Daesh militants attempting to cross into Iraq from Syria: Iraqi PM

Daesh militants have launched attacks in recent weeks against US-backed Kurdish forces on the Syrian side of the Iraq-Syria border. (Reuters)
Updated 13 November 2018
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Daesh militants attempting to cross into Iraq from Syria: Iraqi PM

BAGHDAD: Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday that hundreds of Iraqi Daesh militants at Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria were trying to cross into Iraq.
The militants have launched attacks in recent weeks against US-backed Kurdish forces on the Syrian side of the border, prompting Iraqi militias that operate alongside the army to reinforce in the area.
Abdul Mahdi said the militants were seeking to recapture territory they had once controlled on the Iraqi side, during Daesh’s control of territory that extended from eastern Syria to northern Iraq from 2014 to 2017.
“But Iraqi forces are carrying out their duties to pre-empt any attempts by Daesh to infiltrate the border and cross into Iraq,” he told reporters at a news conference.
Daesh militants have since their military defeat in Iraq in 2017 reverted to insurgency tactics such as bombings and attacks on security forces, especially in northern Nineveh and northeastern Diyala provinces.


Yemeni PM: Funds from Saudi Arabia, UAE should be managed to achieve intended goals

Updated 50 min 33 sec ago
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Yemeni PM: Funds from Saudi Arabia, UAE should be managed to achieve intended goals

  • The prime minister told the Saudi Press Agency that “Yemen has received large funds from Saudi Arabia and the UAE"
  • He also said any upcoming funds in 2019 should focus on supporting the economy and paying as many salaries as possible

JEDDAH: Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malek stressed on the importance of managing funds to Yemen from Saudi Arabia and the UAE to achieve the intended goals.
He said the main challenge facing the Yemeni government lies in its ability to continue paying the salaries of its employees, and “this is what the government is working on through allocating financial funds in this field as it's priority.”
The prime minister told the Saudi Press Agency that “Yemen has received large funds from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the latest of which was the $500 million supply initiative, stressing the need to coordinate with international organizations working in Yemen to deliver aid.”
He also added that any upcoming funds in 2019 should focus on supporting the economy and paying as many salaries as possible, which will help the budget significantly.
“The challenges that will face Yemenis next year are big. We should not think of aid only, it is also necessary to think about helping the Yemeni economy and protecting it from further deterioration,” he said.
This, he added, also requires guarantees that contribute to the arrival of food aid, as well as looking into the activities and programs related to foreign organizations, with the aim of directing them to the areas in dire need of humanitarian and relief assistance.
The prime minister also pointed to the humanitarian impact that will result from the project of rehabilitation of the Al-Dalea road, which comes within the comprehensive humanitarian operations plan in Yemen and through the Isnad Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Aid.