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    Today, 04:43 AM
    AP FACT CHECK: Misfires in Trump's AP interview TRUMP: "No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days." — Tuesday at the Kenosha, Wisconsin, headquarters of Snap-on tools THE FACTS: Trump's legislative victories are minor, surpassed by those of a variety of high achievers in the White House. Taking office in the Great Depression, Roosevelt quickly declared a banking holiday to quiet panic, called a special session of Congress and won passage of emergency legislation to stabilize the banking system. He came forward with a flurry of consequential legislation that set the pillars of the New Deal in place within his first 100 days, "the most concentrated period of U.S. reform in U.S. history," say Alan Brinkley and Davis Dyer in "The Reader's Companion to the American Presidency." No fewer than 14 historic laws were enacted in that time. Trump's big agenda items, like his promised tax overhaul and infrastructure plan, have yet to reach Congress. His attempt to secure the borders from people from terrorism-prone regions is so far blocked by courts. His first attempt to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law failed in Congress. Trump needn't look as far back as FDR to see a president who got off to a fast start. Obama signed a $787 billion stimulus package into law in his first month, while also achieving laws expanding health care for children and advancing equal pay for women in that time. Like Roosevelt, Obama came to office in an economic crisis, the worst since the Depression. Lawmakers from both parties were inclined to act quickly and did, even as they fought over the details of the big stimulus package that defined Obama's early days. President Ronald Reagan's 100 days were considered the hardest-driving since FDR's time, even though Reagan was shot March 30, 1981. He presented Congress with the most consequential tax, spending and government-overhaul plan it had seen in decades, a comprehensive package that exceeds in scope anything Trump has brought forward, including his first run at health care. Congressional approval came later. ___ TRUMP: "The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!" — tweet, Tuesday THE FACTS: Obama can't be blamed for allowing MS-13 to form as a nationwide gang because that happened long before he became president. A fact sheet from Trump's own Justice Department states that the gang, which originated in the 1980s in the Central American community in Los Angeles, "quickly spread to states across the country." The department indirectly credits the Obama administration, in its early years, with helping to rein in the group: "Through the combined efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement, great progress was made diminishing or severely (disrupting) the gang within certain targeted areas of the U.S. by 2009 and 2010." The U.S. carried out record deportations during the Obama administration and, on MS-13 specifically, took the unprecedented action of labeling the street gang a transnational criminal organization and announcing a freeze on its U.S. assets. Such actions were not enough to bring down the group and the Trump administration says it will do more. According to an FBI assessment from January 2008, before Obama took office, the gang was operating in at least 42 states and the District of Columbia, roughly the same number of states estimated now. The assessment said the group was made up of Salvadoran nationals and first-generation Salvadoran-Americans. The FBI at the time did not provide a breakdown of how many of the gang's members were immigrants or U.S. citizens. ___ TRUMP: "I didn't soften my stance" on China. "Nobody's ever seen such a positive response on our behalf from China, and then the fake media goes 'Donald Trump has changed his stance on China.' I haven't changed my stance. China's trying to help us." — Fox interview Tuesday THE FACTS: It's hard to imagine a clearer switch in positions than the president's abandonment of his campaign pledge to declare China a currency manipulator, a move that would have set the stage for trade penalties. China had once devalued its currency to make its exports artificially cheaper, crowding out other countries' products, but in recent years has let market forces do more to shape currency exchange rates. Even as Trump railed against Chinese currency manipulation in the presidential campaign, there already were signs that China was taking steps to keep the value of the yuan from sinking further against the dollar. Trump didn't let go of his accusation easily. As recently as April 2 he told The Financial Times that the Chinese are "world champions" of currency manipulation. ___ TRUMP, speaking about fellow NATO members, says he wants to "make sure these countries start paying their bills a little bit more. You know, they're way, way behind." — remarks in Kenosha THE FACTS: That's an oversimplification of NATO financial obligations, and one Trump has made repeatedly. NATO members are not in arrears on payments. They committed in 2014 to ensuring that by 2024, they would be spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on their military budgets. Most NATO countries are spending less than that now, and Washington is putting pressure on them to do more. In any event, the commitment is for these nations to spend more on their own military capabilities, which would strengthen the alliance, not to hand over money. ___
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    Today, 04:42 AM
    Associated Press AP FACT CHECK: Misfires in Trump's AP interview WASHINGTON (AP) — In an Associated Press interview, President Donald Trump claimed more progress than he's achieved on his 100-day plan and showed he was not completely familiar with what he had promised in that "contract" with voters. A look at some of his assertions in the interview conducted Friday and other statements he made over the past week: TRUMP, on his 100-day plan: "I'm mostly there on most items." — AP interview THE FACTS: He's not. Many have yet to be taken up. Of 38 specific promises Trump made in his 100-day "contract" with voters, he's accomplished 10, mostly through executive orders that don't require legislation. For example, he's withdrawn the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, created a violent crime task force and lifted restrictions on fossil fuel development. Of the 10 pieces of legislation he promised, none has been achieved and most have not been introduced, with the notable exception of the health care overhaul that was put in play but withdrawn from Congress because of insufficient support. That proposal is being reworked. He hasn't started on 15 of his 100-day promises, which include several immigration laws, college affordability, infrastructure incentives and punishment for companies that move jobs overseas. Saturday will be his 100th day. ___ TRUMP: "I think the 100 days is, you know, it's an artificial barrier. It's not very meaningful." — AP interview THE FACTS: He's right that a 100-day measurement of a new president is artificial. As for whether it's meaningful, that depends on how much meaning a presidential candidate invests in that benchmark. Trump invested it with a series of promises by which he was to be measured in 100 days, released in an appearance at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 22. "What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again," says the manifesto. "It is a contract between myself and the American voter." It continued: "On November 8th, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our economy, security to our communities, and honesty to our government. This is my pledge to you." Trump has grown dismissive of the 100-day mark, calling it "ridiculous," and now plays down his manifesto even as he boasts of his achievements. In the AP interview, he appeared to attribute the plan to his campaign staff, saying "Somebody, yeah, somebody put out the concept of a 100-day plan." ___ TRUMP: "I didn't put Supreme Court judge on the 100 (day) plan, and I got a Supreme Court judge." — AP interview THE FACTS: He actually did promise in his plan to "begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia." On this, he delivered more than promised - not only starting the process of finding a new Supreme Court justice but winning Senate confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, who now sits on the court.
