June 27, 2014 at 11:51 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

 Iraq crisis: Villagers sprayed with bullets as they fled black flags of Isis


Turkmens wait warily as Kirkuk’s fate in limbo in Iraq


Iraqi Turkmen call on Turkey to act on ISIL



Israel tells U.S. Kurdish independence is “foregone conclusion”





Nickolay Mladenov (UNAMI) on the situation in Iraq – Press Conference

June 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

Nickolay Mladenov (UNAMI) on the situation in Iraq – Press Conference

25 Jun 2014 – Briefing by Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on the situation in Iraq (via video-link).



June 24, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

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Articles about the situation in the Turkmen region in Iraq

June 24, 2014 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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AFP Sunday 22ND June 2014 – ISIS returns 15 bodies of inhabitants of the Shiite Turkmen village of BASHIR, at the South of Kirkuk, who were killed during the attack on the village by ISIS last week

L’Etat islamique en Irak et au Levant (EIIL) a rendu, dimanche 22 juin, 15 corps d’habitants du village chiite et turkmène Al-Bachir, au Sud de Kirkouk, tués lors de l’attaque du village par l’EIIL la semaine dernière.

Video Durée: 00:32


 ON TARGET: Iraq’s complexities befuddle media

Published June 22, 2014 – 3:56pm

Scott Taylor is Canadian, he is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. In 2004 he wrote a book entitled: “AMONG THE OTHERS” Encounters with the forgotten Turkmen of Iraq. Published in Canada ESPRIT DE CORPS BOOKS ISBN 1-895896-26-6


  The Fall of Tal Afar and the Situation of Turkmens
Bilgay Duman, ORSAM Middle East Researchers



After the fall of BESHIR in the hands of ISIL terrorists, the men (from 15 to 50 years old) of the Turkmen city of TAZA are on the alert to protect their city. All the women and children have fled.



İŞİD’e Destek verenler veya Sevenler Kına Yaksınlar 15 Şehit Cesed’ini Buğün o Terör Arablar Beşir’li Türkmenlere verdiler.  video

23 Turkmens were killed in Biravcılı Tuz Khurmatu, IRAQ   VIDEO

Türkmen Elımden Acı Haber geliyor Müsait Değiliz Tirene Bakıyoruz

IŞİD Türkmen köyünü bastı, 23 TÜRKMENİ ÖLDÜRDÜ….!
Irak’ta Tuzhurmatu ilçesine bağlı Biravcılı köyünü basan IŞİD militanları 3’ü kadın 23 Türkmen’i öldürdü.
Köye girmek isteyen IŞİD militanları ile Türkmenler’in yaklaşık 3 saat çatıştığı, köye girmeyi başaran IŞID militanlarının 23 Şii Türkmen’i kurşuna dizdiği öğrenildi. Saldırı sonrası bazı evleri de yakan IŞİD militanları köyden ayrılırken, köyde yaşayanlar cenazelerini de alarak diğer ilçelere kaçtı.



Turkmen Volunteers Fight ISIL Militants Near Kirkuk
Volunteer fighters near the northern Shi’ite Turkoman village of Basheer outside Kirkuk fired rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons at radical Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on June 20.    VIDEO




21ST June 2014 – IRAQI TURKMENS, and their friends from the Turkic world demonstrated in The Hague in front of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to denounce the ethnic cleansing of Turkmens in Iraq by the fanatic ISIS terrorists. Photo album on my page on FB


Note : Iraqi Turkmens held meetings /demonstrations in Australia, London, Ankara, Istanbul, Adana, and several other cities in Turkey.



BESHIR, twice a martyred village, under the chauvinistic Baath regime and now under terrorist ISIS  VIDEO


 Kerkük’e Bağlı Tazehurmatu Nahiyesi bugün matemdeydi.

15 Beşirli şehit nahiyedeki Şehitler Mezarlığında toprağa verildi.
IŞİD militanlarının kontrolündeki Beşir köyü bir haftadan beri hayalet köy.
Cenaze merasiminde,gözyaşı,feryat,tekbir,hüzün ve ağlama sesleri birbirine karıştı.Ruhunuz Şad olsun.


