Tal Afar

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”. Culture and society Many residents identify themselves as Iraqi Turkmen and share many similarities with Anatolian Turkish culture. Strong family ties exist between residents of the city and relatives in Turkey. Arab culture is also present and many residents don traditional Arab dishdashas and checkered headscarves. Western-style clothing is also common. Cuisine found in the city is similar to meals prepared in Arab Turkish culture including unseasoned grilled lamb and mutton


Afar has also been the scene of sectarian violence (Sectarian violence in Iraq) between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. In May 2005, clashes broke out between the two groups. In October 2006, a bombing in Tal Afar killed 14 people, of whom ten were civilians and four Iraqi soldiers. On February 10, 2007 a suicide

, a policeman shot and killed a suspect and wounded two others. Police had already reported the death of one policeman. FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, Feb 22 (Reuters) On March 24, 2007 a suicide bomber in a market in the town of Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq killed eight people and wounded 10. FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, March 24

article latestCrisis idUSKAM134819 FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, June 11 (Reuters) On June 19, 2007 a woman and a child were killed by a mortar attack in the town of Tal Afar. FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, June 19 (Reuters) On July 12, 2007, seven guests celebrating the wedding of an Iraqi policeman were killed on Thursday by a suicide bomber.

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car bomber killed one Iraqi soldier and wounded five people, including three civilians, as it targeted an army checkpoint. FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Feb 10 (Reuter) On February 22, 2007 four people were killed, including a policeman and a 12 year-old boy, and five were wounded, including two policemen, when two booby-trapped houses detonated while police were searching homes. During the search

, July 8 On July 12, 2008 police found the bodies of seven people, including a woman and a child, the town's mayor, Major-General Najim Abdullah, said. They had been kidnapped two days before. FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, July 12 On July 17, 2008 a car bomb exploded in a street market killing 20 people, including 9 children, and wounding 90.

of the town. FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, Sept 16 (Reuters) On September 22, 2007 one insurgent was killed and another wounded when a bomb they were making exploded. FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 22 (Reuters) On September 24, 2007 a suicide truck bomb killed at least six people

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were dug and the fronts of shops, destroyed in the assault, were replaced within weeks. Numerous police stations were built or rebuilt in the town by an Anglo-American construction team led by Huw Thomas. In March 2006, U.S. President (President of the United States) George W. Bush pointed to Tal Afar as a success story, where one could "see the outlines of the Iraq we've been fighting for".

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is are injured in Tal Afar, west of Mosul, when a pre-dawn car bomb explodes at an entrance to an army base. story&cid 535&e 2&u ap 20031209 ap_on_re_mi_ea iraq **A U.S. Kiowa (OH-58 Kiowa) helicopter makes a controlled landing after being struck by an RPG (Rocket propelled grenade) near Fallujah; the two-man crew is uninjured. story&cid

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(Reuters) On March 27, 2007, a truck bomb exploded in a market (2007 Tal Afar bombings and massacre) in a Shiite area. It was first reported to have killed 83 people and wounded 183, but the Iraqi Interior Ministry later raised the death toll to 152 and said that 347 were wounded, which would make it the deadliest single strike since the war started. The explosion, for which a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility, led to reprisal shootings by Shiite policemen

and others against Sunnis, in which between 47 and 70 men were killed. Several Shiite policemen were arrested for taking part in the shootings. Iraq Raises Death Toll in Tal Afar Bomb, Guardian Unlimited, April 1, 2007 Deadliest bomb in Iraq war kills 152, Reuters

, April 1, 2007 Iraq Says Truck Bomb in North Killed 152, New York Times, April 1, 2007 Police accused in sectarian revenge killings, CNN, March 29, 2007 On April 14, 2007 a sniper shot dead a woman.

Tal Afar

'''Tal Afar ''' (pronounced ta.la.fer ) (also '''Tal'Afar''', '''Tall Afar''', '''Tell Afar''', '''Tel Afar''') ( , is a city and district in northwestern Iraq in the Ninawa Governorate located approximately 50 km west of Mosul and 200 km north west of Kirkuk.

While no official census data exists, the city which had been assessed to have a population of approximately 200,000, had dropped to 80,000 as of 2007, The Real Surge Story (Washington Post) nearly all of whom are Iraqi Turkmen. In Tal’Afar itself, the population is mostly Turkomen, about 75 percent of whom were Sunni Muslims, while a quarter were Shi’ites. work Department of Behavioral Sciences & LeadershipUnited States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs title Description of Tal'Afar date January 8, 2008 accessdate April 22, 2011 While most residents can speak Arabic, Iraqi Turkmen (Turkmen language), a Turkic (Turkic languages) language, is the most common language used throughout the city.

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