CPA agrees to army pay rise

23 December 2003
The Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) agreed on 22 December to grant a pay increase to Iraqis serving in the national security forces, two weeks after nearly half of Iraq's First Regiment resigned due to poor pay. 'The Iraqi security forces are on the front lines fighting the terrorists who would prevent Iraq from becoming the prosperous and free nation that we know it will be,' said a statement from CPA administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer. 'It is only right that these brave security forces when faced with increased dangers, should be compensated for the hazardous duties they perform.' The extra pay will vary between the forces. Iraqi police, firemen, border and prisons police will receive an extra NID 130,000 ($80) per month, members of the new army and the civil defence corps NID 120,000 ($75) and those guarding Iraqi infrastructure NID 96,000 ($60).

US officials in Iraq on 13 December announced that they would review the salaries of officers in the new Iraqi army. According to CPA, the Iraqi army will number about 40,000 when complete (MEED 15:12:03).

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