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Withdrawal of Kurdish forces from Khanqeen asserts security in Diala-MP.

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BAGHDAD, Aug. 13 (VOI VOI Voice Over Internet
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) - A lawmaker from the main Sunni bloc on Wednesday said the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from ethnically-mixed areas in Diala would help assert stability in the volatile province.

Kurdish forces are refusing Iraqi Defense Ministry orders to pull out of Kurdish-populated areas of ethnically divided Diala province where they have been deployed for the past two years.

"The withdrawal of Kurdish troops from Khanqeen town would boost trust building among Iraqi denominations and would help reach better a understanding to end current tensions in Iraq," MP Nour al-Din al-Hayali, from the Iraqi Accordance Accordance is Bible Study Software for Macintosh developed by OakTree Software, Inc.[]

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The so-called Peshmerga Noun 1. peshmerga - a member of a Kurdish guerilla organization that fights for a free Kurdish state
Kurd - a member of a largely pastoral Islamic people who live in Kurdistan; the largest ethnic group without their own state
 troops made up of Kurdish former gunmen have never been integrated into the Iraqi army The Iraqi Army is the army of Iraq, active in various forms since the country was formed in the aftermath of World War I.

Today, it is a component of the Iraqi Security Forces tasked with assuming responsibility for all Iraqi land-based military operations following the 2003
 and continue to operate under the command of the autonomous regional government that holds sway in Iraq's three far northern provinces.

But with U.S. backing, the disciplined and battle hardened troops have deployed elsewhere in Iraq to support the army in its efforts to rein in to check the speed of, or cause to stop, by drawing the reins.
to cause (a person) to slow down or cease some activity; - to rein in is used commonly of superiors in a chain of command, ordering a subordinate to moderate or cease some activity deemed excessive.

See also: Rein Rein
 armed groups, particularly those loyal to al-Qaeda.

The deployment in northern districts of Diala province is a sensitive one as they are Kurdish-inhabited and Kurdish leaders have long sought to incorporate them in the autonomous region.

Commanders have long regarded Diala as Iraq's most dangerous province. Its volatile ethnic mix of Sunni Arabs, Shiite Arabs and Shiite and Sunni Kurds has proved fertile ground for insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon.  loyal to al-Qaeda who have made it one of their main strongholds.

Since July 29, mainstream Iraqi security forces Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) is the Multi-National Force-Iraq umbrella name for the military and police forces that serve under the Government of Iraq.

The armed forces are administered by the Ministry of Defense (MOD), and the Iraqi Police is administered by the Ministry of
 have been engaged in a major offensive against al-Qaeda in the province involving 50,000 soldiers and police.

Diala province is just one of a number of areas where longstanding Kurdish claims have drawn opposition from their non-Kurdish neighbors.

Concerns among Arabs and Turkmen about Kurdish claims to the northern oil province of Kirkuk was the main factor behind the Iraqi parliament's failure to adopt a provincial election law in time for polls to go ahead as planned in October.

The Sunni lawmaker called for Kurdish forces to "withdraw Peshmerga and Asayesh (Kurdish intelligence service) from Ninewa province."

The Kurds have also historically laid claim to parts of Nineveh, the province centered on the main northern city of Mosul.

Earlier, a Kurdish forces source said the Iraqi army entered and deployed its troops in Qara Taba district of Khanqeen town. The Kurdish commander noted Iraqi army ordered Kurdish troops to withdraw in 24 hours, but they refused to do, citing ongoing threat to Kurdish residents' areas as a reason.

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Date:Aug 13, 2008
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