Discussion in 'Wogful Wonderland' started by Apocales, Jun 7, 2014.
Isis has nothing to do with Sadr and I didn't claim the green zone could never be penetrated. U claimed that Isis could show up on the doorstep of the us embassy which is indeed still impossible. Unless they hijack some planes and parachute in all the while somehow managing to not get blown out of the sky.
Iraqi protesters pour into heavily fortified Green Zone, storm parliament
Iraqi security forces initially responded by tightening security across the capital, sealing off checkpoints leading to the Green Zone and halting traffic on main roads heading into the city, according to the Baghdad Operations Command.
But Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces, who have in the past been called on to reinforce security in the capital, said they are standing down for now.
"We still view this as a demonstration," said Sabah al-Numan, spokesman for the counterterrorism forces. "We aren't taking any part in this as it's not something regarding terrorism."
He added, however, that if the unrest escalates his forces may be forced to intervene to "protect the legitimacy of the government."
Al-Abadi issued a statement saying "the situation in Baghdad is under the control of the security forces," but also called on protesters to demonstrate peacefully without endangering the "property of state institutions."
Al-Abadi had been set to appear before parliament Saturday morning to seek the body's approval for the remainder of his Cabinet reshuffle, but the session was postponed until next week. The last time al-Abadi appeared before parliament, earlier this month, lawmakers hurled insults and called his leadership illegitimate.
The U.N. mission to Iraq said it was "gravely concerned." It issued a statement condemning violence against elected officials and urging "calm, restraint and respect for Iraq's constitutional institutions at this crucial juncture."
A broad-based protest movement last summer mobilized millions and pressured al-Abadi to submit a series of austerity proposals that he said would also fight corruption. As political progress stalled, al-Sadr's movement gradually came to monopolize the protests.
Al-Abadi presented a second proposal earlier this month to reduce the size of the Cabinet and replace political appointees with independent technocrats. But opposition from the very political blocs the proposal aimed to weaken stalled his efforts.
Al-Sadr, an influential Shiite cleric whose supporters once battled U.S. forces across Baghdad and southern Iraq, is not a member of parliament. But his supporters make up the second largest parliamentary bloc, with 34 seats in the 328-member assembly, and controlled three ministries before the latest upheaval.
Iraq is meanwhile struggling to maintain security in and around Baghdad, even as it has pushed IS militants back on a number of fronts elsewhere in the country.
Earlier on Saturday, a bombing in a market filled with Shiite civilians in Baghdad killed at least 21 people and wounded at least 42 others, according to police and hospital officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.
IS claimed the attack, saying it used a three-ton truck bomb. The extremist group regularly carries out attacks targeting the security forces and the country's Shiite majority.
Iraq PM Orders Arrests After Breach of Baghdad's Green Zone
"The only way to have prevented the protesters storming the Green Zone would have been to open fire, the security official told NBC News, which would have created "great chaos" throughout the country."
US Marine platoon arrives in Baghdad to reinforce embassy after protests
The U.S. military has sent a platoon of Marines to bolster security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad following recent protests led by firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
Twenty-five U.S. Marine infantrymen arrived late Thursday night, a U.S. defense official told Fox News.
The move comes amid the Sadr-led protests against the rule of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, which escalated last weekend with protesters storming the Green Zone in Baghdad where the embassy is located.
The additional Marine platoon is part of a quick reaction force established after the 2012 Benghazi attack to reinforce embassies worldwide should more protection be needed.
The protests did not materialize in Baghdad on Friday. Weather may have been a factor, as scattered thunderstorms kept protesters away, according to the U.S. official.
A U.S. Marine rifle company of more than 150 Marines, in addition to private security contractors, has been protecting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and will continue to do so.
Reuters: "Critics of Iraq's Shi'ite-led government say its treatment of the once-dominant Sunni MINORITY is the main driver of the insurgency."
It's all Canada's fault: "The Kurds are blaming this on the Canadians."
Russians drop white phosphorous on kebabs
kebab BBQ and sad kebab crying at end of vid
Russian diplomat cites reports Turkish military advisers command militants near Aleppo
VIDEO: ISIS suicide bomber strikes American base in Jordan: 6 soldiers killed
https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/video-isis-suicide-bomber-strikes-american-base-jordan/ | Al-Masdar News
Fighting in Raqqa province from SAA point of view:
UK aced it! He surely wasn't expecting to be the bomb fire.
Sniper takes out ISIS executioner from a mile away
A sharpshooter killed a top ISIS executioner and three other jihadists with a single bullet from nearly a mile away -- just seconds before the fiend was set to burn 12 hostages alive with a flamethrower, according to a new report.
The British Special Air Service marksman turned one of the most hated terrorists in Syria into a fireball by using a Barett .50-caliber rifle to strike a fuel tank affixed to the jihadi’s back, the UK’s Daily Star reported Sunday.
The pack exploded, killing the sadistic terrorist and three of his flunkies, who were supposed to film the execution, last month, the paper said.
The ISIS butcher -- who reportedly delighted in burning hostages alive -- had been on a US “kill list” for several months, sources told the paper, which did not identify the sniper or the executioner.
ISIS Calls for Random Knife Attacks in Alleys, Forests, Beaches, 'Quiet Neighborhoods'
"Many people are often squeamish of the thought of plunging a sharp object into another person’s flesh. It is a discomfort caused by the untamed, inherent dislike for pain and death, especially after 'modernization' distanced males from partaking in the slaughtering of livestock for food and the striking of the enemy in war," the unbylined article states. "However, any such squirms and discomforts are never an excuse for abandoning jihad."
ISIS suggested a "campaign of knife attacks" in which the attacker "could dispose of his weapon after each use, finding no difficulty in acquiring another one."