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URGENT: KRG to arrest those calling for Arabs to be deported

August 10, 2014 by Abdelhak Mamoun 1 Comment

 

 

kurdistan-regional-government-krg-logo-5Erbil (IraqiNews.com) On Saturday, the Police Directorate of Erbil Province decided to prevent any demonstration demanding the deportation of Arabs from the region, stressing that the Ministry of the Interior in the region decided to arrest any person who participates in a demonstration to incite Arab deportation.

A spokesman for the Police Directorate of Erbil, Karwan Abdul Karim, said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, that “the Police Directorate of Erbil will prevent the start of any demonstration demanding the deportation of our Arab brothers of the Kurdistan region,” adding that “the police have taken all measures to prevent any demonstration like this. “

Abdul Karim added that “the Ministry of Interior in the province issued orders to arrest any person who participates in or contributes to the demonstration or incitement against Arabs; we will take legal action against him.

A group of Kurdish activists called on social networking sites to organize a peaceful demonstration in Erbil on Friday, calling for the deportation of Arabs from the Kurdistan Region following the launch of some Arab citizens in Erbil slogans in support of the organization of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

 
 
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Why Is Obama Bombing Iraq, Really?

 

By Juan Cole

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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Al-Zaman reports that a U.S. drone hit mortar emplacements and F-18s struck artillery arrays and armored vehicles deployed by the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) in Kuwair east of Mosul on the way to the Kurdistan capital of Irbil, and near a major dam, some areas of which are controlled by the IS fighters.

Also on Friday, the Naqshbandi Army denied any involvement in a push on the Kurdistan capital of Irbil, denouncing it as racist.  The Naqshbandi Sufi order is important in Mosul and was infiltrated and used by agents of Baathist high official Izzat al-Duri, a former vice president of Saddam Hussein.  The Naqshbandis are said to be nowadays having tensions with the so-called Islamic State, with which they allied to kick al-Maliki’s largely Shiite government out of Mosul.

Apparently the White House felt it urgent to intervene because IS leaders were eying a conquest of Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.  When I heard this, I thought of the old 1980s film, “Gallipoli.”  Churchill advanced a strategy for a short campaign against the Ottoman Empire, wherein troops would be landed at the Gallipoli peninsula and march straight up to the nearby capital, Istanbul.  Churchill’s plan failed because Mustafa Kamal Attaturk kept the British army from advancing, deploying against the British troops the machine gun. 

 


Likewise, IS was thinking of just going up to Irbil and decapitating the government of Massoud Barzani, the Kurdish leader. 

 

The U.S. has a consulate in Irbil and presumably many intelligence workers are based there, who were at danger of being shelled or captured, evoking Benghazi again.  With midterms coming up, Obama appears to have decided that he would intervene rather than risking those intel guys getting kidnapped.

The U.S. is intervening for political as well as military reasons.  Washington says that more such military aid may be forthcoming if Iraq will form a government of national unity.  So basically, Obama is putting pressure on President Fuad Massoum to pick a prime minister other than Nouri al-Maliki and form a government asap.  Likewise, Washington wants the Kurds to remain within a Federal Iraqi framework rather than declaring independence, and seems to be bombing IS positions for the Kurds in order to extract a promise from Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani that he will stay in Iraq.

The U.S. used close air support with the Kurdish peshmerga during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.  Bush couldn’t send U.S. troops into the north because the Fourth Infantry Division had been denied permission to march through Turkish Anatolia on their way to Iraq.  So the U.S. used the Peshmerga a surrogate troops.  It worked then, against the Baath Army of Saddam Hussein.  The U.S. also provided close air support to the Northern Alliance in Afghanisan, which enabled it to take Mazar, Herat and many other cities from the Taliban. 

 

US slaps down Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki after he accuses president

Under-pressure leader accuses rival of violating the constitution amid build-up of security forces in Baghdad

99e85cef-4ba6-4965-ad1a-a137808ee9f1-460Iraqi soldiers near Baghdad on Sunday 10 August after pushing back Sunni militants. Photograph: Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images

The United States has thrown its weight behind Iraqi president Fuad Masum after he was accused by prime minister Nouri al-Maliki of violating the constitution.

