Election Rigging Iraqi-Style?

Election Rigging Iraqi-Style?



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Election rigging dates from when they were first held. In some countries today, it’s done with electronic ease.



Other techniques include ballot box stuffing, undercounting, double-counting, disenfranchising unwanted voters, disenfranchising, arresting, or assassinating candidates considered unacceptable by powerful interests, among other dirty tricks to prevent democratic outcomes, anathema in most countries, including Western ones.



The idea of a free, fair, and open Iraqi election is a contradiction of terms under any conditions – all the harder under partial US occupation and daily violence in parts of the country by US-controlled terrorists.



Previous articles discussed Iraqi election results. Around 7,000 candidates competed for 329 seats in parliament.



The majority Shia country reserves the key prime ministerial position for one of its candidates. Kurds hold the largely ceremonial presidency, a Sunni serving as parliament speaker.



Washington wants control maintained over the nation. Results surprised. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s coalition won 54 seats, the Hadi al-Amiri alliance 47 seats, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s bloc finishing third with 42 seats.



It wasn’t the outcome the Trump regime wanted. With no coalition majority winner, it’s unclear who’ll run the country, less clear if a new election is held.



Following claims of fraud, Iraq’s parliament ordered a full recount – not possible because of a Sunday warehouse fire in Baghdad where ballots were stored, an unfortunate accident or arson so far not known.



Reportedly, boxes with ballots from Baghdad’s Rusafa district were destroyed. Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri lost his seat.



Unsurprisingly he called for a new election in the wake of Sunday’s fire, claiming it was deliberate, proof of fraud. 



Prime Minister Haider Abadi made similar comments, saying “(b)urning election warehouses…is a plot to harm the nation and its democracy (sic). We will take all necessary measures and strike with an iron fist all who undermine the security of the nation and its citizens.”



Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for Iraqi unity. His bloc potentially has the most to lose from an election rerun. “Stop fighting for seats, posts, gains, influence, power, and rulership,” he said, adding:



“Is it not time to stand as one for building and reconstruction instead of burning ballot boxes or repeating elections just for one seat or two?”



“I will not sell the nation for seats and will not sell the people for power. Iraq is my concern. Positions for me do not mean much.”



A Sadr aide said the blaze was set to force a reelection or to conceal fraud. Baghdad province council member Mohammed al-Rabeei said “I can tell you all the boxes and papers have burned.”



The affected warehouse is one of four at the site. According to General Saad Maan, “most of the important boxes are in the three warehouses where the fire has been controlled.”



It’s unclear what’s next – a new election, a partial recount, or standing pat with May 12 results.



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The Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister challenges the Electoral Commission

The outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, has denounced the serious irregularities during the Iraqi legislative elections. In particular, he has accused members of the Independent Electoral High Commission (IEHC) of rigging the electronic votes that operated from abroad.

Al Abadi announced his intention for a pre-emptive ban on members of the IEHC leaving the country while waiting for a judicial decision.

For its part, the IEHC has already annulled the results of more than a thousand polling stations.

Haider al-Abadi had come to power in 2014 at the time of the international campaign for the resignation of the elected Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Abadi has just lost the elections to the nationalist Coalition of the Shiite leader Moqtad al-Sadr with the Communist Party.

Source Article from http://www.voltairenet.org/article201452.html

ABC, NBC Ignore U.S. and Iraqi Forces Capturing 5 Top ISIS Leaders

There was a lot of winning for the United States this week between the release of three American hostages from North Korea, unemployment at 3.9 percent, and on Thursday news broke that the U.S. had captured five of ISIS’s top leaders. But depending on which of the major network news outlets you watch, you may not have heard about the captured leaders. CBS Evening News was the only member of the big three networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) to even mention it that evening.

Five senior ISIS leaders have been captured in a joint operation involving Iraqi and U.S.-backed Syrian forces,” announced anchor Jeff Glor ahead of the full report. “It is the latest defeat for the extremist group, which has lost nearly all of the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria.

As Homeland Security correspondent Jeff Pegues began his report, he played clips of Iraqi television showing off their recent victory. “The ISIS commanders’ confessions were broadcast on Iraqi television this morning. One by one, the men in the yellow jumpsuits and handcuffs admitted to being top Islamic State leaders,” he reported.

