Starwood Sheraton Dohuk Hotel

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed an agreement with Mase Co LLC, a company managed by Brilliant Role Group, to open a new-build Sheraton hotel in Dohuk, in the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in northern Iraq.
Scheduled to debut early next year, the Sheraton Dohuk Hotel will be the first of four new Starwood hotels to open in Iraq after 20 years, and will be the first internationally-branded hotel in the emerging city of Dohuk.
We look forward to a long-term partnership with Mase Co as we enter into our first hotel development together with the introduction of the Sheraton brand into Dohuk,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East.
We are proud to be part of the development of this important region in Iraq as we bring a new level of hospitality to the local community and to international travellers.
Zakaria Abdulla, Chairman of Brilliant Role Group said:
We are excited to work with Starwood to bring its world-class Sheraton brand to Dohuk. As Dohuk continues to grow as an emerging city in the Middle East, there will be a strong demand for an international hotel brand such as Sheraton. The signing of Sheraton Dohuk Hotel is in line with our vision to support the development of the Kurdistan region as a key business destination.
Situated in Dohuk on the border of Turkey, the 202-room Sheraton Dohuk Hotel will be ideally located at the top of a hill with stunning views overlooking the entire city and nearby mountains. The hotel will feature an all-day dining venue, a signature restaurant, and four lounges. Sheraton Dohuk Hotel is set to become the choice gathering place for business travellers, offering extensive meeting and event space, including three ballrooms for special events.
The hotel will feature the brand’s signature Link@Sheraton® experienced with Microsoft®, Sheraton Club Lounge and Sheraton Fitness, Programmed by Core Performance™, designed exclusively for Sheraton guests through its partner Core Performance. All guest rooms will be feature the all-white Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® bed, designed to meet AAA’s Five Diamond Award® criteria Guests can also pamper themselves in Sheraton Shine Spa.
Starwood in Iraq

Sheraton continues to be a first-mover into many new markets around the world, and remains a popular choice for owners and developers in both primary and secondary markets,” added Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “As part of our global growth strategy, we seek new frontiers for our brands, and the signing of Sheraton Dohuk Hotel marks a significant milestone as we look for the right expansion opportunities in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.
Sheraton Dohuk will mark Starwood’s re-entry into Iraq, which will be followed by the opening of Sheraton Erbil Hotel, Aloft Erbil and Four Points by Sheraton Erbil in the capital of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in 2015.
Starwood currently operates nearly 50 hotels in the Middle East and continues to strengthen its long-established position as one of the leading luxury hotel operators in the region, with plans to open over 30 hotels in the next few years.
(Source: Starwood)


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Syria crisis: Russia and China step up warning over strike

Middle East

27 August 2013 Last updated at 05:52 ET

Syria crisis: Russia and China step up warning over strike

Russia and China have stepped up their warnings against military intervention in Syria, with Moscow saying any such action would have "catastrophic consequences" for the region.

The US and its allies are considering launching strikes on Syria in response to deadly attacks last week.

The US said there was "undeniable" proof of a chemical attack, on Monday.

UN chemical weapons inspectors are due to start a second day of investigations in the suburbs of Damascus.

The UN team came under sniper fire as they tried to visit an area west of the city on Monday.

A spokesman for UK Prime Minister David Cameron says the UK is making contingency plans for military action in Syria.

Mr Cameron has cut short his holiday and returned to London to deal with the Syrian crisis.

Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has called on the international community to show "prudence" over the crisis and observe international law.

"Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa," he said in a statement.

Late on Monday, the US said it was postponing a meeting on Syria with Russian diplomats, citing "ongoing consultations" about alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Hours later, Russia expressed regret about the decision. The two sides had been due to meet in The Hague on Wednesday to discuss setting up an international conference on finding a political solution to the crisis.

The Russian deputy defence minister, Gennady Gatilov said working out the political parameters for a resolution on Syria would be especially useful, with the threat of force hanging over the country.

On Monday, Mr Cameron spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin who said there was no evidence yet that Syria had used chemical weapons against rebels, Mr Cameron’s office said.

The official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, said Western powers were rushing to conclusions about who may have used chemical weapons in Syria before UN inspectors had completed their investigation.

UN visit

Both the Syrian government and rebels have blamed each other for last Wednesday’s attacks.

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said three hospitals it supported in the Damascus area had treated about 3,600 patients with "neurotoxic symptoms", of whom 355 had died.

