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Iraq PM tells Kurds to hand over Sunni leader
ABC/AFP ^ | December 22, 2011 | Anne Barker

Posted on 12/21/2011 6:17:47 PM PST by george76

Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has urged Kurdish officials to hand over the country's Sunni vice-president on terrorist charges, in a row that has raised communal tension.

Mr Maliki, a Shiite.

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Mr Maliki has also called for the sacking of Sunni deputy prime minister Saleh al-Mutlak, who has decried the Shiite-led national unity government as a "dictatorship".

All this comes just days after US troops completed their withdrawal from the country, leaving behind what US president Barack Obama described as a "sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq".

Mr Maliki ..."We gave Saddam a fair trial, and we will give Hashemi a fair trial too,"

(Excerpt) Read more at abc.net.au ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraq; maliki; shiite; sunni

1 posted on 12/21/2011 6:17:50 PM PST by george76
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To: george76

Maliki will be very sorry if he PO’s the Kurds


2 posted on 12/21/2011 6:22:03 PM PST by molson209
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To: george76

This has implosion written all over it.

Shiites. Kurds. Iraqi central government.

Kaboom!

Hey Obama, thought you’d have to wait a few months longer didn’t you. Well, congrats a—h—e.


3 posted on 12/21/2011 6:23:26 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Santorum..., are you giving it some thought? I knew you would.)
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To: DoughtyOne

And so it begins...


4 posted on 12/21/2011 6:25:38 PM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: george76

Blood on your hands Obama.


5 posted on 12/21/2011 6:28:06 PM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: george76

We’ve been gone for one week and things are already unraveling.


6 posted on 12/21/2011 6:28:58 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: george76

This was always inevitable. We’ve probably saved a few more American lives this way.

American troops in Iraq for a few decades might have worked, but it was never on the cards.


7 posted on 12/21/2011 6:31:22 PM PST by MetaThought
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To: DoughtyOne

The only to establish the rule of law is to establish the rule of law.

If the man is tried he will either be acquitted or convicted. He has been accused and apparently there is evidence. The arrest and trial is the only to resolve the issue.

The fairness of the trial must not be prejudged. It is perhaps the single most important event in the history of post Saddam Iraq

It is the only way to develop trust in the government.


8 posted on 12/21/2011 6:34:56 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: molson209

I’m thinking the Kurds are the best trained and equipped fighters of the bunch. I think they will be able to handle a few heli-gunships this time.


9 posted on 12/21/2011 6:37:03 PM PST by mcshot (Neither handsome nor handy but took an oath and will vote to save our Country.)
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To: mylife

I think, technically, we’re there till 12/31/2011, and it’s already coming apart.

Interesting they didn’t try to arrest him while we were there. Wonder if the Shiites said they were going to do this, and that spurred the early pullout announcement.


10 posted on 12/21/2011 6:38:26 PM PST by risen_feenix
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To: mylife; theDentist

Step back a step and think.

The only to develop faith in the government is to have a trial of officials that are widely believed to be involved in criminal acts of terrorism.

There is good reason to believe the trials (there may be more, shias even) could not take place while Americans were there. We would be accused of complicity and taking sides.

The relations there are complex and there are many many old grudges to be negotiated and resolved. The process is underway now thet we are not trying to referee.


11 posted on 12/21/2011 6:43:24 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: bert

Yeah, but it’s like having Al Capone in the PM office, calling for Bugs Moran to be turned over and face trial. Moran may end up at the end of the rope, but the criminal enterprise rolls on, with Capone consolidating more power.


12 posted on 12/21/2011 6:47:40 PM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: mylife

Give it a couple of months and it will be as if nothing has changed in Iraq since Saddam Hussein.


13 posted on 12/21/2011 6:49:55 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: risen_feenix
Interesting they didn?t try to arrest him while we were there. Wonder if the Shiites said they were going to do this, and that spurred the early pullout announcement.

That's probably it.

14 posted on 12/21/2011 6:55:28 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: hal ogen

Exactly.


15 posted on 12/21/2011 7:01:47 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Santorum..., are you giving it some thought? I knew you would.)
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To: bert

I agree, and it will be interesting to see it play out.

There’s going to have to be some trust between power bases in Iraq though, and I’m not sure that will materialize.

I hope it does, and my concerns are unfounded.


16 posted on 12/21/2011 7:04:28 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Santorum..., are you giving it some thought? I knew you would.)
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To: hal ogen

Iran will do to Iraq what the N. Vietnam did to S. Vietnam. They already have their SHIITE puppets in-place.


17 posted on 12/21/2011 7:20:22 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: molson209

The Kurds are the Sikhs of Iraq. They won’t back down from anyone, and they will thoroughly kick glutei maximi.


18 posted on 12/21/2011 8:03:41 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine)
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That didn’t take long.


19 posted on 12/21/2011 8:21:09 PM PST by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jets.)
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To: george76

The charges, leveled a day after the last American troops left Iraq...

Then a Kurdish presidential spokesman ruled out handing Tariq al-Hashemi over to Baghdad, turning up the heat under what has become the worst Iraqi political crisis in years.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2017058989_apmliraq.html

Perspective, Rab


20 posted on 12/21/2011 8:38:41 PM PST by Rabin
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To: george76

And so it begins. That short journey back to the 7th Century.


21 posted on 12/21/2011 8:55:09 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: DoughtyOne

And they’d be having this disagreement if US soldiers were here.


22 posted on 12/21/2011 9:50:54 PM PST by Del Rapier
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To: george76
With cursory knowledge of the situation.. I wonder wouldn't it be something if Sunni Turkey backed the Kurds (and all the Sunni Iraqis) against Baghdad (Shi'a Iran influences Baghdad maybe)?

It's the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) Marxist terrorists that Ankara has to combat not the Kurdish Regional government of Iraq.

23 posted on 12/21/2011 10:13:40 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: DoughtyOne

Eh could be worse, the Sunni could be holding the prime minster. At least right now hes in the hands of an impartial 3rd party the Kurds.

Frankly it seems likely the man is guilty as charged.


24 posted on 12/21/2011 11:11:36 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: righttackle44; All
The problem is that Turkey and Iran occupy large portions of Kurdistan.

Iran is determined to exterminate the Kurds and Turkey will help as they hate them for their independance and spunk.

Plus they both want to keep the stolen land.

Meanwhile, while the Iraqi government is quibbling about who is in control, Iran will take over.

Kinda simplictic, but that's IMO.

25 posted on 12/21/2011 11:30:22 PM PST by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: george76

Trying to set-up a “sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq” was our first mistake. This portion of the world has no history of this and thinking that we could create the conditions for one to flourish was folly. Let’s face it their current culture, Islam, is one fraught with lying, cheating and back-stabbing. It’s like having an entire nation of people with the same ethics as those in DC.


26 posted on 12/22/2011 7:38:19 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: george76
Kurds need to inform Malaiki "nuts to you!"

This pos can't even venture outside of the "green zone" for fear of his life from his own people.

The idea of his inditing Sunni leader is pure posturing (trying to look good to his Iranian buddies.)

27 posted on 12/23/2011 12:31:58 PM PST by zerosix (native sunflower)
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