Crimes Against Kurds

Friday 20th December, 2019.

Kurdish villagers in Iraq's disputed Makhmour district repel ISIS attack last night. Residents of the village who are members of the Peshmerga, faced the intruders head-on, leading to armed clashes between them. The residents worked together and the perpetrators eventually withdrew into the darkness.

The local residents were well aware that around 1,000 ISIS members exist in the foothills of Qarachokh Mountain in Makhmour district who are active during the night time.

Wednesday 18th December, 2019.

Iraqi forces started harassing the Kurdish families again by searching their houses in the Kurdish neighborhood of Barootkhana early this morning.

Tuesday 17th December, 2019.

Young Kurdish men in Kirkuk were arrested for having the Kurdistan flags on their motorcycles and Kirkuk University authorities prevented the Kurdish students from celebrating Kurdistan Flag Day on campus.

Kurdistan Flag is recognised by the Iraqi Constitution. However, since October 2017 when the Iraqi army attacked the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk in retaliation for the “independence referendum”, restrictions for Kurds and their national symbols in Kirkuk are put in place.

Saturday 14th December, 2019.

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said in a statement that 18,301 refugees fleeing the Turkish offensive in Syria have so far arrived in the autonomous region since early October.

The KRG, apart from hosting the refugees in the Kurdistan Region, it has also delivered tons of humanitarian aid to the affected civilians in the neighbouring country through the Kurdish Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF).

Wednesday 11th December, 2019.

Unknown gunmen kidnapped 2 people in an ambush on Kirkuk - Diyala highway earlier today, one of them is said to be a member of the PUK'S security forces.

Wednesday 11th December, 2019.

Unknown gunmen believed to be ISIS militants attacked a security checkpoint manned by federal police near Kirkuk's Dubz district late yesterday night. Two police officers were injured in the attack.

Friday 6th December, 2019.

Earlier today, a member of the Kirkuk emergency police was killed, another was injured when a roadside bomb blast targeted their patrol in Panja Ali neighbourhood.

Saturday 30th November, 2019.

Three bombs exploded targeting civilians, many cars have destroyed and 16 people were injured in Kirkuk, Southern Kurdistan.

Kirkuk is a Kurdish majority city, after it was invaded by the Iranian-backed militias they started bringing in newcomer Arabs for demographic change and they started threatening the Kurds in different ways to enforce them to leave similar to back in the days of Saddam Hussein.

Thursday 21th November, 2019.

A photo report has been released by IS showing its militants in Kirkuk pledging bayah to the new IS emir, Abu Ibrahim al Hashimi al Qurashi. Inteligence sources affirm al Hashimi imposed a capillary pledging allegiance and obedience from all IS operative cells.

This is the 5th pledge of allegiance from Kirkuk Province and is the 22nd official pledge so far.

Wednesday 13th November, 2019.

Two more villages in northeastern Diyala’s disputed district of Khanaqin have been deserted, bringing their total number since last year to six, villages of Shafiq and Jamil Beg, where dozens of families lived are now totally empty.

Osman Manhal, headman of Shafiq village, explains “the increase in armed attacks by terrorists, particularly following the October 16, 2017 events (when the Peshmerga were replaced with Iraqi forces and Iranian backed militia) which have targeted civilians and security personnel have raise the fears and concerns of villagers.”

Tuesday 5th November, 2019.

Turkish air strike near the Ezidi village of Bara in Shingal, about 15.30pm UK time. According to the correspondent, three people were injured; it's the third air strike in the area by Turkey since yesterday.

Monday 4th November, 2019.

Three civilians were killed, two others injured when a Turkish airstrike targeted a house in Shingal's Khansur residential compound earlier today.

Monday 28th October, 2019.

The Iraqi Commission of Integrity's Kirkuk office arrested 14 employees at the governorate's office yesterday.

Warrants were issued for several officials close to acting Kirkuk governor Rakan Saeed al-Jibouri, including his son Qutaibia and brother Haji Ibrahim, who are his secretary and head of office respectively. The director of the accountancy directorate, the director of the planning directorate, the head of auditing directorate, a senior official at the general planning directorate, and the head of contracts were arrested on yesterday.

