Al-Maliki: The measures taken by the government today in terms of changes represent a step in the context of overcoming the crisis of raising the exchange rate of the dollar

Baghdad, The Head of the State of Law Coalition, Nouri al-Maliki, discussed with the Italian Ambassador to Iraq, Maurizio Cricanti, bilateral relations.

During the meeting, according to a statement by Al-Maliki’s office, they discussed the future of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, and developments in the political and security situation in the region and the world.

Al-Maliki stressed the importance of increasing aspects of cooperation and coordination between Iraq and Italy in all issues of common interest, expressing his hope that Italy would deal with Iraq directly, away from any other addresses.

He explained that the new government has strengths and qualifications for success despite the challenges it faces and the heavy legacy left by the previous government.

The head of the State of Law coalition indicated that the measures taken by the government today in terms of changes represent a step in the context of overcoming the crisis of raising the exchange rate, despite the presence of political parties trying to invest and exploit the crises to employ them politically.

For his part, Ambassador Krikanti congratulated Al-Maliki on forming the government, expressing his appreciation for Iraq and his leadership’s keenness to consolidate relations with Italy, inviting him to visit Rome as soon as possible.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs: We are following the death of four Iraqis and the wounding of another by gunfire in Turkey

Baghdad, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today, Thursday, that it is following up on the death of four Iraqis and the injury of another, as a result of a shooting incident in Turkey.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Al-Sahhaf, said in a statement: “The Iraqi embassy in Ankara, in coordination with the Consulate General in Gaziantep, is following up on a shooting incident at a vehicle carrying Iraqi citizens, on the Nusaybin-Mardin road,” noting that “the accident led to the deaths of four citizens and injuring another person.

He stressed, “we follow up the incident with great interest with the Turkish side and through the relevant authorities, to find out the motives and details of this incident.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The National Security Service seizes a factory in Wasit that manipulates the origins of electricity supplies

Kut, The National Security Agency in Wasit managed to seize a factory in the city of Kut, in which the electrical wire industry is changed from an Iraqi origin to a Saudi and Jordanian one.

A security source told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) that the control process took place through careful follow-up, and those in charge of the factory were arrested and referred to the judiciary.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The Popular Mobilization arrests a drug-trafficking gang in Karbala

Baghdad, A force from the 13th Brigade of the Popular Mobilization Forces, in cooperation with the intelligence and information assistants of the Popular Mobilization Authority, arrested today, Wednesday, a drug-trafficking gang traveling between the governorates of Karbala and Najaf.

The Commander of the 13th Brigade of the Mobilization Forces, Qassem Musleh, told the Popular Mobilization website, “After receiving intelligence information and with high coordination between our brigade and the intelligence in the Mobilization Authority, the forces were able to arrest three suspects in their possession narcotics after setting up an elaborate ambush that lasted for several hours and monitoring from Karbala to Najaf and then from Najaf to Karbala after bringing narcotic pills from their financiers.

Musleh added that the arrest process was flagrante delicto and came according to an official judicial note.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Intelligence Agency: The arrest of five dangerous terrorists in Babylon

Baghdad, The Federal Intelligence and Investigation Agency announced the arrest of five dangerous terrorists in Babylon, one of whom was responsible for the attack on a police patrol, the martyrdom of an affiliate, and the wounding of others.

A statement by the Security Media Cell stated: According to accurate intelligence information, the Federal Intelligence and Investigation Agency in the Ministry of Interior managed, with separate preemptive operations, which resulted in the arrest of five terrorists in separate areas of Babylon Governorate, who are wanted according to the provisions of Article (4 / terrorism) for their affiliation with ISIS terrorist gangs, and who admitted through preliminary investigations that they belong to those criminal gangs.

The statement indicated that one of the terrorists, known as (Abu Karrar), confessed to participating in several terrorist operations, including the attack with an explosive device on a patrol of Al-Tahrir Police Station, north of Babylon, and the attack resulted in the injury of a number of members and the death of one of them.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

An officer and a security element were killed east of Kirkuk

Kirkuk, A security source announced the martyrdom of an officer and a security member of the Kirkuk police.

He said that unidentified gunmen attacked, after midnight, an emergency police patrol belonging to the third regiment during the inspection of points on the Hawally road leading to Sulaymaniyah, which led to the martyrdom of Lieutenant Colonel Nawzad Hassan and Commissioner Muhammad Pasha.

It is noteworthy that the area east of Kirkuk is active from time to time in fuel smuggling and drug activity.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

An accused was arrested in his possession three kilograms of drugs in Kut

Kut, Detachments of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Control Department in Wasit Police arrested an accused of drug trafficking and abuse in Kut, the provincial center.

