Iraqi Forces Hold onto Baquba; Ex-VP Hashemi who was Convicted of Running Death Squads says ISIL Oppressed; UK Opening Embassy in Iran; ISIS vs Baath

 

Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters deploy with their weapons in the northwest Baghdad’s Shula neighborhood, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014. (Photo: AP, Karim Kadim)

June 17, 2014, Tuesday/ 15:59:45/ REUTERS / BAGHDAD

Scores of Iraqis were killed on Tuesday during a battle for a provincial capital, and fighting shut the main oil refinery, starving parts of the country of fuel and power as an uprising by Sunni insurgents threatens Iraq’s survival as a state.

Government forces said they repelled an attempt by insurgents to seize Baquba, capital of Diyala province north of Baghdad, in heavy fighting overnight.

Some residents and officials said the dead included scores of prisoners from the local jail, although there were conflicting accounts of how they had died.

ISIL fighters who aim to build a Caliphate based on mediaeval Sunni precepts across the Iraqi-Syrian frontier launched their revolt by seizing the north’s main city, Mosul, last week and have swept through the Tigris river valley north of Baghdad. They have boasted of massacring hundreds of troops captured in their advance.

The fighters have been joined by other Sunni factions, including former members of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party and tribal figures, who share widespread anger among Iraq’s Sunni minority at perceived oppression by the Shi’ite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Western countries, including the United States, have urged Maliki to reach out to Sunnis to rebuild national unity as the only way of preventing the disintegration of Iraq.

But the long-serving prime minister, who won an election two months ago, seems instead to be veering in the opposite direction – relying more heavily than ever on his own majority sect and vowing to purge opposition politicians and military officers he has labelled “traitors”.

Hassan Suneid, a close Maliki ally, said on Tuesday the governing Shi’ite National Alliance should boycott all work with the largest Sunni political bloc, Mutahidoon.

“It is not possible for any bloc inside the National Alliance to work with Mutahidoon bloc due to its latest sectarian attitude,” he told a TV channel of Maliki’s party.

The sudden advance by Sunni insurgents is scrambling alliances in the Middle East, with the United States and Iran both saying they could cooperate against a common enemy, all but unprecedented since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

US President Barack Obama, under fire at home by critics who say he did too little to shore up Iraq since withdrawing troops in 2011, is considering options for military action such as air strikes. He has sent a small number of extra marines to guard the US embassy but has ruled out redeploying troops.

“The president will continue to consult with his national security team in the days to come,” the White House said, without elaborating. A senior US official said Obama had not yet decided on a course of action.

In a diplomatic rapprochement, Britain said it planned to reopen its embassy in Tehran, two and a half years after a mob ransacked the mission.

Refinery shut

Officials confirmed that the Baiji refinery north of Baghdad had shut down and foreign workers were evacuated, although they said government troops still held the vast compound. With the refinery shut, Iraq will have a harder time generating electricity and pumping water to sustain its cities in summer.

The refinery has been protected by elite troops, while the nearby town largely fell to ISIL fighters last week. Baiji’s refinery had stayed open despite years of civil war while US forces were in the country, and the threat to it shows how much more vulnerable Iraq is now to insurgents than it was before Washington pulled out troops in 2011.

Tens of thousands of Shi’ites have rallied at volunteer centres in recent days, answering a call by the top Shi’ite cleric to defend the nation. Many recruits have gone off to train at Iraqi military bases.

But with the million-strong regular army abandoning ground despite being armed and trained by the United States at a cost of $25 billion, the government is increasingly relying on extra-legal Shi’ite militia to fight on its behalf, re-establishing groups that fought during the 2006-2007 bloodletting.

According to one Shi’ite working in the government, well-trained fighters from the Shi’ite organisations Asaib Ahl Haq, Khetaeb Hezbollah and the Badr Organisation are being deployed as the main combat force, while new civilian volunteers will be used to hold ground after it is taken.

The Sunni militants have moved at lightning speed since seizing Mosul last Tuesday, slicing through northern and central Iraq, capturing the key towns of Hawija and Tikrit in the north before facing resistance in southern Salahuddin province, where there is a large Shi’ite population.

The battle lines are now formalising, with the insurgents held at bay about an hour’s drive north of Baghdad and just on the capital’s outskirts to the west.

