THE OTHER SIDE OF BARZANI’S VISIT IN BRUSSELS – KURDISH PROTESTERS IN EU PARLIAMENT (WATCH ALSO PICTURES)

January 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Barzani 2014

The following article by Kurdish protesters was posted in :

http://www.mesop.de/2014/01/26/the-other-side-of-barzanis-vsit-in-brussels-watch-also-pictures/

“Ana Gomes (S & D, PT) asked why there are problems relating to the rights of the people and kill the journalists and women, but Barzani has no concrete answer.”

On 21/01 Masud Barzani came to the European Parliament. Mr Barzani was congratulated on making Iraqi Kurdistan the “most stable region in Iraq”, by the Committee on Foreign Affairs vice President, Fiorello Provera (EFD, IT), Tunne Kelam (EPP, ET) and Ana Gomes (S & D, PT), on Tuesday joint meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the EP delegation for relations with Iraq.

A week before the pdk media’s have said that Barzani wanted to go abroad, but have not said where and his visit to the European Parliament was not known.

I have called a lot of settings  as Kurdish institute in Brussels, Kurdish office and far surroundings of PDK to know if Mr.Masud Barzani will come to Belgium, unfortunately no one knew and no one had information.

Kurdistan Forum (a civil organization of Kurds from Belgium) had exact information about the visit of Barzani.

Because the visit was secret, the organization decides to take part in this Conference as listener and at the same time, they have organized a demonstration outside Parliament at 5 pm after his conversation.

They have also called me to participate as a journalist.

When we went to European Parliament someone from PDK has seen us and they have called police.

Two agents of Belgian police came and they have asked our identity.

According to PDK you are intend  to do something against Barzani they say. I have journalist card for me was not a problem, the other four people (representatives of Kurdistan Forum and other civil organization) have registered few days before the Conference by two members of Eu Parliaments and police knew there. 

Police said we know you, you have not done anything illegal yet in Belgium but there are complaints of PDK to you. You may go to the Conference but we will send few agents with you for your safety he said. 

Ana Gomes (S & D, PT) asked why there are problems relating to the rights of the people and kill the journalists and women, but Barzani has no concrete answer. Representatives of civil organizations were angry when Barzani did’nt answer the question by Ana Gomes but he has spoken about freedom of the Kurdistan region.

That’s why they have shown  the pictures of murdered journalists (Sardasht Othman, Soran Mame Hamme and the others) see pictures. Then they wanted to no longer listen to Barzani’s speech they have left the Conference as protest.

http://www.mesop.de/2014/01/26/the-other-side-of-barzanis-vsit-in-brussels-watch-also-pictures/

TÜRKMENELİ´NDEKİ BİRLİK AVRUPA´YA YANSIDI.

January 26, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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TÜRKMENELİ´NDEKİ BİRLİK AVRUPA´YA YANSIDI.

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http://www.gundem.be/tr/dunya/turkmeneli-ndeki-birlik-avrupa-ya-yansidi

Irak’ta Türkmenler arasında yaşanan ve sonucunda seçimlere az bir süre kala Kerkük Türkmen Cephesi’nin kurulması, Avrupa’da Eşref Kerküklü önderliğinde Hollanda’da yapılan büyük buluşmayla yaşama geçirildi.

Bu bağlamda Hollanda’nın başkenti Amsterdam’da Türkmen önderlerini anma buluşmasının üçüncüsü yoğun katılımla yapıldı. Hollanda Türkmenleri Birliği tarafından düzenlenen buluşmaya Irak Türkmen Cephesi (ITC) Avrupa Birliği/Brüksel Temsilcisi Hassan Aydınlı, Hollanda Türkmenleri Birliği Genel Başkanı Eşref Kerküklü ve Hollanda Türkmenleri Birliği danışma kurulu Başkanı eğitimci Halil Otrakçı konuşmacı olarak katıldılar.

Anma programında ilk olarak konuşan, Irak Türkmen Cephesi (ITC) Avrupa Birliği/Brüksel Temsilcisi Hassan Aydınlı, Şehit Türkmen önder Necdet Koçak ve diğer şehit önderlere değinerek,  “Türkmenler; Araplar ve Kürtler gibi eşit sayılmamaktadır. Dış güçler Irak milletini Sünni, Şii ve Kürt olmak üzere bölmeye başladılar. Petroldan başka birşeyi düşünmiyorlar,  petrolden başka bir şeyimiz de yok zaten ve bunun da adil paylaşmıyorlar” dedi ve “Çocuklarınızı iyi yetiştirmek zorunda olduğumuzu ve yeri cennet olsun Atamızdan örnekler alınması gerektiğini” vurguladı.

Konuşmacılardan Hollanda Türkmenleri Birliği Genel Başkanı Eşref Kerküklü yaptığı konuşmada, “Türkmenler üzerinde oynanan oyunlar günümüzde de devam etmektedir. Irak’ta yasalar ne yazık ki uygulanmamaktadır. Örnek Türk dili konusunda yapılan haksız uygulamalardır. Ne yazık ki geçmişin kalıntıları halen mevcuttur. Baasçılık zihniyeti devam etmektedir. Irak Dışişleri Bakanı Zebari ve Eğitim Bakanı El-Temim Türkmenleri dışlıyor. Nuri El-Maliki hükümetini tanımamak gerektir, çünkü otoritesi yok ve ülkeyi yönetemiyor. Hükümeti kınıyoruz. Bir taraftan da dediğim gibi Türkmenler üzerinde hem içeride hem dışarıda oluşturulmaya çalışılan fitne devam etmektedir. Türkmenin kültürü ve kıyafeti üzerinden özellikle bir oyun söz konusudur. Bu fitne mahvillerine milletimiz özellikle itibar etmemiştir. Kuşku yoktur ki, Türkmenler bu dönem de korku gömleğini yırtıp atacaktır.” dedi.

