Iraq Kurds lift barriers on roads from second city Mosul: official

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces near Mosul. (AFP)
Updated 12 October 2017
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Iraq Kurds lift barriers on roads from second city Mosul: official

Irbil, Iraq: Iraqi Kurdish forces on Thursday removed barriers they had installed just hours earlier on roads from second city Mosul amid fears of an attack following last month’s independence referendum, an official said.
“The two main roads connecting Irbil and Dohuk with Mosul were reopened to the public and the situation returned to normal after a few hours,” the senior Kurdish military official told AFP.
“The closure was prompted by fears of a possible attack by Iraqi forces on the disputed areas,” held by Kurdish forces but outside the autonomous Kurdish region, the official added.


Egypt’s former anti-graft chief sentenced to 5 years in jail

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Egypt’s former anti-graft chief sentenced to 5 years in jail

CAIRO: A defense lawyer says an Egyptian military court has convicted the country’s former anti-graft chief of insulting the armed forces and sentenced him to five years in prison.
Hesham Genena was arrested in February following incendiary comments he made in a television interview in which he claimed that the former chief-of-staff Sami Annan was in possession of documents incriminating the country’s “leadership.”
Annan was arrested in January shortly after he announced his intention to challenge President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in March presidential election. He was accused of incitement against the military and forgery.
El-Sisi ran virtually unopposed, winning the election with 97 percent of the vote.
Defense lawyer Hossam Lotfy says Tuesday’s verdict against Genena will be appealed. Another defense lawyer, Ali Taha, confirmed the verdict in a Facebook posting.