Security experts for the {morning}: move the government {positive step}

10/17/2017

Baghdad / Omar Abdul Latif
Security experts expressed their support for the federal government’s efforts to redeploy security forces in all areas, including Kirkuk, as a "positive step" to extend the rule of law on all Iraqi soil and restore the prestige of the state and preserve the unity of the country.

The security expert Hisham al-Hashimi said that "the operation was launched to secure the districts of Tuzharmatu, Daqouq and Dibs, control of the oil fields in Bai Hassan and Baba Karkar, and re-control of the base of Ki One, Kirkuk airport, southern Kirkuk and Lilian."

"Until now, the federal forces have not fully exercised their control over the official facilities and have not achieved all their objectives," he said. "The objectives achieved were to control large areas of Dibs, Tuzhermato and Tal al-Ward."

While a member of the security committee in Kirkuk province Ali Mahdi stressed the need to maintain security and stability in the province without shedding one drop of blood.

Mahdi said in an interview with al-Sabah that he hoped that the regional government would correct its mistake and revert to the national constants adopted by the federal government in a way that avoids the citizens’ military clashes near their homes and in safe cities.

While the security expert Abdul Karim Khalaf, that "the goal of the movements of the state of the redeployment of federal forces in Kirkuk extended the powers of the Federal Constitutional Government to the three provinces of the region (Sulaymaniyah, Erbil and Dohuk) to ensure the implementation of law and order and the application of financial control and integrity and accountability and justice and control of sites Sovereign, airports, borders, ports and customs, "noting that all this must be borne by the province and meet its obligations to the state.

As for the security expert, Safa al-Aasem, he saw that "the federal government began to apply the Constitution in the province of Kirkuk after it saw that all that is happening is outside the controls and laws," noting that the security forces deal with "sons of astray" may return to their
senses.

The political analyst, Basil al-Kazimi, pointed out that the religious authority and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi wanted Iraq to remain united and stood against division, sectarianism and racism.

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ABADI CALLS ON THE PESHMERGA TO PERFORM ITS DUTY UNDER THE FEDERAL LEADERSHIP AS PART OF THE IRAQI ARMED FORCES
10/16/2017

.Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Monday that the constitutional federal government’s duty to extend the federal authority and impose security and protect the national wealth in Kirkuk, reassuring the people of Kurdistan and Kirkuk on the safety of their safety.

"My duty is to work in accordance with the constitution to serve the citizens and to protect the unity of the country, which was at risk of partition as a result of the insistence on holding the referendum organized by the controllers in the Kurdistan region and unilaterally, and at a time when we are engaged in war," Abbadi said in a statement. Existentialism against terrorism represented by a terrorist gang.

""We have tried to dissuade the brothers in the region from committing it and not to violate the Constitution and focus on the fight against the call did not listen to our appeals and then demanded them to cancel the results and also useless, and showed them the magnitude of the danger to Iraq and its people,

but preferred their personal interests and partisan interest of Iraq In addition to their disregard for the international rejection of the referendum, the division of Iraq and the establishment of a state on a national and racial basis.

""We are reassuring our people in Kurdistan and in Kirkuk in particular that we are keen on their safety and interests.

We have only fulfilled our constitutional duty to extend the federal authority and impose security and protect the national wealth in this city, which we want to remain a peaceful coexistence city for all Iraqis in all their spectrum.

""We call upon all the citizens to cooperate with our heroic armed forces, which are committed to our strict directives to protect civilians in the first place, to impose security and order and to protect state installations and institutions," he said.

To continue their work normally and not to disrupt the interests of citizens. ""Local police and intelligence agencies in Kirkuk are protecting the citizens and their property, and they should be vigilant and careful to prevent the sedition promoters from signing between the sons of the same homeland."

"The people of Iraq must continue to defend their rights, their gains and their national wealth from waste and corruption. It is the property of all Iraqis, and work for all brothers to live in this country without discrimination."

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Masoum and US ambassador discuss Kirkuk events today
10/16/2017

President Fuad Masoum met with US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Seleman on Monday, calling for an end to the conflict in Kirkuk and an immediate return to dialogue.


The President of the Republic said in a statement received by "Sky Press" that "President Fuad Masum received at the Peace Palace in Baghdad this morning, the US ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman," indicating that "discussed with him the relations of cooperation and friendship between the two countries."


She explained that "during the meeting focused on the political and security developments in the country, especially recent developments in the province of Kirkuk."


He stressed that "infallible", according to the statement, "the need to stop the escalation of the conflict in Kirkuk, and the need to make the utmost efforts to return immediately to dialogue to resolve differences on the basis of the Constitution and through dialogue leading to the spread of peace and political stability and security."


He called on "the media and all parties to the dispute to keep away from escalation and rhetoric," expressing his hope "to understand all the political forces in the country the danger of worsening conditions that would negatively affect the future of all Iraqis."


