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US-Iraq contacts

Jan 5 2016
Iraqi prime minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi met on Tuesday with US Senator Jack Reed, a member of the Armed Services Committee in the US Senate, and his accompanying delegation.

During the meeting they discussed the war on Daesh terrorist gangs and victories achieved in Ramadi, and the situation in the region in addition to the challenges faced by Iraq in various fields.

USA | Turkish-ISIL Oil Trade: The Role of Britain, Israel, and the Kurdistan Regional Government

Turkish officials were involved in illegal transport of oil from Iraq long before the emergence of the so-called Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS/IS/DAESH). Their illegal trade expanded to the Syrian Arab Republic with the intensification of the conflict in Syria. Turkey, however, is not the only player involved in the illegal oil trade in Syria and Iraq. The operations of the Anglo-Turkish company Genel Energy PLC, which works in Iraqi Kurdistan and Malta, illustrates the constellation of financial and energy sector interests involved.

UK | Military to Military

Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administration’s fixation on Assad’s primary ally, Vladimir Putin. In their view, Obama is captive to Cold War thinking about Russia and China, and hasn’t adjusted his stance on Syria to the fact both countries share Washington’s anxiety about the spread of terrorism in and beyond Syria; like Washington, they believe that Islamic State must be stopped.

Whose oil conveys destroyed Russian jets?

Russian Defence Ministry accused Turkey of oil trade with ISIL. It is hard blow on Turkish image in the world. Turkey needed to deny allegations. Its current explanation: it was Kurdish oil.
Daily Sabah newspaper wrote: “The recent allegations put forth by Russia on Turkey – Daesh oil trade, which also involved Syrian and Iraqi Kurds, were denied by Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials.
Sherko Jawdat, the chairman of the KRG Parliament’s Energy Committee, said on Thursday that the oil tankers shown in the aerial photos and footage presented by Russia as evidence of the alleged trade are in fact carrying oil from the KRG to Ceyhan terminal in southern Turkey”.
Turkey really deals with Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government in oil trade and enlarges its cooperation. But Russian side quickly published new videos from Aleppo region, i.e. too far from Iraqi Kurdistan. What is the origin of this oil? It can’t come there from Iraq without ISIL.

UK | Is Vladimir Putin right to label Turkey ‘accomplices of terrorists’?