Iraq’s Shi’ite ruling coalition would oppose Kurdish to hold a referendum on independence after defeat of Islamic State, its president, Ammar al-Hakim said.
“We feel like we are being punished for no reason, just for sticking addressing issues that every country has,” Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said.
“This is a demographic change on a sectarian basis,” said Rami Abdulrahman, Observatory director, calling it the biggest population swap agreement of its type. “There is great discontent over the agreement in Madaya,” he said.
The trucks carrying food, water and blankets from Shi’ite cities in southern Iraq are welcomed by hungry and war-weary residents of Mosul, Islamic State’s last major Iraqi stronghold.
Iranian official said Major General Qassem Soleimani says, “Winning the battle in Yemen will help define the balance of power in the Middle East.”
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his army, Russian, Iranian and Shi’ite forces, have steady succession of military victories over the past 18 months.
“Initial checks of the mass grave revealed remains with prison uniforms and lined up in a way that indicates they were shot dead in groups,” said Karim Nouri, spokesman for the Hashid Shaabi.
The federal government says IMN it is not substantially different from the Boko Haram terrorist group that has killed about 100,000 people since 2009.
Abadi said at a news conference that Iraq was best served by preserving U.S. alliance. “We are in a battle and we don’t want to harm the national interest.”
Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun, ally Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, visited Saudi Arabia to mend relations with Sunni Muslim monarchy.
“Look at this. The army should be neutral and not painting such things on walls,” said Abdullah Shuwaib, a Sunni blacksmith who fled the fighting.
Iraq’s parliament approved a law that will transform Popular Mobilisation forces mostly Iranian-backed coalition of Shi’ite militias that played a role in fighting Islamic State.
The Mosul campaign is turning into the biggest battle in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.
“At first we used tear gas on them. They attacked one of our personnel, who sustained a fatal injury,” Kano state Police Commissioner Rabiu Yusuf said.
Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif became first foreign minister to meet Lebanon’s new president, a move that underscored Tehran’s tussle for influence in Beirut.
Winning back the country’s second biggest city would mark the defeat of the Iraq wing of a crossborder caliphate.
The battle for Mosul is expected to be the biggest in 13 years of turmoil unleashed in Iraq by the 2003 U.S.-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein.
“Forbidding the import, manufacture and sell of all kinds of alcohol drinks,” the bill said.
Shi’ite sect’s leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky has been held in custody without charge by Nigeria security agency since his December arrest following clashes.
Syrian military source also said the army had on Wednesday gained control of several factories in the industrial district of al-Oweija, south of Handarat camp.