This Is Not Going As Planned: Iraq Prime Minister Defies US, Accuses Saudi Arabia Of "Genocide"

Tyler Durden's picture

Shortly after the US revealed that, in addition to aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships it was also sending a few hundred "special forces" on the ground in Iraq, contrary to what Obama had stated previously, Washington made quite clear it wants Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to embrace Sunni politicians as a condition of U.S. support to fight a lightning advance by forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Then something unexpected happened: Iraq's Shi'ite rulers defied Western calls on Tuesday to reach out to Sunnis to defuse the uprising in the north of the country, declaring a boycott of Iraq's main Sunni political bloc and accusing Sunni power Saudi Arabia of promoting "genocide."

In fact, as Reuters reported moments ago, the Shi'ite prime minister has moved in the opposite direction of Obama's demands, announcing a crackdown on politicians and officers he considers "traitors" and lashing out at neighbouring Sunni countries for stoking militancy.

Not only did Iraq defy the US, but it also called out America's BFF (or at least formerly so until the arrival of Iran, which the US is aggressively, and inexplicably, rushing to make its new key partner in the region) for being the real aggressor behind the scenes? How dare Maliki point out the truth - doesn't he know that those US troops in Iraq can just as easily be used to depose the current regime as "fight" the Al Qaeda Jihadists the US itself armed in the first place?

Apparently not, and instead of seeking a broad coalition with Sunnis as the US ordered, the latest target of his government's fury was Saudi Arabia, the main Sunni power in the Gulf, which funds Sunni militants in neighbouring Syria but denies it is behind ISIL.

"We hold them responsible for supporting these groups financially and morally, and for the outcome of that - which includes crimes that may qualify as genocide: the spilling of Iraqi blood, the destruction of Iraqi state institutions and historic and religious sites," the Iraqi government said of Riyadh in a statement.

As Reuters notes, Maliki has blamed Saudi Arabia for supporting militants in the past, but the severe language was unprecedented.

And just to show it won't take being exposed for the whole world to see sitting down, on Monday Riyadh blamed sectarianism in Baghdad for fueling the violence.

The rest of the story is largely known: Iraq is slowly sinking into sectarian violence which is exposing age-old rifts, and even forcing leaders to speak out of place, in the process revealing very undiplomatic truths:

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 swept through the Tigris valley towards Baghdad. The fighters, who consider all Shi'ites to be heretics deserving death, pride themselves on their brutality and have boasted of massacring hundreds of troops who surrendered.


Most Iraqi Sunnis abhor such violence, but nevertheless the ISIL-led uprising has been joined by other Sunni factions, including former members of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein's Baath Party and tribal figures, who share widespread anger at perceived oppression by Maliki's government.


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.


"There is a real risk of further sectarian violence on a massive scale, within Iraq and beyond its borders," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday. "I have been urging Iraqi government leaders including Prime Minister al-Maliki to reach out for an inclusive dialogue and solution of this issue."


But the long-serving prime minister, who won an election two months ago, seems instead to be relying more heavily than ever on his own sect, who form the majority in Iraq. 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.

In the meantime, until the solution to Iraq violence is found, alliances in the mid-east are changing at a ferocious pace and pitting such one time enemies as Saudi Arabia and Iran (not to mention the US) on the same side, forced to fight an extremist Jihadist movement that the US itself was funding. "Iran, the leading Shi'ite power, has close ties to Maliki and the Shi'ite parties that have held power in Baghdad since U.S. forces toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. But although both Washington and Tehran are close allies of Baghdad, they have not cooperated in the past."

Domestically, the chaos is just as bad, if not worse:

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 Islamist working in the government, well-trained fighters from the Shi'ite organisations Asaib Ahl Haq, Khetaeb Hezbollah and the Badr Organisation are now 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 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.

Meanwhile to the north, as we reported previously, the town of Kirkuk 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.

That, however, is hardly the case, at least for now. As Fox reports, ISIS is so far mostly bent on taking their march south toward Baghdad, and not into the autonomous zone of Kurdistan, where hardened fighters are prepared to defend their oil-rich turf. This northern front is one of the few places where ISIS have encountered resistance -- for unlike the Iraqi Army, the cohesive Kurdish force has held them back.

The Kurds, of course, were lucky to seize the long-disputed oil rich lands in the north - they did so with the help of ISIS whose arrival promptly scattered the Iraq army.

Whatever the reason, the army here fled --  and into the vacuum came the Peshmerga -- the Kurdish Army that has for decades been fighting for freedom in this mountainous land, and who are now taking advantage of the chaos below them.


