Skip to comments.Sunni protests intensify in Iraq against Maliki
Posted on 01/07/2013 3:20:07 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
Iraqi troops fired in the air to disperse Sunni protesters on Monday, as the two-week-old protests gathered steam.
The protesters are allying themselves with foreign allies among the Sunni Arab states, mostly in Jordan, Turkey, and the Gulf.
slamists, who are demanding a Sunni autonomous region similar to that of the northern Kurdish region, dominate the protests, while events in Syria are affecting events in Iraq.
Iraqi street protests, gaining energy or perhaps even inspiration from the Sunniled rebel uprising in neighboring Syria, are putting pressure on Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. In the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi troops fired shots over the heads of hundreds of protesters, and in the Sunni province of Anbar at least 5,000 protesters had gathered.
In response, Maliki has said that he would not tolerate protests indefinitely and gave a speech on Sunday where he said that the protests were a foreign plot, according to reports from the albawaba website.
Irans Press TV recently quoted Maliki claiming that al-Qaida terrorists and Baath party members from the former regime are trying to spark violence.
Malikis foreign plot most likely refers to the Sunni Arab countries in Jordan, Turkey and the Gulf.
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Uh Oh, looks like Barry’s Arab Spring is going off the rails a bit.
Maliki has said that he would not tolerate protests indefinitely and gave a speech on Sunday where he said that the protests were a "foreign plot,"not by coincidence, the same line of bull used consistently by his puppet masters in Iran and his fellow pea-pod Assad.