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Iraq to create new Border Guard Force

A tank of Iranian Army is deployed near Iraq-Iran border gate, which is closed for one day due to the military drill organised by Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (IKRG) in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq on 3 October, 2017 [Feriq Fereç/Anadolu Agency]
Iranian army tanks near Iraq-Iran border gate in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq on 3 October 2017 [Feriq Fereç/Anadolu Agency]

The Iraqi central government has started receiving applications for the new Border Guards Force to be established in the region between Turkiye and Iran, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Applications are submitted electronically, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

"Only applications from Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah will be considered for the Border Guard Force," said Maj. Gen Saad Maan, head of the Press and Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Interior. "Our border areas in the Kurdish regional government (KRG) will be protected in coordination with the Peshmerga forces there."

Yahya Resul, a military spokesman for the Prime Minister, said 4 December, that "we will not allow Iraq to be used as a field of attack against neighbouring countries."

"We have good relations with all neighbouring countries and we aim to further strengthen these relations in line with our interests," he added.

Prime Minister, Mohammad Shia Al-Sudani, decided during a National Security Council meeting 23 November to establish the new Border Guard Force.

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