samedi 28 juin 2014

Northern Iraq (articles) Turkmens kidnapped by ISIS in Iraq and Barzani declaration on Kirkuk

At least 40 Shia Turkmen kidnapped by ISIS
Forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) kidnapped at least 40 Shia Turkmen, dynamited four Shia places of worship, and ransacked homes and farms in two Shia villages bordering the Iraqi city of Mosul, Human Rights Watch said today. The assaults took place during a violent three-day spree that began on June 23, 2014.

Ex-Saddam Baathists unite in Ninevah campaign

Whatever the eventual shape and status of Iraqi Kurdistan, the immediate result of the current turmoil will be a stronger and more influential Kurdish entity. Whether the central authorities in the capitals of the region like it or not, that will one day have an impact on the debate about the future shape of Syria and the position of the Syrian Kurds. Likewise, with a new chapter in the relations between Turkey and its Kurds about to be opened, a confident Kurdish government in Arbil, fully supported by Ankara, will strengthen the hands of the Kurds in Diyarbakır in their quest for democratic autonomy within the present borders of Turkey.

What I did not say by JOOST LAGENDIJK (Cihan/Today's Zaman)

vendredi 27 juin 2014

mardi 24 juin 2014

VIDEO: Iraqi Turkmen politician killed in Kirkuk after distributing Turkish aid

61-year-old Münir Kafili was shot in the head after unidentified gunmen attacked his vehicle in the military district of Kirkuk, June 23
61-year-old Münir Kafili was shot in the head after unidentified gunmen attacked his vehicle in the military district of Kirkuk, June 23
An Iraqi Turkmen Front’s executive council member, who was in the committee that distributes humanitarian aid coming from Turkey, was killed after being shot in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on June 24.

61-year-old Münir Kafili was shot in the head after unidentified gunmen attacked his vehicle in the military district of Kirkuk, according to officials. Kafili died at the scene.

Münir Kafili, who was also the chairman of the Kirkuk district council, was in charge of distributing Turkish humanitarian aid in the city. He was jailed during the rule of Saddam Hussein for being a “Turkish spy.”

“As Turkmens, we are now in an ineffable sorrow. The situation is very tense in Kirkuk. Armed groups are everywhere, but they should know that we will fight until the last Turkmen falls a martyr,” Turkmeneli Health Council chair Aydın Beyatlı told daily Hürriyet, stressing Kafili was killed moments after participating in a meeting for the distribution of the aid that came from Turkey two days ago.

Tensions remain high in the Kirkuk district as clashes are ongoing between Iraqi forces and militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

ISIL militants, backed by tribal fighters, seized Iraq’s second-largest city Mosul on June 10 and have captured a number of other cities in the north including Tikrit and Telafer. They also reportedly control al-Qaim, Rawah, Anah, al-Ratba and Haditha in the western province of al-Anbar.

ISIL forces also extended their grip along Iraq’s Syrian and Jordanian border June 23 after taking control of border crossings, according to Farhan Ftikhan, the mayor of al-Qaim.

The Fall of Tal Afar and the Situation of Turkmens

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

Among the districts highly influenced by the state of conflict during and after the US invasion in Iraq, the town of Tal Afar, which is part of Mosul province and populated by Turkmens, fell to ISIS following an expected operation after ISIS created the zones of control in Mosul, Salah ad Din (Tikrit), Diyala, Anbar and some parts of Kirkuk on 6 June 2014 and headed for Baghdad. Tal Afar is experiencing one of the biggest disasters again after the US attacks in 2004-2005. While ISIS was taking the control in and around Tal Afar, the citizens massively fled from the town. Iraqi army has been carrying out air operations on Tal Afar.