Iraqi Turkmen feel abandoned by Turkey



Shiite Turkmens flee Kirkuk due to ISIL attacks


 Kurdish control over Iraq’s Kirkuk raises fears for city’s residents –

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IŞİD Türkmen köyünü bastı, 23 TÜRK İNFAZ EDİLDİ!  VIDEO



TELLAFER KAN AĞLIYOR VARMI BİR DUYAN, Türklük Yok olmuş Yokmu İnsanlık.
Tercümana Gerek Yok Türkça Konuşuyorlar, Türküz Diyorlar



IRAQ – Turkmen village BESHIR annexed by ISIS

In this article published in LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR they say that peshmerga colonel Abdel Fattah Jalal Mohammed now working for the Kurdish police arrived in Beshir as a GANG LEADER after the fight, with 2 big 4×4. The peshmerga did not come alone, they came with KURDISH LOOTERS. The Colonel knows they are looters and he does nothing to stop them







ITF EU Representative Dr Hassan Aydinli speaking in Antwerp, Belgium at Workshop: “Archival Awareness” – PRESERVING THE UNIQUE HERITAGE OF INDIGENOUS CULTURES-

June 24, 2014 at 2:59 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraqi Turkmen Front EU representative Dr Hassan Aydinli speaking in Antwerp, Belgium  on 31/03/2014 at Workshop: “Archival Awareness” – PRESERVING THE UNIQUE HERITAGE OF INDIGENOUS CULTURES- at the ADVN- Archives and Research Centre.

In view of the clear need of providing new models to make a minority dimension work within the framework of multinational states, UNPO embarked on a landmark initiative dedicated specifically to exploring the different dimensions of the concept of self-determination. This initiative combined a range of different activities, in which the participants took part not only as passive learners, but were given the opportunity to influence the course of the different events, express their viewpoints and articulate their demands for self-determination.

The Archival Awareness Workshop workshop was organized by UNPO in cooperation with NISE (National movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe) in the Flemish city of Antwerp, the academic support  of CIEMEN, Centre Maurits Coppieters and UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya).

The Workshop explored how archives can be used to share knowledge and best practices on issues pertinent to the preservation of social, cultural and economic rights.

The workshop was led by a team of experts in the field of archival management, including specialists on minority rights and indigenous archives.

Back in July 2013 at the side-event organized by UNPO at the United Nations in Geneva, Dr. Hassan Aydinli had made a presentation on land grabbing in the Turkmen region in northern Iraq, he had explained how the properties and agricultural lands of his  family and of all the inhabitants of his village, Beshir, had been confiscated under the arabisation programme of the Ba’ath regime. Some time later Mr. Marino Busdachin, Secretary General of UNPO had told Dr. Aydinli that UNPO would be organizing an event in Belgium where he would have the opportunity to  present the case of the land grabbing  of his agricultural lands by the Ba’ath regime to an audience of experts in the field of archival management and specialists on minority rights.

In February 2014 Mrs. Maud Van Walleghem of UNPO informed Dr. Aydinli  that they were organizing a two days Conference-Workshop on Self-Determination in the 21st century in Brussels and Antwerp, and she asked if he would be interested to present the case of  confiscation of his agricultural lands as a ‘case study’ at this conference which would be held on 31st March 2014.  Mrs. Maud Van Walleghem also asked if he could bring along the copies of his family deeds to show them to the experts who would be present.  Dr. Hassan Aydinli accepted to participate at the Workshop in Antwerp and at the Conference in Brussels which would take place on the following day.

In his presentation Dr Hassan Aydinli – speaking of the case of the Turkmen village of  BESHIR in northern Iraq where the properties and agricultural lands of the inhabitants were illegally confiscated under the arabization policy of the Ba’ath regime thirty years ago – stressed the importance of keeping personal archives. Especially given the fact that on 10th April 2003 the Kurdish militias (Peshmerga) had invaded Kirkuk and had put fire to the Property and Land Registry buildings in order to destroy all the property and land deeds belonging to the Turkmens.

One of the experts on the panel intervened to qualify this despicable act as a serious crime called  ‘ARCHICIDE‘ i.e. the killing of archives.

Dr. Aydinli explained that his family who  had kept their deeds at home, had submitted their files containing copies of their property deeds to the Property Claims Commission in view of recuperating their agricultural lands.

