Tags: Budget allocated to Turkmens
The chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen Front in the Iraqi Parliament said a portion of Iraqi budget has been allocated to the Turkmen areas for the first time.
Arshad Salihi, an Iraqi MP on the Iraqiya list said a portion of the 2012 Iraqi budget has been allocated to the Turkmen areas in Kirkuk, Salahadin, Diyala, and Mosul provinces. He observed that, “It’s the first time a portion was allocated to the Turkmen areas while approving the annual budget.”
Last week on February 23, the Iraqi Parliament approved the annual budget of Iraq for 2012 which was 117 trillion Iraqi dinars, equal to 100 billion USD.
Tags: Cengiz EROĞLU, Iraqi Turkmens' History
Irak’ta Türklerin Tarihi
Kerkük Kalesi ve Tarihi Taş Köprü (Yıkılmadan Önce)
Irak Türkleri ya da Irak Türkmenleri, Birinci Dünya Savaşı’ndan sonra Osmanlı Devleti’nden ayrılmış, Irak adı ile kurulan devletin vatandaşları olarak varlıklarını sürdürmeye çalışmaktadırlar. Osmanlı döneminde bu insanlara uzun yıllar “Türkler” diye söz edilmiştir. Ancak Lozan Konferansı sıralarında İngiliz heyeti “Türkmenler” olarak ifade etmişlerdir. Buna karşılık olarak Türk delegesi başkanı İsmet İnönü Türkmen ile Türk’ün eşanlamlı oluğu ve Türkiye Türklerin de Türkmen olduklarını savunmuştur. 1923 Lozan ve 1926 Ankara Antlaşmalarında “Musul Türkleri” denilmiştir. 1959 yılında Abdülkerim Kasım’ın yönetimi ele geçirdikten sonra Irak’ta yaşayan biz Türklere “Türkmen” denilmeye başlamıştır. Türkmenler sadece Irak’ta değil, Anadolu’dan Kafkasya’ya, Balkanlardan Suriye ve Filistin’e kadar birçok coğrafyaya yayılmışlardır. Hatta Afganistan’da ve İran’da Türkmen boyları bulunmaktadır.
Dr Hassan Aydinli, ITF EU representative attended the Delegation for Relations with Iraq Meeting at the EU ParliamentFebruary 13, 2012 at 5:26 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
Tags: Iraq Delegation meeting Brussels
D-IQ Chair MEP Struan STEVENSON and H.E. Mr. Mohammed Abdullah AL-HUMAIMIDI, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq
H.E. Mr. Mohammed Abdullah AL-HUMAIMIDI, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq in Belgium and ITF EU Representative Dr. Hassan AYDINLI
D-IQ Chair MEP Struan STEVENSON and ITF EU Representative Dr. Hassan AYDINLI
Dr. Hassan Aydinli, Iraqi Turkmen Front EU Representative, attended the Delegation for relations with Iraq meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on 24th January 2012.
The meeting was chaired by Mr. Struan Stevenson, MEP, Chair of the D-IQ at the EU Parliament.
Other MEPs who attended the meeting were: Mr. Andres Perello Rodrigez and Mr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
H.E. Mr. Mohammed Abdullah AL-HUMAIMIDI, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq attended the Iraq Delegation meeting for the first time since he was appointed in Belgium.
Mr. Struan Stevenson MEP started the meeting by strongly condemning the series of bomb attacks which took place in Iraq recently, he called on all Iraqi political groups and factions to take the necessary steps to put an end to the violence, he recommended an inclusive dialogue between all parties.
Among the topics mentioned by MEP Struan Stevenson were:
– that the date of closure of Camp Ashraf had been postponed from 31/12/2012 to 01/04/2012. In the meantime the Iranian exiles of Camp Ashraf will be transferred to Camp Liberty, a former US base. Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Iraqi government for voluntary relocation of residents of Camp Ashraf on 25th December 2011.
– that Mr. Al-Hashimi was on the run and was now in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
H.E. Mr. Mohammed Abdullah AL-HUMAIMIDI, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq declared that the relations between the Iraqi Embassy and the EU Parliament are excellent. He gave a comprehensive picture on the current situation in Iraq, saying that Iraq is recovering and had come a long way since 2003. He said that Iraq can be governed by a National Partnership Government. He said that US troops had left Iraq on 31st December 2011 and that Iraqi troops are now capable to ensure security. He added that Iraq has no choice but to have a democratic system.
The Iraqi Ambassador said that Iraq will continue to work to strengthen partnership with the European Union and that the Iraqi Council of Ministers has just given their agreement on this, a Partnership Agreement will be signed in Brussels very soon.
On the question on investing in Iraq the Iraqi Ambassador said that the EU investors are reluctant to invest in Iraq because of security problems, but that there are places which are more secure than others. He added that Asian countries, such as China, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia are very active in Iraq.
