January 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

Get the facts right New York Times!

TUZ KHURMATU is not ‘in the Kurdish north’!

TUZ KHURMATU is an Iraqi Turkmen city,  it is situated inTURKMENELI, which is the Turkmen region of Iraq.
The Turkmen region extends from TELAFER city in the north-west of Iraq (West of Mosul and close to the Syrian border) to MENDELI city (East of Baghdad close to the Iranian border).Turkmeneli which means “Turkmens’ land” is the region of Iraq which separates the Arab region from the Kurdish region.

TUZ KHURMATU is a Turkmen name.

The original inhabitants of TUZ KHURMATU are Turkmens.
All the victims in this latest attack are Turkmens.

TUZ KHURMATU was NOT included in the ‘safe haven‘ that the U.S. created in 1991 to protect the Kurds.  How come that in 2013 you are considering it as belonging to the “Kurdish north”?


Below is the NY Times article:

Bombing at a Funeral in Northern Iraq Kills at Least 35

Ako Rasheed/Reuters
A man wounded by a suicide bomber in Tuz Khurmato district in northern Iraq was treated at a hospital in Kirkuk.


Published: January 23, 2013

BAGHDAD, Iraq — A crowded tent full of Turkmen mourners in northern Iraq was transformed into a mass killing ground on Wednesday by a suicide bombing that left at least 35 people dead and 117 wounded, regional officials and tribal leaders said, calling it a genocidal attack meant to further stoke the already-inflamed sectarian tensions in the country.

Both the dead and wounded victims included a number of high-ranking regional dignitaries, military officers, professors and religious men among the Turkmen population of the Tuz Khurmato district in Salahuddin Province, an area in the Kurdish north also claimed by Arabs and Turkmens. It came a day after an extended outbreak of sectarian shootings and bombings in the country that killed at least 24 Iraqis.

Mourners at the Imam Ali mosque had been paying their respects to a Turkmen employee of the Ministry of Health who had been killed in the mayhem the day before, the brother-in-law of a deputy in the Iraqi Turkmen Front, a political party. They had packed into a funeral tent for the ceremony when the suicide bomber, apparently masquerading as one of the aggrieved, blew himself up.
Turkmen leaders were outraged.
“We demand to have international forces to secure us, for the Turkmens and our areas,” said Faid Alla, the head of a Turkmen tribe. “We are being targeted, and our existence in Iraq is very dangerous, and we are under genocide. The central government is doing nothing for us.”
Tuz Khurmato, south of Kirkuk in an oil-rich area, was the site two months ago of a sectarian-tinged confrontation over disputed territory between forces loyal to the Iraqi government in Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government, which has its own armed forces.

Iraq has been increasingly consumed by sectarian attacks and political turmoil since December, when the home of the country’s Sunni finance minister was raided by security forces loyal to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, a Shiite. Mr. Maliki’s political bloc has been accused by Sunnis and others of seeking to monopolize power before provincial elections this spring.

Mr. Maliki, who took power during the American-led military occupation of Iraq, has denied the accusations and rejected demands by rivals that he resign.
The instability has been a growing source of concern for the United States, which withdrew its military forces from Iraq about a year ago.


Rick Gladstone contributed reporting from New York.

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