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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06KIRKUK29 2006-02-06 12:53 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL REO Kirkuk
VZCZCXRO6996
PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHMOS
DE RUEHKUK #0029 0371253
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P R 061253Z FEB 06
FM REO KIRKUK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0509
RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD PRIORITY 0472
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RUEHKUK/REO KIRKUK 0536
C O N F I D E N T I A L KIRKUK 000029 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
BAGHDAD FOR POL AND NCT 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL:  2/6/2016 
TAGS: BAGHDAD FOR POL AND NCT
SUBJECT: (SBU) KIRKUK LEADERS CALMING TENSIONS
OVER DANISH CARTOONS 
 
REF: KIRKUK 0020 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: Scott Dean, Regional Coordinator (Acting),
REO Kirkuk, Department of State. 
REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 
 
 
(U) SUMMARY 
----------- 
 
1.  (SBU) Kirkuk's Muslim community remains angry about the 
negative portrayals of Muhammad in a Danish journal.  However, 
there has been widespread public condemnation by leaders of 
virtually all of Kirkuk's ethnic and religious groups of the 
recent church bombings in Kirkuk.  END SUMMARY. 
 
(U) ATTACKS CONDEMNED BY ARABS, KURDS, TURCOMANS 
--------------------------------------------- --- 
 
2.  (SBU) According to a variety of our contacts, although the 
Islamic community of Kirkuk remains angry about the Danish 
cartoon issue, Muslim leaders here are horrified that some have 
taken this incident as an excuse to attack local churches. 
Provincial Council chairman and leader of the Patriotic Union of 
Kurdistan (PUK) in Kirkuk Rizgar Ali, a secular Kurd, condemned 
both the cartoons and the church bombings during a January 31 
meeting of the provincial council.  (Note:  About 150 people had 
participated in a protest demonstration against the cartoons the 
day before the bombings.  End Note.) 
 
3.  (SBU) Rizgar Ali was not alone.  The Kurdistan Democratic 
Party (KDP) also condemned the attacks.  Rizgar Ali and Kirkuk 
Governor 'Abd al Rahman Mustafa then condemned the attacks on 
Kirkuk television.  Perhaps even more importantly, the Arab 
Consultative Council, a Kirkuk umbrella group of local Sunni 
Arab leaders that includes representatives of the Iraqi 
Republican Gathering and the Iraqi National Gathering, among 
others, issued a statement against such attacks.  The Assyrian 
Democratic Movement (ADM) asked Arab clerics in Hawijah and 
Kirkuk to condemn the bombings and they did so during the 
sermons at Friday prayers.  Leaders of the Turcoman (Sunni and 
Shiite) and Shiite Arab communities also added their voice to 
the chorus of condemnations. 
 
(U) Comment 
----------- 
 
4.  (C) Not only are local Islamic leaders not stoking the 
flames of sectarianism, but it seems that almost everyone here 
agrees that these attacks were unjustified.  If anything, these 
attacks have backfired on the perpetrators. 
 
DEAN

 


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