Skip to comments.Iraq's Sadrists call to dissolve parliament
Posted on 12/26/2011 8:35:46 AM PST by Hojczyk
Followers of Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr also want new elections amid political crisis and fresh violence in Baghdad.
A suicide attack killed five people at the interior ministry in Baghdad as a key political bloc called for early elections in a worsening standoff that has stoked sectarian tensions.
The blast, which left dozens wounded on Monday, came just days after the capital was struck by its deadliest violence in more than four months.
The parliamentary coailtion loyal to anti-US Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said it backed the dissolution of parliament and early elections in a dispute that has seen Iraq's Sunni vice president accused of running a death squad and a deputy prime minister call the government a "dictatorship".
Earlier this week, Joe Biden, the US vice president, urged dialogue between Iraqi politicians to resolve their differences.
In Monday's attack, a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into the interior ministry compound when guards opened the main gates to allow electrical maintenance workers through, a ministry official said.
At least five people were killed and 39 wounded, security and health officials said, including at least two policemen killed and 14 wounded.
The blast came after a wave of attacks across Baghdad on Thursday killed 60 people Violence in the provinces the same day claimed another seven lives. It was the deadliest day in Iraq since mid-August.
Baha al-Araji, the Sadrist parliamentary chief, said in a statement that his bloc in Iraq's Council of Representatives wanted to "dissolve parliament and repeat elections".
An official at the movement's headquarters in the southern city of Najaf said Araji's statement "represents all of the bloc, and it represents the opinion of the bloc".
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Obama ‘s fault.
Soon we will ask, “Who lost Iraq?”
How stupid was Bush for leaving this insect alive? I remember after Fallujah, there were 5 threads a day for a week here urging Bush to take him out. God knows we had our chances. Idiotic.
I wonder where Mr. Obama will take up residence after he finishes destroying all that America has built.
Oh, what a surprise.....
Why is it taking so long for the radicals to take Iraq back?
Obozo could care less. 5000 U.S. dead, and for what? He has his election bragging point....
June 1, 2012.................My date for declaring Iraq a failed state, anarchy in the streets just like Somalia..................
I agree. As a buddy used to put it, “Some guys just need kill’in.” They don’t want peace, they want the power that comes with chaos. Remove them and you have increased the chance for peace.
I am not sure why leaders of our day think being nice in a war is a good thing. The best thing would have been a quick overwhelming victory that left no doubt as to who the winner was. All these guys like Sadar should have been dragged into the street and shot as an example.
Any doubt for you Paultards that all we need to do is leave the region and everything will be OK? Or is history all wrong and RUN Paul just all right?
At least this shows the voters how dangerous RUN Paul really is.
This is why Iran was saying closer military cooperation last week.
I’d like to see Obama use the US out of Iraq in the 2012 election. It reminds me of F & F: all about a political agenda, and if hundreds and thousands get killed, it’s not their problem.
Just like in Viet Nam.
Spot on. The irony is that Obama will herald as his signature foreign policy achievement the bringing back of US troops from Iraq even thought the country will sooner or later disintegrate into another Somalia with nearly 5000 American lives and tens of thousands more injured gone to waste. The price of playing politics in war. And the NY Times, WaPo, MSNBC, CBS, CNN will cheer him on.
I'm the last one to yell,"Send in the Troops." But we could have dropped a "Cheeseburger" or "Daisy Cutter" on the rats. Sistani came back and got a truce.
Sadr lived to fight again...
Yep!!! Iraq is gone, thanks to POTUS Obama!! Game over, Iran wins, big time. Problem is: POTUS Obama has by his own purpose, put the USA in harm’s way!!! If folks don’t think so.....let them stay asleep at the wheel!!! Sad!!! A good portion of the America people have no clue whatsoever as to what’s is coming our way shortly becasue of Obama and his Democrat Party!!!
Yeah, he has that bragging right. But do think the folks in Iraq will be better off one year from now. I don’t think those bragging rights are going to be worth much.