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Kurds in Daquq run Arab settlers out of town

By Rudaw 1/11/2018
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Arab settlers who tried to forcefully confiscate land owned by Kurds in south of Kirkuk were met with stiff resistance, forced to flee after an altercation. 

Around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, a group of Arabs raided a Kurdish house in Daquq’s Yangijay Talabani village, Kamal Jamal, a resident of the village told Rudaw.

“These Arabs are Shammar [tribe] and are from Tikrit’s deserts. They want to confiscate these lands,” Jamal claimed. 

The Arabs demanded the Kurds leave their homes. Villagers rallied to help the homeowner. Shots were fired when a fight broke out. No one was shot, though two Kurds and four Arabs were injured from thrown sticks and stones. 

“Let them kill us. It is over our land. It is okay. We will be martyrs,” said one villager, saying they are ready to sacrifice their lives like the Peshmerga. 
“There is no law,” another could be heard saying.

“Kurds have never given up, nor will they ever.”

Federal police stepped in to end the brawl.

This is the latest in a string of problems emanating from the resurgent Arabization process in Kirkuk in the past year under the leadership of acting governor Rakan al-Jabouri.

Most recently, Jabouri signed an executive order authorizing 81 Arab families to be settled in a Kurdish village. 

Former mayor of Daquq Amir Khudakaram Mohammed, who was ousted in July, told Rudaw that 250 to 300 square-kilometres of land, owned by Kurds, are being demanded by the Arabs.

“These are the Arabs of the Arabization of the villages Saad, Khalid, Wahdi, and Omer Ibn Khatab,” he explained.

“They have come to Yangijay Talabani village, but the residents of the village countered them and fended them off. The imported Arabs had no option but to leave the area, leaving three cars behind,” he added.

The former mayor called on the Kurdish leadership to be united and come up with a solution, warning there could be “bigger problems” if it is not resolved now. 

The Arabs wants to confiscate 1,200 square-kilometres of Kurdish land, he claimed. 

The administration in Kirkuk sought to reverse the Arabization that took place under Saddam Hussein. Arab settlers who were brought in by the former regime were compensated to return to their original homes. But the new administration in Kirkuk after October 2017 has now apparently reversed that policy.


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Unite | 2/11/2018
I wonder what His Excellency The Great President Of Iraq think about this situation the Kurds are in? There was a day when Arabs were scared stiff to step beyond the Hamreen mountain. Now, sadly, they get into Kurdish homes and ask them to leave. Thank you PUK and thank you Mr President of Iraq.
Gunrash | 2/11/2018
Only language Arabs understand is violence. The more they push us, the more determined we get. Kurds are at their best when oppressed. We will never give up. You can buy off our corrupt politicians but you can never break our will. We will be free.
John Bird | 2/11/2018
Just remember one thing: the PUK was just a small party with only a small fledgling military wing. It was the brave people of Garmyan and their sacrifices that turned PUK into a big party with a big political power. Last year, on October 16, PUK betrayed them all! Betrayed all these Garmyani people. Now they have to defend for themselves against Arab intruders.
Kandu | 2/11/2018
Love to see how brave he will be if they had guns. He’s acting so tough but will run like a chicken when he sees guns . Rudaw how about broadcasting something useful to watch . Try and catch up with the world will you .
Independence | 2/11/2018
It is Jalal Talabani 's family & associates who sold Kerkuk and Kurdistan for personal greed and ambition betraying the Kurds and Kurdistan. How stupid,how nasty are those who voted again for the traitors.Shame and curse on them .
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