Kirkuk Security committee rejects formation of Turkmen force backed by Turkey

July 17, 2017 at 8:22 pm

Turkmen Front protest the hoisting of Kurdish flag in Kirkuk (Kirkuknow, 29 March 2017)

The security committee of Kirkuk province rejects the formation of a Turkmen force backed by Turkey describing it as a threat to the security of the city and Iraq. “The security and administrative committee of Kirkuk and the residents of the city reject the formation of a force that is backed by a neighbouring state or any other foreign state,” a statement from the committee dated Monday, July 17, read.

The committee said the formation of such a force is against the principles of the Iraqi constitution and it is an attempt to divide the Iraqi society.

The committee stated that any residents of Kirkuk that wants to do voluntary work can join the peshmerga forces or any other official security force in Kirkuk.

The Turkmen community in Kirkuk have requested on a number of occasions over the last several years to form their own force to protect themselves because they claim that are targeted in the city frequently.

Since Islamic State Attack on Iraq in June 2014, several forces from various ethnic groups have been formed in Kurdistan and Iraqi and their future is not clear.

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