U.S. Planning Coup against Maliki
By United Press International
10/23/06 "UPI" -- -- Iraqi army officers are reportedly planning
to stage a military coup with U.S. help to oust the government
of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Cairo-based Iraqi and Arab sources said Monday several officers
visited Washington recently for talks with U.S. officials on
plans for replacing Maliki's administration by a "national
salvation" government with the mission to re-establish security
and stability in Iraq.
One Iraqi source told United Press International that the Iraqi
army officers' visit to the United States was aimed at
coordinating the military coup in case the efforts of Maliki's
government to restore order reached a dead end.
He said among the prominent officers were the deputy chief of
staff, a Muslim Shiite, the intelligence chief, a Sunni, and the
commander of the air force, a Kurd. It is believed the three
would constitute the nucleus of the next government after the
army takes over power.
The proposed plan, according to the source, stipulates that the
new Iraqi army, with the assistance of U.S. forces, will take
control of power, suspend the constitution, dissolve parliament
and form a new government. The military will also take direct
control of the various provinces and the administration after
imposing a state of emergency.
An Arab source also told UPI that certain Arab countries were
informed of the plan and requested to offer their help in
convincing the former leaders of the deposed Baath Party regime
residing in their countries to refrain from obstructing the move
and stop violence perpetrated by the party in Iraq. In return,
they will be invited to participate in the government at a later
Washington is becoming increasingly impatient with the failure
of Maliki's government in quelling sectarian violence
threatening to plunge Iraq in an all-out civil war.
© 2006 The Washington Times, LLC.
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