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    Today, 04:58 PM
    Hillary Clinton Just Threw Donald Trump Into The Briar Patch Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/438401/trump-got-hillary-admit-her-emails-were-national-security-risk
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    Today, 09:43 AM
    DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, this morning unveiled a proposal to acquire for USD 300 million all of the enlarged share capital in Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd following the latter’s contemplated financial restructuring announced earlier this month. The terms of the DNO proposal, which would comprise cash and shares, reflect a 20 percent premium to the share price of USD 0.0109 at which, on 14 July 2016, Gulf Keystone issued shares representing 5.6 percent of its share capital, and also reflect a 20 percent premium to the price at which Gulf Keystone intends to issue further shares in its restructuring. In addition, for the Gulf Keystone guaranteed noteholders the DNO terms reflect 111 percent of par value compared to 99 percent under the contemplated restructuring, and for the convertible bondholders the DNO terms reflect 18 percent of par value compared to 15 percent under the contemplated restructuring. By offering USD 120 million in cash (approximately 40 percent of the consideration), DNO would provide an early exit for those noteholders and bondholders who may be unable or unwilling to hold equity for an extended period. The additional offer of 170 million DNO shares (approximately 13.6 percent of the post transaction DNO share capital) would provide Gulf Keystone investors with continued exposure to the Shaikan field in addition to DNO’s wider portfolio of assets, significantly larger market capitalization, more robust cash flow, stronger balance sheet and proven operating and management capabilities. DNO has been active in the Kurdistan region of Iraq since 2004 and ranks number one among the international oil companies in oil production (50 percent), oil exports (60 percent) and proven oil reserves (50 percent). DNO holds a 55 percent stake in and operates the Tawke oil field at a current production level of around 120,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) of 27 degree API crude. Gulf Keystone holds a 58 percent stake in and operates the Shaikan oil field at a current level of around 40,000 bopd of 17 degree API crude. Production from Shaikan is transported daily by road tanker to DNO’s unloading and storage hub at Fish Khabur for onward pipeline transport to export markets. “Combining these two companies will create further scale and unlock operational synergies that will reinforce DNO’s already formidable presence in Kurdistan,” said Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani (pictured), DNO’s Executive Chairman. “We understand Shaikan’s challenges and opportunities and we are well positioned to focus financial, technical, commercial and logistical support to maintain and then grow production at this field to the benefit of both Kurdistan and our investors,” he added. Gulf Keystone, a Bermuda incorporated and London listed company, has called a special general meeting for 5 August 2016 to consider its contemplated financial restructuring. DNO has written to the board of directors of Gulf Keystone to present its proposal and to facilitate immediate engagement with Gulf Keystone’s investors ahead of the meeting to ensure sufficient time for these investors to carefully consider the enhanced terms proposed by DNO. DNO has retained Pareto Securities AS as financial adviser and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS and Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited as legal counsel in connection with the transaction. The Board of Gulf Keystone is currently reviewing this proposal and has said it will update the market on its response in due course. (Sources: DNO, GKP) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 09:43 AM
    The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for another year, until 31 July 2017. In Resolution 2299 (2016), the Security Council called on all political entities to intensify efforts to overcome divisions and work together in an inclusive and timely political process while stressing the importance of the United Nations, in particular UNAMI, in supporting and assisting the Iraqi people and the Government of Iraq to advance inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation. It reiterates the importance of reaching a single vision on reconciliation. It further called for the strengthening of national unity and dialogue by closer cooperation between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. The Resolution also underscored “the need for all segments of the Iraqi population to participate in the political process, in inclusive political dialogue, including through the full and equal participation of women, and in the economic and social life of Iraq.” It also highlighted the need for the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda in Iraq, and the swift deployment of dedicated expertise such as Women Protection Advisors to accelerate the coordinated implementation of monitoring, analysis and reporting arrangements on sexual violence in conflict situations. The Security Council also encouraged the Government of Iraq “to continue strengthening governance, pursuing more substantive reforms, particularly economic and institutional reforms to improve the standard of living for all Iraqis, including by countering corruption.” Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 09:43 AM
