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Post by RamblerNash on Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:13 pm

Hi Everyone,

I bring you much news today.

I want everyone to “read my lips” (or typing strokes)….I have been telling everyone for years that there will be no RV or reinstatement of the Iraqi dinar unless they can somehow get the Iranian influence out of the government politics, clean up the corruption. So why all the hype and panic now about these demonstrations? The sky is not falling in on Iraq. What we are witnessing is exactly what needs to take place. The pressure for the demonstrators is causing all these fixes to happen at warp speed. This is all so good for us and our investment. It is happening and we all should be glad and jumping for joy this is now being addressed.

Oh- but instead you are listening to some idiot gurus who once again are lying to you and telling you the CBI was just about to RV before the riots started. Really? How many times are you going to be fooled by these idiots before you WAKE UP and listen to the FACTS and TRUTH? So these gurus are not telling the TRUTH to you and know very little about what is really going on in Iraq. This is why I started this FB site – to help you. Get it?

But if you are insistent in listening to these idiot so-called gurus then I am wasting my time and I may as well just stop my FB site and go away. But this is why the deep state would like so a couple bad rotten apples in the bunch are not going to stop my efforts. Get it?

How much more must I say about it? So, we all should know by now that to get the RV and Reinstatement that someday there must be a showdown between the two countries. I told everyone this showdown, when it happened, is not going to be pleasant.

More news….

The Russian website RT revealed what he called an Iraqi political source, the existence of "American-Iranian" talks on the situation in "Iraq".

The source told RT that "the talks that took place last week, led to an AGREEMENT ON THE SURVIVAL OF ADEL ABDUL-MAHDI AS PRIME MINISTER FOR A SPECIFIC PERIOD (NOT ANNOUNCED), and stop the campaigns of arrest and violence against demonstrators."

He added that "the Iranian and American parties did not agree on many files, especially those relating to the mobilization of the people."
This comes with the continued demonstrations in Baghdad and the southern and central cities of the country, with new schools and universities in the south to respond to the calls of the strike as well as a number of institutions and government departments.

More news….

IT’S STARTING…. Iraqi demonstrations are rolling over into Iran. Will Iran back down and leave Iraq as a result?

Iranian protests against fuel price hikes escalated for the second day, on Saturday. A branch of Bank Melli of Iran was burnt.

This coincided with demands to oust the supreme leader and stop Tehran's interference in the affairs of Arab states, Sky News reported.

More news….

THE CENTRAL BANK HAS PREVENTED LARGE FAKE FUNDS FROM REACHING IRAN

Baghdad / News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A halt to the dollar’s sale at the central bank has prevented large fake funds from reaching Iran, an informed source said on Sunday.

“The central bank is wasting money that can build 200 schools and 50 hospitals each year because of the currency auction,” the source told Al-Ikhbaria.

“The currency auction gives fake commercial agencies millions of dollars a day without any restriction,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He added that “stop selling the dollar in the Central Bank in the past days because of demonstrations and new measures prevent the arrival of large fake commercial funds to Iran through its intermediaries.”

More news….

THE COMING PERIOD WILL WITNESS THE PASSAGE OF LAWS THAT REPRESENT THE ESSENCE OF POLITICAL REFORM

BAGHDAD, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -
First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hassan Karim al-Kaabi said on Monday that the coming period will witness the passage .of laws that represent the essence of political reform and the real change that the people aspire to.
The deputy speaker of the parliament chaired today a meeting of the parliamentary legal committee to discuss the two draft laws mentioned above in preparation for their reading during next Tuesday's session,"

Tues session just in:

The House of Representatives ended on Tuesday, the first reading of the draft law of the Electoral Commission.

More news….

TO RESUME ALL PROJECTS STALLED AND LAGGING THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCES

Economy News _ Baghdad
The Ministry of Planning, on Monday, its keenness to resume all projects stalled and lagging throughout the provinces. The Planning Minister Nuri Sabah al-Dulaimi received this morning the governor of Muthanna, Ahmed exiled, the ministry’s media office said in a statement received by Al-Iqtisadiah.

More news….

BAGHDAD, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) - First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hassan Karim al-Kaabi said on Monday that the coming period will witness the passage .of laws that represent the essence of political reform and the real change that the people aspire to the deputy speaker of the parliament chaired today a meeting of the parliamentary legal committee to discuss the two draft laws mentioned above in" .preparation for their reading during next Tuesday's session," the office said in a statement received by Alsumaria News.

Al Kaabi explained during the meeting that "THE NEXT FEW YEARS WILL WITNESS THE ENACTMENT OF A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT LAWS SUCH AS THE LAW OF ELECTIONS for the Iraqi Council of Representatives and the law of the Independent High Electoral Commission," stressing that "the two laws are a fundamental pillar ".and the essence of political reform and change that the people aspire to.

