Iraqi Turkmens ‘left for dead’ in desert

July 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraqi Turkmens ‘left for dead’ in desert

İpek Yezdani – ARBIL

ipek.yezdani@hurriyet.com.tr

THOUSANDS OF TURKMEN REFUGEES WHO FLED ISIL VIOLENCE IN TELAFER ARE BEING ABANDONED TO THEIR FATE UNDER 50 DEGREES OF HOT WEATHER IN THE DESERT

Hürriyet Photo, Selçuk Şamiloğlu

Hürriyet Photo, Selçuk Şamiloğlu

A humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in Iraq as Turkmens who fled the advance of the feared Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are now succumbing to the region’s scorching summer sun as refugees. And with death approaching, many refugees are apoplectic at Turkey and Kurdistan’s indifference to their plight.

“There is always someone to look after Kurds and Arabs in Iraq, but there is no one to look after Turkmens. Turks were calling Telafer ‘Little Istanbul;’ why doesn’t Turkey take care of us now?” said Eyat Suttu, 35, noting that said his wife had been seriously ill for five days but that he had not been able to bring her to a hospital because the Iraqi Kurdish peshmarga had not let them enter Arbil.

“We are going to die here under the sun in the dust. Just kill all of us at once and this torture will be finished for all of us,” he said.

On June 15, ISIL, who had recently renamed itself as the Islamic State (IS), seized the control of the northern Iraqi city of Telafer, a largely Turkmen city.

Thousands of Shiite Turkmens first fled to the northwestern city of Sinjar in order to flee to either Kirkuk, Baghdad, Karbala of Najaf. However, they have been kept waiting for days in 50-degree weather in the desert by peshmarga forces at the Hazer security checkpoint just outside Arbil.

Hazer is the main security checkpoint between Arbil and ISIL-controlled Mosul. Outside the checkpoint, there are thousands of people from new-born babies to the elderly, who have been trying to survive in tents which they have made from blankets in the desert heat.

Small children and elderly people die every day because of the intense heat, according to refugees waiting at the checkpoint.

‘We buried three children’

Mahsoun Habil Muhsin, 35, escaped from Telafer with his wife and five children. “We have been suffering here for a week. The peshmarga doesn’t allow us to enter Arbil. Our children are dying because of the heat and diseases. We buried two old women and three children yesterday. There are new-born babies in the camp and they could die at any minute,” Muhsin said.

The only area Shiite Turkmens think they can take shelter in in northern Iraq is the peshmarga-controlled city of Kirkuk.

“When ISIL attacked Telafer, we have fled to Sinjar on June 16. But there was no food or water there. So we had to leave Sinjar and come here. However, the peshmarga keeps us waiting here. Why don’t they let us go? We are Turkish, why doesn’t Turkey take care of us?” Muhsin added.

Hidir Suleiman, 42, who used to be an elementary school teacher in Telafer, fled to Hazer with his nine children. “We left everything we had behind. We didn’t even take our ID cards. Elderly people died on the road. Our wives and children are dying here. We just want to get out of here, we don’t want anything else. Just save us and allow us to enter a town in Turkey,” he said.

Thousands of Turkmens stay in the storage as hot as oven

In addition to Turkmens who have been kept waiting at the Hazer checkpoint, there are also thousands more who have been living inside an empty storage in Arbil. They are being sent to Baghdad, Najaf or Karbala in small number of groups by plane once a week.

Inside the storage, it is much hotter than outside. They have divided the storage into three- to five-square-meter rooms with blankets for each family. There are at least 10 people staying in every room.

Fazil Muhammad, a hammersmith from Telafer, fled Arbil with nine people from his family. “We had had clashes with ISIL for three days, and then the Iraqi army brigade who came from Baghdad fought against them for a week. Then ISIL started to bomb the town. Gen. Abu Walid withdrew his soldiers. We had to run away too. We have been staying here for 30 days, we are waiting to be sent to southern Iraq,” he said.

‘ISIL killed all those left behind’

Hadi Hasan, who came to the storage a week ago, said ISIL had killed all the Shiites who were not able to flee and who were left behind in Telafer.

“They killed even 40-day-old babies and the elderly. They have blasted all the Shiite mosques. They even killed the animals, cows and sheep. We didn’t have time to bury some of the bodies.”

Zeynep Ali Ekber, 25, said ISIL militants took away 20 people including her father and her brother from the Bekkekut village of Telafer. “They have arrested many from the other Shiite villages. We haven’t heard from them since then,” she said.

July/22/2014

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Ethnic cleansing of the Turkmens, Iraq’s Third Main Ethnic Community

July 12, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF IRAQ’S THIRD MAIN ETHNIC COMMUNITY: 

THE TURKMENS

There are over 350.000 internally displaced Turkmens in Iraq since June 2014, they fled from their cities and villages which were attacked by ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham) in June, many were killed and wounded. 

After attacking  and occupying Mosul city on 9th June 2014, ISIS attacked Tel Afer, the largest Turkmen city in the province of Mosul.

When ISIS moved to the Turkmen inhabited region of  Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Diyala provinces, they attacked the Turkmen towns and villages situated in these provinces: Bashir, Biravceli, Bastamli, Chardaghli, Kara Tepe, Salman Pak, Jalawla and several villages belonging to the Turkmen Bayat tribes.

Please click on the link below to read the S.O.S. AND URGENT APPEAL FROM THE IRAQI TURKMENS TO THE UNITED NATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SAFE HAVEN FOR THE TURKMENS IN THE NORTH OF IRAQ

http://turkmenfriendship.blogspot.be/2014/07/appeal-from-iraqi-turkmen-front-to.html

 

MAP OF IRAQ ( THE REGION INHABITED BY TURKMENS ‘Turkmeneli’ IS INDICATED IN BLUE)

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 THE TURKMENS’ VOICES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN STIFLED IN IRAQ
The history of the Turkmens in Iraq is one of continuous sufferings since the establishment of the Iraqi State in 1921.
Turkmens should be amongst the wealthiest people on earth,  their region Turkmeneli,
is rich in oil, gas, and their agricultural lands are very fertile.
Unfortunately their region continues to be coveted by Arabs and Kurds.

