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  • A Story of the Kurds and Kurdistan - What Happens When Your Oppressors Are Next Door Neighbors This is an interesting speech. Speaker burns Secretary Hillary Clinton for treating Kurd PKK who are fighting for freedom, as a terrorist group (enemy of USA) even though they killed no Americans
  • Iraq: Understanding the ISIS Offensive Against the Kurds

    08/12/2014 9:27:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Brookings ^ | August 11, 2014 | Kenneth M. Pollack
    What Happened to the Peshmerga? Without a doubt, one of the biggest and most disturbing surprises of the past week was the seeming ease with which ISIS fighters defeated Kurdish Peshmerga forces, seizing several towns in northern Iraq, the Mosul Dam, and even threatening to advance on Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). All of this has conveyed an impression of Kurdish weakness very much contrary to the accepted wisdom that the Peshmerga were more than capable of defending their lands.
  • US weighs airstrikes, humanitarian aid in Iraq

    08/07/2014 11:24:55 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    The White House(sic) is weighing unsupported air strikes to "stem Islamist militant" gains in Iraq, as well as humanitarian relief for thousands of displaced religious minorities in the country's (Kurdish) north, according to US defense. Un-named Republicans allegedly call for the president to "take action", he doesn't need the approval of lawmakers... Meanwhile, President B Ob huddles with his national security team between fund raisers and golf on Marthas to discuss the Wahhabi gains. Any physical activity would mark a significant shift in the American paralysis, US military was yanked (Saigon, again) in late 2011 after discovering the clear, but...
  • Islamic State grabs Iraqi dam, oilfield in victory over Kurds

    08/03/2014 9:14:50 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Aug 3, 2014 | Ahmed Rasheed and Raheem Salman
    Islamic State fighters seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns on Sunday after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping through the region in June. Capture of the Mosul Dam after an offensive of barely 24 hours could give the Sunni militants the ability to flood major Iraqi cities or withhold water from farms, sharply raising the stakes in their bid to topple Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led government.
  • Expansion of ‘secret’ facility in Iraq suggests closer U.S.-Kurd ties

    07/14/2014 12:43:39 AM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 11 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 07.11.14 | BY MITCHELL PROTHERO
    IRBIL, Iraq -- A supposedly secret but locally well-known CIA station on the outskirts of Irbil’s airport is undergoing rapid expansion as the United States considers whether to engage in a war against Islamist militants who’ve seized control of half of Iraq in the past month. Western contractors hired to expand the facility and a local intelligence official confirmed the construction project, which is visible from the main highway linking Irbil to Mosul, the city whose fall June 9 triggered the Islamic State’s sweep through northern and central Iraq. Residents around the airport say they can hear daily what they...
  • Kurdistan Declares “Safe Haven” for Christian Refugees

    07/31/2014 1:59:18 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    anglicanink ^ | 27 Jul 2014 | Andrew Boyd
    Kurdistan has declared a safe-haven for Christian refugees, as Islamist militants extinguish the Christian presence in Iraq’s second city, Mosul. According to news reports, every Christian has finally been driven out of the city. Displaced Christians have expressed anger towards the international community for failing to protect them or offer asylum. One priest, who cannot be named, told religious liberty organisation, Release International, that he was furious that Britain ‘offered visas to terrorists’ but refused to grant them to Iraqi Christians. The priest was also dismayed that British jihadis were among the IS fighters. ‘There is no hope, no future....
  • Iraqi Kurds: A nation in waiting

    07/27/2014 10:51:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 27, 2014 | Slobodan Lekic
    The Kurdish region of Iraq and Turkey, border Iran, and Syria. Kurds have a well developed, effective government, parliament and security force. The region has had nearly total independence since Iraq's defeat in the 1991 Gulf War. // Snipp // Largely corrupted remnants of U.S.-trained Iraqi Army, crumbled under the Saudi-wahhabi push East. Peshmerga recovered strategic northern positions, including suburbs of now, wahhab dominated City Mosul. //Snipp// Many Kurdish Iraqi leaders believe ever blossoming federal cronyism, and recently demonstrated national defense atrophy, lay bare a chronic Humpty Dumptyism. The Nation may best function as a Republic. “I don’t think Iraq...
  • Kurds Confirm Initial Oil Payment from Baghdad

