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Iraqi Police discover Prisons used by the Islamic State Terror group (ISIS) in Mosul

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Baghdad, Jan 7, 2017: Iraqi police on Saturday discovered prisons once used by the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Mosul.

Federal police commander told Efe news that General Raed Shaker Jawdat discovered several prison systems and a small medical clinic that was used by the IS in the eastern Al-Wadha district.

Security personnel were clearing the neighbourhood after fully recapturing the zone from the IS on Thursday.

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The prison systems contained solitary confinement cells and torture rooms.

The small medical clinic was stocked with surgical provisions to treat fighters injured in the violent battle for the Iraqi city that was being waged between the terror group and the advancing central Iraqi army and their allies.

Security forces were engaged in continued clashes in the northern limits of the neighbourhood but were now less than one kilometre from the Tigris river that runs through the heart of the city, Jawdat said.

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Iraqi forces, alongside their Kurdish Peshmerga allies and several Shia para militaries, launched the second phase of their offensive to recapture Mosul last week.

The city, which fell to the jihadis in 2014, is the last IS bastion in Iraq. (IANS)

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Iraq lifts ban on international flights to Kurdish airports

Haider al-Abadi issues a statement lifting ban of international flights on international airports. IANS
Haider al-Abadi issues a statement lifting ban of international flights on international airports. IANS
  • Iraq lifts the ban on international flights to Kurdish airports
  • Prime minister, Haider al-Abadi issues a statement
  • He also talked about security o the airports

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday lifted a ban on international flights to two airports in Erbil and Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan.

A statement by his office said Abadi signed a decree to lift the ban after receiving positive response from the Kurdish local authorities “to restore the federal authority in the two airports in accordance with the Constitution of Iraq”.

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Abadi made the announcement during his meeting with the officers of the regional Interior Ministry who were working at the two airports, Xinhua news agency cited the statement as saying.

He also said that a new security directorate will be established to protect the airports in the Kurdish region and it will be under command and control of the federal Interior Ministry.

All the regional airports and border crossings will be linked directly to the main control system in Baghdad, similar to what is done in the other Iraqi airports and crossing, the statement said.

He also talked about the security of airports.

The passports and national ID offices and the employees at the airports of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah will also be linked to the federal Interior Ministry, it added.

Tensions rose between Baghdad and the region of Kurdistan after the Kurds held a controversial referendum last September to approve the independence of the Kurdistan region and the disputed areas.

The Iraqi government later imposed the flights ban on the Kurdish region as part of a package of punitive measures that also included blocking all the border crossings outside the federal control.

The ban on international flights on the region’s international airports of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah forced passengers to apply for an Iraqi visa to transit through Baghdad and Basra international airports to go or leave the Kurdish region.

The independence of Kurdistan is opposed not only by the Iraqi central government, but also by other countries as it would threaten the territorial integrity of Iraq and undermine the fight against the terror group Islamic State.

Iraq’s neighbouring countries, especially Turkey, Iran and Syria, fear that the Iraqi Kurds’ pursuit of independence threatens their own territorial integrity by inspiring the Kurdish population in those countries to seek independence. IANS