Category: Governorates Of Iraq

IOM Assessment on Displacement and Returns in Iraq

As the Iraqi Government celebrated its final victory over ISIL this week, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, released a new study, which shows that 90 per cent of displaced Iraqis are determined to return home. This is similar to the long-term intentions recorded in 2016.

More than 1.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to their places of origin so far in 2017. In total since the start of the crisis in 2014, IOM estimates that more than 2.8 million displaced Iraqis have returned, while more than 2.9 million people remain displaced.

The IOM study, Integrated Location Assessment (ILA) analyzes both displacement and return movements of conflict-affected people across Iraq. Approximately 2.1 million displaced persons and more than 1.6 million returnees, based in 3,583 locations across Iraq, have been covered in the assessment, which was carried out between March and May 2017.

Only in Basrah and Najaf did families report that they consider integrating into the local community, where they are displaced.

According to the findings, Anbar was the single governorate where most returns took place in both 2016 and 2017, followed by Ninewa in 2017.

Among the main findings, this study identifies that residential and infrastructure damage is widespread. Nearly one third of returnees are reported to have returned to houses that have suffered significant damage, and 60 per cent to moderately damaged residences. Regarding infrastructure, most damage appears to affect roads, followed by the public power grid and water networks.

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Not one ‘single dinar‘: Yezidi MP slams Baghdad for failing Shingal

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Baghdad has not allocated a “single dinar” for the reconstruction of Yezidi areas ravaged by the war with ISIS, said a Yezidi lawmaker, slamming the government for a multitude of … According to Dakhil, Iraq has not allocated "a single dinar in its 2018 budget bill for Shingal.”.

Not one ‘single dinar‘: Yezidi MP slams Baghdad for failing Shingal

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Baghdad has not allocated a “single dinar” for the reconstruction of Yezidi areas ravaged by the war with ISIS, said a Yezidi lawmaker, slamming the government for a multitude of … According to Dakhil, Iraq has not allocated "a single dinar in its 2018 budget bill for Shingal.”.

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Not one ‘single dinar‘: Yezidi MP slams Baghdad for failing Shingal

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Baghdad has not allocated a “single dinar” for the reconstruction of Yezidi areas ravaged by the war with ISIS, said a Yezidi lawmaker, slamming the government for a multitude of … According to Dakhil, Iraq has not allocated "a single dinar in its 2018 budget bill for Shingal.”.

Not one ‘single dinar‘: Yezidi MP slams Baghdad for failing Shingal

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Baghdad has not allocated a “single dinar” for the reconstruction of Yezidi areas ravaged by the war with ISIS, said a Yezidi lawmaker, slamming the government for a multitude of … According to Dakhil, Iraq has not allocated "a single dinar in its 2018 budget bill for Shingal.”.

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USAID helping Vulnerable Communities in Iraq

USAID Counselor Thomas H. Staal, a former USAID Iraq Mission Director and now one of the agency’s top officials, returned to Iraq December 5-10 to advance U.S. efforts to help Iraq’s most vulnerable communities following the defeat of ISIS.

While in Baghdad, Staal met with government officials including Dr. Mahdi al-Allaq, Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, to discuss how Iraq can strengthen its support for minority communities.

Staal also met with United Nations representatives who are implementing U.S.-funded stabilization programs in Anbar, Ninewa, and Salah ad Din provinces.  He affirmed the U.S. government’s pledge to provide an additional $150 million to this effort.

With this new infusion of funds, the United States will have provided more than $265 million for stabilization projects and a separate $1.7 billion throughout Iraq for humanitarian assistance to Iraqis who were displaced by the ISIS threat beginning in 2014.

On December 6, Staal traveled to Erbil for a closer look at U.S. assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.  After an initial meeting with the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, he sat down with NGO leaders and representatives from the Christian, Yezidi, Sabean-Mandean, Kakai, Baha’i, Zoroastrian, and Jewish communities to hear their concerns and needs post-ISIS.

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Presidency of the Parliament of Kurdistan calls for a general strike to overthrow the Barzani government!

Presidency of the Parliament of Kurdistan calls for a general strike to overthrow the Barzani government!
12/15/2017

The Speaker of the Parliament of Kurdistan, Yousef Mohammed, called on citizens and political parties to prepare for the start of popular demonstrations and general strikes aimed at dissolving the current government of the Kurdistan region.
"The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is corrupt and incapable of improving the living conditions of citizens, so the current situation requires the willingness of citizens to launch mass demonstrations with the participation of the political parties in order to dissolve the current government," Mohammed said during a televised interview with Sky Press. "The citizens are living in worsening conditions Because of corruption and lack of transparency in government institutions. "
The Speaker of the Parliament of Kurdistan also stressed the need for the security forces to protect the safety of citizens and protect them during the demonstrations.
"The movement of change has submitted a project to form a transitional government to manage the current phase, but the parties of the Authority are trying to keep the current government intact," said Mohammad, who has been exercising his legislative duties in Sulaymaniyah since he was prevented from entering Erbil in 2015.

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Abadi: The world owes Iraq its sacrifices and suffering and its fight against terrorism

Abadi: The world owes Iraq its sacrifices and suffering and its fight against terrorism
12/14/2017

He called for creating a good environment for the citizen
Baghdad / Follow-up morning

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Iraq’s move towards reconstruction and concern for the environment, which was neglected because of the wars, pointing out that the main reasons for the entry of terrorism into Iraq is corruption, while stressing that the Peshmerga is part of our armed forces, pointed out that the great Iraqi successes call for the international community To stand with Iraq, calling for work on sustainable development and human and create a good environment for the citizen.


