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Iraqi parliament to meet over electing a new speaker

The Iraqi parliament is holding an extraordinary session today to address the nomination of a new speaker, following the expulsion of Halbusi from the post. 
In preparation for this session, the Sunni factions in the Iraqi parliament have been delegated with the responsibility of nominating a candidate for the speaker's role.
This task falls to both Halbusi and Khamis Khanjar. Under Iraq’s power-sharing norms, the Speaker of the Parliament is traditionally a role held by the Sunnis.
Nouri Al-Maliki, head of the State of Law Coalition, says that bombing the headquarters of security forces and the PMF is reprehensible, condemnable, and dangerous.

Well, he would say that.

Iraqi PM says recent strike is  'unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty' 

The PM's spokesperson strongly condemns the attack on Jurf Al-Nasr, saying it was executed without the knowledge of Iraqi government agencies. "This action is a blatant violation of sovereignty and an attempt to destabilize the security situation."

Full statement

"The Iraqi government asserts that the recent escalation in the Iraqi arena over the past two days is a dangerous development involving an unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty. The government is steadfastly committed, under all circumstances, to preserving, safeguarding, and defending Iraqi sovereignty in accordance with its constitutional and legal duties.

"We vehemently condemn the attack on Jurf al-Nasr, executed without the knowledge of Iraqi government agencies. This action is a blatant violation of sovereignty and an attempt to destabilize the security situation.

"The Iraqi government is solely dedicated to enforcing the law and holding violators accountable, a prerogative exclusively within its purview. No party or foreign agency has the right to assume this role, as it contradicts Iraqi constitutional sovereignty and international law.

"We emphasize that the presence of the Global Coalition Against Daesh in Iraq is intended to support the work of our armed forces through training and advisory assistance. The recent incident represents a clear violation of the coalition's mission to combat Daesh on Iraqi soil. We call on all parties to avoid unilateral actions and to respect Iraq's sovereignty, which will not tolerate any form of violation.

"The Iraqi government underscores its constitutional responsibility for formulating and implementing state policies, ensuring order and stability, and defending national security. Any armed action or activity outside the military institution is deemed condemnable and an unlawful endeavor that jeopardizes the national interest. Also any armed elements or entity failing to adhere to this principle are acting against the national interest, and the government will take necessary measures to safeguard Iraq's national interests.

"Prime Minister Mohammed S. Al-Sudani, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, has instructed all armed forces and security agencies to fulfill their duties, enforce the law, and prevent any entity from jeopardizing the country's hard-won security and stability. These achievements were made possible through the sacrifices of thousands of martyrs and our heroic security forces. Maintaining the security and stability is a collective responsibility, and no party should neglect it under any circumstances."

In a phone conversation on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez discussed bilateral relations between Iraq and Spain, focusing on potential growth in areas like economics, agriculture, and development.

A statement from Sudani’s media office said that the Iraqi Prime Minister highlighted Iraq's current status as a secure environment for investment, expressing eagerness to capitalize on the expertise of Spanish companies. He pointed out the supportive legal framework established by the Iraqi government to facilitate the success of investment projects and invited Prime Minister Sánchez to visit Iraq.

“During the call, the Prime Minister discussed the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and the occupation forces' continued attacks. He emphasized the urgent need for intervention by European countries to stop the suffering of the civilians in Gaza. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of swift action to deliver humanitarian aid to the besieged population,” the statement read.

Spain is a member of the anti-IS coalition forces in Iraq, providing security training and support to the Iraqi security forces.

The statement did not mention recent tensions between Iraqi Shiite militia and the coalition forces in Iraq. It remains to be seen how the phone call is reported by the Spanish side.


Dead Kataib Hezbollah militiaman named by local Iraqi media

Iraqi media report the death of a member of the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah, identified as Fadel Attia Shenin Al-Maksusi, in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad. The Islamic Resistance in Iraq confirmed the incident in a statement Tuesday, framing Maksusi's death as part of the struggle against the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

The strike occurred in the early hours of Tuesday along the Abu-Ghraib motorway, linking Baghdad to western Anbar province. A security source quoted by Baghdad Today mentioned that the targeted pickup truck was carrying arms.

The group said in a statement: “With great pride, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq celebrates its martyr, the mujahid Fadil Al-Maksusi, to join the caravan of light, rejoicing in what God has bestowed upon them of His bounty, who rose as a martyr in the battle of truth against falsehood embodied by the American occupation forces in Iraq.”

After the drone strike, the Ain Al-Asad airbase in Anbar, which accommodates U.S. troops, reportedly sustained a rocket attack, suggesting a possible retaliatory action.


Hadi Al-Amiri denounces U.S. airstrikes on PMF in Iraq

Hadi Al-Amiri, leader of the Fatah Alliance and Secretary-General of the Badr Organization, condemned the recent U.S. airstrikes targeting the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Iraq. The strikes, occurring on Tuesday and Wednesday, led to several deaths and injuries. Amiri repeated his demand for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq.

The U.S. Central Command stated Wednesday, “On the morning of November 22 in Iraq, U.S. forces conducted precise strikes against two facilities in Iraq in response to attacks against U.S. and Coalition forces by Iran and Iran-backed groups, including the November 21 attack involving ballistic missiles.”

Iraqi media report at least six PMF members were killed in these attacks. The Shafaq News website, citing a security source, reported the death toll from the airstrikes on the PMF headquarters in Jurf al-Nasr, north of Babil Province, has risen to six.

The source noted that the death toll might rise due to the severity of some injuries.

Amiri described the airstrikes as a violation of Iraq's sovereignty and an assault on its people's dignity, contradicting American claims of limiting their presence to advisory roles. He highlighted the U.S. military's presence at bases like Ain al-Assad and Harir as combative.

The Iraqi Prime Minister has condemned recent attacks on U.S. bases but acknowledged limited influence over Iran-backed militias. The U.S.-led coalition has faced attacks in Iraq and Syria by these militias amidst tensions between Israel and Hamas.

Amiri urgently called for the removal of U.S. and coalition forces from Iraq, warning their presence risks further bloodshed, destabilizing security, and a return to instability. He asserted their presence lacks constitutional or legal justification.


Reported U.S. drone strikes target Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq

A security source detailed a series of events early Tuesday in Baghdad and Anbar province involving two drone strikes, one American, on an Iraqi armed faction.

The source, speaking to the Shafaq News website, said an American drone hit a military pickup truck carrying equipment on the Abu Ghraib highway. The truck, traveling from Baghdad to Anbar, caught fire. The equipment belonged to the Hezbollah Brigades.

Additionally, an unidentified drone attacked with heavy weaponry in Ramadi district, north of the international highway, toward the Tharthar desert. Two injured individuals linked to Asaib Ahl al-Haq were taken to Ramadi Hospital. They declined to give their real names and threatened police, prompting their withdrawal.

The source also reported that around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Ain al-Assad base was hit by two missiles launched from the Kilometer 35 intersection, about 64 kilometers (40 miles) from the base.

Finally, around 5 a.m., a suspicious vehicle carrying a generator was found in Area 35, west of Ramadi. A counterterrorism unit neutralized the threat and examined the site.

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