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    " The Dinar Daily " ........... Wednesday, 22 May 2013

    Science Monitor exclude the outbreak of civil war in Iraq: Citizens are tired and politicians will lose the oil money
    22-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Note American writer that the situation in Iraq at risk now, but the country will not fall apart in a spiral of civil war, because the wounds of Iraqis are still deep conflict years 2006 and 2007, as well as the leaders of Sunni and Shiite profit from Iraq's money will virtually untouched by many of the civil war will not be the outcome different from its predecessor.
    He asked Dan Murphy in the Christian Science Monitor newspaper whether the acts of murder and revenge killings enough to drag Iraq into civil war again, and believes that the bouts of sectarian fighting observers worried several times over the past few years, but the worst is yet to come now.
    Murphy said that "after the killing of more than 60 people in a series of car bomb attacks Monday targeted Iraq's majority Shiite community and weeks of escalating sectarian attacks, many wonder today whether steams raging sectarian tensions once again into all-out civil war."
    Said Murphy, who was the newspaper's correspondent in Iraq, that "the situation in Iraq is bad enough, these attacks illustrate this day. Was quoted by Reuters news agency reported an explosion two cars in the major cities of the south with a Shiite majority, Basra; and 30 people were killed in seven blasts different targeted a Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad; another attack on a bus at least Shi'ite pilgrims near Balad. "
    According Murphy said, "This kind of violence which is almost منفذوه chunks of Sunni insurgents, had been in the ebb and flow over the years in Iraq, without the lead in the past to the bloody conflict sectarian widespread as was the case between 2005 and 2008, when he was killed tens thousands of Iraqis to fight on many mixed neighborhoods of Baghdad and other cities into the pockets of Sunni or Shiite completely. because the attack was carried out by al-Qaeda in Iraq on a Shiite shrine in Samarra in February of 2006 caused acts of revenge killings across the country. "
    The writer continued that "many long wondered about an event can be Samarra ahead., And good news, if there is good news from the community is still divided and violent Like Iraq today, is that the general population and political elites may routinely to avoid the worst. While moving fire current to taking more lives, but the potential for all-out war may be low, based on the experience of the past few years. "
    He continues by saying, "Certainly, the current situation in Iraq is bad. On Friday, killing 76 people, at least in the bombings targeted areas with a majority Sunni in Iraq. These attacks immediately following the attacks on Shiites earlier in the same week. In April, killed More than 700 people, counting the top deadliest month since the year 2008. "
    He said that "the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has taken a tough stance of the protesters year, Vogart on protesters camp in Hawija caused the deaths of more than 50 people and raised the ire of the country's Sunni minority."
    He said Murphy, "The camp protest, such as Mthilath in Anbar province, inspired by a sense of rampant among Iraqi Sunnis view they منقطعون entirely about the meaning of the authority of the majority of the country Shiite, and that the owners ran the country for the benefit of his community rather than in favor of citizens all of them, and that security forces committed violations of human Human unchecked. "
    Writer noted, saying, "while ended the worst cases of fighting the Iraqi years ago, but the national reconciliation that predicted the United States it would follow that never happened, leaving Iraqis in a precarious and vulnerable to violence. And Iraq remained one of the countries hardest hit by terrorism, and added to this mixture troubled war in Syria, where he joined a lot of al-Qaeda in Iraq to fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "
    The author argues that "what is more, the powerful Sunni leaders in Anbar province that Syria تحادد and was the center of rebellion during the U.S. occupation. Chasing them the central government, it is difficult to say that it is chasing them right or injustice."
    The author said that "Joel Wong has had a good tour around the Sunni leaders in Anbar province, and their struggles recent varied with the security forces of the central government. It is ominous that a number of people he met who had participated in the fight rebels in a row the government and U.S. forces a few years ago . "
    The writer refers to the Long said in his report that "the recent incursions and kidnappings, and stop calls to hold talks with the authorities to be added to the fire escalating," adding that "even if I tried the protest movement key, such as those in the gray remain peaceful, is clear is that more people of the province are at least open to provide support, if not negative positive to carry out attacks on the security forces. "
    The opinion of the writer that "the existence of all of this, very easy to predict the occurrence of what is worst., But Iraqis may اوغلت their wounds of the civil war, the loss of many on both sides, to the extent where it is difficult to imagine a massive fire Jasper again. Whereas suffered average Iraqis because of weak economy, benefited from Shiite and Sunni leaders on both the generosity of the rise in oil prices in recent years, will not win a lot of all-out civil war is almost certain that it will end the same score: Shia majority country charge of the helm. "
    He concludes by saying, "Do not make a mistake. Situation in Iraq Calah. But the country repeatedly fell from a cliff in the past few years., And there is a good chance it a second Sevolha".


