Iraqi Turkmen seek protection from possible “collective genocide”

January 31, 2008 § Leave a comment

(Image of the Iraqi Turkmen Front flag.)

Al-Arabiya reports that the Iraqi-Turkmen Front — a group which represents the largest Turkman parties in Kirkuk — has demanded that the Iraqi government establish a Turkman unit in the Iraqi army in order to protect the Turkmen from a “collective genocide” (al-ibaada al-jamaa’iya).  There are no official counts of the Turkmen population in Iraq, but it is estimated to be between three million and 800,000.

Police discovered the decapitated heads of two Turkmen in a city in northern Iraq and the police say that the Turkmen have been the target of numerous kidnappings in the area — more specifically, over 300 individuals kidnapped in a given amount of time, most of them are killed.

Here’s a semi-informative wikipedia entry on the Turkmen in Iraq. Here is an album of photos from Kirkuk.

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