State television said Iraqi security forces repelled attacks on three neighbourhoods overnight in Baquba, capital of Diyala, an ethnically and religiously mixed province that saw some of the worst violence of the 2003-2011 US occupation.

Militants also attacked a northern Iraqi village, called Basher, 15 km (9 miles) south of Kirkuk, inhabited by Shi’ite ethnic Turkmens. They were repelled, police said.

Kirkuk itself has been taken by forces from the autonomous Kurdish region. In a further sign of ethnic and sectarian polarisation, Maliki allies have accused the Kurds of colluding with Sunnis to dislodge government forces in the north.

The mainly Turkmen city of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, fell to Sunni militants late on Sunday, and the Iraqi military said it was sending reinforcement there. The Iraqi army said on state television it had killed a top militant, named Abu Abdul Rahman al-Muhajir, in Mosul in clashes.

But security officials seemed pessimistic about the situation in Mosul. One Iraqi security officer warned: “There is no clear strategy for the Iraqi government to retake Mosul. And without the US and international community support, the Iraqi government will never retake Mosul.”

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-350588-scores-killed-during-battle-for-iraq-provincial-capital.html

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Al Hashemi: Mosul’s capture a revolution of oppressed, not of al-Qaeda

(‘Et tu Brute’ to Iraq? From ex-VP Hashemi, convicted of running death squads, now living and one might assume working for the Muslim Brotherhood – Turkish Government)

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Iraq’s former Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi says Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for pursuing unjust policies targeting Sunnis. (Photo: Reuters)

[MC->Hashemi is living in Turkey after being convicted of running death squads in Iraq. As one might suspect he’s working for the Turks – Oil]

June 13, 2014, Friday/ 17:33:34/ SERKAN SAĞLAM / ANKARA

Tariq al-Hashemi, the former Sunni Iraqi vice president sentenced to death in 2012 after an Iraqi court convicted him of running death squads, has said the insurgency in Iraq and the recent capture of Mosul should not be seen as a revolution by the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but by the oppressed and humiliated Sunnis of the country.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite government, which has been in power for three consecutive terms, has targeted the Sunni population in Iraq with laws to root out the Baathist political movement in the country, Hashemi told Today’s Zaman in an interview on Thursday.

“Sunni businessmen, students, doctors and civil servants are being closely monitored, their offices are confiscated, they are unfairly eliminated from positions in the public and private spheres and so on. Being Sunni has become tantamount to being a terrorist suspect in Iraq,” said Hashemi.

“Maliki’s unjust, unfair policies have driven them [the insurgents] to such groups [like ISIL]. The anti-terrorist laws have mercilessly targeted all Sunnis, the Sunni youth and the political and religious leaders of Sunni Arabs. This has radicalized especially the Iraqi youth and driven them to such groups,” he added.

Al-Qaeda flourished in Iraq from being almost nonexistent due to these discriminatory policies, the former Iraqi politician said, adding he will not allow al-Qaeda to seize power completely in Iraq. Living in exile in Turkey with the assurance that he will not be extradited, Hashemi still has some popular support in Iraq.

Maliki is now trying to manipulate international public opinion by blaming ISIL for the quagmire in the country, Hashemi claimed. He admitted however that ISIL retains power in Iraq, is a primary actor in Mosul and seems to be expanding its influence among fellow Sunni Iraqis. “But we will never allow al-Qaeda or similar groups to steal the revolution and implement their own agendas. We will establish a civilian and democratic administration in Iraq,” Hashemi told Today’s Zaman.

Recent reports by the United Nations Human Rights Watch (HRW) (MC->largely funded by Soros] have all pointed to the dire situation of the Iraqi population as a result of Maliki’s unfair treatment of selected groups in society, corruption in public services and even torture, Hashemi asserted, arguing that these allegations have not been sufficiently heeded especially by other Sunni Arabs in the Middle East.

Even the general elections are marred by gerrymandering in favor of the Shiite political movement, pushing Sunnis to think they are unable to seek their rights properly through politics, Hashemi asserted.

“No sanctions were employed against the deceit employed in the elections. Their [Sunni Arabs’] will was stolen and Iraqis had to make a choice between survival and changing their fates [negatively],” said Hashemi, noting that the current chaos in Iraq and ISIL’s rise should be perceived as the consequence of these derogatory and discriminatory policies.

