IRAQ: No end to the attacks organized against the Turkmens

September 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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There is no end to the attacks organized against Turkmen. This morning the bodyguard of ‎Head of Kirkuk Province Assembly Hasan Turan was attacked at gunpoint. The attack took ‎place in front of bodyguard Abdulemir Muhammet’s residence in the
El Hadra neighborhood by unknown assailants. Abdulemir Muhammet was seriously ‎wounded. ‎

Head of Kirkuk Province Assembly Hasan Turan and province assembly member Kasım ‎Hamza visited the wounded bodyguard Abdulemir Muhammet in hospital. The visitors bid ‎him a speedy recovery. Abdulemir Muhammet who was lucky to escape the attack with ‎injuries narrated the events. ‎
He said that when he left his house to go to work in the morning an Opel brand car with three ‎armed persons inside drove toward him and opened fire; although he got multiple hits he ‎continued to fight back with his licensed weapon. Abdulemir Muhammet said he was lucky to ‎be alive and that the security in Kirkuk was in need of vast improvement. ‎
It is a known fact that Turkmen health worker Ekrem Şakir Şükür was kidnapped by unknown ‎persons last night in Kirkuk’s El Gırnata region. Security organizations are investigating the ‎event. ‎

Tensions in and around Iraq’s Kerkuk ebb and flow, by Joel Wing

April 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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 Tensions In And Around Iraq’s Kirkuk Ebb And Flow

Monday, April 11, 2011

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 Tensions in Iraq’s Tamim province have been on the rise recently. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) decided to deploy peshmerga west of Kirkuk in February to counter demonstrations there. Then a political deal was cut between the Kurdish Alliance and the Turkmen Front to divide up to the two top posts in the governorate, angering the Arabs. Finally, a fight erupted between Turkmen and Kurdish students at a school in Kirkuk. These recent events all express the on-going disputes between the major communities within the governorate.

On April 5, 2011 the Deputy Peshmerga Minister from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced that the peshmerga were withdrawing from western Tamim province, and that their positions would be turned over to the Americans. They are to eventually give way to joint U.S.-Iraqi-Peshmerga checkpoints. The U.S. military and Baghdad negotiated the pullout. The Kurds had actually begun removing their forces on March 28

The peshmerga were deployed to western Tamim on February 24. This was in anticipation of the Day of Rage national protests in Iraq. On February 25 there were violent protests in the towns of Riyadh and Hawija, some of which focused their anger upon the Kurdish presence in the province. The KRG claimed that their forces were in the area to counter terrorists and Al Qaeda who were trying to exploit the demonstrations. The real reason was to suppress further marches. Now that they have subsided, the peshmerga are ready to exit, defusing one major crisis in Tamim.

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ITF candidate Hasan Turan has been nominated for the position of new Head of Kirkuk province assembly

March 18, 2011 at 9:47 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Hasan Turan is candidate for Head of Kirkuk Province Assembly

18 March 2011, Friday.

ITF candidate Hasan Turan has been nominated for the position of new Head of Kirkuk province assembly which has been vacated 
The Iraqi Turkmen Front candidate Hasan Turan has been nominated for the position of new Head of Kirkuk province assembly which has been vacated. It is evident that the groups in Kirkuk are united regarding the candidacy of Hasan Turan.
It is highly likely that the Iraqi Turkmen Front candidate Hasan Turan shall be elected as head of province assembly while Kirkuk Member of Parliament from the Kurdistan Alliance list Dr.Necmetti Kerim shall be elected governor of Kirkuk in the elections to be held next week.

Tensions rise in Iraq’s Kirkuk as Kurdish leader sends in militias

March 2, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Tensions rise in Iraq’s Kirkuk as Kurdish leader sends in militias

 By Nidhal al-Laithi

 Azzaman, March 2,2011

Tensions are high in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk as the head of Kurdish autonomous region has deployed new units of his Kurdish militias known locally as Peshmerga.

 Massoud Barzani, in comments on his decision to send in his militias, said he wanted to protect the Kurds in the city. However, he did not say from whom.

 The presence of Kurdish militias has ignited harsh criticism from both Arab and Turkmen communities in Kirkuk who charge that the Kurds are intent to resort to force to annex the city.

The beleaguered Barzani faces tough choices as tens of thousands of Kurds have been shouting for the first time slogans demanding his departure.

 His decision to send in his militias to quell demonstrations in the northern Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya was met with a barrage of criticism and further defiance by the protesters.

