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2014 Iraq Conflict [Opinion & Analysis]

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The funny thing is that when we talk about Shia-Sunni issues & Iraq, be it here, or on Sunni forums or within the international level including the claims of dictator Saudi king, people simply ign

Hillary Clinton says Nouri al-Maliki must resign: http://time.com/2892052/hillary-maliki-must-go/   Come to Iraq dear Hillary, I'm sure Muntadhar al-Zaidi has an extra shoe prepared for you.    http:/

What all have to understand is that this is part of a plan launched by the US/Europe in 2003 to make Iraq a divided country (divided into Iraqi Kurdistan in the North, A Takfiri State in the areas of

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Heavy fighting reported outskirts of samara imagine in Isis take over city first thing they will do is blown the imams shrine (astagfrillah) and we will be arguing "what shall we do?" The brutal truth is in war innocent civilians women children elderly die and suffer the most we as shia of Ali should try to not let that happen or keep it to a minimum as much as possible...... They blew prophet yunus a.s and prophet Seth a.s and that's their prophet too do you really think they will spare any of the imams? I say kill them on the spot no more prisoners just like metal cut metal let brutality meet brutality ( but none of this decapitation or cutting limbs) just shoot them in the head...... Just cut off the link to samara let the tribes and former Baathist suffer a few months under their control then they will realise how good the shia really were!! Or just take out the tribes who were allied with them and make sure this never happens again!!!

Oh yeah eid Mubarak to you all!!



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مـــــــن جـــــرائم داعـــش واذنابــها في ارض الرافــــدين
Isis killed 1700 shia students in spyker military base - Tikrit
الدواعش وأذنابهم يعرضون فيديو يظهر فية اعدام طلبة قاعدة سبايكر في تكريت .
من يتحمل ما يجري في العراق؟ وماذا لو حدث عشر معشار ما يحدث بالعراق في بلد اخر هل تبقى حكومة ؟ وهل يبقى قائد قوات مسلحة ؟ وهل يبقى وزير دفاع او داخلية في منصبة؟





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مـــــــن جـــــرائم داعـــش واذنابــها في ارض الرافــــدين

Isis killed 1700 shia students in spyker military base - Tikrit

الدواعش وأذنابهم يعرضون فيديو يظهر فية اعدام طلبة قاعدة سبايكر في تكريت .


من يتحمل ما يجري في العراق؟ وماذا لو حدث عشر معشار ما يحدث بالعراق في بلد اخر هل تبقى حكومة ؟ وهل يبقى قائد قوات مسلحة ؟ وهل يبقى وزير دفاع او داخلية في منصبة؟

Any credible source?


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What kind of source do you want, brother?

1. Somewhere in the video, the terrorist mentions Aisha, and this is clearly because he shot a shiiti.

The video is clear. Terrorists shooting people.

Killing 1500 students. I feel like it is a lie to scare people from rising against them

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Forget that they're students..

Are they animals according to you?

Huh? I think you are misunderstanding me. I am saying yes there were casualties but 1700 is a HUGE number and I think these damn terrorists are scum liars who do not have such power. Those students could not have gotten killed so easily. May Allah grant those whom were murdered by such beasts Jannah.

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Reports on twitter are surfacing that ISIS are attempting to take Samara. This is very important because the shrine if Imam Al-Askari and Ali Al-Naqi (a.s) is in samaraa. If they attack the shrine things are going to escalate a lot, and you can expect a lot of Iranian intervention IMO

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Reports on twitter are surfacing that ISIS are attempting to take Samara. This is very important because the shrine if Imam Al-Askari and Ali Al-Naqi (a.s) is in samaraa. If they attack the shrine things are going to escalate a lot, and you can expect a lot of Iranian intervention IMO


I'm looking forward to the final showdown. The swines already have had a lot of free time to do as they wish. By my hourglass they should have been pushed out of cities and towns and back into desert bantustans of Iraq by now or, preferably, to the mass graves.

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I'm looking forward to the final showdown. The swines already have had a lot of free time to do as they wish. By my hourglass they should have been pushed out of cities and towns and back into desert bantustans of Iraq by now or, preferably, to the mass graves.

