Erşad Salihi visited ITF Turkey Representation

May 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

Erşad Salihi visited ITF Turkey Representation

The Leader of the Iraqi Turkmen Front and Kirkuk Member of Parliament the distinguished Erşad Salihi who is in Turkey on an official visit paid a visit to the Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representation.

Salihi, who was greeted by Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative Hicran Kazancı, said that the developments in Iraq were passing through a critical process and that everybody here particularly the Turkmen needed to have common sense and emphasized that the local elections executed in Kirkuk were especially important because the results emerging from these elections would determine the framework of the future parliamentary elections. Salihi said that for this reason we must be well prepared for these elections and also instructed the Turkmen not to heed the recent rumors and that those fishing in muddy waters were doomed for disappointment and added that the whole Iraqi Turkmen Front was in a state of unity and solidarity which would continue.

The Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative said “The next process poses a critical period for Iraq. As a matter of fact, Iraq has been going through a critical process since 2003. After this critical process those who endeavor to disrupt our unity and solidarity with words and scripts without any truthful basis are doomed to disappoint as always. In addition, let no one have any doubt about the continuance of the unity and solidarity with the head of ITF and the administration.’’



May 26, 2011 at 9:07 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative


With the dispersement of the Otoman empire many Turkish communities like the Turkmen in Iraq who had been separated from their homelands tried to harmonize with the state they had remained in. The Turkmen have tried to find a place for themselves within the complex structure which is made up of the political history of Iraq plagued with continuous internal political instabilities and wars ever since the state was established.

The Turkmen have always closely monitored Turkey and expected support when confronted with problems. On the other hand, because of the conditions of the state they live in, the Turkmen have been a community which it has been found necessary to monitor and supervise carefully for a long time by Turkey. However, the breaking point in the attitude of Turkey toward the Turkmen in Iraq took place after the war in 1991 and the establishment of the “security zone” in the northern part of the country.

After 1991, Turkey gained the opportunity of establishing close and direct links with the Turkmen in Iraq. The Iraqi Turkmen Front which was established in 1995 with the integration of various Turkmen organizations which had been struggling under different umbrellas to solve the problems of the Turkmen people  in Iraq who had been through a turbulent political process were elevated to a different phase. In the 1990’s when the majority of Iraq was surviving under the tyranny of Saddam Huseyin the Turkmen in Iraq had the opportunity to organize in Northern Iraq mainly in Arbil. However, the Turkmen who had organized themselves in order to fight the Saddam Huseyin regime like the other Iraqi opponents were obliged to fight for their very existence in Northern Iraq. That is why most of the Turkmen’s political causes in the 1990’s had be executed on two fronts, against the Kurdish parties in Northern Iraq and Saddam’s regime in Baghdad. In fact the conditions in Iraq made the security dimensions become the center of the stage rather than the civil and political dimensions of the organizing of the Turkmen.  At a later time the gaps in the steps taken and the immaturity of the political structure would later make things problematic for the Turkmen.

After the invasion ofIraq, the Turkmen faced a new situation. They tried to participate in the changing process of the political authority in Baghdad, however, because of their organizational problems in addition to the inability to apply an appropriate policy among the opponent groups caused their exclusion in a major way. During this process the General Headquarters of ITF which had executed its political and organizational duties from Arbil for many years moved to Kirkuk. Efforts to include the Turkmen remaining in the regions under the control of Saddam Huseyin into the organization had just been started. However, if a self criticism needs to be made then truth be told and let us admit that the ITF did not manage this process very well. The reason why the organization and the people were unable to achieve the success expected from them was caused by such issues as difficulties in reaching the Turkmen in Mosul and Diyala, the inability of the organization to overcome the clan and sect related and political problems and the feelings of abandonment felt in Arbil. Still, the Turkish public has been sensitive for a long time since 2003 regarding issues concerning Turkmen people. Turkey reacted strongly when the US started operations at Telafar; during the stressful days in Kirkuk, marches to support Kirkuk were carried out in Turkey. However, the environment in Iraqis such that policies are executed mostly based on identity and in this environment the Turkmen were unable to distance themselves from this implementation. It is natural, in fact compulsory to execute a national cause based on identity. However,  when a completely reactionary stance is directed under every condition at one of the ethnic groups in Iraq, the inability to calculate strategic interests well has been problematic for the Turkmen.

