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Hamoudi expresses to Bahraini ambassador, Iraq’s concern for the arrest of cleric Ali Salman

BAGHDAD / Nina /–Member of the Presidency of the Council of Representatives, Sheikh Humam Hamoudi informed Bahraini ambassador to Baghdad, Salah al-Maliki “Iraq’s extreme concern about wath he described ” dangerous development in Bahrain which is represented by the arrest of the head of the Islamic National Accord Association, Sheikh Ali Salman by Bahraini security forces .

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Progress made

DC GOOD PROGRESS ON AMNESTY LAWS YESTERDAY AND TODAY [FRIDAY], WE ARE WAITING TO SEE IF IT IS ENOUGH FOR THE U.S. AND IMF, IF IT IS THEN GAMES ON, IF NOT THEN IRAQ WANTS TO SOLVE THE ISSUE, SO SUNDAY NIGHT IF IRAQ GETS ITS WAY OR TUESDAY ON IF U.S. SAYS GO FISH AGAIN. RV NEXT WEEK IS REALLY POSSIBLE, I HOPE WE GET IT DONE.

Iraq’s security forces make significant advancements against IS

On Tuesday, Iraq’s security forces recaptured some villages in northern and north central Iraq from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and repelled their attacks in western parts of the country, security sources said.
In Nineveh province, Iraqi security forces and Kurdish forces, known as Peshmerga, backed by allied Sunni tribesmen, freed four villages near the town of Makhmour in southeast of the provincial capital city Mosul, an official from the Iraqi defense ministry told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The battles near Makhmour are part of the troops’ major offensive Wednesday, which was supported in the air by the Iraqi and US-led coalition aircraft, the source said.
In Salahudin province, the security forces, backed by Shia militiamen and allied Sunni tribesmen, freed three villages near the town of Mu’tasim, just south of the city of Samarra, after fierce clashes with the IS militants, a provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity, without giving further details about casualties.
The battles south of Samarra came a day after the troops retook full control of the town of Dhuluiyah, some 90 km north of Baghdad, after days of heavy clashes with the extremist militants. Salahudin is a predominantly Sunni province and its capital Tikrit is the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein.
In Anbar province, security forces and Sunni tribal fighters, backed by aircraft, repelled IS attacks from three directions on the town of al-Baghdadi, a provincial security source said. The troops fought back and killed at least 10 militants, including one of their leaders, while the Iraqi and the US-led aircraft carried out airstrikes on the IS positions, destroying many of their vehicles and militants, the source said.
Also in the province, heavy clashes are under way after IS militants carried out attacks on the al-Habbaniyah airport near the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad. The battles are concentrated on the hills around the fortified airport, the source said.
The IS militants apparently are trying to cut the main road between the battlefields in the town of Ameriyat al-Fallujah, some 40 km west of Baghdad, and the provincial capital city of Ramadi, the source added. There is no immediate report about casualties among the Iraqi forces and the IS militants, he said.
For months, Anbar province has been the scene of fierce clashes between IS militants and security forces. The latter has gained support from some of the local Sunni tribes who rejected the presence of the extremist IS group.
Security in Iraq has drastically deteriorated since June 10, when bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and IS militants. The latter later took control of the country’s northern city of Mosul and seized swathes of territories in Nineveh and other predominantly Sunni provinces.

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Iraqi oil export via Turkish pipeline reached 32.2 million barrels

Taner Yildiz, Turkish Energy Minister said that Iraq exported a total of 32.2 million barrels of oil to world markets via a Kurdish-built pipeline going through Turkey since May.
In a press meeting, he mentioned that Turkey’s natural gas consumption reached 48 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2014 and was expected to rise to 51 bcm next year.

