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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

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IRAQI NEWS, 27 June 05

Al-Samawah Governor met representative of the British forces'

Kurdish security forces had arrested "a large number of terrorists",

Iraqi police have arrested two members of the Ansar al-Sunnah Army

70 to 80 per cent of the constitution, has been approved by all parties

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani met Humam Hammudi

Four said wounded in east Baghdad car blast

Seven Iraqis wounded when a mortar shell fell on a popular restaurant central Baghdad

New joint military operation with the US forces in Kirkuk

IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 27 June 05

Al-Adalah

Baghdad

Al-Bayan

Al-Dustur

Al-Mu'tamar

Al-Sharq al-Awsat

Al-Zaman

IRAQI PRESS QOUTES & EDITORIALS, 27 June 05

“The honour of writing the constitution”- Al-Adalah

“Are we an alternative victims for others so they can live safely and peacefully?”- Al-Dustur

IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA, 27 June 05

Programme summary of Iraq's Al-Iraqiyah TV news 27 June 05

Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV news, 27 Jun 05

UPDATES FROM KURDIASH PRESS, 27 June 2005

Programme summary of KurdSat TV news 27 June 05

Kurdistani New daily issued in Sulaymanya by the PUK

Xebat daily issued in Erbil by KDP

Jamawar weekly issued in Erbil

Peyamner News Agency

 

IRAQI NEWS, 27 June 05

Al-Samawah Governor met representative of the British forces'

Al-Samawah Governor Muhammad Ali Hasan al-Hasani and a representative of the British forces' representatives in the southern area, held a meeting on 26 June to discuss the operating of a power grid, Iraqi newspaper Al-Dustur reported. The paper said the governor expressed his dissatisfaction over delays in repairing the 60 megawatt power grid and the British representative promised to address the immediately. (Al-Dustur, Baghdad , in Arabic 26 Jun 05)

Kurdish security forces had arrested "a large number of terrorists",

The head of the regional government in the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, has said that Kurdish security forces had arrested "a large number of terrorists", Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) newspaper Khabat reported on 27 June. (Khabat, Arbil, in Sorani Kurdish 27 Jun 05)

According to Al-Sharqiyah TV, Barzani told a news conference in Arbil that those arrested belonged to "two categories". The first group, he said, committed "very ugly crimes that could not be shown on television screens" while the second group would be shown on television "for the people to see". According to the TV, Barzani did not specify the number or nationality of those arrested but said that those who had committed "incomprehensible crimes" would be executed if found guilty. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 27 Jun 05)

Iraqi police have arrested two members of the Ansar al-Sunnah Army

The Iraqi police have arrested two members of the Ansar al-Sunnah Army in connection with suicide attacks which targeted the headquarters of the two main Kurdish parties in northern Iraq last year, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. More than 100 people were killed in a twin suicide bombings outside the offices of the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Arbil in February 2004. The head of Dumays Neighbourhood Police Department in Kirkuk said documents and pictures of the headquarters were found in possession of the two detained men, in addition to pictures of other attacks on police centres. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 27 Jun 05)

70 to 80 per cent of the constitution, has been approved by all parties

Fu'ad Ma'sum, first deputy chairman of the committee tasked with drafting the Iraqi constitution, said on 27 June that the first portion of the constitution, which constitutes 70 to 80 per cent of the constitution, has been approved by all parties, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV on 27 June. In an interview with the TV, Ma'sum said that all the remaining issues would have to be debated and consensus agreed before the deadline for drafting the constitution expires.

"They are talking about 80 per cent or 70 per cent. I do not think there is any controversy surrounding this 80 per cent of the constitution because it consists of articles found in constitutions worldwide. As for the Iraqi constitution, it contains some idiosyncrasies, which are perhaps more eligible for discussion and debate. Therefore, when we speak of 80 per cent, this means that there is a remaining 20 per cent that need more time to be discussed" (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 27 Jun 05)

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani met Humam Hammudi

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani met Humam Hammudi, head of the Committee for Drafting the Iraqi Constitution, and Fu'ad Ma'sum, first deputy to the head of the committee on 27th and urged them not to deprive some sections of Iraqi society from contributing to drafting the Iraqi constitution, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. "The meeting was held amidst wide ranging criticism of the committee's inability to accept the 25 new members, and at a time of accusations between the committee and the Iraqi National Assembly concerning this issue," the TV said.

