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Topic Started: 19th November 2012 - 06:40 PM (1,936,691 Views)
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South Kurdistan or Bashur population is 6 million including newly freed areas

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Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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By Zanko Ahmad, Sulaimaniyah - Niqash

November 22, 2012

SULÊMANI, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— Recent clashes between the Iraq army and troops from Iraqi Kurdistan have alarmed many. But while troop numbers in the area grow, the locals don’t seem to be convinced. Is it just pre-election sabre rattling? Geo-political? Or is what the politicians say true, and war is imminent?

“It is the sound of war echoing again. The Kurdish may soon see blood. We are all with so don’t lose your spirit.”

Those are the lyrics to a famous song that is broadcast by media in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan whenever the local military are preparing for a confrontation of some kind. Locals know that when they hear that song then there is, as they say, “the smell of war”.

But the song is not having the same effect as it used to. Iraqi Kurdistan is a semi-autonomous region with its own government, legislation and military. Although the mixture of people living here is broad – including Christians, Shiite and Sunni Muslims and a variety of other ethnic and religious minorities – almost all the majority Kurdish ethnicity identify as Kurdish before anything else.

The Kurdish people are one the largest ethnic groups in the world without an actual homeland and Kurdish living in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey share a language, culture and ethnicity. For many, the idea of a nation of their own, a greater Kurdistan, is something to strive for – and in fact, this is one of the biggest conflicts between militant Kurdish fighters who believe in that dream and the governments of the various countries in which they live, such as, for example, Turkey.

Currently the closest the Kurdish get to their own country though is Iraqi Kurdistan and after years of persecution by the former Iraqi regime led by Saddam Hussein, they are not planning to give up their autonomy or rights.

Up until relatively recently the Iraqi Kurdish politicians and those in Baghdad seemed to have established a relatively amicable, if not exactly untroubled, relationship. However recently tensions have been building again.

Earlier this year one of the most senior Iraqi Kurdish politicians, Massoud Barzani, described Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as a dictator, Iraqi Kurdistan signed oil deals with major multi-national companies that Baghdad authorities described as illegal and trouble seemed to be brewing again about Iraq’s so-called “disputed territories”. Basically these are lands that Iraqi Kurdistan says belongs to their region whereas Baghdad says the lands belong to the rest of Iraq.

Then in September 2012, the formation of a new military command post – the Tigris Operation Command - in Kirkuk, in the middle of the area of disputed territories,www.ekurd.net saw tensions escalate again. High ranking Kurdish officials called the new outpost a conspiracy by Baghdad to take control of Kurdish areas while Arab politicians saw the new Iraqi forces as a positive addition to local security in areas that are still some of Iraq’s most dangerous.

And ever since the formation of this military command, analysts have speculated that, if the matter was not handled slowly and carefully, there was potential for clashes between the two military forces present – the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces, tasked with protecting the Iraqi Kurdish territory, and the Iraqi army sent in by al-Maliki’s office.

The events of the past week in the district of Tuz Khurmatu in the Salahaddin province have proven them right.

Last Friday there were clashes between forces made up of the Iraqi police and army and Iraqi Kurdish military with allegiance to one of the two major political parties running the semi-autonomous region, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan or PUK. Clashes between the two groups left one civilian dead and wounded two PUK military members, five Iraqi police and eight members of the Iraqi army.


The incident was extremely worrying with many fearing that it could be the spark that ignited a more heated military exchange. The first response by Barzani, who heads the PUK and who is also the President of the Iraqi Kurdish region, was to ask the people of Iraqi Kurdistan to be prepared for any unwanted eventualities. Of the heads of the two major political parties in Iraqi Kurdistan, Barzani has been the most confrontational.

The day after the clashes, the Iraqi Kurdish Minister for Peshmerga – the name given to the Iraqi Kurdish military – and other ranking politicians and military leaders visited Tuz Khurmatu. The Minister, Jafar Mustafa, said that all of his troops were ready to defend the disputed areas and Peshmerga military commander, Mahmoud Sankawi, said that his troops were prepared to confront those he described as “occupying forces”.

