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Everyone but Barzani’s KDP opposes Turkey: PUK’s Adel Murad.

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PUK official Adel Murad criticized Turkey’s attacks on Iraq’s Sinjar (Shingal) and Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) carried out in collaboration with the KDP, and said “The KDP sides with Turkey at a time when the rest of the world opposes it”. Adel Murad, co-founder of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) who is currently heading the party’s Central Council, spoke to ANF on Turkey’s attacks on the Kurds and the KDP’s policies, and emphasized that “the KDP values Turkey, not us”, an approach that bothers the Kurdish people. Murad recalled that Turkey has several military bases in South (Iraqi) Kurdistan, and continued: “Currently, the Turkish state has 19 military bases in South Kurdistan”. Zakho and surrounding territory has become a Turkish base. They are bombarding Qandil and its surroundings every day. They attacked Qereçox two days ago. This area is part of Rojava. Again, they attacked Shengal. The people in Shengal are Iraqi Êzidîs, not Êzidîs from Syria or Turkey. They are all Iraqi Kurds. YBŞ are not Kurds from Turkey or Syria. They are all Iraqi Kurds.


Today, marks the 43 anniversary of Saddam Hussain attack on Qalladize.

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April 24, 2017, Marks the 43 anniversary of Qalladize attack, Kurds had gathered in Qalladize city in a remembrance ceremony for the victims of 1974 attack. The ceremony was attended by Governmental official, Kurdish Parties members, families of Anfal victims and a large number of Kurds. The Government of Kurdistan Region with the help of its Vice President Mr. Qubad Talabani had offered the best services for the city and for the victims’ families. At 9.15am on Wednesday 24 April 1974, Qalladze fell victim to Saddam Hussein first airstrike against the Kurds. Rockets and internationally forbidden cannon fires set alight the town of Qalladize, the Ba’athist government had demolished the town of Qalladze killing at least 163 innocent people as well for injuring more than 250 others including students and University teachers. Qalladze means “Castle of Two Rivers” from the Kurdish words Qala= castle, dw= two and ze= river. In the south west of the City there is a small hill between two rivers.







Only Israel would recognize a Kurdish state, Iraq’s al-Hakim says.

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Iraq’s National Coalition Chief, Ammar al-Hakim, said on Wednesday that Israel would be the only country to recognize a Kurdish state if it were declared. Hakim stated the U.S. administration has repeatedly declared its commitment to the territorial integrity of Iraq. He added Iraqi officials have received assurances from the new U.S. administration of its commitment to the unity of Iraq, as well as the commitment of previous administrations. Iraq’s Shi’ite ruling coalition would oppose Kurdish plans to hold a referendum on independence of Kurdistan Region after the defeat of Islamic State, its president, Ammar al-Hakim, has said. Hakim said Kurdish officials have a 70-year ambition to announce a Kurdish state, which could continue for another decade whether it were achieved or not. Kurds seek self-determination to have their own state having a logic that they can have a country the way Arabs have 22 countries as well as Turks and Persians who have their own countries, Hakim added.


Kurds in Diyarbakir say they want peace after defeat of referendum "No" vote .

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As Turkey reached the  final stages of counting the results of its referendum on Sunday, Kurds living in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir said they were looking forward to peace in the country. As they watched the results on television inside a traditional tea house, many said they were accepting of a move from Turkey’s parliamentary democracy to an all-powerful presidency that may see Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in power until at least 2029, in the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history. Diyarbakir is dominated by Kurds, many of whom support the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP). The referendum vote was strongly in favor of “No” at 67.58 percent against 32.42 percent in favor of “Yes”.


Sevem killed during ISIS attacks o Hashid al-Shaabi in Tuz Khurmatu.

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Seven people were killed during attacks by Islamic State (ISIS) militants against the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashid al-Shaabi) in Tuz Khurmatu district, a security source said. Four of the dead were civilians while the others were Hashid al-Shaabi members, the source added. Seven other people were wounded in the attacks.  Tuz Khurmatu, located 180 km north of Baghdad, lies in an area of disputed territory between the Kurdish-administered north and southern regions under the central government, with an ethnically diverse population of Turkmen, Kurds and Arabs

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