Political source reveals the meeting of Najirvan Barzani and Barham Saleh

September 1, 2018

12:39 Am

Baghdad Post

A political source familiar with Kurdistan, said that a meeting is currently held between the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Najirvan Barzani and Barham Salih.

The source said in a press statement, “The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, is currently holding a meeting with Barham Saleh to discuss the formation of the Iraqi government.”

The source added that “there are reports about Saleh’s candidacy for the presidency of the republic.”


Barzani and McGurk emphasize commitment to the principles of partnership in forming the government


Editorial Date: 2018/8/31 23:40 

Baghdad – The head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, on Friday, with an American delegation led by the special envoy of US President, Brett McGurk, the changes and political equations in Iraq, and ways to form a new government.
The two sides discussed “views on the latest developments and changes and political equations in the political process in Iraq, and ways to form a new government.” 
He continued: “At the same meeting was stressed the need to adhere to the principles of real partnership between the deputies of the Iraqi components.” 
The two sides also agreed to permanent communication and consultation between them until the political process in Iraq is put on track, “according to the statement.

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“The leaders of the National Coalition, today held an expanded meeting to discuss the latest developments and developments of the political situation and consultations are underway to form the largest bloc in the presence of Iyad Allawi, Saleh al-Mutlaq and Salim al-Jubouri.”
He added that “the meeting witnessed an exchange of views on the files raised, and was emphasized on the unity and cohesion of the coalition and refused to engage in any understandings or alliances based on sectarian or sectarian basis and the emphasis on moving away from the parties and parties accused of corruption.
The statement pointed out that “the meeting came out with a number of recommendations, most notably the agreement on the nomination of MP Talal Khudair al-Zobaie as Speaker of the House of Representatives and also the annex to the national blocs that want to reconstruct this country and stay away from those who want to return Iraq to what it was in the past era.”
“The meeting also called on all political forces to renounce sectarian and sectarian subjugation and to work together to unite efforts behind a comprehensive national project that establishes the principle of partnership and national consensus and the advancement of Iraqi reality to safety.”

Source: a meeting between Barzani and Saleh and news about the nomination of the latter for the presidency



Friday 31 August

Alsumaria News / Arbil
A political source said on Friday that a meeting is being held between Kurdistan Regional Government President Nigervan Barzani and Barham Salih.

The source said in an interview with Alsumaria News, “The Kurdistan Regional Government President Nizrvan Barzani is currently holding a meeting with Barham Saleh to discuss the formation of the Iraqi government.”

The source, who asked not to be named, said that “there are reports about Saleh’s candidacy for the presidency of the republic.”


Twilight News published the names of members of the delegation to Baghdad , the two main parties and their program

 Twilight News    
 one hour ago

A joint delegation representing the two main parties in the Kurdistan Region on Saturday, the Federal Capital Baghdad to negotiate with the political blocs winning the legislative elections that took place recently on the formation of the new federal government.

The delegation of the two main parties includes six members representing the Kurdistan Democratic Party, including: Secretary of the Political Bureau of the party Fadhil Mirani, Party spokesman Mahmoud Mohammad, member of the Political Bureau and Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region Jafar Aminki, representing the National Union Party spokesman Saadi Ahmed Bira, and leaders Farid Rwandzi , And Khaled Shawani, according to a source familiar with the.

The source told Ashqaf News that the delegation will travel immediately after his arrival to the residence of President Fuad Masum, and hold two meetings there, one of them a bilateral between him and the members of the delegation of his party National Union, and the other tripartite includes all members of the delegation.

The source added that during the meeting with the infallible will put forward the joint work program of the delegation to engage in understandings, and dialogues with the Iraqi political blocs to agree on the composition of the largest bloc, and proceed in the formation of the new federal government, stressing that the delegation has prepared the negotiating paper,


after a call Pompeo .. Barzani meets with MacGurk on forming a government and come out by agreement

 Twilight News    
 2 hours ago

The leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Massoud Barzani met Friday with Brett MacGurke, US special envoy to the International Coalition for the War against Da’ash and his accompanying delegation, including US Ambassador to Iraq and US Ambassador to Iraq Steve Vaklin.

“During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on the latest developments, changes and political equations in the political process in Iraq, and ways to form a new government,” a statement issued by Barzani’s press office told the twilight news.

The statement added that it was stressed the need to adhere to the principles of real partnership between the deputies of Iraqi components.

