Tags: Commemoration of discovery of mass graves in Iraq, Reception Iraqi Ambassador Belgium
His Excellency Ambassador Mohammed Abdullah Al-Humaimidi, Ambassador of the Iraqi Republic in Belgium
with Dr. Hassan Aydinli Iraqi Turkmen Front EU Representative and Merry Fitzgerald
On 20th May 2013, Iraqis living in Belgium commemorated the Victims of mass graves in Iraq
Below are some of the photos of the mass graves which were displayed
ITF EU Representative Dr Hassan Aydinli was interviewed by Kerbela TV
After a speech by His Excellency the Ambassador of Iraq there was a minute of silence to commemorate the martyrs.
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5th Iraqi Turkmen Media & Press Conference
18-19 May 2013
ITF European Union representative Dr. Hassan Aydinli and ITF Turkey representative Dr. Hicran Kazanci at the 5th Iraqi Turkmen Media & Press Conference – Pendik, Istanbul 18-19 May 2013
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IRAQI TURKMEN FRONT TURKEY REPRESENTATION: WE SHARE THE PAIN OF 76 MILLION
Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representation made a statement regarding the attacks in Reyhanlı and condemned the attacks with ‘vehemence’ and ‘loathing’.
As the Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representation condemned the explosives attacks in Reyhanlı which killed and injured many people with ‘vehemence’ and ‘loathing’ the Representation also stated that ‘we deeply share the pain of our 76 brothers’.
Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representation made the following statement regarding the attacks in Reyhanlı:
“We are fully confident that these atrocious attacks which are endeavoring to pull Turkey into a spiral of violence are doomed to fail. The Republic of Turkey is a great State and strong enough to overcome this sorrow. The Turkish nation will not allow its unity and integrity to be compromised. We ask the mercy of God on the souls of our brothers who lost their lives in the attacks and condolences to their families and relatives and hope that our wounded brothers get well soon.”
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Conviction Of Fake Bomb Detector Maker In England Changes Nothing On The Ground In Iraq
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Iraq Ten Years On – Chatham House Report
Edited by Claire Spencer, Jane Kinninmont and Omar Sirri
Tags: Kurds appointed in Iraqi Embassies issue Iraqi Passports to non-Iraqis, PUK offering Iraqi citizenship to Iranian Kurds
Ruling Party Denies Rumors of Offering Iraqi Citizenship to Iranian Kurds
By Farman Chomani
RANIYA, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish-Iranian migrants arriving in regions administered by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in the Kurdistan Region are being granted Iraqi citizenship in return for promises to vote for the PUK, according to various allegations that are denied by the party.
Iranian Kurds have been arriving in groups to the Pishdar region of Sulaimani province, which is a PUK stronghold, to obtain Iraqi citizenship, claimed Muhammed Sinamoki, head of the opposition Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG).
“We know that Iranian nationals are registering here to obtain Iraqi citizenship. We have been investigating the issue and have talked to some people, but they do not want to take the risk and give us documents,” Sinamoki said.
“Some Iranian nationals from eastern (Iranian) Kurdistan, who work at the factories, have been offered registration for citizenship by the PUK in return for their votes,” he claimed.
The PUK, the smaller partner of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) which administers Iraq’s autonomous northern Kurdistan Region, denies the allegations.
“It is not true. We are not involved in any such process,” said Omar Qadir, deputy head of the PUK office in Sulaimani’s Raniya district.
Elections for the regional parliament and presidency have been announced for September, though still not officially finalized.
The PUK, which in the 2009 elections lost votes to the breakaway Change Movement (Gorran), is struggling to cope since its leader Jalal Talabani suffered a serious stroke in December, and cannot afford to lose any more support.
There are rumors circulating in Iran’s Kurdish regions that anyone with relatives in Iraqi Kurdistan can apply for Iraqi citizenship, according to a source in the Kurdish Iranian city of Piranshahr.
Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, which remains a calm haven of economic growth in turbulent Iraq, has become increasingly attractive to Iranian Kurds, who like the rest of the Iranian population are squeezed by international sanctions imposed against Tehran’s authoritarian Islamic regime.
According to a news report, Iranian authorities arrested 178 people in the Kurdish Sardasht area as they were trying to cross the border into Iraqi Kurdistan on April 28.
Raniya Mayor Hiwa Qarani denied they were arriving to register for citizenship.
“We only register those who are originally from here,” he said. “However, they have to prove that they are from (Iraqi) Kurdistan,” he added.
“Individuals are registered where they have relatives, but this process has been stopped in order to organize the registration process and eliminate any room for mistakes,” he said.
Hassan Sheikh Raza, a local KDP spokesman, said that the party also was aware of the rumors.
“We completely oppose any such thing. The elections have to be conducted clean and fair,” he said, adding that according to his information the registration process had been stopped on April 28.
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‘The civil war in Iraq has already begun’: Politician claims conflict has started and warns it will be ‘worse than Syria’May 3, 2013 at 10:50 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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‘The civil war in Iraq has already begun’: Politician claims conflict has started and warns it will be ‘worse than Syria’
This is borne out by the sharp rise in the number of people killed in political violence in Iraq in April, with the UN claiming more than 700 people were killed last month, the highest monthly total for five years.
The situation has suddenly deteriorated since the killing of at least 36 Sunni Arab protesters at a sit-in in Hawijah on 23 April. An observer in Baghdad, who did not want to be named, said “ever since, Hawijah people are frightened of a return to the massacres of 2006”. She added that Sunni and Shia were avoiding going into each others’ areas. Signs of deteriorating security are everywhere. Al-Qa’ida showed its reach on Monday when five car bombs blew up in overwhelmingly Shia southern Iraq, leaving 21 dead. The Sunni fundamentalist group, which had a resurgence in 2012, is responsible for killing a majority of the almost 1,500 Iraqis who have died in political violence so far this year.
