mardi 16 décembre 2014

One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. Report by Martin Chulov


In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked by his captors slowly into the Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq. He was nervous as two American soldiers led him through three brightly-lit buildings and then a maze of wire corridors, into an open yard, where men with middle-distance stares, wearing brightly-coloured prison uniforms, stood back warily, watching him.

“I knew some of them straight away,” he told me last month. “I had feared Bucca all the way down on the plane. But when I got there, it was much better than I thought. In every way.”

The jihadist, who uses the nom de guerre Abu Ahmed, entered Camp Bucca as a young man a decade ago, and is now a senior official within Islamic State (Isis) – having risen through its ranks with many of the men who served time alongside him in prison. Like him, the other detainees had been snatched by US soldiers from Iraq’s towns and cities and flown to a place that had already become infamous: a foreboding desert fortress that would shape the legacy of the US presence in Iraq.

Baghdadi was born Ibrahim ibn Awwad al-Badri al-Samarrai in 1971, in the Iraqi city of Samarra. He was detained by US forces in Falluja, west of Baghdad, in February 2004, months after he had helped found a militant group, Jeish Ahl al-Sunnah al-Jamaah, which had taken root in the restive Sunni communities around his home city.

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jeudi 11 décembre 2014

ITF EU Representative Dr Hassan Aydinli was invited to AK Party Symposium at the European Parliament















On December 10, 2014 AK PARTY Brussels organized a 
Symposium
 at the EU Parliament

 "Sing Each Others' Song" 
How do we build a tolerant and inclusive society together?

The Symposium was hosted by MEP Sajjid KARIM

Welcome and introduction:  Zafer SIRAKAYA, AK Party Brussels Chairman

The key Speakers were:

Yusuf ÇETIN, Turkish Metropolitan and Patriarchal of the Syrian-Orthodox Church in Istanbul and Ankara

Ishak HALEVA, Great Rabbi of Turkey

Prof. Dr. Hüseyin YILMAZ, Office of interreligious and intercultural Communication Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey.






























 AK Party Brussels Chairman Mr. Zafer SIRAKAYA and ITF EU representative Dr Hassan AYDINLI 















ITF EU representative Dr Hassan AYDINLI with Prof. Dr. Hüseyin YILMAZ, Office of interreligious and intercultural Communication Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey.















Mr. Süleyman ÇELIK, President of Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) and  Dr Hassan AYDINLI ITF EU representative 















During the Lunch Buffet which followed the Symposium Dr. Hassan AYDINLI also spoke with Mr. Eşref YAĞCIOĞLU, Member the the Advisory Board for Turkish Citizens abroad and with Mr. Vakur KAYA of ABHABER.






mercredi 10 décembre 2014

IRAQI TURKMEN BEGIN TO RETURN TO THEIR DESTROYED HOMES IN 3 VILLAGES IN TUZ KHURMATU

Iraqi Turkmen begin to return home in northen Iraq

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Internally displaced Iraqi Turkmen families begin to return home after months of being in refugee.
World Bulletin/News Desk

Iraqi Shiite Turkmen families began to return to their destroyed homes on Tuesday after months of displacement, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter.


The families started returning to three secure villages in the town of Tuz Khormato, located in the northeast of Saladin province, a governorate located in the north of Iraq.

The villages are now secured by the Badr brigades, a Shiite Iraqi militia, who took control of the region after ISIL militants abandoned the town.

The villages are full of destroyed homes scarred by bullet holes and which lack electricity and water. Unexploded mortar projectiles litter the area.

“We were shocked when we saw our homes ruined. We are now working on repairing them. There were 325 families in our village and 60 families have returned in the last 10 days. Not having electricity is our biggest problem. Everyone is supposed to return if the problems are solved,” Ahmed Kamal, one of the returnees, said.

Huseyin Sami also returned to his village, which is located 7 kilometers south of Tuz Khormato. He said that ISIL militants had damaged all the houses in the area.

“We are sad that none of the government officials came to review the situation here. Our heating is a problem, especially with winter coming. We go to Tuz Khormato hospital but the hospital sends us to Kirkuk,” Sami added.

