Larijani to visit Iraq during current week

Baghdad (AIN) –Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani is scheduled to visit Iraq, Syria and Lebanon in the course of the current week.

The regional tour of Larijani will begin on Sunday, December 21 and it includes meeting his counterparts in those Muslim countries and other high ranking officials in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

He will also have consultations with them on most important regional developments amid the highly disturbed security conditions of the Middle East are in the schedule of the Iranian parliament speaker in this tour.

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BLC Admin Tlm724 News & Comments

BLC Admin Tlm724 Morning News Comments 12/20/2014

Disagreement on external borrowing by $ 5 billion postpone an extraordinary session of the government 

[tlm724] so GOI wants to borrow 5 billion dollars from the IMF too help reduce the deficit in the budget but the CBI is saying hey *slap* we have other ways of doing before we take that step

[tlm724] The cabinet held a special meeting on Thursday evening to discuss the federal budget, and talked about the government directed to send the budget to Parliament before the end of the month.

[tlm724] postponed its planned special session Thursday to Monday will be devoted to the discussion of the budget in 2015, “attributing it to” the continued volatility in global oil prices and rising deficit ratio to 36 trillion dinars. “
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[tlm724] Monday will be devoted to the discussion of the budget in 2015,

[tlm724] as we have been saying they continue to work out the details as they should, these are extreme circumstances they before them and when you look at what Maliki did that just made things worse.

they had to spend tons on security just to save their country, the oil prices fell at the same time so we just have to wait this out,.

They will impose taxes etc… but those take time to start seeing the real revenue flowing, they need immediate action to proceed   

[tlm724] hang on just a sec I think rocky posted an art that explains the CBI’s plan brb

Abadi government intends to borrow from the Fund and the Central Bank Calls for Troy 20-12-2014 12:17 AM Parliamentary Finance Committee revealed,

for the government’s intention to borrow $ 5 billion from the International Monetary Fund, but the central bank pressed further ‘expenses pressure’ before heading to external borrowing.

http://www.bondladyscorner.com/t107729-abadi-government-intends-to-borrow-from-the-fund-and-the-central-bank-calls-for-troy

[tlm724] , but the central bank pressed further ‘expenses pressure

[tlm724] get more expenses reduced or eliminated before you borrow externally

[tlm724] we wait til next week to see where they are at
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Araji: The Cabinet will vote on the budget on Monday or Tuesday

The Council of Ministers will be held, on Monday, a special meeting to discuss the financial budget,” explaining that “if agreed upon would be passed to vote and vote for them and if they are not agreed upon will vote for in the next day, a Tuesday

[tlm724] “there is nothing to hinder the vote except for some technical things,” pointing out that it “will be present in the House of Representatives at the end of the year,

[tlm724] technical issues, what we just talked about  

[tlm724] expected in Parliament by the end of the year, 11 days
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The Ministry of Finance resort to tax increases and the imposition of customs duties to reduce the budget deficit

[tlm724] resort to tax increases and the imposition of customs duties to reduce the budget deficit

[tlm724] so they will impose taxes on all goods entering except food and medicine

[raindrop1] so what do you think the hold up is for the full application of the tariffs is…the budget……or dare I say an RV!!!!

[tlm724] *hallelujah* this is another good thing to come out of all this, forcing them to take action on so many levels ! There are silver linings, you just have to look for them   

[tlm724] raindrop1 it wasn’t one specific thing, it has been a combination of things, ISIS, a bad leader M who didn’t want to see any change at all, it took a change in power and will to make these things happen. It’s like a perfect storm if ya know what I mean

[shunshine] Do it right the first time, I like that.

[tlm724] Abadi is working as fast as he can though, can you imagine his mind must go 24/7 with SO MANY things that have to be addressed and then fixed ! I have lost track there is so much

[shunshine] Poor man, its alot to deal with.