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    Anbar, Diyala and Kirkuk refuses escalation

    22-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    BAGHDAD - morning
    In a quick response to calls and efforts to stir up sedition among the Iraqi people, rejected the provinces of Anbar, Diyala and Kirkuk escalation options, which called her characters driven by external agendas.
    The head of the Anbar tribes Sheikh Humaid fork of "Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network", "The statement read by MP Ahmad al-Alwani does not represent only himself, and Yards sit in Anbar and other provinces is not concerned at all."
    He added that the fork "the statement outlining the Alwani two options either the province or confrontation followed in his house, and not sit in the plazas," noting that "Yards sit-committed to the agreements with tribal elders."
    He also rejected the provincial council in Kirkuk on Tuesday, the application of any of the options put forward by the name of so-called "popular committees" in the provinces where protests and تضمنا call to armed rebellion or resorting to the formation of the Sunni province.
    The deputy chairman of the provincial council Rebwar Talabani's "Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network": that "Kirkuk province suffering from complications in the political side, national and put it differs from the rest of the provinces in terms of the creation of any province, where they are subject to a constitutional article." He added that "the security forces in Kirkuk province and provided protection during the last period of protestors, "adding that" the clan in the province Mtsahirh and agree to maintain the security of the province. "
    In the same vein, the local administration confirmed in Diyala province on Tuesday, it's not on Alwani options and showed that their social status differs from the remaining provinces where protests.
    A spokesman for the conservative Heritage Azzawi's "Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network," "The Diyala province, and from the outset had agreed with the protesters not to set up any protest in the province, only to agree on the establishment of prayers consolidated in every Friday and this agreement is still in force and there is no any Square sit-in Diyala. "



    Saadi calls for commitment to "peaceful protest": other options are not determined by the few, "because it is the fate of a nation

    22-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

     Baghdad / Iyad al-Tamimi
    New reference prominent Sunni Sheikh Abdul Malik al-Saadi, said on Tuesday, calling for commitment to peaceful demonstrations and claim rights, rejecting other options announced by the political parties, saying that "the fate of the nation" may not be unique to the part of the people or some individuals.
    In turn confirmed arenas sit agreeing to abide by the directives Saadi, saying that peaceful protest "option unite", and as pointed out that he is exposed to pressure from political parties to support their inclinations, accused of "politicians platforms" that they are part of the escalation, and described the calls for the province as a "beneficiary of state regional. " The sit-ins leaders stressed that targeting the army and the police aimed to discredit the squares, and denied the existence of any armed appearances where despite the opinions of self-defense.
    The MP Ahmed al-Alwani, who is a prominent figure in Anbar Square protests, good Sunni clerics between two either fighting or endorse the regions.
    Anbar has seen, over the past few days, security Anfelata and clear when gunmen kidnapped 20 of the provincial police, as others have kidnapped 14 international traveling on the road with Jordan.
    The brand-Saadi, said in a statement entitled "our choice what is agreed upon by the people" published its official yesterday, "after we abandon our initiative because of government's refusal to have its work: the our only option now is to continue Balaatsamat and demonstrations and Friday consolidated stronger than ever before for obtaining our rights while maintaining the peaceful demonstrations While reserving the right to self-defense against any attack, and this option point of agreement of the Iraqi people. "
    The statement added, "except this option now is something different in it by the people and the fate of the nation therefore needs to be a decision a compromise by the people, and needs to be for a long of time is not determined decision-timed and short does not specify by a group of people or individuals whom" .
    He said, "infinite choices only two options is not longer control," and called on the Iraqi people to "push in this direction and to say their word to the other."
    Turn says Mohammed Bijari, spokesman for the sit-in Fallujah, "the demonstrators strongly support the initiative Saadi," stressing that "Yards sit-in will continue to claim their rights and hold peaceful demonstrations as an option unite."
    He Bijari, in a statement to the "long" yesterday, saying "no place for politicians in the arena of protest," adding that "the protestors did not allow interns and lurking breach Square sit-in by politicians and others who have agendas of government or external and will remain Aatsamana peacefully because we do not threaten anyone . "
    He pointed spokesman sit Fallujah that "Saadi exposed to the pressures many by politicians but he still refuses to consult with any politician, whether supportive of the sit-ins, or close to the government," adding that al-Saadi, "is that the politicians who are standing up platforms are a large part of the problems" .
    As seen Bijari that "MP Ahmed al-Alwani does not represent the protesters, and that he ascended to the platforms is propaganda election", he called on claimants create one region to "attendance for yards sit with legal procedures," but he added, as "beneficiaries of the regional countries want to split the country."
    Moreover considered Bijari "everything that happens from the bombings and the targeting of the elements of the police and army in Anbar is the creation and planning of its political views tarnish the image of peaceful protestors and industry flimsy pretexts for the suppression of protesters in the sit-in yards."
    He said that "Yards sit in the six provinces have not experienced until now no significant security breach, in spite of the millions that go out and gather in the streets of protest," adding that "evidence of a clear and explicit on a peaceful sit-ins and public awareness."
    It is noteworthy that "each of the Yards Square sit-vision vary from one province to another, but they generally agree on the existence of clear marginalization by the authorities in Baghdad, nor did we leave our forums, but after retrieving our rights". He criticized the government "for failing to invest historic initiative to Saadi identified Askari place to negotiate."
    The Bijari revealed "and presence of military Thhidat near the sit-in yards and the existence of threats to suppress Yards sit-ins", accusing the army is located in Diyala province "of involvement by recent events that have occurred in the province."
    In a related context, said Akram al-Obeidi, a spokesman for the sit-ins of Kirkuk, "committees in agreement all provinces Almentvdh on the need to adhere to a statement by Abdul-Malik al-Saadi."
    He believed al-Obeidi, in an interview for the "long" yesterday, "The government is betting on the time factor and procrastination and prevarication is not serious about not implementing the demands, and negotiations," but stressed that "continue to sit-ins are not determined by time and will continue until the implementation of another requirement."
    The spokesman denied ins Kirkuk, "the existence of any kind of arms in the sit-in yards despite a claim Saadi in his fatwa on self-defense passport authorities in the event of an attack on us."
    He adds, saying that "the government spend the night for us non-peaceful intentions they pay some elements to break-ins in a repressive manner," he said, adding that "the speeches that fired from sit-ins all platforms defensive."

