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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – October 19, 2016



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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – October 19, 2016

Post by rocky on Wed 19 Oct 2016, 6:10 am

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – October 19, 2016
Posted on October 19, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief
[size=13]Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil exports to Ceyhan halted due to ‘technical problem’ in Turkey[/size]
Kirkuk: Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil exports to Turkey’s Ceyhan pipeline have been halted due to a technical problem on Wednesday, a source from the Kurdish Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) told Rudaw. The technical problem occurred at a pumping station in Turkey, the source added, and Turkish personnel are now working to fix the problem. |
[size=13]Turkey on full alert on Iraqi border[/size]
Duhok: Turkish army tanks and armored vehicles have been settled on Silopi borders with Iraqi Kurdistan. According to Yeni Shafaq the Turkish army forces have been settled on the border as the long-awaited operation to liberate the Iraqi northern city of Mosul started on Monday. Army vehicles and armored vehicles, called scorpion, have been transferred to Silopi. Turkish officials have stated that the transfers are to boost security on the country’s border with Iraq; many however, believe that by the action Turkey is preparing to take part in Mosul operation. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated in remarks on early Tuesday that his country is serious to participate in Mosul operation. A source told ANF last Saturday that 1,200 Turkish soldiers, 8 tanks and several armored vehicles were deployed to Bashiqa region. |

[size=13]Kurdish forces thwart Islamic State attack in Sinjar[/size]
Sinjar: Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces backed by the U.S.-led Coalition on Wednesday thwarted a large-scale attack by Islamic State (IS) Sinjar (Shingal) district in northwest of Mosul, local media reported. A source from within the Peshmerga told NRT that IS militants launched the attack on Kurdish forces in the village of Hamadan in Sinjar at dawn on Wednesday. International Coalition warplanes destroyed seven ISIS vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) with which the militants launched the attack, the source added. According to the source, Peshmerga suffered no casualties while a number of IS militants were killed in the airstrikes. |
[size=13]Kurdistan Parliament Presidency, faction heads to hold meeting in Sulaimani on Wednesday[/size]
Sulaimani: The Presidency of the Kurdistan Parliament and the heads of factions are expected to hold meetings in Sulaimani on Wednesday, more than one year after parliament was deactivated. The head of the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) faction in the Kurdistan Parliament, Marwan Galali, told NRT on Tuesday that reactivating parliament would be discussed during the meeting and that a time and place would be set up for a session of parliament. Galali added the meeting would begin at 10:30 am in parliament’s office in Sulaimani. The time and place of parliament’s session would be set during the meeting, Galali said. It has been several days that preparations are made to hold the meeting. The head of the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) faction, Shwan Qaladizey, told NRT an official invitation was sent to all parliamentary blocs.
[size=13]Bodies of four Kurds repatriated to Iraqi Kurdistan, IFIR says[/size]
The International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR) said the bodies of four Kurdish people will be repatriated to the Kurdistan Region after they drowned in the Danube River at the Bulgaria-Romania border. IFIR Supervisor in the Kurdistan Region, Ari Jalal, told NRT on Tuesday the bodies will be repatriated to the region on Wednesday through Erbil International Airport. Jalal added the Kurdish migrants drowned in the Danube River at 11 pm on October 8. Two of the drowned Kurds are from the Soran district, located 120 km (75 miles) northeast of Erbil while the others, who are a brother and sister, are from the Shekhan district in the Duhok Governorate. “Up to 64 bodies have been repatriated to the Kurdistan Region this year,” Jalal said. Iraqi Kurds are fleeing to western countries to find a better life after the economic crisis that hit Kurdistan ywo years ago. |
[size=13]About 2,000 Iraqis from Mosul head to the border to cross into Syrian Kurdistan[/size]
About 2,000 displaced Iraqis from Mosul are waiting on the border to cross into Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) after the beginning of the operation to liberate the city from Islamic State (IS) group, ANF reported. The wave of migration from Mosul is expected to increase during the coming days amid the ongoing operations to liberate the city. An official from the al-Hawl camp, in the Kurdish city of Hasaka, said the number of Iraqi refugees has reached 6,100 persons and the figure is steadily rising. “According to the latest data, the number of Iraqi refugees at the al-Hawl camp has reached 6,100,” said Diwar Ahmed, manager of the camp, adding that “apart from the Iraqis, some 3,500 internally displaced Syrians from Deir Ezzor, are also sheltering in the camp.” | |
[size=13]Traffic officers go on three-day strike in Sulaimani[/size]
Sulaimani: Kurdish traffic officers are on strike in the city of Sulaimani, calling on the Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to pay their salaries. Employees from the General Directorate of Traffic in Sulaimani gathered inside the directorate on Tuesday to protest against the salary cut system and salary delays, NRT reported. Mahmoud said the traffic officers called on the KRG to remove the salary cut system and to pay their wages after the Ministry of Peshmerga, the first ministry to receive salaries in the Kurdistan Region, is paid. They will continue their strike until their requirements are met, according to the officers. A number of traffic police officers have also gone on strike and left the streets without officers in the city of Sulaimani.
[size=13]Kurdistani, Iraqi and EU officials discuss Mosul campaign, stabilization challenges[/size]
Brussels: The head of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations, Falah Mustafa Bakir, and Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahm al-Jaafari met with EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing campaign to retake Mosul. Stabilization challenges to be tackled once the military campaign was over was also a point of discussion. The Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces from the Kurdistan Region began moving towards the city at dawn on Monday under air cover from a U.S.-led coalition set up after ISIS swept into Iraq from Syria in 2014.

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