    10/09/2012 8:47:20 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Dow Jones ^ | Monday, October 08, 2012 | Hassan Hafidh
    BAGHDAD – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), confirmed Monday that it had received an initial $547 million payment. "We can confirm receipt by the KRG of the first portion of the money which is 650 billion Iraqi dinars Baghdad will pay the KRG IQD1 trillion, some IQD650 billion out of which will be paid now, while the remaining IQD350 billion will be paid either by the end of this year or the beginning of 2013, depending on the central government's budgetary procedures. This agreement comes after KRG suspended crude oil exports of nearly 100,000 barrels a day in April, citing...
  • Kurdish Asylum Seekers Face Terrorism Charges

    10/01/2012 5:57:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    SWISS - English ^ | Oct 1, 2012 - 16:56 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Two brothers of Kurdish origin are being prosecuted by the Swiss authorities on charges of being involved via the internet with an Islamic terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda. The asylum seekers are accused of setting up internet platforms that were designed to attract new members to the recently formed terrorist organisation, issue propaganda, pass on messages to the al-Qaeda network and disseminate details of terror attacks.
In addition, the brothers are alleged to have downloaded videos of executions and stored them on their computers.
According to the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office, the unnamed terrorist organisation was headed by Kurdish extremist cleric Mullah Krekar,...
  • Obama Administration Wants to Give Turkey SuperCobras

    10/28/2011 5:58:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10/28/2011 | Gavriel Queenann
    Obama Administration Wants to Give Turkey SuperCobras An unorthodox deal sees Washington providing Ankara with in-service US Marine Corps attack helicopters to aid in its war with the PKK. The Obama administration wants to provide two currently in-service US Marine Corps attack helicopters, Reuters reported Friday. The highly unorthodox move is being considered as Ankara seeks to exact revenge for a major attack by Kurdish separatists. Turkey has been seeking AH-1 SuperCobra helicopters to replace those lost fighting separatist rebels from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) for some time. Congressional officials say the Marines would get two new Textron Inc...
  • IHH's Deep, Longstanding Terror Ties

    06/10/2010 3:22:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 138+ views
    IPT News June 9, 2010 SNIPPET: "The Turkish-based charity that helped drive last week's deadly confrontation with Israeli commandos has deep ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups. The Hamas ties are not in question. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and IHH officials simply do not acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist group." SNIPPET: "U.S. officials have expressed concern over the fact that "IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria, and Gaza over the past three years," but IHH is not a designated terrorist organization in the United States. It's fair to ask, why not?"...
  • Turkish (blood)bath

    06/01/2010 3:53:26 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 660+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 1, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    Yesterday's "aid convoy" incident off the coast of Gaza wasn't about bringing humanitarian supplies to the terrorist-ruled territory. It wasn't even about Israel. It was about Turkey's determination to position itself as the leading Muslim state in the Middle East. Three ships of that six-ship pro-terror convoy flew Turkish flags and were crowded with Turkish citizens. The Ankara government -- led by Islamists these days -- sponsored the "aid" operation in a move to position itself as the new champion of the Palestinians. And Turkish decision-makers knew Israel would have to react -- and were waiting to exploit the inevitable...
  • Iraqi Security Force Update: October 2009

    10/04/2009 9:37:38 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 182+ views
    Montrose Toast ^ | 4 October 2009 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force Update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during September 2009. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle as of 30 September 2009 is published at Montrose Toast. During September, the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior held 23 course graduations. The emphasis in the Ministry of Interior is still on basic training of the backlog of untrained and already hired Iraqi Police. The emphasis of the Iraqi Army remains on support elements, with particular emphasis on engineer and indirect fires. ------ The first 40 Kurdish personnel to go through Phase III “Caribinieri” as...
  • Kurdish Regional Guards: The best OPSEC in Iraq

    07/15/2009 8:08:15 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 2 replies · 383+ views
    Montrose Toast ^ | 15 July 2009 | DJ Elliott
    The Kurdish Regional Guards are the official and legal security force for the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq. They are commonly called the Peshmurga and they are the third largest army in Iraq. The Iraqi Army and (for now) the United States Forces in Iraq (AKA MNF-I) are the only two larger armies in Iraq. The Peshmurga also has the tightest operational security in Iraq. This tight operational security is why little data is available about the Peshmerga organization. That lack of data is why the Kurdish Regional Guards are not listed in the Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle.
  • Iraqi Kurds take a stand against Arab hegemony