Hammudi said that many complaints had been received from Sunni political blocs, tribal groups, officers, and Sunni personalities regarding the list of 25 "because it did not contain a choice of Sunni personalities". "We called on the president to play a personal role, because of his capacity, influence, and popularity, in order to decide on this issue and open channels of dialogue with Sunni Arab brothers to come up with a unified list that includes all segments, especially the Sunni Arabs," he said. Asked whether the meeting had addressed sensitive issues such as the federal system, religion and the form of the new governance, Hammudi said: "As for the federal system, there was a vision of dividing Iraq into regions. However, where would governorates stand then? The details of these general topics need further discussion... concerning religion and the state, it has been established that Islam shall be the religion of the state and a major source of legislation, along with what is stated in the State Administration Law and its amendments. With regard to the form of governance, it has been established to be a parliamentary one, in which the prime minister is elected by the parliament. However, we need further discussion over the powers given to the president. I do not think that major problems over these issues will emerge." (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 7 Jun 05)

 

Four said wounded in east Baghdad car blast

Medical and other sources told the Iraqi Police today that four Iraqis were wounded when a booby-trapped car exploded near Al-Dar al-Bayda Cinema House in the New Baghdad area in eastern Baghdad .

An Iraqi Police source said that at least three Iraqis were wounded in the explosion. According to an Interior Ministry official, the explosion took place near Al-Samarra'i Mosque.( A report by Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV on 27 June)

Seven Iraqis wounded when a mortar shell fell on a popular restaurant central Baghdad

Seven Iraqis were wounded today when a mortar shell fell on a popular restaurant in central Baghdad on 27 June, reported Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV. A source at the Interior Ministry was quoted by the report as saying that the mortar shell hit the popular Yasir Restaurant near the Museum Square in the Allawi area, wounding seven civilians, including three workers at the restaurant and a customer. The source added that the explosion caused damage to a number of adjacent shops. (Al-Sharqiyah 27 Jun 05)

New joint military operation with the US forces in Kirkuk

An Iraqi military commander announced the launch of a new joint military operation with the US forces to counter a recent increase in activity by militants in Kirkuk , Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 27 June. The spokesman said that the joint campaign, which he described as large-scale and open-ended, aimed to arrest armed elements in the area of Kirkuk and its environs in the wake of a series of operations and recent escalation in attacks. (Al-Sharqiyah 27 Jun 05)

 

 

IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 27 June 05

Al-Adalah

[ Baghdad , twice-weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)] 27 June:

 

  • Vice-President Adil Abd-al-Mahdi meets supreme religious authority in Al-Najaf following inspection tour of Al-Nasiriyah, Al-Shatrah
  • Six former regime officials appear before special criminal tribunal
  • Constitutional committee decides not to deprive Iraqis of citizenship, allows Arabs to acquire Iraqi citizenship
  • SCIRI leader phones Iranian president-elect; Ahmadinejad: We seek to establish better relations with Iraq
  • Operation Lightning extends to Karbala , suburbs
  • Defence minister denies any Iranian presence in Um-al-Rasas Island
  • Iraqi Foreign Ministry: Syria sends formal invitation to President Talabani (news agencies quoted)
  • Baghdad International Airport closed for second day over financial problems (AFP quoted)
  • Forty-seven suspects arrested, large amounts of weapons seized south of Baghdad (news agencies quoted)
  • Terrorist infiltrators captured in Al-Najaf; over 731 explosive devices defused World Bank promises funds to Iraq 's vital economic sectors (news agencies quoted)
  • Iraq signs memo of understanding with Turkey British official calls on Iraqis to learn from East Europe experience (Kuna quoted)
  • Canada writes off 470m [ US ] dollars of Iraq debts USA supports programme to develop Iraqi agricultural sector
  • Foreign minister stresses role of Iraqi diplomatic missions abroad
  • Pakistani-Saudi talks over situation in Iraq (Kuna quoted)
  • Twenty-seven tonnes of US rice to be delivered to Iraq in July.

