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

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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