Talabani says Sunnis - Arabs, Turkomans
or of other ethnicity - living in scattered areas could have autonomy within their provinces even if they do not have a contiguous region.
Readers of the Safavid history can compare the IRGC to Isma'il-I's formidable Turkoman
received Barzani's statements with great optimism," Akram Tarzi, a Turkoman
member of the Iraqi Parliament from the bloc of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, told Voices of Iraq news agency.
The ethnically mix province of Kirkuk and its capital Kirkuk City, some 250 km north of Baghdad, are part of the disputed areas between the Kurds and both Arabs and Turkomans
But there are also Turkomans
, Christians and members of other minorities in these parts of the two regions, including Diyala's Khanaqin area.
The contagion is beginning to spread to the north-eastern province of Diyala, which is inhabited by Sunni and Shi'ite Arabs as well as Kurds and Turkomans
These territories are populated by a mix of Kurds, Arabs and Turkomans
and are contested between Baghdad and Erbil.
US troops already deployed in sensitive parts of Kirkuk have so far prevented a flare-up of fighting between the Kurds and each of the Arabs and Turkomans
holding claims to the oil-rich city.
There have been persistent allegations of secret Qaeda-Hizbullah collaboration reflecting a tactical alliance between the IRGC and al-Qaeda, with the latter's operational base in Iran is near the borders of Iraq's north-eastern borders Province of Diyala, whose population includes Sunni and Shi'ite Arabs as well as Kurds and Turkomans
The Baathist regime took extreme measures in the 1980s and 1990s to expel Kurds, Turkomans
, and Christians from the city and replacing the indigenous population with Arabs.
The ball is in the court of Arabs and Turkomans
, since Kurds have already made many concessions," MP Yousef Ahmed from the Kurdistan Coalition (KC) bloc told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).
The first recorded game of polo took place in 600BC between the Turkomans
and Persians (the Turkomans
The ethnically mixed city of Tuz-Khurmato is part of the disputed areas claimed by the Kurds, the Arabs and the Turkomans
This is because Iraq is made up of several different racial and ethnic groups, such as the Kurds and Turkomans
, and minorities from various faiths including the Christians (of Chaldean, Assyrian, Armenian, Latin and Protestant denominations), the Saba'eans, the Yazidis, etc.
Diyala is a province of mixed communities, including Sunnis, Shi'ites, Kurds and Turkomans