THE STRUGGLE GOES ON
Ever since the signing of the Algiers Accord, the Iraqi Government has been carrying out a vicious policy of arabisation and deportation of the indigenous population of Kurdistan to the south of Iraq. Since the accord was signed 300,000 Kurds ha«e been forcibly deported from their homeland in the mountains of Kurdistan to the Saline desert of southern Iraq. There they are treated as slaves, deprived of all possessions and of the simplest necessities of life. The Baathist designs are racial, their aim is the deportation of one million Kurds from their homes, and concurrently they are carrying out a policy of arabisation of many regions of Kurdistan - in the plains of Kirkuk, the main axis points between the principal cities and the border regions, and the frontier areas themselves.
Most Kurdish institutions have been abolished or suspended, including the Ministry of Northern Affairs, the Genera! Directorate of Kurdish Cultures, many political and professional organisations, and the Department of Kurdish Studies of Baghdad University. History books are being reprinted in order to avoid all mention of Kurdistan and Kurdish place names.
Despite international news coverage of these outrages against the Kurds and the efforts of a few humanitarian organisations, the world in general has remained silent in the face of these attempts to exterminate the Kurds as a people, together with their heritage and their culture. Furthermore, the Baathist regime in Baghdad has the audacity to condemn similar racist policies elsewhere.
It was evident that one of the objectives of the Algiers agreement was to destroy the Kurdish movement as an effective political force in the region. But the Kurdish movement managed to resume the struggle in spite of this plan and continues its struggle for the just national right of the Kurdish people and for democracy in Iraq.
In this new phase, the first task of the Kurdish people was to expose the racist policies carried out by the Baghdad government. These sinister policies are carried out under innumerable disguises and justification which are frequently used by other racist regimes.
Meanwhile a number of Peshmerga groups, whose members had returned to their former livelihoods, have been forced to take up arms again. Their spontaneous action was the natural outcome of the racist policies of the Baathist rulers.
The Kurdish people are convinced that the only answer to the policies of arabisation and deportation which are being inflicted upon the Kurdish civilian population is once more to take up arms against the tyrannical regime in Baghdad. The revolution has resumed. The following are some of its features: -
1. May 1976. Amadiya district. Several clashes between the Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces. 30 Iraqi soldiers killed. Bombing of Nero-Rekan area (on the Turkish/Iraqi border) by Iraqi Air Force.
2. May 26th. Zino (near Haj Omran). 8 Iraqi soldiers killed and 12 wounded in a clash between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga. Ex-Peshmerga battalion commander Seyid Abdulla killed in action.
3. May. Sidekan (north of Rawandiz). 2 Iraqi soldiers killed in an attempt by government forces forcibly to deport the inhabitants of Sidekan area.
4. Late May. Choman. One policeman and 1 Iraqi informer killed in a clash between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga during the forced evacuation of Choman.
5. June. Rania. 50 Iraqi soldiers killed during four clashes between government and Kurdish forces.
6. Early June. Surdash (N.W. Sulaimani); Bamo (N. Khaneqin); Warte (near Rawandiz); Penjwin area. Iraqi air force bombing attacks on villages in all areas.
It is gratifying to report that Peshmerga forces are being received by the population everywhere with expressions of support and sympathy, recognising in their action a revival of Kurdish dignity and identity which the Iraqi Baath are viciously seeking to destroy.
By declaring that the Kurdish national movement has been crushed forever the Baathist leaders have demonstrated yet again their total lack of understanding of the natural flow of history.