Meanwhile the Iraqi Kurdish media were reporting that the new Tigris Operation Command had been placed on the highest level of alertness and that more troops from the Iraqi army were being sent into the area.

Sources from within the Peshmerga and the two major political parties that run Iraqi Kurdistan – besides the PUK there is also the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) – have said that “war is at the doors”. And the most recent updates suggest that the sabre rattling from both sides appears to be continuing.

However there is one significant group that doesn’t appear so keen on confrontation: the ordinary people of Iraqi Kurdistan. Mostly it seems they’re not sure why these confrontations are happening – yesterday’s allies are enemies all of a sudden - and what the possible benefits to anyone could be.

“People in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan are not ready to pay the price for these irrational decisions taken by officials,” Dalir Ahmad, a professor of political science at the University of Sulaimaniyah (Sulêmani) told Niqash. “The events in Iraq are being driven by what is going on in Iran, Turkey and Syria. It’s the result of a regional equation and these three countries are part of it. The agendas of the three countries are fuelling the confrontations between Iraq and Kurdistan. Moreover, the two sides – Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan – are also doing this in preparation for the forthcoming provincial elections.” The latter are due to be held in April 2013.

Ahmad lamented the fact that media on both sides were fuelling the bad feelings with inflammatory stories. But he also believed that the majority of people in both Iraqi Kurdistan and Iraq understood the seriousness of any armed conflict and would not support further fighting. “The people are aware that this is not a war between the Arabs and the Kurds,” Ahmad said. “They know it is a war between two armed militias who only understand the use of force to solve problems.”

Meanwhile many Iraqi Kurdish politicians were also calling for dialogue. “The Kurds will not abandon any part of the disputed areas. But this does not mean that they want to solve the conflict by resorting to force,” suggested Latif Sheikh Mustafa, a member of Iraqi Kurdish opposition party, the Change movement.

“Both parties bear responsibility for this conflict,” Mustafa told Niqash. “Unfortunately neither the Iraqis nor the Kurds have many diplomats or real statesmen among them and that’s why conflicts like this develop into armed confrontations. Basically they are unable to find a solution at the meeting table so they use displays of force instead.”

“The people of Kurdistan don’t want this war,” Mustafa continued. “They know that a big part of this conflict relates to politics. They know that al-Maliki doesn’t understand that he can’t exert himself like this and violate the Constitution. Many Iraqi leaders have tried to establish themselves in Iraqi Kurdistan – but it never lasts for long.”

“And here the Kurdish people of this region don’t trust their two ruling parties; they don’t trust them taking these steps. Their leaders have told the Kurdish people before that there is big danger ahead, that will threaten their security and regional stability, and nothing has really happened. So the people just don’t believe them.”

For a large part of the population in Iraqi Kurdistan, the current events are similar to the fable about the boy who cried “wolf”, Mustafa says.

Despite troops being sent into the area by both sides, locals in Iraqi Kurdistan sill don’t seem to be singing the lyrics of that famous war song with any conviction. Whether they’ll be forced to or not, remains to be seen – but doubtless many on both sides in this war-ravaged nation are hoping they’ll never have to sing that particular song again.

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Why have the Kurds remained Stateless, dispossessed,
What for have they all become fugitives, condemned?


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there is no other way but war to get the entire kurdish land back, well we now are in control of it all except Mandali, i say to iraq and its militia "bring it on".

maliki's militia is a sectarian one meaning its mostly shia arabs, shia arabs have never been in a war before unlike the sunnis, so in case of war Peshemrga will go all the way to baghdad and that is what exactly al zaidi leader of dijla told maliki when he ran off back to baghdad after been alerted that Peshmerga had planned his arrest.
Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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According to a written document, a copy of which obtained by PUkmedia, issued by the Commander of Iraqi Armed Forces on Wednesday, the vehicles’ license plates belonging to the three provinces of Kurdistan region, Sulaimani, Erbil and Duhok, should not be allowed to enter Baghdad – no reason behind the decision is announced yet.

