US-Created System In Iraq Is Collapsing: Protesters Storm Parliament, State of Emergency Declared - Live Webcast

Tyler Durden's picture

Less than two years ago, the US set up another puppet government in the mid-east this time in the state of Iraq when following substantial US pressure, on August 14, 2014 then prime minister al-Maliki agreed to stepped down and be replaced with Haider al-Abadi. Today, the regime is in chaos and the system set up in Iraq by the US is collapsing when protesters loyal to popular Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr breached the heavily fortified Green Zone, home to government buildings and foreign embassies, and stormed the Iraqi parliament forcing MPs to flee and unleashing a state of emergency for all of Baghdad.

As can be seen in the photo (and live webcast below), hundreds of demonstrators occupied the country's parliament. Video from inside the building showed jubilant crowds waving Iraqi flags and shouting "peaceful, peaceful." Supporters of Sadr, whose fighters once controlled swaths of Baghdad and helped defend the capital from ISIS, have been demonstrating for weeks at the gates of the Green Zone, responding to their leader's call to pressure the government to reform.

Cited by NBC, Brig. Gen. Saad Mann, a spokesman for the Iraqi military, said that Iraq security authorities have declared a state of emergency in Baghdad. "All gates that lead to Baghdad are closed. No one is allowed to enter into Baghdad, only those who want to leave Baghdad can do so." "There is no evacuation for the American staff inside the American embassy," he said. A U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the American Embassy in Baghdad was not being evacuated, contrary to local reports. We expect that should the pro-US government fall, this will promptly change.

Security forces responsible for guarding the entrance to the area were not able to stop the demonstrators without opening fire so they let them in, the security source told NBC News. As a result, the protest is mostly peaceful for now even thought Saturday was the first time the protesters breached the compound's walls.

According to Reuters, the protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified district housing government buildings and many foreign embassies, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River chanting: "The cowards ran away!" in apparent reference to departing lawmakers.

There were no reports of clashes with security forces. But an army special forces unit was dispatched with armored vehicles to protect sensitive sites, two security officials said. No curfew has been imposed, they said.

Moments before the Green Zone breach, Sadr seemed to offer an ultimatum: "Either corrupt (officials) and quotas remain or the entire government will be brought down and no one will be exempt from that." In a televised speech from the holy city of Najaf announcing a two-month withdrawal from public life, Sadr said he was "waiting for the great popular uprising and the major revolution to stop the march of the corrupt."

Abadi has warned that delays to overhauling the cabinet could hamper the war against Islamic State, which controls vast swathes of northern and western Iraq. Considering the massive boost in US "troops on the ground" in Iraq in recent months, surely the US can take care of this perpetual "scapegoat" on its own.

Inside parliament hundreds of protesters danced, waved Iraqi flags and chanted pro-Sadr slogans. Some appeared to be breaking furniture. Local television showed them chanting and taking pictures of themselves inside the main chamber where moments earlier lawmakers had met.

Parliament failed to reach quorum on Saturday afternoon to complete voting on a cabinet reshuffle first urged by Abadi in February. A handful of ministers were approved on Tuesday despite disruptions by dissenting lawmakers.

Political parties have resisted Abadi's efforts to replace some ministers - chosen to balance Iraq's divisions along party, ethnic and sectarian lines - with technocrats in a bid to combat corruption.

A live webcast form the scene of the Iraqi parliament can be seen after the jump.


The latest update: protesters have now stormed Iraqi cabinet offices, effectively paralyzing the government.

As night fell, demonstrators set up tents at a nearby parade ground under triumphal arches made from crossed swords held by hands modelled on those of Saddam Hussein.

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Normalcy Bias's picture

What? They don't like Freedom and "Democracy"?!

Newsboy's picture

This is the Excuse!

Invade and divide!

Whew, back on track!

DetectiveStern's picture

Watch the mainstream press spin this as "extremists" taking control of Baghdad and why there needs to be a NATO intervention.

Richard Chesler's picture

Everything King Midass Obongo touches turns to shit.


nuubee's picture

You could say he has the neocon touch.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

One man's "collapse" is another man's "Greater Israel"...

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Oh, that's nothing. Just think how bad it would have been if we hadn't have saved them from Saddam or brought them so much democracy and freedom! /sarc

SMG's picture

It just boggles the mind how much misery the Satanic Globalist Banksters dispense on mankind.

SWRichmond's picture

"Corruption is the stock in trade of government."

- Ron Paul

BaBaBouy's picture

GB On The Carrier: VICTOREE !!!

John Kich's picture

Can't believe that this is really happening!

This is Donald Trump's most shocking statement yet,

However the mainstream media isn't saying a word about it!

What are they really trying to cover up?

