The Syrian army destroys the last defenses “urging” in the fields

Journal October 7, 2017
Baghdad – Agencies
On Saturday, the Syrian army made significant progress in its operations against the militants of Daqash in the east of the country, destroying all the organization’s defenses in the town of Al-Mayadeen and extending control of the Sokhna-Deir al-Zour road.
“The Syrian military information network” for “the collapse of full defenses in the field and urged the entry of the army and allies most of the neighborhoods of the city.”
The official agency “SANA” Syrian official said that the army units took control, earlier in the day, during violent clashes with militants, “Daash” in the city of the fields in the south-east of the province of Deir al-Zour, the archaeological fortress of Rahba and artillery battalion and farms Shibli and market halal grain silos Southwest of the city.
The agency pointed out that the clashes resulted in the deaths of several militants, including dozens of suicide bombers, and the destruction of three car bombs, pointing out that the government forces continue to progress towards the rest of the neighborhoods of the city of Mayadeen and dismantle the mines and pumps and bombs planted by “Dahesh” Region.

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Iraqi Parliament Speaker: Serious Attempts Underway to Resume Talks with Erbil

 

Iraqi Parliament Speaker: Serious Attempts Underway to Resume Talks with Erbil

BAGHDAD — Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri revealed on Saturday that there are “serious” efforts to resume talks with the political leadership in Kurdistan Region in hopes of addressing their disputes.

Speaking to reporters while paying a visit to an orphanage in Baghdad, Jabouri said that the new initiatives intend to bring the Iraqi political partners together once again to find a solution to their differences, especially easing the tensions with Kurdistan Region.

He however praised the role of Kurds in giving a helping hand to the establishment of the new Iraq after toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003.

In late September, after Kurdistan Region held a referendum on its independence from Iraq, the government in Baghdad decided to take serious measures against Erbil in retaliation for the move.

As an immediate reaction, the central government has banned all the international flights from and to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah international airport. Later, Iraq’s Central Bank decided to suspend the sale of dollars and transfers of foreign currencies to the Kurdish region.

BasNews reported earlier that top Erbil and Baghdad officials have reached an initial agreement to lift the sanctions in favour of a peaceful solution to the growing tensions.

http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/kurdistan/383836

 

Iraq-Syria border set for last major assault on IS: US general

 

BAGHDAD: The “final large fight” in Iraq against the Daesh (ISIS) will take place on the border with Syria, a general in a US-led coalition against the jihadists said Saturday.

He spoke two days after Iraqi forces recaptured the northern town of Hawija, the centre of one of the militant group’s two remaining enclaves in Iraq.

“The next fight and the final large fight will be in the Middle Euphrates River Valley… on the Iraqi-Syrian border,” Brigadier General Robert Sofge, the coalition’s Deputy Commanding General, told AFP.

“All campaigns will aim in that direction, and it is going to happen sooner rather than later.”

Daesh seized vast areas of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Multiple offensives in both countries have since cornered it in a pocket of territory stretching from Syria’s Deir Ezzor to the Iraqi towns of Rawa and Al-Qaim.

Sofge said some 2,000 Daesh fighters were still in the area.

Coalition-backed Iraqi forces ousted Daesh from second city Mosul in July, going on to inflict a string of defeats on the jihadist group.

After seizing the northern town of Tal Afar in August, they focused their efforts on Hawija and the Euphrates river area close to the Syrian frontier.

The jihadists are also under pressure in eastern Syria, facing separate offensives by Russian-backed regime forces and a Kurdish-Arab force supported by the US-led coalition.

Brigadier General Andrew A. Croft, the coalition’s deputy air force commander, said Iraqi security forces had been able to regroup and move quickly into new battles following their Mosul victory.

“We, as the Coalition, are moving quickly to match,” he said.

Sofge said the jihadist group was shifting from a military mindset to that of an insurgent group with “sleeper cells” able to launch surprise attacks.

“The challenge for the years ahead is police work in Iraq and Syria,” he said.

“[Daesh] fighters who are not killed or captured are trying to fade back into the fabric of the society.”

While jihadists have tried to hide among the thousands of people displaced by fighting, Croft said some 1,000 Daesh fighters were captured in Hawija.

Many ended up in the hands of the Kurdish peshmerga militias in Kirkuk province.

Control of the province is a key sticking point in a bitter dispute between Baghdad and Kurdish authorities, fanned by a September referendum on Kurdish independence, held in defiance of the central government.

Iraqi pro-government forces have also advanced towards Kurdish positions since retaking Hawija.

But Croft praised what he said was a “high degree of cooperation between peshmergas and Iraqi security forces”.

“It is very positive,” he said.

“Much of the tension is at a political level, not only does tension (between Iraqi forces and the peshmerga) not exist, but they keep their cooperation high.”

 

Urgent policy .. Presidency of the region announces an agreement to lift the sanctions on Kurdistan

 

 Urgent: Presidency of the region announces an agreement to lift the sanctions on Kurdistan
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The Presidency of the Kurdistan Region said that it reached on Saturday an agreement with two Vice-President of the Republic of Iraq to lift the sanctions on the region and start a dialogue to calm the escalating tension because of the referendum on independence.

This came during a meeting held by the President of the region Massoud Barzani with Vice President Iyad Allawi and Osama Najafi in Sulaymaniyah.

A statement to the Presidency of the region responded to the twilight News, that the meeting witnessed the current situation in Iraq and how to address the issues and problems in the political arena.

The statement quoted the President of the Office of the Presidency of the region Fuad as saying that the attendees agreed on four points, including the first to start a dialogue and meetings between the main political parties in Iraq to work to calm the situation.

He added that the second point included the meetings on an open program of work, pointing out that the third point included the immediate lifting of the sanctions imposed on the Kurdistan Region.

The fourth and last point included the start of dialogues in the near future based on a special mechanism for continuous coordination.

http://www.shafaaq.com/ar/Ar_NewsReader/4ed6954e-4056-455c-94ee-dca8253ad31e

 

 

Urgent policy .. Presidency of the region announces an agreement to lift the sanctions on Kurdistan

 

 Urgent: Presidency of the region announces an agreement to lift the sanctions on Kurdistan
33 minutes ago

The Presidency of the Kurdistan Region said that it reached on Saturday an agreement with two Vice-President of the Republic of Iraq to lift the sanctions on the region and start a dialogue to calm the escalating tension because of the referendum on independence.

This came during a meeting held by the President of the region Massoud Barzani with Vice President Iyad Allawi and Osama Najafi in Sulaymaniyah.

A statement to the Presidency of the region responded to the twilight News, that the meeting witnessed the current situation in Iraq and how to address the issues and problems in the political arena.

The statement quoted the President of the Office of the Presidency of the region Fuad as saying that the attendees agreed on four points, including the first to start a dialogue and meetings between the main political parties in Iraq to work to calm the situation.

He added that the second point included the meetings on an open program of work, pointing out that the third point included the immediate lifting of the sanctions imposed on the Kurdistan Region.

The fourth and last point included the start of dialogues in the near future based on a special mechanism for continuous coordination.

 

http://www.shafaaq.com/ar/Ar_NewsReader/4ed6954e-4056-455c-94ee-dca8253ad31e

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