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    Today, 11:13 AM
    The state-owned Iraqi Oil Tankers Company (IOTC) has announced a tender for the purchase of two tankers; a” handy size” 20,000-25,000 DWT and VLCC tanker of 180,000-240,000 DWT: (Source: Ministry of Oil) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 11:13 AM
    Jordan and Iraq have signed minutes of a Jordanian-Iraqi joint committee meetings which entails boosting trade exchange and speeding up construction of the oil pipeline between the two countries. The protocols also encompassed encouraging Iraqi investors in Jordan and opening the border post of Turabil, the main crossing point between Jordan and Iraq, and identifying fees exempted Jordanian products that would harm the domestic Iraqi industry and agriculture sectors. Both sides also agreed on facilitating registration procedures and registration status of Jordanian medicine in Iraq, and accelerating the issuance of drug testing and analysis results by the laboratories of the Iraqi Ministry of Health. Further, the Iraqi side requested Jordan’s assistance in establishing, developing, managing and marketing of industrial estates, in addition to making up a perception to sett up a Jordanian-Iraq joint industrial zone. Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply, Yarub Qudah, who singed the minutes on behalf of Jordanian side, said in a statement : “Providing facilities, encouraging Iraqi investors in Jordan and expediting the construction of the Jordan-Iraqi oil pipeline topics featured prominently during the discussions”. The minister said that Jordan and Iraq are bound by historic and brotherly relations which “we aspire to cementing them” in different domains. Meanwhile, Iraqi Minister of Industry, Mohammed Shia ‘Al Sudani, said in an interview with Petra’s correspondent in Baghdad, that “We agreed on completing preparation for establishing the industrial zone by the Jordanian side, and forming a committee to follow up on works and proposals to boost cooperation between the two countries.” (Source: Petra) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 11:13 AM
    By John Lee. Iraqi oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi has confirmed that the Ministry of Oil is working to reestablish the Iraqi National Oil Company (INOC), following ratification by the cabinet of the draft resolution to reestablish the company. The original INOC was founded in the 1960s, but was incorporated into the Ministry of Oil in 1986. The ministry is also working to establish a national gas company and national refineries company. (Source: Ministry of Oil) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 11:13 AM
    By John Lee. Iraq has ranked 117th out of 155 countries in the latest World Happiness Report. The report, produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), contains analysis from leading experts in the fields of economics, neuroscience, national statistics, and describes how measurements of subjective well-being can be used effectively to assess national progress. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), said: “The World Happiness Report continues to draw global attention around the need to create sound policy for what matters most to people – their well-being. “As demonstrated by many countries, this report gives evidence that happiness is a result of creating strong social foundations. It’s time to build social trust and healthy lives, not guns or walls. Let’s hold our leaders to this fact.” Top of the list of happiest countries were: Norway Denmark Iceland Switzerland Finland … while at the bottom were: Rwanda Syria Tanzania Burundi Central African Republic Iran ranked 108th, while Libya came in at 68th. The full report can be downloaded here. (Source: World Happiness Report) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 11:13 AM
    From France 24. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. It’s been one month since the Iraqi government launched its operation to retake western Mosul from the Islamic State group. The government says more than 180,000 people have fled the fighting in the western half of the city. For those who remain, food and supplies are scarce – and they face the constant threat of being used by the jihadists as human shields. But the Iraqi forces also stand accused of causing civilian casualties. FRANCE 24’s team on the ground reports. A programme prepared by Florence Viala and Jessica Sestili: Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 06:55 PM
    An Iraqi court today sentenced the director of the Jalawla Bank in Diyala province to 10 years in prison for embezzling 4 billion dinars. "An absentee verdict was issued against the former director of the Rafidain Bank - Jalawla branch - serving 10 years in prison; for his embezzlement of more than 4 billion dinars of public money," the Integrity Commission said in a statement Thursday (January 19, 2017). "The Criminal Court of Diyala issued an absentee ruling against the convicted (ARRA), former director of the Rafidain Bank branch in the district of Jalawla, Diyala province; for the crime of embezzling the amount of (4,063,646,769) billion dinars of public money." "The amounts that the fugitive convicted of embezzlement represents the pensions allocated to the beneficiaries through the bank for the years (2006 to 2014)." "The court, as a result of its evidence and evidence, and after reviewing the recommendations of the investigative committee in the Office of the Inspector General of Rafidain Bank and the statements of witnesses, as well as the presumption of escape of the convict, reached the sufficient conviction to criminalize the accused on the basis of the provisions of Article (315) of the Penal Code. " "The decision of the absentee court ruling is based on the provisions of article 182 / a fundamentalism, which also includes two paragraphs, the arrest of movable and immovable convict funds, and giving the injured party the right to seek compensation once the decision has been reached." The organization was in control of Jalawla in the province of Diyala, in mid-2014, but succeeded Peshmerga forces after fierce battles to recover from the hands of Dahesh before the end of the same year.
