Turkmen form special security force in KirkukSeptember 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Turkmen form special security force in Kirkuk
(AKnews) – The Turkmen community in Kirkuk will form a special security force
to protect the Turkmen citizens of the disputed city.
Najat Hassan, representative of the Turkmen in Kirkuk, announced the new unit
with 100-150 armed men Thursday.
“The decision to form the force was made after it became clear that the
security forces in Kirkuk are unable to protect the Turkmen citizens in the
city, especially after the assassination of the prominent Dr. Yıldırım Abbas
and his brother,” Hassan said. “It was implemented at the request of
the President of the Turkmen Front, Arshad Salhi.”
Jamal Taher, chief of the police in Kirkuk, criticized the move. “I do not
support the formation of a committee like this, set up on the basis of
nationalism in Kirkuk.”
He would prefer additional support for the police of Kirkuk, if the government
agrees that additional security is necessary.
Taher claimed he has not officially been informed about the new force.