    By Mohammed Khuzai, Iraqi Red Crescent Society. Since early July, heavy fighting in Shirqat city in the Iraqi governorate of Nineveh has led to a great wave of displacement. More than 5,000 families were forced to leave their homes and seek refuge in Tikrit, the administrative centre of Salah Eddine province. Many displaced families stayed in buildings and schools as temporary accommodation, while others stayed at relatives’ houses. A camp was also established to host displaced families between Mosul and Tikrit. Amid increasing challenges, Iraqi Red Crescent Society was quick to mobilize its staff, volunteers and resources to respond to urgent needs. Since the early hours of displacement, the National Society has formed field teams to provide relief aid and health services to internally displaced people. President of Iraqi Red Crescent Society, Dr Yaseen Ahmed Abbass, who oversaw relief operations in Tikrit, said: “The volunteers of the Red Crescent are the most capable to respond to crises across the country. They play a significant role in all regions witnessing human suffering.” “We are keen on carrying on with relief operations on ground, as the first responders in the humanitarian field in Iraq. This requires doubling our efforts in relief operations and in the provision of health services to ease the suffering of families enduring hardship.” The organization’s teams are responding in two ways to the Shirqat displacement wave. Volunteers are providing clean drinking water, ice blocks and ready-to-eat meals to displaced families in camps. So far, more than 4,500 people have received meals, while 23,000 loaves of bread, 26,000 bottles of water and 655 ice blocks have been distributed. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 09:43 AM
    From 27 to 28 of July 2016, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) in the Kurdistan Region conducted a specialized training course on the United Nations Human Rights Protection System for the DFR staff members. Twenty staff members participated in the course. The training course focused on increasing the knowledge of participants on the international human rights mechanisms of protection. The course included practical exercises based on the various experiences of international experts, United Nations international and national human rights staff members. All participants evaluated the course as successful, stating that the course allowed them to acquire comprehensive knowledge of human rights protection system. At the end of the two-day training course, certificates of completion were distributed to all the participants. Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, during his closing address, emphasized the necessity of continuing the good cooperation with UNAMI and noted the readiness of the Department to cooperate fully in future endeavors that might be of mutual interest to the Department and UNAMI’s Human Rights Office. The Minister thanked Francesco Motta, Chief of UNAMI’s Human Rights office for organizing the two day training course and expressed KRG’s full support for UNAMI’s activities in the Kurdistan Region. (Source: UNAMI) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 09:43 AM
    An attack occurred at Al Salam camp (also known as Al-Takia camp) for displaced families, south of Baghdad on Wednesday. Three mortar shells were fired into the camp, one falling in the centre of the camp and two others falling in a market area, injuring four children who have been taken to hospital for treatment. This is the third such attack on the camp. One incident on July 5 killed four people, including two children. UNHCR Representative in Iraq, Bruno Geddo (pictured), said: “We are appalled to hear of this cowardly attack on a camp for displaced families, which has resulted in several children being injured.“We strongly condemn this attack – the third to occur in the past three months. “Displaced Iraqis who arrived here had already fled conflict and violence. They regarded the camp as a place of safety, where they and their families could feel protected. “We wish those injured a speedy recovery. “We plan to meet with the camp authorities and the Iraqi security forces to discuss ways to secure the camp.” Background information UNHCR has been working in Al Salam, the largest IDP camp in Baghdad, with its partners (including ISHO, Muslim Aid, the Al Mortaqa Foundation and CAOFISR) to provide upgraded shelters for families who had fled from Salah al Din and Anbar governorates in 2014 and 2015, as well as opening a small bakery as a livelihood project, organizing clean up campaigns of the camp and other quick impact projects. Since Eid, 480 families have left the camp to return to their former homes in Ramadi, leaving 720 families (4,320 individuals) still staying at the site. Large-scale return to Ramadi may still be problematic due to the continuing presence of unexploded devices which will take some time to fully clear. The latest attack occurred one day before another group of 50 families is due to return to Ramadi. (Source: UN) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 05:26 AM
