Iraqi protesters break into Baghdad’s Green Zone demanding reform
State of emergency in Baghdad as thousands of protesters enter green zone, storm parliament
US-Created System In Iraq Is Collapsing: Protesters Storm Parliament, State of Emergency Declared
Less than two years ago, the US set up another puppet government in the mid-east this time in the state of Iraq when following substantial US pressure, on August 14, 2014 then prime minister al-Maliki agreed to stepped down and be replaced with Haider al-Abadi. Today, the regime is in chaos and the system set up in Iraq by the US is collapsing when protesters loyal to popular Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr breached the heavily fortified Green Zone, home to government buildings and foreign embassies, and stormed the Iraqi parliament forcing MPs to flee and unleashing a state of emergency for all of Baghdad.
As can be seen in the photo (and live webcast below), hundreds of demonstrators occupied the country’s parliament. Video from inside the building showed jubilant crowds waving Iraqi flags and shouting “peaceful, peaceful.” Supporters of Sadr, whose fighters once controlled swaths of Baghdad and helped defend the capital from ISIS, have been demonstrating for weeks at the gates of the Green Zone, responding to their leader’s call to pressure the government to reform.
Cited by NBC, Brig. Gen. Saad Mann, a spokesman for the Iraqi military, said that Iraq security authorities have declared a state of emergency in Baghdad. “All gates that lead to Baghdad are closed. No one is allowed to enter into Baghdad, only those who want to leave Baghdad can do so.” “There is no evacuation for the American staff inside the American embassy,” he said. A U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the American Embassy in Baghdad was not being evacuated, contrary to local reports. We expect that should the pro-US government fall, this will promptly change.
Security forces responsible for guarding the entrance to the area were not able to stop the demonstrators without opening fire so they let them in, the security source told NBC News. As a result, the protest is mostly peaceful for now even thought Saturday was the first time the protesters breached the compound’s walls.
According to Reuters, the protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified district housing government buildings and many foreign embassies, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River chanting: “The cowards ran away!” in apparent reference to departing lawmakers.
There were no reports of clashes with security forces. But an army special forces unit was dispatched with armored vehicles to protect sensitive sites, two security officials said. No curfew has been imposed, they said.
Moments before the Green Zone breach, Sadr seemed to offer an ultimatum: “Either corrupt (officials) and quotas remain or the entire government will be brought down and no one will be exempt from that.” In a televised speech from the holy city of Najaf announcing a two-month withdrawal from public life, Sadr said he was “waiting for the great popular uprising and the major revolution to stop the march of the corrupt.”
Abadi has warned that delays to overhauling the cabinet could hamper the war against Islamic State, which controls vast swathes of northern and western Iraq. Considering the massive boost in US “troops on the ground” in Iraq in recent months, surely the US can take care of this perpetual “scapegoat” on its own.
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US-Russian showdown is looming in the horizon after the arrival of 250 US special operations forces to Hasakeh, Syria, and the number is believed to reach 500 in the coming days.
European Department for Security and Information Secretary General Haissam Bou Said Divulged that US special operations forces dispatched to Rumelan, province of Hasakeh, in Syria were tasked with “preparing for a ground invasion if and when the truce fails.”
US officials have openly spoken about plan B and said “Syrian army will be banned from realizing a complete victory, and the US will continue supporting the moderate opposition.”
The US will rely on its military bases in Incerlik, Turkey and al Anabar, Iraq to combine a military coalition under the umbrella of the NATO if plan B relating to the federal affairs is not being implemented.
Turkey want to seize the border town of Manbij in Aleppo to guarantee that ISIS can move easily in and out of Syria. Turkey have also ambitions to seize the city of Mosel in Iraq.
The Pentagon sent more troops and military experts to Iraq under the pretext of disallowing ISIS to win more territories and training the Iraqi military. However, the US final aim is questionable.
Ambassador Bou said said “the first task of the 250 special operations forces and military experts sent to Hasakeh is to guarantee a better implementation of the ground operations aimed at fighting ISIS. However, the second task will be a formation of a pre-emptive military coalition to confront the Syrian army, Iran and Russia if plan B is not being translated into three federal cantons in Syria.” Of course, this vision is supported by Israel which is backing a Kurdish autonomy in Iraq and Syria, and want the Middle East to be divided into sectarian and ethnical states.
Syrian sources say “the US is heavily nvesting in the Kurdish issue, but ultimately, the Kurds will not have an independent state in Syria, because the neighboring countries will not endorse such a notion.” But, the question is who will fight the Kurds who already imposed a de facto policy on the ground in North-East Syria?
A Russian source told VT that “Russia will not allow dismembering Syria by force, and it is impossible to solve the internal problems by external aggression.”
“the Russian main goals are to destroy ISIL, strengthen the Syrian army and to emasculate the armed opposition. Then, an effective dialogue can launched between the Syrians that can be frank and honest,” the source said.
“Russia will protect the free will of the Syrian people, but will not decide their future. Alternatives to President Bashar al Assad do not exist today, and the problem of 40 million Kurds in the Middle East must be solved,” the source added.
“Russia will force the US to act for the good of Syria and the entire Middle East. Previous years have proven cannot single-handedly command the world, and Washington will not risk a direct confrontation with Moscow in Syria,” the source concluded.
Finally, Syria, the cradle of Christian, Muslim, and other ancient civilization will not be left alone. Catholic and orthodox leaders will meet to prevent the collapse of Syria, which represents the column of light, and Saint George is the slogan of the Russian air force.
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