US pledges to reduce Iraq troops as tensions ease

first_imgTensions skyrocketed following a US strike on Baghdad in January that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, with lawmakers in Baghdad demanding the expulsion of the roughly 5,200 US troops in the country. American troops were deployed in Iraq from 2014 to head a military coalition fighting the Islamic State jihadist group. AFP The United States also promised support to prop up the struggling Iraqi economy as the two nations held their first strategic dialogue in more than a decade. WASHINGTON – The United States said Thursday it would reduce troops in Iraq in the coming months as friction between the two countries eased under a new US-friendly premier in Baghdad. President Donald Trump responded by threatening crippling sanctions and, according to US military sources, Washington began planning a vast bombing spree against groups blamed for the rockets. (AFP)last_img read more

President Sirleaf Makes Additional Appointments in Government

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made additional appointments in Government affecting the Ministries of State for Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, Labor and Internal Affairs.Other government parastatals include the National Commission on Higher Education, Liberia Refining Company, Central Bank of Liberia and the University of Liberia.According to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where applicable. Those appointed include:Ministry of State for Presidential AffairsMr. Jordan Solunteh,  Director General of the CabinetNational Commission on Higher EducationDr. Momo Rogers, Deputy Director GeneralMinistry of Foreign AffairsMr. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Minister of the Foreign AffairsMr. Thomas Kaydor, Deputy Minister for International CooperationMinistry of Commerce & IndustryMr. Franz Sawyer, Deputy Minister for AdministrationMr. Andrew G. Paygar, Flangiah, Sr. Deputy Minister for Small Business AdministrationMr. Pewee Reed, Assistant Minister for Bureau of Small Business AdministrationMinistry of LaborMs. Moriah Kou Yeakula , Assistant Minister for AdministrationMr. Emmett M. Crayton ,  Assistant Minister for Trade UnionMs. Marion N. Wreh  , Assistant Minister for StandardsLiberia Petroleum Refining CompanyMr. Edwin Sarvice, Deputy Managing Director for Operations (replacing Mr. Aaron Wheagar who  is being retired after having served the Company for more than 20 years)Central Bank of LiberiaMr. Milton Weeks, Member, Board of Governors (replacing Mr. David Vinton)Ms. Melisa Emeh, Member, Board of Governors (replacing Ms. Mildred Reeves)Ministry of Internal AffairsMr. Allen Kromah, Assistant Minister for Research, Development & PlanningThe President has established a Tourism Exploratory Committee which will assist in the formation of a Tourism Agency which will evolve into an autonomous agency after separation from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.Tourism Exploratory CommitteeDr. Dawn Barnes, ChairMs. Barku Tubman, MemberMr. Jacqueline Capehart ,  MemberAdditionally, the President, based upon recommendation from the Chief Justice, also constituted an independent committee of experts from the civil society to start the process of nominating a member of the Independent National Human Rights Commission:Mr. James Yarsiah, ChairmanMs. Roseline Toweh, Co-chairpersonMr. Roosevelt Woods , SecretaryMs. T. Thompson Adebayor , MemberMr. Varney Jersey, MemberMs. Finda Salay,  MemberAttorney Jura A. Lynch , Member  Please note that all assistant ministers’ posts at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will continue with full compensation until the end of the fiscal year when the new changes at the Ministry will be implemented.Mr. Rameses Kumbuyah nomination for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration has been withdrawn as he has been asked to retain his current position as Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Education.  Dr. Nancy Freeman has been nominated for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Finally, Mr. Norris Tweah has been appointed Vice President for University Relations at the University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more