Ahmed al-Karim, head of Salahuddin provincial council, has denied news claiming the deployment of US troops in the province.
“The province still calls for the reappointment of 4,500 dismissed policemen to fill in the gap caused as forces withdrew from some regions,” he said on Sunday.
The government’s program, according to Salahuddin, “includes withdrawal of all the mobilization forces and the army from the cities, including Salahuddin. Thus, we call for reinforcing the federal and local police troops to control security in the province.”
Last week, the Shiite Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), a faction affiliated to the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS), announced withdrawal from villages south of Salahuddin province.
In October, AAH stormed into houses of Sunnis in Kirkuk and looted their properties. This comes after IMIS terrorists have controlled the city, forcing residents to flee and head towards Peshmerga-held districts.