It’s Friday in Iraq which means protests — as it has now for over nine months. Iraqi Spring MC reports protests took place in Falluja, in Adhamiya, Mosul, Rawa, Tikrit, Samarra, Ramadi and Jalawla. NINA adds:
Preacher and Imam of Samarra Fri-Prayers Dr. Sheikh Mohammed Taha Hamdon called on Iraqis to obtain legitimated rights.
Hamdon also appealed the international community, Arab countries and international media to come out for silent about what he described as “ethnic cleansing suffered by Iraq’s Sunni component at the hands of militias.
Addressing the people of Diyala and Baghdad provinces in addition to Kirkuk , Salahuddin and Anbar , saying: “What is happening to you of killing and displacement caused of your demands of legitimated rights.”
Protests have been taking place non-stop since December 21st. Someone tell the world media.
Meanwhile mass arrests continue. However, two arrests will probably garner more attention. NINA notes, “Aljazeerah and Badiyah operations forces arrested late lastnight the Dean of Imam Aadham Faculty [Dr. Imad Kareem Hamad] of Aanah district western Anbar province.” Two nurses were also arrested. NINA also notes, “Eyewitnesses told NINA that a military force arrested Sheikh Abdul Sattar Abdul Jabar [of Abu Hanifa NMosque] and one of his assistants after Friday Prayer, without knowing the reason.” Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi is asking why the Sheikh was arrested.
The mass arrests help breed the continuing and ongoing violence. AFP reports, “Two bombs exploded near Sunni mosques in the Iraqi capital as worshippers left after Friday prayers, killing at least six people, as four more died in other attacks, officials said.” Xinhua explains, “The first roadside bomb exploded near Al Tawheed mosque in the Dora district in southern Baghdad after Friday prayers, killing five worshippers and wounding 16 others, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Another roadside bomb went off near Shanshal mosque in the Jihad district in southwestern Baghdad, wounding five worshippers, the source said.” In addition, NINA notes a Mosul bombing claimed the lives of 3 police officers and left three people injured.
Iraq Body Count‘s death toll for September through yesterday? 1035 violent deaths.
Matt Hoh, Michael Shank and Danny L. Davis (CNN) survey the war fronts and notes:
Iraq threatens to explode into all out civil war, with suicide bombings still all too frequent. Earlier this month, for example, 30 worshippers were killed at a mosque near Baquba, while late last month, several dozen people were killed in a string of bombings in and near Baghdad. Afghanistan, meanwhile, is still riven by insurgent attacks as well as tribal, religious and sectarian disputes.
Not only is Iraq on the verge of all out civil war, but the U.S.-backed Shiite government in Baghdad is increasingly authoritarian and is contributing to the country’s ongoing demise. The Sunni-Shia violence in Iraq is, as the International Crisis Group (ICG) puts it, “as acute and explosive as ever” primarily because “Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has implemented a divide-and-conquer strategy that has neutered any credible Sunni Arab leadership.”
Maliki has had his security forces detain and brutally torture thousands of political opponents in secret prisons and denied them access to legal counsel. Amnesty International reported this week that Iraq executed 13 men following unfair trials plagued by allegations of torture. “Iraq is one of the world’s most prolific executioners,” the report states.
Barring some major event still not reported on out of Iraq, this evening’s snapshot will open with holding the media accountable. I don’t mean Big Media. I mean the grubby send-us-money Panhandle Media. A number of people were bothered by a guest post I did at Elaine’s site a few weeks ago. I was right. Today, it’s demonstrated I was right. Today, with a firm example, we explain why the gravy train never worked. That’s your heads up if you can’t handle the truth. And for those of you who felt I was talking out of school, maybe today you’ll wish others had joined me in doing so. It’s a very sad day for independent media.
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