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    MP Aziz Mayahi demanding Najafi resign and apologize to the Iraqi people from poor administration of the legislative institution and embraced sectarian rhetoric

    22-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Description leader of the National Bloc MP Aziz Sharif white Mayahi speech by Speaker Osama Najafi yesterday coup formal political process, calling on him to "resign and apologize to the Iraqi people and the victims of terrorism by poor administration of the legislative institution and embraced sectarian discourse.
    Mayahi said in a press statement by his press office said Wednesday that: "Najafi crossed all red lines and closed all the doors to dialogue and genuine efforts to defusing the crisis and bloodshed of the Iraqi people."
    He said: "sectarian rhetoric التصعيدي which we have become accustomed him always by Najafi became the title the most prominent of each political crisis, assisted by the horns and platforms sectarian prevail here and there without the slightest into account what is happening in the security landscape in addition to those speeches given suitable ground and justification for terrorist groups to shed the blood of innocent Iraqis can not accept it more. "
    He said: "Supporting the security services and the government is the way surest to save Iraq from the risks that surround it from home and abroad and is not contrary to what we see from targeting intentional and planned from third parties and implement clear from the hands of Iraq to topple the political process and to return Iraq to square infighting which he got God forbid, everyone would be a loser, "he said.
    He called Mayahi Najafi to: "to resign and apologize to the Iraqi people and the victims of terrorist acts by poor administration of the Parliament, which was the reason for the basis of what has reached the security situation and to save what is left of the political process that اضاعها Najafi and marched on the method inflammatory and sectarian."

    Information Office of the Vice-Aziz Sharif Mayahi


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    House of Representatives would make decisions against security leaders for not attending the special meeting

    21-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    (Special) ... The decision of the Board of Deputies, said the council was taking decisions against security leaders for their absence from the meeting.
    The MP-Khalidi in a statement to the Central Council of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUKcc.org), on Tuesday, the House of Representatives would make decisions against the security leaders for not attending to the emergency meeting called by House Speaker Osama Najafi, stressing that decisions be written today by committees competent and will be voted on at the first meeting held for the House of Representatives in the coming days to be binding for all.
    Khalidi stressed that the absence of security chiefs significant constitutional violation, pointing out that the Council will ask the Federal Court on the matter and the decisions to be taken.
    Mentions that he was scheduled to hold a House of Representatives today its presence special security leaders to discuss the security situation in the country, but the absence of security leaders and non-quorum meeting if without exceptional held, prompting Najafi to convert it to a consultative.