    07/11/2009 10:23:59 AM PDT · by Psion · 11 replies · 473+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | July 11, 2009 | Gerald A. Honigman
    Iraqi Kurds take a stand against Arab hegemony Commentary by Gerald A. Honigman Finally, at long last, another native people, besides Arabs, is staking its claims to a slice of the justice pie in the Middle East--a region proclaimed by Arabs to be solely their own, despite the presence of scores of millions of native, non-Arab peoples in those lands. A story by Sam Dagher in the July 10th New York Times reported that Kurds were going ahead staking claims to the huge fossil fuel deposits sitting under land in northern Iraq on which they have lived for thousands...
  • Iranian jets 'hit' Iraqi Kurd areas

    05/02/2009 12:54:18 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 18 replies · 1,446+ views
    al jazeera ^ | May 1, 2009
    Iranian helicopters have attacked three Kurdish villages in northern Iraq in an apparent cross-border raid targeting Kurdish separatists, according to an Iraqi Kurdish border guard official. There were no immediate reports of casualties after the pre-dawn raid along the Iraqi border province of Sulaymaniya on Saturday. "At 4 am (0100 GMT) they attacked with artillery the villages of Kani Saif, Jomarasi and Kara Sozi, that belong to the Panjwin district," the border guard official told the AFP news agency. "After the (initial) attacks, three Iranian helicopters attacked these areas again. "This is the first time they have used helicopters." The...
  • Turkey launches ground operation in Iraq

    02/22/2008 1:41:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies · 538+ views
    AP ^ | 02/22/08 | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
    Turkey launches ground operation in Iraq By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press Writer 1 minute ago Turkish troops have launched a ground incursion across the border into Iraq in pursuit of separatist Kurdish rebels, the military said Friday — a move that dramatically escalates Turkey's conflict with the militants. It's the first confirmed ground operation by the Turkish military into Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, and it raised concerns that it could trigger a wider conflict with the U.S.-backed Iraqi Kurds. The ground operation started after Turkish warplanes and artillery bombed suspected rebel targets on Thursday, the...
  • Reconciliation in Iraq: Don't Hold Your Breath

    01/17/2008 6:44:18 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 5 replies · 223+ views
    U.S. Naval Institue Proceedings ^ | January 2008 | Colonel Norvell B. DeAtkine, U.S. Army (Retired)
    Reconciliation in Iraq: Don't Hold Your Breath By Colonel Norvell B. DeAtkine, U.S. Army (Retired) The war-torn nation is a victim of its tortured history. The word "reconciliation" has become a synonym for success in Iraq. It was enshrined as the centerpiece of the 18 benchmarks imposed on the Iraqi government by domestic American political pressures, presumably to have some measure of success or failure in an unpopular conflict. The concept as enunciated in the troop surge was that the calming of Baghdad would give the Iraqi politicians time to work out the differences between the various sectarian demands. The...
  • Iraq's other Kurdish rebel group

    12/19/2007 8:45:13 AM PST · by BGHater · 2 replies · 46+ views
    BBC ^ | 19 Dec 2007 | Jenny Cuffe
    The Kandil mountains are bandit territory, rising like an impenetrable fortress along the north-eastern border of Iraq. Commander Gabar denies getting western support for his group The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan's (PJAK) press officer, a Turk called Roj with an Australian passport, said he could not guarantee me an interview with the commander but he would take me to the camp if I was prepared for an uncomfortable journey. The PJAK is a sister organisation to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). While the US wants the Iraqi government to comply with Turkey's demands and drive PKK fighters from...
  • Turkey launches biggest bombing raid on Kurdish rebels in Iraq (50 warplanes)