As explained by Pegues, coalition forces had captured one top leader and it triggered “an elaborate intelligence operation” which used his phone to lure four others into a trap in Iraq. “The Iraqi government said information gathered during interrogations led to an air force strike it claims killed another 40 ISIS terrorists,” he noted as a video of a large building being turned to rumble and dust played.

 

 

And their capture could lead to greater victories in the future. “These guys have an understanding of what’s happened to ISIS post-caliphate, where the senior leaders are in general, what their plans might be for going forward,” former acting CIA Director Michael Morrell told Pegues.

The information U.S. forces get from the captives could lead coalition forces directly to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “His removal would be a symbol of the defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. And he is a galvanizing force holding the rest of the group together. So if he went away, it would splinter apart,” Morrell added.

After the recorded report ended, Glor questioned Pegues on why it was still important for al-Baghdadi to be taken out. “Well, U.S. officials also believe al-Baghdadi is a threat because he’s inspired attacks here in the U.S. For example, in the 2015 San Bernardino attack, which killed 14, the shooters pledged their allegiance to the ISIS leader,” Pegues explained.

It’s disappointing that ABC and NBC chose not to report this good news especially when they spent time on less important things. ABC had an exclusive where they were traveling along with a Mexican drug cartel as they made heroine and mocked the idea of a border wall. And NBC ran three different reports on the City of Pittsburgh including one about the view of the city from an incline. Top priorities.

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CBS Evening News
May 10, 2018
6:38:39 PM Eastern

JEFF GLOR: Five senior ISIS leaders have been captured in a joint operation involving Iraqi and U.S.-backed Syrian forces. It is the latest defeat for the extremist group, which has lost nearly all of the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria. Here’s Jeff Pegues with more on this.

[Cuts to video]

JEFF PEGUES: The ISIS commanders’ confessions were broadcast on Iraqi television this morning. One by one, the men in the yellow jumpsuits and handcuffs admitted to being top Islamic State leaders. Their capture was the result of an elaborate intelligence operation run by Iraq and the United States. First came the capture of Ismail Elwan al-Eithawi, described as a close aide to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. U.S. and Iraqi forced then use an app on Eithawi’s mobile phone to lure the other men across the Syrian border and into Iraq where they were arrested.

The Iraqi government said information gathered during interrogations led to an air force strike it claims killed another 40 ISIS terrorists. Michael Morrell is the former acting director of the CIA and a CBS News national security analyst.

MICHAEL MORRELL: These guys have an understanding of what’s happened to ISIS post-caliphate, where the senior leaders are in general, what their plans might be for going forward.

PEGUES: U.S. Officials say ISIS leadership has been decimated through airstrikes and ground operations. But al-Baghdadi is believed to still be operating on the border between Syria and Iraq. U.S. officials and Iraqis are after al-Baghdadi.

MORRELL: His removal would be a symbol of the defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. And he is a galvanizing force holding the rest of the group together. So if he went away, it would splinter apart.

[Cuts back to live]

GLOR: So Jeff, one of the questions is the administration keeps saying that ISIS has been all but defeated. Why is it still important to remove Baghdadi?

PEGUES: Well, U.S. officials also believe al-Baghdadi is a threat because he’s inspired attacks here in the U.S. For example, in the 2015 San Bernardino attack, which killed 14, the shooters pledged their allegiance to the ISIS leader. Jeff.

GLOR: Jeff Pegues, thank you.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2018/05/11/abc-nbc-ignore-us-and-iraqi-forces-capturing-5-top-isis

OPEC Shuts Down Oil Shipments To U.S. Refiners: Iraqi Oil Surges

Baiji oil refinery complex Iraq

U.S. refiners are receiving smaller shipments of oil from members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) due to the bloc’s production cut agreement, according to a new report by Bloomberg.

Weekly crude imports from seven bloc nations dropped by 14 percent last week, the Energy Information Administration said. The fall brings import levels down to the lowest since 2010, when the agency first started collecting weekly data.

Ecuador cut shipments to the United States by 86 percent and Kuwait cut exports by 58 percent, week-over-week.

