The Baghdad Post presents to its readers the latest news updates and breaking news today in Iraq.
Salih affirms need to sustain victories of Iraqi army, backing forces
President Barham Salih stressed the importance of sustaining the momentum of the victories achieved by the Iraqi army and its backing forces including the Peshmerga, besides the sons of tribes against ISIS’ gangs.
During his meeting with newly-appointed Minister of Defense Najah al-Shammari on Sunday, Salih praised the military achievements in the war on terrorism, a presidential statement read.
The president welcomed the minister and wished him success in performing his new tasks.
President Salih affirmed the need to care about the army in preparation and armament in order to promote its sacred role in addressing those who try to undermine Iraq’s sovereignty and stability.
For his part, Shammari reviewed the Ministry’s activities and plans to develop the capabilities of the Iraqi army as well as the supporting military formations.
He confirmed the pursuit to redouble efforts and work in order to maintain the country’s security and stability.
Targeting Bahraini Embassy: Iranian warning message to Iraqi leaders
Iraqi Hezbollah militia has targeted the Bahraini Embassy in Baghdad as a warning to the Iraqi government if any of its leaders tried to drift away from the agenda of Tehran.
The attack on the Bahraini embassy is part of this challenge. The attack did not mean Bahrain for hosting the "Peace to Prosperity" workshop, as Palestine means nothing for the terrorists who attacked the embassy.
The terrorist attack was led by Abu Talib al-Saidi, an Iraqi terrorist who has been a member of Hezbollah's political bureau since the entry of exiled Iraqis into Iran. Since 2003, they have formed several factions armed by Iran and have been working separately. However, their terrorist attacks were directed into American targets.
Subsequently, these factions succeeded in 2007 to merge and form what has been known as Kata'ib Hezbollah. This alliance included the Brigade of Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas, the Karbala Brigades, the Zaid bin Ali Brigades, Ali al-Akbar Brigades and Al-Sojjad Brigades.
Each of these battalions had operated independently, while not knowing nothing about the other until they announced allying with each other and fighting under one name, according to a statement issued by the brigades in 2007.
Observers stressed that the Iraqi leaders are facing a clear Iranian strategy to target the Iraqi state, sovereignty and resources. Tehran regime considers Iraq a soft land that it can use to eliminate its enemies on, including the United States and the Gulf states, as well as the European countries.
Observers wondered, can the Iraqi government do anything to prevent Iran from misusing its territory? Obeying Iran will definitely end up damaging the Iraqi government and state.
Iraq on Friday denounced an "attack" by protesters on the embassy of Bahrain that prompted Manama to recall its ambassador from Baghdad, AFP reported.
On Thursday around 200 protesters torched Israeli flags outside theBahrain embassy in Baghdad and hoisted Iraqi and Palestinian flags.
Jaafar al-Husseini, an official with Iran-backed Kata'ib Hezbollah says members of his group comprised the majority of protesters outside the Bahrain embassy in the Iraqi capital that was attacked this week. But he says he doesn't know who stormed the mission.
However, he said that storming the embassy was a "natural right for the protesters" to express their anger over Bahrain's hosting of a US-backed conference to promote peace between Arabs and Israelis.
Two civilians injured in bomb explosion, north of Baghdad
Two civilians were seriously wounded as a bomb explosion took place in Baghdad on Sunday, a security source said.
In remarks, the source said the incident occurred near a gathering of civilians in the area of Jaguk, north of Baghdad.
The injured, according to the source, were taken to a nearby hospital after the security forces were deployed to the scene.
High security measures to be taken around diplomatic missions in Baghdad
Tight security measures have been decided to be taken around foreign diplomatic missions in Baghdad, a security source said.
A statement by Maj. Gen. Aamr Saddam said the decision was made at the request of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi who emphasized that the security of diplomatic missions in Iraq is the “red line”.
Earlier this week, hundreds of angry protestors raided Bahrain’s embassy in Baghdad where they took down the country’s flag to condemn a US-sponsored “workshop” hosted in Bahrain to address the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Military operation to be carried out west of Anbar: Commander
A military operation, backed by Army Aviation, will be launched by the Anbar Operations Command to pursue terrorists, west of Anbar.
“Some areas witnessed notable movements of the ISIS terrorists. The operation aims to address the targets according to the plan prepared by Anbar Operations Command,” Qassim Moslih, the Commander, said in a press statement.
“The operation will cover western Ramadi desert (the areas of Saad, Ras al-Ajarmy, Ras al-Oud, Ras al-Nesr, Nazira, Husseineya, Zur Huran and others),” Moslih added.
Those areas, according to Moslih, witness noticeable movement of terrorists. Securing these areas “will positively affect the security situation for the west of the country.”
Iran responsible for all attacks in Middle East, including Baghdad: Mossad director
Israel's Mossad director Yossi Cohen said in press remarks on Monday that Iran is responsible for all the recent attack in the Middle East, including on the oil tankers, the embassy in Baghdad and the oil pipes in Saudi Arabia.
In May, Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister accused Iran of ordering an attack on Saudi oil pumping stations that Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militia has claimed responsibility for.
The attack “proves that these militias are merely a tool that Iran’s regime uses to implement its expansionist agenda,” tweeted Prince Khalid bin Salman, a son of King Salman.
“The terrorist acts, ordered by the regime in Tehran, and carried out by the Houthis, are tightening the noose around the ongoing political efforts.”
Other Saudi officials fired off similar tweets, ratcheting up pressure on the kingdom’s regional arch-enemy amid heightened tension between Washington and Tehran over sanctions and U.S. military presence in the Gulf.
“The Houthis are an integral part of the Revolutionary Guard forces of Iran and follow their orders, as proven by them targeting installations in the kingdom,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir tweeted.
The ambassador to Yemen followed up, writing that the Houthis had “made Yemen a platform for Iranian terrorism against Yemenis and their interests, and a tool to attack Saudi Arabia.”
Health Ministry warns Iranian eggs improperly produced, stored
The Planning and Monitoring Directorate of the Iraqi Ministry of Health affirmed in a Monday statement that eggs produced locally in Iraq are of a high quality and suitable prices, unlike eggs imported from Tehran.
The statement further warned that eggs imported from Iran are being produced in unsanitary and improper methods, not to mention that they are stored in unsuitable environments.
Recent reports indicated several cases of food poisoning due to the consumption of spoiled eggs that were imported from Iran.
The directorate also said eggs exported from Iran, which are being improperly stored, are being imported unofficially without the consent of the ministry or adherence to international safety and quality standards.
It further stressed that the ministry supports farmers with good quality veterinary treatments and periodic visits and meetings to check on the quality of products, pointing out that Iraq is the least country affected by diseases such as avian flu and virulent Newcastle.