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This photo shows Peshmarga forces near Kirkuk. The armed forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have been on alert for weeks. AA photo

This photo shows Peshmarga forces near Kirkuk. The armed forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have been on alert for weeks. AA photo

Iraq’s prime minister said yesterday Baghdad and Kurdish officials have reached a preliminary deal to allow inhabitants of disputed northern areas to oversee their own security.

Nouri al-Maliki said Baghdad and leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have agreed that units will be formed from local ethnic and sectarian groups to replace Iraqi and Kurdish forces currently in the disputed areas, which are claimed by Arabs, Turkmens and Kurds, the Associated Press reported.
Tension between Baghdad and Arbil has increased over the last two months following a decision by al-Maliki to form a new military command to oversee security forces bordering the northern Iraq. The move was deemed unconstitutional by the KRG.

Meanwhile, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said yesterday that the country faces dangers that may cause fatal results and that it is on the edge of a civil war, the Anatolia news agency reported. “These developments threaten the serenity and stability in the country.”

December/07/2012

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Lovable Dude

12/7/2012 11:46:06 AM

@Turk Uzan My friend may be that's how you'r Gov runs things in Turkey but don't Forget that in a Federal Government Like Iraq it's not how it works !! and are you really that blind? Iraqi Army is not to be trusted and they showed that too everyone in that they CAN NOT be trusted !! so that's why according to the Iraqi constitution they way things are is according to that constitution!!! So i know where your eager desire comes from TURK UZAN

Turk Uzan

12/7/2012 3:48:15 AM

ALL sectarian, separatists, and ethnic forces should be abolished.. the Iraqi Army should be responsible for the security of the land. It's simply ridiculous to do otherwise. It's like they are saying that the Iraqi army is the enemy. Not to mention how extremely inefficient this would be in case of war.
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