Iraq to launch Jazeera and Badiya Operation Command in Sinjar
Once again, Iraq’s government aims to make trouble by establishing a new military operation command in the disputed Kurdish-populated city of Sinjar
Kurdistan Ministry of Peshmarga’s spokesperson has recently said that Iraq’s Ministry of Defense moved a military force forward, without notifying Kurdish officials previously, toward the disputed Kurdish-populated city of Sinjar in order to establish Jazeera and Badiya Operation Command.
In a recent statement, Jabbar Yawar, the spokesperson, announced that in accordance with an agreement in 2010, which consists of 15 provisions and signed between both Kurdistan’s Ministry of Peshmarga and Iraq’s Ministry of Defense permission must be sought prior to making such a contentious military move. According to the agreement, no additional military force should be deployed or moved forward toward Kurdish areas outside the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) administration without previous permission of the two ministries.
According to Yawar, Kurdish high-ranking officials from the KRG’s Ministry of Peshmarga informed Iraq’s ministry officially that opening such an anonymous operation command in the city is considered as an inappropriate step and is not accepted by the KRG.
A joint military committee had been formed between both Iraq’s federal government and the KRG following several happenings in the Kurdish areas outside the KRG’s administration, especially in the city of Duz-Khormatu on November 16, 2012.
The committee consisted of a number of high-ranking officials from the two sides. It conducted five meetings to discover a solution for the security problems of the area as well as setting up a comprehensive plan to become a road map between Baghdad and Erbil.
The committee had not throughout the last month conducted any meeting, because the Iraqi part claimed that the ministry’s officials are busy at the moment with the recent chaos in the Sunni-populated cities of Baghdad, Mosul, Romadi and Salahaddin.
In an interview with Sharq Al-Awsat Newspapr, Assil Nujaifi, governor of Mosul, said that the newly established operation command of Jazeera and Badiya which had been formed without previous consultation with the provincial council of the governorate to protect the territory of the province causes a bigger problem and leads the area toward a more perilous destiny.
According to Nujaifi, the newly established com- mand had been involved in killing 48 Syrian soldiers and 19 Iraqi citizens nearby Iraq and Syria border in the Sunni-populated city of Anbar, adding that this issue may encourage the people of the city to become angry with the Iraqi government.
Kurdish Peshmerga troops and tanks are deployed on the outskirts of Kirkuk, some 250km (155 miles) north of Baghdad December 3, 2012.