Kurdish Ministers swear in as ISIS keeps slow advancing towards Baghdad
The Iraqi Parliament held an important session in which the Kurdish ministers swore in on Saturday. Along with the Kurdish Ministers, Ministers of Interior, Defense and Tourism took the oath.
After almost 40 days from the announcement of Prime Minister Haider Abadi’s cabinet, all the empty ministerial posts are now filled in.
Rozh Nouri Shawes gained 190 votes, out of 325, and assigned as Deputy PM in the new cabinet. Hushiar Zebari gained 167 votes and assigned as the Iraqi Minister of Finance.
Another Kurdish candidate, Darbaz Mohammed, from Gorran bloc, gained 177 votes and assigned as Minister of Migration and Migrants. Bayan Nuori from Kurdistan Islamic Union, KIU, gained 194 votes and assigned as Minister of Women Affairs.
At the same parliamentary session, the Ministers of Interior and Defense gained the confidence of the members of the Parliament. Mohammed Al-Ghaban, Shia candidate, gained 197 votes and assigned as Minister of Interior, and Khalid Obedi, Sunni candidate, gained 175 votes and selected as Minister of Defense.
The last empty ministerial post of the cabinet was given to Adel Sharshab. He gained enough votes and assigned as Minister of Tourism.
ISIS advance towards the Iraqi capital
Islamic State militants keep advancing towards the Iraqi capital from the Anbar Province weeks after the intense American air campaign. The Iraqi military forces have been unable to advance as the international coalition strikes the Islamic State’s positions in the Province.
As Iraqi and American officials have tried to rally the Iraqi security forces, efforts in Baghdad to achieve a more unified political front to face the crisis have also gone slowly. Iraq’s new Prime Minister has been struggling to gain support not only from minority Sunnis and Kurds — a process President Obama called critical to any military effort — but even from members within his own Shiite bloc.
Baghdad is not facing immediate danger from ISIS jihadists despite battlefield gains by the group in the country’s west areas and recent intensive car bombings in the city, the US military said Thursday.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby acknowledged several deadly bombing attacks in Baghdad earlier Thursday, including one claimed by ISIS, but said the city’s defenses were solid.
“We don’t believe that Baghdad is under imminent threat,” Kirby told reporters in a news conference.