    12/16/2007 8:40:02 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 109+ views
    Guardian ^ | 12/17/07 | Ewen MacAskill
    Turkey launches biggest bombing raid on Kurdish rebels in Iraq · Woman killed as 50 planes target PKK guerrilla bases · Prime minister warns of further military action Ewen MacAskill in Washington Monday December 17, 2007 Guardian Turkey yesterday launched the biggest attack on Iraq since the US invasion in 2003, sending more than 50 warplanes to bomb suspected Kurdish insurgent bases inside Iraqi territory, accompanied by long-range artillery shelling. Kurdish officials reported at least one civilian fatality, a woman, and two others injured. The strike, carried out in the middle of the night, sent hundreds of families fleeing and...
  • Iran upholds death sentence against Kurd

    11/10/2007 7:00:40 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 78+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | Nov 10, 2007
    Iran upholds death sentence against Kurd ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer Nov 10, 2007 Iran's Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against a Kurdish journalist accused of offering to provide the United States with information on Kurds in Iran, his lawyer said Saturday. The ruling against Adnan Hasanpour, 27, upheld his original convictions in July for taking up arms against the ruling Islamic establishment, having unauthorized contacts with foreigners and helping several Iranian dissidents illegally escape abroad, said attorney Saleh Nikbakht. Hasanpour, who was arrested last December, allegedly offered to provide a U.S. State Department official with information...
  • Iraqi PM Announces Shiite-Kurd Alliance (take THAT, Sunnis!)

    08/16/2007 8:37:43 AM PDT · by DesScorp · 6 replies · 688+ views
    Associate Press ^ | Aug 16, 2007 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    The Iraqi prime minister and president announced a new alliance of moderate Shiites and Kurds in a push to save the crumbing government Thursday, saying a key Sunni bloc refused to join but the door remained open to them. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the agreement was the first step to unblock political stagnation that has gripped his Shiite-led government since it first took power in May 2006. But the announcement after three days of intense negotiations was disappointing because it did not include Iraq's Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi and his moderate Iraqi Islamic Party. Al-Maliki has been criticized...
  • The Guaranteed Solution (Iraq)

    06/06/2007 5:29:52 PM PDT · by gpapa · 13 replies · 585+ views ^ | June 6, 2007 | Unattributed
    June 6, 2007: A major problem in Iraq is that there are two, quite different, solutions to the violence problem. Most of the bombings, and violence in general, are the work of Sunni Arab groups, desperate to get back into power, and avoid being brought to justice for atrocities committed during Saddams long reign. The Iraqi solution is the traditional one; punish the entire Sunni Arab community. Since the Kurds and Shia now have far more men under arms than do the Sunni Arabs, this approach would result in a series of battles against Sunni Arab neighborhoods (in large cities)...
  • Video Surfaces Showing Kurdish Girl Stoned to Death for Relationship With Iraqi Sunni Boy

    05/04/2007 1:01:09 PM PDT · by stm · 145 replies · 12,702+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 04, 2007 | Fox News
    A horrifying video showing a 17-year-old Kurdish girl being stoned to death for having a relationship with a Sunni Muslim boy has made its way onto the Web, drawing outrage and condemnation from international human rights groups. The graphic video, posted on YouTube, shows Du’a Khalil Aswad, a member of a minority Kurdish religious group called Yezidi, being stoned and kicked in the streets of Bashika, a predominantly Kurdish town near the norther capital of Mosul. The stoning happened last month but only came to light Thursday when the video was posted on YouTube.
  • 14 Iranian troops killed in helicopter crash (Kurdish Pejak shot it down?)

    02/26/2007 2:23:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 1,278+ views
    AFP ^ | 02/26/07
    14 Iranian troops killed in helicopter crash 23 minutes ago Fourteen Iranian military personnel were killed in a helicopter crash last week during an operation against rebels close to the Turkish border, the Revolutionary Guards confirmed on Monday. A statement carried by the ISNA agency said that two commanders of the Guards' ground force and 12 other military personnel were killed in Friday's accident. Kurdish rebels had claimed they shot down the aircraft. "Commanders Ghahari Said and Dorosti of the Guards' Hamzeh Army 3, along with 12 other members of the Islamic republic's army and the Guards, were martyred in...
  • In Iraq, Kurds train to battle Iran

