World Bulletin / News Desk
“We won’t use the army against the people and we won’t wage a war against the Kurds,” al-Abadi said in televised comments broadcast on Iraqi state television.
He went on to stress that the Iraqi armed forces were devoted exclusively to providing public security inside Iraq and protecting the country from foreign threats.
“It is our responsibility to safeguard Iraq’s unity,” he asserted.
Tension has steadily mounted between Baghdad and northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) since Sept. 25, when Iraqis in KRG-controlled areas -- and in a handful of disputed areas -- voted on whether or not to declare independence.
In the immediate aftermath of last month’s illegitimate poll, Baghdad banned international flights from entering KRG-controlled areas and closed all foreign diplomatic missions based in the Kurdish region.
Priced 40 percent below official market rates, the fuel was then mixed and distributed at service stations and on the black market, with police registering 30 trips from Libya to Sicily.
The summit will gather heads of state or government from Angola, Burundi, CAR, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire told a parliamentary committee in London of the new date.
In statement issued from New York, Roselyn Akombe says next Thursday's repeat elections cannot be credible
Forestry and Water Minister Veysel Eroglu says Turkey ‘is among top three in terms of water projects’
Hamid brandishes his pincers at the heart of the joyous racket of the Sunday market of Beni Yakhlef, a rural town about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the seaside metropolis of Casablanca.
At least 41 people died in wave of weekend fires, the second such tragedy in months
Executive order 'plainly discriminates based on nationality', Hawaii judge Derrick Watson rules
One of the fishermen was shot and has been admitted to hospital
The final vote on the legislation is to be made in the upper house Senate after the lower house National Assembly overwhelmingly approved it last week.
On Monday, Iraqi government forces captured oil-rich Kirkuk from Peshmerga forces
Anti-terror airstrike conducted in northern Iraq's Zap region, military says
Bipartisan agreement faces up-hill battle to secure enough support in Congress
New report says online sales will more than double in a decade, with Amazon leading the way
Turkish diplomatic official says Presidency of Religious Affairs' relief activities reached thousands of Nigerians in 2017
Second reshuffle in 12 months sees currency fall 0.5 pct against US dollar