Saturday, July 11, 2015

Iraqi Police and Shia Militias Battle It Out In Baghdad?

You've gotta be kidding me.  Only Barack Hussein Obama could fuck up something this badly in such a short time.

I've blogged here about how Shia militias have teamed up with the Iraqi army in efforts to regain the Anbar province cities of Fallujah and Ramadi and at THE VERY SAME TIME, per this article from DAWN, those same Shia militiamen are literally battling it out with Iraqi police and security forces in the heart of Baghdad.

What a bloody cluster this country has become - it went from a victorious nation over the likes of al Qaeda in Iraq with reasonably serene politics to a country invaded by ISIS and now the hands of Iranian mullahs all over the country...all due to the meddling and incompetence and failed foreign policy of Hussein Obama.

Iraqi police and militiamen clash in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Iraqi paramilitaries exchanged fire with police in Baghdad on Thursday, the latest sign of tension between the government and the country’s Shia militias, security sources said.

An interior ministry officer said around 15 gunmen from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) force stormed an unfinished health ministry building in the Zayyounah neighbourhood overnight.

“The guards went to the police, which dispatched units of around 60 men equipped with armoured personnel carriers to expel the gunmen, who opened fire,” the officer said.

A police colonel said three policemen were wounded in the clashes, which resulted in the militiamen eventually leaving the building.

“The gunfire lasted for almost an hour,” said Wafa Mohammed, who lives nearby. “We were scared inside our home and had no idea what was happening on the street”. A shop owner from the same neighbourhood said some members of the security services negotiated with the gunmen when the exchange of fire stopped.

The Hashed al-Shaabi is made up of volunteers and several mostly Shia militias. They are theoretically under the prime minister’s command but largely escape his control.

The militias, several of which have close ties with Tehran, have done much of the heavy lifting in the fight against the self-styled Islamic State jihadist group that took over swathes of Iraq last year.

The interior ministry issued a statement that appeared to allude to the overnight clash in Zayyounah.

“In the wake of the latest incidents, the minister and ministry officials discussed the situation in Baghdad and the means to provide security and stability,” it said.

The statement said the minister had asked Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, his party and other political groups, “to support the ministry in its efforts to confront undisciplined groups”.

Interior Minister Mohammed al-Ghaban himself is a member of the Badr organisation, the political wing of one of Iraq’s most prominent Shia militias.

The militias and federal forces have consistently jockeyed for supremacy in the battle against IS.

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