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Transcript of Interview with Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, 18 SEPT

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Walkingstick:  Transcript of Interview With Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

September 16, 2017 8:10   BAGHDAD —

A transcript of an interview Saturday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi by The Associated Press.

AP: Thank you mister prime minister for having The Associated Press here in Baghdad.
Al-Abadi: Welcome.

AP: I'm going to start off by asking you about the referendum that is upcoming in the Kurdish region in Iraq. It appears the referendum is going to go ahead as planned on Sept. 25 and if it is held, I'm interested in what your response will be.

Al-Abadi: Well our position is that it is unconstitutional, it is illegal, there is nothing that will be taken seriously out of it. It's like taking public opinion but for us it is illegal, it clearly contradicts the constitution. And especially when it's done with a vision that there is a problem within the region itself, the Kurdish region.
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The parliament hasn't been held for 22 months, so there is a constitutional, legal crisis inside the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) and this is a very, very bad move for the Kurdish population, the Iraqi Kurdish population.

AP: But how will you respond to the vote?

Al-Abadi: We are resorting to all legal process we have at our disposal. I think we are submitting to the federal court about the legality, the parliament has ruled this as illegal. The government has ruled this as illegal and unconstitutional and we are within one Iraq. This constitution has been voted on by all Iraqi people including our Kurdish Iraqi population so I think to challenge the constitution in this manner will come to nothing. If you challenge the constitution and if you challenge the borders of Iraq and the borders of the region, then there will not be ... this is a public invitation to the countries in the region to violate Iraqi borders as well would be a very dangerous escalation.

AP: Is the use of force on the table?

Al-Abadi: It will only come into effect and we will only resort to this to protect our population, to protect our Kurdish population and our Arab and Turkmen and other ethnic populations of our own country. If they are threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily.

AP: Negotiations?

Al-Abadi: I will never close the door to negotiations. Negotiations are always possible. It will make it harder and more difficult. Because there are a lot of outstanding issues, there are disputed areas, there is the oil, there are the borders, there are the ports and other issues which have not been solved for years. This will be very difficult. We were together in one country and it was tough even then to resolve it. Now if you were to separate (regions), I think to resolve it will be much harder.

AP: Would you ever accept an independent Kurdistan?

Al-Abadi: It's not up to me, there is a constitution. This is not my opinion. I don't have legal authority to accept this referendum. It is a constitutional matter. If they want to go down that road, they should work toward amending the constitution. There are certain ways and very clear (work) toward amending the constitution if they want to go that way. In that case we have to go all the way through parliament and a referendum for all Iraqi people. This is a right for all Iraqi people. This is not a right for the Arabs or the Kurds only. For them to call for only the Kurds to vote in the other areas, including Baghdad, I think this is a hostile move toward the whole Iraqi population.

AP: One of the Kurdish arguments for holding the referendum (that would enable them to declare independence) is that minority groups want to be in a Kurdistan, not in an Iraq. What do you think about this argument and do minority groups like Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen, do they have a future in an Iraqi state?

Al-Abadi: Well I think they have. It depends where they are. There is much more freedom in the rest of Iraq than in the KRG, I don't think you can speak freely in the KRG without being detained, without being kicked out, not allowed to stay. But I think you have to listen to minorities outside the KRG, what they are saying. They want to stay within one Iraq, in Iraq, they don't want to be separated. Yes they want security and they want stability, but the way the KRG is going about it, this is not stability, this is against stability.

AP: In the aftermath of the military victories against the Islamic State group, thousands of men, women and children have been arrested, many of them non-Iraqi, foreign nationals. What is Iraq doing, is Iraq negotiating with their home countries in order to repatriate some?
Al-Abadi: Let me just correct this: they have not been arrested. They have been placed in refugee camps. But the problem is some of these women, some are wives of terrorists, and some have been accused of being terrorists by having explosive vests on them and things like that. So to protect the rest of the refugees, they have been separated from the rest of the refugees.
They are not under arrest at the moment. Of course, children can never be terrorists. So they are investigating at the moment to get information as to what happened, and who they are. Now that we have the number of these families we are in full communication with the countries they belong to (in order) to try and find a way to hand over to them. If they have committed a crime, inside Iraq, I think the adult ones will be judged according to the Iraq law. If we don't have evidence against them then there presence inside Iraq is illegal. So I think this is a matter we have to sort out with the host countries for these citizens.

AP: How many people have been repatriated? How many people have been sent home?

Al-Abadi: I don't have the number at the moment. I think there are small numbers of these families who we have nothing against. There are children. Countries are claiming their custody and it is clear to us, yes, they belong to that country so we don't have a problem handing them over. The number is small...

AP: Fewer than a hundred?

Al-Abadi: Yes, yes, but we are working very hard to accelerate this. It is not in our interest to keep families and children inside our country when their countries are prepared to take them.

AP: I want to ask you about a specific case. Four German women were arrested including a teenager and I'm wondering if there are any updates on their status and situation?

Al-Abadi: Now they are in the hands of the Iraqi judiciary and they are awaiting the opinion of the judiciary and their judgment. I think there's the female teenager, but I'm not sure about the age. It's a question of acting according to the law. But we don't have a problem with children and teenagers, it depends what they have been doing. You know teenagers under certain laws, they are accountable for their actions especially if the act is a criminal activity, killing innocent people.

AP: Could she face the death penalty?

Al-Abadi: I cannot comment on that. This is up to the judiciary.

AP: During the Mosul operation you called on Iraqi refugees in Europe, I think it was specifically Germany but in Europe in general, to return as the city would soon be liberated. But has Iraq taken any steps to facilitate the return of refugees from Europe or to help with their reintegration?

Al-Abadi: Yes, indeed. I think we've entered into very lengthy negotiations with European countries to try to facilitate that. Some of these people they have sold all their belongings. So it is very hard for them to re-establish themselves back in Iraq. So they need some help. I'm not talking about giving away money and donations. I'm talking about establishing some economic forum for them here or an institution. A financial institution to give them very easy loans for a very long period of time for them to establish business here and for them to stay here and rebuild their lives. We are talking about this in detail and some of these steps are very successful at the moment. Some countries have taken such steps. I think it is a reward for them, a reward for Iraq and a reward for the refugees as well.

AP: So it sounds like you are encouraging people to come back to Iraq.

Al-Abadi: Well, yes of course. These are Iraqi people. We don't want to lose our citizens. I'm not going to support forced repatriation into Iraq but I think a lot of Iraqis found it very tough to be in Europe as refugees. They have been promised paradise there, but well, at the end of the day they have seen it. It's not paradise.

AP: I wanted to ask about the foreign nationals who have been caught up in the IS fight. What's the fate of the 39 Indians who were captured in Mosul?

Al-Abadi: They are still under investigation at the moment. I cannot comment any further.

AP: During the Mosul operation there were points where the operation itself was marked by a number of allegations of abuse of civilians by Iraqi security forces. The most well-known of the allegations was against the rapid response division. Has anyone been held accountable for these allegations?

Al-Abadi: Yes, indeed. I have asked for a full investigation and received a report of that investigation. There are some individuals who have been held accountable. However, having said that, not all the information is correct. I think some of it was manipulated but it is very clear in our opinion, even from this media report, this is not a systematic violation. This is violation by individuals inside the security forces and they are held accountable. At the moment we are listening to all reports, to all claims. There is no indication that this is a systematic abuse of human rights or human rights violations.

AP: But, what is the rank of the people being held accountable? My impression is that it is the lower-ranking soldiers, not high-ranking officers, who are bearing the brunt of accountability for these abuses.

Al-Abadi: Well I think both are being held accountable. I think probably the higher ranks for negligence. It is their duty to observe their soldiers and follow up on them. If there is proof that they issued orders or had known and did nothing about it then they are accomplices to these violations. It depends on the military. You have military courts which will rule according to the evidence that is presented to them.