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    Yesterday, 05:15 PM
    The Iraqi Cement Company in coordination with the National Investment Commission (NIC) are pleased to announce the investment opportunities for : Fallujah White Cement Plant Babil Cement Plant The Lime Plant in the Holy City of Karbala We invite specialized Iraqi, Arab and International companies, investors and financers to participate in these investment opportunities to rehabilitate and upgrade these plants, on basis of partnership in management, production and increase of production capacities. Regarding the needs of these plants productions, the importance of meeting the Iraqi market, the economic feasibility and the privileges achieved to the investor including provision of raw materials at suitable prices. The investment profile can be obtained from the Iraqi State Cement Company (HQ), at non- refundable price of (150000 I.D) one hundred fifty thousand Iraqi Dinar. The company is ready to provide detailed information and facilitate the visit to plants. We would like to mention that offers must match the conditions stated in the investment profile. Offers must be handed as two separated offers (Technical and Financial) > All attached document must be certified officially by the official department in the countries related to those companies beside the official Iraqi embassy in that country. Notice , the price equation of cement is applied to preserve price fluctuation in cement market . Offers should be presented by the end of the work day of (Wednesday the 3rd May 2017, 12:00 O’clock). For more details, please visit the company’s website : www.icsc.gov.iq Or visit the company’s HQ on the following address: Iraq- Baghdad- Al Za’faraniya Mobile: 009647716620600 E-mail: iraqicement@icsc.gov.iq (Source: NIC) (Picture: Kirkuk Cement Plant) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 05:15 PM
    Ms Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh MP, Trade and Investment spokesperson for SNP, gives Keynote Speech to members at Council Meeting Dinner of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC): “Huge potential for growth in Iraq”: Thank you very much for that warm welcome, and the invitation to speak to you all this evening. If it wasn’t already challenging enough to address such a senior and knowledgeable audience, I was delighted to hear that I’d be introduced by my friend and fellow Member of Parliament, Mr Salmond. Who wouldn’t feel overjoyed to give a speech to so many representatives from major oil companies in front of the man who created the Royal Bank/BBC*oil index during his time as Chief Economist for the Royal Bank of Scotland?*At least we can all console ourselves that this career achievement, which is still running today, was set up by the Rt. Hon Member for Gordon 34 years ago.*He must have been some child prodigy.. I’ve been asked to touch on three issues with you this evening: How to persuade the under-utilised*Scottish oil, gas and engineering sector to bring their expertise and trade to Iraq. To give my “speculative*thoughts” on a second Scottish referendum and EU situation? And finally, how to get more*Women in business I have to say that my thoughts on our constitutional situation are less speculative today than they were yesterday morning, but I’ll come to that in a moment. The full speech can be read here. (Source: IBBC) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 05:15 PM
    Global satcom specialist Marlink, based in France, UK-based service integrator Defaultroute and Iraqi Internet service provider Abr Al Manara have announed that they have joined forces to deliver a groundbreaking hybrid digital connectivity service resulting in a multi-million US dollar contract for a major Iraqi oil and gas company. Overcoming the challenges of poor terrestrial infrastructure, the partners will seamlessly integrate Marlink’s Terralink VSAT service with MEO satellite services in addition to fibre Internet connectivity. The hybrid digital network approach provides levels of redundancy and service available not seen before in Iraq, with the end-customer enjoying a near-100% SLA for always-on connectivity. Harnessing the power of Marlink’s extensive global network, the integration of Marlink’s advanced Terralink VSAT services within the sophisticated hybrid digital network enables the partnership to deliver unmatched high-speed connectivity. As the Service Integration partner, Defaultroute’s Quality Assurance and Service Delivery Management expertise will ensure smooth running of all aspects of the network, working closely with Marlink to deliver high bandwidth on Terralink VSAT that will support end-users in Iraq to develop a more collaborative work environment through connectivity. The hybrid digital network creates the platform for more digitalisation of commercial and industrial operations in Iraq, with provision of high bandwidth for a variety of applications including logistics operations, safety & security with surveillance and remote monitoring, and emergency response. Defaultroute will co-operate with Abr Al Manara on delivery of the MEO satellite services and fibre connectivity part of the network. Abr Al Manara operates 70% of the commercially available MEO satellite bandwidth over Iraq and is able to provide in-country compliance, licensing and logistics due in part to its eight-year partnership with Alsalam State Company / the Ministry of Communication. “Defaultroute set out nine months ago to bring together key partners that were aligned with our quality standards and could be open and flexible with us to ensure that we could give our customers the best possible service,” said Vince Davies, Defaultroute. “Our partnerships help to provide ‘Peace of mind’ to the customer regarding quality and compliance while ensuring we can deliver the best technical solution for the most reliable service.” “A big part of the success of this joint venture is the mutual understanding between the partners when it comes to operating together within the complex Compliance and Licensing laws in Iraq. Abr Al Manara and its parent company have been operating in Iraq since 1976 so we know this better than anyone. We believe this is just as important as the technology we bring together as partners,” said Michael Iwanow, COO Abr Al Manara. “Our partnership with Defaultroute and Abr Al Manara is the foundation for delivery of the fastest, most reliable Internet connectivity available in southern Iraq. Terralink VSAT adds significantly to the value proposition as it provides the most stable bandwidth and redundancy for the development of hybrid digital networks in the region,” said Danny Côté, President Enterprise, Marlink. (Source: Marlink) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 05:15 PM
