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Post by claud39 on Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:35 pm

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Thursday, 12 March 2020


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Baghdad, 12 March 2020 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) condemns the latest rocket attack at Camp Taji which resulted in loss of life and injury among troops of the Global Coalition in the fight against Da’esh (ISIL).


These ongoing attacks are a clear and substantial threat to the country, and the risk of rogue action by armed groups remains a constant concern.

Beyond the immediate security threat, this also takes critical political attention away from urgent unfinished domestic business. The last thing Iraq needs is to serve as an arena for vendettas and external battles.
Maximum restraint on all sides is the only way forward. The Government of Iraq must exercise its full powers to hold perpetrators accountable and prevent future attacks.

The UN expresses its condolences to the families of the victims and their countries, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

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For more information, please contact: Mr. Samir Ghattas, Director of Public Information/Spokesperson
United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Phone: +964 790 193 1281, Email: ghattass@un.org
or the UNAMI Public Information Office: unami-information@un.org


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Speaker of the House of Representatives Muhammad al-Halbousi condemns the attack on the Iraqi military base of Taji, on Wednesday evening, by the shelling of Katyusha rockets, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries from trainers and advisors within the international coalition forces, who are present at the request and approval of the Iraqi government to train Iraqi security forces and provide support Support for the fight against ISIS and the pursuit of its remnants.


His Excellency the Prime Minister called the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to take firm and strict measures towards any targeting of Iraqi camps and military bases that include the coalition forces, stressing the need to open an immediate investigation to know the executing party and to prosecute and hold them accountable, indicating that such attacks are targeting Iraq’s security and safety His lands.
 
 
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Trump threatens armed groups in Iraq

26 fighters of the popular crowd killed in Syria


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US President Donald Trump has given the military the power to respond to a missile attack by an Iranian-backed armed group in Iraq, which has killed two American and one British soldier.

Defense Minister Mark Esber and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Millie did not come to the point of blaming the Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigade or charging any particular armed group.


But they clearly expressed their belief that Iranian-backed militants carried out the attack and said all options were on the table.


"I spoke to the president. He gave me the authority to do what we should do in line with his directives," Esber told reporters at the Pentagon.


Asked if any US response might include strikes inside Iran, Esber suggested that strikes against the armed group itself were a priority.


"But we are focusing on the group, or the groups, which we believe carried out this (attack) in Iraq, at the present time," he added.


On the other hand, 26 fighters from the Iraqi Popular Mobilization were killed in an air strike in eastern Syria on Wednesday night, according to a new toll of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, on Thursday, in the wake of an attack targeting the US-led coalition forces in Iraq and killing three.



The observatory suggested that the bombing was carried out by the international coalition, which conducts operations against ISIS. Before the raid near the border town of Albukamal, rockets were fired at a military base north of Baghdad, killing two Americans and a British.


The Hezbollah Brigades, a militant faction within the PMF, praised the attack and its perpetrators, without adopting it.

"We believe it is the most appropriate time for the national and popular forces to resume their jihadist operations to drive out the bad guys and the aggressors from the land of the holy sites," the group said in a statement.


The Hezbollah Brigades criticized "those who were quick to condemn and express their sympathy", in a hint for the senior Iraqi officials who condemned the missile attack.



On the other hand, a senior administration official said that a number of rockets landed on Wednesday on an Iraqi base hosting American and coalition forces, and added that an assessment and investigation process is underway. "We are closely following the situation in Taji camp ... We will not anticipate the ongoing assessment and investigation process," the official said.


The international coalition added in a statement that "three members of the coalition forces were killed (...) and approximately 12 additional people were wounded" in the attack on Taji camp, noting that 18 Katyusha rockets had fallen. "The coalition and the Iraqi security forces are investigating what happened in the attack," the statement said.


On Wednesday, the Security Media Cell in Iraq announced the fall of ten Katyusha rockets inside the Taji camp, north of Baghdad, which includes American forces. This attack is the twenty-second since the end of October (October) against American interests in Iraq. The coalition did not specify the nationalities of the wounded.


The Iraqi presidency condemns the attack


The Iraqi News Agency reported early today, Thursday, that the Presidency of the Republic of Iraq condemns the attack on the Taji camp.


The Presidency said in a statement that it "condemns the terrorist attack on the Iraqi military base of Taji by bombing with Katyusha rockets, which resulted in loss of life and injuries to a number of trainers and advisors within the international coalition forces operating in Iraq in the fight against terrorism, at the invitation of the Iraqi government."


The statement added, "This attack is a targeting of Iraq and its security." The presidency stressed "the necessity of conducting full investigations to determine its background and track the elements responsible for it."


Washington and London pledge accountability


The United States and Britain pledged to hold perpetrators of the Taji attack accountable.




US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his British counterpart Dominic Rapp stressed in a phone call that "those responsible for these attacks must be held accountable," according to a statement issued by the State Department.


In a statement, Thursday, Rap said, "We must find the officials ... I welcome the Iraqi President's call to open an immediate investigation to hold the perpetrators to account ... but we must see a move."


No one has claimed responsibility for the missile attack on the military base, but Washington usually accuses Shi'ite factions loyal to Iran of launching similar attacks, in the context of the tension between Iran and the United States for months. This attack is the 22nd since the end of October against American interests in Iraq.


An official in the US-led international coalition confirmed that the attack resulted in several injuries, ranging from minor to severe, and the official did not specify the nationalities of the wounded.


"Hizb allah"


Similar attacks targeting American soldiers and diplomats or American facilities in Iraq have resulted in the death of an American contractor and an Iraqi soldier.


Two days after the killing of an American in targeting an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk with 30 rockets at the end of 2019, American forces carried out raids on five bases, in Iraq and Syria, that belong to a pro-Iranian armed faction, the Hezbollah Brigades.


