Iraq’s government has announced it has officially approved the creation of a National Guard force to assist in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Earlier this week, Iraq’s cabinet agreed to the formation of National Guard forces, tasking a committee with completing the legal proposal to establish the new military force and to put it to a vote at the next cabinet meeting. This committee will be headed by Deputy Prime Minister Bahaa Al-Araji, and be made up of a number of senior government officials including Iraq’s interior and defense ministers.

“The National Guard law must be based on a nationalistic, not sectarian or political, view,” Araji said. […]