US officials said there was "little doubt" that President Bashar al-Assad’s government was to blame.

UN inspectors spent nearly three hours in the western district of Muadhamiya on Monday where they visited two hospitals and interviewed survivors, eyewitnesses and doctors.

A UN spokesman said they had collected some samples.

Earlier in the day, the UN convoy came under fire from unidentified snipers and was forced to turn back before resuming its journey.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the shooting and asked the UN team in Syria to register a complaint.


In the most forceful US reaction yet, US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday described the recent attacks in the Damascus area as a "moral obscenity".

He said the delay in allowing UN inspectors to the sites was a sign the Syrian government had something to hide.

He said Washington had additional information about the attacks that it would make public in the days ahead.

"What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality," Mr Kerry said at a news conference on Monday.

"Make no mistake, President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people."

Washington has recently bolstered its naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean and military leaders from the US, UK and their allies have convened a meeting in Jordan.

Analysts believe the most likely US action would be sea-launched cruise missiles targeting Syrian military installations.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Monday the West had not produced any proof that President Assad’s forces had used chemical weapons.

He was responding to suggestions from some Western countries that military action against the Syrian government could be taken without a UN mandate.

Mr Lavrov said the use of force without Security Council backing would be "a crude violation of international law".

Earlier, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague told the BBC an international military response to the suspected use of chemical weapons would be possible without the backing of the UN.

The UN Security Council is divided, with Russia and China opposing military intervention and the UK and France warning that the UN could be bypassed if there was "great humanitarian need".

In a column in The Times newspaper, former UK PM Tony Blair has written that if the West does not intervene to support freedom and democracy in Egypt and Syria, the Middle East will face catastrophe

The UN says more than 100,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Assad began more than two years ago. The conflict has produced more than 1.7 million registered refugees.…800?print=true

Military strikes on Syria ‘as early as Thursday,’ US officials say

Military strikes on Syria ‘as early as Thursday,’ US officials say

August 27, 2013

Officials tell NBC News they have intelligence intercepts tying the chemical attacks to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The White House is now waiting for a report from the U.N. team that arrived at the attack site Monday. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

By Jim Miklaszewski, Courtney Kube and Erin McClam, NBC News

The U.S. could hit Syria with three days of missile strikes, perhaps beginning Thursday, in an attack meant more to send a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad than to topple him or cripple his military, senior U.S. officials told NBC News on Tuesday.

The State Department fed the growing drumbeat around the world for a military response to Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons against rebels Aug. 21 near Damascus, saying that while the U.S. intelligence community would release a formal assessment within the week, it was already "crystal clear" that Assad’s government was responsible.

Vice President Joe Biden went even further, bluntly telling an American
Legion audience in Houston: "Chemical weapons have been used."

Vice President Joe Biden addresses the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the president’s response in a speech to the American Legion.

"No one doubts that innocent men, women and children have been the victims of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, and there’s no doubt who’s responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Biden said.

White House press secretary Jay Carney repeated Tuesday that the White House isn’t considering the deliberate overthrow of Assad.

"The options that we are considering are not about regime change," said during a daily briefing with reporters. "They are about responding to the clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons."

But Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., an influential voice on military matters, pressed the administration to go further, calling for the U.S. and its allies to provide weapons to "the resistance on the ground."

"The important part of this whole situation is, is this just going to be just a retaliatory strike that has no lasting impact or something that changes the momentum on the ground in Syria?" McCain told reporters in Mesa, Ariz., after an event on immigration reform.

Three days of airstrikes planned

Senior officials told NBC News that Defense Department planning had advanced to the point that three days of strikes were anticipated, after which strategists could run an assessment and target what was missed in further rounds.

Many Americans asked about the slaughter in Syria are torn as to how the U.S. should get involved. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports.

U.S. missile strikes would almost certainly be launched from Navy destroyers or submarines in the Mediterranean Sea. The U.S. in recent days has moved destroyers closer to Syria, which sits on the sea’s eastern edge, but that was mostly a symbolic move. U.S. Tomahawk missiles are so precise that they can hit not just buildings but also specific windows, and they could hit Syrian targets from far farther west in the Mediterranean.

Navy officials said four destroyers are lined up ready to strike: the USS Barry, the USS Mahan, the USS Ramage and the USS Gravely.

Tuesday, a fifth guided-missile destroyer, the USS Stout, also entered the Mediterranean, through the Straights of Gibraltar, but officials said it wouldn’t take part in any cruise missile attack.

