jeudi 26 juillet 2012

Iraq Urged to Halt Executions after Court Upholds 196 Death Sentences

JULY 24, 2012

Iraq Urged to Halt Executions after Court Upholds 196 Death Sentences

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, 212-633-4150@strimel
(New York) – Amnesty International today urged Iraqi authorities to commute all pending death sentences and impose a moratorium on executions with a view to abolish the death penalty after the chief of police in the Iraqi governorate of Anbar announced on Monday a Court of Cassation decision to uphold 196 death sentences in the region.
It is unclear if the sentences have been ratified by the Iraqi presidency yet.
The announcement gave no timeline for carrying out the executions but expressed a hope that it would be soon.
"After this alarming announcement, Iraqi authorities must move quickly to commute all death sentences and declare a moratorium on executions across the country," said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.
"If the Iraqi authorities carry out these death sentences, they would nearly quadruple Iraq's already shocking execution record so far this year."
In the first half of 2012 alone, Iraq executed at least 70 people, which is already more than the figure for all of last year.
According to Amnesty International's information, in 2011 a total of at least 68 people were executed in Iraq. Around the country, hundreds of others are believed to remain on death row.
The death penalty was suspended in Iraq after the US-led invasion in 2003 but restored in August 2004. Since then, hundreds of people have been sentenced to death and many have been executed.
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty – the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment – in all cases without exception, as a violation of the right to life.
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

mardi 24 juillet 2012

A new Baas state is a threat to the region, Dr Hicran Kazanci

A new Baas state is a threat to the region

 Dr. Hicran Kazancı
 Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative

Yeni şafak gazetesi

Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative Assistant Professor Doctor Hicran Kazancı interpreted the possible problems which may emerge after the Bessar Esad regime is overthrown in Syria for Yeni Şafak.
Dr.Kazancı assessed the probable future of Syria based on the experiences following the demise of the dictator in Iraq saying, "the important thing is what follows the demise of a regime ". Dr. Kazancı indicated that over 50% of the Syrian people viewed the regime as hostile and qualified the Nusayri Esed regime as "a power which does not recognize the right to life those of another ethnic sect than themselves”.

Dr.Kazancı indicated that the ‘new Baas state’ to be purportedly established in the western part of Syria between Lazkiye and Tartus after the Beşşar Esed regime is ousted will be problematic for the international community and said: "this state is in possession of chemical weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. The armed forces have linked their fate with that of the regime. Tomorrow if the regime falls the armed forces shall be held responsible for all the incidents. As their fates are intertwined when such a state is established it becomes a threat to the whole region. That is why the international community will not allow this to happen."


Dr.Kazancı said that although the Syrian insurgents had light weapons and Esed’s armed forces was destitute, he pointed out that if the Free Syrian Army had heavy weapons the resolution process would gain momentum. Dr.Kazancı said that the West was concerned that any dispatched weapons could fall into the hands of extremist groups which could be a threat to Israel after the regime is ousted.

There are 3 million Turkmen

Although there are no definite figures, Dr.Kazancı indicates that there are around 3 million Turkmen in Syria who are distributed almost all over the country. Dr.Kazancı said that Syria had replaced the Turkmen in areas close to the border with Turkey with citizens of Kurdish origin saying the Esed regime turned a blind eye on the PKK terror organization. Dr.Kazancı said that it appeared to be a major dilemma that while the Syrian elements involved in the PKK terror organization would not give even identity cards to citizens of Kurdish origin in their own country they claimed that they were defending the rights of Kurdish citizens in Turkey.


Dr. Kazancı stated that it was a positive fact that the Turkmen in Syria were among the opposition and said, "If you are not with the opposition then you will not be included in the power structure of the future. We experienced the same thing in Iraq".

Together for a millenium

Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative Hicran Kazancı said that the good relations between Turkey and the Northern Iraq Regional Administration in the recent past had a positive effect for the Turkmen. Dr.Kazancı mentioned that the Ottomans had been a uniting factor in the region and said, "in any case we have lived together for a thousand years ". Dr.Kazancı was supportive of the efforts of Turkey to open a consulate general in Arbil saying, "it will be to our benefit. There are close to 300 Turkish companies in Northern Iraq.
Northern Iraq survives with the investments made by Turkey”.