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HCL done

Millionday […an article…stated what looks to be HCL completed and shared with the world?] THE HCL IS DONE…THAT WAS ABOUT ITS ACTIVATION. [so they will activate it the 7th?] THEY ARE MEETING WITH THE HOPES TO. [There seems to be a lot happening on the 7th of this month, CBI payment system, Parliament budget, etc. ISX original go live date.] LOTS HAVE THE 7TH BEHIND IT… I CANT WAIT FOR THE 7TH TO SEE WHAT GOES ON. WE HAD A REPORT THAT STATED THAT ALL THE READING AND VOTING WILL BE ON THE SAME DAY FOR THE BUDGET. THIS REPORT SAYS THE 7TH AGAIN. 10 YEARS + WHATS A FEW DAYS TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS BUDGET.

CFTC

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Investing.com – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission released its weekly Commitments of Traders report for the week ending December 23 on Tuesday.

Speculative positioning in the CME currency, commodity and index futures:

LongShort NetPriorChangeGrossChangeGrossChangeEUR-146.6k-126.7k-19.9k40.7k-15.5k187.3k4.5kGBP-15.2k-14.6k-0.7k36.6k-1.2k51.8k-0.6kJPY-93.7k-86.9k-6.8k29.0k-16.6k122.8k-9.8kCHF-16.8k-3.7k-13.2k6.5k-12.4k23.4k0.8kCAD-12.2k-15.7k3.5k33.9k1.5k46.1k-2.0kAUD4.9k5.2k-0.4k20.0k0.2k15.1k0.6kNZD-1.4k-0.6k-0.8k9.8k-0.1k11.2k0.7kMXN-63.4k-52.8k-10.6k17.3k-8.5k80.7k2.1kS&P97.0k108.8k-11.8k470.8k-73.2k373.8k-61.4kGold110.9k118.4k-7.5k181.0k-1.2k70.1k6.3kSilver26.3k26.5k-0.2k52.1k-0.9k25.7k-0.7kCopper-32.2k-29.7k-2.5k43.5k-3.6k75.7k-1.1k

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VP Allawi concludes his visit to Lebanon

Baghdad (AIN) –The Vice-President, Ayad Allawi, concluded his visit to Lebanon on Saturday.

Allawi headed to Amman after concluding his visit that lasted for several days where he met Lebanese key officials to discuss political and security updates and regional situation in general.

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Hamoudi expresses to Bahraini ambassador, Iraq’s concern for the arrest of cleric Ali Salman

BAGHDAD / Nina /–Member of the Presidency of the Council of Representatives, Sheikh Humam Hamoudi informed Bahraini ambassador to Baghdad, Salah al-Maliki “Iraq’s extreme concern about wath he described ” dangerous development in Bahrain which is represented by the arrest of the head of the Islamic National Accord Association, Sheikh Ali Salman by Bahraini security forces .

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Forex – EUR/USD drops to 4

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Investing.com – The euro dropped to a four-and-a-half year low against the U.S. dollar on Friday, as concerns over political instability in Greece continued to weigh and as markets eyed final manufacturing data from the euro zone due later in the day.

EUR/USD hit 1.2035 during late Asian trade, the pair’s lowest since June 2014; the pair subsequently consolidated at 1.2046, sliding 0.49%.

The pair was likely to find support at 1.1875 and resistance at 1.2095, the high of December 31.

Markets sentiment weakened as Greece formally dissolved parliament on Wednesday after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed earlier in the week to persuade lawmakers to back his candidate for head of state, casting the country’s international bailout into doubt.

Parliamentary elections were set for January 25, almost 18 months before the current coalition’s term was due to end.

Meanwhile, the dollar remained broadly supported as a recent string of upbeat U.S. data sparked optimism over the strength of the country’s economic recovery and added to expectations for the Federal Reserve to soon raise interest rates.

The euro was also lower against the pound, with EUR/GBP slipping 0.21% to 0.7749.

Later in the day, research group Markit was to release final reports on manufacturing activity in Germany and in Spain, as well as for the entire euro zone.

The Institute for Supply Management was also to publish data on U.S. manufacturing activity.

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