"The four destroyers now in place have more than enough cruise missiles," one official said.

Pressure for a response builds

Underscoring the urgency facing world leaders, British Prime Minister David Cameron called Parliament back from vacation and said it would vote on action Thursday, and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. military was "ready to go."

Monday, using forceful language, Secretary of State John Kerry said Syrian chemical attacks were a "moral obscenity" and accused the Assad regime not just of having used chemical agents but also of having covered up the evidence.

On Tuesday, the U.N. said its investigating team in Syria would delay its next outing by a day, to Wednesday. The team came under fire from unidentified snipers Monday on its way to check out the site of a suspected chemical attack near Damascus, the capital.

Having fled the violence within Syria, nearly 2 million refugees, a million of them children, are living in refugee camps in Jordan. NBC News’ Ann Curry reports.

In Cairo, the Arab League said it held Assad responsible for the suspected attack. Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other countries condemned the use of unconventional weapons.

Support from the Arab League, even if limited, would provide crucial diplomatic cover for a Western strike on Syria. Action through the U.N. is unlikely because Russia, which supports the Assad regime, has a veto in the Security Council.

Some U.S. allies, notably Britain, have signaled that a limited strike could take place without Security Council approval. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it would be a "very grave violation of international law," and China said through its government-run news service that the U.S. must refrain from "hasty armed intervention."

In Syria, the top general in the Free Syria Army, the umbrella group comprising rebel factions, told NBC News’ Richard Engel that airstrikes were necessary to stop Assad from launching even broader chemical attacks.

"If there is no action, we are afraid that in the coming days, not coming weeks, Bashar will use chemical weapons and chemical materials against very wide areas and, I’m afraid, to kill maybe 20,000 or 30,000 more people," he said.

Slideshow: Syria uprising

A look back at the conflict that has overtaken the country…cials-say?lite

Thoughts from DinarMaven at TNT Late Tuesday Evening

Guys- I know that Okie is itching to post tonight. Now I haven’t had the pleasure of ever talking to him directly, but I know that he is very gun shy about pushing out intel that feels right but comes up wrong.

But the truth is, there is very strong info again tonight that tells us that our waiting is finally over. Over the last few days I have said that the RV is “imminent”. Wednesday will be no different.

Sources tell me that we are still waiting for the secondary events to occur and that the push to get this done is at a fever pitch. We may see this tonight at 2-3EST. DO NOT be disappointed if you wake-up and we are still waiting.

There are other prime event horizons that could push it into Wed. Regardless, the next few days should be the best days of our lives.

We WILL get our texts and emails. We WILL begin making appointments. So don’t get discouraged. This thing is like a balloon that is already past its breaking point and expanding onto the PIN

Get ready for this thing to POP!

Late Tuesday Night Dinar Chatter, Rumors, and Opinions


[DiddyKong] Any news on the event that is bigger than the RV yet?

[FLPatriot59] DiddyKong I’m not finding ANY news or intel anywhere. Very quiet night!

[highlander65] DiddyKong DiddyKong hey there hon … are we quiet on the CE waters this evening?

[DiddyKong] yea very quiet. Hopefully its that quiet that occurs when things are being confirmed before information is released to us

[DiddyKong] Im at a stalemate with anything developing from the Syria situation FYI. Its like everything has stopped

[terrib] DiddyKong thats good

[DiddyKong] terrib oh yea. thats the best news i have to deliver today so far lol
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[nolaspice] IMO…we will not go to WAR over Syria…the democrats have used the other wars as a Bush policy against the Republicans, they will obfiscate the truth and supply weapons under the table, but no war will be declared with the UN or through the US Congress IN SOMEONES OPINION

[AceKing] nolaspice I have a question… When the Chinese supposedly get the tripple zero dinar, how is it going to be worth more than the going rate in Iraq for them? In other words, it is supposed to be for oil credits. So why is the old dinar going to be worth more than the rate of the new dinar for oil?

 [nolaspice]AceKing:  all 11 nations that liberated Iraq where given preferential treatment and allowed to buy the dinar. This is how Bush in 2008 claimed the war would not cost tax payers a dime. It did not happen then because the housing bubble collapsed and the derivitives that were tied to undervalued stock had a overreaching global affect on the world market and countries as a whole. This escalated the global reset and the need for it now…the country rates have already been determined behind the scene of prying eyes


[t3mpo83] I’m still at a loss about this 20+ double rate and how China is willing to pay that. I don’t get the math behind that. But if that’s what’s going around, I hope it is a reality.