Therefore, Tal Afar is collapsing again due to both the ISIS terror and the air operations of the Iraqi army which is targeting the settlements. In addition to the central town of Tal Afar, which has a population of approximately 510,000 people, the districts of Rabia, Zummar and İyaziye, where 230,000 people are living, are fully composed of Turkmens. Both the center of Iyaziye and the surrounding villages of Zummar and Rabia were heavily populated by the Turkmens. While the Turkmens compose 70 % of Tal Afar, the Arabs, Kurds, Yazidis and Gergeris live out of the town center, as well. At present, the region ISIS has targeted is the town center of Tal Afar. In this sense, the operation of ISIS has targeted only the Turkmens.

Before the operation of ISIS, Tal Afar had witnessed violence many times. The ethnic and religious division in Iraq had negatively reflected on Tal Afar and many conflicts had taken place in the town. Especially Al Qaida and Al Qaida inspired organizations had seized the town in order to create a transit point. In response, the multinational forces led by the USA and the Peshmerga troops started an operation known as "Black Typhoon" on 9 September 2004 in order to restore the security in the town and establish the control of the government formed by the USA in Iraq. An important number of Turkmens had to leave the town as a result of the operations and Tal Afar witnessed a terrible chaotic atmosphere. The justifications for the operation led by the US troops and peshmergas were "the entry into Tal Afar of the forces led by Muqtada al Sadr, the foreign fighters who tried to enter Iraq from Syria, some insurgents fleeing from Fallujah and Ansar al Islam militants affiliated to Al Qaida." This operation lasted five days and later on, the US soldiers left the town. Meanwhile, the Sunni insurgence took place in Mosul and Fallujah. Also, the terrorist organizations had begun to gather in Tal Afar in a year. Thereupon, in September 2005, the USA, alongside with the Iraqi security forces, conducted a new massive operation called "Restoring Rights." It is said that nearly 70 % of the citizens left Tal Afar during these operations. The conflict dynamic took root in Tal Afar after the operations increased. After al Askari Mosque was bombed in February 2006 in the city of Samarra, sectarian tensions arose in Tal Afar, too. The state of conflict intensively continued until 2009 and many families who had left the town between 2004 and 2009 were not able to return to Tal Afar. Along with the decrease of the sectarian conflict in Iraq after 2009 and the agreement between the tribes in Tal Afar, the efforts of Turkey to consolidate the tribes produced some positive results and the acts of violence in Tal Afar considerably decreased. However, the sectarian tension showed continuity and accordingly the town center in Tal Afar took a bi-zonal form. Still, the fact that there had been no conflict in this period and the relative restoration of security comforted the town and the migrants who had left the town due to 2004-2005 operations and the conflicts caused by the sectarian tension returned.

Yet, Tal Afar has still remained under pressure. As a result of the strategic position of Tal Afar, the biggest part of this pressure is due to the struggle between the Iraqi central government and the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) with the effect of the ethnic and sectarian division. Also, the repercussions of the incidents in Syria have kept the tension in Tal Afar at a high level even if there has been no concrete violence and conflict. At this point, all other ethnic and religious groups in Iraq have been affected the developments in Tal Afar. As the Kurds have created pressure on Tal Afar, which is a buffer zone preventing the unification of the KRG borders and the region of Sincar that the KRG dominates, the town has become a part of administrative, political and energy discussions between the central government and the KRG. Besides, Tal Afar has become the focus of the Iraqi central government's pressures on the Sunnis particularly in Mosul which have made the people in the town a part of this polarization. The approval of Tal Afar as a province by the Iraqi Council of Ministers in January 2014 has become the most significant example of this situation. The Sunni Turkmens in Tal Afar who had previously demanded the town to become a province opposed the approval, as they refrained from the government's pressure which had influenced Mosul as well, while the Shia Turkmens who had previously opposed the idea of Tal Afar's becoming a province persistently defended the approval as they were encouraged by the Iraqi central government. After the incidents in Syria, Tal Afar acquired importance again and some arguments were asserted claiming that the armed people who went to Syria to fight was using the passageway of Tal Afar.