 

Baghdad

[ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Accord Movement] 27 June:

  • Allawi meets Al-Azhar Mosque imam, says: National unity, tolerance our guarantee for peace Secret US negotiations with Iraqi armed factions confirmed (news agencies quoted)
  • Interior Ministry arrests senior officers Protest against compensations deducted from Iraq (news agencies quoted)
  • Fifty-nine Iraqis martyred, wounded in Baghdad , including senior police officer (news agencies quoted)
  • Eight Iraqis killed in separate incidents in Baghdad
  • Body of Iraqi soldier found in Al-Sadr City Man killed, his son wounded in indiscriminate shoot-out
  • Workshop for Iraq development programme to be opened in Amman today.

 

Al-Bayan

[ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party] 27 June:

  • Ibrahim al-Ja'fari: Our government derives its strength from people's will
  • Mortar attack on Al-Shu'lah City; car bomb explodes in Mosul
  • First security conference for central Euphrates provinces held in Al-Najaf
  • Migration Ministry calls on world states to issue Iraqi refugees with temporary ID cards
  • [Iraqi] dinar's exchange rate stable against US dollar
  • New free-trade zone on Jordanian-Iraqi borders (news agencies quoted)
  • Public integrity commission to take part in conferences on corruption, oil wealth in Bahrain ,
  • London Hydroelectric power production increased to 1,250 megawatts.

 

Al-Dustur

[Baghdad, daily published by Al-Dustur Press, Publishing and Distribution House] 27 June:

  • Six former regime aides appear before special tribunal ... Al-Ja'fari to visit London , Amman (news agencies quoted)
  • Germany rules out deal with USA over Iraq (news agencies quoted)
  • Sabian representative joins constitution committee USA discusses pumping northern Iraqi oil to Haifa via Jordan
  • Canada cancels 80 per cent of Iraq debts
  • Islamic Development Bank allocates 500m dollars for Iraq reconstruction (news agencies quoted)
  • Jordan bans publication of Saddam's new novel
  • Defective flak jackets imported; dozens of Iraqi policemen killed as a result (news agencies quoted)
  • Kidnapping gang captured in Iraq Al-Najaf police stage sit-in in front of city hall (news agencies quoted)
  • Iraqi forces issue ultimatum to Buhruz residents to hand over 50 wanted suspects (news agencies quoted)
  • Over 35 killed, Al-Sadr City local council member kidnapped; local official escapes assassination in Al-Hawijah (news agencies quoted)

 

Al-Mu'tamar

[ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Congress] 27 June:

  • Iraqi people to decide best way to write constitution; Al-Ja'fari: Investment opportunities in Iraq based on national interest
  • Unidentified gunmen attack truck convoy north of Baghdad
  • USA asks Japan to extend military presence in Iraq (Reuters quoted)
  • Morocco to name ambassador to Iraq
  • Eleven policemen killed, over 11 others wounded in two car bomb explosions in Mosul
  • Special tribunal continues questioning former regime officials over crimes against Iraqis; Chemical Ali: We will be executed sooner or later; Sab'awi: Syrian forces surrounded me on border
  • Cooperation between Labour Ministry, UN to curb unemployment
  • Military academy celebrates graduation of new batch of volunteers
  • Local council elections to be held late July.

 

Al-Sharq al-Awsat

[ Baghdad edition of London-based daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat] 27 June:

  • Series of bombings, attacks kill 50 Iraqis;
  • [SCIRI Leader] Abd-al-Aziz al-Hakim warns of sectarian war in Iraq
  • Washington acknowledges contacts with non-terrorist groups in Iraq ; Rumsfeld confirms: No dialogue with Al-Zarqawi, headsmen
  • Special tribunal interrogates six of Saddam's aides, among them [his half brothers] Barzan, Watban
  • KDP, PUK discuss formation of unified Kurdistan government
  • Iraq resumes celebration on 14 July revolution
  • Twelve months after sovereignty transfer, 10,000 civilians fell victims to bombings, attacks in one year in Iraq (AFP quoted)
  • Maysan Governorate boycotts UK troops
  • Two Iraqi pilots fly C-130 plane unaided
  • Egyptian foreign minister: Departure of foreign troops linked to international resolution
  • USA to build new prison in Iraq .