Brigade Rizgar Ali General Director of Kurdistan Traffic told PUKmedia that they have not officially received the order, adding that they have contacted the General Directors of Iraq and Kirkuk Traffic but they asserted their unawareness.

“We have also asked the drivers travelling to Baghdad if they are not permitted to enter but they have refused those allegations,” he added.

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Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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Why the hell would any kurd enter Bagdad anyway? I think this will be a good step for us. The further we get away from these iraqis, the closer we are to independence vic
I am confused by God's wisdom:
In this world of States
Why have the Kurds remained Stateless, dispossessed,
What for have they all become fugitives, condemned?


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Feed the hungry and visit a sick person
And free the captive
If he be unjustly confined
Assist any person oppressed
Whether Muslim or non-Muslim


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Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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Thats good news, but I also expect him to intervene inj North Kurdistan - i write to him some time ago that turks killing us with illegal chemical weapon. And i also write to him to recognize Kurdistan flag. Maybe i should use the chance no and write again?
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Barzani, Ki Moon discuss Iraq political situation in phone call

Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, discussed during a phone call with the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon, the political situations in Iraq and the region.

Ki-moon President highly appreciated Barzani's role in the stability of Kurdistan Region, Iraq and the region, pointing that he talked to officials in Baghdad who stressed that there is no alternative to dialogue, peace and coexistence.

President Barzani, for his part, stressed the need to resort to dialogue and solve the problems through peaceful means.

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Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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Kurdistan should aim to be a model of its own and move away from the comparison to other Iraqi states.

As bold as my statement may sound to some, I believe that the Kurdish people and most of our governmental actors should work towards an image that portrays our region at its own uniqueness rather than striving to be a copy of Dubai or Lebanon. In the past five years it seems as though we Kurds are moving towards a path we for long believed was not for us, being like the Iraqis. Headlines such as 'Kurdistan, the new Dubai' are constant pop ups in Kurdish and Western media, and is so often a phrase flowing with such pride on the mouths of our people.

I believe competition is key towards the motivation to succeed and I do not criticize the Iraqi states nor the way in which they run their countries, my concern however depicts the constant reference to Kurdistan as 'the new Dubai'.

Dubai and the rapid growth of its skyscrapers and economic boom is one way to glorify the small state in the UAE, but I find myself confused with the way Kurdistan is building it's own image on the international platform.

As I view on television, social media and hear from my friends and family who visit Kurdistan regularly, the major cities and towns are under constant construction. Nonetheless, the skeletons of taller, greater and more luxurious hotels, office buildings and restaurants are expanding by the day. These are great projects indeed, our cities look more civilized and developed but the goal should go beyond the surface and aim to build an infrastructure that carves an identity referred to as Kurdistan and not the 'new Dubai'.

Despite the long history of peace and harmony between the Norwegians and the Swedish for instance, I still remember growing up among my Norwegian friends who would easily be offended if one referred to Norway as 'the capital of Sweden', a phrase often used by foreigners ignoring the nationalistic differences between the Norwegians and Swedish people. I don't believe that frustration of being called Swedish necessarily stems from the past violent history between the two countries, but the Norwegian, though small in population, struggled for decades to gain a separate and legitimate identity. And to now be called just another Sweden is by many regarded as an insult.

