Iraqi PMU leader returns as national security adviser

Al-Fayadh has also been nominated to head the country’s powerful Interior Ministry. (AFP)
Updated 19 December 2018
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Iraqi PMU leader returns as national security adviser

  • Iraq’s government has been deadlocked as politicians spar over appointments for several key ministries, including the interior and defense

BAGHDAD: The former head of Iraq’s Iran-linked Popular Mobilization Units returned to his dual posts as chairman of the militias and national security adviser to Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, ahead of a Parliament session to consider new Cabinet appointments Tuesday.
Falih Al-Fayadh retook his seat at a meeting of Iraq’s National Security Council on Sunday after he was sacked from his positions by caretaker Prime Minister Haidar Abadi in August for political behavior.
Al-Fayadh has also been nominated to head the country’s powerful Interior Ministry, which has been under the control of ministers close to Iran since 2010. His nomination has been opposed by the political bloc of populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, which says it wants to limit outside influence in Iraqi politics.
Iraq’s government has been deadlocked as politicians spar over appointments for several key ministries, including the Interior and Defense.
Abdul Mahdi was confirmed as premier in October without a full Cabinet after Parliament approved just 14 of 22 ministerial posts.
The Parliament is slated to again consider the rest of the Cabinet nominees on Tuesday, though expectations for a breakthrough are low.
The Popular Mobilization Forces were formed in 2014 to stop the advance of Daesh militants through Iraq. They include several militias funded and trained by Iran.


Yemeni troops stop Houthi advances, inflict further casualties

Updated 22 January 2019
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Yemeni troops stop Houthi advances, inflict further casualties

  • The Yemeni army halted Houthi advances in a strategic district in Taiz
  • The army also liberated an important range of mountains in Saada

DUBAI: Eight Houthis were killed Tuesday during clashes with the Yemeni national forces in Taiz, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The militants were killed while trying to infiltrate sites in Tabab, a strategic route into Taiz, southwestern Yemen, the Yemeni military website 26 September News reported.

But the Houthi’s advance was halted by the army, which killed eight of the militia, the source added.

Al-Shaqb front is the main route to Sabr Al-Mawadem district in Taiz province.

Meanwhile members of the army took control of the route connecting the northern city of Saada with Kitaf and Albuqa districts after heavy clashes with Houthis, SPA reported.

The army took full control of the strategic mountain range in Kitaf and advanced towards Saada, inflicting heavy casualties on the Houthis.

Army units found and destroyed a large cache of weapons, 26 September News added.