AP: Another Mosul question. Do we know how many civilians lost their lives in the course of the operation to retake the city?

Al-Abadi: Yes we have a number from the hospitals and the ministry. I have three sources: the military, the civil defense, and the ministry of health. The lowest number we have is 970. The highest number we have 1,260.
AP: When you hear those numbers, how does that make you feel? Do you feel that will detract at all from the success of the military operation?

Al-Abadi: One single civilian who lost his life is too much for us. The aim of this operation is to liberate the people from the atrocities of Daesh (Arabic acronym for Islamic State group). But we have to keep in mind that every day when Daesh was ruling there were many civilians who lost their lives. There are many civilians who have been displaced. There were many women sold, mistreated or raped. There are many children who have been mistreated. So at the end of the day, we are facing a terrorist criminal organization. There was nothing in their way. There is no crime they could've committed that they didn't commit during that time.

It is very tough for us. When you are fighting inside the city there is a population, and this organization is holding the population hostage. We tried our utmost to protect the civilians. That's why our security forces paid a very high price. The number of causalities among our security forces was almost more than double the number of causalities among civilians. This is very high in any army. I've spoken to many military commanders in Europe and the U.S. and they say this is never heard of, that the number of military causalities is higher than the number of civilian causalities.

AP: We just had a very deadly bombing in southern Iraq. With the high numbers of military casualties in the IS fight, does the Iraqi security forces' ability to keep the country safe concern you now that IS is expected to increasingly turn to insurgency-style attacks?

Al-Abadi: We are trying to limit them. I know they are trying very hard to commit atrocities in terms of terrorist attacks against civilians in particular. It is very worrying. It is very worrying for us even if they hit military people, but at the moment, of course, the terrorist attacks, Daesh is attacking civilians rather than attacking the military. They couldn't face our military. But our intelligence has increased. If you look at the past few years, Daesh was trying to concentrate terrorist attacks on Baghdad itself because Baghdad is the capital, highly populated, but they have failed in the last year or so in carrying out any major terrorist attack in Baghdad because of our increased security and intelligence. They are trying to find any opening somewhere to commit these atrocities.

(Referring to yesterday's Nasiriyeh attack, where more than 80 people were killed:) This is a high road, this is a restaurant on a high road which is open to many governorates and apparently they crept in from somewhere on the highway. There numbers weren't great, we have an estimate of between 6 and 8 terrorists attackers who did this. It is just an attack on civilians by machine guns, by car bombs and it happens in Europe, it happens everywhere if terrorists want to resort to this. So if you look carefully, this is now a very narrow outlet for the terrorists. For them to go to that length for such an operation _ we are closing in on them at the moment.

If you've noticed, today we started a major military operation in the west of Anbar. We are trying to close the entire border with Syria. We moved to Akashat within a few hours. In the morning our security forces moved about 60-to-70 kilometers, which is very large area to cover in such a short time. We're trying to close all the roads possible for these terrorist cells to move from Syria into Iraq and to commit such terrorist attacks. It's a challenge, not only for Iraq, but for the world. If you look at last year, the number of terrorist attacks by Daesh outside Iraq is much more than the terrorist attacks inside Iraq.

AP: As the threat of IS threats moves outside Iraq, and as the ``caliphate'' is destroyed in its territorial form, are you opening up new ways of sharing intelligence with your counterparts in Europe and other parts of the West in order to help them combat this threat?

Al-Abadi: This is a must. Our policy is to crush this terrorist organization. This is our priority. Not only in Iraq, in the rest of the world as well. So they can't commit heinous crimes somewhere else. If they are allowed they can come back to the area. We want to crush them. That's why we're helping to arrange to crush them inside Syria and to make sure they never come back. This needs a concerted world effort to do this _ all the intelligence (agencies) of the countries that are fighting Daesh and all their capabilities. We must be focused on eliminating Daesh.

This is one of the reasons why this referendum in KRG is against the law. I don't know what happened to the Kurdish leadership to be honest with you, to think they are safe, to think we have crushed Daesh. This is very unacceptable. Daesh is still there in western Kirkuk and they are talking about independence from whom? They will be subject to terrorist attacks. They are weakening all the positions of our forces and other forces that are fighting Daesh. It is very important to stay focused on eliminating this terrorist organization. It is very naïve to think that ``Yes we defeated (them) and they will literally disappear.'' No, this is an ideological terrorist organization. They are going to keep on at it. Our aim is to decrease drastically the number of recruitments to this terrorist organization and to try and deprive it of funds so it will die. I can promise you this organization will die as long as we are focused and we continue with the same results.

AP: Last night you spoke to your Turkish counterpart. I was wondering if you discussed the future of Bashiqa camp. That was something that a year ago had Iraq-Turkish relations at a low point.

Al-Abadi: Yes, I think our (Turkish) counterparts have promised they will solve this very quickly. If you remember, we disagreed on one issue. We agreed that they should pull out, we disagreed (on) when we wanted them to at that time. They said ``We'll pull out when Daesh is defeated.'' We are telling them ``Ok, now that in Nineveh Daesh is defeated you met your requirement and you met our requirements.'' So I think they promised they will evacuate very soon.

But the escalation in KRG is not helping, to be honest with you. This is an escalation. The Turks are very angry about it because they have a large Kurdish population inside Turkey and they feel that their national security is threatened because it is a huge problem for them. And of course the Iranians are on the same line and that's why we are talking to our Kurdish friends in the KRG, the Iraqi Kurds, (telling them) that this is not the time, it is very dangerous. It opens the gate for regional intervention in the KRG. Not in the rest of Iraq, but in the KRG. The KRG is losing the advantages they've achieved over the last years very quickly. The whole thing may disappear.

AP: We've heard that many Turkish citizens who had joined IS were captured or killed during the Mosul operation. Is that something you know about?
Al-Abadi: I'm not sure about that. But I know that about half of the families who are now in refugee camps are families of Daesh fighters of Turkish origin.

AP: So that would be around 500 or so people?

Al-Abadi: 500 or something.
AP: Iraqi elections are coming up and Nouri al-Maliki, your predecessor, is still your toughest political opponent. But as part of the same political party, how do you plan to run for next year's elections?

Al-Abadi: I still haven't fielded any plan for elections next year. I'm still quiet about it because I'm preoccupied with liberating our territory because this year we want to finalize this, to kick out all Daesh from Iraq to secure our border -- this is my priority. My priority is not for me to run in an election. My priority is to achieve this and to make sure that elections are held on time. This is of paramount importance to us I will make sure this happens on time. And that our territory has been liberated from Daesh so all Iraqi citizens can take part in the election.
AP: Would there be a possibility of you splitting from your party in order to run for re-election?

Al-Abadi: It depends who's splitting with what. But my direction is this: I hope, and we are working very hard for this, to depart for Iraq and Iraqi politicians, to depart from blocks which belong to ethnic, or sectarian or religious groups. To reform the whole country we have to run national political blocks which represent the interests of all the Iraqi people. I can see this is the larger demand of the Iraqi citizens. I hope the politicians can meet that demand. That is my goal, this is my aspiration: to see political parties that cut across the board.

AP: Looking back on your first term in office, your successes have been on the battlefield against IS. But when you first got to office, you promised wide, sweeping reforms but have delivered very little on that front. How do you expect to convince the Iraqi people that you have what it takes as a political leader to lead them to a post-IS Iraq?

Al-Abadi: I think we've achieved some of that, which is crucial. I promised that we would fight corruption, but fighting corruption we need certain steps, consultative steps so that you are able to follow up on it. And we have managed now I think by cracking down on corrupt people. At the moment you have seen many are in prisons now. I think the force of the law is now seen by the people and we intend to carry on with this. I don't want the corruption issue to be used against political parties or political opponents.

