Saturday, July 22, 2017

Iraq: political intrigue, violence and Nouri goes to Moscow

ALL IRAQ NEWS reports that Iraq's prime minister Hayder al-Abadi met with the Shi'ite militias today.

Afterwards, ALSUMARIA notes Hayder issued a statement insisting that the militas were part of the national security forces and it was the government's duty to protect them.

The government's duty to protect them?


What about the militia's duty?

It's supposed to protect the people.

Strange that Hayder feels they must be protected.

ALL IRAQ NEWS notes he also rushed to insist that the government is over the security forces.  This, no doubt, due to the statements of many militia leaders that they report to Iran.

On the Sunni end, there are also problems.  Wael Grace (AL MADA) reports that the Anbar provincial council voted Thursday to remove the governor from office and that Thursday also saw the governor of  Salah ad Din sent to prison on corruption charges.

That's two Sunni politicians.  A third one is also in the news.  NATIONAL IRAQI NEWS AGENCY reports that Osama al-Najafi held a political meeting on Friday stressing the need for unity and new solutions to address the suffering -- especially the suffering of those people displaced by fighting.

Staying with politics but dropping back to the Shi'ites, former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki is in the news as well.

' provided support to Iraqi army, yet contributed to emergence of in the first place' - Iraqi VP

NINA notes Nouri is due to arrive in Moscow on Sunday.

NINA also reports an increase in kidnappings.  In other violence, ALSUMARIA reports a home bombing outside of Hit, a mortar attack in Diyala Province, a doctor was killed in his east Baghdad clinic, a bombing outside of Baquba left a military officer's wife dead, and a Radwaniyah bombing near a sports stadium left three people injured.

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