Al Rafidein Region: The guarantee of stability for minorities in Iraq

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MARCH 7. 2017

David W. Lazar
American Mesopotamian Organization
424 – 273 -8712

The Turkmens, Assyrians, Yezidis and Shabak peoples are recognized as some of the oldest  Iraqi peoples. They are the builders of the world’s first civilizations, societies thriving Iraq between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers for thousands of years.

They have, as a people and civilization, paid for their heritage with their blood, enduring genocidal campaigns against them from the great Khans to Saddam Hussein to perhaps the worst yet, the rise of the Islamic State or ISIS.

From June of 2014 to today the Turkmens, Assyrians, Yezidis and Shabak peoples have suffered the greatest share of ISIS’ terror, whose aim is nothing short of total eradication of their culture, religion and even physical presence in their ancient homeland. Sadly, much of the international community has stood idle during wave after wave of ISIS killing, rape, kidnappings, torture and even mass graves. Marches, protests and media images have done little to stop these attacks and recuse Iraq’s Turkmens, Assyrians, Yezidis and Shabak peoples.

Finally, in 2017, after all of the genocides, ethnic cleansings, persecutions, abuse, and injustic, representatives of the Turkmens, Assyrians, Yezidis and Shabak peoples are declaring a new coalition to brings their peoples together for the defence of their lives and the assertion of their rights as specified in the constitution of the Republic of Iraq.

Therefore, they are announcing a coalition which brings together each of the following organizations: the Turkmen Rescue Foundation, representing the Turkmen, Al Rafedin Organization, representing the Assyrians and Christians, and the Yezidi Independent Supreme Council, representing the Yezidis.  Together, these groups have adopted the title of The National Coalition for Al Rafidein Region, and their aim is to create and sustain a new region in northwestern Iraq called the Al Rafidein Region.

Down the pdf below for the full announcement.

(Above: The Al Rafidein Region in northern Iraq)

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The coalition has an aggressive legislative strategy in place, one that will engage members of the United States Congress, Ministers of the iraqi Parliament, and key member of the international community. Their aim is to establish this region as a semi-autonomous area with its own parliament, policies and defensive force, similar in composition and function to the Kurdish regional area in northern Iraq.

Please fill out the short form below to find out how you can take part in this historic assertion of human rights and a major step towards peace in Iraq and the Middle East.

For more information about this important coalition, contact:
The American Mesopotamian Organization
Phone: 323-454-2237
Fax: 323-285-5596
24307 Magic Mountain Pkwy
Suite 424
Valencia, CA USA 91355

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