As security forces massed in the capital Baghdad, the under-pressure Maliki made the surprise announcement on state television on Sunday night that he would be filing a complaint against Masum.

But US state department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement: “The United States fully supports president Fuad Masum in his role as guarantor of the Iraqi constitution.

“We reaffirm our support for a process to select a prime minister who can represent the aspirations of the Iraqi people by building a national consensus and governing in an inclusive manner,” she said, echoing an earlier comment made on Twitter by deputy assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs Brett McGurk.

“We reject any effort to achieve outcomes through coercion or manipulation of the constitutional or judicial process.” 

US president Barack Obama has urged Iraqi politicians to form a more inclusive government that can counter the growing threat from the Sunni militant group Isis.

Maliki, who has been under huge pressure to give up his bid for a third term, alleged Masum, a Kurd, had violated the constitution twice, including by failing to task a prime minister-designate with forming a new government.

“I will submit today an official complaint to the federal court against the president of the Republic for committing a clear constitutional violation for the sake of political calculations,” said Maliki.

Serving in a caretaker capacity since an inconclusive election in April, Maliki has defied calls by Sunnis, Kurds, some fellow Shi’ites, regional power broker Iran and Iraq’s top cleric for him to step aside for a less polarising figure.

Meanwhile, security sources said Iraqi police, army and counter-terrorism forces were deployed in unusually high numbers across strategic locations in Baghdad overnight.

An eyewitness told Reuters that a tank was stationed at the entrance to Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses government buildings.

Many Iraqis see Maliki as partly responsible for the recent losses to Isis in northern Iraq because he has institutionalised sectarianism.

Washington, Tehran, the Shiite religious leadership and much of Maliki’s own party have pulled their support, but he has dug his heels in and apparently not yet given up on seeking a third term.

“The United States stands ready to support a new and inclusive government, particularly in the fight against [isis],” Harf said.

“We believe such a new and inclusive government is the best way to unify the country against [isis], and to enlist the support of other countries in the region and international community.”

Edited by IbnSohan

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The government of Iraq - from top to the middle is nothing more than a puppet of the empire, they will only do what is allowed for them to do by the empire, nothing more nothing less - at this point the empire wants a stalemate that will gradually but not too gradually disintegrate Iraq into three principalities  - two of whom will be hostile to the IRI - and thus create a perpetual war in the region. Too little too late for the ulema in Najaf to start waking up. 

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Babel (IraqiNews.com) The security force announced killing 20 non-Iraqi Arab ISIL terrorists with Israeli weapons of northern Babel.


Security source stated to IraqiNews.com “The security forced clashed with the terrorists in Sinaideeh area of Jurf al-Sakhar district of northern Babel to kill 20 foreign terrorists with Israeli weapons and some maps.”


 


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Salah il-Din (IraqiNews.com) The security force controlled many areas of Tikrit.


Security source stated to IraqiNews.com “After the escape of the ISIL terrorists, the security forces controlled many areas of Tikrit.” /End/


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Biden congratulates nominating Ebadi for PM post

 

http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/biden-congratulates-nominating-ebadi-for-pm-post/

 

Whenever you see usa to congratulate someone in government for the new position, it is an indication that those men are usually puppets of usa. Otherwise usa would have complained.

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Biden congratulates nominating Ebadi for PM post

 

http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/biden-congratulates-nominating-ebadi-for-pm-post/

 

Whenever you see usa to congratulate someone in government for the new position, it is an indication that those men are usually puppets of usa. Otherwise usa would have complained.

Don't judge yet.

who decided it? Obama? lol!

How many times has Ayotallaah Sistaani (h.a) told to make a transition?

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Don't judge yet.

How many times has Ayotallaah Sistaani (h.a) told to make a transition?