Turkmens do not have armed militias, they are an easy target.

 The dramatic situation of the internally displaced Turkmens

The Internally Displaced Turkmens in Iraq will never be able to return to their cities and villages which are now de facto occupied and controlled by ISIS and/or by their Sunni Arab allies, or by the  Kurdish Peshmerga.

The Turkmens who are transferred to the south of Iraq will be arabised while those who remain in the north of Iraq will be kurdified.

The Kurds, taking advantage of the weakness of the Iraqi government,  advanced their forces beyond the Kurdish autonomous region. Kurdish Peshmerga forces are now de facto occupying the Turkmen region in the north of Iraq (called TURKMENELI)  they control almost all Turkmen cities and towns in the four provinces in the north of Iraq (Mosul, Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Diyala).  

The majority of Sunni Arabs in the north of Iraq support ISIS, they did not try to resist when ISIS attacked Mosul.

Turkmen IDPs have lost everything, their houses were looted after they were forced to flee to save their lives. They are now homeless and landless.

 Photos of  Turkmens in Iraq  fleeing their cities and villages after being attacked by ISIS (in June 2014).

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TURKMEN IDPs

 Trying to protect themselves from the scorching heat

Turkmens fleeing from Telafer

Photo above: Turkmens fleeing from Tel Afer (a Turkmen city in the north west of Iraq) under heavy shelling by ISIS

Turkmen refugees truck

Turkmens were taken to transit camps by trucks

Hereunder, photos taken at one of the Transit camps (situated in the Kurdish Autonomous Region - Baharka camp, 10 km from Erbil city)

Turkmen IDs in warehouse Erbil

11th July, 2014 -BAHARKA Transit Camp : After waiting for several days in the scorching heat, with hardly any water and food, 5.000 Internally Displaced Turkmens arriving from Tel Afer (a Turkmen city in the north west of Iraq) were finally allowed to enter Erbil.

They are now in Baharka Transit Camp (10 km north of Erbil ) which is an old warehouse. But their ordeal is far from over, the living conditions there are appalling. The place is very dirty, very hot (48°C) and there is no sanitation infrastructure and no medical help.

Almost all of the IDPs had to stop several times before arriving to Baharka , with on average each IDP family stopping 5 times.

Over half of the IDPs relying on their own savings to meet their basic needs reported that it would last only one week. The remaining  reported that they had no means to support their families.

UNHCR help has not yet reached these IDPs.

Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) Executive Board Members Messrs Ali Mehdi and Aydin Maruf, and ITF Erbil  representative Mr. Dilsat Terzi, delivered some humanitarian assistance to the IDPs.

The Turkish Relief Organization UKBA (Uluslararasi Kardeşlik Banş ve Ahlak Vakfi) International Brotherhood, Peace and Moral Foundation, also provided assistance to the IDPs.

There is an urgent need for baby milk and diapers. There are not enough mattresses. Many people are sleeping on the floor outside the warehouse. Children are suffering from diarrhoea and dehydration.

The Internally Displaced   Turkmens of this Transit camp near Erbil are waiting to be flown to  NAJAF in the South of Iraq.

More IDPs are on their way to this Transit camp…

We had reports today that 13 IDPs, including children,  have died between Mosul and Erbil because of lack of food and water.

 

Turkmen refugee father and baby

 A father trying to cool his baby (babies are the first to suffer from dehydration in this temperature of  48°C).

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 The whereabouts of many Turkmen IDPs is still  unknown.

 Note: According to a report from  OCHA (United Nations OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS), Iraq is now contending with one of the largest internally displaced populations in the world; over 1.2 million have been displaced since January 2014. Since the fall of Mosul on 9th June 2014, armed opposition groups (AOGs), including Baathists, tribal militias and members of the former regime/military, along with the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), have taken control of large swathes of Iraq’s provinces.

 

Turkmen refugee children water

Water being delivered by the Turkmen community of Erbil  to the Turkmen children (of Tel Afer) at Camp Baharka  near Erbil – Apart from two Turkish Aid Agencies and the Iraqi Turkmen Front, no one is providing humanitarian help to the poor IDPs.

 

Turkmen refugee, mother with sick child

 

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Exhausted Turkmen IDPs trying to find a place in the shade (Temperature in June, July and August reaches 50°C in Iraq)

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An employee of a Turkish Humanitairian Aid Agency trying to comfort an exhausted refugee.

Hereunder : URGENT APPEAL FROM THE IRAQI TURKMENS’ EU REPRESENTATIVE ADDRESSED TO THE UNITED NATIONS 

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IRAQI TURKMEN FRONT

European Representation

Brussels-Belgium

 

For the urgent attention of The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon

S.O.S. AND URGENT APPEAL FROM THE IRAQI TURKMENS TO THE UNITED NATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SAFE HAVEN FOR TURKMENS IN THE NORTH OF IRAQ.

 

Your Excellency,

 

As the representative of the Iraqi Turkmen front in the European Union and on behalf of the Iraqi Turkmens, who constitute  Iraq’s  third largest ethnic group and one of the three  main communities forming  the backbone of the Iraqi people with the Arabs and Kurds, I am writing to you in order to bring to your attention the grave situation the Turkmens are facing in the north of Iraq after the attacks and the invasion of Mosul city by the terrorist organization ‘ISIS’(the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham) on the 9th of June 2014.

 

Since then, the terrorist organization ISIS has multiplied its attacks and extended its invasion to the north of Iraq rapidly because of the unexpected and astonishing sudden withdrawal of the Iraqi army divisions from their positions in the four provinces in the north of Iraq (Mosul, Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Diyala), leaving a vacuum and facilitating the partial occupation of these provinces by ISIS and by the Kurdish Peshmerga.

 

Indeed, the Kurdish Peshmerga, either in prior agreement with the terrorist organization  ISIS or opportunistically taking advantage of the present weakness of the Iraqi government forces in the north of Iraq, have quickly advanced their forces beyond the Kurdish autonomous region to occupy and control the so-called ‘contested territories’ in the provinces of  Kirkuk, Mosul, Salaheddin and Diyala. The Kurdish Peshmerga forces are now de facto occupying almost all the Turkmen region in the north of Iraq (Türkmeneli) and controlling almost all Turkmen cities and towns in these four provinces.