Today on the front lines in Kirkuk, Kurdish forces were digging in, excavating trenches and building defenses. This is becoming a permanent boundary.




As to the question of whether these impressive Peshmerga troops might help reclaim Mosul, Nechervan Idris Barzani, the prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, was clear. Until a political solution is embarked upon, they will not help. To do so would be foolish without the support of other Sunni tribes in the area.

Perhaps the best summary of all the unfolding confusion comes from the following just released update chart from the Institute for the Study of War.

But where it would get most messy - literally - is if as the previously reported shuttering of Iraq's largest refinery leads to electricity blackouts for Baghdad. Because nothing gets people in a murderous rage quite as 115 degrees and no air conditioning.

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Flakmeister's picture

Kill them all and let god sort it out....

falak pema's picture

Paris August 24 1572; the Saint Barthelmy.

falak pema's picture

Repeat of; that was Beziers 1209...But the french like to do things twice just to make it more french. This second time it was protestants against cathos; St Barthelemy made the Louvre look like Jerusalem 1099 during 1st Crusade. 

Hey, that makes it three! 

THX 1178's picture

Complex systems always have a way of breaking free from the clutches of those who seek to control them. This has been the case for 6,000+ years and it is no different this time. 

One of my favorite scenes from Titanic is the part where the crew (leadership) have lost control of the people and anarchy emerges and there is this one guy who keeps saying "sir, you cant go in there! Sir, you cant go in there!" as people run furiously past him paying no attention. This is how things will happen during our collapse too.

The cops seem tough now, what with their militarized machinery, but when the collaspe happens they will leave their posts and protect their families. Chaos is on the march, and it will not be long now.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

"Complex systems always have a way of breaking free from the clutches of those who seek to control them."

That is why decentralization is the best weapon against tyranny.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

And why the smart-n-savvy people insist on centralizing.

Flakmeister's picture

Which is also why Libtards astound me when they support nukes and coal fired plants while bad mouthing solar....

eatthebanksters's picture

This is how a shitstorm turns nt WWlll...holy fuck!

McMolotov's picture

I can't help but notice we're coming up on the hundred year anniversary of the start of WWI (July 28) just as everything seems to be going to hell all at once. I keep waiting for some schmuck to get Franz Ferdinand'd and really set off the big shitstorm.

Citxmech's picture

Who has the will/ capability to significantly disrupt Saudi oil production?  

That would certainly do it. 

SWRichmond's picture

Didn't Bandar say recently he was pissed off at somebody?

Just saying...

Citxmech's picture

The dangerous thing about these groups we're training/arming is that they have very little to lose, they're next to impossible to keep on a short leash - and have no desire for Western conveiniences.

If you're goal is to self-govern a religious state at about a 14th century level of technology - you will have little reason not to shut down or destroy infrastructure as a means to your end.  


MeMadMax's picture

Yea, well, I can understand the whole iraqi banning of sunni's thing because it's no secret that the sunni's are the ones causing everything from the "spring" to lybia, syria, and now iraq.


Let the games begin. 

Patriot Eke's picture

Storm Clouds Gathering has put out an excellent summary of what's happening and why:

Four chan's picture

so our manchurian president couldnt pawn his terrorist friends off to assad now he is telling maliki to take them in. barack has some big stupid balls.

old naughty's picture

"Complex system..."

nothin' simple.

Beware of the other (invincible) hand stirring,

just saying...

Or, the iranians got to him, simple enuff?

Manthong's picture

 Oh, F me in the butt like an Arabian faggot.

Western powers have screwed, blued and tattooed that space because of their lubricants.

GTF out of there.   (and Ukraine).

Manthong's picture

And BTW ..

In a few weeks the big story will be back to the Chicom threat to stability in the South China Sea.

.. but the central bankers will come to an accommodation after the big scare.

..and since the "Administration"  is way over ther heads in Ukraine they (and their mindless mainstream media) will divert attention elsewhere. 

sushi's picture

We should invade Labia and have done with it.

MontgomeryScott's picture

Didn't that already happen? Oh, wait...

How about THIS headlie from the Onion?

Yesterday, a billboard with Saddam Hussein's picture was erected in Bagdhad, with the caption 'Miss Me Yet?'.