I've said what you should happen to these seines read my earlier post see if you agree

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ISIS threatens those who don't give their daughters to perform jihad al nikah

داعش يهدد اهالي الموصل بعقوبات صارمة لكل من لا يسلم ابنتة لممارسة جهاد النكاح بعد العيد.



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Just some thoughts: The volunteers are seriously ill-fated in this battle and I fear the worst for them. There was news that ISIS bombed a recruitment center and killed three would-be volunteers. Ya3ni, these volunteers didn't even have a chance to step on the battlefield and died preparing to fight...


Seriously, I'm having trouble thinking about the degree of failure of Iraqi security when training facilities cannot be defended. There is a fierce battle going on in Jurf al-Sakhr right now, the Iraqi Army and AAH (militia) have an attack-and-retreat strategy because relentless mortar shelling is deadly and has recently killed scores of their fighters.


Just to point out, if Jurf al-Sakhr falls to Da3sh, Baghdad is in serious danger. Kerbala and Najaf will be exposed severely and may be an indication of further international help needed for Iraq. The only hope I see for Iraq is for Iran to help, either covertly or outwardly. But this is not looking good, even after the millions of volunteers stepping onto the battlefield.


May Allah (awj) help the Muslims overcome this time of hardship. This is a war for the Muslims of the world, not just Iraq. (Just to remind everybody of the severity of this war)


Read: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/08/sistani-fatwa-volunteers-army-fight-is.html#

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ethnic exodus from mosul: so why does the rest of the world only care about iraq’s christians?
niqash | Nawzat Shamdeen | Mosul | 31.07.2014
Iraqi skyline showing a church and a mosque side by side.

Many minority groups and ethnicities have faced increasing levels of persecution in Ninawa province, the capital of which has been taken over by the Sunni Muslim extremist group, the Islamic State.  But, locals complain, it is only the recent expulsion and persecution of Iraqi Christians that saw the world start paying attention. All sectors of Iraqi society are equally important, they say.






Earlier this month, on July 22, the United Nations Security Council denounced the persecution of Christians and other minority groups in northern Iraq. And many in Ninawa were happy about this. They felt it was an important development and a step towards more cooperation with, and attention from, the international community in terms of what has been happening in the province since Sunni Muslim extremists took control of large swathes of territory there, including the provincial capital of Mosul.



But there were still a few in Ninawa who felt that the announcement was too little, too late for the other minorities in the province, many of whom had been persecuted just as much as the local Christians.



“Christians were the first to be mentioned in the Security Council’s resolution because generally they are a peaceful minority and were in danger,” suggests Fares al-Bakouh, a local human rights activist and member of Iraq's Accountability and Justice Commission, the body charged with vetting officials and politicians who were suspected of having current or past links with the Baath party. “The overriding concern for Christians also comes because of the powerful role played by the Vatican.”



“But there are many other minorities in Iraq who have also been persecuted – such as the Yazidis, Shabaks and Turkmen – and they should get just as much attention from the Security Council,” he argued.



After the United Nations Security Council, or UNSC, announcement, Iraq’s current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that his government also stood by the Christians.



This statement caused even more criticism. Many Iraqis said he was simply kowtowing to the UNSC and that he had not shown as much concern for other components of Iraqi society.  



After Sunni Muslim extremists from the group now known as the Islamic State took over Mosul in early June, they did not kill any Christians, says local political activist Zuhair Jassim. “Two nuns were kidnapped but they were released fairly quickly. And at first the IS fighters didn’t even do anything to the churches. Although houses and property belonging to Christians was marked with an “N” [which stands for Nasrani, or Nazarene, how the Islamic State group describe Christians] the houses were not looted or destroyed.”



“In comparison, many Shabak were killed, their livestock was confiscated from their villages and it was distributed to the people of Mosul, as ‘spoils of war’,” Jassim continues. Instead of “N” these minorities had “R” written on their property. This means the houses belong to the “Rafida”, or those who reject. This is a term the Sunni Muslim extremists use to describe Shiite Muslims, whom they feel have rejected their version of Islam.    



“Everything inside these houses was confiscated and the houses were given to members of the IS group so they could live there,” Jassim notes.



In fact, as writer Sadallah Muhsen points out Mosul’s Christians were actually the last minority to be driven out of the city. Although they’ve been targeted by extremist groups who have called Mosul home since 2003, and their rate of migration out of the city has increased, other minorities had already left.