 This was followed by the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Chairman of the Popular Mobilization Committee, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in a US strike in Baghdad, which led to an escalation of tension between Washington and Tehran, which responded by targeting Iraqi bases harboring American forces.


Sleeping cells


The international coalition formed against the Islamic State in 2014, led by the United States, includes tens of member states. Thousands of soldiers are still in Iraq, and despite the terrorist organization losing all the lands it controlled in Iraq, it still has sleeper cells that do not Still able to carry out attacks.



The Iraqi parliament recently voted to remove US forces from the country, numbering 5,200, and the government is obligated to implement this decision. However, Iraq has faced a political deadlock for several months, and the government that resigned in December has not yet been replaced because of the lack of consensus In the parliament, which is considered the most dispersed in the recent history of Iraq




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(CNN)The US carried out airstrikes on Thursday against multiple Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq, according to the US Defense Department.


The strikes come one day after the US assessed an Iranian-backed group was responsible for a rocket attack on a base where coalition forces are located, killing two American service members and one British service member. Fox News was first to report on the strike.


A US defense official told CNN that the strikes were carried out by manned aircraft and targeted five weapons storage facilities.


In a written statement, the Defense Department stated the strike was aimed at harming the ability of Kata'ib Hezbollah, an Iranian-sponsored Shia militia group, to conduct future strikes against American troops. The weapons storage facilities included areas where weapons used to attack American and coalition troops were stored.

"These strikes were defensive, proportional, and in direct response to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups (SMG) who continue to attack bases hosting OIR coalition forces," the department statement read. A briefing on the attack is scheduled for Friday morning at the Pentagon.


The statement added, "These terror groups must cease their attacks on U.S. and coalition forces or face consequences at a time and place of our choosing. The US and the coalition remain committed to the lasting defeat of ISIS, and the long-term security, stability, and sovereignty of Iraq."

The strikes come months after the US and Iran were brought to the brink of war in early January. While the situation appeared to deescalate in the weeks following Iran's retaliatory strike on a base housing US troops in Iraq, tensions have flared up once again between Tehran and Washington.

There have been multiple rocket attacks in Iraq in recent weeks, but Wednesday's was the first to cause a US death since December, when a US contractor was killed. That death prompted retaliatory US airstrikes against Iranian-backed militia targets in Iraq and Syria.


 Trump administration officials pointed to the contractor's death as their justification for air strikes that killed Iran's second most powerful leader, Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

The US was reviewing options as to how to respond, the US Defense secretary and top US general said earlier on Thursday.

"Yesterday's attack by Iranian backed Shia militia groups consisted of multiple indirect fires that originated from a stationary platform and was clearly targeting coalition and partner forces on Camp Taji," Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters at the Pentagon while pledging that the US would take action to hold the attackers accountable.

"We're going to take this one step at a time. But we've got to hold the perpetrators accountable. You don't get to shoot at our bases and kill and wound Americans and get away with it," Esper said.

President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he had been working on what to do about the attack on Wednesday night.

"They've sent a lot of rockets now. It hasn't been fully determined it was Iran," Trump said.

He added, "It was a rebel group, but most likely it looks like it could be backed by Iran."

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that the truck that fired the approximately 30 107mm rockets was captured by the Iraqi Security Forces and that forensics from that vehicle helped identify the attackers.

"We have pretty good confidence who did this. We were able to capture the truck, it was a modified truck with tubes, rocket tubes on the back, the Iraqi security forces did a good job in helping secure that truck. We have good indications based on forensics where it was fired from, who did the firing and so on and so forth," Milley said.

Milley said that 14 coalition personnel were also wounded in the attack, including five injuries that were considered "urgent." Those wounded included US, British, Polish and contractor personnel.

"The groups responsible will be held accountable appropriately," Milley said, adding, "it was a significant attack and it resulted in the death and wounding of American (service members). So where we go from here as you would expect options are on the table and we are looking at everything and we will await final options and decisions from the President."

The series of strikes come as both Iran and the US struggle to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

The top American military commander overseeing troops in the Middle East, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, said he thinks the coronavirus outbreak in Iran "is having an effect on how they make decisions," and that "their inability to effectively respond to the coronavirus is I think inducing pressure on and inside the leadership."

"I think it probably makes them, in terms of decision making, more dangerous rather than less dangerous. But that's just my assessment," said McKenzie, adding that he believes "the numbers are probably significantly underreported in terms of coronavirus victims in Iran."

Asked why the Iranian groups chose to attack now, Milley said, "There could be a lot of reasons, it could be coronavirus, it could be rogue Shia militia groups, it could be Soleimani's birthday, it could be a lot of things."

McKenzie said the outbreak was also "going to have some effect on the military instrument" when asked about the Iranian regular military and IRGC at a Senate Armed Services hearing.

The coalition strikes come one day after the House of Representatives approved a War Powers resolution aiming to rein in presidential authority to use military action against Iran without congressional approval.

The resolution -- introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat -- passed the Senate last month with bipartisan support despite Trump's vocal opposition.


It will now be sent to the White House, where Trump is expected to veto it. Congress is not expected to have enough votes to override a presidential veto. Although it is unlikely to become law, passage of the resolution by both chambers represents a significant rebuke to the President and highlights congressional support for efforts to check the executive branch's war-making powers.

This story has been updated with additional developments.
CNN's Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.


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UNAMI condemns attack at Camp Taji, calls for maximum restraint Empty McKinsey: Washington consulted with Baghdad in the wake of yesterday's attack

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[size=18]The US Central Command chief, General Kenneth McKenzie, confirmed on Friday that the United States has put in place an appropriate deterrent against Iran, while he indicated that he had no information about the killing of a general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in yesterday's attack in Iraq, affirming that his country consulted with Baghdad in the aftermath of the attack,


McKinsey said in a press conference held in the United States, he believed that American strikes would deter future attacks such as the missile attack on the Taji camp north of Baghdad, noting that a structure had been struck near Karbala airport, indicating that there were other targets belonging to the "Hezbollah Brigades" that had not been bombed locally. self.