Dr.Kazancı noted that Turkey was administering a very wise policy in the region adding, "If Esed had listened to the advice of Prime Minister Erdoğan regarding 'elections' everything would have been very different".

lundi 23 juillet 2012

Syrian Turkmens seek refuge in Turkey

Syrian refugees fleeing rebel fighting flood Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan
Stephen Franklin | | Jul 21, 2012
YAYLADAG, Turkey — The border was less than an hour’s walk from their villages, but they slowly crawled for two days in the broiling heat across the steep mountains.
They said they feared for their lives all the way.
Terrified by widespread bombing unleashed by government forces, Syrian Turkmen from several villages picked up and fled several days ago. They formed a long weary line of more than 2,500 souls.
“They arrived hungry and sick. They didn’t have food or medicine or clothes or even water,” said Dr. Mohammed Sheik Ibrahim, a Syrian Turkmen who fled to Turkey eight months ago. “They are like people who are a little dead.”
As the tide of Syrian refugees has swollen, Turkish officials have scrambled to find places for them, and Syrian expatriate medical experts, who have rushed here to help, have become increasingly worried about a largely civilian population suffering from the wounds of an all-out war.
With 43,000 Syrian refugees in camps spread across southeastern Turkey, a 75 percent increase in only a few months, Turkish officials said they are rushing to open two more camps that can house another 10,000 in each. Until this week, they had talked about opening only one more camp.
They said the extra camps are needed because about 1,000 Syrians a day are showing up at their border. Many more are nearby but can’t travel because they fear encountering the Syrian army.
Across the region, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said this week that the number of refugees has tripled since April, reaching 110,000 at camps in Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan. It added that the actual count is likely to be “significantly higher,” since many refugees do not register with the UN or different governments agencies.
UNHCR officials said their appeal for international support, which would go toward UN agencies and nongovernmental groups serving the Syrians, has received only 26 percent of the money sought. Such a low response, UNHCR officials said in a news release, is causing a “profound impact on the humanitarian support.”
Turkish officials likewise say the response to their appeal for international support has been “negligible.”
Until two months ago, Turkey had said it would bear nearly all the costs of caring for the refugees. It has also relied on the UN for tents and other basic equipment.
“We are doing our best and we will continue to do our best. If we don’t get help from others, we will continue to use our national budget,” said Suphi Atan, a spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Turkey has spent $200 million on the refugees so far, he added.
Once registered as refugees, the Syrian get full access to Turkish hospitals. But many have wounds that stretch the capabilities of the government hospitals.
That’s where Syrian expatriate physicians have stepped in.
They have set up special clinics, brought in costly medicines or transferred the wounded to private hospitals for more specialized care at their expense.
At one special clinic set up in Antakya by the Syrians, Dr. Hasan Najjar, an elderly Syrian physician who lives in Germany, recalled his surprise at the level of injuries suffered by the refugees.
“I’ve been a doctor for 55 years and in all of my life I’ve never seen these kinds of injuries. Some bones are so shattered they can’t be replaced. We have to buy bones and it costs $10,000 for 10 grams of bone,” he said.
Equally difficult, he said, is treating victims who suffer extensive phosphorous burns that they apparently suffered in bombings.
Among the Syrian physicians, the only psychiatrist is Moustafa, who asked that his last name not be used. He arrived here only a few days ago from the UK and has since rushed from camp to camp counseling refugees.
“There is almost no psychiatric support,” he said taking a break between long trips to the refugee camps sprawled across southeastern Turkey. “There’s only me,” he added.
“They suffer all degrees of problems from panic attacks to depression to post traumatic shock,” he said.
Indeed, he worries about the long-lasting emotional problems. “Often these are the kinds of problems that don’t respond well to treatment.”
In one camp he briefly counseled a man who was fleeing with his 7-month pregnant wife when Syrian gunfire hit their car, killing his wife and the driver. In another he met with a 15-year-old who was shot in both legs by Syrian forces as they left his home after searching it.
“What really strikes me is the randomness of the killing,” he said. “I ask them, ‘Were you actually fighting?’ and most of them said ‘No.’"
When the Turkmen villagers arrived at the border, the Turks opened a brand new camp for them here in Yayladag, a small town that looks up at Syrian towns surrounding them. The Turks had no choice. There was no room in the other camps closer to the border.
“They are mostly old people and women and children. The young men stayed behind to fight,” said Cihan Mullah Ahmet, the head of the local Turkmen association here. “The children cry all the time about the bombs and the old people just cry.”
The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting supported the reporting for this story.

Iraq bomb attacks: up to 39 people killed

Up to 39 people killed in Iraq bomb attacks

Updated: 08:33, Monday, 23 July 2012

At least 39 people have been killed and 75 injured in a string of bomb attacks in Iraq.
In Kirkuk, Iraq four car bombs blew up killing four and 15 others hurt
In Kirkuk, Iraq four car bombs blew up killing four and 15 others hurt
At least 39 people have been killed and 118 injured in a string of bomb attacks in Iraq.
Six explosions, including a car bomb and a suicide attack, in and around the Iraqi capital Baghdad killed 12 people and injured 60.
In the northern oil city of Kirkuk, four car bombs blew up killing four and injuring 15 others.