    Five engineers from the Ministry of Water Resources at the Mosul Dam project in Iraq and one engineer from Trevi S.p.A., the construction company working on the project, recently completed three weeks of training with a U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Data Management Reach Back Team. They learned about a Nashville District developed Mosul Dam Geographic Information Systems model, the GIS software, and the geology model of Mosul Dam. Lt. Col. Stephen F. Murphy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, said geologists and engineers from the Civil Design Branch and instructors from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), customized a series of training seminars at the Nashville District Headquarters for the Mosul Dam project. “We are happy you are here and glad to be a part of this program that will assist in helping you understand the many functions of this software,” said Murphy to the engineers. “The classes were put together so that they would have the underlying skills they need in order to work the Mosul model and understand what we put together, how to use it and how it can be expanded in the future,” said Vanessa Bateman, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Civil Design Branch. Bateman said her team and deployed engineers from the Nashville District coordinated the training. According to Bateman, the Nashville District has the training, knowledge and experience to coordinate instructors, provide classes, train and provide data needed. Since the builders of the Mosul model are in the district, this makes it easier to bring the engineers to the United States. Bateman said using a software platform comprising a GIS model, a relational database and linked documents such as spreadsheets, reports, photographs and scanned drawings, the Corps has applied its expertise in geotechnical engineering design, engineering geology and construction to provide project engineers with a wide range of visualized project information. “One of the things about this software and training is that it will allow them to get a good look at what their requirement needs for GIS information and data management,” said Bateman. Bateman added that the team collected data from reports, drawings and photos from Mosul provided by the government of Iraq and Ministry of Water Resources and put it into a GIS format. The team then developed one conceptual model that was used during training and is currently being used by the construction project. It is a living model which is continually updated as new data are generated by the grouting program. The Mosul Dam is Iraq’s largest dam and the Middle East’s fourth largest reservoir. It is positioned on the River Tigris, 31 miles north of Mosul, Iraq’s third largest city with a population of 1.5 million people. Mosul Dam creates an eight mile long reservoir and holds back 8.9 million acre-feet of water. The two mile long earth-fill dam was built in the 1985 and is a critical energy and water source. It was constructed on a foundation of soluble rock that can continuously dissolve, resulting in the formation of cavities and underground voids. This has made it necessary for the project to have almost continuous grouting since it was constructed. If the dam failed it would inundate the nearby city of Mosul. It would also inundate major cities farther downstream including Baghdad. According to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) report in September 2007, the dam required “extraordinary engineering measures” – namely constant re-grouting operations — to fill in the holes and “maintain the structural integrity and operating capability of the dam.” Bateman said the Iraqi engineers were provided a copy of the Mosul model, which they uploaded to their computers and will take back for use on Mosul Dam. She said each day of class they worked on the models, specific functions, asked specific questions and then took their up-to-date model back to the project. “We loaded all the GIS database information they will need to run the model pf Mosul Dam and it’s very similar to that of the Wolf Creek Dam model in the Nashville District,” said Bateman. “Since they have worked on these models throughout their training, it is easier for them to understand and translate to others when they return home,” said Bateman. The Wolf Creek Dam Rehabilitation project is the most similar to Mosul Dam. Located on the Cumberland River in Russell County, Kentucky, it was classified in high risk of failure in 2005. The dam badly needed repair and the scope of repair had never before been performed in the world. Like Mosul, it was an earthen dam placed on a karst foundation. While the final repair at Wolf Creek was the construction of a cutoff wall, large amounts of grouting were completed at the site before the wall was constructed. The $594 million rehabilitation project at Wolf Creek included construction of a concrete wall 4000 foot long, 275 foot deep and a minimum two feet thick on the upstream side of the earthen section of the dam. After completion of the project, engineers and geologists from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Civil Design Branch received the 2013 USACE Innovation of the Year Award for their notable efforts on the Wolf Creek Information Management System. During the project, the Corps team of geologists became experts in developing, implementing and maintaining the Wolf Creek Information Management System through GIS. “Working with GIS and proper data management is key to understanding your project and maintaining data if there is a need for further repairs,” said Bateman. During the training visit to the Nashville District, the goal for the Iraqi engineers was to learn how to apply the GIS model and geographic understanding to create technical products to convey site conditions. “This training has helped me better understand underlying geology and I am anxious to get back to the Mosul Dam and get to work, this training has been very good for me,” said Safaa Al-Grbawi, an engineer from the Ministry of Water Resources and State Commission for Dams and Reservoirs in Iraq. The engineers gained great benefits from understanding and learning about the Mosul Dam Geographic Information Systems model, the software, underlying geology, how the Corps evaluates those conditions, and makes key decisions. “Our projects are very similar to what they have going at Mosul Dam,” said Bateman. “They could directly relate their experiences to ours, and I think helping them understand modeling was extremely valuable.” The success of the trip would not have been possible without the collaboration between several Corps districts. The engineers expressed their sincere appreciation to the Corps for the time and effort that was put into ensuring their trip was informative and beneficial. “I really think it was a great moment spent collaborating and learning from fellow engineers from around the world,” said Bill Walker, geological engineer at the Nashville District. “They have an enormous task at Mosul Dam, and I hope much of the information they gained from their training here will help them successfully complete that mission.” Corps instructors included Baron Worsham, civil engineer; Laurel Blackman, geologist; Vanessa Bateman, geological engineer and Amy Gilley, geologist. ESRI instructors included Chris Magnuson and Mike Rink. Mosul Dam Engineers included Safaa Al-Grbawi, Hussein Al-Hasani, Alaa Al-Nuaimi, Waleed Al-Hadidi, Geologist Ismat Mohamad and Zaher El-Hajj Zaher, a civil engineer from Trevi- S.p.A, Italy. (Source: DVIDS) (Picture Credit: Mark Rankin) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. 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    Yesterday, 05:15 PM
