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#21 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 0833 AM

Roman, tell it to the cheap seats. Nobody is buying this crap anymore, least of all me.

 

Protesters are now withdrawing, and from what they say on CNN their leaders say they have made their point, for now.

https://uk.reuters.c...dName=worldNews


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#22 Roman Alymov

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 1304 PM

Roman, tell it to the cheap seats. Nobody is buying this crap anymore, least of all me.

Stuart, i'm afraid "nobody is buying this crap anymore" is reserved to British politicians statements :)

 


Protesters are now withdrawing, and from what they say on CNN their leaders say they have made their point, for now.

https://uk.reuters.c...dName=worldNews

Another indication they are in fact far better organized then it looks.

 

 

 


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#23 Colin

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 1308 PM

 

 


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That's either from last week's embassy's visa window closure in Baghdad, or from last week's Iraqi release of Rise of Skywalker.

 

A couple of M-134D's with large ammo hoppers could take care of this problem.  Don't expect logic, rational thought or even decency from essentially primitive tribal cultures.

 

Gee a lot of males in paramilitary uniforms, looks very "spontaneous" 


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#24 Mikel2

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 1324 PM


 


 



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That's either from last week's embassy's visa window closure in Baghdad, or from last week's Iraqi release of Rise of Skywalker.
 
A couple of M-134D's with large ammo hoppers could take care of this problem.  Don't expect logic, rational thought or even decency from essentially primitive tribal cultures.
 
Gee a lot of males in paramilitary uniforms, looks very "spontaneous" 

They are grieving.
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#25 Roman Alymov

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 1345 PM

 

 

 

Gee a lot of males in paramilitary uniforms, looks very "spontaneous" 

 

Reportedly Iraq regular army personel offduty.
 


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Posted 01 January 2020 - 1448 PM

Facial recognition technology is going to have a field day with photos from the event.

 

America and Americans bought those uniforms I suspect.


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#27 Murph

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 1502 PM

I don't disagree, pull out, blow the buildings up, and let them speak with us via their embassies in New York at the U(seless) Nations.  Also do not give them one red cent.


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#28 RETAC21

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 1523 PM

 

 

 

 

Gee a lot of males in paramilitary uniforms, looks very "spontaneous" 

 

Reportedly Iraq regular army personel offduty.
 

 

 

Not exactly Army, but militias which the Iraqui government was "invited" to recognise as part of the military.


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#29 rmgill

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 2155 PM

So, my hot take is that there's a vast gulf between the sitting on hands response from the Embassy Side facility in Libya vs the response here in Iraq. What was the difference in main? Sand on the president's part? 


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#30 DKTanker

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 0005 AM

So, my hot take is that there's a vast gulf between the sitting on hands response from the Embassy Side facility in Libya vs the response here in Iraq. What was the difference in main? Sand on the president's part? 

Well, there's also the bit about the state department conducting a covert gun running operation in 2012.  Contrast that with the quite public stance that the US has a presence in Iraq as a base of operations against terrorism.  You can argue the merits about both operations, but the response to each attack has to be seen in their respective context.

I think the dearth of accountability, irrespective of the caterwauling by the GOP, speaks to the fact that GOP politicians knew about and condoned the gun running operation.  Those years of investigations, pure political theater.


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#31 Panzermann

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 0140 AM

Facial recognition technology is going to have a field day with photos from the event.
 
America and Americans bought those uniforms I suspect.

 
Arab militaries have always been kind of fashion conscious. And militais buy whatever they like.




To the situation at hand I guess it goes back to the old assessment by Churchill that Iraq is divided in three parts: shia, sunni and kurdish.
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Posted 02 January 2020 - 0423 AM

Date 01.01.2020

 

Pro-militia protesters withdraw from US Embassy in Iraq

 

Protesters loyal to Shiite militias have withdrawn from the perimeter of the US Embassy in Baghdad. US security staff fired tear gas at demonstrators, who had set fire to the roof of a reception area.

 

Paramilitary groups and their supporters protesting against US airstrikes in Iraq withdrew from Washington's embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday.

 

US security forces guarding the embassy in Baghdad had earlier fired tear gas at pro-Iranian protesters outside the building on Wednesday.

 

By early evening, most protesters appeared to have complied with a call by the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) — an umbrella group of mainly Shiite militia — to withdraw. The group said the demonstrators' "message has been heard."

 

Tensions have escalated dramatically after thousands of supporters of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force attempted to storm the US Embassy in Iraq the previous day.

 

A large group camped outside the building overnight, angry at US airstrikes that killed 25 pro-Iran fighters over the weekend. They set up about 50 tents and even portable bathrooms after marching unimpeded into the high-security Green Zone.

 

Rising tensions

 

US Marines worked to disperse the crowd as more people turned up for the second day of action, some of whom lit a fire on the roof of the reception area. 

In response to the tear gas, some members of the crowd hurled stones towards the embassy. Several protesters were reported injured.

 

Hashed al-Shaabi later released a statement calling on its supporters to withdraw from the embassy perimeter. Iraq's INA state news agency reported that protesters heeded the call and began to withdraw. 

 

Marines deployed

 

US President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for the mobbing of the embassy. The US has announced it will deploy an infantry battalion of about 750 soldiers to the region. Overnight, a rapid response team of Marines flew in to reinforce the embassy. 

 

Trump threatened Iran — which it accuses of organizing the action — of retaliation if events escalated.

 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the attack was "orchestrated by terrorists."

 

'Warmongering'

 

Later on Wednesday, Tehran summoned a Swiss Embassy official which represents US interests to complain about American "warmongering," according to Iran's foreign ministry.

 

"The Swiss charge d'affaires was summoned," said the Iranian Foreign Ministry. "The Islamic Republic of Iran conveyed its strong protest … over warmongering remarks made by American officials which are in violation of the United Nations charter."

 

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had earlier condemned US airstrikes on bases belonging to a Tehran-backed militia.

 

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https://www.dw.com/e...iraq/a-51850267


Edited by BansheeOne, 02 January 2020 - 0424 AM.

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#33 Jeff

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 1146 AM

Is there any meaning to the words "rioters" and "attackers" anymore? Everyone is a "protester" now which grants a certain legitimacy to their cause and actions.


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Posted 02 January 2020 - 1202 PM

They are protesters if you sympathize with their goals, and a violent mob if you don't. ;)


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#35 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 1210 PM

Or if you want to cover both positions, call them French....
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Posted 02 January 2020 - 2106 PM

Looks like we took out the Quds force commander General Soleimani and a top militia commander. That ought to stir things up to start the new year.

 

Iran’s Gen. Soleimani killed in airstrike at Baghdad airport


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Posted 02 January 2020 - 2137 PM

At least the WaPo didn't call him an austere religious leader.
 
"But the death of Iran’s most revered military leader..."


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#38 Simon Tan

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 2233 PM

US goes to war for MBS. Has the US learned nothing?
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Posted 02 January 2020 - 2250 PM

US goes to war for MBS. Has the US learned nothing?

Learned appeasement doesn't work.


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#40 NickM

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 2251 PM

US goes to war for MBS. Has the US learned nothing?

MBS? Whut dat?


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