The Islamic State of Iraq is claiming responsibility for the Thursday, 22 December attacks that killed 69 people.
The anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, is using his position in the Iraqi government and calling for removal of the Iraqi Parliament and issuing new elections. The political situation in Iraq is at an all time low. Muqtada al-Sadr is proclaiming to be an ally of Prime Minister Maliki and is now calling for early elections. Prime Minister Maliki has not responded to the call of new elections. I am sure PM Maliki is probably wondering about his political position.
Muqtada al-Sadr launched a campaign for peace last week. Al-Sadr mistakenly thought calling for new elections and getting rid of the Iraqi Parliament could be done peacefully.
Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi said he hasn’t committed any sins now claims he’s Patriotic…
Accused of running a hit squad in Iraq says the Iraq Higher Judicial Council on Christmas Day. I think if they wait any longer to make the arrest it will be too late he will be having dinner in Turkey.
The US Government does not have the influence it once did when you have 170k troops in Iraq. Now it is a policy.
“There is a strong sense that we need to let events in Iraq play out,” a senior administration official said. “There is not a great deal of appetite for re-engagement. We are not going to reinvade Iraq.” –From Article.
This article by Roy Gutman a McClatchy Newspaper news reporter did a great job in writing this piece about the shambles of the Iraqi banking system. Something I have been saying for the last 5 years. Good Job Roy. You must all read this article slowly and read it again.
Highlights of the article:
No electronic funds transfers for Payroll or bills
No checking accounts
No Credit cards
ATMs few working
Banks are only a safe deposit box for your money
“Iraq is a completely destroyed country. Nothing is working. All the sectors are obsolete, and we have to start from minus, not zero.” – Iraq Government Spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh
“The government cannot employ everyone. The private Sector has to play its role.” – Iraq Government Spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh
It is amazing to me that people in the community think the situation currently being played out in Iraqi politics is not real or a joke. This is real and escalating and if this is not solved quickly it will have a domino effect on everything else in Iraq. All eyes are watching this carfeully. We are still looking for resignations. Let's see who blinks first.
Reuters is reporting Prime Minister has banned his own Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi from leaving the country. The reporting so far is stating the recent arrests of the body guards are linking the Vice-President to terrorism. We are going to have to wait and see as this plays out. Everyone in Iraq is very concerned about the situation. Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi remains in al-Suleimaniya visiting with the Iraq President. Look for the Vice-President to give his resignation to the Prime Minister Maliki.
This is real and it is not a joking matter. PM Maliki had the body guards of the current Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi arrested as they were leaving for Erbil on the Iraqi Airways flight.
Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and several of his bodyguards were escorted off a plane at Baghdad airport on Sunday because two of the guards were wanted on ‘terrorism charges,’ officials said, the latest step in a deepening political crisis. Two of his guards were detained by security forces but Hashemi was being allowed to travel on the Iraqi Airways flight bound for Arbil and Sulaimaniyah in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.