Iraqi counter terrorism forces raided the base of Iranian allied Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq, arresting 14 people on suspicions of plotting to attack US targets, but also the Baghdad Airport.
It makes no logical sense as to why Kataib Hezbollah would plot to attack the Baghdad Airport, but due to the group’s mismanagement of anti government protests in Iraq, there doesn’t appear to be much sympathy for the group at all.
Iran has done a lot of good in the fight against “Israel” and Wahhabism. However there is no sugarcoating the fact that Iran’s allies in Iraq, Kataib Hezbollah and other groups within the Popular Mobilization Forces, have badly mismanaged the massive anti government protests in Iraq.
After the US invasion of Iraq that overthrew Saddam Hussein, a sectarian political system came to power with the President being a Kurd, Prime Minister being a Shia, and Speaker of the Parliament being a Sunni Arab. There were a lot of inherent flaws to the system, as it prioritized sectarian politics over countering corruption, the government ministries weren’t filled with the best people Iraq has but with people of their own sect while giving them very nice salaries.
Shortly after the invasion, the country descended into deep sectarian violence and while living standards further worsened in the country.
As US troops left Iraq, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki got evermore vicious with his sectarianism and was responsible for vicious persecution of Sunnis in the country. He carried this out to distract from the fact he was involved in absolutely stratospheric levels of corruption.
From around 2012 to 2013, there were large protests in the Sunni Arab areas of Iraq, particularly Fallujah and other parts of the Al Anbar Province against the deep sectarianism, persecution of Sunnis, serious corruption, and other major issues. Although it was a predominantly Sunni protest, there were Shia figures who supported the protests, such as Muqtada Al-Sadr, a powerful and controversial Shia cleric.
The situation only worsened as the time went on and in 2014, ISIS, a Wahhabi terror group began to take enormous amounts of territory in a lot of Sunni areas in Iraq. They were on the brink of taking Baghdad, the situation was utterly catastrophic. Nouri Al-Maliki would be forced out as Prime Minister being replaced by Haider Al-Abadi.
In June of 2014, Iraq’s top Shia cleric, a symbol of national unity, and a man who has sought both unity between Shias and Sunnis and Muslims and Christians, issued a call to arms for Iraqis to fight against the vicious Wahhabi terrorist group. Many groups whether they were Shia, Sunni, and Christian formed to fight ISIS. The main group which consisted of a number of militias was the Popular Mobilization Forces.
Over the coming years, Iraqi Security Forces, the PMF, tribal militias, as well as foreign forces were able to eventually defeat ISIS in Iraq.
However, the conflict left most of Iraq in absolute ruins and the country desperately needed enormous amounts of money just to begin reconstruction of a war torn state.
In 2018, Iraqis voted in a parliamentary election, which saw incumbent Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi lose the election to Muqtada Al-Sadr. The parliament was deeply fragmented but after 5 months, they elected Barham Salih as President, who then appointed a veteran politician Adil Abdul-Mahdi as Prime Minister. All though his appointees were largely technocrats, the corruption continued and things failed to improve for ordinary Iraqis.
A year later, in October of 2019, the breaking point was reached and people packed the streets of Tahrir Square demanding the overthrow of the government and the political system. Immediately as the protests began, the government as well as armed groups within the PMF cracked down on the protests.
About 100 kills
Many captured or missed
within the protestors
Snipers shooting protestors were reported
3 days without internet access in Iraq (except Kurdistan region)#iraq #Baghdad #protest pic.twitter.com/rXXW6HnE2E
— د.الفاروق لؤي _ALFAROUQ LOUAY (@alfarouqlouay55) October 6, 2019
After the most violent day of protests, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi resigned, but remained caretaker Prime Minister, as Iraq was in a major political crisis, as two of the Prime Ministerial candidates, Mohammad Allawi and Adnan Zurfi withdrew from their nomination.
As all of this was happening, the protests were supported by the Grand Ayatollah Sistani, so the Iranian allied groups looked even worse siding against Sistani who was backing the people’s demands.
Since the protests began, there have been over 700 people killed and over 27,000 people injured.