The statement pointed out that the President of the Republic "focused on the need for political leaders to work to find acceptable ground and understandings contribute to the development of immediate solutions to the problems plagued Kirkuk and all the problems of the country, especially between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government," noting the "importance of preserving national unity And the lives of citizens. "


For his part, Ambassador Silliman stressed "the United States’ keenness to stabilize Iraq" and its readiness to "provide any support to help Iraqis overcome this problem."


The Joint Operations Command announced Monday that security forces had taken control of a number of areas in Kirkuk and confirmed that the units were continuing to advance.

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Abadi calls on the people of Kirkuk to cooperate with the Iraqi armed forces
10/16/2017

The Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi, on Monday, the people of Kirkuk, calling them to cooperate with the Iraqi armed forces, against the backdrop of the city witnessed the redeployment of federal forces.

"My duty is to work according to the constitution to serve the citizens and protect the unity of the country, which was at risk of partition as a result of insisting on holding the referendum organized by the controllers," Abadi said.

In the Kurdistan region and unilaterally, and at a time when we are engaged in an existential war against terrorism represented by a terrorist gang. "

Abadi stressed that "Baghdad tried to dissuade the brothers in the region from taking it and not to violate the Constitution and focus on the fight and urged, did not listen to our appeals and then asked them to cancel the results and to no avail also, and showed them the magnitude of the danger that will be exposed to Iraq and its people,

" noting that they "preferred their personal interests And the party on the interest of Iraq and its Kurds and the rest of the spectrum and exceeded the Constitution and came out of the national consensus and national partnership in addition to their disregard for the international rejection of the comprehensive referendum and the division of Iraq and the establishment of a state on a national and racial basis, "the statement.

On the security situation in Kirkuk, the prime minister reassured the people of the Kurdistan region and the people of Kirkuk in particular that "the Iraqi forces are keen on their safety and their interest,"

stressing that "it has only fulfilled its constitutional duty to extend the federal authority and impose security and protect the national wealth in this city,

"He called on them to cooperate with the armed forces, which are committed to its strict directives to protect civilians in the first place, impose security and order and protect state institutions and institutions.

He also called on the Peshmerga forces to perform their duty under the federal leadership as part of the Iraqi armed forces, and called on all employees in Kirkuk to continue their work normally and not to disrupt the interests of citizens.

The local police and intelligence agencies in Kirkuk are protecting citizens and their properties and be very vigilant To prevent "the promoters of temptation to sign between the sons of one nation," as he put it.

Sections of the fight against terrorism and rapid intervention, the federal police, the Iraqi army and the popular crowd, at dawn today, began a process of redeployment of the federal forces in Kirkuk.

This was followed by sporadic clashes between the forces of the crowd and the Peshmerga forces in the area of ​​Tuzkhurmatu and recorded casualties between the two sides, while the two exchanged the bombardment in Taza south of Kirkuk.

Federal forces have taken control of several vital sites and oil facilities in Kirkuk province so far.

Tension between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces in recent days in the seam areas between the two sides south of Kirkuk province, and took control of the Peshmerga on Kirkuk in the wake of the withdrawal of the Iraqi army from them before the invasion of the organization "Daash" north and west of the country in the summer of 2014.

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Al-Abbadi: The region must abide by the constitution before any dialogue

10/16/2017

Baghdad / Sabah / Omar Abdul Latif
renewed the government yesterday adherence to the Constitution and national constants, calling on the Kurdistan region to adhere to them before entering into the details of any dialogue.

The government’s assurances came after the Dokan meeting between the leaders of the Union and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which announced its refusal to cancel the results of the illegal referendum in an irresponsible position may be the situation, according to observers, who also described the step "undisciplined."

The office of Prime Minister Dr. Haider Abadi said that Article 143 of the Constitution set the mandate of the central government on the disputed areas, including Kirkuk.

"There is no dialogue with the Kurdistan region before it recognizes national sovereignty and the commitment to the unity of Iraq," spokesman Saad al-Hadithi told a news briefing on Sunday.

He stressed that "the need to adopt the Constitution as a basis for dialogue and to be compatible outputs with the provisions of the Constitution," noting that "dialogue before the referendum is not as after and must be the local government in the Kurdistan region to abide by the Constitution and national constants before entering into the details of any dialogue."

He pointed out that "the referendum showed the existence of an attempt to separatist trend and the local government in the region to provide a guarantee not to repeat these endeavors in the future," noting that "the federal government is bound by the Constitution to impose security and protect citizens in all parts of Iraq without exception."

The federal government has conditioned the acceptance of Kurdistan package "national constants" in exchange for the start of dialogue with the region and resolve the crisis that erupted after the last referendum on secession.