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    Najafi accuses al-Maliki 'insurgency' to the constitution .. And looms بمقاضاته the

    22-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa
    140 deputies of a total of 325, they are the number of members of the Iraqi parliament, yesterday attended the emergency special session of the Iraqi parliament called for by the boss Osama Najafi, at the request of the Liberal bloc of the Sadrist movement. Main blocs, which boycotted the meeting, which was converted to a consultation is the State of Law coalition led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and Ktlta Badr led by Hadi al-Amiri, the Islamic Virtue Party, which back his authority to Sheikh Mohammed al-Yacoubi, both of which are allied with Maliki's coalition in the provincial elections.

    While the main item in the session is a serious deterioration of security in the country, the first boycotted the session of the executive and Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi Agency senior agent for the Ministry of Interior Adnan al-Asadi, also boycotted gung leaders. It is expected that the decision be taken by the Parliament at the first plenary session a quorum after the end of recess legislature on 18 June next against those leaders who runs mostly organs proxy not to vote in parliament on them, and expected after boycotting these leaders of the parliamentary session yesterday either dismissed or not to vote proofed. Najafi yesterday responded to statements of the owners blamed the Parliament for the security deterioration, and even participate in this deterioration through members of parliament accused of involvement in terrorist operations, either their own behalf or Hamayatem on their behalf. Najafi accused al-Maliki «recklessness and tyranny. He said Najafi in a press conference held in the parliament building before the meeting invite deputies to the Prime Minister not to attend the special meeting to discuss the deteriorating security «disregard for the blood of Iraqis, the indifference بالفاجعة, that has plagued the Iraqi people. Najafi said: «We had hoped to be more courageous Prime Minister and attend to parliament for security breaches and shows the causes of failure in the security services.
    For the first time since the crisis began their personal wage Najafi, a strongly-worded attack on the al-Maliki, accusing him of 'rebellion' on the Constitution and not to 'indifference' with the blood of Iraqis. The Nujaifi that al-Maliki «proved rebellion against the Constitution بتحريضه People's Congress not to attend the meeting of the emergency and the exercise of their powers constitutional debate collapse of security experienced by the country, at the time of disposal of the large budget of the Armed Forces of no avail to curb terrorism and mass death of the people». He emphasized that al-Maliki «past disregard for blood pure, indifferent Balfjaúa experienced by the Iraqi families which afflict the loss of the governors of her and loved أكبادها in a battle with the enemies of our people who crushed fervent in immemorial days, and provided them with the prime minister a chance to return through Astadaúh some of our people on some» .
    And waved Najafi to resort to the judiciary against the backdrop of the prime minister refused to come to the House of Representatives, said that «the incitement that happened yesterday by the Prime Minister and accused the Council (...) gives us the right to establish a suit against the Council of Ministers», saying: «This is really what we will do in the coming days.
    On the other hand, the only issue agreed by implication all of al-Maliki and Najafi is a matter of the western region, which is still controversy raging on the cover of the six governorates Almentvdh (Anbar and Salah al-Din, Diyala and Baghdad, Kirkuk and Nineveh) and what are its borders and the grounds upon which the. While Maliki announced in a press conference the day before yesterday his support to the demand of the people of the western provinces to form a region according to the principles of constitutional, it was considered Najafi for his part that the call to the regions in line with the Iraqi constitution, accusing al-Maliki to stand last year against both houses of Salahuddin and Diyala to call for the formation of regions.
    In turn, it was considered a member of the Iraqi parliament and one of the most prominent leaders of the demonstrations in Anbar and advocates of the region Sunni Dr. Ahmed al-Alwani, told «Middle East», that «the western province or Sunni is a constitutional requirement, but not the way Mr. Maliki, who does not want solutions to the problems, as evidenced by he aborted the initiative of Sheikh Abdul-Malik al-Saadi. Alwani said that «the recent call to the region you have personally in Anbar declared in a conference agreement with the coordinating committees in the six provinces that have agreed to declare the Sunni region, including the province of Baghdad, which is also involved in the mass movement.
    He said al-Alwani that «what we call him at regional level is not called for in the al-Maliki or specify Toukatadth, it is not of his powers, it is a constitutional issue and has already stop her face in Salahuddin and Diyala», pointing out that «our choices that أعلناها are either the face of the government and the militias is not a sectarian war that they promote, or declare the region; because this is a constitutional right, but being careful to Iraqi blood.
    For his part, member of the Iraqi parliament called for a coalition of state law, Ihsan al-Awadi prosecutors to move to dismiss Najafi from office. He said al-Awadi told «Middle East» «Najafi in his press conference exceeded all limits Alliaqat and assets, and therefore we call for his dismissal from office, should prosecutors move quickly; because the situation worsened in an unprecedented way, playing Najafi serious role in when called launched a revolution against the government of the Yards sit. The Najafi agreement with Maliki on regions Awadi said: «There was no agreement, The region from our point of view is a local government wide powers, as it is from the standpoint of Najafi, a Sunni state.


