Arab, Kurdish influence threatens Iraqi Turkmen

Iraqi Turkmen leader warns that Turkmen areas of Iraq are at risk due to changing cultural influences and demographic trends

Arab, Kurdish influence threatens Iraqi Turkmen

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Iraqi Turkmen leader has warned that predominantly-Turkmen areas in Iraq are at risk due to increasing Arab and Kurdish cultural influences.

Erset Salihi, leader of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, cited as an example the Turkmen city of Tal Afar, a district of the northern city of Mosul.

Mosul, provincial capital of the Nineveh province and Iraq’s second largest city, was overrun by the ISIL extremist group in 2014.

The situation in the majority-Turkmen town of Tuz Khormato in the north-central Saladin province, meanwhile, has become increasingly tense due to ongoing friction between the Hashd al-Shaabi -- an umbrella group of Iraqi Shia militias operating in the area -- and Kurdish peshmerga forces, said Salihi.

Salihi went on to note that the Turkmen community in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala was also facing "serious risks" due to changing cultural influences and demographic trends.

Turkmen are a Turkic ethnic group based largely in Syria and Iraq, where they live alongside large Arab and Kurdish populations.

The greater Turkmen community, which includes both Sunni and Shia Muslims, shares close cultural and linguistic affinities with the Turkish people.

Last Mod: 22 Haziran 2016, 16:29
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