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TNT: CandyKisses:  Report: Green Zone turns into ‘park’ for Iraqis

Baghdad – Nas


A press report highlighted the green zone’s transformation into a city open to Iraqis, in light of the open sit-in, launched by Sadrist supporters.


The report, published by the newspaper “Middle East”, followed by “Nas” (August 2, 2022): “The heavily fortified presidential green zone, which includes most government buildings, including the Iraqi parliament, has been transformed overnight from an area with only stakeholders from government, parliament and other departments, ministries and staff


To what looks like a recreational resort, frequented by large numbers of Baghdadis and others, whether those belonging to sadr’s movement, or those who are power-taking from different groups, or those who are in power from different categories, or those who are in power from different categories, or those who are in power from different categories, or those who are in power from different categories, or those who are in power from different categories. Even some curious people who want to know the nature of life and the places where people’s deputies and other government figures live.”


“Most Baghdadis and others have been completely isolated from these places for nearly 20 years, surrounded by fences and strong protection lines to prevent targeting, however, it became clear that these precautions went away last Saturday, after the Sadrists stormed the Green Zone and entered and stationed parliament, thus providing an irreplaceable opportunity for those who wish to (picnic) and see the worlds of the Presidential Green Zone (mysterious and magical) for them,” he said.


“In 2018, the government of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi decided to partially open the streets of the Green Zone to ordinary citizens, and then retreated and closed them again during the popular protests that began in 2019,” he said. According to an interior ministry officer working in the Green Zone, its entry is limited to the “Four Cards” campaign, or color-bearing passes (black, red, yellow, green). The colors are distributed depending on the importance of the character who aims to enter.


The officer, who prefers not to be named, says that “black is intended for those with grades and senior positions of deputies, ministers and officials, while the green color is reserved for officers with the rank of dean and above and their class of staff, and the card is allocated in red to officers at the rank of colonel and below, and the yellow color is allocated to officers of the rank of major and below.”


The officer adds that “the granting of black is the prerogative of the Prime Minister, and may be granted to some persons and guests who are not working in the Green Zone, but who frequent it for political, commercial or journalistic purposes, or those associated with certain interests with certain blocs, political figures, etc.”.


The four colored cards, today lost their importance and function, and passers-by and going to the Green Zone can see tens of thousands of citizens coming from different neighborhoods of the capital and from distant provinces, spread over a wide area of social affiliation, and from various religious and ethnic affiliations poor, destitute, employees, wealthy and professionals and housewives, the irony is that one of the security elements appeared in a video and talks about his happiness to enter the Green Zone for the first time after being a guard of its walls many years ago!




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Tishwash:   Iran loses control of Iraq


Under the above title, Gevorg Mirzayan wrote, in “Expert Row”, about the internal conflict in Iraq and the rejection of Iranian guardianship over it.


The article stated: Iraq is witnessing turmoil. Hundreds of Iraqi Shiite demonstrators stormed the parliament building last week to protest the appointment of a new prime minister.


Among Russian (as well as Western) circles close to experts, an opinion has been established that neighboring Iran is the biggest beneficiary of the US invasion of Iraq.


In the end, however, Iraqi nationalism (or Arabism, if you will) triumphed over religious identity, just as it triumphed during the Iran-Iraq war (when Tehran’s bet on the support of its Iraqi Shiite brethren did not work). For many years, Iraqis – including Shiites – have opposed Tehran’s control of their country and its incorporation into Iranian geopolitical projects.


There is, now, a dilemma. The installation of the pro-Iranian prime ministerial candidate, Muhammad al-Sudani, cannot be considered legitimate, because the main Shiite political force does not recognize him. It is very difficult to suppress this force and its leader.


The West views this situation with mixed feelings. On the one hand, the United States does not want a government crisis in Iraq, let alone the possibility of civil war. This would lead to a decrease in the volume of oil exported by Iraq, which means increasing the complexity of Western countries’ plans to impose a price ceiling on Russian oil. On the other hand, the West needs Sadr in the context of the US-Saudi-Israeli confrontation with Iran.


That is why Western diplomats will now try to kill two birds with one stone, that is, prevent a civil war in Iraq while at the same time persuading the political forces there to reintegrate al-Sadr into power. Preferably its main player. The only question is how can this be achieved?   link




CandyKisses:  Announcement Of An Important Meeting Of The Framework Forces Within 72 Hours


The leader in the coordination framework, Turki Al-Atabi, announced, on Tuesday, that the framework forces will hold an important meeting during the next 72 hours.


Al-Otbi said in an interview with “Information”, “The demonstration of the framework forces near the approaches of the Green Zone from the side of the suspension bridge revealed to public opinion the large size of the popular bases, although the mobilization for them was during a very short period, but it gave a message of great depth and popular support for it.”


Al-Otabi added, “The leaders of the framework will hold an important meeting within the next 72 hours to discuss developments in the Iraqi scene in general and to set a road map for the next stage,” noting that “Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani is still the framework’s candidate to head the next government, and there is no change in the framework’s directions regarding the formation of the government.”


He pointed out that “any change in the political process must take place in accordance with the constitutional framework, otherwise it is not legal,” noting that “the framework seeks to protect the state and the political process.”