General MacKenzie added that Washington acted in self-defense, saying that "our recent raids send a signal that we will not tolerate the loss of the lives of our fighters, and have put in place an appropriate deterrent against Iran and coordinate with the Iraqis constantly.

" Preparing them to work fully, indicating that two aircraft carriers will continue to operate in the region,

and the commander of the Central Command confirmed that Washington had consulted with Baghdad in the aftermath of the attack, and "they knew that the response was coming," in reference to the Iraqi authorities.


He explained in the context that Iraq understands the value of the American forces in confronting the "ISIS" organization, stressing that the United States will be able to maintain its presence, while he indicated that he had no information about the killing of a general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in yesterday's attack in Iraq.
 
And last night, Karbala airport (under construction) was subjected to an American bombing, in addition to a number of the crowd headquarters in the governorate and Salah al-Din and Anbar, in response to the targeting of ten American missiles at the Taji camp last Wednesday with ten missiles, killing two Americans and a British.
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UNAMI condemns attack at Camp Taji, calls for maximum restraint Empty Iran denies involvement in the attack on the Taji base in Iraq

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Today, Friday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry denied that Tehran was involved in the attack on Balad military base, north of Baghdad, in which American forces are present.




"The United States cannot hold others responsible for its illegal presence in Iraq, and the response of the people of this country to the killing of Iraqi leaders and fighters," said ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi.

"Mr. Trump, instead of dangerous steps and unfounded accusations, it would be better for him to reconsider the presence and operation of his forces in the region," Mousavi added, according to the statement released by the Foreign Ministry.






US President Donald Trump announced that "it has not yet been fully determined that Iran is responsible for the missile attack in Iraq," but he delegated the Defense Department (Pentagon) authority to do what it should do, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.

The Pentagon announced today, Friday, that the United States carried out precision strikes against Popular Mobilization sites that included five weapons storage facilities, in response to a missile attack on the Taji camp that killed two Americans and a British.


The Iraqi Joint Operations Command announced, on the first hour of Thursday, 12 March, the killing of 3 and a number of wounded members of the International Coalition Against Terrorism, following a missile attack targeting a camp north of the capital, Baghdad.

The leadership considered this attack a very serious security challenge and a hostile act, and the Prime Minister directed the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to open an immediate investigation to find out who carried out this dangerous and hostile act, pursue them, arrest them, and present them to the judiciary, whatever the party.


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UNAMI condemns attack at Camp Taji, calls for maximum restraint Empty In response to the American bombing ... Al-Hakim calls on the government to take its proper role to preserve the prestige of the state

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Friday head of the al-Hikma movement, Ammar al-Hakim, called on the Iraqi government to take its proper and appropriate role to preserve the country's prestige and protect its sovereignty from any violation.


Al-Hakim said in a tweet to him, "We condemn and denounce the violation of foreign aircraft, the sovereignty of Iraq, and the bombing of headquarters of the popular crowd and security forces in the holy Karbala, Babel, Wasit, Salah al-Din, and some other civilian facilities."

Al-Hakim added, "While we warn against turning Iraq into a arena of conflict and political and military attraction, we demand the Iraqi government to take its right and appropriate role to preserve the prestige of the state and protect its sovereignty from any violation."






And last night, Karbala airport (under construction) was subjected to an American bombing, in addition to a number of the crowd headquarters in the governorate and Salah al-Din and Anbar, in response to the targeting of ten American missiles at the Taji camp last Wednesday with ten missiles, killing two Americans and a British.


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UNAMI condemns attack at Camp Taji, calls for maximum restraint Empty The State Department holds an emergency meeting and summons the American and British ambassadors

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Baghdad - Mawazine News,

The Foreign Ministry held an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the American attack on the headquarters of the security forces, while it summoned the American and British ambassadors to Baghdad.


"The Foreign Minister, Muhammad Ali al-Hakim, held an emergency meeting in which the ministry’s agents, advisors, and official spokesperson attended, to study measures regarding the recent American attack," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed al-Sahaf, in a statement received by Mawazine News.


Al-Sahaf added, “Al-Hakim directed the summons of the US and British ambassadors to Baghdad.” Ended 6/29 N






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UNAMI condemns attack at Camp Taji, calls for maximum restraint Empty Britain praises the American attack on the crowd's headquarters: it was swift and decisive

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Britain praised Friday the attack by America on the headquarters of the PMF and the security forces in Iraq.


British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rapp said, "The response led by the United States to an attack by coalition forces in Iraq was swift, decisive, and proportionate."


Rap added, "Everyone who seeks to harm the coalition forces should expect a strong response."


The United States launched a series of air strikes in Iraq against the headquarters of the Popular Mobilization and Security Forces in the late hours of Thursday evening and Friday morning, after factions accused the Popular Mobilization of responsibility for a major missile attack the day before that killed two American soldiers and a British military at a base Military coronary.


And Rap said in a statement on Friday, "


He stressed, "Everyone who seeks to harm the coalition forces must expect a strong response." Ended 6/29 n





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UNAMI condemns attack at Camp Taji, calls for maximum restraint Empty Security Alert – Iraq – March 12, 2020

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Security Alert – Iraq – March 12, 2020


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Location:  Iraq


Event: Due to heightened regional tensions and in an abundance of caution, both visa and American Citizen Services appointments at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil are canceled from March 15-19, 2020.  Applicants should reschedule their appointments online using available dates.  U.S. citizens in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region who need emergency services can contact ErbilACS@state.gov.  Please note that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is still closed for public services.  U.S. citizens elsewhere in Iraq should contact BaghdadACS@state.gov for emergency assistance.


