22 January 2020
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DIWANIYAH, Iraq - Chants demanding regime change have echoed across Iraq for weeks but what first brought demonstrators onto the street was the paradoxical poverty of one of the world’s most oil-rich countries. Coupled with the resentment of dire living conditions is the distrust of politicians whom they accuse of failing to root out rampant corruption that denies them jobs and public services. In the southern protest hotspot of Diwaniyah, one of the poorest agricultural areas in the country, Umm…
President Trump has tweeted support for the thousands of protestors who have already been killed or imprisoned. His message was simple, “DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTORS.” This comes on the back end as millions of Iraqis gathered in Tahrir Square to protest Iran and the non-binding parliamentary vote. We all wait with bated breath to see what sort of violence they will be met with by PMF and pro-Iranian militias paid to disrupt the protestors. Just yesterday Iraqi journalist Ahmed…
The protests in Iran in the past four days directly targeted the regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Angry about the mullahs' criminal obfuscation regarding the IRGC's downing of a passenger plane, protesters called for change of the entire regime. Chants of "Death to Khamenei" and "Death to the oppressor, whether the Shah or the [supreme] leader," showed that Iran wants to be liberated from tyranny once and for all. In scores of videos, young protesters and especially women, tore down…
Washington has spent more than two decades fighting a global war against extremists, but has been remarkably passive in response to terrorist attacks conducted by Iran’s theocratic regime and its network of Shia proxy forces. But that may all have changed last week, when US President Donald Trump ordered the airstrike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC - Quds Force and the butcher of Syria. Soleimani left this world together with Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, his Iraqi friend and…
WASHINGTON – When President Donald Trump tweeted "All is Well!" Tuesday after Iran's missile attack on two U.S. air bases in Iraq, the danger of imminent war seemed to have passed. No casualties. It was a warning shot, said a U.S. official after dawn broke Wednesday in the desert. Many outside national security experts agreed, saying they believed Iran took deliberate steps to avoid American casualties. And in a televised address, Trump spoke of "minimal damage" and "Iran standing down" in a relatively restrained retaliation for the U.S. drone strike…
On December 22, 2019, the Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq announced the assassination of 26 activists who participated in anti-government demonstrations that began on October 1. Half of the assassinations took place in the capital, Baghdad, and the rest in the country’s southern provinces. On December 10, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced that three journalists have been killed and two more kidnapped during the protests. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, who was forced to resign on November 29 in the face of…

Khamenei’s Strategic Deadlock in Iraq Tuesday, 07 January 2020 04:27

After the protests on the streets of Beirut and Baghdad reached Tehran, the strategic depth of the Iranian regime is seeing its end. Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei, to rescue its strategic plans, tried to reassemble his forces in Iraq and to end the uprising with a conspiracy, but this time the situation was different. The popular protests in Iraq began on 1 October 2019. Their purpose was to protest 16 years of corruption, unemployment and inadequate public services and…
Washington (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden dishonestly suggested on Saturday that he had opposed the war in Iraq "from the very moment" it began in 2003 -- even though Biden's campaign said in September that he "misspoke" when he made a similar claim. Biden was responding Saturday to a voter in Des Moines, Iowa, who told him, "I'm with you 90% of the way" but questioned his judgment in part because "you were for the second Gulf War, which was…
Qassem Soleimani’s death has undoubtedly created fear among Iran’s proxies and terror groups. As a result, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed Brig. Gen. Esmail Qaani as the new head of the Quds Force less than 12 hours after Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump. This was an attempt to send a signal to Iran’s proxies, particularly Hezbollah, the Houthis and Iraqi militia groups, that the status quo — Tehran’s mission and support for them…
In mid-October, Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani met with his Iraqi Shia militia allies at a villa on the banks of the Tigris River, looking across at the US embassy complex in Baghdad. The Revolutionary Guards commander instructed his top ally in Iraq, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, and other powerful militia leaders to step up attacks on US targets in the country using sophisticated new weapons provided by Iran, two militia commanders and two security sources briefed on the gathering told Reuters.…
The participation of leading figures from the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the protest in front of the American embassy, and the fact that the burning of its walls was allowed, “shocked” protesters and regional observes, considering the flagrant violation of international norms and customs of this act.The storming of the heavily fortified Green Zone by the PMF protesters also “shocked” the protesters, since attempts to reach the green zone cost them thousands of dead and wounded since last October.…
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