Shiite Turkmen and Shiite and Sunni Shabak mostly live on the outskirts of the city after years of persecution, Muhsen notes. “Yazidis were targeted by an extremist campaign of ethnic cleansing in Mosul for years and there are none left in the city at all. Most of them have left and settled elsewhere some time ago.”



In 2010, gunmen set up checkpoints around Mosul and began killing or kidnapping those who passed through them according to their names. For example, Khadida is a name used only by Yazidis, Haval is Kurdish and George is a Christian moniker. In a city once known for its many colourful costumes and ethnicities, minorities no longer dared to wear their traditional clothing; everyone wore what the majority Arabs wore. At the time the governor of Ninawa, Atheel al-Nujaifi, called upon the international community to help.




Local journalist Amir Qassim believes the most recent announcement by the UNSC is about pressure brought to bear on it by aid organizations and non-governmental organizations. “Many of these organizations have Christian backgrounds so they sympathize with the Christians of Mosul,” he explains. “And they pressure their own often-Christian governments to do something within the United Nations. But they shouldn’t focus on one sector of Iraqi society at the expense of others.”



Qassim believes there are other reasons that diverse minorities don’t get as much attention as the province’s Christians. The local and federal authorities have often ignored these minorities, he says. And local aid organizations have also been unable to assist them, especially if the members of the minority groups remain inside Mosul.



“The civil society organizations that are still active are busy working with internally displaced people inside various camps,” he maintains. “It’s hard for them to help those inside Mosul, or to know what is going with them there.”



Five years after a story was published by NIQASH about the fact that minorities were fleeing Mosul, nothing much has changed. And there are similar arguments to what is being heard today: That the international community neglects other minorities in Iraq and focuses mainly on the country’s Christians.



The only major change is the most problematic one: The gangs that formerly appeared to undertake criminal activity or kidnap, kill or persecute the city’s minorities, then disappear again, have become a real power in Mosul. The Islamic State now applies only its own laws and only recognizes those who yield to it.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:42 AM

Iraqis defy ISIL to save 840-year-old Crooked Minaret in Mosul

In this Monday, June 8, 2009 file photo, residents walk past the al-Hadba minaret in a busy market area in Mosul, Iraq.
Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of their Takfiri faith. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa.

But over the weekend, residents pushed back. When ISIL terrorists loaded with heavy explosives converged on the site, Mosulis living nearby rushed to the courtyard below the minaret, sat on the ground and linked arms to form a human chain to protect it, two residents who witnessed the event told The Associated Press on Monday.

They told the Takfiri militants, If you blow up the minaret, you'll have to kill us too, the witnesses said.

The militants backed down and left, said the witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation from the militants.

But residents are certain the militants will try again. Over the past two weeks, the extremists ruling Iraq's second largest city have shrugged off previous restraint and embarked on a brutal campaign to purge Mosul of anything that challenges their radical faith, even Muslim shrines that in their iconoclastic fervor they condemn as apostasy.

The scene on Saturday was a startling show of bravery against a group that has shown little compunction against killing anyone who resists it. It reflects the horror among some residents over what has become of their beloved city.

"The bombing of shrines ... has nothing to do with Islam," Abu Abaida, 44, a government employee, told the AP by phone from the city. "They are erasing the culture and history of Mosul." Like other residents, he spoke to the AP on condition he be identified by a nickname or first name for fear of retaliation.

In recent weeks, they have purged the city of nearly its entire Christian population, moved to restrict women and began the systematic destruction of city landmarks.

"No place is safe," said Dia, an engineering professor in Mosul. "If I say one wrong thing, I am dead."

The Crooked Minaret — al-Manara al-Hadba in Arabic — seems to be despised by the militants because it has become a national symbol, and nationalism is anathema to the radicals. The minaret is pictured on Iraq's 10,000-dinar bill. Moreover, local legends surround the minaret, and extremists generally see such stories as un-Islamic inventions.

Built in 1172 as part of the Great al-Nour Mosque, it leans about eight feet (2.4 meters) off perpendicular. Local lore has it that the minaret tilts because it bowed in reverence to the Prophet Muhammad as he made an ascent to heaven.

