21.10.2014 – Hemin Salih – BasNews, Erbil – A special committee has been set up to investigate Kurdish officials arrested on charges of being involved in oil deals with Islamic State (IS) militants in Kirkuk Province.According to information obtained by BasNews some of the accused were security officials meaning they would face military court. If they admit their crime they will be hanged.
Oberkommandant Heydar Shesho: “Ein Shingal ohne êzîdîsche Identität akzeptieren wir nicht”
Shingal. Der Oberkommandant der Verteidigungseinheit Shingals (HPŞ), Heydar Shesho, hat in Anwesenheit êzîdîscher Kommandeure und Würdenträgern Stellung zur Zukunft der Region Shingal bezogen. In seiner Ansprache machte Oberkommandant Shesho unter anderem deutlich, dass ein Shingal “ohne êzîdîsche Identität nicht akzeptiert werden kann”, gleich welche Partei oder Organisation in Shingal zukünftig tätig sein wird. Dies gelte auch für die kurdische Regierung. Zugleich sei dies die Bedingung für alle Parteien und Kräfte, die in Shingal wirken möchten.
By Loveday Morris and Mustafa Salim October 20 – The Washington Post – BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants advanced on Mount Sinjar on Monday, seizing two villages and blocking roads as besieged fighters from the minority Yazidi sect pleaded for U.S.-led airstrikes to save them.
A suicide bomber killed an estimated 19 people at a funeral at a Shiite mosque in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad Sunday. Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake the northern city of Baiji, which hosts the country’s largest oil refinery, however the efforts were derailed after an armored vehicle exploded near the security forces’ convoy, killing four soldiers. On Sunday, the U.S. military reported it had broadened airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq’s Anbar province. Australia has reached an agreement with Iraq allowing the deployment of 200 special forces to “advise and assist” Iraqi security forces. Meanwhile, after over a month of negotiations, the Iraqi parliament has approved new defense and interior ministers.
Amnesty International accused the Iraqi government of supporting the Badr militia, which Amnesty also accused of kidnapping more than 170 young Sunni men since June. Against the backdrop of these sectarian tensions, the New York Times reported infighting within the Shiite bloc between Prime Minister Abadi and former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Kurdistan Markets currently facing economic crisis / KRG to Ask for International Loan to Survive Economic Crisis
20.10.2014 – Mewan Dolamari – BasNews, Erbil – On Sunday the Kurdistan Region Ministers’ Council held a meeting in Erbil where it was decided to ask for international loans for the region.
19 October 2014 – Shafaq News / The security committee in Diyala council revealed on Sunday, that Peshmarga Kurdish forces have controlled large parts of Jalawla and Saadia sub-districts
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Appointment of Iraq’s new interior minister opens door to militia & Iranian influence
By Loveday Morris October 18 – WASHINGTON POST – BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament voted Saturday to put an affiliate of an Iranian-backed paramilitary group in charge of a key security ministry, a move that could strike a serious blow to efforts to unite Sunnis and Shiites to wrest back their country from Islamist extremists.
19.10.2014 – BasNews, Baghdad – New Iraqi defense minister Khaled al-Obeidi has delivered his first official speech, insisting that the Kurdistan Region must hand back terrorists that have been living in the KRI. Al-Obeidi is a Sunni, was approved as the new Iraqi defense minister along with Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, a Shia, who was appointed interior minister. “The Kurdistan Region should hand back criminals who have been charged with terrorist acts to the federal government, so they can face justice,” said Al-Obeidi.
MESOP : ELECTRICAL ENLIGHTEMENT FOR JIHADISTS ? Kirkuk Supplies Electricity to Areas Under IS Control
19.10.2014 - Hoshmand Sadiq – BasNews, Kirkuk – Recently the ethnically-mixed province of Kirkuk In northern Iraq has been experiencing power cuts, and a senior member of the Kirkuk Province council has revealed that Kirkuk still supplies electricity to areas under the control of the extremist group.