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Baghdad Mayor Is Ousted by a Shiite Group and Replaced
NY Times ^ | 8/10/05 | James Glanz

Posted on 08/09/2005 7:44:59 PM PDT by Crackingham

Armed men entered Baghdad's municipal building during a blinding dust storm on Monday, deposed the city's mayor and installed a member of Iraq's most powerful Shiite militia. The deposed mayor, Alaa al-Tamimi, who was not in his offices at the time, recounted the events in a telephone interview on Tuesday and called the move a municipal coup d'état. He added that he had gone into hiding for fear of his life.

"This is the new Iraq," said Mr. Tamimi, a secular engineer with no party affiliation. "They use force to achieve their goal."

The group that ousted him insisted that it had the authority to assume control of Iraq's capital city and that Mr. Tamimi was in no danger. The man the group installed, Hussein al-Tahaan, is a member of the Badr Organization, the armed militia of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, known as Sciri.

The militia has been credited with keeping the peace in heavily Shiite areas in southern Iraq but also accused of abuses like forcing women to wear the veils demanded by conservative Shiite religious law.

"If we wanted to do something bad to him, we would have done that," said Mazen A. Makkia, the elected city council chief who led the ouster on Monday and who had been in a lengthy and unresolved legal feud with Mr. Tamimi.

"We really want to establish the state of law for every citizen, and we did not threaten anyone," Mr. Makkia said. "This is not a coup."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alaaaltamimi; badr; coup; dawa; husseinaltahaan; iran; iraq; mayor; radicalshiite; sciri; shiite
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To: Crackingham

this might become interesting.

21 posted on 08/10/2005 3:36:56 AM PDT by King Prout (and the Clinton Legacy continues: like Herpes, it is a gift that keeps on giving.)
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To: rdcorso
Since this story comes from the Slimes,..

Good point.

22 posted on 08/10/2005 3:54:44 AM PDT by Alia
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To: MikeinIraq

Your bet is on, and probably right. I recall former President Clinton with Charlie Rose, averring that Iraq should have (tribal) quotas in re Government Positions.. and It sounds like this Shiite thought not enough Shiites were elected to positions of "power"; and decided Bagdad was almost big enough for his "chair".

23 posted on 08/10/2005 4:02:42 AM PDT by Alia
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To: bnelson44
Tahhan -- a member of a leading Shi'ite Islamist party -- did not confirm whether he had replaced Tamimi but said the Shi'ite-led council has the authority to force him out:

"Baghdad provincial council can replace him because he was appointed by Baghdad's council."

24 posted on 08/10/2005 6:38:57 AM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker!)
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To: Crackingham

Saddam fell in 2003. Since that time corruption and lack of security have continued to plague both the coalition and the Iraqis.

25 posted on 08/10/2005 12:34:05 PM PDT by sono
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To: Crackingham
Expel all the Shiites. Drive them across the border into Iran. Blow up their mosques and level every Shiite town and village.

That is how you win this war and establish an Iraq that works.

26 posted on 08/10/2005 11:33:53 PM PDT by Maeve (Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.)
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To: Crackingham

Yep, the Busheviks are fully in control of the situation. Uh-huh.

27 posted on 08/11/2005 6:05:49 AM PDT by alpowolf (Real patriots don't need an Act.)
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To: Maeve

I agree. We need to have a secular Sunni strongman in charge. One who allows Christian and even Jewish worship and keeps the hammer down on the Shi'ite theocrats.

28 posted on 08/11/2005 7:13:22 AM PDT by SteamshipTime
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To: Marine_Uncle

This was in the AZ Republic.

29 posted on 08/11/2005 2:27:34 PM PDT by wingnutx (tanstaafl)
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To: wingnutx

"This was in the AZ Republic."
Roger that. Thanks.

30 posted on 08/11/2005 2:49:43 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: SteamshipTime

LOL! I hear there's a dude available. Could start immediately too. Experienced, no OTJ training required.

31 posted on 08/11/2005 2:51:39 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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