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At a time when everyone is concerned with "Corona" news of a military coup in Iraq led by "America"

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At a time when everyone is concerned with "Corona" news of a military coup in Iraq led by "America"

 Sunday, March 22, 2020

At a time when everyone is concerned with "Corona" news of a military coup in Iraq led by "America"
 
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A Kuwaiti newspaper reported that the United States was planning to carry out a military coup in Iraq, noting that it had informed its allies in Baghdad about the matter.
 
 
The Kuwaiti newspaper "Al-Jarida" quoted a source in the Iranian Quds Force that "the Revolutionary Guards and factions in Iraq, particularly the Popular Mobilization Committee, announced the state of alert with all the forces in anticipation of a military coup organized by the Americans to seize power in Baghdad."

The source added, "The Iranian security services obtained intelligence information that the Americans informed their allies in Baghdad that relying on civil society organizations is no longer effective, and will not succeed, without a parallel move by the armed forces loyal to Washington to finish off Tehran and its allies in Iraq."

The source pointed out that "the political structure that exists in Iraq does not allow the Americans to have a Prime Minister loyal to them, except in the event of a military coup loyal to Washington to control power."
 

He continued, "The Iranians have opened extensive communication channels with Iraqi and Sunni Iraqi parties to form an alliance facing new American plans, especially in light of Washington's attempt to exploit Tehran's preoccupation with confronting Corona's virus outbreak, to pass it," explaining that "the Iranians are trying to convince all Iraqi political parties that everyone's interest is It requires that a civilian prime minister be able to control power in any way, and that any military coup, if it occurs, will mean that everyone will lose all of their gains, and perhaps return Iraq to the way it was under the rule of dictator Saddam Hussein.

The source pointed out that the assassination of the Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Chairman of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, represented "the beginning of the American move to seize power in Iraq, because the Americans knew that Soleimani had close contacts with many Iraqi politicians, and he could turn the table over them." At any moment. "

 

http://www.skypressiq.net/2020/3/22/في-الوق-ت-الذي-ينشغ-ل-الجمي-ع-بال-كورون-ا-انب-اء-ع-ن-انق-لاب-عسكري-ب-العراق-بقي-ادة-ام-ريكا

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1 hour ago, Mary B said:

"The Iranian security services obtained intelligence information that the Americans informed their allies in Baghdad that relying on civil society organizations is no longer effective, and will not succeed, without a parallel move by the armed forces loyal to Washington to finish off Tehran and its allies in Iraq."

yeah ,  sounds like a coup alright ....    (  oh  wait a second  /   a coup attempt is when the sitting party of a country is getting booted out ,  ---> not     smashing   the  metaling  corrupt  neighbors that are still in the wrong country stirring up  havoc ...   not a coup  

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Very interesting.....  I think Trump really does want the US to stop interfering in other countries affairs and stop the US regime change programs.  And I personally agree with that.  However, given the conditions with the global coronavirus pandemic, and with Iran still bombing US military bases in Iraq, perhaps something like this would be acceptable to him right now.  The Iraqi people are serious about getting rid of Iranian influence in their government, but after 6+ months of trying, not much is happening with that.  If there was ever justification for the US to go in and support regime change in another country, I think this would be it.  

 

So far this is basically just a rumor, but I"m definitely going to watch this to see what happens.  The US is responsible for much or Iraq's desperate situation and it would be good if it could be part of helping them recover from it.  I really don't think Trump would take advantage of the situation to loot and pillage the country like other people (for example Biden and his brother) have since the second Gulf War, so this might be a very good thing.   jmho

 

Thanks for sharing this Mary!

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5 hours ago, Mary B said:

Americans knew that Soleimani had close contacts with many Iraqi politicians, and he could turn the table over them." At any moment. "

 

Guess he waited one moment to long.

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all i know is someone with half a brain needs to take over iraq that knows how to build country ......

cause iran has failed miserably so far 

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Also, you have to consider an Iranian source's definition of "coup." That could simply mean the expulsion of Iranian militias, who the Iranian hardliners believe are legitimately part of the Iraqi government. From the perspective of theocratic authoritarians, Iraq belongs to Iran, so any attack on an Iranian military presence in Iraq is an attack on Iraq too.

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All posts so far on this matter are wise. I agree with this wisdom all the way around. A campaign of some sort to expel all Iranian influence and iranian influencers out of Iraq  ... sadly if necessary let round 4 begin and be swift. We have embraced our mistakes there, and do not wish the price paid by our treasure to be for not. This is the POTUS to do it far closer to right than Biden, like he will get elected.

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Sharp debates among top administration aides reveal divisions in how to confront Iran and its Shiite militia proxies in Iraq.