Nearly daily, the militants have been destroying some of the city's most famed sites.

On Thursday, they lay a wall of explosives around the Mosque of the Prophet Younis — or Jonah, the prophet who in both the Bible and Quran was swallowed by a whale. They ordered everyone out of the shrine, which is said to contain the prophet's tomb, and blew it up.


- See more at: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1617270#sthash.i8ST1lZS.dpuf





Does Iraq need a Saddam Hussein II?

Global Arab Network - Chris Doyle

IRAQ_%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%8What Iraq needs is a strong man, a man who can keep a violent, bloodthirsty argumentative Iraqi population all under total control.

Iraq has always been violent, that’s how Iraqis are. You have to show an iron fist. They are not ready for democracy. Iraq must have a dictator to survive.

So many Arabs, even Iraqis, have bombarded me with such sentiments over the last few weeks. Westerners often echo this – including former ambassadors and elected politicians. The notorious Daniel Pipes has advanced the notion of a “democratically-minded Iraqi strongman,” sadly not the reverse, a strong-minded democrat. It is the most moronic of oxymorons.

These arguments develop further even to the extent that Iraq was actually better under Saddam Hussein. He at least, the thinking goes, understood Iraq and how to deal with Iraqis. “He kept a lid on it” a Lebanese friend tells me. Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, therefore has only been following this tradition and if anything, say some, he has been too weak.

They all point to Iraq’s undoubted violent history to back up their case. Much of this is admirably recounted in Justin Marozzi’s new book, “Baghdad: City of peace, City of Blood.”

Yet pick through the details and it is clear that the lion’s share of these centuries of blood-soaked horror stories originate from foreign invasions and rival regional powers ripping the country apart. The Umayyad governor of Iraq, Hajjaj, arriving from Syria declared in Kufa: “I see heads ripe for cutting.”
Baghdad’s bloody history

Perhaps the most atrocious date in Baghdad’s history is 1258 when the Mongol leader, Hulagu, the grandson of Genghis Khan, raised the once great city to the ground. Hulagu personally boasted in a letter to Louis IX of France that he had massacred 200,000 in Baghdad although other estimates reach as high as 800,000. Tamerlane, the leader of the Tatars, was hardly less brutal in 1401 as he ransacked the city. Ottomans and Persians fought over Iraq, and later Britain played out its rivalry with other powers such as Germany and France in Iraq.

In the 21st century, the land between two rivers, Mesopotamia, has become the land of two extremes, dictatorship and Islamic extremism. It has been Iraq’s fate to be attractive to external conquest and interference seduced by its plentiful natural resources of water and oil.

So the notion that Iraqis are somehow just inherently more violent should be challenged at every stage. They deserve better than dictatorship. Proponents of, and apologists for, the 2003 Iraq war boasted at various times that post-war Iraq has been better than under Saddam. Can one concoct a lower yardstick by which success is measured? Even if one accepts this, can it be that a multi-trillion dollar war, and a six-figure body count, merely succeeded in bettering the record of Saddam Hussein?
What is the solution?

In an Iraq racked by division and under attack by extremists such as ISIS and vengeful Baathists, the solution is not a Saddam Hussein part II, an Iraqi Rambo. That Iraqi strong man kicked off a war where a million people died, used chemical weapons, invaded Kuwait and brought the country to its knees under sanctions.

Of course, what does “strong man” mean in this narrative? Its advocates say that it is somebody prepared to use all means necessary, show no mercy and various other tricks from the dictator’s toolkit. And herein lies the problem.

True strength and leadership does not lie in the ability to order an execution, a massacre or a bombing. That is a failure of leadership and demonstration of weakness. Nouri al-Maliki is bereft of any political strategy, an inept communicator and incapable of winning over any segment of Iraqi society save his own core support base who depend on him for their positions, security and jobs.

A genuine Iraqi strong man (why not a woman?) is one who can through strategic brilliance devise and implement a political solution to Iraq’s crisis. A great leader would win over those who do not naturally belong to his or her camp or constituency, a person who wins by persuasion not coercion, who inspires hope not fear.
Who else is there?