BaBaBouy's picture

For SALE On Ebay: Slightly Used Leather Jacket Worn By GBW On the Carrier Declaring "Victory" ...

Best Offer...

ClydeCrashcup's picture

I'll trade you for one slightly worn copy of "My Pet Goat".

AlaricBalth's picture

Once intended to be the hub of American power in the Middle East, the Green Zone is now a symbol of haphazard foreign policy and wasteful spending of a trillion dollars.

Heavy's picture

This bit from the news site provider of the above live feed shows where the real power lies (they should move the protest).

Military guarding the banks instead of parliment.

SixIsNinE's picture

here we are about 4 hours since ZH broke this story, and i just checked CNN and FOX to see what if any they have on it -

NOTHING.   CNN has a feature in world events about african poaching.... middle east has a small story about Joe Biden making a surprise visit to Iraq.   FOX has nothing on it, but do mention a suicide bombing in Baghdad...

oh, and some "moderate" rebels bombed a childrens hospital in Aleppo.


COSMOS's picture

If the western public doesnt know about it then its Mission Accomplished.

I am sure the World Jewish Congress Media Subcomitte is having a meeting on how to spin this via video conferencing to ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS etc news HQ rooms

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Richard Chesler:  Obama is King Muh-Dick.  They found him rambling round the hood one day holding his crotch saying Muh dick.  

Manthong's picture

Sure looks to me that Iran took a lesson from Vickie Nudleman and Hitlary in the Ukraine.


Manthong's picture

Hey, great news!

We were missing that great Tuberculosis for like 6  decades, but Obama has been bringing it back so that your kids and grandkids can enjoy the feeling of not being able to breathe.

The good news is that they will produce less of that destructive CO2 as they gag.

I seem to recall that some of the yutes actually like an oxygen deprivation "high" before they choke to death.


jeff montanye's picture

first it's zionism stupider goodfellow.  seven nations in five years.  they are a bit behind schedule but they haven't given up.

second what happened to the excellent image down with yoga pants used? thankfully i have copied it. i have had occasion to repeat this sentiment (to myself) on numerous sightings.

Manthong's picture

Good for them….

We need the kids to get involved.

The Iraqi security dudes did not shoot the Shia protesters.

I wonder if the US militarized security forces would hesitate similarly.

r0mulus's picture

Yea, it's funny, I couldn't access the live webcast of initially as I was presented with a "additional security check". not sure if it was the ISP or not, but the site seems to have been flagged as a security threat. Seems like a good way to keep most people from visiting a controversial site. Wonder who got it flagged as such, especially consdering the site seems pretty harmless from what I can tell. You don't even need to enable any CDN's to get their streaming video to work, which is a pretty good sign usually. appear to be a kurdish run media organization- they publish in english and seem legit. not sure how biased they are, but it seems decent enough so far.

Paveway IV's picture

Rudaw News Network is owned by one of the Barzani clan - the nephew of ex-President Barzani named Nechervan Barzani who is also the current PM of the Kurdistan Regional Government. As such, you can expect it to be KRG friendly as well as in line with Barzani's KDP party views. So pro-Kurd in the KDP sense. Rudaw is at odds at times with the other Iraqi Kurdish political parties (favoring the KDP view) and is (or was) banned by the Syrian Kurd party from reporting in Syria Kurdistan (Rojava). That said, they do seem to at least value the idea of unbiased reporting. Being state- (or at least Barzani-clan) owned makes that difficult for them at times.

Regarding Baghdad: their coverage so far (at least in English) seems to be fairly neutral. Keep in mind that this may be a Kurd- or U.S.- manufactured demonstration of Sadr-loyal Iraqi Shia in order to discredit them and make the Kurds agitate for an independent Kurdistan: "See? The Shia are crazy radicals and we need our own Iraqi Kurdistan country NOW (along with all the Iraqi oil wells there)". This would be in line with the long-standing U.S. neocon/Israeli/big oil goal of dividing Iraq into smaller, weaker pieces.

The Sadr-loyalist Shia do have very legitimate complaints against the current corrupt, inept U.S. crony-stuffed puppet government in Baghdad. A series of reforms that parliament was suppose to vote on are actually a sad joke and fix nothing. Sadr has been painted by the west as an evil Iran-loving Shia, but he's actually a pretty principled, moral guy. He had a large political party in his name at one time, but became upset when he found out about some isolated instances of corruption in it and dissolved the whole thing. Don't hold your breath for the Democrats or Republicans to do that any time soon.

