Peshmerga and Asayish return to Khanaqin in Diyala

November 20, 2017 at 9:17 am

A Kurdish police officer on duty in Jalawla in Diyala June 2017 before the events of October 16 (photograph: Hawre Azad)

Hawre Azad

The Iraqi forces and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have reached an agreement for the peshmerga and Asayish of the party to return to Khanaqin in Diyala and the process of implementation started on Thursday 16 of November.

An official from the PUK who was in the meetings which led to the agreement said that both sides agreed to maintain security in Khanaqin with the joint efforts of the police and PUK Asayish.

As part of the agreement, the PUK Asayish has agreed to share intelligence with the Iraqi Intelligence Organisation which is part of the Iraqi interior ministry as well as with the National Intelligence Service which is part of the council of ministers.

According to the agreement the peshmerga which withdrew last month will be armed with small guns and will return to their Garmasir Base, 7 km north of Khanaqin. The process of the implementation of the agreement started on Thursday and a number of Peshemrga fighters from the 3rd infantry brigade returned to Khanaqin area.

General Nabil Mohammad who coordinates between the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces said there had been an agreement for the peshmerga and the Asayish to return to Khanaqin.

A small number of Asayish were stationed in Khanaqin on Thursday and guarded checkpoints alongside Iraqi police outside the city.

Major Ali Jamal the spokesperson for Garmiyan police says when the Iraqi forces returned some of their duties were suspended but they stayed in their locations and receive orders from the interior ministry of the Kurdistan regional Government (KRG).

This is the first time that the Kurdish side reaches an agreement with the Iraqi side for the Kurdish security forces to return to the disputed territories since October 16 when the Iraqi forces moved into the disputed areas and Kurdish side retreated.

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