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Butterfly   SULAIMANI — The US dollar to Iraqi dinar exchange rates were up in the Kurdistan Region’s markets on Tuesday (May 10).   $100 was at 147,950 Iraqi dinars, 50 IQD higher than the previous day.

100 British pounds was at 181,000 Iraqi dinars, and 100 euros was at 156,500 IQD Iraqi dinars.

The price of Brent crude was at $104.6, down from $112.7 the previous day, and the price of WTI crude was at $101.8.9, down from $109.9.

butterfly   Al-Shammari to / NINA /: The current government has sold part of the gold reserves in northern Iraq

Tuesday 10 May 2022 12:35 Economic expert Abdul Hassan Al-Shammari said that the current government has sold part of the gold reserves in northern Iraq.

He told the National Iraqi News Agency ( NINA ) that the reason for Iraq’s decline in the country’s ranking of gold reserves came because of news that the current government has sold part of it.

Al-Shammari added that the current government sold 8 tons of gold reserves in the Central Bank in northern Iraq without knowing the reason for that.

The World Gold Council announced that Iraq had fallen one rank in the world’s largest reserves of the precious metal.

The council said in a statement a few days ago that “Iraq has fallen one rank to reach 40th globally out of the 100 countries listed in the table with the largest gold reserves.

He pointed out that Iraq has not yet provided any update on its gold holdings since October 2021, bringing its gold holdings to 96.4 tons, which represents 9.4% of the rest of its other reserves.

butterfly   The Council of Ministers holds its regular session headed by Al-Kazemi

Tuesday 10 May 2022 15:43 The Council of Ministers held its regular session today, headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi.

butterfly   2022-05-10 07:16   Shafaq News/ Following series of meetings between Kurdistan Democratic Party and their Shiite and Sunnies allies in Erbil in order to form a majority government, a high delegation from Iran-linked Coordination Framework (CF) who oppose the majority government project, are planning visit the Kurdistan Region’s capital in the coming days to speak to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). This is happening after alleged attempts to divide the Sunni component of their rival alliance seems to have fallen short.

Some seem to have hoped that backing a sheikh long known for being the source of many problems would lessen the strength of a young politician from the same province who currently holds the highest position a Sunni in the country can aspire to.

When the Islamic State (IS) started taking over swaths of Iraq in 2014, Sheikh Ali Hatem al-Suleiman of the large Dulaim tribe took refuge at his villa in this capital of the Kurdistan Region.

The former Anbar Awakening “hero” would in the successive years spend a significant amount of time here as well as abroad, sources told Al-Monitor last year, though he was said to travel to Baghdad on occasion.

Suleiman had been known as a fugitive after supporting protests and anti-government activities included an armed insurrection in 2014 that many see as a prime reason why IS was able to take over and wreak so much destruction on both his own province and the rest of the country.

In 2014, Reuters reported that Suleiman had “recounted plotting ambushes against Iraqi special forces, which he said killed more than 100.” It added that he had “described how Islamic State fighters and his Sunni rebels gradually came together” against the government of former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, with whom Suleiman had previously collaborated.

butterfly   Iraq fought a brutal war against IS that left thousands dead between 2014 and December 2017, when it officially declared victory within its borders against the international terrorist organization.

Cells continue to conduct attacks throughout the country, however, and sources claimed to Al-Monitor that IS attacks have killed over a dozen people in the past two weeks in Anbar, Iraq’s westernmost province, where the largest tribal confederation is Suleiman’s Dulaim.

Anbar is also the home province of Iraq’s parliament speaker, Mohamed al-Halbusi, the youngest ever person to hold this position. Halbusi is also from a much smaller tribe than Suleiman’s Dulaim.

The public images of the two men from the same province are starkly different. Halbusi is mostly seen in business suits and slicked-back hair, or in jeans and other “Western” clothing, and his wife does not wear a headscarf. Suleiman, however, is almost invariably seen in a traditional thobe and headdress.

Some see Halbusi’s support in Anbar as a sign of the weakening tribe-based power structures. Iraqi Sunnis have over the years claimed that Saddam Hussein, for all his faults, fostered a longing for a strong state, and that thus tribalism tended to be stronger among Iraq’s southern Shiite populations than its western Sunni ones.

It is, however, axiomatic that of the two major cities in eastern Anbar – Fallujah and Ramadi – the first is where religion holds sway, and the second is where tribes do.

Halbusi is originally from Garma (or al-Karma) near Fallujah, while Suleiman was born in Baghdad but for many years held sway over the vast Dulaim tribal networks centered in Ramadi.

Halbusi seems to have proven he had the experience to do the job since he took on the role in September 2018. In January he was re-elected to the position, while the country has been unable to decide on either a president or a prime minister over six months after the Oct. 10 vote.

butterfly   As Al-Monitor reported after those elections that Iraq’s Sunni community seems to have voted heavily for Halbusi’s party.

Iraq is believed to be about 60% Shiite Arab with significant Sunni Arab and Kurdish communities and other minorities.