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    Today, 04:34 AM
    We broke down Trump's bizarre AP interview transcript so you don't have to get broken down by it On Sunday, The Associated Press published a breathtaking 7,924 word interview with President Trump. Only a tiny percentage of those words were assembled into actual sentences. The president's word salads aren't particularly new, nor are his hair-raising split-second shifts in foreign policy. But it's important that we all take a moment for the innocent intern forced to translate Trump's word potpourri into English-ish sentences. SEE ALSO: Here’s how two local Welsh lads made brewing history We read Trump's interview so you wouldn't have to cry at your desk. Here it is, by the numbers: 1. Of the 6,220 Trump words Trump uses, 4,187 of them are monosyllabic 2. There are four unprompted references to how he's an improvement from President Obama 3. 35 uses of the word "great" 4. Five references to his relationships, all of which are — coincidentally! — also great 5. Four times he calls himself the greatest president 6. One offer to the journalist of Coke, which Trump once said he's never seen a thin person drink 7. 16 times when the author has to use the phrase "unintelligible" when he simply doesn't understand what Trump means 8. Five answers that include the phrase "I don't know" 9. Two claims that the country is being treated "unfairly" 10. Four claims that he, Trump, is being treated unfairly by the media 11. Eight unprompted references to his electoral college win 12. Five references to the "fake media" 13. Zero mentions of the opioid crisis, the refugee crisis, Afghanistan, the potential government shutdown, or the post-election surge in hate crimes 14. One mention that "back when they did NATO there was no such thing as terrorism," which should be enough for us all. Humm...it really makes you go "humm"...what an idiot. And still you voted for this idiot, Russian Putin Lover.....but hey...prophecies always comes in full circle...and I hope that the prophecy of him being impeached becomes a reality....that would be a treat to my heart and soul !!
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    Today, 01:04 AM
    By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The New INOC Law: Brief and DysfunctionalThe Cabinet approved, on 23 March 2017, the new law for the Iraqi National Oil Company (INOC) and passed it to the Parliament/House of Representatives to legislate in accordance with legislating and constitutional procedure. From formal aspects, the draft is very brief and vaguely worded; disappointing in substance; imprecise structurally and functionally. Therefore, the proposed law in its current form is not applicable and, thus, should be re-examined radically within a comprehensive approach that takes into account the fundamental changes pertinent to the subject maters; this what this contribution is all about. To begin with I must mention that many drafts for INOC law have previously *been proposed, presented and debated, whether through initiatives (official or individually) and some even went through “first reading” by the Parliament; or within the many drafts of the Federal Oil and Gas Law (FOGL) since 2007. Also, I published (mostly on this IBN website) many analytical articles on all these attempts and cooperated with the Ministry of Oil in this regard, the last of which concerns the draft proposed by the Ministry to the Council of Ministers *in September last year. After careful reading of the current proposed law and other related laws, I came to formulated views and make the following remarks: Please click here to download Ahmed Mousa Jiyad’s full report. Mr Jiyad is an independent development consultant, scholar and Associate with Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES), London. He was formerly a senior economist with the Iraq National Oil Company and Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, Chief Expert for the Council of Ministers, Director at the Ministry of Trade, and International Specialist with UN organizations in Uganda, Sudan and Jordan. He is now based in Norway (Email: mou-jiya@online.no, Skype ID: Ahmed Mousa Jiyad). Read more of Mr Jiyad’s biography here. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 01:04 AM
    Genel Energy has announced that Stephen Whyte has been appointed as an independent non-executive director and Chairman designate with immediate effect. Tony Hayward (pictured) will retire as a Director and Chairman of the Company at the conclusion of the 2017 AGM, to be held on 6 June 2017, at which point Stephen Whyte will take up the role of Chairman. Murat Özgül, Chief Executive of Genel, said: “It has been a great pleasure to have worked with Tony during his time at Genel. When we first started working together, the oil industry in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq was still in its infancy, without an export pipeline and there was a high degree of uncertainty over export sales. “Kurdistan now has a fully operational pipeline infrastructure exporting up to 600,000 bopd, and Taq Taq and Tawke have a proven track record of international sales and significant cash generation. Everyone at Genel wishes Tony all the best in his future activities.” Stephen Whyte, Chairman designate, said: “Genel has operated in a very tough environment in recent years but I believe the Company has renewed momentum and significant opportunities in the portfolio. The fall in oil price impacted the entire industry, and that, coupled with the impact of the war against ISIS, put pressure on the finances of the already squeezed Kurdistan Regional Government. “As the environment now improves, I look forward to working with the Board to ensure that Genel has the best possible strategy for the future.” (Source: Genel Energy) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 01:04 AM
    By Ashley Goodall. From Bombs to Bytes: How tech can Diversify and Transform Iraq’s EconomyOne of the big hits at this year’s Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) conference was the tech panel (pictured) with four leading Tech companies using tech to deliver their unique services: Zain Telco, launching Zain Cash, Restrata who offer cyber security to the traditional and emergent digital economy, and Gulftainer, the logistics to connect Iraq to the world of commerce and Inevert, a start-up tech investor. There is a clear appetite and ambition in youthful Iraq to connect with the modern world and repurpose the Iraqi economy. The digitisation of the Iraqi economy could usefully transform several objectives in one swoop and be a massive agent of positive change: Prime is the need to diversify the economy away from reliance on oil and gas. Iraq has plentiful supplies of oil but the price is volatile and the country still needs to find employment for millions of young people. Digitising the economy would not only provide hundreds of thousands of jobs, but connect the economy to the modern world virtually and in reality. A bi-product of tech will enable the rapidly growing young generation, who are numerate and tech friendly, to have engaging jobs and fulfil aspirations, instead of a distractive poverty and extreme ideologies. Secondly, Tech as a transactional mechanism also drives transparency, especially when money is concerned. Tech bypasses corruption: It’s no secret that Mastercard is seen as a benign influence in eradicating fraud and corruption in emerging economies. Likewise, Zain cash now offer online payments via Facebook for entrepreneurs to sell their products and services. Not only does this open up e commerce to millions of naturally entrepreneurial Iraqis, but also to people and markets *in the wider region, along with options to pay for advertising and marketing support. All this *without the need to pay middle men or bribes. Tech is ‘the agent’ of transparency, for the people and for government. Finally, Tech is an agent of cultural transformation and change – as people engage with each other in social media, collaborate in business, and young people learn from educational programs , as Maeve Walsh of UKs DCMS says, the UK Government conducts swathes of its civic, electoral and societal business via the internet. Likewise Iraq can transform government activity within the country, and ‘Iraq Tech’ can also change external perceptions of the country . What can make this happen? Much of the infrastructure is already in the country through the private sector: Zain telco and its Zain cash wallet- Restrata have the cyber tech to protect businesses and Omar Hussan of Inevert is eyeing opportunities for investment- along with Zain, who also intend building a tech hub in Baghdad. Clearly much more investment is required into the emergent start up economy, and despite availability of the free ‘Google skills,’ the government needs to embrace tech education, infrastructure and online transactions- but the private sector can already see entrepreneurial commerce as the driver of change. With a young and educated population of natural trading entrepreneurs, keen to get on with their lives, it’s only a matter of time before the country leapfrogs less liberal countries in the region. Iraq has been held back for too long, but now could be the time the dynamism of the people, their access to electronic platforms, and relative stability could be the trigger that pivots Iraq into a golden age of tech. Ashley Goodall is a martketing consultant to Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC). Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 01:04 AM
