An American call to treat Iraq’s militias as “ISIS” and support Al-Kazemi for a new term

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Shafaq News/ The American “Brookings Institution” called for starting to deal with Shiite militias in Iraq in a similar way to the way ISIS was treated, and to develop policies accordingly to make its “fighting” sustainable and verifiable. 

The American report, translated by Shafak News Agency, indicated; Washington’s counter-terrorism strategy in Iraq focuses on seeking to permanently defeat ISIS, adding that the United States, like Iraq, is also mired in a war with militias allied with Iran, as its bases in Iraq were attacked seven times during the month of July alone.

The report pointed out that Washington tried to find ways to confront the Shiite militias and their branches, but it indicated that the integration of these forces into the Iraqi political system and society did not facilitate dealing with them using tools such as those used to confront ISIS. 

After stressing the importance of defeating ISIS, the report pointed out that the organization’s ability to survive was linked to “the continued dominance of Shiite militias linked to Iran, which directly undermine the government by attacking its security forces,” adding that the forces acting as a proxy for Iran are responsible for the killing. More than 600 Iraqis, thousands of protesters wounded, activists murdered or kidnapped, and Iraq “turned into a republic of fear.”

Therefore, the American Institute report called for “formally treating the Shiite militias linked to Iran as equal to ISIS and developing policies accordingly, so that the United States and its allies can begin the process of developing standards to combat these groups in a sustainable and viable manner.” 

The report pointed out that senior Iraqi officials began classifying the attacks launched by these militias as “terrorism”, while the Biden administration struck the militias at least twice. The report described this change in the Iraqi tone, and the proportionate US strikes, as “welcome”, but added that formally dealing with the militias allied to Iran as “equivalent to ISIS, it will create a sense of the direction and purpose of future US military responses to militia attacks, in addition to To the broader issue of how Washington deals with Iranian proxies, which is a signal of non-existent intentions, and could enhance American deterrence.

The report considered that the attacks of Iran’s proxies should not be treated as “anomalous cases or as indications of the collapse of the regime in Iraq, because this reduces the inevitability of containing these groups,” calling for dealing with “Iran’s proxy groups as the same problem and they are directly responsible.” about terrorism and turmoil in the country. 

The report suggested reaching a grand bargain between the internal allies of the United States in order to “support their attempts to keep US forces in Iraq and conclude a buffer zone against the influence of Iran and its proxies.”

The report called on the United States to make it a priority to direct the Iraqi political parties allied with it, towards concluding this big deal that seems unlikely to be verified by them alone, explaining that Washington has helped the Kurdistan Regional Government and Baghdad to improve relations between them since Al-Kazemi and the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Masrour Barzani. his position. 

He pointed out that making a broader effort depends on the values ​​and goals that bind the actors allied with the United States and the establishment of sustainable mechanisms for settling disputes between them. 

The American Institute concluded by saying that treating Iran’s proxies as equivalent to ISIS, along with the presence of a broad front allied with the United States in Iraq, would “enhance the credibility of the Biden administration and its negotiating hand with Iran, in nuclear negotiations and regional de-escalation efforts.” 

While the report also called for expanded sanctions against individuals and forces allied to Iran to undermine its attempts to cross-party alliances, it was created to say that the United States may not be able to eliminate these groups and their infrastructure, but it can focus on individuals, rather than organizations, by stopping Funding and support for Iraqi institutions controlled or controlled by those individuals or groups linked to Iran. 

He concluded by saying that Al-Kazemi, who he described as the prime minister of the “compromise” government, does not have a political base, and that the United States should help him secure an additional term, which is an opportunity that Washington and its allies must seize.

Al-Kazemi and the President of the Republic discuss the results of the strategic dialogue and holding the elections

2021/07/31 15:31

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Baghdad / Obelisk: On Saturday, July 31, 2021, the Presidents and Prime Ministers stressed the importance of the upcoming elections and their holding them on schedule.

A statement by the President’s Media Office stated to “The Obelisk” that President Saleh received Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and discussed with him the overall political, security, health and economic situation in the country.