Iran-linked parties have in recent weeks been struggling to divide a largely compact, diverse, and collaborative alliance called Save the Homeland that includes Halbusi’s Sunni alliance, the country’s largest Kurdish party (the Kurdistan Democratic Party, or KDP), and a movement under the popular Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Their apparent support for Suleiman’s much-publicized return to Baghdad is widely seen as part of these efforts.

However, this attempt seems unlikely to succeed.

In 2018, when he was governor of Anbar, shortly before being named parliament speaker, Halbusi had said that “there needs to be normality,” with arms under state control and “police on the ground and the army on the bases, not at the checkpoints.”

However, Suleiman wants more arms in the hands of local armed groups, similar to how he and his fellows in arms helped to defeat al-Qaeda in Anbar over a decade ago.

Iraqi militia power plays bring back outcast Sunni leader

Shafaq News/ Following series of meetings between Kurdistan Democratic Party and their Shiite and Sunnies allies in Erbil in order to form a majority government, a high delegation from Iran-linked Coordination Framework (CF) who oppose the majority government project, are planning visit the Kurdistan Region’s capital in the coming days to speak to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). This is happening after alleged attempts to divide the Sunni component of their rival alliance seems to have fallen short.

Some seem to have hoped that backing a sheikh long known for being the source of many problems would lessen the strength of a young politician from the same province who currently holds the highest position a Sunni in the country can aspire to.

butterfly   When the Islamic State (IS) started taking over swaths of Iraq in 2014, Sheikh Ali Hatem al-Suleiman of the large Dulaim tribe took refuge at his villa in this capital of the Kurdistan Region.

The former Anbar Awakening “hero” would in the successive years spend a significant amount of time here as well as abroad, sources told Al-Monitor last year, though he was said to travel to Baghdad on occasion.

Suleiman had been known as a fugitive after supporting protests and anti-government activities included an armed insurrection in 2014 that many see as a prime reason why IS was able to take over and wreak so much destruction on both his own province and the rest of the country.

In 2014, Reuters reported that Suleiman had “recounted plotting ambushes against Iraqi special forces, which he said killed more than 100.” It added that he had “described how Islamic State fighters and his Sunni rebels gradually came together” against the government of former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, with whom Suleiman had previously collaborated.

Iraq fought a brutal war against IS that left thousands dead between 2014 and December 2017, when it officially declared victory within its borders against the international terrorist organization.

Cells continue to conduct attacks throughout the country, however, and sources claimed to Al-Monitor that IS attacks have killed over a dozen people in the past two weeks in Anbar, Iraq’s westernmost province, where the largest tribal confederation is Suleiman’s Dulaim.

Anbar is also the home province of Iraq’s parliament speaker, Mohamed al-Halbusi, the youngest ever person to hold this position. Halbusi is also from a much smaller tribe than Suleiman’s Dulaim.

The public images of the two men from the same province are starkly different. Halbusi is mostly seen in business suits and slicked-back hair, or in jeans and other “Western” clothing, and his wife does not wear a headscarf. Suleiman, however, is almost invariably seen in a traditional

butterfly   thobe and headdress.

Some see Halbusi’s support in Anbar as a sign of the weakening tribe-based power structures. Iraqi Sunnis have over the years claimed that Saddam Hussein, for all his faults, fostered a longing for a strong state, and that thus tribalism tended to be stronger among Iraq’s southern Shiite populations than its western Sunni ones.

It is, however, axiomatic that of the two major cities in eastern Anbar – Fallujah and Ramadi – the first is where religion holds sway, and the second is where tribes do.

Halbusi is originally from Garma (or al-Karma) near Fallujah, while Suleiman was born in Baghdad but for many years held sway over the vast Dulaim tribal networks centered in Ramadi.

Halbusi seems to have proven he had the experience to do the job since he took on the role in September 2018. In January he was re-elected to the position, while the country has been unable to decide on either a president or a prime minister over six months after the Oct. 10 vote.

As Al-Monitor reported after those elections that Iraq’s Sunni community seems to have voted heavily for Halbusi’s party.

Iraq is believed to be about 60% Shiite Arab with significant Sunni Arab and Kurdish communities and other minorities.

Iran-linked parties have in recent weeks been struggling to divide a largely compact, diverse, and collaborative alliance called Save the Homeland that includes Halbusi’s Sunni alliance, the country’s largest Kurdish party (the Kurdistan Democratic Party, or KDP), and a movement under the popular Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Their apparent support for Suleiman’s much-publicized return to Baghdad is widely seen as part of these efforts.

However, this attempt seems unlikely to succeed.

butterfly   In 2018, when he was governor of Anbar, shortly before being named parliament speaker, Halbusi had said that “there needs to be normality,” with arms under state control and “police on the ground and the army on the bases, not at the checkpoints.”

However, Suleiman wants more arms in the hands of local armed groups, similar to how he and his fellows in arms helped to defeat al-Qaeda in Anbar over a decade ago.

This stance fits well with Iran-linked militias’ demands to allow their fighters to retain weapons and checkpoints.

