The head of Iraq’s security forces said on Wednesday that his authority is the most important one in Iraq.
The head of Iraqi’s security services said on Tuesday that his security force was not the same as the Iraqi National Army (ANA) because he had the authority to command its operations, which are conducted from the Baghdad airport.
Alaa Abdulkarim said that the commander of the Iraqi Security Forces is responsible for all the security operations and the organization of the forces in all parts of the country.
The United States, which has about 8,000 troops in Iraq, is leading a coalition to combat ISIL, the Arabic acronym for the group.
The Iraqi Security forces have not been fully formed since ISIL captured Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city in June.
The group has been in control of Mosul for nearly two years, but the Iraqi army is slowly pushing it back.