Sunday 27th October, 2019.

Kurdish prominent leader and the president of ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, said that the war against terrorism must continue after the killing of Islamic State (IS) top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his top aide, Abu Hesen al Mouhjir.

Both were killed earlier today by US special forces in separate operations in separate locations in the Turkish held area of Syria.

Saturday 26th October, 2019.

An Islamic State (IS) attack resulted in the killing and wounding of three civilians in the disputed Kurdish town of Khanaqin.

Jalawla mayor, Ya'qub Yousif, said that the jihadists attacked a village near the town yeserday night, where they killed one 14 year old civilian and wounded two others.

Friday 25th October, 2019.

More than 10,000 refugees have now crossed into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq fleeing the Turkish offensive in northeast Syria, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

Many Syrian refugees have been moved to Bardarash camp in Duhok province, where local and international aid agencies are providing food and shelter.

Saturday 19th October, 2019.

Mohammed Hamid, 13 suffering from severe burns he sustained during Turkish bombardment in Rojava, northeast Syria is set to be brought to Erbil by the Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) for treatment.

Mohammed Hamid, 13, was injured during the Turkish offensive to take Serekanye from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Local medical officials have accused Turkey of using unconventional and banned weapons in the battle, allegations which Turkey denies. He is in considerable pain due to the wounds, according to his father.

Friday 18th October, 2019.

Iraqi Kurds plea for emergency funding amidst Syrian refugee influx.

The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) on Friday morning pleaded for more emergency funding after a total of 2,000 refugees have arrived to the Kurdistan Region since Monday to escape the ongoing Turkish military assault on northern Syria. Hoshang Mohammed, Director General of the JCC, said they need “immediate emergency funding for the required preparations to manage the influx of refugees and provide basic life-saving assistance to those who just arrived.”.

Thursday 17th October, 2019.

The Islamic State (IS) has recently slaughtered six shepherds in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk.

The militants killed six shepherds and beheaded five of them in the town of Yaichi, in Kirkuk province.

Wednesday 16th October, 2019.

First wave of Syrian refugees fleeing to Kurdistan Region reaches nearly 1000.The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) announced that on late Tuesday night, 472 new Syrian refugees had arrived in the Kurdistan Region to escape the ongoing Turkish military assault on northern Syria. This brings the total number since Monday, when they began crossing, to 930. “We have made the proper preparations in coordination with the Board of Relief and Humanities Affairs in Duhok to receive the refugees,” he added, explaining that they would be transferred to settle in Bardarash camp.

Friday 27th September, 2019.

Three Kurdish citizens, Rokan Namiq, Omran Namiq and Adnan Ghayib were killed in Mekhas village, Khanaqin by an ISIS terrorist group.

Khanaqin is one of the Kurdish towns that Iranian-backed militias invaded almost two years ago and afterwards let ISIS return.

Thursday 26th September, 2019.

Local citizen, Ahmed Khalaf was found dead in the village of Goli Tapa Southern Kirkuk.

Ahmed Khalaf had been kidnapped by the Iranian-backed militias two days earlier.

Tuesday 24th September, 2019.

Several mortar shells were fired at a base belonging to the Iraqi federal police forces (Iranian backed militias, Hashd al-Shaabi), in Kirkuk’s Riyaz sub-district late yesterday night.

A security source said "several mortar shells were fired at the headquarters of the Iraqi federal police's mechanics division in Riyaz without causing any injuries. An investigation has started at the site where the mortar shells exploded".

Sunday 22nd September, 2019.

As many as 60 head of cattle have been killed when a barn and several homes were set ablaze following an armed attack by unknown gunmen in Khanaqin's Ali Sabahi village.

Friday 20th September, 2019.

A member of Iraqi federal police was killed and 2 others including a high ranking officer were injured in a roadside bomb blast that targeted their patrol in Gharib village in Kirkuk's southern Abbasi sub-district.

Friday 20th September, 2019.

The PUK has expressed objection to a decision by the Iraqi Prime Minister to form a special committee for the provincial elections in Kirkuk which did not include members of the Kurdish, Turkmen or Christian component.

