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    Today, 12:09 AM
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 16 strikes consisting of 36 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 16 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed two ISIS oil stills, two oil tanks and a separator. Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed five ISIS oil stills. Near Raqqa, 14 strikes engaged 13 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 26 fighting positions, an ISIS headquarters, a command-and-control node and ISIS engineering equipment. Strikes in Iraq In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 45 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Qaim, three strikes destroyed two ISIS headquarters and two weapons caches. Near Tal Afar, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed eight fighting positions, seven mortar systems, four ISIS-held buildings, two tactical vehicles, two medium machine guns, a vehicle, an anti-air artillery system, a weapons cache, a command-and-control node, an artillery system and a supply cache; and damaged four supply routes. Strikes in Previous Days Officials also reported today details of 30 strikes consisting of 66 engagements conducted in Syria and Iraq on previous days for which the information was not yet available at the time of yesterday’s report: On Aug. 19 near Raqqa, a strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit. On Aug. 21 near Raqqa, 24 strikes engaged 16 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 33 fighting positions, a logistics node, a mortar system and an anti-air artillery system. On Aug. 21 near Tal Afar, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 49 vehicles, 21 oil trucks, three front-end loaders, two command-and-control nodes and a tank; damaged a supply route; and suppressed five mortar teams. 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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    Today, 12:09 AM
    Justice essential to help Iraqi victims of ISIL’s sexual violence rebuild livesThe Iraqi Government needs to ensure that the thousands of women and girls who survived rape and other forms of sexual violence by ISIL fighters receive care, protection and justice, and that children born as a result of such violence do not face a life of discrimination and abuse, a UN report published today says. “Women and girls under the control of ISIL, in particular women from the Yezidi and other minority communities, have been especially vulnerable to abuses of human rights and violation of international humanitarian law,” the report by the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Human Rights Office says. Victims have been subjected to rape and sexual assault, forced displacement, abduction, deprivation of liberty, slavery, forced religious conversion, and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. “The physical, mental, and emotional injuries inflicted by ISIL are almost beyond comprehension. If victims are to rebuild their lives, and indeed those of their children, they need justice and they need redress,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (pictured). The Iraqi Government has the obligation, under domestic law and international human rights law, to ensure all victims have access to justice and reparations. This obligation includes ensuring accountability of the alleged perpetrators through trials before independent and impartial tribunals, conducted in a gender-sensitive manner so as not to perpetuate victims’ suffering. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 12:09 AM
    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Embassy in Baghdad signed a cooperation agreement to support civic and community-based reconciliation across Iraq. Under the leadership of the Implementation and Follow Up National Reconciliation Committee (IFNRC) of the Office of Iraq’s Prime Minister, UNDP has recently launched a major project to support local peace committees and help communities collect information on atrocities and violations committed against citizens during the conflict. The Ambassador of Germany to Iraq, Dr. Cyrill Nunn, said: “Reconciliation on a community level is key to a peaceful future of Iraq. As part of Germany’s commitment to the work of UNDP in Iraq, we are very pleased to support this project which will hopefully contribute to building trust between Iraqi citizens and to a more peaceful and resilient Iraq.” UNDP Resident Representative for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, said: “Reconciliation is the highest priority in the country. Nothing is more important now right after the liberation of Mosul than helping communities find ways to live together in peace after the terrible years of conflict. Germany’s generous contribution to reconciliation comes at just the right time.” (Source: UN) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 12:09 AM
    Jordan has announced its readiness to reopen the Trebil border crossing with Iraq. Ghaleb Zubi, Jordan’s Minister of Interior said “Jordan is keen to reopen the border with Iraq at any time.” The Trebil Border Compound, also known as Karameh Border Crossing, connects the Jordanian town of Ruwaished to the Iraqi town of Trebil. “The reopening of Trebil will have positive effects on the economies of both countries. Jordan and Iraq can exchange medical supplies and other goods through this border,” Zubi Added. (Source: GardaWorld) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 12:09 AM
    By John Lee. Iraq is considering changing its price benchmark for Basra crude oil sales to Asia. From January, the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) proposes to price relative to Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME) Oman futures, rather than the average of Platts’ Oman-Dubai quotes. According to a report from Reuters, this would mark a significant change away from fellow OPEC members Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran, which have been using S&P Global Platts as their benchmark for decades. SOMO has asked customers to submit their opinions on the plan by the end of August. (Source: Reuters) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    I am still here waiting for the life changes that we all want
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    Yesterday, 02:23 PM
    Photos Reveal Iraq Oil Fires Burning Behind ISIS Retreat August 23, 2017 Satellite images show evidence of the Islamic State’s scorched earth tactics as militants lose territory to Western-backed Iraqi forces. Five oil fires (photographed below in 2015 and 2017) have been blazing since August 2015 to the east of Baiji oil refinery. Several more in the Qayyarah oil field, south of Mosul, burned for eight months before firefighters extinguished them in March. The scene recalls the first Gulf War in 1991, when more than 600 oil wells in Kuwait were set alight. Subsequent analysis estimated that conflagration released 133 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the air. That is more than a year’s worth of CO2 emissions for a medium-sized country such as the Philippines, Belgium or Nigeria. Meanwhile sulphur dioxide emissions from Al-Mishraq sulphur mine, torched last October, were bigger than those from any volcanic eruption in 2016, according to NASA. Read entire story HERE
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    Yesterday, 10:33 AM
