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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."

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


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

1 posted on 08/09/2005 7:44:59 PM PDT by Crackingham
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To: Crackingham

Their reign will be brief. And hopefully publically punished.


2 posted on 08/09/2005 7:46:28 PM PDT by Alia
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To: Steel Wolf
Ping
3 posted on 08/09/2005 7:47:10 PM PDT by MrNatural ("...You want the truth!?...")
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To: Crackingham; Alia

Gauranteed this guy is a friend of Mookie Sadr. He won't be there long.


4 posted on 08/09/2005 7:47:37 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (When Judge Roberts is confirmed, FR will be EXTREMELY funny that day...Get your PROZAC here!!!)
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To: Crackingham

Ah... If I were an evil genius, I would've encourged these guys to do this, so I could publicly go after them, punish them, and establish the authority of my government.

Then again, I'm not an evil genius, and I'm not representative of a duly elected and recognized government or agency... ;-)


5 posted on 08/09/2005 7:52:01 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Crackingham
Armed men entered Baghdad's municipal building during a blinding dust storm on Monday

Something tells me when the Marines show up in a few minutes that the dust storm will pale in comparison to the death wish these renegades just invited upon themselves.

6 posted on 08/09/2005 7:55:23 PM PDT by quantim (I'm at the point now where I refer to all liberals as "insurgents.")
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To: Crackingham
Wow - Thanks for posting. Isn't there any security for the municipal building? Or did the security detail flip allegiance? I feel sorry for the ousted mayor.

When I left in 1995, every day, it is years for me," Mr. Tamimi said. "But now when I leave I don't think I will be sorry. I leave because I cannot live in such conditions."

Guess he doesn't want to be on the new Tourism Board either.

7 posted on 08/09/2005 7:58:04 PM PDT by RustysGirl
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To: Crackingham
An excellent training opportunity for Iraq's new military forces.
8 posted on 08/09/2005 8:00:12 PM PDT by DB ()
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To: Crackingham

More on Dr. Tamimi from a good Christopher Hitchens article yesterday......

"The New York Times ran a fascinating report (subscription only), under the byline of James Glanz, on July 8. It was a profile of Dr. Alaa Tamimi, the mayor of Baghdad, whose position it would be a gross understatement to describe as "embattled." Dr. Tamimi is a civil engineer and convinced secularist who gave up a prosperous exile in Canada to come home and help rebuild his country. He is one among millions who could emerge if it were not for the endless, pitiless torture to which the city is subjected by violent religious fascists. He is quoted as being full of ideas, of a somewhat Giuliani-like character, about zoning enforcement, garbage recycling, and zero tolerance for broken windows. If this doesn't seem quixotic enough in today's gruesome circumstances, he also has to confront religious parties on the city council and an inept central government that won't give him a serious budget.

Question: Why have several large American cities not already announced that they are going to become sister cities with Baghdad and help raise money and awareness to aid Dr. Tamimi? When I put this question to a number of serious anti-war friends, their answer was to the effect that it's the job of the administration to allocate the money, so that there's little room or need for civic action."

http://slate.msn.com/id/2124157/


9 posted on 08/09/2005 8:01:20 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Crackingham

Ohoh.. this is bad.

Damn extremist.


10 posted on 08/09/2005 8:02:39 PM PDT by Tempest
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To: Crackingham

Now. I wonder why I think this is all pure bullshit.


11 posted on 08/09/2005 8:04:32 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Because it comes from the NY Times?


12 posted on 08/09/2005 8:13:54 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- J.C. for OK Governor in '06; Allen/Watts in 2008)
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To: All
Tahhan is governor of the province of Baghdad, which includes the city and its suburbs.

Denying that he entered the offices by force, Tahhan said he had made a routine arrangement to meet the mayor's staff.

"I was greeted at the door by the Deputy Mayor Amir al- Su'aidi. He led me in person to the office and I told my guards to stay outside," he told Reuters.

See:

the story here

13 posted on 08/09/2005 8:17:48 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker!)
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To: Crackingham

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

Sure you don't. Yep, that's the way civilized people change their government officials all over the world.


14 posted on 08/09/2005 8:20:37 PM PDT by Darnright ( Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before)
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To: PhiKapMom

"Because it comes from the NY Times?"

It seems like as of 11:23PM EST. They are the only ones carrying this piece of news. When I see it broadcasted by a number of major feeds. I will believe it.


15 posted on 08/09/2005 8:24:24 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: PhiKapMom

Looks like Reuters is also carrying it now. Perhaps I knee jerked on this one.


16 posted on 08/09/2005 8:27:51 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Reuters' story is a bit different though.


17 posted on 08/09/2005 8:34:46 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker!)
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To: bnelson44

"Reuters' story is a bit different though."

Hmm. Like it was not a armed take over. Think I will re-read it. Thanks.


18 posted on 08/09/2005 8:42:11 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Alia
Since this story comes from the Slimes,I will wait for the whole story before I comment.
19 posted on 08/09/2005 9:31:20 PM PDT by rdcorso (When Bill Heard The Word Double-Wide He Thought It Referred To Hillary's Ass)
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To: Crackingham

Shiite Warlords, meet Delta Team and Seal Team Six. Or they are busy, a few Marines will get the job done, maybe in a bit more messy fashion, but done.


20 posted on 08/09/2005 11:18:18 PM PDT by El Gato
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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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