Although oil prices have been improving through 2017 and into 2018, OPEC still has work to do to bring global oil inventories back to their five-year average—the metric that OPEC has vowed to achieve with the production cut deal, OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo said this week while on a visit to Azerbaijan.

“The worst is probably over for now. We are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel but we still have some work to do because we still have inventories that are higher than the 5-year average,” Barkindo said at a press briefing in Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku, as carried by Reuters.

Iraq Orange India Green

Last month, the Energy Minister of OPEC’s leading producer Saudi Arabia, Khalid al-Falih, saidthat “If we have to err on over-balancing the market a little bit, so be it.” Saudi Arabia is very particular about stabilizing oil above $60 or $70 a barrel in order to ensure the impending initial public offering of Saudi Aramco raises a good chunk of change.

“In the meantime, market re-balancing is clearly moving ahead with key indicators – supply and demand becoming more closely aligned, OECD stocks falling close to average levels, the forward price curve in backwardation at prices that increasingly appear to be sustainable – pointing in that direction,” the International Energy Agency recently said.

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U.S. Dying For The Cartel

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U.S. Dying For The Cartel ~ Where is most of this oil going? U.S.? Think Again.

Remember Wolfowitz?

THE WAR WILL PAY FOR ITSELF

Paul Wolfowitz
Paul Wolfowitz

“There is a lot of money to pay for this [American Deaths] that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people. We are talking about a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon.”

[ It Is Now 2018 ~ 15 years after Wolfowitz testified before the defense subcommittee ]

[ This was another “perk” promised to Americans for dying in Iraq for the banking cartel ]

Iraqi Dinar For U.S. Citizens Granted By Presidents Bush Obama E.O. 13303 & Iraq’s Coalition Provisional Authority Order 39

Paul Wolfowitz
Deputy Secretary of Defense
testifying before the defense subcommittee
of the House Appropriations Committee
March 27, 2003

BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE U.S. ISRAELI DEEP STATE ALLIANCE HAS LOST THE MIDDLE EAST AND OUR BLOOD, SWEAT, & TREASURES WERE EXPLOITED AND TRAMPLED UPON BY THE ZIONIST DEEP STATE AS IF WE WERE ONLY A MEANS FOR THEIR ENDS.

Source Article from https://politicalvelcraft.org/2018/03/28/opec-shuts-down-oil-shipments-to-u-s-refiners-iraqi-oil-surges/

Re: Iraqi officials deny visiting Israel

Claims that 20 Iraqi officials have secretly visited Israel over the years have been denied, Al-Quds.co.uk has reported. The claims were made by an Israeli academic who told Russia Today that Arabs are “running” to normalise relations with the Zionist state.

It is claimed that Mithal Al-Alousi and Ahmed Al-Jalabi visited Israel in 2007; Mish’an Lajbouri went there in 2009; Hanan Al-Fatlawi in 2010; and Hussein Al-Shahrastani in 2011. “This,” said the academic in question, “is Iraqi hypocrisy.” The exact name of the academic could not be verified. Iraq has denied that any of its officials have ever visited Israel.

According to Atheel Al-Nujaifai, who is alleged to have visited Israel in 2008, the claim is baseless:

It is possible that such a report means nothing to those who accept normalisation with Israel, but for me, a son of Iraq and the son of Mosul, who has a love of Palestine and Jerusalem and was brought up on religious, national and patriotic beliefs, I cannot accept it.

 

Reports: Bahraini delegation visits Israel

The former governor of Ninawa Province in northern Iraq insisted that people like him cannot forget Palestine and Jerusalem despite the disasters they have experienced, saying:

Israel is the reason for all the crises in the region and rapprochement with it is treason for the country, religion and society

“Without doubt, I hope to visit the cities of Palestine and enjoy seeing our Jerusalem and praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque, but I feel it is shameful to show any support for those who violate our sanctuaries and displace our people in Palestine”, he added.

Read: Jerusalem is a ‘side issue,’ says Bahrain Foreign Minister



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171230-iraqi-officials-deny-visiting-israel/#comment-3684276692

The Iraqi Kurds are turning their backs on the Barzani

The vote in the independence referendum for an Iraqi Kurdistan of 25 September 2017 was a sham – for the vote was rigged. This fact is now boomeranging back to those who initiated it: the Barzani family and the Taliban family.