[tlm724] yeah but he is doing it *hallelujah*

[raindrop1] well they can’t be doing stupid stuff like decreasing the tariffs for Jordan

[shunshine] *hallelujah* yes he is.

[tlm724] raindrop1 yeah they can because Jordan is going to increase their trade at a discount price, you gotta look at the whole deal, one hand is washing the other, it works out in the end

[shunshine] thats right

[raindrop1] well use soap…not sand!!!!!  

[tlm724] raindrop1 lol good one

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Abadi economic adviser likely not to fall in oil prices below $ 55-60 rate 

[tlm724] Iraq is losing more than a billion dollars a year with each drop of $ single in the price of a barrel of oil

[tlm724] so with every drop of one dollar in the price of oil Iraq loses a billion dollars a year say the oil dropped by 40 dollars a barrel then they lose 40 Billion a year ! No wonder they are scrambling for a solution !

[cat] they weren’t complaining when the price was over 100 dollars 

[tlm724] thats right they weren’t cat, they were loving life, not so much now but you want to know the good news?

[cat] tlm724 yeppers 

[tlm724] it is technical issues now NOT bickering among the blocs !
 
[tlm724] because you know the the blocs can mess up a picnic    

[tlm724] so onward we go !

[tlm724] could be worse is what I’m saying and the  Kurds are happy    

[cat] yep

http://www.bondladyscorner.com/t107812-morning-news-comments-12-20-2014

KTFA’s Backdoc & Frank: “Liberating Mosul Is Next”

Post by backdoc » December 20th, 2014, 1:04 am  •  [Post 66]

What needs to happen next in Iraq—liberating Mosul  By David L. Phillips

Kurdish peshmerga recently opened a corridor to Mt. Sinjar, rescuing 10,000 Yazidis under siege by the Islamic State. Liberating Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, is next. 

Kurds will be asked to help, but Arab Sunnis and tribes from the Nineveh plains must take the lead. 

Emrah Yorulmaz | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

Peshmerga fighters departed from the Zommar district arrive in the Sinun town of Sinjar district of Mosul, to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, in Iraq on December 19, 2014.
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Atheel al-Nujaifi, Governor of Nineveh Province, was one of the last to leave Mosul after ISIS stormed the city on June 10, 2014. During our recent meeting in Erbil, al-Nujaifi described his strategy for engaging Arab Sunnis and tribal sheikhs to defeat ISIS.

Nujaifi envisions Nineveh’s exiled police and security services taking the lead. Tribal sheikhs and Arabs displaced by ISIS would also join the battle.

“As soon as we take some villages,” maintains Nujaifi, “people inside Mosul will join us.” Up to 1 million Arabs displaced by the conflict “have no aim in life but returning to their homes.”

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Sunni tribal leaders are reluctant to publicly pledge support. They are worried about reprisals against their brethren living under ISIS control. Still, “Most tribes oppose ISIS,” insists Nujaifi.”They have no loyalty to ISIS.” If the Arab tribes are paid, I believe they will fight.

Many tribal sheikhs welcomed Islamic State fighters when they first arrived. Iraq’s Arab Sunni minority, which enjoyed favor under Saddam Hussein, deeply resented the polarizing politics of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Disenfranchised and marginalized, they saw ISIS as a liberation force.

Today, they chafe under the Islamic State’s strict interpretation of Islam. Nujaifi insists they are ready to turn on ISIS.

Establishing a National Guard is the core of Nujaifi’s plan. The National Guard would be comprised of Nineveh’s security services, who fled ISIS’s advance.

While endorsing legislation establishing the National Guard, he wants Shiite militias to be disbanded. All security forces should be established by law.

Read MoreISIS airstrikes: A look at America’s Arab allies

Shiite militias arose after Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a religious edict (“fatwa”) calling for Shiites to protect Iraq’s Shia shrines from the Islamic State.

Many appear to have links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Council. They operate outside Baghdad’s control. In the wake of Iraq’s sectarian civil war, many have committed crimes and atrocities against Sunnis.