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    Vice-Anbar and Nineveh: our new election date unfortunate, Althhidat security will affect our voters
    22-05-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Baghdad / Wael grace

    Promised political circles and popular in Anbar and Nineveh that the government's decision to set a date to hold the elections in the two cities on the twentieth of next month, an unfortunate, stressing that the security situation in the two provinces now become worse and even a candidate for the escalation compared to the date on which it was due to hold the elections last month.
    The Deputy of Mosul, said the government did not consult with the security forces in the province before setting the election date, noting that the UNHCR offices in the city suffer from problems of many technical, accused the deputy of the Anbar government to influence voters during the rally of the security forces in the city, which could leads to the reluctance of voters to participate in the ballot.
    And re-election campaigns and posters advertising for candidates to appear again in the streets with social and cultural activities and political candidates in Ramadi and Mosul, but parallel question the head of the solution in the House of Representatives in the ability of UNHCR and government to hold elections in the middle of security situation is unstable.
    The MP said the bloc solution Mohammed Karbouli in connection with the "long" yesterday that "the reasons that led to the postponement of local elections on time, the original was still even today," adding that "the security situation in Anbar and Mosul has become even worse than it was in the month of April where provincial elections were held across the country. "
    The MP shows Anbar feared that disrupts the bad security situation in the city, and the emergence of terrorist sleeper cells, hold الانتخبات, "especially with the target of a number of candidates and the threat of others," and increasing the security situation worsened with the approach of elections.
    The witness Anbar and Mosul since the days of security situation is stable against the backdrop of bickering taking place between the militants and security forces, produced a serious security incidents, including find a number of bodies of kidnapped soldiers and civilians, while still the fate of other civilians were kidnapped on Kilo 160 is unclear, amid a security crackdown and wide to search for the kidnappers in western Anbar.
    Moreover saw Abdul Razak Al Shammari, a spokesman for Anbar demonstrators that "the new date set by the Government and the Commission to hold local الانتخبات will not change anything on the ground," he said, adding, "We reject the current government and ask for the development of a transitional government is a constitution and new elections."
    Al-Shammari said in a statement to the "long" that "the government is still trying to impose its will on the voters, stressing that" hordes besieging armies Anbar will affect the choices of voters on the one hand and increase the reluctance of voters to participate in elections on the other hand. "
    Despite the decision of the former government to postpone the date of the elections in Anbar and Mosul, but the propaganda banners of the candidates of the two cities remained affixed on the roads, and have since yesterday and the day after the decision to determine the date of the elections to promote this propaganda banners, because part of the old subjected to tearing.
    It is no secret observers in Ramadi, and the existence of a state of frustration among voters, and fear by the candidates themselves after targeting a number of them, particularly the list of candidates passing of the Anbar governor Qassim al-Fahdawi.
    In Mosul, says MP for maintaining Zuhair al-Araji said in a statement to the "long" "The Commission was not consulted security leaders in the city in determining the date of the new election," exclaimed the new date has been selected, explaining that "the security situation in Mosul, more escalation and severity for Nissan the past, stressing that the decision to set a new date for the elections was not, after consultation with security officials in the city.
    Reveals al-Araji, head of the Iraqi List, White said, "the election commission in Mosul confirmed to him that it is still having trouble finding employees working on polling day," attributing the cause to the security of Mosul is still a dangerous and unstable, stressing that "some areas of the city will not be able population exit and access to polling stations. "
    Observers say political affair in Mosul, said a lot of candidates have fled the city of Arbil and Dohuk fear of targeting while saying the owners of printing presses that contracted with them to arrange their campaigns and their pictures are still pursue electoral candidates in an effort to get the rest of the wages. "
    And welcomed the United Nations in Iraq, on Monday, the decision of the Council of Ministers elections Anbar and Nineveh on June 20 next, while showed that the new appointment "will give the people of the two provinces the opportunity to choose their representatives," stressed the need to conduct these elections in the "safe and secure environment," calling the leaders of the two provinces to make every effort "to ensure the integrity and credibility of the elections."