    02/02/2007 1:24:10 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 15 replies · 602+ views
    AP ^ | February 2 2007 | KATHY GANNON
    Deep in the mountains of eastern Iraq, a cluster of mud huts and the chatter of machine gun fire reveal another piece of the jigsaw puzzle called Kurdistan. In the Nov. 27 issue of The New Yorker, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh wrote that PEJAK was receiving support from the U.S. as well as from Israel, which fears Iran's nuclear ambitions and Ahmadinejad's call to wipe the Jewish state off the map. PEJAK says it regularly launches raids into Iran, and Iran has fired back with artillery. In October the English-language Iran Daily, published by Iran's official news agency, said Iran...
  • The REAL story from Ramadi, Iraq (AUDIO, Mike Fumento's excellent interview on the Mike Rosen show)

    11/24/2006 2:01:01 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 5 replies · 992+ views
    'Rosen Replay' at his 850am KOA website ^ | Wednesday November 22nd, 2006 | Mike Rosen interview
    Mike Fumento was a guest on the Mike Rosen show on 850am KOA here in Denver Wednesday (Nov. 23rd) to talk about his recent October 2006 trip to Ramadi, Iraq. Mike talks about the REAL story from the one of the most dangerous places in the country. Rosen Replay 11/22/06 10-11AM (about 45 minutes, MP3) Guest: Mike Fumento, journalist for "The Weekly Standard" talks about his latest article, "Return to Ramadi."Click here for part one of the interview Rosen Replay 11/22/06 11-11:45AM (about 30 minutes, MP3) Mike Fumento continued. Click here for part two of the interview --- Mike Fumento's...
  • Kurdistan - theOtherIraq

    10/25/2006 11:01:46 AM PDT · by TexasGunRunner · 8 replies · 848+ views
    Have you seen the Other Iraq? It's spectacular. It's peaceful. Welcome to Iraqi Kurdistan. Where democracy has been practiced for over a decade. It's not a dream. It's the other Iraq. The people of Iraqi-Kurdistan invite you to discover their peaceful region, a place that has practiced democracy for over a decade, a place where the universities, markets, cafes and fair grounds buzz with progress and prosperity and where the people are already sowing the seeds of a brighter future. www.theotheriraq.comFINAL SCRIPTS “THE OTHER IRAQ” TELEVISION SPOTSU.S. SPOT # 1 “THANK YOU”VO NARRATOR:Saddam’s goal was to bury every living Kurd…He...
  • Iraqi Kurds SPANK Arianna Huffington (After Disparaging Remarks About Kurds Under Saddam Hussein)

    09/14/2006 5:24:40 PM PDT · by Impeach98 · 83 replies · 6,191+ views
    Kurdistan Development Corporation | 09/14/2006 | Bayan Rahman
    BLOG ALERTCommentator Arianna Huffington Makes Disparaging Remarks About Plight of Iraqi Kurds Under Saddam Hussein* Chairman of Kurdistan Development Corporation Invites Ms. Huffington to Visit Iraqi Kurdistan to Gain a Better Understanding for Herself In an appearance last night on the O'Reilly Factor, commentator Arianna Huffington, who runs the blog website, dismissed the plight of the Kurds under dictator Saddam Hussein. Huffington also attacked a television ad campaign by the Kurds to thank Americans for helping liberate them from Hussein's reign of tyranny. Huffington inaccurately stated that, "I think the Kurds were free before we invaded Iraq. But how...
  • The Forgotten Victims

    07/31/2006 1:51:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 2,934+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | July 30, 2006 | Scott Richert
    In late 1990, in the run-up to the Gulf War, I was a graduate student in political theory at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The coming war occupied much of our talk outside the classroom, and I can recall only one graduate student—a Sicilo-American Republican from Philadelphia who had gone through ROTC and was studying at the law school so he could be a JAG Corps attorney for the Army—who was in favor of the war. I was a subscriber to the American edition of the Italian Catholic magazine 30 Days, and we were all shocked when...
  • Iraq warns on Iran border moves

    05/06/2006 12:38:28 AM PDT · by familyop · 11 replies · 577+ views
    BBC News ^ | 06MAY06 | Jim Muir
    Iraq has expressed concern about troop build-ups by both Iranian and Turkish forces along their borders with Iraq. Outgoing foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari said Iran had been told of Iraqi concerns but said his country wanted to resolve any problems through dialogue. On the formation of Iraq's new government, Mr Zebari expressed scepticism that including Sunni leaders could help to reduce violence. It is hoped a new government will be announced within the next week. Border tensions Recent weeks have seen a number of cross-border bombardments by Iranian troops along Iraq's north-east border, directed against Iranian Kurdish opposition groups taking...
  • Kurds, Turks join forces to take care of business

