An American ship fires in the face of Iranian boats

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Shafaq News / The spokesman for the US Pentagon, John Kirby, revealed that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Navy had “unsafe harassment” hours ago about 6 US warships in the Strait of Hormuz, prompting one of the American ships to fire warning bullets. .

John Kirby said that 13 Iranian boats approached at high speed and indiscriminately from the US warships that were in the region, including the destroyer USS Montray, a submarine and other ships.

He explained that the US Navy “acted professionally, issuing a warning to the boats not to approach, and when they refused to comply with the calls of the control tower on one of the American warships, the Navy was forced to fire about 30 warning shots in the air, which prompted the Iranian boats to move away.”

A Pentagon spokesman refused to say that this matter was “directed directly from Tehran,” and stated that “there is not enough evidence” that the behavior of the Iranian boats is “an order directed by the Iranian regime against the United States.”

Last Saturday, the US Navy seized a shipment of smuggled weapons containing Chinese and Russian-made anti-tank missiles and remote-guided launchers in the Gulf waters.

Kirby said only that the incident was “under investigation,” to find out the source of the weapon and the destination the shipment was traveling in.


Angry protesters set fire to al-Maliki’s party headquarters

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Shafaq News / A local source reported that demonstrators, angry at the assassination of activist Ihab Al-Wazni, set fire to the headquarters of the Dawa Party led by Nuri al-Maliki in the city of Najaf.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, “Demonstrators, angry at the assassination of Ihab Al-Wazni, set fire to the headquarters of the Dawa Party in the Sadr Square area in the middle of the city of Najaf.”

And at dawn on Sunday, unknown gunmen assassinated the head of the Coordination of Protests in Karbala, Ihab Jawad Al-Wazni, near his home in Karbala, which is predominantly Shiite, according to a statement by the Defense Ministry’s Security Media Cell.

This development sparked angry protests in several regions of Iraq, including Karbala, Dhi Qar and the capital, Baghdad, while Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi ordered an urgent investigation into the incident and the perpetrators brought to justice.

Al-Rafidain raises the interest rate for saving accounts for citizens who have deposited their money in the bank

Political| 02:18 – 10/05/2021


BAGHDAD – Mawazine News
, Al-Rafidain Bank announced, on Monday, to raise the interest rate for citizens’ saving accounts.
The bank’s media office said in a statement that Mawazine News received a copy of, that “based on the bank’s policy aimed at maximizing revenues in order to attract cash and encourage customers to save their money instead of hoarding it at home, the bank decided to increase the interest rate on savings accounts to 4.5 percent”.
The bank called on citizens to “deposit their money in the bank and benefit from that service provided to them.” Ended 29 / p4

Tehran hands over a protest note to Baghdad against the burning of its diplomatic headquarters in Iraq

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Today, Monday, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Khatibzadeh, said that we submitted a protest note to the Iraqi embassy in Tehran regarding setting fire to the wall of the Iranian consulate in Karbala.
“Unfortunately, some people attacked last night the Iranian Consulate General in Karbala, which the Iranian Consulate and the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad contacted, and the security forces dealt with them,” Zadeh said in a press conference reported by Iranian media .
He added, “The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns the attack on its diplomatic facilities in Iraq and hopes that Iraq will fulfill its duties. We submitted a protest note last night to the Iraqi embassy in Iran, and we expect the Iraqi government to perform its duties well .”
It is noteworthy that protesters in Karbala governorate set fire to the wall of the Iranian consulate in the province, in protest against the assassination of Karbalai activist Ihab Al-Wazni.


FILE PHOTO: Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi reacts during a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron (not pictured) after a meeting, in Baghdad, Iraq September 2, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool

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SULAIMANI — Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Monday (May 10) predicted that Bagdad will send the Kurdistan Region’s budget share soon, amid technical problems that have so far prevented cash transfers from Baghdad to Erbil.

Erbil has not sent any oil or customs revenue to Baghdad either.

On Saturday, Rapporteur for the Council of Representatives’ Finance Committee Ahmed Safar called on the Kurdistan RegionalGovernment (KRG) to send a technical committee to Baghdad in order to work out problems with the budget.

The KRG is supposed to receive 9.5 trillion Iraqi dinars ($6.5 billion), which will be disbursed in monthly increments, in return for submitting 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Iraq’s oil marketer SOMO for export. The federal government will be able to cut off funds in the event of non-compliance.

Beyond the budget, Kadhimi said that trust needs to be built between the two sides in order to solve problems in the disputed areas, saying that a delegation will visit Erbil soon for talks.

The disputed areas are a belt of territory that is claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad that stretches from Nineveh through Kirkuk to Diyala. Islamic State (ISIS) militants are able to exploit its uncertain control and the rugged terrain to launch attacks against both civilians and military units.

(NRT Digital Media)