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Armies of Iraq, Djibouti, Lebanon, Romania and Argentina To Get Oshkosh Tactical Vehicles
June 29, 2019

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Oshkosh Defense has won as $320 million contract to supply Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) variants to the armies of Iraq, Djibouti, Lebanon, Romania and Argentina.

The FMTV is a series of vehicles, based on a common chassis, that vary by payload and mission requirements.

According to the company, commonality of parts across chassis variants reduces the logistics burden as well as operational and support costs. And with Long-Term
Armor Strategy-compliant cab (LTAS) and other advanced technologies, military personnel are provided with the protection they need to complete their missions.
Work is estimated to be completed by August 24, 2021.

 

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Bahrain, Iraq Contain Repercussions of Embassy Attack, Dozens Arrested
Saturday, 29 June, 2019

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Iraqi security forces stand guard outside the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, June 28, 2019. (Reuters)

Manama, Baghdad - Merza al-Khuwaldi and Hamza Mustafa

Bahrain and Iraq were quick on Friday to contain the repercussions of the attack by protesters on the Bahraini Embassy that prompted Manama to recall its ambassador from Baghdad.

On Thursday night, some 200 protesters burned the Israeli flag in front of the embassy before storming it in protest against the Manama-hosted workshop earlier this week that saw the participation of Israeli officials to discuss economic aspects of the yet undisclosed US peace plan for the Middle East.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim phoned his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa to express Baghdad’s condemnation of the attack.

He hoped the incident would not “undermine diplomatic relations” between the two countries.

On Friday, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa held a phone call with Iraqi President Barham Salih to commend the Iraqi government stance in the aftermath of the attack, as well as the measures it has taken to provide necessary protection.

For his part, Salih stressed his country’s keenness on consolidating fraternal and historic relations between Bahrain and Iraq.

He said that Iraq does not allow anyone to harm these relations, hailing Bahrain’s brotherly positions in support of Iraq in all circumstances.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Interior Ministry announced the arrest of 54 people for their involvement in the attack.

On Friday, both the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Gulf Cooperation Council expressed their strong condemnation of the attack.

The United Arab Emirates also strongly condemned the incident, deeming it a blatant violation of diplomatic norms and conventions.

In a statement, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) called on the Iraqi government to live up to its responsibility toward international obligations and conventions, which guarantee diplomatic security and immunity.

 

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PMF Expected to Undermine Iraq PM’s Order to Integrate in Military
7 July, 2019

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Questions have been raised about the extent to which the PMF will commit to the PM's call to integrate into the military. (Getty Images)

Baghdad – Fadhel al-Nashmi

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s decree for the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) to integrate into the military continued to reverberate within the forces and beyond. Debates have raged over the extent to which the PMF will comply with Abdul Mahdi’s order and the reason that prompted him to issue it in the first place and whether it was related to recent tensions between

On July 1, Abdul Mahdi ordered the integration of the PMF into the military, stressing the need to end all armed presence outside the authority of the state. Groups have until July 31 to comply.

Sadrist movement leader cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, founder of the al-Salam brigades in June 2014, was the first to welcome and comply with the premier’s call. He announced his disassociation from the brigades and ordered them to close their headquarters. Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq, and Hadi al-Ameri, head of the Badr organization, and the majority of Sunni and Shiite political blocs also voiced their support for Abdul Mahdi’s call.

Salam brigades spokesman Safaa al-Tamimi confirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat that the unit had shut its centers throughout Iraq as soon as the PM issued his decree.

This includes its main headquarters in Baghdad and al-Nasseriya, he revealed.

The brigades believes that the premier’s order will strengthen the state and limit the possession of arms in its hands, which is why it complied with it, he stressed.

The al-Nujabaa movement, which is known for its strong ties to Iran, said that the PM’s decree addressed forces that joined the PMF.

“Our forces only have the 12th Brigade that operates under the PMF,” said Nujabaa politburo member Firas al-Yasser.

He added that the movement boasts two armed branches in Syria and Iraq. The Syrian wing was brought in at the request of the Damascus government and the other is active in Iraq with the acknowledgment of the government.

