Tal Afar

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: www.alertnet.org thenews newsdesk L19570721.htm FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Jan 19 (reuters On February 15, 2008 at least three people were killed and 16 wounded in a double suicide bombing. After a police officer guarding a mosque prevented a bomber from entering the building, the attacker tried to throw a hand grenade and then detonated the explosive vest he was wearing. A few minutes later, another bomber ran toward a group of worshipers and blew himself up as police opened fire

13 gunmen and two policemen in a village near the town of Tal Afar. FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, March 2 (Reuters) On April 14, 2008 an attacker wearing a suicide vest blew himself up at a Shi'ite funeral, killing four civilians and wounding 22. Attacks kill up to 18 in northern Iraq (Reuters) On May 27, 2008 four


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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


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, Camille and Hussein Hassan, and injuring their five children sitting in the back seat. Racan, 11, was seriously wounded in the abdomen. He lost the use of his legs and was treated later in Boston. Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros, who was on the scene, took graphic pictures of the shooting and aftermath. Hondros won several awards for the still photos.

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and injuring about 70., Death toll rises to 25 from Iraqi market bombing (AP via Google) hi middle_east 7550402.stm Car bomb kills 21 in Iraq market (BBC) On August 29, 2008 policemen killed a would-be suicide bomber who tried to enter a mosque.


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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".

) in the operation; the American army claimed 20% of arrests were foreign combatants, "Iraq: Operation In Tal Afar A Success, But For How Long?", Radio Free Iraq while Donald Rumsfeld on Public Broadcasting

). Shortly after McMaster took command, the regiment deployed for its second tour in Iraq in early 2005, and was assigned in May the mission of securing the Iraqi city of Tal Afar. That mission culminated in September when they conducted Operation Restoring Rights (3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (United States)#Operation Restoring Rights) and defeated the city's insurgent strongholds. President Bush (George W. Bush) praised this success, the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) show Frontline


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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


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Governorate located approximately 50&nbsp;km west of Mosul and 200&nbsp;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

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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(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.


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is mostly Turkomen, about 75 percent of whom were Sunni Muslims, while a quarter were Shi’ites. wikipedia:Tal Afar


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Ministry of the Interior which had hired roughly 2,250 policemen (Iraqi Police). The second-largest employer was the United States government. The 101st Airborne (101st Airborne Division (United States)) 3rd Brigade was stationed at Tal Afar Airbase in 2003-04 and its 1st Battalion was stationed in the town proper.military world iraq tall-afar-ab.htm Tal Afar Airbase Important industries in the region include agriculture

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is mostly Turkomen, about 75 percent of whom were Sunni Muslims, while a quarter were Shi’ites.

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&nbsp;km west of Mosul and 200&nbsp;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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