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    Sectarian Violence Erupts
    Again Across Iraq

    By: Ali Abel Sadah for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on May 21.

    The truce between the Shiite-led Iraqi government and its Sunni opposition was broken after a wave of violent attacks in Iraq stepped up the political tension to unprecedented levels, especially when Abdul Malak al-Saadi, a prominent Sunni cleric, accused Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of blocking the dialogue initiative.

    Summary :
    Renewed sectarian violence this week is setting back Iraqi efforts toward national reconciliation.
    Original Title:
    Sectarian Violence Erupts Again Across Iraq
    Author: Ali Abel Sadah
    Translated by: Steffi Chakti

    Categories :Originals Iraq Security

    The bombs that went off in Sunni and Shiite areas last week resulted in more than 450 dead and wounded.

    On May 16, explosions were heard in the majority-Shiite neighborhoods of Sadr City, Al-Husayniyyah, Al-Mualif, Al-Kazimiyah and Al-Muhstal in Baghdad.

    On May 17, similar explosions rocked Sunni-dominated al-Ghazaliya, al-Amiriyah and Al-Madin in addition to Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, and Fallujah to the west.

    To Iraqis, this string of violence called to mind the widespread fighting of 2006 and 2007.

    These attacks occurred amid a harrowing political crisis as the initiative launched by Saadi to solve the conflict between the government and the Sunni protesters has not yielded any positive results. The Iraqi Shiite Waqf, the governmental body supervising Shiite religious sites, refused the proposal of hosting the negotiations on the premises of al-Askari Mosque — one of the holiest sites in Shiite Islam — in the Sunni-dominated city of Samarra, under the pretext that holy sites are meant for worship and not politics.

    Deputy Head of the Shiite Waqf Sheikh Sami al-Massoudi said during a press conference attended by Al-Monitor, “There are places other than al-Askari mosque in Ramadi and Baghdad to hold meetings in.”

    It is worth noting that Imam Ali al-Hadi and his son Hassan al-Askari are two holy figures in Shiism, both descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Their shrines in Samarra were hit by a suicide bomb in 2006, stoking the flames of civil war between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq.

    Yet, the bombings have prompted Saadi to allude to giving up on the dialogue and truce efforts. He shocked the Iraqi public when he recently accused the Iraqi government of aborting the initiative and fanning the crisis.

    In a statement published on his official website, Saadi said that he was noticing “negative reactions to the initiative and [attempts] to impede it, starting with rejecting al-Askari mosque in Samarra as a location to hold the dialogue ending with the [bombings] that took place today. This is a sign that the government does not want peace, dialogue, granting rights or coexistence.”

    Before Saadi alluded to his withdrawal, protesters in Fallujah, the biggest city in Anbar, held a press conference to announce that “they will boycott Saadi’s initiative.”

    Al-Monitor was able to secure an electronic copy of the media statement in which Mohamad al-Bajari, media spokesperson for the Fallujah protest square, said, “Following the heinous acts the militias are performing before the eyes of the government and with its support, the Fallujah protesters are giving up on the negotiations that were suggested by Saadi and will stick to peaceful protests as a means to acquire rights.”

    Al-Monitor spoke with sources in Fallujah and was informed that tensions are escalating and Sunni mosque preachers are discussing the idea of announcing jihad against the Maliki-led government.

    Clearly, the news coming from Anbar hints that the situation is slipping toward the worst. Yasser Anbari, a writer and journalist, said, “The situation is not reassuring; the current government is not proving convincing to the residents of the province. Everyone is ready to pull the trigger, yet no one is talking about the reasons behind the crisis, the analyses or the solutions. A significant number of people are saying that arms are the only solution. Wise people either do not exist are afraid, or do not mind what is happening.”

    Indeed, on May 18, unprecedented clashes between the Iraqi army and insurgents in northern Ramadi took place.

    An informed military source told Al-Monitor, “Fierce clashes between insurgents and local police are happening on Settin Street and Hamira Street and in the neighborhood of Dobbat in northern Ramadi.”

    As the bad news spreads across the country, Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi is trying to address the security situation during an emergency session on May 21. Nujaifi, during a press conference attended by Al-Monitor, called on Saadoun al-Dulaimi, the pro-Maliki Sunni minister of defense, and military and security officials to join the meeting to discuss the “repercussions of the dangerous situation.”