Regarding Camp Ashraf the Ambassador said that all parties are doing their best to resolve this problem.
Concerning Mr. Al-Hashimi, he said that hopefully the National Conference will resolve this problem, that this will be dealt with according to the Iraqi laws.
Regarding development and investment, he declared that Iraq has a five-year plan which will procure 4 million jobs.
MEP A. Perello Rodrigez took the floor and said that Iraqis need to organize peace in their country, that many Spanish companies are interested to participate in the reconstruction of Iraq but that violent bombings give a negative picture.
When the Chair Mr. Struan Stevenson commented that there is some controversy about Iran’s influence in Iraq, H.E. Mr. Mohammed Abdullah AL-HUMAIMIDI replied that Iraq does not accept any interference from its neighbours.
MEP Mr. Struan Stevenson declared that he would like a EU Delegation to visit Iraq some time during 2012 and that on that occasion he would like to visit other parts of Iraq beside Baghdad and Erbil.
Tags: Abbas al-Bayati, Kurdistan constitution
Posted by Reidar Visser on Friday, 3 February 2012
The project to adopt a constitution for the federal region of Kurdistan (KRG) can be classified as one of the “silent drivers” of Iraqi politics.
The current draft constitution of the KRG was finalized by the Kurdish parliament in 2009. At the time, a referendum on it was expected but it was eventually delayed. Some attribute the delay to internal bickering among the Kurds; others say pressures from Baghdad played a role.
At any rate, Kurdish politicians – and Kamal Kerkuki in particular – are once more talking about the need to have a referendum on the Kurdistan constitution. Reactions from outside Kurdistan have been quite massive. The main reason the KRG constitution is sensitive to Iraqi politicians beyond the Kurdistan region itself is the definition of the Kurdistan region contained in the draft constitution. This includes several areas in the governorates of Wasit, Diyala, Salahaddin, Kirkuk and Nineveh that are claimed by the Kurds but are not currently controlled by them. Politicians in areas claimed by the Kurds in Diyala, Kirkuk and Nineveh are particularly furious about the renewed talk about a referendum.
The protestors make reference to the constitutional principle that no law passed in Iraq can contradict the constitution itself. Does the Kurdish constitution contradict the Iraqi constitution? Technically speaking, it certainly does. This is so because the definition of the Kurdistan region in the Iraqi constitution is very clear: Article 142 says article 53A of the Transitional Administrative Law from 2004 shall remain in force; that article in turn says “The Kurdistan Regional Government is recognized as the official government of the territories that were administered by the that government on 19 March 2003 in the governorates of Dohuk, Arbil, Sulaimaniya, Kirkuk, Diyala and Neneveh”. Of course, Kurdish politicians will lose no time in reminding us that also article 58 of the TAL regarding the settlement of “disputed territories” was given extended life through articles 140 and 142 of the constitution; their staunchest opponents say the failure to implement article 140 by the constitutionally mandated deadline in 2007 signified its death.
Irrespective of the legal complexities involved, it is noteworthy that in political terms, key allies of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have previously invested considerable energy in criticizing the Kurdistan constitution for being in conflict with the Iraqi constitution. Importantly, this goes beyond predictable resistance from Turkmen allies of Maliki like Abbas al-Bayati. It also includes people like Sami al-Askari, who in the past has specifically spelt out the differences between the TAL definition of Kurdistan and the definition contained in the Kurdish draft constitution.
Tags: Felicity Arbuthnot, Haditha, US War Crimes in Iraq
Haditha: Another Small Massacre – No One Guilty
Iraq War Crimes
by Felicity Arbuthnot / February 4th, 2012
We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected round the world.
— President Barack Obama, State of the Union address, 24th January 2012
On January 24th, the day President Obama delivered his last State of the Union speech to Congress before the election, citing the “selflessness and teamwork of America’s Armed Forces, (their) focus on the mission at hand”, the “selfless” Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, leader of the massacre at Haditha, in Iraq, became the seventh soldier to walk free from the mass murder of twenty four unarmed men, women and children in three homes and a taxi.
It was another chilling, ruthless, cold blooded, up to five hour rampage, revenge for the death a colleague in a roadside bomb which had nothing to do with the rural families that paid the price.
The youngest to die was one year, the oldest was a 76 year old wheelchair-bound amputee, Abdul Hamid Hassan Ali. He died with nine rounds in the chest and abdomen.
Other children who died were aged 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 14.
On May 9th, 2007, Sergeant Sanick De la Cruz received immunity from prosecution in return for testimony in which he said that he had watched Wuterich shoot five Iraqis attempting to surrender. He further stated that he and Wuterich had further fired into the dead bodies – and that he had urinated on one of the dead Iraqis.