    The Trump-Putin Ticket In 2012, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney argued that Russia was “our number one geopolitical foe.” President Obama ridiculed his Cold War nostalgia. Romney was right -- as Russia’s subsequent aggression in Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere, and Vladimir Putin’s open hostility to the interests and values of the West, have made clear. The Cold War might not be back in full yet, but that’s not for want of trying on Putin’s part. In 2016, the ignorant, unstable braggart the GOP nominated for president, Donald Trump, has views on Russia and its autocratic leader that make the Obama administration’s accommodation of Putin appear fiercely hawkish in comparison. Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for the Russian strongman, possibly finding in him a model of leadership that Trump, in his most fantastical delusions, might envision for his presidency -- one not constrained by international treaties, other branches of government, critics in the media, the Bill of Rights or the demands of a moral conscience. He dismissed accusations that the former KGB operative is responsible for the murders of journalist critics. The latest victim, a Belorussian reporter critical of Russian aggression in Ukraine, was killed by a car bomb in Kiev last week. The U.S. “does plenty of killing also,” Trump argued, implying a moral equivalence between bombing terrorists and assassinating pesky reporters. He brushed off Russia’s invasion of Crimea and its continuing aggression in eastern Ukraine as a European problem. He has signaled his desire to be a friend to Putin rather than an adversary, a friend who could appreciate Putin’s desire to reconstitute parts of the Soviet Union or claim a sphere of influence abroad that would compromise the sovereignty of a few NATO allies. Trump, who has repeatedly called the treaty organization obsolete, recently voiced his reluctance to defend the Baltic republics should Putin invade them, as the U.S. is obliged to do under Article 5 of the NATO charter. That’s probably not an offer Trump, should he be elected, would have to make twice before Putin set about punishing Estonians for the effrontery of ridding themselves of Russian rule and resisting its continued meddling in their affairs. In a press conference Wednesday, Trump said he was open to recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and lifting sanctions against Russia. He would acquiesce in the first invasion and expropriation of the territory of a sovereign European nation since World War II. For good measure, he threw in an invitation for Russia to keep hacking Hillary Clinton’s email server. Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who’s had extensive business dealings with Putin’s crony oligarchs and was an influential adviser to former Ukrainian president and Putin toady Viktor Yanukovych, has laughed off speculation that there is anything nefarious or unusual about Trump’s views on Russia. A plank in the Republican platform supporting defensive assistance to the government of Ukraine was removed, reportedly at Manafort’s insistence. For his part, Putin has made clear his reciprocal admiration for Trump. Various state-controlled Russian propaganda entities, including the English-language television network that broadcasts in the U.S. (Russia Today), regularly extol Trump’s virtues and criticize Hillary Clinton, whom Putin detests. I’m sure Cold War Soviet leaders preferred some outcomes over others in U.S. presidential elections. But I’ve never seen it suggested that they openly advocated for a candidate or used Soviet intelligence networks to influence those outcomes. That appears to have changed in 2016. Russia is probably responsible for hacking the DNC email server and providing to WikiLeaks the emails that caused a kerfuffle at the Democratic National Convention by revealing that the DNC leadership didn’t want Bernie Sanders to be their nominee. It’s a risk bordering on the insanely reckless for Putin to intervene so directly in an American election. Trump probably won’t win, and I can’t think of anything more likely to encourage a harder line toward Putin’s adventurism by the next U.S. president than Putin’s meddling in our election. But evidence of Russian interference is getting hard to ignore. Putin has used Russian media to advance favored candidates and political movements in European countries. And he shares with Trump an insatiable hostility to those who won’t show him the deference he feels entitled to, a trait that can compromise his judgment, as it does Trump’s. What’s in it for Trump? His views on most policy issues, foreign and domestic, are mostly memorable for the willful ignorance that informs them. They are often changeable. Why stick with the unorthodox position on Russia? As in everything involving Trump, there’s likely a profit motive involved. The Washington Post reported that Trump family members “have made numerous trips to Moscow in search of business opportunities, and they have relied on Russian investors to buy their properties around the world.” Josh Marshall at TalkingPointsMemo, a partisan though usually careful news organization, observes that Trump’s debt load has increased dramatically and his past bankruptcies have made it virtually impossible to secure financing from U.S. banks. Trump has become “highly reliant on money from Russia, most of which has over the years become increasingly concentrated among oligarchs and sub-garchs close to Vladimir Putin.” Could it be that a major party nominee for president is beholden to Russia’s leader and might compromise the security interests of the U.S. and our allies to maintain that relationship? We don’t know the answer. It’s scary enough that the scenario can’t be dismissed out of hand as a far-fetched Hollywood plot or a delusional rant from the fever swamps of American politics. We can’t begin to answer the question until Trump releases his tax returns for the last several years. The media should make this the focus of every interview with Trump and senior Trump staff. The Republican Party chairman should urge him to release his returns. The Republican leadership in Congress should insist on it. Every American voter should demand it. There are legitimate suspicions about whether Trump’s business relationships could compromise his loyalty to our country. Unless and until he puts them to rest, not by dismissing them but by disproving them, he should be considered unfit to hold the office of president.
