August 1, 2015

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What to do about Maliki

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BGG:   …they are meeting – over what to do about Maliki…they come back, not much gets done – deal with Maliki – move on…

[Q.  are you saying Maliki issue is more important right now for them to decide than voting on the laws? because once Maliki is canned, the laws will be a whiz to pass?!]

A.  no question – that is what I am saying…he has played the “obstructionist” thus far. He goes – things move!!

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BGG points out that Maliki is toxic.

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BGG …there are distinct advantages to Maliki being gone. He’s toxic – the world is not putting up with it. Someone WILL take the fall… and he is, ultimately responsible. Maliki is kidding himself…it’s all bad for him right now – there is no safe place. IMHO…once he (and then ALAK) are out of the way – things move very quickly.

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If Maliki submits his resignation

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BGG:   clearly THE NEWS of the day: Maliki submitted his resignation after the holiday…and the first reshuffle of the government ousted by al-abaci “Hoshyar Zebari”. …IMHO – that is the main thing I am looking for…amazing how many other items are about to tumble into place. If he goes things are in OVERDRIVE!!

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Is Maliki Making a Comeback?

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While serving his second term as prime minister in February 2011, former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told AFP he did not aspire to serve a third term.

He averred that “the premier who has a program, and is efficient, does not need more than eight years to effectively implement it. If this is not the case, why, then, give him more than eight years?”

Contrary to what he said, Maliki was clinging to an extension by the end of his second term in September 2014 and only gave up after his supporters abandoned him.

During his rule, Maliki’s policy was characterized by its sectarian and divisive tone and was a key reason behind the recent military defeats in Mosul and Ramadi. Now Maliki is urging people to back away from the national reconciliation policy initiated by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi when he took office.

Proof of this is that during a tribal gathering June 13 in Karbala, Maliki said that the Anbar province’s tribes were protesting against him. He accused the rival political parties of supporting the objections against his rule when he was prime minister, which he called illegal.

Finally, he described the fall of the Sunni areas at the hands of the Islamic State (IS) as “a Sunni sectarian revolution against the Shiites.”

In his speech, Maliki used three forms of extremist thought to incite to sectarian conflict. First: regional division, by generalizing and accusing the tribes of a particular area of being all against the Iraqi government. Second: deepening the political dispute by accusing his rivals of standing with the terrorists. Third: describing the dispute in Iraq as religious and sectarian.

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New Political System would Open Door to Maliki

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Recently there have been calls for major changes to the Iraqi political system, moving it from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.

This would mean that rather than elected MPs in Baghdad choosing the country’s President, voters would choose the President, who could then work somewhat separately from the also-elected Parliament. For example, the US is a presidential system. Iraq currently has a parliamentary system.

However politicians in Iraq are concerned that if this comes any closer to happening that it will be a way for former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to slip back into power, but this time through a legal back door.

They are also concerned that while it may not be something that can happen immediately, there is potential for some changes to occur during the next elections.

The call for these changes were started by one of the Shiite Muslim militias involved in the fight against the extremist group known as the Islamic State. The group, League of the Righteous, or Asaib Ahl al-Haq in Arabic, is known to be closely linked with al-Maliki. It is also known to be one of the more hard line and extremist of the Shiite militias.

Which is why many local politicians saw this as a call to bring al-Maliki, who is currently somewhat sidelined as one of Iraq’s three Vice Presidents, back to power. Al-Maliki’s divisive policies and attempts to centralise power have taken a fair share of the blame for the country’s current security crisis and, although his party was successful in the last elections, al-Maliki lost the post of Prime Minister to colleague, Haider al-Abadi late last year.

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Maliki arrives in Najaf

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President Barzani blames Maliki for Iraq chaos

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WASHINGTON DC – Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani called Islamic State (ISIS) military gains in Iraq and Syria a “surprise,” and warned that Erbil will sell its own oil if Baghdad fails to meet its financial obligations to the Kurds.

He blamed former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki for the chaos in the country.

“ISIS is a threat to everyone, not to us alone,” Barzani said in an interview with America’s CNBC news channel. “We managed to stop ISIS in Kurdistan and it was quite a surprise that ISIS was gaining ground after suffering so many defeats on our fronts. On our frontlines, ISIS retreated. So it was surprising to see the gains in Syria and Anbar province,” he added.

Last week, ISIS fighters overran the city of Ramadi in Iraq’s Anbar and days later captured the historical town of Palmyra in Syria, calling into question the US strategy to defeat the militants.

