ASIA/IRAQ - The Iraqi army involves sectarian militias in the protection of areas reclaimed from the jihadists of the Islamic State

Thursday, 1 December 2016 wars   jihadists   sectaniarism   religious minorities   ethnic minorities

Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - The areas in the Nineveh Plain, freed from the control of the jihadists of the Islamic State (Daesh) by the Iraqi National Army, are subjected to a system of security and self-defense that also includes the involvement of organized armed protection Unit on confessional basis, including groups of Syrian and Assyrian Christians. This was confirmed on Wednesday, November 30 by General Riad Jalal Tawfiq, commander of the Iraqi army ground forces engaged in the reconquest of Mosul.
During a press conference, the Iraqi general reported that the local security units founded on a sectarian tribal base (including Turkmen, Christians and members of ethnic and religious minority Shabak) will have a prominent role in the management of reception and the provision of food and basic necessities to refugees who are returning to their homes, in areas reclaimed from the control of militiamen of Daesh. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 01/12/2016)