dimanche 22 juillet 2012

Iraqis win right to challenge inquiry block

Friday 20 July 2012

Iraqi civilians who allege extra-judicial killings and torture by British forces have won the right to challenge the government's refusal to hold a public inquiry into the claims.
Mr Justice Silber has granted permission for 169 Iraqi civilians to seek a second judicial review of the decision of the Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, to investigate their allegations through the "Iraq Historic Allegations Team" (IHAT).
Last November the claimants' representative Public Interest lawyers successfully argued at the Court of Appeal that IHAT was not sufficiently independent, comprising as it does a substantial number of Royal Military Police (RMP). The RMP has itself been intimately involved in detention operations in Iraq.
The appeal court judges ruled that the IHAT inquiries were at best inadequate and at worst "substantially compromised."
They stopped short of ordering a fresh investigation but asked Mr Hammond to look again at how the hundreds of allegations of torture and unlawful killing are investigated.
The allegations concern a number of unlawful killings and a vast number of allegations of abuse surrounding the Joint Forward Interrogation Team (JFIT) which operated throughout British operations in Iraq and interrogated hundreds of civilians.
The claimants allege that they were held in solitary confinement cells and subjected to interrogation techniques including sleep deprivation, food and water deprivation, hooding, forced nudity and sexual humiliation.
In March 2012 the Secretary of State announced that the RMP element in IHAT was to be replaced with the Royal Navy Police (RNP). However in a claim lodged on 25 May this year, the claimants argue that the RNP is also not independent as the Royal Navy had numerous officers participating in interrogation operations at the JFIT.
Public Interest Lawyers solicitor Phil Shiner said: "My clients are either relatives of Iraqis unlawfully killed or victims of gross acts of torture and ill-treatment.
"The MoD are making one last desperate effort to avoid accountability and my clients are pleased to have the chance of explaining once again to a court why there must now be an independent inquiry into all these cases."
The Ministry of Defence did not respond to the Star's request for comment.
The claim is to be heard over a three day period in December.

jeudi 19 juillet 2012

Happy Ramadhan Kareem

Mübarek Ramazan Ayı Hoş Geldin

Mübarek Ramazan Ayı Hoş Geldin

Happy Ramadhan Kareem

Bon mois beni du Ramadan

As salamu'aleykom wa rahmatulah wa barakatuh, Ramadhan kareem aleykom

Fi amanillah

Syrian armed forces attacked Turkmens

Syrian armed forces attacked Turkmens

Armed forces units loyal to Beşar Esad of Syria targeted
 Turkmen village. Hundreds of Syrian Turkmens took
 refuge in Turkey.
It is alleged that Syrian soldiers have bombed the Turkmen
 villages in areas near the border of Turkey for the past 
two days. The Turkmens who could not withstand the 
conflicts any longer took their families and such belongings
 as they could carry with them and took refuge 
in Turkey.
The Turkmens who arrived at the border close to 
Kızılçat village connected to Yayladağ district of 
Hatay were met by Turkish soldiers.
The Syrian Turkmens who were distributed food 
and water by the Foundation for Human Rights and
 Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief  (IHH) at the 
border said that close to 20 Turkmen villages in Laskiye
 and its vicinity had been targeted and bombed for days.

The Turkmens from Ablak and Gebere villages said
 that Esad’s soldiers had attacked the villages and
 that in addition to these villages nearly 20 villages
 had been emptied and that thousands of Turkmens
 were expected to take refuge in Turkey. The Turkmens
 said that  thousands of Turkmens who had fled from
 their villages and could  not approach Turkish soil
 because of the military activity at the
 border were waiting for an opportunity to cross the 
border and  take refuge in Turkey.
In the meantime, the Turkmens who were to be 
dispatched to Şanlıurfa told the authorities that 
they wanted to stay with their relatives in Hatay. 
It is expected that the authorities will decide 
on the matter.

Big business, black markets, bribery: a tale of oil smugglers in kirkuk

Oil smuggling is virtually a tradition in the oil-producing areas of Iraq. And local authorities are trying to prevent it. But, as this tale of oil smuggling in Kirkuk shows, policing the smuggling gangs remains extremely difficult – not to mention confusing.

The epic tale of an oil smuggling gang in Kirkuk is nearly two years old now. The gang was making an estimated US$60,000 a day from their activities. And they were caught in the act over 24 months ago – yet they are, allegedly, all still free. As one member of the security forces says: “no one can arrest them”.

The story is not an uncommon one in Iraq, where oil smuggling has a long history and where authorities appear loathe to take responsibility for policing this particular crime. Most tales of oil smugglers see various authorities – from the judiciary to the police to the state to the local oil companies themselves – saying it’s the other group’s responsibility to secure the oil.

Oil smuggling became a growth industry when former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein organized gangs to start smuggling oil to get around international sanctions against Iraq. Tankers would siphon oil from various sources and either sell them on the home market or on the black market in nearby nations; demand was there for oil to run home generators, for example, needed because of electricity cuts. And despite the best efforts to halt the practice, it has continued in various forms to this day.

An anonymous source tells NIQASH that this particular instance of oil smuggling began when Iraq’s own North Oil Company decided to build a pipeline from the Jabal Bur oil processing station to a nearby area, Kiwan, where the pipe could then connect to a larger network.

Local contractors were signed on to build the pipeline and while they were building it, they decided to make a hole in the pipe in order to siphon off oil and smuggle it away in waiting trucks or ships. As the oil passed through the Rahimawa quarter in Kirkuk the contractors added a special pipe of their own to siphon oil off. To cover up their activities, they built a huge auto garage.