In regards to Kurdistan I see a similar pattern, where we are referred to as the new Dubai because of the major economic growth and the modernization of our region. After countless articles and news reports identifying our Kurdistan as another Dubai it appears that is it a new way of recognizing the Kurdish region. Sadly, I believe this will only weaken our long strong image as Kurds, the largest ethnic group in the world contending not only for our rights but our identity as the Kurds of Kurdistan.

http://www.kurdishglobe.net/display-article.html?id=ADD385514802818BD4555B7C5FA25364
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Very true, Kurdistan is something special, and should not be compared to deserts like Dubai.
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In this world of States
Why have the Kurds remained Stateless, dispossessed,
What for have they all become fugitives, condemned?


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Agree with that.
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-Washington – A panel of experts who were part of a day-long event focused on the Kurdish region (KRG) say that Christians are treated well in the northern part of the Middle Eastern nation.

Sponsored in part by the Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion at Catholic University of America, speakers noted how especially compared to other parts of the region, Christians in Kurdistan had a high level of religious tolerance.

Robert A. Destro, director of the Interdisciplinary Program at CUA's Columbus School of Law, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that the toleration was relative compared to the rest of the area.

"It's a question of relative acceptance and relative freedom. It's nothing like we have here. There's a continual struggle for survival," said Destro. "That having been said, it is much easier, for example, in Kurdistan because the Christians are not perceived as an invading western force."

Destro also talked about the valuable resource the Christian communities in Kurdistan are, referring to them as "a proxy for the Christians who live all over the Middle East."

"They're the ones who we can most easily speak with, the ones we can most easily support, and the ones who live in the most relative freedom," said Destro. "And so in a way the Christian communities of the United States can reach out to them, can interact and if I have my prayers answered it would be to have in effect a sky-bridge between the two places."

Destro's remarks came as he took part in a conference on Wednesday titled, "The Status of the Christian Communities in Kurdistan: Challenges & Opportunities." Held at the Carl Hayden Room of the U.S. Government Printing Office, the event focused on issues surrounding Kurdistan and its Christian population.

The event included six sessions, each focusing on a major topic pertaining to the broad issue of Christianity in Kurdistan.

Several speakers comprised the sessions, including experts on Eastern Christian history, recent Iraqi history, as well as Christians who had been to the region recently.

Dr. Carole O'Leary, a visiting scholar and cultural anthropologist, spoke about "the politics of identity" in Iraq's national makeup and stressed that contrary to popular belief, Christianity was not fully tolerated under the Saddam Hussein regime.

Meanwhile, Dr. Dietmar W. Winkler, a professor of ecclesiastical history at the University of Salzburg, Austria, gave an overview of the history of Christianity in the Mesopotamian region from the early Christian missionaries to arrive in the 1st century until the 20th century.

And Dr. Herman Teule, director of the Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Radbound University in the Netherlands, detailed the many ways that Christians in the northern Kurdish region were involved in politics and benefitting from government programs designed to help build homes for Christian refugees and repair damaged churches.

The official welcome and opening remarks were given by Destro, as well as CUA president John H. Garvey and John Desrocher, director of the Office of Iraq Affairs at the State Department.

"Strengthening security for all of Iraq's people, including its minority communities, helping Iraq do that is a priority of the U.S. government," said Desrocher. "Directly related to strengthening that security is protecting religious freedom. It's crucial for economic development, for democratic stability. When you don't have that protective freedom, social cohesion is weakened."

The event on Christianity and Kurdistan was part of a series of events by CUA focused on interfaith dialogue and issues.
Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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http://www.nrttv.com/dreje.aspx?jimare=24060

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An MP on Kurdistani list in the Iraqi parliament announced that Maliki and his government has failed and now they are seeking other ways to cover up their failure like Kurd-Arab rhetorics.

Khalid Shwani in reply to Maliki's statement told (NRTTV) that, "those ares that are known as 'disputed' areas are sliced off areas and they will be dealt with according to the constitution and if Maliki and his party have changed their minds implementing the constitution then Kurds will not just give up on these areas and history is on our side who they belong to".

"Kurds will not compromise on these areas under no circumstances and will prove their Kurdish identity if things get to dead end". he added.

