OOTW: JUST NOTICING THAT MOST OF THE MASS RSS NEWS FEEDS BIG NEWS OF THE DAY IS – THE CHILCOT REPORT WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL MID 2016 –
I WONDER WHAT TONY BLAIR’S DONE TO ACCOMPLISH THAT …EEK
OOTW: THE CHILCOT REPORT MONITORS INFORMATION RE IRAQ AND THE WAR IN IRAQ
TxBrand: :wassat: well
TxBrand: something is changing…or they don’t expect anything new till mid 2016…or they are just sick of Iraq lol
chattels: Is Iraq’s Dawa Party on verge of division? Political rifts and partisan splits are nothing new to the Shiite Dawa Party, the dominant organization in Iraq’s governing coalition since 2005.
The differences within the party since Haider al-Abadi took office as prime minister in September 2014 are unprecedented, reflecting a national and regional conflict among Shiites. Read more: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/…
chattels: Prime Minister Abadi took office after a long political struggle. His predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki, insisted on a third term for himself, but part of the Dawa Party leadership, in addition to other political parties, opposed his candidacy.
Maliki had become a burden in the eyes of some Dawa members because most of the other political movements refused to back him, and the party would not be able to form a government without entering into a coalition with other movements. Read more: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/…
chattels: Unable to get rid of Maliki on their own, his Dawa opponents resorted to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to address the crisis surrounding the premiership, asking him to issue a decision to settle the dispute among the Shiite political class.
On June 25, 2014, Sistani responded, stating, “I believe a new consensual prime minister acceptable to all parties must be elected immediately — a prime minister who can deal with all the political components of the country to save it from the dangers of terrorism, sectarian war and division.” Read more: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/…
chattels: The Dawa Party is at the moment divided into two parts. Abadi’s bloc wants to preserve close relations with the United States, keep some distance between Baghdad and Tehran, avoid hostile relations with Saudi Arabia and bring about national reconciliation, including good relations with the Kurds and Sunnis.
Maliki’s bloc, however, has explicitly aligned itself with Iran, is hostile toward Saudi Arabia and the United States to the extent of suggesting Abadi approach Russia and is unwaveringly pro-Shiite, including backing for Shiite militias.
On Oct. 27, the Maliki bloc withdrew its support from Abadi following the prime minister’s apointment of Imad al-Khersan as secretary-general of the Cabinet on Oct. 20. Khersan is an Iraqi American who worked with the US occupation administrator Paul Bremer as an American official after 2003. Read more: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/…
] chattels: The animosity between Abadi and Maliki has become conspicuous. In March, Abadi accused Maliki of having been reckless with the blood of the Iraqi people, a reference to the heavy loss of life inflicted by the Islamic State and other extremists during Maliki’s tenure.
More recently, on Oct. 3, Abadi supposedly referred to Maliki as the “leader of necessity” who during elections squandered billions of dollars of Iraqi funds, dispensing the nation’s wealth in the hope of attracting votes. Iraqis had also used the same term to describe Hussein.
After several warnings from Maliki, Abadi’s office issued a clarification Oct. 7 stating that “commander of necessity” was a reference to Saddam, not Maliki. Maliki’s office preferred to interpret the statement as an apology rather than a clarification. Read more: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/…
chattels: Observers of Abadi’s first year in office have surely noticed the harmony and convergence of views and statement between Abadi and Sistani. Meanwhile, during the year that saw clashes between the top two Dawa Party leaders, Maliki and the Iranian leadership reached a rapprochement.
This portends a potentially significant Shiite rift, pitting the Dawa camp with ties to Sistani against the camp close to the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In light of this split, it is unlikely that the party can continue to operate as a single unit, as they no longer share the same coherent ideology and have different political behaviors.
In that case, the two camps might consider gradually settling matters by separating and forming two entities. Read more: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/…
Winter: Kuwait agrees to postpone the receipt of dues from Iraq until 2017
MichelleL: gee, nothing better than relieving pressure on good ole iraq… nice to see you too, OOTW 🙂 shame we’re not in the same room at the same time
chattels: Haider Al-Abadi Prime Minister and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Haider Abadi receives leaders in the crowd the popular Mr. Hadi al-Amiri and Deputy Chief of the popular crowd, Mr. Abu Mahdi Mohandes.
The delegation presented a report to Mr. Prime Minister, for the victories achieved in the breakers operations and the importance of sustaining momentum to defeat the terrorist Daash gangs [ face book ]
chattels: Deputy Prime Minister Almrhq Bahaa al-Araji said on Thursday, that the cries of some change Prime Minister represents an attempt to escape from reality.
A statement by his office received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of “save Iraq from the problems and crises that passes by is not only unify the ranks and faith in the spirit of teamwork and work to forget differences and overcome the mistakes of the past, noting that” this is by making the reforms into effect does not work or thinking about changing the Prime Minister.
chattels: Araji pointed out that “the difficult stage through which our country, require us to self-denial and take responsibility seriously and give priority to the public interest to own so that we can overcome the crises, in particular those relating to the liberalization of the areas under the influence of Daash terrorist gangs, and file financial crisis that could pose a threat real can not escape it, “.
chattels: expressed the Iraqi coalition forces for dissatisfaction with reforms, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, “adding that” considering the withdrawal of its authorization of Ebadi’s reforms. ”
chattels: It occurs to me that those complaining of the lack of reforms are the very people that object to the reform of reducing their inordinately high salaries. They are for reform if it affects only others. Typical politicians.
chattels: Let’s reform everyone but ourselves.
[08:43:10 PM] chattels: WASHINGTON DC – The Baghdad-based spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve on Wednesday praised efforts of Iraqi forces to prepare for the recapture of the ISIS-held city of Ramadi, but declined to say when Anbar province capital would fall.
“This is a tough fight. There’s a lot of obstacles. There’s a determined, dug-in enemy,” Colonel Steven Warren, told reporters via teleconference in the Pentagon Briefing Room from Baghdad. Warren said Iraqi security forces are consolidating approach routes and organizing operations “on all five axis of attack,”
adding that mines, bombs and vehicle-born explosives are the biggest obstacle for Iraqi forces. “I’m confident that Ramadi will be liberated, but I’m not going to predict a timeline,” Warren said. [08:43:26 PM] chattels: rudaw.net/english/world/2…