“Protection of the villages is our highest priority. Hizbullah, Saraya El-Selam, Horasani and Peshmerga brigades in the region do not have serious problems between them,” Atif Najjar, the Badr brigades’ commander responsible for the Tuz Khormato region, said.

Iraqis will be able to return to the other villages after a mine sweep, according to Nur Halaf, a high-ranking Badr brigade commander.

“There are 34,000 internally displaced persons in Baghdad,” Riyad Al-Addad, a government official, said.

Ten thousand internally displaced persons were recorded on Monday by the Iraqi Ministry of Immigration and Migrants, increasing the official recorded number to 470,000.

Iraq has been gripped by a security vacuum since June, when the ISIL, stormed the northern province of Mosul.
http://www.worldbulletin.net/world/150297/iraqi-turkmen-begin-to-return-home-in-northen-iraq

US Strategy against ISIS in Syria and Turkey’s Position - Oytun Orhan, Researcher, ORSAM

http://www.orsam.org.tr/en/enUploads/Article/Files/20141127_policybrief17ing.pdf

US Strategy against ISIS in Syria and Turkey’s Position
Oytun Orhan, Researcher, ORSAM





It is accepted by everyone that the success of the strategy against ISIS depends on an integrated approach that includes both Iraq and Syria. However, it can be seen that the US strategy does not include a concrete plan for Syria. Thus, one can say that the goal in Syria is to contain the threat rather than destroying it. On the other hand, Turkey is one of key countries for the success of the plan against ISIS. But Turkey raised its concerns for the plan that it sees it is unlikely to succeed. In this context, Turkey tried to frame ISIS strategy in a form that takes into account its security priorities, since the potential failure of the plan will directly affect Turkey. Looking at “safe zone, no fly zone, train and equip” proposals, one can argue that Turkey is focused on removing both short and long term security risks. Short term risk is border security. The real aim in middle and long term is finding a permanent solution to the Syrian civil war to put an end to problems originated in Syria.

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27 November 2014

dimanche 7 décembre 2014

KRG IS TO HAVE ITS OWN SEAT IN THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU) PARLIAMENT




Basnews | Biryar Koyi – ERBIL – 6 Dec 2014 – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)is to have its own seat in the European Union (EU) Parliament representing the Kurdistan Region in the sessions the EU will hold regarding the issues in Middle East region. “In the past, KRG representatives in EU have often attempted to put the name of KRG in the EU Parliament,” KRG Representative to the EU, Dlawar Azhgeyi told BasNews on Thursday.He continued, “Finally, the head of the EU Parliament and Protocol Department approved a special seat for the Kurdistan Region labeled KRG.”





“Officially allocating a seat for the KRG in meetings of the European Parliament is an important step in the history of the KRG,” added Azhgeyi. In the last few months, KRG officials have accepted numerous invitations to the Parliament to discuss the current changes in the Kurdistan Region and beyond, especially after the emergence of Islamic State (IS). Many EU members have expressed their support for the Kurdistan Region by sending humanitarian aid and military equipment to Kurdistan and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting IS insurgents.

samedi 6 décembre 2014

John Pilger - Logan Symposium - 5th Dec 2014 - MUST WATCH

Published on 5 Dec 2014
(uploaded for non profit educational purposes)
John Pilger speaking at Logan Symposium, London 5th Dec 2014.

Couple of spots the stream freezes, below is a transcript
http://johnpilger.com/articles/war-by...
An "official" video will be released at the end of the event.

David Campbell Bannerman, Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Iraq Speech on 27 November 2014 at the EU Parliament

Debates
Thursday, 27 November 2014 - Strasbourg
Provisional edition


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http://www.europarl.europa.eu/img/struct/functional/arrow_summary.gif  David Campbell Bannerman, author . - Mr President, as Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Iraq, I welcome the creation of the new unity government in Iraq and offer my delegation’s unwavering support in helping it to build a fairer, more inclusive society, including one which protects and promotes the rights of women. I condemn without reservation the barbaric killings, kidnappings, rapes, sexual violence and torture committed by ISIS fighters in Iraq.
Such actions arguably constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. These terror attacks against women and girls, committed by the so-called Islamic State and associated groups, are inhuman. They also include targeted attacks against members of the ethnic and religious minorities such as Kurds, Syrians, Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen. The utterly abhorrent use of forced religious conversions, forced marriage, sexual enslavement and gender-based violence by ISIS against women and girls in Iraq is evidence of this. Further steps need be taken to ensure the safety of women and girls ...