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    Today, 05:22 AM
    This election isn’t just Democrat vs. Republican. It’s normal vs. abnormal. The Democratic Party’s convention was a normal political party’s convention. The party nominated Hillary Clinton, a longtime party member with deep experience in government. Clinton was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, the runner-up in the primary. Barack Obama, the sitting president, spoke in favor of Clinton. That isn’t to say that Democrats didn’t show divisions or expose fault lines. They did. Political parties are chaotic things. But for now, the Democrats nominated a normal candidate, held a normal convention, and remain a normal political party. Republicans held an abnormal convention and nominated an abnormal candidate The Republican Party’s convention was not a normal political party’s convention. The party nominated Donald Trump, a new member with literally no experience in government. Ted Cruz, the runner-up in the primary, gave a primetime speech in which he refused to endorse Trump, and instead told Americans to "vote your conscience." The Republican Party’s two living presidents, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, declined to endorse Trump or attend the convention. The party’s previous two presidential nominees, Mitt Romney and John McCain, declined to endorse Trump or attend the convention. The assembled speakers — including Chris Christie, a prospective attorney general — argued that the other party’s nominee was a criminal who should be thrown in jail. Even the normal parts of the convention felt abnormal. The prospective first lady’s speech included a passage plagiarized from the Democratic Party’s first lady. Trump counterprogrammed the first night of his own convention by doing a phone interview with Fox News and an hour-long discussion with the Golf Channel. He distracted from his running mate’s acceptance speech by telling the New York Times he would not automatically honor America’s commitments under the NATO treaty. Trump’s speech was enthusiastically endorsed by David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. "Couldn’t have said it better," he tweeted. Trump’s post-convention was even worse The strangeness didn’t end with the convention. The next day — the very next day! — Trump gave a press conference in which he said Ted Cruz’s father was likely involved in the assassination of JFK, swore he wouldn’t accept Cruz’s endorsement even if it were offered, and argued that the National Enquirer deserved a Pulitzer Prize. It was one of the strangest and most self-destructive political performances in recent memory. The conservative Weekly Standard was left agog. The Republican Party’s nominee, Stephen Hayes wrote, "is not of sound mind." Then, befitting the dignity we expect in our presidential aspirants, the Republican Party’s nominee spent his week live-tweeting the Democratic Party’s convention, with deep, thoughtful commentary like: the invention of email has proven to be a very bad thing for Crooked Hillary in that it has proven her to be both incompetent and a liar! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016 And: Elizabeth Warren, often referred to as Pocahontas, just misrepresented me and spoke glowingly about Crooked Hillary, who she always hated! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016 He followed that up with a press conference at which he blasted the job Tim Kaine had done in … New Jersey? Of course, Kaine was the governor of Virginia. Trump seems to have literally confused the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee with Tom Kean, the former Republican governor of New Jersey. Unwilling to stop there, Trump went on to comment on the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s emails, which most experts think was conducted by Russia. "Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 33,000 emails that are missing — I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press," he said. Let’s stop there for a second: Donald Trump went out and asked a foreign government to conduct cyber espionage in order to help his campaign. His supporters initially tried to laugh it off as an ad-libbed joke, but then Trump tweeted the same thing. This came only hours after his running mate, Mike Pence, had warned of "serious consequences" if Russia truly was behind the DNC hack. None of this is normal. A new cleavage in American politics: normal versus abnormal But in this year’s presidential election, the difference is more fundamental than that: The Democratic Party is a normal political party that has nominated a normal presidential candidate, and the Republican Party has become an abnormal political party that has nominated an abnormal presidential candidate. Simply saying that will raise people’s partisan hackles, but it’s not a partisan comment. Republicans know that Donald Trump is not a normal nominee. And while most Republicans fear Democrats keeping the White House enough to unhappily support Trump, it’s worth