The deputy Iraqi interior minister said the Iraqi Council of Ministers has agreed to recruit 200,000 policemen and interior ministry staff to increase security in Baghdad province.
Hussein Kamal told AKnews that the new force will be deployed in Baghdad upon the ratification of the Iraqi general budget. The force will approximately double the number of police in the province, according to Kamal.
The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, stated stabilizing the security situation is among his top priorities.
The Iraqi official warned that although the security services in Baghdad have improved measures to reduce the violence and insurgency, Iraq is facing a “new threat”: the rise in the use of silenced guns for assassinations.
Kamal pointed the finger at neighboring countries, accusing them of “smuggling the prohibited guns into Iraq through the border points.”
The number of policemen stationed in the Iraqi provinces is relative to the province’s population density. The populace of Baghdad according to unofficial figures is over five million.