Fri Aug 10, 2018, 01:12 AM

Iraq's Moqtada al-Sadr Named Winner of May's Election After Recount

Latest update : 2018-08-10

Nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's alliance won Iraq's legislative election in May according to a manual recount, the electoral commission said Friday, paving the way for a government to be formed nearly three months after the polls.

Allegations of fraud prompted the supreme court to order a partial manual recount, but Sadr's joint list with communists will retain all 54 seats it won to become the biggest bloc in Iraq's 329-seat parliament.

The only change resulting from the recount will be an extra seat for the Conquest Alliance of pro-Iranian former paramilitary fighters at the expense of a local Baghdad list.

Conquest Alliance remains in second place but will have 48 seats instead of 47, Iraq's nine-member electoral commission said.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's bloc remains in third with just 42 seats.


Remember him, anyone???


APRIL 28, 2007
Reuters Staff

BAGHDAD, April 28 (Reuters) - The powerful Iraqi cleric and militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr called President George W. Bush the "anti-Christ" on Saturday and urged him to heed calls by the opposition Democrats to withdraw from the chaos of Iraq.

Sadr, whose ministers quit Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government this month, renewed his demand for a U.S. pullout a day after Bush pledged to veto legislation that would require U.S. troops to begin leaving Iraq by Oct. 1.

Calling Bush "the greatest evil," Sadr said in a letter read out by a Sadrist MP in parliament that an eventual U.S. pullout would be a "victory for the Iraqi people".

"Here are the Democrats demanding that you withdraw at least with a timetable and you are stubborn against them," said Sadr, whose Mehdi Army militia fought two uprisings against U.S. forces in 2004.

"You are like the one-eyed anti-Christ. You look with one eye and refuse to look with the other," he told Bush.

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Fri Aug 10, 2018, 03:33 PM

1. That will put a crimp in US plans.

The US could resupply from Jordan to the south.

Turkey wants no part in helping trump that closes off the north route.

Iraq can order a halt to operations in aid to the US military and the east west route would be gone.

Leaving the US military hanging on to longer and longer supply lines.

All Assad needs now is for China to add troops into Syria. Oh wait...

News of this kind are not new. In Nov 2017, for example, it had been reported that since “some 5,000 fighters of Uyghur origin, an ethnic Muslim minority that the Chinese authorities regularly accuse of terrorism, have arrived in Syria illegally …. the Chinese Ministry of Defense intends to send two units known as the Tigers of Siberia and the Night Tigers from the Special Operations Forces to aid Syrian government troops.” In 2015, some Chinese military advisors had provided certain assistance to Syria “in the Western region of Latakia.”

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