Sunday, July 29, 2018

Iraq: ISIS continues, protests continue, no government formation continues

ISIS is gone in Iraq?  PRENSA LATINA reports the Iraqi government states they killed 6 members of ISIS today in Samarra.  XINHUA adds, "Acting on intelligence reports, the troops carried out a preemptive operation against an IS hideout in a desert area in west of the city of Samarra, some 120 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Yahya Rasoul, spokesperson for the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, said in a statement."  In other violence, Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) notes, "At least 23 were killed, and 18 were wounded in recent violence; 30 bodies were found in a mass grave".

Meanwhile the protests continue . . .

This is armed police in today’s protests; the police general leaders said those armed people are the 3rd line of defense, first one is the anti-riot police.

A protester holds a picture of Iraqi Prime Minister with "Step Down" written on it during a protest at Tahrir square in ,

Important developments on : Demonstrators decide to sit in front of oil companies & gov buildings in Basra, Muthanna & Dhi Qar, some protesters set up tents in the oil area of Bargesia of Zubair town in , the army deployed an armored force in the place (1)

Protests in southern Iraq rock the rotten establishment:

Realizing that yesterday's cosmetic move wasn't being bought by anyone, Hayder al-Abadi tried a new move today.

PM orders the suspension of the Minister of Electricity due to poor performance of the sector. The is taking action to immediately improve the supply of electricity across Iraq

Took him damn long enough, didn't it?

And he only sacrificed the easiest thing.  The Minister of Electricity is suspended.  Not fired, mind you, suspended.

Hayder is so ineffectual. 

ISIS blows up electricity station in west Kirkuk Province, Iraq, affecting power to Hawija & south Kirkuk Province. This comes as protests continue due to poor electricity service.

Where will the power come from?  Saudi Arabia? 

  1. Saudi Arabia has agreed to build a solar power plant and sell the electricity to Iraq at a fraction of Iran's price

As all this goes down, there's still no government.  None has been formed.  Elections were May 12th.

Three weeks after Iraq's protests, there's: - Further erosion in the public's trust in government. - Legitimacy questions about the political process. - Further disconnect between the public & political class. - No serious government-formation negotiations. - A weakened PM Abadi.

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