War and division

Faced with a bomb in their laps, Iraqis are now standing in front of a very critical crossroad and all options, including even a civil war and division, are at stake, Hashemi underlined. No one is really able to see what lies ahead, he said.

For Hashemi, the Iraqi Parliament wanting Maliki to disband the government after it was found to be ineffective in managing the crisis was a pleasing development. He accused Maliki of establishing a dictatorship in Iraq during his eight-year term in power. “We want Iraqis to stay together since this is to the advantage of all groups in Iraq but this depends on [providing them with the conditions] to live in dignity,” said Hashemi.

Hashemi predicted that the revolution by Sunni Arabs will soon be mirrored in other Sunni-populated provinces of Iraq and Shiite dissidents in the South may also rise up against the central government.

ARABAŞLIK: Iran completes Shiite Crescent

Hashemi commented on the rising importance of Iran in the Middle East as well. He noted Jordanian King Abdullah’s remark in 2004 that Iran is pursuing a policy of creating a Shiite Crescent in the Middle East, adding that this policy seems to have been finalized successfully.

“Its influence is manifestly ubiquitous in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. In Lebanon, they are now able to even suspend the presidential election. Iran has managed a victory against its rivals in the Middle East and has become an unsolvable trouble for the region. [Iranian Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei’s deputy had said Iran’s borders now extend towards the Mediterranean and this remark alone shows Iran’s influence in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. The US is surely to be blamed for this but Arab states, as well as Iraq’s friends, have not stood up against Iran,” said Hashemi.

Northern Iraq may sell its oil

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On the direct sale of oil by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) by bypassing the central government through Turkey, Hashemi said he is keen to accept that northern Iraq should be able to market the hydrocarbon resources on its soil.

“I wish other provinces would do the same as well,” he said, adding that the revenues from the sale of oil extracted in Basra in the South are not ordinarily transferred to the state coffers. “Oil from Basra is secretly sold outside Iraq while Iraqis have no knowledge of this,” said Hashemi.

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-350340-hashemi-mosuls-capture-a-revolution-of-oppressed-not-of-al-qaeda.html

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23 ISIL elements killed, 11 vehicles destroyed in Diyala

Date and Time:16 June 2014 – 20:05

Picture source could be any at the site referenced

23 elements of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant were killed and 11 of their vehicles were destroyed in Diyala.

Security source within Dijla Operations Command stated to IraqiNews.com “A security force within Dijla OC killed 23 ISIL elements in Tabaj village of southern Jalawlaa of Diyala and destroyed 11 of their vehicles.”

http://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2014/06/16/23-isil-elements-killed-11-vehicles-destroyed-in-diyala/

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UK to re-open Iran embassy in diplomatic breakthrough

LONDON Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:00pm BST

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague leaves following a cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London June 17, 2014.    REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague leaves following a cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London June 17, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Kieran Doherty

(Reuters) – Britain said on Tuesday it would re-open its embassy in Iran “within months,” after a hiatus of more than two and a half years, a diplomatic breakthrough that underscores the West’s desire to secure Tehran’s help in Iraq and elsewhere.

The move came after the United States, a close British ally, said it may launch air strikes and act jointly with arch-enemy Iran to shore up the Iraqi government, after a rampage by Sunni Islamist insurgents that has scrambled alliances in the Middle East.

The announcement, by British Foreign Secretary William Hague, is likely to raise hopes of a breakthrough in talks with world powers about Iran’s disputed nuclear programme. It coincided with negotiations aimed at securing such a agreement.

Britain severed direct diplomatic relations with Iran after activists stormed its embassy in Tehran in late 2011. The 2013 election in Iran of a relative moderate, President Hassan Rouhani, who replaced hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, paved the way for a thaw in ties.

Hague said that Britain would move quickly to re-establish a small initial presence at the Tehran embassy but said it wouldn’t be able to offer visa services to Iranians at first.

“Iran is an important country in a volatile region, and maintaining Embassies around the world, even under difficult conditions, is a central pillar of the UK’s global diplomatic approach,” Hague said in a written statement to parliament. “I have … now decided the circumstances are right to reopen our embassy in Tehran.”