Monday 16th September, 2019.

Two Iraqi Policemen were killed in a bomb explosion near Rashad village southwest of Kirkuk.

The current governor Rakan Saeed al-Jabouri brought ISIS families to the town and this is the results.

Sunday 15th September, 2019.

Karzan Asaad who used to live in Chaghmagha village near Dubiz in Kirkuk was kidnapped yesterday by an anonymous group and this morning he was found dead, his body showing signs of electrocution as cause of death.

Every week Kurds in Kirkuk get abused and kidnapped for racial discrimination purposes, we need the Peshmerga forces back to stop these demographic changes against the Kurds.

Friday 13th September, 2019.

Iraqi government with the current racist governor of Kirkuk keep bringing ISIS families to increase the Arabs population in Kirkuk and make more demographic changes.

Wednesday 11th September, 2019.

Iraqi government keeps bringing ISIS families to Kirkuk to increase Arab population in the town and to make a demographic changes.

Those people when they settle down, they will start terrorist attacks against the Kurds to push more of them out and Arabs families only will stay.

Tuesday 10th September, 2019.

The Iranian backed militias decorate the main streets of Kirkuk with their banners, earlier this month they decorated all their checkpoints in the same banners.

This demographic changes should stop, we the Kurds are fed up with it they stop us having our flags and banners, non of those people are from Kirkuk they are all from Southern Iraq.

Sunday 8th September, 2019.

Three bombs have exploded in Kirkuk today.

Two people have been killed and many others have been injured.

Thursday 5th September, 2019.

Aram Jalil is a Kurdish farmer was working in his farm which is located in Lailan and suddenly two Arabic speaking gunmen attacked him and he was left with serious head injuries.

Again American government should let the Peshmerga return to Kirkuk to protect and stop this oppression against the Kurds.

Wednesday 4th September, 2019.

A video has been released on social media of the Iranian backed militias and Iraqi forces recently killing dogs in Kirkuk, brutally.

Tuesday 3rd September, 2019.

The Racist governor of Kirkuk, Rakan Saeed al-Jabouri bring ISIS families and register them to participate in the next upcoming election to increase Arabs population in Kirkuk.

ISIS is taking over Kirkuk officially with cooperation of Iraqi government after they have failed invading.

Thursday 29th August, 2019.

A huge fire has broken out at the North Oil Company in Kirkuk. The thick black smoke from the fire has polluted the air in the city.

The Iraqi Authorities are trying to control it.

Tuesday 27th August, 2019.

Two Iraqi soldiers were killed in Shirak, a Kurdish village in Khanaqin in an attack by an ISIS group. Khanaqin is one of the Kurdish towns that Iranian backed militias invaded them almost two years ago, they let ISIS families back and kicked out the Kurds from it, so this is the result.

Sunday 25th August, 2019.

The son of Aso Jalal an Asayesh (Kurdistan Region internal security forces) killed in an ISIS attack last month died in hospital on Sunday 25th August, 2019, due to what family members have called "heartbreak". Bryar Jalal, aged 4, had been living with Type 1 diabetes. His condition is said to have worsened after the death of his father. Bryar died while receiving specialist care at the Shar Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU), according to doctor Yad Naqshbandi, "Bryar's blood sugar had risen dramatically, probably because of the trauma he had suffered after his father was martyred".

Sunday 25th August, 2019.

Rockets fell on a football stadium in the Zain al-Abdeen village in the town of Daquq south of Kirkuk late Saturday night. Six people were killed and four others were wounded by the rockets, according to Daquq Mayor, Sheikh Lewis Findi.

The rockets fell on a local football stadium, when the young men were playing, most of the casualties were young men, and one was a police officer.

Sunday 18th August, 2019.

ISIS has bombed a village affiliated to the disputed Khanaqin district between Baghdad and Erbil with mortar shells, a security source said today. The source told Shafaq News that "ISIS bombed late yesterday night, Mubarak village affiliated to Khanaqin district in Diyala province by mortar shells."

The source did not mention the extent of the losses caused by the mentioned shelling.

Thursday 15th August, 2019.