The spokesman also denied the Prime Minister to set a deadline for the Peshmerga forces for withdrawal from the province of Kirkuk, and said: "There is nothing to confirm that we gave a deadline and these conversations are launched by leaders in the Peshmerga."

He explained that "the Iraqi federal forces must redeploy, and do so at this time in the province of Kirkuk and the areas where it existed before June 10, 2014, that is before the pre-emptive control of these areas."

In Dokan Sulaymaniyah, the official of the General Assembly of the Political Bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Mullah Bakhtiar on Sunday that "during the meeting today (yesterday) to agree on 5 points between the Patriotic Union and the Kurdistan Democratic Party and sent to Baghdad.

"We will not retreat from the results of the referendum under any pressure but we are ready for dialogue," he said, adding that "there are proposals on how to resolve the situation in Kirkuk, and gave the necessary powers to persons who have contacts with the President Minister Dr. Haider Abadi. "

Bakhtiar said that "closing the border crossings will not solve the problem and not the political process, he said The
points agreed during the meeting are:

1.Confirmation on the unity of the Kurdish row

2. Kurdish forces ready for an open dialogue unconditional in accordance with the interests of Baghdad and Arbil and the principles

3. It is in the interest that the main political forces participate in the political negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil

4. The meeting considers it necessary for the Iraqi and Kurdish parties to participate in the negotiations between Erbil and Baghdad under the supervision of the international bodies.

5. Rejection of all kinds of military interventions and threats that threaten the relations between the region and Baghdad and consider them a violation of the Constitution and laws that refuse to use force in resolving internal conflicts.

It is noteworthy that the political offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, met on Sunday, in Dokan in the presence of President Fuad Masum, and the outgoing Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani.

A presidential statement received by Al-Sabah said that the President of the Republic had discussed with the General Coordinator of the Change Movement, Mr. Omar Said Ali, and his delegation "on the overall situation on the ground, particularly the strained relations between the federal government and
Kurdistan Regional Government ."

At the meeting, which was held at the infallible residence in Sulaymaniyah, "the necessity of concerted efforts to calm the situation and work on the preparation of political climates to establish dialogue and peaceful resolution of the current issues between the two sides to reach realistic understandings that will contribute to preserving national gains The Iraqi people with all its components. "

For his part, the General Coordinator of the Change Movement expressed his "support for the efforts made by the President infallible in these difficult times to solve the problems between the federal government and Kurdistan Regional Government."

In turn, counting the head of the Iraqi group for strategic studies and confident Hashemi Kurdish leaders refused to cancel the results of the referendum "a step not considered."

Al-Hashemi told al-Sabah that "this does not convince the Baghdad government, but what is important in the matter is the conviction of the issue of participation in the administration of Kirkuk, and the status of oil, as well as a lot of things that stood a barrier between the parties and demanded by the Baghdad government in the past, By those leaders. "

Hashemi expected that "there will be more decisive actions by the Iraqi government towards the Kurdistan region."

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Rafidain Bank issues the MasterCard card for international employees and citizens
10/11/2017


Rafidain Bank announced on Wednesday the issuance of one of the electronic payment tools (mastercard) of international employees, retirees, citizens and other segments of society.

"The bank has for the first time directed its branches to issue electronic payment tools (MasterCard) which are used inside and outside Iraq and are acceptable in all ATMs connected to the MasterCard network as well as points of sale," the bank’s information office said.

He added that ‘advances and loans granted to employees through these cards and settle their salaries electronically’.

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Agility has opened a state-of the-art training facility, known as the Center of Excellence, at the Rumaila Energy Park in southern Iraq.

In partnership with Strategic Analytics Team (SAT), the Center of Excellence offers training courses for the local workforce in the oil and gas industry, led by internationally accredited trainers.

Training covers a wide variety of topics, including health and safety, lifting and hoisting, defensive driving and logistics solutions. With SAT’s expertise in the field of operational logistics, courses will meet international oil and gas industry standards and focus on developing accredited local content, while enhancing the capabilities of Iraq-based contractors.

The Rumaila Energy Park is a one million-square meter, fully serviced industrial park developed by Agility Real Estate to provide a one-stop-shop for companies operating in southern Iraq. The park includes warehouse facilities, workshops, lay-down yards and offices. It is strategically close to the region’s major oil and gas subcontractors.

The inauguration was attended by representatives from oil and gas companies and academic institutions, as well as Iraqi government officials.

Colin Hindley, CEO, Agility Iraq, said:

“The Center of Excellence is part of Agility’s ongoing commitment to building Iraq’s infrastructure and human capital. We are strongly committed to building local capacity in our areas of operations, and this new center is part of this strategy.”

