An anti-al-Qaida group that suspended their activities to protest alleged abuses by the Diyala provincial police chief agreed to resume duties supporting coalition forces, officials say.
The Sons of Iraq from Baqouba met Friday with the provincial government and coalition forces, according to a news release issued Saturday by Multi-National Corps—Iraq.
“We discussed the situation in detail today and all parties agreed that the Sons of Iraq and their leaders would return to work,” said Lt. Col. John Steele, deputy commander for the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division.
At no time during the group’s suspension of activities was security compromised, officials say.
The group, made up of Sunni tribesman, called for the firing of Gen. Ghanim al-Qureyshi, director general of Diyala police, whom they accuse of sectarian bias. He is Shiite.
Some have been denied jobs in the Iraqi security forces, and blame him.
Hundreds of members of Sunni awakening councils in the province held demonstrations last month. At one rally in downtown Baqouba, a banner was flown that said al-Qureyshi targets Sunnis and kidnaps women.
This was an Iraqi issue “that required an Iraqi political solution,” said Maj. Mike Garcia, spokesman for the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. “They worked out an equitable solution.”