A source in the Wasit police told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA): “The suspect was seized with an amount estimated at two and a half kilograms of narcotic crystal and half a kilogram of triac, and he was referred to the judiciary.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

National Security Service: (32) terrorist suspects were arrested in five governorates

Baghdad, The National Security Service announced the arrest of (32) suspects of terrorism in five governorates.

A statement of the Service stated that: “With a continuous intelligence effort and as part of its duties in pursuing the remnants of the terrorist ISIS elements, the National Security Service carried out a series of successful qualitative operations during which it managed to arrest (32) accused of terrorism, including prominent members of ISIS gangs who were active in the governorates of ( Anbar, Nineveh, Kirkuk, Diyala, and Baghdad), after setting up court ambushes and executing judicial arrest warrants that led to the overthrow of the accused.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Security Council Press Statement on Afghanistan (12 January 2023)

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Ishikane Kimihiro (Japan):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist attack near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan on 11 January, which was claimed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant — Khorasan Province (ISIL-K), also known as Da’esh, and resulted in at least five people killed and dozens wounded.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security in Afghanistan, as well as in the world.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice. They urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

They reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

Source: UN Security Council

The head of the Integrity Commission and the French ambassador discuss ways of cooperation in the field of combating corruption and recovering smuggled assets

Baghdad, The head of the Federal Integrity Commission, Haider Hanoun, and the French ambassador, Eric Chevalier, discussed strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the field of combating corruption and recovering the proceeds of corruption smuggled abroad.

Hanoun stressed, according to a statement by the Commission, the importance of legal assistance between countries in the field of combating corruption and recovering smuggled assets, which comes in line with the contents of Chapter Four of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, including assistance in the field of prevention, investigation, prosecution of perpetrators, transfer of judgments of persons and criminal procedures, and cooperation in field of law enforcement.

He explained the commission’s need to benefit from the French experience in preventing and combating corruption and recovering the revenues derived from it, pointing to the importance of concluding bilateral cooperation agreements and memorandums that include development, training and transfer of expertise, as well as the extradition of suspects and smuggled funds.

Hanoun called on French companies to invest in Iraq, after which it is an arena and a safe for investors, especially after the new government and the judiciary provide an appropriate atmosphere to fight corruption with sincere intentions, which represents one of the points of attraction for investment that is hindered by security and political tensions, in addition to the spread of corruption. And the possibility of obstructing and blackmailing investing companies.

For his part, the French ambassador expressed his country’s readiness to cooperate with Iraq in the field of combating corruption, praising the development in the work of the Iraqi oversight bodies and the achievements made at this stage.

He pointed out the need to follow certain mechanisms and procedures in order to cooperate with Iraq to recover smuggled assets, especially the funds of the former regime, noting that the French legislator approved a law in the year 2021 regarding “unknown-owner” funds, and that one of its requirements is the issuance of a decision in this regard by the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council to complete the requirements stipulated in this law, and then addressing the French judiciary, which will lead to fulfilling Iraq’s desire regarding its money during the era of the former regime.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The first cybersecurity forum – risks and threats held in Kirkuk

Kirkuk, The Department of Computer Engineering Technologies at the Northern Technical University, in cooperation with media and government communication, held a forum on cybersecurity – risks and threats and the role of the university in finding solutions for the first time in the province after the establishment of the Department of Cybersecurity Engineering.

During the forum, lectures, interventions, and information were presented on practices and technologies that aim to protect electronic devices, networks, computer systems, and data from being exposed to any kind of malicious attacks, as well as an explanation of types of cybersecurity, which includes network security, applications, data, and operational security.

The Governor of Kirkuk, Rakan al-Jubouri, stressed the priority and importance of the administration’s support for educational institutions, including the Northern Technical University, directing to give importance within the 2023 budget.

He praised the organization of the forum and its importance in supporting state institutions and serving the citizen, calling for the importance of awareness and education and explaining the nature of cybersecurity.

The President of the Technical University, Dr. Alia Abbas Al-Attar, confirmed that the establishment of the Department of Cybersecurity Engineering came within the plans for development and upgrading and keeping pace with global progress.

She called for cooperation between government institutions and the private sector in protecting information and data.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The PMF seize 84 stores of weapons, equipment and explosives belonging to ISIS in Diyala and Salah al-Din

Baghdad, The Director General of the General Directorate of Security and Discipline in the Popular Mobilization Forces, Lieutenant General Hussein Faleh Al-Lami, announced a major operation carried out by the Popular Mobilization against ISIS terrorist groups in Salah al-Din and Diyala, which resulted in the seizure of 70 % of terrorist stores in the region.

Al-Lami confirmed, according to the media of the PMF, that this major qualitative operation, which lasted for days, resulted in the destruction of the military structures of terrorist groups in Salah al-Din Governorate, where 68 stores were found, and 16 stores in Diyala.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency