The Iraqi government on Tuesday (March 12th) began to recruit village residents in border areas to the Iraqi federal security institution as part of a new security project to protect Iraq's borders.
"The government approved an interior ministry proposal" to bring residents into the fold to help protect border areas, said Faleh al-Fayyadh, security advisor to the Iraqi government.
"Those willing will be accepted into the border guard forces as per legal conditions, given that they have considerable knowledge of border areas where they live," he said. "Their work with the security forces can positively and significantly reflect on the security situation."
Recruiting will begin in villages along the border with Syria because of the security vacuum on the Syrian side, "something that has imposed huge pressures on the Iraqi side", al-Fayyadh said.
"Al-Qaeda is trying to exploit Syria's instability to their interest by transporting fighters and arms to and from Iraq," he said. "This project will be important in stopping that."