This has happened in the past. We want to move away from this and allow the courts and investigators to look at it very carefully. To fight corruption you need a very detailed investigation. Corrupt people sometimes are smart, some of them are dull, but some of them are very smart. They can hide their corruption tactics. So we have to be very careful in investigating it to the full. It will take time, and it is showing results at the moment.

For the economic performance, we have instituted a lot of economic reforms. The point is, it is not being felt by the people. We had a financial crisis with the collapse of oil prices. But we have been managing it to prevent this financial crisis impacting people directly. So I consider this economic policy a success and a monetary success, and we have been working very hard on it. It is probably not seen directly by many people but I think it's seen by many public figures who are acquainted with the economic and financial crises and they can see there's progress. Iraq's sovereign status has been improved quite noticeably.

I remember two years ago we asked for government bonds to be sold on the open market. I think the minimum we got in terms of interest rate was about 11.5 percent. This second time we've done it the interest rate dropped to 6.75 percent, which I think is a huge drop for the government of Iraq working without the support of the financial institutions. The demand we have received is about seven times the amount of the bonds we have requested. This shows an interest and trust in the Iraqi economy. One of the reasons there is this trust is because we have introduced a lot reforms in our economy and in our financial policy.

AP: Two of your most important allies are increasingly opposed to one another: the United States and Iran. Would you say that you have to balance between the interests of the United States and those of Iran as you govern?

Al-Abadi: Well, no. They've always been foes since 2003. The point is that every country has their own interests but there are common interests for all of them: for the United States, for Iran, for Iraq. I'm working on the common interest, I'm not trying to please Iran, and I'm not trying to please the US to be honest with you. But in what we are working on, there is a common interest for everyone. I'm working on this common interest. My job is not to look beyond this. There is a lot of disagreement between the two countries regarding their relationship, bilateral relationship, regarding their policies in the region. I'm not going to go into all their businesses too much. This is not the role of Iraq or the Iraqi government. This is between the two countries themselves. The job is to work for Iraq and there is a huge interest for the United States for a stable Iraq and there is a huge interest for Iran in a stable Iraq. We are working on this common interest, the Iraqi interests, to resolve the issues and we have been so successful so far.

AP: Do their differences make your job harder?

Al-Abadi: Yes. They do. I think at one time I issued a warning: that I don't want to be in a position where I have to micromanage their differences inside Iraq.

AP: Like the mediator.

Al-Abadi: Well, we don't want to do that. The U.S. is a superpower, Iran is regional power and they know their interests very well and they know that Iraq is important for both of them. And we are working alongside that.

AP: Talking about the (current) military operation in western Anbar, how you evaluate it and how long it will take?

Al-Abadi: We announced the operation today at 6:00 a.m. and at about 11:00 a.m. we liberated the highway that leads to Akashat, about 60-to-70 kilometers. This is proof that our forces are capable of moving as we did in Tal Afar, with new plans. That is also proof that we cut off the enemy's head in Nineveh when we liberated it. We didn't allow their leaders, their terrorists, to flee and a large number of terrorists were killed. Daesh has lost its ability to fight. I can tell you what they will do: they will carry out cowardly acts against civilians like the cowardly attack in Thi Qar because they don't have the ability to fight us in the battlefield. We have high intelligence capabilities and we chase them and we have plans. I tell the families of the wounded from Basra, Thi Qar, Muthana and other provinces as well as the victims from Islamic Republic of Iran that we will take revenge from Daesh for this cowardly attack.

AP: Can we say that your government will liberate all the areas under Daesh control this year?

Al-Abadi: This is our ambition and we can achieve that inshallah (God willing). After the Tal Afar operation and the current one, we are able to liberate all our lands this year. Of course our main concern is to secure the Iraqi-Syrian borders. To secure the borders we need to cooperate with the Syrian government, so we asked that the other side of the border be under the control of the government army. We are cooperating with the Syrian government to secure the borders from their side and, God willing, we will open the borders in the near future so that travelers and goods can move.


AP: Going back to the Kurdish referendum, are there any efforts to ask Kurdish leaders to reverse this decision, and in what direction are things heading?

Al-Abadi: A sincere and brotherly call to the leaders in Kurdistan: the decision of referendum is a dangerous one. I consider it playing with fire. This decision poses the biggest danger to our citizens in Kurdistan. All the gains that the Iraqi Kurds have achieved, which none of the Kurds in neighboring countries achieved, are at risk because when you don't recognize the Iraqi constitution, borders and law and at the same time you ask other countries to recognize you, that's a contradiction. You will open the door wide to other countries to disrespect the Iraqi borders and constitution because you don't respect them.

You are encouraging others to intervene in Iraqi internal affairs and this is dangerous. The Kurds and Iraq have suffered from foreign intervention in Iraqi affairs. When these countries intervene the crises inside the region will increase. There is now a real legal and constitutional crisis inside the region over the parliament, which didn't convene for 22 months and met only for the sake of one issue, and the government. There is a problem in the region that we have to solve, there is a problem in the relation between the region and the federal government that we have to solve in a brotherly atmosphere and not a separatist one, which will lead you into a new conflict alongside the previous one and it will make it hard to be solved. We are ready and open the doors of dialogue for everything according to the constitution and Iraq's unity, and that's what we told them. We have a constitution that we have to be committed to, and to Iraq's unity. The Iraqi constitution is clear in two articles, one says that Iraq is united and the second one prevents any legislation or acts that impact its unity even from the regional side.

So the constitution is very clear and if they want to change the constitution then they have to take the procedures to amend it. These procedures start from discussing them first at parliament and then hold a referendum for all Iraqis. We are partners in one country. Four example, some in Tal Afar asked to be annexed to the federal government directly rather than Ninevah. I'm sure if we hold a referendum in Tal Afar maybe you will see 100 percent agree with the proposal, but is that referendum legitimate? I'm sure other towns want to do the same. Such referendums are not proper.

Even if all citizens vote in favor that doesn't mean they're legitimate. We can put a lot of issues to a referendum and ask people what they want, but your approach is not legitimate, your inquiry to the people is not legitimate. It is not your right to pose such a question, but it is the right of the whole country to pose this question. Yes, we can hold the referendum, but is not you who sets the mechanism. It is a case of a country in which we are all partners so we all have a say in it. I respect the people's ambitions, but the ambition is something and to implement it on the ground regardless of your partners' opinion and interests is something else. It is clear that you want impose (it) by using force, now you want to hold (the referendum) in disputed areas by using weapons and to prevent others by using weapons for it to became a fait accompli. Saddam, a tyrant, tried to impose a fait accompli on Iraqis, did he succeed? No.

He tried to eliminate the Kurds, did he succeed? No. He tried to eliminate his rivals and opponents -- by executions and deportation -- but he didn't succeed. Imposing it will succeed only for a short period of time, but it will lead to grave consequences and the gravest consequences will be faced by the Kurds. I address the Kurds: this is against your interests. I called on the Kurdish leaders, most of them agree with me, that this is a catastrophe for Kurds, but they say we can't talk in public about it. I told them that the real leader is he who tells his citizens the truth even it is painful.

AP: What will be the government stance on September 26?

Al-Abadi: We respect the will of our citizens whether they are Kurds or Arabs or Turkmen, but will not allow an illegal and unconstitutional procedure done under the threat of weapons to yield results. They did it in 2005 and what happened? Nothing. So, I believe, we should take the negotiations path. This referendum will not lead to anything on the ground.

AP: You are heading to the United States, what are the main issues you will discuss with the U.S. president?

