TLAR: Just a note. I have been sending these emails to my family and friends since 2008. I joined this site because Blue suggested I do so. I hope this clears that up. Oh and I don't know Randy or what he does. I am a poster just like you so read my stuff at you own caution. tlar
Comment - this is the next step in the process. It came out a day or two before it was projected to because of the heat being put on it by the blocks, the US, the UN, the European Union etc. etc. So far 324 MP'S out of 328 have been deemed ratified. The parliament will meet as the next step in the political process.
The Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) are around 300,000 troops and then the civilian forces that have joined in the fight to root out the insurgents also number in the 100 thousand range. So there is more here than meets the eye.
Why did the superior numbers of forces (Iraqi army) just drop their weapons and leave all their equipment behind?
They are well trained by the US and were well armed. Even if and when the "real insurgents" take a town, they can't hold it. There are reports that its business as usual when a town is taken and that makes no sense.
Many residents are returning to the towns that are listed as taken over In Mosul which is the 2nd largest city in Iraq there are two check points going into and out of the city. People who evacuated are already returning and yet the city is still under control of "the insurgency."
In some towns that are held by Iraqi regular army the insurgents are out side of the towns negotiating with them to let the insurgents have the town and they are getting it. There is just too many unanswered questions that you are not getting the truth of what's going on if you are reading the daily diatribe coming from our press.
I realize the news we are getting in this country tells a different story and it is somewhat because of the confusion on the ground, but this will soon sort itself out unless something new comes into the picture.
I am confident that everything will work out once Maliki is gone.
I do find it extremely interesting that with all the new Walter Cronkite sensationalist wannabe's that have come on the scene in the last few days representing "our news", not one has reported that the government in Iraq is about to change or that if this crisis was really as bad as we are being told it is, why the parliament would not back the government and give it emergency powers.
I will not minimize what has happened and is happening is not serious and could get worse. It is difficult to remove a dictator and no one really knows in the end what measures you will have to go to, to do it.
I would point out that no one is backing this government which I find strange. Everyone is backing the people of Iraq. That's why I continue to say this is not what it seems.
The European Union appears closer to the truth than any reporting agency in the US but IMO they are close, but even they don't get the banana.
As usual we are being fed a crock of crap from our media either intentionally or by ignorance. The second article put out by the European Union is a little more accurate but it is inaccurate as to its reporting of the Iranian governments desire to keep maliki in office. It is slanted too.
It seems everyone has their agenda and we, "the sheeple" always get fed the diet that "they" think we should know. No matter the truth of what's going on will come out very soon. Iraq will have a new government.
By the way, the CBI has been continuing through this crisis to make the changes in preparation for something. It has been business as usual for them. They don't seem to have missed a step. Tlar
BAGHDAD - Iraq Press - June 16: Judicial authorities announced on Monday the results of the ratification of the Iraqi parliamentary elections that took place on 30 April, while the delayed ratification of the names of the four deputies because of the litigation is settled yet.
A spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council, Abdul Sattar Bayraktar's / Iraq Press / "The Federal Court ratified the names of 324 deputies out of 328," he said, adding that "the postponement of the ratification of the names of the four deputies came because of different cases against them has not been resolved so far."
Alberqirdar explained that "the House of Representatives are exempted from the ratification Raad Dahlaki, and Salim al-Omar and Humairi for Diyala province, in addition to the MP Abbas Jaber"
, And endorsed by the Federal Court on the results of the election should the President or Vice President in the absence of the first convening of the first session of Parliament within fifteen days, and agreed with the first date of next July.
Dezor shows that the first session of the Iraqi Council of Representatives meeting, chaired by Deputy older to repeat the oath of marking the start of work of the Council and then choose the president and the prime minister, who will form the portfolio, after the approval of two-thirds of the members of the Council.
Iraqi crisis: Terrorist attacks or popular uprising?
