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US led coup attempt underway in Iraq may further weaken that country. Iraq has failed to understand that it’s not an independent country, it’s a permanent US colony

October 7, 2019

Protestors are confirming the use of snipers from buildings, targeting protesters….During the 2014 U.S. coup in Ukraine the same method was used to inflame the country.”…”Two months ago, Qays Khaz’ali said: “There’s plans to change Baghdad government...with protests erupting in October. Protests not spontaneous, but organised.”“…“Recent decisions of [Pres. of Iraq] Abdel Mahdi made him extremely unpopular with the US.”…US won’t allow Iraq to be a functioning, independent country.

10/6/19, “The U.S. Led Coup Attempt In Iraq May Further Weaken That Country, Moon of Alabama

“The current unrest in Iraq began a week ago after a prominent general was removed from his post:

“Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi was the great Iraqi military hero of the war against [US, Saudi, and Qatar backed] Isis, leading the assault on Mosul which recaptured the de facto Isis capital after a nine-month siege in 2017.

But at the weekend he was suddenly removed as the commander of the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) shock troops, the elite corps of the Iraqi armed forces, by Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi. He was instead given what the general considered to be a non-job at the Defence Ministry.

Saadi has refused to accept the move against him, and described his new posting as an “insult” and a “punishment”.His effective demotion has provoked a wave of popular support for arguably Iraq’s most esteemed general, on the streets as well as on social media.”

The [Iraqi] CTS is a force that often cooperates with the U.S. military [in Iraq]. Abdul Wahab al-Saadi is a U.S. trained officer. He was suspected to be the head of an imminent overthrow of the [Iraqi] government.”…

[Ed. note: Al-Saadi is a US trained officer?” Why would anyone allow the blundering US to “train” its officers when US can’t even “train” its own military to do its #1 job which is to defend the US border? Further, why seek help from a country that massively sponsors Islamic terrorism as the US does? US congress even refuses to pass the Stop Arming Terrorists Act.]

(continuing): “For months there have been rumors of a U.S. instigated coup in Iraq:

“Republic of Sumer @Sumer_Iraq – 14:30 UTC · Oct 4, 2019

Two months ago, Qays Khaz’ali said:

There’s plans to change Baghdad government in November, with protests erupting in October. Protests not spontaneous, but organised by factions in Iraq. Mark my words.”

Qays Khaz’ali is a leader of Shia groups who twelve years ago fought against the U.S. and British invaders.

“Sharmine Narwani @snarwani – 00:34 UTC · Oct 5, 2019

Al Akhbar newspaper says the govt of #Iraq learned 3 months ago of a planned US-backed coup by military officers, to be followed by street action. Time to be skeptical about events in Iraq?”

During the last five days there have been protests all over the south of Iraq where the majority of the people are Shia. The protests escalated within a few days into shootings with over a hundred killed. In several cities party and government offices were burned and various groups hustle to take a position in the “leaderless” movement.

There are legitimate reasons for protests. The majority of the people in Iraq is younger than 20 years. The people have little chance of finding a job. The state is weak and many of its actors are corrupt. Services the state is supposed to provide don’t get delivered. Electricity and water supply is often sparse.

But those are not the reasons why the protests immediately escalated into violence:

Liz Sly @LizSly – 22:19 UTC · Oct 4, 2019

Many Iraqi protesters are complaining of unknown snipers targeting them from rooftops, [used successfully in US coup of Ukraine] and it’s possible they are aiming at both the demonstrators and the security forces.

Quote: Reporting Iraq @TFPOI · Oct 4

Protestors are confirming the use of snipers from buildings, targeting protesters approaching Tahrir Square. A young man was killed by the use of snipers. Evidence in the form of a photo can be seen. #iraq #baghdad #save_the_iraqi_people”

During the 2014 U.S. coup in Ukraine the same method was used to inflame the country.

“Al Sura @AlSuraEnglish – 15:36 UTC · Oct 5, 2019

#BREAKING – #Iraqi special forces launch search and destroy mission against unknown snipers that have killed at least 4 protesters across the capital of #Baghdad.”

The snipers are not the only sign that the protests are not genuine:

“Marc Owen Jones @marcowenjones – 5:59 UTC · Oct 4, 2019

[#Thread] 1/ This one is on #Iraq. A few people mentioned suspicious activity on Twitter and I had a look into a few hashtags. One in particular begins, “Show your support for the right of Iraq people to protest peacefully”. I have little doubt there is an influence campaign…
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4/ Firstly, as you can see from the below graph, the hashtags started trending quite suddenly at 3.30pm UTC on October 2nd. However one of the first accounts to post the hashtag was the one screenshotted here > @AlshiblyRamy – who has a lot of photos of Saudi and Iraq flags…

5/ The most salient measure of inorganic activity is accounts created in a short time frame. Of the 6500 or so accounts in the sample, 1,118 were created in just 3 days – October 1st, 2nd and 3rd. That’s astounding – around 17% of the sample! #Iraq”

The protests are part of the conflict between the U.S., its Saudi proxies, and Iran.

