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6) President Talabani receives US ambassador. Aswat al-Iraq

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

6/22/2011 4:57 PM
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraqi President Jalal Talabani discussed today with the U.S.

ambassador James Jeffery the importance of the U.S. forces to the Iraqis in the fields of training, arming and supply.

"Bilateral relations were discussed , particularly developing these relations in the coming stage," the presidential statement, which was received by Aswat al-Iraq, highlighted.
President Talabani pointed out the importance of expanding horizons of future cooperation in all fields.
He praised the Iraqi political leaders meeting as "successful", because it minimized the state of tension among political rivals.
According to the statement, the U.S. ambassador confirmed his country's the full support of the political process and democracy in Iraq, praising Talabani's efforts to " collect all parties, minimize differences and activating dialogue among political entities, which are important to the present and future of new Iraq."
7) Security firm leaves Iraqi parliament unguarded over dispute. AK News

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

22/06/2011 17:32

Baghdad, June 22 (AKnews) - One of the three security companies providing protection for the Iraqi parliament has abandoned its duties following a dispute over a contract extension.

The parliament security forces prevent people and journalists from entering the building but the security firm’s departure has left a security vacuum.
An AKnews correspondent who was denied access to parliament reports from Baghdad that one of the three companies had received no answer to a request that parliament extend its contract and raise the salaries of its employees.
The company is currently said to be in ongoing talks with parliament's administrative board.
8) 2 killed, including former Parliament candidate in Salah al-Din. Aswat al-Iraq

6/22/2011 3:14 PM

SALAH AL-DIN / Aswat al-Iraq: Two persons, one of them a former candidate for the Iraqi Parliament, have been killed in an attack in Shirgat township of north-central Iraq’s Salah al-Din Province on Wednesday, a Salah al-Din security source reported.
“The candidate from Iraq’s Unity Coalition, Jassem Mohammed and another person have been killed by unknown gunmen in Shirgat township, 100 km to the north of Tikrit,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Tikrit, the center of Salah al-Din Province, is 175 km to the north of Baghdad.
9) Two bystanders killed in army-militant gunfight crossfire. AK News

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

22/06/2011 12:40

Nineveh, June 22 (AKnews) – A gun battle between the Iraqi army and militants resulted in the death of two civilians caught in the crossfire, near Mosul today.

Zanun Sab’awi, an army spokesman, said the clashes occurred in al-Sada village, 10 km north of Mosul.
A woman was also injured in the incident.
Mosul - 362 km north of Baghdad – is the capital of Nineveh province. It is the site of daily bombings and killings. Mosul is the bloodiest of all Iraq’s cities when population is taken into account, according to Iraqi Body Count. In recent months targeted attacks against government officials and military officers have been stepped up, often making use of silenced weapons and roadside bombs.
Since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003 the U.S. military and Iraqi security forces have been unable to crush the insurgency, which has not diminished, as it has in many other Iraqi cities.
Mosul is Iraq’s third largest city and is the main commercial center in the north west of the country.
10) Iraqi FM meets Iranian speaker to promote ties. Kuwait News Agency

Politics 6/22/2011 1:41:00 PM

TEHRAN, June 22 (KUNA) -- Visiting Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, and his accompanying delegation, met on Wednesday Speaker of Iranian Shura Council Ali Larijani to discuss means of promoting bilateral relations between the two countries.

Semi-official news agency, Mehr, said that Larijani asserted that Iran is fully ready to give all necessary support to the Iraqi people.

"The Iranian government cares about the Iraqi people's fate. Iran hopes to see Iraq free, independent and sovereign," Larijani noted, adding that "the Iraqis paid a lot to get that freedom and democracy. Therefore, nothing should come between them and their sovereignty." On his part, the Iraqi foreign minister lauded the assistance given by Iran to the Iraqi people by saying that "Iran plays a positive role in Iraq. That is why bilateral relations should be enhanced." Zebari affirmed that, soon, the two countries will sign a pact that would remove all obstacles between them.

The Iraqi minister had, previously, met with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akber Salehi where they affirmed their mutual support for both countries to achieve stability and peace in the region.

They expressed relief for the "positive cooperation" and "advanced relations" between Iran and Iraq in the fields of economy, politics and culture.

They also exchanged views on the situation in the Gulf region and North Africa, stressing on the importance of strengthening regional cooperation. (end) ms.nfm KUNA 221341 Jun 11NNNN

11) Civilian killed, another injured, in Ninewa mortar attack. Aswat al-Iraq

6/22/2011 11:09 AM

NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq: An Iraqi civilian has been killed and another injured in a mortar shell that fell close to north Iraq’s Ninewa Operations Command, south of Mosul city on Wednesday, a Ninewa security source reported.

“A mortar shell, targeted against Ninewa Operations Command at dawn Wednesday, fell on a nearby house in southern Mosul, killing a civilian and wounding another,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, adding that the attack caused material damage to the house.

Mosul, the center of Ninewa Province, is 405 km to the north of Baghdad.
12) Dibbis Mayor in north Iraq Kirkuk Province escapes assassination attempt. Aswat al-Iraqa

6/22/2011 9:04 AM

KIRKUK / Aswat al-Iraq: The Mayor of Dibbis township in north Iraq’s Kirkuk Province has escaped an assassination attempt on Tuesday, a Kirkuk security source said.
“The Mayor of Dibbis township of Kirkuk Province, Hadi Ghazi, has escaped an assassination attempt today (Tuesday), when an explosive charge stuck to his car, blew off in front of his house, causing him no harm, but damaged his car,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
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