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, 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 23 strikes consisting of 25 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed a wellhead. Near Shadaddi, a strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit. Near Raqqa, 18 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; destroyed four command-and-control nodes, three tanker trucks, three ISIS-held buildings, an oil storage tank, a vehicle-borne bomb, an ISIS headquarters, a fighting position and an ISIS media facility; and damaged four supply routes. Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed two wellheads and an oil inlet manifold. Strikes in Iraq In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 35 engagements against ISIS targets, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government: Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building. Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed 11 tunnels, 10 fighting positions, three mortar systems, a rocket-propelled-grenade system, an artillery system and a heavy machine gun; damaged 12 supply routes, three fighting positions, three tunnels and a vehicle; and suppressed four ISIS tactical units. Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS headquarters and a vehicle-bomb facility. 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, 01:05 PM
    This morning, a reply from Warka for account balances finally arrived after many months of emails requesting balances. The reply showed IQD in the bank and USD in the bank. I had considered the funds gone until this morning.
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    Yesterday, 12:33 AM
    By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad and Tariq Shafiq. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A Position Statement: Towards Sound Oil Plans, Policy and GovernanceThrough our constant follow-up of the development in the petroleum sector and particularly the activities, statements and information from/ by the Ministry/Minister of Oil during the last six months we are alarmed by clear perpetual state of chaos. The causes and examples are many, they include incompatible statements, capitulation, immature plans and policy that could not have passed the test of Law 84 of 1985, which requires economic and technical feasibility before they qualify for adoption under unhealthy environment of increasing return of unjustified secrecy and anti-transparency, among others which are being discussed below. We have often separately or jointly offered our professional services and rarely declined whenever the reasons are of the kind of contractual improprieties that could compromise our professionalism or credibility. However, we are convinced that the present state of chaos of political nature and/or lack of sound governance call for moral responsibility and patriotic obligation to make this statement to alert against any, consequences that could inflict serious impacts. Please click here to download the 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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    Yesterday, 12:33 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.* Probe blames corruption for imports of bad food, medicine in IraqIraq’s parliament is investigating allegations that corruption and fraud at border crossings involving “influential entities” have led to an influx of contaminated food supplies and expired or counterfeit medications into the country. “Spoiled medications and food supplies come into Iraq. Large quantities have been confiscated. This is backed by influential entities,” Noura al-Bajari, a member of the parliamentary Economy and Investment Committee, told the media Feb. 23. “This is the result of corruption in the Border Crossing Authority.” “Lethal food supplies have come into Iraq through the Umm Qasr border crossing in the south,” Abdel Salam al-Malki, a member of the same committee, told an Iraqi TV network Feb. 19. Magued al-Gharawi, a member of the Security Committee, agreed, telling Al-Monitor, “Widespread incidents of fraud and manipulation are taking place at border crossings as trade cartels and lobbies affiliated with influential politicians control the process of smuggling expired medications and food supplies that are not fit for human consumption in exchange for undisclosed commissions paid to officials at specialized checkpoints.” Shipments of medications and food supplies aren’t subjected to in-depth oversight or quality control at the crossings. When inspections are done, they are “carried out in a superficial manner that aims at covering up the corruption,” Gharawi said. “These goods find their way to the market quite easily, as the number of health and security oversight examinations at shops and storehouses is small and they are bypassed through commissions and bribes. The citizen who deals with such hazardous material is the victim, as most of the time they never find out about the health impacts,” he added. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 12:33 AM
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, 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 22 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed three wellheads and a pump jack. Near Raqqa, 19 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed four pieces of oil lubricant equipment, three barges, three fighting positions, three ISIS headquarters, two vehicle-bomb facilities, two vehicle-bombs, a vehicle-bomb factory, a tunnel, a vehicle, a weapons storage facility and a command-and-control node; and damaged two supply routes. Strikes in Iraq In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 53 engagements against ISIS targets, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government: Near Qaim, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle. Near Mosul, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and three ISIS sniper teams; destroyed 14 fighting positions, five rocket-propelled grenade systems, three vehicle bombs, a supply cache, an anti-air artillery system and a heavy machine gun; damaged six supply routes and two fighting positions; and suppressed four ISIS mortar teams and three ISIS tactical units. Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed an ISIS-held building. 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, 12:33 AM