    Advertising FeatureRabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 20th Apr 2017). Please click here to download a table of listed companies and their associated ticker codes. The RSISX index ended the week at IQD947 (-1.6%) / $972 (-1.6%) (weekly change) (-1.3% and +2.6% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 3.3bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD2.4bn ($1.9mn). ISX Company Announcements Following CBI letter number 973/6 on Apr. 2, 2017 related with issuing local bonds by the CBI for the MoF with five categories (IQD100K, IQD250K, IQD500K, IQD1mn and IQD5mn) totaling IQD1trln with 8% annual interest, CBI made the following announcement on Tuesday: “The bonds will be paid with annual coupons for two years by the MoF on Apr. 2, 2019. IQD802.15bn was sold and IQD197.85bn remained from the total IQD1trln local bond issue. The deadline for buying these local bonds announced as May 2, 2017 for the remaining categories as the following: 215K unit from IQD500K, 87.45K unit from IQD1mn and 580 units from IQD5mn.” Mamoura Real Estate Investment (SMRI) will hold AGM* on Apr. 30, 2017 to discuss and approve 2016 annual financial results, increasing the capital from IQD19.2bn to IQD22.78bn through 15.0% rights issue and 3.6% bonus issue. ISX will suspend trading of SMRI starting on Apr. 25, 2017. Al-Harir for Money Transfer (MTAH) will hold AGM* on May 13, 2017 to discuss and approve 2016 annual financial results, converting the company from money transfer to an Islamic bank and increasing the capital from IQD45bn to IQD100bn though 122.2% rights issue. ISX will suspend trading of MTAH starting on May 9, 2017. Al-Mansour Bank (BMNS) resumed trading on Apr. 18, 2017 after discussing and approving 2016 annual financial results and deciding to distribute 5% cash dividend (IQD0.05 dividend per share, 5.1% dividend yield). Original shares of Al-Rabita Al-Maliya Company (MTRA) resumed trading on Apr. 20, 2017 after discussing and approving 2016 annual financial results, increasing the capital from IQD45bn to IQD100bn through 122.2% rights issue and deciding to convert the company from money transfer into an Islamic bank. ISX announced that Al-Maraj Al-Alamiya for Money Transfer (MTMR), having IQD100bn paid-in capital, completed the procedures to convert into Trust International Islamic Bank (BTRU). BTRU will be traded in the secondary market. Iraqi Date Processing and Marketing (IIDP) resumed trading on Apr. 18, 2017 after fulfilling ISC disclosure requirements and publishing 2016 annual results. Fallujah for Construction Materials (IFCM), which was suspended from trading on July 5, 2015, disclosed the current conditions of the company. The company mentioned that the total damages on the company due to the security conditions reached IQD4.4bn. It was mentioned that there are small damages in buildings and infrastructure that can be fixed and put into use. IFCM said it has two lands, one is 120 acres over which plants and factories were built, and the second is 108 acres which is located on the fast road linking Iraq, Jordan and Syria. IFCM stated that they can start to operate again by covering the losses and damages. ISX disclosed that the Companies Registrar approved the conversion of Al-Muhej Money Transfer (MTAM) into Al-Qabidh Islamic Bank for Finance and Investment (BQAB) with a capital of IQD100bn. BQAB will trade in non-regular market. The CBI granted BQAB the banking license on Feb. 8, 2017. ISX announced that Al-Bilad Islamic Bank for Investment and Finance (BLAD), having IQD250bn paid-in capital, has completed the listing procedures. BLAD will start trading in the regular market after depositing and activating 5% of the listed shares or after 21 days of deposing the company’s shares. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 31 strikes consisting of 97 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 48 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed three ISIS wellheads. Near Palmyra, two strikes destroyed four fighting positions and two ISIS shipping containers. Near Raqqa, seven strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, a heavy machine gun, a tactical vehicle and an ISIS wellhead. Near Tabqah, 12 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, an ISIS vehicle, a heavy machine gun and a command-and-control node. Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Syria from April 19-21 that have been closed within the last 24 hours. On April 19, near Raqqa, Syria, a strike damaged a command-and-control node. On April 20, near Raqqa, Syria, a strike suppressed two ISIS tactical units and damaged a fighting position. On Apr. 21, near Raqqa, Syria, a strike destroyed an improvised bomb factory and suppressed two ISIS tactical units. Strikes in Iraq In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Rawah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS staging area. Near Mosul, six strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 11 fighting positions, eight heavy machine guns, four rocket-propelled grenade systems, two ISIS-held buildings, an ISIS-held bridge and a vehicle-borne bomb; damaged 14 ISIS supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed four rocket teams, three mortar teams and an ISIS tactical unit. Part of Operation Inherent Resolve These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said. The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said. The task force does 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. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    By John Lee. The*Central Bank of Iraq (CBI)*has reported that 37 banks and 11 remittance companies took part in its currency auction on Monday. A total of $155,485,508 sold at a price of 1184 Iraqi Dinars (IQD) per dollar. (Source: Central Bank of Iraq) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 03:28 PM
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    Yesterday, 04:30 AM
    ONLY AN INDIVIDUAL WITH PETRIFIED AND MUMMIFIED BRAINS WOULD SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO A SERVICE MEMBER.......... Trump is getting slammed for saying 'congratulations' to a Purple Heart recipient President Donald Trump raised more than a few eyebrows during his first visit as president to Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday when he awarded the Purple Heart to Army Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos. "When I heard about this, I wanted to do it myself," Trump told Barrientos as he placed the Purple Heart on the soldier's lapel. "Congratulations … tremendous." The medal is given to service members who were wounded or killed in battle. Many on social media immediately criticized the president’s choice of words to the wounded soldier whose leg had to be amputated after he survived an attack in Afghanistan’s Helmland province. Oh...dear. Really, believe me, no one seeks a Purple Heart. Truly. https://t.co/HXbnVy2S2q — Kim Dozier (@KimDozier) April 22, 2017 Hey military, y'all would Eat. A. Brother. Alive. If they did this. Whatcha gonna say bout Trump? Hope his staff learns him up right quick. https://t.co/V9z9PVcTzQ — Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) April 22, 2017 Congratulations? Like the Purple Heart is a prize? Trump is an idiot. Most of us always knew this. https://t.co/vf3g4AOA7m — The Tweetwit (@TheTweetwit) April 22, 2017 @louwho27 It's rather like if Trump signed a condolence card to a widow "congratulations". Not everything we do to mark something is a congratulation. — Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) April 22, 2017 @barbarastarrcnn So inappropriate. You don't congratulate a soldier for being wounded. You thank them for their service, dedication and sacrifice. — SchoolHouseRockAlum (@HouseOfMichele) April 22, 2017 This isn’t the first time the president has been criticized for remarks he made about the Purple Heart. During the campaign, a veteran gave the then-nominee his Purple heart. "I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier," Trump said at the time. OF COURSE HE ALWAYS WANTED A PURPLE HEART....ONLY THOSE WHO SERVED WOULD QUALIFY TO GET ONE IF HE/SHE GETS INJURED IN THEIR LINE OF DUTY. DONALDOF DODGED THE VIETNAM CONFLICT.....
