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MIDDLE EAST BULLETIN GNLK ORTADOU BLTEN
01 OCTOBER / EKM 2010
CONTENTS / NDEKLER
1. IRAQ / IRAK
2. IRAN / RAN
3. ISRAEL - PALESTINE / SRAL FLSTN
4. EGYPT / MISIR
5. LEBANON / LBNAN
6. SYRIA / SURYE
7. ARABIAN PENINSULA AND THE GULF OF BASRA / ARAP YARIMADASI VE BASRA KRFEZ
8. SOUTH ASIA / GNEY ASYA
PAKISTAN / PAKSTAN
INDIA / HINDISTAN
AFGHANISTAN / AFGANISTAN
1. IRAQ / IRAK
After meeting with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad in Damascus on Wednesday, Al
Iraqiya List leader Iyad Allawi urged international and regional powers not to interfere in
Iraqs government formation.
Allawi asked Syria on Wednesday to persuade Iran not to interfere in Iraq.
Assad told Allawi that Syria would "support any agreement that gets Iraqis out of the
current crisis and contribute to the formation of a government of national unity that
brings together all the forces represented in parliament," SANA said. (Alsumaria Iraqi
The National Alliance is due to meet on Thursday night after adjourning Tuesdays
The National Alliance was put off till Thursday since Al Sadr Front and the Islamic
Supreme Council did not attend, a political source said.
Al Sadr Front is engaged in a visit to Najaf Province while the Islamic Council has been
boycotting the meetings since Tuesday, a source from Al Sadr Front said.
If the Islamic Council abstains from attending, the mechanism of voting to premiership
candidate would be ineffective for lack of two competitors, the source added. (Alsumaria
Iraqi Satellite TV)
Al Sadr Front leader Sayyed Moqtada Al Sadr acknowledged that he was subject to
pressure to rename Nuri Al Maliki for a second term.
Political pressures are a status quo, he said.
Al Sadr Front aims to serve its followers and protect them from oppression regardless of
the Prime Minister to be. (Alsumaria Iraqi Satellite TV)
Head of Al Iraqiya List Iyad Allawi and senior officials Rafea Al Issawi and Ousama Al
Nujaifi started on Tuesday night a visit to Damascus.
The visit is aimed to discuss a number of issues mainly Iraqi government formation.
(Alsumaria Iraqi Satellite TV)
A leader from the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) led by Ammar al-Hakim
dismissed the reports that the Iraqi National Alliance (INA)'s prime ministerial candidate
has stepped down.Adel Abdul Mahdi
Hakim also leads the INA which is the third ranking bloc in the Iraqi parliament. The bloc
nominated Adel Abdul-Mahdi in early September to challenge the outgoing PM Nouri al-
Maliki and the former PM Ayad Allawi for the post.
Speaking to AKnews on Thursday, Habib Tarafi, a leader from the ISCI refuted the reports
concerning Abdul-Mahdi's step down from the PM candidacy, saying they are the
"personal statements of some leaders in Maliki's State of Law Coalition (SLC)."
Tarafi described the statements "baseless", underlining that Abdul-Mahdi enjoys more
support than Maliki "for the ISCI is a major segment in the National Coalition (NC)."
"The NC openly supports Abdul-Mahdi," Tarafi remarked.
In the March general elections al-Iraqiya won 91 seats, the SLC 89, and the INA 70.
Following the elections, the INA and the SLC, the two predominately Shia blocs, united in
the NC in the hope of obtaining the right to form the government. However, the super
bloc fell four seats short of the 163 seats required.
Some segments in the NC, especially the Sadr Current have rejected Malikis bid to lead
the government for a second term.
No party can prevent Adbul-Mahdi's candidacy, said the leader from ISCI, while he
stressed that all the parties should agree on the elected PM.
He took such "false" reports as a "clear indication [of efforts] by the SLC to disband the
On Thursday the ISCI once more demanded the SLC to name another candidate or the
ISCI will not attend the meetings for choosing the NC's PM nominee.
