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  1. 8 minutes ago, horsesoldier said:

    I think if there were any common sense to any of this, it’s definitely lost in the translation. Otherwise, all these people are blithering idiots . . . Which upfront explains quite allot.

    What do you expect them to say? 

    Something like we will revalue the currency next week?

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  2. 2 hours ago, umbertino said:

    History: The Day I Realized I Would Never Find Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq


    By J.D. Maddox

    • Jan. 29, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET


    J.D. Maddox in Baghdad in 2003.

    J.D. Maddox in Baghdad in 2003.Credit...via J.D. Maddox






    We found remnants of WMD such as chemical shells and some troops were exposed to agents when handling them. The NYT published an excellent article on it several years ago.

    Maybe it will help if people actually know what a WMD is.

    A weapon of mass destruction (WMD) is a nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological, or any other weapon that can kill and bring significant harm to numerous humans or cause great damage to human-made structures (e.g., buildings), natural structures (e.g., mountains), or the biosphere.

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  3. Iraq protesters: ‘Sadr betrayed everyone, now serves Iran’s interests’

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    Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks in Najaf, Iraq, April 30, 2016. File photo: Haidar Hamdani / AFP
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    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s anti-government protesters on Saturday accused Muqtada al-Sadr of “betrayal” a day after the firebrand Shiite cleric withdrew his support for the movement which has occupied Baghdad’s Tahrir Square since October. 

    On Friday morning, tens of thousands of Sadr supporters and members of Iraq’s pro-Iran parties and militias marched in Baghdad, keeping away from the long-established protest camps, to demand the expulsion of US forces. 

    Sadr called for the “million-strong” march in response to the US drone strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis at Baghdad Airport on January 3.

    Later on Friday, Sadr told his supporters to leave Tahrir Square and other areas occupied by anti-government protesters and formally withdrew his support for the movement. 

    Early on Saturday morning, Iraqi security forces launched a violent crackdown, ejecting protesters from their camps, burning their tents, and retaking several strategic bridges. 

    Hussam, 26, who has been protesting in Tahrir Square since late October, told Rudaw that Sadr had simply used the anti-government protests to further his own and Iran’s political interests.  

    “Sadr is busy working for Iranian interests to be achieved in Iraq by expelling US troops. He has no intention of saving the protests in Iraq if they are a threat to Iran,” Hussam said.

    “Sadr left one day after his so-called million person demonstration against the US and that shows that he used the protests for his interests and the interests of Iran,” he added.

    Sadr’s march attracted far fewer than the “million” protesters he had hoped to mobilize.

    Shortly after his march dispersed on Friday afternoon, Sadr released a statement confirming he was withdrawing his support for the anti-government protests, which have been ongoing since October 25.  

    Young Iraqis took to the streets of the nation’s southern and central cities on October 1 to protest the lack of basic services, rampant corruption, and high unemployment.

    Following a short pause for the Shiite religious observance of Arbaeen, the protests resumed on October 25 with fresh demands for the overthrow of the post-2003 political establishment.

    More than 600 people have been killed and around 18,000 injured in clashes between protesters, security forces, and pro-Iran militias according to Amnesty International.

    Luay, 31, has been protesting in Karbala since October 26. He traveled to Baghdad on Friday to participate in Sadr’s march – a decision he now regrets.

    “I regret that I went all the way to Baghdad to participate in Sadr’s demonstration against the US troops, as he clearly used us for his own interests,” Luay told Rudaw English on Saturday.

    “Sadr betrayed everyone and now all he does is serve Iranian interests in Iraq,” he added.

    Now Luay fears the anti-government protests “will be finished in a bloody way”.

    He is surprised by Sadr’s apparent shift from Iraqi nationalist to Iran-backer. 

    “It is weird to see Sadr is pro-Iran now, while he was the man who invented the “Iran out, out” slogans back in 2018, in [former prime minister Haider al-] Abadi’s days,” Luay said, referring to similar mass protests in the summer of that year.

    Following weeks of relative calm, violence again resumed in Baghdad and other southern cities where security forces used live ammunition to disperse protesters.

    At least 10 died in clashes last week, according to the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, and more than a dozen in recent days. At least three protesters were killed on Saturday alone, according to AFP. 

    In a tweet, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the UN Secretary-General’s special representative to Iraq, called on Iraqi authorities to serve and protect the people and to continue implementing reforms.

    “Unaccountability and indecisiveness are unworthy of Iraqi hopes, courageously expressed for four months now. While death and injury tolls continue to rise, steps taken so far will remain hollow if not completed. The people must be served and protected, not violently oppressed,” Hennis-Plasschaert tweeted Saturday.  




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  4. 1 hour ago, DinarThug said:

    What intensified the dispute between the two men is his participation in the middle of the year 2012 in the meeting in Erbil and the Najaf meeting to withdraw confidence On behalf of the Maliki government.


    This took some balls! I like this guy. Those Iranian supporters are gonna fight this guy becoming prime minister tooth and nail.

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  5. 01/20/2020 18:35
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    News of an agreement to choose Ali Allawi for the post of prime minister



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    Baghdad / Obelisk: Political sources confirmed, Monday, January 20, 2020, that the nomination for the post of prime minister will be decided in favor of Ali Abdul Amir Allawi.

    The sources said to "Al-Masala", that the agreement was reached with the President of the Republic to assign Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi as the next Prime Minister to succeed the head of the caretaker government, Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

    While an informed political source revealed the designation of the Prime Minister, today, Monday, or Tuesday, as a maximum.

    The source revealed the meeting of the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, the President of the Victory Coalition, Haider al-Abadi, the President of the Alliance of the Hadi al-Amiri, and the President of the Al-Hikma Movement, Ammar al-Hakim, to resolve the nomination of the candidate for the position of Prime Minister.

    The source said, "There are 4 names currently nominated for the position: Ali Shukry, Mustafa Al-Kazemi and Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, to whom I finally add Ali Abdul Amir Allawi."

    He added, "Ali Abdel Amir Allawi went from Beirut to Baghdad urgently to meet the President of the Republic, Barham Salih," noting that "the announcement of the nomination of one of the four candidates for the post will take place on Monday evening or next Tuesday morning."

    Political sources have spoken of the arrival of the presidential candidate to Baghdad from Beirut after hours, and President Barham Saleh will visit the Peace Palace as a prelude to his mandate to form the government and conduct preliminary consultations.

    Sources say that the assembled parties agree that the candidate must obtain the approval of the masses of the demonstrations.

    Protests escalated in Baghdad and the provinces after the constitutional deadline to assign a candidate for prime minister ended.

    Totals, roads were cut in front of traffic, and many official departments were closed.

    And the Iraqis are waiting for the nomination of the candidate to be far from the choices of consuming or partisan personalities, and that the political forces give up their privileges and conditions in order to achieve stability and prevent further chaos.


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