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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – August 8, 2016



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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – August 8, 2016

Post by rocky on Mon 08 Aug 2016, 6:39 am

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – August 8, 2016
Posted on August 8, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief
[size=13]Kurdish officials expects 500,000 to flee towards Kurdistan as Iraq’s Mosul offensive approaches[/size]
Mosul: Officials in Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) predict a military offensive to root out Islamic State (ISIS) militants from Mosul will result the flight of up to a half million residents towards the Kurdistan Region. “The operation to regain Mosul will be a huge challenge for the Kurdistan Region, especially with humanitarian, economic and security challenges,” said the Director General of the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) for the KRG’s Ministry of Interior, Hoshang Mohammed, in a report on the government’s website. KRG estimates put the total number of civilians expected to flee Mosul at close to one million, Mohammed said, adding that half will likely move north and east towards the Kurdistan Region.
[size=13]Barzani asks Gorran leader Mustafa to lead delegation to Baghdad: KDP media[/size]
Erbil: Efforts by Kurdish parties to end a year-long political deadlock reached a new level this week when KDP leader Massoud Barzani asked head of the Gorran Movement Nawshirwan Mustafa to lead a negotiating delegation to Baghdad for talks on independence, Rudaw which is close to KDP reported. Barzani’s special envoy for talks with other parties, Fuad Hussein, has delivered a message from the Barzani to Mustafa recommending that he leads a team to talk to Iraqi leaders on the question of referendum and independence. Barzani’s suggestion comes as part of a package of proposals his Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has offered Gorran and other groups as a solution to the political deadlock. “There is still the issue of trust but the relations between Mr. Mustafa and Mr. Barzani are good and we expect Mr. Hussein’s visits to increase this trust and give Mr. Mustafa a clearer picture,” a Gorran official told Rudaw. |

[size=13]Barzani’s office chief to meet again with political leaders in Sulaimani[/size]
Erbil: Massoud Barzani’s office chief will visit Sulaimani once again to meet with political leaders in the city for talks on the political situation in the region. Fuad Hussein met with the Secretary-General of the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), Salahaddin Bahadin, in Erbil on Sunday, NRT reported. According to the source the meeting was an extension of a previous meeting on the situation in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. Following the meeting with the KIU, Hussein said he plans to visit Sulaimani to meet with political leaders there for talks on the same issue, Kakaye reported. Hussein met with the leaders of political parties for an exchange of ideas and if an additional meeting is held, it will be to reach an agreement, the source said. |
[size=13]Peshmerga foil multiple IS attacks south of Kirkuk[/size]
Kirkuk: Kurdish Peshmerga forces thwarted multiple attacks from Islamic State (IS) militants on Sunday night (August 7) south of Kirkuk, killing a number of the group’s members. Peshmerga Commander Luqman Mohammed told NRT the militants attacked Kurdish forces at 9:30 pm in the villages of Yarmouk and Nawafl, as well as on Nahrawa Road and in the Martyrdom Community south of Kirkuk. Peshmerga forces foiled the attacks after one hour of clashes with the militant group, the commander said. “Two bodies of Daesh [IS] were seized by Peshmerga forces and several of their military vehicles were also destroyed,” Mohammed said.
[size=13]Four new F16 fighter jets arrive in Iraq[/size]
Baghdad: Iraq’s ministry of defense announced Sunday it had received four new F16 aircrafts from the US as part of its nearly $2 billion purchase of 36 such warplanes. The US has so far delivered 10 F16 aircrafts in three phases since 2014. Iraqi officials have said the single engine, all-weather military aircrafts will enhance the airforce’s capability to target IS inside Mosul when the looming operation sets off. “The new aircrafts will have a substantial impact on the advancing ground troops especially when the Mosul offensive starts,” said Nasir Nouri a spokesperson from the ministry on Sunday. The US temporarily postponed the delivery of the planes in 2014 after IS takeover of army installations in Nineveh province. The planes were instead sent to an Arizona air base where Iraqi pilots were being trained to fly the advanced aircraft.
[size=13]Displaced Christians call on KRG, Iraq to regain their homeland from IS[/size]
Erbil: Internally displaced Christians living in the Kurdistan Region have called on the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to regain control of their areas which were captured by the Islamic State (IS). Christians gathered in front of Mar Yousef Church in Erbil on Sunday (August 7) on the anniversary of their displacement, caused by attacks from IS militants. They urged the Iraqi government and the KRG to regain their areas in order for them to return to the Nineveh Governorate. A displaced Christian man told NRT that they are unemployed and lack services in the locations Christians have been sheltered. “I and my children worked in our project but here we are jobless and services are absent,” the man said. “Our psychological condition is poor because we don’t have jobs.”

[size=13]IDPs outnumber residents in Debaga, Erbil province[/size]
Erbil: At least 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have risked their lives to escape the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul and have reached Debaga town. The number of IDPs at the Debaga camp has outnumbered the town’s population. IDPs at this camp have fled IS from Sharqat, Hawija, Shingal outskirts, and areas around Mosul.  “Three families live in one tent. It is the same for others here. We fled IS and the Nineveh governor does not take care of us,” said an IDP. Ongoing displacement of civilians from areas under IS control has brought the number of IDPs in Debaga to 40,000. Three new camps are being built to accommodate IDPs expected to flee Mosul after the offensive to liberate the city is launched.
[size=13]Washington sends 400 soldiers to Iraq[/size]
Washington: The Military Officials in the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) announced on Saturday that Washington has decided to send 400 additional troops to Iraq during the current year, while the commander of the second division in the US Army, said that the new force is called “Ready force to hit” The US media quoted the military officials as saying that “400 soldiers will leave Campbell base in Kentucky, to join the rest of the elements of US troops deployed in Iraq, personnel of the Airborne eighty-second Division, totaling 1,300 troops,” pointing out that the arrival of American troops to Iraq will be part of the international coalition led by Washington against ISlamic State campaign. |

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