MESOP : …. FOLLOWED VERY SOON BY “NO SMOKING” ! ONLY ALLAH & BULLETS & GUNS & EXPLOSIVES ARE LEGAL +WANTED
Iraq’s Parliament Votes To Ban Alcohol / Most important laws
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – 2016-10-23 02:59 GMT – Iraq’s parliament has voted to ban the sale, import, and production of alcohol — a move that is expected to please influential Islamic parties but anger some non-Muslim minority groups. Supporters of the ban argued ahead of the October 22 vote that it is justified by Iraq’s constitution, which prohibits any law contradicting Islam. But some opponents argued that the legislation violates Iraq’s constitutional guarantees for the traditions of religious minorities. The ban was added at the last minute to a draft law on municipalities. Coming as a surprise to those who oppose such a ban, the passage of the law also came while many were focused on Iraq’s ongoing battle for control of the northern city of Mosul. The law calls for a fine ranging from $8,000 to $20,000 for each violation. www.mesop.de
ERBIL — 23 Oct 2016 – BasNews – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Interior Minister Karim Sinjari says Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army have together liberated 30 villages in northern Iraq since the beginning of Mosul operation, with reports of revolt and internal clashes among Islamic State (IS) militants inside the city.
October 23 – 2016 – By Scott Lucas – Russia and the Assad regime are preparing to renew their bombing of Syria’s largest city Aleppo, after announcing the end of a “pause” in the assaults. Moscow, which has come under political pressure for the month-long strikes that have killed more than 600 civilians, announced a suspension of the attacks last Tuesday. It extended the pause on Thursday, claiming that “corridors” would allow residents and surrendering rebels to leave east Aleppo.On Saturday, Russian outlets said “not a single civilian” had been able to exit, blaming rebel shelling of crossings.
October 23 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Kurdish peshmerga have launched an assault on a town northeast of Mosul, on the seventh day of the Iraqi-Kurdish offensive to recapture Iraq’s second city from the Islamic State.
Bashiqa, occupied by ISIS during its lightning offensive that captured Mosul in June 2014, is close to a camp where 500 Turkish troops have been training Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers.
www.alaraby.co.uk – 2016-10-22 – An Iraqi court has issued a warrant for the arrest of a senior political figure from Mosul, charged with passing intelligence to neighbouring Turkey, the judiciary said on Thursday. The warrant was issued for Atheel al-Nujaifi, a former governor of the Nineveh province of which Mosul is the capital, after three parliamentarians lodged a complaint against him, a statement said.
www.rte-Media – 22 Oct 2016 – Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake Mosul from the so-called Islamic State, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today after talks with President Tayyip Erdogan.Mr Erdogan has previously voiced frustration that NATO member Turkey has not been more involved in the US-backed assault on the Iraqi city, once part of the Ottoman empire and still seen by Turkey as firmly within its sphere of influence.
Kirkuk under attack & Update: Tunnel -system ISIS Mosul
22 Oct 2016 – MESOP – “So it transpires ISIS have spent two years digging tunnels connecting all the villages they hold, so they can keep popping up behind you.” – KIRKUK under Attack…in einem Drittel der Stadt wurde gekämpft bis vor wenigen Stunden! – seit 4:00 AM haben rund 50 ISIS Personen+Kindern angegriffen. Mir scheint es aber, dass es viel mehr waren? denn immer noch wird massiv gekämpft. Sogar die PKK/HPG hat Kämpfer geschickt.
MESOP MOSUL UPDATE : Mosul Offensive – Iraqi Forces Move from Southeast; ISIS Continues Attacks in Kirkuk
October 22 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – On the sixth day of the offensive to take Iraq’s second city Mosul, Iraqi forces have moved from the southeast, trying to capture the mainly-Christian town of Qaraqosh.Meanwhile, the Islamic State, which has held Mosul since June 2014, is still threatening bomb and gun attacks inside the city of Kirkuk to the east.The Iraqi forces are continuing attempts to secure lines and routes about 20 km (13 miles) from Mosul’s outskirts. They captured Bartella, a village to the north of Qaraqosh, before trying to move into the town on Saturday.
by Scott Lucas . eaworldview – 21 Oct 2016 – Balsam Mustafa writes for EA:
On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the long-awaited offensive to retake Iraq’s second city Mosul from the Islamic State.About 30,000 Iraqi troops and Kurdish peshmerga, supported by US-led airstrikes and US, British, and French special forces, are involved in the operations. Mostly-Shia paramilitary units (PMUs) are present, but are saying their role is to cut off ISIS support lines rather than engage in fighting.