In Iraq’s Anbar province, where there is mutiny against Nuri al-Maliki's cabinet, one wonders about the significance of launching a huge war that could have been easily politically finalized by the Iraqi government.
There is no oil in Anbar or real strongholds, and it is merely a futile land whose people are angry of the continuous persecution against them by Maliki, who himself could have solved their problems instead of making promises he did not keep. Or in the worst cases, he could have ignored them instead of sending his forces to commit massacres against hundreds of unarmed protesters.
The reason lies within Maliki’s intentions. As time passes, it becomes clear that the premier wants to achieve aims that go beyond the public dispute between him and protesters. There is more to the trap than the bird. Maliki wants to appear as the protector of the Shiites by pursuing Sunnis and weakening his Shiite competitors who politically threaten him.
Alliance with Iran
Maliki wants to appear as the protector of the Shiites by pursuing Sunnis and weakening his Shiite competitors who politically threaten him.Abdulrahman al-Rashed
The first time he made this move was six years ago against Muqtada al-Sadr's militias. The operation was dubbed "Charge of the Knights." Sadr's supporters fought back under the slogan of fighting militias of daawa and Iranian intelligence. Maliki's enthusiasm to shed more blood cannot be understood except within the context of the strong alliance with the Iranian regime.SHOW MORE