 

After occupying Mosul city, ISIS attacked Telafer, the largest Turkmen city in the province of Mosul, killing over one hundred Turkmens and wounding several hundreds of them, 200.000 Turkmen inhabitants of Telafer, mainly women, children and elderly people fled the city under heavy shelling. These defenceless people are facing huge difficulties to find shelter, water and food, they are in the desert under scorching heat. Some of them have been denied entry to the Kurdish region where they were seeking refuge.

 

ISIS after establishing its control on Mosul moved forward to the south and took control of Tikrit, the capital of the Salaheddin province and of the town of Hawija, the largest Sunni Arab town in Kirkuk province where they took control without any resistance neither from the central government forces nor from the local authorities because of the sudden withdrawal of the Iraqi army divisions from their positions in these provinces as mentioned earlier.

 

After controlling Tikrit and Hawija , ISIS  moved to the Turkmen region of Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Diyala provinces and attacked the Turkmen towns and villages situated  in these provinces such as Bashir, Biravceli, Bastamli,  Chardaghli, Kara Naz, Kara Tepe, Salman Pak, Jalawla and several villages belonging to the Turkmen Bayat tribes.

 

In each of these Turkmen localities ISIS has committed crimes against humanity, torturing, raping, kidnapping young girls, looting Turkmens’ properties and mass killing indiscriminately women, men and children.

 

The Turkmens in Iraq have been betrayed by the Iraqi government who assured them that the Iraqi army would protect the Turkmens in the entire Turkmen region in the north of Iraq.

 

The 12th division of the Iraqi army which was supposed to defend and protect Kirkuk province, unexpectedly abandoned its position, leaving all its weapons and equipment behind.

 

The Kurdish Peshmerga took over the area and confiscated the weapons which were abandoned by the Iraqi army. The Peshmerga were supposed to protect and defend Kirkuk province from ISIS attacks.

 

Unfortunately, when ISIS encircled and attacked the village of Beshir (situated some 30 km south west of Kirkuk)  the Peshmerga forces abandoned their position around Beshir, leaving the poorly armed Turkmen inhabitants on their own to defend their village. They resisted as long as they could until they ran out of ammunition.  ISIS conquered the village and the inhabitants fled, but unfortunately not all of them succeeded.  Dozens of people were killed, more than 30 were wounded and a large number of them are still missing, they are either dead or still trapped inside the village.

 

ISIS has committed the same crimes in the Turkmen locality of Biravceli, in Salaheddin province, where they killed 23 defenceless Turkmens, most of them women and children.

 

The above are just a few examples of what is happening to the unarmed and unprotected Turkmens in  their towns, cities and villages in the north of Iraq.

 

Since 2003, Turkmens have been continuously targeted and attacked. They have been killed, wounded, kidnapped for ransom, their properties have been looted or burned and their political leaders have been assassinated.

 

In view of the above, it is clear that the survival of the Turkmen community in Iraq is at stake. They are facing ethnic cleansing and a potential genocide in the present day troubled situation of the country.

 

Therefore, Iraqi Turkmens urge the General Secretary of the United Nations to do his utmost to come to the help of the Turkmens to protect them by providing a safe haven for them in the north of Iraq, similar to the safe haven the UN provided for the Kurds of Iraq from 1991 to 2003.

 

Furthermore, Turkmens urge the United Nations to bring the criminals from ISIS as well as those responsible in the Iraqi central government and local authorities in these provinces who betrayed the Turkmens by leaving them without defence and protection to the International Criminal Court to be judged.

 

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Hassan Aydinli

Iraqi Turkmen Front EU representative

Brussels, 21st June 2014.

 

 

IRAQI TURKMEN FRONT EU Representative Dr Hassan Aydinli’s APPEAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO ESTABLISH A SAFE HAVEN FOR THE TURKMENS IN IRAQ

July 1, 2014 at 12:55 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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note: TURKISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS THE ENGLISH TEXT

LOGO IRAQI TURKMEN FRONT FLAG

 

 

IRAQI TURKMEN FRONT

European Representation

Brussels-Belgium

For the urgent attention of The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon

S.0.S. AND URGENT APPEAL FROM THE IRAQI TURKMENS TO THE UNITED NATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SAFE HAVEN FOR TURKMENS IN THE NORTH OF IRAQ.

 

 Your Excellency,

As the representative of the Iraqi Turkmen front in the European Union and on behalf of the Iraqi Turkmens, who constitute  Iraq’s  third largest ethnic group and one of the three  main communities forming  the backbone of the Iraqi people with the Arabs and Kurds, I am writing to you in order to bring to your attention the grave situation the Turkmens are facing in the north of Iraq after the attacks and the invasion of Mosul city by the terrorist organization ‘ISIS’(the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham) on the 9th of June 2014.

 

Since then, the terrorist organization ISIS has multiplied its attacks and extended its invasion to the north of Iraq rapidly because of the unexpected and astonishing sudden withdrawal of the Iraqi army divisions from their positions in the four provinces in the north of Iraq (Mosul, Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Diyala), leaving a vacuum and facilitating the partial occupation of these provinces by ISIS and by the Kurdish Peshmerga.

 

Indeed, the Kurdish Peshmerga, either in prior agreement with the terrorist organization  ISIS or opportunistically taking advantage of the present weakness of the Iraqi government forces in the north of Iraq, have quickly advanced their forces beyond the Kurdish autonomous region to occupy and control the so-called ‘contested territories’ in the provinces of  Kirkuk, Mosul, Salaheddin and Diyala. The Kurdish Peshmerga forces are now de facto occupying almost all the Turkmen region in the north of Iraq (Türkmeneli) and controlling almost all Turkmen cities and towns in these four provinces.

 

After occupying Mosul city, ISIS attacked Telafer, the largest Turkmen city in the province of Mosul, killing over one hundred Turkmens and wounding several hundreds of them, 200.000 Turkmen inhabitants of Telafer, mainly women, children and elderly people fled the city under heavy shelling. These defenceless people are facing huge difficulties to find shelter, water and food, they are in the desert under scorching heat. Some of them have been denied entry to the Kurdish region where they were seeking refuge.

