Monday, May 21, 2007
INM daily summary – 21 May 2007
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- Iraqi authorities are reported to have arrested four people in connection with the death by stoning of a Kurdish teenager, which was filmed and posted on the internet.
- Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, the leader of Iraq's largest Shia party, is in Iran for lung cancer treatment after being diagnosed at a Texas hospital, officials close to the cleric say.
- 16 Kurds have been killed by gunmen wearing Iraqi military uniforms who stormed a village near the Iranian border with Iraq.
- The Iraqi parliament is to sign a $6 million deal with a foreign security firm that will deploy guards to protect the deputies.
- The Iraqi interior ministry will call on all staff from security agencies during the time of the former regime to appear at the ministry's institutions and police stations, "otherwise they will be dealt with in accordance with the terrorism law," an official source said.
- Iraq's Sunni vice-president spoke out yesterday against the upcoming US-Iran talks on May 28 on the situation in his country, saying the dialogue was 'damaging to Iraq's sovereignty.'
- The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will block the draft hydrocarbons law in parliament, raising the stakes in a row with the Baghdad government over control of Iraq's oil reserves.
- In a recent economic conference in the UAE, a number of Gulf investors expressed their interest in energy supply, road and water projects in Kurdistan.
- The Iranian domination in Iraq has been hidden in some places but it is clear in many other places.
- Final approvals have been completed for the establishment of Karbala International Airport, as announced by the Board committee of reconstruction.
- Security round-up.