US embassy cable - 06MOSUL8

TAWAFOQ NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DELEGATES HOPE TO "REFORM" THE NINEWA PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

Identifier: 06MOSUL8
Wikileaks: View 06MOSUL8 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: REO Mosul
Created: 2006-02-04 06:49:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM IZ MARR PINT Kurdistan National Assembly
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MOSUL 000008 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL:  2/4/2016 
TAGS: PREL, PINS, PGOV, PHUM, IZ, MARR, PINT, Kurdistan National Assembly 
SUBJECT: TAWAFOQ NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DELEGATES HOPE TO "REFORM" THE 
NINEWA PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT 
 
REF: MOSUL 207 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: H. Carl Gettinger, Team Leader, Provincial 
Reconstruction Team Ninewa, State. 
REASON: 1.4 (a), (b), (d) 
 
 
 
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SUMMARY 
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1.  (C) REO Poloff met with Tawafoq Iraqi Front (#618) national 
assembly delegates at the Provincial Joint Command Center (PJCC) 
on February 2.  Tawafoq members said they have many plans to 
help Ninewa from their positions in the federal government. 
Izzi Adola said Tawafoq would like to push for all Iraqi 
Security Forces (ISF) serving in the province to be "from 
Ninewa."  He said they would like to help the local economy by 
constructing Mosul International Airport, which they believe 
would create jobs and make travel to Baghdad easier.  Adola said 
Tawafoq delegates would like to change security procedures in 
Ninewa, especially with regards to arrests and detainments by 
ISF and Coalition Forces (CF).  Tawafoq members said CF cross 
lines of cultural sensitivities during raids, which causes 
problems in relations with the public.  Adola said the 
provincial government has "too much control" over policy and 
political issues in Ninewa, and that Tawafoq members propose 
stripping away some of the provincial government's authority 
over areas such as security and justice.  End Summary. 
 
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BACKGROUND 
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2.  (SBU) REO Poloff met with Tawafoq Iraqi Front (#618) 
national assembly delegates at the Provincial Joint 
Communication Center (PJCC) in Mosul on February 2.  In 
attendance were: Izzi Lden Adola, Turkmen Front member from Tal 
Afar who worked on the transitional government's constitutional 
drafting committee and president of the Ninewa Lawyer's Union; 
Nawal Majeed Hameed M.D., of the Al Salaam Hospital in Mosul and 
Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP) member; and, Noredin Hamdoon Abdulla, 
IIP member and lawyer (reftel). 
 
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PROVINCIAL PRIORITIES FOR THE NEW GOVERNMENT 
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3.  (C) Poloff welcomed the Tawafoq delegates and asked them 
what their priorities are for the new government, specifically 
for Ninewa.  The first area of concern, according to Adola, is 
that Iraqi Army (IA) and Iraqi Police (IP) forces operating in 
the province should be "from Ninewa," since he believes "too 
many are from southern Iraq."  Second, Adola said Tawafoq wants 
to end "random arrests and detainments" by Coalition (CF) and 
Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and create a "real procedure" for 
dealing with terrorists.  Last, Adola said the economy should be 
a top concern, especially rebuilding Mosul International 
Airport.  Adola believes Mosul is "too large" to be without an 
airport, which could also help speed travel to and from Baghdad. 
 
 
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ETHNIC TENSIONS 
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4.  (C) Abdulla claims the federal government is made up of 
"Shiite sectarians," which "fuels conflict" between Sunni and 
Shiite, Kurds and Arabs.  He believes these "tensions" have also 
spilled over into Ninewa politics as well.  Abdulla said recent 
events in Tal Afar, where the chief of police, who is Shia, 
removed Sunni officers and replaced them with Shia, causes 
unnecessary problems.  Abdulla believes events like these "did 
not exist before" the fall of Saddam Hussein.  He also desires a 
new provincial government with more Sunni Arab representation, 
since the current provincial council is "dominated by Kurds." 
Adola believes political disagreement in Iraqi today has 
digressed into name-calling where the word "terrorist" is thrown 
around far too loosely.  Abdulla remains confident, however, 
that these problems could all be solved by political means and 
not violence.  He claims Tawafoq has already engaged in dialogue 
to build relations with secular coalitions, such as Iyad 
Allawi's National Iraqi List and the Kurdish Coalition. 
 
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SECURITY CONCERNS AND CULTURAL SENSITIVITIES 
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5.  (C) Tawafoq members are upset over what they see as a 
provincial government that allows too much free reign to 
security forces when it comes to issues of terrorism.  Abdulla 
said it is "too easy" to label someone a terrorist these days. 
And as a result, he believes Coalition (CF) and Iraqi Security 
Forces (ISF) all too often conduct "unnecessary raids" on 
"innocent persons."  He and Hameed gave several examples of 
"whole neighborhoods" being blocked off after a bomb explodes or 
a terrorist attacks happens.  Hameed claims CF and ISF then 
"barge into homes," "harassing the men," and "creating chaos." 
She believes CF "do not adhere to Islamic cultural and religious 
sensitivities," and as a result women in many Sunni Arab 
neighborhoods are "forced to sleep wearing their headscarves," 
lest they be seen by CF without one.  Hameed believes arresting 
women "goes too far" since women should not be punished for acts 
committed by their brothers or spouses.  Abdulla and Hameed said 
that CF have "desecrated mosques" in Mosul and Tal Afar, for 
example, by not removing their boots before entering.  Hameed 
and Abdulla said these cultural infractions constitute a "red 
light" that should "never be crossed."  And to do so only 
incites the public to "react against" CF, ISF, and the 
provincial government. 
 
6.  (C) Poloff said CF and ISF have said they do not conduct 
random raids and arrests, and that the searches are based on 
information they have received on specific persons.  Poloff 
asked the delegates, however, for their suggestions on how CF, 
ISF, and the USG could help build trust with the Sunni Arab 
community.  Abdulla suggests CF and ISF "target individuals" 
rather than "whole neighborhoods."  Adola and Abdulla claim they 
have spoken to CF commanders over the past few years about these 
problems but that "nothing was done."  He said, however, that 
Tawafoq would continue to have a relationship with CF and engage 
them regularly about these and other issues.  Poloff asked the 
delegates what suggestions they might have for handling cases 
where women may have been found to have direct links to 
terrorist activities.  Abdulla said in such cases "only [ISF] 
should arrest women, not [CF]." 
 
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DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT 
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7.  (C) Adola accused the provincial government of being 
"disconnected" from the public.  He believes they should be more 
willing to listen to community leaders about how to solve issues 
in Mosul, especially with regards to terrorism.  Adola claims he 
has sought a voice with the governor, but that the governor 
either cancels the meetings or schedules them "months away." 
Adola believes that if the provincial government handles 
prominent citizens in Mosul in this manner, then the "common 
man" must feel very neglected.  Tawafoq members believe the 
provincial government has "too much control" over policy and 
political issues in Ninewa.  They propose stripping away some of 
the authority the provincial government has over areas of 
security and justice.  Abdulla claims this change would be 
"natural" since the provincial government authority was modeled 
after Basra.  He believes a new system should be based on, 
"Realities on the ground." 
GETTINGER 

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