Experts in the field say that putting a hole in an oil pipeline is far from a simple task and they believe that the smugglers must have had to bring in experts from outside of the province to do this.

“A person with no experience in piercing an oil pipeline cannot extract oil from it,” local oil and gas consultant, Shlair Hamid, told NIQASH.
“Anyone who wants to pierce a pipeline also needs to have special equipment to do that. Otherwise there could be a fire. All the evidence suggests that someone from outside Iraq was brought here to do this job.”

After holing the pipeline, they made a secret deal with one of North Oil’s engineers. In return for a percentage of the profits, the engineer agreed to record less oil flowing through the pipeline than there actually was. NIQASH’s source says that the oil smugglers were selling around US$60,000 worth of oil every day, of which the duplicitous engineer was getting about US$10,000.

The oil smuggling circuit was only uncovered after the engineer began to ask for more money. After the other gang members refused him, he went to the police. This resulted in a committee of investigators from Baghdad travelling to Kirkuk to look into the accusations. In the end, local police were able to arrest one of the pipeline contractors involved. However political pressure and bribes saw the contractor released. Now, according to NIQASH’s source, the whole oil smuggling gang remains at liberty.

However Kirkuk authorities deny this version of events. “This is not the first time that gangs have stolen Kirkuk’s oil,” the head of Kirkuk’s local council, Hassan Turan, says. “There are well organized groups stealing the oil and it is the duty of North Oil Company to protect their oil pipelines against theft.”

Turan also said that several of the oil smugglers involved have been arrested and that local courts are now handling the case.

However, strangely, Turan’s statement contradicts those from other authorities. “We received information that a gang had made a hole in the pipeline in Rahimawa and was stealing oil from this hole,” Ghalib Taha, one of the heads of the Rahimawa police station, says. “By the time the police had arrived at the garage the gang members had gone. We arrested the garage guard but we realised him because he didn’t know anything about the pipeline.”

Taha says that, while the police and even the citizens of Kirkuk, knew about the smugglers, the local council seemed reluctant to move against them. And because of this, Taha says, “we are not entitled to take any measures.”

Meanwhile the deputy chairperson of the Kirkuk council had an explanation for this. “The Ministry of Oil notified us in writing that we should not interfere in the work of oil institutions and that we should not interfere in any related issue or case,” Ribwar al-Talabani told NIQASH.
“This is why we didn’t conduct any investigations into this matter.”

Al-Talabani also brought up the dubious history of oil smuggling in Iraq. “In the past, each hole made in a pipeline was dedicated to a tribal leader - or to a political party,” he explains. “Everywhere else in the world, oil pipelines are well protected. But in Iraq, it’s a mess and nobody knows who exactly is stealing the oil.”

This has been well documented by many sources. Tribal leaders have been seen to obstruct measures to protect the oil pipelines and one tribe, contracted to provide security for the oil pipelines, even used that contract to cover up their smuggling activities. As a result, nobody seems particularly keen to do anything about bringing smugglers to justice.

Article 111 of the Iraqi Constitution states that “oil and gas are owned by all the people of Iraq in all the regions and governorates” and one might assume that it was the responsibility of each provincial authority to protect the resources within their area.

But, as al-Talabani says, “we haven’t received any instructions from the central government to investigate such cases. That’s why oil smuggling has become commonplace in almost all oil producing provinces.”

Meanwhile officials from the North Oil Company, a state-run company within Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, deny the whole story. “I have never heard about this gang you’re talking about,” Hamid al-Saedi, the general manager of North Oil, told NIQASH in a brief statement.

All of which makes it difficult to know what is really going on with the oil smuggling gangs in Kirkuk. Then again this seems fairly typical for the oil smuggling in Iraq: there’s simply too much money involved for it to be easily eradicated.

Nonetheless Iraqi officials continue to insist it must be. Finally, the governor of Kirkuk, Najm al-Din Karim, told NIQASH that all local security apparatuses must intensify their efforts to police oil smuggling. “Anyone considering oil smuggling in Kirkuk will be punished,” Karim stated firmly.

mercredi 18 juillet 2012

Kerkük’ün Türk Varlığı, Sadun KÖPRÜLÜ

Kerkük’ün Türk Varlığı

Yazan: Sadun KÖPRÜLÜ

Irak topraklarında Eski dönemlerden bu yana tarih boyunca birçok medeniyetler Türkler tarafından kurularak, bu topraklar bu yurtlar hep Türklerin olarak, Türklerden kalarak yüce bir tarihe sahip olmakla uygarlık üstün gelişmeler her bir alanda sağlanmıştır.

