Our sources say that the head Nineveh Governorate Council, Bashar al-Kiki, announced yesterday that the Council is to hold a meeting in Alqosh, a suburb of Mosul that has not fallen into ISIL hands. The date of the meeting, to be attended by the Governor, has not yet been fixed. It will be important in that it will discuss the ways and means to support the Province and to liberate it from the ISIL gunmen.
Also yesterday, 3 ISIL gunmen were killed in the western Mosul district of Al-Nahrawan. They were occupying a house belonging to a family that has been displaced. They were targeted by the Mosul resistance using silenced weapons.
A Mosul member of parliament, Mahasin al-Hamdun, announced a new mechanism for disbursing the 1 million Dinar aid for each displaced family. She says that the new system would not require a trip to Baghdad, but would be dealt with via documentation only. There had been many complaints about the existing system that has been plagued by favoritism and interventionism, whereas the new system will be easier and simpler. She also announced that long-delayed government salaries, especially in the Oil Ministry, would be paid.
The Nineveh Agricultural Directorate has been ordered by the Agriculture Ministry to indefinitely postpone the repayment of loans by farmers whose crops have been hit by water shortages.