    Iraqi forces are advancing into the old city of Mosul as they move closer to the Iron Bridge that will take them to the modern city center, Pentagon press operations director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today. “Their line of advance is a little like a triangle,” the spokesman said. “They’re pointed right at the bridge.” Taking the Iron Bridge will mean Iraqi forces control three of the five bridges that span the Tigris River and connect the old city with Mosul’s modern city center. Davis said the location of the Iraqis as they approach the old city is symbolically important, because they are closing in on the al Nuri mosque, where in 2014 self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself the head of the so-called caliphate stretching from Syria to Iraq. Dense Terrain The Iraqi forward line of troops is in extremely dense urban terrain, which is not easy to get through, Davis pointed out on the 30th day of operations to liberate western Mosul. “Clearly ISIS has had a lot of time to dig in and place house-borne , sniper positions, tunnels and other things they can do to make this very challenging,” he said. “Enemy resistance remains very fierce in the narrow streets of the old part of this city.” Small Advances Davis said the counterterrorism service, federal police and emergency response division continue to make small advances to back clear their sections and defend in place in the western half of the city. As the Iraqi forces close in on the Nuri mosque, about 900 meters or so of fighting remain, Davis said, adding, “Its capture will be a blow for the Islamic State.” (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    03-21-2017, 08:38 PM
    …UEHLINGER: RUSSIA HAS BEEN AT IT FOR 50 YEARS; SUDDENLY, DEMS ARE ‘SHOCKED’by JOHN HAYWARD
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    03-21-2017, 08:23 PM
    “Did the Russians know some secret that no one else in America knew, where President Trump was going to win?” he asked. “Of course they didn’t. Like President Trump, they probably thought he had a chance, didn’t know if he was going to win or not, but the bets were all on Hillary Clinton. If you evaluate their actions, assuming their actions that are being talked about could be attributed to them, certainly you can analyze it as they were trying to hurt Hillary Clinton’s incoming presidency.” “If that’s the case, then it’s a very different analysis in terms of ‘Well, there was a collusion with the Trump people’ because why would the Trump people care about hurting her incoming presidency? They’d want to just win outright,” Fitton argued. Marlow wondered what the proverbial “statute of limitations” would be for American society moving on from this conspiracy theory, given that eight months of investigation has produced no hard evidence for it. Fitton noted that “even the top intelligence officials in the Obama administration say there’s no evidence of collusion, so I’m not quite sure where the investigation continues.” “Are there people who were close to Trump who had communications and worked with the Russians at one point, in terms of entities close to the Russian government or Russian businesses and such?” he asked. “Probably yes. But does one draw from that the conclusion that there was collusion between a presidential campaign and a foreign government to turn the election? I don’t think there’s any evidence of that.” “It sounds to me like what otherwise might be legitimate areas of inquiry, that can really be handled in a matter of weeks or months, have turned into a magilla, thanks to a politicized FBI and Justice Department. Remember, the attorney general ain’t running things on this issue because he was cornered into recusing himself. As a result, a lot of this is on autopilot from the Obama administration,” he pointed out. “We ought to be very concerned about this. I don’t think the goal is to affect the 2020 election. I think the goal of these Obama-connected operatives behind these links and behind this pink unicorn theory of the election – as I said, the Sidney Blumenthals of the world – they want to remove President Trump before the end of his term. They want to force him out. I don’t know how you can conclude anything but this,” Fitton contended. “We shouldn’t take it lightly that the FBI is purporting to still be investigating this conspiracy theory. It’s like being told six months into the election, let’s say in March of 2009, that the FBI was investigating whether President Obama was born in Hawaii or not. It’s that off-base,” he said. On the subject of President Trump’s accusation that his campaign was “wiretapped” by the Obama administration, Fitton said, “All we know is that supposedly Mr. Trump’s, there is no ‘evidence’ – I don’t know what that means – that his phones were ‘tapped.’” “That’s a pretty narrow investigative inquiry related to whether there was surveillance of President Trump and his team and his presidential campaign,” Fitton observed. “Again, this is an example of, frankly, the idiot media taking at face value government explanations, when they are always so skeptical for other government explanations.” “So the FBI is telling us they’ve had a multi-month – presumably since July – investigation of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, to be specific, and there’s been no surveillance. That’s the most remarkable investigation in the history of law enforcement, if that’s the case,” he said. He noted that FBI Director James Comey “refused to say whether he briefed President Obama on such investigations” during his congressional testimony, but some media outlets have reported the event as though Comey did rule out briefing Obama. “He also confirmed about the seriousness of the violations of the release of classified information, namely the Flynn transcript, where there was a transcript of a phone call between the general and the Russian ambassador, or so we’re told,” Fitton continued. “He recognized that the leak of any of that type of information would be classified. He didn’t want to talk about it specifically because to acknowledge it would be to acknowledge and confirm classified information, which he isn’t allowed to do.” “If I were a clear-thinking leftist operative and Democrat, I would be concerned that the only people likely to go to jail as a result of this politicized inquiry would be former officials with the Obama administration likely involved in the leaking of this classified material,” he advised. “If they’re senior, there’s going to be no protection, other than the typical corrupt protection that high-level government officials, former and current, get. But that’s where the seriousness of the crimes are here, and it’s where we’re likely to see jail over.”