 The heavily armed Kurdish militias arrived in Kirkuk shortly before the city authorities had decided to clamp a 24 hour curfew early this week.

 Some 5,000 Kurdish militiamen were sent to the city by Barzani.

 Kirkuk is part of the so-called disputed territory over which Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen are battling

 Hassan Turhan of the Turkmen Front, a political umbrella, denounced the deployment of Kurdish militias in Kirkuk, and asked from their withdrawal.

 “We the Turkmen reject the presence of Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk because it clearly violates paragraph 121 of the constitution,” Turhan said.

 Reports from Kirkuk say Barzani sent in additional militias as his opponents were preparing for a protest against Kurdish practices in the city and the deteriorating conditions of public services.

 Barzani controls the city through his militias and has so far turned down calls by Arabs and Turkmen for them to be replaced by Iraqi troops.

 Both Arabs and Turkmen fear that Barzani “has political objectives behind his decision to deploy Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk,” Turhan said.

 But Turhan said he and his Arab allies were trying their best not to let the situation escalate.

The Province That Stood Up For Itself

January 29, 2011 at 11:11 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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The Province That Stood Up For Itself

January 26, 2011

Officials in Kirkuk decided to cut the electricity supply to the national grid to protest the lack of power in the oil rich city for more than 20 hours every day.

Abdulrahman Mustafa, Governor of Kirkuk said, “Kirkuk has cut the electricity that is generated in the province from the national grid, and has decided to supply Kirkuk province alone until the Ministry of Electricity responds to our needs”.

Supply to the national grid was cut in the presence of the commanders of police and Peshmerga after the first decision of its kind agreed between the residents of this multi-ethnic city. It was approved by the representatives of the Turkoman, Arab and Kurd groups, Monday 17th January.

Hasan Torhan, Turkoman member of the provincial council, said in a joint press conference, that all the members were agreed on this issue:

“We might have political differences, but we unite to provide services for our province. What prompted us to make this decision is the stance of the people of Altun Kopri (town) who strongly protested the lack of electricity and threatened to burn down the governorate building if they do not get their fair share of electricity.

“Let the government in Baghdad be informed that the world has become a small village and that what took place in Tunisia has reached a small town in Kirkuk (province) and can spread to every city in Iraq. We used to get four hours of electricity in a day, and now we have almost 14.

“The Ministry of Electricity has double standards regarding distribution of power to the provinces. We have in our possession documents that show that while the residents of KIrkuk get four hours per day, some other provinces get 10 hours or more. We contacted the deputy minister and the deputy Prime minister for energy, but they gave us nothing but empty promises.

“This is why we made a decision that will force the government to respond to our demands. And this is what happened: As soon as the electricity supply was cut, PM al Maliki sent a delegation from the ministry, and we will discuss with them the matter of justice for Kirkuk in power supply.

“Kirkuk is not the only province suffering from discrimination in this matter. The situation is the same in Mosul, some areas of Baghdad and some other provinces”.

Razkar Ali Hama Jan, Head of the Kirkuk Provincial Council:

“It is shameful for some officials to adopt discriminative and favouratist treatment with the provinces. They inmplement one policy in Kirkuk, Salahuddin (Sunni majority), and even some neighbourhoods of Baghdad, that has increased the suffering of their residents in comparison with the mid and southern (Shiite majority) provinces. The provincial council will file a formal complaint against the ministry for unjust distribution of electricity theough the national grid”.

After hearing all this, I just had to check. How much truth was there in these allegations of discrimination according to sect, so I spoke to our stringers in the provinces and asked for official electricity figures – And this is what I got:

Province                Hours of power in 24 hours            Population

Wasit                         10 – 12                                    Shiite majority

Amara                        10 – 12                                     Shiite majority

Basra                         10 – 12                                     Shiite majority 

Thi Qar                      12                                           Shiite majority

Muthanna                   12                                            Shiite majority

Babil                          12                                           Shiite majority

Diwaniyah                   12                                           Shiite majority

Diyala                        8                                               Mixed

Nineveh                     2 – 4                                       Sunni Majority

Kirkuk                        4                                            Sunni majority

Anbar                         4 – 5                                       Sunni majority


My neighbourhood      4

Although these are not all the provinces, the pattern is clear. Even I was surprised.

And Diyala is funny – Truely mixed!

