Authorities in Iraq are considering a gradual transition of the local security affairs of many provinces in the country from the army-dominated Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) to the local police in order to get the country back on track to stabilisation.
The Free Syrian Police (FSP) has been key to the establishment of law and order in Syria's north over the past six years. As the Assad regime readies for an offensive on Idlib province, the Free Syrian Police say they will continue to protect civilians.
Local authorities in Iraq's western province of Anbar have demanded that international forces step in to guard the province's border with Syria, given the various competing forces on both sides. The authorities called on for the Iraqi military to "go back to their bases".