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US-Created System In Iraq Is Collapsing: Protesters Storm Parliament, State of Emergency Declared

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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.

A live webcast form the scene of the Iraqi parliament can be seen after the jump.


The latest update: protesters have now stormed Iraqi cabinet offices, effectively paralyzing the government.

26 Comments on "US-Created System In Iraq Is Collapsing: Protesters Storm Parliament, State of Emergency Declared"

  1. onlooker on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 12:38 pm 

    Nothing surprising about this. Country was invaded. The Shia and the Sunnis are bitter enemies increasing the violence in the aftermath of the invasion. The invasion has decimated the country’s infrastructure. People are living amid violence in primitive conditions. Oh and the govt. is chosen and installed by the US despite claims to the contrary. So of course now the people are rebelling. Blowback is a bitch.

  2. Anonymous on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 1:06 pm 

    Fvck the amero-jew empire. ‘Shia’ has nothing to do with any of it. The uS and its jews oil and weapons corpos invaded, raised much of the country to the ground using WP and DU munitions, de-nationalized (stole) their primary resource, use the country as a staging ground for ‘ISIS'(to help spread more peace and democracy-to Syria this time), and endlessly interfere with ANY kind of solution for the problems the uS itself created. Oh, and all under 100% false pretenses, WOMD anyone?

    The uSraeli media for its part, is going to characterize this as some kind of, exaggerated religious sectarian thing, rather than call it what it is. People sick and tired of the uS terrorizing their country and actually doing something about it. If the uS did to any of us even a fraction of what ‘we’ did them these last 20 years, you’d all been off the couch long ago blowing shit up and scaling walls too. Well, except for the small clutch of uS-firster exceptionalist cheerleaders here maybe.

  3. peakyeast on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 1:10 pm 

    Is it state of emergency declared – or state of freedom fighting declared?

    I think the latter.

  4. onlooker on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 1:16 pm 

    Yes and lets remember this is all within the larger context of the War on Terror. Which the Muslims rightly interpret as the War on Islam. We are not wanted there in the Middle East. Except for Saudi Arabia of course.

  5. Davy on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 2:05 pm 

    State of “free for all” declared I think would be a better description or maybe a mad max in the wings.

  6. peakyeast on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 2:12 pm 

    @Davy: Yes those are also very likely.

    Sure is exciting times.

    If its free for all or mad max – then I wonder how many vultures around them that has been looking/fearing for just this?

    ISIS revival time?, Iran revenge time?, Israel “for our safety”, US for the oil?, KSA spreading wahabism? Turkey even perhaps – kurd bashing time?

  7. Davy on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 2:38 pm 

    It’s just the end game of an evolutionary dead end species. You can color in the picture how ever you want with whoever. It Is a human die off in slow motion unfolding like a frog in a pot warming.

  8. JuanP on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 4:07 pm 

    Wherever the Americans go they leave nothing but suffering and misery behind.

  9. Anonymous on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 8:34 pm 

    Well, Juan, some (here?) would argue that americans are essentially blameless, or its the fault of all those ungrateful Iraqis. Or they might try to pawn of the latest goings on there as ‘human nature’. If that fails, try to shift to the blame for america’s crimes in Iraq to the abstracted complex-interconnected world trope. Blow lots of smoke IoW, but never stop shifting the cause, and blame away from the american war-terror state.

  10. Boat on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 8:46 pm 


    I’m American and will accept blame. But personally I would have rather seen Sadam dead, the military destroyed and then leave. Three months tops.

  11. Anonymous on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 9:19 pm 

    Well, 2 outta three ain’t bad, right?

  12. geopressure on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 10:38 pm 

    Looks like Iraq is about to collapse… I wish I could buy Puts against Gulf Keystone, Western Zargros or Genel from here in the US…

  13. GregT on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 10:44 pm 

    “But personally I would have rather seen Sadam dead”

    Personally, you don’t have the slightest fucking clue who Saddam Hussein was Boat. You’re nothing more than a mindless sheep who has fallen for the empire’s propaganda.

    1) There were no weapons of mass destruction. ( other than the weapons supplies to Iraq by the CIA)

    2) Saddam was not harbouring terrorists. He had a severe dislike for the Saudis.

    3) The 400 or so Kurds that Saddam supposedly had killed, were plotting to assassinate him. That in no way justifies the murders of hundreds of thousand of innocent Iraqis resulting from the
    illegal, unjust, and immoral invasion of Iraq by US forces.

    So you’re willing to accept the blame for mass murder Boat? Then by all means step up to the plate. What do you choose? Dismemberment, quartering, lethal injection, or the electric chair?

    If there is any judgement, may you rot in hell. Fucker.

  14. Boat on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 11:25 pm 

    Other estimates as to the number of Iraqis killed by Saddam’s regime vary from roughly a quarter to half a million, including 50,000 to 182,000 Kurds and 25,000 to 280,000 killed during the repression of the 1991 rebellion.

    Following the events of the Iraq–Kuwait war about half of the Kuwaiti population. including 400,000 Kuwaits and several thousand foreign nationals, fled the country.

  15. Boat on Sat, 30th Apr 2016 11:25 pm 

    During the Iraqi occupation, about 1,000 Kuwaiti civilians were killed.

