Khanaqin Residents Call for Restoration of Stability

September 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Khanaqin residents protest deteriorating security situation 11-9- 2018 Photo by Hawre Azad

Hawre Azad- Diyala

 

Residents and activists of Khanaqin disputed territory in Diyala Province gathered in the town’s main square on Tuesday September 11, calling for peace and stability to be restored.

The protests came in the aftermath of a series of terrorist attacks in the last two weeks which left 10 people dead.

Salam Abdulla, coordinator of collaborative work committee in Khanaqin, speaking to (Kirkuk Now) said “We call for stability to be soon restored and to put an end to residents’ fear and anxiety”.

He complains that “neither the Iraqi government nor the Kurdistan Regional government (KRG) have made steps to improve the security situation”.

 

Six different forces are stationed in and around Khanaqin consisted of Kurdish Peshmargas, the federal police, Hashd al-Sha’bi (Popular Mobilization Forces), Kurdistan Region security forces, as well as Iraqi police.

The Head of the Khanaqin District Council says they have asked the Diyala provincial council for the Khanaqin security dossier “to be run jointly by the Iraqi government and the KRG, but such a move needs a political decision”.

 

Khanaqin, located north of Diyala province is a disputed territory predominantly populated by Kurds along with the Arab and Turkmen components.

After the fall of the Iraqi regime in 2003, the security dossier in Khanaqin was handled by Kurdish security forces until October 16, 2017 when Iraqi army and other government-backed forces returned to the disputed area.

 

 

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