Mission Accomplished? Iraq And US Security, 10 Years After George Bush Infamous Military Banner In 2003May 3, 2013 at 10:36 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
Mission Accomplished? Iraq And US Security, 10 Years After George Bush Infamous Military Banner In 2003
Emblazoned in bold letters across red, white and blue, high a-top the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, a now infamous banner declared ‘Mission Accomplished’ as President George W Bush proudly asserted that American operations had ended in Iraq, on May 1, 2003.
Ten years after the highly controversial banner flew off the San Diego coast, bombs are still exploding in cafes, bus stops, mosques and residential neighbourhoods across Iraq. This week alone, 200 people have died in the sectarian strife engulfing the nation since the fall of Sadaam Hussein.
In a report published by War Child, called “Mission Unaccomplished”, Iraq has gone from being among the most ‘hospitable places’ for children in the Middle East and North Africa, to being one of the most hostile: with 100 infants dying every day, equivalent to 35,000 infants dying before they reach their 5th birthday.
President George W Bush speaks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld later said he had taken care to remove any use of the phrase “Mission Accomplished” in Bush’s speech itself. He told journalist Bob Woodward in 2006: “I was in Baghdad, and I was given a draft of that thing to look at. And I just died, and I said my God, it’s too conclusive. And I fixed it and sent it back… they fixed the speech, but not the sign.”
Professor Anatol Lieven, from Kings College London, said he now feels “nausea” looking at images of the decade-old banner, which hung as Bush announced the end to major combat operations in Iraq.
“Iraq remains a deeply troubled and divided society, at continuous risk of falling into civil war, which has appalling consequences for the whole region,” he told HuffPost UK.
David Reeths, director of consulting at IHS Jane’s, said that the banner had actually been an attempt to convey a specific military term, “major combat operations”, had finished in Iraq. “The failure was giving the impression that the entire mission had ended, that the US could walk away from extensive involvement in Iraq, which was absolutely untrue. It was far from over.
“What was to come would cost a lot more in blood and treasure than the Bush administration had ever conceived at that point.”
The speech was given at the end of ‘major combat operations’ in Iraq, 10 years ago
As well as ongoing violence and political struggles in post-war Iraq, the US even damaged its own military reputation, according to Professor Lieven. “Iran no longer has any reason to fear a US invasion. No-one believes now that the US and Nato can invade and occupy anything, or at least, nothing bigger than a tiny country like Kosovo. That has done appalling damage.”
Professor Lieven, the author of Pakistan: A Hard Country, said the Iraq war had had a deep psychological impact on Muslims all over the world. “It is impossible to quantify, but in the 18 months or so since 9/11, I found most Muslims in Pakistan, which I know best, generally accepted Al Qaeda had carried out the attack and had been based in Afghanistan, and that the invasion had some justification.
“Since the invasion of Iraq, I would say with no exaggeration, among Muslim Pakistanis, even in Britain, even among the most educated, around 99% of the population is now convinced that 9/11 is a CIA-Israeli plot. And when you try point out that is poisonous idiocy, they point out Bush lied about weapons in Iraq. And after that, you’ve already lost the 10 second rule of argument, as you try and explain the different logics.”
Donald Rumsfeld said he had taken care to remove the phrase ‘Mission Accomplished’ in Bush’s speech
Lisa Aronsson, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said she believes there was certainly “progress made on counter terrorism” since Iraq. “But the security landscape has been completely transformed, after Iraq and post-Arab Spring, since 2003.”
“America is facing a much more difficult security environment now, exacerbated by the failure to understand the resources it needed to get any semblance of success in Iraq,” Reeths said.
“The world is a much more complex place, threats in Syria, instability in North Africa, reduced but significant threats from jihadists, but also territorial disputes in East Asia, the growth of China in terms of soft and military power, the nuclear growth of Iran, the potential for a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, and a potential nuclear North Korea.”
One legacy of the infamous banner has been a shift in the bombastic rhetoric which rang forth from the Bush administration.
“The US has made a direct shift in tone, one of the reasons Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize,” Reeths said. “The US has to now strike a balance to not be too militaristic but also pose an effective deterrent. Obama has shifted away from the Bush’s administration’s ‘stick’ to giving out carrots, as well as carrying a stick.”
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|The Secret of the Seven Sisters|
|A four-part series that reveals how a secret pact formed a cartel that controls the world’s oil.|
On August 28, 1928, in the Scottish highlands, began the secret story of oil.
Three men had an appointment at Achnacarry Castle – a Dutchman, an American and an Englishman.
The Dutchman was Henry Deterding, a man nicknamed the Napoleon of Oil, having exploited a find in Sumatra. He joined forces with a rich ship owner and painted Shell salesman and together the two men founded Royal Dutch Shell.
The American was Walter C. Teagle and he represents the Standard Oil Company, founded by John D. Rockefeller at the age of 31 – the future Exxon. Oil wells, transport, refining and distribution of oil – everything is controlled by Standard oil.
The Englishman, Sir John Cadman, was the director of the Anglo-Persian oil Company, soon to become BP. On the initiative of a young Winston Churchill, the British government had taken a stake in BP and the Royal Navy switched its fuel from coal to oil. With fuel-hungry ships, planes and tanks, oil became “the blood of every battle”.