Moqtada al-Sadr's alliance wins Iraq's parliamentary elections | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Moqtada al-Sadr's alliance wins Iraq's parliamentary elections

Iraq's electoral commission has announced the Sa'iroun (Marchers) political bloc, cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's alliance with communists, as the winner of the country's parliamentary elections.

Sadr's alliance, which contested in Iraq's elections for the first time, captured 54 parliamentary seats, the commission said on Saturday.

Sadr's movement forms the backbone of the Sa'iroun alliance, but the senior Shia cleric himself, who enjoys a strong support, did not contest the elections.

The Conquest Alliance, led by former transport minister and secretary general of Badr Organisation Hadi al-Ameri, came in second with 47 seats and the Victory Alliance, headed by incumbent Prime Minister Haider al- Abadi, took the third place with 42 seats.

The Conquest Alliance is a new alliance that entered the elections for the first time. It consists of 18 political parties many of which are former factions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). The PMU, more commonly known by its Arabic name as Hashd al-Sha’abi, was key in defeating Daesh terrorists last year. The main units have handed over their weapons to the state in order to enter the political process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to be one of the worst outcomes the US government could have possibly imagined, coming from these elections.

Al Sadr was the guy, if you remember the US's first withdrawal from Iraq, under the SOFA agreement, who threatened that if one American soldier stayed one second past the official time they were supposed to leave, that they were "fair game" for his "Mahdi Army", a Shiite Street militia which was highly effective, particularly in poorer Iraqi neighborhoods.

A pretty corruption-proof,anti-American, no-nonsense guy who wanted to see Iraq rise above the ashes of American war and occupation, Al-Sadr is not going to be very happy about whatever current US troops are in the country, and at first, will politely ask President Trump to remove them (I believe we still have several hundred left here).

If those troops do not get withdrawn quietly (something I am reasonably certain that both Sec Def Mattis nor CIA Director Pompeo do not want to see happen), this could get explosive, and relatively quickly.

Please remember that Al Sadr is still very much in touch with the major commanders of the Mahdi Army, and it wouldn't take much effort to "get the band back together", if you know what I mean.

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