Nujaifi wants help from the United States. “We need weapons, training, and air strikes,” says Nujaifi. However, Washington is reluctant. It only offers training and equipment through Iraq’s central government.

Fighters must be carefully vetted before weapons are provided. After the Iraqi Army’s Mosul garrison collapsed in June, local police fled abandoning weapons to Islamic State forces.

Mosul is a city of more than 1 million people. US air strikes will have limited impact. Expect a bloody battle with fierce street-to-street fighting.

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The Iraqi Army seems to lack motivation and capacity. Maliki gutted the army of professional soldiers, replacing them with Shiite cronies. It will take time before the armed forces are ready for combat. 

Iraqi Kurds also seem reluctant to join the battle. Mosul is not their fight. Though the Kurds provided sanctuary to Arabs fleeing ISIS, there is a history of animosity between Kurds and Arab Sunnis. 

Arab Sunnis and Arab tribes must bear the brunt. Kurds and other Iraqis may participate in a supporting role, but only after Sunnis show unity and resolve. 

Commentary by David L. Phillips, director of the Program on Peace-building and Human Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. 

He served as a senior adviser and foreign- affairs experts to the State Department. His new book is “The Kurdish Spring: A New Map for the Middle East.”     http://www.cnbc.com/id/102285759

Post by Frank26 » December 20th, 2014, 1:30 am  •  [Post 68]  Yes Sir. 

Two weeks before Mosul was known to many we said on Your CC ……….. NEWSHOUNDS : Pay attention to Mosul ….. It is next….. Look for articles on this. 

Hmmm……… Indeed. Yet as a TEAM we are past this now. NEXT is intriguing.  KTFA,  Frank

Prime minister announces date for the vote on the 2015 budget

Deputy Prime Minister Bahaa al-Araji, said on Saturday that the Cabinet will hold a special meeting next Monday to discuss the financial budget, and it will be voted on Monday or Tuesday.

They said in a press statement that ‘the Council of Ministers will be held, on Monday, a special meeting to discuss the financial budget’, explaining that ‘if agreed upon would be passed to vote and vote for them and if they are not agreed upon will vote for in the next day, a Tuesday.”

He said al-Araji told Alsumaria News that ‘there is nothing to hinder the vote except for some technical things’, pointing out that it ‘will be present in the House of Representatives at the end of the year’.

He was a member of the parliamentary finance committee confirmed Ahmed Sarhan, in (16 December 2014), that the general budget for the year 2015 Act will reach the House of Representatives later this month, while pointing out that it was agreed to reduce budget expenditures to reduce the deficit ratio.

The head of the parliament Saleem al-Jubouri confirmed on Monday (15 December 2014), the House of Representatives are ready to hold an extraordinary session in the event of the arrival of the budget to him, pointing out that the government faces challenges in this context.

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Late Friday Night Jester Chat: “Everything is Ready-Waiting on Timing Now”

Jester’s Place:

[Jester] HI MODS, PEEPS, LURKERS, PEEPS MIA ON DATES, AND CRITTERS… HAHAHAHA

[Jester] SO WHAT’S GOING ON TONIGHT?

[Hoosier Girl] Jester What do you think, if anything, about North Dakota Bank as far as being a safe bank?

[Jester] Hoosier Girl NOT SURE HOW THEY ARE REGULATED TO TELL THE TRUTH… THEY DO HAVE SOME GOOD POINTS SINCE IT IS A STATE BANK AND NOT A FED BANK… WOULD SEEM THAT LOTS OF STATES COULD SAVE A TON OF MONEY IN THEIR RESPECTIVE ECONOMIES IF THEY ALL DID IT…
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[LH] Jester Do you see any movement in the right direction for the republic