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    04-23-2017, 05:25 PM
    Polls: Trump approaches 100 days with lowest job approval rating in more than 70 years Six days before marking his first 100 days in office, President Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president in more than 70 years, a pair of polls published Sunday found. According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, just 42 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s performance as president, while 53 percent disapprove. Nearly 70 percent of Americans approved of the job Barack Obama was doing at the same point in his presidency, while just 26 percent disapproved. On average, past presidents have enjoyed a 69 percent approval, 19 percent disapproval split at or near their first 100-day mark, according to the survey. Not Trump. According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) give Trump “poor or middling marks for his first 100 days in office” — including 45 percent who say he’s off to a “poor start.” In 2009, by contrast, 54 percent of Americans said that Barack Obama’s first 100 days had gotten off to either a good or great start, compared with 46 percent who said fair or poor. The survey shows Trump’s overall job-approval rating at 40 percent as he approaches 100 days — the lowest job-approval rating for a new president at this point in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll. Six days before marking his first 100 days in office, President Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president in more than 70 years, a pair of polls published Sunday found. According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, just 42 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s performance as president, while 53 percent disapprove. Nearly 70 percent of Americans approved of the job Barack Obama was doing at the same point in his presidency, while just 26 percent disapproved. On average, past presidents have enjoyed a 69 percent approval, 19 percent disapproval split at or near their first 100-day mark, according to the survey. Not Trump. According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) give Trump “poor or middling marks for his first 100 days in office” — including 45 percent who say he’s off to a “poor start.” In 2009, by contrast, 54 percent of Americans said that Barack Obama’s first 100 days had gotten off to either a good or great start, compared with 46 percent who said fair or poor. The survey shows Trump’s overall job-approval rating at 40 percent as he approaches 100 days — the lowest job-approval rating for a new president at this point in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll. Source: ABC News/Washington Post The net disapproval of Trump’s job as president appears to stem from feelings about his judgment and temperament. According to the ABC/Washington Post poll, 58 percent say he lacks honesty and trustworthiness — the same percentage that see him as out of touch — while 59 percent say he lacks the temperament for the job and 61 percent say he lacks empathy. But the survey also found one aspect of the job in which Trump is enjoying broad support: 73 percent approve of his pressuring companies to keep jobs in the United States. (That number includes “most Democrats, liberals and nonwhites … three groups that are broadly critical of Trump more generally,” per the poll.) A slim majority (53 percent) say Trump is a “strong leader,” compared with 45 percent who say he is not. But Trump’s supporters are overwhelmingly steadfast and loyal in their support. The ABC/WaPo survey found that a whopping 96 percent of those who voted for Trump in November say they have no regrets and would vote for him again. Which is one reason why Trump continues to hold campaign-style rallies more than 3 1/2 years away from the next election. On Saturday, April 29, Trump announced that he will mark his 100th day in office with “a BIG rally” in Pennsylvania, on the same date as the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — an event Trump has said he will not attend. The net disapproval of Trump’s job as president appears to stem from feelings about his judgment and temperament. According to the ABC/Washington Post poll, 58 percent say he lacks honesty and trustworthiness — the same percentage that see him as out of touch — while 59 percent say he lacks the temperament for the job and 61 percent say he lacks empathy. But the survey also found one aspect of the job in which Trump is enjoying broad support: 73 percent approve of his pressuring companies to keep jobs in the United States. (That number includes “most Democrats, liberals and nonwhites … three groups that are broadly critical of Trump more generally,” per the poll.) A slim majority (53 percent) say Trump is a “strong leader,” compared with 45 percent who say he is not. But Trump’s supporters are overwhelmingly steadfast and loyal in their support. The ABC/WaPo survey found that a whopping 96 percent of those who voted for Trump in November say they have no regrets and would vote for him again. Which is one reason why Trump continues to hold campaign-style rallies more than 3 1/2 years away from the next election. On Saturday, April 29, Trump announced that he will mark his 100th day in office with “a BIG rally” in Pennsylvania, on the same date as the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — an event Trump has said he will not attend.