Today, Tal Afar has received attention again with the pressure of ISIS, which blockaded the town to expand its area of control and enable border crossing between Syria and Iraq after the seizure of Mosul. Beginning from 14 June, howitzer attacks have been staged for two days. After the army withdrew from Tal Afar in addition to the other cities captured by ISIS, the local police composed of the townspeople and the public attempted to restore security on their own. After the help of Peshmergas for the restoration of security in Tal Afar, the prominent tribes and authorities in Tal Afar and the KRG held meetings. Although the Peshmergas accepted to restore the security with a demand from the public to hand in their weapons to them and a precondition to enter the town center, the Tal Afar side who refrained from allowing the Peshmergas to enter the town center refused to hand in their weapons to them and the sides could not come to an agreement. Within two days, the resisting people of Tal Afar were not able to endure the rising pressure of ISIS and the town was largely captured by the group while nearly all of the townspeople left Tal Afar. Heading for especially Sincar, Rabia and the regions under the KRG control, the Turkmens were at the edge of a disaster, as especially Rabia and Sincar were also under the pressure of ISIS. Also, the Turkmens of Tal Afar had difficulties in entering the KRG, because the KRG demanded controlled passage. Moreover, neither Sincar nor Rabia has the capacity to host the population escaping from Tal Afar. The Turkmens' escape caused a tremendous human tragedy. Extremely high levels of temperature ratings as a result of the summer conditions also negatively affected the migrants. It is said that there have been some difficulties to sustain basic needs such as water, food, medicine and sheltering. The people took refuge in the mosques and school buildings. However, these are temporary precautions and permanent solutions need to be generated. At this point, the Turkmens in Tal Afar have great expectations from Turkey. Providing the help of the KRG and international foundations is also crucial. The KRG should receive the Turkmens with open arms, likewise the opportunities it provided for the Kurds immigrating from the Kurdish territories of Syria. This will be, in a sense, a trust building attempt for the KRG. In spite of the problems regarding Mosul, Turkey should develop a strategy for the Turkmen’s escape, and the attempts to bring the Turkmens in Tal Afar to Turkey should be made if necessary. In addition to the human tragedy in Iraq, the hard conditions of Turkmens raises once again the kinship responsibility. Taking this sensitivity into consideration, the Turkish public also defends the necessity of creating a consciousness in order to take steps both at national and international levels.

Işid’in Türkmen Köyünde Öldürdüğü 15 Kişi Gözyaşları İçinde Defnedildi


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Işid’in Türkmen Köyünde Öldürdüğü 15 Kişi Gözyaşları İçinde

Foto: Ali Mükerrem Kasapoğlu (facebook)
KERKÜK - Irak- Şam İslam Devleti (IŞİD) militanları tarafından Kerkük’e 20
kilometre mesafede bulunan Beşir köyünde öldürdüğü 15 kişi, gözyaşları içinde
defnedildi. Tazehurmatu nahiyesi yakınlarındaki köyde binden fazla Şii
Türkmen ’in yaşadığı bildiriliyor. Beşir köyü IŞİD güçlerinin elinde bulunuyor.
IŞİD militanları, geçtiğimiz günlerde köye ağır silahlarla saldırmış, çıkan
çatışmalarda 5 Peşmerge askeri ile 15 sivil Türkmen hayatını kaybetmişti.
Cenazeler, Sünni aşiret şeyhlerinin girişimleri sonucu ancak IŞİD’in elinden
alınabildi. Cenazeler, ambulanslarla alınarak dün Kerkük adli tıp merkezine
getirilmişti. Burada kimlik tespitinden sonra çocuk, kadın ve yetişkin
erkenlerden oluşan cenazeler bugün yoğun güvenlik önlemleri altında ve
göz yaşları içerisinde toprağa verildi.