He added that unfortunately,  ten years after submitting their files to the Property Claims Commission, his family has only recuperated one piece of land from the sixteen pieces of agricultural lands which were confiscated under the previous regime.





La Turquie appelle les Turkmènes à quitter l’Irak

June 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

 La Turquie appelle les Turkmènes à quitter l’Irak


Le Bureau de la crise en Irak mis sur pied par le ministère des Affaires étrangères turc vendredi dernier après la prise par des militants de l’Etat islamique en Irak et au Levant (EIIL) du Consulat turc de Mossoul la semaine dernière, a appelé les Turkmènes d’Irak à quitter le pays le plus tôt possible. Dans un communiqué publié lundi, le Bureau a précisé que les efforts de la Turquie pour assurer la libération des 80 Turcs enlevés à Mossoul étaient toujours en cours.

Les incidents risquent de prendre la forme d’un conflit interconfessionnel

Selon le communiqué, la violence déployée affecte plusieurs zones irakiennes et les affrontements entre les militants de l’EIIL et les forces armées irakiennes continuent. «Il n’y a pas eu d’amélioration en termes de sécurité dans le pays. Nous avons appris que l’EIIL avait intensifié son action sur le quartier de Tall Afar à prédominance turkmène à Mossoul la nuit dernière et qu’il l’avait finalement pris. Les incidents violents du pays risquent de se transformer en conflit interconfessionnel à grande échelle», disait le communiqué.

Les Turkmènes appelés à quitter le pays au plus vite

Le Bureau a appelé les Turkmènes résidant à Mossoul, Kirkuk, Anbar, Diyala et Bagdad à prendre les précautions nécessaires afin d’assurer leur sécurité et les a exhortés à quitter le pays le plus tôt possible. La déclaration recommandait également aux Turkmènes d’éviter de se déplacer près de ces villes. Le Bureau a indiqué que des vols Turkish airlines vers la Turquie étaient toujours prévus depuis les aéroports de Bagdad, Basra, Najaf, Souleimaniye et Erbil. «Les Turkmènes souhaitant quitter l’Irak peuvent s’inscrire auprès du Bureau pour obtenir de l’aide ou se rendre à l’ambassade de Turquie à Bagdad ou dans les Consulats turcs de Basra et Erbil», a déclaré le Bureau.

Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse

June 12, 2014 at 12:12 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment


Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) made dramatic advances across northern Iraq on June 10. Building upon its success in Mosul in Ninewa, ISIS pushed southward into Salahaddin and Kirkuk provinces. The government appeared completely ineffectual as the crisis unfolded. More importantly, the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) collapsed in several cities hardly putting up a fight. This has left the Islamic State in control of a large swath of northern Iraq exponentially speeding up their plans to march towards Baghdad.







June 10 ISIS moved down from Mosul through Shirqat and part of Baiji to threaten Tikrit (Wikipedia)   ISIS also able to seize control of western Kirkuk’s Zab, Hawija, Abassi, Riyad, and Rashad (United States Institute of Peace)   June 10, 2014 started with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIS) surprising victory in Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. According to two stories, the Federal Police in the city were ordered to withdraw from their posts with no information about where they were to regroup or what to do with their equipment. The ground forces commander General Ali Ghidan, joint operations commander General Abbud Qanbar, and Ninewa Operations commander Gen. Mahdi Sabah Azzawi al-Gharawi all fled the city as well.


Those two events led to the general collapse of the security forces many of which left behind all their equipment, shed their uniforms and joined the exodus of citizens to Baghdad and Kurdistan. The taking of Mosul provided ISIS with a huge amount of resources. First it took over several banks, which were said to hold up to $420 million. That will be used to finance the on going offensive. It freed several hundred prisoners from Badush prison outside of Mosul and other jails. Many of these detainees were ISIS fighters and they will likely rejoin the fight. Speaker Osama Nujafi who hails from Mosul also said that the insurgents were able to seize some army helicopters at a military air base. This was a shocking turn of events. Early reports seemed to have reinforcements and the army air force heading towards Mosul just after the government had been able to re-take Samarra in Salahaddin the day before.


