Abadi: Kurdistan is close to bankruptcy and must recognize the authority of the Constitution
10/19/2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) was "close" to bankruptcy because of the corruption of a few officials and their families, calling on them to recognize the authority of the Iraqi constitution and engage in dialogue on this basis.

"Iraq should be able to demonstrate its ability to use the democratic foundations to resolve internal conflicts," he said in a newspaper article published in the New York Times. "The Kurdistan Regional Government must recognize the authority of the constitution and engage in dialogue on this basis."

Abadi said that as prime minister in Iraq, he must act in accordance with the constitution to protect all the Iraqi people and keep the country united.

"To achieve this, the government has strengthened and extended its federal mandate, the federal authority on national borders, oil exports and customs revenues," he said, adding that "the redeployment of Iraqi forces this week to parts of Kirkuk and other areas in northern Iraq agree With this approach. "

"The elements of the federal forces of the army and the fight against terrorism, police and rapid deployment units come from many ethnic and religious groups in Iraq, including the Kurds, and the spread was not an attack on Kurdish citizens or the city of Kirkuk," noting that "it was An Iraqi federal process aimed at restoring federal authority to areas under government control until 2014. "

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He is close to him: Abadi intends to pay salaries of staff of the region and Peshmerga directly from Baghdad
10/19/2017

The deputy of the coalition of state law Jassim Mohammed Jaafar, on Thursday, that the Prime Minister Haider Abadi, intends to pay the salaries of all employees of the Kurdistan region and the Peshmerga directly from Baghdad, indicating that the salaries of the staff of the region will be equal with the employees of the federal government.

Jaafar said in an interview with Sky Press that "Prime Minister Haider Abadi adopted a project to pay salaries of all employees of the Kurdistan region and Peshmerga by the Federal Ministry of Finance directly through the system card without the mediation of financial region," noting that "this came after the control of wells Oil in Kirkuk and the region and other areas and subject them to the company of Sumo of the Federal Oil Ministry and the sale of oil and gas and derivatives by them.

Jaafar added that "the salary scale above will be equal to the salary scale of federal government employees and Peshmerga with the federal security forces," referring to "the tragedy and suffering experienced by the employee in the Kurdistan region in delaying these salaries by many months or stealing a living from him by leaders do not care only Its parties, families and families. "

He said that "this project is a qualitative leap to achieve the right of the oppressed and the general public and the false pretense of blood traffickers and gang of criminals who collect the capital outside Iraq from the strength of those oppressed."

The Prime Minister, Haider Abadi, directed last Monday, the security forces to impose security in the province of Kirkuk, in cooperation with the people of the province and Peshmerga.

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Kurds and change the political map in Iraq

10/19/2017

Patrick Cockburn / The Independent
Translation / Annis Saffar
Over the past two days, the Kurds lost about 40 percent of the land they controlled when they withdrew from areas that have long been the subject of disagreement and conflict between them and Baghdad, and the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters continue to withdraw from large areas in northern Iraq, extending between Syria to the west and Iran to the east .


It is now clear that the two main Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), agreed at their meeting on Sunday that they had no choice but to withdraw from Kirkuk and other disputed areas.


The two parties know they are too weak to challenge the Iraqi security forces, and have no allies to seek help. Kurdish leaders today blame each other for the occurrence of the setback that will be recorded as the greatest disaster in the history of Kurds.

The geopolitics of northern Iraq have changed, a change that is totally unfavorable to the Kurds. The Kurdish military units withdrew from the Sinjar area near the Syrian border, the home of the Yazidis who were massacred and enslaved by the Da’ash organization when they entered these areas in August 2014.

Instead, they replaced the paramilitary forces of the Yazidis loyal to Baghdad. On the other side of the dividing line between Kurdish and non-Kurdish areas, the Peshmerga evacuated the towns of Khanaqin, Jalawla and Mandali, close to the Iranian border to the northeast of Baghdad.

These are all areas where the Kurdish parties have established their presence and exercised their control over the last few years but now they are out of their hands, perhaps forever.