Al-Zaman

[daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman] 27 June:

  • Four US official negotiate with representatives of Iraqi armed groups; Pentagon declines to comment; US embassy in Baghdad does not deny report
  • Allawi meets Egyptian foreign minister, praises Cairo 's decision to appoint Baghdad ambassador
  • Al-Ja'fari in London ; Al-Zarqawi group threatens new operations; UK minister: Security situation in Iraq deplorable
  • Minister of state for governorate affairs meets Sadrist representatives, calls for turning over a new leaf
  • Raids in Jurf al-Sakr, Jbilah [Al-Hillah]; twenty-five suspects arrested
  • Unidentified men sedate, booby-trap dog in Kirkuk ; twenty-nine killed, 36 wounded in four bomb explosions in Kirkuk , Mosul
  • National unity banners adorn Al-Karradah district;
  • Badr Organization warns of sectarian strife,
  • Liberation Party condemns attacks on civilians
  • Residents of Al-Fadl, Al-Kifah districts demonstrate before Baghdad Municipality demanding water
  • Health Ministry: 7,046 typhoid cases caused by contaminated water
  • Al-Kut notables caution against sliding into sectarian conflict
  • Rome denies offering AIDS-contaminated drugs to pregnant women in Al-Nasiriyah
  • Zebari opens Iraq embassy, diplomatic conference in Brussels
  • People discontented with high electricity bills.

 

IRAQI PRESS QOUTES & EDITORIALS, 27 June 05

“The honour of writing the constitution”- Al-Adalah

 

Al-Adalah [ Baghdad , in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)] [From commentary by Ali Khalif]

"All want to take part in writing the constitution to hold the honour of this great task in our modern history Therefore, we trust all the parties that demand a role in constitution drafting However, if the aim is to obstruct the process or to drive it into crossroads intended to waste time, this will not be tolerated Ahead of us is a noble mission and a historic event where all should deny their own selves and view the general interest instead Irrespective of who writes the constitution, if its items meet the aspirations of all, the target will then be achieved."

 

“Are we an alternative victims for others so they can live safely and peacefully?”- Al-Dustur

 

Al-Dustur [ Baghdad , daily published by Al-Dustur Press, Publishing and Distribution House] 27 June: [From editorial by Basim al-Shaykh]

"Those whose hands are stained with the blood of Iraqis have no right to take a step or have a say in deciding their destiny, just as they have no right to lead a normal life. They have no other place than jail because they are criminals and outlaws Any encroachment upon the life of any Iraqi citizen under whatever pretext means disrespect for the Iraqi blood and of the Iraqi people and their right to self-determination Those siding with the arriving strangers have a special agenda meant to settle scores with the Americans, which is their own business. However, they have to understand that the Iraqi people have the right to live their life the way they choose, not the way dictated to them by others, because this is what they want The Iraqi people paid twice for the time of the dictator Saddam Today, someone wants us to pay a third price for a deal we are not party to, only because from amongst us there are some who believe we can be alternative victims for others so that our cousins can live safely and peacefully in their own countries."

 

IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA, 27 June 05

Programme summary of Iraq 's Al-Iraqiyah TV news 27 June 05

  • President Jalal Talabani meets chairman of committee for writing of constitution. Video report
  • Prime Minister Dr Ibrahim al-Ja'fari in talks in London , to meet British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Video report looks at Al-Ja'fari foreign visits. ( 2:00 )
  • Report highlights outcome of Brussels conference, Al-Ja'fari talks with world leaders. ( 2:24 )
  • Iraqis in London rejoiced by their cabinet successes. Video report covers Iraqi expatriates comments, stressing need for improved security and economy.
  • Cabinet spokesman Laith Qubbah denies report on government talks with insurgents. Video report covers his comments, saying no negotiations with people whose hands are stained with blood of Iraqis. ( 1:36 )
  • Iraqis want campaign to raise awareness of constitution. Video report highlights comments, man saying he does not know what constitution will be. ( 2:13 )
  • Studio interview with Muhammad al-Abudi, political analyst. He says terrorism preventing reconstruction and economic development; even Iraqi investors shy away from reconstruction projects in restive areas. ( 5:45 )
  • Four civilians injured in car bomb in Baghdad . Video report
  • Man killed and wife hurt in blast in Baghdad ; another killed in separate attack. Video report shows blast in barber shop. ( 1:05 )
  • Security force launches more raids in Baghdad district of Durra. Video report looks at Lightning Operation launched in Baghdad , comments by security officer saying gifts were given to people to win their confidence. ( 2:28 )
  • Wasit police arrest 48 terror suspects in security raid. (0:28)
  • US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld says terrorism will be defeated. Video report
  • Iraqis satisfied with outcome of Baghdad security operation. Video report highlights comments. ( 1:31 )
  • Anti-terror protest staged in Diyala; demonstrators stress national unity. Video report covers protest, clerics taking part, comment of Shi'i cleric speaking about national unity being unaffected by terrorism, people denouncing attacks on mosques. ( 2:39 )
  • Women in Basra want constitution to give them bigger role. Video report covers women comments. ( 1:45 )
  • Foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to meet in Yemen on Tuesday 28 June.
  • France ready to continue nuclear talks with Iran ; German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder calls on EU to make new proposals on row over Tehran nuclear programme. Video report ( 2:29 )

 

Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV news, 27 Jun 05

  • Gunmen clashed today with police elements in Al-A'zamiyah neighbourhood in northern Baghdad . A civilian bystander killed, his wife wounded when two explosive devices target Iraqi police patrol this morning in Antar square in Al-A'zamiyah neighbourhood in Baghdad . Video report, showing scene of recent attacks in Iraq , destroyed cars, interview with policemen, eyewitnesses.
  • An explosive device goes off targeting a civilian car carrying foreigners on main road near Zayyunah district in eastern Baghdad . No video.
  • US Apache helicopter crashed today in Al-Taji in north-eastern Baghdad today; its pilot killed. No video.
  • Iraqi President Jalal Talabani met today in Baghdad head of the committee tasked with drafting permanent constitution, Humam Hammudi and his first deputy, Fu'ad Ma'sum. Talabani urged committee to work for head off discarding other components of Iraqi society and denying them access to participation in writing constitution.
  • Iraqi President Jalal Talabani meets delegation of the newly formed "democratic national party" chaired by party's secretary-general, Majid Haj-Hamud, discuss future of political process in Iraq . Video shows meeting in progress, Haj-Hamud speaking to reporters.
  • In statements after meeting Egyptian president in Cairo , former Iraqi primer, Dr Iyad Allawi, describes dialogue between USA and "rebels" as important to restore stability to Iraq . Still of Allawi.
  • Multinational troops in Iraq deny holding meetings with insurgents. No video.
  • Iraqi vice-president, Adil Abd-al-Mahdi, raises doubts over expected results of meetings by US parties with militant leaders in Iraq . No video.
  • Head of Kurdistan region government says Kurdistan security forces arrest big number of perpetrators of military operations there, pledges executing them if convicted. No video.
  • In an interview with Al-Sharqiyah TV, Fu'ad Ma'sum, first deputy of head of the committee tasked with drafting the constitution, affirms all parties agree on about 70 per cent of constitution already drafted; there will be debate over remaining percentage; new Kurdistan government to be announced over coming days. Video shows interview.
  • Gunmen assassinated Iraq contractor dealing with US army on 26 June in Al-Durah in southern Baghdad . No video.
  • US army says a US soldier killed, two wounded in bomb explosion in Baghdad on 26 June. No video.
  • Iraqi street waits expanding committee tasked with drafting constitution, shows concern over shortage of woman representation. Report.
  • Seven Iraqis wounded today in a mortar attack on popular restaurant in central Baghdad . Video shows damage, interview with eyewitness.
  • Iraqi military commander announced launching Iraqi-US troops joint operations to arrest militants in Kirkuk . No video.
  • Iraqi police in Kirkuk arrest two member of a group claimed responsibility for two explosions in last February in Kirkuk . No video.
  • US troops stormed Al-Rashid Bank this morning under the pretext of search for gunmen there, arrest some bank guards. Map of Iraq .
  • Farmers of Al-Rumaythah in Al-Muthanna governorate stage demonstration in protest at water shortage and officials' failure to meet their commitments towards farmers. Video report showing demonstration, interviews with demonstrators.
  • Iraqi soldier killed, three others and contractor wounded today in mortar attack on US-Iraqi joint military base near Balad, north of Baghdad . Map of Iraq .

