A threat of “specific and unusual” attacks against the Americans in Iraq
Armed Shiite factions threatened to launch “qualitative, effective and unusual” attacks targeting US military convoys and bases in Iraq following the end of the “unofficial” truce, according to what was reported on Tuesday by the British Middle East Eye news site.
The British website, through a report translated by Shafaq News Agency, quoted a leader in one of the armed Shiite factions as saying that the Iranian-backed factions announced the end of the “unofficial” truce with the US forces and threatened to launch attacks targeting convoys and military bases.
This leader, whose name was not disclosed by the website, stated that the decision to end the truce that actually began last October came because of “the lack of seriousness on the part of the Iraqi government in scheduling the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq.”
On Monday, three missiles targeted the Ain Al-Assad base in western Iraq, where American forces are stationed, but they did not cause any casualties.
The factions agreed to a ceasefire last October, at a time when former US President Donald Trump threatened to close the US embassy in Baghdad and attack Iranian targets inside and outside Iraq.
Since that time, the ceasefire has remained largely in place, with violations such as the missile attack on Baghdad airport earlier this month.
The negotiations of the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States reached a decision to withdraw the American combat forces from Iraq, and to transfer the military mission in Iraq from “combat” to “advisory.”
However, a statement issued last Saturday by the “Iraqi resistance” indicated that it was given many opportunities to determine the fate of the foreign forces, but the results were bad, suggesting attacks to “push out the occupation that only understands the language of force.”
The British website quoted a senior leader in one of the factions as saying, “All the factions agreed to escalate against the American forces and decided to carry out more attacks, some of which were not familiar in Iraq before.”
“It was decided that the operations would be qualitative and effective,” the commander said. “Some of them might be carried out using missiles, while others might be carried out by drones.”
However, the website quoted a prominent leader in the Popular Mobilization Forces as saying that the crowd “has nothing to do with this escalation, and we will not be part of it.” link
The rise in oil will not provide money for Iraq, and the financial surplus will go to the “hidden partner” .. Accounts unravel the mystery
Since oil prices began to rise steadily, and the price of a barrel of oil was fixed in the budget at $ 45 despite the oil prices reaching between $ 60-65, representatives have moved on the need to raise the price of a barrel of oil in the budget or to conduct a supplementary budget to take advantage of the surplus funds. Formed by the price difference between the budget and the real price.
With no step taken from the above, observers and specialists confirm that the money achieved from the price difference will be invested in one way or another to fill the deficit in the budget, as the price difference between recorded in the budget, which resulted in a deficit in the budget of approximately 15 billion dollars, as Iraq It is assumed that more than one billion barrels of oil will be exported during the current year, and with the difference of the price of a barrel of 15 dollars between the proven budget and the currently achieved exceeding 60 dollars, Iraq will achieve an additional 15 billion dollars to fill the deficit.
However, the “hidden” detail that observers and specialists always miss is that the revenues do not mean the profits, related to the cost of extracting a barrel of oil, this detail that will destroy hopes of obtaining a financial surplus from high oil prices, as it will go to companies and not to the state treasury and cannot be used. In the plug.
A member of the Finance Committee, Jamal Cougar, said in a press statement, “International oil prices at this stage are very normal compared to the price in the federal budget, and it is not possible to talk about the existence of a surplus between the two prices, based on many considerations, including that the prices are currently approximately $ 66 per barrel. The one is Brent. As for Iraqi oil, it is two dollars less or a little more, and the net price in the budget is $ 45.
And he indicated that “Iraq’s sale of oil at $ 62 a barrel is not considered a net amount for the country’s treasury, given that the licensing rounds take between 14- 16 trillion dinars, and for each barrel at least two dollars are given to companies, which means that the disbursements of each barrel are an estimate of up to 15 dollars, which means The surplus, even if it is present, will be very small. “
Cougar added, “In the event of a rise in global oil prices during the next few months, it is possible to benefit from it within the main chapters, the first of which is the preparation of a supplementary budget, given that holding elections next October will make it difficult for the next government and parliament to prepare a budget for the next year, which makes us need To a supplementary budget, “pointing out that” the other door is the possibility of benefiting from the expected surplus to pay off outstanding foreign loans that were due to be paid and were postponed in the budget, including the prices of gas exported from Iran to Iraq to operate the power stations. link
Deputy: The government practiced a method of financial fraud with the citizen
A member of Parliament, Bassem Khashan, confirmed, Tuesday, that the government practiced a method of financial fraud towards the citizen by raising the exchange rate of the dollar, pointing out that the government no longer possesses other than cheap methods of obtaining money.
“The government is practicing a policy of financial fraud, at a time when the state has not been able to provide funds to manage itself and finance the budget, and it is also unable to reduce employees’ salaries as it creates a major problem in the country,” Khashan said in a statement to Al-Maaloumah.
He added, “The government has resorted to another method to finance the budget by raising the exchange rate of the dollar in the local market, which is what caused the siege of the citizen and the increase in poverty.”
Khashan pointed out that “the cheap methods adopted by the government confirm that it does not have any means to develop resources and bring in revenues to the state, so that it would spare it from resorting to raising the exchange rate of the dollar and other methods that harm citizens.” link
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