 

ISIS after establishing its control on Mosul moved forward to the south and took control of Tikrit, the capital of the Salaheddin province and of the town of Hawija, the largest Sunni Arab town in Kirkuk province where they took control without any resistance neither from the central government forces nor from the local authorities because of the sudden withdrawal of the Iraqi army divisions from their positions in these provinces as mentioned earlier.

 

After controlling Tikrit and Hawija , ISIS  moved to the Turkmen region of Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Diyala provinces and attacked the Turkmen towns and villages situated  in these provinces such as Bashir, Biravceli, Bastamli,  Chardaghli, Kara Naz, Kara Tepe, Salman Pak, Jalawla and several villages belonging to the Turkmen Bayat tribes.

 

In each of these Turkmen localities ISIS has committed crimes against humanity, torturing, raping, kidnapping young girls, looting Turkmens’ properties and mass killing indiscriminately women, men and children.

 

The Turkmens in Iraq have been betrayed by the Iraqi government who assured them that the Iraqi army would protect the Turkmens in the entire Turkmen region in the north of Iraq.

 

The 12th division of the Iraqi army which was supposed to defend and protect Kirkuk province, unexpectedly abandoned its position, leaving all its weapons and equipment behind.

 

The Kurdish Peshmerga took over the area and confiscated the weapons which were abandoned by the Iraqi army. The Peshmerga were supposed to protect and defend Kirkuk province from ISIS attacks.

 

Unfortunately, when ISIS encircled and attacked the village of Beshir (situated some 30 km south west of Kirkuk)  the Peshmerga forces abandoned their position around Beshir, leaving the poorly armed Turkmen inhabitants on their own to defend their village. They resisted as long as they could until they ran out of ammunition.  ISIS conquered the village and the inhabitants fled, but unfortunately not all of them succeeded.  Dozens of people were killed, more than 30 were wounded and a large number of them are still missing, they are either dead or still trapped inside the village.

 

ISIS has committed the same crimes in the Turkmen locality of Biravceli, in Salaheddin province, where they killed 23 defenceless Turkmens, most of them women and children.

 

The above are just a few examples of what is happening to the unarmed and unprotected Turkmens in  their towns, cities and villages in the north of Iraq.

 

Since 2003, Turkmens have been continuously targeted and attacked. They have been killed, wounded, kidnapped for ransom, their properties have been looted or burned and their political leaders have been assassinated.

 

In view of the above, it is clear that the survival of the Turkmen community in Iraq is at stake. They are facing ethnic cleansing and a potential genocide in the present day troubled situation of the country.

 

Therefore, Iraqi Turkmens urge the General Secretary of the United Nations to do his utmost to come to the help of the Turkmens to protect them by providing a safe haven for them in the north of Iraq, similar to the safe haven the UN provided for the Kurds of Iraq from 1991 to 2003.

 

Furthermore, Turkmens urge the United Nations to bring the criminals from ISIS as well as those responsible in the Iraqi central government and local authorities in these provinces who betrayed the Turkmens by leaving them without defence and protection to the International Criminal Court to be judged.

 

Yours respectfully,

 

Dr. Hassan Aydinli

Iraqi Turkmen Front EU representative

Brussels, 21st June 2014.

 

 

Turkish translation: 

Ekselansları, Birleşmiş Milletler Genel Sekreteri, Bay Ban Ki Moon’nun acil dikkatine

IRAK TÜRKMENLERİNDEN BİRLEŞMİŞ MİLLETLER GENEL SEKRETERİNE KUZEY IRAK’TA GÜVENLİ BÖLGE TESİSİ İÇİN S.O.S. VE ACİL BAŞVURU

Sayın Ekselansları

 

Ben, Irak Türkmen Cephesinin Avrupa Birliğinde ki Temsilcisi olarak ve Irak’ta ki üçüncü büyük etnik gurup olan, Araplar ve Kürtler ile birlikte Irak halkının omurgasını teşkil eden üç ana toplumdan biri olan Irak Türkmenleri adına, Irak Türkmenlerinin ISIS/IŞİD (Irak Şam İslam Devleti) adlı terör örgütünün 9 haziran 2014 tarihinden beri Kuzey Irak’ı istila etmesi üzerine bugünlerde yaşadıkları korkunç trajik duruma ve karşılaştıkları feci zorluklara dikkatinizi çekmek için bu mektubu size yazıyorum. 

 

O günden beri ISIS/IŞİD terör örgütü saldırılarını katlayıp istilasını Kuzey Irak’a doğru hızla yaymakta, Irak silahlı birliklerinin konuşlandıkları Kuzey Irak’ta ki dört (Musul, Kerkük, Salaheddin ve Diyala) ilden beklenmedik ve şaşırtan geri çekilişinden doğan boşluk nedeniyle anılan vilayetlerin kısmen ISIS/IŞİD ve Kürt peşmergeler tarafından istilasını kolaylaştırmaktadır.  

 

Gerçekte Kurt Pesmerge, ya terör örgütü ISIS/IŞİD ile önceden anlaşarak ya da şans eseri Irak hükümet güçlerinin Irak’ın kuzeyinde ki mevcut zayıflığından faydalanarak Kürt peşmergeler kuvvetlerini Kürt özerk bölgesinin ötesinde Kerkük, Musul, Salaheddin ve Diyala illerinde ki sözde “ihtilaflı toprakları” işgal ve kontrol etmek için hızla ilerletmişlerdir. Peşmerge kuvvetleri şimdi Kuzey Irak’ın Türkmen bölgesinin (Türkmeneli) neredeyse tamamını işgal etmekte ve anılan dört vilayette ki Türkmen kasabalarını ve şehirleri kontrol etmektedirler.

 

ISIS/IŞİD bir hafta önce Musul’u istila ettikten sonra Musul ilinde ki en büyük Türkmen kasabası Telafer’e saldırarak yüzden fazla Türkmen’i öldürmüş ve birkaç yüzünü de yaralamıştır. 200.000 nüfuslu Telafer kasabasının, çoğunluğu kadınlar, çocuklar ve yaşlılardan oluşan halkı kesif bombardıman altında şehri terk etmişlerdir. Kavurucu çöl sıcağında ki bu savunmasız halk barınak, su ve gıda bulmada büyük güçlük çekmektedirler. Onlardan Kürt bölgesine sığınma arayışında olan bazılarının talepleri ret edilmiştir.