Konuşmacılardan Hollanda Türkmenleri Birliği danışma kurulu Başkanı eğitimci Halil Otrakçı, “Önderlerimizin idamları son derece üzücü bir olaydır. Allah rahmet eylesin.” diyerek söze başladı ve ekledi “Daha aktif olmak zorundayız. Önümüzdeki dönem siyasi açıdan Türkmenler için altın fırsat vardır. Bu nedir? Seçimler yaklaşıyor. Biz de bu seçimlere gireceğiz. Türkmenler hariç herkes bölündü. Bu seçimlere Türkmenler birlik içinde girecek. Şu anda siyasi imkanlar yeni fırsatlar sunuyor. Tüm arkadaşlarımızı uyarın ve oylarını Türkmenlere vermelerini sağlayın. Unutmayın ki; hak istenilmez, hak alınır. Milletimizi sandık başına getirmek zorundayız. Kerkük sahipsiz değildir. Kerkük Irak’ı besliyor, Kürt yönetimi Kerkük’te havalimanı ve bölgeyi kalkındıracak alışveriş merkezlerinin yapılmalarına karşı. Türkiye, Kerkük’te neden yatırım yapmaz? Bunu da anlamak zordur.” dedi.

Anma programının sohbet bölümünde katılımcılar sorularını buluşmanının konuşmacılarına yönelttiler. Konuklardan Hollanda Türk Gençlik Kuruluşları Federasyonu (HTGF) Genel Başkanı Oğuzhan Kılıç, şu görüşleri dile getirdi “Irak Türkmenlerine ve diğer Türk akraba topluluklarına, büyük Türk milletinin önderleri olarak sahip çıkmak ve birlikteliği pekiştirmek görevlerimizi arasındadır. Bu bakımdan biz de sizinle aynı duygu ve düşünceleri paylaşıyor ve yaşıyoruz.” dedi. Konuklardan Türk Eğitim Merkezi (STOC) Başkanı İsmail Ercan “Bir eğitim kurumu olarak kapılarının herkese açık olduğunu” ifade etti. Konuklardan eski Azerbaycanlı bir vali olan Hollanda Azerbaycan toplumu önderlerinden Eldaniz Yusibov, gazeteci Fikret Hüseyinli, Türkmen Gazi Mufak Terzi, eski Türkmen dernek başkanlarından Cüneyt Avcı ve Sabah Merdan ile HTGF eski Genel Başkan Yardımcısı İmdat Kaymaz ve pek çok seçkin davetli konuk ve katılımcı sağlanan birlik, beraberlik ve dayanışma ortamı için takdirlerini dile getirdiler.

The Iraqi Cabinet Decides to Form Three New Governorates

January 23, 2014 at 11:00 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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The Iraqi Cabinet Decides to Form Three New Governorates

Posted by Reidar Visser on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 1:44

 The Iraqi cabinet made big headlines today with a shock decision to form three brand new provinces. Supposedly, there will be new governorates in Tuz Khormato (a Turkmen-dominated area currently in Salahaddin province), the Nineveh plains (a Christian-dominated part of Nineveh province) and Falluja (centre of the current Sunni-led uprising in Anbar province). With a recent decision to create Halabja as a separate governorate in Kurdistan, some observers declared that Iraq all of a sudden has 22 provinces, after decades of relative administrative stability in 18 governorates since the early 1970s.

It is not like the inhabitants of Falluja, Tuz and the Nineveh plains will feel any major changes related to administrative status when they wake up tomorrow. Some of the uncertainty regarding the new move of the Iraqi government can be glimpsed from the language of the cabinet decision itself: The agreement on the formation of these new decisions was made “in principle”, to be completed after the necessary formalities “had been completed”. Those formalities were not detailed: A special committee including members of the ministries of justice and municipalities will look into the “standards and procedures” necessary to complete the transformation.

This ambiguous choice of language in turn reflects wider legal uncertainties regarding any decision to form new provinces. In theory, despite the absence of any constitutional reference to administrative boundary changes, after 2003 such administrative changes were governed by a Baathist-era law, law no. 159 from 1969, which vested the power to change administrative boundaries in cabinet. However, the anachronistic nature of that procedure is attested to by a requirement that “the revolutionary council” approved the measure – an institution that Iraq now thankfully lacks. In any case, in 2008 a new provincial powers law specifically replaced the old provinces law (and repealed it), but it failed to make provision for new administrative boundary changes, meaning there is currently no detailed Iraqi legislation dealing with the subject of the creation of new provinces. That’s the ironic reality of the new Iraq: Whereas elaborate measures exist for the creation of new federal regions, no special provisions for the creation of new governorates exist.

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Turkmens from the Netherlands and Belgium commemorated their Martyrs of 16th January 1980

January 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

Turkmens from the Netherlands and Belgium commemorated their Martyrs of 16th January 1980

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On 19th January 2014, Turkmens from the Netherlands and Belgium gathered in Amsterdam to commemorate their Martyrs of 16th January 1980.

The meeting started with a speech by Eşref Kerkülü, TÖGB – Hol. Türkmeneli Birliği,  it was followed by the singing of the Iraqi Turkmen National Anthem.

After 2 minutes of silence to commemorate the Martyrs, verses of the Holy Koran were recited by Uyghur Imam Husetin Tacalli.

The meeting continued with speeches by ITF EU representative Dr Hassan Aydinli,   TÖGB – Hol. Türkmeneli Birliği Eşref Kerkülü, and Eğitimci Öğretmen Dr. Halil Otrakci.

The commemoration was also attended by Turkish and Azerbaijani journalists and friends.



* Turkmen Martyrs of 16th January 1980 

 “On March 25th, 1979, a group of Turkmen leaders was arrested. Among them were Dr Necdet Nuraddin Kocak and (retired) Brigadier Abdullah Abdulrahman. This was just a few days after the arrests of Dr Redha Demirci and a businessman, Adel Sharif. For nine months, right up to the day before their execution, their exact location and legal charges against them were unknown. Their families were notified they had been granted permission to visit them for a farewell meeting only on the eve on their execution. They had been sentenced to death on January 16, 1980, by the notorious Revolutionary Court that had denied them a fair trial or professional, legal defence. Hence the Baath government, for the first time, demonstrated their willingness to carry out the execution and assassination of Turkmen activities. This was the demise of Dr Demirci who was believed to succumb to horrible punishment in the prison. Obviously, to obtain confessions, the bodies of the other revealed horrifying marks as a result of punishments during interrogation.” 
Excerpt from Erşat HÜRMÜZLÜ’s book: ‘THE TURKMEN REALITY IN IRAQ’

“On 16th January 1980, dozens of Turkmen intellectuals and leaders were sentenced to death after mock and censored trials. Most prominent among them were retired Colonel Abdullah Abdurrahman, Associate Professor Dr. Necdet Kocak, Agricultural Engineer Dr. Riza Demirci, and businessman Adil Sherif, Lieutenant Colonel Halit Akkoyunlu, educator Mehmet Korkmaz. Later, hundreds of Turkmen intellectuals were similarly tried and hanged. Many others died in prisons from torture. Trials were behind closed doors and defendants did not have the right to hire lawyers” 
Excerpt from Mofak Salman Kerkuklu’s book: ‘Turkmen of Iraq’.

