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November 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

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La stratégie kurde: diviser pour profiter

November 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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La stratégie kurde: diviser pour profiter

Par Ranj Alaaldin (revue de presse – – 14/10/11)

 Traduction : Xavière Jardez

Publié sur le blog de Gilles Munier :


En favorisant une coalition ingérable, rongée par la suspicion, le Kurdistan a réussi à réaliser ses propres ambitions.

   Affaiblir sans cesse Bagdad, maintenir les divisions politiques– telle est la stratégie des Kurdes en Irak, étayée par un jeu subtil fait de manipulation et de patience.


   Les Arabes irakiens sont divisés et le gouvernement de coalition à Bagdad ne fonctionne pas. Les querelles sur des questions de territoire, de ressources naturelles et de partage du pouvoir, y compris l’application de réformes législatives cruciales, et les problèmes de sécurité actuels restent des obstacles sur la voie de la stabilité et du progrès futurs.


   Le Kurdistan, région stable, avance alors qu’il est au centre des contestations. Il a engrangé suffisamment de votes lors des élections législatives de mars 2010 pour se propulser comme « faiseur de rois » dans la mesure où ni Iyad Allaoui, ni le premier ministre Nouri al-Maliki – en tête des votes – n’arrivaient à former une coalition indépendante des Kurdes.

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The Kurdish strategy for Iraq: divide and exploit

November 27, 2011 at 11:47 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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The Kurdish strategy for Iraq: divide and exploit

By facilitating a dysfunctional coalition driven by suspicion in Baghdad, Kurdistan has been able to further its own ambitions, Friday 14 October 2011

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with Reuters in Baghdad

Iraq’s prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Photograph: Mohammed Ameen/Reuters

Keep Baghdad weak and sustain political divisions – that is the Kurdish strategy for Iraq, underpinned by an astute game of manipulation and patience.


Arab Iraq remains divided and the Baghdad coalition government is dysfunctional. Disputes over territory, natural resources and power-sharing, including the implementation of key legislation, and ongoing security problems stand in the way of enduring stability and progress.


The stable Kurdistan region, however, is moving ahead, despite being at the centre of these disputes. It garnered enough votes during the March 2010 parliamentary elections to position itself as a kingmaker, since top vote-winners Ayad Allawi and the prime minister Nouri al-Maliki struggled to form a coalition independent of the Kurds.


After nine months without leadership and amid continuing terror attacks, Arab Iraq finally got a government – but only because the Kurdistan president, Massoud Barzani – having kept everyone guessing as to which individual the Kurds were going to back – brokered an agreement that paved the way for a coalition of Iraq’s major political blocs.


Yet, that agreement never came to fruition; Allawi and Maliki failed to come to agreement over the distribution of power. Through the allocation of ministries, however, just about enough was done to appease various segments of Iraq’s political spectrum, including key Sunni-Arab politicians who contested the elections alongside Allawi but, as a result of their new-found status and prestige, refuse to heed any calls to withdraw and go into opposition.


Arab Iraq was thus given a fragile and dysfunctional government, and the Kurds facilitated this, ensuring that a government of national unity was actually a government of unlikely bedfellows driven by suspicion. The politics is still divided along sectarian lines: hostility exists between the Shia Dawa party of Maliki and powerful politicians belonging to the Sunni-Arab dominated Iraqiyah bloc, who remain wary of his grip on power and suspicious of his and other Shia blocs’ links with Iran.


That works for the Kurds. It keeps Baghdad weak and unable to move forward. It allows them to exploit tensions to further their own ambitions. For example, when Baghdad recently moved to revise an earlier version of an oil and gas law to the detriment of the Kurds, the Kurdistan regional government recalled Kurdish officials in Baghdad and, at the same time, invited Maliki’s foe, Allawi, to Erbil for emergency talks.


That response was aimed at exerting pressure on Maliki and his government, and the Kurds may be winning: the revised law is now unlikely to be approved and the Baghdad oil and gas licensing round, scheduled for January 2012, has been postponed. Similarly, while Baghdad may be adamant that the Kurds will never get oil-rich Kirkuk, the issue, unresolved, provides the Kurds with a powerful bargaining chip that allows them to push for other objectives in the meantime.