By Struan Stevenson, MEP | June 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM
BRUSSELS, June 14 (UPI) --The popular uprising continues unabated in Iraq, with the successive liberation of its cities and the collapse of Maliki's forces as they retreat and desert en mass in the face of coordinated tribal opposition
Following the shock of dramatic changes that have taken place with lightning speed, a question keeps surfacing: Is what we are witnessing in Iraq an uprising by Iraqis or an attack by a terrorist group?
Maliki and his patrons in Tehran are insistent on the claim that regions of Iraq have fallen into the hands of extremist terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL). But this claim is ludicrous and defies logic.
The liberation of approximately 100,000 square kilometers of Iraqi territory with a population of several million in a matter of a few days could not possibly be the work of an isolated extremist group with no more than several thousand, and probably no more than several hundred members.
There are increasingly many indications that it is tribes and ordinary Iraqi citizens who have risen up in anger against Maliki
The contrary claim is not the result of a simple misunderstanding of the situation, but has clear ulterior motives. Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, Maliki and the Iranian regime are attempting to justify the interference of the Iranian terrorist Quds Force and the invasion of Iraq by the revolutionary guards.
At the same time, they are trying to encourage the United States to militarily interfere in favor of Maliki, in an even more dangerous repeat of its previous blunder in Iraq.
This angle on the latest developments is very revealing. The Iranian regime is now poised to save Maliki. In a telephone conversation, President Hassan Rouhani has promised Maliki every kind of cooperation.
Fox News wrote on June 13: "Some 150 fighters from the Revolutionary Guards elite Quds force have already been dispatched by Tehran, and the division's powerful commander, Qassem Suleimani, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Thursday and pledged to send two notorious Iranian brigades to aid in the defense of Baghdad."
On June 12, the Wall Street Journal wrote: "At least three battalions of the Quds Forces, the elite overseas branch of the Guards, were dispatched to aid in the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an offshoot of al Qaeda rapidly gaining territory across Iraq."
The article went on: "One Guards unit that was already in Iraq fought alongside the Iraqi army, offering guerrilla warfare advice and tactics and helped reclaim most of the city of Tikrit on Thursday; two Guards' units, dispatched from Iran's western border provinces on Wednesday, were tasked with protecting Baghdad and the holy Shiite cities of Karbala and Najaf."
One can safely assume that this is only a partial reflection of the reality regarding Tehran's direct involvement to save Maliki.
In addition to the IRGC, Maliki is using the paramilitary forces associated with the Iranian regime such as Asai'b Ahl al-Haq and Kata'eb Hezbollah to suppress the popular uprising.
Reports on Nineveh and Salahaddin provinces filed by journalists from CNN, al-Jazeera and BBC, among others, supported the claim that no violence or aggression has been carried out against the indigenous population.
This does not fit the pattern of random violence and spread of intimidation that is the trademark of terrorist groups. The residents of these areas are happy that Maliki's forces have fled and public and private properties now enjoy relative security.
The mass exodus of refugees from these cities is due to the bombardment by Maliki's forces, although 48 hours after the liberation of Nineveh, the wave of refugees has markedly ebbed and some have already begun to return.
Yesterday, in its 12-article statement, the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq, which plays an important role in developments in the country, called on the insurgents to treat people well, help solve their problems, treat the ethnic groups well, refrain from taking hostages, forgive and forget, and treat believers of all religions without prejudice.
In this framework, the armed tribes refrained from entering Samarra in Salahaddin Province where the shrine of two Shiite Imams is located.
They are instead trying to gain control of the city through negotiations with the government forces in order to prevent any killings and bloodshed.
What we are witnessing in Iraq is the eruption of years of popular loathing and disillusionment brought on by Maliki and his clique. The West in general and the US in particular facilitated Maliki's ascent to power. So it is time for us to see the bitter reality as it is.
Maliki has been a total failure, a disaster. The more he insists on staying in power, the more the Iraqi political system will become a quagmire.
In order to avert further bloodshed in Iraq, Maliki must be removed from power, Iranian meddling in the country must come to an end, and the international community must oversee the formation of a nationalist, democratic and non-sectarian government that encompasses all segments of Iraqi society.