Hague said he had discussed the matter with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday and stressed the need for embassy staff to be able to work without hindrance in Tehran.

The decision did not mean Britain was “softening” any of its policies towards Iran, he said.

“We look to Iran to cease support for sectarian groups elsewhere in the Middle East, to reach a successful conclusion to nuclear negotiations. But I do believe it is important to discuss such issues with Iran and we need the ability to do so.”

 

EMBASSY STORMING

Calling for Iran to take a “more realistic approach” to nuclear talks, Hague urged Iran to improve its ties with its neighbours including the Gulf states to try to defuse tensions in the region.

“Iran does have the capability to play a more positive role across the region,” Hague said. “It has played for many years a divisive and sectarian role through supporting divisive or often terrorist groups in other parts of the region.”

It was now time for it to change tack, Hague said.

Britain’s two diplomatic compounds in Tehran were overrun on an afternoon in November 2011 in what London said was a co-ordinated attack, after a rally against British sanctions escalated into violence and protesters scaled the walls.

Although the protesters withdrew after a rampage lasting several hours, Britain immediately withdrew all staff, closed the embassy, and ejected Iranian diplomats from London.

It was the worst crisis between Britain and Iran since full diplomatic relations were restored in 1999, a decade after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s fatwa that British author Salman Rushdie should be killed for writing “The Satanic Verses.”

Indirect diplomatic ties were revived in November last year when Britain appointed a non-resident charge d’affaires.

Hague has ruled out any military involvement in Iraq by Britain, but he said a British “operational liaison and reconnaissance team” arrived in Baghdad at the weekend and that Britain would provide humanitarian assistance as needed.

He has said that as many as 400 British citizens may be fighting in Syria and that some may also be fighting in Iraq with ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

(Editing by Larry King)

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/06/17/uk-britain-iran-diplomacy-idUKKBN0ES0UO20140617

 

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Iraq: Signs of disagreement emerge between ISIS and the Baath

 

An image uploaded on June 14, 2014 on the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin allegedly shows militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) driving on a street at unknown location in the Salaheddin province. (Photo: AFP-Welayat Salaheddin)

By: Mostafa Nasser

Published Monday, June 16, 2014

The mask has fallen. Mosul is governed by former officers of the old army and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) controls the top administrative positions in the city. Three days were sufficient to uncover the conspiracy facing Iraq. ISIS began calling around the city that it came to liberate, not to conquer, and on its way to the capital Baghdad, leaving the affairs of Mosul to “its people.” It appointed a retired former Iraqi army officer, Colonel Hashem al-Jammas as governor.

Three armed brigades took control of Mosul…. They are ISIS, the Revolutionaries Military Council, and the Naqshbandiyya movement.

Baghdad- Jammas, born in 1949, is an officer at al-Ghozlani academy in Mosul, which graduated hundreds of veteran Iraqi officers. He held several leadership positions in the disbanded former army and participated in the Iraq-Iran war and the invasion of Kuwait, becoming a pillar of the former regime.

According to several Mosul residents, three armed brigades took control of the city militarily, administratively, and socially. They are ISIS, the Revolutionaries Military Council, and the Naqshbandiyya movement.

The heavily armed ISIS, which includes Arab and foreign fighters, quickly took control of the city. It confiscated all medium and heavy arms, smuggling them towards Syria through the city of al-Sharkat in Salah ad-Din, close to Tikrit. Being the stronger side, ISIS imposed its decisions and type of administration on Mosul, applying “sharia” like it did previously in Syria. Its strongholds are in al-Anbar, Diyala, Salah ad-Din, and the belt around Baghdad.

The Military Council, based in Baghdad, al-Anbar, and Salah ad-Din, involves a large segment of former officers of the disbanded army. The majority had joined al-Qaeda in Mosul, al-Anbar, and other regions in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Later, several turned against al-Qaeda, joining the uprisings (al-Sahawat) against the organization. However, the most serious threat they imposed was in 2012, when they joined the protests in the Sunni regions. The Military Council hopes to establish a Sunni federation and several of its leaders are calling to break up Iraq into several small states.