During the referendum campaign, the Kurdish regional government of Iraq declared that 80 countries in the world — including the United States and France — were in support of establishing a new State. This argument appeared decisive for a number of voters.

The General of the Guardian of the Iranian Revolution, Qasem Soleimani, alerted the Barzanis at the last minute. The arrival of 200,000 Israelis and the stationing of missiles in the Iraqi Kurdistan can only open a new war. But the Barzani family did not wanted to take on board any of this information.

Taking the initiative, the Iraqi national troops then liberated the region of Kirkouk and its oil fields from Kurdish occupation, on 16 October. More than 100 000 Kurds, had installed themselves there and coordinated their activities with Daesh and had expelled the indigenous population. In two days they fled. Yet the international community has failed to react.

The Iraqi national government has just returned to the Arabs, Christians and Muslims territories that had been stolen from them. It has also avoided Turkey intervening and occupying the country.

The Western media which has not stopped supporting the Barzani dictatorship, have said nothing about:

- the political assassinations of those who oppose the Barzanis;

- the impossibility of holding elections but the possibility of organizing a referendum;

- their agreement with Israel;

- their agreement with Daesh;

- their responsibility in the genocide of the Kurdish Yezidis; and

- the annexation of 80% of their territory within just a few years.

And no medial spotlight is shone on the ethnic cleansing which follows.

The Iraqi Kurds realize, but a bit too late, that the Barzani and Taliban have taken them for a ride. No country apart from Israel can admit the creation of another state established through annexation and ethnic cleansing.

Massoud Barzani, who is the de facto but not the de jure President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, will no longer be able to artificially extend his mandate for much longer. Without waiting, the Taliban have acted sensibly and have distanced themselves from Erbil’s illegitimate power.

Bagdad has just issued an arrest warrant for Kosrat Rasul, the de facto but not de jure Vice President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, for his role and for his speech when Kirkouk was set free.

Source Article from http://www.voltairenet.org/article198496.html

Iraqi forces clash with Kurds moving closer to regional capital Erbil – State Dept. urges Baghdad to limit movements in disputed areas

    

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have clashed in the town of Altun Kupri on the border of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, security official said, as Baghdad continues its offensive in the wake of a controversial referendum on Kurdish independence.

Iraqi security and pro-government militias descended on Altun Kupri, which lies some 50 km (30 miles) to the south of the Kurdish capital, Erbil, early on Friday.

Video footage from the Kurdish front lines showed columns of smoke rising and what sounds like gunshots being heard in the distance.

In a statement, the Peshmerga General Command said it had repelled the Iraqi advance and destroyed a number of vehicles, including an American-made Abrams tank.

“In the morning of Friday October 20, 2017 at 8am, the Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] militias using American weapons which were given to the Iraqi army launched a widespread attack on the Peshmerga forces in [Altun Kupri] Pirde with the Iranian artillery units also involving,” read the statement published by the Kurdish news outlet Rudaw.

“Until now, all of the attacks have been repelled and forces defeated and more than 10 Humvees and an Abrams tank were destroyed. In the confrontation, the Kurdistan Peshmerga forces have bravely put up a defense, achieving a great dignity for them.”

However, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said that the military have secured the town and the area around it.

“Altun Kupri is now under the total control of federal forces,” the ministry said in a statement quoted by Al-Jazeera.

Pictures on social media appear to show Iraqi soldiers in the town, displaying captured Kurdish flags.

A security source told AFP that Iraqi forces managed to “hoist the flag on the municipality building” in Altun Kupri as the sides exchanged mortar and automatic gunfire.

The sources also said that Kurdish general Ghazi Dolemri was killed in the fighting on Friday.

It’s unclear how many have been killed or wounded in Altun Kupri, but hospitals have confirmed they are dealing with a number of casualties.

An Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that two bridges had been destroyed and local people were fleeing the scene, while the Kurds were sending in reinforcements.

According to Iraq’s Joint Operations Command, the governmet forces have extended its territory to within 50 kilometers (30 miles) of Kurdish capital, Erbil.

AFP reported further shelling as Iraqi troops and militias advanced on Sirawa, located five kilometers north of Altun Kupri.

