Creating Alternative Livelihoods for Farming Families in Iraq

In 2017, conflict in Iraq caused new displacements, while other people returned home as areas became safe. At the end of 2017, 2.6 million people remained displaced, and 3.2 million people had returned home since January 2014.

FAO worked with affected communities, focusing on elderly people, people with a disability and families headed by women, to increase access to fresh foods, boost incomes and build skills. Activities both immediately and sustainably improved food security, nutrition, income generation and livelihoods.

FAO supported 2 400 people from 150 villages with backyard poultry production – distributing hens, poultry feeding and drinking equipment, and feed. This enabled each family to produce eggs and poultry meat for their own consumption and for sale.

Further support was provided to conflict-affected families in the form of training, tools and equipment for bee-keeping for honey production, and dairy and fruit processing.

FAO’s cash-for-work programmes provided a valuable source of employment as vulnerable people were paid to clear debris along Ninewa governorate’s Al Jazeera irrigation canals.

The canals provide irrigation water to 250 000 ha of farmland. Cash-for-work programmes were also organized in Kirkuk, Anbar and Salah al Din governorates.

In Ninewa governorate, FAO supported livestock-producing families with animal feed, and commenced an animal health campaign to vaccinate 1 million livestock.

(Source: FAO)

By John Lee.

Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] has said that Iraq will reduce imports of petroleum products by 25 percent, as the country restarts production at refineries that were damaged by the Islamic State group (IS, Daesh, ISIS, ISIL).

He said that restarting production at the Seeniya, Hadeetha, Qayara and Kirkuk refineries has already contributed to an increase in the production of oil derivatives.

The Ministry of Oil has also announced big investment projects in the refining sector, including projects in Kirkuk, Maysan, Nasiriya, Faw, Anbar and Ninawa.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

By Kamal al-Ayash.

The authorities are spending a lot of money on reconstruction in the Anbar province. But locals are complaining, saying basic needs are not being fulfilled and the rest is just window dressing.

When you arrive in the major Anbar cities of Fallujah or Ramadi, you would be forgiven for thinking that reconstruction is well under way. But if you head out of the city centres and check the residential neighbourhoods you will see disconnected power lines and broken water pipes, as well as those who live here working outdoors, trying to fix such things.

Many Anbar locals, who were displaced by the extremist group known as the Islamic State, have now returned to their homes.

“In January 2018, for the first time in more than three years, there were more returnees than internally displaced people,” the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration reported recently. Thanks to improving conditions, Anbar province has seen the largest number of returnees in Iraq, the organization noted.

Many of those who returned say they came back because the Iraqi government told them there would be a swift return to normality and reconstruction. However many of the locals who have come back have found that although there is reconstruction, the authorities undertaking it seem to have some misplaced priorities and that they must provide for themselves, rather than wait for the government to fix things.

Ahmad Abdul-Hamid, 43, has just finished fixing up his barber shop in Fallujah. He was ready to open again but found he could not get to his premises because the municipal authorities were removing and replacing the sidewalks. This kind of work is impressive and shows that the authorities care about the citizens, Abdul-Hamid says, but their timing was off. They should ask the people here what they need and want, and prioritize that, he argues.

“The sidewalks that are being removed and replaced have no real impact on our lives. It wouldn’t have mattered if they had not been reconstructed for years,” Abdul-Hamid said, adding that he would have preferred to see the water and sewage networks fixed first, because these are things that actually endanger people’s lives.

“The money seems to be being spent in an unplanned, uncoordinated way,” Abdul-Hamid complains. “It should be used to compensate those who are still living in tents, in the middle of the rubble that was once their home.”

Locals say it is true that dozens of reconstruction projects have been completed. But they believe that at least some of these have been finished at the expense of their own basic needs.

Another Fallujah local, Jihad al-Dulaimi, 44, tells NIQASH that when he asked the city council for new wiring for power cables so he could fix his own electricity supply, he was told that there was no budget for this. Al-Dulaimi was angry and replied that they had somehow got enough funds to renovate their own council offices.

“Working in this way, the government is disregarding the real needs of the people here,” he says. “We don’t want to see huge sums spent on projects that are clearly not urgent and which could be postponed.”

Al-Dulaimi also questioned why efforts were being made to build a new park when bridges were still damaged and new sidewalks painted, when the streets were impassable.