Actions to Take:



  •     Review your personal security plans

  •     Be aware of your surroundings

  •     Keep a low profile


Assistance:






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UNAMI condemns attack at Camp Taji, calls for maximum restraint Empty Sadikoun Bloc: The government has two options, either to bring out American forces or declare war

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Sadikoun Bloc: The government has two options, either to bring out American forces or declare war


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BAGHDAD / ... The deputy of the Sadikoun parliamentary bloc, Hassan Salem, called on Saturday for the removal of American forces from Iraq or the declaration of war on them.




Salem said in a statement received by "Eye of Iraq News", "The condemnation statements are a weak weapon, and the government has two options that are not third, either to bring out the American forces or declare war on these occupied forces."


Salem called, according to the statement, "The Iraqi Foreign Ministry to file a complaint with the United Nations Security Council and the United Nations to condemn this aggression and to hold an emergency session to condemn the American-British aggression that targeted our security forces, the popular crowd and the Karbala Civil Airport," stressing the need to "summon the American and British ambassador and deliver them a strongly worded note and carry them." All the consequences of this crime, which led to loss of life from our Iraqi people and material losses. "


And MP Hassan Salem warned against "keeping silent on this crime because it will lead to the United States of America continuing to recklessness and commit other crimes against the Iraqi people."
On Friday (13 March 2020), the Joint Operations Command issued a statement regarding the American bombing that targeted sites belonging to the Popular Mobilization and in a number of different regions in the governorates of Iraq.


Below is the text of the statement:


At exactly one o'clock in the morning on Friday March 13, 2020
Iraq has been subjected to a blatant attack by American combat aircraft that targeted the Iraqi army’s parts of the nineteenth division commanders and headquarters of 46 Popular Mobilization and the third Babylon Police Regiment in the provinces of Babel Governorate (Jurf Al-Nasr, Al-Saeedat, Behbehani, the former Al-Ashtar Military Industrialization Facility, Karbala Airport is under construction on the road The link between Karbala and Najaf) This aggression led to:


First: Three fighters and four wounded guards from the nineteenth division were killed, two of them in critical condition.


Second: Two martyrs were killed and two of the employees of the Babylon III Emergency Police Regiment were wounded. The bodies of the martyrs are still under the rubble.


Third: Five wounded fighters of the 46 PMF were killed.


Fourth: The death of a civilian worker in Karbala airport, which is under construction, and another wound.


Fifth: Destroying the entire infrastructure, equipment and weapons in all the headquarters that were targeted by the American aviation.


Here the joint operations command shows that this is a preliminary outcome, as the leadership shows its strong condemnation of this attack that targeted the Iraqi military establishment and which violates the principle of partnership and alliance between the Iraqi security forces and the parties that planned and carried out this treacherous attack, which caused the loss of lives of Iraqi fighters and wounded them while they were in their duties Military each according to the categorical responsibility.


The pretext that this attack came as a response to the aggressive action that targeted the Taji camp is a false pretext and leads to escalation and does not provide a solution to control the situation, but leads to escalation and deterioration of the security situation in the country and exposes everyone to more risks and threats, as it acted outside the Iraqi state’s will and aggression Its sovereignty and strengthens outlaws. No party has the right to substitute itself for the state, its sovereignty, and its legitimate decisions.


This assault does not belong to any partnership or respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq, its reputation, and its citizens. It will have consequences that bounce back on everyone with the greatest dangers, if not controlled and everyone’s respect for the will and policies of the Iraqi state.


Then, on Friday, the State Department delivered a memorandum of protest to US Ambassador Matthew Tueller, expressing its rejection and condemnation of the violations committed by the American forces to the sovereignty of Iraq by bombing the headquarters of the army, the police, and the popular crowd, which are Iraqi national forces that defended Iraq, its unit, and fought Valiantly, and it stopped the expansion of ISIS to the countries of the region, indeed the world.


In its statement, the State Department said, "The American forces also bombed a civilian airport under construction in Karbala, a city that is widely respected and revered in the conscience of the Iraqi people, causing the death of a number of civilians, and the injury of others, as well as the material damage left." Bombing. "


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs considered that "this breach represents an escalation of the security situation at a time when the need to mobilize efforts towards the remnants of the ISIS terrorist gangs is confirmed to establish security and stabilize, as it contradicts the nature of the agreement between Iraq and the international coalition that is supposed to stand with us in our war against terrorism." .


It stated that "the American ambassador Matthew Tueller was summoned by Senior Undersecretary Abdul Karim Hashem Mustafa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, Friday, where he was informed of the above and submitted a protest note, and he was informed that the Iraqi government will submit a complaint to the Security Council and another to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, We will reach our complaint to all member states of the United Nations, and the representative of Iraq to the United Nations will deliver two identical letters to the Secretary-General and the Security Council. "



The Foreign Office indicated that "the British ambassador to Iraq was received, informed of the above and informed of the measures that Iraq intends to take regarding the recent US aggression."


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Baghdad / ... The American Embassy in Baghdad issued, on Saturday, a security alert for its citizens in Iraq due to the increasing regional tensions in the region.


The embassy stated in a statement received by "Eye of Iraq News", saying: "Due to the increasing regional tensions and following the precautionary procedures, all visa and US citizenship service appointments will be canceled at the US Consulate General in Erbil from 15 to 19 March 2020."


The statement added: "The applicants must reschedule their appointments via the Internet using the available dates. US citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq who need emergency services can communicate via email to ErbilACS@state.gov."


 He continued, "The United States embassy in Baghdad is still closed to serve the auditors. The citizens of the United States in various regions of Iraq must contact BaghdadACS@state.gov to obtain emergency assistance."


On Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered a protest note to US Ambassador Matthew Tueller, expressing its rejection and condemnation of the violation of Iraqi sovereignty by the American forces by bombing the headquarters of the army, the police, and the popular crowd, which are Iraqi national forces that defended Iraq and its unity, and valiantly fought And it stopped the expansion of ISIS to the countries of the region and indeed the world.


In its statement, the State Department said, "The American forces also bombed a civilian airport under construction in Karbala, a city that is widely respected and revered in the conscience of the Iraqi people, causing the death of a number of civilians, and the injury of others, as well as the material damage left." Bombing. "


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs considered that "this breach represents an escalation of the security situation at a time when the need to mobilize efforts towards the remnants of the ISIS terrorist gangs is confirmed to establish security and stabilize, as it contradicts the nature of the agreement between Iraq and the international coalition that is supposed to stand with us in our war against terrorism." .


It stated that "the American ambassador Matthew Tueller was summoned by Senior Undersecretary Abdul Karim Hashem Mustafa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, Friday, where he was informed of the above and submitted a protest note, and he was informed that the Iraqi government will submit a complaint to the Security Council and another to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, We will reach our complaint to all member states of the United Nations, and the representative of Iraq to the United Nations will deliver two identical letters to the Secretary-General and the Security Council. "



The Foreign Office indicated that "the British ambassador to Iraq was received, informed of the above and informed of the measures that Iraq intends to take regarding the recent US aggression." 


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 The deputy of Al-Fateh Alliance Mukhtar Al-Mousawi warned, on Saturday, of an "American coup plot" led by some political blocs to legitimize the "American occupation," calling for the implementation of Article Seven of the constitution against everyone who conspires against his countrymen in favor of the American occupier.

Mousawi said in a statement to the "information", that "some political blocs are leading an American coup plot to plunge the Iraqi street into a new war and legalization of the American occupation of Iraq," criticizing "the silence of some political forces on the crimes of the American occupation towards the popular crowd,

adding that" some forces created For itself a formula for legitimizing the American occupation, "noting that" what is happening today whoever violates Iraqi sovereignty by the occupier will face it with a mass popular will if the government fails to deter the occupier. " 


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The Secretary-General expresses his serious concern about repeated attacks in Iraq and the region.
The Secretary-General calls on all sides to take immediate steps towards de-escalating the situation to prevent additional loss of life, injury and destruction.


Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 14 March 2020


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The Pentagon said on Wednesday that it was still looking at how to respond to any attack targeting American forces, days after three American soldiers were wounded in a missile attack on an Iraqi base north of Baghdad.
"We are still looking at how we will respond to any attack on American forces anywhere in the world. We reserve the right to defend ourselves," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told a news briefing.


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On Saturday, three American soldiers and several Iraqi soldiers were wounded in a missile attack, adding to fears of an upsurge in attacks and counterattacks.
The US Department of Defense reiterated on Saturday evening that members of the US military cannot be attacked without a response , referring to the second attack that targeted the Taji base last weekend, adding that accountability is inevitable.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman declined to speculate about the possible response, but said in a statement based on Defense Secretary Mark Esper's warning last week: "You cannot attack and strike US military personnel and get away ... we will hold them accountable."





He also added that the Iraqi security forces made initial arrests. He said the United States was helping to investigate the attack, the second in less than a week on the Taji base, north of Baghdad.
In addition, he explained that two of the three American soldiers who were wounded in the latest missile attack in Iraq, are in a serious condition and are being treated in a military hospital in Baghdad, in the first confirmation of an American injury.
It is noteworthy that the Taji camp north of Baghdad was again attacked by a missile attack with more than thirty Katyusha shells, and the Iraqi Ministry of Defense reported injuries among its soldiers, some of them critical.
The missiles targeted positions occupied by international coalition forces and others that struck an amphitheater used by Iraqi forces, and the Iraqi army said it was fired from the nearby Rashidiya area by mobile platforms inside a garage whose owner was arrested.






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The mandate of the Iraqi President, Barham Salih, on March 17, the former governor of Najaf, the representative of the "Victory" coalition in parliament, Adnan al-Zarfi, to form a new government, came a few days after the escalation of the military escalation between the Iraqi "Hezbollah" militia and the American forces in Iraq, where the two sides exchanged attacks, launched by the party with an attack on the Taji camp in Baghdad, in which American forces are present, on March 11, killing two American and British soldiers, and American forces responded, on the 13th of the same month, by bombing five sites The party in Iraq, and on the common border with Syria, while the party renewed His attack again a day later, injuring some members of the Iraqi Air Force.




Local observers believe that American forces may resume their attacks on the Iraqi militia camps and armories, which Washington lists as a terrorist organization, especially after the latter warned, on March 16, that it would not compromise in protecting its soldiers, in parallel with the firing of two missiles at Bismaya Camp southeast of Baghdad.




But what is striking in this context is that these warnings come at a time when media reports indicated, on March 17, that the US military was ready to withdraw from three main bases in Iraq, including the Al-Qaim base.




This escalation may be one of the most important challenges that will face the new candidate to form the government, Adnan Al-Zorfi, a task that does not seem to be easy in light of the existing differences, and the interests of the powers concerned are intertwined with what is happening on the Iraqi arena.




Different positions




The current wave of escalation is the fiercest in the confrontations between the two parties since the militia began its attacks against the American presence in Iraq last December 27, when it targeted a military base near Kirkuk in which a contractor working for the American army was killed, in exchange for which the United States escalated by bombing more than one militia site with unmanned aircraft A pilot, and the escalation continued until the first carried out a military strike that led to the killing of the commander of the "Jerusalem Corps" in the Revolutionary Guard, Qassem Soleimani, and the deputy commander of the "Popular Mobilization" Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, on January 3.




