Skip to comments.Coup underway in Iraq Confirmed. Video added
Posted on 08/10/2014 11:22:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
This was popped up in the headlines, and details are still sketchy, but something potentially big is afoot in Iraq. (And for once, were not talking about their being under attack by ISIS.) We were first tipped off on Twitter as well as a quick draw compilation of tweets from inside Iraq provided at Pundit Press. Here are a few, along with Pundit Presss summary, keeping in mind that this isnt confirmed yet:
Iraqs parliament just chose a new President who refused to rename Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to a third term. Maliki declared the move unconstitutional and his own State of Law Party pulled support from him. Now his forces are seizing government buildings in Iraq, have closed the airport, and are surrounding the Green Zone.
His speech refusing to step down occurred at midnight and was followed by the military action.
Zaid Al-Ali @zalali
Rumour mill is spinning wildly in baghdad. people are saying that there was just an explosion in president's compound
4:36 PM - 10 Aug 2014
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Hayder al-Khoei @Hayder_alKhoei
Scary reports from Baghdad. Special Forces out in force, Green Zone shut down. Heavy military presence outside Presidential palace & ISCI HQ
4:36 PM - 10 Aug 2014
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#BreakingNews Reports #Maliki orders security forces to arrest Fouad Masoum.. #Iraq #ISIS
#BreakingNews #Maliki: Fuad Masum, will be tried on charges of conspiring against the Constitution..! #Iraq #ISIS
4:37 PM - 10 Aug 2014
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Assuming this is true and a lot of reporters are picking up on it already it sounds like somebody wanted al-Maliki out, but hes not inclined to go. Actually, the WSJ predicted there was trouble afoot in the naming of the new PM earlier this week.
Baghdads Political Rifts Lurk Ahead of Deadline to Select Prime Minister
AGHDADAs Sunni Islamist militants stabbed further into northern Iraq this week, sparking U.S. airstrikes against them, lawmakers in Baghdad appeared as divided as ever in choosing a new prime minister to form a government by Sundays deadline.
Iraqi politicians have been meeting in Baghdad this weekend before a constitutional deadline to form a new prime minister and government by midnight on Sunday. And no broadly acceptable alternative to Mr. Maliki appears to have emerged, further complicating the political situation.
If that impasse persists past the weekend, it could force a reassessment of the U.S. military intervention that many Iraqis see as essential to arresting the Islamist militants startling advances this year.
Allahpundit was already making some predictions within minutes of the news breaking.
A coup in Iraq would make things easy for the U.S. Abandon Maliki and deal with the Kurds exclusively from now on
5:16 PM - 10 Aug 2014
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Its difficult to imagine a worse time for this (not that theres a good time, mind you) when the country is under attack from an Islamic terrorist army on several fronts. Having their internal government structure break down just seems to invite more external problems. And if al-Maliki really arrests the new president (a Kurd) as threatened, that may indeed be the excuse the Kurds need to head for the exits.
Stay tuned. Im sure there will be more coming from one or the other of us as this develops.
UPDATE 1: (Jazz) CNN is finally on the story and has film of tanks in the streets outside the Green Zone.
UPDATE 2: (Jazz) Some of the media is starting to pick up on this now. Looks legitimate.
TROOPS loyal to controversial Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki have sealed off Baghdads Green Zone in an apparent coup.
There is a huge security presence, police and army, especially around the Green Zone, the highly-protected district that houses Iraqs key institutions, a high-ranking police officer has confirmed to AFP.
He said the deployment started at around 10:30 pm Iraq time, just 90 minutes before Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on state television he would file a complaint against the president for violating the constitution.
There is security everywhere in Baghdad, these are very unusual measures that look like those we impose for a state of emergency, the police official said.
UPDATE 3: (Jazz) Some video from CNN with a bit more analysis and early scenes from the Green Zone.
Maliki is on sound constitutional ground. The President refused to follow the Iraqi constitution.
Article (68): 1st - The Council of Representatives selects from among the candidates a president of the republic by a two-thirds majority.
2nd - If no single candidate gets the required majority, the two candidates with the highest votes will compete and whoever wins a majority of votes in the second round is declared president of the republic.
So the ‘coup’ is by the Iraqi president-backed by Obama no doubt.
A coup is when person in power is ousted.
Maliki is already in power, what he did is to consolidate
his power. It is anti-coup.
There's no whey the Kurds will take this.
What a mess.
Yes, it’s another stunning foreign affairs triumph for the Obama administration.
We should live out the week, but surviving his second term is anyone’s guess.
Cue the “we’ve left behind a free and stable Iraq” video.
“A coup is when person in power is ousted.”
or, as our president may possibly say when he gives his news conference, “a coop”.
Now, why does that sound familiar??
You mean the new taxpayer-supplied $750million Caliphate headquarters?
I see what you did...
No, they can’t.
Obama is certainly making US military support against ISIS contingent upon the Kurdish president flagrantly defying the Iraqi constitution as I quoted above.
This is a CIA backed coup by Obama- It’s Chile in the Mideast LOL!
“no whey the Kurds”
The chair is against the wall.
Miss Muffett is on her tuffet.
John has a long moustache.
You know, I can’t recall any other third world, buttf*** country where a Democrat spun the American tractor’s wheels so badly into the mud up to the hubs where so many of the indigenous population have such disgustingly scatological names.
Nor should they!!!
I don’t remember, when was Maliki first put in power?
Do you not know how to google? Or are you trying to make a point?