Bu topraklarda önceleri Türklerden başka hiçbir millet yaşamadan Irak’ın kuzey güneyinde Türk Sümerler uygarlık, medeniyeti var güçleriyle kurmuşlardır.
Bölgeye getirmişlerdir
Ve tarih boyunca bu topraklar Türksüz olmayarak bu topraklarda  Irak Türkleri tarafından altı Türk devleti kurulmuştur bunlardan Celayirler, Ak koyunlu, kara koyunlu, ilhanlılar, Irak Selçuklu, Osmanlı Devleti, Atabeylikler Irak tarih boyunca bu dönemlerde Irak Türkleri üstün başarılarla görevlerini yerine getirmişlerdir ve ayni bölgede yaşayan öteki halklara karşı sevgi, hoşgörü besleyerek huzur getirmişlerdir.

Irak Türkleri bu vatanın, bu toprağın, Türkmen elinin, Kerkük Türk şehrinin sağlam milli Türkçülük davasına tarih boyu canlarını, kanlarını vererek, sahipleri olarak İslam’ın ilk dönemlerinden 673 yılında başka Türk bölgelerinden Irak’a girmeye çok sayıda Türkler başlayarak, Türkler o günden itibaren Irak’ın toprak savunmasında  özellikle “Sugur” dediğimiz düşman sınır hatlarında görevlerde bulunmuşlardır, kendilerine tarih öncesi vatan edindikleri bu aziz toprakları pahasına canları binlerce şehit vererek korumuşlardır

Irak Türkleri kucak açmış oldukları bu kutsal vatan toprağında milli kimliklerinin olgulaşmasına ve gelişmesine katkıda bulunmuştur.

Irak halkının  çok önemli unsurunu teşkil eden Türkler bu vatanın oğulları olarak. Türk Sümerlerden sonra, İslam’ın ilk dönemleri diyebileceğimiz 673 yılında çok Türkler Irak’a girmeye başlayan Irak Türkleri yiğit atılgan savaşçı olarak Irak’ın tüm toprak yerlerini savunmada kanlar canlar binlerce şehitler vererek, topraklarını milletlerini prensiplerini satmadılar ana yurtları Kerkük’e, Erbil, Musul ve tüm Türkmen eline sarılarak bir karış topraklarını düşmanların girmesine yasakladır.  

Irak Türkleri İslam ordusunda Emevi döneminde ve Irak valisi Ubeydullah bin. Ziyad, onlara inanarak yakınlık göstererek, Türklerden 4000’ini Basra’ya yerleştirmiştir, o zaman ülkenin iç ve dış güvenliğini Türklere bırakmıştır.

Abbasiler ilk döneminde öteki Türklerin Irak’a girişleri devam ederek, ülkenin en önemli ve hassas sınır bölgelerde görev almaya başlamışlardır, Bu bölgelere yerleşen Türkler Irak’ın güney, orta ve kuzey kesimlerine yerleşerek, vatanlarını topraklarını kurarak, korumuşlardır. Tüm muhtelif Müslüman kardeşleriyle karşılaşarak uzun yıllar kardeşçesine yaşadılar tüm insanları sevdiler yardım eli uzattılar onlara.

Ayrıca Irak Türkleri uzun süre İslam Devletine ve İslamlara hizmet yardım ettiler. Bağımsız idareler beylikler, devletler, İmparatorluklar kurdular. Böylece Türkler uzak ve yakın her yerde kahraman, yiğit savaşçılar, atılgan korku bilmeyen askerler ve tanınan siyasetçiler, Din bilgin, feylesoflar, devlet adamları olarak vatanları Irak’ın her bir yerine dünya yüzünde tanındılar meşhur oldular.

Irak Türklerinin yerleşim yerleri bölgeleri 35 yıl Baas rejimi tarafından yerle bir edilen Türkmen elinin başkenti, baş tacı, göz  bebeği sayılan ilk önce Kerkük gelmektedir, Kerkük şehri kimliğini kaybetmeden Saddam rejimin acımasız politikasına karşı yıkılmadan binlerce erlerini, yiğitlerini, gençlerini liderlerini şehit vererek bu kutsal toprağını savunarak tüm peşmergeler, Amerika, müttefik devletlerini önce Saddam’ın uzaklaştırma, Araplaştırma asimilasyon, soykırım, katliam politikasına karşı, ayrıca Saddam’ın uşakları Talabani, Barzani Kerkük Türk şehrini 700 bin Kürdü sokmasına rağmen yoğun olarak, Kürtleşme politikası boş kafayla tehditleri karşında Kerkük yüzlerine bağırmakla, Türklüğünü tüm dünyaya belli ederek dayanarak, durdular milli davalarının haklarını canlarıyla savundular.

Saddam’ın sonu  gelmesiyle bu iki peşmergelerin sonu yakınlaşmaktadır, bu iki Amerika uşakları Türk milletini iyice bilmeli tanımalı ve Kıbrıs savaşını bir an olsa bile hatırlamalıdırlar, artık büyük Türk ordusunun sabrı tükenince başlarına neler geleceklerini iyi biliyorlar ve tüm dünya güçleri Türk milletinin büyük atılgan yiğit kahraman korku bilmeyen bir millet olduğunu tarih boyunca bilmişler, görmüşlerdir tanımışlardır.