“The two sides agreed to permanent communication and consultation between them until the political process in Iraq is put on track,” the statement said.

On Wednesday evening, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telephoned the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, and discussed a number of issues, including the formation of the new Iraqi government.

In a statement after the call, the two sides discussed the political situation in Iraq, and the US minister praised the role of Barzani in the Iraqi political process after the parliamentary elections, describing that role as important.

The statement also said that the two sides exchanged views on the latest political developments and discussions between the parties regarding the formation of the new Iraqi government, adding that both sides talked about how to speed up the formation of the Iraqi government.

The two sides stressed the continuity of consultation between the two sides and the continuation of bilateral relations.

This comes after an informed source told the Twilight News, the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, a request from the US President’s envoy to join the Kurds towards a Shiite camp that ends with the formation of the Iraqi government.

He added that Barzani had recently held a meeting in Arbil with US envoy Brett McGurk at the request of the latter, centered on the formation of the Iraqi government and the formation of the largest bloc.

He said that McGurk, asked Barzani to join the Kurds to the alliance of the nucleus consisting of Sadr, Hakim, Abbadi, Allawi, and not to go towards the Fatah alliance led by Amiri, Khazali, Maliki.

The source said that Barzani seemed annoyed by the words of Trump’s envoy, and told him “do not talk to me this way.”

He added that Barzani also told the envoy of Trump, “The Kurds, especially the Kurdistan Democratic Party does not have red lines on a person or a party and will ally with those who meet the demands of the Kurds and guarantees the rights of the people of Kurdistan.”

And was unable to political entities to reach an agreement leading to the formation of the largest bloc, the first steps to form a new government in the country.

There were disagreements in the Iraqi political circles over the candidates for the formation of the next government, amid the visit of US special envoy to Iraq, Brett McCorgh, in conjunction with the visit of the commander of the “Quds Force” Iranian Qassem Soleimani, aimed at forming a government.

This comes at a time formed blocks “Suron” supported by the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr, the coalition of “victory” led by Prime Minister Haider Abadi, and “wisdom” led by Ammar al-Hakim, and “national” led by Vice President Iyad Allawi on Sunday, Which they call the nucleus of the largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament.

Sadr and Abadi represent the first axis of the Shiite blocs winning in the elections that took place in May, while the second axis consists of the alliance, “the conquest,” which includes factions of the popular political crowd led by Secretary General of the Badr Organization Hadi Amiri, and a coalition of state law led by Vice President Nuri al-Maliki.

The bipartisan dispute continues over the formation of a major bloc nominating as prime minister of the new government. Which needs 165 seats, out of a total of 329 seats in the new Iraqi parliament.



Victory: Fayyad is not part of the coalition and its isolation came in accordance with the requirements of government work


07:49 – 31/08/2018

BAGHDAD – Mawazine News 
announced victory coalition headed by Haider al-Abadi, Friday, that the head of the movement Ata Faleh Fayyad is not part of the coalition, indicating that his dismissal from the post of head of the National Security and the body of the crowd came in accordance with the requirements of government work. 
A spokesman for Al-Nasr Hussein al-Adli said in a statement received by Mawazine News, a copy of it, that “the victory coalition confirms the public opinion of the cohesion of his national project and his official offices are concerned to clarify his positions expressing his will and all the data in his name far from his institutions and does not reflect his policy” . 
“The decision of Prime Minister Haider Abadi to dismiss Faleh al-Fayad from his responsibilities came in accordance with the requirements of the government work on the implementation of the Prime Minister to ensure the optimal performance of state institutions,” adding that “
“Victory is aware of the extent of international conflicts and conflicts, but its will and decisions are national and stem from the heart of the country’s supreme interests and Egypt,” he said. To maintain steadfastness in its approach to preserve the independence of the Iraqi decision and the gains of victory over terrorism, division and dependence. ” Finished 29 / d


Sources for Reuters: Iran is providing ballistic missiles to Shiite groups in Iraq


* Shiite groups in Iraq are fighting proxy for Iran

Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, oversees the program

Iran turns Iraq into a forward missile base

* Iraqis trained in Iran on the use of missiles

* Missile development plants in Zaafaraniya, Jorf Sakhr and Iraqi Kurdistan

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has supplied ballistic missiles to Shi’ite groups it is fighting in Iraq and has developed the ability to make more rockets there to ward off potential attacks on its interests in the Middle East and to have a way to hit its rivals in the region, Iranian, Iraqi and Western sources said. .

