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More Assistance for Displaced Persons

By , September 15, 2014 4:37 pm

More Assistance for Displaced Persons

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has pledged to intensify its humanitarian activities in Iraq, and to increase assistance for more than 1.5 million Iraqis displaced as a result of continuous fighting in various parts of the country.

The pledge was made during a visit to Iraq by Movement leaders that included the secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, and the director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Yves Daccord (pictured).

The delegation was seeking to strengthen cooperation and coordination among the various Movement components that are working in Iraq to alleviate the suffering caused by the armed conflict.

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society has been providing assistance to hundreds of thousands of displaced people in 17 provinces,” said DrYassin al-Ma’amouri, the president of the Iraqi Red Crescent, who accompanied the delegation on its visit to settlements of displaced persons in Baghdad and in Dohuk in Iraqi Kurdistan. “The armed conflict has given rise to humanitarian needs on so great a scale that no single humanitarian organization can adequately respond to them. This visit reflects the Movement’s support for Iraqi Red Crescent efforts to provide relief and assistance to displaced people.”

More than 1.5 million people have been displaced since last January, by fighting that began in Anbar and spread to Mosul and other locations. The Iraqi Red Crescent, the ICRC, the International Federation and a number of National Societies from around the world mounted a large-scale response that included the provision of food, water, medical care and other necessities.

The IFRC will mobilize its collective force, namely its 189 Red Cross and Red Crescent members, to provide further support for the Iraqi Red Crescent’s efforts to increase assistance to displaced people,” said Mr As Sy. “We applaud Iraqi Red Crescent volunteers for the extraordinary work they are doing under extremely difficult circumstances. A robust response, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable communities, is the need of the hour. With this in mind, we are appealing for additional emergency contributions to the Movement.

The ICRC delegation in Iraq had announced earlier that it had provided food, clean drinking water, medicines and medical supplies, and other relief assistance to large numbers of displaced persons in various locations in Iraq.

The ICRC stands ready to provide more assistance to the victims of the armed conflict in Iraq,” said Mr Daccord. “We also appeal to all parties to the conflict to facilitate the work of Movement personnel and to allow them access to all locations, so that they can help to preserve the lives and dignity of people affected by these difficult circumstances.

The Movement delegation visited the headquarters of the Iraqi Red Crescent and met with Dr Yassin to coordinate efforts to step up the Movement’s response to the needs of people affected by the conflict, and to express solidarity with the Iraqi Red Crescent and the people of Iraq. The delegation also visited distribution sites for displaced persons in Baghdad, where large numbers of people have taken shelter.

We are concerned by reports of serious violations of international humanitarian law, and by the seizure and detention of increasing numbers of people by parties to the conflict,” said Mr Daccord. “The Movement reminds all parties involved in the hostilities of their obligation under humanitarian law to treat persons deprived of their liberty humanely, to spare civilians and civilian objects, and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The wounded and the sick must be provided with appropriate medical care and granted prompt and safe access to health services. Medical facilities must be protected and respected, and every effort made to ensure that medical personnel can carry out their activities unhindered.

(Source: ICRC)

Iraq Business News

Fight Against Islamic State More Notable for What It Isn’t Than for What It Is

By , September 11, 2014 3:55 pm
The heavy-handed approach we used to fight Al Qaeda turned out to be a recruiting drive for the Islamic State. (Photo: Flickr)

The heavy-handed approach we used to fight Al Qaeda turned out to be a recruiting drive for the Islamic State. (Photo: Flickr)

In the New York Times, Eric Schmitt, Michael Gordon and Helene Cooper report:

The Obama administration is preparing to carry out a campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria that may take three years to complete, requiring a sustained effort that could last until after President Obama has left office, according to senior administration officials.

The first phase, an air campaign with nearly 145 airstrikes in the past month, is already underway to protect ethnic and religious minorities and American diplomatic, intelligence and military personnel, and their facilities, as well as to begin rolling back ISIS gains in northern and western Iraq.

The next phase, which would begin sometime after Iraq forms a more inclusive government, scheduled this week, is expected to involve an intensified effort to train, advise or equip the Iraqi military, Kurdish fighters and possibly members of Sunni tribes.