Many Fallujah residents share that opinion. They believe that officials are embarking on easy-to-complete projects that make them look good, just in time for federal elections in May.

It’s not that we are not appreciative, says Mahdi al-Halbusi, a 51-year-old living in Ramadi, but “it feels like the authorities are decorating the outside of a house, in which nobody can live because the insides are so damaged”.

He and his family returned to Ramadi over a year ago and he feels as though a lot of the completed projects have just been attempts at image making. “Nothing has really changed, the situation is still tragic, since we returned,” he says.

Al-Halbusi says he likes walking around some areas, where there are new, coloured pavements and where the government offices and other nearby buildings look so nice. But that feeling gives way to dismay as soon as he enters any of the residential areas.

“I used to think my mother was the only person who would prepare the house for visitors by putting away our everyday things and bringing out the best,” he jokes. “After the visitors left, we would go back to normal, with everything back in its usual place. That is exactly what it feels like in this city now.”

Abadi announces the return of Iraq


Confirmed the existence of many investment opportunities in the country
Vivienne Walt / from Time magazine –
translation / Anis al – Saffar
as Prime Minister, Haider al – Abadi, the losses suffered by Iraq in the war against "Daesh" as up to $ 91 billion, pointing out that the world is not ready He said he had met with companies in Paris and Washington, told him that security did not concern them and that "they have another concern, namely red tape and bureaucracy"

This comes at a time when he warned that there is nothing to Iraq in the conflict between the United States and Ran, and said: Our message to the two friendly countries: "We ask you not to describe your disputes on the land of Iraq, we need to support you together, but keep your differences outside Iraq."

In order to know the plans of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to create a lasting peace and building a solid democracy, met by the magazine "Time" in Baghdad.

During the dialogue, Abadi talked about the "epidemic" of corruption that plagued his country, what it would entail to prevent the "reawakening" of the re-aggregation of its remnants, and the region, such as the war in Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

* Time magazine: How will you prevent "reaping" from regrouping and exploiting the chaos that pervades the region?
Abadi: One of the important faults that allowed the "urge"
to make this rapid progress in our cities is the weakness of our communication with our citizens, because citizens should feel that it is an integral part of this country, and this is a fundamental issue.

The task of the government is not reflected in the solution of religious, sectarian or ethnic problems. These are obsolete and I do not think that there is a government in our time capable of resolving all these differences.

However, the government of this time can fulfill its promises to its citizens and see them before the law either.

Time Magazine: Now that you have destroyed a military "advocate," what makes you need US troops in Iraq? Should not they return to their homeland?

I did not call for the presence of US forces in Iraq. All I said was that we did not want an incomplete mission. In Syria there are still safe havens for "Dahesh" and areas controlled by them, and some of these areas are adjacent to our borders.

Do not forget that they tried to establish a state for them in the region, and I think they were not far from realizing their dream and their goal.

Time Magazine: When will the need for the participation of the US military in this war disappear? We still need to complete a few things: rebuilding our armed forces, completing the task of training our security forces and supporting logistics and intelligence cooperation.

We still need all these to make sure that the "da’ash" is completely destroyed, not only on the military level, but in its existence.

There is a large number of terrorist cells that we continue to pursue. They are training suicide bombers and murderous murderers in order to continue their terrorist attacks.

Time magazine: Today you have an American administration that is hostile to Iran while you are allied with Iran and you have relied on its support in the battle against "the da’ash". How can you maintain the strength of these two alliances?

There was a common factor: the terrorist organization represented a threat to the entire international community, as well as a threat to both Iran and the region. So there was a strategic interest as I think the United States and the other allies under its leadership.

We do not want anyone to interfere in our affairs. This conflict between the United States and Iran is going back years and we do not care about it. Our message to them is: We ask you not to describe your disputes on the ground in Iraq, we need your support together, but keep your differences out of Iraq. "

Time magazine: You relied on the US Air Force as you relied on Iranian ground forces.

The US Air Force and its reconnaissance capabilities have provided us with an opportunity to outdo the terrorists, thereby reducing our casualties and enabling us to hit enemy headquarters and infrastructure.

But the fighters on the ground are the ones we relied on to liberate the territories, and here comes the role of Iranian experience. I say frankly that we have received Iranian experience because of their vast experience in the field of guerrilla warfare and other battles.

