BAGHDAD: The Kurdistan Regional Government is holding a referendum on September 25 on independence for the region.
The UN envoy for Iraq has warned the road ahead is “extremely challenging“ following the liberation of Mosul, stressing that freeing other territory controlled by Islamic State will not be easy. Jan Kubis told the Security Council on Monday that instituting the rule of law and promoting development will also be crucial.
He said “the government will have to do everything possible to give the people back their lives in security and dignity” in order to turn the military victory in Iraq’s second-largest city into stability.
Mr Kubis urged it to quickly start negotiations with the Iraqi government on critical issues including oil and revenue sharing and the status of disputed territories.
Army foils infiltration, smuggling attempt
AMMAN: Border Guards at the Northern Military Zone late Saturday foiled an infiltration attempt by a number of persons into the Kingdom from Syria, a military source at the General Headquarters of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army said Sunday.
The source explained that the army personnel applied the rule of engagement taken in such cases, forcing the inflators to retreated to the Syrian front.
The source added that after searching the area, the army personnel seized around 12 bags includes 3,031,000 Captagon pills, adding that the seized items were referred to relevant authorities .