But what’s interesting about it is that:

The military campaign Mr. Obama is preparing has no obvious precedent. Unlike American counterterrorism operations in Yemen and Pakistan, it is not expected to be limited to drone strikes against militant leaders. Unlike the war in Afghanistan, it will not include the use of ground troops, which Mr. Obama has ruled out.

Unlike the Kosovo war that President Bill Clinton and NATO nations waged in 1999, it will not be compressed into an intensive 78-day tactical and strategic air campaign. And unlike during the air campaign that toppled the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, in 2011, the Obama administration is no longer “leading from behind,” but plans to play the central role in building a coalition to counter ISIS.

Equally notable, what it isn’t is a police action, which, if we’d used that approach against Al Qaeda, might not killed and alienated civilians, driving many of them in to the arms of the Islamic State. With the Islamic State, we’ve finally got the war that wasn’t justified against terrorism.

Foreign Policy In Focus

More Companies Join IBBC

By , September 10, 2014 4:54 pm

More Companies Join IBBC

By John Lee.

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) has welcomed two new members:

  • Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), the internationally renowned design firm – with British-Iraqi Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Zaha Hadid at its helm – is set to bring its bold and visionary design to Iraq, as it is contracted to design the new parliament and central bank in Baghdad;
  • AECOM, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services globally, has also joined the influential trade body.

(Source: IBBC)

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Repairing Baiji Refinery to take more than a Year

By , September 6, 2014 10:18 am

Repairing Baiji Refinery to take more than a Year

By John Lee.

The KRG’s Minister of Natural Resources, Ashti Hawrami, has said repairs to the Baiji refinery will take more than a year, following attacks by militants of the Islamic State in June.

According to the report from NINA, he also confirmed that shipment of oil through the pipeline linking Kirkuk and the Turkish port of Ceyhan would not be available after being “vandalized”.

(Source: NINA)

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No More Cold War: Calling for a Peaceful Settlement in Ukraine

By , September 3, 2014 7:47 pm

NATO troops drill amid an increase in East-West tensions in Europe. With the United States and Russia in possession of over 15,000 of the world’s 16,400 nuclear weapons, humanity can ill afford a rekindling of old conflicts. (Photo: Medien Bundeswehr / Flickr)

It is ironic that at this moment in history, when so many people and nations around the world are acknowledging the 100th anniversary of our planet’s hapless stumble into World War I, great powers and their allies are once again provoking new dangers where governments appear to be sleepwalking towards a restoration of old Cold War battles.

A barrage of conflicting information is broadcast in the various national and nationalistic media with alternative versions of reality that provoke and stoke new enmities and rivalries across national borders.

Moreover, NATO’s new disturbing saber-rattling—with its chief, Anders Rasmussen, announcing that NATO will deploy its troops for the first time in Eastern Europe since the Cold War ended, build a “readiness action plan,” and boost Ukraine’s military capacity so that “In the future you will see a more visible NATO presence in the east,” all while disinviting Russia from the upcoming NATO meeting in Wales—opens new possibilities for endless war and hostilities.

Rekindling Old Conflicts

With the United States and Russia in possession of over 15,000 of the world’s 16,400 nuclear weapons, humanity can ill afford to stand by and permit these conflicting views of history and opposing assessments of the facts on the ground to lead to a 21st-century military confrontation between the great powers and their allies.

While sadly acknowledging the trauma suffered by the countries of Eastern Europe from years of Soviet occupation, and understanding their desire for the protection of the NATO military alliance, we must remember that Russia lost 20 million people during World War II to the Nazi onslaught and is understandably wary of NATO expansion to its borders in a hostile environment.

This despite a U.S. promise to Gorbachev, when the wall came down peacefully and the Soviet Union ended its post-WWII occupation of Eastern Europe, that NATO would not be expanded eastward, beyond the incorporation of East Germany into that rusty Cold War alliance.

Russia has also lost the protection of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which the United States abandoned in 2001, and warily observes missile bases metastasizing ever closer to its borders, in new NATO member states, while the U.S. government rejects repeated Russian efforts for negotiations on a treaty to ban weapons in space, or Russia’s prior application for membership in NATO.

Why do we still have NATO anyway? This Cold War relic is being used to fire up new hostilities and divisions between Russia and the rest of Europe.

