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Monday, June 12, 2017

KTFA UPDATED, 12 JUNE

Whatever:  I can totally see why this is taking so long, leaving even a few ISIS snipers behind could have devastating consequences..But, July? I pray it's sooner!

Don961:  Three years after the fall of Mosul, ISIS makes a bloody final stand

June 11 2017 01:31 PM    The Telegraph

Major General Najim al-Jabouri had hoped to be celebrating yesterday. June 10 marked three years to the day since Iraq’s second city of Mosul fell to ISIS and the chief had wanted to deliver a victory before the extremists could claim yet another grim anniversary, The Telegraph reported on Sunday.

But the offensive - one of the largest urban battles since the Second World War - is still raging.  

“We will have the biggest party of our lives when it is over,” he told The Telegraph from the generals’ makeshift headquarters on top of a hill in east Mosul, overlooking plumes of smoke rising from the western side.

Isil may be cornered in just three square miles of the historic Old City, but Gen Jabouri’s troops are seeing some of the most intense fighting yet in the eight-month operation.

He says around 700 local fighters and 250 foreign remain, many of whom positioned around the al-Nouri mosque where Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the group’s “caliphate”.

“It is clear they will be defending until the last bullet,” he says. “We had predicted June, but it is now likely to be July.”  

Gen Jabouri had been in the US when Isil stormed Mosul in the summer of 2014, watching it unfold on the TV from his home in Virginia.  In what seemed to outsiders like an unforeseeable blitzkrieg, heavily-armed Isil militants took huge swathes of the country after US-trained Iraqi forces downed their guns and retreated. 

Many soldiers in Hashd al-Shaabi, like Gen Jabouri, lost family members to Isil. For some, the liberation of Mosul has become a settling of scores.

They have erected Shia flags on checkpoints in newly liberated areas and sprayed graffiti in praise of the revered Shia imam Hussein ibn Ali.

“I hate the Shia,” one resident from a neighbourhood in west Mosul recently freed by the army told the Telegraph. “I saw them drink tea as people were dying in the street,” Umm Omar said, perhaps unfairly.    “West Mosul was the home of the major ISIS fighters, and the army is just enjoying watching it burn.”

Gen Jabouri has come under criticism for the heavy casualty rate in the left side of the city, which is divided in two by the Tigris river.

Thousands of civilians have died since the start of the offensive in October. More than 400 are thought to have been killed in the last week alone.

Some have been caught in the crossfire, some in coalition air strikes, the rest at the hands of Isil, which has been using the population as human shields. And Isil’s final stand looks set to be behind a wall of civilians.

Gen Jabouri’s men have few options left. The Old City’s streets are too narrow for heavy weaponry and air strikes are causing major collateral damage.  Iraqi aircraft have been dropping leaflets urging residents to leave where they are able to. So tight is the extremists’ siege on the Old City, however, that only a trickle of the estimated 150,000 people trapped have managed to flee.

The last few days have seen unspeakable horror. Isil snipers have taken over the roofs of homes, from where they are shooting anything that moves.

Last weekend, Isil militants shot and killed more than 160 people as they tried to reach the Iraqi army. The few that survived hid under the bodies of dead relatives for days in over 40 degree heat until troops could get to them safely.

While east Mosul sustained relatively minor damage, the western side of the city has been obliterated. In some neighbourhoods The Telegraph visited not a single building was left standing.

Gen Jabouri says he plans to play a central role in helping rebuild the city, but no one in Mosul knows who to trust anymore.   

http://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/story/11946/Three-years-after-the-fall-of-Mosul-ISIS-makes-a-bloody-final-stand
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Don961:  The dollar today at 1248 dinars

History of edits:: 2017/6/12 10:11 • 153 times readable

[Oan- Baghdad]
recorded the foreign exchange markets in Iraq, on Monday morning, a slight increase to the dollar exchange rate against the Iraqi dinar.

The record market price in the fight in Baghdad Stock Exchange 1248 dinars per dollar, ie , 124 thousand and 800 dinars for one hundred dollars.

The buying and selling of the dollar in the prices of banking companies were:

sales per dollar rate by 1252.5 dinars, ie , 125 thousand and 250 dinars, for one hundred dollars.

The purchase price of the dollar to 1242.5 dinars, ie 124 thousand and 250 dinars, for one hundred dollars.

Foreign exchange rates:
Euro Global Price: 100 EUR = 112.13 USD
GBP Global Price: 100 pounds = 127.45 dollars
Turkish Lira Global Price: $ 100 = 352.72 Turkish Lira
100 USD = 132.85 AUD $
100 USD = 134.55 C $
100 USD = US $ 139.10 NZD

http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=62868

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Upstart:   CBI CURRENCY AUCTIONS

They did it again

Currency Auctions

Announcement No. (3463)

The opening offers the sale and purchase of foreign currency in the window of the Central Bank of Iraq on 13/6/2017 that performed on 12/6/2017.......

LINK: cbi.iq CurrencyAuctions

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BigIron:  Seems the focus has turned to corruption. Weed out the corrupt and let's do some business.

Samson:   96 Banks, Money Exchange under US Blacklist

 11th June, 2017

Media reports that the US Treasury Department black listed 96 Iraqi banks  and money exchange companies, without prior explanations.

According to the list which was prepared on 6 June, 2017, 96 six Iraqi financial organs were reported in the list that is published once in  three months to supervise the work and actions of the international banks, money exchange bureaus and financial companies.
No explanations were issued on this blacklist, while no comment was made by the Iraqi financial authorities.

http://www.iraqtradelinknews.com/2017/06/96-banks-money-exchange-under-us.html
Dinar Updates:

Q;  [IMHO I THINK WE ARE BEING STRUNG ALONG, A TWEET CAME OUT SAID THAT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF IRAQI CITIZENS ARE RETURNING HOME.  THE GOI AND CBI FOR WHATEVER REASON IS CONTINUING TO DELAY, FIRST ABADI SAID GIVE ME MOSUL AND YOU'LL HAVE ALL THE REFORMS! NOW MOSUL IS NOT ENOUGH HE WANTS ALL OF IRAQ! I JUST PRAY WE HAVE THE REFORMS BY THE END OF JUNE.]

BGG :    Abadi never said such a thing - in fact, he's not in charge of international support and acceptance. The IMF, WB and UN is. If anyone has anything to say along these lines - it's not Abadi.

Nowhere has Abadi said he wants all of Iraq before he institutes monetary and currency reforms.

 In fact, just last week one article inferred they are already well into the process of monetary reform. These are documented facts.

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