Iraqi cabinet approves draft law to set up national guard

February 3, 2015 11:51 AM

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Iraqi cabinet approves draft law to set up national guard

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's cabinet approved on Tuesday two draft laws aimed at ending sectarian rifts, one creating a national guard and the other reforming government policies towards ex-members of the Baath party.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's spokesman Rafid Jaboori described the national guard law as "a way to confront ISIL", a reference to the militant group Islamic State which controls large sections of the country.

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