[Jester] LH WELL IT IS HARD TO SAY…. WE HEAR IT IS GOING THE RIGHT WAY BUT IT IS NOT THAT APPARENT TO ME… THE AMBIVALENCE THAT I SEE IN OUR GOVERNMENT DOES NOT GIVE ME A WARM FUZZY FEELING THAT THINGS ARE ALL GOOD AND HAPPY… NOTWITHSTANDING THEY ARE DOING SOME REALLY STUPID THINGS ON THE WORLD FRONT…

[Pilgrim] Jester Interesting what you wrote last night about foreign banks not wanting to deal with us etc

[LH] Jester Something I have been wondering is what gives our Gov. the right to fine Overseas banks

[Jester] NOW… ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE TOYING WITH LATELY… IS THAT THE DING DONGS RUNNING THE SHOW ARE ON THE WAY OUT AND THAT IS WHY THEY ARE SO INEFFECTUAL.. WHICH DOES NOT REALLY EXPLAIN O UNLESS YOU REALIZE THAT HE HAS A LIMITED TIME TO WORK MORE OF HIS MISCHIEF TO MAKE THE US LOOK EVEN WORSE…

[Jester] BUT IT IS NOT APPARENT… LETS PUT IT LIKE THAT… MAINLY BECAUSE THEY DO NOT LIKE IT TO BE APPARENT… IF EVERYONE IN THE US KNEW WHAT WE KNOW THEY WOULD BE IN A HECK OF A MESS… AS IT IS THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH OF US TO MAKE A RIPPLE IN THE POND SO THEY SIMPLY DON’T CARE…

[Jester] AT ANY RATE I DO THINK THINGS ARE MOVING THE RIGHT DIRECTION… THAT THE PHASE TO THE REPUBLIC IS UNDERWAY… JUST NOT AS OBVIOUS AS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE BECAUSE THE FED AND THE IRS ARE STILL WORKING THEIR BS….

[Jester] THEY JUST GAVE THE FED THE RIGHT TO BRING ANOTHER TRILLION INTO EXISTENCE AND PUT THE DEBT ON YOU AND ME AND YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN FOR A HUNDRED YEARS AND QUITE FRANKLY I AM TIRED OF CARRYING THEIR ASS…

[Jester] FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DO NOT MAKE THE CONNECTION THAT IS THE STUPID DONKEY THEY LOVE SO MUCH…

[Jester] QUITE FRANKLY I AM TIRED OF CARRYING THE STUPID ELEPHANT TOO…

[alfonse] Amen, Democarps and Republiscams

[SoldierofChrist] Jester I’m with you there I hate politics and they are both one in the same

[Jester] AND TO TELL THE TRUTH LIFE WAS NOT MEANT TO BE THIS WAY… AND I FEEL GYPPED… I AM TIRED AND HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW BUT A BUNCH OF TAX RETURNS WITH WHAT THEY STOLE FROM ME ON THEM….

[pollyP] Jester, I guess I don’t understand why he is allowed to continue, why the FED is still printing money and what is keeping him in a position to continue with his destruction and stupidity. The hole he is digging continues to get deeper and will have to be rectified later. Like you said, the debt will be paid back. What is the magic rubrics that finally neuters this massive mistake we call our government? I know you probably can’t say, but it worries me.

[Jester] pollyP BECAUSE THEY ARE IN CHARGE… IT IS WHAT IT IS…

[chasen] Jester is there anything we can DO?

[Jester] chasen NOT REALLY… YOU COULD BE READY TO HELP AFTER…. BUT MOST WILL NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO… THEY ARE FACTORING THE 80/20 RULE INTO THINGS… THAT 20% WILL BE IN A POSITION TO OR LIKE TO HELP… THE OTHER 80% WILL SPEND INTO OBLIVION AND GO LOOKING FOR THE NEXT BIG THING… THAT IS ALL PART OF THEIR CALCULATIONS…

[ [chasen] Jester I hope we have the resources to impact people. I would love to say ” I tried to tell you” and be there with a helping hand

[Jester] chasen WE’LL SEE… SHORT TERM IT WILL GET DONE.. HOW FAR IT LASTS WILL BE UP TO THE PEOPLE… BUT WE AIN’T THAT BRIGHT…

[Jester] YOUR AVERAGE SHEEPLE DOES NOT LIKE TO HEAR IT…

[chasen] Jester you are speaking in terms that sound like something’s getting ready to go down.