"Iraq has cleared its territory of terrorists and moved towards reconstruction and concern for the environment that has been neglected for decades by wars," Abadi said on the sidelines of
the Paris Climate Conference, just before his visit to the capital and his return to Baghdad.

"The world owes Iraq its sacrifices. Suffering and the fight against terrorism. "
Abadi added that «great Iraqi successes call on the international community to stand with Iraq», pointing out that «there is an international trend to support Iraq,

and we benefit from the atmosphere of international meetings to create an environment conducive to investment and to support the economy and reconstruction of Iraq, and initiatives to support Iraq has now begun».


"The fight against corruption is part of the reconstruction and stability. If there is corruption, there can be no reconstruction and stability in the country," he said. "One of the reasons for the entry of terrorism into Iraq is corruption and fighting it is an essential and vital part."

"The Peshmerga is part of our forces, and we have lived like all the fighters. We fought alongside the Iraqi army and the rest of our forces in the liberation of Mosul.

There are those who wanted to differentiate between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army through the referendum and the army. Iraq should cooperate with it ».

"What was put forward at the Paris climate conference is that Iraq can be a shining picture of the countries that have been exposed to terrorism and how they have risen again, and terrorism is looking for other places, but it will not work as long as we are cooperating," Abadi said.

"We do not want the world to give up on us after we have accomplished our task of eradicating terrorism and liberating our territories and keeping Iraq united," he said, noting that "he is calling for a very serious terrorist organization and we should be careful about how to root out its roots not only militarily but intellectually. Its goals and its ability to recruit young people ».

"Iraq is a success story in eradicating terrorism, and we must preserve this achievement and preserve the unity of Iraq," he said. "Iraqis are equal in rights and duties regardless of religion or nationality. This message is important and we have established it in Iraq."

"Today, Iraq has changed, and the world is coming to him. We have identified the assistance of the international community to us when we fought and supported a group of nations. We did not expand it and did not fight on Iraqi soil other than the Iraqis," he said.

"We do not want the world to donate billions of dollars to us. We are realists and we need basic things," he said. "Iraq must remain a center of attention for its successful experiment. We must preserve this status. Iraqis are capable of renaissance."

The Prime Minister, before the end of his visit to the French capital presiding over Iraq’s delegation to the climate summit, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, who stressed the stand of the international organization with Iraq in the reconstruction and stability.

"Guterres congratulated Abadi on the great victory the Iraqis have achieved on a preacher," he said, adding that he "looks forward to Iraq being a successful example among nations."

"The two sides discussed during the meeting cooperation in the trial of terrorists and those who supported them, and fight their deviant ideas," the statement added.

Upon his return to Baghdad, the Prime Minister chaired the third session of the Supreme Council for Population in the presence of a number of ministers concerned.

"We are in a new phase after the completion of a military call, and we have to give hope to the citizen by advancing the work and making the priorities that he needs, and not only by numerical statistics, but by working on sustainable and human development and creating a good environment," Abadi said.

Of the citizen ».
The statement also referred to the government’s priorities in returning the displaced and informing them that their return to their homes and towns is better than staying in the camps.
"Abadi also listened to the ministers’ remarks and briefed on the national document on population policies prepared by the supervisory committee to draw up a promising population policy in Iraq over the coming years."

http://www.alsabaah.iq/ArticleShow.aspx?ID=149272

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Iraq is going to attract big investors

Iraq is going to attract big investors

12/14/2017

As the government, after winning the final victory on "Dahesh", sought to attract major investors in the region and the world, a financial expert urged quick amendments to the investment laws and regulations and made them more flexible with a plan to launch a real partnership between the public and private sectors.

Thamer Al-Azzawi told Al-Sabah: "The discussions currently being held between the decision-makers in the country, traders, investors and representatives of the private sector, including working to promote the Iraqi economy through the launch of a package of reforms during the next year."

An element attracting and added that "these positive steps, and can have the Iraqi market move, but the most important element is to build trust, and it must begin implementation on the ground, in order to be attractive to investors element."

"It will open new horizons for development in the country, because investment is one of the structures of the superpowers, and governments can no longer do everything," he said. But he called for "quick adjustments" On the laws and legislation to urge investors to withdraw their money and shuffle in Iraq. "

Development goals
should be noted that the Minister of Planning , Dr. Salman al – Jumaili had said during an earlier meeting with the Iraqi private sector representatives, he said that " the government wants the private sector to be an active and influential, because it is aware of the possibility of this sector and its ability to achieve development goals, especially in the field of investment."

Senior investors

"Iraq is on the verge of a new stage of building, reconstruction, opening up to investment and seeking to attract large investors to the country," he said. "We must give our Iraqi private sector the opportunity to be a strong competitor.

He pointed out that "Iraq’s economic and investment relations have seen a significant development during the recent period, including relations with the sister Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been the formation of the high-level coordination between the two countries," calling at the same time, "the private sector to provide an appropriate vision on investment operations in the country "He said.

http://www.alsabaah.iq/ArticleShow.aspx?ID=149250

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US State Department renews call for dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad

US State Department renews call for dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad

12/14/2017

The US State Department renewed its call for the start of dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve differences and outstanding issues between them according to the Iraqi constitution.


"We have held dialogues with the Iraqi government and with the KRG and we have good and ongoing contacts with them," said ministry spokeswoman Heather Neuert in a briefing.


She added that last week, an Iraqi official visited the US State Department and met with the minister’s adviser in order to continue the dialogues between Erbil and Baghdad.

http://www.mustaqila.com/%D8%A7%D9%8…%D8%A1-%D8%A7/

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