Kurds Establish Assyrian Peshmerga Force

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The force responsible for the Chrisitan areas in northern Iraq is 500 strong
The Secretary General of Bait al-Nahrain has announced that the Assyrian militia in the town of in Telisquf Town, Nineveh Province, has formally come under the command of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Peshmerga Ministry.

On Tuesday in a statement to BasNews, Romio Hakkari, the Secretary General of the Assyrian Bait al-Nahrain party said that the force made the announcement in Telisquf, adding that it comprises of around 500 fighters.

“The entire force will be under the control of the Peshmerga Ministry, and it has a national specification,” said Hakkari.

He continued, “The purpose of creating the force is to deploy to and protect areas, set for them by the Peshmerga Ministry, against Islamic State (IS) militants.”

“After the IS insurgents are defeated, the force will remain and protect their own areas,” he added.

Hakkari said that the force’s mandate is to protect the people of the area and maintain stability once displaced people return to their homes.

After IS took control of Mosul and Nineveh province in northern Iraq in June 2014, many Christians fled to the Kurdistan Region in fear of their lives.