[Jester] AND YOUR AVERAGE INFORMED PERSON IS WORRIED ABOUT LOOKING BAD…

[pollyP] Jester, will o be relieved of his position in some way or are we in for 2 more years of being pecked to death slowly?

[Jester] pollyP HARD TO SAY AT THIS POINT FOR SURE… I AM TOLD HE WILL BE REMOVED SOMEHOW…. BUT EVERY TIME I SEE A GOOD CHANCE TO DO THAT IT SLOWLY GOES AWAY… CASE IN POINT BENGHAZI…. KEPT COMING BACK… NOW DISAPPEARED AGAIN… I JUST CANNOT SAY FOR SURE… DEALS ARE BEING MADE ON EVERY FRONT… WHO KNOWS HOW IT WILL ALL END UP…

[ [LH] Jester Don’t you think if Putin was to asset back the Ruble it would throw quite a monkey wrench into o’s  plan

[Jester] LH WE TALKED ABOUT THAT THE OTHER NIGHT… TWO SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT… THAT MIGHT BE AN INITIAL DOMINO FOR THE RESET AT THIS TIME..

[chasen] Jester there have got to be good guys will to uphold the constitutional oath they took!! Where are they!!??

[Jester] chasen SOME ARE THERE… THEY ARE JUST AFRAID FOR THEIR LIVES… EVEN THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES WORRY FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN… THEY HAVE A LOT OF POWER AND DO NOT MIND TAKING OUT PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE WAY…

[chasen] Jester it’s their dang minions that are willing to turn a blind eye for a paycheck plus perks?? That’s probably why we need to go the hard way? No more unlimited “funds”? Not sure just speculating.

[Jester] chasen I AM HOPING IT JUST DIDN’T MATTER AND THE PLAN WILL TAKE CARE OF IT IN THE END… IT WAS FRUSTRATING TO ME TO SEE EVERYONE CAVE TO THE ADDITION OF A TRILLION DOLLARS TO THE NATIONAL DEBT… BUT IT WENT THROUGH WEIRD… LIKE NO ONE REALLY CARED IF IT DID OR NOT BECAUSE IT WAS A MOOT POINT ANYWAY… THAT IT WOULD GET WIPED AWAY ANYWAY… YOU SEE WHAT I AM SAYING?

[SoldierofChrist] Jester hmmm interesting

[Jester] AT THIS POINT IT IS HARD TO TELL HOW MUCH OF IT IS JUST A SHOW… WE OFTEN ACT LIKE IT IS LIFE AND DEATH BUT MAYBE AT THIS POINT IT IS SIMPLY DISTRACTION FOR THE SHEEPLE… SO WE WILL SEE…

[chasen] Jester like maybe that debt does NOT need to be paid back?

[Jester] chasen NOOOO….. MORE LIKE THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO PAY IT BACK AND IT IS A MOOT POINT..

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[MotoXR] Jester i don’t mean to change the subject Chasen is on what is your take on Al Hodges there was a post on recaps from him but I’m not sure if it’s really him that posted it?