The immediate aim is to bring down the government under Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi who strove to stay neutral in the conflict between the U.S./Israel/Saudi Arabia and Iran:

“The recent decisions of Abdel Mahdi made him extremely unpopular with the US. He has declared Israel responsible for the destruction of the five warehouses of the Iraqi security forces, Hashd al-Shaabi, and the killing of one commander on the Iraqi-Syrian borders. He opened the crossing at al-Qaem between Iraq and Syria to the displeasure of the US embassy in Baghdad, whose officers expressed their discomfort to Iraqi officials. He expressed his willingness to buy the S-400 and other military hardware from Russia. Abdel Mahdi agreed with China to reconstruct essential infrastructure in exchange for oil, and gave a $284 million electricity deal to a German rather than an American company. The Iraqi Prime Minister refused to abide by US sanctions and is still buying electricity from Iran and allowing the exchange of commerce that is bringing large amounts of foreign currency and boosting the Iranian economy. And lastly, Abdel Mahdi rejected the “Deal of the Century” proposed by the US: he is trying to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia and therefore is showing his intention to keep away from the US objectives and policies in the Middle East.”

The violent protest in Iraq are part of a larger undeclared war against Iran.

A recent attempt to kill Major general Qassem Soleiman, the leader of Iran’s Quds force, is part of it:

“The suspects had plotted to kill Soleimani during the Ashoura religious commemorations on September 9 and 10, according to [Iran Security Chief] Taeb.

They sought to buy a property near a mosque built by Soleimani’s father in the city of Kerman, dig a tunnel underneath the site and rig it with “350 to 500 kilogrammes of explosives”, he said.

The team planned to “blow up the entire place” as soon as Soleimani entered the mosque for Shia mourning ceremony.

[Iran security chief] Taeb said the suspects “went to a neighbouring country” and “large sums of money were spent to train and prepare them” to carry out the attack.”

New U.S. sanctions against Lebanese banks who allegedly support Hizbullah are likewise part of U.S./Israeli/Saudi effort to squeeze Iran and its proxies:

“The Trump administration has intensified sanctions on the Lebanese militant group and institutions linked to it to unprecedented levels, targeting lawmakers for the first time as well as a local bank that Washington claims has ties to the group.

Two U.S. officials visited Beirut in September and warned the sanctions will increase to deprive Hezbollah of its sources of income. The push is further adding to Lebanon’s severe financial and economic crisis, with Lebanese officials warning the country’s economy and banking sector can’t take the pressure.

“We have taken more actions recently against Hezbollah than in the history of our counterterrorism program,” Sigal P. Mandelker, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the U.S. Treasury, said in the United Arab Emirates last month.”

Mandelker, who was born and grew up in Israel and is furthering its interest, recently announced that she will leave the administration. This might be a sign that the pressure policy against Iran and other countries will change.

“Esfandyar Batmanghelidj @yarbatman – 18:06 UTC · Oct 2, 2019

Forget John Bolton, this may be the most enabling change in personnel if Trump wants to restart diplomacy with Iran and end “maximum pressure.” Mandelker is considered an unreasonable and dogmatic official by compliance officers worldwide.”

But for now the riots in Iraq are likely to escalate.

“Hiwa Osman @Hiwaosman – 21:16 UTC · Oct 5, 2019

Just in: Gunmen in balaclavas attacked the offices of the following TV stations in Baghdad: Dijla, NRT, Arabiya, Arabiya Hadath, Fallouja, Alghad Alaraby, Al-Sharqiya and Skynew Arabia. They ransacked the offices, destroyed their equipment and broadcast facilities. #IraqProtests”

One demand of the protesters is a [regime change] resignation of the government, another is the change of the election law to eliminate large party blocks in the parliament. Either would further weaken the country.“…Posted by b on October 6, 2019 at 9:52 UTC | Permalink

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“7. The democratic system in Iraq has failed. There is no social, ideological and cultural basis for it in Iraq, as in the middle east as a whole. Additionally, to the missing cultural basis for it, there is also missing a much more homogenized society, which sees it self as more or less one.

The sectarian and tribal mindset are defining the middle east now as in the past, and likely in the future. It could only have a slight chance, if it would be a federal, decentralized country between e.g. a Shia, Sunni and Kurdish sub states.

But that won’t fly either, because no sect or minority group would want to give up claim to the areas with the oil, as no state is viable without it.

The obvious “solution” is having a strongman rule Iraq, like Assad in Syria.Or as a famous correspondent once said: The best realistically possible option for countries in the middle east is an “enlightened despot”. Like the Iraqi saw Saddam in his early days.

And as a matter of fact, many now carry pictures of Saddam on their demonstrations and riots.”...Posted by: DontBelieveEitherPr. | Oct 6 2019 13:51 utc | 17

[Comment: US elites have no interest in “democracy.” They seek only to bomb, starve, and otherwise permanently destroy countries. Iraq is an example. As above Moon of Alabama article above describes, US won’t allow Iraq to be a functioning, independent country].

 

 

 

 

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Image: 12/30/2018, US flag flies in Syria’s Manbij despite pullout notice, AFP, Delil Souleiman. What “international law” allows US to invade Syria and plant its flag on Syrian land?
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Added:

For their own safety, 70+ countries hosting 800 US military bases around the world should immediately evict US personnel and close the bases. US brutally destroyed Syria for no reason and now threatens sanctions on anyone who tries to help rebuild Syria.

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Added: On top of illegally occupying one third of Syria, US thinks it’s theirs to give away:

Image, 10/6/19, Liz Sly twitter: “The last time Erdogan threatened so specifically to invade NE Syria, Trump got on the phone & promised him everything he wanted, ie to give the area [NE Syria currently illegally occupied by US] to Turkey. Now he gets another phone call with Trump -but did he get what he wanted this time around?”

Flag shows map of Syria with redrawn borders reflecting de facto annexation of the northeast region, a third of the country, by the US: “Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) put an SDF flag in al-Omar oil field in Deir Al Zor, Syria March 23, 2019. (photo credit: Aboud Hamam/Reuters)” [US insists its own 2000 mile southern border remain wide open].

 

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