Demand for electricity in Iraq today is estimated to be around 12 – 14 mw, and supply is just over 6 mw. Experts say that Iraq is not likely to be in a position to supply that much power before 2014.         

Iraqi Turkmens gathered in the Netherlands to commemorate the 51st Anniversary of the 1959 Kerkuk massacre

July 19, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Beverwijk, The Netherlands –

On Sunday 18th July 2010 IRAQI TURKMENS commemorated the 51st Anniversary of the 1959 Kerkuk massacre of Turkmens by the Communists and Kurds

Two Turkmen representatives from KERKUK were present:

Mr. Ershad Salihi, Member of Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) Executive Committee, ITF Kerkuk representative and Member of the Iraqi Parliament


Mr. Hasan Turan, Member of Kerkuk Provincial Council


From Belgium:

Dr. Hassan Aydinli, Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) E.U. representative


From The Netherlands:

Mr. Abbas Kasap, Mr. Sabah Mardan, Mr. Nail Hasip, Mr. Bayatli, and many more Turkmens from the Diaspora participated.

One of the participants read a message from Mr. Ghanem Authman, ITF Berlin, who was unable to attend this event.

A representative of the Uighur (East Turkestan) community in the Netherlands and a representative of the Azerbaijani community in the Netherlands also attended to show their support for their Turkmen brothers.

From left to right: Dr. Hasan Aydinli, Mr. Ershat Salihi, Mr. Hasan Turan

ITF E.U. Representative Dr. Hassan Aydinli

Mr. Ersat Salihi, Member of the Iraqi Parliament, Iraqi Turkmen Front Kerkuk representative

Mr. Hasan Turan, Member of Kerkuk Provincial Council

Mr. Abbas Kasap

Mr. Sabah Mardan, Dr. Hasan Aydinli, Mr. Ershad Salihi

A representative of the Uyghur people (East Turkestan) joined the commemoration

Photo of some of the Turkmens who attended

Young Huseyin Bayatli

Hasan Turan, a Turkmen member of Kerkuk’s provincial council: The best solution is to make Kerkuk an independent federal region

December 18, 2009 at 11:28 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Unresolved issues could return – Kerkuk uneasy despite parliamentary deal

By Samah Samad
Friday, 18 December 2009

The recently-brokered compromise over Iraq’s election law may have paved the way for the country’s first national polls in four years, but it has failed to satisfy the concerns of some residents of the oil-rich Kirkuk region. A last-minute deal on December 6 broke the political deadlock over the revised election law by defusing a conflict over parliamentary seats for Kirkuk’s ethnically-based political parties, which represent the region’s Kurdish, Turkoman and Arab communities.

While Arabs wanted to use the food ration records of 2004 as a guide to population breakdown – figures which reflected the situation immediately after the fall of Saddam Hussein – Kurds prefer the 2009 records, which showed a change in ethnic profile.

The impasse, which had threatened to derail Iraqi elections and potentially stall the United States withdrawal, stemmed from Arab and Turkoman claims that Kirkuk’s predominantly Kurdish government had relocated Kurdish families to the area in order to increase their share of the region’s electorate.

The Kurds says the Kurdish families were merely returning to homes from which they were forced by the former Baathist regime during its Arabisation policy in the 1980s.
At one stage in the Kirkuk debate in Baghdad, there was even a proposal that Kirkuk be excluded from the national vote until the controversy was resolved. However, after heavy lobbying from the US, a deal was struck increasing Kirkuk’s parliamentary seats from nine to 12, allowing for a more satisfactory representation of the region’s communities. Also, the newly-agreed election law provided all factions throughout the country with a legal right to investigate any potential fraud allegations that might arise during the election.

At stake is the formation of a new government that will be charged with handling Kirkuk’s rival ethnic groups as well as establishing revenue-sharing deals for the area’s rich oilfields. But critics say that the election deal has provided only a temporary solution for many underlying issues, not least the question of Kirkuk’s future status.

With the election law resolved for the moment, an outstanding issue remains the so-called Kirkuk referendum, a poll on whether Kirkuk and other Kurdish regions in Iraqi governorates should come under the jurisdiction of semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan. Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution states that the Kirkuk referendum will determine the fate of Kirkuk province but that certain measures must be taken first: a reversal of the displacement caused by the Arabisation policy followed by a census. The referendum has been postponed indefinitely until this process has been completed.