This includes objectives related to their own energy sector. Kurdistan is establishing itself as an industry champion, hosting the world’s oil and gas players at a forthcoming oil and gas conference in Erbil. For the event organisers, CWC, this is a first; their previous conferences focused on Iraq as a whole – not any more, though.


That is because the region is attracting major players, evidenced none other by former BP chief Tony Hayward’s $2.1bn deal for oil assets in the region. Around 40 foreign companies from 17 different countries are committed to investing some $10bn in the energy sector.


But does Kurdistan need Iraq? Iraq has control over pipelines that allow for oil to be exported more efficiently. Exporting oil via tanker trucks, although inefficient, is still feasible, but at some point a pipeline will be needed if Kurdistan is to become a viable exporter able to manage its huge reserves. So far, though, Kurdish energy ambitions have not been impeded by Baghdad’s control of the pipelines and its messy politics.


Baghdad also provides additional revenues, which allow for better basic services, infrastructure, education and a better equipped military – for the Kurds. In addition to their own resources and revenues – which Baghdad is unable to audit and benefit from – the KRG gets 17% of the annual Iraqi budget, worth, at the very least, almost $10bn a year.


Ultimately, it is about keeping any enemies in the making close; that is, have a foot in Baghdad, be aware of behind-the-scenes developments and have constant access to the political elite, providing an opportunity to promote regression.


Of course, the Kurds do not have to be part of Iraq and could declare independence tomorrow. There is little that Turkey and other neighbours like Iran could do, given their billions of dollars worth of trade with Kurdistan, domestic problems and the general volatility in the region, as well as the impossibility of invading and occupying Kurdistan’s cities.


However, the Kurds will not declare independence because they have a good thing going for them. It makes little sense to sacrifice this when any unilateral declaration of independence would put them “in the wrong”, perhaps land-lock them and justify counter-responses from Baghdad and regional neighbours.


Instead, they want to declare independence as part of a sustainable and regional framework, and so long as this framework gives them Kirkuk. In the meantime, the Kurds will continue to operate in the interests of the Kurds and Kurdistan, and that means exploiting Baghdad for all it has got – a price Iraq and Iraqis have to pay to keep the country intact.

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November 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

Iraqi Turkmen Front: We may be obliged to defend ourselves once US troops have withdrawn.

November 26, 2011 at 10:09 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

An explanation from Iraqi Turkmen regarding the “defense”

The Iraqi Turkmen Front made a statement saying; “We may be obliged to defend ourselves once the US troops have withdrawn”.


Head of Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) Erşad Salihi said that they may be obliged to defend themselves when the US troops withdraw from Iraq in the possibly resulting tension.

In the extraordinary meeting of ITF province heads the recent situation in Kirkuk, the withdrawal of US troops and the kidnappings and killings of Turkmen were discussed.

After the meeting ITF Head Erşad Salihi spoke to Cihan agency saying that recently Turkmen had become a target and it was impossible to understand why the central government had remained silent on the subject.

Erşad Salihi said that they wanted a commission to be established in order to protect the lives of Iraqi Turkmen saying, “We informed the President and other authorities about our problems. We urgently demand that a commission to deal with this issue is formed. Turkmen are being kidnapped or killed. We want this to be prevented. The future of the Turkmen in endangered. There are some political obstacles for realizing this issue. The Iraqi Government is taking this issue very seriously.”

Erşad Salihi demanded that an investigation commission consisting of political and non-governmental organizations and legal consultants from the Turkish world to be established to look into the reasons why Turkmen have become a target, “It seems that the political negotiations regarding the dissemination of Sunni, Shiite and Kurds which is going on in Iraq still endeavor to wipe out Turkmen from the regions they live in. We can not remain silent in this matter. This is why we need everybody’s support.”

Erşad Salihi pointed out that if the Turkmen were not protected after the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq they would have to do so themselves and said: “The US troops shall withdraw from Iraq. With this withdrawal there may be tensions. There might be problems protecting the Turkmen. Experience shows us that the Iraqi government might not support. In that case the Turkmen are obliged to protect themselves. At least everyone will protect their own neighborhood.”