Any sign that Iran is preparing a stronger missile policy in Iraq would exacerbate the tension that has already increased between it and Washington after US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

This would also embarrass France, Germany and Britain, the three European countries signatories to the nuclear agreement, which seeks to save the agreement despite the renewal of US sanctions on Tehran.

Three Iranian officials, two Iraqi intelligence sources and two Western intelligence sources said Iran had moved short-range ballistic missiles to allies in Iraq over the past few months. Five officials said they were helping those groups start making rockets.

“The logic is that Iran has an alternative plan if it is attacked,” one official told Reuters. “The number of rockets is not large – just a few dozen, but it can be increased if necessary.”

Iran has previously stated that its ballistic missile activities are purely defensive. Iranian officials declined to comment when asked about the latest steps.

The rockets in question, the Zelzal, Fatah 110 and Zafar rockets, range from about 200 to 700 kilometers.

The Jerusalem Brigade, the external arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, has bases in these areas. Three sources said Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani was overseeing the program.

Western countries have already accused Iran of transferring missiles and technology to Syria and other allies such as the Houthi movement in Yemen and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon.

Neighboring countries expressed concern about Iran’s activity in the region and considered it a threat to its security.

Israeli officials have yet to respond to the request to comment on the transfer of the rockets.

“Those who threaten us will put themselves in a similar danger and will not achieve their goal in any way,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.

The Western source said the number of missiles does not exceed dozens and that the purpose of the transport operations send a signal to the United States and Israel, especially after air raids on Iranian forces in Syria. The United States has a clear military presence in Iraq.

“Iran appears to be turning Iraq into a forward missile base,” the Western source said.

Iranian sources and an Iraqi intelligence source said a decision was taken some 18 months ago by armed factions to produce rockets in Iraq, but activity has increased in recent months, including the arrival of rocket launchers.

“We have such bases in many places, including Iraq,” said a senior commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards who served during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. “America attacked us, attacking our friends and the interests of America and its allies in the region.”

The Western source and the Iraqi source said that the factories used in the development of missiles in Iraq are in Zaafaraniya east of Baghdad and the cliff of rock north of Karbala. An Iranian source said there was also a factory in Iraqi Kurdistan.

These areas are controlled by Shiite factions, including Hezbollah, one of the closest groups to Iran. Three sources said Iraqis trained in Iran on how to use the rockets.

The source said the Iraqi intelligence that the factory Zaafaraniya produced warheads and the material used in the manufacture of ceramic blocks in the era of President Saddam Hussein. Local Shi’ite groups renewed the plant’s activity in 2016 with Iranian help, he said.

The source said that a team of Shiite engineers who worked at the facility under Saddam, after examining their records, was hired to run the plant. He said the missiles were tested near Jarf al-Sakhr.

The CIA and the Pentagon declined to comment.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that over the past few months, Tehran had transferred missiles to groups in Iraq, but could not confirm whether there was any capability to fire those rockets from their current positions.


Karbouli’s Policy The United Nations is to present the program of Sunni forces to the new Iraqi government


 25 minutes ago

The head of the coalition of Iraqi forces and leader of the National Axis Alliance, Jamal al-Karbouli, met in his office Friday with the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq (Jan Kubic).

A statement issued by the Information Office of Karbouli that the latter “reviewed the efforts of the political blocs to the formulation of an Iraqi government program capable of meeting the security challenges, political and economic facing Iraq to the stage of construction and reconstruction and promote stability.”

The statement quoted Karbouli as saying that “the need for the next phase national programs of action and Iraqi personalities are capable and able to assume responsibilities and innovation in the implementation of the phases of the government program away” from political and partisan rivalries and outside the framework of regional and international attraction, which is agreed upon by all parties to the National Axis Alliance in determining Proximity to our partners at home. “


Serious developments in Basra demonstrations and police vows


Release date: 2018/8/31 18:20 
{Basra: Euphrates News} Hundreds of citizens in Basra, demonstrations in front of the building of the Office of the province, against the deterioration of the quality of water supply to the areas.
He criticized the government’s neglect of the province and its suffering, and vowed to escalate the protests. 
Demonstrators tried to drop the concrete barriers and barbed Islam placed in front of the building of the governorate’s office. 
Demonstrators set fire to the Basra government building. 
For his part, Basra police chief said that “we will break any demonstration out of its peaceful nature.”

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