  

ISIS/IŞİD; Kerkük ilinde ki Hawija ve Tikrit kasabalarını kontrol altına aldıktan sonra Kerkük, Salaheddin ve Diyala illerinin Türkmen bölgesine geçip bu illerde ki Beşir, Biravceli, Salman Pak, Kara Tepe, Jalawla gibi Türkmen kasabalarına ve Türkmen Bayat kabilelerine ait olan birkaç köye de saldırıp işgal etmişlerdir.

 

ISIS/IŞİD işgal ettiği bu Türkmen yerleşimlerinin her birinde, işkence, tecavüz, genç kızları kaçırma, Türkmen mülklerini yağmalama ve ayırım gözetmeksizin kadınları, adamları ve çocukları toplu öldürerek insanlığa karşı suç işlemektedirler.

 

Irak’ta ki bütün bölgelerde yerleşik Türkmenleri Irak ordusunun koruyacağına dair güvence veren Irak hükümeti tarafından Irak’ta ki Türkmenlere ihanet edilmiştir.  

 

Kerkük ilini savunma ve korumadan sorumlu 12nci Irak tümeninin, tüm silahlarını ve malzemelerini bırakarak bulunduğu mevkii beklenmedik bir şekilde terk etmiştir.

 

Kürt peşmerge Kerkük ilini ISIS/IŞİD saldırılarına karşı savunmak üzere bölgeyi devralmış ve Irak ordusunun terk ettikleri silahlara el koymuştur.   

 

Maalesef, ISIS/IŞİD Beşir’e saldırdığında peşmerge kuvvetleri, az sayıda silahlanmış Türkmen halkını kendi köylerini savunma zorunda bırakarak, Beşir çevresinde ki konumlarını terk etmişlerdir. Türkmenler mühimmatları bitinceye kadar ellerinden geldiğince direnmişlerdir. ISIS/IŞİD köyü ele geçirmiş ve köy halkı yerlerini terk etmişlerdir, fakat maalesef hepsi başarılı olamamıştır. En azından düzinelerce kişi öldürülmüş, 30 kişiden fazlası yaralanmış ve bir çoğu hala kayıptır, bunlar ya ölüdürler ya da köyde mahsur kalmışlardır.

 

ISIS/IŞİD aynı insanlık suçlarını, çoğunluğu kadın ve çocuklardan oluşan 23 Türkmen’i öldürdükleri, Salaheddin ilinde ki Türkmen yerleşimi Biravceli’de işlemişlerdir.

 

Yukarıdakiler Kuzey Irak’ta kendi kasabalarında, şehirlerinde ve köylerinde silahsız Türkmenlere yapılanlardan bir kaç örnektir.

 

2003 yılından beri Türkmenler sürekli hedef olmuşlar ve saldırılmışlardır. Öldürülmüşler, yaralanmışlar, fidye için rehin alınmışlar ve mülkleri yağmalanmışlar veya yakılmışlar ve politik liderleri suikasta uğramışlardır. 

 

Yukarıda anlatılan görünümüyle, Irak’ta ki Türkmen toplumunun hayatta kalması açıkça söz konusudur. Ülkenin mevcut sorunlu durumunda tüm Irak’ta ki, bilhassa Kuzey Irak’ta ki, Türkmenler bir etnik temizlik ve potansiyel soykırımla karşı karşıyadırlar.

 

Bu nedenle Irak Türkmenleri; Birleşmiş Milletler Genel Sekreteri, Bay Ban Ki Moon’u, 1991 – 2003 yılları arasında Irak Kürtlerine sağlandığı gibi Türkmenlere de Kuzey Irak’ta emniyetli bir yaşam sağlamak suretiyle Türkmenlere yardım etmelerini ve onları potansiyel bir soy kırımından korumak için sonuna kadar çaba sarf etmelerini acilen talep ederler

 

Ayrıca Türkmenler Birleşmiş Milletlerden ISIS suçlularını Irak merkezi yönetiminde ki ve sözü edilen dört vilayetin yöresel yönetimlerinde ki, Türkmenleri savunmasız ve korumasız bırakarak ihanet eden sorumlular ila birlikte Uluslar Arası Suçlular Mahkemesinde yargılanması huşunu acilen talep ederler.  

 

Saygılarımla

 

Dr. Hassan Aydinli

Irak Türkmen Cephesi AB’de ki Temsilcisi

Brussels, 21st June 2014.

 

IRAQI TURKMENS (Articles)

June 27, 2014 at 11:51 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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 Iraq crisis: Villagers sprayed with bullets as they fled black flags of Isis

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iraq-crisis-villagers-sprayed-with-bullets-as-they-fled-black-flags-of-isis-9560693.html

 

Turkmens wait warily as Kirkuk’s fate in limbo in Iraq

http://en.cihan.com.tr/news/Turkmens-wait-warily-as-Kirkuk-s-fate-in-limbo-in-Iraq_8956-CHMTQ4ODk1Ni8kbmV3c01hcFZhbHVlLntjYXRlZ29yeS5pZH0=

  

Iraqi Turkmen call on Turkey to act on ISIL

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/139576/iraqi-turkmen-call-on-turkey-to-act-on-isil

 

TURKEY STRONGLY CONDEMNS KILLING OF IRAQI TURKMEN POLITICIAN

http://www.dailysabah.com/politics/2014/06/25/turkey-strongly-condemns-killing-of-iraqi-turkmen-politician

Israel tells U.S. Kurdish independence is “foregone conclusion”

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/06/26/iraq-crisis-israel-kurds-idINL6N0P73JS20140626

 

 

 

 

Nickolay Mladenov (UNAMI) on the situation in Iraq – Press Conference

June 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Nickolay Mladenov (UNAMI) on the situation in Iraq – Press Conference

25 Jun 2014 - Briefing by Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on the situation in Iraq (via video-link).

 

 

http://webtv.un.org/watch/nickolay-mladenov-unami-on-the-situation-in-iraq-press-conference/3641890434001/

 

KIRKUK, TURKMENELI

June 24, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

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Articles about the situation in the Turkmen region in Iraq

June 24, 2014 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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AFP Sunday 22ND June 2014 – ISIS returns 15 bodies of inhabitants of the Shiite Turkmen village of BASHIR, at the South of Kirkuk, who were killed during the attack on the village by ISIS last week

L’Etat islamique en Irak et au Levant (EIIL) a rendu, dimanche 22 juin, 15 corps d’habitants du village chiite et turkmène Al-Bachir, au Sud de Kirkouk, tués lors de l’attaque du village par l’EIIL la semaine dernière.