He pointed out that "the NEXT TUESDAY SESSION, WILL INCLUDE READING THE ABOVE TWO LAWS TO DISCUSS AND VOTE ON THEM during the next sessions, adding that" tomorrow the Council will also adopt a series of important legislation and affect the need of the citizen and the fulfillment of its demands such as .the law of retirement and the abolition of the privileges of officials and health insurance and integrity ".

Al-Kaabi pointed out that "the people should have an opinion on all laws that will be enacted within the council to see all the articles contained therein.

More news….

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would impose sanctions on "corrupt" Iraqi officials amid continuing demonstrations against Iraqi authorities across the country.

Did I say they are going to impose sanctions on Iraq, like bring them back into Chapter VII? No, I did not and this will NEVER happen. Instead the US will work to move Iraq forward and get Iran out of Iraq before this happens.
The US will never allow Chapter VII sanctions again on Iraq unless something really drastic happened like a new dictator taking over. We know this is not going to happen either. So relax folks.

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Formal Articles are below. Due to FACEBOOK limitations they do not print my RED colored fonts or italics, so my comments are in brackets ( ) throughout the articles. I will preface my comments with “Mnt Goat” so you know I am jumping in with observations. Also, I separated the articles with asterisks.
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AP NEWS: IRAQ’S PROTESTS RAISE QUESTION: WHERE DOES THE OIL MONEY GO?

(11/14/19)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Waves of violent protests have engulfed Baghdad and Iraq’s southern provinces, with demonstrators chanting for the downfall of a political establishment that they say doesn’t prioritize them.

Fueling the unrest is anger over an economy plush with oil money that has failed to bring jobs or improvements to the lives of young people, who are the majority of those taking to the streets. THEY SAY THEY HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF BLATANT GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION and subpar basic services.

At least 320 people have died, and thousands have been wounded since the unrest began on Oct. 1.

“We are jobless and poor, but every day we see the flares of the oil fields,” said Huda, an activist in Basra, the province that accounts for the lion’s share of Iraq’s crude exports. She spoke on condition she be identified only by her first name for security reasons.

“Where do the billions of dollars go?” she asked.

It’s a good question. Oil accounts for roughly 85-90% of state revenue. This year’s federal budget anticipated $79 billion in oil money based on projected exports of 3.88 million barrels per day at a price of $56 a barrel. Iraq’s economy improved in 2019 due to rising in oil production, and GDP growth is expected to grow by 4.6% by the end of the year, according to the World Bank.

The FRUITS OF THESE RICHES ARE RARELY SEEN BY THE AVERAGE IRAQI because of financial mismanagement, bureaucratic inefficiency and corruption, experts and officials told The Associated Press.

Overall unemployment is around 11% while 22% of the population lives in poverty, according to World Bank estimates. A striking one-third of Iraqi youth are without jobs.

“One of the main problems is that the oil wealth is spent on the public sector, and especially on salaries,” said Ali al-Mawlawi, head of research at al-Bayan Center, a Baghdad-based think-tank.

Iraq’s brand of sectarian power-sharing — called the “muhasasa” system in Arabic — effectively EMPOWERS POLITICAL ELITES TO GOVERN BASED ON CONSENSUS AND INFORMAL AGREEMENTS, MARGINALIZING THE ROLE OF PARLIAMENT AND ALIENATING MUCH OF THE IRAQI POPULATION IN THE PROCESS.

On the ground, THIS DYNAMIC HAS PLAYED OUT THROUGH A QUOTA SYSTEM WHEREBY RESOURCES ARE SHARED AMONG POLITICAL LEADERS, with each vying to increase networks of patronage and build support. To do this, leaders have relied on doling out government jobs as a foolproof method to preserve loyalty.
This tactic has bloated the public sector and drained Iraq’s oil-financed budget, leaving little for investment in badly needed social and infrastructure projects.

“That has been the approach,” said al-Mawlawi, “PATRONAGE IS BASED PRIMARILY ON THE PROVISION OF JOBS RATHER THAN ANYTHING ELSE. It’s the primary way to distribute resources — through the public sector.” In the 2019 budget, public sector compensation accounted for nearly 40% of state spending.

Iraq’s public sector grew in parallel with the development of the country’s oil industry following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. With major international oil companies flocking to develop the country’s oil fields, THE NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES GREW THREE-FOLD IN THE LAST 16 YEARS, according to Mawlawi’s research.

(Mnt Goat – Oh wait a second! I thought the US led invasion was supposed to bring democracy and the private sector through capitalism to develop Iraq?)

