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At 4 am on that fateful day he received a phone call at 4 am asking him to go to the Governor’s office with guards. At 8 am he was with the Governor when he received another call from a government official asking him where he was. The caller told him to get off the phone right away and leave immediately. He was in the KDP headquarters when Topzawa was overcome and told that tanks were seen at the Tikrit roundabout, just 5-10 minutes from the headquarters in the town centre.

A: Once Hashd al Shaabi entered the outskirts of Kirkuk they burned down the director of the house and began shooting at ordinary people at random. They even ran people over with tanks causing panic so people were fleeing. The main target was the KDP. They tried to capture the pro-KDP governor. A member of the Turkmen Front, Umit Irfan also had his house burned down to teach him a lesson as he had supported the Independence Referendum for Kurdistan. The head of the Governing Council, Rebwar Talabani’s house was also burned down and the militia stole his car. There were 120 martyrs and 250 wounded and left disabled.

There has been no legal remedy. We opened a case against al-Abadi. Under Article 9 of the Iraqi Constitution the Iraqi army cannot interfere in political issues or attack civilians. Any request must come from the Governing Council to the Iraqi parliament to allow intervention as the army are only there to protect. Those that brought the case are multi ethnic. Seven members of the council together with the Governor lodged the case. It was brought on three main points:

2- Article 140 should have been implemented such that these issues would not have arisen. When Abadi was elected as Prime Minister he signed an accord with the the Kurdistan agreeing to implement Article 140 within one year in office (2014).

No decision has come on what is to be done about the situation of the IDPs from Kirkuk. Abadi came to the KRI to campaign for his own people. Governor of Erbil, Nawzad asked him why. We have given shelter to 31,000 Arabs here in the KRI. Many came in fleeing ISIS in Fallujah and settled in the Kurdish town of Shaqlawa – it now has the nickname “Shaqluja!”. The first couple of families arrived from Fallujah and everybody else followed them here. They can stay because they are IDPs that are unregistered for services as they can afford to pay rent. Not all are Sunnis. They don’t want to go back for social reasons as it is more open here. The women are free to go out and shop. They can’t go out in Fallujah even to shop alone. Here they can go about freely.

A. The referendum on independence was legal so Abadi could not legally do anything against us for holding it. The Kirkuk Governing Council have officially boycotted returning to the Governing Council building. Governor Rakan Said was appointed by Abadi.

There are 26 chairs in the Governing Council and three main positions. The Turkmen had 9 and the Arabs had 6 of this total. We as Kurds could manage Kirkuk’s government having the overall majority but for the betterment of Kirkuk we opted to manage it together with the other main groups.

In 2011, we chose Najmaldin Karim as governor as we had the largest percentage. Out of respect we gave the chair for the Deputy Governor to an Arab the chair of director of the Governing Council to a Turkman named Hasan Turan. In the 2014 elections, he stood in Baghdad and went there as an MP. His Deputy Director was Rebwar Talabani and he remained in that position and didn’t move up to occupy the Director’s seat.

In the Turkmen list there are 3-4 places, half Shi’a, half Sunni. There are differences between them that lead to indecision. Some support Dawa, some the Turkmen Front and others al-Hakim’s SCIRI. Another Turkman leader, Mr Raad Rushdie has been standing independently. We told them, you have the seat, you select the candidate. To the present moment they haven’t decided who should fill the position. Ali Mehdi, closest to Turkey stood. Five council members went to visit Turkey and Ali Mehdi said the director of Turkish Intelligence, MIT, invited us to lunch making a huge feast in a restaurant. He made very friendly overtures and gave his personal phone number.

Shi’as from outside Kirkuk have been brought in by Abadi and had the order that all those in Kirkuk who voted in support of the independence referendum should be replaced by Shi’as in all departments, education, oil etc. The PMU wrote a clear order to the Governor claiming the PMU is the highest ranking authority there.

The Kurds had good relations with all groups in Kirkuk. I believe BP was the major player. There were big internal differences within the PUK that allowed one part of them to open the door to the PMU. We are nothing when it comes to oil power. Anyone affiliated with the KDP remains liable to being targeted because of the independence referendum and cannot even go back there to see what has become of their homes and businesses.

Today, I still have hope that I’ll go back to Kirkuk, expel the false imposters there. You can’t have Kirkuk without Kurds. Kirkuk belongs to all of us as under Article 140, that is still not implemented. Iran’s policy is that Kurdistan cannot form a country without Kirkuk, hence the deployment of the PMU there and the take-over in revenge for the results of the referendum on independence.