Yüce önder Atatürk’ü yetiren bu millet binlerce liderler, başbuğlar, erler yetirmiş ve yetiştirmektedir.

Irak Türklerinin yaşadıkları yoğun olarak, Türk şehirleri Kerkük, ERBİL, Musul, DİYALA, ayrıca Başkent Bağdat, Vasit, Babil Hilla, Necef, Irak’ın kuzeyinde güneyinde, doğu, batısında çok sayıda Türk bayat, Karakol, Tatar, Nakip, Şehli, Bacalan, Celali  Zengene gibi çok Türkmen oymak, boyları, aşiretleri yaşamaktadırlar, Saddam döneminde bu aşiretler nüfusları Arap olarak yazılmıştır.

Bunun yanında Kerkük’e bağlı aşiretlerin, Türklerin bölgeleri olduğa Tazehurmatu ve Tuzhurmatu, Kümbetler, Leylan, Beşir Tavuk (Dakuk) Karatepe, Yaycı, Tokmaklı, Kızıl yar, Çardaklı, Kifri, Altunköprü, Bastamlı, Amirli, Yengice, köyleri ve yüzlerce Türk ilçe, köyleri bulunmaktadır.

Diyala şehrine bağlı kızılar bat ve Mendili ilçesi, Adana köy, Hanekın, Delli Abbas, Kara han, Şehreban, Kazaniya ve adını yazmadığımız daha nice köy ve ilçeler bulunmaktadır.

Yoğun Türk nüfuslu olan Musul ona bağlı TELAFER, Selamiye, Reşidiye, Kara koyunlu, Muhallebiye, Kara yatak, Şenif ve yüzlerce Türk ilçe, köyler Türk tarihlerine bağlıdırlar.

Başta Türkmenlerin yoğun olarak ve tarih boyunca yurt edinen uğrunda canlarını vererek şehit olanların ve Türk milletinin simgesi, gönlü, baş tacı, gözbebeği Kerkük’tür.

Türk şehri Kerkük’ün eski adı Karhā olarak geçmektedir şehrin ortaya koyulmuştur. Kerha önemli bir şehriydi. Bunun yanında Kerkük’ün adı Kerhini diye Yakut el-Hamevî’nün Mucemu’l-Buldān adlı yapıtında yazılmıştır, Yakut el-Hamevî’ söylediğine göre: “Kerhini Dakuk, ile Erbil arasında güzel, sağlam bir kale imiş, Yakut’un Kerhini dediği kaleli şehir olarak Kerkük olduğu tarihi belgelerle kanıtlamıştır.

Kerkük ve Kerhini arasında benzerliği görünmektedir. Kerhini Kerkük adının verildiği dönemi ise Ak koyunlu Türkmen Devleti dönemidir, bu dönemde Kerkük, Kerhini olarak geçmektedir.
Şehrin bu iki adı yıllarca değişmeden Kerkük, daha eski olan Kerhini yerine kollanılmıştır.

Türkler bu bölgeye damgalarını vurarak, kendileriyle özdeşleştirdikler bölgelerin başında Türkler gelerek Kerkük ve çevresine o dönemlerde Kerkük bölgesine yerleştikleri tarih ise M.1055–1258 yılları arasında tarihi olarak kaynaklara dayanarak ışık tutulmuştur.

Her türlü kaynakların bu dönem hakkında vermiş oldukları bilgileri bir araya toplarsak bölgenin Türk bölgesi olduğunu ve bu yerlerde bu topraklarda Türk’ten başka hiçbir millet yaşamamıştır, görünmektedir.

Saddam döneminde ve Saddam’dan sonra tüm hızlı Araplaşma, Kürtleşme politikaya karşı Kerkük şehri ve tüm Türkmen eli toprakları, yerleri bölgeleri Türklük duygularından, dillerinden vazgeçmeden kanlarını vererek şehit olarak haklarını savunmuşlardır ve savunmaktadırlar.

Irak Türkleri Türkmen eli bölgesinde varlıkları 1055 yıllarının çok öncesine dayanmaktadır.
Çünkü bu tarihten önce de özellikle Şehrizor (ŞEHREZOR) ve Kerkük’te Türkmenlerin varlıkları göz önündedir
Irak Türkleri başta, Şehrizor ve Kerkük olmak üzere, bölgenin tamamına hüküm sürmüşlerdir.
              İbnu’l-Esir bu konuda şöyle demektedir: “Selçuklular 433/1099 yılında Şehri zor’a gelerek Türkmenlerden büyük bir ordu kurarak toplu biçimde toplayarak onlara silah ve savaş kurallarını öğretmiştir.

Askerlerinin birçoğu Türkmenlerden oluşarak, Muizuddevle’nin Irak Bağdat’ta girişiyle Muizuddevle kuvvetiyle Irak’a giren Türkmenler burada kendilerinden önce yerleşmiş Türkmenlerin bir bölümü topluma karışarak, öteki bir bölüm ise asker olarak onlara Devletin yardımına katılmışlardı.