Offering jobs is also a recourse used by Iraqi politicians to quell protests in the past. Prime Minister ADIL ABDUL-MAHDI INCLUDED THOUSANDS OF HIRES IN A REFORM PACKAGE INTRODUCED LAST MONTH. EXPERTS SAID THIS APPROACH ONLY PERPETUATES THE PROBLEM.

(Mnt Goat – can you see why now this approach to dumping more $$ through more jobs into the economy only makes things worst in the long run? I luv this article! )

The trend is not unique to Iraq; oil-rich Gulf countries have experienced the same. But the OIL SECTOR’S INEXTRICABLE LINK TO IRAQ’S MUHASASA SYSTEM HAS CREATED A “FRANKENSTEIN VERSION” OF A TYPICAL PHENOMENON, said Ahmed Tabaqchali, a senior fellow at the Sulaymaniyah-based Institute of Regional and International Studies and Chief Investment Officer at Asia Frontier Capital Iraq Fund.

Because of muhasasa’s multiple, DECENTRALIZED NETWORKS, “INSTEAD OF ONE SINGLE AUTHORITARIAN DOING THE HIRING, WE HAVE MANY HIRING AS IF ON STEROIDS,” TABAQCHALI SAID.

FOLLOWING THE MONEY TRAIL OF HOW MINISTRIES SPEND THEIR BUDGETS IS DIFFICULT EVEN FOR WELL-MEANING REFORMERS because there is little transparency and accountability.
The national budget has allocated increasing amounts every year for “goods and services,” which can vary from public service projects to mundane expenses like maintaining a ministry building. But MANY COMPLAIN LITTLE PROGRESS CAN BE SEEN ON THE GROUND. In some cases, the money is simply not spent because of poor planning and management, said al-Mawlawi.

LAST YEAR’S BUDGET ENDED WITH A SURPLUS OF AROUND $21 BILLION “not because we had too much money, but because we didn’t know how to spend it the right way,” he said.

(Mnt Goat – So here we see it said again – last year had a surplus not a deficit. So why did an MP tell us then months ago the process of re-minting coins was postponed due to a budget deficit? Do you see the lying and the corruption going on? They simply do not want to end the currency auctions. Sothose in power stop the CBIs process or try to stall it.)

Often, money earmarked for service projects by the government or international organizations gets spent by ministry officials for expenditures, said an Iraqi official, who requested anonymity because of regulations. Officials lump all the budgets together for spending and then “they always prioritize petty things and claim the money isn’t enough for the project,” the official said.

Or the funds are used to pay debts accumulated from previous years, the official said. “So when it’s time to sign the contract, they say ‘no money’ because what they have isn’t enough.”

“THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF WAYS BUREAUCRATS CAN SIPHON IT OFF,” the official added.

Crucial projects, meanwhile, remain incomplete.

School buildings in Basra, the province that accounts for the lion’s share of oil exports, are crumbling and overcrowded with multiple-shift programs.
On a recent visit to the Al-Akrameen school in the Abu Khaseeb neighborhood, headmaster Abdulhussain AbdulKhudher said he had asked the Education Directorate for funding to refurbish the school building erected in 1972 but was told there was no money.

“I rely on parents and volunteers to give furniture, keep the place clean for students so they can get an education,” he said.
Nearby, another school stood desolate. A young girl walked by and explained that it was empty and the students had been moved to another pre-existing school. “It will collapse any minute,” she said.

IRAQI LEADERS HAVE BEEN UNWILLING SO FAR TO REFORM THE SYSTEM, which experts said is unsustainable because of limited resources and overreliance on volatile oil markets.

Serious attempts were made following the 2015 financial crisis, when unpopular austerity measures were introduced by former Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s administration. But when oil prices recovered, political pressure trumped strict spending measures.

Abdul-Mahdi’s government saw a 25% increase in spending compared to previous years.

(Mnt Goat – So can we all see why not the US govt through the US Treasury is holding up the reinstatement? How can they place all this money into Iraq and then watch it mismanaged and have the dinar only crash afterwards? Folks this article is amazing and telling us so much. Did you read it? If not learn something and educate yourself instead of just complaining and asking all the time “where is the RV”. Now you know why it is being held up.

It is being purposefully held up because:
1.the CBI wants to move forward but crooked Iranian backed politicians stall it;
2.the US Treasury says not until they learn how to manage their funds, lessen corruption and thus the government is more stable.)

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IRAQ IN THE AREAS OF ELECTRICITY, OIL AND GAS

The Saudi Shura Council approved on Wednesday a number of memorandums of understanding with several countries, most notably with Iraq in the areas of electricity, oil and gas.