ISIS was pushed back to just the eastern side of the city. Then the order to withdraw and the departure of the three generals seemed to cause a panic and everything went south afterward. With that huge victory the Islamic State decided to push the matter and drove towards Baghdad. Iraqi police uniforms strewn across highway leading out of Mosul symbolizing the collapse and retreat of the security forces in the city (via Liz Sly)   ISIS was able to seize several towns and cities in Salahaddin and Kirkuk provinces with hardly any effort as the ISF collapsed before it. ISIS seemed to split its forces and took Highways 1 and 80 south. The former leads into northern Salahaddin where ISIS was quickly able to conquerShirqat district. It then moved farther down the highway where it took Baiji, burning down the city’s police station, and seizing a large army depotwith arms and ammunition that had been abandoned without a fight.


In neighboring Kirkuk it took most of the western section of the governorate. It conquered Zab, Hawija, Abbasi, Riyad, and Rashad. The head of the Hawija council said that the army and police had been ordered to withdraw form the area allowing ISIS to take another section of the country without firing a shot. The neighboring area of Sulaiman Bek in Salahaddin fell at around the same time again with the police fleeing as well. A Federal Police unit did resist along the Kirkuk-Baghdad Highway 3 but were forced back. By the end of the day there were reports that ISIS had seized checkpoints to the north and to the east of Tikrit, and was fighting over the air base north of the city. This was a dramatic advance across the northern section of the country. It left ISIS in control of parts of three provinces. It has also greatly increased its threat to the central government and put them at the cusp of threatening Baghdad. With its existing bases in Anbar, northern Babil, and eastern Diyala it has surrounded the capital probably faster then even it expected.


The government was caught completely off guard by these developments. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki set up a special crisis unit to deal with the deteriorating security situation, and threatened punishment for any members of the ISF that abandoned their posts. He also proclaimed that the government would retake Mosul in 24 hours. There was word that the Defense Ministry was sending special forces to do just that. In Kirkuk a joint peshmerga and army aviation operation was supposed to have secured the border with Ninewa in Hawija, but that was seemingly pushed aside or never occurred as ISIS took the area. Finally Maliki called on parliament to declare a state of emergency, while the lawmakers said they would have a special session on Mosul on Thursday June 12. Since Maliki controls the Defense and Interior Ministries, the intelligence agencies, and is the commander and chief of the security forces it is not clear what additional powers he would gain from a state of emergency. It would also take the parliament agreeing on giving a premier many dislike greater strength. Finally, by the time the legislature convened on June 12 the security situation may be so bad that ISIS is at the gates of Baghdad.


It seems like the government was completely disconnected from the situation on the ground, and could wait a few days to even discuss the matter. With that type of leadership it was no wonder that the Islamic State was able to sweep across Ninewa, Salahaddin and Kirkuk in just one day.   ISIS probably never imagined they would have so much success in Iraq in such a short period of time. There was some precedent however as Fallujah fell within a day in December 2013, and most of Anbar quickly followed.


The Islamic State can be expected to move towards Kirkuk, but more importantly continue its move down Highway 1, which would take it through Tikrit to Samarra to Taji and then Baghdad itself. It may even push in from its bases in Anbar to the west, Diyala in the east and Babil from the south. The question is whether the ISF will be able to rally itself and put up some kind of resistance. The Shiite militias, which are already deployed to Anbar, Baghdad and Diyala may be used as well since the closer the insurgency comes to the capital, the greater the existential threat will be to the government forcing it to turn more and more to irregular forces to bolster the army and police. There are still plenty of units Maliki can draw on from southern Iraq and there has been a call for volunteers in that region as well to help the security forces.


This is very similar to the 2004 uprising by the insurgency. Then too the ISF collapsed. The difference today is that the militants are far more homogenous with the Islamic State by far the largest and most powerful and the driver of this current wave of violence. The United States is also not on the ground to save the government. That makes the outcome of this conflict all the more unpredictable. Even if the ISF were able to retake some of these cities it has consistently proven in Anbar and Babil that it cannot hold the territory afterward. That probably means at minimum ISIS has greatly expanded its operational borders.


For the government, Maliki has to work quickly and decisively to regain territory something he did not show on June 10.

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