Again and in the broad daylight and in front of the local government and the security forces in the province of Kerkuk, gangs and militias belonging to the Kurdish parties are attacking unarmed Turkmen civilians and for reasons that have become obvious and clear.
At 3 pm on Friday, June 23, 2017, a gang robbed a Turkmen citizen’s car, in the old Saydeen Street of Wasiti neighborhood in the center of the province. An eyewitness (who declined to be identified) said “This was a gang consisting of four Gunmen were riding a Merzi pickup car with a white color. Two of them were wearing Kurdish uniforms and others wearing green uniforms similar to Asayish (security forces) of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) clothes. They stole a Toyota 2017 GXR belonging to a Turkmen citizen (Salam Koprli). According to the same witness, “the gunmen tried to oblige the citizen to hand over the keys of his car by force. The owner tried to get rid of them; he threw the key to the house adjacent to the location. One of the gunmen stormed the house and attacked the owner of the house with a back of the gun caused wound to his head, and blood was covering his face, according to a source witnessed the incident. The other gunman threw two shots at the head of the driver of the car where he was lying on the street, but he survived by miracle, after that the gang stole the car and fled.
It is worth mentioning that the site of the incident is located in the middle of several security points. Only 300 meters away, and towards the neighborhood of (Wahid Huzayran). There is an emergency police station for the first regiment, but they completely did not move, although the incident’s duration was about half an hour. Also the headquarters of the Asayish (Kurdish Security Force) is located in the other side of Al Wasiti neighborhood, but they did not move a foot also, although the gunmen used the same main street (Al Saydeen) during the attack and withdrawal.
These criminal operations, which occurs daily, target the Turkmen citizens in the province of Kirkuk, in the face of the failure or involvement of the local security services, require a courageous and brave stand from the commander-in-chief of the armed forces as the country’s top security official and his serious move to bring federal forces to protect the people of the city. Or arm the people of the city to protect themselves from the brutality of criminal gangs. Also it is required from the Iraqi parliament to form a committee to investigate these crimes and to find out the details and purposes.
Turkmen Rescue Foundation
Human Rights Section
24 June 2017
Translated by: gülşen beyatli
Despite the direct, and various forms of targeting of Turkmen ethnicity in all the cities and areas of their existence, including kidnapping, extortion, bombing and abuse of their lands and property. We see that one of the malicious methods adopted by those who fear the strength and unity of Turkmen society as an original, national component of historical dimensions, and with a civilization can not be bypassed in Iraq and the region, is the use of sectarian and regional division of Turkmen and create internal strife among them. The Turkmen despite of a rich diversity they have, they are under a big tent that brings them together with all Iraqis, is their affiliation within Iraq, their citizenship. The strong association that brings them together with their son of kin and ethnicity inside Iraq and the whole world is the national factor and language with the existence of religious and sectarian diversity and external and internal boundaries separating them.
In spite of all the targeting and assaults, we never heard a formal statement from the local government about the crimes and dozens of operations that targeted the Turkmen in Kerkuk over the past 14 years, which were considered done by unknown persons and did not reveal any details about them. We mention hereby including but not limited to the assassination of the following Turkmen:
1- Brigadier Sabah Kara Al-Toun, director of internal affairs in Kerkuk.
2- Ibrahim Ismail/Director of Education of Tuz.
3- Brigadier Nazim Hussein Ahmed/director of citizenship and civil status in Kerkuk.
4- Consultant doctor Dr. Yildirm Abbas with his brother.
5- Munir Al-Qafli, Chairman of Kerkuk District Council and member of the administrative board of the Turkmen Front.
6- Lieutenant Colonel Aydin Rifaat/Director of the Kerkuk Intelligence Unit and its facilities.
7- Ibrahim Jihad Al-Beyati/Assistant Director of Integrity of Kerkuk.
8- Dr. Haider Zainalabdeen, ENT specialist doctor, whose fate unknown till today after he has been kidnapped in kirkuk.