On the other hand, al- Naqshbandiyya movement (MC->primarily Turkish), headed by Saddam Hussein’s former deputy, Izzat al-Douri, is the weakest of the three. It promotes the principles of the disbanded Baath party, although several of its members had joined successive Iraqi governments. Failing to rally real support in Anbar, Diyala, and Salah ad-Din, it found its base in Mosul and Arab areas of Kirkuk. The group calls for the overthrow of the new regime by any means and the return to the rule of the disbanded Baath party.

The three organizations agreed that the Mosul coup was a “Sunni revolution” to legitimize the occupation of other cities by ISIS. However, they disagreed on the management of resources and wealth, as well as the type of administration in the city.

In this regard, an informed source from Mosul who refused to disclose his name, said the three organizations disagreed at the beginning. ISIS wanted control of all state property, weapons, and equipment. The Military Council refused to empty the coffers of the state, in addition to a dispute over ISIS taking control of the banks and stealing US$ 340 million.

“The fighters are taking advantage of the corruption in the government and the local administration in Mosul” – Mosul municipality employee

ISIS also quarreled with the Naqshbandiyya movement over the posters of former President Saddam Hussein, which sprung up around the governorate after the fall of Mosul, giving them 24 hours for their removal. “A meeting was held last Tuesday between commanders of the armed groups,” he explained. “They quickly agreed on several important issues, particularly the appointment of the governor and the withdrawal of [non-Iraqi] Arab fighters, which indicates the existence of an done deal before ISIS enters the city.”

The unified terrorist groups in Mosul seem to have established a mechanism based on the demands of the population, to avoid clashing with them and remain in Mosul as long as possible, providing impetus for terrorist fighters based in Salah ad-Din and Diyala. However, ISIS began distributing flyers, which contradicted the deal between the armed groups. This led to speculations about an armed clash between the three groups, like what happened in several Syrian cities.

“The people of Mosul are relieved about the appointment of retired Colonel Hashem al-Jammas as governor,” an employee at Mosul municipality told Al-Akhbar in a phone call. He explained that they began providing electricity to the city 20 hours a day, up from the 2 or 3 hours provided earlier due to rampant corruption in the government. “The fighters are taking advantage of the corruption in the government and the local administration in Mosul,” he maintained.

In the meantime, ISIS distributed flyers during last Friday prayers, titled “City Charter” prohibiting civic displays and personal freedoms such as smoking and alcohol. They replaced the law with sharia and demanded the women of Mosul be “decent and refrain from going out,” as well as avoid loose or tight clothes.

Although the residents of Mosul maintained that all required services are available, there are rumors of sharia courts being held at the governorate building and UN reports point to incidents involving the killing of several civilians.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/20199

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A dramatic, fear invoking, extremely well planned entrance by the death squads ISIS/ISIL, along with other Sunni al Qaeda factions, including former members of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party and tribal figures leads not only to talks by Obama with Iran, the opening of an Anglo Embassy,  and an opening for the Gulf or Persian Arab States but let’s not forget the ethnic cleansing, destruction of buildings and neighborhoods, and the many, many deaths of human beings!

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Now the International Mafia can get to work in Iran and let’s not forget the islands the Gulf countries have been hankering after for years in order to tap for oil. Let the Iranian/Gulf negotiations begin on who owns the oil-enriched islands. As for ISIS/ISIL? Who are those masked, fully covered men in black? The Taliban, Shiites, most of al Qaeda, don’t usually cover their faces. so why isn’t this legion proud of what they’re doing for Allah? Why not show their faces? Else they’re not who we’re led to believe – perhaps wolves in sheeps clothing (Fabian Socialist logo)? The Gulf countries have been training mercenaries for years. Could these well covered up, fear invoking killers, happen to be some of these well paid and well trained foreign mercenaries who are being paid by the Gulf states….And how about all those brand new Humvees and Toyota Pickups? We’ve been informed by the obamamedia that they’re rich because of kidnappings, robberies and so forth…did they also rob  a Toyota Dealership? 🙂

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 The Muslim Brotherhood represents the nexus where fanatical Islamists, deviant elites, and the criminalized elements in government and the Intelligence Community meet. Erdogan is the de facto Obama in the region – ideological MB partners…

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Bottomline: It’s all comes down to the land, and the resources within it…follow the money.

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