Regarding his statement on Arabs and Turkmen been majority of the province, Shwani noted by saying, "it seems that Maliki doesn't even read his government statistics which has revealed on who forms the majority in these areas".

Shwani also accused Maliki of forming Arab militias to fight against Kurds but that will cost him a constitutional responsibility.

He also called on the Iraqi PM not to use Kirkuk as a tool of elections as his 7th cabinet has failed to fulfill its duties anyway.
Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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Kurdish MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Bakr Hama Siddeq.

December 8, 2012

BAGHDAD,— Kurdish MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Bakr Hama Siddeq accused the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of refraining from conducting the census in Iraq in order not to know the correct population percentage of the governorates and the Kurdistan region."

He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency, today Dec 8 "The Kurdistan had demanded earlier to conduct the general census, but the federal government, led by al-Maliki, refrained to conduct any census in order not to know the percentage of the population of each the province and the governorates."

He continued that "The region and the center agreed previously, that the ratio of the province of the federal budget would be 17% initially, although the real proportion of the province may exceed now to 25%, so the central government now has two choices either to stay on this agreement or to resort to the census to identify the ratios of the region and the governorates' budget. "

MP, Alia Nassif, of the Iraqiya Hurra coalition asked the executive authority to "consider Kurdistan's share of the financial budget by 13 percent, and retrieve all the differences of past years."

The Information Office of the coalition quoted her as saying, "The actual share of the Kurdistan region from the financial budget is 13 percent, has been filed to be 17 percent as a consensual number until the census of Iraq."

MPs from state of law coalition called to cut the budget of the Kurdistan region and return to 12%.

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Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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PNA - The Iraqi Deputy Speaker Arif Tayfour, the leading figure of the Kurdistani Alliance called the US President Barak Obama to prevent the Iraqi Army from using force against the Kurds through taking measures to freeze the use of tanks and heavy weapons.

A statement by Tayfour’s office cited “Despite the efforts exerted by the political partners to calm down the tensions between the Central Government and Kurdistan Regional Government, however the Central Government is going on mobilizing the military forces in the disputed areas where these forces are intensifying their deployment near Kurdistan Region’s borders.”

He continued saying “We urge Obama to immediately interfere to prevent the Iraqi army from using the US weapons against the Kurdish people.”

“We also call the international community and the international organizations to support the Kurdish people and move urgently to inspect the military escalation by the Central Government to resolve the disputes in the disputed areas once and for all,” Tayfour concluded.
Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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Milky the mad barking dog can't stop his Kurd Arab war rhetoric to avoid been attacked by gulf states but its too late Qatar has decided to form free Iraqi army so after Assad it's milkys turn.
Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Twenty-five billion Iraqi dinars (21.4 million dollars) have gone missing from the federal bank in Erbil, the Kurdistan Regional Government disclosed this week, and a finance ministry official said the money had been embezzled by a bank worker and a private contractor.

“After we investigated some small errors in the bank’s accounting, we discovered that a huge amount of money is missing,” a senior official at the finance ministry told Rudaw, adding that the ministry had formed a committee to investigate the case.

The Kurdistan Region’s Minister of Finance Rashid Tahir, confirmed the news, saying, “It is true there is a problem at the federal bank of Erbil and a lot of money has gone missing.”

He said that the committee investigating the case would, “send the outcome of the investigation to the court for legal action.”

This is the second case of its kind in the autonomous Kurdistan Region. Two years ago 2.5 billion dinars were unaccounted for at the same bank. The head of the bank and his accountant were both arrested by police.

In the latest incident, the finance ministry official said that a female bank worker and a private contractor were involved in the embezzlement.