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Still no news on the Iraq Inquiry Report – Pannella, Perduca and Angioli write to all British MPs and Lords

November 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Pannella, Perduca and Angioli write to all British MPs and Lords

Dear colleagues,

We are sure that what published on November 16th on the website of the Iraq Inquiry and duly reported by the Guardian the same day did no escape your attention. 

We believe that as legislators you will agree that what denounced by Sir Chilcot poses serious doubts on the quality of the final report that the Inquiry is mandated to produce, but also raises serious questions on how Parliament was involved in the launching of the military campaing againstIraq.

Regardless of our opinions concerning the need to change a regime, in the case of Saddam Hussein there were hundreds of reasons to put him in the dock for crimes against humanity and persecutions of all sorts. We believe that the full truth on how we, the West, the Coalition of the Willing, went to war needs to be told in order to re-instate a minimum of faith in our democratic systems both at home, and in that part of the world that, possibly also thanks to the War in Iraq, has not seen much progress in terms of democracy promotion and respect of human rights since that March 2003.

While we hope that the current British Government will grant access to classified documents, we would like to point to your attention, once again, to a whole load of publicly available information that the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnationa l and Transparty has compiled over the years and that tells an important part of that story that has been systematically negated because it demonstrates how Saddam Hussein was ready to leave Iraq for a secure exile making therefore war useless. 

At this site  you can find all the necessary information we gathered over the years. Last January we hold a vigil on the eve of Tony Blair’s final testimony and a demonstration with other groups in front of the Chilcot Commission. Today Mr. Blair travels the world to promote the role of God in life. We believe that together with asking God his forgiveness, he should also ask it to his people, his flag and his country.

Confident in your interest in such a crucial matter, we remain at your full disposal to continue this dialogue.

Warm regards,

Hon. Marco Pannella, former MP and MEP
Sen. Marco Perduca
Matteo Angioli, Web editor of

Foreign Oil Companies Operating In Iraq

November 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

Foreign Oil Companies Operating In Iraq

 Posted in Musings on Iraq
Companies With Contracts With Baghdad
  • Angola: Sonangol – 2 licenses
  • China: China National Petroleum Corporation – 3 licenses
  • England: British Petroleum – 1 license
  • England-Holland: Royal Dutch Shell – 2 licenses
  • France: Total – 1 license
  • Italy: Eni – 1 license
  • Japan: Inpex – 1 license, Japex – 1 license, JGC Corporation – 1 license, Nippon Oil – 1 license
  • Kuwait: Kuwait Energy – 2 licenses
  • Malaysia: Petronas – 4 licenses
  • Norway: Statoil Hydro – 1 license
  • Russia: Gazprom – 1 license, Lukoil – 1 license
  • South Korea: Korea Gas Corporation – 3 licenses
  • Turkey: Turkish Petroleum Corporation  – 3 licenses
  • U.S.: Exxon Mobil – 1 license, Occidental Petroleum – 1 license
Companies With Contracts With Kurdistan Regional Government
  • Australia: Oil Search Limited – 2 licenses
  • Austria: OMV – 4 licenses
  • Canada: Talisman Energy – 3 licenses, Shamaran Petroleum – 3 licenses, Forbes and Manhattan – 2 licenses, Western Zagros – 1 license, Vast Exploration – 1 license, Longford Energy – 1 license, Groundstar – 1 license, Niko Resources – 1 license, Heritage – 1 license
  • China: SINOPEC – 3 licenses
  • England: Gulf Keystone Petroleum – 4 licenses, Sterling Energy – 1 license
  • France: Perenco – 1 license
  • Hungary: MOL – 2 licenses
  • India: Reliance – 2 licenses
  • Moldova: Komet Group – 2 licenses
  • Norway: DNO – 3 licenses
  • Russia: Norbest – 1 license
  • South Korea: Korea National Oil Corporation – 5 licenses, SK Energy – 1 license, Korea Electric Power Corporation – 1 license, GS Holding – 1 license, Samchully – 1 license, Daesung Group – 1 license, Majuko – 1 license, UI Energy – 1 license
  • Turkey: Genel Enerji – 8 licenses, PETOIL – 4 licenses
  • Turkey-England: Dogan Holding – 2 licenses
  • UAE: Dana Gas – 2 licenses, Crescent – 2 licenses
  • U.S.: Prime Natural Resources – 2 licenses, Marathon Oil – 1 license, Murphy Oil – 1license, Hillwood – 1 license, Texas Keystone – 1 license, Aspect Energy – 1 license, Hunt Oil – 1 license