The Peshmerga also abandoned the last two oil fields they were holding near the city of Kirkuk, and thus they have lost all the gains made by the Kurds on the ground since 2003. The acquisition of Kirkuk oil fields was crucial fate for the Kurds of Iraq.

Baghdad was the scene of joy for what was considered the second greatest victory for Iraq and Prime Minister Haider Abadi this year.

The first success was the restoration of the city of Mosul in July after a nine-month siege. The second was the easy, unforeseen defeat of the Kurds this week following their referendum on independence on September 25, a referendum that turned into destruction.

A Kurdish commentator who did not want to be named said: "What I fear now is that Baghdad surrenders to the euphoria of victory as there is now talk of imposing the authority of the central government on every corner of Iraq."

This may mean putting Baghdad under severe political and military pressure on the three Kurdish provinces Which consists of the Kurdistan region, which now seems to enjoy the grace.

Iraqi President Fuad Masum, who is himself a Kurd, called for dialogue between the central government and Kurdish leaders to resolve the crisis sparked by the Kurdish referendum.

Abadi said the referendum was "over and over," but he also called for dialogue " Constitution "and this means to exclude the issue of Kurdish independence and set aside it.

There is no longer any doubt that the balance of power has dramatically and dramatically shifted to Baghdad, away from the Kurdish capital of Arbil.

Barzani and his Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Monday tried to blame Peshmerga for not responding to the advance of Iraqi security forces, calling them "treacherous" and "abandoning" them in a separate deal with Baghdad.

But Kurdish sources told the Independent that the two parties had agreed that they were too weak to fight for Kirkuk, but the orders did not reach all the Peshmerga leaders at the right time.

On Monday, Peshmerga pulled out of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan from Sinjar and other sites held in Kirkuk province in what appeared to be a previously agreed evacuation.

For his part, Barzani blamed Shamaa for what he described as "decisions taken by politicians as a unilateral response," a charge that we do not think he includes himself, although his decision to hold his referendum was a mistake that led to a confrontation with Baghdad.

In which. The referendum process was opposed by all international and regional powers except for Israel, which is not in a position to provide practical assistance to the Kurds.

Barzani also chose to challenge Abadi at a time when his armed forces had just won a major victory in Mosul, making retreat and surrender on his part unlikely.

The United States has also declared its opposition to the referendum, but has distanced itself from the crisis.

"For many years we had very good relations with Kurds, and we also stood by Iraq as you know," President Trump said. "We are not happy about this clash."

The United States has also declared its opposition to the referendum, but has distanced itself from the crisis. "For many years we had very good relations with Kurds, and we also stood by Iraq as you know," President Trump said.

"We are not happy about this clash." The United States has also declared its opposition to the referendum, but has distanced itself from the crisis.

"For many years we had very good relations with Kurds, and we also stood by Iraq as you know," President Trump said. "We are not happy about this clash."

The conflict between Iraq’s Kurds will remain for decades to come, but the reality is that they were the result of Barzani’s persistence in playing cards and gambling on luck, as well as the divisions among the Kurdish parties, among which were the lack of a military option Facing Baghdad.

Thanks to their referendum, the Kurds have not only failed to gain independence but will find that the autonomy they considered unquestioned is also threatened when Baghdad tightens its grip on the Kurdish provinces.

Many Kurds will accuse Iran of manipulating the Baghdad government and Kurdish parties until they reach this conclusion. Iran, of course, is pleased to see the Baghdad government, and Barzani, traditionally close to the United States, have become more vulnerable, but there is no need to look for conspiracy theories to explain what happened.

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Barzani will resign in the next 48 hours

10/18/2017

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq Affairs Joseph Benenton, on Wednesday, President of the Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, that Washington is waiting to resign after the recent events, stressing that his government is waiting for this action during the next two days and otherwise will intervene directly.

This came after the reluctance of US officials to respond to contacts Barzani, according to Reuters news agency.

Benenton expressed his country’s disappointment with the developments that have reached it. Washington considered itself the first and fundamental ally of Massoud Barzani, and when we asked the president of the region to postpone the referendum, he gave up and insisted on doing what we opposed.