The retort is then, but who else is there? If not Maliki, who would you chose? This has been the refrain in Syria about whom to replace Bashar or in Egypt about whom to replace Mubarak. Alternative leadership candidates can only surface when the suffocating cloak of tyranny if lifted. Plenty of talented, educated potential leaders lie waiting for a system that would allow them to shine.

Tragically, the international community has for the last 50 years at least demonstrated a penchant for dictators from the “benign” to the “brutal” even when, as in the case of Saddam Hussein, they use chemical weapons. Life is simpler when there is only one man and his elite cronies to deal with. Democracies turn up nasty surprises. Ridding Iraq of ISIS is one thing but weaning major powers off their dictatorship addiction remains the other great challenge for Iraqis. (Alarabiya)

Chris Doyle is the director of CAABU (the London-based Council for Arab-British Understanding). He has worked with the Council since 1993 after graduating with a first class honors degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Exeter University. As the lead spokesperson for Caabu and as an acknowledged expert on the region, Chris is a frequent commentator on TV and Radio, having given over 148 interviews on the Arab world in in 2012 alone. He gives numerous talks around the country on issues such as the Arab Spring, Libya, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Islamophobia and the Arabs in Britain. He has had numerous articles and letters published in the British and international media. He has travelled to nearly every country in the Middle East. He has organized and accompanied numerous British Parliamentary delegations to Arab countries. Most recently he took Parliamentary delegations to the West Bank in April, November, December 2013 and January 2014 including with former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.






Al-Akhbar.com/ 11 years too late, US media rebukes Richard Cheney
564360efa85fc589651e52bc1227b268_M.jpgFormer US Vice President Richard Cheney. (Photo: AFP)


By: Sabah Ayoub

Published Saturday, June 28, 2014

“If only ISIS had Richard Cheney to give them advice, it would help the United States (confront it),” “Richard wants to forget history and write his own version,” “Has he lost it?” “This man is audacious to the point of impudence.”

Former US vice president during George W. Bush’s two terms, Richard Cheney, was not attacked for what he did when he was in power the way he was attacked this past week.

The reason behind the current frenzy is Cheney’s media appearances in which he repeatedly said that “what is happening in Iraq is Barack Obama’s fault because he decided to withdraw.” And that he is still convinced that “the war on Iraq in 2003 was the right decision.”


Cheney emerged showing no remorse for what he did, shirked responsibility for all the mistakes that the Bush administration committed and laid the blame on Obama.

Instead of Bush administration officials keeping their mouths shut, especially those who played a key role in misleading the US and world public opinion and launched a costly war on Iraq that the region is still paying dearly for, you have Richard Cheney speaking in their name without any shame or reticence. A conservative hawk who was one of the first people to promote the lie that Saddam Hussein “possessed weapons of mass destruction that threatened everyone’s security,” Cheney emerged showing no remorse for what he did, shirked responsibility for all the mistakes that the Bush administration committed and laid the blame on Obama.


Remarkably, most of the responses to Cheney’s statements were not limited to politicians like Bill Clinton and Senator Rand Paul, but came from journalists and media personalities. Most US media institutions attacked Cheney and recalled the disaster of the Iraqi invasion, the false campaigns and the failed strategy that led to Iraq’s current crisis in their opinion. As though reciting the act of contrition, only 11 years too late, journalists used Cheney’s shameless statement as an opportunity to write what they failed to write before, during and after the US invasion of Iraq.

Is it real fear of the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that has prompted their response? Or are they lending support to President Obama? Are the reasons purely political or has a sense of professionalism and reason been suddenly awaked in US journalists? We will never know. But if you look at the articles published last week and listen to the commentaries of satirical and political shows, you will see unconcealed hatred for the entire era of George W. Bush and all the symbols and events that marked it.

Walter Pincus in the Washington Post recalled Cheney’s fiery and confident statements before and during the war about “how peace is going to prevail in the Middle East after Saddam’s regime falls.”

Paul Waldman in the same newspaper points out that Cheney’s recent statements do not tell us what he and his colleagues in the previous administration would have done about the Iraqi crisis now. He also recalls that it was President Bush who signed the agreement to withdraw all the troops from Iraq and not Obama, which makes Cheney’s accusations against the current president illegitimate.

