Cleitus » September 23rd, 2016
SlappySquirrel » September 23rd, 2016
I know it's been the opinion of Frank that Obama wants this for his legacy and or to help bolster Hillary Rodham into the W.H. That absolutely makes sense, since he's been known to take credit for anything/everything.
Imo, I feel time is running out, especially to help get Hillary in. If they wrap up Mosul let's say in a week or 2 plus international status, they may still have time to create a narrative and use it as a talking point in the campaign.
However, if Mosul drags on (fat lady) for another 3/4 weeks, it will be too late to use it as a campaign talking point.
How much pressure is O putting on Abadi? Is Abadi waiting till just around the elections or shortly thereafter, to thwart Obamas plan with Hillary? Time will tell.
Don961 » September 23rd, 2016
By Scott Morgan Posted 2016-09-22 21:43 GMT
(AINA) -- Whenever a sitting President of the United States leaves office after his term of office whether its four or eight years the media starts talking about what will their legacy be? There are separate listings for both domestic and foreign policy.
In January 2017 Barack Obama leaves office. So there are several issues in Foreign Policy that will be scrutinized by both Candidates. But there is one situation that seems to be the focus of this Administration to be resolved before the incumbent leaves office. What is a concern is this was an issue that many feel that Obama dropped the ball on.
When Obama took office He sought to shift the focus from Iraq to Afghanistan. He felt that the fighting in Central Asia was more justified than was was occurring in the cradle of civilization. But what has happened in Iraq during his term of office has been a detriment not only to the people of Iraq but has also led to problems not only in the Middle East but can also be viewed as a source of some of the issues now affecting Europe.
Considering what has happened in the Country since major US Combat Forces left the Country the Administration made a great error in Judgement with the timing of their withdrawal. Even though there was a functioning Government in Baghdad events were manipulated so that there were a couple of power vacuums in the Country. This would lead to a situation that certain elements were to exploit successfully for their own agendas.
In 2014 Sunni Elements including former member of the Saddam Hussein Baathist Party merged with Al-Qaeda Fighters to form what some refer to as Daesh or the Islamic State. They also moved into Syria taking advantage of the Civil War raging there to take over roughly one third of the Country which is roughly the same size of Iraqi territory that they were able to capture as well. Shia Militias emboldened by Iranian Support were actually able to control other parts of the Country.
Some of these actions have placed some of the Religious Minorities such as the Assyrians and the Turkmen in the position of being seen as pawns. They have suffered atrocities at the hands of ISIS and indifference at the hands of Baghdad. So they have some room to be skeptics.
One of the goals that the Obama Administration does have is the liberation of Mosul. The planners in Washington and Baghdad are beginning to fast track this effort. The goal of having the city be liberated before Obama leaves office is crystal clear. That way some issues of having a safe haven for the Religious Minorities be addressed by the next Administration.
It is also clear that President Obama feels that what has taken place in Iraq may have a negative impact on his legacy. Some of his actions do indicate that this is a valid concern.
Hootowl » September 23rd, 2016
Samson » September 23rd, 2016
Samson » September 23rd, 2016
Discussed the Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi in New York with UN Secretary - General Ban Ki - moon , the political and security situation in Iraq and the region and preparations for the battle of Mosul and the conditions of the displaced and international support for Iraq.
A statement by the prime minister's office received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it, that Ki - moon expressed during the
meeting , " a UN support for Iraq and the government in its fight against terrorism and its readiness to help stabilize the political situation as well as increased support in the humanitarian sphere and the issue of displaced persons."
Park Ki according to the statement moon "earned victories by Iraqi forces in Fallujah and Shirqat Qayyarah
DELTA » September 23rd, 2016
September 21, 2016
Mr. Gerry Rice, Director of Communications at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement today:
“IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde met on September 21 with Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings. During the meeting, they discussed Iraq’s IMF-supported economic reform program that was approved by the Executive Board on July 7, 2016.
“The Managing Director welcomed the Iraqi authorities' economic program, which is being supported by a $5.34 billion Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) from the Fund approved in July 2016. The Managing Director and the Prime Minister exchanged views on how the SBA can help Iraq address the shocks posed by violent attacks and the drop in global oil prices. The Managing Director reiterated the importance of strong commitment to sound policies and decisive action on key reforms that are crucial to yield the largest gains for Iraq’s population.”
IMF Communications Department
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New York - Iraq Press - September 22 / September: Brett McGurk US envoy to the international coalition said against al Daesh he was"uncompromising" with any torture sectarian or other violations operations may result from the attack due to the restoration of the Iraqi city of Mosul , the main stronghold of the organization tough.
McGurk said during a meeting on the sidelines of the annual UN meeting of world leaders that " the coalition has already taken steps to ensure the non -recurrence of violations that occurred in the wake of the restoration of the Iraqi city of Fallujah in June."
" The testing of persons fleeing the city is important to ensure that the general population of the aid and are not subjected to abuses."
McGurk said the meeting "must ensure that the screening process in Mosul conducted professionally , with some observers from a third party in the examination centers this is what we hope happens."
Mosul is the largest civil gathered under the control of the militant group and was once home to some two million people. He says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi said therestoration of the city would be tantamount to defeat actually organization in Iraq.
McGurk said that "Washington was working to ensure that the many security forces are participating in Mosul who are trained by the coalition agreement and that is the role of the various forces such as the process that may begin in October."
"We want to plan for the worst case scenario. We can hope for the best , but the plan is (scenario) the worst. We do not know what he would do Daesh in Mosul. " Q ended