The Crawford, Texas city council was unavaiable for comment. When GWB was asked his reaction, he simply said, 'HOW DARE YOU?' as Dick Cheney beckoned him in to the waiting limousine. They then rushed off to a private meeting with the Saudi Bin Laden construstion group, and it is rumored that they are negotiating another 'no-bid' contract to construct a new embassy; not in Bagdhad, but some other middle-eastern nation. Several sites have been proposed, including Tripoli, but Cheney/Bush has yet to comment. When asked directly, President Obama was heard to say, "Um, uh, uh, um, um...".

Manthong's picture

Labia invasion..

sounds good to me.


Manthong's picture

Flak.. "Kill them all and let god sort it out..."

Um God (capital G)

it V. them (evil bastards).

Outside of the context and grammar stuff, I heartilily agree. 

Manthong's picture

Oh, and gee..

seems like there are Faggots out there that do not like being called out.

WTF.. you'all have drivel on you tongue or what?


Manthong's picture


 I was listening to oldes FM..

Dire Straits was played, but each time FAGGOT came up it was muted to zilch.

We are so (muted) F'd.

"the little faggot 's got his own jet airplane, the little faggot is a mlllionaire."

scraping_by's picture

That's still following the 'rogue actors' story line. AQ has been under Saudi control from the beginning, and there's no reason to think anything's different now.

Citxmech's picture

We'll see I guess.  If SA experiences no infrastructure attacks in the next few months/years - you may be right.

7.62x54r's picture

AQ has always been funded by the Saudis.

Although, after taking Mosul, they may no longer need funds. This scorpion may yet sting the Saudi frog.

Poundsand's picture

The Saud's have gone rogue.  And wouldn't you if you had a bunch of crazy zealots with no way to control them?  You bet, send them to neighboring countrys and turn them loose.  All in the name of god of course.  This won't end for years to come.

Citxmech's picture

Personally, I think their society might be in the process of fracturing as we speak.  Like in China, negative news is hard to come by - but that might have more to do with the propaganda machine than reality.  

Christophe2's picture

I think the US' plans to spread chaos and force change is NOT working out as desired, at all:

People throughout the Middle East have become very familiar with the truth of the West's terrorists in Syria (and Libya, etc.) and they all know they need to fight it in order to be able to survive.

TWO MILLION volunteers is certainly enough to squash the measly forces Saudi Arabia and the US have managed to bring together, hence Iraq is not going to let the US pressure it into anything.

I'll bet there are lots of Sunnis in that bunch of volunteers, as they understand just as easily as the Christians and Shiites that ISIL seeks to abuse them all and wreck absolutely everything.  The so-called sectarianism is mostly just media fabrication, Western-orchestrated terrorism and BS from corrupt politicians.

kliguy38's picture

Oh, I don't know about that......seems pretty chaotic to me... :-)

Christophe2's picture

They achieved chaos, but not the change they wanted!  In fact, the changes and reactions are mostly resulting in even greater loss of power and influence for Zionist Amerika...

Keyser's picture

Wait until Act II, when ISIS brings the road show to the US... 

TBT or not TBT's picture

They've got loads of cash and loads of fighters with western passports. 

new game's picture

i would suggest they are already here! you won't know until they strike terror close to home. tic toc...

BlindMonkey's picture

Can I get an AMEN!!



A friend sent me an old Polish proverb that fits.  "Not my circus.  Not my monkeys."


Lets blow everything in place at the embassy and evacuate and never go back.

walküre's picture

We can always drop the sanctions against Iran and make up for the shortall from Iraqi oil or so....

BobPaulson's picture

Absolutely possible and consistent with US short term realpolotik tradition. Remember, double crossing your allies to make new enemies is just a way to generate business for the arms industry.

Wahooo's picture

I'll give that a HELL YEAH!

The circus monkey saying applies to much in life.

Anusocracy's picture

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

H. L. Mencken

Four chan's picture

damn that mencken had his act together.  

Never One Roach's picture

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.


~ H. L. Mencken



7.62x54r's picture

Might be the best course. Leave, and announce any repetition of 9-11 will be answered with the nuclear destruction of Dar Al Islam.

Of course, Obama is too much of a poltroon to do any such thing.

Reptil's picture


The ISIS is allowed to hold a protest march in The Hague, Netherlands.

Freedom of speech.. sure, but the goal is obviously CHAOS in Europe.

Whatchamacallit's picture

So true. I hope entropy accelerates.

SDShack's picture

"Complex systems always have a way of breaking free from the clutches of those who seek to control them."

Today's physics lesson is.... Entropy.

Harbanger's picture

@ THX1178   It's not a fair comparison.  One is the reaction of cops to an invading Army and shift in power.  Our situation is a state sponsored financial collapse where everyone may be starving but the states enforcement of power remains intact.