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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MOSUL40 2006-04-01 12:37 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL REO
Mosul
VZCZCXRO9514
PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHMOS #0040/01 0911237
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 011237Z APR 06
FM REO MOSUL
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0460
INFO RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RHMFISS/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RUEHLU/AMEMBASSY LUANDA 0054
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS 0041
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 0037
RUEHMOS/REO MOSUL 0479
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MOSUL 000040 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL:  4/1/2016 
TAGS: PREL PINS PINT PGOV PHUM IZ MARR
SUBJECT: HUMAN RIGHTS/NORTHERN IRAQ:
MAYOR FEARS KURDISH DESIGNS IN NINEWA 
 
REF: A) MOSUL 28; B) MOSUL 25;
C) 2005 MOSUL 190; D) 2005 MOSUL 149 
 
MOSUL 00000040  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: Cameron  Munter, PRT Leader, Provincial 
Reconstruction Team Ninewa, State. 
REASON: 1.4 (a), (b), (d) 
 
 
 
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SUMMARY 
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1.  (C) Mayor Bassem Jejo is frustrated by what he sees as 
blatant efforts by the Kurds to usurp his and the Ninewa 
provincial government's authority over Telkaif District.  He 
accuses the Kurds of loading the district council with KDP 
members, allowing Peshmerga to operate checkpoints on major 
throughways, and establishing Kurdish schools and Asayesh 
(Kurdish intelligence) offices.  Jejo believes such efforts do 
nothing but cause tensions between the Kurds and minorities.  He 
asked for USG help removing Kurdish flags from public buildings 
and protecting the integrity of local governments.  End Summary. 
 
2.  (SBU) PRT Leader and PolOff met with Telkaif Mayor Bassem 
Jejo at the St. Hermizo Monastery in Al Qosh on March 28. 
 
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TENSIONS WITH THE KURDS 
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3.  (C) Kurdish encroachment has been a recurring theme in 
Ninewa, impacting many in different ways.  For Telkaif Mayor 
Bassem the issue strikes a strident chord.  "The KDP," (or 
Kurdistan Democratic Party), "keeps interfering with our work," 
he said.  They did not understand that the district of Telkaif 
(which runs from Ninewa's northern border in Al Qosh near Dohuk 
province, to Telkaif city in the south just outside of Mosul) 
was not under Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) jurisdiction, 
said Jejo. 
 
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SIGNS OF ENCROACHMENT 
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4.  (C) Jejo said tensions had been building again between the 
Kurds and minorities over the past few months.  The KDP had set 
up Asayesh (Kurdish intelligence) offices throughout the 
district, as well as an education directorate and Kurdish 
schools.  There were now two Asayesh offices in Telkaif city 
alone, claimed Jejo, one called the "Intelligence Directorate of 
Mosul" (because he said the KDP could not open the office in 
Mosul itself) and the "Intelligence Directorate of Telkaif." 
Jejo said the KRG education directorate office was setting up 
schools, following a KRG curriculum, and only hiring teachers 
and administrators from outside the area.  They were teaching 
Arabic to Christian students, admitted Jejo, but only Kurdish to 
the Yezidi [NOTE: A "chicken and egg" identity problem exists 
between Yezidis and the Kurds over whether one belongs to the 
other.  The question has caused major rifts between the Kurds 
and Yezidi, especially among the Yezidi in Sinjar (ref a)].  The 
teachers were not qualified and were beholden only to the KRG. 
Other problems included what Jejo claimed was an increase in 
Peshmerga checkpoints.  There were two new checkpoints where 
Peshmerga were harassing motorists on the roads to Shekhan and 
Faydah, he claimed.  In Batnaya village in southern Telkaif 
district the KDP was building headquarters offices in 
residential areas (ref b).  Such problems were not helping ease 
problems between the Kurds and minorities. 
 
5.  (C) Worse still, according to Jejo, was Kurdish interference 
in local and district politics.  He said the Kurds were 
"successful" with separating the mayor from the district council 
(ref c).  In the past the mayor presided over the council, but 
the Kurds worked to install a district president position 
instead.  Jejo believed the Kurds were working to control local 
governments to exert their influence over politics in the 
province.  Throughout Telkaif district, said Jejo, KDP members 
were springing up as either mayors or district presidents. 
These "Kurdish controlled" local governments were responsible 
for many unlawful acts, such as awarding government-confiscated 
property to KDP loyalists and requiring bribes for conducting 
security background checks on housing applicants.  Money 
allegedly allocated to the Christian community during the CPA 
was instead funneled through the KRG Ministry of Finance, 
claimed Jejo (ref d).  As a result, the funds were dispersed as 
"political favors," rather than for projects to help benefit the 
Christian community.  "They even bought generators right before 
 
MOSUL 00000040  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
the election to buy votes," claimed Jejo.  Asayesh, on the other 
hand, was arresting and detaining prominent persons in the 
community that they believed were "disloyal" to the Kurds, he 
said.  As a result people were leaving their homes in towns and 
cities for smaller villages on the outskirts of the district. 
He asked for USG assistance as a last resort to help keep the 
Kurds in line, by removing flags from public buildings and 
protecting the integrity of local governments. 
 
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COMMENT 
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6.  (C) Mayor Bassem Jejo is a member of the Assyrian Democratic 
Movement (ADM), Iraq's largest Christian political party, which 
is fervently anti-Kurd.  He raised a valid point about the Kurds 
(primarily the KDP): they appear to be overstepping the boundary 
separating Iraqi Kurdistan from Ninewa province.  Members from 
the Shabek, Yezidi, Arab, and even Kurdish communities have 
echoed this same sentiment.  Rival Christian political parties 
agree, as well.  It is a common refrain among the non-Kurdish 
community: the Kurds, they say, are bent on domination of 
eastern Ninewa. 
MUNTER

 


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