The fight against ISIS continues as the Iraqi Ministry of Defense on Sunday revealed it had killed 36 members of the Islamic State (IS) in a rare cross-border operation in Syria last week. The airstrikes targeted hideouts and terrorists who pose a threat to Iraq since there have been pockets of ISIS resistance in western parts of Iraq’s Anbar province that borders Deir ez-Zor governorate in Syria.
Meanwhile, several hundreds of police guards in Erbil, Sulaimani, Rania, and Soran went on strike yesterday, demanding that their salaries be paid under the terms of the new austerity measures. A newly-established council for guards on strike issued a statement saying that protests will be held in Erbil, Sulaimani, Garmyan, and Raparin. They claim up to 65 percent of their salaries has been withheld for years.
Lastly, congratulations to Mohamed Salah, who won the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award for 2017-18. The Egyptian-born Liverpool forward, 25, beat half a dozen other players in the vote. Salah has scored 31 goals in 33 Premier League games for Klopp’s free-scoring Liverpool side and leads the race for the golden boot.