We have benefited from these experiences in Iraq and were certain to us, along with the great firepower provided by the United States and the rest of the allies.

We have combined these two forces. * Time magazine: Is Iraq’s energy carrying another attack for "Daash", perhaps under the name of another different?

No country can afford such an attack because its costs will be terrible, both on the humanitarian side and on the material side, so our policy is to deter and prevent it. People must feel that they are an integral part of their country and that they are citizens of it.

The other task is reconstruction.
We paid the price twice: the first when it invaded "Iraq and Syria" and caused the displacement of millions of their cities, apart from killing many people. In the second we paid the price when we started to free our areas.

The destruction is enormous, and we estimate it to be about $ 46 billion, let alone the housing problem, adding another $ 45 billion to homes and homes that were destroyed.

We realize that the world is not willing to donate such money, so we have to try differently, and today we encourage investment. Iraq has many opportunities available.

I met many companies in Paris and Washington. They told me that the problem of security does not worry them. Rather, their concern is focused on a different side, the red tape and the bureaucracy.

* Time magazine: Everyone we met talked about one problem is corruption. How have you been able to deal effectively with this problem over the past years?

Corruption epidemic is rampant. People call me to throw corrupt people behind bars, but where do I start? It’s a thorny process. Working in this field means conducting many investigations, and many of these investigations must be conducted abroad because the money is deposited there.

The fundamental change we are trying to achieve is to make our work system transparent and remove bureaucracy, because corruption lies behind the bureaucracy, with red tape. That is the basis of corruption.

There is always a bottle neck, and I am sure what I say. From within the system of work there are always those who try to exploit the bottleneck and bureaucracy to serve their purposes, take the subject of passport, for example, people used to pay 300 or 400 dollars to get a passport, and that is because the process was months.

In the past, the government was trying to prosecute the corrupt and put them in jail for bribery, but we returned to ourselves and said let’s simplify the procedures for obtaining the passport to see.

Today it is possible to issue the passport within one day or in three or four days at the maximum and then the problem is solved. Q: What are the talks currently going on between you and President Trump and his administration on what should be the status of Iraq?

The common interests are great among us, and so we have to evaluate the construction, but we are different in certain matters.

First there is the US policy towards Iran, and then there is the problem of the resolution that was adopted on Jerusalem. We also had a problem with the Turks when they entered their forces into northern Iraq.

These are issues that go beyond the Trump administration, so we have to address them on the basis that the United States is the United States and Iraq is Iraq.

Time magazine: It’s been 15 years since the US invasion and many say the Americans have made serious mistakes that Iraq is still paying for. Do you see this statement as fair or fair? It is also because the US administration made a major mistake in 2003 when it made the occupation an official one.

They had the opportunity to transfer responsibilities to an Iraqi authority and then continue to provide support and support to Iraqi citizenship.

The other major mistake was to impose law and order on a foreign army, because armies do not know how to apply law or order within cities. When the US military began to attack, they referred the matter to Iraqi military forces to enforce law and order in cities and bring peace.

This was not fair on their part, of course. These soldiers are trained to fight and any citizen facing the challenge was seen as an enemy, and this resulted in many frictions.

The mistake of the United States is that it has made the occupation of Iraq official, because when you declare your occupation of Iraq officially there will be others demanding an end to this occupation, and this is what dragged us to this terrible disaster.

If we want to build our country, the opportunity for us to have a new relationship with the United States is more positive than it was after 2003. Time Magazine: Do you expect a day when Iraq will have relations with Israel?

This is a difficult issue. We have Palestinian refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Syria and everywhere. This region will remain a cause of instability and instability unless this dilemma is solved. Peace solutions must be equal. I see nothing but coercion, including the issue of Jerusalem, and the United States’ decision on this matter will not help to address the history of this city.

TIME: Did you get this picture of President Trump?
I conveyed it to Secretary of State Tilerson when he phoned me before the announcement (December 6) to tell us what would happen.

This is an issue that can not be resolved by one decision. You can not change a situation in its entirety. * Time magazine: Do you think a solution to the Syrian war can be found through negotiations that keeps Assad in power?