Fallujah. Shooting and Crying: The Unlearned Lessons of American Atrocity

January 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Fallujah. Shooting and Crying: The Unlearned Lessons of American Atrocity

Excerpt:

“Al Qaeda and its allies had no presence in Iraq before the American invasion. No, wait, that’s wrong: al Qaeda associates were in fact living safely in Iraq before the invasion — in Kurdish territory, which was controlled not by Saddam but by American-backed militias. Indeed, the seeds of the Fallujah atrocity sprang from this strange situation, where al Qaeda operatives lived under American protection — or at the very least, their “benign neglect” — even after the 9/11 attacks.

by Chris Floyd and Nicolas J.S. Davies on 17-01-2014

Just over nine years ago, in November 2004, the United States military carried out an atrocious war crime in Fallujah at the behest of its civilian leaders. Having already committed “the supreme international crime” — aggresive war — the American military now declared a whole city full of innocent civilians to be a “free fire zone” and proceeded to pulverize the town with bombs, missiles, chemical weapons and finally a ground attack by thousands of troops.

Shocking photos, taken in Fallujah in 2004, showing U.S. Marines burning bodies of Iraqi insurgents, posing for pictures with skeletons and even an enemy soldier’s remains being eaten by a dog as Pentagon launches probe.

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The Marlboro Men are back.

A few years ago, we saw them blazoned across our screens and newspapers: rugged, tough, battle-grimed warriors, slogging through hell to conquer evil and bring light to a land lost in darkness.

Last week, the New York Times brought them out again. But this time around, our clean-limbed, God-blessed fighters for a noble cause weren’t conquering — they were suffering. They felt sad, let down, even betrayed. Why? Because what had been the high point, the shining pinnacle, “the most iconic moment” of their righteous campaign was now tainted. Their conquest hadn’t held; the old enemy had reared its head again in the city they had pacified with so much rugged, battle-grimed toughness long ago.

Now their feelings were hurt, their souls were troubled. All the goodness of their righteous campaign, all the noble intentions of their light-bringing crusade — all had been for naught, it seemed. Theirs was indeed a lamentable tragedy. Here was real suffering, raw and anguished.

But what were they talking about exactly? What was this pinnacle, this extraordinary achievement whose great moral worth has now been besmirched?

The battle of Fallujah.

I kid you not.

2.

Just over nine years ago, in November 2004, the United States military carried out an atrocious war crime at the behest of its civilian leaders. Having already committed what America’s chief jurist at the Nuremberg trials called “the supreme international crime” — aggresive war — the American military now declared a whole city full of innocent civilians to be a “free fire zone” and proceeded to pulverize the town with bombs, missiles, chemical weapons and finally a ground attack by thousands of troops. This came after the American military had cut vital supplies of food and water to the city — another brazen war crime.

Here is an eyewitness report of the attack from a BBC reporter in the city at the time:

“There are more and more dead bodies on the streets and the stench is unbearable. Smoke is everywhere. It’s hard to know how much people outside Fallujah are aware of what is going on here. There are dead women and children lying on the streets. People are getting weaker from hunger. Many are dying are from their injuries because there is no medical help left in the city whatsoever. Some families have started burying their dead in their gardens.”

As I noted in the Moscow Times during the attack:

One of the first moves in this magnificent feat of arms was the destruction and capture of medical centers. Twenty doctors – and their patients, including women and children – were killed in an airstrike on one major clinic, the UN Information Service reports, while the city’s main hospital was seized in the early hours of the ground assault. Why? Because these places of healing could be used as “propaganda centers,” the Pentagon’s “information warfare” specialists told the NY Times. Unlike the first attack on Fallujah last spring, there was to be no unseemly footage of gutted children bleeding to death on hospital beds. This time – except for NBC’s brief, heavily-edited, quickly-buried clip of the usual lone “bad apple” shooting a wounded Iraqi prisoner – the visuals were rigorously scrubbed.

So while Americans saw stories of rugged “Marlboro Men” winning the day against Satan, they were spared shots of engineers cutting off water and electricity to the city – a flagrant war crime under the Geneva Conventions, as CounterPunch notes, but standard practice throughout the occupation. Nor did pictures of attack helicopters gunning down civilians trying to escape across the Euphrates River – including a family of five – make the TV news, despite the eyewitness account of an AP journalist. Nor were tender American sensibilities subjected to the sight of phosphorous shells bathing enemy fighters – and nearby civilians – with unquenchable chemical fire, literally melting their skin, as the Washington Post reports. Nor did they see the fetus being blown out of the body of Artica Salim when her home was bombed during the “softening-up attacks” that raged relentlessly – and unnoticed – in the closing days of George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, the Scotland Sunday Herald reports.

Horrific: Shocking images depicting U.S. soldiers burning the bodies of what appear to be Iraqi insurgents, have emerged

This was the battle of Fallujah. This is the noble cause that our Marlboro Men (and our “paper of record,” which gave their laments such prominent play) now feel has been besmirched by the fact that some militant Sunni factions (many from the same groups the United States is now supporting, directly or indirectly, through its assistance to the Syrian rebels) seized control of the city for a time. It is this incident that has made the Marlboros and the Timesters suddenly feel that the “great sacrifices” of America’s war of aggression in Iraq were made in vain. This — not the multitude of Iraqis who have died this year alone in the violent sectarian strife that was created by the American invasion, and exacerbated by deliberate American policy.

