Iraqi Turkmens say they are left alone against ISIL

October 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

Iraqi Turkmens say they are left alone against ISIL

Iraqi Turkmens say they are left alone against ISIL

Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITC) officials attend a news conference in Kirkuk on Saturday. (Photo: Cihan)

October 26, 2014, Sunday/ 17:49:55/ TODAY’S ZAMAN / ISTANBUL

Iraqi Turkmens who have been the target of the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for months said on Saturday in a press conference in Kirkuk that they have been abandoned, especially by the Western world, to face the atrocities of ISIL.

The press conference was held by the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITC) to call for help against ISIL attacks on Turkmen areas. ITC Kirkuk represent

ative Mehmet Saman said Turkmens did not receive the same interest from the United Nations and the Western world that Yazidis and Christians received in the face of ISIL attacks. He said the Iraqi government has also abandoned them.

The ITC called for a campaign to provide immediate relief for Turkmen areas that are under ISIL control. According to Saman, Turkmens are forced to migrate under very difficult conditions.
In June, ISIL captured a predominantly Turkmen town in Iraq, Tal Afar, which alarmed the country’s Turkmen community, half of which are Shiites — the extremist group’s stated target

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