Facts on the Ground

Meanwhile, one of the most dramatic episodes from the uptick in tensions in Eastern Ukraine remains shrouded in mystery.

An independent international inquiry should be commissioned to review events in Ukraine leading up to the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and of the procedures being used to review the catastrophic aftermath, including this latest outbreak of hostile actions from NATO.

Indeed, Russia has already called for an investigation of the facts surrounding the Malaysian airplane crash. The international investigation should factually determine the cause of the accident and hold responsible parties accountable to the families of the victims and the citizens of the world who fervently desire peace and peaceful settlements of any existing conflicts.

Another investigation might include a fair and balanced presentation of what led to the deterioration of U.S.-Russian relations since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the new hostile and polarized posture that the U.S. and Russia, with their allies, find themselves in today—with NATO now threatening greater militarization and provocations against Russia in Eastern Europe.

The United Nations Security Council, with U.S. and Russian agreement, has already passed Resolution 2166 addressing the Malaysian jet crash, demanding accountability, full access to the site, and a halt to military activity, which has been painfully disregarded at various times since the incident.

One of the provisions of Resolution 2166 notes that the Council “supports efforts to establish a full, thorough, and independent international investigation into the incident in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines.”

Further, the 1909 revised Convention on the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes adopted at the 1899 Hague International Peace Conference has been used successfully to resolve issues between states so that war was avoided in the past.

Regardless of the forum where the evidence is gathered and fairly evaluated, all the facts and circumstances should be made known to the world as to how we got to this unfortunate state of affairs on our planet today and what might be the solutions.

Feeding the Military-Industrial Complex

All the members of NATO, together with Russia and Ukraine, should end the endless arms race, which only feeds the military-industrial complex that U.S. President Ike Eisenhower warned against.

They must engage in diplomacy and negotiations, not war and hostile alienating actions.

The world can little afford the trillions of dollars in military spending and trillions and trillions of brain cells wasted on war when our very Earth is under stress and needs the critical attention of our best minds and thinking. Our abundance of resources mindlessly diverted to war should be made available to create a livable future for life on earth.

Alice Slater is a founder of Abolition 2000, which works for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. 

Foreign Policy In Focus

Pro-Russians seize more territories from Ukraine army

By , September 2, 2014 1:44 am

Pro-Russians seize more territories from Ukraine army
By: Press TV on: 01.09.2014 [05:34 ] (286 reads)

Pro-Russians seize more territories from Ukraine army
Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:27PM GMT
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Red Cross wins aid convoy battlePro-Russian fighters in eastern Ukraine have reportedly seized swathes of territory from government forces who abandoned vehicles and ammunition as they retreated.

Witnesses said they saw no signs of government troops south of the city of Donetsk.

According to reports, pro-Russian forces have pushed their way into the eastern port of Novoazovsk.

The mayor of the town on the Sea of Azov said that the activists had entered, but Ukrainian army claimed it was still in “total control” of the town.

After weeks of military operations that have seen government forces push deep into the last bastions of pro-Russians, the tide appears to be turning once again in the four-month conflict.

Kiev is now calling on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for help. Evidence of the deteriorating situation emerged just hours after the first meeting in three months between President Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Moscow forces and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence the pro-Russians in mid-April.

The political unrest in eastern Ukraine has so far claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people, according to figures released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Nearly 300,000 people have also been forced to flee their homes due to fierce fighting in the east, according to the UN.

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Can China Do More For Iraq?

By , August 27, 2014 5:10 am

Can China Do More For Iraq?

By John Lee.

China expert Simone Van Nieuwenhuizen has written an opinion piece for The Diplomata foreign affairs journal that covers events in Asia. She argues that it would be in China’s interests to do more for Iraq.

In the piece, Van Niewenhuizen notes that not only has China been threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but also supports a UN Resolution condemning terror groups in Iraq and Syria and imports a significant amount of Iraq’s oil.

But despite China’s involvement in investment and reconstruction in Iraq, the Asian giant has so far avoided any counter-terror commitments currently being pursued by both NATO and Russia, among other countries with interests in the Middle East.