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    03-21-2017, 08:23 PM
    Tom Fitton on Russia Hacking: FBI Chasing Fantasy ‘Democrat Unicorn Theory of the Election’ Kevin Lamarque/Reuters by JOHN HAYWARD21 Mar 201727 SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER On Tuesday’s Breitbart News Daily, Judicial WatchPresident Tom Fitton saw FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee as a “typical congressional hearing, where you get a little bit of information, some headline-grabbing, but in terms of the substance, it’s hard to get anything material.” “That’s why you need these independent pressure points from groups like Judicial Watch under FOIA, the Freedom of Information Act, and get documents – and sue if we don’t get the documents,” he told SiriusXM host Alex Marlow. “The FBI director is chasing, it seems to me, a fantasy based on all the available evidence,” Fitton said. “It’s the Democrat unicorn theory of the election, that somehow it was stolen from Hillary Clinton as a result of an improper conspiracy – of what nature, I’m not clear – between the Trump campaign and the Russians.” “If there’s any information of substance out there, certainly it hasn’t been made public,” he noted. “What has been made public is specifically that intelligence report that was put out by President Obama’s DNC, I mean intelligence community.” Fitton said that report was “laughable in many respects.” “Let me give you an alternative theory of Russian involvement in the election,” he said. “Assuming they hacked Podesta’s emails, assuming they hacked DNC emails, let’s say the material was put out not to help President Trump win – because no one thought he could win. I look at it as the material being put out to hurt the incoming Clinton administration. That’s what I saw it as.” Comey Testimony Leaves Trump Administration In Question
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    03-21-2017, 07:43 PM
    President Trump Signs NASA Authorization Bill… Posted on March 21, 2017 by sundance President Trump signs NASA Authorization Bill in the oval office: <font color="#666666"><span style="font-family: Georgia"><font color="#333333"> On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the President signed into law: S. 442, which (1) authorizes appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for FY 2017; (2) provides for improvements to the International Space Station program; (3) authorizes medical monitoring and treatment for former astronauts; (4) authorizes a space technology program; and (5) authorizes third-party indemnification for certain hazardous commercial space services. (link)
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    03-21-2017, 07:38 PM
    Transgender Wins International Women’s Weightlifting Title Jim Hoft Mar 20th, 2017 11:37 am735 Comments Laurel Hubbard, a 39 year-old transgender who was born male, won her first international women’s weightlifting title in Australia breaking four national records in the process. Hubbard beat the competition by 19 kilograms.Transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard wins Gold at Australasian Championships. https://t.co/FeitrqVh8Cpic.twitter.com/6Tm9bRHKfw — FloElite (@Flo_Elite) March 20, 2017 The New Zealand Herald reported:Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has dominated her first major competition, taking out the Australian International in Melbourne on a night she made history as the first transgender athlete to represent New Zealand. Hubbard, 39, won the women’s over 90kg division at the Melbourne event, setting four unofficial national records in the process. Hubbard lifted a combined total of 268kg – 19kg better than silver medallist Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa. Australia’s Kaitlyn Fassina claimed the bronze medal with 223kg. Hubbard looked visibly emotional as she lined up behind dais awaiting the official medal presentation. But she kept the tears at bay, smiling and waving as she stood atop the podium. Earlier this month the Herald revealed Hubbard had been selected to make her international debut at the competition after usurping Rio Olympian Tracey Lambrechs at the top of the division.