Unonymous militia in a BMW car have shot and seriously injured Kurdish Peshmerga soldier "Ibrahim Muhammed" near his house in Shorja district.

The Peshmerga forces should go back to Kirkuk to protect the Kurds.

Wednesday 14th August, 2019.

Iraqi forces / Iranian-backed militias destroyed all the properties of the Kurdish hawkers in the town without giving them any warnings.

The American government should encourage that the Peshmerga forces to go back to Kirkuk to protect the Kurds to stop the opression against them.

Tuesday 13th August, 2019.

ISIS members have joined the ranks of the Badr and Asaib Ahl al-Haq forces in the disputed Kufri district between Erbil and Baghdad, a Peshmerga official said yesterday.

"According to the information available to us, dangerous elements of ISIS have been involved in two ranks of the Popular Mobilization Units in the Kufri district," he said, adding that "the two factions are Badr forces and Asaib Ahl al-Haq" he pointed out "that these elements are targeting Kurdish villages in Jalawla and surrounding areas".

Wednesday 7th August, 2019.

Three attacks in four days by ISIS terrorist groups, another attack targeted the Iranian-backed militias in Alburgulia village near Hawija one militia member was killed and two others were seriously injured.

Two days ago ISIS killed two Iraqi federal police officers in Daquq, and last night there was also another attack in Daquq.

Monday 5th August, 2019.

Iranian backed militias blocked the road between Mosul and Erbil and clashes occurred with the Iraqi forces. The Iraqi forces want to take control of the area and the Iranian backed militias refused!

When you give weapons to the wrong people, this is the result.

Thursday 1st August, 2019.

Islamic State (ISIS) militants from Tuz Khurmatu killed four Kurdish security (Asayesh) members and wounded eight others (including 2 civilians) in an assault on a checkpoint near Kifri south of Kirkuk during last night.

ISIS launched the attack in the beginning with mortar shells, then as Kurdish Counter-Terror Group forces rushed to repel them a landmine which the militants had laid targeted a vehicle of the counter terror forces and killed two of its members.

Wednesday 31st July, 2019.

The Martyrs Foundation has published more images of items found in a mass grave of 171 Kurdish Anfal victims in the Samawa desert. It's imperative to expose the depravity of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath regime. These images are heartbreaking.

Yet on the same day, officers from the Iraqi army prevented relatives of the perished people to carry the flag of Kurdistan.

Saturday 27th July, 2019.

Another Kurdish populated village in south of Kirkuk province came under a rocket attack reportedly by the Islamic State (IS) jihadists. Earlier the week, the villages of Dara and Topzawa, on the outskirt of Daquq, were attacked by the IS jihadists.

Hiwa Rashid, a KDP local representative in Daquq, said that the village of Mansour was attacked yesterday at around 23:00 (local time) with multiple rocket fires. He said preliminary reports show there were no casualties after the attack.

Saturday 27th July, 2019.

A bomb blast in a village in Kirkuk's Daquq district killed two members of a family last night.

An improvised explosive device hit a shepherd family of nine near Bashir village, killing two people and wounding the seven others.

Friday 26th July, 2019.

Residents of Topzawa Kakei village in Daquq town, southern Kirkuk assess damages after 10 mortar shells hit the village late yesterday night. Villagers are currently trying to defend the village themselves as IS militants repeatedly attacks them.

IS activities is on the increase, the Peshmerga really need to return to help secure the area.

Thursday 25th July, 2019.

Iraqi federal police were accused of killing nine members of the same family in the Daquq area of southern Kirkuk after mistaking them for Islamic State (IS) jihadists, yesterday evening after a mortar attack by unknown militia. A two-year-old child sustained injuries but survived.

"The Iraqi federal police mistakenly thought the van was carrying IS jihadists, and as such killed all of them" Shiekh Lewis Sindi, mayor of Daquq, said today.

Wednesday 24th July, 2019.

In the district of Quq south of Kirkuk mortar shells were fired late evening by unknown militias resulting in 1 innocent persons death and several others injured (4 from 1 family).

