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Iraqi Federal Police to handle Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu’s security

By Rudaw 17/1/2018
A member of the Iraqi forces in the outskirts of the oil-rich Kirkuk. File photo: AFP
A member of the Iraqi forces in the outskirts of the oil-rich Kirkuk. File photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iraq’s federal police will replace the Iraqi Army in providing the security of Kirkuk, and have already taken over the security of Tuz Khurmatu after the redeployment of the Iraqi Army towards western Mosul.

“The security detail of Kirkuk and Khurmatu will be taken from the Iraqi Army and Hashd and be given to the Iraqi Federal Police,” Azad Jabari, head of the security committee in Kirkuk's provincial council and a PUK member, told Rudaw on Wednesday.

Two divisions of the federal police will handle the security of both Tuz Khurmatu and Kirkuk. The federal police are under the authority of the Ministry of Interior.

Iraqi forces and Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitaries took control of the disputed or Kurdistani areas claimed by Erbil and Baghdad from Kurdish Peshmerga in October 2017.

Tens of thousands of Kurds were displaced. Tuz saw an ensuing wave of looting, pillaging and plundering. Kurdish houses were burnt, confiscated, or looted.

Amnesty International and a Rudaw video report in late-November 2017 confirmed the damage. The Iraqi parliament ordered the formation of a multi-ethnic investigative committee.

A division of Iraq’s Rapid Response Forces was dispatched to Khurmatu this week amid fears that they were there to control areas outside of the city since they brought heavy weapons.

“One division has moved into Khurmatu, and the second division is yet to arrive into Kirkuk,” Jabari added.

The Iraqi Army units will move to secure Iraqi borders.

“The decision includes the 20th Division and the entire Iraqi Army in Kirkuk, and the decision stipulates that the army retreat from cities and head to the borders,” Brig. Gen. Sherzad Aziz Kafroshy of the army’s 20th Division told Kirkuk Now.

The KRG has called for the situation of the two towns be normalized, with the ruling KDP repeatedly saying that areas where the October incursion took were “sold out and occupied.”

The Kurdistan Regional Government believes the disputed areas should be resolved through yet-to-be implemented Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution, and in the meantime has requested for joint administration between Erbil and Baghdad without the presence of Hashd in these areas.


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Muraz Adzhoev | 17/1/2018
And where are the special divisions of Kurdistan Peshmerga RRF and Kurdistan Police forces? What are Kurdistan’s Peshmerga ministry and Interor ministry going to do to provide security in all occupied “disputed” Kurdish areas, social and humanitarian stability for the People of self-determined Southern Kurdistan? The lack of appropriate and official information from the KR authorities is not reasonable at all in ongoing military, security, political and legal circumstances, economic terms and conditions in Southern Kurdistan.
Saman | 17/1/2018
Muraz . There is no such thing as southern Kurdistan except in your dumb head . There is something called KRG though . Wake up and smell the coffee and stop dreaming . Oh I forgot, you are too dumb to stop dreaming
Andrew | 18/1/2018
@MURAZ ADZHOEV is absolutely correct! Where are the Kurdish Regional Governments Law enforcement, & Peshmerga assets? The Constitution of Iraq whose Articles & Provisions are frequently cited to benefit the Federal Govts position by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi; Iraqi Parliament; Iraqi Supreme Court; Federal Officials. According to Iraqi Constitutional Articles & Provisions the Disputed Territories are to be Administered / Governed jointly by both the Iraqi Federal Govt & the Kurdistan Regional Govt! I may be mistaken, but the Constitutional requirement that the Disputed Territories are to be Governed Jointly until such time a referendum by those residents determines if the territories will be Federal or KRG, means law enforcement, Fire Dept, Ambulance service, utilities like power or gas, & administrative citizen services like car reg birth certificates are all to be joint KRG & Federal Govt! | 19/1/2018
Dirty business by USA-Iraki government and Russia
Muraz Adzhoev | 19/1/2018
Saman and “samans”, it’s a great pleasure for me that my comments cause so deep shock and panic in boorish minds of dumb haters of the Kurdish people and all regions of Greater Kurdistan. Independent Kurdistan is not a dream, it is very near already, because Iraq is dead, USA and Russia have been preparing to conclude an agreement and divide Syria of course according to their national interests and certainly to norms and principle of the international law in favor of the Kurdish nation. Turkey and Iran will have to accept realities, independent Kurdistan and the Kurdish geoplotical factor in the (Greater) Middle East Region. Enemies and traitors can “dream and smell coffee”.
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