[size=36]An official details the meeting of US officials with tribal leaders on clan arming[/size]
Political | 08:40 - 19/05/2019
BAGHDAD (Reuters) -
A senior local official disclosed on Sunday details of a meeting of US officials with tribal leaders on the clan arming issue.
The official pointed out that "there is American support for the issue of arming tribes," noting that "the base of the eye, where the US forces, has recently witnessed meetings between US officials and influential tribal leaders."
He said that "some local leaders have received promises of armament," explaining that "most of the tribes welcome this, while some fear this matter."
The official pointed out that "there is an American desire to give a role to the tribes in Anbar province extends up to the borders of the province with the capital Baghdad, and the rest of the provinces."
He stressed that "the Americans stipulated that any support with the consent and supervision of the Iraqi authorities."
Ninewa Operations Commander Maj. Gen. Najem al-Jubouri (May 10, 2019) declared that the Iraqi authorities had decided to arm the tribes in 50 villages of Beniwa to repel the terrorist attacks.