Skip to comments.Protesters burn Iranian consulate in Karbala, Iraq
Posted on 11/04/2019 2:33:30 AM PST by McGruff
Iraqis scaled the wall around the Iranian consulate in Karbala and raised an Iraqi flag over it. They said only the Iraqi flag should fly high in the sky and that Iranians should be ejected. Other protesters tried to burn the wall around the compound.
This is the second time the consulate has been attacked in a week; it was previously targeted on October 26. Protests in Iraq have reached their crescendo after a month in which 250 demonstrators have been killed. The Iraqi Prime Minister has been pressured to resign. Protesters have targeted the political party offices of Iranian-linked parties and militias. The militias, known as Hashd al-Shaabi, have been alleged to use snipers to shoot demonstrators. In addition reports indicate that Iran has used a heavy hand to try to suppress Iraqi protesters by working through political allies such as the Badr Organization and Fatah Alliance head Hadi al-Amiri.
Iran sent its IRGC Quds Force general Qassem Soleimani to Iraq last month to help advise the government on the crackdown...
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” Protests in Iraq have reached their crescendo after a month in which 250 demonstrators have been killed. “
That’s a lot of protesters killed. Where’s the msm media been? Silence
I mentioned it too. They were probably ‘bad’ protestors.
After all we’ve had to endure with the muslims and this POS peanut farmer is still around unbelievable .
Maybe they need this man?
The grandson of the last King of Iraq
How’s that nation building going. Huh?
The ‘journalists’ in Iraq are almost always Sunnis, up around Baghdad. Outside Baghdad Sunni areas there is no Western media coverage. The Sunni ‘journalists’ won’t travel into Shia or Kurdish areas. They wouldn’t make it past the militia roadblocks.
There is no love lost between Iraqi and Iranian Shia. The Iraqi Shia see themselves as true Shia as few holy areas are in Iran. Iranian Shia are seen as Loser-Interlopers in Persian Iran and illegitimate to lead Iraqi Shia. Karbabla protested and fought the Mahdi in 2004 after the Mahdi trashed Najaf. So this is not without precedent.
Sorry, but the ‘no journalists’ excuse is baloney.
This story has been on Twitter and has been covered sporadically by some news agencies for the past month or more. (sadly, it was NPR that I found reported it a month ago)
Other msm outlets have done minor reporting of it in the past week or so. It just hasn’t been enough of a story to get much publicity here for whatever reason.
Who killed them?
Some people.... Did something.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm lessee here....stuff going on all over the World. Protests, rioting, death, and destruction. Seems almost like it’s organized to try to cause a war, or two, or three to force our President to break his word on never ending wars.
Shoe is on the other foot.
what are they protesting?
Anti-government protesters crossed a major bridge in Baghdad on Monday, approaching the prime ministers office and the headquarters of Iraqs state-run TV, as security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas, killing at least five demonstrators and wounding dozens.
The protesters hurled rocks and set tires and dumpsters ablaze, sending clouds of black smoke into the air. Security forces flooded into the area to protect government buildings, and gunfire echoed through the streets.
Dozens of motorized rickshaws raced back and forth, ferrying the wounded to first aid stations at the main protest site in Tahrir Square.
For days, the protesters have been trying to cross the Tigris River to the heavily fortified Green Zone,
( Where did Mohammeds grandson die and who killed him? )
Battle of Karbala
The Battle of Karbala was fought on 10 October 680 (10 Muharram in the year 61 AH of the Islamic calendar) between the army of the second Umayyad caliph Yazid I and a small army led by Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, at Karbala, Iraq.
