Iraqi gov­ern­ment can­celed mil­i­tary de­ploy­ment in Touz Khor­matu

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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.

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