Commenting on long-standing budget and oil issues with the central government, Barzani said that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) would go ahead with selling its own oil to bridge the budget deficit it is suffering because of Baghdad’s reluctance to meet its financial obligations to Erbil.

“Either Iraq will commit to the signed agreement and pay the Kurdistan Region or, in another case, if they don’t and fail to pay Kurdistan, we will be selling our own oil and collecting our own revenues,” he said.

Baghdad has failed to honor the terms of a deal with Erbil that was supposed to resolve a simmering dispute over budget payments to the KRG and Kurdish oil exports.

Barzani was speaking in the Jordanian capital Amman, while participating in the World Economic Forum.

He expressed pride that Kurdish forces have been pushing back ISIS with relatively outdated weapons, compared to the Iraqi army, which has enjoyed substantial financial and military support from the United States and Iran.

“Defeating ISIS is not easy. We have to all wait and see and hopefully they will be defeated in the future,” the Kurdish president said.

“It is not only a military challenge. We have to fight in other ways as well. We need to cut their supplies and roads; we need to fight them together. But what Kurdistan has done against ISIS, we are proud of,” he said.

Barzani also added that losing a battle is not tantamount to losing a war, expressing confidence that ISIS will be eventually defeated.

The Kurdish president said it was Maliki who had turned the Iraqi army into a sectarian force, purging it of officers and soldiers from other non-Shiite communities in Iraq.

“The people who were supposed to fight for the country did not have a cause. That was the main reason the Iraqi army did not succeed,” Barzani said.

He praised the US for coming to Erbil’s assistance when ISIS began its onslaught against Kurdish forces last year, but insisted that Peshmerga forces have not received the US arms needed to beat the group.

“I do feel that the US has done a lot for the Iraqi army. However, it was the Iraqi army that was unable not take best advantage of it. We are very grateful, in fact, to the US for the support they provide to us,” Barzani said.

“Unfortunately, in term of weapons, we have not received the kinds of equipment that we have demanded and which is required to fight and defeat ISIS,” Barzani explained.

He said there is a “misperception” about the direct provision of weapons to the Kurds and hoped the US administration will change its policy of refusing to directly arm the Peshmerga.

Washington has insisted on arming the Kurds through the central government in Baghdad. But since the war with ISIS began, Erbil has complained that deliveries have been stalled by Baghdad.

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Economist: Ex-PM Maliki lost Iraq $500bn in oil

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Economist Adnan Janabi, the former head of the Iraqi parliament’s oil and gas committee, has criticized Baghdad’s oil policies and laid the blame on ex-prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

“For 2015, the Iraqi government must pay the oil companies some $ 20 billion and Baghdad should be committed the deals it makes,” Janabi told the Al-Mada newspaper on Friday.

Janabi said the delayed formation of a federal council for the oil and gas is the leading factor in the corruption and decline of Iraq’s oil sector.

Janabi, a member of interim prime minister’s Ayad Allawi’s cabinet in 2005, said at the time of the Allawi’s government there was a plan to increase production and oil exports to six million barrels per day at a time when the price was $ 100 for per barrel of crude.

“Due to bad administration in terms of the oil sector during Maliki’s time in office, the country lost $ 500 billion,” said Janabi, referring to Mailiki tenure from 2006-2014.

In early march, a Kurdish MP in Iraqi parliament said Baghdad was considering a change in its oil agreements with foreign firms to claw its way out of a deep economic crisis.

Iraqi Kurdish MP Arez Abdullah said the parliamentary oil committee had met with the country’s oil ministry to work out a solution.

“According to our information, Iraq owes oil companies $ 21 billion. We expect the amount to increase, as Iraq does not have enough money to pay them back on time,” Adullah told Rudaw.

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Vice President Maliki Meets Mauritanian Ambassador

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Vice President, Nuri al-Maliki said Iraq was able to confront terrorism through the cohesion of its sons in the army, the popular defense forces and clans.

A statement of the Office of Maliki quoted him as saying during a meeting with the Mauritanian ambassador in Iraq Sadati al-Sheikh: “Iraq is keen to strengthen its relations with its Arab brothers, and the depth of the historical relations between Baghdad and Nouakchott will contribute to open the horizons of cooperation between the two countries.”

He added, “The challenges facing the region require intensive regional and international effort to deal with them and find radical solutions to them so as to contribute in fighting against terrorist groups and gangs,” noting: “Iraq is engaged in a major confrontation with terrorism and was able, through the cohesion of its sons in the army and the popular defense forces and the sons of the tribes to defeat Daash. ”

For his part, Mauritanian Ambassador stressed the keenness of his country to strengthen cooperation with Iraq in all fields. / End

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