On the political level, the reactions in Iraq also reflected an unprecedented level of anxiety, especially since these confrontations come in light of a state of political liquidity in the country due to the failure of government formation, despite the fact that President Barham Saleh, on the 17th of this month, assigned the former governor of Najaf Adnan Al-Zarfi formed, which made most of the political forces call for calm and responsibility, in light of the current political circumstances.




The most prominent position among them all was the position of the Sadrist movement, known for its toughness towards the American presence in Iraq, which its leader Muqtada al-Sadr, contrary to what was expected, called for "avoiding escalation and spreading peace in the country", and pointed out that "taking into account the surrounding circumstances is pushing to demand peace." With the occupier. ”




On the military level, it seemed that there was a reservation from the beginning on the behavior of the militia, according to local estimates that indicated that the Iraqi armed forces consider that these strikes constitute a challenge to them at the level of repercussions, in addition to the deep crisis represented in the inability to command and control factions « Popular Mobilization », as these attacks confirm the difficulty of integrating these factions into an institutional framework. However, after the militia's rockets reached the Iraqi forces part of the Taji camp, the statement of the armed forces reflected a strong tone towards it.




Continuous entanglement




Some imagine that there are unspoken motives for escalation at the political and security levels. On the political level, there are American signs hovering over the influence of Iran in the process of choosing the Iraqi prime minister. In return, Tehran accuses Washington of being behind the protests against the composition of the Iraqi political system based on quotas.




On the military front, these developments are inseparable from the US announcement of deploying Patriot defense systems in Iraq, which Iran strongly opposes. With the deployment of these systems approaching renewed escalation, and local observers say that the state may not be fully aware of the details of the deployment of these systems, in light of the current political situation.




Consequently, it can be said that there is a major problem related to the rules of the American military action in Iraq, which were not previously disputed by any of the parties, including Iran, but the developments of the American military situation after reducing the presence in Syria, and then strengthening the American military structure in a way It poses a challenge to the Iranian movement in Iraq and Syria, which is the main problem behind changing the traditional, traditional rules of engagement.




Several connotations




The latest military escalation offers a set of implications, which are:




1- The timing factor




The process of resuming attacks by Hezbollah militia came a week after the visit of the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, during which he praised the role of the "resistance forces" for the American presence in Iraq, which is the first visit of a senior Iranian official in the next two months after the killing of Soleimani, and he was at the head of a large military and intelligence delegation, according to Iraqi media reports, and that, according to the agenda of the visit, he met the highest security and intelligence officials and the head of the "Popular Mobilization" committee, Faleh al-Fayyad, while the reports did not indicate, for example, that he had met Abdulaziz Al-Muhammadawi (Abu Fadak ), Who was chosen as Chief of Staff of the “Popular Mobilization” last month to succeed the engineer, and this meeting was certainly held away from the media, in a manner that had repercussions for what happened on the scene later.



2- The absence of coordination mechanisms




The repeated indication by the political leaders in Iraq, especially the three presidencies, that they do not want Iraq to turn into a platform to settle the differences between Washington and Tehran, give more importance to the view that calls for activating the role of the Iraqi government, as a coordinator between the two parties in Iraq, given that the presence A strong government is an important mechanism through which the chances of friction are reduced, as the absence of that mechanism puts the parties on the path of direct confrontation constantly.




3- The nature of the attacks




In the first attack - Wednesday March 11th - a US military statement stated that 18 "Katyusha" missiles were fired, while 18 other shells, which were in surrounding locations and ready for launch, were defused. In the second attack - noon on Saturday 14 of the same month - 33 missile missiles of the same type were fired, and therefore there is a doubling of the number, which is an indication that the security forces were unable to completely survey the sites where the launch pads were deployed, and they may not have basically the information Sufficient sites in these locations, in a way that clearly indicates the features and dimensions of the relationship between the "crowd" and the army, and sheds light on the role played by "Hezbollah", which is now seen as the leader of the "crowd" currently.




4- Frequency of coronary targeting




Al-Taji's base does not have a different symbolism from sites previously targeted by the “Hashd” militias, but it is believed that the results of the strikes reveal the goal behind this, as it reflects the ability of Hezbollah to hit those targets accurately, which some observers attributed to His success in recruiting elements inside the base enabled him to determine the coordinates in a way that targeted the American part of the base during the first strike.

As for the second blow, there are two possibilities. Either the limited deviation in the target hit came as a result of the joint (Iraqi-American) camp in this part of the base almost adjacent to the headquarters of the Iraqi Air Defense Force and thus hit it, or that Hezbollah wanted to It is actually targeting the Iraqi forces without confirming that it aims to do so, in a message to the Iraqi army to stop the joint training operations with the American side until this pretext that the American forces are present with the aim of training the Iraqi forces there is ended.




The next scenario

The scenarios may be multiple in the current situation, but it is inconceivable that a militia could wage a military confrontation in the military sense with the American forces in Iraq. However, attrition fights on both sides cannot be ruled out, according to the interim rules of engagement, as US forces may direct new strikes to Hezbollah militia, similar to the focused strikes targeting weapons depots in the Jurf al-Sakhr region of Babylon.







Iranian attempt

It can be said that there is an attempt by Iran, and the militias loyal to it, to raise the cost of the assassination of Soleimani and the engineer. Nevertheless, the most important strategic motive for the recent escalation is the direction of the United States towards strengthening its military capabilities in Iraq, in anticipation of the continued political and military transformations taking place in the Iraqi arena during the current period.




There may be multiple scenarios in the current situation, but it is inconceivable that a militia can wage a military confrontation, in the military sense, with US forces in Iraq.




The repeated indication by the political leaders in Iraq, especially the three presidencies, that they do not want Iraq to turn into a platform for settling the differences between Washington and Tehran, gives more importance to the view that calls for activating the role of the Iraqi government.

