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Samson: America reveals its reasons: There is no intention to leave Iraq
6th December, 2019
US Assistant Secretary of Defense John Rudd declared, “There is no intention of American soldiers leaving Iraq.”
According to the military official, “The American presence there comes at the request of the Iraqi government and there is no intention to change this reality at present.
Rudd considered that the American forces are helping the Iraqi forces to develop their capabilities in addition to helping to confront ISIS,” he said. LINK
Samson: The US Treasury Secretary expects the economy to recover in the coming quarters
5th December, 2019
The US Treasury Secretary said that he expects a marked acceleration in the growth of the US economy in the coming seasons
“There is no doubt that Americans see the benefits of tax cuts,” Stephen Mnuchin added during his testimony before the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday
Mnuchin pointed out that the only American economy in the world that has shown continuous growth, expecting a recovery in growth in the rest of this year and next year
The US Treasury Secretary stressed that the slowdown in GDP growth compared to strong growth in the first quarter of this year, was a result of problems related to the “737” model in “Boeing”, as well as the strike of workers at “General Motors” in addition to slowing global growth
The US economy grew by 2.1 percent in the third quarter and 2 percent in the second quarter, after growing by 3.1 percent in the first quarter LINK
Samson: TV: US sanctions ahead of Iraqi officials
6th December, 2019
With the increase in violence against demonstrators in Iraq, especially in the southern provinces where dozens have fallen within one day, American sources indicated that Washington intends to impose sanctions on Iraqi officials, indicating that it will be announced within hours. According to Al Arabiya TV.
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that his country would use its legal powers to impose “sanctions on corrupt personalities that steal the wealth of Iraqis, and on those who kill and injure civilian protesters.”
The US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, David Schenker, has hinted at sanctions that Washington may soon impose against those responsible for what he described as “atrocities in Iraq”, denouncing the appalling and heinous use of force against demonstrators. LINK
Samson: US Delegate to the United Nations: We will have an emergency session on Iraq
5th December, 2019
On Friday, the US delegate to the United Nations, Kelly Kraft, considered that the Iraqi authorities cannot “use violence” against peaceful demonstrators in the country.
“We will have an emergency session on Iraq, and we will not accept any violations against the demonstrators,” Kraft said at a news conference, according to the “Al-Hadath” channel.
She noted that “the Iraqi authorities cannot use violence against peaceful demonstrators.”
In a related context, the American delegate refused to answer about imposing sanctions on some Iraqi officials. LINK
Don961: Including senior leaders in the Popular Mobilization .. US sanctions on four Iraqis for “violations of human rights”
Baghdad: Yassin Iraq
Today, Friday, the US Treasury imposed penalties on 4 personalities, including 3 in the PMF.
According to Arab media, the “US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on 4 Iraqi officials for violating human rights and corruption.”
She added that “3 of the four Iraqis covered by the sanctions are leaders of“ factions ”supported by Iran, and they are (Qais Khazali, Laith Khazali, Khamis Al-Issawi and Farhan Al-Khanjar). link
Don961: Dr.. The appearance of Mohammed Saleh *: The political economy of the Framework Agreement on Cooperation between Iraq and China
As part of the Belt and Road Initiative launched by the People’s Republic of China since 2013, Iraq entered for the first time with a series of memorandums of understanding and agreements signed by the Iraqi and Chinese governments in Beijing on September 23, 2019, representing a new economic phase in the reconstruction of Iraq’s infrastructure in a program that can be called oil for reconstruction.
Iraq is one of the most important sources of supply of crude oil to the People’s Republic of China and the export of between 750 thousand barrels to 1 million barrels per day, and the trade balance between the two countries at least $ 30 billion annually due to the momentum of commodity imports from China.
China’s desire to develop economic relations with Iraq comes from the framework of its global program called the Belt and Road Initiative referred to above and inspired by the idea of the ancient Silk Road, which paves the way for enhancing communication, investment, trade and capital flows between China, Asia, Africa and Europe.
