Sistani Orders Turkey Out Of Iraq
By Moon Of Alabama
December 12, 2015
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After the U.S.
invasion of Iraq the U.S vice consul Paul Bremer tried to install a
handpicked Iraqi government. The top Shia religious authority in
Iraq, Grand Ajatollah Sistani, demanded a democratic vote. The issue
was thereby decided. There was no way the U.S could have
circumvented Sisitani's edict without a massive revolt by the 65% of
Iraqis who are Shia and mostly follow his advice. Bremer had to
Now Ajatollah Sistani
takes position against the Turkish invasion of Iraq:
Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali
al-Sistani, called on the government on Friday to show "no
tolerance" of any infringement of the country's sovereignty,
after Turkey deployed heavily armed troops to northern Iraq.
Sistani's spokesman, Sheikh Abdul Mehdi
Karbala'i, did not explicitly name Turkey, but a row over the
deployment has badly soured relations between Ankara and
Baghdad, which denies having agreed to it.
"The Iraqi government is responsible for protecting Iraq's
sovereignty and must not tolerate and side that infringes upon
on it, whatever the justifications and necessities," Karbalai'i
said in a weekly sermon.
The issue is thereby decided. Turkish troops will
have to leave or will have to decisively defeat all Shia of Iraq
(and Iran). If Erdogan were smart he would now order the Turkish
troops stationed near Mosul to leave Iraq.
The Russian President Putin also
increased pressure on Turkey:
President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered
Russia's armed forces to act in an "extremely tough way" in
Syria to protect Russian forces striking Islamic State targets
"Any targets threatening our (military) group
or land infrastructure must be immediately destroyed,"
Putin said, speaking at a Defence Ministry event.
Note to Erdogan: Beware of funny ideas...
There was some Syrian opposition conference yesterday in Saudi
Arabia were the Saudis tried to bribe everyone to agree on a common
position. But the conference failed. Some 116 delegates took part
guidance" of their various sponsors. A spokesperson for the
al-Qaeda aligned Ahrar al Sham, which closely cooperates with the
al-Qaeda entity Jabhat al Nusra in Syria, also took part. No women
The conference resulted in the decision to hold
another conference. The 116 delegates at the conference decided to
select 33 delegates for a conference which would decide on 15
delegates to confer and maybe take part in some negotiations with
the Syrian government side. The NYT's Ben Hubbard, who was there,
Ben Hubbard @NYTBen
...The meeting created yet another new opposition body, a high
commission, meant to oversee negotiations.
There was debate about how large it should be
and what proportion should represent armed groups. Final was 32,
changed after meetings to 33.
Those 33 now tasked with choosing a 15 person
negotiating team. So, yeah, umbrella groups making a new
The political demands the conference agreed upon
include non-starters for negotiations like the demand that the
Syrian President Assad would leave within 6 weeks of the
negotiations start. There was also
this illuminating word game:
Islamist delegates objected to using the word
“democracy” in the final statement, so the term “democratic
mechanism” was used instead, according to a member of one such
group who attended the meeting.
The Ahrar al-Sham delegate at the meeting signed
the deal while the Ahrar al Sham bigwigs, who took not part, damned
the deal and announced they were completely against it. They demand
an Islamic State in Syria that would follow their militant Salafi
line of believe. Hubbard
Ben Hubbard @NYTBen
Re: @Ahrar_Alsham2. It's main delegate did not walk out. Before
meeting ended, members not present released statement announcing
The session's moderator said Ahrar delegate
was not aware of statement by his group until later, but did
sign the final communiqué.
Then Ahrar members like @aleesa71 and
@a_azraeel complained on Twitter, suggesting a split between
military and political leaders.
The Saudi and Qatari Wahhabi rulers want Ahrar al
Sham to be part of any future solution in Syria. They hired
"western" think tanks like Brookings Doha to propagandize that Ahrar
is "moderate". But Ahrar can not be "moderate" when it is fighting
together with al-Qaeda and kills civilians because they are
"unbelievers". It is now in an uncomfortable position. If it takes
part in a peace conference with the Syrian government its Jabhat
al-Nusra ally will roast it, if it doesn't take part its Saudi and
Qartari financiers will fry it.
Since the start of the war on Syria no unity has
been achieved in the opposition of the Syrian government. The U.S.,
in form of the CIA head John Brennan,
teamed up (again) with al-Qaeda while the State Department tried
to sponsor more "moderates". The ensuing chaos continues today.
To prevent further blowback from this nonsense
strategy will obviously require a change towards a position that
supports the Syrian government. It is doubtful that the U.S. is
capable of such foresight and flexibility.