TARGETING THE TURKMEN AT THE HUSSEINIYA OF SAYID AL-SHUHADA IN THE TURKMEN DISTRICT OF TUZ KHURMATU

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Photos of some of the Turkmen who were killed in the blast at the Husseiniya of Sayid Al-Shuhada in Tuz Khurmatu

TARGETING THE TURKMEN AT THE HUSSEINIYA OF SAYID AL-SHUHADA IN THE TURKMEN DISTRICT OF TUZ KHURMATU

By Mofak Salman

Dublin, Ireland

On Wednesday 23rd of January 2013 the Turkmen people, politicians and local officials were gathered at the Husseiniya of Sayid al-Shuhada in the Turkmen district of Tuz Khurmatu (which is located 60km south of the city of Kerkuk and east of the province of Tikrit). The Turkmen were mourning the death of Turkmen citizen, Ahmed Salah Asker who was assassinated in Tuz Khurmatu by terrorists using a silencer gun . [[1]][[2]]

The suicide bomber who was wearing explosives around his waist entered the Husseiniya of Sayid al-Shuhada and he blew himself up in the middle of the funeral, killing over 42 people and wounding 75 others, according to security and medical officials. [[3]][[4]][[5]]

The blast on Wednesday 23rd of January 2013 that struck the Sayid al-Shuhada mosque in Tuz Khurmatu was designed to have a maximum effect by targeting the funeral of a relative of a politician, Ahmed Salah Asker, who was killed a day earlier and who worked at the health sector in Tuz Khurmatu.

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Mourners at the funeral of Turkmen citizen Ahmed Salah Asker who was assassinated by terrorists with a silencer gun

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Brother of the Turkmen citizen Ahmed Salah Asker who announced  that Turkmen have to protect themselves without depending on the Iraqi government or any other government

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Mourners at the funeral of Turkmen citizen Ahmed Salah Asker whose coffin was covered with the Turkmen flag

 The suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of the mourners and no group claimed responsibility for the attack. This attack came after more than four weeks of anti-government protests in the city of Rumadi.

The deputy chief of the Iraqi Turkmen Front Ali Hashim Muhtaroğlu, a provincial councillor in Salaheddin province Ahmed Abdulwahid Koja and the member of the Kerkuk provincial council, Munir Alqafili were among the injured.

The blast also took the life one of the most prominent and well known writers and poets, Mohammed Mehdi Bayat, who has played an important  role in promoting and reviving the Turkmen literature in Turkmeneli.

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The Turkmen poet and writer Mohammed Mehdi Bayat who was killed in the blast at the Husseiniya of Sayid al-Shuhada in Tuz Khurmatu

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The blast also took the life of one of the well-known Turkmen poet and writer, Mohammed Ali Kasap, who was born in 1946 in the Turkmen district of Tuz Khurmatu.

Mohammed Ali was profoundly patriotic, he fought for his homeland Turkmeneli with his pen and he published articles in various newspapers, namely in Ak Su and Turkmeneli newspapers.  He had received several rewards for his important work, he continuously stood and fought for the Turkmen cause, revealing the injustice and unfairness toward the Turkmen in Iraq. His death is a great loss for the Turkmen.

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Photo: one of his articles that had been published in various newspapers

The funeral was for Ali Hashim Muhtaroğlu’s brother-in-law, who was shot dead in Tuz Khurmatu on Tuesday afternoon. [[6]] The attack caused an outrage among the Turkmen and there was a huge condemnation from the public, political groups and the U.S. government. The deputy of ITF Ali Hashim Muhtaroğlu was injured during the blast.

The Turkish government dispatched an air ambulance from Ankara to transport the injured  to Turkey for treatment.

Following the assault on Jan. 23, Ankara decided to assist with the treatment of the injured that were moved from Tuz Khurmatu to Kirkuk. Turkey sent its air ambulance but Iraqi officials did not allow the plane to land. The Iraqi government claimed that the refusal was due to bad weather conditions.

On the next day, landing permission to air ambulance was once again denied, but this time, with an excuse that a device essential to the landing was damaged. The incident was one of several in a series of recent squabbles between Turkey and the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki,  especially after Turkey accommodated the fugitive deputy prime minister Tarik Alhashimi who is wanted by the Iraqi government to face terrorist charges.

As a consequence, the heavily injured people were first taken to Erbil and later transported to Istanbul, Turkey to get medical treatment. [[7]]

No one has been arrested for the blast and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to many Turkmens the aim of the bombings and assassinations in the district of Tuz Khurmato is to intimidate the Turkmen and force them to leave their home areas. In the eyes of many Turkmen, this is a Kurdish plan to force the Turkmen citizens out of the district of Tuz Khormatu and make this Turkmen district a part of the Kurdistan Region, an idea that the Turkmen totally reject. Turkmen would prefer to remain under the control of the central government in Baghdad.

After the fall of  Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, the Turkmen in Iraq have been subjected to ethnic cleansing by the Kurdish militia. They have been subjected to kidnapping, discrimination and assassinations by the central Iraqi government and by the Kurdish Regional Government.

The demography of the Turkmen populated area has been completely altered by Kurdish militia. The Turkmen lands that were confiscated by the government of Saddam Hussein  have not been returned to the Turkmen land owners, on the contrary, more Turkmen lands have been confiscated by the Kurds from outside of the city of Kirkuk.

The Kurdish goal is to annex the city of Kirkuk and attach it to the Kurdish Region as an independent Kurdish State in northern of Iraq would not survive without controlling the oil of Kirkuk.

Since the central government in Baghdad and regional countries surrounding Iraq are failing and helpless to stop the targeting, assimilation, kidnapping and killing of the Turkmen, the only way for the Turkmen to stop Kurdish influence and annexation of Kirkuk and other Turkmen lands to the Kurdish Region is to establish a Turkmen militia to defend the Turkmen and establish a Turkmen Secret Police. Without a Turkmen militia, the Turkmen’s identity will be completely erased and their homeland will be annexed by the Kurds to fulfil their dream and aspiration of establishing a ‘Great Kurdistan’.

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[5] Iraq bars Turkish ambulance plane from landing in Kirkuk, 10 February 2013 /MİNHAC ÇELİK, İSTANBUL; http://www.todayszaman.com/news-306636-iraq-bars-turkish-ambulance-plane-from-landing-in-kirkuk.html

[7] Iraq bars Turkish ambulance plane from landing in Kirkuk, 10 February 2013 /MİNHAC ÇELİK, İSTANBUL; http://www.todayszaman.com/news-306636-iraq-bars-turkish-ambulance-plane-from-landing-in-kirkuk.html

[8] http://nakshaat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=25749#ixzz2ItkICZPq

Mofak Salman is the author of Brief History of Iraqi Turkmen, Turkmen of Iraq, Turkmen city of Tuz Khurmatu and A report into Kurdish Abuse in Turkmeneli

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