イラク国防大臣 暗殺を免れるも 議会で不信任案が可決: ずくなしの冷や水

2016年08月27日

イラク国防大臣 暗殺を免れるも 議会で不信任案が可決

PRESSTV2016/8/8
Iraqi defense minister survives assassination attempt

Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi has survived an assassination attempt during a trip to the county’s northern regions.

Obeidi’s motorcade was targeted by mortar fire on Monday during a visit to a military operations center in Nineveh, said a statement released on the Iraqi Defense Ministry’s website.

No casualties have been reported from the incident, but the statement notes that the armored vehicle carrying Obeidi was hit by a mortar and sustained some damage.

The minister’s security detail retaliated and opened fire at the point where the attack originated.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but some local news outlets suggest it was carried out by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Obeidi is due for a parliament vote of confidence because he recently accused the parliament speaker and several MPs of corruption.

A subpoena was issued after Obeidi was summoned to the parliament on August 1 to respond to blackmail allegations that were brought up by lawmaker Alia Nasayif.

During the closed parliament session, however, the defense minister accused House Speaker Salim al-Juburi, and at least five other lawmakers, including Nasayif herself, of corruption.

The lawmakers accused the Defense Ministry of wasting billions of dollars in public funds and weakening the country’s armed forces in their fight against Daesh.

Obeidi has to present evidence to prove the charges he brought up against the lawmakers.

Iraq has been engaged in the fight against Daesh terrorists since the summer of 2014, when the militants took control of the major city of Mosul in the north of the country and some other areas in the country.

PRESSTV2016/8/9
Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council has dropped a financial corruption case against Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri.

The council "has decided to drop the charges due to a lack of evidence," said spokesman Abdul-Sattar Bayrakdar during a televised statement on Tuesday.

Last month, Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi accused Jabouri and several MPs of corruption.

A member of the Iraqi Lawyers’ Syndicate, Tariq Harb, noted that "the judicial authorities could reopen the case," if new corruption evidence surfaces.

Earlier, the Iraqi parliament voted to strip Jabouri’s parliamentary immunity to allow an investigation into corruption charges.

Following the move, Jabouri was able to testify before the supreme council.

On August 1, Obeidi went to the legislature to answer allegations of wasting billions of dollars in public funds and weakening the country’s armed forces in their fight against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

During the questioning, however, he made the accusations against Jabouri and the other lawmakers.

Obeidi insisted that he was being challenged in retribution for his rejection of corruption, accusing the parliamentarians of seeking to blackmail him in order to pass several corrupt deals.

The recent events come as Iraqi Prime Minster Haider al-Abadi has faced calls to reform the country’s political structure in a bid to tackle corruption there.

Earlier this year, the parliament was deadlocked for weeks over the premier’s efforts to replace the cabinet.

RT2016/8/26
Iraq Parl't Passes No Confidence Vote in Defense Minister amid Corruption Claims

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi parliament passed a vote of no confidence Thursday in Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, suspected of corruption in the military sector, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Obaidi was invited to answer before parliament on August 1 about suspicions of corruption in the military.

During his speech, he tried to accuse parliament speaker Salim Abdullah Jabouri alongside a number of other lawmakers instead.

The judicial panel tasked with the investigation could not prove them guilty and dropped the case against the speaker.

As many as 142 lawmakers out of 253 voted in favor of the motion.

FARSNEWS2016/8/27
ISIL Celebrates Sacking of Iraqi Defense Minister
TEHRAN (FNA)- Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul came to witness ISIL militants’ celebration after Iraq's Minister of Defense stepped down.

According to reports, the terrorists were watching television at a local cafe when they came to realize that the parliament rejected to give Khaled al-Obeidi a vote of confidence.

Eyewitnesses told Sputnik that ISIL militants exchanged greetings and joyful shouts after Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi was ousted.

“As soon as parliament announced on television the lack of vote of confidence for Minister al-Obeidi, the rebels began to shout Takbir [Allah hu Akbar] and congratulate each other on this event,” eyewitnesses said.

Khaled al-Obeidi is considered to be one of the key figures in the fight against ISIL, as it was under his command that the Iraqi air force earned victory in Ramadi, Fallujah, Al-Qayyara, Rutbah and other places where the Iraqi Army successfully defeated terrorists.

The Iraqi parliament passed a vote of no confidence Thursday in Defense Minister, suspected of corruption in the military sector, while the Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are currently preparing an assault to liberate the Mosul city in Nineveh province.

Meanwhile, Iraqi air force dropped leaflets over Mosul, asking civilians not to provide any help to the ISIL terrorists.

The press service of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said Thursday that the Iraqi forces are distributing leaflets by air over Mosul to inform citizens about the forthcoming operation to liberate the city.

The Iraqi armed forces declared on Tuesday the strategic city of Al-Qayyara was fully liberated from ISIL terrorists. The city is the biggest oil-rich region in Nineveh province, and is located South of Mosul, which is the main ISIL stronghold in Iraq.

Mosul, also, the second largest city in Iraq, has been controlled by the ISIL group since 2014.
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