This is just one face of the problem, while the other is that there is an area that feels the maximum threat, and this is controlled by the Syrian Kurds. If Syria disintegrates, God forbid, the whole region will be in danger.

If the Syrian Kurds try to change the map now on the ground by force, it will be a big leap forward, forcing others to change their maps also. For the last 100 years, this area has been divided by pen and paper only. Those who drew the border are the ones who created the present countries.

If anyone tries to change that, blood will spread throughout the region. Time Magazine: In 2014, our magazine published a number that had the words "End of Iraq" on its cover. What is wrong now is that Iraq has not forgotten that.

Time magazine did not hurt at the time at that time. It was on June 30, 2014, when five of our armed forces had collapsed, the terrorists were roaming our cities and there was no power in the hands. However, after our campaigns in Mosul, Tal Afar, Hawija, and western Anbar, we changed the battle, perhaps within a week or more.

All the enemy could do was flee from our face and continue to flee. Their morale was crushed while the morale of our people was on the rise. You once declared it the "end of Iraq" and I now propose that you declare "the return of the emergence of Iraq".

Businessmen Union: Private sector conference to be held at the end of the month


Road map for the reconstruction of liberated cities
Baghdad / Saha Sheikli
The Iraqi private sector hopes to actively contribute to the reconstruction of the liberated cities of "Da’ash" after the Kuwait Conference of Donor Countries, as it is now ready for the reconstruction phase. The private sector, according to the Federation of Businessmen, is considering the size of the contribution and the quality of its reconstruction programs. Priorities for its work.

The head of the Union of Reconstructionists Ragheb Reza Blibel told Sabah that "foreign donors have contacted us to request a study of the possibility of restoring life to the three destroyed governorates (Salah al-Din, Anbar and Nineveh). A roadmap has been drawn up that includes the construction of schools and infrastructure, Which would bring life back to these areas. "

"It was hoped to put these projects at the Kuwait Conference and entrusted the President of the Fund, Dr. Mustafa Al-Hiti, inviting the invitation to be in the conference and the subject is discussed in a formal manner, but the call for these bodies did not go," said Mstdarka "We have a complete map of projects needed by cities destroyed We did not
start it, waiting for the grants to come out. "
Projects execution

"We have been selected 30 companies to implement these projects, and we await the convening of a conference at the end of the month organized by the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to consider what has been approved and agreed on loans and grants and put them into effect," adding,

"Now we await the results of the conference after the Kuwait Conference, , Where we told the Lebanese brothers to prepare for the arrival of 150 investment companies or shares, will attend this conference as Iran has expressed willingness to enter the companies in the work.

"But the Kuwait conference created a positive atmosphere for the entry of foreign companies. We were initially focused on having the Kuwait conference for donors, but the conference came out with results that we did not expect and it was hoped that the amount would be 88 billion dollars, but what was granted,

" he said. Iraq had a billion and 480 million dollars and the rest of the loans and guarantee the exports of countries that provided these figures, "indicating that total loans 29 billion dollars.

He pointed out that "the investment has included all the provinces and diversity according to the need of the province of services, stressing that" there are organizations that work and have considerable capabilities, and the National Investment Authority played a major role in the Kuwait Conference

said that" the work of the private sector needs facilities and measures taken by the government To fight administrative and financial corruption and to find the appropriate legal environment, to ensure the flow of investment as factors that encourage the arrival of the investor.

"He pointed out that" there are donors directly entered Italy, Japan, Germany and the United States to build damaged projects, "explaining that" there is in Nineveh important branch of the Union took on the public Housing was distributed residential land within the plan of action and started companies from the Iraqi private sector to work and bring life to some tourist areas.

" Opportunity for the private sector
"We have set up a plan for the reconstruction of the liberated areas and we have set up 20 local construction, construction and reconstruction companies to enter as main or secondary contractors," said Hussein Rahim Bin, an economist at the General Federation of Businessmen.

"We chose to work in low-rise buildings, housing, schools, hospitals and some companies "We have specialized companies in electricity and we hope to give the state or committees that will form a great opportunity for the private sector and to provide us with maps and plans against which we identify the companies that will work, declaring that" the number of businessmen is 27 Fa and 500 members.

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

By Mustafa Habib.

For the first time in over ten years, Iraq managed to pass a federal budget with MPs’ votes. In the process there have been last minute deals, Kurdish losers, angry militias and deeply rooted economic problems revealed.

