A German delegation headed by the country’s defense minister met on Wednesday with key Kurdish officials to affirm Germany’s continued support to the Region. Following the meeting, German Defense Minister and Peshmerga Minister Shorish Ismael held a joint press conference. Ismael reminded reporters that the so-called Islamic State continues to pose a security threat in the region, noting that “the terrorist group is in the process of reorganizing its forces.”

The Iraqi Parliament has stripped a lawmaker of his immunity over alleged involvement in corruption cases, while he accused Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi of abusing his power.The former chairman of the parliament’s Integrity Committee, Talal Zubaie, who is part of the Sunni al-Qarar coalition, has been stripped of his immunity after a request by Iraq’s Higher Judicial Council (HJC).

The pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi has accused the US and Israel of carrying out the recent attacks on bases belonging to the militias, threatening to respond to the attacks if needed.In an online statement on his Facebook feed on Wednesday, the deputy chairman of the Hashd al-Shaabi, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, claimed that Washington and Tel Aviv have been behind the recent explosions at the militias’ weapons caches in Iraq for allegedly trying to weaken the group.He further added that they have evidence that proves the US has brought four Israeli drones from Azerbaijan into Iraq to target the militias in the country.