9- Hayat Safa’ eldin, a young Turkmen woman, and a political activist from Beldroz, Diyala, was killed recently in May, by who they call unknown.
Despite the presence of dozens of groups, belonging to the gangs and mafia are originally Kurdish, they are in Kurdish prisons or at large, they are accused of dozens of crimes in Kerkuk now. We have never heard statements by a government or security in Kerkuk to disclose the details of their crimes or mentioning their ethnicity or from any area or religious sector.
Despite the existence of 60 files in the Iraqi courts in Kerkuk and charges of corruption and theft of public funds by the local government in Kerkuk, those cases were frozen and never dealt with because of the influence of the authority of the local government.
On the contrary, the media reported a few days ago a televised statement by the commander of the anti-terrorist forces of the Kurdish region of Kurdistan and then at a press conference of the governor of Kerkuk accusing the Turkmen and Shiites of the city of Tuz Khurmato of committing those crimes.
We would like to emphasize the following points:
1- it is very strange that the accused person is dealt with according to his ethnicity, sectarian or regional affiliations, and then the security or governmental authorities focus on that in the media and declare a confirmation of charges against him before he is presented to the judiciary court. This is a violation of the basic rights guaranteed by the international conventions and the Iraqi constitution; this certainly carries hidden objectives, some group worked on it, for years to divide the Turkmen.
2 – This clear selective step in dealing with a crime, the life and fate of civilians in Kerkuk for more than fourteen years and Turkmen are under the weight of terrorism and crimes openly. Who are responsible for them and where is capability of the Kurdish security forces to disclose the details of all these crimes, which killed hundreds of Turkmen and Arab civilians, their qualified individuals, and cost them very large amounts of money because of extortion.
3 – a clear distortion of the reputation of the Al Hashid Al Shaabi, their fighters and formations, which is an integral part of the cheap media to block their real role in their fight against terrorist “Da’ash” and secure the areas that fell under the control of terrorists after the withdrawal of the military forces, which Peshmerga was a part of it. The civilians were left without a protector and defendant in cities and provinces in northern Iraq.
4 – A clear and intentional silence and an attempt to evade the crimes of dozens of Kurdish groups accused of various criminal operations in the province of Kerkuk, some of them were arrested and others are at large and are not presented to the judicial and legal system for fear of detection of the parties behind those crimes.
5 – A clear cover-up by the provincial council and the judiciary system in Kerkuk on files of corruption accusing the local government, those are more than 60 cases of corruption and theft of public money.
The destructive acts and abuses of the civil and social peace by the local government in Kerkuk have become intolerable and warn of serious consequences for the future of this diverse city in its composition and population. It needs intervention by all state legislative, judicial and security institutions to put an end to these crimes and atrocities occurring in Kerkuk in the name of democracy.
Turkmen rescue foundation
Translated by: Gulsen Beyatli
By Dr. Ali Akram, Chairman of Turkmen rescue foundation
After about four months (in September), we will commemorate the third anniversary of the victory of Turkmen forces in the district of Amerli. It resisted with its modest military capabilities and sacrifices of their sons for eighty-three days. They suffered hunger, thirst, lack of medicine and the disruption of major services from water and electricity. This aggressive fight ended by opening of the siege after directing several regiments of fighters of PMF from southern Iraq to support the people of Amerli. This victory was nucleus to form the first Turkmen force in Iraq, which is then called the Turkmen PMF , who then contributed in many fierce battles in Tikrit, Beiji, Jurf Al Sakhr, Kirkuk and Mosul, the blood of Turkmen fighters is in every part of Iraq.
Targeting of Turkmen fighters by the terrorist gangs has not stopped over the past years, and in defense of Iraqi territory caravans carrying the Turkmen martyrs have not stopped too.