After heated debates that dragged on for months, Iraq’s parliament passed the national budget for 2018. For the first time since 2003, the decision was made with a majority of votes in parliament in Baghdad, rather political deal making.

As the country’s Sunni Muslim and Shiite Muslim politicians brokered a deal though, Iraq’s Kurdish MPs were left hanging, after they exited the session in protest at the Kurdish share of the budget.

Laws on the federal budget say that a draft should be submitted to the Iraqi parliament no later than November 11 every year. However, this didn’t happen due to conflicts between the various political groupings in parliament and thanks to the country’s deepening financial crisis, started by a drop-in oil prices, then exacerbated by the security crisis caused by the extremist group known as the Islamic State.

Around 90 percent of funds coming into the Iraqi budget are dependent on the country’s oil revenues. If oil stays at US$46 a barrel and exports remain at 3.8 million barrels a day, then this would all funnel into US$88 billion budget. That still leaves a shortfall of US$10 billion, according to the recently passed budget.

As recently as last week, it had not looked at all certain that the 2018 budget would pass. A number of disparate groups were opposed to the draft budget, all for their own reasons. This included Sunnis, Shiites from southern oil-producing provinces and the country’s Kurdish ethnicity.

For months previously, the Sunni politicians had been calling for more money for reconstruction in Sunni-majority provinces where the extremist Islamic State, or IS, group had held sway. The salaries of state employees in these areas had been halted since late 2014 for fear that the cash would end up in the IS group’s hands.

Still, in many of the Sunni-majority provinces, it’s been months since displaced locals started returning home – but the salaries still have not started to be paid again. Sunni Muslim MPS were pressuring the government to restart these.

“We were able to convince the government to agree to pay out those stalled salaries and to offer locals loans, so they can rebuild their homes,” Ahmad al-Jibouri, an MP for Mosul, told NIQASH. “We were also able to convince the government to reappoint those individuals who were dismissed from the army and police and to give back state service jobs to locals in those areas too.”

Article 43 of the Iraqi budget now states that “an additional US$344 million is to be allocated to provinces and areas that fell under the control of the IS group, in order to help stabilize the area and for the reconstruction of infrastructure.”

The budget then details which province gets what: Ninawa, of which Mosul is the capital, will get US$152 million, Salahaddin and Anbar will each get US$84 million and Kirkuk in northern Iraq and Diyala will both get US$17 million.

This change saw the Sunni Muslim politicians willing to agree to the budget.

Meanwhile the Shiite Muslim MPs from southern oil-producing provinces came to agree to the budget for different reasons.

Laws from 2013, about the powers of the provincial authorities, allocate part of the revenue from the oil and gas produced there to the province itself. A province should be getting 5 percent of the money from each barrel of crude oil, 5 percent from each barrel refined in the province and 5 percent from natural gas revenues. However, the Iraqi government has not dispensed money in this way for years due to its own need for the cash.

This has had an impact. For example, the southern province of Basra should be one of the country’s wealthiest, going by how much oil and gas is produced here. However, the province also has one of the highest rates of locals living in poverty.

Shiite MPs from these provinces were dissatisfied by that distribution and wanted to force a change before they would agree to vote for the 2018 budget. The government then guaranteed in Article 2 of Chapter 2 of the budget that the provinces that produce the country’s oil would get one of those 5 percents.

For example, Basra extracts oil, refines it and also produces natural gas. According to the original rules, the province should be getting 5 percent from each form of energy. If the province extracts one barrel of oil and then refines it, it should be getting 5 percent plus 5 percent. However the new rules say the province will only get one of those payments.

At least that is better than nothing, says Ammar Tumeh, a Shiite Muslim MP.

“And the budget will also give the oil-producing provinces 20 percent of any budget surplus, should the price of oil go up, beyond the US$46 per barrel,” Tumeh adds.

Of the various interest groups competing to turn the budget to their advantage, the biggest losers were the country’s Kurds. Kurdish politicians withdrew from the final session to vote on the budget in protest over the percentage their semi-autonomous, northern region was supposed to get. The Kurds run their own semi-independent region in northern Iraq; it has its own military, parliament and laws. In the past the Iraqi Kurdish region had been supposed to receive 17 percent of the federal budget, based on how much oil revenue the region contributed to the national income and on the region’s population.