[DiddyKong] t3mpo83 same here friend

[DiddyKong] t3mpo83 same here friend

[FLPatriot59] t3mpo83 Ditto

[t3mpo83] FLPatriot59 That would be so amazing. Retired for life.

[BLESSME] Jamison are we really as close as it seems???

[Jamison] BLESSME This can happen at anytime, it will just pop up and catch us. lot of rumors out there and people calling it on none factual things, based on rumors of what might happen, just sit back and wait for a email




 [lotus122] Just got a call from a credible source. Seems all is on the right track for tonight. Can’t go too much into detail on the source(boots on the ground, old buddies from the military).

[Dee827] lotus122 we have heard that so many times hard to believe it sorry

 [lotus122] Dee827 Not too often I Get this call. I never post intel.

[phantom] I have no idea if the Dong will be a reserve currency – but considering it is next to China, I doubt – BUT I AM NO EXPERT. Many here may only have A million or less in Dinar so they need to be very careful. CE, Taxes, put away for y uor future and even if there is nothing left for FUN, you will have money for the rest of your life. Part of your GOAL should be to prove everyone wrong who say you and I will be broke in two years!!!!!

[sczin11] why do all our leaders dissapear all at same time- okie, tony, loechin, mnt goat….we are either flooded with hopium, or mjor dt’s..

[RAJAF] This burning question was answered for me with this response from Exogen’s CC: Why is there an NDA with the group rate? The NDA protects both sides. When signed, take it seriously. It needs to be honored and abide by it. They want it to be set up so matter how much you have you will be treated the same. The group rate levels the playing field for the small guy. Everyone in the group is going to get the same rate (not tiered). It gives the average person a chance to win. It allows the little guy to piggy back in with the trillions of dollars can participate and get the exact same (interest) rate. Both currencies (IQD & VND) can be exchanged at the time of the appointment.

john316] Kogarris on my iPad. Any news

Kogarris] john316 still in hard larbor..expecting delivery tonight if all goes well…others say within 24 hours

[john316] Kogarris. That is one long delivery. I think we should do a c-section

[cozmo] 10:00 PM Est 8/27/13 — Lxxxxxxx Posts::: Calls coming in all evening say this is supposed to be the end. I have heard it from every level that I have ever spoken to. I am expecting to receive additional info as the night progresses. (peter.tpr) Loechin… Is this Syria thing a false flag? What’s the real deal? (loechin) peter.tpr maybe (fatboy) loechin 23.50 and 3.68 — he said that is what he is being told (loechin) fatboy Yep I am hearing the same thing (keiji) loechin how confident are you that this is really our week?? – are you at peace that this is really our week? (loechin) keiji yep

 [RAJAF] “These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):
1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don’t hit people.
4. Put thngs back where you found them.
6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
9. Flush.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.” ― Robert Fulgh


Jester’s Place:

surfnomad: did any one see the last segment that was just on the Kudlow show on CNBC it was great, Lewis Lehrman talked about the need for the US going back to a gold back currency and that its time for a change of regime in Wasghington and our government a MAJOR change not something you usually hear on cnbc

wingnaprayer: surfnomad Sounds like he knows something….. 

1biz4u: surfnomad wow second time I heard that, exciting.

Catwoman: Maybe CNBC is preparing us

Rudinarfreedom: Catwoman yes this sound like RV , smell like RV , it looks like an RV   

  VenusVisitor: so a frog went into a bank to get a loan. Walk up to Patty Black and said may I get a loan…….. Patty Black said we’ll Mr frog do you have any collateral……Mr frog said while laying them on the window, I have these, only thing in the world I own….. Patty said let me check with the manager….she went in managers office told him story……He said WELL ITS A NICK NACK PATTY BLACK GIVE THE FROG A LOAN!!!!!! Lol


8-27-2013 Loechin   Calls coming in all evening say this is supposed to be the end. I have heard it from every level that I have ever spoken to. I am expecting to receive additional info as the night progresses.


 [TERRYK] WELL I’M HEARING WE ARE ABOUT READY[TERRYK] SO IM CROSSING LEGS, FINGERS[TERRYK] ARMS[TERRYK] EYES[golferiam]    interesting especially when combined with this post from Pops44 on another site, just a few minutes ago… [pops44] We’re trying to get this post done. This morning we received a call from a woman who is a good friend of ours. Her son works over in the Iraq embassy. He told

South and Middle Furat .. Dawa party is divided between supporters and opponents for Maliki third term!!

