Iraqi government canceled military deployment in Touz Khormatu
An Iraqi security source recently denied that the Iraqi federal government has deployed military forces in the district of Touz Khormatu, which is considered a disputed territory. The deployment of military forces in disputed territories might cause instability.
The security source, who wished to remain anonymous, said that the Iraqi government decided to cancel the deployment in those areas due to high levels of ethnic sensitivity and to the geopolitical conditions in the district.
He stressed that the decision-makers have to know that dealing in a wrong way at the moment might end with unpleasant outcome.
“Instead of moving the military forces, the Iraqi government decided to move a central police brigade and settled them in those areas. The police brigade was expected to come from the city of Tikrit,” the source said. He added that the government canceled the latter decision again.
It is said that just few numbers of police cars arrived in the district and their arrival caused a wave of protestation by the Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen inhabitants of the area.
The protests came after, Iraq’s Prime Minister Deputy, Hussein Shahristani visited the city. Shahristani said that the political parties agreed on forming a brigade from Turkmen inhabitants of the city to protect themselves.
PM Deputy Shahristani added that governmental officials called on urgent implementation of the agreement and to compensate those who lost their loved one who had been previously killed by the terrorist attacks which targeted the Turkmen.
According to news agencies, the Turkmen people asked the Iraqi government to deploy the Iraqi 16th brigade which was left the city by issuing an order from the federal government.
The Iraqi security officials said that if any force move toward the city it will be just for the sake of protecting the people of the area and preventing more terrorist attacks by the insurgency groups.