The pro-Iran Hezbollah Brigades did not issue a clear stance in accepting or rejecting Abdul Mahdi’s decree, but called on the government to crack down on so-called “spy networks affiliated with the embassies, starting with the American embassy in Baghdad.”

It made its statement in reference to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces that were not included in the government decree and which it said are backed by foreign parties and countries.

Meanwhile, a prominent leader in one of the PMF factions said that all of the forces that are represented in the PMF will commit to the government decree, including those that are loyal to Iran, “because they can circumvent it”.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said that the PMF was divided between factions that are committed to government orders and others that adhere to Iran.

He added that the Iranians are explicit in ordering their followers to respect Iraqi government instructions, “but it is unclear if these instructions will still stand if an armed conflict were to erupt between Washington and Tehran.”

Abdul Mahdi issued his decree over the deep mistrust between the PMF and its factions and between it and the state, he explained.

“We know that some factions are allied to Iran and the government fears that this allegiance will cause it problems with the United States,” he added.

 

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Senior Iraqi Officer Passed Secrets to CIA Using WhatsApp – Iranian Media
07.07.2019

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The damning info was reportedly leaked to the media by the Hezbollah Brigades, an Iraqi Shia paramilitary group which fought against the US during the Iraq War, and against Daesh (ISIS)* and other terrorist groups operating in Syria during the civil conflict in that country.

Maj. Gen. Mahmoud al-Falahi, commander of the Anbar Operations Command in western Iraq has been passing information to an Iraqi national working for the US Central Intelligence Agency, Iran's Fars News Agency has reported.

According to Fars, details of al-Falahi's secret conversations were leaked by Kata'ib Hezbollah, also known as the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades, who released audio files and screenshots of WhatsApp chats the group claims shows communication between the commander and the CIA agent.

The confidential information was said to be related to Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella paramilitary force consisting mostly of Iraqi Shia Muslim militias formed in June 2014 to fight Daesh.

According to Fars' analysis of the conversations, the CIA agent reportedly asked al-Falahi to give him details about Popular Mobilization Forces bases along the borders between Iraq and Syria, which he claimed would be subjected to attacks "by the US and Israeli air forces."

The agent also asked al-Falahi to meet with US military and intelligence officials in Erbil, a city in Iraqi Kurdistan, or at the US forces base in al-Habaniyeh in western Iraq.
al-Falahi reportedly complied with the requests for information, and gave the CIA detailed coordinates about bases in al-Anbar province, where he serves as regional commander of Iraqi ground forces.

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Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) launch a rocket towards Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tal Afar, Iraq, August 22, 2017

The Hezbollah Brigades blasted al-Falahi over the compromising files and accused him of "plotting" against "the Iraqi army, security, the Popular Mobilization Forces and resistance forces." According to the militia, his actions also posed a threat to the national security of Iran, which has provided the Popular Mobilization Forces with support in their war against Daesh.

In a statement on the alleged leak, Hezbollah Brigades spokesman Mohammad Mohie accused US diplomats of trying to smuggle al-Falahi out of the country. "The US Embassy should be condemned for its role in Iraq as well as the US forces. We have been in a confrontation with Washington ever since its entry into Iraq because of the crimes it committed. America cannot be trusted or dealt with properly," Mohie said, his comments reported by Lebanon's al-Mayadeen news agency.

According to al-Mayadeen, Iraq's Defence Ministry has ordered the creation of a commission to investigate the recordings.

Under Iraq's military penal code, espionage is punishable by death.

US officials have not commented on the Hezbollah Brigades' claims. The group is designated as a terrorist organization by the US, the UAE and Japan.

Relations between Iraq's US and Popular Mobilization Forces have deteriorated in the aftermath of Daesh's defeat in the region. In January, the militia group reportedly stopped the US military from conducting "suspicious" reconnaissance operations near the Syrian border, accusing them of "provocations" including gathering of "secret intelligence on the border" in areas under PMF control. US troops and PMF forces have generally committed to avoid operating in the same areas amid longstanding tensions stemming from the aftermath of the 2003 invasion.

*A terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries.

 

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