By Moon Of Alabama
October 06, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" - The
current unrest in Iraq began a week ago after a
prominent general was
removed from his post:
Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi was the
great Iraqi military hero of the war against
Isis, leading the assault on Mosul which
recaptured the de facto Isis capital after a
nine-month siege in 2017.
But at the weekend he was suddenly removed as
the commander of the Counter Terrorism Service
(CTS) shock troops, the elite corps of the Iraqi
armed forces, by Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi.
He was instead given what the general considered
to be a non-job at the Defence Ministry.
Saadi has refused to accept the move against
him, and described his new posting as an
"insult" and a "punishment". His effective
demotion has provoked a wave of popular support
for arguably Iraq’s most esteemed general, on
the streets as well as on social media.
The CTS is a force that often cooperates with the
U.S. military. Abdul Wahab al-Saadi is a U.S.
trained officer. He was suspected to be the head of
an imminent overthrow of the government.
For months there have been rumors of a U.S.
instigated coup in Iraq:
Republic of Sumer @Sumer_Iraq -
14:30 UTC · Oct 4, 2019
Over two months ago, Qays Khaz’ali said:
There’s plans to change Baghdad government in
November, with protests erupting in October.
Protests not spontaneous, but organised by
factions in Iraq. Mark my words
Qays Khaz’ali is a leader of Shia groups who
twelve years ago fought against the U.S. and British
Sharmine Narwani @snarwani -
00:34 UTC · Oct 5, 2019
Al Akhbar newspaper says the govt of #Iraq
learned 3 months ago of a planned US-backed coup
by military officers, to be followed by street
action. Time to be skeptical about events in
During the last five days there have been protest
all over the south of Iraq where the majority of the
people are Shia. The protest escalated within a few
days into shootings with over a hundred killed. In
several cities party and government offices were
burned and various groups hustle to take a position
in the "leaderless" movement.
There are legitimate reasons for
protests. The majority of the people in
Iraq is younger than 20 years. The
people have little chance of finding a
job. The state is weak and many of its
actors are corrupt. Services the state
is supposed to provide don't get
delivered. Electricity and water supply
is often sparse.
But those are not the reasons why the protests
immediately escalated into violence:
Liz Sly @LizSly -
22:19 UTC · Oct 4, 2019
Many Iraqi protesters are complaining of unknown
snipers targeting them from rooftops, and
it's possible they are aiming at both
the demonstrators & the security forces.
Quote: Reporting Iraq @TFPOI · Oct 4
Protestors are confirming the use of snipers
from buildings, targeting protesters approaching
A young man was killed by the use of snipers.
Evidence in the form of a photo can be seen.
#iraq #baghdad #save_the_iraqi_people
During the 2014 U.S. coup in Ukraine the same
method was used to inflame the country.
Al Sura @AlSuraEnglish -
15:36 UTC · Oct 5, 2019
#BREAKING - #Iraqi special forces launch search
and destroy mission against unknown snipers that
have killed at least 4 protesters across the
capital of #Baghdad.
The snipers are not the only sign that the
protests are not genuine:
Marc Owen Jones @marcowenjones -
5:59 UTC · Oct 4, 2019
[#Thread] 1/ This one is on #Iraq. A few people
mentioned suspicious activity on Twitter and I
had a look into a few hashtags. One in
particular begins, "Show your support for the
right of Iraq people to protest peacefully". I
have little doubt there is an influence
4/ Firstly, as you can see from the below graph,
the hashtags started trending quite suddenly at
3.30pm UTC on October 2nd. However one of the
first accounts to post the hashtag was the one
screenshotted here > @AlshiblyRamy - who has a
lot of photos of Saudi and Iraq flags...
5/ The most salient measure of inorganic
activity is accounts created in a short time
frame. Of the 6500 or so accounts in the sample,
1,118 were created in just 3 days - October 1st,
2nd and 3rd. That's astounding - around 17% of
the sample! #Iraq
The protests are part of the conflict between the
U.S., its Saudi proxies, and Iran.