 

Is Ayatollah Sistani(H.A) up to date with these games the US plays?

 

He seems a step behind in geopolitics. 

 

Rule number 1: Never side with a country whose sole aim is to steal your resources and break your nation apart.  

Edited by LostMuslim

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Biden congratulates nominating Ebadi for PM post

 

http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/biden-congratulates-nominating-ebadi-for-pm-post/

 

Whenever you see usa to congratulate someone in government for the new position, it is an indication that those men are usually puppets of usa. Otherwise usa would have complained.

 

 

Al-Maliki wasn't very independent either. 

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Biden congratulates nominating Ebadi for PM post

 

http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/biden-congratulates-nominating-ebadi-for-pm-post/

 

Whenever you see usa to congratulate someone in government for the new position, it is an indication that those men are usually puppets of usa. Otherwise usa would have complained.

 

 

Bad attitude. Why should leaders unnecessarily create conflict? There is much to deal with as things stand.

 

Would you have said the same thing for Maliki when he was the PM for a long time, when Iraqi Shias supported his leadership and when America also lent its support to him?

Edited by Marbles

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CNN is calling this dramatic footage: 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAw3TW2kcPU

 

Yes, agreed this is dramatic footage and God knows what these innocent souls have gone through stranded in those mountains, but this has become the norm for Iraqis.

 

This reminds me of the Boston Bombings where 3 people were killed and the entire worlds media outlets had it as the headlines for probably the next two months, but the daily bombings that kills an average of 10-15 Iraqis a day is not even news worthy anymore. What has this world come to? Honestly, if we find these things dramatic and surprising then I can't imagine what a dramatic and surprising event would be for Iraqis who face these tragedies everyday. Cruel world we live in.

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USA, UK, France, Australia and now Germany are all offering help to Iraq against ISIS, all of them at once. What changed? Are human lives values in some stock market? Green arrows when the politician is in our side and red arrows when he is not? How can we read this attitude?

 

 

(IraqiNews.com) The German Minister of Defense revealed that her government is considering the possibility of supplying military equipment to Iraq, such as armored vehicles or equipment to detect explosives, but does not include weapons; this issue created a sensation among German political parties.

The German Minister of Defense, Ursula von der Leyen announced, in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, that “The German government is considering the possibility of supplying military equipment to Iraq. These remarks came from the Minister who is belonging to the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Christian Democrats, after a meeting with the British counterpart Michelle Fallon in the German capital, Berlin.”

At the same time the German minister emphasized that “the supply of arms to Kurdish forces or the Iraqi government is not out of the question,” adding, “without this limit, we want to exploit all the available possibilities.”

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Don't judge yet.

 

It's fact! Don't you see its weird that this far only USA, UK and KSA have congratulated new president of Iraq. Do you think that those countries care about Iraq? They only care about the resources there and that shia's should not primarly govern the Iraq due to their faith and also to weaken so called "shia-alliance" in order to effect on Iran. I would not wonder at all if other US allies would congratulate the new president in coming days. 

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Maliki is delusional he is just obessed and addicted to his "Kursi" (throne) sayid jaafer aghaei said in 1994 during the uprising against (or after) " shia of iraq not ready to rule after saddam they'll fight each other" look at was is happening today.... I mean who has authority in iraq Najaf hawza got ignored... (Apart from thousands volunteers) who were mainly young passionate Shias honestly they are no match for daesh even the pershmagas are finding it tough and withdrawing from certain areas..... I don't want my fellow Iraqis to get offended or take it wrong but Iraqis individually are nice humble believers collectively (as a English saying goes) "they can't hold a prayer in a mosque" so many prophets a.s, companions shrines shia mosques have been destroyed right before worlds eyes so much genocide of believers and minorities yet they blame everyone but themselves "Iranian influence, American influence Mossad waahabi/takfiri conspiracy" 5000 Hezbollah fighters are protecting Bibi Zainabs a.s and yet there's millions of you who had the best weaponary yet they packed and ran away... Yet we hear many shia laughing at "certain" companions running away from battle of uhud... The Iraqis need adopt Iranian mentality the way they love their country and proud of their history they have minorities too and Kurds they trained Hezbollah which is the best in the world in guerrilla warfare... They trained asaib u'll haq mahdi army badr army without them you'll be lost... Today they are protecting sammarra shrines of our imams... There is one sahih hadiths that come to mind and this is directed to all Shias " the first to reject the imam of our time will be the Shias" today our Iraqis Shias got exposed and certain parties will remember that and use it against you in long run against saddam Iranians fought for 8 years sacrificed million men pakistan fought 4 major wars with India Hezbollah fought many wars with Israel Afghanistan which has defeated super powers of his time ( British, soviets, Alexander the Great ) I don't mean to rant on but this soap opera is going on and iraq is going to be in turmoil inshallah trey will unite if not May Allah swt unite the shia of Ali a.s