listening to what they’ve said about him. Ted Cruz called Trump a "pathological liar," "utterly amoral," and "a narcissist at a level I don't think this country's ever seen." Rick Perry said Trump’s candidacy was "a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised, and discarded." National Review, the flagship journal of American conservatism, said Trump "is a menace to American conservatism." Rand Paul said Trump is "a delusional narcissist and an orange-faced windbag. A speck of dirt is way more qualified to be president." A list like this could go on, and on, and on. But here’s the point: These aren’t normal political condemnations. This isn’t normal political language. Republicans know they’ve nominated a dangerous man. They tried to warn their voters in the strongest terms possible that Trump is unqualified, untrustworthy, and amoral. Michael Bloomberg, the former Republican mayor of New York City, put it simply in a speech endorsing Clinton. "Together, let's elect a sane, competent person," he said. That is what an endorsement sounds like when the choice shifts from left versus right to normal versus abnormal. There are some differences in politics that transcend ideology. This is one of them. Clinton, say what you will about her, is a normal political candidate who will operate within the normal boundaries of American democracy. Donald Trump is an abnormal political candidate; we have no idea which democratic boundaries he would respect, which conspiracy theories he would believe, which political enemies he would punish, which treaties he would honor. Trump has already been scolded by his own party for racist comments, for attacks on the judiciary, for undermining the NATO alliance, for inviting foreign governments to meddle in American elections. None of this is okay. None of it is normal. This is not a man with the temperament, the steadiness, or the discipline to be president. This election puts Republicans in a hard position. Even as the choice in this election is between a normal candidate and an abnormal one, it’s also between a liberal candidate and a, well, conservative-ish one. I don’t doubt Trump would nominate pro-life judges, or that he would resist raising taxes. I understand why so many Republicans have decided to suppress their doubts and support him. But this is a dangerous game. We are a nation protected by norms, not just by laws. Our political parties should be held to certain standards in terms of the candidates they nominate, the behaviors they accept, the ideas they mainstream. Trump violates those standards. By indulging him, the Republican Party is normalizing him and his behavior, and making itself abnormal.
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    Today, 05:13 AM
    Or this? Friday, July 29 Race/Topic (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread California: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein PPIC Clinton 46, Trump 30, Johnson 7, Stein 6 Clinton +16 California Senate - Harris vs. Sanchez PPIC Harris 38, Sanchez 20 Harris +18
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    LOL.....your memes are really funny !! But unfortunately for you...that is the only thing you can show...... How about this? Thursday, July 28 Race/Topic (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread General Election: Trump vs. Clinton Rasmussen Reports Trump 42, Clinton 43 Clinton +1 Pennsylvania: Trump vs. Clinton Suffolk University Clinton 50, Trump 41 Clinton +9 Pennsylvania: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Suffolk University Clinton 46, Trump 37, Johnson 5, Stein 3 Clinton +9 Pennsylvania Senate - Toomey vs. McGinty Suffolk University Toomey 36, McGinty 43 McGinty +7
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    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    By John Lee. Iraq’s Deputy Oil Minister has said that Iraq is negotiating with Exxon Mobil and Petrochina to develop the Artawi and*Nahran Omar oil fields in the south of the country. Fayyad Al-Nima, who has been acting oil minister since Adel Abdel Mahdi “suspended his participation” in the cabinet in March, told Bloomberg that the Oil Ministry hopes hopes to increase combined production at the two fields from around 70,000 barrels per day to 550,000 bpd. The ministry wants to start the project within six months. (Source: Bloomberg) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    By John Lee. Shares in Genel Energy fell 11 percent to 91.5p on Thursday after the company cut its revenue projection for the year. Meanwhile, Numis Securities maintained a ‘buy’ recommendation for the shares, with a target of 210p. Murat Özgül (pictured), Chief Executive of Genel, said: “The receipt of nine consecutive monthly payments from the KRG, from the resumption of payments in September 2015 to the end of June 2016, has delivered $193 million in cash proceeds to Genel, and the move to payments based on contractual entitlements has given greater clarity and confidence in ongoing receipts. “The consistency of payments has allowed