 
 
 

 

 

Destruction at the Karbala airport after American air strikes last week in Iraq. Destruction at the Karbala airport after American air strikes last week in Iraq.Credit...Mohammed Sawaf/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

WASHINGTON — President Trump was getting ready to declare the coronavirus a “national emergency,” but inside the White House last Thursday, a tense debate erupted among the president and his top advisers on a far different subject: whether the United States should escalate military action against Iran, a longtime American rival that has been devastated by the epidemic.

One group, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Robert C. O’Brien, the national security adviser, urged a tough response to rocket attacks that had killed two American troops at a base north of Baghdad, arguing that tough action while Iran’s leaders were battling the coronavirus ravaging the country could finally push them into direct negotiations.

But Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pushed back. The Pentagon and intelligence agencies did not have clear evidence that the attacks, launched by the Shiite militia group Khataib Hezbollah, had been ordered by Iran, they argued, and warned that a large-scale response could draw the United States into a wider war with Iran and rupture already strained relations with Iraq.

The military’s position prevailed, at least for the time being. Mr. Trump authorized airstrikes against five militia weapons depots inside Iraq, carried out at night to limit the possible human toll.

 

The meeting is a glimpse of the crosswinds buffeting the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran and its powerful proxies in Iraq less than three months after Mr. Trump took the provocative step of ordering the killing of the top Iranian commander plotting operations around the Middle East. The killing of the commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, led the United States and Iran to the brink of a wider war, and in the weeks since, a deadly ***-for-tat has unfolded inside Iraq — the longtime battleground for the two powers.

This article is based on interviews with two dozen current and former American, Iraqi and Western officials across their military, diplomatic and intelligence communities, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal conversations and confidential assessments. Representatives for the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department declined to comment.

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Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, argued that the response to rocket attacks that had killed two American troops at a military base north of Baghdad should be measured. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, argued that the response to rocket attacks that had killed two American troops at a military base north of Baghdad should be measured.Credit...Drew Angerer/Getty Images

American officials say there is little appetite among the president and some of his top advisers for a dangerous escalation with Iran, and leaders in Tehran are now consumed trying to tamp down the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated the country. Iran has one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the disease, and segments of the country’s aged leadership have also been infected. At least one senior aide to the country’s supreme leader has died, and field hospitals have sprouted in parking lots, stadiums and wedding halls to handle the overflow of patients.

Mr. Trump is trying to manage his own response to the worsening coronavirus crisis, even as his administration continues to wage its “maximum pressure” campaign of economic warfare and diplomatic pressure against Iran. Some American officials now admit that the killing of General Suleimani has not — as some had hoped — led Iran and its proxies to think twice about fomenting violence inside Iraq and elsewhere.

Indeed, militia groups inside Iraq seem to be trying to provoke the United States into a bloodier conflict that could prompt Iraq to evict the 5,000 remaining American troops there, a longtime Iranian goal. “Those who targeted Taji achieved a big goal: to get a reaction from Trump,” said Karim Al-Nuri, a senior commander in the Badr Brigades, the largest and most established of Iraq’s pro-Iran militia, referring to the military base in Taji, Iraq, where two Americans were killed.

 

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday came close to blaming Iran for a rocket attack in Iraq last week in which two American troops and a British service member were killed.

 

“Maybe we shouldn’t say yet,” said Trump when the question was posed to Pompeo at a White House news conference. Said Pompeo: “Let me just get back to you on the answer to that.”

The Pentagon said last week that Trump had authorized the U.S. military to respond to the March 11 rocket attack in Iraq. Trump has been preoccupied with addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

The United States has blamed Iran-backed militia for the attack but has not yet said whether it was linked to the Iranian leadership in Tehran.

Tensions have been running high between the two longtime adversaries since Trump ordered a U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3.

 

When Pompeo was asked about whether Iran was responsible, Trump interjected: “We know plenty.”

Pompeo added: “We’ve made clear that the Iraqi Shi’a militias are funded, trained and equipped by the Iranians. We’ve urged the Iranians not to do that. We’ve told the Iranians that they will be held responsible for those attacks when they threaten American lives.”

Despite the tensions, the United States has offered humanitarian assistance to Iran while it struggles with the coronavirus outbreak. Iran is one of the countries outside China that has been most affected by the pandemic. On Friday, Iran said its death toll from the outbreak rose to 1,433.

Pompeo suggested that tough U.S. sanctions on Iran would continue over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs despite some appeals for them to be relaxed due to the virus.

“The whole world should know that humanitarian assistance into Iran is wide open. It’s not sanctioned,” he said.

 

“There is no sanction on medicines going to Iran, there’s no sanctions on humanitarian assistance going into that country. They’ve got a terrible problem there and we want that humanitarian medical health-care assistance to get to the people of Iran,” he said.

Trump said in a message to Iran to mark the Nowruz holiday that “the people of Iran have made it clear that they want leadership that represents them, not the interests of its corrupt regime.”

“The Iranian people deserve leaders who listen to, respect, and invest in them, not leaders who target and persecute them while wasting money to advance their nuclear ambitions and test more missiles,” he said.

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