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The neo-con wings & others among the zionists and americans have argued for years that it's a very good outcome if the war between shi'ites & sunnis continue indefinitely. And arguably, the american & european peoples too would never intervene to stop a war between islamic sects because it just seems pointless to sacrifice anything at all because it appears they're fundamentally hostile to peace & civilization itself. The public dont see any difference between a salafi, shia or sunni & the many hideous actions that target civilians of salafi terrorists is assumed to represent islamic fundamentalists generally: ie anyone that follows the Quran to the letter.

People have sympathy for the minorities, especially christians & smaller obstruera groups like the yazidis because hundreds of thousands of christians have been slaughtered during the last decade & small religious communities like that preserve an ancient cultural heritage.

The urge to violently force people to supposedly "convert" to salafism just proves what a deeply irrational cult it.

I dont think illusions about 'unity' can stop this conflict either; there should be a total war by the governments against all salafist militias throughout the whole region.

Isnt it quite strange that no real progress is made by the iraqi Army, despite the fatwa of Sistani?

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Isnt it quite strange that no real progress is made by the iraqi Army, despite the fatwa of Sistani?

Thats what bbc, cnn, ap, reuters aand the whole west wants you to believe. They are making progress daily and regarding the volunteers, they are being trained.

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I am thinking there is some evidence that the US/UK/Europe is using this crisis as a pretext to arm the Kurdish militias so they can use them later to try for another time to break up Iraq. If I were the new Iraqi Prime Minister, I would say that all military aid has to be processed thru the Iraqi army and not given first to the Kurdish militias. When will the Iraqi govt realize that the US/UK/Europe is not here to help and they are not your friends. They are following their plan to divide Iraq and weaken it thru various means so they can steal the oil and other natural resources. The tactics might change from day to day, but the plan is the same and has been the same since colonial times. 

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Iraqis are cursed yesterday they let down our imams a.s prophets righteous companions recently they let down ayatollah Mohammed baqir al sadr ( they greatest scholar we had) coz of Iraqis indifference caused kerbala battle of siffeen do not trust Iraqis!! They are cursed! So many imams shahhadet happen end coz of Iraqis this so called Arab nationalism is bull [Edited Out] ayatollah sistani is Iranian ayatollah bashir al najafi is Pakistani who is leading Najaf hawza??

Edited by syed yusuf abbas

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Iraqi Shias are an Embarrasment to Shias everywhere. Same people who betrayed Imam Ali(AS). Imam Hussain(AS). Same people would wouldn't let Muslim Bin Aqeel enter their homes when he had nowhere to go. Enough said. 

Edited by LostMuslim

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Iraqi Shias are an Embarrasment to Shias everywhere. Same people who betrayed Imam Ali(AS). Enough said.

this is not nice. Think about what they've been going through since the days of Saddam. They're not used to rule themselves & their political leadership is said to be thoroughly corrupt & working only for personal gain.

Many people hate on the west for intervening here &there in the middle east but now many of them want the west to intervene & defeat ISIS.