 

UPDATES FROM KURDIASH PRESS, 27 June 2005

Programme summary of KurdSat TV news 27 June 05


  • Iraqi President Talabani meets a delegation from the Iraqi National Democratic Party
  • The political bureaux of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan meet in Salah-al-Din
  • The head of the committee for drafting the new Iraqi constitution, Fuad Ma'sum, says a number of international experts have arrived in Iraq to help with the drafting of a permanent constitution for Iraq
  • The judge dealing with the trial of the former regime officials releases a new tape showing a number of top-level former regime officials in prison uniforms
  • A US Apache attack helicopter crashes northwest of Baghdad
  • Insurgent attacks kill and injure many people in Baghdad

Kurdistani New daily issued in Sulaymanya by the PUK

  • The UN has deployed a number of constitutional experts, deputy chief of the constitution drafting committee Fouad Maasoum told al-Mada newspaper. Maasoum added that the committee also received offers from Germany , Spain and Australia to help Iraqis write their constitution.
  • Iraqi President Talabani sys he has permitted the auditor’s office to audit the expenditure of the presidential office. Talabani’s statement came during his reception to the leader of the National Democratic Party.
  • Iraqi PM Ibrahim Jaafari discussed with Paul Wolfowitz the World Monetary Bank assistance to Iraq .
  • PUK and KDP politburos met in the presence of Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani in Salahuddin town on Sunday. The discussions focused on unifying the two KRG administrations and the process of the Iraqi constitution writing. After the meetings, Barzani told reporters that a commission would be established in Kurdistan to follow up the constitutional matters that emerge there in Baghdad .
  • The Muslim Scholars’ Association of the Iraqi Sunni Arabs issued a statement on Sunday prohibiting the murder of Shiites.
  • The Iranian president elect said his country did not in need to relations with the USA .
  • Iraqi Minister of Water Resources Lateef Rasheed participates in today’s workshop of the Iraqi Development Program (IDP) in Amman .
  • Two suicide bombers killed 16 civilian labors and 4 policemen in 2 different incidents in Mosul . In Kirkuk , 13 policemen and citizens were wounded in five separate explosions. In related context, the police arrested two elements of the Ansar-ul-Sunna terrorist band, who had in their custody video tapes of the two explosions that rocked KDP and PUK offices in Erbil in February 2004.

Xebat daily issued in Erbil by KDP

  • The KDP and PUK met under the auspices of Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and discussed unifying the two KRG administrations and the Iraqi constitution writing. “We intend to establish a commission to follow up the constitutional matters from here [in Kurdistan ],” President Barzani told the reporters after the meeting.
  • KRG-Erbil PM Nechirvan Barzani received the commander of the South Korean troops in Kurdistan .
  • Erbil Governor Nawzad Hadi laid the foundation stone for construction of 100 housing units in Deebaga town south of Erbil [outside KRG jurisdiction]. KAWA, an NGO registered in Spain provides the funds for the project.

Jamawar weekly issued in Erbil

  • The chief commander of Kirkuk police Brigadier Turhan Yusuf left for Turkey two days ago and is not willing to come back, a source close to him disclosed to the weekly. Yusuf had told a US paper that the Kurds in Kirkuk were jailing large numbers of Turcomans in Erbil and Sulaymanya and the US investigations proved that his claims were baseless and aimed only at provoking the Kurds.

Peyamner News Agency

  • PM Nechirvan Barzani admitted that there was reluctance in preventing some terror operations and gave the example of the last explosion in Erbil saying there could have been barriers. Upon directives from Kurdistan Region president, we have set up an investigation committee and will act accordingly, the PM added. He confirmed that the security authorities had captured bands of terrorists who committed crimes in Erbil and Dahuk. He asserted that the confessions of some of the arrestees would be aired on TV while films obtained from some detainees would be shown only to a limited number of audiences from Erbil , Sulaymanya and Dahuk cities.

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