’ Kim IŞİD militanlarına vize veriyorsa, IŞİD’in destekçileri onlardır’ diyen
cenaze yakınları, fenalık geçirdi. Cenaze töreninde tepkilerini dile getiren halk’
IŞİD’in gücü siyasilerin üstünde. Bunlarla mücadele edilmiyor. IŞİD
çocuklarımızı, kadınlarımızı öldürdü. Siyasiler neden suskun. IŞİD ile
mücadele eder, onları temizleriz. Sonra da siyasileri temizleriz.’ dedi.

Daha sonra atılan sloganlarla hükümet protesto edildi. Bazı Şii Türkmen
göstericilerin, IŞİD olayları nedeniyle Türk gazetecilere tepki göstermesi
ise dikkat çekti. Tepkiler üzerine Türk gazeteciler, bölgeyi terk etmek
zorunda kaldı.

Bu arada aynı köyde hayatını kaybeden 5 Peşmerge askerinin cenazesi
ise Erbil’e gönderildi.

Foto: Ali Mükerrem Kasapoğlu (facebook)

Kaynak: cihan

jeudi 19 juin 2014


TELAFER - 200.000 Turkmens forced to leave their city because of  the attacks of ISIS

I am really surprised that some Iraqis living OUTSIDE IRAQ are claiming that djihadists (ISIS) are 'liberating' Iraq. 

The news we receive from people LIVING INSIDE IRAQ is that these foreign paid mercenaries are shelling cities and villages, that thousands of Iraqis had to leave their homes and are now refugees with nowhere to go. That many Iraqis have been killed and that many have been wounded and that their houses have been destroyed..... I wonder why they are misinforming the outside world.

It is one thing to be opposed to Maliki (which is understandable) but another to condone terrorism!

IRAK. A Bashir, village annexé par les djihadistes

IRAK. A Bashir, village annexé par les djihadistes

Par Le Nouvel Observateur
Les combattants de l'Etat islamique en Irak et au Levant ont mené l'assaut sur le village de Bashir au seul motif qu'il était chiite. Reportage.
Des djihadistes de l'Etat islamique en Irak et au Levant (EIIL). (AFP PHOTO / HO / ALBARAKA NEWS)

C’est une frontière en mouvement. Hier matin encore, Bashir était un village tranquille de quelques centaines d’âmes, au milieu des champs de blé, déjà moissonnés – la saison chaude arrive tôt, en Irak. La chaleur vrille les couleurs – on pourrait croire à un tableau d’impressionniste. De l’autre côté de Bashir, le village de Tazeh. Entre les deux, un canal et surtout, un pont.

Mais Bashir est aussi un village de Turkmènes chiites. Une minorité turcophone dans le paysage ethnique particulièrement varié de Kirkouk, la grande ville de l’est de l’Irak, dont les Kurdes pensent qu’elle appartient au Kurdes, les Arabes pensent qu’elle appartient aux Arabes, les Turkmènes au Turkmènes, etc.

"Il fallait fuir"

Peu importe l’ethnie, aux yeux des djihadistes de l’EIIL (Etat islamique en Irak et au Levant). Le principal crime du village de Bashir, ce n’est pas d’être Turkmène, c’est d’être chiite. Alors les militants sont arrivés vers midi, sur trois fronts différents, d’après Tahsin Ismaïl Pacha, l’un des notables du village. Il en tremble encore. La réputation de l’EIIL précède l’avancée des combattants. Depuis trois jours, des vidéos macabres circulent sur les téléphones mobiles. On voit les djihadistes massacrer à bout portant des policiers et des soldats chiites à Tikrit, en les présentant comme des "troupeaux de l’armée safavide", une référence à une dynastie iranienne – à l’instar du qualificatif de "croisés" que portent les chrétiens.

Tahsin Ismaïl continue, la voix rompue, les yeux fuyants :
On a résisté comme on a pu. Mais ils sont arrivés par centaines, avec des blindés, des lance-roquettes, des mortiers, des Doshka… On n’a rien de tout ça, nous."

