Nepal has reportedly banned its nationals from working in Libya, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, following the killing of 13 security personnel from Nepal in a suicide attack claimed by Talban in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Nepalese Labour Minister Deepak Bohara (pictured) said on Friday said that the decision is attributed to the security situation in Libya and other countries. He said his government is making arrangement to help its nationals working in libya to return immediately to Nepal.

The suicide bombig attack targeted a bus carrying security personnel from Nepal and working for the Canadian embassy in Kabul, forcing Nepal to cease issuing work permits for Libya, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Sources: Reuters, Libyan News Agency)

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Iranian forces have shelled villages on the border with Iraq forcing hundreds of people to leave their homes.

The Iranian government says they targeted the headquarters of a Kurdish separatist group.

Al Jazeera’s Hyder Abbasi reports.

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised several new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan:

(Source: UN)

(Recruitment image via Shutterstock)

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised several new positions in Iraq:

(Source: UN)

(Recruitment image via Shutterstock)

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

  • Seven strikes conducted near Manbij in Syria by bomber, attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL tunnels, damaged an ISIL fighting position and denied ISIL access to terrain.

Strikes in Iraq

Bomber, attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 23 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

  • Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance and damaged an ISIL bunker.
  • Near Albu Hayat, a strike struck an ISIL training facility.
  • Near Rutbah, a strike struck an ISIL improvised weapons facility.
  • Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL bunker.
  • Near Mosul, six strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL vehicles.
  • Near Qayyarah, nine strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL boat, two ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL vehicles, three ISIL excavators, four ISIL oil tankers, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL tunnel entrance and an ISIL front-end loader and denied ISIL access to terrain.
  • Near Ramadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL vehicle bomb and an ISIL fighting position.
  • Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL tunnel, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL mortar system.

Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.

Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

By John Lee.

The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has reported that 30 banks and 17 remittance companies took part in its currency auction on Monday.

A total of $140,489,450 sold at a price of 1182 Iraqi Dinars (IQD) per dollar.

(Source: Central Bank of Iraq)