Kurdish and Iraqi delegates have agreed for the Kurdistan Region airports to reopen under the Iraqi civil aviation authority, one of a list of recommendations to be presented to the Iraqi government for approval. A delegation from the oil ministry also met with Kurdish officials in Erbil set the ground for an oil-for-budget agreement. No official date has been given and without prime minister Abadi’s approval the situation remains unchanged.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Prime Minister vowed to crack down on remaining ISIS sleeper cells after a deadly twin bombing in Baghdad killed some 30 people and injured over 60 more. Abadi, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, met with top security and intelligence leaders from Baghdad’s operations command and responded to the tragic attack by issuing decrees and orders that “are aimed at cutting off the dormant cells belonging to IS.”
Lastly, Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly at the age of 46. The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.