The topic has been a long-running cause of conflict between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan and things recently worsened, after the ill-fated referendum on independence in the northern region in September last year. And the proposed budget didn’t make things any better as the first version of the document saw the Kurdish share of the federal budget drop to around 12 percent.

The new version of the budget does not apparently specify a percentage for the Kurds but analysts suggest that it may now be sitting around 14 percent. None of this matters, of course, if the Iraqi government doesn’t start paying the money to the Kurdish authorities and paying the salaries of Kurdish civil servants.

The fact that the federal budget was passed in parliament even after the Iraqi Kurdish MPs walked out was a source of consternation for those running the Kurdish region. The Iraqi Kurdish prime minister, Nechirvan Barzani, called the budget decision a collapse of the principles of partnership in power, upon which the modern Iraqi state was built.

Now that the budget has passed, it is also far from trouble free.

Another sticking point arose almost immediately. The new budget allocates US$2.5 billion worth of defence spending like this: US$600 million for the ministry of defence, US$146 million to the ministry of interior, US$80 million to the counter-terrorism forces and US$80 million for the formerly-volunteer, mostly-Shiite Muslim militias. The rest – over US$1 billion – will go towards armaments and weaponry.

But just hours after it was approved, some Shiite Muslim politicians were already complaining. The fighters in the militias, which started as a volunteer force assembled to combat the IS group and which have evolved into an official, albeit separate, part of the Iraqi defence forces, were only listed as contractors. Their salaries are paid by the government but the budget says they are not permanent government employees, unlike soldiers in the Iraqi army. Additionally the militia fighters were getting lower salaries than those the ministry of defence was paying out.

Keeping the heroes of the militias on a different pay level and defining them as contractors was “the ultimate betrayal,” said Qais al-Khazali, who heads one of the more extreme militias, the League of the Righteous. Despite their controversial nature, members of the militias are seen by many as heroes who stepped up to protect the homeland when the official army collapsed in the face of attacks by the IS group.

The new budget also presents further problems for the future. It outlines a number of austerity measures and new taxes of the kind that have not been seen in Iraq for decades.

For one thing, the government has decided to suspend new appointments in the civil service. This could have a dramatic impact because a lot of Iraqis are employed by the government – it is the only way that many locals will ever be employed as the private sector remains very small in comparison to the government sector.

A lot of young Iraqis see a government job as their only option to get work. But the number of new openings has been falling steadily since 2013. That year there were 100,000. In 2014, there were only 37,000, in 2015, 30,000 and in 2016, 32, 000. Last year there were only a few thousand and this year there will be none at all.

It’s a decision that threatens to increase the national rate of unemployment dramatically. In 2012, the rate was estimated to be around 12 percent. By 2017, it had risen to 30 percent, thanks mainly to the chaos caused by the security crisis and the displacement of millions of Iraqis from their homes. The rate is almost bound to increase further by the end of 2018, with this new directive.

There are also new taxes for the newly unemployable to think about paying. The Iraqi government wants to impose a sales tax on the costs of using mobile phones and on Internet fees. A special tax will be added whenever an Iraqi buys mobile phone units. So for instance, if somebody buys US§10 worth of mobile phone credit, they will need to pay US§12 in the future.

The tax of US$20 added to every ticket in Iraqi airports will also continue to be charged.

Another item in the Iraqi budget that does not bode well for the future is the amount of foreign debt that the government is continuing to take on.

(Picture Credit: Essam al-Sudani)

Abadi launches a "stinging attack" in the form of accountability and justice .. Reason !!

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi launched a "scathing attack" on accountability and justice, which issued a decision to confiscate the property of the family of the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and the elements of his regime and security services.

"This issue is dangerous and should not be included in the file of corruption or political conflict, because the political conflict in this file, I consider it corruption, and that is why we ask to investigate it," Abadi said at his weekly press conference.

He added: "It is not permissible to use accountability and justice in corruption or political conflict. We want to ensure that Iraqi society does not return to dictatorship again, and this is the origin of the idea of ​​the body."

He said: "One of the names is former Anbar police chief Brig. Gen. Ahmed Sadak al-Dulaimi, who was killed in a battle against a terrorist organization.

