After clashes between in Dujail local tribes and Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) affiliated faction, the Governor of Salahuddin Province, Ahmed al-Jubouri and the head of the PMU, Falih al-Fayyadh agreed that PMU factions would withdraw from cities throughout the province.
The Governor of Saladin, Ahmed al-Jubouri, and the head of the Hashd al-Shaabi, Falih Alfayyadh, agreed on Thursday (August 2) that the latter would withdraw a number of paramilitary units from the cities of the province following an incident in Dujail district that resulted in the death of a three Khazraj tribe members.
The agreement to withdraw the Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), came after the Council of Salahaddin province called on Wednesday for Prime Minister Haider Abadi to remove all armed factions from the province, in order to preserve public peace.
The President of the provincial council, Ahmed Karim, said that “the presence of armed factions within the cities have created successive crises that are difficult to overcome.”
He also stressed the need to limit the number of weapons in Saladin and that responsibility for local security must lie fully with the state.
For his part, Jubouri said after the meeting with Alfayyadh that “security forces are present in the city and are in control of the situation.”
The Dujail police command announced a local curfew beginning at 10 pm Wednesday that would continue until further notice. Additionally, the Samarra and Saladin police chiefs deployed a large force in the district.
“The situation in the province will not be stabilized as long as there are weapons outside the control of the state,” he said. “There can be no security in Dujail as long as there are those who defy the state with arms.”
“The Dujail district needs a strong state that preserves security; it does not need armed groups that operate according to their own agenda,” he said.
Security sources said that violent clashes broke out on the road between Samarra and Dujail, with local tribes and the federal police on the one hand and the Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a high profile group within the PMU, on the other.
The sources said the clashes broke out after three elders from Dujail were kidnapped and killed while returning from the funeral of a colonel who was killed yesterday.
Duhail is located about 65 kilometers (40 mi) north of Baghdad.