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Iraq State of Affairs: Sectarian Violence

by Oui Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 10:01:56 AM EST

Sadr supporters occupying parliament in Baghdad political stalemate

The Iraqi judiciary has ordered a preliminary investigation  into the recordings to determine whether Maliki has any case to answer or not. And there may well yet be a case against him, particularly as the leaks show Maliki threatening violence and even 'war'.

"The coming phase is that of fighting...I told this yesterday to Prime Minister [Mustafa] al-Kadhimi," the recordings reveal Maliki as saying. "I told him that I am not relying on you, the army or the police. They will not do anything. Iraq is approaching a brutal war from which no one will emerge unscathed unless we manage to stop Sadr, [Mohammed] al-Halbousi and Masoud Barzani."

Maliki then proceeded to talk about arming more than ten groups to fight this "brutal war", including by launching an attack on the Sadrists in Najaf to maintain the authority of the marja'iya, or the most senior Shia ayatollahs.

Despite his criticism of Sadr's use of death squads and car bombs in the sectarian pogroms that took place between 2006 and 2009 that mainly targeted Sunni Arabs across central and southern Iraq, Maliki was recorded as saying: "All Sunnis are awful."

This inflammatory language is nothing new for Maliki, as during the largely Sunni-led demonstration movement against his sectarian rule in 2012-2013, the lawmaker was renowned for exhorting security forces - largely Shia - to crack down violently on Sunni Arab civilians by describing them as "the camp of Yazid" - a reference to a historical event involving the Umayyad Caliph Yazid I with deep sectarian undertones.

Further, Maliki claimed that the Sunnis - and by extension and implication, the Baathists - were working as part of a British conspiracy to overthrow the Shia.

Apparently only member of SCOTUS Alito, as a staunch Catholic, is concerned about the Yazidi religious minority in a violent world. Void of any common wisdom and living in a petty world of extreme right and white.

Biden presses Iraq to not let political chaos upend gains | TOI - Apr. 29, 2016 |

US Vice President Joe Biden pressed Iraq on not to let its crippling political crisis upend hard-fought gains against the Islamic State group as he returned to the country that's come to symbolize America's relentless struggles in the Middle East.

PHOTO Arrival

Biden slipped into Baghdad on an unannounced trip, his first to Iraq in nearly five years. Officials said the stop was planned before Iraq's political system descended into turmoil, hindering US-led efforts to defeat extremists who control parts of both Iraq and Syria. Sitting down with Iraq's beleaguered leaders, he praised them for working "very, very hard" to construct a new Cabinet and touted progress wresting back territory from IS.

"It's real, it's serious, and it's committed," Biden said as he met with Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni politician facing calls from his colleagues to resign.

Report to U.S. Congress: Regime Change Efforts and Post-War Governance in Iraq | April 23, 2003 |

As US Forces leave, Nouri al-Maliki moves against Sunni rivals

At A Crossroads -- Human Rights in Iraq Eight Years after the US-Led Invasion

[From a tweet]

We will make it a revolution against the American occupier who intends to be in Iraq again, because our memory will not forget the crime committed by the American forces against us, destroying our homes, killing our youth, and disgracing our honor.

Due to chaos and unrelentless bloodshed, dictator Bashar Al-Assad requested Russia to assist in ending the attack by allied foreign nations, terror groups and the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL).

Turkey occupying Syrian border zone and Idlib province where the Islamic Jihadists are rounded-up in a large concentration camp. A hotspot of foreign and Syrian fighters belonging to Al Qaeda offshoots and the Islamic State.

Rejecting Claims Cross-Border Action Only Targets Terrorists, Syria's Permanent Representative Says Turkey Using Self-Defence Right to Occupy Sovereign Territory | UN - Oct. 24, 2019 |

The recent escalation of hostilities in north‑east Syria -- following a Turkish military operation launched on 9 October -- has exacerbated the safety and well‑being of the area's 3 million residents, a top United Nations humanitarian official warned the Security Council today, adding that nearly 180,000 people have fled that border region in just two weeks.

"The latest surge in hostilities in north‑east Syria compounds an already dire humanitarian situation, as Ursula Mueller voiced concern about the rapidly unfolding situation on the ground.  Calling for safe, rapid and unimpeded humanitarian access to all those in need, she said the military operation by the Turkish Armed Forces and allied non‑State armed groups has led to a humanitarian emergency much larger than had been anticipated.

US With Both Feet in Syrian Quagmire | June 27, 2014 |

Blair On Downfall Saddam, Iraq Compared Favorable to Quagmire In Libya and Syria | Oct. 25, 2015 |

Syrian Quagmire

Turkey designating Kurdish fighters PKK as terrorists ... colonial powers have exploited sectarian violence for their short-term benefits.

Turkey's PKK Conflict: A Visual Explainer | Crisis Group - July 18, 2022 |

In July 2015, a two-and-a-half year long ceasefire broke down, and the almost four-decade long conflict between Turkish security forces and militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU - entered one of its deadliest chapters in nearly four decades.

Since that date, violence has devastated communities in Turkey's majority-Kurdish south east and - at times - struck into the heart of the country's largest metropolitan centres. An unprecedented flare-up of fighting and attacks in some south-eastern urban districts in the first half of 2016, was followed by a gradual shift of violence into rural areas.

Nothing circumspect about US adherence to the basics of state sovereignty and the UN Charter ...

Report to U.S. Congress: Regime Change Efforts and Post-War Governance in Iraq | April 23, 2003 |

Replacing warmonger John McCain on foreign policy of interventions and regime change ...


Well known in her role as Dutch minister of defense and the decision to purchase the F-35. Lockheed Martin lands €4.5bn Dutch deal for F-35 fighter jets.

Ministers ignore vote, JSF jet fighter could carry nuclear weapons

The Joint Strike Fighter may be used to carry nuclear weapons in the future, according to defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and foreign affairs minister Frans Timmermans. Last year a majority of MPs supported a motion stating the F-35 jet fighter should have no nuclear role. However, Hennis and Timmermans have now decided to set the motion aside because of the Netherlands' role within NATO.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 03:38:02 PM EST

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