Buveyhiler devrine kadar gelen Türkmenler güney ve orta Irak’ta yerleşmeleri yanında kuzeyde SAMMARRA, Musul, Kerkük, EERBİL, Stratejik önemi olan şehirlerde yerleşmişlerdir, Selçuklular devrine gelince tam olarak 1055 tarihinde Tuğrul Bey komutasında Türkmenler Irak’a girdiler.
Ama önceleri tarih boyunca Türkmenler bu toraklarda yaşamaktaydılar.

“Selçuklular devri Irak toplumu için en önemli devirlerden sayılmaktadır.
Oğuz boyunun 24 boyundan olan Bayat oymakları kabilesinin Irak’a Selçuklularla beraber geçmişlerdir. Kuzey Irak’ı kendilerine barınak yurt seçmişlerdir.

Ayrıca Bayat oymakları Kerkük’e yerleşip burayı vatan edinmişlerdir. 
Kerkük bölgesinde oturan Türkmenlerin çoğu aslen Bayat oymaklarındandır.

Güneyde ise Türk bayatlar kardeşleri ile birlikte yaşayarak Bayatlar o derece onlara karışarak bir bölümleri Saddam rejiminin onlara dillerini unutturarak, Bunun yanında orta kuzey bölgesinde yerleşen Türkler ana dillerini muhafaza etmişlerdir.

Ayrıca bölgelerindeki halkların dillerini de öğrenmişlerdir. Irak Türkleri her bir bakımdan bilgili efendi insanlar olarak hiç kimseni incitmediler, öldürmediler kimseye silah çekmediler her zaman vatanlarını, topraklarını sevdiler canlarıyla kanlarıyla korudular milli Türklük davalarına bağlandılar tüm Türk milletiyle kan kardeş olarak dünya Türkçülük davası kendi davaları olarak savundular.

Türkiye için Al bayrak, Türk toprakları için her an duygulandılar, coştular canları, kanlar vermeye her an hazır oldular ve hiçbir zaman milli, mücadele yollarından davalarından şehitlerin, atalarının izinde yürüyerek dönmediler ve dönmeyecekler.

mardi 17 juillet 2012

How Iraqi politicians get paid $1,000 a minute, don't make laws and live it up for free at Baghdad's finest hotel


How Iraqi politicians get paid $1,000 a minute, don't make laws and live it up for free at Baghdad's finest hotel

1 November 2010

Politicians in Iraq have raked in more than $1,000 a minute for working just TWENTY minutes this year.

They picked up a fee of $90,000 and a monthly salary of $22,500 a month for doing next to nothing and staying free in Baghdad's finest hotel.

Their lavish perks and salaries emerged as the 325 lawmakers prepared to hold second parliamentary session since the election last March.

Hard work: Iraqi MPs debating in parliament. They get $22,500 a month and perks at Baghdad's finest hotel

But there is growing resentment among ordinary Iraqis struggling to make ends meet that politicians are living the high life.

A mid-level government employee makes around $600 a month and ordinary people lack basic services like water and electricity.

A politician's basic monthly salary is $10,000 - just $4,500 short of that of rank-and-file members of the U.S. Congress.

In addition, an MP gets a $12,500 monthly allowance for housing and security arrangements, for a combined total of $22,500.

They also get to spend nights free at Baghdad's Rasheed Hotel in the relatively safe environment of the Green Zone, regardless of whether parliament is in session. And they collect a $600 per day when traveling inside or out of Iraq.

Once out of office, they get 80 percent of their salary monthly for life, and for eight years they can keep the diplomatic passports that they - and often their families - are issued.

Since June, when the lawmakers first met for 20 minutes, Iraq's second elected parliament since the 2003 overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime has failed to convene.

Sharp divisions among political blocs have prevented the formation of a new government, and not a single law has been debated, much less passed.

But it did decide to leave the session open which allowed MPs to pick up a $90,00 fee to cover their expenses over the next four years.

In a mosque sermon, an aide to Iraq's top Shiite cleric urged parliament to lower their salaries when they next meet.

'It's reasonable to request the lawmakers' salaries do not reach a lavish level,' Ahmed al-Safi said.

'This is a very important issue ... I do not know why they keep turning a blind eye to it.'

Meanwhile, Iraqis who voted in large numbers in hope of strengthening their democracy after years of authoritarian rule, war and sectarian violence have grown bitter at the politicians they chose to represent their interests.

'Instead of working hard and doing a good job, they are enjoying a paid vacation,' said Jalal Mohammed, a retired clerk for the administrative council in the southern city of Basra.

'I think the parliament members should only be paid if they do something useful for their country.'

Lawmakers justify high salaries and benefits saying they risk their lives participating in the political process.

'We are exposed to violent incidents in our houses, on the streets, and even in the parliament,' said Sheik Haidar al-Jorani, a Basra lawmaker with the prime minister's State of Law party

dimanche 15 juillet 2012

IRAQ: Gunmen kill five in Iraqi Turkmen town

Once again, the media, in this instance AFP and France 24, are quoting the erroneous figures from the C.I.A's factbook!