Al Qaeda and its allies had no presence in Iraq before the American invasion. No, wait, that’s wrong: al Qaeda associates were in fact living safely in Iraq before the invasion — in Kurdish territory, which was controlled not by Saddam but by American-backed militias. Indeed, the seeds of the Fallujah atrocity sprang from this strange situation, where al Qaeda operatives lived under American protection — or at the very least, their “benign neglect” — even after the 9/11 attacks. As I noted during the 2004 storming of Fallujah:

What [we] saw instead were two loudly devout Christians, Bush and Tony Blair, clasping hands and proclaiming that Artica Salim had been torn to shreds in order to fight terrorism – specifically, the terrorism of Jordanian thug Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The city’s alleged refusal to turn over Zarqawi was the ostensible reason for the attack; yet halfway through the assault, with dead civilian bodies already stinking in the streets, Coalition commanders finally admitted the truth: Zarqawi wasn’t in Fallujah – and hadn’t been there for weeks, perhaps months.

But then, Zarqawi leads a peculiarly charmed life. Three times before the war, U.S. forces were set to kill him and destroy his organization. It wasn’t that difficult; after all, he was operating in Kurdish-held Iraqi territory, where the U.S. military had free rein. Yet each time, Bush called off the strike, the Wall Street Journal reports. He needed Zarqawi for his pre-war propaganda, so he could point to an “al Qaeda ally in Iraq” – even though Zarqawi was on Bush’s Iraqi turf, not Saddam’s.

Two pictures show a Marine pouring gasoline on the enemy remains, another two images show the Iraqi soldiers going up in flames while a fifth picture captures the charred bodies

The vicious, murderous, criminal attack on Fallujah was a microcosm of the vast atrocity of the invasion of Iraq — an atrocity that continues today. A fake reason for an act of aggression was sold to a gleefully gullible media, and through them to a docile public raised on the potent poison of “American exceptionalism,” to provide a “justification” for an action whose real purpose had to be concealed. And what was that purpose? To demonstrate and advance the bipartisan American elite’s unslakeable desire for domination — and to demonstrate that anyone who resists that desire will be punished, tormented or killed.

Iraq had no connection to 9/11, and the architects of the aggression (and their Democratic enablers, and their ‘progressive’ defenders like Christopher Hitchens and the New York Times) knew it. Zarqawi and his group were not in Fallujah, and the military planners of the atrocity knew it. (Indeed, they had let him go long before, even as they imposed a months-long siege on the city.)  The civilian and military instigators and enablers of the invasion of Iraq (and of all of the inevitable crimes and atrocities that followed) acted in the full and conscious knowledge that they were perpetrating acts of mass murder on innocent people. This is an historical fact, this is what actually happened. And, according to the reckoning of America’s willing executioner in the Iraq war crime, the government of Great Britain, somewhere around one million innocent people have been needlessly slaughtered as a result of the war. And the slaughter goes on — again, as a direct result of this willful, deliberate, savage, inhuman act of mass murder, which was carried out to further the domination agenda of a morally depraved elite.

This is what actually happened in Iraq. This is the reality.

I have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of the soldiers who fought in Fallujah or took part elsewhere in this gigantic war crime thought of themselves as good people trying to do a good thing in difficult circumstances. That’s what they were told they were doing; and, poisoned from birth, like all of us, by that all-pervasive myth of exceptionalism, of special privilege for anything and everything done by the United States, most of them lacked the will — or even the conceptual tools — to question this belief. (Brave souls like Chelsea Manning and the Iraq Vets Against the War are among the exceptions.) I am sorry if some of them — and the survivors of the thousands of Americans killed in the process of unleashing this mass murder — now feel that the war was fought in vain, and that the American dead “were sacrificed for nothing,” as one “angry” ex-Marine told the Times after hearing that Fallujah was temporarily in the hands of the extremist militias engendered by the American invasion of Iraq.

This is unfortunate for them — but let us be absolutely clear on this point.  To any American soldier who thought he or she was fighting in Iraq for anything other than the aggrandizement of a bloodthirsty elite, then yes, yes, a thousand times yes: you fought in vain. You fought under false premises, you were ordered to carry out a great crime — and you carried it out. And yes, yes, a thousand times yes: every American soldier who was killed in Iraq was “sacrificed for nothing.” This was true from the very first moment of the war, from the moment you set foot in Iraq. [As Arthur Silber notes here.] It did not suddenly become the truth 11 years later, when Fallujah became embroiled in the sectarian strife the war set loose.

So remember again the reality. Remember again what actually happened. The United States military, at the behest of its political leaders, carried out an abominable war crime in Iraq that killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Think of those innocent people who were murdered — and those who go on being murdered in the hellhole America made of Iraq — and then consider where the real tragedy lies, whom the real victims are. Some might think it was people like Artica Salim, whose young body was blown apart by an American bomb during weeks of bombardment to “soften up” the city before the Marlboro Men moved in. But the New York Times — which “stovepiped” so many helpful lies from government warmongers to help make the entirely specious case for aggression, and speaks today, as it spoke then, as the voice of the American establishment — thinks the real victims were the Marines who attacked Fallujah.

The sick snaps were exclusively obtained by TMZ, who turned them over to the Pentagon last week

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As noted, the Iraq war was an atrocity from the beginning — from long before the beginning, in fact. Its very conception — the idea of launching an act of aggression against a broken-down country which posed no threat, could not defend itself, and which had already seen more than half a million of its children killed by American-enforced sanctions — was an atrocity. And the brutal — and brutalizing — atrocities on the ground began long before the attack on Fallujah.

Just as a brief reminder, let’s go back in time with — who else? — the New York Times, which carried this report about our Marlboro Men and their crusade for truth and light just a few days after the invasion began.

At the base camp of the Fifth Marine Regiment here, two sharpshooters, Sgt. Eric Schrumpf, 28, and Cpl. Mikael McIntosh, 20, sat on a sand berm and swapped combat tales while their column stood at a halt on the road toward Baghdad. For five days this week, the two men rode atop armored personnel carriers, barreling up Highway 1.

They said Iraqi fighters had often mixed in with civilians from nearby villages, jumping out of houses and cars to shoot at them, and then often running away. The marines said they had little trouble dispatching their foes, most of whom they characterized as ill trained and cowardly.

