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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  9.9.2013 


September 9, 2013

Slêmanî (Sulaimaniyah), Erbil-Hewlêr, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Parachutists fly in Sulaimaniyah sky to urge residents to participate in provincial elections

Slêmanî: A number of skydiving athletes in Slêmanî (Sulaimaniyah) province flew on Monday in the sky, in an effort to urge people to participate in Kurdistan Parliament elections to be held in 21 of September. “A number of parachutists in Sulaymaniyah created a new way to encourage citizens to participate in Kurdistan Parliament elections to be held in 21 of current September,” The manager of the Aviation Club in Sulaimaniyah said. “They are performing shows in the sky of the province by parachute with slogans of the High Independent Electoral Commission “. “It is a new way in addition to media to attract and encourage people to participate in the elections,” he added. The electoral campaign in Kurdistan region began at the end of last August and ends 48 hours before holding elections on 21 of current September. As more than 30 political entities compete on 111 seats in the Parliament of Kurdistan, 11 of them dedicated to minority quota.


KRG delegation begins US visit by meeting Kurdish diaspora

Nashville: A Kurdistan Regional Government delegation, led by Minister Falah Mustafa, met representatives of the Kurdish community and city officials in Nashville at the start of a week-long visit to the United States. Minister Mustafa, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, is accompanied by Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the KRG Representative to the UK, and staff of the KRG Representation to the United States. The delegation is visiting Nashville and Washington DC to update officials on developments in Kurdistan, Iraq as a whole and neighbouring countries. In Nashville, Mr Mustafa updated representatives of the community on the forthcoming elections, the influx of Syrian refugees and relations with Baghdad and bordering countries. He said that the KRG appreciated the role Kurds around the world play, for example, in raising awareness of the need for international recognition of the Kurdish genocide in Iraq. He also emphasised the role they can play in strengthening ties with the United States. The delegation took note of the concerns and comments raised by the community and encouraged them to continue to build a strong relationship with their host country. The delegation also met with the mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean, and the chief of police Steve Anderson, who expressed their commitment to serving the Kurdish community as citizens of their city and of Tennessee. Mayor Dean described the Kurds as an asset to the city while Chief Anderson spoke of the cooperation his officers receive from the

More than 500 displaced Shabak families live miserable conditions

Mosul: The representative of Shabak component in Nineveh province revealed on Monday , the presence of more than 500 Shabak families displaced from Mosul city in the past two months and are living in “miserable conditions “, referring that they didn’t receive aid from Baghdad or Erbil . “Under death threats and killings for sectarian reasons, more than 500 Shabak families have been displaced from Mosul city in the past two months,” The representative of Shabak component, Ghazwan Hamed al-Dawoodi said. "All of these families have been displaced towards Shabak villages and towns in Nineveh Plain area , and currently reside in mosques and uncompleted building structures belonging to their relatives “. “All of these families are living miserable conditions and didn’t receive any help or food aid from the federal government nor Kurdistan Regional Government“. Dawoodi called" governments in Baghdad and Erbil to do their duty towards this oppressed segment that have suffered because of sectarian targeting against them," noting to " the importance of distributing cash urgently of about at 10 million dinars for each family to overcome the difficult circumstances that they are experiencing ." According to unofficial statistics, 15 Shabak people were killed since mid of last July from Mosul city, as well as the deaths of nearly 1240 Shabak citizen for sectarian reasons and the displacement of 6000 families since 2003. Specialist believe that Shabaks are one of the Kurdish communities , while others believe that they are a mixture of mostly Kurdish clans , with a minority of Persian and Turkish families, estimated 300 thousand people, according to unofficial

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