The struggle for control of Kirkuk centres on the area’s lucrative energy resources. Government figures state that Kirkuk already produces 25 per cent of Iraq’s oil output. Since the US-led invasion of 2003, analysts have speculated that a scramble for the province’s oilfields might lead to ethnic tensions that could both destabilise Iraq and spread beyond its borders. “Most of the debates in Baghdad’s parliament during the election law row were about Kirkuk, so it’s easy to see the [province’s] importance and political value,” said Khalid Suleiman, a Middle East analyst for London’s Al-Hayat newspaper. “Kirkuk is being watched closely by the international community and neighbouring countries in particular. If Kerkuk is torn apart, all of Iraq will be destroyed.”

For the province’s Arab and Turkmen, the brokering of the election law has done little to address their concerns over the future of the region.

Hasan Turan, a Turkmen member of Kerkuk’s provincial council, has little hope that the upcoming national poll will benefit Kerkuk. Because the vote is for representatives in Baghdad, he doesn’t believe there will be much of an improvement in the lives of Kerkuk residents.

Kirkuk’s last election was in 2005. Due to disagreement between its political parties on a power-sharing agreement, the region missed the provincial elections held in January. Turan believes the upcoming vote will be marred by the stipulation in the new election law that endorses investigations into allegations of voter irregularity. “The Turkmens  and Arabs have already asked to review the Kerkuk electoral register before the election, so what will happen after the election?” Turan said.

Turan claimed the outcome of the new election was a foregone conclusion due to what he said were 400,000 new Kurdish immigrants. “The Kurds don’t believe in power sharing or the political process. They want to impose hegemony on Kerkuk and annex it to the Kurdistan region. This is unacceptable for the rest of the communities,” he said. “The best solution is to make Kerkuk an independent federal region, this is what the Turkmens are calling for.”

The charge of demographic meddling was strongly denied by Kirkuk’s Kurdish governor Abdul Rahman Mustafa, who insisted that the province’s political disputes would be resolved through Article 140 of the constitution.

But critics see the implementation of Article 140 as only benefitting the Kurds.”We, the Arabs, don’t accept Article 140 as the only solution at all,” said Khalil Muhammad, a Sunni Arab member of the Kirkuk provincial council. Muhammad also criticised the new election law for awarding Kirkuk only an additional three lawmakers. He added that he was not satisfied with the new law, but that it was an acceptable compromise necessary to allow the national election to go forward. “The people can now choose who will serve [Kirkuk], but only if the representatives are chosen through a free and clean election,” Muhammad said.

Others worry that the everyday concerns of locals in Kirkuk are being lost amid debates over oil revenue and political leadership.”The central government and the international community should find a good solution that provides rights to all ethnic and minority groups,” said Suhad Majid, a Turkoman who teaches in a secondary school in Kerkuk. “Another problem is that the voices of the citizens are not heard.”

Global Arab Network

Samah Samad is an IWPR-trained reporter in Kirkuk. This article originally appeared in [Iraqi Crisis Report], produced by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting,

حسن توران لقناة العراقية : نطالب بسن قانون جديد للانتخابات العامة المقبلة على أن تتضمن فقرة خاصة حول مدينة كركوك

October 1, 2009 at 9:24 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

حسن توران لقناة العراقية : نطالب بسن قانون جديد للانتخابات العامة المقبلة على أن تتضمن فقرة خاصة حول مدينة كركوك


How Kurds seek to intimidate Turkmen politicians and intellectuals

October 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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The Arrest of a Kerkuk Governing Council Member


by Mofak Salman

On the 25th November 2007 Mr. Hassan Turan, a member of the governing council of Kerkuk, was arrested by the Kurdish Asayish at Erbil airport in northern Iraq following his return from participation in the international conference that was held in Istanbul in Turkey under the name of Kudus and International Conjunction.

He was arrested under the pretext that there were irregularities with his passport and he was interrogated at the airport by security forces and then badly treated during his ordeal by the Asayish terrorist group.

Mr. Hassan Turan’s arrest was a clear message of intimidation to the Turkmen politicians and intellectuals who are struggling to have the same rights as the Kurds in northern Iraq. It was also one of the methods that have been used by the Asayish to scare and intimidate the Turkmens from demanding their political, cultural and economical rights in the north of Iraq.

Mr. Hassan Turan was released after approximately twenty-four hours in the Kurdish jail and his release came from the efforts of the Iraqi Government, politicians and Turkmen members of the governing council of Kerkuk.

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