According to published through the official Council account on "Twitter", it has been in accordance with the Council on a draft memorandum of understanding with the Iraqi side between the Ministry of Industry in the Kingdom and the Ministry of Industry and Minerals in Iraq; cooperation in the sectors of industry and mineral wealth. "

The body electrical connection Gulf has revealed its intention, tender implementation of the project linking Iraq, the Gulf network, in the second half of this year, TO START SUPPLYING IRAQ OF ELECTRIC POWER IN THE SUMMER OF 2020.

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TOP SHIITE CLERIC, ALI AL-SISTANI CALLING FOR THE SPEEDY ADOPTION OF A NEW LAW FOR A NEW ELECTORAL COMMISSION
Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Ali al-Sistani, called on Friday for a new election law to restore confidence in the political process without prejudice to parties, warning that foreign interference in Iraq could turn the country into a "settling arena."

Sistani said in a Friday sermon read by his representative, Mr. Ahmed al-Safi in Karbala, which is the highest tone since the start of the protests in any case, be aware of this.

Al-Safi said in his reading of Sistani's speech, which does not appear to the public, that citizens did not go out to the demonstrations demanding reform in this unprecedented form and did not continue it throughout this period with all the heavy price and sacrifices required, but because they did not find others a way to get rid of corruption.

He considered that corruption in the country is exacerbated by the ruling powers to make the homelands shared between them, and tolerate some of the corruption of others.

He pointed out that despite the lapse of time since the start of the protests, which he described as honorable road, but has not been achieved to date on the ground of the demands of the protesters deserve attention.

Earlier this week, Sistani met with the head of the UN mission in Iraq, Jenin Hennes-Blachart, who presented him with a phased roadmap, calling for an immediate end to violence, electoral reforms and anti-corruption measures within two weeks. Followed by constitutional amendments and structural legislation within three months.

In this context, Sistani said in his Friday sermon that the will of the people is the result of the secret ballot if it is conducted fairly and impartially, calling for the speedy adoption of a new law for a new electoral commission that is neutral and credible without external interference; "The country has turned into an arena for settling accounts. The biggest loser is the people.

He added that this new law should give a real opportunity to change the forces that have governed the country during the past years, and that the adoption of a law does not give such an opportunity for voters will not be acceptable and useless.
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IRAQIS TO COME TO TAHRIR SQUARE IN ORDER TO STAND (A MINUTE OF SILENCE) TO MOURN THE MARTYRS' LIVES

(Baghdad Today) BAGHDAD - Protesters of Tahrir Square on Saturday (November 16, 2019) issued a statement No. 3, calling on Iraqis to come to Tahrir Square in order to stand (a minute of silence) to mourn the martyrs' lives.

According to the statement received (Baghdad today), "Your celebrations of the victory of the national team, and the millions of crowds that plunged Tahrir Square and the rest of the demonstration squares, on Thursday and Friday, have angered the authority and those with it, so they moved from the stage of intimidating people with sound explosions, to the bloodshed. Inside the peaceful picket yards. "

The statement added that "it became clear, after each sermon of the supreme religious authority, the increasing repression of demonstrators with live bullets and various bombs, while the reference on Friday called for non-aggression on protesters, and that the battle of reform waged by the people is a" national battle ", stressing the sanctity The protesters responded by firing live ammunition in al-Khalani Square, killing four protesters and injuring dozens, before the Tahrir Square and its surroundings were hit by improvised explosive devices and sound bombs, one of which resulted in the death and injury of about 28 demonstrators, in addition to the losses. The material. "

He pointed out that "the lax security in the vicinity of Tahrir Square and the entrances leading to it, indicates the unwillingness of the government to secure the demonstrations, which is the primary duty of the security forces, and daily explosions is only proof of this, so we will seek as protesters to secure the yards and entrances of the demonstrators, hoping our loved ones demonstrators Cooperate with regulatory committees, to keep them safe. "

The statement called "Iraqi women and Iraqis to come to the yards of sit-in, and stand (a minute of silence) in mourning the souls of the martyrs of Friday steadfastness, at 7 pm on Saturday, November 16, and lighting candles in honor of their sacrifices, and pledge them, that there is no return to normal life except the return of the country they wanted ".

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IS IRAN’S DAYS IN IRAQ NUMBERED ?

The current presence of Qassem Alì Soleimani, leader of the Al QudsForce of the “Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps” in Iraq is strategically significant.

Certainly, according to the Iranian press, Soleimani was the sole responsible for the destruction of the so-called “Caliphate” of Al Baghdadi, who has recently been eliminated by the US Special Forces, upon probable Turkish pressure.

