The Baghdad Post presents to its readers the latest news updates and breaking news today in Iraq.
German FM arrives in Baghdad to discuss regional tensions
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrived on Saturday in Baghdad as he is expected to meet President Barham Saleh and Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.
Maas has started a four-day Middle East tour as he is expected to go to Tehran on Monday for talks about the nuclear deal.
He is in Baghdad to discuss mutual ties between Germany and Iraq as well as tensions and regional issues of common interests.
Germany as one of the signatories of the JCPOA has been involved in setting up INSTEX, an institution designed to circumvent the reimposed U.S. sanctions that have been reimposed.
Maas said in earlier remarks that his country has taken many measures to help with the reconstruction process in Iraq, estimating the value of Germany’s financial aid to Iraq last year as over 1.5 billion euro.
Turkey continues 'Operation Claw' in north Iraq
The Turkish National Defense Ministry has announced more than 40 militants killed in Operation Claw in thirteen days.
A total of 43 PKK members were killed in 'Operation Claw' since May 27, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said Saturday on Twitter.
A total of 74 shelters and 53 mines used by the PKK in the Hakurk region were also destroyed, according to the ministry.
The Turkish Armed Forces launched Operation Claw in northern Iraq against the PKK terror group on May 27.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU – has reportedly been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people.
ISIS tax collector arrested in Anbar
Iraqi security forces managed on Saturday to track down and arrest an ISIS militant in al-Karma district in Anbar.
A press statement by the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate said the ISIS terrorist was involved in collecting money from farmers for the terrorist group’s treasury.
Iraq declared victory over ISIS last December with the help of a US-led alliance, having retaken all the territory captured by the extremists in 2014 and 2015.
Sleeper cells are believed to be linked to the group to remain active in some parts of the country.
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Bomb attack wound civilian northeast of Diyala
A bomb blast has left an Iraqi civilian wounded in Diyala province, a source was quoted saying.
In remarks, the source said an explosive charge went off on Saturday on the outskirts of Khanaqin city, northeast of Diyala, causing the injury of a civilian there.
Troops conducted investigations, the source said indicating an increase in the number of similar attacks.
ISIS sleeper cells are believed to be operating in Iraq and have been responsible for similar assaults and IEDs explosions.
Iraq launches first bus line traveling through Iran to Armenia
The Iraqi Ministry of Transport has said it launched the first Iraqi bus line traveling to Armenia, describing it as the first of its kind.
In a statement, the ministry said the addition to its routes comes within the framework of the development of international transport and openness to neighboring countries and regional countries.
Busses will pass from Iraq toward the east of Iran then to the north of Armenia, the statement said adding that it will open up "new horizons" in tourism available to Iraqis.
Highly-traveled bus routes between Iraq and Iran have been popular for years, but the new option may be a welcome one for Iraqi would-be sightseers who often complain of the severe limitations they face.