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.
Saudi Arabia flushed with cash in 2011. Budget surplus of 81.6 billion dollars. With that type of clout who needs competitors in the GCC.
On Tuesday, 27 December two Iraqi’s were killed in a Kirkuk car bomb in Kirkuk Huwalja district.
A video about last weeks attack on 22 December. Hat-tip to Joel Wing over on Musings on Iraq.