By Dr. Ali Akram, Chairman of Turkmen rescue foundation
After about four months (in September), we will commemorate the third anniversary of the victory of Turkmen forces in the district of Amerli. It resisted with its modest military capabilities and sacrifices of their sons for eighty-three days. They suffered hunger, thirst, lack of medicine and the disruption of major services from water and electricity. This aggressive fight ended by opening of the siege after directing several regiments of fighters of PMF from southern Iraq to support the people of Amerli. This victory was nucleus to form the first Turkmen force in Iraq, which is then called the Turkmen PMF , who then contributed in many fierce battles in Tikrit, Beiji, Jurf Al Sakhr, Kirkuk and Mosul, the blood of Turkmen fighters is in every part of Iraq.
Targeting of Turkmen fighters by the terrorist gangs has not stopped over the past years, and in defense of Iraqi territory caravans carrying the Turkmen martyrs have not stopped too.
Iraqi Turkmen fighters in PMF, army and police units bravely defended a fierce terrorist attack with medium and heavy weapons. They infiltrated at dawn on Thursday, May 18, 2017, and tried to ambush the Turkmen forces near Amerli district , but they have surprised by the harsh response of Turkmen forces and the terrorists suffered heavy losses in lives and equipment.
On the political level, the Iraqi arena witnessed another Turkmen victory, but of a political kind this time. A general conference and under the auspices of the UN Mission in Iraq for Turkmen was held on Wednesday May 17, 2017, which included all Turkmen political, social and cultural representatives Speaker of parliment Dr. Salim al-Jubouri and the head of the UN mission in Iraq, Mr. Jan Kubis opened the conference officially . Representatives of Iraqi presidency, Iraqi prime minister and all diplomatic missions in Baghdad also attended the conference.
The conference stressed a set of vital points concerning Turkmens of Iraq and their fate in Iraq under the roof of citizenship.
The most important of these recommendations is the need to work to restore the rights of usurped Turkmen people by successive Iraqi governments before 2003, and by local forces after 2003.
The formation of the provinces of Tuz Khurmatoo and Tal Afar and partnership in the administration of Kirkuk province and turning it into a special new region and participate in the decision-making in Baghdad, were among the recommendations demanded in the conferences.
Turkmen people are the third ethnicity in Iraq, with at least 7% of Iraq’s population, according to local and international official figures. They live in the provinces of Mosul, Erbil, Kirkuk, Salahuddin, Diyala, Kut and Baghdad.