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Iraq Begins to Rein In Paramilitary Force

Iraq’s Interior Ministry has taken its first steps to rein in the Facilities Protection Service, a unit of 4,000 building guards that U.S. officials say has quietly burgeoned into the government’s largest paramilitary force, with 145,000 armed men and no central command, oversight or paymaster. Last month, Interior Minister Bayan Jabr accused the Facilities Protection Service, known as the FPS, of carrying out some of the killings widely attributed to death squads operating inside his ministry’s police forces. Full Story

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