Al-Abadi: The visit is to New York to take part in the United Nations' general assembly. It is an opportunity to meet, during two or three days, with maybe 30 of the world leaders and this is important to us. Iraq needs many things, first we have the stability efforts in the liberated areas, we have a real economic and fiscal problem. We need support not only for the liberated areas but for all of Iraq. We had a lot of martyrs and wounded people. All provinces took part in the fight so the development in Iraq needs support. So all that needs international support. We need the whole world to continue focusing on this. Iraq is a good example for others. We have eliminated terrorism and liberated our lands, so we want to tell the region and the whole world that the situation will be better after the terrorism. So one of the reasons to go to New York is to keep the focus on the Iraq. Thanks to God we have succeeded in that now as many of the leaders visited Iraq and there is even a consensus regarding the referendum in the region. They are against the referendum and with the unity and sovereignty of Iraq.

I also informed the leaders in Kurdistan that this success is for all us and that we all benefit when the country is strong and we all lose when the government if weak. If we disagree, the world will not help us, but if we cooperate all will help us and you saw how all the world helped us during the (IS) fight. If we disagreed at that time the world wouldn't have helped us. The second of aim of going to New York is that we are entering a new phase. We are moving toward reconstruction. We are considering a number of reforms in the country as well as continuing the fight against terrorism, the terrorism not only in Iraq but in the whole region.

There is a draft law under discussion for about six months with the members of the security council not only to criminalize Daesh but to chase them down everywhere. We want to establish something within the judicial sovereignty in Iraq in cooperation with an international team. We have a lot of evidence against Daesh members: how they entered (Iraq) and from where, their nationalities and their finances, so we need an international investigation based on a Security Council resolution to chase them down. This is a major event that happened to Iraq in which we lost a lot of our citizens, millions of displaced people, devastated infrastructure, it is a catastrophe for us that we can't overcome easily. So, we are seeking such a resolution from the Security Council and God willing it will be submitted in this period.

Yesterday, I received the last amendments we asked for and the path is open to submit such legislation to the Security Council. The terrorist attack in Thi Qar is a cowardly one; same as the others in Paris, London, Germany, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Saudi Arabia, in all places terrorism carries out such cowardly acts to kill civilians in order to create conflict. In that area (Thi Qar) there are Shiites and Sunnis, so it wants to give the impression that Sunnis were behind this terrorist act so that there will be a conflict inside Iraq, but they will not succeed. Today our heroic operation in western Anbar in Akashat is a response to this terrorist act and we will chase them down and kill them, God willing.

AP: Some politicians suspect that there is no time to hold the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Al-Abadi: In reality, all the provinces in Iraq will be ready to hold the upcoming elections in time. I'm committed to holding the elections according to the constitution in time, and I say: We will hold the elections in time. The only problem is in the parliament now which is related to the (electoral) commission, to have a new commission, so we have to find a solution for that. I don't want to enter into political wrangling over the commission and I'm afraid that some want such wrangling in order not to have a new commission and there will be no elections.

Some state in public that there is a conspiracy, while they may be part of that conspiracy to delay the elections for known reasons. To be honest, many of the politicians do not want the elections to be held in time because they fear losing. To those I say: Brother politicians, adapt to what the people want. Our citizens want change so let's make that change. Our citizens do not want sectarianism and ethnic tension. Some are still relying on sectarianism to win votes which is unacceptable. Based on the constitution, it is not allowed to delay the elections and I'm committed to hold the elections in time. They will be held in time, God willing.

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MNT GOAT UPDATE, 18 SEPT

September 18, 2017 Mnt Goat News Brief
Hi Everyone,


I bring you much news today.


So first of all, I want to tell everyone right up front there is NOT going to be a reinstatement or revaluation of the Iraqi dinar this week. There is no indication of this happening. There is no “secret” intel either…lol….lol…. So please don’t get all hyped up from all this foolishness you are being told by these so called “intel gurus”. Please don’t come back to me and tell me “no one knows”. Do you see how brain washed they have you? I know and I can tell you THERE IS NO RV THIS WEEK!


Remember this – “Rumors are like fires. No one wants to admit who started them, but when the damage is realized, they deny any involvement but they had fun watching it destroy people’s lives”.


Today’s news is mostly about the Kuristan referendum with only a week remaining until September 25th deadline, the day of the proposed vote. We are also going to talk a lot about the news that the CBI brings us recently and all of their efforts to help finance the GOI.


Khandan - The United Nations has submitted a proposal to Massoud Barzani to dissolve the referendum on September 25 in return for helping reach an agreement between Baghdad and Erbil in a maximum of three years, the AFP news agency reported Saturday.


According to the document presented by the UN envoy to Iraq, Jan Kubic Thursday to Barzani, and obtained by the agency (AFP) a copy of it, the proposal for the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to begin immediately "negotiations, intensive, intensive (...) without conditions With an open agenda on ways to resolve all problems, dealing with the principles and arrangements that will determine future relations and cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil. "


The two sides should conclude their negotiations within two to three years and can request "the United Nations, on behalf of the international community, to offer its good offices both in the negotiation process and in the development of results and conclusions."


More news….


Meanwhile the Kurdish media reports revealed that the KRG is planning (if necessary) the issuing its own national currency pending its release, once the region's declaration of independence, dubbed "DRO", which means "dinar" in Kurdish, is announced.


(WOW! WOW! and WOW! What impact could this have on the newer currency we know will be shortly issued? Will this hold up the reinstatement?)


More news….


Al-Abadi has said in an interview last week with the Associated Press, this referendum is unconstitutional. When asked if the use of force on the table?


Al-Abadi answered: It will only come into effect and we will only resort to this to protect our population, to protect our Kurdish population and our Arab and Turkmen and other ethnic populations of our own country. If they are threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily.


(Remember his words – he said he would use force only if needed to protect Iraqi,Turkish and Arab populations)


More news….


Iraq is a country rich in mineral resources, which the governments did not bother extracting and then exploiting them to benefit the citizens during the past governments, while they just focused on crude oil since its exploration in 1927.


All these other resources are important neglected resources. We know the most important fossil material in the world is oil; natural gas and accompanying, US oil, its presence in large quantities, in the desert of Ramadi in Anbar province, which is the richest in the field of mineral wealth, as well as the Kurdistan region, with good quantities in the provinces of Nineveh, Najaf, Ashraf, Wasit and Muthanna.


According to the US Energy Report, Iraq is ranked tenth in the world in terms of proven reserves of associated natural gas and gas alone, and looked interest of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil this wealth, which estimated reserves of gas by 137 trillion cubic feet, the majority of gas associated with crude oil, and plans.


He added that the company has extraction activity also among its various other activities, and through the production section, the extraction of minerals such as salt from the salts of Basra and Samawah, iron and silica sand, and the Bentonite, Kaulin and Bauxite mines from the mines in Western Sahara. To encourage those companies to come to Iraq, to start projects to invest in this huge wealth, and to promote the mining industry in Iraq.


This all has risen to the level of enormous potential available in the country of Iraq.


(More on this topic and the full article in the below section)


More news….


"The Iraqi economy must move to a new stage of action," said Qassim al-Bahadli, the head of the Iraqi investment ministry. "The reality requires moving the investment market in Iraq to reduce the economic problems that Iraq is suffering.


The investment is characterized by the free movement of money across the world and can be settled in any place has the right conditions, indicating the possibility of entering foreign capital to Iraq and employment to serve the productive sectors.


He said that foreign capital wishing to enter the Iraqi market needs to amend some of the regulations in force. The illegal routes of money laundering or financing of terrorism. There are many global experiences in this area that have created influential economies worldwide when they attracted foreign capital and fled full guarantees.


According to experts there are a lot of banks and international companies realize the importance of Iraq economically at the world level because of the natural and human resources that can achieve economic renaissance in all sectors change the shape of the national economy.


More news….


Today’s newsletter is also all about what the CBI is doing to help the GOI.


So what has it done or is going to do? There a couple really good, juicy articles on the CBI today. I hope you read all of them in their entirety. They are telling us so much about our investment and are clues as to the timing of the reinstatement (RV) of their currency. Are you listening?