It is not entirely false: the various Shiite forces from Iran and Iraq have made about 3,000 military operations against Al Baghdadi’s network.
Soleimani also remains the strategic holder of the Lebanese stability – if we can say so – even with the robust presence of Hezbollah in Saad Hariri’s Lebanese government that resigned on October 29 last, in spite of the pressure from a great Christian friend of Iran and Syria, namely Michel Aoun. President of the Lebanon and, as Maronite, certainly not disliked in Iran and Syria.

The idea that the government of Saad Hariri – a friend of the naive West and of the Sunni monarchies of the Gulf, but in fact in the hands of Hezbollah and Amal, two Lebanese Shiite and Iranian movements – could survive the economic crisis that persists even after the 11 million US dollars lent by the Sunni monarchies and the USA, and after the Shiite riots in Beirut and in the South of the country, was completely unfounded.
If the Lebanon collapses, Iran shall strengthen Iraq, and vice versa. It is obvious if we study the political structures of both countries and their role for Israel and the USA.

In Syria, however, the Russian Federation – and not Iran – has won, but it is equally true that the Shiite Republic, also thanks to Qassem Soleimani, is currently able to fight well in Syria, thus maintaining such a level of hostility as to minimize the possibility of retaliation against Iranian forces both in Syria and at home.

Iran has now stably penetrated the informal and official Syrian defence structures and its goal is both to support Hezbollah and the Shiite forces that will replace it, for an attack southwards, namely against Israel, and the definitive exclusion of US forces or US allies from the whole region of the Syria-Iraq axis.
Nevertheless the trump card that counts for the internationalization of the Syrian crisis is still in Russian hands only.

Furthermore, the territorial and operational limitation of the Russian forces in Syria, above all on the Golan Heights, is a further strategic aim of Iran in Syria and Jordan, as well as obviously in Iraq.

Qassem Alì Soleimani, however – often associated to Rahbar, the Supreme Leader Alì Khamenei, in the iconography of the Iranian regime – is considered the military leader closest to the ideas and opinions of Rahbar himself.
He has always been a myth for the Iranian public because he has quickly risen to the top ranks, among Iran’s 13 Major Generals, starting from a humble job as mason in Kirman, Southern Iran, and he is currently the only senior officer of the Armed Forces who speaks directly with the Supreme Leader.

Jointly with some of the most powerful representatives of the Sunni regimes in the Emirates and in the Saudi Kingdom, Soleimani and the Rahbar are organizing a new policy of negotiations with Saudi Arabia and with the whole Sunni world of Egypt and Jordan.

Currently the Al Quds Force led by Soleimani is organizing alone – with at least 12 commercial jet planes never entered into any register – import-export operations in its favour and in favour of the Iranian regime, while millions of Iraqi, Afghan, Pakistani, Azerbaijani and Bahraini refugees in Iran have quickly obtained – through the Al Quds Force – citizenship in the Republic founded by Ayatollah Khomeini.

An Iranian passport is always ready -through Soleimani’s Force – also for many Lebanese, Pakistani (20% of the Pakistani inhabitants are Shiite) and Bahraini citizens.

These are the future strengths of Iran’s destabilization, which uses the Shiite minorities, but not only them.

Soleimani also manages a network of special envoys of the Shiite Republic of Iran throughout the Middle East that report directly to him who then transfers data directly to the Supreme Leader’s Office.
Currently Soleimani’s parallel and military diplomacy is the real axis of the Iranian power projection in the Greater Middle East and reaches as far as India and the West.

As Ayatollah Yatani said about a month ago: “Nowadays, thanks to General Soleimani, we directly control four Arab capitals, namely Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad and Sana’a”.

This is not entirely true, but certainly Soleimani’s network is effective and credible, at least to back the business that supports the Al Quds Brigade and hence also its political operations of infiltration and control of the local political systems.

Certainly Qassem Soleimani’s power is not as relevant as the Iranian propaganda suggests, but it is however true that, in Iraq, the role played by the General and his Al Quds Force is really important and decisive.
Iraq has a border of 1,559 kilometres with Iran and the great country that was Saddam Hussein’s absolute dominion has always hosted a vast Shiite majority, the second in the world after Iran and India. It is also the majority in the country.

In fact, it has just been reported that General Qassem Alì Soleimani has reached Iraq by helicopter and has settled in Baghdad, taking direct control of the Shiite armed forces and their autonomous security services.
Certainly, the most important sign to define this Iranian decision was the attack on the Iranian Consulate in Karbala, the Shiite holy city. The attack launched on November 3 last caused the death of three people.