The district of Alton Kupri lies on the border between Iraqi Kurdistan and disputed territories formerly under its control, including the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, which had been seized by the Kurdish peshmerga forces during the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) advance of 2014.

The fighting in Alton Kupri comes days after the Iraqi military captured the regional capital of Kirkuk on Monday, where fighting also broke out with Kurdish militias.

Though Kurdish peshmerga fought alongside Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militias in the campaign against Islamic State, relations with the central government in Baghdad have taken a downward turn since then.

In September, the Kurdish government went ahead with a controversial referendum on independence, with 93 percent of voters opting for sovereignty. This drew the ire of not only Baghdad but also Turkey and Iran, which have their own large Kurdish minorities.

As a result, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered his military to take control of the contested areas including Kirkuk Governorate, and government forces began advancing on the region on Monday.

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/364989-Iraqi-forces-clash-with-Kurds-moving-closer-to-regional-capital-Erbil-State-Dept-urges-Baghdad-to-limit-movements-in-disputed-areas

War in Iraqi Kurdistan

War in Iraqi Kurdistan



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



On September 25, Iraqi Kurds voted overwhelming for independence. A 93% majority spoke for itself, Kurdish officials calling the results binding. Turnout was around 80%.



Voting was easy, enforcing the results another matter entirely. Baghdad followed through on its threat to send armed forces to the region in the country’s north, bordering Turkey’s southeast.



They seized Peshmerga-controlled territory near Kirkuk, continuing their advance, capturing the area’s K-1 air base.



Clashes erupted between Kurdish and government forces in Kirkuk’s industrial zone. Iraqi Afaq TV said army troops took control of Kirkuk’s airport and area oil fields.



War rages. The Pentagon downplayed heavy fighting, deplorably calling it “coordinated movements, not attacks” – a “misunderstanding.” Kirkuk is a battle zone likely to worsen.



On Sunday, Kurdish authorities refused to annul the referendum’s results, pledging to defend the region.



Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi called the presence of PKK fighters in Kurdistan a “declaration of war,” adding:



“The central government and regular forces will carry out their duty of defending the Iraqi people in all its components including the Kurds, and of defending Iraq’s sovereignty and unity.”



Kurdish officials denied the presence of PKK fighters in Kirkuk, just some volunteer sympathizers there, according to General Jabar Yawer.



On Monday, Kurdish Peshmerga forces called Baghdad’s takeover of Kirkuk “a flagrant declaration of war” on Kurdistan, warning Abadi he’d pay a “heavy price” for initiating conflict, calling it “retaliation against the right of the people to vote on their fate.”



Senior aide to Kurdish President Masoud Barzani, Hemin Hawrami, accused a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) faction of siding with Abadi’s campaign, calling it “a great and historic treason.”



Barzani ordered Peshmerga forces to resist advancing Baghdad troops. Fighting continues for control of Kurdistan.



In 2014, Peshmerga fighters liberated Kirkuk from US-supported ISIS. Kurdish authorities maintained control since then.



With his troops engaged in combat with Kurdish forces, Abadi’s office issued an outrageous statement, saying:



“We assure our people in Kurdistan and Kirkuk that we are protecting their security and interests, and have only fulfilled the constitutional duty of expanding federal authority, establishing security and protecting national wealth in the city.”



Earlier on Monday, he said he ordered an operation to make Kirkuk “a city of peaceful coexistence for all Iraqis.”



A Kurdistan Security Council statement said the following:



“At approximately 02:30 (AM local time, Iraqi and Shia militias) attacked Peshmerga Forces from two fronts…in the South of Kirkuk, using US military equipment, including Abrams tanks and Humvees.”



Kurdish leaders vowed to “continue…defend(ing) Kurdistan, its people and interests.”



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Iraq Offensive, Kirkuk Oil Is Now Fully Under Iraqi Military Control: New Oil Pipeline Bypasses US Politically Controlled Kurdistan Region

Absconded Iraqi Oil Via Turkey To Port For Israel.

Iraq’s military has effectively gained control of major assets and government buildings in Kirkuk city, and is now set to fully pacify it after overnight clashes at a moment when oil prices rose toward a six month high as the conflict now threatens output.

Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Force has taken over the provincial government headquarters in the center of Kirkuk after operations to seize the city from Kurdish forces began overnight – the contested city is now reportedly under the control of Iraqi national forces.

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Photos Of U.S. Forces Assisting ISIS Terrorists ~ A U.S. Israeli Mercenary Proxy Army

Some of the first footage Western audiences woke up to Monday morning were of (ironically enough) US supplied [seized] equipment – including tanks, being used to bulldoze images of Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani.

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Iraqi forces have further pulled down Kurdish flags flying over government buildings throughout the city, while leaving the Iraqi flag flying.

The Iraqi advance on the oil-rich and ethnically diverse previously Kurdish-held city was lightning fast and largely without a major fight – aided by the fact that some Kurdish [Very Small breakaway group from Kurdistan] Peshmerga fighters [US Israeli Terrorists] fled their posts as national militias advanced, which is a reflection of Iraqi Kurdistan’s own political divide: one faction within the PUK Peshmerga (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) is relatively pro-Baghdad, making the Iraqi advance easy in sections of the city held by the group.

Sunni Kurds Fighting US Israeli ISIS In Iraq, Turkey, & Syria.

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And though Kurdish media frequently highlighted footage of armed civilians taking to the streets Sunday and Monday, the city’s large Turkmen population as well as the up to 20% Arab and Assyrian population generally fears and rejects [US Israeli] Kurdish dominance over the region.

The Kurdish opposition party PUK, whose fighters allowed Iraqi forces to enter parts of the city, confirmed Monday that it allowed the breach after reaching an agreement with the Iraqi military even as fighters representing the governing Kuristan Democratic Party (KDP) continued to battle.

A Peshmerga [politically controlled by US Israel] spokesman, however, warned that the  “government of Abadi bears the main responsibility for triggering war on the Kurdistan people, and will be made to pay a heavy price.” The Peshmerga further accused those PUK factions which refused to fight of “plotting” against the Kurds and committing “a great and historic treason.” [This is another polarity game by the deep state of the US]

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) greets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran on June 20, 2017. (Photo by IRNA)

[Abadi was educated [brain washed] in London ~ home of the “banking cabal deep state” 

Most Kurds are anti-West but the US deep state does have a hold inside the Kurdistan region of Iraq. That said, its a house of cards but never the less it must be addressed. Kurdistan region is part of the Iraqi Constitution of 2005, but its also in the plans by the deep state to orchestrate their “Greater Israel’ scheme to control all oil in the M.E.

Iraq is going to claim hold of the Kirkuk oil and bypass Kurdistan region transferring the oil via Turkey to Ceyhan port ~ so the deep state again is left floundering ~ this is a very good move for Iraq.

Iraq has just increased its supply of Oil to China by 30% and to India 23%.

The financial measuring stick is transferring from fiat derivatives to finite gold/silver. China, India, Russia are all about gold/silver backing the exchanges in yuan/ruble/rupee. JP Morgan at the CBI is in a sweat box ~ there are clouds on the horizon for corrupt bankers.

Soon Iraq will be free.]

Majority Sunni Minority Shiite

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A PUK Peshmerga commander, Wista Raool, told the New York Times that his party seeks the return of contested oil fields to the federal government:

Mr. Raool accused Mr. Barzani and his party of “stealing” the oil from the Iraqi government. Many members of the P.U.K., which maintains its own pesh merga force, opposed the referendum vote because it was led by Mr. Barzani.

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But northwest of Kirkuk city, Kurdish fighters defending oil fields administered under Barzani’s KDP party vow to never surrender to the Iraqi army or its Shiite paramilitary forces:

The commander of forces there, Kamal Karkokly, said in an interview at his command post Sunday that his fighters would not surrender their positions. “We have enough weapons,” Mr. Karkokly said. “We can fight as long as we have to.”

Though oil production continued without interruption throughout the end of last week and over the weekend, even as reports of fighting south of Kirkuk surfaced, Reuters [Reuters owned & operated by deep state Rothschild] reported early Monday some 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production was temporarily shut down from major fields Bai Hassan and Avana due to security concerns as Iraqi forces entered Kirkuk.