Iraqi Turkmen fighters in PMF, army and police units bravely defended a fierce terrorist attack with medium and heavy weapons. They infiltrated at dawn on Thursday, May 18, 2017, and tried to ambush the Turkmen forces near Amerli district , but they have surprised by the harsh response of Turkmen forces and the terrorists suffered heavy losses in lives and equipment.
On the political level, the Iraqi arena witnessed another Turkmen victory, but of a political kind this time. A general conference and under the auspices of the UN Mission in Iraq for Turkmen was held on Wednesday May 17, 2017, which included all Turkmen political, social and cultural representatives Speaker of parliment Dr. Salim al-Jubouri and the head of the UN mission in Iraq, Mr. Jan Kubis opened the conference officially . Representatives of Iraqi presidency, Iraqi prime minister and all diplomatic missions in Baghdad also attended the conference.
The conference stressed a set of vital points concerning Turkmens of Iraq and their fate in Iraq under the roof of citizenship.
The most important of these recommendations is the need to work to restore the rights of usurped Turkmen people by successive Iraqi governments before 2003, and by local forces after 2003.
The formation of the provinces of Tuz Khurmatoo and Tal Afar and partnership in the administration of Kirkuk province and turning it into a special new region and participate in the decision-making in Baghdad, were among the recommendations demanded in the conferences.
Turkmen people are the third ethnicity in Iraq, with at least 7% of Iraq’s population, according to local and international official figures. They live in the provinces of Mosul, Erbil, Kirkuk, Salahuddin, Diyala, Kut and Baghdad.
What is this arrogance and ingratitude? What kind of people these are? Who dares to kidnap his children’s teacher and kill who came to get him out of the darkness of ignorance to the light? What kind of crime, atrocity and brutality. Who kills the victim and then extort money from orphans?
Five years ago, on this day the 25 April 2012, my brother (Hussein Jamal Mustafa) was kidnapped by a terrorist gang at the Ibn Battuta School in the village of Bir Ahmed, was leaving school at the end of the day, and heading to his house at Tuz Khormato! After they took him out of his car and took him to an unknown destination, in the Zarqa area and drove to the village of Al-Azariya from the Daqouq district, while releasing his colleague, who was one of the villagers! Two months later, on July 3, 2012, a second group of terrorists
– Called the family demanded a ransom of $ 100,000 ($ 10 books) for his release. Due to the lack of security in the region and the absence of authority, we had to negotiate with the terrorists and submit to their requests via mobile communications in order to preserve his life.
– On 5/7/2012, the required amount of money was handed over at the Orouba area in the city of Kirkuk according to the agreement. The kidnappers told us that the kidnapped man would be delivered in the area of Taza Khormato! So we went to the destination without success and did not know the low life behavior reaches the bottom! And that was just a trick!
The kidnapped was not found till the time of this writing.
– But we were surprised by a strange situation on (11/1/2013) when a terrorist gang was arrested by the security authorities; the members admitted the crime of blackmailing us and receiving the money without acknowledging the crime of kidnapping! We have doubts and suspicions! To learn later, they used a lawyer with influence and he influenced the judiciary system in the city of Tikrit, which is specializing in releasing terrorists, and claiming their innoceness! With money and connections.
– A sham trial was held against them to issue a severe prison sentence for five years after article 4 / terrorism was changed to article 456 of the Penal Code!!! The verdict was executed by placing them in Badush prison. They were released in 2014 after the prison broke out by al-Da’ash after the fall of Mosul and after most of the prisoners were killed on sectarian grounds.
– On the other hand, another defendant is being investigated by the Crime Prevention Department, who admitted that he had facilitated and assisted in the kidnapping (Hussein Jamal Mustafa). He appeared to be a teacher, and his colleague in the same school; they were friends with each other!!! His name is (Jabber Khalaf Aswad) from the village of Birahamed, who accompanied him during his abduction!