The statement added that Al-Kazemi briefed President Saleh on the results of his official visit to the United States and the outcomes of the strategic dialogue, noting that the President of the Republic praised the results of the strategic dialogue with the United States and the distinguished efforts of Al-Kazemi and the government negotiating delegation in this regard, noting the importance of uniting national forces in order to achieve stability. And strengthening Iraqi sovereignty and the supreme interests of the country.

The statement added that the two sides stressed the importance of protecting the security and stability of citizens, pursuing ISIS remnants that seek to destabilize some cities, blocking the way for its criminal attempts to target the security of citizens, and providing all support to the security forces in carrying out their important tasks.

He pointed out that during the meeting, the importance of the upcoming elections was emphasized and that they will be held on their scheduled date in next October, with all the requirements for conducting them that guarantee standards of integrity and justice in their various stages, and in a manner that achieves the true will of the voters in choosing their representatives away from fraud and manipulation, and achieves wide participation in it. .


The American ambassador in Baghdad: Washington does not want any escalation with Iran on Iraqi soil

2021.07.31 – 14:14

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The National Security Adviser, Qassem Al-Araji, discussed, on Saturday, with the US ambassador in Baghdad, Matthew Tueller, and the commander of the international coalition charged with following up on ending the presence of any combat force in Iraq, General Calvert, the outcomes of the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States.  

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A statement by the Media Office of the National Security Adviser, a copy of which was received by “Nass” (July 31, 2021), stated that “during the meeting, they talked about the outcomes of the Prime Minister’s visit and the technical delegation to Washington, as well as discussing the political and security situation and the security of the upcoming elections.”  

Al-Araji stressed that “the visit of the Prime Minister and the technical delegation to Washington was successful by the standards of the state and national sovereignty, and it achieved important outcomes that benefit Iraq and its people with more security and stability.”  

For his part, the US ambassador indicated that “General Calvert has been informed of the follow-up to the outcomes of the technical agreement to end the presence of any combat force by 12/31/2021, as well as continuing to provide assistance and support to Iraq in fighting ISIS at the present time.”  

And General Calvert confirmed, “readiness to provide support, as needed, to joint operations after the hiatus.”  

The US ambassador stressed that “his country welcomes any diplomatic effort that leads to restoring the normal relationship with Iran, pointing to Washington’s unwillingness to escalate with Iran, especially in Iraq.”

A jump in the prices of Basra and Light crudes touches $ 77 a barrel

Economie| 01:28 – 31/07/2021

Baghdad – Mawazine News:
The prices of Basra Light and Heavy crude recorded, on Saturday, a jump to the highest price in OPEC, in conjunction with the rise in oil globally.
Basra Light crude, exported to Asia, jumped to $76.95 a barrel, an increase of 0.17%, and its heavy crude rose to $70.31 a barrel, a decrease of 0.73 percent.
The price of Saudi light oil was $75.76 a barrel, while the price of Iran’s heavy blend reached $70.81, the UAE’s Murban blend was $75.26 a barrel, and Algeria’s Sahran blend reached $75.55 a barrel, while Nigeria’s Bonny Light scored $74.32, and the Angolan Girasole $74.13 a barrel. Ended 29/A 4

Parliamentary Finance: The 2021 budget will be passed without a deficit.. Our situation is economically secure

2021/07/31 11:51

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Baghdad / Obelisk: Member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee Jamal Kougar said, on Saturday, July 31, 2021, that the financial budget for the current year will be passed safely and without a deficit in the event that global oil prices continue above the level of seventy dollars per barrel.

Cougar said in an interview with the media, which was followed by “The Obelisk” that the extent of the budget deficit directly depends on global oil prices, and the closer this figure is to what is established in the budget, the real deficit will be large and as it is proven speculative and reflected in a negative impact on the economic level, indicating If prices rise to higher numbers, then this will reflect positively on the level of deficit.

Cougar added that global oil prices as long as they continue as they are currently above the level of seventy dollars per barrel, Iraq will be in a safe economic situation, and the 2021 budget will be passed without any deficit.

The financial advisor to the Prime Minister, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, had expected earlier that the federal general budget for the fiscal year 2022 would be different from the current year’s budget by two paragraphs.

Mazhar Saleh said that the draft federal general budget for the year 2022, in my opinion, will differ slightly from the budget for the current year 2021 in two paragraphs. The (post-Coronavirus) stage, especially the high degrees of international economic openness, the flourishing of trade and investment exchanges between the countries of the world, and the high overall growth rates in the global economy.

