This blog post was published on April 26 2011. §
The (not so) secret plan to extend the US presence in Iraq
Renewed their rejection and demonstration to extend the presence of the US occupation forces as this headline describe it “exercise their anti-American muscles”, the Sadrists added one more “muscle” after the spiritual leader of the Movement who lives in Iran Ayatollah Al-Hai’ri release a one-liner new Fatwa says:
The extension of the mission of the infidel occupiers in Iraq, even for one single day after the mentioned date is haram (religiously prohibited).
Maliki has already said that there are no plans to extend US presence, it seems today he changed his mind which is already reported by Al-Hayat two days ago saying that Maliki will send a delegation to Iran on Tuesday (today) to persuade Tehran to accept the presence of part of the U.S. force (estimated 15,000) including 10,000 US troops on the Kuwaiti border with Iraq.
According to the newspaper:
Maliki has persuaded the Americans to accept an arrangement other than the announcement of the extension of the presence of its forces, which is to keep those forces to protect the embassy, oil companies and U.S. citizens in Iraq …
… Maliki planned to send a delegation to Tehran on Tuesday headed by the leader of the Dawa Party Sheikh Abdul Hamid Zuhairi trying to convince the Iranian side to accept the deal and to pressure Moqtada Al-Sadr to accept the extension of U.S. troops without lifting the freeze on Mahdi Army.
I guess signing the extradition accord with Iran is part of the deal.
Maliki is encircled by the US forces, Al-Iraqiya supported demonstrations, and threats from his ally Muqtada Al-Sadr (US Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan dismissed the importance of Sadr’s threat to stop the freezing of the Mahdi Army). but one thing the Prime Minister is sure of : extending the presence of the US occupation troops has become a reality and out of Maliki’s control.
Information available through private sources says that the U.S. (Joe Biden) threatened to “reactivate” (the new leadership of the intelligence service) file, an issue which shocked and horrified Maliki because the Prime Minister believed that the Americans totally forgot this sensitive issue.
The position of Chief-spy Iraqi National Intelligence Service (Mukhabarat) is still empty, all the statements released on organization’s website signed by an anonymous (rumors says that Maliki’s son “Ahmad Al-Maliki is running the office behind the scene).
After the resignation of Shahwani as chief-spy of Iraqi Mukhabarat in 2009. Maliki’s candidate to lead the organization was Mohammed Mohsen Al-Zubaidi (unfamiliar?) … He is the self-appointed first mayor of Baghdad after the occupation and a CIA agent (self admitted of the Iraqi TV), assassinated in Beirut in mysterious circumstances few days after his name as chief-spy leaked to the media.
All Iraqi politicians are aware that Iraq is the US Operations Command Center of (the Gulf and the Fertile Crescent), they will not the country and ready to use other ways (such as enforcing the UN article VII), especially with the current development in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia.