Can public outcry in southern Iraq end Maliki’s political ambitions?



Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki attends a parliament session in Baghdad, Sept. 8, 2014. The former prime minister has been facing some headwinds in his long-term effort to return to power. (photo by REUTERS/Hadi Mizban)

Summary⎙ Print Nouri al-Maliki, the former prime minister who now is one of Iraq’s vice presidents, was faced with demonstrations staged by angry residents of the three southern provinces he was visiting as part of an early effort to increase his chances of returning to power in local and parliamentary elections slated for 2018.

TranslatorMohammad Khalil

BAGHDAD — On Dec. 26, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the reform project advanced by Sadr over a year ago through popular protests against those accused of corruption. One of those blamed was former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, currently one of Iraq’s vice presidents.

The meeting came after a series of demonstrations against Maliki, who has been visiting Shiite cities in central and southern Iraq. Anti-Maliki demonstrations in the south have revived concerns about Shiite infighting, especially after hundreds of angry protesters from Iraq’s southern province of Basrastormed a meeting in which Maliki was expected to address a group of influential figures, driving the attendees out of the hall. Sadr and his followers were held responsible for mobilizing the protests; Sadr refused to comment about them.

From Dec. 7-11, Maliki faced demonstrations in the south in Maysan, Dhi Qar and Basra provinces during his visits there with top officials. These visits were part of Maliki’s early campaign aimed at increasing his chances in local and parliamentary elections slated for 2018 and rebuilding the popularity he lost after one-third of the country fell in the hands of the Islamic State (IS) in June 2014, when he was still in power.

Maliki was surrounded by a swarm of protesters chanting against him. But the worst incident took place in Basra province, where the former prime minister had to call off his visit amid the public outcry. The angry crowds sought to remind Maliki of what happened during his term, where one-third of the country was lost to IS and about 1,700 young men from southern cities were killed in the Camp Speicher massacre in Salahuddin province. The protesters sarcastically called Maliki “Speicherman” in an allusion to the superhero Spiderman.

After his return to Baghdad Dec. 11, Maliki released a statement in which he expressed his exasperation about what he called “the rise in gang and outlaw militia activities” in Basra; this came in response to the slogans against him and the angry crowd that stopped him from speaking to his supporters in Basra.

Although Maliki’s statement only spoke of “militia activity,” the Islamic Dawa Party’s statement went further, saying that what its secretary-general and his companions went through was “a flagrant attack,” labeling the protesters as “outlaw delinquents.” However, the most notable escalation came when the Shiite party — which has had three of its members hold the prime minister’s post since 2003 — called on “all its members to show restraint and resort to the law,” while warning, “If legal authorities fail to take deterrent actions and protect citizens from the evils of these criminal gangs, then it had better prepare for a second Charge of the Knights.” Operation Charge of the Knights was carried out against the Mahdi Army, the Sadrist militia, in Basra province in 2008.

In light of these events, concerns resurfaced about a possible Shiite confrontation involving, on the one hand, the Dawa Party and Maliki’s supporters, and on the other, the Sadr-led militia, Maliki’s staunchest opponent. This led lawmaker Hanan al-Fatlawi, who is close to Maliki, to speak to the Financial Times about a possible Shiite-Shiite conflict in post-IS Iraq.

However, a military clash seems unlikely, especially after the Sadrist movement refrained from responding to the allegations that it was staging anti-Maliki demonstrations. Writer Safaa Khalaf, originally from Basra province, told Al-Monitor that the Sadrist movement may have mobilized a number of supporters in Dhi Qar and Maysan provinces against Maliki, leading him to “visit Basra to regain his dignity after coming under public fire in Amarah and Nasiriyah, the capitals of the two southern provinces.” Khalaf said, “It is a completely political confrontation that will not necessarily lead to a bloody one.”

Khalaf, who is preparing to publish a book about the political changes and the rise of militias in Basra since 2003, said, “Maliki was attempting a political maneuver in three provinces in the hope of restoring his pride.” Khalaf added, “It could be that Maliki now realizes that he is out of the equation.”

Khalaf said of Basra residents’ indignation against Maliki, “Basrawis had to deal with the failures of two former governors appointed by Maliki, not to mention pervasive corruption, sale of posts, monopoly of large services and investment contracts. This has led to the deterioration of service quality.”

Maliki, who was denied the third term he sought in 2014, spoke of the importance of political majority rule in Iraq only days after the events in the south. Earlier, Maliki did not deny his intention to return to power as prime minister.

If those who took part in the anti-Maliki demonstrations in the south were indeed Sadrist opponents wishing to crush Maliki’s political hopes, then it must be said that the mistakes he committed when he was prime minister have taken their toll. Anger about this has been shown to a great extent in the slogans shouted during the demonstrations that started in July 2015 in most of the central and southern Iraqi cities.

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Hundreds gather in Tahrir Square to protest against the Sadr City bombings



Side of the sit-in in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad


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Long-Presse / Baghdad

Hundreds of citizens of Sadr City in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad, gathered to protest against the bombings that targeted the east of the capital’s Sadr City, and demanded to provide security for the population, while security forces sealed off all roads leading to the square.

 And start gathering on Sunday evening in Tahrir Square, before turning to the open-ended sit until provide security to the city of al-Sadr and stop the terrorist acts that target innocent population continuously.

The security forces closed all roads leading to Tahrir Square, as a bridge leading Republic closed to the green concrete blocs region.


Forces liberated today up to the bank of the Tigris in Mosul, killing 187 Daashaa [Extended]

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security forces killed a Post editorial process , the city of Mosul to the bank of the Tigris River , which divides the city into two parts [left and right side coast.

A statement by the cell media Harbi received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it, that ” the pieces of the northern axis of Baktat army ongoing inspections and disinfection has been completely cleansed of residential buildings was also able to inflict losses terrorists and the destruction of three wheels bomb and destroy the arms depot, killing 10 terrorists , backed airline the international coalition. ” 

He pointed out that ” the eastern axis of the coast of the left , a counter – terrorism device forces have embarked on a two – way where he managed the northern direction to carry out the progress toward the district municipalities inspired sugar and control of the southern part of the neighborhoods above and managed to destroy three Mgloumh wheels and three mortar detachments and destroy the wheel bearing machine-gun and killed more than 43 terrorists , backed Airways international coalition and bring down the plane and the march of progress toward the northern neighborhood of Al – Furqan second and doctors. ” 

“As anti – terrorism forces gained control of the road leading to the fourth bridge and control of the east bank of the bridge located on the Tigris River and managed to destroy two wheels bombs and destroy the wheel bearing unilateral and killed 40 terrorists , backed Airways international coalition and take over the leadership of the center and the control of the prison and the center contacts for terrorists . ” . 

The statement pointed out, that “In the southern coast of the left axis of the federal police forces managed and pieces Armored Division IX of the incursion to revive the peace, Palestine and Aledumaz and Sumer.” 

It also “managed the rapid reaction forces from the provisions of control over all near the east bank areas of the Tigris River opposite the neighborhood unity and gained control of a number of buildings in Palestine and Aledumaz neighborhood and managed to kill 25 terrorists and destroyed three wheels bomb and destroy Amadaftin for terrorists and destroy amassed hardware various species and the destruction of a factory for the manufacture of containers, weapons and found piled ammunition and destroying mortar detachment and cleanse and Crane Mlgomin and destroyed three motorcycles and the attribution of army aviation heroes and Air Alliance international and managed the band ninth armored treatment and Crane bomb near the Salam Hospital. ” 

Alhnobi and the western axis of the federal police forces , ” the police managed to repel the terrorists was to fresh village and managed to destroy two wheels and car bombs killed 12 terrorists and destroyed two vehicles carrying mono and mortar detachment.” 

Any change in the western axis of the PDF crowd did not happen. 

As pieces managed 15 Infantry Division in the south of Tal Afar to repel the enemy attack on Tal Afar Airport and was able to detonate three bombs wheels and the destruction of two wheels carrying unilateral and killed 23 terrorists and the attribution of the international coalition aviation and air power. 

The statement pointed out that ” the Army Air securing 10 sorties mobilizing for the award of the left coast and the forces of the popular crowd and managed to kill 34 terrorists and destroyed two vehicles carrying unilateral and secure transfer of eight missions and 4 tactical missions.”

Preparation Iraqi competencies to prevent financial crimes

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BAGHDAD / morning

when creating a financial sector devoid of crime ,you have achieved the first global effort to communicate with the evolving able to participate in building Iraq rings, uncontrolled movement of money necessary to complete the goals of sustainable development.
Executive Director of the Association of Iraqi private banks Ali Tariq said: ” The Association operates within its plan for the current year in collaboration with an international company that gives Mokhtss degree in the field of ” combat financial crimes , “and pointed out that the trend is going to prepare qualified specialist and experienced international in the field of financial crimes.
Tariq between these courses pertain to all financial crimes, especially the electronic financial crimes , which increased during the last period due to the adoption of information technology, where it is intended to combat (money and electronic fraud and crimes laundering and the financing of terrorism), noting that the creation of competencies to international standards raises the confidence of the global effort evolving sector domestic banking.
need for banks

and said that the ASEAN plan targets during the current year , 500 trainees from over 24 training courses in accordance with the intended schedule for this matter which would help develop the most important joints of the work, noting that the targeted issues , according to the need of the sector

financial crime, sometimes known as the criminality of the administrative staff, include a wide range of criminal offenses that take international character in general, and financial crimes, document link to the crime Siberian ,, they are often committed via the Internet and negatively affect to a large extent in the sectors of banking and finance international official Epeshklehma alternative.
The suffering of individuals, companies, organizations and even countries from the financial crimes that negatively affect the economy and society Bosarhama because inflict upon them from huge financial losses.

