Baghdad / Wael Ne’ma
The joint forces began yesterday, a new military operation within the second phase to restore the province of Hawija from the control of the Dahesh organization.
The commander of the Hawija regiment, Abdul Amir Rashid Yaarallah, announced on Monday the start of the anti-terrorism forces and the popular crowd to carry out a large operation to free the Rashad area and villages and surrounding areas within the second page of the second phase of the liberation of Hawija.
During the past two days, the forces have recaptured the Abbasi area, about 10 km west of the Hawija center. It also imposed control of the hills of Hamrin in full, within the axis of eastern Tikrit, and liberated more than 70 villages there.
The operation helped isolate the Hawijah from Hamrin, which was an important passage for Al-Qaeda in its attacks on Saladin and Diyala.
The units will begin with a new plan to isolate al-Rashad, south of Hawija, from the town of Riyadh, which is closest to the center of the judiciary.
Isolation of Hawija
, according to informed military sources (range) that ” the forces will hand the process of isolating al – Rashad, Riyadh , which lies 10 kilometers from the center,” and stresses that ” the forces will begin editing Rashad, because it is almost free from the militants.”
Since the start of the Hawijah recovery operations on 19 September, the joint forces have liberated three towns: the Abbasid, the Zab and the left coast of Al-Kharbat and more than 200 villages.
The rapid intervention forces began operations on Thursday night by crossing the river north of Hawija and then erected bridges to secure the units heading to the Abbasi, about 10 kilometers west of the city.
According to a statement of the popular crowd at the time, the organization of a fan set fire to oil wells south of Hawija to stop the progress of government forces.
Hassan Turan, a deputy for Kirkuk, said that “Iraqi forces were exposed to resistance to improvised explosive devices and car bombs in the liberation of Hawija.”
According to field sources, the organization had previously taken a decision to return to the center of Hawija.
In an interview with Al-Mada yesterday, Tauran revealed “the existence of information to hand over some of the militants themselves to the Peshmerga forces.”
The Peshmerga forces have been controlling the northern and eastern sides of Hawija for three years, but have recently decided to limit their involvement in the battle to logistical support only.
“The liberation of the Rashad area will reopen the main road between Tikrit and Kirkuk, which has been closed since 2014,” he said.
Hawijah seized Hawija, 230 km from Baghdad, in June 2014 after taking control of Mosul, the second city of Iraq, which was restored by Iraqi forces earlier with the support of the international coalition aircraft. Later, the Operations Command said that it had recovered 45 villages in addition to liberating Al-Rashad area completely and controlling Al-Rashad Airport (hyenas) within the second page of the second phase of the Hawija liberation operations.
Liberation of Hamrin
To that, the combined forces of the Hamrin axis, east of Tikrit, managed to control the hills, which have been a source of concern for the provinces of Kirkuk, Salahuddin, and Diyala
since 3 years.
The last axis was launched in conjunction with the liberation of Hawija, where the forces that began two weeks ago began to liberate the Zarka area, south of Tikrit, with the units in Riyadh district, south of Hawija.
During that period, 73 villages were liberated on both sides of the Hamrin hills, and control of the Al-Malah airport was restored.
Marwan al-Jabara, a leader of the popular crowd in eastern Tikrit, said his forces were protecting the line from the Zarka to the opening, south of Hawija, since the liberation of Tikrit
in March 2015. The
distance stretches on a 70-km-long strip, The past two years.
“The military forces in support of the tribal and popular crowds have taken control of the hills of Hamrin in full, and is now approaching the final control of the area of the opening.”
Al-Jabara pointed out that “the forces that liberated Hamrin merged with the units in the Abbasid and heading to the Riyadh area south of Hawija.”
In a related context, the Popular Forces announced on Monday, the discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of military and police associates in the village of Al-Turban near the area of Fatah.
The crowd added in a press statement received by the (range), that “the oldest advocate of execution of these associates earlier,” asserting that “will be identified identities of the remains after the use of specialized teams.”
Baghdad / Mohammed Sabah
Officials of the federal government are holding secret meetings with counterparts in the Kurdistan Regional Government in preparation for starting a dialogue out of the repercussions of the referendum in the Kurdistan region.
The source of the information said that contacts led by some local and international mediators in the past few days have contributed to easing the tension and bringing the views closer to Baghdad and Erbil, which led to an agreement to seek to resolve all problems and differences through dialogue.
This situation coincides with the decision taken by the blocks of change and the Islamic Group and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan return of their deputies in the Federal Parliament to Baghdad and end their suspension of meetings of the Council.
The deputy of the Kurdistan Islamic Group Zana Said said in a statement to (range), that “a government delegation from Baghdad arrived in Erbil and held, away from the limelight, meetings with officials in the Kurdistan region to discuss how to get out of the referendum crisis and the closure of airports and land borders. The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France are making great efforts to bring the views of the federal government and the Kurdistan region closer to the backdrop of the referendum on self-determination, which calls for calm and non-escalation.
The Kurdistan region held a referendum on self-determination on 25 September last, which calls for Baghdad to cancel its results before entering into any direct dialogues. Baghdad has banned travel to and from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports and closed the land borders of the province.
