Iraqi PM Abadi: We will continue to fight ISIS, even within Syrian territory

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that he has ordered armed forces to fight against ISIS, even from within Syrian territory. In a statement on Tuesday, Abadi also said that there are joint efforts with neighboring countries to Iraq to protect the borders from any threat ISIS may pose. The prime minister also warned various forces against harming federal forces or citizens in Kurdistan, Kirkuk and disputed areas. If "disobeyed," consequences will be harsh no matter the ...

Iraq dismisses US call for Iranian-backed militias to ‘go home’

Monday, 23 October 2017

The Iraqi government has dismissed a call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for Iranian-backed paramilitary units that helped Baghdad defeat ISIS to end operations in Iraq. Speaking after a meeting on Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Tillerson said it was time for the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) militias and their Iranian advisers to “go home”. Washington, which backed Baghdad against ISIS, is concerned Iran will ...

Saudi crown prince discusses anti-terror fight with Iraq PM

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also deputy prime minister and defense minister, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the latest efforts in the fight against terrorism in the region.During the meeting, both reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries and means of developing them in various fields, in addition to the latest developments in the region, including joint efforts in combating terrorism.

King Salman receives Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the first meeting of a Saudi-Iraqi coordination council. At King Khalid International Airport, Abadi was received by Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Riyadh Region, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet Dr. Massed bin Mohammed Al-Ayban, the accompanying minister to visiting prime minister, Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, who is also the ...

King Salman stresses kingdom’s support for united Iraq in phone call to Abadi

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Saudi King Salman held a telephone call Monday evening with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Haider al-Abadi, in which he stressed the Kingdom’s support for the unity of Iraq and its security and stability and the adherence of all parties to the Iraqi constitution. King Salman renewed the kingdom’s call on all parties to exercise restraint and deal with the crisis through dialogue to spare Iraq more internal conflicts. For his part, the Iraqi Prime Minister praised the ...

France offers to mediate between Baghdad and Kurds

Thursday, 5 October 2017

France offered on Thursday to mediate in a political crisis pitting Iraq’s government against Kurdish regional authorities, and promised to maintain a military presence there until ISIS was defeated. The offer by President Emmanuel Macron coincided with a visit by Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, his first abroad since its Kurdish-held northern regions last month voted for independence in a referendum declared illegal by Baghdad. The Iraqi government ...

Iraq eases financial curbs on Kurdistan region, in a sign of de-escalation

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Iraq’s central bank on Wednesday eased financial restrictions imposed on the Kurdistan region over its independence vote after receiving a pledge of cooperation from Kurdish banks, an Iraqi banking source said. All but four Kurdish-owned banks were allowed to send and receive dollar and foreign currency transfers on Wednesday, the source told Reuters.It is the first de-escalation measure in the crisis, which erupted after voters in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq ...

Abadi calls travel ban constitutional, Kurdistan refuses to relinquish borders

Friday, 29 September 2017

As the Iraqi Prime Minister on Friday said the direct air travel ban is not “a punition against the citizens of the region” the Kurdistan Regional Government refused to relinquish control of its border crossings. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement that the action was a constitutional measure decided by the government in the interest of the residents of Kurdistan. Erbil-based TV Rudaw said on Friday, citing a KRG official that the regional government refused handing ...

Iraqi PM calls on Kurds to cancel independence referendum result

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi demanded on Wednesday that Kurdish authorities “cancel” the outcome of the independence referendum in northern Iraq, as a condition for dialogue to resolve an escalating crisis. In a speech to parliament, Abadi renewed his ultimatum to Masoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to hand over control of international airports by Friday or face a ban on direct international flights to the Kurdish region. People in northern Iraq ...

German ISIS bride nicknamed ‘Belle of Mosul’ may face death penalty

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Iraq’s prime minister said the teenage German girl found in Mosul last month who ran away from home after communicating with ISIS extremists online is still being held in a Baghdad prison. Speaking to The Associated Press on Saturday, Haider al-Abadi said Iraq’s judiciary will decide if the teen will face the death penalty. “You know teenagers under certain laws, they are accountable for their actions especially if the act is a criminal activity when it amounts to killing ...

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