Local coach

Tariq pointed out that next year will see a local coach to adopt in managing Aalldorat training after they receive a certificate of trainer tot cooperation with any company global Kmz, pointing out that they aim to provide the trainees with advanced training techniques through which to provide local expertise novelty witnessed by the international financial sector.
He pointed out that the creation of a layer of local trainees need within the association that develops on an annual basis , where the numbers go up according to the needs of the country and the development of this sector plans.
He said the Association training program is under the supervision and follow – up of the Central Bank of Iraq, in particular that it be implemented to serve the workers in the public banks

and private.
The representative of the US Treasury had said in an interview earlier that Iraq had made progress in the financial sector and this is what Acherth specialized committees in this regard is


Diagnosis of bugs

economic member of the Baghdad forum Hadi Hndas stressed that Iraq desperately need to create a clean, integrated banking sector have international expertise to diagnose the defect and prevent any cases of harm to this sector , which awaits the future of a lot of work required to be the focus of the confidence of the international specialized companies and classified on the International Regulations.
He noted the importance to have the Association of Iraqi private banks prominent role in the preparation of competencies prevent financial crimes to differ, and here to there must be cooperation with specialized international bodies in this regard that have the ability to develop local talent working in the banking system , public and private sectors.

Economic disease

specialist in economic affairs Mahmoud Mehdi Hassoun said the reduction of financial crime requires the preparation of expertise contribute to the expansion of the calendar control circuit that limit the spread of these crimes , which were taken to spread significantly in the world and because Iraq is a rich country must adopt preventive mechanisms for these economic ailments.
Hassoun pointed out that despite the limited potential , but the demand to intensify efforts to raise the number of participants from public and private banks , staff courses quality rehabilitation Association, and have to work to convince the banks need to work to support training courses for it up to banks to compete with regional and international banks phase of which began working in Iraq through the branches that were opened


The arrival of the Dutch defense minister to Baghdad

BAGHDAD – The Journal News

We arrived and the Dutch defense minister Panin Haines to Baghdad for a visit of several days.

According to a parliamentary source (Journal News), he said that “Haines will take place during the visit, a series of meetings with a number of officials, which deals with issues of files of interest to the two countries and developments in the field of the war against Daesh.”

It is scheduled to arrive on Monday Jordanian Prime Minister Hani fried to Baghdad, and Turkish Prime Minister had visited Iraq on Monday and discuss with Iraqi officials the number of files that concern the two countries.

Senior ISIS doctor in Kirkuk killed in Kurdish-coalition operation


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Islam Taha Mohamad al-Obaidi, also known by his nom de guerre Dr. Moawiya. Photo: Released by Kurdistan Region Security Council
Islam Taha Mohamad al-Obaidi, also known by his nom de guerre Dr. Moawiya. Photo: Released by Kurdistan Region Security Council

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A senior ISIS member in Kirkuk responsible for many civilian and Peshmerga deaths, was killed in a joint operation between Kurdistan’s Counter-Terrorism forces (CTD) and the international coalition, the Kurdistan Region Security Council announced in a statement Sunday afternoon.


In the operation that took place on January 5 in Hawija, Islam Taha Mohamad al-Obaidi, also known by his nom de guerre Dr. Moawiya, was killed.


“Al-Obaidi was Chief Emir of ISIL’s Health Department (Diwan) in Kirkuk Province and responsible for killing tens of civilians in Kirkuk Province. He took part in the martyrdom of four Peshmerga in January 2015 and played a key part in harming Kurdish Yazidi women in Hawija,” reads the statement from the Security Council.

Iraqi forces reach the Tigris River in Mosul



By Rudaw 2 hours ago
Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (ICTS) forces in Mosul. Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP
Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (ICTS) forces in Mosul. Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi forces have reached the eastern bank of the Tigris River.


Forces of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (ICTS) “took control of the eastern side of the 4th bridge over the Tigris River on the eastern bank,” Iraq’s war media cell of the Joint Operations Command said in a statement published Sunday evening.


On Saturday, the Iraqi army announced that they had taken control of the intersection leading to the bridge.


Further north in the city, Iraqi forces are approaching the Nineveh ruins.


“This morning CTS troops advanced in two directions towards the Baladiyat and Sukkar districts,” Lt.General Abdelwahab al-Saadi told Reuters.


“During the advance, Daesh tried to confront us from the historic hill,” he detailed, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS. He said that the Iraqi forces backed by coalition air power fought back, killing dozens of militants.