    Such a meeting is unlikely to happen. The history of the parliament is rife with disagreements and conflicts of political interests between the ruling parties, which hinders the parliament from monitoring the performance of security agencies.

    Ali Abel Sadah is a Baghdad-based writer for both Iraqi and Arab media. He has been a managing editor for local newspapers as well as a political and cultural reporter for more than 10 years.


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    Tensions Rise as Barzani Closes
    Syrian-Iraqi Kurdistan Border

    Translated from Star (Turkey).


    President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Massoud Barzani reacted to the detention of 75 members of the Syrian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), who were close to him, by the Democratic Union Party (PYD).

    Summary :
    After Syrian KDP members are detained by the PYD, Iraqi Kurdistan President Barzani ordered the border closure between Syria and the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
    Publisher: Star (Turkey)
    Original Title:
    Tension Rises as Barzani Closes Border to PKK
    First Published: May 20, 2013
    Posted on: May 21 2013
    Translated by: Timur Goksel

    Categories :Security Iraq Syria Turkey

    When the PYD, known as the PKK’s [Kurdistan Workers Party] Syrian extension, did not release the detainees by nightfall, Barzani closed the Iraqi-Syrian border.

    According to reports, Barzani has ordered some special units of his Peshmerga forces to the Derik region on the Syrian border.

    Tensions rose after the PYD, which is the Syrian extension of the PKK that is getting increasingly more dominant in Syria’s Kurdish region, detained 75 pro-Barzani residents who were protesting the regime and supporting the opposition in the Derik region. Reports said on Friday and Saturday [May 17 and 18] that some Kurds protested the oppression carried out by the PYD on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    A number of Kurdish groups and politicians — led by the Syrian KDP — participated in protest marches in the city of Qamishli. The protesters, who were denouncing Assad, also demanded that the PYD free young oppositionist Kurds it had been holding for months and called on the PYD to heed the Erbil Accord that was signed among different Syrian Kurdish groups. The demonstrators asked the Kurdish Supreme Council to do its part. They said they won’t bow before a dictator like Assad and organizations like the PYD. A day after this demonstration, the PYD detained 75 people crossing the Syrian-KRG border.

    Barzani sent messages to the PYD asking that those detained be released immediately or warned of action. The KRG gave the PYD till nightfall. When the PYD did not release the detainees — who were kept at an undisclosed location — the KRG said the border was closed.

    Observers say Barzani’s closure of the border will cause major problems for the PKK, as it will sever the logistical links between the PYD and the PKK. A senior KRG official said if the PYD does not release the detainees, there could well be clashes.


  10. #10
    Iraq More Divided Than Ever

    By: Hussein Ali Daoud Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab)

    According to leaders of the Ramadi protests, the movement against Nouri al-Maliki’s government will only end in one of two ways: the formation of an independent province or armed confrontation. In the meantime, the city was the scene of fire fights between gunmen and security forces throughout the past two days.

    Summary :
    The leaders of protest movements in different Iraqi provinces continue their struggle against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government, with some calling for the formation of semi-autonomous provinces.
    Publisher: Al-Hayat (Pan Arab)
    Original Title:
    Saadi Withdraws his Initiative and the Protesters Favor Confrontation
    Author: Hussein Ali Daoud
    First Published: May 20, 2013
    Posted on: May 20 2013
    Translated by: Kamal Fayad

    Categories : Iraq Security

    Additionally, the National Dialogue Front, headed by Saleh al-Mutlaq, threatened to question Maliki in his capacity as supreme commander of the armed forces if the leaders of the security agencies did not attend the emergency meeting called for by the speaker of parliament tomorrow. The crisis only grew in complexity when prominent cleric Abdul Malek al-Saadi withdrew his initiative for dialogue with the government.

    Furthermore, Saadi, the source of inspiration for most demonstrators, announced through his office yesterday [May 19] that “when he agreed to proposing a [goodwill] initiative for dialogue with the government, he did so knowing that the government would not acquiesce to our rights, as evidenced by its dealings with the Iraqi people for the past 10 years.”

    The statement further clarified that the purpose behind Saadi’s initiative was “to clear ourselves before God and the people, and prove the good intentions of demonstrators who only wanted to restore their rights, safeguard Iraqi lives, unify the people, and attain their rights, if the government proved to be serious in its dealing with them. We wanted to do away with the government’s excuse of not agreeing to our demands because it had no one to negotiate with; and to demonstrate its lack of seriousness in the matter, as well as absolve ourselves from blame if the demonstrators decided to espouse options whose consequences would be dire for all Iraqis. The first negative reaction by the government was its failure to officially and clearly respond to the initiative, its failure to expeditiously form a committee … and its objection that dialogue be held at the Al-Askari shrines.”