Towards the end of 2019 and into early 2020, the situation in Iraq worsened, when a US contractor was killed in Kirkuk, with the US blaming Kataib Hezbollah, while not showing evidence it was them. The US bombed targets of the group, which then led to the group attempting to storm the US embassy but in the end failing. On January 3rd, a US airstrike at the Baghdad Airport killed both Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and Kataib Hezbollah secretary general Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis. The Iraqi parliament voted afterwards to expel US troops from the country. Iran responded with attacks on US troops at the Al Assad airbase and at the base in Erbil.
In May of 2020, former Intelligence chief, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi formed a government and became the country’s Prime Minister. Early on in his government, non violent protesters who had been detained by the government. In addition he promoted the revered General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi, who played an important role in the defeat of ISIS in the country. Regardless of Kadhimi’s motives, he has been playing the situation far better than Kataib Hezbollah and other Iranian allied groups.
The protesters demands when you look at them objectively are something any people should want of their government. A crackdown on corruption, job opportunities, higher wages, better education, and a non sectarian system.
Just under the government of Nouri Al-Maliki, the Iraqi Commission of Integrity investigated the corruption of that government and found that an absolutely enormous half a trillion dollars were stolen by this government. That is well over twice the country’s entire GDP.
The spokesman of the Commission of Integrity, Adil Nouri stated that it may have been the greatest corruption in history. From 2006 to 2014, when Maliki was Prime Minister, there was $822 billion in oil revenues and also received $250 billion from foreign states to pay government workers salaries and pensions as well as to fund the reconstruction projects that have gone absolutely nowhere.
The government also paid a fortune to thousands of civil servants who didn’t work a day at all at the government ministry in question.
The corruption and abuse of power needless to say continued after Nouri Al-Maliki’s reign ended in Iraq.
The then Defense Minister under Adil Abdul-Mahdi, Najah al-Shammari was found to have been involved in welfare fraud in Sweden, while defrauding Iraq, being involved in war crimes against innocent protesters, and he also was quite the sexual deviant.
Nyheter Idag reported more on the disgusting messages.
”I was at work outside Sweden”, says one of the messages from the Defense Minister. It’s followed by several lewd messages.
Al-Shammari tells the young male how he’s just back from a trip abroad and wants to meet for sex. The male refuses, but al-Shammari keeps insisting.
”You my love”, writes al-Shammari. ”And meet sex sex sex I love you”, he continues.
The young Swede tells the Iraqi Defense Minister he’s not interested.
”i am not your love”, adding: ”Sorry”.
Further, he tells al-Shammari, nowadays he has a girlfriend.
Al-Shammari doesn’t budge, however. He keeps on courting the young male.
”Can you meet for sex?”, al-Shammari asks. To which the Swede answers: ”and she is my love and me her love”.
Al-Shammari seemingly doesn’t notice.
”I want to f**k you sex sex sex”, he writes.
The young Swede answers, ”Are you mad?”, followed, in capitals, ”I HAVE GIRLFRIEND”.
Not even this will stop the sex crazed Defense Minister.
”I like your ass”, writes al-Shammari.
Nyheter Idag has called the phone number where the text messages are directed. A young man answers, but refuses to acknowlede the name which is mentioned in the police investigation documents.
In two other text messaging conversations in Arabic, which the wife also turned in to the police, the tone is somewhat more somber.
Male: ”All that is left is a kiss (rewarding kiss) or a hug. But only if… there is room.”
Defense Minister: ”I will come to you now. I will bombard you with lots of kisses and hugs”
Male: ”Ha ha ha. Only me, or what? This will make me gain 10 kilos in a month hahaha. It is 24 hours, believe me. It’s being amped from training and now TIZI (an arabic slang word for butt) has cramped up and I walk like a penguin.”
Defense Minister: ”Tomorrow I will come with you to Salem (suburb). I want to see it and it is cramped/tight.”
Male: ”Haha, it’s shame”
For sometime, oil rich Iraq has faced an electricity crisis and the situation shows no signs of improving yet.
Many portions of Iraq face a serious water shortage crisis and the situation continues to be really bad for a lot of Iraqis.
The state of the public services in Iraq is absolutely abysmal as a whole thanks to how the political class has run the country.
Iraqi youth unemployment even before the coronavirus pandemic was 25% and has since risen thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Many veterans who fought in the war to defeat ISIS returned home with absolutely nothing and no job whatsoever.
Wages in Iraq remain low for ordinary Iraqis, despite having the 5th largest proven oil reserves in the world, which is more than Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.
Given everything the ordinary Iraqi people face, how could one blame them for being fed up with the system?
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