Calls for decommissioning of SWAT forces

Posted: July 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Members of the al-Iraqia bloc in the Iraqi Parliament have called for the decommissioning of the SWAT forces as they claim the forces to be a  “danger” to the lives of people.

SWAT forces in Taza Khurmatu days after Hawija raids - Photo: Kirkuk Now

SWAT forces in Taza Khurmatu days after Hawija raids – Photo: Kirkuk Now

The SWAT forces were founded by the Allied forces to encounter the insurgent groups, and their number at that time did not exceed 1,000 members. Currently however the force is under the direct command of  Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and their number now exceeds 17,000 members.

Iraqi Parliament member Mahmud Osman told Kirkuk Now “Some of the parliment members are calling for the decommissioning of the SWAT forces as they consider the forces to be a danger to the lives of people as the excuse for their appeal.”

The appeal follows a series of lawsuits against the SWAT forces in the aftermath of the raid on the sit-in demonstration in Hawija on April 23, accusing the force for the raid in which dozens were killed and injured.

“The force was originally founded by the US military, but now there are numerous complaints and lawsuits against them and that is why some of the parliament members call for its decommissioning,” Osman stated.

“But it is not clear if the appeal would be passed in the parliament or not,” he added.

Aso Hamid – Kirkuk Now

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