The demonstrators carried the Iraqi flags and cried out “Karbala is free, Iran out, out!” – one of the many signs of growing intolerance, not only by Sunnis, towards Iran’s strong interference in Iraqi politics and economy.
On November 11 last, Al-Sistani, the Great Shiite Iraqi Ayatollah, gave the Iraqi government a two-week deadline to find out which “undisciplined elements” – as the Iraqi government of Adel Abdul Al Mahdi euphemistically called them- had used snipers to shoot some demonstrators.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi declared three days of mourning for the victims of the demonstrations in Karbala and elsewhere.

The toll was terrible. At least 110 Iraqi citizens were killed in the demonstrations; over 6,000 were injured in demonstrations in Baghdad, Karbala and the South of the country. The death toll includes at least six elements of government security forces.

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo ,asked the Iraqi Prime Minister for maximum repression of demonstrations, which, however, are becoming increasingly “harsh”.

Abdul Al Mahdi immediately announced his 13-point plan for reforms, with economic subsidies and free housing for poor people, while a special session of the Iraqi Parliament opened on October 8, with meetings between the government and the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Mohammed Al Haboulsi, and between them and the tribal leaders.
On the same day, the Head of the State Grain Buying Agency in Baghdad, Naeem Al Maksousi, was removed and immediately replaced by Mahdi Elwan.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov had arrived in Baghdad as early as October 7 to negotiate with the Iraqi government and curb the protests, which are potentially destructive both for the Russian equilibria in Syria and for the sensitive relationship that the Russian Federation has with Iran, between Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

If Iraq becomes viable for all the destabilization operations that currently pass through the Greater Middle East, the Russian successes in Syria, the stability of Assad’s regime in Syria, the penetration of the Sunni jihad from Afghanistan into Iran, and finally the destabilization of Jordan, will become not only possible, but likely.

In this case it is not only a matter of “bread riots”, as those described by Manzoni in his book The Betrothed, but of a political equilibrium between Iraqi ethnic groups, tribes and international relations, which today is inevitably breaking.

However, as mentioned above, on October 30 last a helicopter transported Qassem Alì Soleimani from Baghdad airport to the fortified Green Zone around the Iraqi capital.

In a meeting called by him in the office of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Soleimani also discussed the issue of the protests mounting in the capital city and, above all, in the Shiite Southern Iraq.
Soleimani is now the de facto Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, especially with reference to the actions taken to keep the protest under control.

“We in Iran know how to control these situations. They also happened in Iran and we quickly put them under control”. According to many sources, he reportedly said so to the Iraqi political leaders.
Hence a real Iranian coup d’état took place in Iraq, because of or with the pretext of the often bloody riots that occurred particularly in the last fortnight.

But there is also another weakness that has emerged for Iran in a traditionally friendly country like Iraq.

Soleimani and his Brigade were not able to organize Hezbollah and its network in the Lebanon, especially to prevent Saad Hariri – a Lebanese President who is a friend of Iran, but connected to the Saudi banks that hold him in their hands – from resigning together with all his government, including the various, and often powerful, Ministers chosen by Hezbollah itself.

Hariri’s resignation has also made a future technocratic solution for the Lebanese government more likely – a solution that would certainly diminish the grip of the Shiite movement Hezbollah, always trained by the “Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps”a Lebanese movement that was the “right eye” of Imam Khomeini.

If Iran loses also Iraq, its area of influence will be so much reduced as to allow a possible penetration of its own territory.
However, despite the presence of Soleimani, the Iraqi Prime Minister intends to leave power.

Therefore, while a “friendly” government for Iran resigns in the Lebanon, another “friendly” government in Iraq is floundering in a structural crisis. This is the rationale underlying Soleimani’s presence in the Iraqi capital.
It should be noted that on the border between Iran and Iraq, on both sides of the line, the Kurds live and they are a real human shield against massive military penetration from Iran into Iraq.

Sunni and Shiite Arab-Iranian tribes are also straddling the border line, and all the parties involved on the border between the two countries – both with a Shiite majority – have vast reserves of oil at their disposal, which they control almost entirely on their own.
Not to mention the various rivers of the region and, above all, the Shatt-el-Arab.

Let us see, however, who Qassem Alì Soleimani really controls in Iraq.
Firstly, there is the Asaib al-Haq network, as well as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and finally what remains of the old Al Badr Brigades.

Asaib al-Haq, the “League of the Righteous”, also known as the Khazali Network, heavily operated also during the last war in Syria.
In the Iraqi war, after Saddam Hussein’s fall, it was responsible for at least 6,000 attacks against the US and coalition forces.

At the time, the “Widowers’ House”, where the Sunni jihadist “martyrs” – also those who hit Italy’s military in Nassiriya – passed at the end of their journey towards death, was placed in Syria.