Video Durée: 00:32

http://www.boursorama.com/actualites/irak-l-eiil-rend-les-corps-de-victimes-turkmenes-f49ea5eeb151710e5504ad13d0d69511

 

 ON TARGET: Iraq’s complexities befuddle media

SCOTT TAYLOR ON TARGET
Published June 22, 2014 – 3:56pm

Scott Taylor is Canadian, he is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. In 2004 he wrote a book entitled: “AMONG THE OTHERS” Encounters with the forgotten Turkmen of Iraq. Published in Canada ESPRIT DE CORPS BOOKS ISBN 1-895896-26-6

http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/1217543-on-target-iraq-s-complexities-befuddle-media#.U6fOUgaIHrg.facebook

 

  The Fall of Tal Afar and the Situation of Turkmens
Bilgay Duman, ORSAM Middle East Researchers

http://www.orsam.org.tr/en/showArticle.aspx?ID=2652

 

 

After the fall of BESHIR in the hands of ISIL terrorists, the men (from 15 to 50 years old) of the Turkmen city of TAZA are on the alert to protect their city. All the women and children have fled.

http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/2014/06/22/01003-20140622ARTFIG00158-sur-la-frontiere-entre-tribus-d-irak-et-kurdes.php

 

 

İŞİD’e Destek verenler veya Sevenler Kına Yaksınlar 15 Şehit Cesed’ini Buğün o Terör Arablar Beşir’li Türkmenlere verdiler.  video

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=779125472119361&set=vb.100000657459663&type=2&theater

 
23 Turkmens were killed in Biravcılı Tuz Khurmatu, IRAQ   VIDEO

Türkmen Elımden Acı Haber geliyor Müsait Değiliz Tirene Bakıyoruz

IŞİD Türkmen köyünü bastı, 23 TÜRKMENİ ÖLDÜRDÜ….!
LANET OLSUN TÜRKMENLERİMİZİ UNUTANLARA!
TÜRKMENLERİMİZ YAPAYANLIZ…………………….
SİLAHSIZ SAVUNMASIZ……………………………….
Irak’ta Tuzhurmatu ilçesine bağlı Biravcılı köyünü basan IŞİD militanları 3′ü kadın 23 Türkmen’i öldürdü.
Köye girmek isteyen IŞİD militanları ile Türkmenler’in yaklaşık 3 saat çatıştığı, köye girmeyi başaran IŞID militanlarının 23 Şii Türkmen’i kurşuna dizdiği öğrenildi. Saldırı sonrası bazı evleri de yakan IŞİD militanları köyden ayrılırken, köyde yaşayanlar cenazelerini de alarak diğer ilçelere kaçtı.

 

 

Turkmen Volunteers Fight ISIL Militants Near Kirkuk
Volunteer fighters near the northern Shi’ite Turkoman village of Basheer outside Kirkuk fired rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons at radical Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on June 20.    VIDEO
http://www.rferl.org/flashembed.aspx?t=vid&id=25429722&w=640&h=363&skin=embeded

 

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21ST June 2014 – IRAQI TURKMENS, and their friends from the Turkic world demonstrated in The Hague in front of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to denounce the ethnic cleansing of Turkmens in Iraq by the fanatic ISIS terrorists. Photo album on my page on FB

https://www.facebook.com/merry.fitzgerald/media_set?set=a.10201003924620147.1073741858.1828008135&type=1&notif_t=like

 

Note : Iraqi Turkmens held meetings /demonstrations in Australia, London, Ankara, Istanbul, Adana, and several other cities in Turkey.

 

 HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF IN THE TURKMEN VILLAGE OF BESHIR IN IRAQ

BESHIR, twice a martyred village, under the chauvinistic Baath regime and now under terrorist ISIS  VIDEO

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=674339372647003&set=vb.372389659508644&type=2&theater

 

 Kerkük’e Bağlı Tazehurmatu Nahiyesi bugün matemdeydi.

15 Beşirli şehit nahiyedeki Şehitler Mezarlığında toprağa verildi.
IŞİD militanlarının kontrolündeki Beşir köyü bir haftadan beri hayalet köy.
Cenaze merasiminde,gözyaşı,feryat,tekbir,hüzün ve ağlama sesleri birbirine karıştı.Ruhunuz Şad olsun.

 

Iraqi Turkmen feel abandoned by Turkey

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/06/tastekin-iraqi-turkmen-kurds-turkey-isis-kirkuk-krg.html

 

 

Shiite Turkmens flee Kirkuk due to ISIL attacks

http://en.cihan.com.tr/news/Shiite-Turkmens-flee-Kirkuk-due-to-ISIL-attacks_1318-CHMTQ3MTMxOC80

 

 Kurdish control over Iraq’s Kirkuk raises fears for city’s residents –

See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/kurdish-control-over-iraqs-kirkuk-raises-fears-citys-residents/666615279#sthash.FuwlYkfE.9eRMGY7C.dpuf

 

 

IŞİD Türkmen köyünü bastı, 23 TÜRK İNFAZ EDİLDİ!  VIDEO

http://www.mehmetciktv.com.tr/video/5157/isid-turkmen-koyunu-basti-23-turk-infaz-edildi.html#.U6iznZSSyCC

 

  

TELLAFER KAN AĞLIYOR VARMI BİR DUYAN, Türklük Yok olmuş Yokmu İnsanlık.
Tercümana Gerek Yok Türkça Konuşuyorlar, Türküz Diyorlar

