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Turkey funds Sunni militia in Iraq, lawmaker says

By Sirwan Abbas 30/12/2015
Iraqi troops have been accused of abandoning their weaponry, stripping off their uniforms and fleeing. AFP Photo
Iraqi troops have been accused of abandoning their weaponry, stripping off their uniforms and fleeing. AFP Photo

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Iraq’s Sunni militia group known as Hashd-al-Watani has been receiving monthly wages directly from Turkey after Baghdad froze payments to the group in August, according to an Iraqi member of parliament.

Shakhawan Abdullah, head of Iraqi parliamentary defense and security committee told Rudaw that Ankara makes monthly payments of 600,000 Iraqi dinars (about $500) to more than 6,000 fighters of the Sunni group in addition to providing them with combat training and armament.

Hashd-al-Watani, which is seen as a counterbalance to the more powerful Iran-backed Shiite militia group known as Hashd-al-Shaabi, was initially established to recruit Sunni fighters willing to take part in a possible assault on the Islamic State (ISIS) in its Mosul stronghold.

The Sunni group was until recently funded by the Iraqi government, trying to avert sectarian tensions in a region of mostly underprivileged Sunni populations who have often had hostile attitudes towards government policies in the past.

The government has regularly sent monthly salaries to state employees in Mosul despite the ISIS control, fearing more people would turn to ISIS if Baghdad withheld their wages.     

The government, however, removed Mosul’s exiled governor Atheel Nujaifi, a Sunni, accusing him of mismanaging the Sunni militia and turning it into his own army.

In early December Ankara sent between 150 and 300 soldiers and 20 tanks to the Bashiqa region of Nineveh province to train the Sunni fighters.

The commander of the Hashd-al-Watani at Bashiqa camp, told Rudaw his troops were now directly funded by Turkey.

General Muhammad Yahya said the number of Turkish military trainers had gone up since they first arrived in late July this year.

“Some five months ago 10 Turkish military trainers arrived at the Bashiqa camp to coach our troops,” he said. “But since the start of this month they increased the number to 110 trainers and also deployed an additional troop to protect them,”

Turkish Defense Minister Ismat Yilmaz said last week their forces were there to “train and reorganize defensive military units” in the area.

General Yahya maintained that nearly 10,000 soldiers and police officers have been trained and prepared to recapture the city of Mosul from the ISIS.

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Remo K
Remo K | 30/12/2015
Turkey is making a mockery of Iraq's sovereignty by refusing to withdraw its forces despite being told "you are not welcome, you are not wanted, we want you leave NOW". If Bagdad can't bomb them out of federal lands or get the UN Security Council kick them out then, they may as well surrender the central government's authority to future states to manage their affairs (Kurdistan, Sunnistan, Shiaistan).
Hersh | 30/12/2015
Everyone misuses the Kurdish name. In former Iraq the Turks lie about how they're military camp is setup to train Kurdish Peshmerga, everyone knows it's to train these Sunnis militias, til this day shameless Turkish leaders insist it's to train Kurdish Peshmerga. In former Syria it's the opposite, the US insists that it's sending arms 'only' to the Arabs inside the Kurdish dominated SDF, and to save face yesterday the Turkish PM said those SDF forces who crossed the Turkish "red line" were not Kurds but Arabs, I've seen several video footage of the battle to take the Tishreen Dam and all the fighters were speaking Kurdish.
I promote Truth | 30/12/2015
Turkey should announce a planned Ground offensive with Peshmerga and Sunni Militia to retake Mosul from Daesh!
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 30/12/2015
Turkey is doing everything in order not to get the fire that is around them ,they know they have treated the Kurds very badly and the Kurds are very angry with the government, very easily they explode.
Forked tongue | 30/12/2015
Turkey will pay any whore for services.
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