World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraqi government said it had decided in principle to create three new provinces from contested parts of the country in an apparent attempt to address Sunni grievances and counter the expansion of the Kurdish self-rule region.
One of those provinces would be centered on Fallujah. The other two areas — Tuz Khormato and the Ninevah Plain — border Iraq's northern Kurdish self-rule region.
Separate province status was not a major Sunni demand, but it could allow the area to receive increased federal funding.
A statement said the Cabinet had "agreed in principle to turn the areas of Tuz, Fallujah and the Ninevah Plain into provinces and the Cabinet will decide after the fulfilment of the necessary requirements."Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ocak 2014, 15:26