The Baghdad Post presents to its readers the latest news updates and breaking news today in Iraq.
UNITAD adviser says ISIS crimes in Iraq amount to genocide
UNITAD Special Adviser Karim Khan has said that ISIS crimes in Iraq amount to war crimes and genocide, as well as crimes against humanity.
An investigative team for the accountability of ISIS crimes, UNITAD is still probing crimes of the terrorist organization with the Iraqi government, according to Khan.
He said Iraqi courts will continue to try ISIS elements and that external legal measures might be taken regarding cross-border terrorist crimes conducted by ISIS.
Collecting information is a major challenge facing the investigative team, Khan noted.
Kurdistan gov't to be formed within month: Gorran member
Rizgar Mohamed, a member of the Gorran Movement in the Kurdistan Parliament, said that Kurdistan's new government will be formed within 30 days.
"The Kurdistan Democratic Party in charge of forming the new government, will not wait for any party anymore to present its candidates for the ministerial and government posts," Mohamed said.
The names of the ministers of the new government will be presented to the Kurdistan parliament to gain confidence within a month, he added.
On Tuesday, the KRG has elected a new prime minister, Masrour Barzani, and a new President, Nechirvan Barzani.
Iraq's stability essential factor for regional security: Salih
President Barham Salih confirmed that Iraq, through in its Arab depth and its Islamic neighborhood, has a priority in achieving regional stability in accordance with the mutual and shared interests among the countries of the region, according to a presidential statement.
Salih received Foreign Minister of the Sultanate of Oman Yusuf bin Alawi and his accompanying delegation at the Presidential Office in Baghdad on Wednesday.
During the meeting, the President said that the stability of Iraq is a key factor for the security of the region, stressing that Baghdad and Muscat could play a significant and influential role for their stature in the region as well as their desire for joint action and coordination on regional issues.
Salih welcomed the decision of the Sultanate of Oman to open its embassy in Iraq, saying that it is a positive step by the Omani brothers for deepening frames of cooperation between the two countries in a way that contributes to the economic growth and prosperity of the two brotherly peoples.
For his part, Bin Alawi asserted that his visit to Iraq is of great importance to consolidate bilateral relations and unify positions on situations in the region.
The Omani Minister reiterated his country's support for Iraq in all fields.
U.S. sanctions Iraq-based company affiliated with IRGC
The United States has sanctioned an Iraqi company which it said had helped Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps evade sanctions by smuggling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of weapons.
In a June 11 statement, the U.S. Treasury Department said the penalties target the South Wealth Resources Company in Baghdad and two executives, who the statement said helped facilitate weapons shipments and the company's financial operations. The treasury said that the company and the two men -- Makki Kazim ‘Abd Al Hamid Al Asadi and Muhammed Hussein Salih Al Hasani -- are linked to the IRGC’s elite Quds Force.
"Treasury is taking action to shut down Iranian weapons smuggling networks that have been used to arm regional proxies of the IRGC Qods Force in Iraq, while personally enriching regime insiders," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was quoted as saying in the statement.
"The Iraqi financial sector and the broader international financial system must harden their defenses against the continued deceptive tactics emanating from Tehran in order to avoid complicity in the IRGC’s ongoing sanctions evasion schemes and other malign activities," Mnuchin added.
There was no immediate reaction from Iraq or Iran.
In an unprecedented move in April, the U.S. designated the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).
The new sanctions were announced as Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Tehran in an effort to help ease tensions between Washington and Tehran.
Two ‘dangerous terrorists’ killed, north of Salahuddin: Military
Two “dangerous terrorists” were killed in an operation, north of Salahuddin Province, close to the provinces of Erbil and Nineveh, the military media said.
In a statement, the Security Media Cell said joint troops managed to track the terrorists to the area’s al-Aitha region of the district.
The first of the two “dangerous terrorists”, according to the statement, held the post of “Security Official” while the second was “Administrative Official for al-Shirqat District.”
Justice Min. denies existence of ‘alien prisoners’ in Iraqi prisoners
The Iraqi Ministry of Justice on Thursday denied news about the existence of “alien prisoners” to fake out nutrition budgets at the Iraqi Reform Office.
A statement by the ministry said its offices and authorities are operating in adherence to the Iraqi law and international human rights standards.
Yesterday, a demand has been submitted to the Supreme Anti-Corruption Council to investigate the existence of “alien prisoners” within the prisons of Iraq.
MP Burhan al-Maamouri revealed in a statement, which The Baghdad Post received a copy of, that such “alien prisoners” – a term often refers to random names added to inmates listings of prisons for extra budget expenses – waste state budget significantly.
“The Iraqi Reform Office is considered one of the most important offices within the Justice Ministry,” MP Maamouri’s statement said. “These alien prisoners cost the state budget tens of billions to cover inmates nutrition programs.”
Maamouri further said the existence of “alien prisoners” within inmates nutrition contracts raise many questions towards the Reform Office.