Van Nieuwenhuizen argues this situation may soon change if China wishes to safeguard her MENA region interests. Read the full piece here.

(Source: The Diplomat)

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US Considers Sending More Advisers

By , August 22, 2014 11:09 am

US Considers Sending More Advisers

By Patrick Schmidt.

American officials have announced that more US troops may be deployed to Iraq in the coming weeks. The additional troops would be based in the capitol city of Baghdad. Approximately 748 US troops have been deployed to Iraq since the rise of the Islamic State (IS).

These troops supplement the usual 100 troops that are stationed in Iraq for the purpose of security cooperation. President Obama has authorized up to 775 additional troops in Iraq.

Department of Defense officials estimate the additional team would number under 300 soldiers. They would be tasked with providing extra security. However, the proposal has yet to be approved by top-ranking officials.

(Source: The Huffington Post)

Iraq Business News

U.S. Delivers More Aid to Iraq Refugees, More Airstrikes to ISIS

By , August 20, 2014 1:43 pm

U.S. Delivers More Aid to Iraq Refugees, More Airstrikes to ISIS

(CNN) — The United States resumed airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq Wednesday, a day after the jihadist militants released a video showing the beheading of an American journalist.

U.S. forces carried out 14 airstrikes on Wednesday, destroying or damaging six ISIS humvees, two armored trucks and other targets, the Defense Department said.

The airstrikes were in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam, which Kurdish forces recently recaptured from ISIS with support of U.S. air power.

In the same video that shows the beheading of journalist James Foley, a second American, believed to be journalist Steven Sotloff, appears.

Whether Sotloff lives or dies, the executioner says on the video, depends on what Obama does next.

Humanitarian operation under way

A plane carrying the first load of humanitarian aid as part of a multiday operation to help hundreds of thousands of displaced people in northern Iraq has landed in Irbil, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday.

It’s one of the largest aid pushes the agency has ever undertaken. And it’s much needed. Hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes as ISIS militants have advanced.

The first Boeing 747 to land carried 100 tons of aid, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said. Three more flights will follow from Jordan into Irbil, the Kurdish regional capital, with the last on Saturday.

The airlift will be bolstered by deliveries made by road and sea over the next 10 days, with 175 trucks ferrying cargo from warehouses in Turkey, Jordan and Iran.

The shipments include thousands of tents, plastic sheets, kitchen sets and jerrycans, destined for families who fled with little more than the clothes on their back.

In total, the UNHCR intends to bring 2,410 tons of aid into northern Iraq between now and the start of September.

Many have been sleeping rough where they can, finding shelter in schools, parks or unfinished buildings, the UNHCR said. The agency is working to set up a dozen or more tent cities in Dohuk and Irbil governorates where some 140,000 people can be housed.

“This is a massive logistics operation to bring in relief supplies by air, land and sea to help the hundreds of thousands of desperate people who have fled suddenly with nothing but their lives, and are now struggling to survive in harsh conditions,” said U.N. High Commissioner Antonio Guterres.

“It’s the largest single aid push we have mounted in more than a decade.”

The ISIS militants, who are Sunni Muslim extremists, have carried out brutal attacks on towns and villages as they’ve advanced across Iraq, targeting Iraq’s Christians, minority sects such as the Yazidis, centered in the northern Sinjar area, and Shia Muslims.

The UNHCR estimates that 1.2 million Iraqis have been forced from their homes so far this year, including more than a half-million in the western Anbar province and a similar number in northern Iraq.

Executions, beheadings

As the massive aid operation swings into gear, fierce fighting continues between the militants and Kurdish forces for control of northern Iraq.

On Monday, U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces take control of the key Mosul Dam, fighting back the militants who had seized it.

The stakes were huge for the millions of Iraqis who live downstream from the dam, the largest in the country, amid fears that if it were breached floods would have threatened lives in Mosul and downriver in Baghdad.

Now that the dam is cleared of ISIS militants, Iraqi forces are moving to grow their area of control, the Pentagon said.

The ISIS militants have carried out numerous executions, including beheadings, as part of its effort to establish an Islamic caliphate that stretches from Syria into Iraq. In many cases, ISIS — which refers to itself as the Islamic State — has videotaped the executions and posted them online.

Assyrian International News Agency