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Iraq

Parliament official demands Abadi deploy Iraqi army to Khurmatu, stop violence

By Rudaw 3/11/2017
File photo shows Iraqi parliament deputy speaker Aram Sheikh Mohammed [L] meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in May, 2015. Photo: Iraqi PMO
File photo shows Iraqi parliament deputy speaker Aram Sheikh Mohammed [L] meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in May, 2015. Photo: Iraqi PMO

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi parliament deputy speaker Aram Sheikh Mohammed has called on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deploy additional forces of the Iraqi army to Tuz Khurmatu, southeast of Kirkuk where he said acts of “revenge” and kidnappings, among others, have created an environment of “fear and panic" that have denied thousands of the displaced people to return home, about three weeks after Iraq and Shiite militia controlled the diverse city.

The rights group Amnesty International had reported 11 people killed in Khurmatu as of October 24. It, and the United Nations mission in Iraq, reported that more than 100 houses had been set on fire in Khurmatu, mainly targeting the Kurdish-populated areas. Kurdish officials say these figures are much higher. 

Mohammed, who is a Kurdish official from Gorran party, stated that a “large number” of people, especially from Khurmatu, have fled their homes due to “irresponsible actions and acts of revenge by some,” that has caused material and human losses. He said he is sure that similar abuses, including kidnapping and killing, have occurred elsewhere in the disputed or Kurdistani areas claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad. 

“This gave birth to an environment of fear and panic,” that stops the displaced from heading home, Mohammed added in a statement published on Thursday. 

The United Nations said on Thursday that as of November 2, more than 183,000 people were displaced in the disputed areas, including 79,000 from oil-rich Kirkuk city.

Iraqi forces and the Hashd al-Shaabi took control of Kirkuk from Peshmerga fighters on October 16, as part of punitive measures taken by Baghdad against the Kurdish vote on independence held on September 25. 

The Kurdish official said that they have been in contact with local officials and military commanders of the security forces and the Hashd al-Shaabi to bring the situation under control, but the situation remained “unstable” in Khurmatu and there was “no indication showing the return of stability and reassurances,” needed for the displaced to feel safe in their home town.

He demanded PM Abadi, who is commander-in-chief of all armed forces, to deploy special forces of the Iraqi army to take control of the security of the city in cooperation with the local police force.

He said that in his contacts with the Hashd commanders in Khurmatu, he had received the signal that the Shiite militia as well supported sending the Iraqi army to the city. 

Iraq’s minister for displaced persons, Darbaz Mohammed, on October 21 described the situation in the multi-ethnic town of Tuz Khurmatu as “out of control” and unsafe for Kurdish residents to return to at this time.

 

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hanan | 3/11/2017
BE AKHLAK Aram yo ask your enemy to deploy Iraqi forces to Kurdish area. Are you aware what you saying? You are just like the Jashes who led Sadam's troop in Anfal to destroy Kurdish Villages. You are a disgrace.
You area disgrace! | 3/11/2017
You may or may not be Kurdish but to represent a Kurdish party and ask for deployment of Iraqi military you are a disgrace and should be stripped of your representation immediately!
Asxlame Kurdistan bem | 3/11/2017
We kurds destroyed kurdistan by us self. Please yetkati and parti just leave and let us live in peace. This government is a joke and they are there just for steal money. Dont forget both parti and yetkati ben the biggest jash
Non kurd | 3/11/2017
Some Idiot Kurdish leaders invited the hashed shabi terrorists into kirkuk and now they complain about the chaos ensues... what did you expect.
guest2002 | 3/11/2017
Does he know that Ebadi is a shiia jihadi and is a supporter of those creating chaos in tuz khurmatu?? Does he know that all the shiia jihadis ruling Iraq are aware of what is going on and are ok with it??? For how long these so called Kurdish leaders want to play dumb??? They are your enemy plain and simple and if they get a chance , they will kill every single Kurd and rename the cities and villages and claim that land for the shiia omma !!! Enough is enough. These shiia jihadis only respect power!!! Israel bombs these shiia jihadi clowns and kills them and they do not even have the guts to even shoot back once. When your enemy considers you to be worse than animals and wants everything that you have, you can not keep playing nice!!!

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