The ITF has experienced numerous problems within its own organization in Iraq and has been unable to obtain the expected political successes and has also unfortunately limited the groups it could have reached in Turkey. In an environment where ITF could have had the full support of Turkey and the political parties it has focused only on the party line of some parties and limited the support of the grassroots in Turkey. This situation has caused the ITF to reduce its relations to some political parties which has caused both the political circles and the Turkish press to lose interest in the Turkmen Cause.

In fact, the developments in Iraq show that the nature of politics devolves through alliances and wide ranged relations. That is why ITF must possess a more efficient political stance which provides initiatives to all segments of Turkmen, keeps a steady balance between the Kurds and Arabs in Iraq, far from any slogans, realistic. The ITF should transform into a security oriented party organization which spreads to the grassroots when civilian politics are not strong enough, which raises its own leaders and has a say in social, political, strategic and economy affairs. The ITF which has held 5 major Assembly meetings since its establishment needs to renovate itself which is the common outlook of all Turkmen who have dealt with politics in Iraq for some time. For this reason it is expected that ITF proceeds into a reform process within a short time. After all, with its faults and successes, the largest, comprehensive and successful Turkmen political organization established and developed by Turkmen is the ITF. With the reforms planned within the ITF it will be considered a major success that the election success maintained with the number of members of parliament elected in the 2010 elections are reflected in the political equation of the country as a whole. In addition, the success of this reform action will be determined by how well the Turkmen can determine their targets and strategies, whether they can maintain a balance between all the groups in Iraq, whether they can be represented in a more equal way in the party in the Turkmeneli geographical area, how successfully it can pull people who have remained outside politics so far for one reason or another and how well they can pull youth and women into active politics. Of course this situation is of interest basically to the Turkmen. However, it is also a fact that the public interest in Turkey for the Turkmen in issues regarding Iraq have decreased lately. Whereas this interest would be a major moral boost for the Turkmen while they are undergoing a restructuring process.

Interview with Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative Dr. Hicran Kazancı

February 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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16 February 2011, Wednesday

Interview with Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative Dr. Hicran Kazancı 
–          Distinguished Hicran Bey, could you introduce yourself to the Turkish world, the Turkmen public? For example where in Kirkuk did you grow up, where did you start school, where did you complete your education, how were you introduced to the Turkmen cause?
–          I was born in 1965 in Piryadi neighborhood of Kirkuk, I started primary school at the Hicri Dede elementary school, later transferred to Musalla elementary and graduated from there. I complete my junior and senior high school education in Kirkuk after which I studied at the department of Agricultural Economy in the University of Mosul and completed my studies. In 1994 I benefited from a scholarship provided by the Republic of Turkey to members of TurkishStates and Communities and came to Turkey in 1995. Thus I was able to complete my post graduate and doctorate studies at the Faculty of Science of Ankara University in 2003. While I was studying in Turkey I worked in Iraqi Turkmen Front at various levels. I worked as Secretary General at the Turkmeneli Student Union, Deputy Representative and political advisor at the ITF Ankara Representation. During these years I was also academically educated in political sciences, in 2001 I participated in trainings such as “Becoming a party and organization” at Bilkent University, “Leadership and Becoming a Party”, “Leadership” traings given by the Political Science Faculty of Ankara University in 2003 and 2005. I started working at Turkey National Security Strategy Center as responsible person for the Middle East which continued for two and a half years. During this time various new developments were taking place in Iraq. At the beginning of 2005 the distinguished Sadettin Ergeç was elected as head of Iraqi Turkmen Front. After a short time Chairman Sadettin became Kirkuk MP from the ITF list and entered the Iraqi parliament. In 2006 I returned to Iraq and was advisor to Head of Iraqi Turkmen Front Sadettin Ergeç until 2007. After that I was appointed to the position of ITF Turkey Representation Foreign Affairs responsible person. During this position I continued to receive political training. In 2007 I attended courses such as “9th Global Leadership Forum”, “Middle East Studies”, “Narcotics and Terror” at Istanbul Bahçeşehir University and participated in a 5-6 month training in Washington D.C.  on the subject of “Training”.

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The Iraq Turkmen Front celebrates its 15th year, by Hasan Kanbolat

May 5, 2010 at 12:50 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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The Iraq Turkmen Front celebrates its 15th year



The Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITC) is celebrating its 15th year. The ITC, which heads the political struggle of Iraqi Turkmen, has succeeded in emerging and standing tall in the Turkmen community, which has a very recent history vis-a-vis a political struggle in Iraq.


