Lest we forget the thousands of Iraqi soldiers who were buried in their trenches, MANY OF THEM ALIVE, by the U.S. bulldozers during the First Gulf War.

July 27, 2011 at 1:22 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the allied commander, said U.S. troops found “very, very many dead” in the Iraqi front lines. And Schwarzkopf’s staff has privately estimated that 50,000 to 75,000 Iraqis were killed in their trenches.

A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

U.S. officers reported that many Iraqi soldiers were buried alive in their trenches by U.S. bulldozers in Southern Iraq. See:

http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19910912&slug=1305069

En Hommage aux milliers de soldats irakiens enterrés dans leurs tranchées par les bulldozers américains

July 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Des milliers de soldats irakiens ont été enterrés dans leurs tranchées, certains encore VIVANTS,  par les bulldozers américains lors de la première guerre du Golfe. 

On ne saura peut-être jamais combien de tonnes de bombes larguées sur l’Irak ont tué de personnes, civiles et militaires. 

Ce sont ces corps anonymes, ces corps calcinés et dont on a vu brièvement des images à la télévision, à qui ce texte voudrait rendre hommage. Il voudrait leur donner des noms et les inscrire sur une stèle pour le souvenir.  Sans haine. Avec dignité. Jetés dans la fosse commune, ils feraient une sorte de visage anonyme qui contiendrait et rappellerait tous les absents.

Ceci est un extrait de ‘La remontée des cendres’ par Tahar Ben Jelloun

Ce corps qui fut un corps ne flânera plus le long

Du Tigre ou de l’Euphrate

Ramassé par une pelle qui ne se souviendra d’aucune

Douleur

Mis dans un sac en plastique noir

Ce corps qui fut une âme, un nom et un visage

Retourne à la terre des sables

Détritus et absence.

 Cette terre avide d’eau n’a eu que du sang

Pour irriguer le grand silence.

Ce désert affligé a ouvert les tranchées du sommeil

Et les hommes s’y sont engouffrés par milliers en

Un éclair

La peau déchirée

Une bougie allumée veillait à l’intérieur de la cage

Thoracique défunte.

Un peu du ciel habitait ces corps voués à l’oubli.

 Une couverture de sable a été déposée sur ces sacs

Noirs par une main en métal.

Plus rien ne bouge. Pas même les souvenirs ardents

Des premières amours.

Ni l’oiseau inconnu venu du jour lointain pour la

Prière des morts.  Il est noir et immobile, les yeux

Brûlés, éternel.

 Ce corps qui fut une parole ne regardera plus la

Mer en pensant à Homère.

Il ne s’est pas éteint.  Il a été couché par un éclat

Du ciel brisant la parole et le souffle.

Ces cristaux mêlés au sable sont les derniers mots

Prononcés par ces hommes sans armes.

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 Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the allied commander, said U.S. troops found “very, very many dead” in the Iraqi front lines. And Schwarzkopf’s staff has privately estimated that 50,000 to 75,000 Iraqis were killed in their trenches.

 Les américains estiment qu’entre 50.000 et 75.000 irakiens ont été tués dans leurs tranchées (the highway of death).

voir:

http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19910912&slug=1305069

 

 

Al-Nujaifi Briefs EU Deputies on Iraq

July 22, 2011 at 11:46 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Al-Nujaifi Briefs Deputies on Iraq Today

Answering questions from Members of the European Parliament in a specially convened hearing, Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi talks of extending support to Iraq’s Christian community but does not extend such support to the creation of a new region in Mosul.

Below is an article published by UNPO:

Opening the hearing, Mr. Gabriele Albertini MEP, chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, spoke of having heard in earlier discussions the positive vision of Iraq, despite the numerous problems that still remained. In working to resolve these he noted the “complete solidarity on these values” between the Council of Representatives and the European Parliament. This relationship was already deepening as the European Parliament moved forward with its the report on the forthcoming association agreement between the European Union and Iraq currently being drafted by Frieda Brepoels MEP.

Taking the floor, Mr. Osama al-Nujaifi, Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, expressed the desire of Iraqi deputies for a future based on developing relations with Europe and stressed that Iraqis had shown themselves to “bounce back just like the phoenix” after having lived through some of the country’s most trying times. Iraq has been blighted as a “warfield by proxy” Mr. Al-Nujaifi claimed and conflicting interests continued to affect a country that was “seeking to retrieve its sovereignty” while its nascent democracy was being threatened by sectarian conflict.  Despite this atmosphere Iraq has the potential to “go back to its humanitarian role” in the region but if allowed to return to the chaos and misery of the past it could also become a “living volcano in the region.”