The number of Turkmens in Iraq lies between 2.5 and 3 million, not 500.000!

Turkmens are Iraq’s third main ethnic community and the North of Iraq’s second main ethnic community; they represent about 13% of the Iraqi people.

Since the creation of the Iraqi State in 1921, the Turkmens have been systematically discriminated, marginalized and oppressed for geopolitical and economical reasons as TURKMENELI contains huge oil and gas reserves. For these reasons the successive Iraqi governments have tried to assimilate the Turkmens and they have purposely underestimated their number and their true representation in Iraq.

Unfortunately, despite the regime change in Iraq in 2003, the number of Turkmens continues to be underestimated.

Main Turkmen cities are: Telafer, Musul, Erbil, Altun Köpru, Kerkük, Tuz Khurmatu, Kifri, Qaraghan, Qizlarbat, Khanaqi, Mendeli and Bedre.

An Iraqi Turkmen student holds-up a Turkmen flag at a rally in Kirkuk last year.

14 July 2012 - 13H37

Gunmen kill five in Iraqi Turkmen town

AFP - Gunmen killed five soldiers and policemen on Saturday when they attacked a checkpoint in a Turkmen town in northern Iraq, an army captain said.

The victims were manning the checkpoint in the town of Rashidiyah, northeast of the main northern city of Mosul, when the gunmen opened fire.

Five members of the security forces were killed and two others were wounded, the source said, without giving a breakdown.

Iraq's Turkish-speaking Turkmen community includes about 500,000 people living mostly in Mosul, Kirkuk and Tal Afar. They have been the target of a number of deadly attacks, blamed by local authorities on Al-Qaeda.

The latest violence comes amid a spike in attacks, with Iraq suffering a wave of unrest in June. At least 282 people were killed, according to an AFP tally, though government figures said 131 Iraqis died.

While violence in Iraq has declined dramatically since its peak in 2006-2007, attacks remain common across the country

vendredi 13 juillet 2012

Devlet Bahçeli participated in the commemoration and recital of the Mevlid-i Şerif on behalf of the Kirkuk Martyrs

Devlet Bahçeli participated in the commemoration and recital of the Mevlid-i Şerif on behalf of the Kirkuk Martyrs which was organized by ITF Turkey Representation.

MHP Leader Devlet Bahçeli attended the Mevlid recital at Ankara’s Maltepe Mosque to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the Kirkuk Massacre of 1959 to which Iraqi Turkmen were subjected.

Dr. Hicran Kazancı, Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative expressed his pleasure at the participation of Devlet Bahçeli at the ceremony which was organized to commemorate the holy memories of the martyrs who have lost their lives in many sad incidents to date for the national cause and went on to say that he hoped the Turkmen community would shoulder their tasks selflessly in order to ensure that similar persecutions and massacres do not occur in the future.
Head of the Turkmeneli Cooperation and Culture Foundation was among those welcoming Devlet Bahçeli who attended the Mevlid-I Şerif.

mercredi 11 juillet 2012

ITF Turkey Representation commemorates the 53rd anniversary of the 14th July massacre

ITF Turkey Representation published a press bulletin to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the 14 July massacre.



The 14th of July 2012 coincides with the 53rd anniversary of the Kirkuk Massacre of 1959 directed at Iraqi Turkmen. As the Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representation we want to emphasize that we have not forgotten this painful incident, nor will we forget it in the future or allow it to be forgotten.

The Iraqi Turkmen Front is commemorating the week of 14-20 July as Turkmen Martyrs Week to cherish the memories of our martyrs who have lost they lives in many sad incidents, one of the major ones being the Kirkuk Massacre, fighting for the national cause. We believe that all individuals of the Turkmen community will do their duties to prevent the Turkmen from experiencing similar massacres or atrocities in the challenging times ahead..

The Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representation shall hold a recitation of the Mevlid-i Şerif to commemorate all our martyrs who have sacrificed their lives to date for the divine goals. This year the Mevlid-i Şerif shall be held on the 13th of July on Friday at Ankara Maltepe Mosque before the noon prayer (at 12:00 hours). We will be honored to see you among us as representatives of the Turkmen community living in Turkey. We are confident that once again you will give countenance to our cause by joining us in the Mevlid-i Şerif for our martyrs.


Dr. Hicran Kazancı
Iraqi Turkmen Front Turkey Representative and MKYK member

dimanche 1 juillet 2012

ITF Turkey Representative Dr. Hicran Kazancı participated in a live broadcast

Dr. Hicran Kazancı was hosted live on Contemporary program of the broadcasting organ of Iraq, Türkmeneli Television channel.
On the program prepared and presented by Ali Kasap, Dr.Kazancı presented in depth assessments of contemporary issues such as the civil rebellion in Arab countries in addition to changes in administration, relations between Turkey and Iraq, the relations between Turkey and Syria in view of the recent events in Syria and the realities underneath the rapid growth of the Turkish economy.