    05/03/2006 5:39:31 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 5 replies · 378+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 5/3/2006 | SOLOMON MOORE
    SULAYMANIYA, Iraq - As they attempt to secure their hold on a semi-independent slice of Iraq and rebuild its economy, Kurdish leaders have turned in a surprising direction -- toward Turkey. For much of the last century, Turks and Kurds have been bitter enemies. Starting in the 1930s, Turkey banned the language of its Kurdish minority and violently suppressed Kurdish independence movements on its soil. In recent weeks, Turkish security forces and Kurdish protesters clashed in riots that claimed more than a dozen lives. Across the border, the Turkish government has opposed Kurdish moves toward self-rule in Iraq's three northern...
  • Turkey Adds 30,000 Troops to Kurdish Area (and continues to threat security of Iraqi)

    04/27/2006 6:28:20 AM PDT · by Wiz · 3 replies · 293+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News ^ | 2006 Apr 26 | Selcan Hacaoglu
    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey has deployed more than 30,000 additional troops in its predominantly Kurdish southeast and along its rugged border with Iraq and Iran to fight Kurdish guerrillas and stop them from coming across the frontier, officials said Thursday. Kurdish rebels killed two Turkish soldiers and injured a third in a grenade attack Wednesday on a military outpost, the Anatolia news agency reported, raising the number of Turkish troops killed this year to at least 17. More than 40 Kurdish guerrillas have also been killed in the same period in a series of clashes. The Turkish deployment, which has...
  • Turkish security kill a Kurdish “terrorist”, aged 3 (even a Kurd infant is terrorist for Turkey)

    04/27/2006 6:23:45 AM PDT · by Wiz · 4 replies · 314+ views
    Kurdish Media ^ | 2006 Apr 26 | Rebwar Fatah
    In Turkey, “Kurdish” is synonymous for “terrorist”, even if the subject matter is a child. Turkey’s constitution is based on racist ideology where the regime’s main pillar of fear is the existence of Kurds. Turkish security forces shot Fatih Tekin, a three year old Kurdish boy, during a police raid on civilians’ houses in Batman Northern Kurdistan, on 30 March 2006. Fatih was not the only “terrorist” to be shot. The list is long but apart from Fatih, Enez Atak (6), Abdullah Duran (9), Muhlis Ete (16), Mehmet Isik (17), Mehmet Akbulut (18) and Emrah Fidan (19) were all killed....
  • Immigration dispute continues (Norway)

    04/06/2006 9:36:50 AM PDT · by franksolich · 4 replies · 324+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | April 6, 2006 | too many to list
    Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion Bjarne Hĺkon Hanssen and former Directorate of Immigration (UDI) director Trygve Nordby disagree on a letter that may have a crucial role in an asylum scandal. The high-profile case involves the UDI granting asylum to 182 Kurds, in conflict with established policy. Hanssen has decided that an independent commission shall now investigate the matter in detail.The letter currently at the center of the argument was sent from the UDI to the Ministry of Local Government on Nov. 28 of last year. The UDI wrote that the majority of Iraqis would be granted residency on...
  • Iraqi Leaders Sidestep All-out Civil War

    02/27/2006 6:50:48 AM PST · by Coop · 11 replies · 615+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 2/27/06 | Dan Murphy
    ...[t]he clerics condemned recent attacks on Shiite and Sunni houses of worship and jointly forbade any actions leading to fitnah, or strife among Muslims. Political leaders from all factions, who received a series of personal calls from President Bush on Saturday, echoed those sentiments in a separate meeting. "Last night [at] the meeting between the different political parties, we agreed on some important points that might cool things down, like promises not to attack mosques,'' says Saleh al-Mutlak, a leader of the main Sunni front in parliament. "The general environment was not that bad, they are listening now, [the] Shiites...