”We had a great day,” Sergeant Schrumpf said. ”We killed a lot of people.”

…But in the heat of a firefight, both men conceded, when the calculus often warps, a shot not taken in one set of circumstances may suddenly present itself as a life-or-death necessity.

”We dropped a few civilians,” Sergeant Schrumpf said, ”but what do you do?” … He recalled one such incident, in which he and other men in his unit opened fire. He recalled watching one of the women standing near the Iraqi soldier go down.

”I’m sorry,” the sergeant said. ”But the chick was in the way.”

The chick was in the way.” I’ve carried this story with me for 11 years. Less than two weeks into the war, it seemed to sum up the whole shebang. It embodied the amoral philosophy that has guided the bipartisan American elite — and its media enablers — not only throughout the Iraq War and its still-churning aftermath, but in every action undertaken to advance the agenda of domination. This is what it all comes down to, this is the blank, inhuman, heartless heart of the imperial enterprise: “The chick was in the way.”

And those who get “in the way” — even if they are innocent “chicks” — get “dropped.” That’s just how it is. “What do you do?” Shrug it off. Keep going. Keep shooting

And if it doesn’t work out, start crying.

4.

When I first saw the headlines of the NYT story, “Fallujah’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There,” I confess I couldn’t read it. I knew what it would say. I knew it was a specimen of the “shooting and crying” genre that is so popular in Israel, where soldiers tell of the anguish they suffer in their own noble occupation duties. I knew it would be a sickening display of exceptionalism. I planned to get to it at some point, but I just couldn’t face it at the time.

Then I saw that Arthur Silber had bravely waded into the Times’ morass of tears and gunpowder. And his powerful essay went much further into the deeper implications of the story than the background and context I’ve given above. Indeed, I had intended this piece to be a short introduction to extensive excerpts from his post. But once I got into the story, following Silber’s lead, and began recalling the actual history of the atrocity, it “did put me into a towering passion,” as the Elsinorean said, and I ended up writing much more than I’d planned. Silber is inspiring that way.

Now here some of those excerpts. But you must, without fail, read the whole of this eloquent blast of hard truth. (And follow the links! There’s gold in them thar archives.)

On numerous occasions (here’s one representative example from August 2008), I also pointed out that the most severe criticisms of these monstrous crimes permitted by our culture of denial were (and are) that it was a “mistake” based on “bad intelligence,” and that it was a “blunder.” The first of these evasions is a lie based on a complete misunderstanding of the role of “intelligence” with regard to decisions of policy, while the second represents the superficial babblings of a person so severely damaged that he is incapable of grasping the meaning of words such as “value” and “life.” The U.S. government and its military (and all other personnel involved) committed a series of horrifying crimes, they murdered countless people, they wounded and damaged huge numbers of additional persons, and they destroyed a country. Carelessly smashing a vase or blurting out an inappropriate comment before your employer is a “mistake” or a “blunder.” Murder and destruction on a vast scale require deliberate, intentional, planned actions over a lengthy period of time; they are crimes which annihilate the concept of forgiveness.

I frequently argued that there is still one more horror beyond these crimes: that neither the U.S. government, nor the ruling class, nor many Americans have learned a single, goddamned thing from these ghastly events. The commitment to America’s “right” to dominate world events and the necessarily related commitment to America’s perpetual military superiority remain axiomatic and unchallengeable. The ongoing treatment of Iran as a nation that must be brought to heel, the “pivot” to Asia, and the actions of the U.S. government around the globe all attest to the ruling class’s belief that America remains unique and uniquely suited to lead and direct events everywhere, a belief that most Americans also continue to accept enthusiastically.

It is one thing to simply deny the reality of our own history. It is quite another to reach back into the past, completely recast the actions of the U.S., transform horrifying crimes which defy description into acts of nobility, and make ourselves into sympathetic victims — moreover, the only sympathetic victims worthy of note. This New York Times story does all of that, in a manner which caused me to veer between shocked disbelief and nauseated horror: “Falluja’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There.” The article discusses the “Sunni insurgents, some with allegiances to Al Qaeda,” who “retook” Fallujah “and raised their black insurgent flag over buildings” where American Marines had fought. Its focus is on the reaction of the Marines who fought there, and its tone is one of deep sympathy and understanding. That is, deep sympathy and understanding with regard to the Marines. Is there any recognition of the ongoing agony of the Iraqis, agony which is the direct result of the U.S.’s actions — and of the actions of these Marines themselves? Of course not.

Silber gives many examples of the Marines’ shooting-crying anguish — and the vast rewriting of history — in the story, including this:

…The officer cited what he called the Marines’ success in helping foster the Awakening movement — where local tribesmen turned against jihadists and partnered with American forces — and said that “without these victories, we might still be there today.”

The officer added: “What the Iraqi forces lost in the last month, four years after transition, is not a reflection of Marine efforts. If it is a reflection of anything, it is the nature of the Iraqi social fabric and long-suppressed civil discord.”

…Those who refuse to acknowledge the horror of what the U.S. government has done — and the horror of what they have done — are always led to the final redoubt of the blasted, shriveled, unrecognizable soul: Anything bad that has happened and that continues to happen is the fault of the Iraqis — those primitive, barbaric, uncivilized Iraqis. This is exactly what Hillary Clinton has said, as well as almost any politician you can name. We are expected to forget that the U.S. deliberately fomented “civil discord” (and “ethnic cleansing,” too) among the contending groups as a means of fostering “stability,” which they also knew would only be temporary in nature but would allow the U.S. to claim “victory” for a brief moment.