He added that there is a strong link between the escalation of economic growth in the world and the escalating demand for crude oil and the boom in energy markets and the rise in oil prices.

He continued: As for the second paragraph, it is that the draft general budget for the next year will reduce the borrowing space at the lowest point, while the area of ​​investment projects and their allocations will expand significantly and according to development priorities, which will lead to better growth and overall employment in the national economy, especially the high market contribution. In the movement of the economy due to the high level of certainty that will be available to market makers, explaining that this is due to the market’s dependence on the indicators of recovery in the government economy.

And he added: Despite the foregoing, the issue of submitting the draft federal budget to take its legislative path will remain the main concern and according to its constitutional timings, subject to the speedy formation of Parliament after the elections of the tenth month. elected.

He explained, that other than that, entering the year 2022, without legislating the general budget law, will make the public finance resort to the application of the effective financial management law, by disbursing 12/1 of the actual ongoing expenditures in the 2021 budget without new investment projects.

The International Coalition: We are committed to providing support to achieve stability in Iraq

2021/07/31 12:45

Baghdad / Obelisk: The International Coalition affirmed, on Saturday, July 31, 2021, its commitment to providing support to Iraq in order to achieve stability.  

The coalition stated in a Twitter post that Al-Masala followed that after the liberation of Iraqi territory from ISIS control in 2017, our Iraqi partners continue to strive to preserve their hard-earned gains and restore normal life and growth in conflict-affected areas.

We will remain committed to providing support to our partners in order to achieve stability and prosperity in Iraq.

The spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Yahya Rasoul, had revealed earlier the areas of the new relationship with the international coalition, after the announcement of the withdrawal of US combat forces from Iraq.

Rasool said that all that Iraq needs from the international coalition is for a new relationship based on partnership in the fight against terrorism, and support for the Iraqi armed forces with training, equipment and armament, in addition to the intelligence effort.

He added that terrorism still poses a threat, and there are still areas in northeastern Syria where it has a large presence.

He added that Iraq’s relationship with the international coalition will be based on the issue of increasing expertise, training, advice, arming and support for the security forces in these areas.

He pointed out that there was no need for any foreign combat forces on the ground.

It is noteworthy that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s meeting at the White House with US President Joe Biden witnessed the confirmation of the absence of combat forces by December 31.

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Iraq’s revenues from oil exports jump 62% in the first half of 2021

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Iraq achieved an increase in oil export revenues during the first half of 2021 on an annual basis, despite the decrease in the exported quantities of crude, and with the support of the remarkable improvement witnessed by international oil prices; After absorbing the shocks of the successive waves of the Corona pandemic and improving economic activity.

Revenues from Iraqi oil exports increased, according to a statistic prepared by “Mubasher” and viewed by “Economy News”, based on official data from the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company “SOMO”, by 61.95% during the first half of 2021, with an increase of $12.69 billion compared to revenues of $12.69 billion. The same period last year.

The value of Iraqi crude oil exports amounted to 33.18 billion dollars in the first half of this year, compared to 20.49 billion dollars during the same period in 2020.

Exports rose during the month of April at the highest pace in the first half of 2021, with an increase of 267.5 percent year on year, equivalent to more than $4 billion.

The month of June recorded the highest level of exports during the first half of 2021 at $6.14 billion, achieving an annual increase of 113.95%.

Decreased exported quantities by more than 65 million barrels

Iraq’s revenues from oil exports rose in the first half of 2021, despite a decrease in exported quantities by 10.96 percent during that period, a decline equivalent to 65.01 million barrels.

The total quantities of crude exported by Iraq amounted to 528.16 million barrels, compared to 593.17 million barrels in the first half of 2020.

Exports declined during the first 5 months of this year on an annual basis, but rose during June on an annual basis by about 2.7% to more than 86.76 million barrels.

Exports fell at the highest pace in February, by 15.7% on an annual basis, recording the lowest level of exports during the first half of 2021 by 82.88 million barrels.

The average price of a barrel increased by 81.5%

supporting the growth of Iraqi oil export revenues in the first half of 2021; The average selling price of a barrel of oil increased by 81.5% during that period on an annual basis.