    The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit, educational organization behind Sesame Street — are working together to give millions of refugee children in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and northern Iraq the support they need to learn, grow and thrive. The Syrian refugee crisis is the defining humanitarian issue of our time. It challenges*our morals, imagination, leadership,*and*global stability. Failing to act can cast a long shadow: a lost generation of children whose lives are forever defined by their*experience of war. Few Syrian children have opportunities to learn and play; many are neglected; some have been*exposed to extreme violence and experienced unspeakable trauma that will have a long-lasting impact on their health and future. They are at risk of “toxic stress,” a biological response to*prolonged and severe adversity that disrupts a child’s brain development. But children are resilient, and if we can reach them early, we can reduce this damage and have a positive influence on their lives. Research shows that nurturing care*and learning can reverse the effects of toxic stress, and skills developed in early childhood last*a lifetime. That’s where the IRC and Sesame Workshop are determined to help. We will combine Sesame Street’s history of proven educational content with the IRC’s decades of assistance in crisis-affected areas to deliver a suite of culturally relevant programming and multimedia content tailored for the needs of refugee children and their caregivers. David Miliband, President and CEO of the IRC, said: “Our partnership with*Sesame Street will help transform children’s lives by making sure that their social-emotional needs are met so they are able to receive an education, contribute to their community and succeed as adults.” (Source: International Rescue Committee) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:33 AM
    Work is almost complete on AMAR‘s latest exciting educational project in Iraq. The state-of-the-art Secondary School in Basra is expected to begin teaching its 500+ students in October. Ten percent of that number will be orphans who will receive a fantastic education completely free of charge, thanks to AMAR’s generous supporters. Please help ensure Iraq’s children have the childhoods they deserve — support AMAR’s work today: https://appeal.amarfoundation.org/ (Source: AMAR International Charitable Foundation) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:33 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.* Models dressed in clothes reminiscent of Iraq’s multicultural past walked among the imposing statues at the Iraqi Museum in an impressive show in July that celebrated the liberation of Mosul, as the Iraqi House of Fashion bolstered its cultural presence and shrugged off the low profile it has held since 2003. Founded in 1970 with the aim of conserving ancient Iraqi culture, the Iraqi House of Fashion started as a financially independent legal entity. However, the Iraqi House of Fashion Law*was passed in 1985 with the help of the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and Media to help the fashion organization*receive governmental support. This support resulted in the building of a*luxurious palace, considered to be one of the country’s most beautiful architectural monuments, on Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad. But the good times for the fashion house came to an end in*2003*due to the US invasion of Iraq and the lack of security that swept through the country. The house was looted, its founder and manager had to retire and leave the country and the splendid palace was abandoned and slowly fell into*ruin. Although the Iraqi House of Fashion*has made a comeback in the last few years, the present conservative environment makes it difficult for the organization to return to its days of glory. In a country still suffering from*war and terrorism, organizers of fashion shows remain fearful.*For instance, Karar Nushy, a fashion designer whose work is well-known in the industry, was murdered July 4. The case remains unsolved. “Organizers of such*cultural events are still being threatened by those who consider it a Western tradition that could corrupt society,” Saif al-Obeidi, designer and technical manager for Iraqi House of Fashion, told Al-Monitor. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:33 AM
    The Government of Iraq and UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) officially reopened the Al Qasoor Water Treatment Plant at a ceremony yesterday in Mosul. Al Qasoor is the second largest water treatment plant in eastern Mosul, providing safe drinking water for 35 percent of residents. The plant provides 12,000 cubic metres of fresh water per hour to 24 neighbourhoods, reaching 300,000 people. Most of the plant’s pumps, valves, switches and control panels were destroyed as well as its chlorination system and filtration pools. Work began on Al Qasoor in early May, even as the fighting in western Mosul continued. The Ninewah Water Directorate oversaw the US$ 1.3 million project, which was implemented by Iraqi company Thfaf Al Rafidain employing hundreds of workers from Mosul. At the ceremony marking the re-opening of the plant, Ninewah Governor Nofal Hammadi said: “We are doing everything we can to help Mosul rebuild. I’m proud of the Iraqi workers who bravely began work even while fighting was ongoing directly across the river. This project is a vital step to improving the well-being of the people of Mosul, and we’re grateful for the continuing support from the United Nations.” Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:33 AM
    Hutchison Ports and the Pritzker Family Business Interests (“PFBI”), advised by The Pritzker Organization, L.L.C. (“TPO”), announced today that the leading Hong Kong-based port operator has agreed to partner with NAWAH Port Management, L.L.C. (“NPM”) to manage existing and future operations at the historic Port of Basra in southern Iraq. Hutchison Ports will assume oversight of day-to-day commercial and operational activities at NPM, operating under the name of Hutchison Ports Basra. NPM is a containerized terminal operator at the Port of Basra located along the Shatt Al Arab waterway in Iraq. The company services the shipping needs for a full spectrum of customers across Iraq – from large, multinational companies to local Iraqi merchants. NPM’s proximity to the city center and major oilfields, and its operations are viewed as key competitive advantages versus other ports in the region. Andy Tsoi, Hutchison Ports’ Managing Director (Middle East and Africa), said: “We view NPM’s operations at the Port of Basra as an integral piece of our expanding Middle East strategy and are excited about the opportunities this partnership creates. “We believe strongly in the growth story of Basra, Iraq, and the Middle East as a whole and are delighted to have the opportunity to participate in and support the growth of the business over the long term.” Eric Clark, CEO of NPM, said: “Hutchison Ports has an exceptional team and a proven track record of delivering value to its customers, employees and the regions in which it invests. “We are delighted for the opportunity to partner with one of the leaders in the industry – a company which shares our vision of NPM as both a unique maritime asset in southern Iraq as well as strategic platform in the epicenter of one of the fastest growing regions in the world.” Eversheds LLP served as legal advisor to Hutchison Ports and Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal advisor to the PFBI during the deal process. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. (Source: Press Release) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 05:17 AM
    I haven't given up yet, either ;)
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