Siber kindly quotes from some of the articles I’ve written about Fallujah, detailing the horrors of the American chemical attack on the city, and its continuing aftermath. (But as you are going to read his piece in full, I won’t requote those bits here.) He also provides a sharply illuminating passage from Hannah Arendt, where she writes of “those who adamantly refused to be ‘participants’ in the Nazi regime.” Silber writes:

Arendt asks: “in what way were those few different who in all walks of life did not collaborate and refused to participate in public life, though they could not and did not rise in rebellion?” Here is part of her answer:

The answer to the … question is relatively simple: the nonparticipants, called irresponsible by the majority, were the only ones who dared judge by themselves, and they were capable of doing so not because they disposed of a better system of values or because the old standards of right and wrong were still firmly planted in their mind and conscience. On the contrary, all our experiences tell us that it was precisely the members of respectable society, who had not been touched by the intellectual and moral upheaval in the early stages of the Nazi period, who were the first to yield. They simply exchanged one system of values against another. I therefore would suggest that the nonparticipants were those whose consciences did not function in this, as it were, automatic way—as though we dispose of a set of learned or innate rules which we then apply to the particular case as it arises, so that every new experience or situation is already prejudged and we need only act out whatever we learned or possessed beforehand. Their criterion, I think, was a different one: they asked themselves to what extent they would still be able to live in peace with themselves after having committed certain deeds; and they decided that it would be better to do nothing, not because the world would then be changed for the better, but simply because only on this condition could they go on living with themselves at all. Hence, they also chose to die when they were forced to participate. To put it crudely, they refused to murder, not so much because they still held fast to the command “Thou shalt not kill,” but because they were unwilling to live together with a murderer—themselves. The precondition for this kind of judging is not a highly developed intelligence or sophistication in moral matters, but rather the disposition to live together explicitly with oneself, to have intercourse with oneself, that is, to be engaged in that silent dialogue between me and myself which, since Socrates and Plato, we usually call thinking. This kind of thinking, though at the root of all philosophical thought, is not technical and does not concern theoretical problems. The dividing line between those who want to think and therefore have to judge by themselves, and those who do not, strikes across all social and cultural or educational differences. In this respect, the total moral collapse of respectable society during the Hitler regime may teach us that under such circumstances those who cherish values and hold fast to moral norms and standards are not reliable: we now know that moral norms and standards can be changed overnight, and that all that then will be left is the mere habit of holding fast to something. Much more reliable will be the doubters and skeptics, not because skepticism is good or doubting wholesome, but because they are used to examine things and to make up their own minds. Best of all will be those who know only one thing for certain: that whatever else happens, as long as we live we shall have to live together with ourselves.

The story of Fallujah, and the war that engendered that atrocity — and the attitude toward that atrocity shown in the New York Time’s recent story — all speak plainly, despairingly of “the total moral collapse of respectable society” in this imperial age of ours. Silber concludes:

Our politicians, our military personnel, and many Americans still refuse to face honestly and completely the reality of what the U.S. did in Iraq, just as they refuse to recognize the blood-drenched reality of U.S. foreign policy in general. It is inconceivable that any of the catastrophic consequences of our actions, including the suffering of U.S. military personnel, should be our own responsibility. We therefore blame anything and anyone else, including the victims of our own crimes.

The article makes one further fact unavoidable: The U.S. government, and many Americans, are fully prepared to do it all again. Perhaps in the next year or two, perhaps further in the future, perhaps against Iran, perhaps against some other country that will be designated as the target of our next campaign of destruction once it has been suitably demonized. When that happens, we must resist in every way we can, and we must say, No.

Source : Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque

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Another burned and charred body

Nicolas J.S.Davies:

What people in Fallujah reported at the time was that US troops were burning and burying bodies and dumping others in the river, and that these were mostly of civilians.  This was to cover up the fact that the assault on Fallujah was largely a massacre of civilians.

There are more details in Chapter 11 of my book, but essentially this took place during the weeks after the massacre, before relief workers from Fallujah Hospital were finally allowed to enter the city on December 25th and 26th.  They went through six of the city’s 28 residential districts and found 700 bodies, of whom at least 550 were of women and children.  The Study Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Fallujah eventually estimated that 4,000 to 6,000 people were killed in the massacre, but the disposal of bodies by the marines makes this highly uncertain and likely to be a serious under-estimate.

The Fallujah Compensation Committee reported in March 2005 that the assault destroyed 36,000 homes, 9,000 shops, 65 mosques, 60 schools, both train stations, one of the two bridges, two power stations, three water treatment plants and the city’s entire sanitation and telephone systems.  Local authorities reported that 60% of houses were destroyed or uninhabitable.  There’s a first-hand account in my book by a Marine who watched the final bombardment and destruction of Fallujah from a position on the outskirts of the city.  He concluded, “This wasn’t a war, it was a massacre!”

Contemporary sources:

Peace!

Nicolas J “Sandy” Davies

Author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq.

Pickpocket: The pictures appear to show U.S. soldiers in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The code outlines that it is a crime to mishandle remains

http://www.brussellstribunal.org/article_view.asp?id=1347#.UtpYg9Jwbs0

17 JANUARY 1991 OPERATION DESERT STORM – THE ILLEGAL WAR OF AGGRESSION ON IRAQ

January 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Twenty three years ago the NIGHTMARE started in Iraq.

 Baghdad bombing
Twenty three years ago the NIGHTMARE started in Iraq.
 
The US/UK invasion of Iraq was an unlawful War of Aggression.
 
Violation of the laws which prevent a War of Aggression and a Crime Against Peace, are also arguably the worst crime a nation can commit.


17 JANUARY 1991 OPERATION DESERT STORM – THE ILLEGAL WAR OF AGGRESSION ON IRAQ –
below the list of the countries who participated:


Country & Number of TroopsUnited States 575,000 – 697,000
Saudi Arabia 52,000 – 100,000
United Kingdom 43,000 – 45,400
Egypt 33,600 – 35,000
France 18,000
Syria 14,500
Morocco 13,000
Kuwait 9,900
Oman 6,300
Pakistan 4,900
United Arab Emirates 4,300
Qatar 2,600
Bangladesh 2,200
Canada 2,000
Australia 1,800
Italy 1,200
Netherlands 600
Niger 600
Senegal 500
Spain 500
Bahrain 400
Belgium 400
Afghanistan 300
Argentina 300
Czechoslovakia 200
Greece 200
Poland 200
South Korea 200
Denmark 100
Hungary 50
Norway 280

Coalition Forces Strength:
956,600
1,820 fighters (1,376 American, 175 Saudi, 69 British, 42 French)
3,318 tanks
8 aircraft carriers
2 battleships
20 cruisers
20 destroyers
5 submarines

ANMA TOPLANTISI VE PANEL DUYURUSU

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KIRKUK CAR BOMB ATTACK

January 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

Kirkuk car bomb attack aug 16 2012

Civilians gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Kirkuk,  January 15, 2014.