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While US President Donald Trump was preparing to declare the Corona Virus a "national emergency", an intense debate erupted inside the White House last Thursday between the President and his senior advisers on a completely different topic, which is whether the United States should step up action Military against Iran, which was destroyed by the epidemic, according to a report published by the New York Times.

One group, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Robert C. O'Brien, the National Security Adviser, urged a firm response to the missile attacks that killed two US soldiers at a base north of Baghdad, arguing that cracking down while Iran's leaders were busy fighting the coronavirus, which It is ravaging the country and may finally push them to direct negotiations.

But Defense Secretary Mark Esber and General Mark Millie, the chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retreated, saying that the Pentagon and intelligence agencies had no clear evidence that attacks by Shiite militias had been ordered by Iran and warned that a broad response could drag the United States into a wider war with Iran. , And tear the already strained relations with Iraq.

The military position prevailed at the meeting, at least for the time being. President Trump authorized air strikes on 5 weapons depots of armed factions inside Iraq, which were carried out at night to reduce potential human losses.

And the "New York Times" adds: This meeting is a glimpse of the crosswinds that blow the Trump administration's policy towards Iran and its proxies in Iraq less than three months after President Trump made an order to kill the Qods Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, who was planning operations across the Middle East.

US officials say there is little appetite between the president and some of his top advisers for a dangerous escalation with Iran, as leaders in Tehran are now busy trying to stem the Corona virus that has devastated the country. Iran has experienced one of the worst outbreaks of the disease in the world, and sectors of the country's leadership have been hit.

At least one of the country's top aides has died, and field hospitals have spread to parking lots, stadiums, and wedding halls to deal with a flood of patients.

President Trump is trying to manage his own response to the worsening Taji virus crisis, even as his administration continues to launch a "maximum pressure" campaign, economic war, and diplomatic pressure against Iran.

In the days after the U.S. air strikes on March 12, Hezbollah forces responded with missile attacks on US bases - including last Saturday's attack that wounded 3 Americans in Taji camp.

This escalation has left the United States with various undesirable options, according to US and Iraqi officials, and choosing not to respond may only lead to more attacks. A moderate response - such as hitting militia armories and headquarters - is likely to lead to more criticism of the Iraqi government. And the more aggressive American response that accidentally kills civilians, or Iraqi forces, risks undermining Iraqi army support.  
                             
US intelligence officials say they have no direct evidence that Iran ordered the March 11 missile attack that killed two members of the US forces and a British soldier. However, Tehran exercises indirect control and does not conduct any operations without the tacit support of Iraq even if the Revolutionary Guards do not choose the timing or force specified for the attacks by the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades, according to an intelligence official.

While Soleimani’s successor continued to visit Iraq and work with Shiite militias there, Tehran’s control of the groups has diminished, according to US military and intelligence officials.

The newspaper points to a division within the US administration to respond militarily to Iran, and this division was presented during several high-level meetings on March 12, hours before President Trump's mandate to launch strikes.

Prior to Trump's meeting with his senior advisers, a lower-level meeting turned into a split when Brian Hook, the senior foreign ministry adviser for Iran, confronted Pentagon officials who had not seen him about military options before they were presented to Trump, according to senior administration officials at Be aware of the meeting.

Later that day, the discussion took place in front of the President, Foreign Minister Pompeo and others on the pretext that limited air strikes were more likely to perpetuate the cycle of violence than to break it. With the support of the new Director of the National Intelligence Agency, Richard Grenelle, the Foreign Secretary said that a more direct strike on Iran - such as hitting its navy ships - could surprise Tehran and push its leaders to the negotiating table.

The report notes that one of the main goals of the "maximum pressure" campaign by the Trump administration to impose economic sanctions is to paralyze the Iranian economy to the point that the government will agree to negotiate a new agreement on its nuclear program. 


This did not happen, and many US intelligence officials and regional experts do not believe that Iran is about to make such a move, especially with an election year in America.

Iran is in a weak position, but there is widespread agreement among senior American officials that Iran, with its leadership destroyed by the coronavirus, is in a weak position.


 And US intelligence agencies have confirmed public reports that the epidemic has led to a dangerous division at higher levels in Iran. Iranian leaders have been affected by the coronavirus more than almost any other country, and have been concealing the virus from their colleagues, according to intelligence reports - adding to mistrust and divisions in the government.


Trump administration officials who call for military action against Iran have used those reports to take US military action against Iran. Foreign Minister Pompeo, Mr. Grignell, and others have argued that the measures taken so far have not deterred Iranian provocations. But President Trump's willingness to take drastic measures, such as striking General Soleimani, and the unpredictability of the president’s decisions, gives the United States an opportunity to impose a change in Tehran’s behavior.

As US administration officials consider their next step, they are pressuring the Iraqi army to crack down on armed groups as the Pentagon moves Patriot air defense batteries and other systems to protect Iraqi bases, where the US and other allied forces are stationed.

Meanwhile, US administration officials are reviewing a host of additional targets, including air strikes on more militia weapons depots and logistical stores, as well as strikes against faction leaders and possibly Iranian ships, and officials have said that covert operations and cyber attacks are also being considered. 


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The United States is still considering the nature of the response to the repeated attacks by pro-Iranian militias on American interests in Iraq, according to officials who spoke to the Washington Post.
The American newspaper indicates that the Iranian-backed militias have become more aggressive in attacking American forces in Iraq, where missile attacks against military bases occur frequently and for the first time, in broad daylight.


