- The tribal leaders told the Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid news website on Sunday that recently a meeting was held between the US commanders and tribal leaders in Ein al-Assad airbase in al-Anbar in which the Americans vowed to arm the Iraqi tribes.
Meantime, Sa'ad al-Matlabi, a member of Baghdad's governor office council said that arming the tribes in provinces adjacent to Baghdad, including al-Anbar, will force Iraq back to the era of "tribal militants".
He added that if the tribes want to fight terrorism, they can join the official Iraqi Armed Forces.
Relevant reports last month said that US Chargé d'affaires in Baghdad Joey Hood had been attempting to coax the tribal leaders in Western Iraq into supporting the American forces' deployment in the region.
"Hood is trying to change the opinion of a number of tribal leaders in Ameriyeh district of al-Fallujah in his visits to the region and is bribing them to guarantee an agreement with the US forces' continued deployment in the region," Mahdi Taqi, a senior member of the Iraqi parliament's Security and Defense Committee, was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website as saying.
He urged the Iraqi foreign ministry to take a strict position against the move, and warned that the US embassy in Baghdad is supporting and sponsoring certain groups in pursuit of destructive goals in Iraq.
Taqi described Hood's measures as a violation of international laws and Iraq's sovereignty.
Commander of Popular Forces in Ameriyeh region in al-Anbar Salah al-Issawi had revealed earlier that Hood visited the region in Southern Fallujah. Source: farsnews