Posted: 19 Jun 2018 08:37 AM PDT – MUSINGS ON IRAQ BY JOEL WING
As of the end of May 2018 over 3.8 million Iraqis had returnedhome, while another 2 million remained displaced. Around 90% of those still without their homes said they want to go back. There are a number of issues that are making that difficult. The Sinjar district in western Ninewa is a perfect example. Many Yazidis have returned, but the southern half of the district still has unexploded ordinance, there are no jobs, and the majority of Arabs are afraid to go back.
A recent reportby the REACH initiative documented the situation in Sinjar. In August 2014, the Islamic State swept through Sinjar leading to a horrendous period of mass executions, displacement, and slavery of the Yazidi community. Almost 300,000 people fled the area. 130,000 went to Mount Sinjar, 125,000 went to Dohuk, 13,000 headed for Syria, and 12,000 for Turkey.
Iraqi Kurdistan not to allow hostile action against Iran from its soil – June 18, 2018 by Editorial Staff in Kurdistan, Politics – Safeen Dizayee, the spokesman of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) spokesman, Safeen Dizayee said on Sunday that Erbil will not allow hostile action to originate from the region’s soil against Iran.His remarks came in response to the recent crossing of some Kurdish rebel groups into Iranian Kurdistan.
Gazprom increases oil production in tough Garmian fields
By Rudaw 4 hours ago 16 June 2018 – Workers at a Gazprom Neft facility in the Kurdistan Region. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Despite great geological challenges at Kurdistan’s Garmian oil field, Gazprom Neft announced it has intensified efforts reaching more than 23,000 barrels of extraction per day.
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
| 15 Jun 2018 08:35 AM PDT MUSINGS ON IRAY BY JOEL WING
Moqtada al-Sadr’s new alliance with Badr’s Hadi Amiri has upset Sadr’s partner the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP). The ICP was wearyof makingany deal with the Fatah list that Amiri heads. Publicly, the Communists issued a statementsaying they welcomed the new coalition. Behind the scenes however there were variousreports of deepdivisions, arguments, and insults being thrown around within the the party. The Communists see this latest move as a step backwards towards another sectarian Shiite alliance that would go on to form the new government. Sadr and the Communists campaigned together as Sairoon promoting reforming politics and ending the ethnosectarian quota system that divides up every new administration. Iranian pressure and status quo politics have seemingly won out over election promises.
The next question is what this means for Sairoon. The Communists were always a junior partner and only won 2 seats. There have been various tensions about what to do after the election with some ICP members wanting to go into opposition. The Party has to decide whether it will take that course and leave Sairoon or join the new government.
Goran, Baxtiyar, “Iraqi Communist Party: Sairoon, Fatih Coalition prevent country from serious risks,” Kurdistan 24, 6/14/18
Iraq News Network, “Civil current: sharp differences between the cadres of the Communist Party on the Sadr-Al-Amiri alliance,” 6/14/18
– “The Communist Party is considering withdrawing from Sairoon,” 6/14/18
Al Mada, “British analyst: the protest movement broke the barrier of sectarianism and partisan loyalty,” 6/2/18
Al Masalah, “Communist Party shows its position on the alliance of Sadr and Amiri,” 6/14/18
Robin, Benedict, “The Sadrist-Communist Alliance: Implications for Iraq’s Secular Politics,” The London School of Economics and Political Science, Middle East Centre Blog, 6/6/18
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : TEHRAN WINS IRAQ ! – Iraq Moves Towards Another National Unity Government
SUPPORTED BY KURDS !