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US officials say they receive near-daily reports of "imminent" attacks planned against military or diplomatic facilities linked to the United States.
But the Washington Post report confirms that the administration of US President Donald Trump remains divided over the nature and timing of the response and the additional steps that must be taken to confront the militias without costly retaliation.
The newspaper quotes a US official as saying that this response "may eventually look at the amount of risks that the president can accept in Iraq before our presence there becomes a very big burden."
US officials blamed the deadly missile attacks earlier this month on the Taji camp north of Baghdad, in which American and British victims fell on the militia of the Hezbollah Brigades, one of the main Iranian-backed militias.
Since then, at least four missile attacks have occurred targeting US military and diplomatic facilities, and US
officials believe that the killing or wounding of more forces is only a matter of time, according to the newspaper.
"The Hezbollah Brigades want revenge on the Americans for the killing of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis," said a US Defense Department official, on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.
He adds that after the deadly missile attacks on the Taji camp, it is not clear whether "they felt that they had repaid the debt or that they had just begun. There are warnings and indications that the Hezbollah Brigades aspire to attack American forces ... and they always do so."
The newspaper quoted two people familiar with the story saying that on March 11, the US administration considered launching strikes against a wide list of targets, including sites linked to the IRGC in Iran and Syria, but it was quickly rejected because it was likely to lead to a further escalation.
The attack on the Taji base, north of Baghdad on March 11, killed two American soldiers and a British soldier, and Washington responded by bombing the headquarters of the Hezbollah Brigades in Karbala and Babil.
It adds that the US response can also depend on the nature and scale of future militia attacks and whether it is associated with casualties from US forces.
"Where is the red line? The main discussions are taking place in this regard," according to a US defense official.
Another official said that a new attack similar to the attack on Taji camp, which involved 57 rockets, was likely to provoke a more powerful American response than an attack using only two.
On March 14, the Taji base was attacked again with 33 Katyusha rockets "striking Iraqi air defense units and near the international coalition mission," according to Iraqi officials.
Iraqi forces found seven platforms from which to launch rockets in the Abu Azam area near Taji, north of Baghdad, and found 24 other missiles ready to be fired.
The US-led coalition is looking, according to the newspaper, to the Iraqi government's measures to reduce militia violence, and has demanded the arrest and prosecution of individuals responsible for missile attacks.
A US government official says the attacks "have been going on for several months. We complain to the Iraqi government but are doing nothing ... as a government that ultimately needs to be able to demonstrate that it plans to take control of its territory."
However, international coalition officials indicated that some progress had been made in the investigations, and highlighted the Iraqi authorities' arrest of the garage owner, from whom Hezbollah's Kataeb militia missiles had been fired at Taji camp recently.
But a high-ranking Iraqi military official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter and described the US request as unrealistic.
"No judge will issue an arrest warrant for a senior militia member if he wants to survive," he said. 
"Let's be honest ... if the militias want to attack the bases, we cannot stop them."
On Friday, the American New York Times said, "The Pentagon ordered the military commanders to plan an escalation in the military campaign in Iraq, by an executive order issued last week to prepare for a campaign to" destroy Iranian militias, which threatens to carry out new attacks against American soldiers.
But the newspaper pointed out that senior American leaders in Iraq have warned that such a campaign would be "bloody and could backfire and threaten to wage war with Iran."

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UNAMI condemns attack at Camp Taji, calls for maximum restraint Empty Eni: The missile attack in Iraq is relatively far from the company's business location

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Eni: The missile attack in Iraq is relatively far from the company's business location




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Italian oil and gas group Eni said on Monday that missiles had landed in southern Iraq at a distance from the Zubair field the company was operating there and that operations were continuing.

A spokesperson for Eni said, "All workers in the field are well and production has not been affected."

Three missiles fell on Monday near the American oil services company Halliburton site in Basra, without causing any casualties, the Iraqi army said earlier on Monday.

"The accident was relatively far from our site," said Eni's spokesman.





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UNAMI condemns attack at Camp Taji, calls for maximum restraint Empty The head of the Oil Committee announces his committee's condemnation of the bombing of the headquarters of a foreign oil company in Basra

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On Monday 6/4/2020, the head of the Parliamentary Committee on Oil and Energy, MP Hebet Al-Halbousi, expressed his condemnation and condemnation of his committee for the missile bombing that targeted the headquarters of a foreign oil company in Basra Governorate, expressing his surprise and questioning that it is not in the interest of Iraq and its people.


Mr. Hebet Al-Halbousi said in a statement that the Parliament’s Oil and Energy Committee condemns the missile bombing of the site of one of the giant oil companies operating in Basra at dawn today, which is a sabotage to the Iraqi economy because the company operates according to the approval of the government and the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, pointing out that this bombing is a threat to lives The workers and establishments in these companies, indicating that they are turning Iraq into an insecure environment for international companies to invest at a time when we are in urgent need of all kinds of support to face the abnormal conditions that we are going through.


Mr. Al-Halbousi stressed that the Iraqi government is obligated to provide security protection for all companies operating in Iraq from any acts outside the law as an essential part of the state’s duties, especially the ministries of defense and interior in the federal government, expressing surprise at the timing of targeting companies in light of the sensitive situation the country is going through with challenges And economic, political and health crises.


The Chairman of the Oil and Energy Committee also warned that these outlaw acts are negatively and also affecting the reputation of Iraq and the process of encouraging foreign investment in the country to provide job opportunities and achieve economic growth in various sectors of society.


Al-Halbousi stressed that these irresponsible actions also affect the provision of funds and efforts to confront the Corona epidemic, which has cast a shadow on the world's economies for what requires addressing the epidemic funds to provide prevention and medical supplies, support and protection for people with limited income, social welfare, ration card items and provision of employee salaries.


Mr. Al-Halbousi called on the ministries of interior and defense and the security leaders in Basra to take their legal and professional role in preventing any military actions outside the framework of the state to target foreign companies operating in the country under Iraqi law that obliges the state to protect these companies that play an important role in the Iraqi oil industry and provide financial revenues in the budget General of the state.


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