    02/20/2006 5:09:37 AM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 3 replies · 918+ views ^ | February 20, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    "You are exactly right, and let me tell you one thing: those people, who say Iraq is not ready for democracy, are racists. They are absolute racists! They are saying that the Iraqi people are neither intelligent enough nor mature enough to be able to experience democracy."
  • New chief judge named in Saddam Hussein trial (A KURD !)

    01/23/2006 7:40:36 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 10 replies · 789+ views
    CNN ^ | 01/23/2006 | Clinton News Network ( CNN )
    New chief judge named in Saddam Hussein trial BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi officials named Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman, a Kurd, as the new chief judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein, a top case investigator said Monday. Abdel-Rahman would replace Rizgar Mohammed Amin, who submitted a letter of resignation on January 15 amid accusations that he was too lenient with trial defendants, said the investigator, Raid Juhi. Abdel-Rahman will be an interim chief judge, Juhi said. Amin handed in his resignation to the Iraq High Tribunal citing "personal reasons." He has been strongly criticized inside Iraq for allowing Hussein and...
  • The Saddam-Al Qaeda Connection: The pre-war link between Saddam and Al Qaeda had to be addressed

    01/16/2006 4:30:55 AM PST · by VirginiaMil · 18 replies · 1,308+ views ^ | January 16, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Opponents of the war say the only Al Qaeda elements in Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion were those in Kurdish areas not controlled by Saddam. This simply is not so, but for the sake of argument, let’s say it is. And if so, would not the U.S. – as a critical front in the global war on terror – have to invade those areas to shut down the Al Qaeda cells? Of course. And that in itself would have been a far more dangerous “limited war” with Iraq involving a direct ground confrontation with Saddam’s army anyway.
  • Video: Optimism in Iraq

    12/09/2005 7:30:05 PM PST · by minus_273 · 10 replies · 419+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/9/05 | CNN
    This is a nice video on the front page of CNN right now. I think you will enjoy it. A rare video showing how much things are better and how peaceful some places are. video link if it doesn't work, goto and in the video selection thing, look for a video called Optimism in Iraq
  • Kirkuk combats corrupt police, wayward force

    11/29/2005 5:25:26 PM PST · by xzins · 6 replies · 419+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 30 Nov 05 | Anita Powell
    Kirkuk combats corrupt police, wayward force Top cop unveils point system to discipline unruly department By Anita Powell, Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Wednesday, November 30, 2005 KIRKUK, Iraq — The Kirkuk police department, by everyone’s admission, has a few problems. Few of the nearly 3,000 policemen in this bustling northern Iraq city, regularly show up for work or do patrols, says the police chief. Many have been seen taking their police vehicles home for personal use. Locals say they have little trust in the city’s police corps. But the police chief, Maj. Gen. Sherko Shaler, says he has a...
  • [Turkey:] 20 fined for using letters W and Q

    10/25/2005 8:53:25 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 31 replies · 825+ views
    Reuters via ^ | October 25, 2005
    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) -- A Turkish court has fined 20 people for using the letters Q and W on placards at a Kurdish new year celebration, under a law that bans use of characters not in the Turkish alphabet, rights campaigners said. The court in the southeastern city of Siirt fined each of the 20 people 100 new lira ($75.53) for holding up the placards, written in Kurdish, at the event last year. The letters Q and W do not exist in the Turkish alphabet.
  • Don't hurry over Saddam. The whole Arab world needs to watch this trial

    10/19/2005 4:48:30 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies · 563+ views
    The Times (London, UK) ^ | 10-19-05 | Amir Taheri
    WHAT IS the latest?” Iraqis ask as they come together for tea and sympathy in these times of hope and uncertainty. And there is always someone who answers by reporting the discovery of a new mass grave where the victims of Saddam Hussein were buried. According to the latest estimates, the remains of more than 200,000 people, the fruit of the 35-year-long rule of his Arab Socialist Baath Party, have been found in this ever expanding archipelago of death. And yet, as the fallen dictator’s trial opens today, he faces only one charge: the massacre of 143 men, women and...
  • Iraqi Victory, American Achievement: The October 15 Referendum