“Imagine what we could accomplish if we followed (US troops) example”, pondered the President in his speech – in a week which worldwide revulsion was expressed at a video of Marines, allegedly with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, urinating on dead bodies in Afghanistan.
It was, of course, “behaviour … not in keeping with the values of the US Armed Forces … not consistent with out core values (or) indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps”, said a Defence Department spokeswoman.
Ross Caputi, a former Marine who took part in another massacre, Falluja, exactly a year before Haditha, was sickened at what he saw and experienced. He now campaigns tirelessly for Iraq and for reparation for Falluja, and he disputes the Defence Department’s sunny view of “core values”.
”These attitudes are common in the Marine Corps. The guys who peed on the poor dead Afghans were not ‘bad apples’, they were average Marines”, Caputi told this publication. For his outspokenness, Caputi has received such volume of chilling and obscene threats from former colleagues and US Service personnel (seen by the writer) that they stand testimony to his words.
As Afghanistan, the litany of Iraq’s blood-lettings are silent witness to “core values” of an altogether different kind. In an expression disturbingly mirroring “cleansed”, homes are “cleared.” Grenades are thrown in and then troops storm in, automatic rifles (and more grenades) blazing.
A description of the assault on one Haditha home from a Lt. William T. Kallop records:
The Marines cleared it the way they had been trained to clear it, which is frags (grenades)first … It was clear just by the looks of the room that frags went in and then the house was prepped and sprayed like, with a machine gun, and then they went in. And by the looks of it, they just … they went in, cleared to room, everybody was down.
In her meticulous, eye-watering article, “The Haditha Massacre: No Justice for Iraqis“, Marjorie Cohn writes:
Citing doctors at Haditha’s hospital, The Washington Post reported: ‘Most of the shots … were fired at such close range that they went through the bodies of the family members and plowed into walls or the floor’.
She goes on to add that days after the mass murders at Haditha became public, “US forces killed eleven civilians, after rounding them up in a room in a house in Ishaqi”, in Salahuddin Province. All were handcuffed (presumably not the six month old) and executed.
Tags: Kirkuk governor, Necmettin Ömer Kerim
The Governor of Kirkuk, Necmettin Ömer Kerim received Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative Dr. Hicran Kazancı in his private office on Monday 30th of January, for contacts. The recent situation in Iraq and the developments in the countries in the region were discussed at the meeting.
At the meeting, Governor of Kirkuk Necmettin Ömer Kerim and ITF Turkey Representative Dr.Hicran Kazancı underlined that the political groups disagreeing in Iraq could resolve their problems with a process of dialogue and compromise.
At the meeting also Turkmen-Kurdish relationships were discussed and Kirkuk Governor Kerim commented, “Our service to the public continues without any discrimination. The people of Kirkuk maintain their historical ties of brotherhood and we are working to continue this.”
Dr.Kazancı asked Kirkuk Governor Kerim about the health of Iraq’s President Celal Talabani who underwent surgery in Germany and passed his wishes for a rapid recovery. The Governor of Kirkuk Kerim thanked Hicran Kazancı for the visit which was appreciated.
Tags: Kurdish narcotics traffickers, PKK drug smuggling, PKK terrorism
WASHINGTON, AFP, wjs.com – ekurd – 2.2.2012 – The US named three Moldova-based men Wednesday as key figures in the alleged drug network of Turkey’s secessionist Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK, and set economic sanctions against them by freezing their assets.
The US Treasury labeled Zeyneddin Geleri, Cerkez Akbulut and Omer Boztepe as “specially designated narcotics traffickers” for their roles in the PKK’s European network for producing and distributing heroin and marijuana. Also hit with the sanctions, which ban any American or American entity from doing any business with them, were Omer Geleri and three Romania-based companies, due to their ties with Zeyneddin Geleri.
Treasury says the separatist group, known as Kongra-Gel or by the initials PKK, which is based in northern Iraq and Turkey, uses its network across Europe to produce, transport and traffic opiates and cannabis, and that it uses the drug money to obtain weapons and materials.
The U.S. State Department designated the group as a specially designated global terrorist in 2001, and as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997. The President named the PKK as a narcotics trafficker in May 2008. The Treasury said Zeyneddin Geleri is a “high ranking member” of the PKK as well as a member of a Romania-based drug trafficking group. Akbulut, also known as Cernit Murat, is linked to 199 kilograms of heroin seized in March 2008 by Moldovan police, and is “responsible for the collection of funds” inMoldovafor the PKK, the Treasury said.
Boztepe is a fugitive from Moldovan authorities after having been sentenced to 12 years in jail for drug trafficking. Naming the individuals as traffickers and placing sanctions on them “highlights the important role that international drug trafficking plays in terrorist financing across the globe,” said Treasury official Adam Szubin in a statement.