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Security situation in Iraq remains “extremely sensitive” – Struan Stevenson

July 22, 2011 at 11:24 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Security situation in Iraq remains “extremely sensitive” – Struan Stevenson

Delegations − 03-05-2011 – 12:54
Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson with a map of Iraq in the background Call for independent inquiry into Camp Ashraf massacre

Four MEPs visited Iraq 26-29 April to meet President Talabani, the Council of Representatives and other political leaders. British Conservative Struan Stevenson led the delegation and he spoke to us about the security challenges in Iraq. He also called for an independent inquiry into the recent massacre in Camp Ashraf, as well as better representation of different political forces in government.

Mr Stevenson, you’re just back from Iraq. What was the aim of your visit?

We’ve been asking to go to Iraq for two years and it has been refused twice (by the EP) for security reasons. We kept up a lot of noise about it because we had no credibility. The first question any visitor from Iraq asks is “Have you been there?” Our inability to give a positive answer was really reducing our credibility.
 

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A family tie too tight: nepotism runs deep in Iraqi politics

July 22, 2011 at 10:50 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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 A family tie too tight: nepotism runs deep in iraqi politics

niqash | Kholoud Ramzi | thu 21 jul 11

Democratically elected Iraqi politicians often give close family members high ranking positions and use their influence to help others. Nepotism is part of Middle Eastern tribal culture and the average Iraqi knows it. But when is it all too much?

The power and influence that members of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s family had were legendary among ordinary Iraqis – and often for horrifying reasons: Hussein’s sons were able to get away with truly heinous crimes because of who their father was. And although the situation is nothing like this in Iraq today, it is still true that family connections are rife in Iraqi political life.

Ordinary Iraqis greet the news that politicians or leading authority figures are somehow related with a mixture of cynicism and suspicion. A politician may have been democratically elected and the appointment of family members to key positions within his organisation may be legal. It may even be transparent. But when family ties and family loyalty are seen as job qualifications, it does not always make for the healthiest politics.

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Iraq militants warn firms over Kuwait port

July 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraq militants warn firms over Kuwait portBAGHDAD, July 17, (AFP): Shiite militant group Ketaeb Hezbollah, which has claimed deadly attacks on US troops in Iraq, warned a South Korean consortium Sunday to halt work on a controversial Kuwaiti port project.
The consortium led by Hyundai began work on the Mubarak al-Kabir port in May, raising the ire of authorities in Baghdad who have repeatedly demanded a halt to the project, which they say will strangle Iraqi shipping lanes.

“We are warning the companies working on the Kuwaiti port against continuing the project,” said a statement from Ketaeb Hezbollah.

“The Iraqi people will not forget what the government of Kuwait is doing by building a port to strangle Iraq economically,” said the statement, posted on the group’s website.

The militia, which US officials say is backed by Iran, claimed responsibility for a June 6 rocket attack in which six American soldiers were killed. It was the worst day of the deadliest month for US forces in three years. The military lost 14 troops in June.

US military officials in Iraq said earlier this month that rockets used against their soldiers had been traced to the group, and that they carried the signature of Iran.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Friday that Kuwait had yet to notify Baghdad officially of the Mubarak project. He said Baghdad only learned about it from third parties.

Earlier this month, Iraqi Transport Minister Hadi al-Amari urged Kuwait to stop work on the port which he said would block Iraqi access to shipping lanes.

The $1.1 billion (778 million euros) facility, on Kuwait’s Bubiyan Island, is scheduled for completion in 2016.
The Gulf is the main export outlet for Iraqi oil, which accounts for the lion’s share of the country’s revenues, and Baghdad has started major work to modernise its outdated ports.

Ad Melkert (UNAMI) Speech – 19th July 2011

July 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Security Council-Speech by Ad Melkert, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq

 
19 July 2011
Mr. Melkert: I thank you, Sir, for this opportunity to introduce the Secretary-General’s latest report (S/2011/435) on the activities of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). This comes at an important time when the Council will be considering UNAMI’s mandate renewal next week.“Are you optimistic or are you pessimistic?” has been the question I have been asked most by many. As we know, events tend to shape intents at least as much as the other way around. In most of what I have witnessed in Iraq there is ground for cautious optimism, provided that determined leadership within the country and a stronger spirit of cooperation in the region with Iraq prevail.

