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    American newspaper: 10 thousand police officers to take over the security of the left




    American newspaper: 10 thousand police officers to take over the security of the left coast



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    Brigadier Wathiq al-Hamdani, the Ninewa police chief, accompanied a tour of the streets and neighborhoods of the left coast of Mosul in evidence that she had begun to recover about two months after her release. He was accompanied by a number of armed guards, One of them carries a rocket launcher.

    "This number of protection is due to the fact that I have been targeted by terrorists more than once," said the 56-year-old police chief.

    It was seen across a busy street in the ruins of a restaurant destroyed last month by a car bomb. It seemed to be starting somewhere in the upscale neighborhood of flowers.
    When he heard some voices, he said, "Do not be afraid," it is the artillery of the Iraqi forces.

    As Iraqi forces fight street battles for control of Mosul's right-hand coast, troops on the left coast have entered a new phase of the battle: control of the areas they have regained from a hasty and secure organization.

    A large collection of shoppers stopped to greet the commander as he passed. A young man approached him and presented a number of identity cards that had been found belonging to Yazidi women. These women were thought to have been prisoners of a shack.

    The police took the cards and promised to carry out the necessary investigation.
    Then an elderly man wrapped his head in a chisel and told the police chief that he wanted to report his car, which was stolen by thieves.

    "They are on the right side of the coast," said Ahmed Abdul-Malah, 55, and the police chief nodded and walked on. "Three police Humvees mounted their assault rifles.

    There are 10,000 police officers patrolling the left coast of Mosul, which has a population of more than 400,000, along with some small towns in Nineveh province.

    The province, which has a population of 3.5 million, has 28,000 members of the police before being controlled by an organization advocating in 2014.

    Al-Hamdani worked for the Interior Ministry and was commander of the police between 2006 and 2008.

    "In the past, the police had 3,000 cars. Now we have 200 cars. It's a big problem. "We need more cars."

    Vehicles and equipment are processed by the Ministry of the Interior in Baghdad. The budget of about $ 250 million also comes from the federal government, and what is allocated as salaries to affiliates is $ 1,000 per month.

    Al-Hamdani said that some of the policemen who fled when they arrived came back and some of the new trainees. Al-Hamdani expects to enroll more than 1,000 members this month. The biggest motive for their return to the police is their loss of family and friends.

    He said that since the start of the attack on Mosul in October 2016, 47 officers from the Mosul Police Directorate were killed and 142 wounded. "Everyone has lost a relative. And this is what motivates them as policemen to avenge the oppressor. "

    The Iraqi army still believes in the eastern edge of the Tigris River, but Hamdani hopes to see the city fully secured by police patrols soon.

    He said that since the liberation of the left coast in January, police had arrested more than 1,000 people suspected of belonging to Daash.

    When he stopped to take pictures with a young boy, Hamdani said, "Some of them were hiding and others were living in the open, pretending that no one knew them."

    Neighbors often report police to suspects, and their names are compared with the government database, which includes names of preachers before the authorities crack down on them.

    The police chief moved to a residential street and waved to a man he knew. Then he limped on a yellow brick wall to one of the houses, opened his iron gate and walked into his former garden.

    There was a small pile of dirt representing a temporary tomb of his mother, who was killed about two months ago, as a result of the house being attacked with mortars. She was 74 years old. Al-Hamdani hopes to move her body to the cemetery on the right-hand side of the city, once it is liberated.

    He sat down to chat briefly in the garden. After a few minutes, he began to beat his feet nervously. We spent about an hour outside. Now dusk is coming, and our tour is nearing completion.

    "His mother should leave this place soon," said the commander as he looked at the grave. "It has been a long time here."


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