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    04-23-2017, 05:10 AM
    Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 US election - documents WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. They described two confidential documents from the think tank as providing the framework and rationale for what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies https://en.riss.ru/], after the election. The institute is run by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin’s office. The first Russian institute document was a strategy paper written last June that circulated at the highest levels of the Russian government but was not addressed to any specific individuals. It recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama, the seven officials said. A second institute document, drafted in October and distributed in the same way, warned that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was likely to win the election. For that reason, it argued, it was better for Russia to end its pro-Trump propaganda and instead intensify its messaging about voter fraud to undermine the U.S. electoral system’s legitimacy and damage Clinton’s reputation in an effort to undermine her presidency, the seven officials said. The current and former U.S. officials spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the Russian documents’ classified status. They declined to discuss how the United States obtained them. U.S. intelligence agencies also declined to comment on them. Putin has denied interfering in the U.S. election. Putin’s spokesman and the Russian institute did not respond to requests for comment. The documents were central to the Obama administration's conclusion that Russia mounted a “fake news” campaign and launched cyber attacks against Democratic Party groups and Clinton's campaign, the current and former officials said. “Putin had the objective in mind all along, and he asked the institute to draw him a road map,” said one of the sources, a former senior U.S. intelligence official. Trump has said Russia’s activities had no impact on the outcome of the race. Ongoing congressional and FBI investigations into Russian interference have so far produced no public evidence that Trump associates colluded with the Russian effort to change the outcome of the election. Four of the officials said the approach outlined in the June strategy paper was a broadening of an effort the Putin administration launched in March 2016. That month the Kremlin instructed state-backed media outlets, including international platforms Russia Today and Sputnik news agency, to start producing positive reports on Trump’s quest for the U.S. presidency, the officials said. Russia Today did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for Sputnik dismissed the assertions by the U.S. officials that it participated in a Kremlin campaign as an “absolute pack of lies.” “And by the way, it's not the first pack of lies we're hearing from 'sources in U.S. official circles'," the spokesperson said in an email. Russia Today and Sputnik published anti-Clinton stories while pro-Kremlin bloggers prepared a Twitter campaign calling into question the fairness of an anticipated Clinton victory, according to a report by U.S. intelligence agencies on Russian interference in the election made public in January. http://bit.ly/2kMiKSA] Russia Today’s most popular Clinton video - “How 100% of the 2015 Clintons’ ‘charity’ went to ... themselves” - accumulated 9 millions views on social media, according to the January report. "]http://bit.ly/2os8wIt] The report said Russia Today and Sputnik “consistently cast president elect-Trump as the target of unfair coverage from traditional media outlets." The report said the agencies did not assess whether Moscow’s effort had swung the outcome of the race in Trump’s favor, because American intelligence agencies do not “analyze U.S. political processes or U.S. public opinion.” http://bit.ly/2kMiKSA] CYBER ATTACKS Neither of the Russian institute documents mentioned the release of hacked Democratic Party emails to interfere with the U.S. election, according to four of the officials. The officials said the hacking was a covert intelligence operation run separately out of the Kremlin. The overt propaganda and covert hacking efforts reinforced each other, according to the officials. Both Russia Today and Sputnik heavily promoted the release of the hacked Democratic Party emails, which often contained embarrassing details. Five of the U.S. officials described the institute as the Kremlin’s in-house foreign policy think tank. The institute’s director when the documents were written, Leonid Reshetnikov, rose to the rank of lieutenant general during a 33-year-career in Russia’s foreign intelligence service, according to the institute’s website http://bit.ly/2oVhiCF]. After Reshetnikov retired from the institute in January, Putin named as his replacement Mikhail Fradkov. The institute says he served as the director of Russia’s foreign intelligence service from 2007 to 2016. http://bit.ly/2os4tvz] Reuters was unable to determine if either man was directly involved in the drafting of the documents. Reshetnikov’s office referred questions to the Russian institute. On its website, the Russian institute describes itself as providing “expert appraisals,” “recommendations,” and “analytical materials” to the Russian president’s office, cabinet, National Security Council, ministries and parliament. "]http://bit.ly/2pCBGpR] On Jan. 31, the websites of Putin’s office http://bit.ly/2os9wMr] and the institute http://bit.ly/2oLn9Kd] posted a picture and transcript of Reshetnikov and his successor Fradkov meeting with Putin in the Kremlin. Putin thanked Reshetnikov for his service and told Fradkov he wanted the institute to provide objective information and analysis. “We did our best for nearly eight years to implement your foreign policy concept,” Reshetnikov told Putin. “The policy of Russia and the policy of the President of Russia have been the cornerstone of our operation.”
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    04-23-2017, 04:38 AM
    For those who are military ignoramus (like Donaldof)... Everyone should read John Kelly's speech about 2 Marines in the path of a truck bomb In 2010, then-Lt. Gen. John Kelly — who now serves as Secretary of Homeland Security — told their story to a packed house just four days after he had lost his own son, Robert, to combat in Afghanistan. He spoke of the 9/11 attacks, the enemy that America was fighting, and praised the brave men and women who had volunteered to go overseas since then. Then he moved to the remarkable story of these two Marines, which he told the crowd, showed the "quality of steel in their backs." Here's what he said: Two years ago when I was the Commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 “The Walking Dead,” and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi. One battalion in the closing days of their deployment going home very soon, the other just starting its seven-month combat tour. Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines. The same broken down ramshackle building was also home to 100 Iraqi police, also my men and our allies in the fight against the terrorists in Ramadi, a city until recently the most dangerous city on earth and owned by Al Qaeda. Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds. Had they not joined the Marines they would never have met each other, or understood that multiple America’s exist simultaneously depending on one’s race, education level, economic status, and where you might have been born. But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman. The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went something like: “Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” “You clear?” I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like: “Yes Sergeant,” with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, “No kidding sweetheart, we know what we’re doing.” They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, al Anbar, Iraq. A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way—perhaps 60-70 yards in length—and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped. Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms. When I read the situation report about the incident a few hours after it happened I called the regimental commander for details as something about this struck me as different. Marines dying or being seriously wounded is commonplace in combat. We expect Marines regardless of rank or MOS to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different. The regimental commander had just returned from the site and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event—just Iraqi police. I figured if there was any chance of finding out what actually happened and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I’d have to do it as a combat award that requires two eye-witnesses and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washington would never buy Iraqi statements. If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer. I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.” The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion. All survived. Many were injured ... some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.” What he didn’t know until then, he said, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion he said, “Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did.” “No sane man.” “They saved us all.” What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated. You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “ ... let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” The two Marines had about five seconds left to live. It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were—some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live. For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing non-stop...the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the son-of-a-bitch who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers—American and Iraqi—bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe ... because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live. The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty ... into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight—for you. Folks, had Donaldof Trumpler not dodge the Vietnam Conflict not one, not two, but three separate times, he may have learned something about the military, it is not about you, but it is about the man on your left and your right, and the one guarding your six and your twelve.
