginning, the Gulf states were supposed to shoulder much of the burden on Iraqi reconstruction efforts in exchange for a rear seat in military operations against Da’ash.

But Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait all made $ 5 billion and were expected to do much more.

Western diplomats worry about the possibility of billions sinking, as well as the apparent lack of Gulf spending and the financial crisis they are experiencing.

The ongoing war in Yemen has reduced diplomatic and military power in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in particular, not to mention the drop in oil prices that has led to the discontent of Gulf governments.

"I think many are waiting for the post-election period because they want to know who will lead the government first," a senior US official told AFP.

However, the fact that any money comes at all is evidence of an improved Iraqi situation.

"The Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, see Abadi as someone who can be dealt with," Dickinson of the International Crisis Group said.

Security concerns remain largely a hindrance to donor and creditor accounts, as well as to private sector companies that had the lion’s share of the conference.

Although the Da’id organization has been completely defeated in Iraq, the risk of a perceived return is high for donors.

A meeting of the three presidencies this week to discuss the budget and the Kurdistan crisis

A meeting of the three presidencies this week to discuss the budget and the Kurdistan crisis

A meeting of the three presidencies this week to discuss the budget and the Kurdistan crisisThe three presidencies set a meeting date this week to discuss several files, most notably the budget this year, as well as the results of the Kuwait conference and the relationship between the center and the Kurdistan region .

The Legal Advisor to the President of the Republic, Amir Kanani said in a statement to the newspaper ‘morning’, that ‘the meeting of the three presidencies will be presented the most important issues on the domestic political scene in addition to what they see the personalities gathered’, explaining that ‘the Speaker of the House Salim Jubouri recommended the inclusion of discussion of the budget For this year within the agenda of the meeting of the three presidencies ‘.

Kanani added that ‘the other file to be discussed by the three presidencies is the relationship between the center and the region to seek solutions to issues that are still stuck such as airports, borders, salaries and others, as well as discuss developments in the political process related to the elections and review the most important events and highlight the results of (Kuwait International Conference) Reconstruction of Iraq ‘.

The freezing of terrorist funds

The freezing of terrorist funds


Baghdad / Al-Sabah
The government began on Thursday the implementation of the decision to freeze the terrorist funds issued by the parliament earlier and ratified by the presidency, according to a statement of the Department of the Official Gazette of the Ministry of Justice.

The Director General of the Department, Shatha Abdul Malik: "The decision to freeze the funds of terrorists, issued by the Parliament No. 1 of 2018, published Thursday in the new issue of the newspaper number 4479," and explained that "the number included a series of special decrees for the transfer of a number of ambassadors On the retirement in addition to the instructions to implement the work in the manner of Secretariat No. 1 of 2018, and the statement of establishment of the General Company for Air Navigation Services

{NATO}: a broad training plan in Iraq

{NATO}: a broad training plan in Iraq


Baghdad / Al-Sabah
NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said in a press conference Thursday that "NATO plans to stay more broadly in Iraq, in the context of training the army without any tasks "The current training teams in Iraq are based on small but facilitative teams and facilitate their movement and provide training for Iraqi officers,"

Stoltenberg explained, "The presence of the NATO alliance in Iraq to train the army came at the request of the Iraqi government, "We organize training in Iraq until the army is built
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Does Abbadi reject the loans of the Kuwait conference?

Does Abbadi reject the loans of the Kuwait conference?
15-02-2018 01:14 PM

A source familiar with the Council of Ministers said on Thursday that Prime Minister Haider Abadi may ‘reject’ the loans granted to Iraq at the Kuwait conference, pointing out that the World Bank has confirmed the country’s inability to bear more debt .

The source said in a press statement that ‘Abadi will discuss at the meeting of the Council of Ministers today, the loans granted to Iraq at the Kuwait International Conference for the reconstruction of Iraq, amounting to about $ 27 billion, and the possibility of rejection .

He pointed out that ‘Iraq is not obliged to accept these loans, if it relies on foreign investments, and will be discussed at the meeting today .

‘The source said that ‘the World Bank had recommended the Iraqi government not to borrow more loans, including the facilitator, but the participating countries gave Iraq sovereign loans, threatening the wealth of the country in the event of not regulate the process of investment ‘.

"Iraq was expecting to receive grants of at least $ 5 billion, but it has only $ 2 billion and $ 800 million, " he said.

The source pointed out that ‘the Central Bank of Iraq stressed during the Kuwait conference that Iraq can not afford any other loans after borrowing the maximum limit scheduled for the past four years, and will continue to pay loans for six decades to come .’

Tillerson: US will remain Iraq’s closest ally

Tillerson: US will remain Iraq’s closest ally


Announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding worth $ 3 billion with the Ministry of Finance
Kuwait / Morning follow-up

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding worth $ 3 billion to support Iraq in a number of projects, stressing the support of the US administration to Prime Minister Haider Abadi in the fight against corruption and terrorism.

"As President Trump said, we are committed to supporting the private sector in Iraq in the areas of import and export," Tillerson said in a speech at the Invest in Iraq conference in Kuwait.

"A memorandum of understanding was signed between the US bank Exim and the Iraqi Ministry of Finance worth $ 3 billion American for a number of projects in the field of transport and other areas ».

"US companies have signed a $ 2 billion agreement on electricity in Iraq," Tillerson said. "Another $ 350 million project will be launched, along with several new projects."

Tillerson stressed that «the United States will remain the closest ally of Iraq, which has gone through important stages in its history and we support a stable Iraq», pointing at the end of his speech that «the US administration supports Abadi in the fight against corruption».