The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) announced today, Friday, the dispatch of additional forces to Afghanistan to assist with the evacuation of American diplomats. “The forces will be tasked with providing security for US diplomats during the evacuations,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby, adding that “US forces will transport the diplomats from the embassy to Kabul airport by air.” He pointed out that “3,000 soldiers will arrive in Afghanistan at the end of the week to secure the withdrawal process.” Ended 29 / A87
Shafaq News/ “Atto Nour”, the former governor of the Afghan province of Balkh, leader of the Islamic Society, announced on Friday the formation of popular committees by mobilizing all forces to resist the Taliban movement in northern Afghanistan.
Press reports said that “an exceptional meeting was held this afternoon in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of the northwestern province of Balkh, on security issues, with the participation of Field Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, Chairman of the Executive Council, and on behalf of the Islamic Society, Brigadier General Atto Nour, and Deputy Head of the National Security Agency, Abadullah.” Abbad, the current governor of Balkh, Farhad Azimi, as well as the commander of the 209th Shaheen Corps, Major General Zabihullah Mohmand, the police chief and the head of national security in Balkh, and a number of party representatives in the province.
Those reports added, “The participants in the meeting agreed on the importance of mobilizing and coordinating all the formation forces to support the country’s defense and security structures in the north, especially in Balkh province and Maimana city in Faryab province, against the enemies of the Afghan people.”
And she continued: “It was decided in the meeting that Major General Atto Nour would lead all the forces of resistance and popular mobilization, and that Abdul Rashid Dostum would control all operations and battle lines and provide the necessary advice to the security and defense forces and militias.”
A source close to the “National Islamic Movement” party stated that “the participants in the meeting decided to establish several administrative centers in the province of Balkh, in addition to supporting the new formation of the 209th Shaheen Corps, the Balkh Security Department and the Police Command.”
According to the Taliban, as of Friday evening, the movement had captured administrative centers in 17 out of 34 districts across the country.
On Wednesday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Mazar-i-Sharif, and discussed with political leaders there the formation of forces to resist the Taliban.
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informed source said today, Friday, that the Iraqi government decided to suspend official working hours next Thursday. The source said, in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers decided to suspend official working hours on Thursday, 8/19/2021.” He added, “The holiday comes to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him).” Iraqis and Shiites around the world commemorate Ashura, the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him), and millions flock to shrines and mosques in the holy province of Karbala.
Baghdad – Mawazine News , Cabinet spokesman Hassan Nazim announced, on Friday, that “the file of government appeals in some items of the general budget for the year 2021 is still being considered by the Federal Court, and everyone is still waiting for the results,” noting that “the Ministry of Finance has started meetings for preparing a budget.” 2022 and in coordination with the Ministry of Planning. Nazim confirmed to the official news agency, “The government is trying not to fall into the problems of delaying the budget, as happened in the year 2021, so it started from now on arranging the conditions for the 2022 budget and preparing it in a timely manner, and this matter is positive and important.” He continued, “The exchange rate is a project that has been on the table for many years before previous governments that did not dare to take it, and it is not new or heresy from this government, so previous governments did not dare to implement it because it would reflect on them negative opinions, media campaigns and otherwise,” stressing that “these The government took the initiative and decided to change the exchange rate of the dollar in the interest of the Iraqi economy as a whole.” He noted that “there may be a negative situation or an increase in prices, but these are partial challenges, but in the overall vision of the reform paper (the white paper), the Iraqi economy will accept greater problems unless the dollar exchange rate changes, so the government benefited from the change in the exchange rate and the projects benefited from this change Also, and that the Iraqi economy will recover little by little, and not only by changing the exchange rate, but for all the decisions and visions of the white paper in this government.” He added that “the issue of preparing a new salary scale for employees is one of the contentious issues that are still between the executive and legislative authorities, but it is a problem in the first place related to the legislative authority,” noting that “the government cannot change salaries because changing them is a matter of law and the law does not change except by the Council of Ministers.” Representatives”. He pointed out that “the current economic and health conditions have limited a lot of discussion on this issue,” noting that “there are partial solutions launched by ministers for employees with low salaries and as permitted by law, including hazard and professional allowances and legal allowances, but as a total project related to changing this salary scale. It is a matter of the legislature. And regarding the degrees of deletion and creation, he explained that “the state ministries prepared the degrees of deletion and creation resulting from the referral to retirement and deaths and began preparing them and sent to the Federal Service Council, which was entrusted with issues of appointments,” noting that “the degrees of deletion and creation remain in the ministries, but it is governed by the Budget Law for 2021. Which suspended appointments with the possibility of referring them to the budget for the next year with the possibility of disposing of them when necessary sometimes.” Ended 29/R77
Shafaq News/ The Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kazemi directed on Friday to mobilize all security and military units to protect the electric power transmission towers in the country after the increase in attacks targeting them, which recently reached the capital, Baghdad.
This came while he chaired today an emergency security meeting of security and intelligence leaders regarding targeting electric power towers, in which he discussed the targeting of power towers by sabotage and terrorist groups, and reviewed the security plans developed to protect them, according to a statement issued by his media office.
Al-Kazemi stressed the need for security and intelligence leaders to develop new plans to protect electric power transmission towers, and reduce the frequency of their targeting; This has a significant impact on supplying citizens with electricity.
He directed the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to mobilize all security, military, and intelligence units; To secure the protection of the towers, enhance the number of forces charged with protecting the energy towers, and redeploy them in conjunction with plans to protect visitors in the holy month of Muharram and secure early elections.
He also directed the formation of a crisis cell to monitor the protection of the towers, stressing that there will be a review of the status of security leaders who will fail to perform their duties.
Addressing the security leaders, Al-Kazemi said: Protecting people, their dignity and infrastructure is your duty, and that any failures are unacceptable and will be dealt with firmly.
The Prime Minister confirmed that there is a complete alertness in the Ministry of Electricity; To provide citizens with the best processing hours, adding that electricity production has risen to its highest level, but there are sabotage and terrorist hands that do not want the country to stabilize and will be pursued and punished.
The Kurdistan government announced, on Friday, the suspension of official working hours in the official departments in the region, next Thursday, on the occasion of the tenth of Muharram.
According to the official holidays schedule approved by the regional government, on Thursday, August 19, 2021, official working hours will be suspended in government departments and institutions on the tenth of Muharram, the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him).