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202306288073958&set=vb.1094150565&type=2&theater

 

  

IRAQ – Turkmen village BESHIR annexed by ISIS

In this article published in LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR they say that peshmerga colonel Abdel Fattah Jalal Mohammed now working for the Kurdish police arrived in Beshir as a GANG LEADER after the fight, with 2 big 4×4. The peshmerga did not come alone, they came with KURDISH LOOTERS. The Colonel knows they are looters and he does nothing to stop them

http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/monde/20140618.OBS0844/irak-bashir-village-annexe-par-les-djihadistes.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITF EU Representative Dr Hassan Aydinli speaking in Antwerp, Belgium at Workshop: “Archival Awareness” – PRESERVING THE UNIQUE HERITAGE OF INDIGENOUS CULTURES-

June 24, 2014 at 2:59 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraqi Turkmen Front EU representative Dr Hassan Aydinli speaking in Antwerp, Belgium  on 31/03/2014 at Workshop: “Archival Awareness” – PRESERVING THE UNIQUE HERITAGE OF INDIGENOUS CULTURES- at the ADVN- Archives and Research Centre.

In view of the clear need of providing new models to make a minority dimension work within the framework of multinational states, UNPO embarked on a landmark initiative dedicated specifically to exploring the different dimensions of the concept of self-determination. This initiative combined a range of different activities, in which the participants took part not only as passive learners, but were given the opportunity to influence the course of the different events, express their viewpoints and articulate their demands for self-determination.

The Archival Awareness Workshop workshop was organized by UNPO in cooperation with NISE (National movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe) in the Flemish city of Antwerp, the academic support  of CIEMEN, Centre Maurits Coppieters and UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya).

The Workshop explored how archives can be used to share knowledge and best practices on issues pertinent to the preservation of social, cultural and economic rights.

The workshop was led by a team of experts in the field of archival management, including specialists on minority rights and indigenous archives.

Back in July 2013 at the side-event organized by UNPO at the United Nations in Geneva, Dr. Hassan Aydinli had made a presentation on land grabbing in the Turkmen region in northern Iraq, he had explained how the properties and agricultural lands of his  family and of all the inhabitants of his village, Beshir, had been confiscated under the arabisation programme of the Ba’ath regime. Some time later Mr. Marino Busdachin, Secretary General of UNPO had told Dr. Aydinli that UNPO would be organizing an event in Belgium where he would have the opportunity to  present the case of the land grabbing  of his agricultural lands by the Ba’ath regime to an audience of experts in the field of archival management and specialists on minority rights.

In February 2014 Mrs. Maud Van Walleghem of UNPO informed Dr. Aydinli  that they were organizing a two days Conference-Workshop on Self-Determination in the 21st century in Brussels and Antwerp, and she asked if he would be interested to present the case of  confiscation of his agricultural lands as a ‘case study’ at this conference which would be held on 31st March 2014.  Mrs. Maud Van Walleghem also asked if he could bring along the copies of his family deeds to show them to the experts who would be present.  Dr. Hassan Aydinli accepted to participate at the Workshop in Antwerp and at the Conference in Brussels which would take place on the following day.

In his presentation Dr Hassan Aydinli – speaking of the case of the Turkmen village of  BESHIR in northern Iraq where the properties and agricultural lands of the inhabitants were illegally confiscated under the arabization policy of the Ba’ath regime thirty years ago – stressed the importance of keeping personal archives. Especially given the fact that on 10th April 2003 the Kurdish militias (Peshmerga) had invaded Kirkuk and had put fire to the Property and Land Registry buildings in order to destroy all the property and land deeds belonging to the Turkmens.

One of the experts on the panel intervened to qualify this despicable act as a serious crime called  ‘ARCHICIDE‘ i.e. the killing of archives.

Dr. Aydinli explained that his family who  had kept their deeds at home, had submitted their files containing copies of their property deeds to the Property Claims Commission in view of recuperating their agricultural lands.

He added that unfortunately,  ten years after submitting their files to the Property Claims Commission, his family has only recuperated one piece of land from the sixteen pieces of agricultural lands which were confiscated under the previous regime.

 

 

 

 

La Turquie appelle les Turkmènes à quitter l’Irak

June 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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 La Turquie appelle les Turkmènes à quitter l’Irak

 TURKEY URGES TURKMENS TO LEAVE IRAQ ASAP


Le Bureau de la crise en Irak mis sur pied par le ministère des Affaires étrangères turc vendredi dernier après la prise par des militants de l’Etat islamique en Irak et au Levant (EIIL) du Consulat turc de Mossoul la semaine dernière, a appelé les Turkmènes d’Irak à quitter le pays le plus tôt possible. Dans un communiqué publié lundi, le Bureau a précisé que les efforts de la Turquie pour assurer la libération des 80 Turcs enlevés à Mossoul étaient toujours en cours.

Les incidents risquent de prendre la forme d’un conflit interconfessionnel

Selon le communiqué, la violence déployée affecte plusieurs zones irakiennes et les affrontements entre les militants de l’EIIL et les forces armées irakiennes continuent. «Il n’y a pas eu d’amélioration en termes de sécurité dans le pays. Nous avons appris que l’EIIL avait intensifié son action sur le quartier de Tall Afar à prédominance turkmène à Mossoul la nuit dernière et qu’il l’avait finalement pris. Les incidents violents du pays risquent de se transformer en conflit interconfessionnel à grande échelle», disait le communiqué.

Les Turkmènes appelés à quitter le pays au plus vite

Le Bureau a appelé les Turkmènes résidant à Mossoul, Kirkuk, Anbar, Diyala et Bagdad à prendre les précautions nécessaires afin d’assurer leur sécurité et les a exhortés à quitter le pays le plus tôt possible. La déclaration recommandait également aux Turkmènes d’éviter de se déplacer près de ces villes. Le Bureau a indiqué que des vols Turkish airlines vers la Turquie étaient toujours prévus depuis les aéroports de Bagdad, Basra, Najaf, Souleimaniye et Erbil. «Les Turkmènes souhaitant quitter l’Irak peuvent s’inscrire auprès du Bureau pour obtenir de l’aide ou se rendre à l’ambassade de Turquie à Bagdad ou dans les Consulats turcs de Basra et Erbil», a déclaré le Bureau.

Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse

June 12, 2014 at 12:12 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

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Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) made dramatic advances across northern Iraq on June 10. Building upon its success in Mosul in Ninewa, ISIS pushed southward into Salahaddin and Kirkuk provinces. The government appeared completely ineffectual as the crisis unfolded. More importantly, the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) collapsed in several cities hardly putting up a fight. This has left the Islamic State in control of a large swath of northern Iraq exponentially speeding up their plans to march towards Baghdad.

 

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June 10 ISIS moved down from Mosul through Shirqat and part of Baiji to threaten Tikrit (Wikipedia)   ISIS also able to seize control of western Kirkuk’s Zab, Hawija, Abassi, Riyad, and Rashad (United States Institute of Peace)   June 10, 2014 started with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIS) surprising victory in Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. According to two stories, the Federal Police in the city were ordered to withdraw from their posts with no information about where they were to regroup or what to do with their equipment. The ground forces commander General Ali Ghidan, joint operations commander General Abbud Qanbar, and Ninewa Operations commander Gen. Mahdi Sabah Azzawi al-Gharawi all fled the city as well.

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Those two events led to the general collapse of the security forces many of which left behind all their equipment, shed their uniforms and joined the exodus of citizens to Baghdad and Kurdistan. The taking of Mosul provided ISIS with a huge amount of resources. First it took over several banks, which were said to hold up to $420 million. That will be used to finance the on going offensive. It freed several hundred prisoners from Badush prison outside of Mosul and other jails. Many of these detainees were ISIS fighters and they will likely rejoin the fight. Speaker Osama Nujafi who hails from Mosul also said that the insurgents were able to seize some army helicopters at a military air base. This was a shocking turn of events. Early reports seemed to have reinforcements and the army air force heading towards Mosul just after the government had been able to re-take Samarra in Salahaddin the day before.

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ISIS was pushed back to just the eastern side of the city. Then the order to withdraw and the departure of the three generals seemed to cause a panic and everything went south afterward. With that huge victory the Islamic State decided to push the matter and drove towards Baghdad. Iraqi police uniforms strewn across highway leading out of Mosul symbolizing the collapse and retreat of the security forces in the city (via Liz Sly)   ISIS was able to seize several towns and cities in Salahaddin and Kirkuk provinces with hardly any effort as the ISF collapsed before it. ISIS seemed to split its forces and took Highways 1 and 80 south. The former leads into northern Salahaddin where ISIS was quickly able to conquerShirqat district. It then moved farther down the highway where it took Baiji, burning down the city’s police station, and seizing a large army depotwith arms and ammunition that had been abandoned without a fight.

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In neighboring Kirkuk it took most of the western section of the governorate. It conquered Zab, Hawija, Abbasi, Riyad, and Rashad. The head of the Hawija council said that the army and police had been ordered to withdraw form the area allowing ISIS to take another section of the country without firing a shot. The neighboring area of Sulaiman Bek in Salahaddin fell at around the same time again with the police fleeing as well. A Federal Police unit did resist along the Kirkuk-Baghdad Highway 3 but were forced back. By the end of the day there were reports that ISIS had seized checkpoints to the north and to the east of Tikrit, and was fighting over the air base north of the city. This was a dramatic advance across the northern section of the country. It left ISIS in control of parts of three provinces. It has also greatly increased its threat to the central government and put them at the cusp of threatening Baghdad. With its existing bases in Anbar, northern Babil, and eastern Diyala it has surrounded the capital probably faster then even it expected.

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The government was caught completely off guard by these developments. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki set up a special crisis unit to deal with the deteriorating security situation, and threatened punishment for any members of the ISF that abandoned their posts. He also proclaimed that the government would retake Mosul in 24 hours. There was word that the Defense Ministry was sending special forces to do just that. In Kirkuk a joint peshmerga and army aviation operation was supposed to have secured the border with Ninewa in Hawija, but that was seemingly pushed aside or never occurred as ISIS took the area. Finally Maliki called on parliament to declare a state of emergency, while the lawmakers said they would have a special session on Mosul on Thursday June 12. Since Maliki controls the Defense and Interior Ministries, the intelligence agencies, and is the commander and chief of the security forces it is not clear what additional powers he would gain from a state of emergency. It would also take the parliament agreeing on giving a premier many dislike greater strength. Finally, by the time the legislature convened on June 12 the security situation may be so bad that ISIS is at the gates of Baghdad.

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It seems like the government was completely disconnected from the situation on the ground, and could wait a few days to even discuss the matter. With that type of leadership it was no wonder that the Islamic State was able to sweep across Ninewa, Salahaddin and Kirkuk in just one day.   ISIS probably never imagined they would have so much success in Iraq in such a short period of time. There was some precedent however as Fallujah fell within a day in December 2013, and most of Anbar quickly followed.

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The Islamic State can be expected to move towards Kirkuk, but more importantly continue its move down Highway 1, which would take it through Tikrit to Samarra to Taji and then Baghdad itself. It may even push in from its bases in Anbar to the west, Diyala in the east and Babil from the south. The question is whether the ISF will be able to rally itself and put up some kind of resistance. The Shiite militias, which are already deployed to Anbar, Baghdad and Diyala may be used as well since the closer the insurgency comes to the capital, the greater the existential threat will be to the government forcing it to turn more and more to irregular forces to bolster the army and police. There are still plenty of units Maliki can draw on from southern Iraq and there has been a call for volunteers in that region as well to help the security forces.

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This is very similar to the 2004 uprising by the insurgency. Then too the ISF collapsed. The difference today is that the militants are far more homogenous with the Islamic State by far the largest and most powerful and the driver of this current wave of violence. The United States is also not on the ground to save the government. That makes the outcome of this conflict all the more unpredictable. Even if the ISF were able to retake some of these cities it has consistently proven in Anbar and Babil that it cannot hold the territory afterward. That probably means at minimum ISIS has greatly expanded its operational borders.

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For the government, Maliki has to work quickly and decisively to regain territory something he did not show on June 10.

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