Friday, May 18, 2007
INM daily summary – 18 May 2007
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- The Iraqi government has reportedly asked Jordan to allow its nationals holding S-series passports to remain inside the kingdom until year-end.
- About 50 suspected insurgents attacked a coalition base in the center of a northern Iraqi city Friday, sparking a battle with U.S. soldiers and helicopters that killed at least six militants, the Iraqi army said.
- The military said Wednesday that it had detained people believed to be "directly linked" to a weekend assault in which attackers ambushed two Humvees, killing four U.S. soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter, and leaving three others missing and presumed captured.
- Iraqi Sunni and Shiite clerics met earlier this week in the Syrian capital and called for an end to the sectarian violence in their country without detriment to what they called the right to resistance through combating US occupation.
- Iraqi Prime Minister pledged to act strictly with any violation of law, referring to the clashes erupted on Wednesday in the city of Nassiriyah in southern Iraq, the presidential office said.
- Eyewitnesses affirmed that calm had prevailed in Nasiriyah today after the clashes were over and the regular rhythm of life had returned to the government's departments.
- The Iraqi government has agreed with Iran to start laying oil pipeline between the two countries to export Iraqi oil to the neighboring country.
- Iraqi political factions are divided by the up-coming U.S.-Iran talks on stabilizing Iraq.
- Iraqis are now suffering from an entire lack of electricity, water and fuel.
- The armed Kurdish groups which belong to al-Qaeda "have no popular support in Kurdistan and will not find anywhere to put down roots in this region," warned Saadi Ahmad Bira, a member of the executive of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
- Five Iranians detained by U.S. forces in northern Iraq could be freed within the next month, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Friday.
- Security round-up.