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    03-21-2017, 05:52 PM
    The Plum Line Opinion Why is the Trump presidency such a rolling disaster?(MUST READ! EXCELLENT ARTICLE!!) When Republicans imagined having a president of their own and control of Congress, they thought it would be a nonstop string of legislative achievements and improvements to government, bringing an inspiring new era of efficiency and effectiveness that showed Americans what the GOP was really capable of. That is not quite how things are working out. Let’s take a brief tour around the news from just today, to see what is befalling the Trump administration: The travel ban: Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland halted the second version of the administration’s travel ban, ruling that its discriminatory intent likely makes it unconstitutional and putting it on indefinite hold. The Affordable Care Act repeal: After a brutal Congressional Budget Office assessment showed that the Republican bill would cause 24 million Americans to lose their health coverage, House Speaker Paul Ryan now admits that the bill can’t pass the House in its current form. The budget: “President Trump on Thursday will unveil a budget plan that calls for a sharp increase in military spending and stark cuts across much of the rest of the government including the elimination of dozens of long-standing federal programs that assist the poor, fund scientific research and aid America’s allies abroad.” That last one may not look like bad news — yet. But it’s going to produce both internal and external problems. It’s already causing consternation among Republicans on Capitol Hill, many of whom like to talk about limited government in the abstract but aren’t as happy about the kind of radical cuts the administration is suggesting, setting up a conflict between the White House and Congress. They’ll also find that the public, too, thinks “small government” sounds like a good idea until you start cutting the programs they depend on. And that’s before we even get to the Russia scandal. What’s going on? The administration isn’t failing because of some brilliant strategy on Democrats’ part. They’re being weighed down by problems of their own making. In isolation each problem would be difficult but ultimately manageable; together they’re giving the administration nothing but bad days. Let’s take them each in turn: Abysmal management. Trump was only the latest in a long line of political figures who argued that if someone from outside politics took over the government, he’d whip it into shape with his business savvy and management expertise. The result has been the most chaotic and incompetent White House anyone can remember. As Politico reported Wednesday, “A culture of paranoia is consuming the Trump administration, with staffers increasingly preoccupied with perceived enemies — inside their own government,” creating “an environment of fear that has hamstrung the routine functioning of the executive branch.” Almost no one at the top levels of the Trump administration has experience in government, which not surprisingly has made everything more difficult as they bumble around trying to figure out how things work. Whether because of their own indifference to governing or the inability to find anyone willing to work for Trump, the administration hasn’t even nominated people to fill more than 500 of the 553 key positions requiring Senate confirmation, leaving agencies across the government barely able to function. If this is what Trump considers a “fine-tuned machine,” imagine what it would look like if it weren’t running so smoothly. A disastrous first legislative priority. Republicans may have had no choice but to pursue the repeal of the ACA right off the bat, but they could hardly have gone about it in a less competent way. After seven years of attacking the law, they still hadn’t settled on their alternative, leading to a hastily written plan that not only would create a health-care catastrophe if implemented but also managed to win the displeasure of their members in both the Senate (for being too harsh) and the House (for not being harsh enough). Now the White House is saying it’s Paul Ryan’s fault, Ryan is trying to make Trump share the blame, and the whole thing is spiraling downward. Rich Lowry, the editor of the conservative National Review, writes that the repeal bill “has had the worst rollout of any major piece of legislation in memory,” and has left the GOP “staring into the abyss.” An impulsive, distracted president. People keep wondering if the latest Trump outburst is a clever ploy to distract the country from whatever piece of bad news is currently vexing the administration. But the one who’s easily distractible is the president himself, and then he in turn distracts his staff and congressional allies. Just look at what’s happening with his accusation that President Barack Obama tapped his phones. On impulse, after reading an article on a white nationalist website, Trump levels a ludicrous and baseless charge, then everyone in the White House has to pretend that it’s serious and legitimate, and they’re forced to answer questions about it for weeks. All that time could be spent advancing an affirmative agenda. Because he can never admit that he was wrong, Trump drags the issue out endlessly, just as he did with earlier iterations of this pattern, about the size of his inaugural crowd or the millions of phantom illegal votes that led to his popular vote loss (I’d encourage you to read the transcript of his Wednesday interview with Tucker Carlson and marvel at the fact that this man is actually president of the United States). That then makes life difficult for Republicans in Congress, who are put in the awkward position of either defending the latest bit of stupidity issuing from the Oval Office or being honest about how ridiculous it is, which they know would win them the president’s ire. What if every Republican started telling Trump that he is wrong?] Much as you can blame Republicans in Congress, including Ryan, for being Trump’s enablers, there’s no doubt that they’re not happy about how things are going. And as time goes on and their minds turn to the 2018 elections, they’re going to start thinking more and more about their own survival. Given that even in the best of times the president’s party usually loses seats in the midterms, they may begin looking for ways to separate themselves from an unpopular president, which is only going to make future legislating more complicated. Now, the caveat. Liberals shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that if the Trump administration’s political standing or basic competence don’t improve, then lots of very conservative things with profound effects on people’s lives won’t still happen. They will, and in some cases already have. And there’s plenty of time for the administration to get its act together and start operating with some minimal level of competence. But if I were a Republican, I wouldn’t be too pleased with what we’ve seen so far.