When the CBI talks – I LISTEN!


The CBI confirmed the possibility of expanding electronic payment activities


The Central Bank called on mobile phone companies to adopt the new regulations issued by them to work in accordance with the developments of the work of the retail payment system.


The Central Bank announced the modernization of the rules of participation in the infrastructure of the retail payment system, stressing the need to adopt and work under it, at a time when he stressed the possibility of expanding the work of banks and financial transfer companies and mobile phone companies and the practice of any electronic payment activities in the event they wish to operate electronic payment system of funds No. 2 for the year 2014.
(Okay so here it is again. More expansion of electronic payment systems. This time payment through cell phones. We already have this in the west now for years…lol..lol… but this is all good. No need to issue paper notes anymore back into circulation. This is all good as part of the project to delete the zeros.)


More news….


Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi heads to New York City on Sunday evening to attend the UN General Assembly.
A source close to the agency told the whole Iraq that "Abadi will travel this evening from Baghdad International Airport to New York, accompanied by a ministerial delegation and a number of officials." Abadi announced last Tuesday that he would go to New York to attend UN meetings and deliver a speech on behalf of President Fuad Masum, who announced yesterday his cancellation of travel there. He pointed out that this emergency decision came for the immediate purpose of initiating a dialogue between leaders of political forces. Facing the country.


The President also referred to the assignment of Abadi to call Iraq to the meetings of the international organization.
Abadi will meet several leaders and leaders of the world, headed by US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the developments of the war on the preacher and the crisis of the referendum in the Kurdistan region.


“We will have a meeting with Mr Abadi in the United States, and from what we can see our goal is the same. Our goal is not dividing Iraq,” said Erdogan, who earlier said that Barzani’s decision to not postpone the vote was “very wrong”.


Late on Saturday Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the referendum was an issue of national security and Turkey would take any necessary steps in response.
Articles are below. Due to FACEBOOK limitations my comments are in brackets ( ) throughout the articles. I also separated the articles with asterisks.


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CENTRAL BANK TO TACKLE HOARDING OF IRAQI DINARS
The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has held symposium entitled “Analysis of the phenomenon of Hoarding in Iraq“, addressing the problem of people hoarding Iraqi dinars (IQD), and not making them available to the banking system.


During the seminar, the Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Ali Mohsen Ismail (pictured), pointed out that cash is not available as planned, and that the CBI is drawing up plans to solve this problem and attract money into the banking system.


According to a CBI statement, the term “hoarding” is used in its economic sense to mean “holding money and imprisoning it from circulation or keeping them in the boxes inside the house and not taking them out to trade in the markets.“


(First let me say this- why is this so important all of a sudden?


Folks – this is directly related to the “project to delete the zeros”. Like I said in my Wednesday post this is one of the issues with holding back the RV. We read the same news then. The CBI must get to a certain % (according to IMF) to get the older 3 zero notes out of circulation. They need to reduce the circulated 3 zero notes to 2/3 of what is was in 2005-2016 issues. This is directly related RV news. This is REAL and HONEST news. No hype or rumors. We are just following the CBI process leading to the RV. Get it?


Are you listening? So what is this plan? We still wait to hear it. It sounds like the CBI will tell us soon. Do you know how amazing this news really is? Finally we get news of the project to delete the zeros. WOW!)


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THE CENTRAL BANK OF IRAQ: ONGOING STUDIES TO DRAW A NEW ECONOMIC POLICY FOR THE COUNTRY
The Central Bank of Iraq, on Sunday, announced two important initiatives, to dismantle part of the problems of the financial government in the shadow of the war on the organization calling for the terrorist.


“The Central Bank of Iraq and all the central banks are the adviser to the Ministry of Finance and the government in the economic policy and since 2003 it has the ability to provide real advice to the government as an independent institution,” said Ihsan al-Yasiri, director general of the central bank’s accounting department. Adding that after the ordeal in 2014 when the organization invaded the Iraqi terrorist and coincided with the decline in oil prices, the bank has developed the ability of the government to collect funds.
“The central bank supported the government through the loans it requested from large banks as the central bank deducted financial instruments through the second market and strengthened the liquidity of the government.”


He added: The bank still has several initiatives, including lending to banks $ 6 trillion dollars to strengthen the liquidity and discount of the bonds of contractors, “pointing out that” the contractors in this financial crisis have become social problems and the Central Bank initiated a solution with the Prime Minister’s Office to issue bonds worth 40 percent of their dues On the State and re-discount these bonds to provide liquidity to them.


The Director General of the Accounting Department said that the Central Bank has great roles in supporting the state, especially in the stages of crises and problems that have gone through. It is also conducting ongoing research and studies in order to draw up a new economic policy for the country to face the stage of the reconstruction and reconstruction of liberated areas.


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AP NEWS: IRAQ SAYS MAY USE FORCE IF KURDISH REFERENDUM TURNS VIOLENT
(9/16/17)


https://apnews.com/1f39b1471d4840768ac8a4dead7ccfdf
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region's planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday.
If the Iraqi population is "threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily," he said.
Iraq's Kurdish region plans to hold the referendum on support for independence from Iraq on Sept. 25 in three governorates that make up their autonomous region, and in disputed areas controlled by Kurdish forces but which are claimed by Baghdad.


"If you challenge the constitution and if you challenge the borders of Iraq and the borders of the region, this is a public invitation to the countries in the region to violate Iraqi borders as well, which is a very dangerous escalation," al-Abadi said.


(Did I say this could lead to civil war? Read my recent past posts)


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KURDISTAN REPLACING THE IRAQI DINAR WITH OWN NATIONAL CURRENCY


Agencies - Kurdish media reports revealed that the KRG is issuing its national currency pending its release, once the region's declaration of independence, dubbed "DRO", which means "dinar" in Kurdish, is announced.


In a new challenge to the position of Iraq from the referendum in the Kurdistan region, a number of political and partisan leaders promoted "the promotion of the sovereignty of the Republic of Kurdistan" by issuing a Kurdish currency and a Kurdish passport, along with flag, the armed forces, police and other symbols of sovereignty in anticipation of the outcome of the referendum.


The new banknote bears the image of Mullah Mustafa Barzani, the historical leader of the Kurdish movement and the father of the current president of the province, Massoud Barzani, and the president of Mahabad, declared at the end of the Second World War, which did not last long after the intervention of the former Shah of Iran between 1946 and 1947.


Iran, Turkey and Syria, in implementation of the provisions of the Sever Institute in 1923, and carrying the paper in Kurdish and English only in addition to the slogan «Republic of Kurdistan» represented by the Kurdish star, along with the Central Bank of Kurdistan, while the Arab disappeared completely from the paper, The province is cutting the last step on the path of separation from Baghdad.


(Okay folks- do you still think the referendum for succession does not or will not impact the RV? Oh- all you so called intel “gurus” go take a hike with your “opinions”. Well I have an opinion too but I at least back it up with FACTS. Go read the FACTS aboveon the last two articles. This just shows you once again how silly all this phony intel really is. Read the REAL news in black and white. Read the articles above.)


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Their words not mine…..No Rumors, No Hype, Just the FACTS!


Auf Wiedersehen
Much love to ya all,
Mnt Goat

PD CHAT, 18 SEPT

PD Member News Highlights & Comments  9-17-17

MrsClassy:   Iraq is the Richest Country in the World

9/16/2017   Over a sea of oil and two rivers and the reserve of Anbar gas: Iraq is the richest countries in the world ,,, suspended

September 16, 2017   Iraq is a country rich in mineral resources, which the governments did not bother extracting and then exploiting them to benefit the citizens, while focusing on crude oil since its exploration in 1927.

