Like Kurds, Turkomans
claim ownership of Kirkuk and some of their major political parties have been fiercely resisting an attachment of Kirkuk to the neighboring Kurdish region.
This is bitterly opposed by Arabs and Turkomans
, thus giving jihadis a permissive environment.
However, if an ethnic-cleansing attempt adversely affects the Turkomans
, Turkey may not stay out of the conflict.
Foremost, Turkey is concerned that Iraq's territorial integrity is maintained and, relatedly, about its linguistic/ethnic kin, the Iraqi Turkomans
Principal wars: Expansion of the Black Sheep (Kara-Koyunlu) Turkomans
The attack against the minority is the second in two days as militants killed five minority members and wounded 11 others when they blew up 11 bombs at houses of Shiite Turkomans
in the city of Tuz-Khurmato, some 220 km North of Baghdad.
But he is strongly opposed by Iraq's Sunni Arab minority as well as most of the country's Shi'ite Arab majority, as well as the Kurds and Turkomans
of the north, all resisting the spread of Safawism in their territories.
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
These territories are populated by a mix of Kurds, Arabs and Turkomans
and are contested between Baghdad and Erbil.
In the 15th century AD, it was South Lebanon's Ja'fari theologians of Jabal Amel who helped Shi'itise Isma'il and his fellow Turkomans
as well as much of Persia.
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.
lt;p>But Iraqi officials say they may postpone the project amid concerns it could lead to violence north of Baghdad where Arabs, Kurds, and Turkomans
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 Kurds want to incorporate Kirkuk, 290 km north of Baghdad, into their self-rule region, but they have met stiff resistance to the idea from Arabs, Turkomans
and the national cabinet.
Its leaders claim the PMF controls Iraq; the Sunni Arabs, Kurds, Turkomans
and other minorities are fighting back to prove them wrong.