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    03-21-2017, 05:24 PM
    Politics Analysis How much is Donaldof Trumpler’s travel and protection costing, anyway? President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal is unabashed in its goal: slashing or eradicating a number of social and research programs to offset new spending on defense and homeland security. That emphasis quickly met with broad criticism, including from some who pointed out an apparent contradiction. Trump places a heavy emphasis on cutting waste and targets for elimination programs that, in some cases, cost the government only a few million dollars a year. That is a lot of money in the context of the amount of money you or I spend in a year, but in the context of the government, spending a million dollars is like someone with a $50,000-a-year salary spending one penny. What really jumped out at some people, though, was that Trump was proposing cuts to some relatively low-cost programs shortly before he prepared to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. According to an analysis from Politico, that’s a trip that costs about $3 million each time — and it’s a trip that he’s made four times this year. If that $3 million estimate is true, he could have funded the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness — budgeted at $4 million in 2016 — for nearly four years if he’d just stayed in the White House. Others noted the cost of protecting first lady Melania Trump and the Trumps’ young son, Barron, at Trump Tower. Shortly after the election, a CNN Money report indicated that protecting Trump’s family in New York cost $1 million a day. If they instead joined him at the White House, of course, that cost would essentially be eliminated. Combined, these costs could make Trump’s presidency awfully expensive, particularly in light of that proposed budget. Trump is on track to spend $1 billion in 4 years housing his wife in NYC and vacationing in Mar-a-Lago virtually every week. — Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) March 17, 2017 We can start with the Trump Tower number. The million-dollars-a-day figure was sourced to three city officials, reflecting the city’s costs. In February, the city of New York detailed precisely how much it had been spending to provide additional security at Trump’s home. Between the election and the inauguration, when Trump was living there as president-elect, the city spent about $308,000 a day. Once Trump moved to Washington, the city expects that the cost will be up to $145,000 a day when Trump isn’t visiting. (He hasn’t since being inaugurated.) That’s sharply lower than $1 million a day. Trump family’s elaborate lifestyle is a ‘logistical nightmare’ — at taxpayer expense] It’s also only the city’s costs. There are additional costs at the federal level, like Secret Service protection. In 2008, the former head of that agency estimated that protecting a candidate costs about $38,000 a day. Presumably protecting a spouse and young child would cost less. There were also reports about the Secret Service and the military seeking to rent space in Trump Tower to aid in supporting the president. It’s not clear whether that’s happened or how much space has been rented. (The Secret Service denied that it was planning to rent space.) CNN estimated that one of the floors of space reportedly under consideration could cost $1.5 million a year — or about $4,100 a day. If those numbers are all correct, and if the military rents that floor, the total for protecting Trump’s family in New York is a bit under $200,000 a day, including New York City’s costs. Then there are those Mar-a-Lago trips. Politico’s $3 million-plus estimate was based on an October 2016 Government Accountability Office report on a trip President Barack Obama took in 2013 — a report that The Post has also cited. That 2013 trip, which included a stop in Palm Beach, Fla., cost $3.6 million, $3.2 million of which was the cost of aircraft. Air Force One costs $206,337 an hour to operate, and the D.C. to Palm Beach flight takes about two hours. That’s $824,000 right there, round-trip. So where did the other $2.8 million come in? In part, it’s the cost of support aircraft. That 2013 trip included five other planes and four helicopters as part of Obama’s overall team, serving defense and short-distance transport roles. (The president goes to and from Andrews Air Force Base by helicopter, for example.) But that trip also included an unrelated trip to Illinois, meaning a much more complicated ballet of movement than Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips would require. Secret Service staffing on the 2013 trip ran about $180,000, according to the GAO. Most of the cost was eaten up by those support aircraft. The 89th Airlift Wing ran up a tab of $1.3 million, including the costs of operating Air Force One. Additional aircraft were used to “provide global passenger airlift, logistics, and aerial support and communications to the President,” which they would presumably also do for Trump’s trips down to Florida. But again, that trip included a flight to and from Chicago, which is slightly closer than Palm Beach from Washington. If we assume, just for the sake of an estimate, that the full cost of the 2013 trip can be allocated by hour of overall flight time — since the trips themselves were about the same length, one weekend, and since air support costs ate up most of the bill — we get an estimate of about $514,000 an hour. ($3.6 million divided by 3½ hours to and from Chicago and four hours to and from Palm Beach). A five-hour trip to Palm Beach, then, would be about $2 million — $514,000 times four hours. This is a very loose estimate, mind you, but it seems more fair than $3.6 million. The big stories and commentary shaping the day. These figures put Trump’s costs in a slightly different light. Sure, two trips to Mar-a-Lago still eats up the same amount as that year of funding for the Interagency Council on Homelessness, but at a slightly disproportionate level. If Melania and Barron never move to Washington and if Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago for four out of every nine weekends, our estimates put the total cost at something like $526 million over the course of Trump’s presidency. Melania Trump is apparently planning to join her husband in Washington at the end of the school year, though, and Trump calls Mar-a-Lago the “winter White House,” implying that he won’t be there in the summer. In which case the overall spending plummets further. To only, say, $130 million or so. Only enough to fund the homelessness agency until 10-year-old Barron Trump is 42. This is hilarious !!! Here is Donaldof cutting Meals on Wheels benefits for those who can't afford to eat, but yet, he waste so much on himself and his family !!! But hey ! This money comes straight out of your hard earned pennies, not mine. So there you go, keep supporting Donaldof....and I hope you find it so enjoyable that you keep paying his Trumpler Steaks and his family luxurious lifestyle....
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