– The painful thing is not finding the body of the kidnapped so far, and we as family members and his four children have no rest and had no comfort ever since his abduction five years ago. A member of the gang called (Hussein Mohammed Fadel. His nickname is Hussein Haweyah…) still living in Kirkuk is free and lives his life with comfort and tranquility. Two of the terrorists fled to Turkey after being released from Badush Prison (Naseer Rahim Abdullah and Ahmed Khalil Ismail). The fire of injustice and the uncompassionate feeling burn us, and we go through our life with sorrows and pains at every moment! My brother (Hussein Jamal Mustapha) was born in the district of Jaqla in Tuz Khormato in 1967. He completed his elementary, intermediate and science branch High School, and then at the teachers’ institute. He did not hurt anyone in his life, but became a teacher of the English language. His goal in life was to serve his people by education.
From here, after terrorism reached education and justice! We continue to have hope in the good Iraqi people. I appeal to all the loyal brothers of the security, judicial and civil institutions to help us and advise us on how to recover the rights of the four-orphaned children who lost their breadwinner and lost their money and possessions to provide ransom so that their father could return, but they could not find his remains.. Mercy on his soul.
Not a single day passes without an attack or targeting Turkmen civilians at the so called by the Iraqi constitution “Disputed Areas”. Previously the dispute was about legality, while currently turned to bloody and fatal.
Few days after the kidnapping and torturing a Turkmen citizen “Ali Muhammad Ali” in Kerkuk, who was found after few days thrown on the road at one of Kerkuk’s suburb. The video, which was distributed, showed that the kidnappers are Kurds.
On Wednesday May 3, 2017, at 3:00 PM. A Starex car transporting Turkmen university girls from Kerkuk University to their home at Tuz Khormato, a city located within Salahadin Governorate. When the car arrived the northern checkpoint of Tuz Khormato, which is controlled, by the Peshmerge and the Asayish. The car stopped and then moved away from the check point, at this point one of the reckless Kurd started shooting the car hitting the back window shield of the car, this caused many injuries to the shoulders and heads of the driver and the students. The Turkmen driver Sameer Sadon’s condition is critical.
It is clear from the photographs which was distributed after the incident at the social media, that this incident was intentional because there is no legal or security reason to target a civil car transporting students specially the drivers are well know to the checkpoint because they are frequent drivers through these check point.
The public cannot ignore this crime and the previous crimes of the Kurdish terrorist gangs in these areas.
The United Nation should be more serious while dealing with Turkmen issue and for being target of the terrorist gangs. They should not only meet the political candidates at the green zone. UN should activate its local offices at the area. And it is necessary to have an emergency office at Tuz Khormato to follow up with the events and be a watchdog in the area.
The Iraqi Parliament should establish an Investigation Committee to follow up and to be fact finders for these frequent attacks, especially against the Turkmen in the area.
The Iraqi Government should stop the role of advising and honoring in this area. The Prime Minister, as a Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces should use all his authorities to provide security, and save the civilian’s life in this area.
Turkmen Rescue Foundation
Human Rights Office
After the last tension in Kirkuk about raising the Kurdish flag over the government buildings, which received local rejection by Turkmen and , Arabs, by Iraqi government in Baghdad, and by regional and international actors, where everyone condemned this step, which may be a key for Daesh to enter Kirkuk.
Today, after the failure of this policy of Kurdish parties, they are using the alternate policy of the gangs that was already used against Turkmen in Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatoo and other areas, but it was undeclared and hidden. On April 10, 2017, a Kurdish gang kidnapped a Turkmen citizen “Ali Mohammed Ali”, who lives in the Al Quds neighborhood of Kirkuk and works as an employee of one of the Turkmen parties after a fight with him over the flag raising issue.
On April 27, the gang sent a video showing how the kidnappers are torturing the citizen and asking him to demand his family to pay a ransom for his release. He asks them to do the opposite. The gangs showing him again, while he has been tortured and his face full of blood . This is the policy of the Kurdish parties, which have stepped up and took power and authority under the title of oppressive and under the title of democracy.