Sadr isn't a Sunni-hater - he respects Iraqi Sunnis and just wants a fair and effective government in Baghdad. He does not want to see Iraq divided on Shia - Sunni (or Kurd) lines. Since he's honest and opposes the neocon 'partition Iraq' strategy, he as been thoroughly demonized by the usual mouthpieces. The recent acts of violence attributed to Sadr-loyalists seem like false flags. al-Sadr himself denounces the violence. He has a fiercely-loyal militia and opposed the U.S. occupation of Baghdad back in the early days. The U.S. made a big effort to 'pacify' him and his followers in their Baghdad slum (Sadr city), and the animosity remains today. Sadr doesn't trust the Americans and thinks all of them in Baghdad are corrupt oil thieves, shady price-gouging contractors or CIA spies. That actually sounds like a pretty accurate assessment to me.

Team Chaos is getting what it wants in Iraq and will probably have Sadr killed if he becomes a hinderance. Right now, he's just being used as an excuse to partition Iraq.

[Edit: Iraq still refuses to sell Israel any oil, but the Kurds will. That's a big reason for the Israeli interest in partitioning off an independent Kurdistan]

jeff montanye's picture

thank you very much for your information and insights.

TruthHunter's picture

Team Chaos

has been operating for a long time. The Western powers partitioned 

Kurdistan between Turkey, Iraq, and Iran to deliberately weaken these nations.


Erdogan needs to be reminded that an Ottoman legacy doesn't give Turkey an absolute right

to Kurdish lands any more than Arab lands.

Is it possible to arrive at better principles to balance ethnic, economic, and political interest

in a more stable way? Team Chaos seems to have different agenda.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

I'll trade you for one slightly worn copy of "My Pet Goat".

If you read it upside down, it will give you great serenity, even while your country is under attack.

jeff montanye's picture

when even a bulging flight suit codpiece doesn't help anymore, and the order still stands.

shovelhead's picture

Can Allah put in a bid?

He likes goat pictures.

Hans Auf Meistuff's picture

A gay black woman? Cool. That makes it even more special.

Hans Auf Meistuff's picture

A gay black woman? Cool. That makes it even more special.

Huckleberry Pie's picture

A used, bathroom closet server in Colorado, has also recently been listed.

Huckleberry Pie's picture

A used, bathroom closet server in Colorado, has also recently been listed.

Kayman's picture

Can't believe John Kich Troll is still here.

"In all, governments and corporations involved in the arms deals approved by Clinton’s State Department have delivered between $54 million and $141 million to the Clinton Foundation as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to the Clinton family, according to foundation and State Department records. "

From David Stockman

Heavy's picture

John Kich Troll's account is one week 3 days old so, he may be here again

Took Red Pill's picture

It's just a new name. He's been booted off before and just keeps coming back.

rbg81's picture

Yet another Hitlery Clinton "accomplishment" down the shitter.  Imagine that?

jeff montanye's picture

with regard to iraq she had a lot of help from the other bunch of professional wrestlers (the ones wearing the red capes, waving the crosses).

now with syria and libya, it's pretty much a blue team special, though all were planned by their common manager, gentleman saul likud (who gets both references?).

ebworthen's picture

Hitlary on Benghazi: 

"At this point what does it matter!?!?"

Neocons and the DNC agree; moar war!

Quus Ant's picture

I suppose we should have a war while there are still the resources to execute one.   Cheney and friends saw peak oil on the horizon (the end of Saudi oil, at this point can anyone deny the Haus of Saud is running on fumes?) in their energy assessment so 9/11 was hatched as a last ditch effort to secure what little remained in the middle east.  We've killed millions to keep our lights on a little longer.  2008 we hit the wall. 

Call it peak consumption, peak demand, peak whatever you want (I call it peak deception. Bring on the ugly truth!), but life thrives and multiplies while  food sources are plentiful and predators are few. Threats are few, so if oil was still plentiful consumption/population should still be skyrocketing.  Instead TPTB have been destroying demand-  controlled demolition being preferable to chaotic systemic collapse. 

Not the end of the world, just the end of our world, and thank GOD.   The tower of Babel was almost complete.

Learn how to bring the soil back to life naturally.  Get your body accustomed to real, hard, honest sunkissed work.  Take your kids out of the institutions and learn side by side how to live in the light. 

new game's picture

sooner the better. a glow in the distant east-dc! good day...

jeff montanye's picture

9-11 was not done for oil.  were there any real oilmen (like not cheney or bush) involved? no.

who were involved? scads and heaps of dual nationality israeli americans and piles and masses of mossad front corporations.

educate yourself:

Quus Ant's picture

Israel doesn't need oil?  Specifically Western control of oil?

The MIC doesn't need oil?  Every modern military/gov/corporation/distribution system doesn't need oil?


We are ALL oil men. 

You don't need a conspiracy when interests converge.   Max Keiser summing it up nicely:

Mr. Ed's picture

Crude is another place to run for a bump... over the next week maybe?  A few days?