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    04-22-2017, 09:20 PM
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    04-22-2017, 07:15 PM
    By Bill Robinson “If we are going to conduct espionage in the future, we are going to have to make some changes in the relationship between the intelligence community and the public it serves.” –Michael Hayden, CIA Director 2005-2009. Espionage is our friend when protecting Americans and our national security. Espionage when used on American citizens, especially those running against the incumbent president, his surrogate and political party in an election, becomes immoral, illegal and criminally prosecutable. It is my prediction that when the full truth is outed about President Donald Trump’s “wiretapping” tweet, quite a few people—Democrats—will be going to jail. The president knew what he was doing. How were the Democrats, Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama able to spy on their opponent Donald Trump? My sources tell me they had no integrity and had done it before; here I reference the IRS scandal and despicable Iran Deal. They had done it many times before. Kimberley Strassel of the WSJ wrote a column on March 30, 2017 with the headline, “What Devin Nunes Knows: Team Obama was broadly spying on the incoming administration.” Strassel is correct. Monica Crowley stated on March 31 on Hannity on Fox News that the Obama surveillance of Trump could “make Watergate look like a picnic.” Crowley is right. This is bigger than Watergate. A crescendo of water is rising. Soon, the dam will break. My sources tell me there was a clear conspiracy to spy on the Trump camp to steal the presidency. It was Hillary, Barack, Biden (in his own insane way), Jarett, Rice, Rhodes, Clapper, Brennan, Comey, Podesta, Brazile, Mook, Palmieri, Wasserman-Schultz and other similar deviant political operatives who were working overtime to steal the election. NOT Trump colluding with Russia. What’s Been Going On? In the days following Trump’s earth-shattering election, I started receiving calls from contacts in the Obama government. High-echelon staffers at State, Justice, the FBI especially, as well as the DNC and Obama White House were telling me of a “whitewash” in full swing. They were sick and tired of carrying water for what they said was “a totally corrupt president and Democratic Party.” The FBI sources I had were particularly angry with James Comey and told me he “was in the DNC bag.” It seemed the whistleblowers had had enough. READ ALL here:
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    04-22-2017, 05:49 PM
    GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments across the country, including the battle to liberate Mosul. Please click here to download the latest report free of charge. For more information on how GardaWorld’s services can support your business in Iraq, please contact Daniel Matthews, Senior Director Iraq, at daniel.matthews@garda.com Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    04-22-2017, 02:09 AM
    Oh Lord..what a retard you are.....Are you such an idiot as much as Donaldof is?...don't you realize that you have no point at all ? Dude....since you are so mentally deficient and obviously you have issues either with reading or with remembering....yes, I see a doctor every 90 days,....courtesy of the VA (and your tax payments).... you are not the first one to ask that dumb question and I think you won't be the last.... I don't care if you laugh or not, and sure as hell I don't care a bit about your ignorant thoughts at all.....I am still here, I am still posting my opinions, and that is all that matters.....let me laugh with you too by the way.... ;) ;) See, below is you when someone says something about your boy Donaldof...
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    04-22-2017, 01:52 AM
    LOL numnuts, it's not about my nuts/balls, or Trump's nuts/balls, my point is that you have none!!! :) You need help, please see a doctor. WTF has changed in your life regarding his first 100 days in office? What, your 401K portfolio up? No f'n retards blowing up the US like in France/Germany? You are a fool...the forum jester...and we laugh again at your act :)
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    04-22-2017, 12:50 AM
    By Wassim Bassem for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.* Even if it were true that Sumerians built the first airport at Nasiriyah in 5000 BC, as Iraqi Transport Minister Kazem Finjan claimed in October, they would be shocked at the state of Iraqi aviation today. While Kazem said Iraq’s early settlers used the airport as a base for exploring space, allegedly even discovering Pluto, Iraqis today would be happy to discover planes at their local airport. The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority announced April 12 that a number of the country’s airports will be rehabilitated, but as critics have pointed out, one small problem remains: There are not enough planes to serve them. After Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait in August*1990, the international community imposed an*air embargo and other sanctions on the country, which were lifted in 2003 after the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein. Provincial and local governments, in an effort*to catch up with developments in the global transport sector, sought to*establish*airports in every city, but with little apparent consideration*given to providing*the airports with the required equipment, including planes. The building spree included airports in*Erbil*and Sulaimaniyah*(2005), Najaf (2008) and*Dahuk (2012). On March 6, the*Dhi Qar airport in Nasiriyah began*weekly flights to Baghdad.*Meanwhile, other Iraqi cities are also looking to establish air connections. A year ago, the Babil governorate signed a*memorandum of understanding*with a French company for an international airport.*A*cornerstone for an international*airport at*Karbala*was laid in January, and on*April 6 another was*laid in Kut. On March 12, the Transport*Ministry confirmed that it will turn the military airport at*Diwaniyah*into*a civil facility.*Mosul’s airport is reportedly slated for rehabilitation after the city’s liberation from the Islamic State. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    04-22-2017, 12:50 AM
    This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of*Iraq Business News. It was a strange way for the Basra orthopaedic doctor to find out he was dead. “One of my patients came to see me for a routine check-up, something he does every two months, and he was surprised to see me – because I was still alive,” the doctor told NIQASH. The patient had been waylaid by one of Basra’s medical brokers, salesmen who are paid by clinics in Basra to bring patients into their surgeries. The brokers – called dallaloun by the locals – wait at junctions where there are pharmacies, doctors’ surgeries and labs. They speak to passers-by and recommend the services of a doctor, who eventually pays them a cut for bringing a new patient to the clinic. The business is pressured and sometimes their sales methods are dodgy. That’s what happened to the orthopaedic doctor in question. “One of the brokers told my patient that I had died and offered to take him elsewhere,” continues the orthopaedist, who had actually been on holiday overseas; he wanted to remain anonymous because he feared for his safety if the brokers found out he was telling tales. “But my patient wanted to check this so he went to the hospital where I also work and was told that I was not dead.” The doctor says this phenomenon of the brokers doesn’t happen elsewhere, it is unique to Basra. Most of the medical brokers work in the Aziziyah neighbourhood in Basra, where there are a lot of medical service providers and much foot traffic. The brokers will tell potential patients all kinds of stories: The clinic has moved. The doctor is a bad doctor and inefficient, or dangerous. They may say the doctor has retired or they will garnish a doctor’s CV, saying that the person also works as a specialist at a local hospital. Or that the doctor works for a medical committee that grants sick leave to government staff. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    04-22-2017, 12:50 AM
