Kur­dish Min­is­ters swear in as ISIS keeps slow ad­vanc­ing to­wards Bagh­dad

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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.

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