NATO Leads New Mission to Develop Iraq’s Defense Institutions

A new NATO-led mission in Iraq will work to further develop Iraq’s security institutions and structures, British Army Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika told Pentagon reporters here today.

American and Turkish troops conduct a convoy during a joint patrol in Manbij, Syria, Nov. 8, 2018. Army photo by Spc. Zoe Garbarino

The mission is expected to be established by early next year, said Ghika, who declined to specify which NATO nations and the number of personnel would be involved.

Ghika, deputy commander of strategy and information for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, spoke during a video teleconference from Baghdad today.

The nature of the mission will be noncombat, he said. It will consist of advisors working closely with officials of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the Office of the National Security Advisor “to help Iraq build a more effective, sustainable, inclusive and transparent defense sector.”

The focus of those efforts will be on institutional education in the National Defense University, the Joint Forces Staff College, and some of the schools which are building military capability in areas such as engineering and infantry, he said. The advisors will focus on training the Iraqi instructors.

Ghika also provided an update on coalition efforts to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and provide aid to civilians impacted by the fighting.

Coalition Efforts in Syria

Last week provided for the safe delivery of critical humanitarian aid to the Rukban internally displaced person’s camp near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria, on the border with Jordan in the deconfliction zone, Ghika said.

Leading that effort were the Maghaweir al Thowra, a fighting force native to southern Syria and a partner of CJTF – OIR, the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, a humanitarian nonprofit organization. Maghaweir al Thowra was previously called the New Syrian Army.

Supplies delivered included 10,475 food parcels, clothes for 18,000 children, 10,000 hygiene kits, as well as newborn baby kits for about 1,200 children, he said.

Also, the U.N. conducted an emergency vaccination campaign to protect around 10,000 children against measles, polio and other potentially deadly diseases.

Currently, the coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces partners are fighting ISIS in the last physically held terrain in the Middle Euphrates River valley around the town of Hajin in eastern Syria, Ghika said.

“This is a hard fight. Indeed, we have witnessed some of the most intense fighting since ISIS was defeated in Raqqa, [Syria,] and Mosul, [Iraq]. The ultimate outcome is not in doubt. ISIS will be defeated in the Middle Euphrates River valley,” he said.

On Nov. 8, U.S. and Turkish forces conducted their second combined joint patrol in the vicinity of the town of Manbij, Syria, on the west bank of the Euphrates, about 19 miles from Turkey. “This is a critical part of the coalition’s efforts to prevent the resurgence of ISIS there and enable the voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced people,” Ghika said.

Coalition Efforts in Iraq

Iraqi security forces continue to target ISIS fighters who are attempting to regroup and regain a foothold in the small pockets of the Anbar Desert area of Iraq. Those efforts, called Operation Last Warning, are broadening to the entire country, he said.

Additionally, Iraqi forces are shoring up the border with Syria to prevent ISIS fighters from fleeing to Syria, reinforcing efforts of the SDF, he said.

In Saladin province in northern Iraq, the ISF and the Iraqi counterterrorism service, supported by the coalition, conducted multiple strikes on an ISIS senior leader meeting, killing a significant number of ISIS militants and key leaders, Ghika said.

Progress in Battling ISIS

“I’m struck by the immense progress that’s been made by Iraqi security forces and Syrian democratic forces partnering against the evil of ISIS,” said Ghika, noting that this is his second CJTF – OIR tour, the first as deputy commander of the coalition’s land component command in 2014 to 2015.

A recently published U.N. report on atrocities and mass graves in territories formerly controlled by ISIS documents 202 mass grave sites and the U.N. estimates these sites contain 6,000 to 12,000 bodies, he said.

“This is a stark reminder of why the coalition to counter ISIS was established and why nations across the globe have been willing to send their fighting men and women here,” Ghika said.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

Source: Central Bank is attacked by the "electronic armies" of banks affected by his policy

An official source at the Central Bank said that the campaign against the bank is behind the electronic armies of banks affected by the monetary and monetary policy followed by the Central Bank.

The source added that "the central bank has followed the policy of high-level to maintain the exchange rate of the Iraqi dinar and succeeded in that and there is a misguided campaign aimed at this policy by some of those affected by them."…7%D9%84%D8%AC/

Maliki’s coalition: We will not abide by the US sanctions on the beloved Iran!