It is an important neglected resource, which is the most important fossil material in the world; natural gas and accompanying, US oil, its presence in large quantities, in the desert of Ramadi in Anbar province, which is the richest in the field of mineral wealth, as well as the Kurdistan region, with good quantities in the provinces of Nineveh, Najaf, Ashraf, Wasit and Muthanna.
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According to the US Energy Report, Iraq is ranked tenth in the world in terms of proven reserves of associated natural gas and gas alone, and looked interest of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil this wealth, which estimated reserves of gas by 137 trillion cubic feet, the majority of gas associated with crude oil, and plans The ministry confirmed its minister Jabbar Laiibi, the optimal investment of associated gas resulting from refining and oil production and investment investment in an optimal manner.

In light of Iraq's tendency to open the fields of investment and achieve economic start-up and industrial technological revival and achieve more production and investment and create jobs, abundant raw materials and raw materials of all kinds and in most provinces because of the availability of large reserves of raw materials, mineral ores and raw materials is the main nerve in the industry Controlled by the strength of the country's economy and trade, its material needs and the development of its civilization.

Oil Minister Jabbar Laibi plans on the basis of scientific studies until Iraq reaches the stage of stopping the import of gas and exporting surplus quantities. He pointed out that there are electrical stations based on dry gas and that the ministry aspires to activate the petrochemical industry which relies on dry gas.

The Minister of Finance and Agency Abdul Razzaq al-Issa, the announcement of the World Bank in the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington, its readiness to support the investment of gas associated with Iraq, a grant worth 9 million dollars, and stressed that the Iraqi government will intensify the work of the joint committee between the ministries of finance, electricity and oil to activate Investment of associated gas and benefiting from the operation of electric power projects.

In a related context, the spokesman of the Ministry of Oil Assem Jihad: The Iraqi Oil Ministry has ambitious plans in terms of investment gas associated with, and it has achieved a great deal of achievement in terms of investment gas associated with the processes of repetition, where growing quantities invested steadily, stressing that the Iraqi oil minister Jabbar al-Allaibi plans to invest dry gas in the next two years.

Jihad said that the Ministry of Oil has two main objectives within its strategic plans, namely to achieve self-sufficiency of gas, and the export of dry gas, noting that Iraq began to export condensate and liquid gas while still in need of dry gas, and invest heavily. In the same context, Laibi opened three projects that contribute to reduce the burning of associated gas in the fields of Bazargan, Abu Gharb and Fakkah, within the oil fields of the Missan Oil Company.

He said the senior agent of the ministry Fayad Hassan Nima, that these projects are the real start of the investment of gas associated with the province of Maysan and the importance of these projects, which was opened in the provision of new quantities of gas to supply power plants as well as reduce environmental pollution, and that the ministry began Bzarkan and Al - And will expand to oil fields in the province, which is one of the promising provinces in the production of gas.

In the opinion of experts on the oil issue, Iraq does not yet have a comprehensive study of its infrastructure, and that the production of gas needs an integrated strategic system, gathering gas from fields in Iraq from north to south, and dealing with amino acids and sulfur and carbon dioxide and water, Can be pumped to the main pipelines that collect gas from all of Iraq, but the problem is that the pipes do not exist, and there are only a few parts of them.

The history of the Iraqi gas industry in commercial terms dates back to 1927, but despite the huge wealth of natural gas associated with the production of crude oil and free gas in terms of the large volume of proven reserves and potential, but the production of natural gas marketed does not correspond to the total production As well as the decline in the level of the gas industry in Iraq and the low ability to convert natural gas to gas products that enhance the added value of this industry and the momentum of other industries and sectors.

Iraq is currently investing limited quantities of associated gas in a number of oil fields in the province of Basra according to the system of contracts with foreign companies.

If we highlighted on its contents Anbar province from the wealth of mouth saliva occupation, terrorism and gangs in all its forms, they are one of the largest Iraqi provinces, and constitute the equivalent of one - third of the country 's territory, an area of 138.500 square kilometers, and the population of more than 1.9 million people,

and is bordered to the north governorates Salah al-Din and Nineveh, north-west Syria, Jordan to the west, Baghdad to the east, Saudi Arabia to the south, Karbala and Najaf to the southeast. It is divided administratively into eight districts: Al Qaim, Aana, Rawah, Haditha, Hitt, Ramadi, Fallujah, and Al-Hartba, and its most prominent cities are Ramadi, Fallujah, Qaim, Haditha, Baghdadi and Kabisa.

Characterized by semi-desert climate and lack of rainfall, and the great difference between the heat of night and day and low humidity. The most important crops include wheat, spring and autumn potatoes, wheat, barley, maize and vegetables, with a large number of orchards containing 2.5 million palm trees.

Anbar has about 53 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, as well as many mineral resources.

According to a survey conducted by the Iraqi Geological Survey, accurate information confirmed the existence of large mineral mines including uranium, manganese, iron, gold, silver, red mercury and free sulfur, as well as copper, tin, chrome and nickel

"However," the local government in Anbar is not bothered by this and does not seek to limit the activities of some influential and politicians who take advantage of their positions to seize the goods of the province, "local officials in Anbar confirmed that the smuggling of wealth is not Adania in the province are forged books, revealing the pressures exercised against the security agencies to release trucks loaded with metal ores.
Anbar Provincial Council member Khamis Ahmad Abtan said the mineral wealth in the province was being smuggled in with forged books.

Iraq is also known that contains dozens of minerals and in large quantities, including some rare metals Kallioranjom and other minerals here we monitor Iraqi wealth, and places of existence:

- sulfur reserves of it is estimated at more than 600 million tons were only three fields of investment and there are large quantities in the governorates of Anbar and Salah Din and Nineveh north and west of Iraq. -

Iron, concentrated in the province of Anbar in western Iraq, specifically in the desert southwest of Ramadi, capital of the local province and estimated reserves under the ground by about 60 million tons.

- Lead, concentrated in the cities of Duhok and Sulaymaniyah, the northernmost of Iraq in the form of sedimentary carbon rocks and estimated reserves of more than 50 million tons.

- The General Director of the Geological Survey and Mining Company revealed that Anbar and Kurdistan region are the richest in the field of mineral resources, with good quantities in Nineveh, Najaf, Muthanna and Wasit, indicating that Iraq can export surplus phosphate fertilizers to agricultural countries with high population density , Such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and concentrated phosphate in the province, and the amount of ten thousand million tons, and at a depth of 20 meters below the surface of the earth in the desert of Anbar.

The Director General of the Geological Survey Dr. Khaldoun Bassam, "All metal discoveries in Iraq, General 1966, and that "the discoveries of the possession of Iraq's first reserve in the world of sulfur and the second reserve after the State of Morocco of phosphate,was completed by the Iraqi geological survey, within the project to determine reserves for the period 1986 to 1990, the discovery of 10 billion tons of phosphate, Pointing out that "the company is working to strengthen these

- Gold, concentrated in Anbar province in the region stretching from the Upper Euphrates, down to the Western Sahara deep in the province and the highest Tigris River west of Nineveh.

- Silver, concentrated in the regions of Kurdistan within the volcanic rocks with other minerals, including lead and zinc in the city of Dohuk. - Uranium, concentrated in Anbar province Akashat, within the formations of layers of phosphate in Western Sahara, and for political reasons, the Iraqi government declined before the US occupation to announce the size of the assets of the metal.

- Copper, concentrated in the province of Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan region of the north of the country, within the scope of the volcanic bottom and vary estimates of the size of the metal between 10 to 20 million tons.

Red mercury, a red powder powder, can be used in nuclear-related nuclear fission, nuclear power and high-explosive nuclear bombs. This is one of the most expensive substances in the world, with a kilogram of one million dollars After illegally smuggled nuclear reactors.

And concentrated in the province of Maysan south of the country, which was discovered during the past years, specifically in the Marshlands, and the Iraqi government is currently seeking to cooperate with Western companies to determine the quantities and methods of extraction.

