There is more trouble on the horizon”No, No America” – Mass Protests Erupt In Baghdad Demanding U.S. Troops Withdraw…
Al Jazeera English is reporting that thousands of Iraqi protesters have hit the street in Baghdad after the influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for a “million-strong” march to demand the withdraw of U.S. coalition forces from the country.
NBC News Tehran Bureau Chief & correspondent Ali Arouzi said hundreds of thousands of protesters marched across Baghdad on Friday, demanding U.S. troops leave the country and close all military bases and embassies.
100’s of thousands protest in Baghdad, calling for all US troops to leave Iraq, close all bases & embassies, if they don’t they will be considered an occupying force. pic.twitter.com/C3CqBqpxyD— Ali Arouzi (@aliarouzi) January 24, 2020
Protestors held signs that read “no, no to America” and “no, no to occupation” amid a sea of nationalism and anti-Americanism erupting across the country’s capital.
Others were heard on loudspeakers blasting the phrase: “Death to America. Death to Israel.”
The presence of U.S. coalition forces in the country has become a hot subject since President Trump launched a drone attack on Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killing both, earlier this month near Baghdad International Airport.
The Green Zone, the International Zone of Baghdad and home of the U.S. embassy, has been peppered with rocket attacks since the killing of Soleimani.
Iraq’s parliament voted to expel all foreign troops, including 5,000 U.S. forces from the country, and asked the government to cancel assistance from the U.S.-led coalition that has been working with the Iraqi Army in the eradication of ISIS.
A senior U.S. official said Thursday that the Trump administration has yet to hold talks with Iraq about U.S. troops exiting the country.
Several weeks ago, President Trump threatened severe sanctions against Iraq if its parliament enforced a law that would expel U.S. troops from the country.
“We have a very extraordinarily expensive airbase, that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it,” Trump told reporters.
Twitter users have documented Friday’s massive protest, and Aurora Intel said: “the main street being used in #Baghdad, #Iraq for the protests) and using 4 people per m2 this meets a rough estimate of 600000 people able to be at this protest if I’ve got the right location.”
The marchers chanted slogans such as “No, no, America” along with the familiar “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” They demanded the withdrawal of American troops following the elimination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani by a U.S. airstrike. Killed alongside Soleimani was one of his Iraqi underlings, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a top commander of the Iraqi Shiite militia forces collectively known as Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).
Iraqi Shiite politicians held a symbolic vote on Jan. 5 calling for the expulsion of American military forces, but the vote had no authority to compel the Baghdad government to ask the United States to leave.
Iraqi President Barham Salih has dismissed demands for the expulsion of U.S. troops as a “bad idea.” Shiite militia leaders, prodded by Iranian state media, demanded Salih step down and threatened his life after he met with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
In addition to anger over his refusal to demand American forces leave, the Iran-backed Shiite forces dislike and distrust Salih because he is Kurdish. The PMU was instrumental in suppressing a Kurdish bid for independence in 2017.
Kurdish news service Rudaw noted that Friday’s protests included active participation by Kataib Hezbollah, the Iran-backed terrorist group whose rocket attack on an American position in December killed a U.S. civilian contractor and precipitated the chain of events that led to the deaths of Soleimani and Muhandis.
Rudaw noted a Twitter message from an ally of Sadr, possibly a sock puppet account run by Sadr himself, that threatened American troops with violence if they remain in Iraq. The tweet included a photo of a flag-draped coffin carried by U.S. soldiers with the message, “The American people should say: Stop it.”
Sadr apparently took steps to keep his followers away from the long-running protests against government corruption, such as by avoiding Tahrir Square, the epicenter of protest marches in Baghdad. One of his spokesmen explicitly stated Sadr is not opposed to the goals of the protest movement. The anti-government protesters responded that Sadr and his people should keep away from Tahrir and other areas where they march and should make no attempt to co-opt their demonstrations.
Sadr said on Friday that he wants the U.S. out of Iraq as an “occupier” and wants to avoid dragging Iraq into a confrontation between America and Iran.
“We will spare no effort for the purpose of not embroiling Iraq into the fire of another war with the sinful occupation, which has committed crimes against Iraq,” he said.