The INA repeatedly asked the SLC to replace Maliki with another nominee but only when
the calls hit an impasse the INA named Adbul-Mahdi. Now the merger bloc has to choose
between the two candidates from within its ranks. (AK News)
A member in al-Iraqiya list headed by the former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said that a
force from the Kurdish security (Asayesh) came to Daquq area and seized the personal
belongings of the Arab citizens, asking them to leave the city within one week, while a
security source in Daquq denied this issue.
Omar al-Jabbouri said in a news conference held on Thursday at the parliament, "The
incident came within the demographic change in the city before the census. The
government must investigate the incident, prosecute the perpetrators and bring the
personal belongings to their owners. The force had told the citizens to get their
possessions at the first checkpoint outside the city.
The police chief in Daquq Chuan Majid denied the incident, saying "no force carried out
this process in Daquq."
Kirkuk is 255 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, it is one of the disputed areas
between the Federal Government in Iraq Kurdistan Regional Government. (AK News)
A member of the Kurdistan Blocs Coalition (KBC) said on Thursday that the the Iraqi
Defense Minister, Abdul-Qader al-Obeidis signature on an agreement that allows
Turkish forces to enter Iraqi territory to hunt down PKK members is a flagrant and
dangerous violation of the constitution.
Mohammad Khalil told AKnews that the agreement allegedly signed by the Iraqi minister
constitutes a dangerous precedent for Iraq that lacks both legal and constitutional
legitimacy as the countrys legislative authorities had not been consulted.
"Article 9 of the Constitution states that the Iraqi Ministry of Defense must not interfere
in political affairs, he said.
"Al-Obeidi is a caretaker (interim) minister now; he cant take such a step".
"The entry of any State across the Iraqi border is considered a violation on Iraqi
sovereignty and the Iraqi people.
Khalil said that such liberties, pave the way and open doors to further interventions.
The Iraqi government allegedly signed an agreement with Turkey during the visit of a
security delegation headed by Abdel-Qader al-Obeidi to Ankara two days ago that allow
Turkey entry into Iraqi territory to pursue the PKK members it says are hiding in the
mountainous border regions.
This morning however, the Iraqi Army Chief, Babakir Zebari dismissed all reports of such
a deal that appeared in the Turkish media, saying that such an agreement could not be
made without consulting the Kurdistan Region where the Iraqi-Turkish border lay.
The meeting between the two countries had covered a range of subjects according to
Zebari, such as the training of the Iraqi armed forces, deracinating terror in Iraq and
reinforcing their mutual ties.
The Turkish government used intelligence provided by the United States and has
launched a series of air raids against PKK targets which began in September 2007 and
have on several occasions penetrated into Iraqi territory.
Earlier this year a committee made up of the U.S. military, and the Iraqi (including the
Kurds) and Turkish defense ministries was set up to resolve the PKK related border
The PKK, recognized by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union as a terrorist
organization, has taken arms against Turkey since 1984 for the rights of the 20 million or
so Kurds living in the country. (AK News)
One member of the Iraqi parliament stated on Wednesday that the Iraqi legislators
would hold an assembly in parliament next week while another lawmaker has rejected
the possibility. Iraqi Parliament, Parlamani Iraq
The first parliamentary session in mid June, where the elected deputies were sworn in,
was technically opened and then postponed to an indefinite date until the blocs could
settle their differences.
From the Kurdistan Blocs Coalition (KBC), Mohsen Sadun told AKnews that the Iraqi
President, Jalal Talabani, and Vice President, Adel Abdul-Mahdi have met and agreed for
parliament to reconvene next week.
The KBC comprises all the Kurdish factions which together have 57 seats in the Iraqi
"Talabani will demand the acting Iraqi parliament speaker, Fuad Massum to summon the
members to parliament," he added.
He urged the presidency of parliament to respect and protect the Iraqi constitution
against any infringement and resume the sessions.
Many observers held parliament accountable for concluding the first session open as
well as the seven months of delay in government formation. They maintain the open
sessions and the delay are not supported by the constitution.
Last months a number of the NGOs protested against the violation and demanded to sue
Massum, the acting speaker of the parliament.
"There were no excuses to call off the sessions and the constitution of the parliamentary
committees", the Kurdish lawmaker believed.
However, another member of the KB