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Tishwash:   The Internet in Iraq is smothered and Facebook is folding its pages and Twitter is silent

Baghdad, Mawazine News

The social networking services Facebook, Twitter and Entragam, as well as communication via Watasab and Faber in all of Iraq, were canceled without the Ministry of Communications providing a clear justification as the activists linked the measure to the demonstrations that widened in Iraq in protest against the deterioration of services and weak electricity supply.

In addition, the services of the Entrite witnessed a great weakness in Baghdad, the capital and other cities of Iraq, while there were none in Basra and Najaf, which also witnessed a curfew according to security sources and local residents.

The Iraqi Ministry of Communications commented on the reasons for the general weakness and the almost complete interruption of the Internet service witnessed by most Iraqi cities on Saturday, which coincided with the popular demonstrations that lasted a week ago.

A ministry source said in a press statement that “there is no intentional cutting, but there is a weakness in service due to the maintenance and introduction of new carrier lines.”
“We have been working for a long time on the introduction of the new national carrier line for service,” the source said.

The technical agent of the ministry, Amir al-Bayati, attributed the reason for the weakness of the Internet to cut off the connection between the outskirts of Kirkuk and Al-Tuz in northern Iraq. Tozukurmato north of Salahaddin province.

Al-Bayati said in a press statement that “the Internet has been cut off late last night by a search technician because of the severing of the connection between Kirkuk and Al-Toz.” He said that “the ministry cadres are continuing the process of repairing the cable and the return of service” without specifying a period of time for its return.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications in the Kurdistan Regional Government, Saturday, July 14, 2018, that the decision of the Iraqi government to cut the service of social networking site “Facebook” also extended the province, noting that we are trying to restore the service.

The Iraqi government has cut off the Internet and social networking service “Facebook” about the citizens in an attempt to prevent the expansion of popular protests in several southern provinces.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Transport and Transport in the Kurdistan Regional Government, Omid Mohammed Saleh, that “in addition to cutting off the service (Facebook), the Iraqi government is pressing to cut off the Internet lines also.”

Saleh added that “stop service (Facebook) in the Kurdistan region is temporary, and try to restore the service as soon as possible.”

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Haider Abadi, ordered the security forces, on Saturday, to enter the state of warning “C” with the spread of protests in a number of demonstrations, which were interrupted by violence.

Abadi also called for “the immediate joining of commanders and commanders, their presence at the head of their military units, and the inclusion of all officers in their units.”

A number of Iraqi provinces, including Baghdad, Basra, Dhi Qar, Maysan and Najaf, have been demonstrating for about a week against the deterioration of services and the spread of unemployment. Yesterday, the main roads were closed and the headquarters of a number of political parties were attacked, as well as the storming of Najaf airport. Of protesters and members of the security forces were injured.

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Harambe:   Bloomberg: Iraq Says Oil Safe as Government Cuts Social Media Amid Protests (7/15/18)

Iraq is pumping oil at normal levels even as protests spread across the southern region from where OPEC’s second-biggest producer exports most of its crude, according to a government spokesman.

“Production and exports from southern Iraq are stable as per normal levels,” Oil Ministry spokesman Asim Jihad said by phone. Authorities have deployed security forces to protect energy fields and facilities in the region, he said.

Protests broke out last week in the southern province of Basra by residents asking for jobs at some of the country’s giant oil fields operated by international companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and Lukoil PJSC. Iraqis have protested about unemployment and inadequate public services including power and water shortages ever since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.

Iraq has been rebuilding its energy industry and ranks second only to Saudi Arabia for production within the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. The country is pumping 4.55 million barrels day, according to the International Energy Agency. Its exports, most of which leave by tanker from southern sea terminals, have increased over the past few years and reached 3.521 million barrels a day in June.

At least one civilian was killed during riots in Basra last week, according to police. The protests have proliferated, with residents demanding jobs and reliable electricity and water supplies. Authorities have disrupted social media and other internet services in Baghdad and many other regions across the country, mainly in the south, over the last few days.

The government formed a ministerial committee headed by Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi to formulate plans to address the protesters’ concerns, according to a government statement on Saturday. It also allocated 3.5 trillion dinars ($3 billion) to support projects addressing these issues.

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