It has also succeeded in steering clear of factional and ethnic conflict in Iraq. The ITC maintains its political existence through peaceful means in the Iraqi Parliament. For this reason, I would like to congratulate the chairman of the ITC, Sadettin Ergeç; Turkey representative Sadun Köprülü; UK representative Sundus Abbas; Germany representative Ganim Osman; Belgium representative Hasan Aydınlı; Syria representative Suphi Nazım Tevfik; and North America representative Asıf Serttürkmen, and everyone else involved in this project.

The ITC has succeeded in what many political organizations in Iraq have not been able to do and remained standing throughout all three elections. It participated in two elections that took place in 2005 and emerged from the Jan. 30, 2005 elections, which it entered as the Iraq Turkmen Front under the leadership of the ITC, with 93,408 votes, securing three seats. During the Dec. 15, 2005 elections, the ITC, which entered the elections alone outside of Mosul, garnered 87,993 votes and one seat. And through the coalition it formed with the Iraqi Accord Front in Mosul, secured two deputies. During the 2010 elections, the ITC’s coalition formed with the Al-Iraqiya List won it 127,989 votes and five seats. The ITC also cleared the way for female politicians in Iraq, which is a male-dominated society. To this end, female ITC candidates Jala Naftaji and Müdriki Ahmet won seats as deputies following the March 7, 2010 elections.

The ITC was established on April 24, 1995. The first headquarters was located in Arbil. The Arbil-centered ITC had 17 offices, one television and one radio station. In the Third Turkmen General Assembly, which took place in 2003, the ITC headquarters were moved from Arbil to Kirkuk. Then in 2005, all of the ITC’s offices in Arbil were seized.

The founding chairman of the ITC was Turhan Ketene. Sinan Çelebi (the current minister of industry and trade in the regional administration of northern Iraq) in 1996 and Vedat Arslan (the former minister of industry and trade in of the regional government in northern Iraq), then Sanan Ahmet Kasap, also known as Sanan Ahmet Ağa, in 2000 and Faruk Abdullah in 2003 followed suit as the ITC chairman. Since 2005, the role of the ITC chairman has been held by Ergeç.

The decisions made by the ITC are reached during conventions held every other year, which have more recently been held every third year. This is also where the ITC chairman is elected. It is during these conventions that the Turkmen National Parliament’s 71 members are elected. The ITC has six foreign offices located in Turkey, England, Germany, Belgium, Syria and North America. Furthermore, located in Iraq, it has over 100 communication offices in cities such as Baghdad, Mosul, Salahaddin, Diyala, Wasit, Arbil, Sulaymaniyah and Duhok. The ITC organization is made up of the chairman, executive council, the Turkmen Parliament, regional directorates, administrative and finance chambers, public relations office, health chamber, education and culture chamber, non-governmental organization, information chamber, political chamber, security chamber, foreign relation chamber and elections chamber.

It can be said that the ITC, in terms of its organizational structure and purpose of establishment, functions as a supra-party structure, responding to all of the needs of the Turkmen through its services. In this context, the ITC provides educational, cultural, social and economic aid, health services and supports other Turkmen civil and political organizations.

The ITC is one of the pillars in the democratization of Iraq. The organization, which has been an exemplary formation for Turkmen of the Middle East, is necessary for Iraq and the Middle East at large.

04 May 2010, Tuesday

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Iraqi Turkmen representatives’ letter to the Independent High Electoral Commission in Baghdad

February 19, 2010 at 10:07 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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ممثلية الجبهة التركمانية العراقية لدى الاتحاد الأوربي 

بروكسل- بلجيكا


Tel : +32 /(0) 495 44 06 29   +32/(0) 65 31 40 21

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Brussels 18th February 2010.

To the attention of the President of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC): Baghdad – IRAQ

Copy to:-

The Director of the Office for the voting of the Iraqis living outside Iraq: IHEC office in Erbil-Iraq.

The Director of the Office responsible for the voting of the Iraqis in Holland: IHEC office in The Hague –The Netherlands.

Dear Sirs,

The Iraqi people are looking forward with great hope and high expectations to the next Parliamentary elections, scheduled to take place on 7th March 2010 inside Iraq, and on 5th,  6th and 7th of March 2010 in 16 foreign countries for the voting of Iraqis living outside Iraq.