Les rares combattants restés autour de Tahsin Ismaïl n’ont que des armes légères, des pistolets, des kalachnikov. Leurs vêtements sont élimés, poussiéreux. Ce sont de pauvres fermiers.

"On a résisté comme on a pu, mais on a dû abandonner le village. Il y a une vingtaine de blessés, je ne sais pas combien sont morts parmi eux. Il y a beaucoup de disparus. Deux personnes de ma famille manquent", continue Tahsin Ismaïl, avant d’ajouter : "On n’avait pas le choix. Il fallait fuir. Les djihadistes veulent nous tuer, nous égorger parce qu’on est chiites."
De l'autre côté du pont

Les fermiers se sont repliés de l’autre côté du pont, dans le village de Tazeh. C’est à ce moment-là que les Peshmergas sont arrivés. Ce sont les combattants de l’armée kurde. Eux ont l’équipement. Rien ne manque à leurs uniformes, toujours impeccables, toujours repassés. Ils ont les armes, y compris lourdes et les véhicules, y compris blindés. Les Peshmergas ont bloqué l’avancée des djihadistes vers le milieu de l’après-midi. Les combats se calment. Un obus de mortier tombe, de temps à autre, loin. Aucun combattant ne semble avoir envie de mourir pour un pont entre deux villages de Turkmènes chiites.

C’est le moment que choisit le colonel Abdel Fattah Jalal Mohamed pour visiter la ligne de front. C’est un vétéran peshmerga, aujourd’hui reconverti dans la police kurde. Mais il débarque là, comme un chef de gang, avec deux énormes 4x4 blanc rutilant dans les ocres poussière de la campagne irakienne. Il serre quelques mains, tape quelques épaules, sourit beaucoup et livre quelques réflexions bien senties : "Les chiites ne voulaient pas des combattants kurdes. Mais quand leur village s’est fait attaquer par l’EIIL, ils nous ont appelés tout de suite. Nous n’avons pas le choix. Après l’écroulement de l’armée irakienne, nous sommes les seuls à pouvoir protéger les civils ici." Ils n’ont pas eu le choix, peut-être – mais aujourd’hui, les Peshmergas occupent Tazeh, les djihadistes, Bashir, les villageois, plus rien.

Ces derniers saluent respectueusement le colonel Jalal. Les Peshmergas ne sont pas venus seuls. Avec eux, des pillards kurdes. Le colonel est au courant et laisse faire. Il salue tout le monde d’un air particulièrement jovial avant de rembarquer dans son 4x4 rutilant. Les villageois gardent le silence. Eux non plus n’ont pas eu le choix.

De notre correspondant en Irak, Arthur Fabre

mardi 17 juin 2014






lundi 16 juin 2014

Turkmen regions in Iraq now under the control of ISIS and peshmerga

The brave Turkmens of Telafer have resisted until dawn this morning, unfortunately this Turkmen city is now under control of ISIL. There is deep concern over the fate of the inhabitants of this city, especially the shiite Turkmens. 

All the other Turkmen regions in Mosul, Kirkuk, Diyala and Salahiddin are now under the control of the peshmerga.

dimanche 15 juin 2014

Iraqi Turkmens arming for self-defense

Iraqi Turkmens arming for self-defense

Fehim TaştekinKAYSERİ - Radikal

Turkmens in Iraq are arming themselves under pressure from increasing Kurdish militia power in Kirkuk.

Feeling threatened by the extending control of Kurdish peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Iraqi Turkmens have begun to arm themselves, a prominent representative of the ethnic group has said, as the country finds itself dragged into further turmoil.

“We are definitely determined to establish an armed force. People are obliged to defend themselves,” Erşad Salihi, the leader of the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITC), told daily Hürriyet.

“All other groups have militia forces. We are facing difficulties as we don’t have weapons. The central government’s weapons go to our Shiite brothers. The Sunnis and the Kurds are already armed,” Salihi added.