us to progress our 2016 work programme, which is already having an impact on production levels following the declines seen earlier in the year. “Against a difficult backdrop, the Kurdistan Regional Government has moved forward impressively with its economic reforms, which are designed to reduce costs and increase revenues. As the economy moves from stabilisation to budget surplus, the KRG has stated its intention to increase contractor payments and accelerate the recovery of outstanding receivables. “Contractors have been appointed to fulfil near-term goals regarding the KRI gas project, and we expect further progress in the second half of the year.” * The full company report can be found here. (Sources: Genel Energy, Yahoo!, Fiscal Standard) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Aid workers are warning of a desperate humanitarian situation in the Iraqi town of Shirqat. More than 3000 people have been displaced from there since Sunday. The Iraqi military has retaken areas near the town, as its offensive towards Mosul continues. Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid reports: Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Strikes in Syria Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 14 strikes in Syria: Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle. Near Manbij, nine strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL tactical vehicle. Near Mar’a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions. Strikes in Iraq Bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government: Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed two ISIL mortar systems. Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIL safe house. Near Fallujah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position. Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL antenna, an ISIL unmanned aerial vehicle, 25 ISIL rocket rails, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL rocket, two ISIL rocket systems and an ISIL fighting position. Near Kisik, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and three ISIL vehicles. Near Mosul, a strike destroyed an ISIL excavator. Near Qayyarah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle. Near Ramadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position. Near Rawah, a strike struck an ISIL bomb-making factory. Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle and an ISIL assembly area. Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike. Part of Operation Inherent Resolve The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    By*Mohammed A. Salih for*Al-Monitor.*Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of*Iraq Business News. Almost four months into the launch of the Ninevah Liberation Operation, Iraqi forces managed to secure a major gain July 9 by capturing the strategic Qayyarah air base in the southern countryside of Ninevah province. The victory is expected to invigorate the Iraqi offensive in this key northern province, the location of Mosul, the largest city controlled by the Islamic State (IS). The Ninevah offensive, which began in late March, has been largely characterized by slow progress and has*at times appeared stalled, such as when the Iraqi forces struggled to capture al-Nasr, a*village near Makhmur, during the first couple of months of the operation.*The victory in Qayyarah will bring strategic benefit to the several layers of the Iraqi security forces and their local Sunni tribal allies by helping*facilitate the delivery of military and logistical supplies via the air base. “It is an important, strategic air base, and we will use it in the future as a major base for operations in the area,” Gen. Firas Bashar, the head of media relations at the Ninevah Operations Command, told Al-Monitor. “This was also a major base used by IS for recruiting and training purposes and a launch*site for operations.” By controlling the air base and the surrounding area, the Iraqis are now also in control of the road linking Mosul to the IS-held territories of Shirqat and Hawija, in Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces, respectively. The*Qayyarah facility, previously called Saddam Air Base, was captured by Iraqi*forces led by the elite counterterrorism and army units approaching from the direction of Salahuddin province, to the south, Bashar said. Michael Knights, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy specializing in Iraqi*military and security affairs, told Al-Monitor that Qayyarah will give the US-led coalition a base that “can easily be fortified and developed to hold US artillery and most importantly helicopters.” Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    By John Lee. The*Central Bank of Iraq (CBI)*has reported that 30 banks and 17 remittance companies took part in its currency auction on Thursday. A total of $140,261,784 sold at a price of 1182 Iraqi Dinars (IQD) per dollar. (Source: Central Bank of Iraq) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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