Baghdad Overrun, Parliament Stormed


Anti-government protesters tore down walls and poured into the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a political crisis that has simmered for months.

Many readers will remember “Mookie” (Moqtada al-Sadr), the 20-something ayatollah, from the 2003 invasion period.  These are his followers.  Al-Sadr is not an agent of Iran; it’s more complicated than that.  But what’s happening today is a continuation of the Battle of Baghdad.

The coalition government has failed to stop the series of ISIS bombings in Baghdad that target Shia neighborhoods — the main way ISIS has been waging the battle inside the city for the last 18 months or so. Sooner rather than later, all pretense of a Shia-Sunni coalition governing Iraq will fall apart.

This didn’t have to happen; Obama pulling out in 2011 is the main factor in guaranteeing that it would.

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