Makkah Governor, al-Faisal, on Sunday named winners for the 8th edition of Makkah Award for Excellence. One was for Security Committee of Haj Affairs, achieving remarkable levels of integration and coordination among different entities, including security and military level. The Makkah Region Police Department got an award for excellence in administration, in the efforts for prompts arrests of wanted people. Jeddah Historic Festival won an award in culture, for importance given to disseminating culture and heritage of the country. Two awards for social excellence are given to charitable organization al-Wdad helping orphaned and abandoned children and the other one to al-Mawada society, famous for supporting all sustainable programs to keep families together and decrease number of divorces. Maden Company got award for excellence economy, as it helps at improving and increasing gold production involving national human resources. The award for humanitarian excellence was shared by Habib bin Zain Al-Abideen for his role in supervising the administration of the central projects of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and to Ambassador Tayeb for representing Saudi Arabia in Islamic Cooperation Council.
The jets received aim to support Iraqi forces in dislodging Islamic State (IS) militants from the city of Mosul. The T-50 fighter jets will soon participate in the military operations against IS terrorists, the statement said. The arrival of the new fighter jets comes as Iraqi security force backed by the anti-IS international coalition are carrying out a major offensive to drive out IS militants from its last major stronghold in and around Mosul.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with the head of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph L. Votel, on Thursday to discuss the fight against the Islamic State. Votel expressed congratulations during the meeting with Abadi over victories Iraqi forces achieved over the militant group in the campaign to regain the west of Mosul and reiterated his country’s support to Iraq. The militants are essentially under siege in western Mosul, along with an estimated 650,000 civilians, after U.S.-backed forces surrounding the city forced them from the east in the first phase of an offensive that concluded last month.