If Iran really think they have the capacity to keep the middle east stable they should intervene & help their ally & with full force restore law & order in the north & it shouldnt happen covertly. If the middle east is to be independent & free from western military interference the main powers of the region must be willing to provide the military force needed to ensure that Iraq's current political system may be able to develop democratically in a stable environment.

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Iraqis are cursed yesterday they let down our imams a.s prophets righteous companions recently they let down ayatollah Mohammed baqir al sadr ( they greatest scholar we had) coz of Iraqis indifference caused kerbala battle of siffeen do not trust Iraqis!! They are cursed! So many imams shahhadet happen end coz of Iraqis this so called Arab nationalism is bull [Edited Out] ayatollah sistani is Iranian ayatollah bashir al najafi is Pakistani who is leading Najaf hawza??

 

You just criticized Iraqis Arab nationalism (where did you get that from?) and then go on to mention that Sayyed Sistani is Iranian and AyatAllah Bashir al-Najafi is Pakistani. Who is being nationalistic again?

 

As for your main point, as racist and inaccurate as it is, what would you say about how traitorous these Kufans were: Mukhtar al-Thaqafi, Maytham al-Tammar, Habib ibn al-Madhahir (Imam Hussain's best friend), Kumayl ibn Ziyad (from Du'a Kumayl), Hurr ibn Yazid al-Riyahi, Malik al-Ashtar, Hujr ibn al-`Adi, Zuhayr ibn al-Qayn (who was Uthmani and not even Shi'i of Ali), and many more. (May Allah be pleased with them all.)

 

Also, why would Imam Ali  (as) make Kufah the capital of his caliphate the Kufans were so treacherous and untrustworthy? Couldn't he find better cities  Many of our Imam's had their best Shi'a from Kufah, were they all as you say they are? 

 

Edited by Jaabir ibn Hayyan

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I am thinking there is some evidence that the US/UK/Europe is using this crisis as a pretext to arm the Kurdish militias so they can use them later to try for another time to break up Iraq. If I were the new Iraqi Prime Minister, I would say that all military aid has to be processed thru the Iraqi army and not given first to the Kurdish militias. When will the Iraqi govt realize that the US/UK/Europe is not here to help and they are not your friends. They are following their plan to divide Iraq and weaken it thru various means so they can steal the oil and other natural resources. The tactics might change from day to day, but the plan is the same and has been the same since colonial times. 

 

http://news.antiwar....other-missions/ Just exactly what you said 

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Nouri al Maliki has stopped down from his post. I'm divided about it. On the one hand it's sad that Iraq's politics is dictated by terrorists & demands from outside but on the other hand this was Sistani's will so it's probably for the better of the nation.

Do the new PM have what it takes to defend the right of Iraq's majority population to rule themselves?

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Iraqi Shias are an Embarrasment to Shias everywhere. Same people who betrayed Imam Ali(AS). Imam Hussain(AS). Same people would wouldn't let Muslim Bin Aqeel enter their homes when he had nowhere to go. Enough said. 

 

You don't have any rights to denounce all iraqi shias to be embarrassment to Shias everywhere! With such language that you use in your reply is just indication of your ignorance. When we speak about those who betrayed Imam Ali (AS) and Imam Hussayn (AS) indeed those are Iraqi people who have lost great loss and they are more than embarrassment, but it doesn't mean that all Iraqi people are like that. There are good iraqis and bad iraqis just like in any other country in the world. So don't generalize and denounce that iraqi shias are the embarrassment to shias everywhere, they are also going now hard times.

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Iraqi Shee`ah showed how loyal they are when 3 million decided to volunteer. It's not our problem we have had bad politicians running the country ever since Saddam al-Tikriti (لعنة الله عليه) and his governmemt fell.

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Iraqi Shee`ah showed how loyal they are when 3 million decided to volunteer. It's not our problem we have had bad politicians running the country ever since Saddam al-Tikriti (لعنة الله عليه) and his governmemt fell.

 

umm, then whose problem is it?

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