Following the seizure by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants of the Iraqi province of Mosul last week, Iraqi security forces retreated and left Kirkuk to Kurdish militants.

According to a deal reached between Iraqi defense and interior ministries and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), peshmarga will step in when the central government’s army fails to fulfil its duties, and this deal is the legal basis for the increasing peshmarga presence across northern Iraq.
The Kurdistan flag is now waving at a vast former U.S. military camp surrounded with concrete blocks as you enter Kirkuk, and it is clear that the Iraqi army is “out” while the Kurdish peshmarga forces are “in.”

Constabulary forces made up of Turkmen, Arab and Kurdish police officers are not totally absent from
the streets, but the only military power now is the peshmerga.

“We definitely don’t see Kirkuk as a part of the Kurdish region,” said Salihi, expressing his annoyance at the possibility of Kurdish authority becoming permanent.

“If there is a fait accompli, this will be against us. If a temporary situation becomes permanent, this would be a serious disturbance issue,” he added.

“Our people have expectations and we won’t accept such fait accompli politics. Our message to our brothers in northern Iraq [is that] we have always lived here together; we should remain in control all together,” Salihi said.

Salihi also rejected claims that Turkmen militants are fighting as part of the peshmerga forces. “There is no such thing. Those people who are there to earn their living are like mercenaries,” he said.
He also expressed resentment that Turkey was “not supporting Iraqi Turkmens enough.”

“Turkey should have been closer to the Turkmens. Turkey stood at an equal distance from everyone, but we should have been supported more. Turkmens cannot live here for one minute without Turkey’s moral force,” he said.

Salihi also claimed that political groups in Iraq seemed like they had agreed to divide Iraq into Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish regions, saying the “clues” have been clear for the past few years.

He said Iraqi Turkmens have always been siding with “stability” in Syria as they “knew the war would affect Iraq.” “Now, it has spilled over to Iraq and it threatens Turkmens the most,” he said, adding that all developments in the region should be seen as being related.


Who is this Lord Maginnis of Drumglass who recently issued a Press Release on the recent developments in Iraq?

Who is this Lord Maginnis of Drumglass who recently issued a Press Release on the recent developments in Iraq?

Major Kenneth Wiggins Maginnis, Baron Maginnis of Drumglass (born 21 January 1938), is a Northern Irish Ulster Unionist politician who sits as a Life Peer in the House of Lords. He was the Member of Parliament(MP) for Fermanagh and South Tyrone from 1983 to 2001.

He was a member of the infamous and sectarian 'Apprentice boys of Derry'.


Although I do not support the corrupt Maliki government in Iraq I believe that the British have done enough harm to this country and I am therefore very suspicious of their involvement in Iraq's current affairs.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass on the recent development in Iraq

Sunday, 15 June 2014, 2:40 pm
Press Release: Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass on the recent development in Iraq

The following press release was issued by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass on Friday, June 13, concerning the recent development in Iraq and an important conference at the UK Parliament in this regard

At the invitation of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass and Lord Clarke of Hampstead, a conference was held at the Westminster Parliament on 10 June 2014 to discuss the major concerns in Iraq including the situation of human rights, the lack of security, absence of social developments and Iraq’s international obligations.

Participants in the conference included His Eminance Shaikh Dr. Abdulhakim Al Saadi of the Iraqi Muslim Scholars, Mr Sabah Al Mukhtar, President of the Arab Lawyers Association (UK) and Legal Consultant in UK, Dr Isam Al Chalabi, Former Iraqi Oil Minister, Prof. Saad Naji Jawad, Professor of Political Science and visiting professor at LSE, Dr Subhi Toma, Expert on Minorities and Immigrants, His Excellency Sid Ahmed Al Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria, and Messrs Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck, former Assistant Secretary Generals at the UN.