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 32 strikes consisting of 80 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Abu Kamal, five strikes destroyed seven ISIS wellheads, five oil tankers and five oil processing equipment items. Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed two bunkers, an ISIS wellhead and a front-end loader. Near Raqqa, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions. Near Tabqah, eight strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a command-and-control node and an ISIS staging area. Strikes in Iraq In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 52 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIS-held building and a mortar system. Near Qaim, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a weapons cache, a tactical vehicle and an anti-aircraft artillery system. Near Fallujah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit. Near Mosul, six strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units, destroyed 11 rocket-propelled grenade systems, seven fighting positions, six vehicle bombs, five mortar systems, three vehicle bomb-making facilities, a weapons cache, a medium machine gun and an ISIS staging area; damaged 11 ISIS supply routes, four fighting positions; and suppressed two mortar teams and ISIS tactical unit. Near Rawah, a strike destroyed four weapons caches, a vehicle bomb and a bunker. Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed a front-end loader. Part of Operation Inherent Resolve These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said. The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said. The task force does 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. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    04-21-2017, 08:33 PM
    It looks like House Democrats just won a big victory in the Trump-Russia investigation The House Intelligence Committee said on Friday that it had invited three former officials with knowledge of Russia's interference in the US election to testify in an open hearing in May, over a month after the committee's chairman first scrapped the session. "Yesterday, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence sent two letters related to its investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign," Emily Hytha, a spokeswoman for Republican Rep. Mike Conaway, said on Friday. "The first letter was sent to FBI Director James Comey and National Security Advisor Admiral Mike Rogers, inviting them to appear at a closed hearing on May 2, 2017," Hytha said. "The second letter was sent to former CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates inviting them to appear at an open hearing to be scheduled after May 2nd." The letters appear to mark the end of an impasse that emerged late last month, when the committee's chairman, Devin Nunes, accused Democrats of not signing a letter inviting Comey to testify before the committee in a closed session. Democrats said they did not support substituting an open hearing with a closed one and had been pushing to reschedule the open session with Yates, Brennan, and Clapper that Nunes had scrapped. "The chairman requested that in lieu of a public hearing we have a closed hearing with James Comey and Mike Rogers," Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, who sits on the committee, told Business Insider late last month. "I did not support having one substitute for another." In the end, the committee agreed to hold both the closed session with Comey and Rogers that Republicans wanted and the open hearing with Yates, Brennan, and Clapper that Democrats advocated. The compromise is arguably a bigger victory for the Democrats, however, who have been eager to publicly question Yates about her knowledge of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's relationship with Russia. Yates was fired as acting attorney general after refusing to enforce Trump's first executive order on immigration in late January. Earlier that month, she reportedly traveled to the White House to warn Trump administration officials that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. Interest in Yates' testimony grew even more last month after The Washington Post reported that the White House had tried to prevent her from testifying publicly. The White House has denied the charge. Brennan has also come back into the spotlight recently amid reports that he established a counterintelligence task force last summer to examine whether the Trump campaign had improper contact with the Kremlin. The investigation was based on intelligence that was handed to the CIA by foreign intelligence agencies beginning in late 2015, The Guardian reported earlier this month. Clapper's testimony, meanwhile, will be of interest to those who feel that Trump's Russia ties have been overblown. The former director of national intelligence told MSNBC's Chuck Todd in early March that he had seen "no evidence" of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Nunes a few weeks ago stepped aside from the committee's investigation into Trump's ties to Russia. He handed the probe over to Conaway in early April amid questions about his ability to lead an unbiased investigation. Nunes, who served on Trump's transition team, came under intense scrutiny last month for his decision to bypass the rest of his committee and brief Trump on classified executive-branch documents that he said showed that members of Trump's transition team had been swept up in government surveillance. Reports have said he obtained those documents from White House officials — despite Nunes' earlier claims that he got them from an intelligence source — fueling speculation that administration officials had orchestrated the stunt to distract the press from Comey's revelation that the FBI was investigating whether various Trump associates had ties to Russia. The committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, criticized Nunes for bypassing the committee, calling on him to either share the documents with his colleagues or recuse himself. "I don't know how to conduct a credible investigation if you have even one person, let alone the chairman, of a committee saying, 'I've seen evidence, but I won't share it with anyone else,'" Schiff told CNN late last month. "We can't conduct an investigation this way. That's not sustainable. It's not credible."
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    04-21-2017, 08:31 PM
    Politics House Committee Restarts Probe of Russia's Election Meddling The House Intelligence Committee is stepping up its probe into Russian interference in last year’s U.S. election, seeking testimony from five key witnesses including FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers. Both have been asked to testify in a closed hearing on May 2, according to a statement Friday from the panel. In addition, the committee asked three former officials from President Barack Obama’s administration -- CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates -- to testify publicly at an unspecified later date. The planned hearings reflect that a probe that ran aground is now resuming after the committee’s chairman was forced to recuse himself. But partisan differences persist: Democrats want to focus on the finding of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the election to help Donald Trump win, while some Republicans agree with Trump that the real issue is whether Obama’s administration spied on Trump’s campaign and leaked what they found. Comey already delivered explosive public testimony to the House committee in March, when he confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether there was collaboration between Trump ’s associates and Russia during the presidential campaign. He also testified that there’s no evidence to support the president’s allegation that Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower last year. More from Bloomberg.com: Trump Says He Wants Obamacare Bill and to Keep Government Running Chairman’s RecusalThe invitations to current and former officials came two weeks after Representative Devin Nunes, the committee’s chairman, recused himself from the probe. He came under criticism for his handling of classified material, obtained from White House officials, that he said showed Obama administration officials “unmasked” the identities of people close to Trump who were mentioned in legal surveillance of foreign individuals. Rather than share the information with other committee members, the California Republican held a press conference and then returned to the White House to brief Trump. The top Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff of California, had demanded Nunes step aside from the investigation, saying Nunes had compromised the integrity of the committee’s work. Now, Republican Representative Mike Conaway of Texas is leading the Russia inquiry while the House ethics committee examines complaints that Nunes made unauthorized disclosures about the classified information. Republican members Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Tom Rooney of Florida -- both former prosecutors -- have been preparing to question witnesses. In the Senate, Republican and Democratic leaders of the Intelligence Committee say they trust each other and are proceeding with their own investigation into Russian meddling, including the hacking and release of Democratic emails and possible collaboration.