The immediate aim is to bring down the government
under Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi who
strove to stay neutral in the conflict between
the U.S./Israel/Saudi Arabia and Iran:
The recent decisions of Abdel Mahdi made him
extremely unpopular with the US. He has declared
Israel responsible for the destruction of the
five warehouses of the Iraqi security forces,
Hashd al-Shaabi, and the killing of one
commander on the Iraqi-Syrian borders. He opened
the crossing at al-Qaem between Iraq and Syria
to the displeasure of the US embassy in Baghdad,
whose officers expressed their discomfort to
Iraqi officials. He expressed his willingness to
buy the S-400 and other military hardware from
Russia. Abdel Mahdi agreed with China to
reconstruct essential infrastructure in exchange
for oil, and gave a $284 million electricity
deal to a German rather than an American
company. The Iraqi Prime Minister refused to
abide by US sanctions and is still buying
electricity from Iran and allowing the exchange
of commerce that is bringing large amounts of
foreign currency and boosting the Iranian
economy. And lastly, Abdel Mahdi rejected the
“Deal of the Century” proposed by the US: he is
trying to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia
and therefore is showing his intention to keep
away from the US objectives and policies in the
The violent protest in Iraq are part of a larger
undeclared war against Iran.
attempt to kill Major general Qassem Soleiman,
the leader of Iran's Quds force, is part of it:
The suspects had plotted to kill Soleimani
during the Ashoura religious commemorations on
September 9 and 10, according to Taeb.
They sought to buy a property near a mosque
built by Soleimani's father in the city of
Kerman, dig a tunnel underneath the site and rig
it with "350 to 500 kilogrammes of explosives",
The team planned to "blow up the entire
place" as soon as Soleimani entered the mosque
for Shia mourning ceremony.
Taeb said the suspects "went to a
neighbouring country" and "large sums of money
were spent to train and prepare them" to carry
out the attack.
U.S. sanctions against Lebanese banks who
allegedly support Hizbullah are likewise
part of U.S./Israeli/Saudi effort to squeeze
Iran and its proxies:
The Trump administration has intensified
sanctions on the Lebanese militant group and
institutions linked to it to unprecedented
levels, targeting lawmakers for the first time
as well as a local bank that Washington claims
has ties to the group.
Two U.S. officials visited Beirut in
September and warned the sanctions will increase
to deprive Hezbollah of its sources of income.
The push is further adding to Lebanon’s severe
financial and economic crisis, with Lebanese
officials warning the country’s economy and
banking sector can’t take the pressure.
“We have taken more actions recently against
Hezbollah than in the history of our
counterterrorism program,” Sigal P. Mandelker,
undersecretary for terrorism and financial
intelligence at the U.S. Treasury, said in the
United Arab Emirates last month.
Mandelker, who was born and grew up in Israel and
furthering its interest, recently
announced that she will leave the
administration. This might be a sign that the
pressure policy against Iran and other countries
Esfandyar Batmanghelidj @yarbatman -
18:06 UTC · Oct 2, 2019
Forget John Bolton, this may be the most
enabling change in personnel if Trump wants to
restart diplomacy with Iran and end “maximum
pressure.” Mandelker is considered an
unreasonable and dogmatic official by compliance
But for now the riots in Iraq are likely to
Hiwa Osman @Hiwaosman -
21:16 UTC · Oct 5, 2019
Just in: Gunmen in balaclavas attacked the
offices of the following TV stations in Baghdad:
Dijla, NRT, Arabiya, Arabiya Hadath, Fallouja,
Alghad Alaraby, Al-Sharqiya and Skynew Arabia.
They ransacked the offices, destroyed their
equipment and broadcast facilities. #IraqProtests
demand of the protesters is a resignation of the
government, another is the change of the election
law to eliminate large party blocks in the
parliament. Either would further weaken the country.
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