The coalition of state law, led by Nuri al-Maliki, stressed on Wednesday that Iraq should not be part of the US "blockade" imposed on Iran.

The leader of the coalition, MP Adnan al-Asadi, in an interview with him today, that "the United States can not impose its will on other countries, and if it has a problem with Iran to deal with it," stressing "not accept the imposition of Washington’s will on Baghdad, Full sovereignty ".

"Iraq will deal with the US sanctions against Iran as it sees fit, and will preserve its economy and national sovereignty. It will not be part of the embargo imposed on Tehran," he said. "We are free to take any action without any foreign dictates."

On Sunday, November 11, 2018, President Barham Salih called on the United States to take into account the "privacy of Iraq" with regard to sanctions against Iran.

The second package of US sanctions on Iran came into effect about a week ago to target the energy sector in particular.

The decision came six months after Washington withdrew from the international agreement with Iran signed in 2015 and allowed America several days after the re-imposition of sanctions on the Iranian oil sector to Iraq to continue Import natural gas and power supply from Iran for 45 days.…7%D9%84%D8%A3/

Daraji: 17 billion dinars per month salaries and allocations 47 employees in the office of Abdul Mahdi within the budget of 2019 !!
The former deputy Rahim Darraji said on Wednesday that the expenses of the Prime Minister’s Office approved by the previous government in the budget of 2019 up to 17 billion dinars a month, calling on the new government to reconsider some paragraphs of the budget.

He said Daraji, a member of the Finance Committee "The budget for 2019 is the second largest budget since 2003, but unfortunately it is no different from the previous one because the budget is prepared in a way that fills the following gaps," he said.

"The budget of 2019 is composed of Of 79 fields, including those allocated by the Office of the Prime Minister Which employs 47 employees monthly salaries cost the Iraqi government 3 billion dinars, and the addition of office supplies will be a total of 14 billion and a half billion dinars, and may total up to 17 billion dinars per month.

"We do not know whether this is the office of prime minister or mine Went to deduct this amount. "…5%D8%AE%D8%B5/

Federal Court to postpone the decision on the case of the export of the Kurdistan region of oil

The Federal Supreme Court decided to postpone the appeal against the unconstitutionality of extracting the Kurdistan Region oil from its territory and export it directly to the ninth of next month.

"The Federal Supreme Court held its session under the chairmanship of Judge Medhat al-Mahmoud and the attendance of all the members of the judges, and considered the appeal against the unconstitutionality of extracting the Kurdistan region oil from its territory and export directly."

The court spokesman Ayas al-Samuk said in a statement received by Al-Nour News.

"The court has observed that the experts did not present a unified report on what they reached, but each presented a different opinion," Samok said.

He added that "the court postponed the hearing to the ninth of December to enable experts to complete their task together to submit a consolidated report 10 days before the date of the next meeting."…-%D8%AA%D8%B5/

Member of parliamentary finance: We will work to include a budget item that obliges the government to install contracts
The committee will work to find solutions to the comments on the draft federal budget law for the next fiscal year, while noting the committee’s intention to put a budget article binding the government to install contracts working in the state departments to the permanent owners.

Hamadoun said in an interview with Alsumaria News, "There are many observations that were raised on the budget next year, where we will work to find solutions, including the issue of grades through the development of a binding article to the government in the budget by installing contracts working in the state departments on the permanent owners to reduce the proportions Unemployment and the granting of this segment full wages,

"noting that" the total budget amount is 132 trillion dinars, up from the previous year 27 trillion dinars, and despite this, it has been devoid of any doors meet the aspirations of the citizen. "

"The Finance Committee in previous years was obliged to pass the budget, including observations as a result of the forestry situation and the war against Daqash, but today Iraq won and the citizen should see the development and construction and development of infrastructure

and reconstruction of liberated areas and development projects and rehabilitation of factories and factories and increase production and development of agriculture and industry ", Pointing out that" the deputies of the liberated provinces will not vote on the budget unless the fairness of their fans.

"The House of Representatives discussed in its session held Tuesday, November 12, 2018 Federal Budget for the fiscal year 2018 in the presence of Finance Minister Fouad Hussein.…1%D8%A7%D8%AC/

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. 

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