All patriotic Iraqis who love their country and aim at serving the Iraqi people by defending their rights and rebuilding their country after years of war, destruction and occupation, hope that these coming elections will be fair and clean, without any cheating, ballot rigging, manipulation, threats or intimidations which unfortunately took place in the past two parliamentary elections in Iraq.

Iraqis expect that these coming elections will take place in a peaceful and democratic environment so that the majority of them can participate and cast their votes during these elections, the results of which will hopefully reflect the true representation of all the components of the Iraqi people, without discrimination, marginalization or assimilation of any community, ethnic group or political organization representing any of the communities composing the Iraqi people.

This can only be achieved if the elections take place under the strict control and vigilant supervision of IHEC, with the participation of an adequate number of international observers, from the U.N., the E.U, and some well known and well established international NGOs which have experience in supervising elections and have been active in the field of promoting democracy in countries where its concept is relatively new and its application is still facing some problems and difficulties as in Iraq.

Your organization, the IHEC, bears a huge responsibility in making the coming Parliamentary elections a success by duly informing the Iraqi people, by effectively promoting the democratic process in Iraq, by doing your utmost in contributing to provide a peaceful environment during the electoral campaign as well as during the voting day all over Iraq.

It is of extreme importance that all Iraqi citizens can freely access to the polling centres to cast their votes for the list and for the candidate of their own free choice and then safely return to their homes after accomplishing their democratic duty.

We, the representatives of the Iraqi Turkmens’ political and civil society organizations in the European Union, in Turkey and in Syria have noticed and witnessed clear shortcomings of the IHEC with respect to informing the Turkmens in their own language (Turkish) even in areas and regions of Iraq which are densely populated by Turkmens, such as in the governorates of Mosul, Erbil, Kerkuk, Salah Al-din, Diyala and Baghdad.

Indeed, a few days ago we have seen on Turkmeneli TV an intolerable discrimination against the Turkmens during a meeting organized by IHEC to which some Turkmen civil society representatives had been invited, and for which IHEC had prepared booklets and banners written in Arabic, Kurdish and Assyrian only, and nothing in Turkish ! Even though the IHEC know very well that the Turkmens represent Iraq’s third main ethnic group and Kerkuk’s main ethnic community.   

The above example is a flagrant violation of Turkmens’ constitutional rights, as the constitution recognises the Turkmens’ language (Turkish) as an official language in Iraq, wherever Turkmens represent a high density of population.

We, Turkmens, deplore this shortcoming and demand that from now on all publications by IHEC, related to the elections concerning the governorates and regions of Iraq where Turkmens live and represent the first, the second or the third community, be published also in the Turkish language alongside the other two official languages of Iraq (Arabic and Kurdish).

These electoral material and publications which are published by IHEC for the coming elections may include informative booklets, procedures, electoral lists, and posters.

We request that any such IHEC material also be sent to all foreign countries where the Turkmen Diaspora exists in great number and where elections will be organised such as in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Iran, Jordan, Syria, Sweden, Turkey, UK, USA etc…      

Participation to the next Parliamentary election is not only a fundamental right given to all Iraqi citizens above 18 years of age, but it is also the duty of all Iraqis who are eager to establish a true and solid democracy in Iraq.

We, Turkmen representatives in the European Union, Syria and Turkey, are doing our best in promoting the upcoming election and encouraging our community members and all our Iraqi compatriots to participate in the next election.

We aim at contributing to make this coming election a success, consolidating the political process and establishing a real democracy in Iraq.

We trust that you will respond positively to our legitimate requests soon and we wish you all the best and success in your important task.

May God help all patriotic and sincere citizens of Iraq.  

Yours truly,

Dr. Hassan AYDINLI                                    

Iraqi Turkmen Front                                        

E.U. Representative                            

Brussels – Belgium.                                         


Iraqi Turkmen Front

Germany Representative

Berlin – Germany

Sundus ABBAS

Iraqi Turkmen Front

U.K.  Representatıve

London – U.K.

Sadun KÖPRÜLÜ                         

Iraqi Turkmen Front                

Turkey Representative             

Ankara – Turkey                     

Dr. Suphi N. TAVFIK  

Iraqi Turkmen Front

Syria Representative

Damascus – SYRIA

ITF London Representative Mrs Sündüs Abbas met Mr. George Galloway

October 1, 2009 at 12:49 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Mr  Galloway and Sündüs Abbas

ممثلة الجبهة التركمانية العراقية بلندن تلتقي

النائب البريطاني المعروف (جورج غالوي)



ضمن سلسلة النشاطات السياسية والاجتماعية التي تشهدها ممثلية الجبهة التركمانية العراقية في لندن،والتي تأتي أستعدادا للمشاركة الفاعلة والجدية في الانتخابات القادمة ولغرض شرح وجهات النظر التركمانية حول مجمل العملية السياسية والديموقراطية التي حدثت وتحدث في العراق..