“The worker (identified by her initial, ‘B’) had entered into a deal with a contractor. She let him withdraw the money, although he did not have the funds in his account,” the official said.
Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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From RBK:

"As a political party chief (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) my motto since day one called for the right for self determination. Around 95pct of Iraq's Kurdish minority voted in favour of the constitution, which is a united federal one, he added. "To all radical Kurds I say this, if Kurdistan were to announce is independence and Turkey, Iran or Iraq were to seldomly announce the closure of their borders, what then? In simple terms, we would suffocate. All necessary economic and infrastructure needs are unavailable.

raed the whole Article here: http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2279483&language=en
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Scientific conference of Kurdish language in Hewlêr with the participation of experts and academics

Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate announced Sunday, the preparations that are taking place in Hewlêr for a scientific conference about the Kurdish language with the participation of a group of concerned ministries , Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate and many experts and specialists in the language field.

Azad Hamad Amin told "Shafaq News", "under the banner of the language of national identity and the participation of many experts, specialists and representatives of the media and researchers scientific conference on the Kurdish language will be held during 16 - 18 of this month in Hewlêr."

Hamad Amin , a member of the Supreme Committee for the conference noted that " the ministries of higher education , scientific research, culture, youth and education, academic and Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate will participate in the conference", adding that "the conference will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture."

He stressed that "the conference will focus on the main axes including the role of the media in the development of language, as well as the role of education in the language as in each of these two axes 8 researches were prepared in this regard by experts and specialists in the language field."

Hewlêr has embraced the Kurdish language conference, under the slogan (language ,national andidentity) for the period from 19 to 22 of September of last year issued a number of recommendations notably working to pass a language law in the province and claiming Iraq's neighboring countries to recognize Kurdish language as an official language.

Source: http://www.shafaaq.com/en/news/4298-scientific-conference-of-kurdish-language-in-erbil-with-the-participation-of-experts-and-academics.html
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They should not hold conferences but rather work on it day and night. I mean what the hell are our experts doing!!!!
Seriously, we have no experts in this field at this moment and therefore, must import experts and pay them millions to assist us in creating a standardized language.

How long will it take? 10 years, 20 years, 30 years???

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yea he is the best player of them all thumbs*

once condeliza rice said "talabani is the only person that can shake hands with us americans and ahmedinajat in one day".

he is working for kurdistan, we all saw how he abandoned baghdad for kurdistan, but after consultation with Barzani it was decided by them both that kurdistan is not ready to divorce i-raq, thus the pipelines must be completed first which is late 2013-2014 start.

with the iraqis been the best corrupted country it is a favor for us as it will delay their arm deal from russia, this will buy us enuff time to build and complete the pipelines and then just declare the kurdish state draw the red line with genocidal iraqis once and for all, and then if they attack then they will face the same fate as saddam did trying his luck with kuwait in 1991.
Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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This is an implicit way on the part of the Americans of telling us that they disapprove of Kurdish independence and that we are to remain within the borders of Iraq indefinitely. It should be obvious that our secession and the events that will inevitably follow will be accompanied by war, which would once again impair US economic interests in the region. Ergo, US imperialist interests are diametrically opposed to Kurdish interests despite the illusions that the higher circles of Kurdish political leadership have become contaminated with - a fact which needs to be drilled into the head of every single Kurd who claims to stand for true Kurdish nationalism.
Edited by Azamat, 10th December 2012 - 03:11 AM.
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Iraqi PM reportedly warns of Turkish, Israeli presence in Kurdistan region

BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has purportedly accused the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of collaboration with Israel and Turkey, while saying the much-hyped KRG economy was flagging.

The premier made the comments at a meeting with Kuwaiti journalists in Baghdad, Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al-Rai reported on Friday, 7 December. The editor-in-chief of Al-Rai attended the 6 December meeting.

Neither KRG nor the Iraqi government have yet made any comments on the highly-sensitive statements.

“The [foreign] companies do not enter a region where there is [military] deployment. Turkey has penetrated it deeply, so has Israel,” Al-Maliki was reported as saying. “The Kurdish nation is the only one that pays the price for this as Baghdad, Najaf and Basra are far away.”

