Iraq to form more tribal councils, five killed in attacks

Five members of Sunni tribal forces known as the Awakening Councils were killed in separate attacks, as the Iraqi government said it was planning to form more tribal forces, police and media said Sunday.

Iraq to form more tribal councils, five killed in attacks
Five members of Sunni tribal forces known as the Awakening Councils were killed in separate attacks, including the council's chief in Fallujah, as the Iraqi government said it was planning to form more tribal forces, police and media said Sunday.

A senior member of the Awakening Council in Fallujah in the western Anbar province was killed Saturday along with his two aides in twin suicide bombings at a checkpoint manned by tribal policemen in the city, the independent Voices (VOI) of Iraq news agency reported.

The latest attack comes as the Iraqi government announced it was planning to form 10 more Awakening Councils raising their number to 42, the state-owned al-Sabah newspaper cited a cabinet official, Abud Wahid, as saying.

Members of councils operating mainly in Baghdad and the surrounding areas as well as restive parts of provinces nearby are to be gradually integrated into the security forces after being vetted.

The total number of council members is estimated to be 70,000, according to the newspaper.

The government plans to form tribal councils in restive areas in northern Iraq, such as Talafar, Mosul and some parts of Diyala and Salahaddin, Wahid said.

The government has set up a department in charge of disarming paramilitary groups, collecting their arms and executing a compensation payment programme, for which millions of dollars are allocated in the Iraqi budget.

The department will also create jobs for members of dismantled militias.

Agencies
Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Şubat 2008, 18:29
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