The average price of a barrel of oil during the first half of 2021 amounted to about $62.81, compared to $34.61 in the same period last year, which witnessed a sharp decline in the price of black gold, affected by the Corona pandemic and its impact on global economic activity, as well as the price war between producers due to production before Reaching a policy to support the stability and balance of markets that led to an increase in the price of the barrel.

The price of a barrel of oil fell last year to a level of $14.64 a barrel during the month of April, coinciding with the outbreak of the first wave of the Corona pandemic, knowing that the price in the same month of this year amounted to $62.78 a barrel, rising by 328.85 percent.

Prices reached their peak in the first half of 2021 during the month of June; The price of a barrel rose to $70.80, recording an increase of 108.3% over its value in the same month last year.

Agriculture announces payment of dues to farmers and farmers for this crop

local| 04:18 – 30/07/2021

Baghdad – Mawazine News
, Minister of Agriculture, Muhammad Karim Al-Khafaji, announced on Friday the payment of the dues of fodder barley to farmers for the years 2019 and 2020.
This came in a statement transmitted by the official spokesman for the ministry, Hamid Al-Nayef, and Mawazine News received a copy of it, in which he confirmed that Minister Al-Khafaji made great efforts to follow up on the entitlements of farmers and farmers, which came as a result based on what he presented to the Council of Ministers and the Ministerial Council for the Economy as well as the Ministry of Finance and through Amounts available from the sale of this crop by the Mesopotamian General Seed Company and the Iraqi Seed Company (mixed sector).
Al-Khafaji added in the statement, that the discussions and follow-up resulted in the approval of the Ministry of Finance to pay farmers’ dues for the fodder barley crop and from the sums collected by the two companies as a result of selling this crop to livestock breeders at subsidized prices, noting that the Ministry after this decision paid what it owed to farmers from the dues of wheat and barley crops. and maize in full for the years 2019 and 2020.
Al-Khafaji stressed that he will continue his efforts to hand over all the dues of the marketed farmers to the Ministry of Trade, which have become ruling sums within the budget, stressing that the delivery of the farmers’ dues in full has positive repercussions on the agricultural sector as it encourages farmers to rehabilitate their lands, in addition to increasing agricultural production in quantity and quality, and the price Al-Khafaji’s efforts are made by the Ministry of Finance to support the agricultural sector according to the available financial liquidity, because the agricultural sector is of great importance in achieving food security for the Iraqi citizen and its support has become a national matter. Ended 29/R77

In the third attack in 24 hours, an explosion targets a coalition convoy in Babylon

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Shafaq News/ A security source reported that an explosive device exploded on Friday on a convoy of trucks carrying logistical equipment for the international coalition led by the United States in Babil Governorate.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, that the device exploded as the convoy passed on the Babel Expressway, without injuries or significant damage.

This is the third attack of its kind in the past 24 hours, after two similar attacks in Dhi Qar and Babil on Thursday.

On Thursday, a Katyusha missile targeted the Green Zone, where the US embassy, ​​along with Iraqi military forces hosting Americans, has been under repeated attacks for months.

The new attacks come despite Baghdad and Washington, on Monday, reaching an agreement to withdraw US combat forces from Iraq by the end of this year.

Since 2014, Washington has been leading an international coalition to combat ISIS, which took over a third of Iraq at the time, with about 3,000 coalition soldiers deployed in Iraq, including 2,500 Americans.

Al-Halbousi brings news from Nineveh regarding the salaries of the governorate’s employees saved

politicsMohammed Al-Halbousiemployee salariesNineveh Governorate 2021-07-30 06:19A-AA+

Shafaq News / The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, announced on Friday the release of all the salaries saved for the employees of Nineveh governorate departments, next week.

This comes in conjunction with a tour conducted by Al-Halbousi, since last Tuesday, in Nineveh Governorate, which began with a meeting with the security leaders in the governorate, before he embarked on a series of visits to the University of Mosul, the Engineers Syndicate, and the Technical Institutes Complex, in addition to his meeting with a number of political leaders there.

Al-Halbousi opened an office for the Progress Alliance, which he heads, in Nineveh Governorate, and held an electoral rally in it in preparation for running in the October 10 elections.