This helped spur a jump in world oil prices Monday [bull], and markets remain unsettled. Kirkuk oil fields produce 10% of Iraq’s total output. However, Kurdish officials are now disputing that the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) ever gave the order to halt production:

The Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) on Monday denied rumors of oil production being shut down following the recent violence in Kirkuk Province. Ashti Hawrami, MNR’s minister of natural resources, ordered the resumption of full production from oil fields in Kirkuk after a brief interruption.

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Meanwhile, a senior Baghdad oil official told Reuters  [Reuters owned & operated by deep state Rothschild] after Iraqi forces entered the city that,

“We’ve got confirmation from military commanders that it’s a matter of a very short time,” and added, “our brave forces will regain control of all Kirkuk oil fields and then we will restart production immediately.”

This morning, the US embassy in Baghdad issued a statement calling for calm on both sides, and reiterating the common cause of fighting ISIS:

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We support the peaceful exercise of joint administration by the central and regional governments, consistent with the Iraqi Constitution, in all disputed areas. ISIS remains the true enemy of Iraq, and we urge all parties to remain focused on finishing the liberation of their country from this menace.

Ironically, the US has given military aid to both sides which were previously partners in anti-ISIS operations, which is why US equipment is increasingly appearing on either side of the firefights.

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Iraqi Oil Surges 30% To China & 23% To India Surpassing Saudi Arabia As Fastest Growing Market

Oil Tanker is connected to the Basra Oil Terminal twelve nautical miles off the Iraqi coast in the waters of the Northern Persian Gulf close to the port town of Umm Qasr.

Iraq is gaining the edge over Saudi Arabia in the world’s fastest-growing oil consumer amid an intensifying race among producers to retain their most-prized markets.

Iraq was the top crude supplier to India for a third month in May, shipping 1 million barrels a day, according to shipping data compiled by Bloomberg. Iraqi supplies accounted for 23 percent of India’s purchases last month, up from an average 19 percent in the previous four months, while Saudi Arabia’s share fell by 1 percentage point to 17 percent, the data showed.

Oil producers are facing increasing competition in major markets like China and India as OPEC and its partners continue efforts to curb output to clear a global glut. India’s $2-trillion economy imports more than 80 percent of its crude requirement and the International Energy Agency expects it to be the fastest-growing consumer through 2040.

“Saudis used to be the king when it comes to crude supply, but now it’s becoming a prince,” said R. Ramachandran, the head of refineries at Bharat Petroleum Corp., India’s second-biggest state-run refiner. “Preference for Iraqi crude will continue as Indian refiners continue with refinery upgrades.”

[Keep in mind that JP Morgan is doing everything in their power for the western deep state to keep the IQD contained {downward pressure via fractionalized banking} while the upward pressure {supply/demand} grows for Iraq.

Soon imo, Iraq will remove the deep state matrix from their finances as the World leaves the fiat fractionalized derivative scheme of the Rothschild banking Cabal {Keynesianism} for the finite gold/silver backed banking system of {Capitalism}]

Iraq, which had been the No. 2 seller to India for years, was able to overtake the Saudis as Indian refiners have implemented plant upgrades over the past couple of years, enabling them to process crude with a higher sulfur content.

The Middle East nation has also improved its port infrastructure to ensure a stable supply. Iraqi crude used to be less preferred due to delays and inconsistencies in shipments as the Gulf nation lacked the required port infrastructure, according to Ramachandran.

“Iraqi crude is getting attractive and it suits our refineries very well,” said Mukesh Kumar Surana, chairman of Hindustan Petroleum Corp. “Iraq has come out of the supply uncertainties and the pricing is very competitive.”

Iraq India

Indian Oil

The state refiner buys about 4 million tons of Iraqi grades annually on a term basis, which had matched the volume it received from Saudis. Indian Oil Corp., the nation’s biggest processor,  boosted Iraqi imports to about 18 million tons in 2017 under term contracts from 15.6 million last year, said Finance Director Arun Kumar Sharma. Saudi purchases remained steady at 5.6 million tons.

Iraq, the OPEC member which is among the most closely watched nations for compliance to the group’s curbs, exported 3.93 million barrels a day in May, the highest in 2017, according to vessel tracking and shipping agent data gathered by Bloomberg.

Bloomberg

The Western Oil Game Against Iraq

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