Peshmerga to become regional guards according to new deal

A Kurdish delegation in the Iraqi government and the US and British ambassadors have reached an accord in Baghdad on the transfer of the Peshmerga militia forces to a command of regional guards" Jabbar al-Yawar.

Peshmerga to become regional guards according to new deal
A Kurdish delegation in the Iraqi government and the US and British ambassadors have reached an accord in Baghdad on the transfer of the Peshmerga militia forces to a command of regional guards" Jabbar al-Yawar, a command spokesman for commando said on Monday.

The deal lays out "the setting up of contacts between these forces and those of the Iraqi army, the effective number of Peshmerga militiamen and the budget designated by central government to the force."

The accord signed by the president of the autonomous region of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, will be officially inked on a separate occasion by prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

In a press conference late on Sunday, Yawar added that "the training of these new guards will be carried out by the multinational forces along the same lines as the training they give to the Iraqi armed forces.

He pointed out that "these new forces will not depend on the Iraqi security forces but will have a specific role in the protection of Kurdistan and their commander will be the regional president."

The announcement of this fusion closes a long chapter of conflict between the Kurdish regional authorities and the central government regarding the budget of the Peshmerga forces. The Peshmerga, which allied itself with the US-led invasion in the 2003 war, serves as the main security force for the Kurdistan regional government.

Kurdish sources also say that the "regional administration has reached a definite accord with the Iraqi government on the oil and gas bill," stressing that "the draft law is ready to be discussed in the Baghdad parliament."

According to the sources, this rapid development depends on the "pressure applied by the Americans and Britains," who in recent days have been pushing for the law to be presented to parliament before the summer recess.

AKI
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