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Almotamar Net - BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqs government welcomed reports Wednesday of a U.S. combat troop withdrawal next year and said Iraqi forces would be ready to take full responsibility for security.

Wednesday, 25-February-2009
Almotamar.net, AP - BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's government welcomed reports Wednesday of a U.S. combat troop withdrawal next year and said Iraqi forces would be ready to take full responsibility for security.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki supports an accelerated pullout and Iraqi officials will work closely with American commanders under a possible timetable to remove U.S. soldiers from the battlefield by August 2010, said Sadiq al-Rikabi, one of al-Maliki's top advisers.
The comments come after reports that President Barack Obama was expected to order all U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq by August of next year. An announcement by Obama could come as early as this week, a senior White House official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Al-Rikabi said al-Maliki expressed "no worry" about U.S. forces moving out quicker than the standing agreement for a withdrawal by the end of 2011.
"The Iraqi troops are ready to take responsibility. There is nothing to worry about and the withdrawal will be carried out in coordination between the two sides," he said.
Obama's announcement will speed up the timeline of a U.S.-Iraqi security pact, which took effect Jan. 1, calling for American troops to withdraw from Iraq's cities by June 30 and completely pull out troops by the end of 2011.
For months, al-Maliki has publicly said he believes Iraq's security forces are prepared to stand on their own despite lingering questions about their readiness.
But the withdrawal of combat troops under Obama's plan would still have U.S. troops in Iraq well after parliamentary elections this year, which military officials have said is one of the next big security tests. There are more than 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.
Reaction among Iraqis was mixed.
"I have no trust with Iraqi security forces that they could keep security because army and security forces were built on a sectarian basis," sad Thabit Mohammed Jassim, a 40-year-old Sunni shop owner in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown.
Jassim said he believed violence would likely climb after American combat troops leave Iraq.
"Obama wants to withdraw not for Iraqis, but because of economic problems they face internally and of hardships his troops are facing in Iraq," he said.
But Hussein Jassim Mohammed, a 35-year-old Shiite from Baghdad, said he would like to see U.S. troops leave sooner rather than later.
"We hope the withdrawal will take place sooner, before the given timetable," he said, adding that it was "a good step for Iraqis to secure" their own country.
Mohammed said there were some who worried about an increase in violence, but said it was time for "security forces to live up to their responsibility."
But in Mosul, where U.S. and Iraqi forces continue to battle insurgents, Ziyad al-Sinjari, a 35-year-old Sunni, was less optimistic about the stability of the Iraqi security forces.
"The new Iraqi army lacks experts. It needs the expertise of former Iraqi military officers," said al-Sinjari, who works at Mosul University. "I hope the withdrawal will be soon, so militants have no pretext of launching attacks against Americans in cities and hurting (civilians)."
In Najaf, a Shiite shrine city in southern Iraq, Ibrahim Ihsan said he wants to see foreign forces leave Iraq.
"I have no doubts that Iraqi soldiers are qualified to shoulder the security responsibilities in the country," said the 55-year-old retiree.
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Monday, 25-April-2016

The UN envoy to Yemen confirmed on Monday that the consensus of the participants in Yemeni peace talks held in Kuwait on bringing peace makes reaching a solution possible.

"There is no doubt that there are significant differences in views, but the consensus of the participants to bring peace makes it possible to reach a solution,” the UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement issued after the talks session Monday.

“There are only two options; either to continue the war or to consult and make concessions in order to achieve peace and all parties should assume responsibility for their decisions,” the UN envoy added.
Monday, 25-April-2016
The Saudi-led coalition has continued to fly intensively on the skies of many provinces, including Sana'a, Taiz, Mareb, Sa'ada, Mahweet, Lahj, Hajjah, Shabwa, Hodeida, Jawf.

A military official said the Riyadh's hirelings targeted the army and popular committees' sites in areas of Beer Basha, al-Khalel in Khadir district, in Jahmaliyah, Klabah, al-Salal and 40 Street in al-Dhamgah district in Taiz with light and medium weapons.

Moreover, the Riyadh's hirelings pounded the army and popular committees sites in al-Shabakah area, al-Ghawi Mount and al-Ain Mount, al-Jurf Mount, al-Shuqairah valley, Hasanat area with mortars in al-Waze'yah district of Taiz, according to the official.

The army and popular committees sites were also targeted by the mercenaries in Nehm district of Sana'a province.

In Mareb province, the hirelings bombarded the army and popular committees sites in al-Mashjah, Hilan Mount, al-Rabiah in Serwah district with medium and heavy weapons.

The Saudi fighter jets dropped flare bombs on different areas of Razeh district in Sa'ada, he said.