[Jester] MotoXR WELL I CHECKED THAT OUT WITH SOMEONE THAT KNOWS AND IT IS LEGITIMATE… TALKED TO MARKZ TODAY FOR THAT REASON… NOW… IT WAS ALSO A PRETTY GENERIC POST SINCE HE KNEW IT WOULD BE PUT OUT THERE… SO IT IS WHAT IT IS…

Update from Al Hodges Emailed to Recaps   http://www.dinarrecaps.com/our-blog/update-from-al-hodges-emailed-to-recaps

[Jester] AND TO TELL THE TRUTH IT LINES UP WITH WHAT I HAVE BEEN TELLING YOU GUYS… SO I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH IT…

[MotoXR] Jester, Thank you i recognized the generic’s of it. Just wanted to know if it was true and him that posted it Thank you very much!!

[Jester] GUYS…. DO NOT BE CONFUSED… THE FIRST OF THE YEAR IS COMING UP FAST… REMEMBER WE SAID THE LAST TIME WE HAD TO SWITCH DOMINOES THAT THE FIRST OF THE YEAR TO THE 15TH OF JANUARY LOOKED GOOD… THEN CAME ZAP WITH SAME TIME FRAME… THEN THE GOAT… SO KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL HERE…

[Jester] ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT I FEEL THERE ARE TWO SEPARATE SCENARIOS… THE GROUPS WILL GO EARLIER… THAT IS MY OPINION… BACKED UP BY SOURCES… HOWEVER NO ONE ELSE TALKS ABOUT IT… AND THEN THE STREET WILL COME ON…

[MotoXR] Jester, that would also bring less attention about it’s happenings as well imo

[Jester] NOW… WITH THAT SAID IT IS HARD FOR OTHERS THAT DO NOT SEE THAT DISTINCTION TO SEPARATE WHAT THEY ARE SEEING…

[Jester] I HAVE HEARD THIS AND THAT FOR SO LONG IT MAKES ME LAUGH WHEN I HEAR IT… LET ME BE CLEAR… VERY CLEAR… NO ONE… AND I MEAN NO ONE… HAS BEEN PAID ONE RED CENT YET… THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE THAT WERE PROMISED PAYMENTS… AND THEY TOLD PEOPLE THEY WERE DONE… BUT THEY WERE NOT… THEY NEVER GOT THE MOOLAH… THEY MAY BE HOLDING SKR’S OR WHATEVER… BUT THEY HAVE NOT GOT THE MONEY TO BUY A STARBUCKS YET…

[Jester] BUT…. THEY WILL BE THE FIRST TO GET FUNDED… EASY TO DO… AND WHY NOT… GETS THAT ALL OUT OF THE WAY…

[Jester] THEN THE ONES WAITING IN THE WINGS WILL BE CALLED IN AND RUN THROUGH…

[Jester] THEN THE STREET…

[Jester] IT IS WHAT IT IS…

[Jester] SHOULD SAY I GUESS… WAITING IN THE WINGS…. PAPERWORK DONE… CONTRACTS READY… ALL SET AND COMPLIANCE CHECKED TO RUN THROUGH QUICKLY AND GET OUT OF EVERYONE ELSE’S WAY…

[chasen] Jester om gosh!!! It may actually happen!! If you hear it i believe it’s possible!

[Jester] chasen SWEET…. YOU ARE NOT LISTENING… IT IS NOT POSSIBLE… IT IS INEVITABLE…

[Jester] IS ONLY A MATTER OF PATIENCE AT THIS TIME…

[Hannah] There’s that word again … I like it a lot!

[Jester] Hannah IS A GOOD WORD….

[Jester] THAT IS NOT MY OPINION GUYS… THAT WORD WAS GIVEN TO ME ON PURPOSE…

[Jester] IT HAS GIVEN ME A CERTAIN SENSE OF CALM TO KNOW WE ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE IN THE RIGHT TIME AND WHEN IT COMES WE ARE DONE…

[Jester] SO ANYWAY…. YOU GUYS NEED TO JUST KEEP A COOL HEAD RIGHT NOW… WE ARE CLOSE I BELIEVE… NOT GOING TO CALL A DATE… THAT EGO IS NOT FOR ME… GOT ENOUGH GURUS OUT THERE VYING FOR THAT ONE… BUT I BEEN TELLING YOU THE TIME FRAMES…. AND THAT IS ALL I CAN DO….