Posted: 14 Jun 2018 08:36 AM PDT – MUSINGS ON IRAQ – BY JOEL WING
(Baghdad Post)Iraq’s leading lists have taken a major step towards creating a new government. Moqtada al-Sadr and Hadi Amiri of Badr announced an alliance between the two. Previously, Sadr’s Sairoon, Ammar Hakim’s Hikma and Vice President Iyad Allawi’s Wataniya agreed to cooperate. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said they supported the Sadr-Amiri deal. Sadr allegedly grew tired of talks with Prime Minister Haidar Abadi’s Nasr. Sadr wanted the premier to resign from his Dawa Party in return for a second term, but the PM would not budge. With those discussions going nowhere, and pressure from Iran, Sadr moved towards Amiri instead. This could be the basis for another national unity government like all the others since 2005 where al the major lists are included.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : WHILE PKK/PYD GOES BACK TO ASSAD / BARZANI TURNS TO MOSCOW (THE WEST IS OVER & OUT)
PolicyWatch 2982 – June 14, 2018 – As the Iraqi Kurds reach out to Russia, the Kremlin’s sway over their politics and energy resources is growing. – On May 25, during the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government and Russian energy giant Rosneft signed a new agreement to develop the KRG’s natural gas infrastructure. Building on a previous deal signed at last year’s forum, Rosneft agreed to construct a gas pipeline to Turkey with a capacity of 30 billion cubic meters per year, significantly expanding Moscow’s reach in the Middle East energy sector. Speaking at a press conference on June 7, President Vladimir Putin emphasized that the contracts with the KRG are “promising” and “far-reaching.”
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : HOLY-STALIN-CRUSADERS ! – Iraqi Communist Party Welcomes Sadr, Amiri New Alliance
BasNews – 14/06/2018 – 11:57 – ERBIL – The Iraqi Communist Party has welcomed the new Alliance of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, head of Sa’eroun and the winner of the May 12 parliamentary election, and Hadi al-Amiri, leader of Iranian-backed Hahsd al-Shaabi’s Fatih Coalition.
Iran-Backed Political Alliance Forms in Iraq – By Jessa Rose Dury-Agri, Patrick Hamon, and Omer Kassim (ISW) 13 June 2018
Key Takeaway: Iraq may form a government that undermines U.S. interests, tries to eject the U.S. from the region, and supports Iran. Nationalist Iraqi Shi’a cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has allied with Hadi al-Ameri, the leader of the coalition of Iranian-backed militias and their political wings. Sadr and Ameri lead the two winningest alliances in Iraq’s federal legislative elections and are nearing the 165-seat threshold necessary to form a government if Shi’a cleric Ammar al-Hakim (19 seats) and secularist Ayad Allawi (21 seats) follow through on their previously announced intention to ally with Sadr.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : AUSREISE & AUSLIEFERUNG / RECHTSGRUNDLAGE DILSAD BARZANIS GERMAN FRIEND – Frankfurter Rundschau 12 June 2018
„Unterdessen ist klar, dass die Bundesrepublik Deutschland keinen Auslieferungsantrag für B. gestellt hat. B. wurde am Samstag in Begleitung von Bundespolizisten von Erbil über Istanbul nach Frankfurt ausgeflogen, an Bord der Maschine war sogar der Präsident der Bundespolizei, Dieter Romann – sowie ein Reporter der „Bild“-Zeitung. Das Blatt feierte Romann am Montag als Helden, der seine guten Beziehungen zur Familie des früheren Präsidenten der autonomen Kurdengebiete Masud Barsani pflege und außerdem mit dessen Bruder, dem derzeitigen kurdischen Gesandten in Berlin, Dilshad Barsani, befreundet sei. Im Alleingang habe Romann entschieden, den Verdächtigen persönlich abzuholen, so stellt es die „Bild“-Zeitung dar. „ Mehr dazu via http://www.fr.de/politik/fall-susanna-f-eine-abschiebung-die-keine-war-a-1522769
Erdogan: Turkey Has Launched Anti-PKK Operation in Qandil, Sinjar
BasNews – 11/06/2018 – 17:05 – Kurdistan – Erdogan: Turkey Has Launched Anti-PKK Operation in Qandil, Sinjar
ERBIL – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on Monday that his country has started an anti-PKK military operation in Qandil region and the Kurdish city of Sinjar, state-run media said.