Iraqi Cabinet Approves Draft Law to Set up National Guard

05.02.2015 Iraq
Iraqi Cabinet Approves Draft Law to Set up National Guard

Iraqi Cabinet Approves Draft Law to Set up National Guard

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The Iraqi cabinet approved on Tuesday two draft laws, one that would see the creation of a national guard, the other aimed at reforming government policies toward former members of the Baath party.

The bills will now be passed on to the Parliament for approval, said Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's spokesman Rafid Jaboori, Reuters reported.

The creation of a national guard has been a key demand of Sunni politicians in order to fight Islamic State. Ending the ban on ex-members of the Baath party, which ruled Iraq before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, from public service has also been a key Sunni demand.

On 22 January, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on the international coalition battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group to provide his country’s forces with more weapons to fight the militants.

“Iraq needs weapons and the international community has the ability to provide Iraq with the weapons it needs,” he told reporters after a meeting of 21 coalition members in London.

Abadi said the plummeting oil price had been “disastrous” for Iraq, which is on the frontline of the fight against ISIS militants who seized parts of his country and Syria last year.

He said his presence at the meeting alongside U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other Foreign Ministers was to secure a commitment from the coalition of more help.

“I’m personally here to get more support from our partners,” Abadi said.

He added that there had been a positive reaction to his request to defer payments on the delivery of munitions and armaments, and said there had also been a recent increase in the delivery of those.

But he stressed: “We don’t want to see a military defeat because of budget and fiscal problems.”

Source: Reuters; AFP

Photo: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, right, rides in a Humvee during the Army Day celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, January 6, 2015. (AP/Hadi Mizban)



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