Benenton stressed that "his country is waiting for the president of the region to submit his resignation urgently, since his stay in power is a mistake," noting that "the political parties in the region all insist on the need to isolate Barzani of the pyramid of regional authority."

He also stressed that "his country will intervene directly if he does not submit his resignation within the next two days."

This and demanded the President of the Parliament of the Kurdistan region, Yousef Mohammed, this morning, 18/10/2017 President of the region to submit his resignation, in order to preserve the water face, as he put it.

The US Secretary of State, Telrisson, told the Prime Minister, Haider Abadi, his country’s support for security measures in Kirkuk and disputed areas, stressing the need to preserve the territorial integrity of Iraq.

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US Secretary of State Abadi said Washington supported Baghdad’s moves by imposing the rule of law
10/18/2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Prime Minister Haider Abadi on Wednesday that Washington supports federal government steps to impose the rule of law, stressing that America "does not recognize" the referendum in Kurdistan.

"Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi received a telephone call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson," the press office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi said in a statement.

"Washington does not recognize the referendum in the Kurdistan region, and it supports the unity of Iraq and the steps of the federal government in avoiding confrontation and imposing the rule of law," Tillerson said.

He added that "the United States of America to take over the war against the promotion and liberation of all Iraqi territory is very important and supports the efforts of the Iraqi government to eliminate terrorism, in addition to reconstruction of liberated areas and support the Iraqi economy.

"For his part, Abadi stressed that "what happened in Kirkuk represents a redeployment to impose order in the province, which are legal and constitutional steps in order to prevent the division of the country and weaken it.

""The federal government was keen on dialogue in accordance with the constitution, but the officials in the region did not respond," he said, noting that "the priority is still for the battle with gangs, calling the terrorists, which we are approaching to resolve and liberate the entire Iraqi territory and secure the border.

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US senator warns the Iraqi government: Do not misunderstand it will have serious consequences
10/17/2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Tuesday warned the government of Iraq of "serious consequences" for any misuse of weapons it obtained from the United States against Kurdish forces.


"The United States has provided equipment and training to the Iraqi government to fight against the external threats and not to attack elements of one of its regional governments, which is an old and valued partner of the United States," McCain was quoted as saying.


"Do not misunderstand, there will be serious consequences if our vision of US equipment continues to be misused in this way," he said.


US President Donald Trump said Monday that his country "does not favor the current conflict" between Arbil and Baghdad, while noting that it "does not favor" any of them.


The Iraqi security forces entered the city of Kirkuk, under the guidance of Prime Minister Haider Abadi, aimed at imposing the rule of law in the province, which took control about a year ago, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, a month after the authorities in the Kurdistan region to referendum secession from Iraq.

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In the shadow of the collapse of the economy of Kurdistan. $ 400 thousand monthly salary Barzani
10/17/2017

"The news agency Eckord highlighted the huge salary of the head of the illegal Kurdistan Massoud Barzani, compared to the salaries of Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

""Barzani’s salary is $ 400,000 a month," the report said. The salaries of both Obama and Trump did not exceed 30,000 thousand dollars a month, or 360,000 dollars annually, and the annual budget of Kurdistan does not exceed 8 billion dollars, and the annual budget of America is about 14 trillion dollars.

The agency noted that Barzani governs only three provinces, including 5 million people. Trump and Obama govern 50 states, with about 307 million people.

Barzani’s salaries are considered to be in violation of the general salary lawsThe salary of the governor of France is 26,000 dollars per month, the governor of the United Kingdom 23.500 thousand dollars per month, the ruler of Turkey 12.300 thousand dollars, while Japan, the salary of its ruler 16,500 thousand dollars, Barzani comes second in the world among the highest rulers, An adult of 430,000 dollars.

The agency concluded its report, noting that the failure to allocate a specific budget to the rulers of Kurdistan indicates failure and lack of planning, in light of the collapse of the economy of Kurdistan.