In some important aspects, Iraq is at the heart of fundamental changes in the region. The Iraqi system of Government incorporates a power-sharing Constitution, guaranteeing the participation of women and minorities and nurturing a culture of ongoing constitutional debate. Regular elections have taken place, conducted in line with international standards.

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Kuwait, Iraq Clash Intensifies Over Nuclear Project

July 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Kuwait, Iraq Clash Intensifies Over Nuclear Project

Posted on 19 July 2011. 

In addition to the dispute between Iraq and Kuwait regarding the new Mubarak port in Kuwait, the two countries are also reported to be in conflict about the planned siting of nuclear reactors.

Press TV reports that the head of the Kuwaiti national committee for nuclear power, Ahmad Bisharah, has said that Kuwait is planning to build 4 nuclear reactors near the Iraqi border by 2022.

Kuwait says that it needs to go ahead with this project to generate enough electricity to meet the ever-increasing increasing demand.

The plan has outraged Iraqi politicians. They have urged Kuwait to stop its plan accusing the country officials of being a tool in the hands of the US to weaken Iraq economically and politically.

Meanwhile, members of Basra’s provisional council have also urged Kuwait to stop its project planned to be launched in Warbh [Warbah] Island less than 4 km away from the Iraqi coast south of Basra .

They say that Iraqi government must take a serious stance towards the project.

The Iraqi government spokesman, Ali Al Dabagh, has said that Iraq ‘s foreign ministry will do its best through diplomatic channels to stop Kuwait from going on with the nuclear reactor project.

(Source: PressTV)

The Head of Iraqi Turkmen Front in Iran

July 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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The Head of Iraqi Turkmen Front in Iran

A mission lead by the Head of Iraqi Turkmen Front and Kirkuk MP Erşet Salihi visited the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The mission met with officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and members of the Iranian Shura Council. At the meeting between the Iraqi Turkmen Front and the Islamic Republic Iran the present and future relations between the parties were discussed; the parties emphasized that stability in Iraq was of utmost importance to the stability of the region. The Iranian authorities underlined the fact they fully approved the inclusion of all the rights of the Turkmen people in the Iraqi Constitutional Law.

In addition, the parties emphasized the importance of developing relations between Iranian and Turkmen businessmen and the importance of cultural cooperation between the nearly 30 million Iranian Turkmen and Iraqi Turkmen. Turkmen MP Hasan Özmen and MP Mudrike Ahmet participated in the mission

 

kerkuk.net

Iraq New Opinion Poll

July 16, 2011 at 10:35 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraq Thinks Its Politicians And Parties Are Failing Them According To New Opinion Poll

 Posted by Joel Wing  http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/ 
 

In early June 2011, the Greenberg Quinland Rosner Research company in conjunction with the National Democratic Institute released their latest public opinion poll of Iraqis. The survey was conducted from February to March, and consisted of 2,400 in-person interviews of people 18 years or older. 1,436 of them were weighted to reflect the populations of each region. They were asked eleven questions total, and there was +/- 2.0% margin of error. This poll was a follow up to a much larger one held in November 2010. The new survey showed that Iraqis are losing confidence in the direction the country is going in and in their leaders.

 

The first question asked was whether the participants felt that Iraq was going in the right or wrong direction. 49% said that Iraq was heading in the wrong direction, while 42% said that it was doing fine. That was a slight reversal from November when 45% thought the country was going in the right direction, and 44% thought it was going the wrong way. That change was due to a reversal in mood in southern Iraq. There, 37% said that Iraq was on the right track, and 52% said the opposite. In November, 57% said it was going in the right direction. Baghdad and northern Iraq had the most positive views with 54% and 66% respectively stating that the nation was doing good. Western Iraq was the opposite with 67% saying that things were going wrong. Not only that, but those that felt strongly that Iraq was on the wrong track in that part of the country went from 17% in November to 43% in March. The situation in the country has slightly changed from the last poll. Attacks have inched up, and the political parties are still deadlocked over forming the government. Those could be the reasons why respondents turned slightly more pessimistic in the latest survey.

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