Sadr offered a few concessions to the United States, presumably in the hope they would inspire American forces to withdraw. He called on Iraqi Shiite militia forces to halt violent “resistance” activities until U.S. troops have departed, he urged the Baghdad government to provide protection for all foreign embassies (Soleimani’s failed attempt to assault the U.S. embassy in Baghdad having led to his termination by airstrike), and he issued a vague warning to other countries not to intervene in “how we deal with the occupier” that seemed to be directed at Iran.
Going on the premise that this photo is from Al-Janadriyah (I believe this is the main street being used in #Baghdad, #Iraq for the protests) and using 4 people per m2 this meets a rough estimate of 600000 people able to be at this protest if I’ve got the right location.
Here are other social media accounts detailing the protest:
Do you want a miracle? This is a Million-Man miracle for the largest human gathering in #iraqi history. this morning in the capital, Baghdad, struck by a two-million human-flood in a demonstration to expel American troops and to end their bases in #Iraq.#iraqProtest
Massive protests against the presence of #US military in #Baghdad #Iraq#Iranian backed militias are organizing the protests.
Reportedly during the protests, #PMF & allies will set a deadline for #US forces to leave #Iraq .
#Millions are protesting in #Iraq to call on #US forces to leave #Itaq peacefully or the resistance ( pro #Iranian militias) will force them out .#IraqProtest was called for by Muqtada al-Sadr.
“Get out American ” is the themes of the protests
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HAPPENING NOW: People attend an anti-government demonstration in Baghdad’s Jadriyah area in Iraq.
At least 12 people have died in protests this week pic.twitter.com/UaL9nboQKT— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) January 24, 2020
The War With Iran Has Just Begun, They Raise the Blood Red Flag
ILLUSTRATIVE: A US servicemen is at the Ayn al-Assad airbase that was targeted by Iranian missiles on January 8
Unguided rockets targeted the Iraqi military camp Taji that hosts US troops, the Iraqi military said in a statement on January 14.
The Taji military camp is located near Baghdad. According to reports, the strike caused no casualties. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The January 14 strike became the second attack of this kind during the past 3 days.
On January 12, four Iraqi personnel were wounded after eight rockets were fired at the Balad airbase, another facility that houses U.S. forces. This base is located about 80 km north of Baghdad.
The tensions in Iraq have been growing rapidly since the US military’s assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and other prominent Iranian and Iraqi officers in Baghdad on January 3. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, was killed in the same attack.
The US commonly blames factions of the Popular Mobilization Units for the shelling of its facilities in Iraq. Washington describes this part of the Iraqi Armed Forces as ‘Iranian proxies’.
The Birth Pains Are Growing Stronger….
One of the signs of ruling class collapse is when they can no longer enforce the rules that maintain them as a ruling class. When the Romans started making exceptions to republican governance, it was a matter of time before someone simply decided the rules no longer applied to them. Perhaps the robot historians will consider Obama our Marius or Sulla. Maybe that person is in the near future. Either way, the rule of law is over and what comes next is the rule of men.
“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” as in Nancy Pelosi (D-San Fran-feces)
Our government has been overthrown. As evidenced by Trump’s capitulation on the border, his recent servitude to the GMO industry and his acquiescence to the warmongers, our President has been compromised. Our liberties are being eliminated one by one. Gun confiscation is next. The Constitution is gasping its last breaths. Our borders are destroyed and our culture has been turned upside down by every perversion known to man.
The watchman does not confuse truth with consensus. The Watchman does not confuse God’s word with the word of those who happen to hold power at present, or with the opinion of the majority. This is because powerholders and the majority can fall victim to a lying spirit-and this means a power that actually seizes the majority of experts, the political leadership, and the public.
Everything is right on schedule and, now, the time is come to remove one of the final obstacles standing in the way of a New World Order: The United States Constitution – even if, over the course of many decades, it has already been greatly diminished by the B.E.A.S.T. system; or, more specifically, Bullshit Emerging As Strategic Totalitarianism (B.E.A.S.T.).
They are tolerant of everything except dissenting values and opinions — meaning, of course, they are tolerant of nothing that matters, only themselves.”
The Watchman does not confuse truth with consensus. The watchman does not confuse God’s word with the word of those who happen to hold power at present, or with the opinion of the majority. This is because powerholders and the majority can fall victim to a lying spirit-and; this means a power that seizes the majority of experts, the political leadership, and the public.StevieRay Hansen
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