  16. Plantagenet on Sun, 1st May 2016 12:16 am 

    After ISIS invaded Iraq in 2014, Obama demanded that the Iraqis make pro-USA Al Abadi their Prime Minister before he would send US forces into combat in Iraq. The Iraqis did as obama demanded.

    Now they are rising up against the US puppet government.

    This puts Obama in a tough place—does he intervene militarily to support the pro-US al Abadi, or does he allow the extremist Shias from Sadr City to topple al Abadi and take over the Iraqi government.

  17. GregT on Sun, 1st May 2016 12:24 am 

    My best friend is the son of Saddam’s former Minister of Defence. He was tortured by US led forces at 13 years of age, and his 11 year old sister died in his arms, dismembered.

  18. peakyeast on Sun, 1st May 2016 1:16 am 

    I have a few iraqi friends also – christians. They said that under Saddamns regine there were no problems between islamic iraqis and the christians. Afterwards it was terrible.

    IMO Saddam had a country that had “very” artificial borders incl. a very diverse population – in order to keep it together I suppose he couldnt let kurds getting away with ripping lose – if that happened all iraq would fall apart much to the enjoyment of those around Iraq. Also Iraq was literally sitting on the biggest treasure on earth: All the oil. So many had an interest in taking him apart.

    Considering his position I think he did fairly well.

    Iraq was pro-west, rather developed, an educated population and so forth. That is, until many years after the kurds rebellion were crushed – when it suddenly became a problem for the US.

    Why did it take many years to get mad about the kurdish killings? Because it were an convenient excuse – not the cause.

    And remember: Comical Ali? He continuously said the truth about WMD during the war and the liars were the aggressors.

    If there any fairness(which there arent) its Comical Bush and lying USA.

  19. peakyeast on Sun, 1st May 2016 1:20 am 


    ” As many as 576,000 Iraqi children may have died since the end of the Persian Gulf war because of economic sanctions imposed by the Security Council, according to two scientists who surveyed the country for the Food and Agriculture Organization. ”

    So what is your point? And thats only from the sanctions.

  20. apneaman on Sun, 1st May 2016 1:40 am 

    Boat what about the Khmer Rouge and 2 million Cambodians murdered in the killing fields? Where was the US “humanitarian” intervention then? What possible could have been different between Pol Pot and Saddam? What made Iraq different than Cambodia? Another great mystery, I’m sure.

  21. GregT on Sun, 1st May 2016 1:43 am 

    Saddam had my friend’s dad executed for insubordination. He did not support the war against Kuwait. He said that Iraq was being set up by the US, and he was right. Saddam should have listened to him. My friend says that he would have killed Saddam himself if he could have, but he also says that Saddam was a nationalist, who had the best interests of Iraq in mind. They had a much higher standard of education than we do in the west, before shock and awe bombed their country back into the stone age. All because Saddam threatened to sell oil in Euros, or in gold. Hundreds of thousands of people brutally murdered for the benefit of a few extremely wealthy individuals. Once again.

  22. peakyeast on Sun, 1st May 2016 1:52 am 

    @GregT: My Iraqi friends confirms your take on the Kuwait trap.

  23. GregT on Sun, 1st May 2016 2:23 am 

    The Kuwaiti trap has been very well documented peaky. The US State department hired a New York PR firm to do a survey amongst Americans as to what would be the most supported reason to go to war. Killing babies was determined to be number 1 on the survey results. A couple of weeks later the story emerged on Western MSM that the Iraqis were unplugging baby’s incubators. It was revealed later that the supposed nurse in the propaganda videos was the Kuwaiti King’s daughter. More of the same shit that we have seen continually for the last 5 decades.

  24. GregT on Sun, 1st May 2016 3:07 am 

    “After ISIS invaded Iraq in 2014”

    Fuck are you ever dense planter. ISIS didn’t invade Iraq. ISIS was the result of the US invading Iraq and ousting the Iraqi government. A very large percentage of the Islamic State movement are former Iraqi officials, and former senior Iraqi military personnel. Contrary to the CIA ‘factbook’, Iraq was a Sunni majority before the illegal invasion and occupation by the US. Iraq was purposefully destabilized, just as Syria was purposefully being destabilized before Russia stepped in and said enough is enough.

  25. JuanP on Sun, 1st May 2016 8:26 am 

    Sadam Husein was a brutal dictator and the best political leader in Iraq’s history at the same time. The majority of Iraq’s people had a better life under him than they ever did before or after. But I grew up in a military dictatorship and I know what that means in a way most here can’t even imagine, and I don’t like dictators as a rule, but I would have left Sadam as president of Iraq. Since the USA illegally attacked, invaded, and occupied Iraq the situation for people over there has deteriorated significantly. Like I always say, wherever the USA goes, they sow pain, misery, suffering, and destruction. It’s all they know.

  26. geopressure on Sun, 1st May 2016 9:28 am 

    Saddam refused to develop the Kurdish reserves, whack made the US Irate… An enraged CIA started a movement within Kurdistan, that was ultimately aimed at acquiring independence from Baghdad so that Saddam couldn’t sit on his reserves while oil prices went up…

    That’s mostly speculation, but IMO (in my opinion) that’s why Saddam killed so many Kurds…

    Eventually, the Deepwater Frontier opened & the Kurdish oil became less of a priority… Until now…

    I have 2 Iraqi friends & they both said that I am right…

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