So here’s what’s happening:
Iraq: Last night Prime Minister Maliki gave a speech accusing new President Fuad Masum of violating the constitution as Golden Dawn militias backing Maliki took up strategic positions around Baghdad, including the Green Zone, in an all-out coup (external - login to view).
Remarkably, Maliki is accusing Masum of a coup (external - login to view). Maliki’s issue with Masum is that the new president has not selected Maliki for a third term as prime minister. One report said that U.S. forces had to extricate President Masum from the presidential palace when it came under mortar fire from Maliki’s renegades. Let’s not forget the words of President Obama in December 2011, when he declared (external - login to view) that “we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq” upon pulling out all remaining U.S. troops.
Islamic State: A coup, of course, is exactly what Iraq needs right now as the terrorist Islamic State continues to push south despite U.S. airstrikes. The terror group is conducting ethnic and religious cleansing (external - login to view) of Yahzidis (external - login to view) and Christians (external - login to view), creating a staggering humanitarian crisis (external - login to view). Last week the Islamic State forces captured the dam north of Mosul (external - login to view), the largest dam in Iraq which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers described in 2007 (external - login to view) as “the most dangerous dam in the world” because of its instability. This is a key strategic asset that will give the Islamic State control of the Tigris River as they push towards Baghdad. The best hope to stall this push is not the Iraqi army, which collapsed several weeks ago (external - login to view) when the Islamic State began their offensive, but Kurdish forces. The Islamic State is also preparing to target Saudi intelligence officials (external - login to view) as they plan to open a front there, despite the fact that much of their funding has come from Saudi Arabia (external - login to view).
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