Joan Walsh on Salon news website wrote that Cheney “apparently sits around imagining nuclear terror attacks.” Commenting on Cheney’s prediction a few days ago during a radio interview that “something is coming that will be worse than September 11, and soon,” Walsh asks: “Has he lost it?”

The famous comedian Jon Stewart mocked Cheney’s remarks last week saying sarcastically: “This.. guy acts like we were 20 seconds away from total victory in Iraq when suddenly Obama just gives it away.”

In The Los Angeles Times, David Horsey published a cartoon depicting Cheney sitting with members of hardline Islamist groups in Iraq, drinking tea and giving advice. He says: “First, assume you’ll be greeted as liberators.” The article accompanying the cartoon continues: “If he [Cheney] could steer them [iSIS] in the same self-destructive direction that he steered the USA, he’d finally be doing his country a favor.” Horsey’s article recalls that Cheney was one of the key architects of the Iraq war in addition to Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz. He says the outcome of these people’s actions because of their war in Iraq in 2003 has been: “chaos, instability, terrorism and sectarian bloodletting, from Libya to Syria.”

Other articles in US newspapers and magazines also recalled the numbers of dead US soldiers and Iraqi citizens to condemn Cheney’s statement that the Bush administration made “the right choice by invading Iraq at the time.”

What if these journalists and others were up in arms before the war on Iraq ten years ago? What if the US media did not participate in deliberately promoting the war that they are condemning now? It is a good thing for previous US officials responsible for the Iraq invasion to be held accountable on the pages of US newspapers, but what use is it now as it comes a bit too late?


In an interview on NBC, former President Bill Clinton described Richard Cheney’s remarks as “unseemly.” Media outlets reported Clinton’s statement while the conservative media objected. “I believe if they hadn’t gone to war in Iraq, none of this would be happening,” said Clinton, adding that the Obama administration is “cleaning up the mess that he [Cheney] made.” Conservative TV station Fox News gave Cheney the chance to rebut Clinton. He said: “The former president also believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”

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An article which has one comment related to Ibn Sohan's post 864 and a feature type is:


" Special Report: The Doubt at the Heart of Iraq's Sunni 'Revolution' ", Reuters, 04Aug14, by Ned Parker and Sulelman al-Khalidi


The article delineates some of the concerns temporary affiliations in the violent Iraq politics.


The article does say that what passes for "unity" is based on a hatred for Maliki, as well as dismay over the chr.stians  fleeing Mosul.

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Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A special source confirmed to IraqiNews.com that “the Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agreed to withdraw his candidacy for a third term as Prime  Minister in exchange to three conditions”.

The source explained that “the first condition of Maliki is obtaining the position of vice president. The second condition is to keep the staff of the Council of Ministers and the current Secretariat of the Council of Ministers without any change.”

The source added that “al-Maliki also conditioned providing 2,500 security elements in order to provide protection to him” adding that “al-Maliki said that if the three conditions are available, he is ready to withdraw his candidacy for the post of prime minister.”

al-Malik’s chances in extending his term for the Iraqi government back down to the lowest level for  losing support of the most prominent Shiite religious parties to which he belongs.

However, the State of Law Coalition denied yesterday that Maliki will withdraw his candidacy. The observers commented that “al-Maliki will cling to his job to the last breath!”



Karbala (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi Army forces arrested 4 wanted individuals on charges related to terrorism in Karbala province.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, Saad Maan, stated o IraqiNews.com “The force arrested them according to Article 4 of Anti-Terrorism Law.”


“The arrest was done during a security operation in the province,” Maan concluded. /End/



Mosul (IraqiNews.com) According to security sources in the province of Nineveh, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces withdrew from the Mosul Dam north of the province of Nineveh before the expiry of the deadline set by gangs of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant to Peshmerga to leave the dam despite claims to the contrary by the Ministry of Water Resources





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http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/urgent-iraq-receives-first-36-f-16-fighter-jets-usa/ Can somebody tell me that am I looking or reading wrong, but in that article did Iraq army bought 18 F-16 jet fighters for 3 billion dollar? If yes, that would mean the unit cost is 3 000 million / 18 = 166 million dollar and in Wikipedia and Lockheed Martin website unit cost of one F-16 fighter is almost 19 million dollar. So did Iraqi paid addition 147 million dollar/unit??? :O

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