In a 2007 interview with a US publication, Suleiman said that Shiite groups in the southern part of the country had asked for information on how to form “sahwa” groups on their own, and in a 2014 interview with the Kurdish media outlet Rudaw, Suleiman claimed that “armed tribes can easily push out ISIS (IS) but that Maliki must first leave office.”

This did not happen. Though Maliki stepped down as prime minister in August 2014, tribal fighters in Anbar were forced to receive help from both the US-led coalition and from Iran-backed armed groups accused of committing numerous abuses against them.

Thousands of men from Anbar are still missing years later, many presumed dead. And some land is also still held by Iran-linked armed groups “for security reasons.”

Sources in western Anbar among tribal fighters both from the Dulaim tribal confederation and others reacted angrily to the idea that Suleiman might return to holding anything similar to the leadership role among Sunnis in Anbar he once had.

“He’s the cause of the problems we’re still dealing with in Anbar,” one claimed in Erbil. “There is simply no way that will ever happen.”    (al-monitor)

butterfly  2022-05-10 02:59   Shafaq News/ On Tuesday, the U.S. dollar (USD) exchange rates against the Iraqi dinar (IQD) climbed in the markets of Baghdad.

Shafaq News Agency correspondent said that the Central al-Kifah and Al-Harthiya exchanges are trading the USD at 147950 IQD to 100.

Our correspondent said that the selling and buying rates of 100 USD in the local markets of the Iraqi capital rested at 148500 and 147500 IQD, respectively.

In the capital of the Kurdistan Region, Erbil, the selling and buying rates settled at 147900 and 147700 IQD to 100 USD.

butterfly  be back later

butterfly  Fourteen MPs to boycott the parliament session to protest the “political abuse” of Justice and Accountability law ………….. 2022-05-10 10:52

Shafaq News/ Fourteen lawmakers are contemplating a boycott of the parliament sessions in an act of protest against the “political abuse” of the “Justice and Accountability law”, MP Mohammad Abed Rabbu said on Tuesday.

“The Fourteen lawmakers might refrain from attending any session unless a proposal on the Justice and Accountability law is enlisted on the parliament’s agenda,” Abed Rabbu told Shafaq News Agency.

“The implementation of the law shall no longer be in the hands of the Justice and Accountability Commission to hinder its abuse for political purposes,” the lawmaker said, “such task shall be exclusive for the Iraqi judiciary.”

“The law was used to kick out certain figures from the electoral race even though they did not have a history with the Baath party. The abuse of the law extends to the nomination for high-profile positions and superior grades in the Iraqi state.”

“Twenty years have passed since ousting the former regime. Everything is clear now,” he concluded.

Dave   Justice and Accountability law…..have not heard about that in a long time..

Sheila   Executive Order 13303 of May 22, 2003 — as modified in scope and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13290 of March 20, 2003, Executive Order 13315 of August 28, 2003, Executive Order 13350 of July 29, 2004, Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004, Executive Order 13438 of July 17, 2007, and Executive Order 13668 of May 27, 2014 — is to continue in effect beyond May 22, 2022

sheila   Found that on another chatroom. Not my original posting.Justice and Accountability law…..have not heard about that in a long time………

Butterfly   2022-05-10 08:59   Shafaq News/ Basra’s heavy crude exported to Asia on Tuesday dropped by by 3.75%, equivalent to $3.89, settling at $99.87 a barrel.

The Saudi Arab light crude rested at $111.17 a barrel, while UAE’s Murban Mixture and the Algerian Saharan blend registered $111.02 and $108.93 a barrel, respectively. A barrel of Bonny light (Nigeria) reported $108.28, while Iran’s heavy blend registered $105.80.

Sheila   butterfly Have you watched the 2000 Mules documentary?

butterfly   No but reading the comments and they are comical. “Where is the proof” “they show no proof” “all words to distract from what they just posted about NO fraud” on and on and on

butterfly   I don’t have OAN on my lineup.

Sheila   butterfly I did watch the documentary. I am not discounting this.

butterfly   sheila I have no clue what it is about so I can’t make a comment on it. I just know that even more republicans are coming out and saying there was NO voter fraud, it wasn’t rigged, on and on. So my question is, if the 2020 election was “rigged” then every election before that was “rigged” bc everyone in the states have used the same system for decades. People also have forgotten that Ivanka had/bought the voting machines, so she “rigged” the machines against her father? Everyone of the states that he claims were rigged, have been counted many many times, even by people that are not even connected to the politics.

Butterfly   The US Energy Information Administration: US oil production will rise by 720,000 barrels per day in 2022    Tuesday 10 May 2022 21:33 ……………. The US government said in monthly forecasts today, Tuesday, that crude oil production in the United States is expected to rise by 720,000 barrels per day to 11.91 million barrels during the current year 2022.

According to the monthly report of the Energy Information Administration, US crude production is expected To rise by 940 thousand barrels per day to 12.85 million barrels per day in 2023.

It is expected that the total demand for petroleum products in the United States will increase by 730 thousand barrels per day to 20.51 million barrels per day in 2022.

 

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