We appeal to all official bodies in Iraq and international and regional actors to intervene and protect the Turkmen from what is happening. These gangs are more dangerous than Daesh because they operate under the guise of the state and the government.
T.R.F/ Media office
29 April 2017
– It is well known that the official mechanisms adopted to know the origin of any city and accredited by the United Nations to settle disputes between peoples about the origin of any city is the adoption of the ancient tombs of the city and the adoption of the names of the neighborhoods of the city. When we look at these points, we find obviously that the oldest graves in the city are in Turkmen neighborhoods including graves of ” Sultan Saqi in Tes’in, Musala and Turkalan graves and Imam Zainalabdeen grave in Tawook”. The names of the oldest neighborhoods and cities of Kirkuk are mainly at Turkmen side including ( Musalla, Qouria, Tes’in, Taza khurmatoo, Altoon Kobri and Tawooq), while the Kurdish areas are all modern areas most of which have been created or been expanded after 2003.
– There is a significant demographic change that took place after 2003, in terms of bringing about 600,000 Kurds from inside and outside Iraq to live in Kirkuk by giving them lands and money. In addition, they were and still encouraging any Kurdish pregnant woman from outside of Kirkuk to deliver their babies at hospitals of Kirkuk to obtain a statement of birth and thus the identity from the province of Kirkuk.
– There is an intra Kurdish tension that has increased in the recent period between the Kurdish parties and there is outcry by Kurdish people in KRG against political class because of the bad economic situation and corruption rampant by the political authority. There is as well a Kurdish Kurdish conflict in Kirkuk over its imports and its economy has also increased weeks ago because of bringing troops from Sulaimani belonging to PUK. All these things led the Kurds to take this step as a means to unify the Kurdish people and the Kurdish media towards a new enemy and prevent any more progress in the internal tension through irritating the Kurds emotionally toward new external event.
– The governor of Kirkuk Dr Necmettin is trying to introduce himself as a chief Kurdish leader after disappearing the role of Talabani. He has a new project of special region of Kirkuk in addition to the project of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party of a second Kurdish region including Kirkuk, Sulaimania, Tuzkhurmatoo and Kefri, to be under the control of PUK, as the old region ( KRG) is under the control of PDK, to be the nucleus of the Greater Kurdistan State.
– It should also be noted that the Kirkuk provincial Council is an un-elected council. It has been established by the coalition (invasion) authority and it is in violation of the law and the constitution for 14 years. The governor’s position is also illegal because it is the result of this illegal council. The United nation and Iraqi parliament requested and advised the work to normalize the situation and prepare for a new election years ago, but nothing was applied on the ground because the province is controlled by power of PUK and there is full weakness of the central government there.
– Kirkuk’s local authority failed to protect innocent people over 14 years, as there was continuous assaults against Turkmen and Arabs in the province by terrorism. As Turkmen we faced recently massacres at the village of Basheer and town of Taza Khurmatoo by Da’esh over the last 3 years. Hawija is still under control of Da’esh. The terrorist gangs controlled the central city of Kirkuk within few hours months ago, so where is the role of the local authority and Peshmerga in protecting citizens of Kirkuk.
– Turkmen youth have weapons and public military groups( part of PMF) in the city of Tuz Khurmatoo ( 80 km south of Kirkuk) and they have defended bravely themselves in the worst two attacks of the Kurdish militias against Turkmen in Tuz. The same thing will happen in Kirkuk if this constant pressure by Kurds not removed , as it will generate a spark and reaction lead Turkmen to be armed to defend themselves in Kirkuk. Today there is a public outcry by Turkmen and the Kurdish parties should not think that their control of the local administration by power will be a patron for them or a guarantee for stability.
– It is now necessary to have a real efforts by the United Nations to intervene strongly in Kirkuk to organize partnership between the parties and partners in the administration and agree on a reasonable and constitutional formula for the future, otherwise the situation will explode at any time and it will have security and political implications might affect all Iraq and even its region.