This blog post was published on December 24 2011. §
Muslim Brotherhood and the root of the recent crisis in Iraq
With the recent rise of the Islamists (the Global Muslim Brotherhood) “popularity” in the Arab countries supported by the West, Iraqi Sunni Islamists are double marginalised First– by the Shiite government. Second — by the secular leadership of Al-Iraqiya List.
Realising that time is ripe to tighten grip on power using the West sympathy with the Islamists, news reported that the Islamic parties within Al-Iraqiya List plan to seize control on the secular members of the List. Islamic Party started a new alliance which includes Rafie al-Issawi, Abdel Karim al-Samarrai, the “Renewal List” and other Iraqi Islamists in order to control the decisions of the List, and to marginalise the secular members.
Under the name “Iraqyoon”, blocs with Al-Iraqiya List already started to group the Islamists with an initiative from the Islamic Party.
After a meeting with the Turkish ambassador, there was even an attempt made al-Issawi and Al-Nujaifi (secular) to remove Allawi from the Al-Iraqiya’s leadership.
Normally, the Prime Minister Maliki doesn’t care much about the groupings and alliances among his rivals, but with the current regional politics a Western alliance (including Turkey) with the Sunni Islamists is a serious danger.
Since the circulation of these new developments (rumors), Maliki placed the Islamic Party (Muslim Brotherhood) is under his hammer. A campaign of raids and arrests against the Sunni Islamists made by Baghdad’s Military Command Center, arresting four Islamists members of the Islamic Party with charges related to the bombing of the Parliament.
Despite that the Baghdad’s military unite claims of finding arms and explosives in the Islamic Party headquarter, al-Samarrai leader of the Party rejected these claims.
Previously I said that this crisis in Iraq will change the coalitions, blocs and the whole political map. All what Maliki wants is to break the Muslim Brotherhood’s back leaving Allawi’s Bloc “Al-Wifaq Al-Watani” alone which easy to handle (or ignore).