SDF withdraws from Ras El Ain, KRG expects more Syrian refugees, Iraqi PM promises for improvements, KRG arrest men with drugs possession
Written by Muhammad Basman on 2019-10-21
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) confirmed on Sunday that its fighters had pulled out of Syria’s border city of Serekaniye (Ras al-Ain in Arabic) as part of the recent US-Turkish ceasefire deal. SDF spokesperson Kino Gabriel confirmed via his tweet and wrote “Today, we have evacuated the city of Ras Al-Ain from all SDF fighters. We don’t have any more fighters in the city,”
The US forces are evacuating the families of the Islamic State (IS) from the Syrian camp of al-Hawl amid the Turkish incursion. The prisoners are said to be evacuated to camps in Iraq as US helicopters were circling the camp in the course of the evacuation process.
In a joint press conference between KRG interior minister, Ahmed Rebar and Marta Ruedas, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq. Rebar said as a result of the Turkish incursion into northwestern Syria Thousands more refugees fleeing and we are expecting more to arrive in the Kurdistan Region, adding to the roughly five thousand already there.
One week before national protests are expected to resume, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said that his government was committed to improve living conditions and affirmed that an investigation into a recent bout of deadly demonstrations would be announced “soon.” Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr showed his support for a recent wave of national protests set to take place again this week, saying that the political class has been unable to address the people’s dire situation and that, despite efforts to do so, it was “too late.”
Kurdish security forces announced that arrest of three people with the seizure of over 5 kilograms of different illicit drugs in their possession. According to the press release. The men are said to be from Duhok province.In a separate raid, the security forces arrested an Iranian national in central Soran who possessed 1 kilogram of heroin at his premises.