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Coup underway in Iraq Confirmed. Video added
Hot Air ^ | August 10, 2014 | Jazz Shaw

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, we’re 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 Press’s summary, keeping in mind that this isn’t confirmed yet:

Iraq’s 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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Rami @RamiAlLolah

#BreakingNews Reports #Maliki orders security forces to arrest Fouad Masoum.. #Iraq #ISIS

Rami @RamiAlLolah

#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 he’s not inclined to go. Actually, the WSJ predicted there was trouble afoot in the naming of the new PM earlier this week.

Baghdad’s Political Rifts Lurk Ahead of Deadline to Select Prime Minister

AGHDAD—As 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 Sunday’s 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.

Allahpundit @allahpundit

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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It’s difficult to imagine a worse time for this (not that there’s 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. I’m 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 Baghdad’s “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 Iraq’s 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.

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arabspring; baghdad; coup; coupdeetat; iraq; isis; maliki; middleeast; obama
One more thing for "you-know-who" to add to his resume as a major achievement.
1 posted on 08/10/2014 11:22:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.
LOL!


2 posted on 08/10/2014 11:29:35 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


3 posted on 08/10/2014 11:33:08 PM PDT by entropy12 (Obummer = worst & dumbest president ever, any republican would be much better.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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.

There's no whey the Kurds will take this.

4 posted on 08/10/2014 11:34:28 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a mess.


5 posted on 08/10/2014 11:35:58 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


6 posted on 08/10/2014 11:42:21 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cue the “we’ve left behind a free and stable Iraq” video.


7 posted on 08/10/2014 11:46:22 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("World History is not full of good governments, or of good voters either "--P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
No worries. Barry Valerie Jarrett will know what to do!
8 posted on 08/10/2014 11:46:52 PM PDT by South40 (Hillary Clinton was a "great secretary of state". - Texas Governor Rick Perry)
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To: entropy12

“A coup is when person in power is ousted.”

or, as our president may possibly say when he gives his news conference, “a coop”.


9 posted on 08/10/2014 11:47:18 PM PDT by willywill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In the wake of the coup, when ISIS rolls in aboard captured US supplied equipment, we can watch people being evacuated from what's currently the most expensive and secure US embassy in the world.

Now, why does that sound familiar??

10 posted on 08/10/2014 11:48:11 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bump


11 posted on 08/10/2014 11:50:12 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Rashputin

You mean the new taxpayer-supplied $750million Caliphate headquarters?


12 posted on 08/10/2014 11:50:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Carry_Okie

I see what you did...


13 posted on 08/10/2014 11:51:53 PM PDT by Pelham (California, what happens when you won't deport illegals)
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To: Carry_Okie

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!


14 posted on 08/10/2014 11:51:57 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Carry_Okie

“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.


15 posted on 08/10/2014 11:52:18 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You got it, and five times a day Barry can smile knowing that he left the Caliphate a wonderful place from which the, "most beautiful sound in the world" will ring out.
16 posted on 08/10/2014 11:53:14 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Cap Huff

ping.


17 posted on 08/10/2014 11:53:27 PM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: Carry_Okie
"There's no whey the Kurds will take this."

Nor should they!!!

18 posted on 08/10/2014 11:56:08 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Obama is mad! He's getting madder with each crisis and now he's a real MADMAN with no temper left!!!)
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To: tumblindice; All

I don’t remember, when was Maliki first put in power?


19 posted on 08/11/2014 12:10:34 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Do you not know how to google? Or are you trying to make a point?


20 posted on 08/11/2014 12:22:07 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: SierraWasp

I had to milk that joke for all it was mirth.


21 posted on 08/11/2014 12:40:25 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Carry_Okie

I heard a report that some Kurds are clotting against him.


22 posted on 08/11/2014 2:12:48 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Carry_Okie

Well, I’m glad you rennet by us.


23 posted on 08/11/2014 2:15:45 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

“Coup Underway”.........Too bad it doesn’t happen here.


24 posted on 08/11/2014 4:33:19 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Coup, or as 0 would call it, coop.


25 posted on 08/11/2014 5:12:24 AM PDT by RetSignman (obama: "For the love of Alinsky, how much more do I have to do to get them to impeach me"?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reversion to the mean. We’ve made a mess o potamia.


26 posted on 08/11/2014 5:12:59 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: piasa

Said jest in piasing of course.


27 posted on 08/11/2014 6:13:37 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Carry_Okie

LOL!!


28 posted on 08/11/2014 8:41:54 AM PDT by SgtHooper (Anyone who remembers the 60's, was not there!)
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To: piasa

Yeh, they are getting all stirred up!


29 posted on 08/11/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT by SgtHooper (Anyone who remembers the 60's, was not there!)
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To: South40

Open the back door wider for Iran.


30 posted on 08/11/2014 12:45:32 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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