Sadr's Shiite demonstrations fueled conflict over power
BAGHDAD / Reuters
At a time when it seems certain that the Iraqi forces will be defeated Bdaash in Mosul this year , al- Sadr began to mobilize his followers ahead of two entitlements elective; one for the provincial councils are supposed to take place in September, and the other for the parliamentary elections in April 2018. The
main rival is former Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki , a politician loyal to Iran began to promote himself last year as a controller in a potential balance of power , or even to return to the presidency itself minister.
There were repercussions of the political conflict in the streets of central Baghdad on Saturday when five demonstrators and a policeman were killed in clashes between security forces and followers of al- Sadr , who demanded reform of election - Sadr is believed that she favors Maliki Commission.
The Maliki 's return to power to strengthen Iran 's influence in Baghdad, giving Tehran weight in any conflict with US President Donald Trump administration , which imposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic in the wake of the missile tested last month.
Although Sadr avowed hostility and rejection of US policies in the Middle East and spent considerable time in Iran, the degree of Tehran to adopt it as an ally in Baghdad will be lower. And a troubled relationship with the Iraqi political groups allied with Iran and portrayed himself as a believer nationalism Iraq.
Maliki 's eight - year rule ended in 2014 when the Iraqi army in the face of an attack to regulate Daesh collapsed, forcing him to hand over power to the current Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi. And it belongs to all of the men of the Dawa party.
And works Maliki now vice-president , a ceremonial post but he still enjoys enormous influence as heads of the Dawa Party , which controls the largest bloc in parliament.
And enable al - Abadi , a Shiite politician moderate work better with the Americans who helped in rebuilding the army and provided air and ground support crucial troops fighting Sunni militants who seized control of one - third of Iraq in 2014
and ended with the Iraqi forces from the first phase of the major cities under restoration Mosul campaign Daesh control, since the militant group expelled from the eastern side of the city.
Abadi and oversees the ongoing fighting two years ago , but it lacks the political weight of the chest or like the one owned by al - Maliki.
He was confident Hashemi , head of the Iraqi Group for Strategic Studies, based in Baghdad , "al - Abadi came by virtue of a settlement between the Americans and the Iranians."
He added , "However, this equation may not be sustained in light of the escalation of Trump 's management is sure that Iran will seek to have a strong ally in Baghdad" to control the parliamentary elections next year.
The new US president said that " the face of a warning" to Iran after it had tested a missile of medium - range ballistic missile last January.
She says some of the Western powers that the launch of a ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads decision violates the UN Security Council, which approved the agreement reduces the international sanctions on Tehran. Iran says rocket fire does not violate the agreement.
And the development of escalation and cessation of Trump Management migrant reception from seven Muslim - majority countries Abadi in trouble. Has resisted calls from politicians , Iraqi Shiites loyal to Iran retaliate against the ban , citing the need of Iraq to the American military support.
Commenting on the telephone call on Thursday with Trump said that Baghdad will steer clear of the US - Iranian tensions.
And systems Sadr 's followers several demonstrations last year to demand reforms to combat corruption and stormed Alkhaddra- region , a heavily fortified area houses government buildings and the other belonging to diplomatic missions Ojunbah- after clashes with security forces.
Iraq and occupy the oil - rich center on 161 corruption organization Transparency International , which includes 168 countries index.
And 14 years after the invasion led by the United States toppled Saddam Hussein is still the country suffers from a shortage of electricity, water, schools and hospitals , while moaning facilities and infrastructure under the weight of neglect and widespread.
The rally in the streets of Sadr important as it can not rely on a regional supportive to maintain his popularity.
In his reaction to the killing of his followers on Saturday evening , al- Sadr said that he attached protests at the moment, but added " the blood of our martyrs will not go in vain."
Hashemi said that the violence that erupted on Saturday will not be authorized likely significant change in the balance of power , but the protesters delivered the message that the chest can not be ignored.
He added that the protests enabled him to "awaken his audience nationalist slogans and confirm his leadership."
The chest is a descendant of a family of clerics have suffered under the rule of Saddam Hussein. While Sadr 's family remained in Iraq , the main Shiite rivals, including al - Maliki fled from the persecution of Saddam and did not return to Iraq until after the invasion.
Iran has trained and armed Shiite factions , collectively known as the popular forces to face the crowd Daesh. And most of its leaders have close links with al - Maliki.
Sadr 's Dawa party , is accused of obstructing the war on Daesh saying that street protests increase the burden on the armed forces at a time is approaching when directed by militants from Mosul , the last great bastion of militant organization in Iraq.
MP Ahmed al - Badri al - Maliki , who is close to the Sadrist movement as also charged with corruption. " The elections just around the corner and everyone wants to win the street, but everyone also including the Sadrist movement within the circle of quotas and corruption by virtue of their participation in several governments."
Sadr 's followers and rejects accusations of obstructing the war. A government employee named Ali Mahdi , 42, during his participation in a demonstration Saturday , "corruption is allowed to enter Daesh. Atninhm (both) in the same bag."