The provincial government in Mosul says to be considering a program to form ‘Support Councils’. Deldar Zebari, deputy chairman of the provincial council said the program “would help bring security to certain parts of Mosul. Many concerned parties in the province welcome the idea of Support Councils”.
Support Councils is a name used to refer to tribal militias that assist government security forces in volatile regions.
The interesting thing is that the announcement came from a Kurdish member of Mosul’s provincial council. Kurds have long resisted the idea of forming such tribal forces in regions of mixed ethnicities, particularly Kirkuk and Mosul. Their concern was that these tribes would answer to the central government thereby disturbing the delicate balance of power.