Sodium sulphate is concentrated in Saladin Governorate. The general reserve of this substance is estimated at 22 million tons of raw material. The largest consumption of sodium sulphate is in the manufacture of kraft pulp. It is used in the manufacture of household detergents used in the glass industry.

To remove the small air bubbles from the molten glass, and in the textile industries where it is added during the dyeing to reduce the negative charge on the fibers, making it easier to spread the pigment evenly.

- Dolomite, concentrated in Anbar and Muthanna, estimated the country's reserves of about 330 million tons.

- Gypsum is concentrated in Nineveh, Kirkuk and Saladin. The country's reserves are estimated at about 130 million tons. The annual production is about 1.5 million cubic meters per year, and it is concentrated in Anbar, Muthanna, Najaf, Nineveh and Kurdistan
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- Silica, concentrated in Anbar province west of the country, specifically in the Western Sahara, and appear in the form of layers of white sand, and consists mainly of quartz metal and the country's reserves of about 75 million tons, not exceeding the annual production ceiling of 50 thousand tons.

- Quartzite, concentrated in the province of Anbar western Iraq in the Western Sahara in the area of the specific wet, and appears in the form of rock blocks and resistance to erosion and estimated reserves of about 16 million tons.
- The sand of Feldspar, concentrated in Najaf province in the south of the country, within the sand layers and estimated the country's reserves of about 2.3 million tons.

- Quartz, is located in Anbar and the city of Faw located on the waters of the Arabian Gulf in Basra, and estimated the country's reserves of about 855 million cubic meters.

- Salastite (Strontium sulfate), concentrated in the cities of Najaf and Karbala and appears in the form of sandstone lenses, and is composed primarily of salastite metal and estimated the country's reserves of about 0.8 million tons is not invested.

 - Bauxite, concentrated in Anbar province and estimated the country's reserves of about one million tons.

- Glass, concentrated in the province of Anbar, an extension from the center of the province to the Western Desert in the form of glistening surface sand in the plains and plateaus, estimated at 400 million cubic meters.

The provinces of Iraq are rich in important minerals and distinct reserves, some of which have advanced positions in terms of reserves and production at the international level, including the following: aluminum, ceramics, nickel, manganese and chromium in Baghdad, Babylon, Karbala and Qadisiyah, central and southern Iraq, Local Iraqi cadres lack experience and mechanisms to determine the size of these explorations.

The province of Anbar is the richest in non-metallic mineral wealth, and Kurdistan is the richest province in mineral mineral wealth.

"In 2005, the company completed the regional geological hazards map for Iraq, which is expected to build on what happens in the earth from natural disasters, such as earthquakes," said Dr. Khaldoun al-Bassam, Director General of Geological Survey. Floods, landslides, volcanoes, etc.

The company has prepared maps of various scales to illustrate this, and Iraq in general is classified as not so exposed to such risks. "

And on the company's future plans, it is mandated by the State to oversee the amendment of the law of mineral investment in force No. 91 of 1988, and developed a new law in this area, commensurate with the development of thought and economic orientation of Iraq, and to allow the revitalization of the mineral sector and mining, "He said.

He added that "the company has extraction activity among its various other activities, and through the production section, the extraction of salt from the salts of Basra and Samawah, iron and silica sand and the Bentonite and Kaulin and bauxite mines from mines in Western Sahara,

The need for laboratories of the Ministry of Industry and Minerals, as well as the private sector, "noting that" the company opened offices in a number of Iraqi provinces, in the belief of the importance of defining these provinces mineral resources available to them, as well as guidance to how to deal with investment, Advisory to provincial councils ".

On the participation of Iraq in the London conference; specialist non-oil natural resources, Bassam explained that the company "participated in the Iraqi government delegation at the London conference, which was held to promote mineral investment in Iraq, an activity that still lags despite the mineral wealth outstanding in Iraq"

"The aim of this participation is to promote mineral investment, and to inform the world and international companies that Iraq is rich in mineral resources, to encourage those companies to come to Iraq, to start projects to invest this huge wealth, and to promote the mining industry in Iraq, Has risen to the level of enormous potential available in the country.

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MrsClassy:    Well OK,,Prove it?

Kjwayne:   Sounds good to me . Now all they got to do is get their head out of the sand and develop this richness to better themselves and , US !

Thepreacherman2017:   The richest country in the world cant be with a worthless currency.? Put your ?? where your ? is!

Beachrider:    Not the richest with toilet paper currency.

Boot:   The wealth is there.  It's all out in the open.  Tic toc...

BANE:   Anyone think the RV will be this year?  Just curious what the consensus might be...

smokem111:  Bane,   No I dont, the reason I say that is that they have a lot to still do in reforms. Corruption is their BIG one. But I do feel confident within a 2 year time frame, JMO
​Payray:    smokem111, IMHO, when the smoke clears, and the drama is over between the Kurdish government, and Baghdad's representatives, it is going to be good for us... This increase in the dinar cannot afford to occur, as many nations are counting on them to do so now...

They have been preparing for this hardcore since PM Abadi declared to the nation back in March of 2015 that Iraq was open to business to the world in meeting that he attended in Germany I believe...

I remember how excited many were then... We should be elated now with what has been coming out of the CBI of late...

There is nothing left for them to do, but to ensure their currency goes international...

The rest of the laws, and the ongoing arguments between the 3 factions will continue forever... No one will ever be totally satisfied...

But I will say this, once the Iraqi economy kicks into high gear, those who represent all sides will be preoccupied, as well as the people that they represent... :)

Wasco:   Well said, payray, well said.......

Enorrste: “This Is The Carrot That Has Been Needed”, 18 SEPT

Enorrste:  “This Is The Carrot That Has Been Needed”

Kaperoni:  The government issued new measures to support and stimulate investment

15/9/2017  Economy News _ Baghdad   The federal government has issued new measures to support and stimulate investment sector and reconstruction in the country.

He said media government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi in a statement received "Economy News," he aware of the government to the need to support and stimulate investment sector and reconstruction, as it represents the importance of the rehabilitation of infrastructure and the provision and development of services provided to citizens and to achieve sustainable economic development and the advancement of the various sectors of the Iraqi economy and the provision of employment opportunities and stimulate the economic cycle,
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"noting that" the Council of Ministers approved the functions and mechanisms of the work of the Higher Committee for investment and Aloamaralta the Council has already set up to take a decision and the core Alstruthristih topics on the promotion of investment and drawing plans for s Aa major reconstruction and follow-up and remove the obstacles. "

"The committee was formed, headed by Haider Abadi, the Prime Minister and includes ministers of finance, planning, housing, industry, metal and Director of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers and the Governor of the Central Bank and Chairman of the Investment Authority will follow up on strategic projects and infrastructure projects and extraction of natural resources and ports, airports and roads projects and railway projects and metallurgical industries and petrochemical, and projects of dams, reservoirs and irrigation. "

He continued, "The Commission will continue to analyze and examine the obstacles facing the investment process in order to remove them and have the power to instruct the National Investment Authority to grant an investment license if the requirements and legal requirements for the projects before the Committee met and supervise the allocation of land for strategic projects

and directing the single window for obtaining approvals and the completion of procedures the relevant authorities and the adoption of a period of time for completion, and directing the security authorities concerned to remove the excesses of land for investment and to bring those involved to eliminate corruption and to provide security protection for Investment projects. "

He noted that "the Commission also directed the issuance of the necessary decisions for the establishment of infrastructure and the delivery of services to allocated for investment land, and follow up the implementation of projects and commissioned entities sector responsible for the investment project,

the allocation of employees working together with the investor until the investment completion of the project, as well as facilitation of customs and tax procedures and the granting of entry visas associated with the implementation of projects, and a review of the functions of a single window and enable it to do its part, which has established him.

http://economy-news.net/content.php?id=9018

Kaperoni:   The government issued new measures to support and stimulate investment

September 152 017 4:11   The Federal Government has issued new measures to support and stimulate investment and reconstruction sector in the country.