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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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Academics: Constitution to move Iraq to democracy

10/17/2017


The enemy of the people’s vote on it (a decisive moment) to eliminate the dictatorship
Baghdad / Muhannad Abdul Wahab
The Constitution is the decisive moment for the elimination of the remnants of the dictatorship and the transition to a wide area of ​​freedom, "he said.

Establishment of the stage of democracy
He said the media and academic Hassan Nassar: "The stage of writing the Iraqi constitution was very bitter, as Iraq passed an important historical milestone of salvation from dictatorship to establish an important stage of democracy,
" noting that "the Constitution was the decisive moment to eliminate the dictatorship and the transition to a large area of ​​freedom "He said.

He pointed out that "despite the political obstacles suffered by the Constitution, it is the basic and legal basis for the country, as it is one of the important constitutions in the Arab region," explaining that "the stage written by the Constitution is almost a flash of time, In a very short time for a country that has suffered from dictatorship for 35 years. "

The Nassar said that "
He pointed out that "the problems that hinder the law is not because of the paragraphs of the law, but because of political conflicts that have always been an obstacle to the manipulation of the laws in accordance with the political wills and pressures exerted by the political blocs of the consensus to violate the laws," calling for "political blocs to work to accelerate the enactment of laws Associated with paragraphs under a paragraph and regulated by law ".

"The legislature should examine the constitutions of countries that have gone through difficult circumstances such as Iraq and then turned into big states in democracy," he said.

The constitution was founded legally, as researcher and academic Nassim Abdullah pointed out that "the constitution was founded legally, and is considered the basic rule of law, some of its paragraphs were not practically compatible, so the legislative authority to amend these paragraphs, although the mechanisms of amendment difficult, because The constitution is one of the rigid constitutions. "

"Despite the legal gaps in the constitution, he has laid down plans for the future. Our proof is that all the countries that are at the top of the democratic list started writing constitutions and took years to reach true democracy," he said. Tangible and effective we see through the exercise of democratic action. "

He pointed out that "the transition to the stage of democracy goes through several stages, first writing the Constitution, in addition to the collective awareness of the legislative authority and the people," explaining that "the Iraqi constitution was interpreted according to the wishes of the political blocs, there is supposed to be a clear interpretation supervised by the Federal Court, Interpretations according to the wishes of the political blocs. "

He added that "some paragraphs of the Constitution gave the powers of the provinces at the expense of the center at a time when it should be the strength of the Center on the provinces, and this would give power to the central administration and a large area to follow services and reconstruction and the development of the provinces."

The finest constitutions in turn, between the researcher and academic Amer Saleh , said that " the Iraqi constitution is one of the most prestigious constitutions as it is based on a set of visions , " noting that " the Constitution was written by mostly experts lived in the world countries, and they know that democracy is established countries important in all fields "He said.

He stressed in a statement to "morning" that "the legal basis of the Constitution, clear and explicit, but the real problem is in the application, because Iraq contains a large mosaic differ in its components from all neighboring countries."

He added that "some paragraphs of the Constitution is difficult to achieve on the ground, because the practical experience proved that the reality is different, so we need a culture and awareness is very high in order to consolidate the principles of democracy."

Saleh stressed that "the real problem is not in the number of articles of the Constitution, but in the importance of these paragraphs that would be problematic," pointing out that "the paragraphs of the Constitution 80 percent of them workable, and the other 20 percent, complex and bear many interpretations and interpretations, In the march of the political process in Iraq, so you need to adapt to the political and social reality of Iraq. "

"The constitution was an important station from the history of Iraq, written at a difficult time, so it is realistic to contain gaps that need to be modified by informing the people and then vote on them democratically," said academic Jawad al-Aqabi.

He said in his speech to "morning" that "the Constitution is the most important law in the country, so it needs to change and amendment in order to develop it commensurate with the stage of Iraq’s political and societal developments."

He also pointed out that "the importance of public participation in building the paragraphs of the Constitution, because Iraq through important stages of democracy, although the political consensus was the largest share of political work and the adoption of laws."

"Over time, the political decision will be governed by the constitution, and beyond the political consensus and the global experience of large countries that have proved that experiences offer opportunities for change and development," he added.

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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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