The Baghdad Post presents to its readers the latest news updates and breaking news today in Iraq.
National Alliance head Hakim says Iraq seeks to ease US-Iran tensions
Leader of the Iraqi National Alliance for Reform and Reconstruction Ammar Al-Hakim asserted on Thursday that Iraq would be the first to get affected by any escalation of tension between the United States and Iran.
Hakim’s remarks came during a meeting with a Sadrist Movement delegation to discuss the recent developments of the Iraqi political scene and the US-Iran escalation in the region.
Al-Hakim further affirmed that Iraq is exerting efforts to ease the tension between Iran and the United States as it will be damaged the most of if the situation developed into war.
A Sadrist Movement official called on supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to rush into the streets and protest on Friday in various provinces to condemn a potential war between the US and Iran in Iraq.
Drug smuggling increases via Zurbatiyah border with Iran: MP
Drugs and narcotics trafficking to Iraq has increased dramatically in recent years, especially through the Zurbatiyah border crossing with Iran, Saairun parliamentary bloc's spokesman Salman Hassan said.
"The danger of the scourge of drugs is not less than the danger of terrorism," Hassan stated.
Hassan blamed the government for the "delay" and inability to set strict measures at the border crossings, and also blamed the security authorities for dereliction.
He also called on the executive authorities and Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to form a high security committee in the province of Wasit and other provinces to follow up on the mechanisms of work of the ports and investigate the latest incidents.
Karbala governor sacked for corruption charges
Karbala provincial council has decided to dismiss governor Aqil Al-Turaihi for “corruption.”
Al-Turaihi, a member of Iraq’s Islamic Dawa Party, led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, has served as Karbala governor since June of 2013.
The provincial council has voted to remove the governor from his post for a number of financial and administrative violations.
The council held an interrogation session last Tuesday to question Al-Turaihi regarding neglect, abuse of authority and corruption charges.
The ex-governor was also assigned with overseeing the implementation of all service projects carried out in the province.
Kuwaiti FM says Iraqi delegation's visit 'fruitful'
The Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry has revealed the outcome of the visit carried out by the Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Wednesday.
In remarks on Thursday, Khalid al-Jarallah, deputy Kuwaiti foreign minister, described Abdul-Mahdi’s visit as fruitful and positive, deeming it a chance to exchange viewpoints and boost bilateral ties.
The delegation met with their Kuwaiti counterparts to seek ways to develop relations and tackle issues of mutual concern.
Moreover, the two sides “agreed on developing and boosting cooperation in all fields.
Jarallah also expressed optimism regarding the development of the bilateral ties, saying “we believe we are on the right path regarding the interests of the two countries and peoples.”
Asked if there were any agreements signed during the visit, he said “the agreements were signed during the seventh joint supreme ministerial conference earlier this month."
He also added that the ministerial committee drew a roadmap to end several issues between the two countries.
Turkish jets hit PKK shelters, northern Iraq
Turkish fighter jets have targeted weapon stash and shelters used by PKK terror group in northern Iraq, Turkish Defense Ministry said.
In a statement on Thursday, the ministry said airstrikes were carried out in Hakurk region of northern Iraq.
Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children, according to Turkish media.
Two Iraqi policemen killed in attacks in Saladin, Diyala
Local military sources in the Diyala governorate said Thursday that two police officers were killed and five others injured in two attacks by ISIS.
Militants staged a fierce attack on a checkpoint near the Alas oilfield in Saladin province north of Baghdad late on Wednesday.
A number of ISIS terrorist were neutralized during the attack, which killed one police officer and injured four others.
The second attack took place in Diyala when terrorists staged a rocket attack Wednesday evening in the Kanaan sub-district.
In mid-2014, ISIS held control over around one third of Iraq.
Although officials in Baghdad say that ISIS had been defeated, the group continues to carry out skirmishes in Iraq's Nineveh, Kirkuk, Diyala, Saladin and Anbar provinces.
Iraq announces strategic alternatives for oil export in case of war
Iraq has announced strategic alternatives for oil exports in the event of a war between the United States and Iraq.
The announcement was made by the Prime Minister of Iraq, Adil Abdul-Mahdi.
He noted that strategic alternatives were prepared in case of the closure of the Strait of Hormuz.
This statement was made after threats from Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz, which is one of the most important routes of oil transportation in the world.