Mosul continues to suffer as a local mayor has been killed and four policemen wounded in two separate attacks on Saturday. Mazahim Thamer, mayor of Hammam al- Alil, was killed by unknown gunman as he left his home yesterday. Security troops are conducting an investigation. Separately, four policemen were wounded in a bomb blast east of Mosul.
Meanwhile, incumbent Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Sairoon leader and winner of the Iraqi elections, Muqtada al-Sadr, in Baghdad this morning. Abadi stressed that all Iraqi forces must accept the results of the elections and revealed the two had agreed to work together with other political forces to accelerate the process of forming a new Iraqi government. Sadr’s coalition won 54 seats in parliament.
Lastly, are you excited for tonight’s Billboard Music Awards? The event is sure to be packed with a list of great live performances. BBMAs host Kelly Clarkson will be performing, Camila Cabello and Pharrell will be making the television debut of their brand-new single “Sangria Wine,” and Khalid will sing with Shawn Mendes for their song “Youth.” Make sure to watch it to see Janet Jackson’s first TV performance in nine years and tune into tomorrow’s Breakfast Club to hear us talk about it.