Shocking photos emerge showing U.S. Marines burning bodies of Iraqi insurgents, posing for pictures with skeletons and even an enemy soldier’s remains being eaten by a dog as Pentagon launches probe

January 15, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Posted in Turkmens | 1 Comment
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Shocking photos emerge showing U.S. Marines burning bodies of Iraqi insurgents, posing for pictures with skeletons and even an enemy soldier’s remains being eaten by a dog as Pentagon launches probe

  • The explosive photographs, reportedly taken in Fallujah in 2004, have sparked a Marine Corps investigation
  • However, many of the 41 shots, obtained by TMZ, are just too grisly to publish
  • Two pictures show a Marine pouring gasoline on the enemy remains, another two images show the Iraqi soldiers going up in flames while a fifth picture captures the charred bodies
  • U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, determined the photos had not been brought to their attention before

By HELEN POW

PUBLISHED: 17:49 GMT, 15 January 2014 | UPDATED: 19:56 GMT, 15 January 2014

Shocking images depicting U.S. soldiers burning the bodies of what appear to be Iraqi insurgents, have emerged today.

The explosive photographs, reportedly taken in Fallujah in 2004, have already sparked a Marine Corps investigation, but many of the 41 gag-inducing shots are just too grisly to publish.

Two pictures show a Marine pouring what looks like gasoline on the remains of enemy soldiers and another two images appear to show the remains go up in flames. Two more capture the horrifically charred bodies.

WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC CONTENT 

Horrific: Shocking images depicting U.S. soldiers burning the bodies of what appear to be Iraqi insurgents, have emerged today
Horrific: Shocking images depicting U.S. soldiers burning the bodies of what appear to be Iraqi insurgents, have emerged today
Burning: The explosive photographs, reportedly taken in Fallujah in 2004, appear to show U.S. soldier pouring gasoline on the bodies of Iraqi insurgents
Burning: The explosive photographs, reportedly taken in Fallujah in 2004, appear to show U.S. soldier pouring gasoline on the bodies of Iraqi insurgents

The sick snaps were exclusively obtained by TMZ, who turned them over to the Pentagon last week, triggering the probe.

According to the website, U.S. Central Command, which is in charge of military operations in the Middle East, reviewed the photos to determine if they had been brought to their attention before.

They determined they had not.

Other horrific pictures show a Marine squatting next to a skull to pose for the camera. His U.S. military uniform is clear, on his face he wears a wide grin and he is pointing his gun at the skeleton.

Another picture shows a soldier rifling through the pockets of the scant remains of an Iraqi soldier.

TMZ said it has withheld the bulk of the images – including one showing a body being eaten by a dog – because they are just too graphic.

Grim: Many of the 41 gag-inducing shots are just too grisly to publish
Grim: Many of the 41 gag-inducing shots are just too grisly to publish
probe: The gruesome images have already sparked a Marine Corps investigation
probe: The gruesome images have already sparked a Marine Corps investigation
Charred: Two more pictures capture the horrifically charred bodies
Charred: Two more pictures capture the horrifically charred bodies

It reported seeing well over a dozen dead insurgents in total in the heinous pictures, in various states, including some covered in flies.

The Department of Defense said the pictures appear to show U.S. soldiers in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The code outlines that it is a crime to mishandle remains.

There is no statute of limitations on the crime, which means the Marines can be prosecuted even if they’re no longer active in the military. If convicted, the soldiers could go to prison.

‘We are aware of photos appearing on TMZ.com that depict individuals in U.S. Marine uniforms burning what appear to be human remains,’ Cmdr Bill Speaks, from the Secretary of Defense’s office, told MailOnline Wednesday.

Pentagon: The sick snaps were exclusively obtained by TMZ, who turned them over to the Pentagon last week, triggering the probe
Pentagon: The sick snaps were exclusively obtained by TMZ, who turned them over to the Pentagon last week, triggering the probe
Posing: Other horrific pictures show a Marine squatting next to a skull to pose for the camera. His U.S. military uniform is clear, on his face he wears a wide grin and he is pointing his gun at the skeleton
Posing: Other horrific pictures show a Marine squatting next to a skull to pose for the camera. His U.S. military uniform is clear, on his face he wears a wide grin and he is pointing his gun at the skeleton
Pickpocket: The Department of Defense said the pictures appear to show U.S. soldiers in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The code outlines that it is a crime to mishandle remains
Pickpocket: The Department of Defense said the pictures appear to show U.S. soldiers in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The code outlines that it is a crime to mishandle remains
 ‘The Marine Corps is currently investigating the veracity of these photos, circumstances involved, and if possible, the identities of the service members involved.

‘The findings from this investigation will determine whether we are able to move forward with any investigation into possible wrongdoing.’

Some have suggested the Marines may have been burning the remains as a sanitary measure.

However, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said the proper handling of war remains is set by U.S. military regulation and that the actions depicted in the photos ‘are not what we expect from our service members.’

Cmdr Speaks said the deplorable acts depicted in the images are not representative of the millions of hardworking men and women who have served in the Middle East.

‘The actions depicted in these photos are not what we expect from our service members, nor do they represent the honorable and professional service of the more than 2.5 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan,’ he told MailOnline.

In 2005 report, U.S. soldiers in Gumbad, Afghanistan were investigated for burning the bodies of two enemy fighters.

The men argued they set alight the corpses for hygienic reasons, after local citizens had not retrieved the bodies after 24 hours.

A report concluded that the action indicated poor judgement but was not a war crime.

It stated: ‘Based on the criminal investigation, there was no evidence to substantiate the allegation of desecration or any violation of the Law of War. However, there was evidence of poor decision-making and judgment, poor reporting and lack of knowledge and respect for local Afghan customs and tradition.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2539906/Shocking-photos-emerge-showing-U-S-Marines-burning-bodies-Iraqi-insurgents-posing-pictures-skeletons-enemy-soldiers-remains-eaten-dog-Pentagon-launches-probe.html

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2539906/Shocking-photos-emerge-showing-U-S-Marines-burning-bodies-Iraqi-insurgents-posing-pictures-skeletons-enemy-soldiers-remains-eaten-dog-Pentagon-launches-probe.html#ixzz2qVBdrqVZ

Iraqi Death Scene

Pics of Marines Burning Bodies

Trigger U.S. Military Investigation [PHOTOS]

1/15/2014 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The United States military is conducting a formal investigation into American soldiers burning the dead bodies of what appear to be Iraqi insurgents.