ألتقت المهندسة( سندس عباس)ممثلة الجبهة التركمانية العراقية في لندن السيد(جورج غالوي)النائب في

البرلمان البريطاني ورئيس حزب   RESPECT  في مكتبه الرسمي صباح يوم 28/9/2009


وجرى خلال اللقاء الذي أستغرق زهاء ساعتين التباحث في العديد من الشؤون العراقية وسبل تمتين أواصر الصداقة بين الجالية التركمانية العراقية في بريطانيا والشعب البريطاني..وقدمت المهندسة(عباس) عرضا وافيا لمجمل نشاطات الجبهة التركمانية العراقية  والاحزاب المنضوية معها على الساحة العراقية،ومشروعها الوطني الذي يدعوالى مواكبة العملية الديموقراطية وأيمانها بضرورة الأرتقاء بمستوى المجتمع العراقي نحو التطور والنمو في أطار من وحدة الأهداف والمواقف في عراق ديموقراطي موحد،يؤمن بالديمقراطية والوئام الاجتماعي وينبذ الفرقة والتمذهب وتهميش الاخرين..

من جانبه شدد السياسي البريطاني(غالوي) على ضرورة أن يتبوأ التركمان المكانة الطبيعية في الخارطة السياسية الجديدة في العراق،كعنصر أساسي من عناصر الشعب العراقي.. وأضاف(غالوي)أنني كسياسي يتعاطى مع الشأن العراقي منذ فترة طويلة أعلم ما قاساه التركمان قبل وبعد سقوط النظام وخصوصا عمليات التغيير السكاني والديموغرافي التي طالت المناطق التركمانية في شمال العراق وعمليات الترويع والتقتيل التي يتعرض لها الشعب التركماني لاجباره على ترك أراضيه ومدنه وقراه..

وشدد على ان من حق التركمان ازاء هذه الضغوطات والتهديدات أتخاذ كل الوسائل القانونية الكفيلة لردع من يريد المساس بهويته القومية وتغييب دوره الفاعل على الساحة السياسية العراقية، مبديا في الوقت نفسه أستعداده الشخصي في تذليل كل العقبات التي تواجهها الجالية التركمانية العراقية في بريطانيا…


                                                                      المكتب الأعلامي

                   ممثلية الجبهة التركمانية العراقية                              


July 13, 2008 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Iraq, Iraqi Turkmen Front, Kerkuk, Turkmeneli, Turkmens | Leave a comment
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13 Temmuz 2008.

14 Temmuz 2007, Irak Türkmenlerinin Kerkük’te uğradıkları en büyük katliamın 49. yıldönümüdür. Bu tarih, katliamlar zincirinde en önemli halka olduğu için unutulmaz ve bütün şehitler her yıl o gün rahmetle ve minnetle anılır. Irak Türkmen Cephesi, 14 Temmuz’u başlangıç alarak, 14-20 Temmuz tarihlerini “Irak Türkmenleri Şehitler Haftası” ilan etmiştir.


14 – 20 TEMMUZ 2008

Turkmen arrested by Asayish (Kurdish Secret Police)

July 13, 2008 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Kurdish Terror in the north of Iraq

National Identity certificate of Mr. Lokman Nejam Ahmed
Mr. Lokman Nejam Ahmed was born on 1st July 1968 in the district of Telkeef that is linked to the city of Mosul. He was arrested on the 8th of July 2007 on the Iraqi/Turkish border Ibrahim Alkhalil by the Kurdish secret police that are known as Asayish while he was travelling from the city of Mosul to Turkey with a group of a Turkmens [1] from the city of Erbil.
Mr. Lokman Nejam Ahmed was working as a deputy of the ITF (Iraqi Turkmen Front) in the city of Mosul and according to the witnesses who were with him at the time. They have confirmed that Mr. Lokman Nejam was forced out of his car by the Kurdish police at the Iraqi Turkish border Ibrahim Alkhalil by the Asayish.
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