" Things must be right, because he was honored by the former prime minister for heroic action. "

He pointed out that "the accountability procedures and the equation we have suffered, and where those who contributed to the fall of Mosul, it is not permissible to blackmail people by putting their names in accountability and justice and then raise it, this is what we do not understand."

"It is not permissible for a government body to be subjected to pressure, extortion and the exploitation of democracy in that, and the people working in this institution must abide by the Iraqi laws and they are not far from accountability and investigation," he said.

A total of 91 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 208 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in February 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The figures include ordinary civilians and others who can be considered civilian at the time of death or injury – police in non-combat function, civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, and fire department personnel.

Of the overall figures for February, the number of civilians killed (not including police) was 86, while the number of injured (not including police) was 202.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 195 civilian casualties (49 killed, 146 injured). Anbar Governorate followed, with 14 killed and 37 injured, and Diyala had 12 killed and 11 injured.

*CAVEATS: UNAMI has been hindered in effectively verifying casualties in certain areas; in some cases, UNAMI could only partially verify certain incidents. For these reasons, the figures reported have to be considered as the absolute minimum.

(Source: United Nations)

Parliament to vote on the budget law and vote on five decisions [expanded]


The House of Representatives began its thirteenth regular session held under the chairmanship of Salim al-Jubouri, Speaker of the House of Representatives in the presence of 180 deputies on Thursday vote on the Financial Budget Law for 2018 and voted on five parliamentary resolutions.

At the beginning of the session congratulated Speaker of the House of Representatives, according to a statement of the Information Service of the House of Representatives received the agency of all Iraq [where] a copy of it today, Iraqi teachers on the occasion of the Teacher’s Day, commending their efforts under the face of Iraq’s challenges and their role in the upbringing of generations that contribute to building the present and future of Iraq , Calling on the House of Representatives to enact laws to protect the teacher.

In the name of the Education Committee in the House of Representatives on the occasion of the Teacher’s Day, she congratulated the educational family and each of its oldest children on educating the sons of the nation with useful knowledge and knowledge on this occasion. She stressed that the foundation of building societies is education. Knowledge and instilling noble values ​​and high morals in the minds, calling for a quick vote on the draft law on the protection of teachers.

On the other mentioned MP Mohammed Tamim, head of the Finance Committee that the observations submitted by the Finance Committee was the absence of deputies of the Kurdish blocs, pointing out that the points of disagreement in the draft law on the salaries of employees and the use of the term of the provinces of Kurdistan as well as salaries of Peshmerga and compensation of staff of the region, All articles of the budget bill were completed in 2018.

The Council then voted on the decision to consider the district of Al-A’aj and its affiliated villages and the area of ​​Tal Abtah and the villages belonging to the affected areas.

In addition, a decision was taken to consider the area of ​​Ayadiyah in the district of Tal Afar, a disaster area,

and the Council ended the vote on a decision considering the districts of Anbar province, the existing and the worst areas.

The council voted on a resolution to thank all the countries that have stood up with Iraq for fighting the organization and calling on the government to set a timetable for the departure of foreign troops after the announcement of the final victory over terrorist groups.

The council voted on a decision to reschedule the agricultural loans granted to farmers and stop the cumulative benefits.

The Council proceeded to vote on the draft federal budget law of the Republic of Iraq for the fiscal year 2018 for approval, where completed 12 articles out of 48 articles.

The revenues of the general budget is estimated at 91643667236 thousand dinars [Ninety-nine trillion six hundred and forty-three billion six hundred and sixty-seven million and two hundred and thirty-six thousand dinars], where the revenues were calculated from the export of crude oil on the basis of the average price of 46 dollars per barrel at an export rate of 3 million and eight hundred And eighty-eight thousand barrels per day, including 250 thousand barrels per day from the Kurdistan region.

The allocations of expenditure amounts to [104158183734] thousand dinars [One hundred and four trillion and one hundred and fifty billion and one hundred and eighty-three million and seven and thirty-four thousand dinars], while the total deficit planned budget [12514516498] thousand dinars [twelve trillion five hundred and fourteen billion five hundred and six Ten million and four hundred and ninety-eight thousand dinars].

It was then decided to resume the session on Saturday 3/3/2018 at 11 am.…?storyid=71604