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Re: Iraq: Protests in Basra
Reply #20 - Sep 12th, 2018 at 5:45pm
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Demos wrote on Sep 12th, 2018 at 5:41pm:
Yes, patrick, they do. And this is a political news and discussion forum. Shocking, I know, that political news would be posted here for discussion.


OK, I get it!  Smiley  So here's one for you - the local school board assistant chief is under fire because she paid too much for text books!   Smiley
  
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Reply #21 - Sep 12th, 2018 at 5:47pm
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Start a thread about it.

Though I do appreciate your obsession with this one, even if you're adding nothing substantive.
  
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Reply #22 - Sep 12th, 2018 at 5:48pm
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Demos wrote on Sep 12th, 2018 at 5:47pm:
Start a thread about it.

Though I do appreciate your obsession with this one, even if you're adding nothing substantive.


Oh, garsh!  Undecided  And here I thought this was the non-substantive thread!   Grin
  
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Reply #23 - Sep 12th, 2018 at 5:51pm
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Yup, you're right patrick. Protests and attacks impacting Iraqi leadership, as well as potentially increased Iranian influence there, which our administration is clearly interested in and concerned with, are definitely not topics for substantive political discussion.
  
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Re: Iraq: Protests in Basra
Reply #24 - Sep 13th, 2018 at 10:52am
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Iraq's Next War

Rival Shiite Factions Could Be Headed Toward Disaster

...The elections were followed by mass demonstrations in much of southern Iraq, including Basra, where protestors burned provincial council buildings and the Iranian consulate and stormed the offices of political parties. Iraq’s security forces and government-sanctioned Shiite militias responded with deadly force and human rights abuses. Basra holds Iraq’s largest oil reserves, accounts for 80 percent of the country’s oil exports, and provides more than $7 billion a month to the government coffers. It should be Iraq’s richest province, but it is among its poorest. Like much of Iraq, the city lacks clean water, electricity, and jobs...

Instead, Iraq’s next war will likely be a civil war between Shiite Islamist rivals. These groups have dominated Iraq’s most powerful government posts and its security institutions since 2003. They have deployed or co-opted militia groups to secure substantial state resources. Collectively, Shiite militias are more powerful than the Iraqi armed forces, which collapsed in the face of the ISIS offensive in 2014...

The contestation over state resources, including the high-stakes, dispute-ridden government formation process (that determines the ruling class’s share of the Iraqi state and its resources) is rapidly turning into a zero-sum game. Unlike in the past, Iraq’s Shiite factions cannot continue to get away with carving up the state among themselves while they deliver empty promises to a discontented population. The popular demand for reform is so urgent and so great that even the Shiite religious establishment has intervened to insist that the government address it. Yet the real risk that a single faction will weaponize government coffers and exploit the reform process in the coming years renders these political conflicts potentially existential ones to the groups involved...

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Reply #25 - Sep 13th, 2018 at 11:24am
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Queshank wrote on Sep 6th, 2018 at 5:44pm:
Hmm.

If only McCain were still here.  Graham lost his wingman, the poor bastard.

We need somebody to agitate for an invasion.  That'll fix things in Iraq.  Regime change.  The one they've got is obviously problematic.

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Rabbit_Reborn wrote on Oct 18th, 2018 at 1:53pm:
The average person is going to starve and die.

Thus has it always been with humanity, before the advent of the Great Society.

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Reply #26 - Sep 25th, 2018 at 2:10pm
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The U.S. and Iran are competing to shape Iraq’s new government. Both are failing.

BASRA, Iraq — American and Iranian officials have taken unusually visible roles in trying to influence the makeup of the new Iraqi government, but both sides have so far come up short, failing to place their allies in key positions.

Since Iraq held national elections in May, White House envoy Brett McGurk and Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds force, have competed with each other to assemble support behind their favorites for parliament speaker, president and prime minister. McGurk and Soleimani have both spent much of the past few months meeting with powerful Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish politicians in rival bids to build a parliamentary majority.

“That foreign influence has canceled itself out,” said Abbas Kadhim, an Iraqi historian and political analyst. “At the end of the day, the U.S. and Iran work against each other, and they both made each other fail in getting what they want.”

After previous Iraqi elections, the United States and Iran engaged in furious backroom dealmaking until both sides were satisfied with the selection of prime minister, Kadhim said. “All prime ministers were prime ministers agreed to by both the U.S. and Iran,” he said.

But this year, American and Iranian officials have been unable to find their footing in shaping Iraq’s incoming government. The Iraqi political scene has been roiled by a boiling over of public frustration with government incompetence and by the bellicose rhetoric between Washington and Tehran...

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Re: Iraq: Protests in Basra
Reply #27 - Sep 30th, 2018 at 12:15pm
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U.S. Closes Consulate In Basra, Citing Iran-Backed Violence

The State Department is temporarily closing the U.S. Consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra and evacuating all diplomats stationed there, following a rocket attack early Friday morning.

Although there were no casualties, concerns back in Washington grew. The decision comes out of concern for the safety of U.S. personnel stationed in that Iraqi city near the border with Iran...

He blamed the security threat specifically on Iran, its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Quds Force and militias under the control of Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force.

The Basra airport was also the target of an attack earlier this month. NPR's Jane Arraf reported that according to Iraqi security officials, the attacks didn't land on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate compounds. There were no injuries or serious damage, but the White House, in a statement, called them "life-threatening attacks" against its diplomatic missions...

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Re: Iraq: Protests in Basra
Reply #28 - Sep 30th, 2018 at 12:39pm
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Demos wrote on Sep 6th, 2018 at 5:28pm:
Government buildings set on fire; at least 7 dead so far.

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Reply #29 - Oct 5th, 2018 at 4:42pm
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Iraq: Adel Abdul Mahdi named prime minister

Newly elected Iraqi President Barham Salih has named independent Shia candidate Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate, ending months of deadlock after an inconclusive national election in May...

Abdul Mahdi was nominated by two rival blocs, one led by Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr and outgoing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and the other by pro-Iranian political bloc leader Hadi al-Amiri and former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki...

Both blocs claim to hold a parliamentary majority but the dispute has been rendered irrelevant by their choice of the same man to be prime minister...

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