Paul Jorgensen, Senior Partner, Strategic Analytics Team, said:

Our partnership with Agility makes the Center of Excellence the first of its type in the Gulf region. At SAT, we take pride in our knowledge and skills in the logistics business, and we are in a unique position to impart the same to aspiring professionals seeking further development.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for both SAT and Agility. With a fully developed culture of learning in an open environment that enables access to the latest information and technological innovations, we want the Center of Excellence to become the go-to resource for both logistics companies and students.”

Agility Iraq has offices in Basra, Baghdad, and Erbil, serving international airports and the ports of Umm Qasr and Khor Al Zubair.

Agility’s operations include freight forwarding (air, ocean, road), cross-border trucking, customs clearance, project logistics, open yard/warehousing distribution, approved HSSE training and route surveys. All of Agility’s operations in Iraq are ISO 9001, ISO 14000, OHSAS 18001-certified.

(Source: Agility)

Finland’s Nokia will modernize and expand Zain Iraq‘s radio networks with its most advanced technologies across Karbala, Najaf and Basra, with a special focus on the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf, to support the expected increase in data and voice traffic during Zeyara as millions of people converge on the region.

Zeyara is an annual event in the holy city of Karbala, which culminates in the event of Al Arba’een. It attracts visitors from across the globe and is one of the world’s largest public gatherings.

Once completed, the upgrade will allow users to enjoy improved indoor and outdoor coverage in both urban and rural areas as well as increased data throughput, leading to an overall superior customer experience.

Nokia’s project management and proven services expertise will be used to expand and modernize Zain Iraq’s 2G and 3G network, providing ubiquitous coverage and faster mobile broadband.

Additionally, the Nokia Mass Event Handler will be deployed to address the surge in data and voice consumption expected during Zeyara. The network modernization will allow visitors to remain continuously connected with their loved ones through superior voice and data connectivity during Al Arba’een and beyond.

Ali Al-Zahid, Chief Executive Officer of Zain Iraq, said:

Our top priority is to provide superior services for our subscribers. This network modernization and expansion is only the beginning of providing the best possible service quality and coverage with the most advanced technologies across the overall Karbala and Najaf and rest of sourthern region.

“We selected Nokia, our longstanding technology partner, for this important project, as we are confident that its advanced technologies will enable our network to provide such superior services. The current project will also enable a best-in-class mobile experience for visitors to Zeyara when we expect a high turnout this year.

Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia, said:

“Nokia fully understands Zain Iraq’s requirements and is committed to providing leading technologies to enable pioneering services for its subscribers. Nokia’s solutions cater to the unique connectivity requirements of mass events, and will help Zain Iraq address the expected surge in data and voice consumption during Zeyara.”

Overview of the solutions:

  • The high capacity and energy-efficient Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station will be used to add the third carrier of 5 MHz on the 900 MHz band, to enhance capacity and increase coverage in suburban and rural areas.
  • Nokia’s Mass Event Handler will ensure network performance is not adversely affected because of heavy traffic during Zeyara. Another feature of the software – HSUPA Interference Cancellation – handles data more efficiently, enabling end users to upload pictures without any network glitch.
  • Nokia FlexiZone will be deployed to enhance coverage and capacity of the existing 3G network in Karbala.
  • Nokia’s refarming service will refarm GSM 900 MHz frequency to expand the operator’s 3G network.
  • Nokia’s NetAct virtualized network management software will provide robust capabilities for troubleshooting, assurance, administration, software management and configuration.
  • Nokia’s Network Planning and Optimization (NPO), Network Implementation , and Care services will ensure smooth execution of the project and maximize the return on Zain’s technology investments.

(Source: Nokia)

Barzani’s party sets a condition for resuming its participation in parliamentary sessions
10/11/2017

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Wednesday called for the participation of its bloc in the Iraqi parliament by committing the Iraqi government to conducting an unconditional dialogue and stopping what he called the policy of "punishing" the region, stressing the importance of unity of the position of the Kurdish blocs in the Iraqi parliament.

The Office of the Deputy Chairman of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in a statement, seen by "Sky Press," that "the office of the Vice-President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party met with the Kurdistan Democratic Party bloc of the Iraqi parliament," stressing "the need for serious dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil."

He added that "the meeting decided to share the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the meetings of the Iraqi parliament subject to the acceptance of the Iraqi government to conduct an unconditional dialogue and stop the policy of punishing the Kurdistan region," stressing "the importance of unity of the position of the Kurdish blocs in the Iraqi parliament on all issues.

The statement accused some blocs and members of the Iraqi parliament of "meeting to punish the members of the Kurdish blocs in violation of the Constitution and laws," and called for "the need to stop these procedures because the history proved failure to try to punish the people of Kurdistan and its representatives."

It is worth mentioning that the Prime Minister, "Haider Abadi," pledged to impose "the rule of Iraq" in all areas of the Kurdistan region by what he called "the power of the Constitution," while stressing that his government will defend the Kurdish citizens inside and outside the region.

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