The violent arrest in Iraq of leading Sunni Member of Parliament Ahmed al-Alwani marks yet another step in that country’s rapid descent into sectarian anarchy and civil war.
Alwani is chairman of the Iraqi Parliament’s important Economics Committee. More significantly, he is a leading critic of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and an arch opponent of the spread of Iranian influence in Iraq.
He led recent demonstrations in Ramadi against the sectarian oppression of the Shiite-led government and wrote to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton bewailing Iraq’s appalling human rights record, citing the massacre of defenseless Iranian dissidents in a refugee camp near Baghdad as evidence of Maliki’s malign rule.
The almost inevitable reaction from the increasingly despotic prime minister was a trumped-up charge of terrorism against Alwani and a large contingent of heavily armed troops, with 50 armored vehicles and a military helicopter were sent to arrest him at his home in a village in Anbar Province, at dawn Saturday. The ensuing carnage saw Alwani’s brother and eight other family members and bodyguards shot dead and the MP himself dragged off to a prison in Baghdad.
The United States sent Hellfire missiles, drones, helicopters, to Iraq to combat Al Qaeda’s presence –Meanwhile the United States was just recently caught sending weapons to Al Qaeda in Syria. Does anyone else see how absolutely insane this is? Sending weapons to Iraq to combat Al Qaeda but they send weapons to Syria to strengthen Al Qaeda. I am amazed how the general population in America still doesn’t see how contradicting this all this — Saying the United States uses Al Qaeda as a method of destabilization to extract wealth is regarded as ‘tinfoil hat conspiracy’ yet here we have yet another example(of many) of this ever present truth showing its ugly face once again. This is also coming from the same president who won elections on the premise of ‘ending the wars”, notably in Iraq.
So in short, the United States is sending weapons to Iraq to combat Al Qaeda, but knowingly sent weapons to Al Qaeda in Syria…I believe this is one of those moments where someone would say “Hello! McFly! Is anyone home!?!”
A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.
Wednesday’s bombings came amid a massive military operation in Iraq’s western desert as authorities try to hunt down insurgents who have stepped up attacks across Iraq in the past months, sending violence to levels not seen since 2008.
The Christmas Day attacks brought the total number of people killed so far this month in Iraq to 441. According to United Nations estimates, more than 8,000 people have been killed since the start of the year.