The media spokesman for the government, Saad Sabri, in a press statement: "Aware of the Government of the need to support and stimulate investment and reconstruction sector; it represents the importance of the rehabilitation of infrastructure and the provision and development of services provided to citizens and to achieve sustainable economic development and the advancement of the various sectors of the Iraqi economy and provide opportunities work and stimulate the economic cycle. "

And that " the Council of Ministers approved the functions and mechanisms of the work of the Higher Committee for Investment and Reconstruction that the Council has already set up to take a decision on the core issues and Alastruthristih on the promotion of investment and drawing plans for major reconstruction projects and follow - up and remove the obstacles."

"The committee , which was formed under the chairmanship of Haider al - Abadi (Prime Minister) and includes ministers of finance, planning, housing, industry, metal and Director of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers and the Governor of the Central Bank and Chairman of the Investment Authority, will follow up on strategic projects and infrastructure projects and projects of extraction of natural resources and projects of ports and airports roads, railways and projects of metal and petrochemical industries, and projects of dams, reservoirs and irrigation. "

He continued: "The Commission will continue to analyze and examine the obstacles facing the investment process in order to remove them, and have the power to instruct the National Investment Authority to grant investment license if meet the requirements and legal requirements for the projects before the Committee, and supervise the allocation of land for strategic projects and directing the single window for obtaining approvals and completion procedures of the relevant authorities and the adoption of a period of time to accomplish, and directing the security authorities concerned to remove the excesses of land intended for investment and to bring those involved in corruption to justice and provide security protection Investment projects. "

He pointed out that " the Commission has also been issuing the necessary decisions for the establishment of infrastructure and the delivery of services allocated for investment land, and follow up the implementation of projects, and commissioned bodies sector responsible for the investment project ,

 the allocation of employees working together with the investor until the investment completion of the project, as well as facilitation of customs and tax procedures and the granting of attributes Login associated with the implementation of projects, and a review of the functions of a single window and enable it to do its part , which has established for him. "

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Phil Oberholzer:   TY Kap.....This all sounds great but......unless they can side step parliment to get it implemented. Do like an executive order or something. I'm not going to get tooo excited....Yet!!

Mike:   We still need legislation passed in Parliament:

"The Commission will continue to analyze and examine the obstacles facing the investment process in order to remove them, and have the power to instruct the National Investment Authority to grant investment license if meet the requirements and legal requirements for the projects before the Committee"
I hope I'm wrong, but I don't believe Abadi can make decisions outside the law and constitution, otherwise the opposition will accuse him of overstepping.  Besides, how legally binding is an executive order that contradicts the law of the land? It's still too risky for potential investors. Pass the laws.
  •  Stay grounded...


Punisher:   This is Iraq Mike....anything goes....

Kaperoni:   New government measures to achieve economic development

9/16/2017 0:00   Activating the work of the Higher Committee for Investment and Reconstruction mechanisms

Baghdad / morning    aware of the government to the need to support and stimulate investment sector and the reconstruction of its importance in the rehabilitation of infrastructure and the provision of services to citizens and to achieve development which would stimulate the economic cycle, the Council of Ministers has approved the functions and mechanisms of the work of the Higher Committee for Investment and Reconstruction previously The Council shall decide to form the core and Alstruthristih topics where those tasks related to investment promotion and drawing plans for major reconstruction projects and follow - up and remove obstacles.

The committee , headed by Prime Minister Dr. Haider al - Abadi and includes ministers of finance, planning, housing, industry, metal and Director of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers and the Governor of the Central Bank and Chairman of the Investment Authority.

Among the spokesman for the Information Office of Dr. Saad Al- Sabri said the committee will follow up on infrastructure projects, projects and extraction of natural resources, ports, airports, roads and railways as well as metal and petrochemical, dams, reservoirs and irrigation industries projects.

The Commission will continue to analyze and study the obstacles facing the investment process in order to remove them and have the power to instruct the National Investment Authority to grant investment if the requirements and legal requirements for the projects before the Committee met a vacation.

Sabri said the committee has the powers of supervision of the allocation of land for strategic projects and directing the single window for obtaining approvals and the completion of the procedures of the relevant authorities and the adoption of a period of time for completion; as well as directing the security authorities concerned to remove the excesses of land for investment, and to bring those involved with corruption to justice and to provide protection security for investment projects.

He stressed that the Commission is authorized to issue the necessary decisions for the establishment of infrastructure and the delivery of services to allocated for investment land, as well as follow - up implementation of the projects commissioned by the authorities sector responsible for the investment project , the allocation of employees working together with the investor until the investment completion of the project,

pointing out that it is authorized to also facilitate customs and tax procedures and the granting of attributes Login associated with the implementation of projects, as well as a review of the functions of one window and enable it to do its part which it was created.

And activating the quality and upgrading uninterrupted policy to conform with international standards between the newborn: The government, on the basis of their national responsibilities to work for a better future for Iraq, developed strategies and embarked on the implementation of long - term plans towards the advancement of the economic situation aspects of industrial, agricultural, commercial and service and not to rely on temporary measures that address progress and compression files in the perspective of long,

but work to draw an integrated vision of the future in a comprehensive institutional framework for all aspects of government work are taken into consideration the future requirements that must fulfill them by Iraq , and proceed from considerations The benefit of future generations.

The cabinet approved the regulatory controls and the policy of national quality in Iraq , this step comes as part of the government 's commitment to a policy of consumer protection and the protection of the national product and upgrading quality standards and standards and regulations for local and imported goods and services provided to citizens and the development of the general economic activities in Iraq

and to support the productive sectors and improve the level of health and educational services commercial, and contribute to the preservation of public wealth and funds of citizens and ensure their access to goods and services of good quality and high specification.

Sabri stressed that the activation of these controls would ensure that the goods and services imported or produced in Iraq fit the consumer and the merchant and government institutions in relation to health, safety, security , and no harm to the environment and the national economy and provide effective protection for the consumer class base and maintain its interests and protect their health needs.

He will ensure the application of this policy, the establishment of a modern industrial structure is committed to using conformity with international standards requirements and the establishment of an integrated national system of controls and quality infrastructure, leading to the establishment of a solid industry can direct the surplus towards export, as the regulatory controls and the system of technical regulations in Iraq need to develop analogy to the market requirements of the world.

He pointed Hadithi that the application of quality policy in line , but meets the activation of several strategies adopted by the government Ktfiel the private sector, and to support the national industry, poverty alleviation, and the strategy of education, and the strategy of health insurance and protection of the environment; it will ensure the application of quality anti - efficient , cheated , industrial production and fraud and enhance the competitiveness of the policy products and services.

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Tobyboy:   This all sounds as if this commission has the authority to make changes & approve the issues for the investment projects. Sure hope they are able to make the necessary changes and not just more talk. Getting the parliament for approval will take months if need parliament vote. 
Punisher:   Sounds like a work-a-round to me. We shall see.

Enorrste:   The following statement struck me especially well:

"will follow up on strategic projects and infrastructure projects and extraction of natural resources and ports, airports and roads projects and railway projects and metallurgical industries and petrochemical, and projects of dams, reservoirs and irrigation."

This committee is setting up a scenario which will make it attractive for foreign investors to engage in the Iraqi market.  This is the carrot that has been needed.  In order to make this work, however, the CBI will have to open the currency to international trading.

I suspect that the IMF is even now preparing to have the CBI make that transition to a floating currency.  Otherwise, this committee is just blowing hot air.  No serious investment will occur unless and until the currency is internationally tradable, in my view.

Punisher:   I like your view Enorrste, thanks!