Kurds and Turkomans
claimed Kirkuk as a cultural capital.
But Turkey also has plans to intervene to protect the Turkoman
community living in Kirkuk, Mosul, Tal Afar and other cities in the petroleum-rich north.
Fadel al-Hiyali, better known as Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, an Iraqi Turkoman
from Tal Afar, was reportedly ISIS' Iraqi governor and military leader.
Saddam's Sunni/Ba'thist dictatorship tried to alter the demographics of Kirkuk and these regions by driving Kurdish, Assyrian and Turkoman
families from them.
And it could improve the prospects of security for Kurdistan and establish trust with the neighboring communities of Sunni Arabs, Turkomans
and Shiites in Iraq.
Today Kirkuk resembles Baghdad in miniature, with shops shuttered in the normally teeming downtown market area, and Arabs, Kurds, Turkomans
and Chaldo-Assyrians hunkered down in neighborhoods which, while not entirely segregated, are distinctly hostile to members of whatever community happens to be the minority.
Arabs and Kurds would likely be concerned with the situation of Arabs and Turkomans
who might reside in a Kurdish state.
Indeed, it is difficult to imagine the Kurds and Sunnis and Christians and Turkomans
ever working together.
We want it to reflect all the components and parts of Iraq: Arabs, Kurds, Turkomans
, Shia, Sunni, Muslim or Christian.
It wants its linguistic/ethnic kin in that region, the Iraqi Turkomans
, to be fairly represented in a future government.
Other comments are incomplete and even misleading, such as "The Turkomans
came from Turkestan north of Khurasan and Persia" (p.