[Jester] BUT DO NOT BE CONFUSED… I BELIEVE THE GROUPS ARE CLOSE…

[Jester] I AM TOLD EVERYTHING IS READY TO GO… JUST WAITING ON THE TIMING…

[Jester] I WAS EXPECTING HOCUS POCUS… EVEN THOUGH I TALKED TO HER TODAY I DID NOT LIKE TO STEAL HER INTEL… HAHAHAHAH

[Hannah] Jester Good news is always fun to hear twice

[Jester] Americana SHE IS NOT IN THE SANDBOX… BUT SHE HAS A FRIEND THAT HAS FAMILY THERE THAT IS… THAT IS HOW SHE GETS THE INFO…

[pollyP] MotoRX, was the Al Hodges posting today?

[Jester] pollyP WAS ON RECAPS THIS MORNING….

[Jester] WAS A GOOD POST AND I THINK ACCURATE AS I SAID BEFORE…


[Americana] jester, hocus pocus intel seems very good and reliable…but then friends that have family in the right places always helps

[Betsy Ross] hi Hocus Pocus

[ [Jester] Hocus Pocus I WAS NOT SURE YOU WERE GOING TO MAKE IT…

[Hocus Pocus] Jester got held up sorry

[Jester] Jester SOKAY… BUT YOU BETTER PONY UP…. WE ARE ALMOST OUT OF TIME…

[Hocus Pocus] the word i got today is that iraq is ready and the last things that needed done are complete

[Jester] THIS LINES UP WITH THE SAME INFO I AM GETTING… THAT EVERYTHING IS READY… WAITING ON TIMING NOW…

[Jester] Hocus Pocus YOU WERE ON DETECTIVES TODAY AND THEY LEFT ME OUT…. I WAS JEALOUS… HAHAHAHAHA

[Hocus Pocus] Jester not sure what that is but sorry

[Hannah] Jester Do we know what the timing is dependent on? Obviously “we” don’t know, do you?

[Jester] Hannah OF COURSE BUT IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE CAN MAKE A LINE IN THE DIRT ON… TOO MANY THINGS ARE ALWAYS SUBJECT TO REVISION…

[Hannah] Jester That’s for sure.

[pokerbrat] Hocus Pocus I like when you come in Jesters Place you bring only good news lol

[goodtimes] Hocus Pocus thank you for sharing your info and nice to meet you

[Jester] BUT WHEN I AM TOLD EVERYTHING IS READY… FROM SEVERAL PLACES…. AND MARKZ… AND AL HODGES… AND HP WAS TOLD THE SAME… AND AND AND… AND WITH ALL THAT INFO COMING IN FROM PLACES THAT IT DOES NOT USUALLY COME IN FROM…. THEN I AM CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC THAT THINKS ARE ABOUT READY TO ROLL…

[Jester] AND ESPECIALLY WHEN NONE OF IT IS COMING IN FROM DINAR LAND… THEN I PERK UP… HAHAHAHAHA

[Betsy Ross] Jester That is the best part!

[Americana] Betsy Ross THE BEST PART IS WHEN HOCUS POCUS CONFIRMS IT ALL

[Jester] DANG TIME TO GO AGAIN… SHEESH..

[Jester] NIGHT NIGHT EVERYONE… SEE YOU TOMORROW…

[Jester] AND THANKS FOR BEING INTERACTIVE TONIGHT… IS WAY MORE FUN FOR EVERYONE…

US to send more military advisors to Iraq, mainly Anbar province

WASHINGTON DC—Outgoing US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel authorized the deployment of up to1, 300 American troops to Iraq early next year to assist and advise Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), the Pentagon said on Friday.

“Their mission will be to train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces. This deployment is part of the additional 1,500 troops that the president authorized in November,” Press Secretary John Kirby told reporters at a Pentagon briefing.