The hirelings pounded also areas in al-Ghail and al-Moton districts and targeted sites of the army and popular committees Aibar valley in Jawf with light weapons.
Monday, 25-April-2016
The national delegation in Kuwait met on Monday the UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

The delegation discussed with the UN envoy firming up a comprehensive and full ceasefire.

The meeting touched on the discussion of the issues that have seen a divergence in views during the previous sessions of consultations in order to reach a compromise formula.
Monday, 25-April-2016

The national delegation in Kuwait met on Monday with ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and the European Union (EU).

The meeting reviewed the conduct of the consultations over the past days and the reasons for the lack of progress in the negotiations, topped by the non-compliance of Saudi Arabia to the ceasefire.

At the meeting, the national delegation stressed that the consolidation of the cease-fire is the key factor for the success of the ongoing negotiations in Kuwait.

The delegation pointed out that the continuation of war and aggression and the other party's disavowal from his responsibilities was the reason for delaying the arrival of the delegation members to Kuwait.

The national delegation demanded pressure toward the success of the negotiations through the implementation of the first item, confirming its keenness on the success of the political process based on consensus and not exclusion.
Sunday, 24-April-2016
The Yemeni talks session continued on Sunday evening in Kuwait to discuss firming up the ceasefire.

This comes in light of indications on the insistence of Saudi Arabia to hinder the dialogue and the failure of the United Nations to press for a real and full cease of the aggression.

The national delegation and Riyadh’s delegation met in the morning session with the two members assigned to follow up the truce committees and consolidating the ceasefire.

Riyadh’s delegation tried to evade and move on to discuss the agenda.
Sunday, 24-April-2016
A new talk session between the national delegation and Riyadh's delegation was held on Saturday in Kuwait.

A Yemeni military communication and coordination committee and UN army experts participated in the session to brief the delegates on their activities and the difficulties they face in their work to make sure the cease-fire is respected.

In the presence of UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the talks continued to discuss the cessation of hostilities, in addition to review the general framework of the talks.

In the session, the UN envoy suggested to issue a statement supporting the ceasefire, which was accepted by the national committee. However, the Riyadh delegation rejected the proposal.
Friday, 22-April-2016

The ceasefire committees in Jawf province signed on Friday a document detailing a mechanism to establish the ceasefire in all fighting fronts.

in a copy of the signed document, which included several terms, the most important are: ceasing fire in all fronts in the province, stopping military mobilization and reinforcements in all fronts, observing the ceasefire by the concerned committees, placing a mechanism for the direct communication between the two parties, halting all acts of detention in the public roads, completing measures for prisoners swap and releasing detainees, allowing humanitarian and relief works and opening roads.
Friday, 22-April-2016

The national delegation held on Thursday evening a closed meeting with the UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, after the end of the opening session in Kuwait.

In the meeting, the national delegation underscored the need to completely stop hostilities.

It also stressed that the existing stage is governed by consensus and partnership, and that the key solution is consensus on a transitional authority.
Friday, 22-April-2016
Ansarullah official spokesman has said that the desired solution must be inclusive dealing with all issues.

"We do not want a piecemeal a partial solution. We want a comprehensive solution includes all issues to go to sound solutions," Mohamed Abdulsalam said in the opening session of the peace talks kicked off in Kuwait on Thursday.

He expressed reservations about the continuation of the airstrikes and the five points, which he said "were not clear either in their sequences or content."

He said that they held a dialogue with Saudi Arabia to make Kuwait talks successful, stressing that they will deal positively to come out with an obvious solution leads to partnership.

The talks was supposed to start three days ago, but the national delegation refused to leave Sana'a on time.

Abdulsalam said that the delay was because of the war that has not ceased. "The reasons for the delay are the continued air raids [on Yemen] and the ambiguity in the talks' agenda."

He appreciated the role played by Kuwait and the facilities they offered to succeed the talks.

Head of the General People Congress (GPC) delegation confirmed that the GPC is keen on the path of peace and dialogue as it does in 2011.
Thursday, 21-April-2016
A delegation consisting of representatives of the General People’s Congress (GPC) and Ansarullah headed on Wednesday to Kuwait to partake in the dialogue called for by the United Nations.

In a statement to media before departing Sana’a International Airport, the official spokesman for Ansarullah Mohamed Abdulsalam said the delegation’s first purpose is the success of the dialogue, despite the continuing bombing and blockade.

" We are going to Kuwait to prove to the public opinion, the Yemeni people and the army and popular committees everywhere that we are keen on achieving the security and stability,” Abdulsalm said.

He confirmed attending the dialogue, despite the reservation, which came in the delegation’s letter to the UN envoy, about halting the military acts and about the ambiguity in the UN agenda.

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