Transformation of Talafar and Tuz Khurmatu to governorates: one of the most important goals of Iraqi Turkmen Front

November 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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ITF:Transformation of both counties Talaafar and Toz Kharmato to governorates forms one of the most important goals of Iraqi Turkmen Front

Iraqi Turkmen Front denies what was reported in some of the news sites of Alsummeria News that mentioned (Iraqi Turkmen Front criticizes Fawzi Akram Tirzi’s appeal to transform Toz Kharmato county into a Turkmen Governorate.)


It confirms that that transformation of both counties Talaafar and Toz Kharmato to governorates forms one of the most important strategic goals of Iraqi Turkmen Front that had previously presented projects regarding this matter and will continue to work to achieve it.

Iraqi Turkmen Front requested Alsummeria News to deny this information that was a personal act of one of the editors of its news.

Also, Ali Mousa, one of the employees in the Cultural Palace in Salahaldin had transferred the news on the behalf of Maamar Oghlo and confirmed on a phone call with the media department of the front that this information wasn’t written in that way and it was a an act of an editor.

From another side, Maamar Oghlo, a member of the Front List in Salahaldin governorate council, confirmed that Ali Mousa had visited him in his office and they spoke about the statement of Mr. Fawzi Akram about transformation of Toz Kharmato to a governorate. However, Ali Mousa did not mention that their personal conversation will be in the news.

Iraqi Turkmen Front confirms its pride of the previous deputy and a member of the national coalition, Mr.Fawzi Akram Tirzi and his attitudes towards our Turkmen people cases.

Iraqi Turkmen Front requests an apology and denial and keeps its right to raise a judicial suit against Alsummeria News due to its offence to the front in the middle of its fans base and in formal Medias

Turhan Müftü visited the Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representation

November 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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State Minister responsible for the Provinces in Iraq Turhan Müftü visited Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representation and shared views on the recent developments in Iraq.

               In the meeting between Kazancı and Müftü the recent situation in Iraq as well as what would be the outcome once the US withdraws from Iraq were discussed with a particular focus on security and how the situation could be enhanced.

      Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative Dr. Hicran Kazancı commented on the visit by saying , “ Minister Müftü represents both the school of real politics as well the young generation.  These characteristics are reflected in his work.

The fact that he has undersigned major works which have an impact on the future of the Turkmen is an indicator of this “.

        Dr. Kazancı quoted that Minister Müftü had had a major role in the acceptance of the Council of Ministers to have the Turkmen language accepted as a native language in regions with a populous Turkmen population.

Iraq urged to commute death sentences as 11 are hanged

November 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraq urged to commute death sentences as 11 are hanged

Posted: 17 November 2011


The Iraqi authorities must commute all death sentences and ensure   verdicts are not based on forced confessions involving torture, Amnesty   International said today, after 11 people convicted of terrorism-related   offences were hanged in Baghdad.

The execution of the 11, including one woman, took place yesterday in   spite of attempts by the Tunisian authorities to obtain a pardon for a   Tunisian national, Yosri Trigui, who was sentenced to death for his alleged   involvement in an attack against the al-‘Askari Shi’a Muslim Shrine in   Samarra in 2006. The attack sparked an eruption of sectarian violence.

Trigui, who had been living in Iraq since 2003, was arrested in 2006   by US forces for his alleged involvement in terrorist acts. He was also   convicted of the killing of a female Iraqi journalist from the Al Arabiya TV   channel, Atwar Bahjat.

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