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    04-21-2017, 08:24 PM
    What's Going On with Donald Trump's Fading Tan? An Investigation Angry Creamsicle. Cheeto Jesus. Decomposing Jack-o-Lantern. These nicknames have two things in common. They're not particularly kind, and they all take aim at Donald Trump's infamous love for tanning, which-thanks to his long history in the public eye-is relatively easy to track. We'll start with Trump in 1986, looking decidedly un-oranged: Almost a decade later, hints of his tan future started to emerge. By the mid-aughts, Trump's skin and hair were *almost* the same color: By the time he was campaigning for president, he'd reached peak orange. Here he is on the campaign trail in 2015: Trump's apparent addiction to spray tanning became a favorite target for comedians and detractors, and as recently as January he was still looking, well, not *not* orange. More recently, however, Trump has been looking considerably less citrus-y. There's a lot about Donald Trump that we can never understand or unpack, but this? This seems doable. So let's dig deep into an investigation of what appears to be Trump's breakup with his spray tan. To get to the bottom of things, we reached out to an expert who's worked with Trump personally-Cleveland-based makeup artist Jason Kelly, who handled Trump's look (and a slew of other prominent Republicans) at the 2016 Republican National Convention. While Trump arrived at the RNC with most of his hair and (very minimal) makeup done, Kelly put on finishing touches to get him camera-ready-which gave him an up-close and personal look at the POTUS' complexion. Are you sitting down? Because Kelly's expert opinion about Trump's spray tan habit is almost guaranteed to surprise you. Trump might *never* have had a spray tan addiction to begin with. "He didn't have any liquid or cream foundation on, or spray tan actually," Kelly reveals, explaining that the key to spotting a spray tan is all in the knuckles (or elbows/knees/anywhere the body bends), where you'll see creases that give the tan away. "The newer ones nowadays are a lot better, but I have an eye for it and I can spot it a mile away." What's more, Kelly reports that the orange tone we see in pictures might be more a result of lighting than of Trump's tanning routine. "When I met him, he didn't really look orange at all," Kelly explains. "Not the way he did in all the previous pictures I had seen when I was doing my homework." But Trump *has* changed his tanning routine recently, in a very public way. While Kelly doesn't think Trump was spray tanning (at least not leading up to the RNC), he does think the POTUS frequented tanning beds-as evidenced by the light rings around his eyes that are a dead giveaway for goggle use. "I could tell he definitely does the tanning bed-or some sort of tanning with some sort of light-because he has that abrupt contrast around his eyes where they wear those goggles," Kelly says, adding that we're probably noticing a more natural complexion on Trump nowadays because his tanning habits have changed. Instead of soaking up artificial light, he's getting the real thing...out on the golf course. Guess that means at least one not objectively terrible thing that has come out of Trump's frequent travel to Florida, right?
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    04-21-2017, 08:21 PM
    You are damn right about that....that "guy" is not like you....you see, you may...may....have nuts.....that guy you are referring to and talking about...which obviously it is me....have balls....and big ones too..... Just so you know..... ;) :)
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  • Wolverine's Avatar
    04-21-2017, 02:19 PM
    http://disobedientmedia.com/the-watergate-style-break-in-that-covered-up-shocking-wave-of-clinton-state-department-scandals/ The Watergate Style Break-In That Covered Up Shocking Wave Of Clinton State Department Scandals The U.S. Government Failed To Appoint An Inspector General For Five Years Hillary Clinton was appointed to her position as Secretary of State on January 21, 2009, serving until February 1, 2013. From January 16, 2008 to September 30, 2013, the Obama administration had failed to appoint an Inspector General for the Department of State (DS). This led some lawmakers to question DS as to why the agency’s top watchdog position, tasked with investigating the practices of roughly 260 embassies worldwide, had been left empty for more than five years, creating the longest such vacancy in the history of any federal agency. This led Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and ranking member Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) to write a letter to then Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that he urge the President to nominate a permanent Inspector General for the Department of State as soon as possible. Because DS lacked an Inspector General, Harold W. Geisel, the Deputy Inspector General, was appointed the interim Inspector General of the State Department. Geisel would remain in this position for the next five years, until June 2013. In 2013, it was first reported that the Clinton State Department had called off eight separate internal investigations into alleged misconduct by the diplomatic corps during the time that there was no appointed inspector general. Of these eight quashed investigations, the one which has found its way back into the limelight, as a result of the media’s complete blackout of President Trump’s human trafficking busts, is that of the former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd detailed these allegations in a video report from early June of 2013. much, much MORE
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  • Kickabuck's Avatar
    04-21-2017, 01:59 AM
    Good read, but unfortunately it won't kick the guy who wants to be a millionaire in the nuts...he doesn't have any :)
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  • Investors Iraq News's Avatar
    04-20-2017, 11:04 AM
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Iraq for equipment for two Peshmerga infantry brigades and two support artillery battalions. The estimated cost is $295.6 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 18, 2017. The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of the equipment necessary to fully outfit two full Peshmerga Regional Brigades of light infantry, as well as the equipment necessary to outfit two artillery battalions that will ultimately provide support to those regional brigades. These artillery battalions and infantry brigades will operate under the Kurdistan Regional Governments Ministry of Peshmerga (KRG MOP) with the concurrence of the central government. Requested equipment includes the following: (4,400) M16A4 rifles; (46) M2 50 caliber machine guns; (186) M240B machine guns; (36) M1151 HMMWVs (pictured); (77) M1151 up-armored HMMWVs; (12) 3 Kilowatt Tactical Quiet Generator sets; body armor, helmets, and other Organization Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE); small arms and associated accessories including tripods, cleaning kits, magazines, and mounts; mortar systems and associated equipment; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) detection and protective equipment; dismounted and mounted radio systems; commercial navigation equipment including compasses, binoculars, and Geospatial Position System (GPS) limited to the Standard Positioning System (SPS); M1142 HMMWVs; medical equipment; Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAP); cargo and transportation equipment, including light tactical vehicles, medium tactical vehicles, water trucks, fuel trucks, and ambulances; (36) refurbished M119A2 105mm howitzers; spare parts, training and associated equipment related to the mentioned vehicles and artillery systems. The total estimated program cost is $295.6 million. This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States, by supporting Iraq’s capacity to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Iraq will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. There are a number of contractors involved in this effort, including but not limited to AM General, Oshkosh Defense, Navistar Defense, Harris Radio, and Colt Corporation. (Source: DSCA) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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