Iraq's federal government has announced resumption of paying the salaries of Kurdish civil servants and Peshmerga security forces, which had been frozen in the wake of tensions between Baghdad government and Kurdish authorities over a non-binding Kurdish independence vote.
The NATO chief said the Western military alliance will stay in Iraq at its government’s request “as long as necessary” just days after the Arab country’s lawmakers called for the withdrawal of foreign troops following the defeat of Daesh terrorists.
The Iraqi parliament has demanded that the central government in Baghdad set a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign troops, led by those of the US, from the Arab country after their purported fight against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group practically came to an end following the demise of the terror outfit two months ago.
The Iraqi foreign minister says Baghdad is receiving assistance from Russia in ensuring security in the Arab country, ravaged by the war against the Daesh terror group, and that the two sides “exchange information” on a regular basis.
Hundreds of Iranian passengers have been left stranded at the Baghdad Airport after flights were canceled in Iran due to the heavy snow which shut down Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport for a couple of days.
Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the security of the Iraqi Kurdistan is ‘very important’ to the Islamic Republic, calling on the semi-autonomous region to resolve its issues in cooperation with the central government in Baghdad.