IRAQI TURKMEN MESSAGE TO THE EU PARLIAMENT MEMBERS



IRAQI TURKMEN MESSAGE TO THE EU PARLIAMENT MEMBERS

Who are the Iraqi Turkmens

The Turkmens of Iraq are a Turkic people, they are the descendants of the Turkish OGUZ tribes originating in Central Asia. They arrived in Mesopotamia (Iraq) in several successive waves and settled there more than 1400 years ago. The overall Turkmen region in Iraq is called Turkmeneli, it lies between the Kurdish region in the northeast and the Arab region in the southwest. It includes territories in the provinces of Mosul, Erbil, Kirkuk, Salaheddin, Diyala and Kut.

Population 

Since there is no accurate and reliable census data in Iraq, one cannot be sure about the exact numbers of the Turkmens, however, it is estimated to be around three million, which is roughly 9% of the Iraqi population. in the 1997 census, ‘Turkmen’ as a nationality was removed from the official census forms, Turkmens had to register either as Arabs or Kurds. The largest concentration of Turkmens lives in the city of Kirkuk, which they consider as their capital city and main cultural centre. A great number of Turkmens also live in Baghdad. We are a clear majority in Tal Afar, Tuzhurmatu and Kifri.

Demographic changes and confiscation of Turkmen lands

Several demographic changes have taken place in the Turkmen region, especially in Kirkuk province  and Kirkuk city. In the 1980s the Baath regime installed tens of thousands of Arab families on Turkmen lands, several Turkmen villages were totally destroyed and their inhabitants were forcedly displaced without receiving any compensation. The largest demographic change happened in Kirkuk under U.S. occupation in 2003 when the Kurdish leaders brought over 600.000 Kurds from other areas in Iraq and settled them in the city. Today, there is ongoing pressure by Kurdish and Arab authorities to shift the Turkmen population to different areas to continue the demographic change.

Human rights violations

Since the beginning of the Iraqi state in 1921 Turkmens were treated as second class citizens, their basic human rights were denied and their political leaders and intellectuals were killed. Since 2003 the Turkmen political leaders, academics, professionals have been especially targeted and assassinated, dozens of them were kidnapped for ransom. Turkmen areas are suffering under targeted attacks. Turkmens are easy targets as they are not allowed to have their own self-defence forces. Arabs and Kurds can get benefit from governmental financial sources while Turkmens do not. Even at 1st November 2014 the new Iraqi Parliament rejected the one bill that would recognize Turkmens’ rights. This proves that the discrimination against the Turkmens continues.

Internally displaced Turkmens due to IS attacks

Since June 2014, many Turkmen cities and villages have been attacked and occupied by IS. 350.000 Turkmens had to flee leaving everything behind and many were tortured and killed (in Tel Afer, Bashir, Biravceli, Amerli, Kara Tepe, etc). Neither the Iraqi army which was supposed to protect them nor the Kurdish Peshmerga forces came to their help. Thousands of these Turkmen IDPs are now living under dire conditions in transit camps in the Kurdish region and in mosques and schools in Kirkuk. Thousands of other Turkmen families were taken to the south of Iraq where they were given shelter in schools and mosques. Wherever they are these internally displaced Turkmen families have hardly received any help from the Iraqi government, to survive they can only rely on humanitarian help from fellow Turkmens, Turkmen and Turkish NGOs.

What is needed for our survival 

To survive and be recognised as part of Iraq we formulated the conditions for our survival as an Iraqi people in the Common ‘Declaration of the Turkmen, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian and Ezidi Kurdic people of Iraq’ which has been signed and presented at 19 November 2014 in the European Parliament.

Brussels, 4th December 2014

Contact: Dr. Hassan Tawfiq Aydinli, Iraqi Turkmen Front EU Representative
e-mail : htwalli@skynet.be