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Kurdistan

Kurdish language barred at Kirkuk press conference

By Rudaw 17/10/2017
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The head of Kirkuk police was prevented from speaking in Kurdish during a press conference held by security officials and the new governor, appointed by the prime minister.
 
The interim Governor of Kirkuk Rakan Ali al-Jabouri, who is an Arab and was appointed on Monday by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to replace Najmaldin Karim, held the press conference on Tuesday afternoon after a meeting of Kirkuk’s security institutions, including the Iraqi army.
 
The focus of his presser was to convey the message that Kirkuk is in safe hands and those who fled the military operations on Monday should return to their homes.
 
Police Chief Omar Khatab, a Kurd, attempted to speak in Kurdish, but was blocked by Ali Fazil Omran, commander of the Iraqi Tigris Operation whose forces entered Kirkuk on Monday.
 
“Speak in Arabic,” Omran told Khatab when the Kurdish police officer tried to speak in his mother language.
 
He was prevented from speaking in Kurdish two more times – once when a Turkmen member of the provincial council asked the commander to permit the language and again when answering a question asked in Kurdish by a Rudaw reporter.
 
In the end, Omran agreed to allow Khatab to speak in Kurdish after the press conference was over.

Kurdish is an official language in Iraq, alongside Arabic, as stated in the constitution.
 
The commanders of the Iraqi forces and the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi took down the Kurdistan flag in a ceremony on Monday and raised the Iraqi one in its place at the Kirkuk Provincial Council building.

“We have come not as liberators, but as part of the redeployment of the security institutions to the province of Kirkuk,” Omran said.
 
He said the Iraqi army will be responsible to protect state installations, infrastructure, and will be in control of the province’s borders, including the Kurdistan Region provinces of Erbil and Sulaimani.
 
Security inside the city will be provided by the province’s police forces, he said. 
 
Interim Governor Jabouri said he is in charge until a new arrangement can be made with regard to the city’s local government. 
 
“We are the administration of Kirkuk according to the law,” he said.
 
He, like the security officials, said the city’s residents who fled on Monday fearing violence, should return as quickly as possible to protect their properties from looting. 

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Dler | 17/10/2017
What we see here people is a racial hatred against the Kurdish people. This might be unnatural for you, but we have been living with this type of racism more than 100 years. We are used to it.
Muraz Adzhoev | 17/10/2017
Kirkuk has been occupied by the Iranian-led Iraqi enemy and the Kurdish traitors led by the Talabanis. But very soon Kirkurk province and city will return back to its natural Kurdistan Homeland. Now all “masks” are taken off.
Patriot | 17/10/2017
Kurd here. With the pathetic way our leadership handled the crisis, not a single person or member of either the PDK or PUK has any fucking right to complain about foreigners barring our language. We barred it ourselves the moment we abandoned our own city.
Hejar | 17/10/2017
This treason by the treacherous Talabani family will never be forgotten. If PUK are truly Kurds, they will make them pay by removing the entire Talabani family from influence, including that sershor Qubad. Kosrat and Karim should be rewarded.
Hoshyar Zaxoy | 17/10/2017
I suggest Iraq/Iran/Turkey/Syria declare national holiday as celebration for the great victory of attacking Kurdistan with world states sponsored weapons. If the filthy enemy has balls they should hand us similar weapons then fight. I blame the international states as sponsors of terror by supplying them with tanks and planes so called legitimately.

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