It was from there that a young Sunni “martyr”, of Moroccan origin, who initially worked in a halal butcher shop on the Catalan coast moved to the Mosque of Viale Jenner, in Milan, and finally to Syria, to hit Italy’s soldiers in Camp Mittica, Nassiriya.

We were informed of it by the Spanish Guardia Civilthat – as always happens in these cases – had received some DNA found on the body of the “martyr” who killed our soldiers.

Asaib al-Haq, that is also an Iraqi political party, is under direct orders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and, in any case, is institutionally part of the old network of the Popular Mobilization Forces.
It is estimated that the militants and operatives of the Asaib network and of the Popular Mobilization Forces are currently worth about 15,000 elements, all well-trained, both in Iraq and Iran.

Asaib was born as a splinter group of the old Army of the Mahdi, led and founded by Muqtada al-Sadr (and exactly in the old “rationalist” Sadr City, ferocious clashes between the “rebels” and the Iraqi police forces have taken place very recently).

The working style of the militia group among the population – that is to provide aid to poor people through a “religious welfare”, the same policy of Hezbollah in the Lebanon – is, however, a significant cost for Iran.
Hezbollah in the Lebanon, however, is supported by a system of private funding from rich local Shiites; companies, also Sunni ones, that operate in the areas or with Iranian customers; income from investment and from the usual private donations.

Between 1983 and 1989 Iran has given directly to Hezbollah as many as 450 million US dollars.

Currently – and, however, this does not include operational military support and training for Hezbollah men and women in the Lebanon – there is talk of at least 650 million US dollars a year, from Iran directly to the Southern district of Beirut, where the operational centre of the Lebanese and Shiite “Party of God” is located.

Hezbollah also gets money from the often powerful Shiite minorities outside the Middle East, such as those in West Africa, in the USA and also in the very important area of the “tripartite border” between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.

As shown by international agencies’ data, there are also operations that demonstrate how and to what extent the business network of the “Party of God” also deals – for significant amounts – with the illegal trafficking of tobacco and, often, with international drug trafficking.

Currently news about Iran’s financial commitment in Iraq tells us of at least 16 billion US dollars to train, support and organize Shiite militias in Iraq.
Moreover the expansion of the Shiite militias in these areas is recent and will follow Soleimani’s presence in Iraq, like Banquo’s ghost in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

The Popular Mobilisation Forces are currently a complex organization born in 2014 to fight against the so-called Al Baghdadi’s “Caliphate”.
In September 2019, upon order of the Shiite Iraqi leader, Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis,the network of the Shiite PMF separated from the rest of the Iraqi Armed Forces. This Iran’s political choice stems from a series of air bombings that the PMF bases have suffered in Iraq over the last three months.

The Shiite network has accused Israel, which has neither confirmed nor denied the charge.

But there is no guarantee that this Shiite network is now also opposed to many of the sectarian forces operating on Iraqi soil, between Sunnis and Kurds.

However, the great Shiite military alliance, under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilisation Forces, was born in 2014 from a fatwa of the Great Ayatollah al Sistani that indicated to the young Iraqis the duty to “be part of the security forces” to save the country from the danger of the so-called Al Baghdadi’s “Caliphate”.

Despite various decrees enacted by the Iraqi government, both by Nouri al Maliki and the current President, the structure of the Popular Mobilisation Forces has not given their weapons to the Iraqi army and the PMF have never subjected their chain of command to the Iraqi hierarchy of the Armed Forces.

Recently, the Shiite network in Iraq has increased from the 4,500 armed militants, who had been identified in 2011, to well over 81,000 ones, with a significant increase that has occurred only over the last six months.

The network of the Popular Mobilization Forces is also useful for Iran to create a second front – more difficult to control – of missile launch against Israel, operated solely from the Iraqi territory.

Also the Hashd al Shaabi movement in the Lebanon was born in 2014, like the new PMF. It is a movement connected – from the very beginning -to the Iraqi brigades of the Popular mobilization Forces, as well as to the Badr Brigade and the new Asaib al-Haq network, always linked to the presence of the Brigades of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and hence to Soleimani’s Al Quds Brigade.

Now this network, under Qassem Alì Soleimani’s direct control, currently counts at least 130,000 armed militants.

In other words, Iran is replacing its proxies in Iraq and the Lebanon with a view to avoiding the enemy penetration and staking – with new organizational and military models – a very heavy claim to regimes, between the Lebanon and Iraq, which are obviously at the end of their pathway.

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UNITED STATES WOULD IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON IRAQ IF IRAQI OFFICIALS WERE FOUND TO BE INVOLVED IN CRACKING DOWN ON DEMONSTRATIONS

A senior White House official told Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath television that the United States would impose sanctions if Iraqi officials were found to be involved in cracking down on demonstrations.