The political circumstances in Iraq as well as future prospects and challenges to the development in the country were addressed by the panellists who represented years of legal and international experience at UN level, different Iraqi political movements and religious groups struggling for human rights and democracy in Iraq.

The panellists emphasised that the usurpation of power by Maliki during the last eight years and the unprecedented influence of Iranian regime and its terrorist Quds Force in Iraq are the main sources of the current political crisis and violence in their country.

They added that “post US withdrawal, Iran has filled the power vacuum in Iraq. Therefore, the support of Western governments, especially that of the United States for Maliki is shameful and tantamount to participation on the murder and slaughter of innocent Iraqi people.”

While condemning human right abuses and the unprecedented number of executions in Iraq, the Iraqi participants called for an end to US and Russian arms being supplied to Maliki to help him suppress the popular uprising, which Maliki falsely claims is being led by ISIS and Al Qaeda.

In his speech, Lord Maginnis of Drumglass said “... with 1,000 people being killed each month in Iraq and another 4,000 injured, it is very hard to believe that the West's intervention could have produced such chaos. But, it is even more difficult to comprehend, why our Government - why the Western governments in general - are not even talking about it. Is this silence the result of our guilty conscience? Following the West's expedition into Iraq we were led to believe it would produce something worthwhile but sadly it has only produced the very dubious, dangerous and oppressive Al-Maleki, totally in thrall to the Iranian mullahs.”

Sabah Al-Mukhtar said “the 2003 invasion to create “Democracy and Rule of Law” with the aim to make Iraq the model for the Middle East have resulted in a new dictatorship aliened to Iran. Instead of the secular state, Iraq is now a theocratic state where no one is safe and the marriage of nine year old girls or even younger is being legalised … The United States and Iran have come together to give Iraq a new prime minister, possibly a third term for Maliki, violating even the US designed constitution of Iraq and creating a new dictatorship!”

Dr. Shaikh Abdulhakim Al Saadi explained that “claim that what is going on in Iraq is a fight between Shiite and Sunni is not true. Anbar province is the Governorate that fought Al-Qaeda. Anbar had peaceful demonstration for one year now Maliki is requesting US drones and planes to bomb its civilians from the air.”

The prominent Iraqi speakers expressed the hope that both Houses of Parliament would take action to demand accountability and an end to impunity for the crimes committed against the Iraqi people and pressure the Iraqi authorities to end the corruption that puts the country as the fourth from the bottom of the list of Transparency International.

The conference also called on the British government and the FCO to act to ensure that Iraq’s Judiciary be reformed and rid it of bias and political influence by linking relation between the UK and Iraq.

They also urged the FCO to take appropriate measures in the UN and in coordination with its international allies to support the appointment of a Special Human Rights Rappoteur for Iraq and cessation of military support to the Baghdad regime, which Maliki will use to suppress the legitimate demands of the Iraqi people for prosperity, pursue of happiness and the respect of basic rights.

samedi 14 juin 2014

11 Years After the Occupation of Iraq Session - House of Commons

11 Years After the Occupation of Iraq Session - House of Commons

At the invitation of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass and Lord Clarke of
Hampstead, a conference was held at the House of Commons on
10 June 2014 "11 Years After the Occupation of Iraq" to discuss the
major concerns in Iraq including the situation of human rights, the
lack of security, absence of social developments and Iraq's 
international obligations.

Participants in the conference included Mr Sabah Al Mukhtar, official 

of Arab Lawyers and Legal Consultant in UK, Dr Isam Al Chalabi, 
Former Iraqi Oil Minister, Prof. Saad Naji Jawad, Professor of 
Political Science and visiting professor at LSE, Dr Subhi Toma, 
Expert on Minorities and Immigrants, His Excellency Sid Ahmed 
Al Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria, and Messrs Denis 
Halliday and Hanz von Sponeck, former Assistant Secretary 
Generals at the UN.