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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – October 10, 2016



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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – October 10, 2016

Post by rocky on Mon 10 Oct 2016, 6:23 am

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – October 10, 2016
Posted on October 10, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief
[size=13]Military media center established for Mosul operation, says Peshmerga official[/size]
Erbil: A military media center was established for announcements on the operation to liberate Mosul, a Kurdish Peshmerga official said on Sunday. The head of the Peshmerga Ministry’s Culture and Media Office, Halgurd Hikmat, told NRT the center will be a source of military announcements and remarks from military officials covering the Mosul operation. “It was decided to establish the media center during a meeting between delegations from the Peshmerga Ministry, the Iraqi Defense Ministry and Coalition forces on September 19,” Hikmat said. The Kurdish media center will be in cooperation with the Iraqi and Coalition centers during the operation to liberate Mosul, he added.
[size=13]UK to deploy 250 soldiers to Erbil amid preparations for Mosul assault[/size]
Erbil: An additional 250 UK soldiers are expected to arrive in Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s capital, Erbil, to train the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and help them with the battle against Islamic State (IS). Since there are indications of IS militants planting Mosul and other areas with IEDs and booby traps, the majority of the UK soldiers will be providing the Kurds with counter IED trainings to enable them clear the explosives while pushing into Mosul. “One proposal includes using mine clearing tanks, such as the British Trojan, to blow a path through minefields allowing Iraq and Kurdish armored brigades to pour forward into Mosul and liberate thousands of civilians,” The Sunday Express reported.

[size=13]Former U.S. Ambassador says Iraqi Kurdistan needs to develop infrastructure[/size]
Erbil: Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, said Iraq’s Kurdistan Region needs to develop its infrastructure through the construction of roads and airports as well as other services. Khalilzad, speaking at the 3rd conference on the Role of the Private Sector in Kurdistan Economic Development, said on Sunday the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) should change its policy on the private sector in order to develop it. The KRG should not depend on the region’s oil sector because the fall in the price of oil is the main cause of the economic crisis in the Kurdistan Region, Khalilzad said. “The KRG needs to provide a proper environment for the private sector and investment,” he added.
[size=13] KDP official: PKK not needed in Mosul operation, Peshmerga would enter city[/size]
Erbil: The commander of the Kurdish forces of Peshmerga in Khazer axis, northern Iraq, stated that all Iraqi forces will participate in the operation to liberate the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) control but Peshmerga forces would not enter the city, adding that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters are not needed in the upcoming operation. Also a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) political office, Aref Tayfur told Kurdpress that facilities have been prepared and placed have been dedicated to those refugees who are supposed to flee Kurdistan Region from Mosul. He also believes that the Shiite fighters of Hashid al-Shaabi are not needed in the liberating operation, stressing that Kurdistan Region is not against the participation of the forces but it is an issue that the Iraqi army and the coalition forces should decide about.
[size=13]Kurdistan minister says information on teachers sent to Baghdad over salaries[/size]
Erbil: Iraq’s Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Education said the ministry has sent a list of names and information to Baghdad regarding the funds necessary to make payments of the salaries of teachers in the region. Education Minister Pishtiwan Sadiq said during a press conference on Sunday that Massoud Barzani, during a visit to Baghdad, called on the Iraqi government to provide the salaries of teachers in the Kurdistan Region. Sadiq said the Kurdistan Regional Government (KIRG)’s ministry is waiting for a response from the Iraqi government on providing the salaries of teachers. “The Iraqi government asked us and we sent [information on] the number of teachers and the funds required to [Baghdad] and we are waiting for them,” Sadiq said.
[size=13]Iranian industrialists visits Iraqi Kurdistan[/size]
Erbil: President of Iran’s Semnan province exporters union Saeed Turkman Dehnavi said on Sunday that a group of Semnan businessmen and producers are visiting Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, to explore the grounds for economic cooperation. Considering diversity of the goods being produced in Semnan province, an expert team is currently on a visit to Erbil to evaluate market of Iraq, especially city of Mosul, after release from occupation of terrorist groups, IRNA reported. Dehnavi called on related officials to ease bureaucracy, so that the exporters can do their jobs with more concentration. |
[size=13]Local carpet makers struggle to compete with imports[/size]
The Rwandz carpet factory, once a top carpet manufacturer in Iraq selling its products worldwide, is struggling to keep going as it faces competition from cheap imports. The factory, established in 1972 used to employ over 100 women, but now just 35 workers run the factory. Each handmade 3m by 4m carpet costs around $5,000  to manufacture. They cannot compete with imports. Besides this factory, there are 6 other carpet manufacturers in southern Kurdistan. They all produce the same type of carpets and are supported by the Ministry of Culture and Youth.

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