The responsible thing would be for the British and American governments to request that the Peshmerga return to Kirkuk to protect the Kurds as it is this that they request to help stabilise and secure these areas, which clearly are still not safe!

Wednesday 24th July, 2019.

A group of 7 IS militants murdered two Yazidi men, Hussein Khalef Hussein, 51, and Haji Hammo Hassan, 34, after they went hunting birds near the empty village of Khana Shwahnia near Sinjar this afternoon.

The group were pursued and after fighting against YPS (Kurdish Civilian Protection Units) and Yazidi soldiers, 2 of them were shot and killed, and another killed himself by detonating an explosive belt, and the remaining militants managed to flee.

Tuesday 23rd July, 2019.

A mass grave unearthed 23rd July, in Iraq's Samawa city is believed to contain the remains of Kurdish civilians buried alive during the former Iraqi Ba'ath regime's Anfal campaign. Traditional Kurdish clothes in the grave along with the remains of the bodies, investigators believe the victims were from the Garmiyan area, (located south of the Kurdistan Region's Sulaimani province). The remains of 171 bodies were discovered, the majority appear to be women and children. Two more mass graves have been found in the locality.

Monday 22th July, 2019.

Roadside bomb attacks in the past five days have resulted 11 casualties in Jalawla, a sub-district of Diyala's disputed Khanaqin, raising concern about authorities' ability to maintain security in the area.  The latest attack occurred late yesterday evening after mortar shells fired from unknown locations fell on houses of civilians.

The Kurdish people that live in the locality are pleading that the Peshmerga are allowed to return to restore the security and stability of the area.

Thursday 18th July, 2019.

Today, Turkish warplanes bombarded border areas of the Kurdistan Region's district of Amedi in Duhok province, wounding three civilians. The shelling caused material damage to the site of the shelling and its surroundings.

This led the villagers to flee their village and go to the cities leaving their homes, farms and animals.


Wednesday 17th July, 2019.

The civil organization committee in disputed Khanaqin and its surrounding areas has launched a campaign to gather signatures to support the implementation of Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution. The campaign began as a result of the dire security situation in the disputed town and its surrounding villages. It has gathered over 3,000 signatures in 24 hours. The area was under the protection of Peshmerga troops, but following the Oct. 16, 2017, attack and military takeover by Iraqi forces and Shia militias, the region has witnessed increased instability.

Tuesday 16th July, 2019.

2 civilians were killed by unknown gunmen believed to be IS militants in an attack on a village in southwestern Kirkuk's Riyadh sub-district late yesterday

The Kurdish people that live in Kirkuk are pleading that the Peshmerga are allowed to return to restore the security and stability of the area.

Thursday 11th July, 2019.

Two people were killed and another was wounded by a bomb blast in the Domiz neighborhood of Kirkuk city yesterday night. The explosion was reportedly caused by a bomb on a booby-trapped motorbike.

The security forces and ambulances rushed to the scene and evacuated the wounded to the hospital and transported the deceased to the forensic department.

Friday 28th June, 2019.

2 people were killed, 2 others wounded (all of the same family) by a bomb (Improvised Explosive Device) explosion this morning in Um Gasir village in Kirkuk's southwestern Hawija district.

The Kurdish people that live in the locality are pleading that the Peshmerga are allowed to return to restore the security and stability of the area.

Thursday 27th June, 2019.

At least four people (3 children and their father) were killed and five others wounded when an airstrike by Turkish warplanes hit a civilian vehicle in the village of Bardakuran, in Sangasar sub-district of Sulaimaniya province, this evening.

Muhammad Hassan, co-chair of the Qandil administration said "We do not know about the exact number of casualties due to continuous flying by the warplanes" he asserted "there are no PKK fighters at the site where the airstrike took place, just civilians".

Friday 21st June, 2019.

In Khanaqin today at least three citizens were wounded when a suicide bomber threw a grenade into a cafe but his full planned attack was foiled by a young man that noticed him acting suspiciously and called out, the suicide bomber killed himself throwing the grenade before managing to detonate his vest.

We blame the Iraqi forces / Iranian-backed militias for what happens to the Kurdish towns because they invaded our towns and do not let the Peshmerga forces intervene.