    The statement added “as a result, Saadi considered those actions a rejection of the initiative. But the initiative’s goals were thus achieved; and as such, he announced his abandonment of it in order to protest the crimes perpetrated against our wounded people through the latest bombings that rocked Baghdad and other cities.”

    On another hand, representatives of the demonstrators in Anbar, Mosul, Saladin, Diyala and South Kirkuk announced, after a meeting held the night before last [May 18] that “the Sunnis have no other recourse in Iraq except armed confrontation and the formation of independent provinces.”

    Their statement further went on to say “the committees commend the [goodwill] initiative proposed by Saadi, which the government replied to by rejecting the place for negotiations, committing war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and genocide; as evidenced by the Diyala massacre last Friday, as well as those perpetrated in Baghdad’s Sunni neighborhoods, and in Hawija previously, in addition to the targeting of mosque worshipers. The popular committees consider this initiative to have been rejected by the government, and that Iraqi Sunnis have but two options open to them: Armed confrontation, or the establishment of independent provinces.” The statement further requested that “Iraqi [religious] scholars, politicians, tribal leaders and academics, both at home and abroad, state their position regarding those two options within five days, otherwise their silence would be construed as them accepting whatever decision is taken by the committees.”

    But some members of the coordinating committees in anti-government Anbar Province confirmed the presence of divisions between demonstrators about the formation of independent provinces. Sheikh Mohammed al-Bijari, who is a member of the Fallujah Clan Council, told Al-Hayat yesterday [May 19] that “news about the end of demonstrations in Anbar is baseless.” He also denied knowledge about other demonstrations springing up but affirmed that contacts were ongoing with organizers of the Samarra, Ramadi and Mosul demonstrations.

    Bijari added that “the problem faced by anti-government demonstrators was a disagreement relating to the establishment of independent provinces, as demanded by some demonstration leaders and rejected by others.” He pointed out that “this issue prevented, in past months, the formation of a unified committee comprised of official representatives from rebellious provinces. Furthermore, the lack of a unified committee in the five provinces had negative repercussions on their demands, which were met with stonewalling and delays.”

    Abdel Hamid al-Ani, one of the activists participating in the Ramadi demonstrations, told Al-Hayat yesterday that “demonstrators were split on the idea of forming an independent Sunni province.” He affirmed that this issue “was a main point of contention between demonstration leaders.”

    He noted that some of the province’s political factions, such as the Islamic Party, promoted this idea, “but independent religious demonstration leaders rejected this avenue.” He added that “attempts to form unified coordinating committees comprised of demonstrator representatives from Anbar and the remaining provinces, faced difficulties due to disagreements about the discourse to be adopted and the establishment of independent provinces.”

    On another hand, the Sadrist Movement blamed Maliki for the deteriorating security situation in the country, and revealed that there are around 4,000 Interior Ministry officers implicated by the Accountability and Justice Law; among them high ranking officers of the security forces.

    Haidar al-Mulla, a leader of the National Dialogue Front said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Al-Hayat, that “Parliament must hold security commanders accountable after the Hawija massacre and the bloody explosions that rocked Diyala, Baghdad and other provinces.”

    Mulla welcomed holding the extra session called for by the speaker of parliament in order to listen to Maliki, the defense minister, and the ground forces commander, and discuss with them the “failure of managing the security situation.” He pointed out that if the security commanders failed to appear, "then we will ask that Maliki be questioned as a prelude to a lack of confidence vote in his government.”

    He said, “The status quo and continued shedding of Iraqi blood, without the immediate commander in charge of security being held accountable, will strip Parliament of its legitimacy, deprive it of its oversight role and transform it into a pulpit for ineffective speeches.”

    Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Ahrar parliamentary bloc held Maliki “responsible for the deteriorating security situation in the country.” MP Ikbal al-Ghourabi said in a statement of which Al-Hayat received a copy that “there are 3,600 Interior Ministry officers, some of whom holding high ranking positions, who were implicated by the Accountability and Justice Law, but against whom no action was taken.” She noted that “the presence of Baath party officers at key posts in the Interior and Defense Ministries, serves to worsen the security situation. She affirmed that “it is worrisome to contemplate a security void occurring as a result of these two institutions being run by interim acting ministers.”


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