The US official said in an exclusive interview with Al-Arabiya.net that the situation in Iraq is very bad and there are many deaths among young people. In Lebanon, where there are accusations that we are behind the demonstrations, but we know that Iran is behind the attempts to suppress the revolutions.

He added THAT THE IRANIAN INTERVENTION IN IRAQ IS CLEAR and we know that Qassem Soleimani went to Baghdad and told the government how to suppress these demonstrations and the Iranians know how to achieve this goal, we know that there are reports that his sniper behind the killing of many demonstrators.

"We have seen even Iraqi football players wearing a mask on their face in a football match against Iran in solidarity with the protesters. Although solidarity is symbolic, it will attract world attention," he said.

"We discussed the demonstration in Iraq as well as the situation in Lebanon and Syria at the meeting of the strategic alliance in the Middle East known as Mesa, which includes the Gulf Cooperation Council countries along with Egypt and Jordan in order to come up with a unified international response on Iraq."

"We appreciate the role of the United Nations and its mission in Iraq. I think it can help support new elections and review the electoral law so that the new government is in a better position to meet the needs of the Iraqi citizen," the US official said.

"But we want to find other ways to support the demonstrators and I think they are in providing medical assistance to the demonstrators."

"We see a reaction from the Iraqi people and the demonstrators, which is hostile to Iran in nature, and it will be difficult to arrest them only with a campaign of violence and arrests. ».

"This may be the best way to reverse Iran's influence in Iraq," the official said.

"We will not hesitate to impose sanctions on Iraqi officials, including banning the entry of the United States and freezing their assets," he said.

"We are also constrained by Congressional law not to provide weapons to Iraq's security services if they are found to be involved in human rights abuses," the official said. So we warned our partners in the Iraqi government as well as the security forces if they repressed the demonstrators, we will stop supporting them. "If there is any evidence that they are doing this, we will investigate and reconsider all the US military assistance to Iraq, which is its values. This applies to Iraq and Lebanon."

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THE POLITICAL BLOCS GAVE THE GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT 45 DAYS TO IMPLEMENT THE REFORMS.

Iraqi parties and political blocs, meeting on Monday, signed an agreement to implement a number of measures and decisions, in the face of protests since October 1, and demand the departure of the ruling elite, according to a document published by local media.

The document, signed by 12 political entities, highlighted the pledge to amend the electoral law to provide equal chances for independent candidates to win, the formation of a new election commission and a broad cabinet reshuffle "on the concepts of quotas."
The signatories urged the government and security agencies to "identify those involved in the kidnapping of demonstrators and continue the effort to discover those involved in hunting and killing demonstrators and targeting the media."

The political blocs gave the government and parliament 45 days to implement the reforms contained in the document.

The signatories to the document represent most of the main currents participating in the government and parliament since 2003, including the Fatah Alliance led by Hadi al-Amiri, and the State of Law coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki.

More than 300 people were killed and thousands more injured during the demonstrations, which began on the first of last October, as a result of the security forces using excessive violence against the demonstrators.

The meeting comes in conjunction with the publication of leaked Iranian documents REVEALING THE EXTENT OF TEHRAN'S EXTENSIVE INTERVENTION IN IRAQ, through spies penetrating into the political, security and military institutions in Iraq.

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Articles End

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

Disclaimer: All information in this newsletter is not intended for investment decisions / purposes. Mnt Goat is not a financial analyst, planner, banker, attorney or associated in any role with giving out professional investment advice.

In ending I want everyone to know your constant prayers in the fight against evil (ISIS) and now the corruption in Iraq have worked. God has guided these young men and women on the battle field. He has guided the honest, patriots of Iraq to fight for their homeland. So this new war now on our citizens is underway. New battles are raging every day over corruption. These are battles to save our societies from the corrupt politicians and secret societies who are bent on taking what they want from our current wealth and from future generations without our permission. We must keep praying for the end to the rapid corruption and enslavement of people in Iraq and also in the United States. We must pray for our leaders that they may be anointed by the Holy Spirit and guided to do God’s work. We must stand by them and let them know we are still there to support them, even after the election is over. I have composed a prayer maybe we can all pray today in our own way and until the reinstatement of the Iraq dinar occurs.


PRAYER

“For all leaders of all nations, that they may be anointed by the Holy Spirit to do God’s will and work to bring about abundance and prosperity to their nation.

To fight this waging war on corruption, our freedoms, our liberties, socialist plans and injustice.

To bring all those corrupt to justice and pay for their crimes no matter how high up in the government they are.

That the FREE WORLD may be a shining example for the rest of the entire planet.

In the name of Jesus Christ our King and Savior, Amen”


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