The “Belt” consists of projects linking China to Europe via Asia and the Middle East by road, while “Road” refers to projects linked to sea routes linking China with Africa and the Middle East through Southeast Asia, South Asia and the signatories of the initiative with all Beijing.
The international community, which is linked to the Belt and Road Initiative, now accounts for about 66 percent of the world’s population and nearly a third of global GDP.
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Don961: Sistani distance himself from the formation of the Iraqi government
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BAGHDAD – Ali al-Sistani, the supreme Shiite religious authority in Iraq, on Friday distanced himself from the process of choosing a new prime minister in Iraq, as political consultations intensified under the auspices of Tehran, which the street accuses of being the godmother of the existing regime accused of corruption and cronyism.
He said that the new prime minister should be chosen without external interference, in a country that witnesses protests denouncing Iranian power and influence, after Adel Abdul-Mahdi resigned last week under street pressure and the Marjaiya’s call to parliament to withdraw confidence from the government.
Al-Sistani said in his Friday sermon, which was read by his representative, Sheikh Abdul Mahdi Al-Karbalai, “We hope that the head of the new government and its members will be chosen within the constitutional period and according to what citizens are looking for, away from any external interference.”
Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi submitted his resignation to Parliament last week, under street pressure and the Marjaiya’s call to parliament to withdraw confidence from the government.
Al-Karbalai added, “The head of the new government must be chosen within constitutional frameworks, and that the popular movement, if its scope widens, will be an effective way to pressure those in power to carry out real reforms.”
The reference has long been seen as having the last word in choosing a prime minister, similar to what happened when Abdul Mahdi was named at the end of 2018, after obtaining a green light from Sistani to succeed Haider al-Abadi.
Thus, part of the street holds the authority responsible for that choice and how things have turned out.
Therefore, the reference confirmed Friday that it is “not a party to any hadith in this regard and has no role in it in any way.”
After it was limited to calling for job opportunities and public services, the demands of the protesters still controlling the demonstration areas escalated, to include reforming the entire political system.
The change of the political class accused of corruption and the evaporation of the equivalent of twice the GDP of Iraq, which is among the richest countries in the world in oil, has become a basic demand for the protesters who repeat in all cities their refusal to keep the “corrupt” and the current “all politicians”.
Consultations are intensifying in Baghdad in search of an alternative from Abdul-Mahdi, in light of the efforts being fought by the Tehran-Beirut alliance to persuade the Shiite and Sunni political forces to walk with one of the candidates amid continuing violence in the south of the country, according to a political source.
The source close to the decision-making circles in the Iraqi capital said that the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani, was in Baghdad to push for the nomination of a figure to succeed Abdul Mahdi.
The same source indicated that “the official of the Iraq file in the Lebanese Hezbollah, Sheikh Muhammad Kawtharani, also plays a big role in the matter of persuading the Shiite and Sunni political forces in this direction.”
Even before parliament announced on Sunday its formal approval of the resignation of Abdul-Mahdi and his government, political parties began meetings and “continuous meetings” to discuss the next stage.
Tehran has devoted the hypothesis of “the difficulty of finding the alternative” in the Iraqi political scene, to preserving Abdul-Mahdi, who gave her the dreams that she could dream of exercising her hobby of quarrelsome Americans.
But the street pressure and fears expressed by the Shiite Supreme Leader Ali al-Sistani that the government crackdown on the demonstrations would “lead to the demise of the Shiite rule in Iraq”, led Abdul Mahdi to submit his resignation without consulting the Iranians, according to several sources.
Abdul-Mahdi repeatedly waved that he was “carrying his resignation in his pocket,” referring to his asceticism as prime minister, but he was intransigent in the face of protesters who demanded to leave and issued orders that led to the killing, wounding and arrest of thousands of them.
The sources say that Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation spread turmoil in Iraqi political circles, who feared that the fallout stage had already begun, which necessitated Soleimani’s presence quickly to remedy the situation.
The Iranian plan to confront the Iraqi demonstrations aimed at protecting the political regime loyal to Tehran consists of two parts, the first relates to the practice of deadly repression and the second relates to long self-reliance, without entering the tunnel of government resignations, which does not end without the departure of the entire political class.
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