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WikiLeaks: 2009-02-23: 09BAGHDAD471: PRT Kirkuk: MOI Directs Kirkuk Police to Hire 241 Recruits from Dawa Party

by WikiLeaks. 09BAGHDAD471: February 23, 2009.

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 05:39 PM UT


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Reference ID Created Classification Origin
09BAGHDAD471 2009-02-23 15:58 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baghdad
VZCZCXRO0044
PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHGB #0471/01 0541558
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 231558Z FEB 09
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1840
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RHMFISS/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE PRIORITY
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 BAGHDAD 000471 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/22/2024 
TAGS: PGOV IZ
SUBJECT: PRT KIRKUK:MOI DIRECTS KIRKUK POLICE TO HIRE 241 
RECRUITS FROM DAWA PARTY 
 
REF: BAGHDAD 428 
 
Classified By: PRT Kirkuk Leader Howard Keegan for reasons 1.4 (b) and 
(d). 
 
This is a PRT KIRKUK reporting cable. 
 
1.  (C) Summary.  On February 17, Kirkuk Provincial Council 
Acting Chair Ali Salihi convened a press conference to 
denounce the official Ministry of Interior (MoI) directive 
ordering the PC to hire 241 Dawa party affiliates into 
Kirkuk's Iraqi Police (IP) force.  He described the directive 
as ill-considered and counter to the spirit of Article 23 of 
the Provincial Elections law.  Salihi, an independent Kurd, 
was supported by PC members from both Arab and Turkomen 
blocs. Actions such as these cause the local leaders to 
question whether the central government will honor and 
support the outcome of the Article 23.  It also fuels 
tensions between the Kurds and the central government. End 
Summary. 
 
2.  (SBU) Salihi stated that the names of the 241 recruits 
were listed on Islamic Dawa Party stationary.  At the press 
conference, Salihi was joined by Provincial Council members 
including Najat Hussein (Turkomen), Mohammed Khalil (Arab), 
Babakir Siddiq (Kurd, PUK) and Muhammad Kamal (Kurd, KDP). 
The group strongly objected to the central government's 
involvement in distributing government positions in the 
province.  They cited the negotiations over Article 23, 
specifically the component requiring allocation of government 
positions among the various ethnic groups.  The ethnic blocs 
had agreed to allocate the positions on 32% for each of the 
three main ethnic groups, with the remaining four percent for 
the Chaldo-Assyrian Christians, he explained.  They 
considered this decree a blatant attempt to ignore Article 23. 
 
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THE DECREE 
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3.  (SBU) The PRT obtained a copy of the decree from the 
Salihi.  The top memorandum dated February 2, 2009 from the 
Deputy Minister of Police Affairs of the MOI to the Kirkuk 
police department directing it to provide for medical 
examinations and training for the 241 recruits.  This 
memorandum in turn references another memorandum dated 
January 19, 2009 from the Deputy Minister for Administrative 
Affairs of the MOD directing the hiring of at the rank of 
Staff Sergeant 241 individuals whose names are on an attached 
list.  In addition to directing the Deputy Minister for 
Police Affairs to act, it advises the Kirkuk police 
department to take the necessary actions and advise the 
Ministry of their start date.  Another attachment to the 
February 2 memorandum is a January 26 memorandum from the MOI 
Training and Rehabilitation Commission directing the Police 
Training Center to arrange for their training and testing. 
 
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THE LIST 
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4.  (SBU) The list of names indicates the rank at which the 
people are to be hired (all are to be Staff Sergeants), the 
names of the people, and the IP office to which they are to 
report.  The header on the first page of the list says, "List 
of Names of Islamic Call (Dawa) Party."  Since the heading 
does not include the word "members," it is not completely 
clear the individuals listed are all members of Dawa or 
merely candidates selected by the Dawa Party (who may or may 
not be members of Dawa).  In addition, it is impossible to 
tell if the people listed are natives of Kirkuk or are from 
outside the province.  Both Salahi and CoR Sarteep Mohammed 
believe that the 241 candidates are all Dawa members.  In 
addition, the Provincial Director of Police (PDOP), Major 
General Jamal, advised the PRT that some of the names listed 
QGeneral Jamal, advised the PRT that some of the names listed 
are Kirkuki natives who are already employed in the police 
force. 
 
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REACTION BY ETHNIC BLOCS 
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5.  (C) The solidarity of opposition to the MoI's directive 
varied among the ethnic blocs.  The Kurds, predictably, were 
monolithic in their opposition to it.  In addition to the 
KDP, PUK and independent PC leaders who spoke at the press 
conference, the head of the KDP in Kirkuk, Najat Hussein told 
the PRT that he too was strongly against the action by the 
MoI.  Kurdish CoR member Sarteep Mohammed digressed from the 
Article 23 discussion topics (reftel) to condemn at length 
 
BAGHDAD 00000471  002 OF 002 
 
 
MoI's directive.  The solidarity of the Turkomen was broken 
by Shia Tahseen Kahea, who exhibited nonchalance about the 
MoI action and opined that GoI law allowed the MoI to appoint 
whom they wished.  As for the Sunni Arabs, offsetting Sheikh 
Abdullah Sami Al-Assi staunch opposition to the MoI action 
was Ishmael Hadidi (who like Sami is a Sunni from the Obeidi 
tribe) also downplayed the directive. 
 
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COMMENT 
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6.  (C) Even if further analysis reveals that all of the 
candidates are from Kirkuk, which would eliminate the 
argument that Kirkuk's high rate of unemployment requires 
hiring from the local populace, the political brazenness of 
ramming the directive down the provincial leadership's throat 
rather than coordinating with them is alarming to local 
officials.  While PM al-Maliki may feel the recent elections 
gave his Dawa party the strength to engage in such 
provocative political moves, it would have been far better 
judgment to engage in a negotiation with provincial leaders 
rather push through this show of political party strength. 
Actions such as these cause the local leaders to question 
whether the central government will honor and support the 
outcome of the Article 23 committee. The delicate 
negotiations on Article 23 may have been harmed, demonstrated 
by comments of the Kurdish members of the Article 23 
committee at their February 17 meeting in Kirkuk.  In 
addition, this type of action does nothing to alleviate 
tensions between the Kurds and Maliki. 
BUTENIS

 



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