    10/17/2005 6:50:13 AM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 21 replies · 970+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | October 17, 2005 | Walid Phares
    In the middle of the War on Terror, October 15 was a great achievement of the United States, but above all an Iraqi victory. If we divide the number of US soldiers who died in the conflict till October 15, we'd realize that for each fallen hero, 4,500 Iraqi voters were given the right to vote against Terror. In the global conflict with Jihadism, U.S. efforts and sacrifices are triggering greater resources against the empire projected by Ayman Thawahiri and Usama Bin Laden.
  • Why Iraq is not like Vietnam: A Primer for the Geopolitically Challenged

    09/26/2005 7:05:15 AM PDT · by bigsky · 14 replies · 2,268+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | September 26, 2005 | Mac Johnson
    One of the many negative consequences of America’s defeat in The Vietnam War has been the uncontrolled proliferation of Vietnams since then. Nicaragua threatened to become another Vietnam. Lebanon nearly became another Vietnam. Had Grenada been only slightly larger than a manhole cover and lasted one more hour, it would have become a Caribbean-Style Vietnam. The invasion of Panama was rapidly degenerating into a Narco-Vietnam, right up until we won. Likewise, the First Gulf War was certainly developing into another Vietnam, but then sadly, it ended quickly and with few casualties. For people of a certain age or political stripe,...
  • Kurdish Lawmaker Assassinated in Iraq

    09/18/2005 2:55:20 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 639+ views
    Yahoo News & AP ^ | September 18, 2005 | Slobodan Lekic
    Twenty Bodies Found in Tigris Near Baghdad SLOBODAN LEKIC, Associated Press Writer Insurgents assassinated a Kurdish member of parliament and police found 20 bodies shot to death and dumped in the Tigris River north of the capital, where there was no major violence Sunday for the first time in five days. Faris Nasir Hussein, a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, was killed along with his brother and their driver in an ambush 50 miles north of Baghdad. A second Kurdish lawmaker, Haidar Shanoun, was wounded in the attack near the town of Dujail. Police and PUK officials...
  • Kurd: Islam may get bigger role in Iraq

    08/19/2005 6:03:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 1,529+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/19/05 | Qassim Abdul-Zahra - AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The United States is pressuring Kurds to accept demands of majority Shiites and Sunnis on the role of Islam in government in order to reach agreement on a draft constitution, a Kurdish official taking part in the negotiations said early Saturday. Those demands would give the Muslim religion a bigger role in Iraqi society at the expense of women's rights and civil liberties, said the official, who refused to allow his name to be used because of the sensitivity of the issue. He told The Associated Press that Kurdish leaders who support more secular policies are...
  • Iraqi Kurdistan a world away from war

    08/13/2005 8:29:19 AM PDT · by Sherkuh · 18 replies · 677+ views
    BBC News Webstie ^ | Friday, 12 August 2005 | Caroline Hawley
    Fly into Irbil, the regional capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, and you feel that you have arrived in another country
  • Kurdish unrest in Iran kills two: Kurds say Iran discriminates against them

    08/07/2005 5:17:14 PM PDT · by humint · 292+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | Monday 08 August 2005, 1:04 Makka Time | Reuters
    Two people have been killed, eight injured and 145 arrested in renewed unrest among the Kurds of western Iran, the Interior Ministry has said. The ministry offered only vague details on the deaths and arrests in the town of Saqqez, which followed rioting and a gun battle elsewhere in Kurdish-dominated territories in July. Iranian officials deny the rash of unrest on the western borders is ethnically motivated, but Kurdish leaders disagree, saying Tehran's discrimination towards their people was fomenting discontent. Shots fired The Interior Ministry website named the dead men in Saqqez as Mohammad Shariati, a 55-year-old retired teacher,...
  • Iraqis base charter on Islam

    07/27/2005 6:46:10 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 49 replies · 827+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Wed, Jul. 27, 2005 | Bassem Mroue
    BAGHDAD - Framers of Iraq's constitution will designate Islam as the main source of legislation - a departure from the model set down by U.S. authorities during the occupation - according to a draft published yesterday. The draft states no law will be approved that contradicts "the rules of Islam" - a requirement that could affect women's rights and set Iraq on a course far different from the one envisioned when U.S.-led forces invaded in 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein. "Islam is the official religion of the state and is the main source of legislation," reads the draft published in...