South and Middle Furat .. Dawa party is divided between supporters and opponents for Maliki third term!!

Date: Monday, 08/26/2013 11:53 am

A source close to the Dawa Party official in Wasit that Almtsidih leaders of the organizational work of the party split between supporters and opponents of Maliki as prime minister in the third term,

And The Askar Abbas said the split came after subtracting the survival of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for a third term in his position, noting that Ali al-Adeeb is driving change front,

Askar noted that Abbadi, Sami al-Askari, Abbas al-Bayati, Hanan al are the most prominent leaders after what Nntaha.

He denied MP for the coalition of state law, Sami al-Askari, the health information that talk about the attempt by some leader of the Dawa Party to prevent al-Maliki from the nomination for a third term

The websites have published news about the unnamed sources, as is usual, to indicate there is a disagreement between Maliki and members of his party on the subject of anatomy for a third term.


Confirmation of what Lord of the differences among them .. Government television channels broadcast Friday sermons prevent own بالسيستاني!!

Confirmation of what Lord of the differences among them .. Government television channels broadcast Friday sermons prevent own بالسيستاني!!

Date: Monday 08/26/2013 09:54 am

A source close to the Iraqi Media Network and channels funded by the Iraqi government and the receipt of orders from the high points of benefit to prevent broadcast Friday sermons delivered by agents of the religious authority Ali al-Sistani after the recent criticisms leveled by reference to the government,

The source said that a rupture not broadcast the speeches began after criticism of Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai, who cast his Friday sermon in Karbala, the Iraqi government against the backdrop of the continued deterioration of security nearly a year ago,

He added that the prospects and Iraqi channels and the first track and Faiha homes and direction and other channels funded by the Iraqi government declined to broadcast a sermon preachers on Friday in Karbala,

He criticized the representative of the religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Karbala, Friday, method of administration of the State in some joints, referring to the inefficiency of some officials that impede the process of building a state, and pointed out that this administration "generate fundamental problems are therefore looking for personalities efficient .. The more we delay in the increase of services whenever exacerbated the problems. "


Jakoj unique Boukfalla and message details Maliki of the National Alliance …

Jakoj unique Boukfalla and message details Maliki of the National Alliance …

Date: Tuesday 08/27/2013 08:57 PM

A source close to Ali al-Moussawi secretary of the Prime Minister’s media said Abdel Halim al-Zuhairi read at a meeting of the National Alliance, the last message sent Nuri al-Maliki’s coalition leaders.

The source quoted Ali al-Moussawi, that Sheikh Abdul-Halim al-Zuhairi told leaders of the National Alliance (Shiite) a letter from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced the need to revive the Shiite alliance – with Kurdish President of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani,

He said Zuhairi at a meeting held at the home of Ibrahim al-Jaafari, attended by a number of leaders of the Shiite alliance, including (Haider al-Abadi and Hamoudi and Bahaa al-Araji, and Khodair al and Hassan Sinead, and Karrar al-Khafaji, and on the Keywords and Hamid Maaleh and Qasim al-Araji, and Adnan al-Sarraj and Khalid al-Attiyah) that Barzani today has significant weight in the decision-Kurdish After deteriorating health condition Talabani,

According to al-Moussawi, the Zuhairi said the leaders of the Shiite alliance, a delegation of reference which was chaired by Tariq Najim and Abu Mahdi engineer to the Kurdish leadership, and their contract a series of meetings with Kurdish leaders over three days, pledging to implement all Kurdish demands, if stopped Kurds support for a number of the leaders of the demonstrations Sunni and stop receiving Baathist leaders, and end intelligence cooperation between the Kurds and Turkey and a number of Gulf states Arab Kurdish refused even to discuss these matters and promised intervention in the Kurdish issue is not entitled neither the owners nor any government in Baghdad, but that the leadership of Dr. intervention.

This will hold the National Alliance (Shiite) every evening meetings attended by Ibrahim al-Jaafari House staff and leaders of the Shiite alliance, and in some cases, Saadoun al-Dulaimi and Saleh al-Mutlaq and Qasim al-Fahdawi Mohammad Tamim eat where the effects of the Sunni movement on the Baghdad government and the developments of the situation in Syria.