Prior to his death, the Umayyad caliph Muawiyah I had nominated his son Yazid as his successor. Yazid’s nomination was contested by the sons of a few prominent companions of Muhammad, including Husayn, son of the fourth caliph Ali, and Abd Allah ibn Zubayr, son of Zubayr ibn al-Awam. Upon Muawiyah’s death in 680 CE, Yazid demanded allegiance from Husayn and other dissidents. Husayn did not give allegiance and traveled to Mecca. The people of Kufa, an Iraqi garrison town and the center of Ali’s caliphate, were averse to the Syria-based Umayyad caliphs and had a long-standing attachment to the house of Ali. They proposed Husayn overthrow the Umayyads. On Husayn’s way to Kufa with a retinue of about 70 men, his caravan was intercepted by a 1,000-strong army of the caliph at some distance from Kufa. He was forced to head north and encamp in the plain of Karbala on 2 October, where a larger Umayyad army of 4,000 arrived soon afterwards. Negotiations failed after the Umayyad governor Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad refused Husayn safe passage without submitting to his authority, a condition declined by Husayn. The Battle of Karbala ensued on 10 October during which Husayn was killed along with most of his relatives and companions, while his surviving family members were taken prisoner. The battle was followed by the Second Islamic Civil War, during which the Iraqis organized two separate campaigns to avenge the death of Husayn; the first one by the Tawwabin and the other one by Mukhtar al-Thaqafi and his supporters.
The Battle of Karbala galvanized the development of the pro-Alid[a] party (Shi’at Ali) into a unique religious sect with its own rituals and collective memory. It has a central place in the Shi’a history, tradition, and theology, and has frequently been recounted in Shi’a literature. For the Shi’a, Husayn’s suffering and death became a symbol of sacrifice in the struggle for right against wrong, and for justice and truth against injustice and falsehood.
Battle of Karbala and Its Lasting Significance
In 681, Alis son Hussein led a group of 72 followers and family members from Mecca to Karbala (present-day Iraq) to confront the corrupt caliph Yazid of the Ummayad dynasty. A massive Sunni army waited for them, and by the end of a 10-day standoff with various smaller struggles, Hussein was killed and decapitated, and his head brought to Damascus as a tribute to the Sunni caliph.
It was obviously intended by the Ummayads to put the definitive end to all claims to leadership of the ummah as a matter of direct descendence from Muhammad, says Hazleton of Husseins death, and the death of all the surviving members of Muhammads family, at Karbala. But of course it’s not what happened. Instead, Husseins martyrdom at Karbala became the central story of Shia tradition, and is commemorated yearly as Ashoura, the most solemn date on the Shia calendar.
The Sunni-Shia Divide Into the 21st Century
In addition to Karbala, the NPR podcast Throughline identified three key milestones that would sharpen Sunni-Shia divisions by the end of the 20th century. First came the rise of the Safavid dynasty in the 16th century, which transformed Iran (through force) from a Sunni center into the Shia stronghold of the Middle East. In the early 20th century, the victorious Allies divided the territory held by the former Ottoman Empire after World War I, cutting through centuries-old religious and ethnic communities in the process. Finally, in 1979, the Islamic Revolution in Iran produced a radical brand of Shia Islam that would clash violently with Sunni conservatives in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the decades to follow.
Amid the increasing politicization of Islam and the rise of fundamentalists on both sides of the divide, sectarian tensions intensified in the early 21st century, especially amid the upheavals caused by two Persian Gulf Wars, the chaos that followed the U.S.-backed ouster of Saddam Husseins Sunni regime in Iraq, and the mass uprisings across the region that began with the Arab Spring in 2011.
Sunni-Shia divisions would fuel a long-running civil war in Syria, fighting in Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere, and terrorist violence on both sides. A common thread in most of these conflicts is the ongoing battle between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran for influence in the oil-rich Middle East and surrounding regions.
Despite the long-running nature of the Sunni-Shia divide, the fact that the two sects coexisted in relative peace for many centuries suggests their struggles may have less to do with religion than with wealth and power.
Neither of them are representative of the vast majority of Sunni Muslims or the vast majority of Shia Muslims around the world, says Hazleton of the fundamentalist regimes governing both Saudi Arabia and Iran.
When society breaks down, you fall back on old forms of identity, and Shia and Sunni are 1,400-year-old forms of identity.
Network data from the NetBlocks internet observatory show that internet access has been cut across much of Iraq by internet providers as of 21:00 UTC, Monday 4 November 2019 (00:00 Baghdad time 5 November 2019).
At the time of writing, national connectivity has fallen below 19% of normal levels sending tens of millions of users offline across Baghdad, also impacting Basra, Karbala and other population centers except semi-autonomous Kurdish northern regions. Network measurement data indicate that the new disruption is the most severe government-imposed communication restriction to have been imposed in Iraq since protests began.
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