MPs in Kirkuk want the Council of Ministers to form an ethnically mixed brigade to repel ISIS attacks

Baghdad, Kirkuk Governor and MPs meeting with the representative of the council of ministers, February 17, 2020. Photo:Governor's Media Office

Soran Mohammed-Kirkuk

The three main ethnic components of Kiurku submitted a request to the Council of Ministers to form an ethnically mixed brigade to protect the people of Daquq district.

The request was made in a meeting of Kirkuk province’s parliament members and Rakan Al Jabouri, the acting governor of Kirkuk with the High Commission for Provinces Cooperation and General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.

Jamal Shkur, a parliament member, said, “we asked for the formation of a brigade from the ethnic groups of the city to protect people of Daquq region, eastern Kirkuk, and the brigade can either be under the control of the Ministry of Interior or Defense.”

The appeal resulted from the multiple attacks in the region in which tens of people have been killed, more than ten villages have been evacuated, and the Iraq Forces have been targeted.

Kirkukm, Daquq, aftermath of a calsh that resulted in death of six people, 2019. Photo: KirkukNow

Rebwar Taha, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan MP, issued a statement in which he emphasized on their request to form the brigade.

At the same time, the media office of the acting governor Rakan Al Jabouri claimed that they had discussions about the ISIS attacks in the region.

He stated, “there are some security problems in the southern Daquq, and ISIS indiscriminately attacks people, not only a specific ethnic group.”

Taha mentioned that the meeting happened as a result of a letter that PUk MPs submitted to the Council of Ministers, explaining the unstable security situations and the threats posed to people of the district and its villages.

Al Jabouri expressed that terrorism is the enemy of everyone, Turkmen, Kurds, and Arabs.

Daqu district, 44 km southern Kirkuk, consists of Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, and Kakai people.

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