Wednesday, March 1, 2017



Salamon69:  IMO    Lifting Iraq from the list of 7 countries that ban travel is the USA saying to the world Iraq is open for business.    How can you lift the value of your currency inviting investors to flood in when you are one of those 7 countries black listed?   

It speaks of the Security and Stability that Iraq is farther along than what news articles we see coming out.

I would say it is good news and proof of the FRUIT that is coming right around the corner.   It is proof that that it will soon be announced publicly that Iraq is out of Chapter 7 and being introduced to the world stage internationally with the value of their currency be unchained and set free! 
Ty1:  Also interesting that not only will Iraq be removed from the list of banned countries coming into the USA but....Trump has delayed the launch of his new travel ban policy.  It would be hard to launch that today and explain why Iraq is on a different list prior to announcement on Mosul and possibly the RV.

Blinkster:  Did you catch the comment last night regarding NATO that President Trump stated "and the money is already pouring in" regarding our NATO allies carrying their fair share?  Gee I wonder if there is anything more to that being alluded to.  Maybe that was code or something? lololololo Ya never know!


Greenclan:  Why are they not releasing the new rate and dropping zeros............What else could they possibly be waiting for........A BLUE MOON.......A COW THAT JUMPED OVER THE MOON..........?????

Hammy14:  I can think of a couple of reasons.  For one, I would think that the National Reconciliation Law needs to be signed and enacted.  A second possibility would be the HCL.  Obviously, I have no way of knowing for sure about either one of these, but that would make sense.  Personally, I believe that once they publically announce Mosul is liberated and that Iraq is free and clear of any ISIS control anywhere, then you will see these other things happen rather quickly, including a new rate.  Now, yours and my definition of "quickly" may differ completely from that of Iraq's.  We shall see...


TyerE236:   Officials: New Trump order drops Iraq from travel ban list

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, U.S. officials say, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days.

Four officials told The Associated Press that the decision followed pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, which had urged the White House to reconsider Iraq's inclusion on the list given its key role in fighting the Islamic State group.

Citizens of six other predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — will remain on the travel ban list, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the order before it is signed. Those bans are effective for 90 days.

The new order includes other changes as well. The officials said the 12-page document no longer singles out Syrian refugees for an indefinite ban and instead includes them as part of a general, 120-day suspension of new refugee admissions.

The officials also said the order won't include any explicit exemption for religious minorities in the countries targeted by the travel ban. Critics had accused the administration of adding such language to help Christians get into the United States while excluding Muslims.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump signed his original executive order in late January. It sparked immediate confusion, panic and outrage as some travelers were detained in U.S. airports before being sent back overseas and others were barred from boarding flights at foreign airports.

The federal government initially blocked U.S. green card holders before offering those legal residents special permission to come into the country. It finally decided the order didn't apply to them.

The State Department provisionally revoked roughly 60,000 valid visas in all, before a federal judge in Washington state blocked the government from carrying out the ban. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision.

Under the revised order, officials said, all existing visas will be honored.

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Trump on Tuesday evening defended his effort.

"We will shortly take new steps to keep our nation safe and to keep out those who would do us harm," he said.

After Trump signed the original order, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi disputed the ban and said he would consider reciprocal measures. Many Iraqi lawmakers urged the government to ban Americans from Iraq in response, despite the potential effects that might have on the anti-IS fight.

Al-Abadi then met with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Baghdad this month and underscored the U.S.-Iraqi partnership. And Mattis walked back comments made by Trump suggesting that Americans could get another chance to seize Iraqi oil as compensation for its military efforts there.

"We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil," Mattis told reporters on that trip. Al-Abadi also met with Vice President Mike Pence in Munich earlier this month, where the two publicly discussed ways of strengthening cooperation.

The Trump administration's changes to the immigration order follow a report by intelligence analysts at the Homeland Security Department, which found insufficient evidence that citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries posed a terror threat to the United States. A draft of the analysis was obtained last week by the AP.


Walkingstick:  ISIS leader 'admits DEFEAT in Iraq and orders militants to flee or kill themselves in suicide attacks'

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is said to have issued a statement called 'farewell speech'

Terror mastermind reported to have told fighters to flee, hide of launch attacks

Comes as Iraqi army units seized back the last major road out of western Mosul
UK Defence Minister Michael Fallon said he expected to see ISIS expelled from Iraq's major towns by the end of 2017

UPDATED: 07:17 EST, 1 March 2017

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has admitted defeat in Iraq and ordered militants to either flee or kill themselves in suicide attacks, it has been claimed.

The terror mastermind is said to have issued a statement called 'farewell speech' which was distributed among ISIS preachers and clerics in parts of Iraq it still controls.

According to local media, he urged supporters to run and hide and told 'non-Arab fighters' to either return home or blow themselves up with the promise of '72 women in heaven'.

News of the statement, which has yet to be verified, comes as US-backed Iraqi army units took control of the last major road out of western Mosul that had been in ISIS' hands.

Just days ago, British Defence Minister Michael Fallon said that he expected to see ISIS expelled from the country's major towns by the end of 2017.

According to Al Arabiya, Iraqi television network Alsumaria is reporting that al-Baghdadi has admitted defeat in the country.
The exact whereabouts of the terror supremo remains a mystery and there have been frequent reports that he has been either seriously injured or killed during the conflict.
Last month, it was reported that he had been 'critically wounded' in air strikes in northern Iraq.

He is said to have been injured after a bombing raid in Al-Ba'aj. However, it was not the first time claims have emerged that al-Baghdadi has been either hurt or killed and there was no official confirmation.

The Pentagon said in December it believed that the ISIS chief was alive, despite repeated efforts by the US-led coalition to take out the jihadist group leader.

Baghdadi has kept a low profile, despite having declared himself the leader of a renewed Muslim caliphate, but last year released a defiant audio message urging his supporters to defend the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Iraqi forces captured the eastern side of Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting and launched their attack on the districts that lie west of the Tigris river on February 19.
If they defeat ISIS in Mosul, that would crush the Iraq wing of the caliphate declared by the group's leader in 2014.

The U.S. commander in Iraq has said he believes U.S.-backed forces will recapture both Mosul and Raqqa, Islamic State's Syria stronghold in neighbouring Syria, within six months.
 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said around the new year that he expected his forces would need three more months to rid the country of IS.

Most observers argued that the premier's prediction was optimistic, however, with Mosul alone threatening to bog down Iraqi forces way past that target.

Retaking the northern city would deal a death blow to the 'caliphate' and any claim that ISIS is still running a 'state', but the group retains control of several populated areas.

In Iraq, ISIS still holds Hawijah, a large town southeast of Mosul, and the town of Al-Qaim on the western border with Syria.

When Iraqi forces retake Mosul, the jihadists' last major hub will be the city of Raqqa in neighbouring Syria.

'The situation in Syria is more complicated, given the continuation of the civil war there,' Fallon said.

A 60-nation coalition led by the United States has carried out thousands of air strikes in support of the war on IS and provided assistance and training to thousands of Iraqi forces.
Britain is a key member of that coalition, together with France, Italy and Australia.

Fallon said the Royal Air Force had struck 300 targets in and around Mosul since the operation to retake the city began on October 17.



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