TMZ obtained 41 pictures that we’re told were shot in Fallujah in 2004.  Two pictures show a Marine appearing to pour gasoline or some other flammable on the remains of what officials believe are 2 insurgents.  Two other photos show the bodies on fire.  You then see charred remains.

Another photo shows a Marine crouched down next to a dead body and mugging for the camera.

Still another pic shows a Marine rifling through the pocket of the pants on a corpse.

We have not included all of the photos.  Many are just too gruesome.  There are well over a dozen bodies in the pics and some are covered with flies and one is being eaten by a dog.

We turned them all over to the Pentagon last week, and a Pentagon official tells us the pics have triggered a Marine Corps investigation.

We’re told U.S. Central Command — the organization in charge of military operations in the Middle East — also reviewed the photos to determine if they had been previously brought to their attention and determined they had not.

Col. Steve Warren, Director of Press Operations for the Dept. of Defense, tells TMZ … the pictures appear to show U.S. soldiers in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice … which makes it a crime to mishandle remains.

There is no statute of limitations on the crime — even if the soldiers are now private citizens … they can still be prosecuted, which could land them behind bars.

Col. Warren tells TMZ,  “The actions that are depicted in these photos are not in any way representative of the honorable, professional service of the 2 1/2  million service members who went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last decade.”

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/01/15/iraq-soldier-bodies-on-fire-marines-investigation-military-photos/#ixzz2qVGMssyd

 

The following comment is by Nicolas J “Sandy” Davies

Author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq.  

 

What people in Fallujah reported at the time was that US troops were burning and burying bodies and dumping others in the river, and that these were mostly of civilians.  This was to cover up the fact that the assault on Fallujah was largely a massacre of civilians.

 

There are more details in Chapter 11 of my book, but essentially this took place during the weeks after the massacre, before relief workers from Fallujah Hospital were finally allowed to enter the city on December 25th and 26th.  They went through six of the city’s 28 residential districts and found 700 bodies, of whom at least 550 were of women and children.  The Study Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Fallujah eventually estimated that 4,000 to 6,000 people were killed in the massacre, but the disposal of bodies by the marines makes this highly uncertain and likely to be a serious under-estimate.

 

The Fallujah Compensation Committee reported in March 2005 that the assault destroyed 36,000 homes, 9,000 shops, 65 mosques, 60 schools, both train stations, one of the two bridges, two power stations, three water treatment plants and the city’s entire sanitation and telephone systems.  Local authorities reported that 60% of houses were destroyed or uninhabitable.  There’s a first-hand account in my book by a Marine who watched the final bombardment and destruction of Fallujah from a position on the outskirts of the city.  He concluded, “This wasn’t a war, it was a massacre!”

 

Contemporary sources: http://www.antiwar.com/jamail/?articleid=8147    http://www.irinnews.org/printreport.aspx?reportid=24527

 

Peace!

Nicolas J “Sandy” Davies

Author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq.

 

In Iraq, Ban says political leaders must fulfil obligations to ensure social cohesion, protect citizens

January 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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In Iraq, Ban says political leaders must fulfil obligations to ensure social cohesion, protect citizens

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=46915&Cr=Iraq&Cr1=#.UtVAVdJDuCA

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and Prime Minister Nouri Kamel al-Maliki brief the press in Baghdad. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

13 January 2014 – Voicing concern about the deteriorating security in parts of Iraq, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all political leaders to unite against terrorism and work together to stabilize the country and stop the “senseless deaths of Iraqi women, children and men.”

“We agreed that the challenges facing Iraq require all political leaders to fulfil their responsibilities to ensure social cohesion, dialogue and progress over political obstacles,” Mr. Ban said, speaking alongside Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, following their meeting in Baghdad.

He also met with the Vice-President, the Foreign Minister, the Speaker of the Council of Representatives and President of the Independent High Electoral Commission.

“The people of Iraq are looking to their leaders for tangible benefits and a better future,” he added, noting that the parliamentary elections due to held in April are an “opportunity” to deliver on these legitimate expectations.

Urging Iraq’s leaders to address root causes of the current wave of unrest, ensuring that “nobody is left behind,” Mr. Ban encouraged measures to strengthen the country’s social fabric – through political participation, democratic processes and institutions, respect for the rule of law and human rights, and inclusive development.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meet Sarbast Mustafa, Chairman of the IHEC-Independent High Electoral Commission. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe


“Iraq’s leaders have always a grave responsibility to protect the security and welfare of the Iraqi people,” the UN chief said. He added that leaders must find common ground and that he counts on them to show “courage, wisdom, persistence and vision”.

Last Friday, the Security Council in New York strongly deplored ongoing clashes in the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar province, condemning attacks being carried out by Al-Qaida-linked militants and stressing the critical importance of continued national dialogue and unity.

In its statement, the 15-member Council welcomed comments from Grand Ayatollah Sistani welcoming internally displaced residents of Anbar to Najaf and Karbala, as well as the commitment of a number of communities – Sunni, Shia and Kurd – to meet the needs of the displaced.

In his remarks, Mr. Ban also welcomed the reinvigorated dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil, and agreements reached on revenue sharing and security arrangements with the Kurdistan region.

“I hope leaders will seize this opportunity,” he said, emphasizing that there is “no alternative to a united, federal and democratic Iraq”.

Mr. Ban is in the region ahead of a humanitarian pledging conference for Syria he will chair on Wednesday in Kuwait. The conference, hosted by Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, aims to raise $6.5 billion through 2014 for displaced Syrians and those seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, including Iraq.

Speaking at the press briefing, Mr. Ban thanked Iraq for its “general support” to the more than 220,000 Syrians in the country, and urged Member States to step up their funding and assistance to countries hosting refugees from the country. Since the conflict first erupted in March 2011, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions driven from their homes, of whom 2 million are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

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