The announcement of the additional deployment will put the number of US troops at around 4,000 who will serve in Iraq and Kurdistan Region on non-combat mission.

According to Pentagon officials, the new deployment will mainly be in the troubled province of Anbar where ISIS controls over 70 percent of the territory.

“What makes this (deployment) different is simply the geography,” Rear Adm. Kirby said. “The advising teams will operate in the Anbar area and north of Baghdad.”

As ISIS faces major defeat in Iraq’s northwest territories near Mosul under the Peshmerga forces, they have gained more territory in the rest of the country in the past few weeks.

According to reports, the group recaptured the town of Baiji earlier this week where Iraqi government forces and Shiite militias withdrew to the refinery area to prevent the fall of the important facility to ISIS.

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Canadian core retail sales 0.2% vs. 0.1% forecast

Investing.com – Core retail sales in Canada rose more-than-expected last month, official data showed on Friday.

In a report, Statistics Canada said that Canadian core retail sales rose to a seasonally adjusted 0.2%, from 0.0% in the preceding month.

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Crude gains on short covering, U.S. data

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Investing.com – Oil prices rose on Friday in a session that saw short covering ahead of the January contract expiration, while upbeat U.S. inventory data continued to support the commodity.

In the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures for delivery in February traded up 5.20% at $57.19 a barrel during U.S. trading, up from a session low of $54.43 a barrel and off a high of $57.28 a barrel.

The February contract settled down 4.28% at $54.36 a barrel on Thursday.

Support for the commodity was seen at $54.28 a barrel, Thursday’s low, and resistance at $59.27 a barrel, Wednesday’s high.

Oil prices rallied on Friday due to short covering taking place just before the holidays as well as on residual applause this week’s U.S. supply report.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report that U.S. crude oil inventories fell by 0.847 million barrels in the week ending Dec, 12.

The draw fell short of expectations for a decline of 2.36 million barrels, though oil prices shot up as investors viewed an earlier American Petroleum Institute report revealing an unexpected 1.9 million barrel increase in U.S. oil stockpiles as an anomaly.

Separately, on the ICE Futures Exchange in London, Brent oil futures for January delivery were up 4.03% at US$61.66 a barrel, while the spread between Brent and U.S. crude contracts stood at $4.47.

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Gold posts modest gains after sliding on dollar’s rally

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Investing.com – Gold futures came off earlier lows and moved into positive territory on Friday after investors felt the commodity had fallen too far amid a dollar rally.

Gold prices have tumbled in recent months as markets prep for the Fed to raise interest rates, which is widely seen taking place in 2015, as higher borrowing costs chip away at the precious metal’s appeal as a hedge to weaker paper currencies, the product of loose monetary policy.

On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for February delivery were up 0.13% at $1,196.30, up from a session low of $1,194.40 and off a high of $1,201.40.

The February contract settled up 0.03% at $1,194.80 on Thursday.

Futures were likely to find support at $1,182.00 a troy ounce, Wednesday’s low, and resistance at $1,213.90, Thursday’s high.

The dollar continued to see support after the U.S. Department of Labor said on Thursday that the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits in the week ending Dec. 12 fell by 6,000 to 289,000 from the previous week’s revised total of 295,000. Economist had forecast an increase of 1,000.

The data came a day after the Fed said it would be “patient” before raising rates, guidance which it said is consistent with earlier assurances statement that rates would stay low “for a considerable time.”

Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank was unlikely to raise rates for the “next couple of meetings” indicating that a move in April at the earliest is possible.

Still, the dollar firmed on the notion that the days of rock-bottom interest rates are coming to an end, which chipped away at gold prices until bottom fishers sent the commodity back into positive territory.

Elsewhere, silver for March delivery was up 0.71% at $16.047 a troy ounce, while copper futures for March delivery were up 1.29% at $2.890 a pound.

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