Said said that “contacts made by some intermediaries between the federal government and the Kurdistan region in the past days contributed significantly to the convergence of views between the two teams,” wishing that “these dialogues continue until solutions to the current crisis.”
“These meetings pave the way for the start of negotiations between the parties directly and publicly after the agreement on all the points of contention that lies in the actions taken by the government and parliament against the region.”
The House of Representatives voted last Wednesday on a final version of a parliamentary resolution guaranteeing thirteen paragraphs calling for the imposition of economic, administrative and technical sanctions on the Kurdistan region and requiring the commander-in-chief of the armed forces to redeploy security forces in the disputed areas.
The deputies of the Change blocs, the Islamic Group and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan are due to attend Tuesday’s parliamentary session. The MP Zana Said that these blocks “agreed to terminate the suspension of their presence in parliamentary sessions and decided to return to Baghdad again to resume their participation in parliamentary sessions.”
For its part, confirms the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s parliamentary bloc, the existence of a number of initiatives to contain the crisis between the federal government and the Kurdistan region, primarily the French initiative.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party bloc that “entering these initiatives needs to lift the embargo imposed by the federal government on the Kurdistan region.”
“The call of the religious authority in Najaf is welcome, as is the initiative presented by Vice President Iyad Allawi,” said Renas Jano, a member of the bloc. “The government is obliged to show goodwill before entering into the details of these initiatives.”
The Vice President of the Republic Iyad Allawi, has launched, a few days ago, an initiative to contain the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil and to find understandings and appropriate solutions.
In a related context, the Information Office of Vice President Iyad Allawi, in a statement received by (the range), yesterday, that “in line with the response and support received by the Allawi initiative, by the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, addressed (Allawi) Efforts to calm and help find solutions to the current crisis to ensure the safety of Iraq and its people and peoples of the region. ”
The MP for the National Coalition, Hassan Shuwaird (range), “The start of the implementation of this initiative is suspended and conditional on the approval of the government on the initiative received on Sunday,” adding that the President of the Kurdistan region and all the political blocs welcomed them. ”
Meanwhile, Hilal al-Sahlani in a statement followed by (the extent) that the House of Representatives is hosting the President of the Republic Fuad Masum during the coming sessions as a compromise for the dispute over his dismissal or not on the background of the crisis of the referendum in the Kurdistan region The
Council of Representatives Imad John to host the President said that ” Of some MPs See meets the conditions and procedures of formal and legal , “noting that it” needs to be signatures for more than fifty deputies. ”
Excludes John in a statement (term), hosting the President of the Republic in the sessions this week, citing that” the Presidency of the parliament did not meet to discuss the request for hosting and make sure Of the legal procedures for hosting. ”
He stressed that “thanks are given to international attempts and initiatives and to respond to them, as well as to thank and respond to attempts by religious authorities and parties and political figures to revive the spirit of coexistence and stability and embody the national rights of the citizens of Kurdistan, in addition to the abolition of the political leadership of Kurdistan – National institutions, and holding general elections in their legal time by the High Commissioner for Elections and Referendum, under international supervision. “
The Supreme Council for the referendum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq after a meeting headed by Massoud Barzani, a statement in which he expressed readiness to engage in serious dialogue with the Iraqi government.
He stressed that the initiative of the supreme authority, Ali al-Sistani, in which he called for maintaining Iraq’s unity and adherence to the constitution “is an important step to preserve the principles, as it is based on the protection of peace and social security and the rejection of violence and threats.”
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the supreme leader of the Shiites in Iraq, has confirmed his opposition to the secession of the Kurdistan region after the referendum, which showed the approval of the majority of the population of the region to secede, according to Ahmed al-Safi, representative of Sistani.
Al-Safi’s remarks came in a Friday sermon delivered on behalf of al-Sistani in Karbala, south of Baghdad.
He called on the Kurdistan Regional Government to “return to the constitutional track” letter and spirit to resolve disputes between the federal government and the territorial government in its quest to determine the fate of the Kurdish people, and the need to maintain the unity of Iraq.
The statement issued by the referendum council that the call to return to dialogue exactly correspond to “what we went to, that dialogue is the only way to resolve outstanding issues and issues between Baghdad and Erbil.”
“Therefore, we declare, and on the initiative of our willingness to initiate serious negotiations with the Iraqi government.”
The statement, according to our Special Representative to Kurdistan, Firas Kilani, did not refer to the results of the referendum. This was interpreted by observers as a retreat in Erbil’s position as a result of international, regional and Iraqi pressures.
However, some members of the council said yesterday after the meeting that “no retreat from the referendum,” but the statement remains – as our correspondent says is the only document that emerged from the meeting.
Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:
A member of the Political Bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, on Monday, it is not with the formation of the Council of political leadership of Kurdistan / Iraq will not support him, while noting that the formation of “a big mistake,” showed that the Kurdish people pay the price of stubbornness Barzani.
In a statement received by Al-Ghad Press, Ahmad likened the Kurdistan Political Leadership Council, which was announced yesterday, to the Revolutionary Command Council during the former regime. “It is without reference to the leadership of the political parties and its formation is a big mistake,” she said.
On the issue of the referendum on the independence of Kurdistan, said the Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, “It seems that the purpose of the referendum was the twenty-fifth of September was not the fate of the Kurdish people,” pointing out that “our people pay the price of stubbornness.”
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