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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:40 AM


Iraqi Forces Fire Into Air as Anti-Maliki Demonstrations Spread

Source: Bloomberg

By Nayla Razzouk and Khalid Al-Ansary - Jan 4, 2013
Iraqi forces fired into the air to disperse protesters as demonstrations spread to eight regions demanding that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki share more power.

Thousands of protesters gathered in the capital, Baghdad, and Ramadi, Falluja, Tikrit, Mosul, Samarra, Kirkuk and Diyala, according to footage shown by Al Jazeera television. “The people want the downfall of the regime,” chanted a crowd in Mosul, echoing a slogan repeated in protests that led to the fall of the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya.

Maliki warned in a statement on his website that “foreign agendas” were trying to divide the country and stir sectarian infighting in Iraq, the second-biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. One of his main opponents, former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, called for Maliki’s resignation and early elections in a statement read by the local al-Sharqiya television station.

Violence and political clashes in Iraq have increased since the end of 2011 when the U.S. pulled out the last of the troops it deployed since the 2003 invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Allawi’s Sunni-backed al-Iraqiya coalition boycotted parliament and Cabinet sessions for several weeks last year to denounce what they say is a power grab by Maliki, a Shiite ally of neighboring Iran. Tensions have also run high between the Maliki government and Iraq’s Kurds, mainly focused on disputed land and control of the nation’s oil wealth.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-04/iraqi-forces-fire-into-air-as-anti-maliki-demonstrations-spread.html

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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:53 AM

1. Someone is doing a professional job of rousing all the region's Sunnis against Shi'ia regimes,

even those the U.S. put in place.

Who could possibly want such a thing, and have the resources and experience to pull it off? http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Yemen_US_backing_masks_Saudi_covert_ops_999.html

Few outside (the region) appreciate the extent to which oil-rich Saudi Arabia has been able over the years to influence, even dominate, events in its troublesome and impoverished neighbor that lies at the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula.

The kingdom's principal intelligence services, the General Security Service, the internal security agency run by the Interior Ministry, and the General Intelligence Presidency, the external spy service headed by Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz, have been operating in Yemen for years through unrivaled networks.

But the GSS's counter-terrorism unit headed by Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, son of the late interior minister, Crown Prince Nayef, who died in June,

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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:59 PM

2. In the end


a sunni military strongman will assume power a la Saddam Hussein and will develop WMDs as a deterrent against US invasion.

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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:27 PM

3. Like a bunch of teabagging republicans ...

... the Baath party is back.

One bozo's guess.

Baghdad Bob might have had a longer-range vision than we gave him credit for.

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