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Iraq: who shoots the protesters?

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The former US ambassador to Iraq in the occupation years, John Negroponte, once told an Iraqi official: “Do you know why there is no coup in the United States? “Well, because in the United States, there is no US embassy!”

Since Tuesday, the sentence continues to be verified in contact with what is happening in the streets of Baghdad and major Iraqi cities.

The endemic corruption of the Iraqi state is a legacy of the protectorate Bremer (just like in Afghanistan), Iraqi protesters demand, as their constitutional right allows, that things change. Is. But from there to see snipers infiltrate the ranks of demonstrators and beating both the protesters and the police.

According to Iraqi television, individuals with unknown identities opened fire on Friday evening, 4 October, demonstrators gathered in Baghdad, Iraqi capital. Two security forces and two civilians were killed.

The incident took place on Tayaran Square.

The Iraqi security press team, a media outlet of the Iraqi army, had previously reported “heavy gunfire” at the protesters, whose aim was to “sow discord among the population” and “provoke a confessional conflict ” in Iraq.

In fact, unofficial information from social networks, continue to blame the police and especially the Hashd al-Shaabi forces for firing on the population.

Some even evoke reports of more than 60 deaths without, of course, being confirmed by credible sources. While it is true that the curfew has just been lifted in Baghdad and that the country’s big cities have had a relatively quiet Friday, the Saudi-Israeli press continues to peddle scenes of “civil war” where protesters ” chants anti-Iraqi slogans”.

Photos have been published depicting a Saudi cyberwar in a state of hyperactivity in recent days. Saudi Arabia has since 2016 in Iraq a center of “fight against extremism” from which these tweets would obviously start.

For many observers, protests in Iraq start from a new project signed Israel-Saudi Arabia-US, which aims to cause the resignation of the Iraqi government and especially the dissolution of Hashd al-Shaabi, the only sovereignty armed force that opposes US expansionist plans in Iraq.

Will the United States succeed?

Nothing is less certain: after trying in vain to obtain the dissolution of the Hashd al-Shaabi, the Americans attacked the bases and positions of the latter by Israel interposed. However, the Hachd counter-attack on September 28 in Abu Kamal-Qaem took the pro-American camp by surprise.

These perfectly legal manifestations are a third act in the tough battle the Americans have been fighting to remain in Iraq, despite the growing resentment of the population.

Let’s not forget that the Iraqi Parliament, which some fractions have boycotted, is working hard on a revision or even a cancellation of the military pact signed in 2010 between Iraq and the United States, said Sheikh al-Islam, the analyst. Iraqi questions.

It is unlikely that the Iraqi state will surrender. The Prime Minister has declared the right of protest for the Iraqis to be legal and is committed to cooperating with all the organs to realize the demands of the people. But to let things fester is a step against which the state would react.

The anti-Hashd strikes of the summer have paved the way for the latter to take control of the country’s borders with Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, this new US provocation would end up not jeopardizing the very presence of the country. US Embassy, ​​he adds.


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