Al-Maliki is also cited by the paper making another highly contentious statement, this time about the disputed areas adjacent to the Kurdistan Region, saying: “We have told the Kurds if a war is to break out this time, it will be an Arab-Kurdish war, as the mixed areas are originally Arab and Turkoman areas. Therefore, the Turkomans, too, will not stay silent in such a conflict.” Adding that he had recently advised Kurdish leaders not to listen to “those” who encourage them to confront Iraq’s central government.

“The mixed areas” is a reference to the disputed areas that includes oil rich Kirkuk, but the prime minister has only been heard to use the term in recent weeks, as tensions between Erbil and the central government over the said areas have peaked, prompting both sides to dispatch thousands of troops to the Kirkuk region.

The usage has not gone down very well with the Kurds who claim part of these areas as ancestral land – and out of affection refer to them as the “detached areas”.

If confirmed, Al-Maliki’s comment about the Arab-Turkoman ownership of the disputed areas could spark outrage among Kurds.

However, Al-Maliki said that: “The Kurdish question is a domestic issue and their aim is to establish a state, but one state trying to live on another state is not right…We will not allow this to reach the point of armed confrontation.”

Regarding the Kurdistan Region economy, Al-Maliki is cited telling the meeting that the KRG economy had “fallen to zero”, and that Iraqi President Jalal Talabani,www.ekurd.net a Kurd, recently told him that the region’s economy had fallen by as much as 70 percent. He added that this was due to recent instability and foreign firms not wishing to make investments there.

This statement by Al-Maliki’s is in contrast with media reports about recent global oil majors foray into the Kurdistan Region, including Russian Lukoil and Exxon Mobil of the United States.

Al-Maliki also defended his decision to deploy Iraqi troops and form the controversial Tigris Operations Command in the disputed areas. He also said that according to the Iraqi Constitution, the army was free to be deployed anywhere in Iraq, the autonomous Kurdistan Region included.

Source: http://www.ekurd.net/mismas/articles/misc2012/12/govt2126.htm



Damn... his huge head deserves some punches.
"Kurdino! Bibin yek; eger hûn nebin yek, hûn ê herin yek bi yek." - Cigerxwîn.
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Kurdistan responds to Maliki's statements made to the Kuwaiti newspaper.



The Presidency of Kurdistan Region accused Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of fabricating crises and excludes political partners.
Commenting on statement by Maliki to the Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Rae, concerning recent crisis, Spokesman for Kurdistan Presidency, Omeed Sabah, said that, "Maliki came up with statement far from reality, he leaves a crisis to get into another; he suggests that his problem is with Kurdistan Region alone, while his crisis stretches from the country's north down to its south and from its east to its west."

He added that Maliki is now breaching the Constitution is changing the Constitutional phrase naming Disputed Areas, to Mixed Areas.
Sabah addressed Maliki by saying, "You exclude your partners in a way far from implementing the Constitution and harmony, and over $ 600 Billion of Iraq's budget has been wasted, while Iraqi citizens continue suffering from deteriorating services and lack of security, in contrast with Kurdistan Region, where foreign and Arab investment has reached $ 23 Billion.”

Source: http://www.kurdsat.tv/news.php?id=1151&type=kurdistan
"Kurdino! Bibin yek; eger hûn nebin yek, hûn ê herin yek bi yek." - Cigerxwîn.
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Last paragraph is so true, let then starve to death and blow their money on weapons like last time when they are throw out of power we will capture them.
Russian Girenak Joseph, who visited Kirkuk in Kurdistan as a part of his tour throu the 1870 - 1873 AD, who published the results of his trip & his studies later in 1879, in the 4th volume in the Bulletin of the Caucasus department of the Royal Geographical Russian Society estimated Kirkuk's population as many as 12-50,000 people, & he emphasized that except 40 Christian families, the rest of the population were Kurds. As for The Turkmen & Arabs, they have not been already existed at the time.
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