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With the word coup whirling around the airwaves in my ears today, NPR is confirming that President Fouad Massoum, a Kurd, officially asked Haider al-Abadi to form a new Iraqi government this morning.

 Iraq’s National Alliance bloc, which includes Iraq’s biggest Shia parties, nominated the deputy speaker of parliament for the position.

Sec. Kerry has warned Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki not to cause trouble as Washington supports President Fuad Masum and the constitution.

In a tense night in Baghdad, many reports circulated that militia loyal to al-Maliki had fanned out across Baghdad and closed the Green Zone, but apparently all has been quiet.

Earlier there were conflicting reports that Iraq's Supreme Court was supporting al-Maliki, but Iraq’s supreme court has corrected a state TV report claiming it backed Nouri al-Maliki as prime minister. http://www.theguardian.com/...

Iraq’s new prime minister has called on Iraqis to unite against the “barbaric” campaign waged by Islamic State militants.

“We all have to cooperate to stand against this terrorist campaign launched on Iraq and to stop all terrorist groups,” Haider al-Abadi said in remarks broadcast on state television just after the president asked him to form a government.

As there are conflicting diaries on the rec. list, I wanted to get this info out and I'll ad more in a while, have to run out for a few.

The question remains, will al-Maliki step down peacefully, a press conference that's coming up in Baghdad may answer that?

7:19 AM PT: Now WAPO has the story:

 

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s president named prominent Shiite politician Haider al-Abadi as the country’s new prime minister Monday, dislodging incumbent Nouri al-Maliki after eight years in office despite a show of force as he clung to power.

President Fouad Massoum called on Abadi, a member of Maliki’s ruling party and currently the deputy speaker of parliament, to form a new government.

Maliki has been standing his ground despite mounting pressure from domestic opponents and the Obama administration for him to step aside. He has been widely blamed for the growth of an insurgency by Sunni Muslim extremists that has ravaged the country.

“Now the Iraqi people are in your hands,” Massoum said as he shook hands with Abadi in a ceremony in Baghdad after Shiite politicians named him as their candidate. Massoum took office last month.

Earlier Monday, the United States warned Maliki that he risked further destabilizing Iraq and jeopardizing international support by clinging to power. http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

h/t annieli
Dr Haider Al-Abadi (Arabic: حيدر العبادي‎) is an Iraqi politician and spokesman for the Islamic Dawa Party. He was appointed Prime Minister of Iraq on 11 August 2014 by President Fuad Masum, even while incumbent Nouri al-Maliki seemed to cling to power.

Al-Abadi was appointed Minister of Communications in the Iraqi Governing Council on 1 September 2003. A Shia Muslim and electronic consultant engineer by training with a PhD degree from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1980, and a BSc degree from the University of Baghdad in electrical engineering in 1975. Al-Abadi lived in exile during the time of Saddam Hussein in London....

In 2003, Al-Abadi became sceptical of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) privatization plan, proposing to Paul Bremer that they had to wait for a legitimate government to be formed. In October 2003, Al-Abadi with all 25 of the Governing Council interim ministers protested to Paul Bremer and rejected the CPA's demand to privatize the state-owned companies and infrastructure prior to forming a legitimate government. The CPA, led by Bremer, fell out with Al-Abadi and the Governing Council. The CPA worked around the Governing Council, forming a new government that remained beholden to the CPA until general elections had been completed, prompting more aggressive armed resistance by Iraqis against U.S. led coalition personnel

7:52 AM PT: Waiting for a press conference by al-Maliki and this is a good question:


In his efforts to remain in power, Maliki does not appear to have a lifeline to Tehran. In an interview on the Foreign Policy Association blog, Reza Marashi of the National Iranian American Council says that Tehran is willing to toss Maliki by the wayside:

    The problem is less about Maliki and more about sectarianism across the political, religious and ethnic spectrum. Maliki is certainly guilty of this counterproductive approach – but so too are leaders of Iraq’s other religious and ethnic groups. The U.S. (and Iran) have been critical of Maliki on both a tactical and strategic level – both of which center on his overly sectarian governance. This highlights an important aspect of America’s strategy that overlaps with Iran’s: they are less concerned with Maliki or any specific individual in Iraqi politics, and more concerned with protecting their geostrategic position. Neither the U.S. nor Iran is wedded to Maliki, but rather to the current Shia-led power structure in place that ensures its interests in Iraq are achieved. If Maliki proves to be a liability, Washington and Tehran are willing to cut off the head of the snake in order to save the body. Working to unite Iraq’s Shia factions – with our without Maliki at the helm – and then uniting those Shia factions with Sunnis, Kurds and others best ensures that the U.S. and Iran maximize the levers of power at their disposal to secure their interests.
http://www.theguardian.com/...

8:47 AM PT: Apparently around 30 State of Law MPs and Maliki just gave a press conference rejecting Abadi's appointment as PM / Vice President Biden called  President Massoum extending our support this morning.

9:02 AM PT: Political allies of Nouri al-Maliki dug in their heels with a televised address Monday in which Khalaf Abdul-Samad, a member of Maliki’s Dawa Party, said the nominee to replace Maliki has no legitimacy.

Abdul-Samad said prime minister-nominate Haider al-Abadi “only represents himself”, as a grim-faced Maliki stood beside him, Reuters reported.

Maliki apparently also spoke, reports Iraq analyst Sajad Jiyad – although his words were apparently edited out of broadcasts in Iraq Monday:

Sure hope everyone involved keeps their cool in Iraq.

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  •  IS might be the only thing that unites people (1+ / 0-)
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    smiley7

    finally, the worst people have self-selected and if we can get rid of them, maybe things can stabilize

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 07:05:38 AM PDT

  •  NPR, Iraq Wapo correspondent, now... (5+ / 0-)

    "127 parliamentary signatures supporting him, apparently enough to form a government...
    "The Shia militia's ultimate authority is Iran,
    "Kurds not pushing for breakup immediately."

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 07:16:15 AM PDT

  •  US arms/munitions to Kurds - UK to join the US? (4+ / 0-)
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    smiley7, Dallasdoc, MKSinSA, annieli
    David Cameron in under pressure to recall parliament, as some MPs called for the UK to join the US in conducting air strikes. The government emergency committee was due to discuss the crisis.
    The US has begun shipping arms and ammunition to the Iraqi Kurdish forces fighting IS, a state department spokeswoman has confirmed. “We’re working with the government of Iraq to increasingly and very quickly get urgently needed arms to the Kurds,” Marie Harf told CNN.

    “This includes the Iraqis providing their own weapons from their own stocks, and we’re working to do the same thing from our stocks of weapons that we have.”

    Harf said the effort had been under way since last week, but did not say which US agency was leading the effort or how many and what type of weapons had been sent.

    http://www.theguardian.com/...

    _______________The DOD/ War Department, which consumes 22% of the national budget, is the world's largest employer with 3.2 million employees.

    by allenjo on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 07:16:58 AM PDT

    •  Gee, which agency could that be? (4+ / 0-)
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      smiley7, allenjo, annieli, JesseCW

      I'm sure none of us can guess.

      I stand with triv33. Shame on her attackers.

      by Dallasdoc on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 07:26:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Humm... (3+ / 0-)
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      native, unfangus, Just Bob

      The Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) reports on the weaponry the United States plans to provide to the militia forces of Iraqi Kurdistan:

          [Weaponry] is said to be light arms and ammunition, brokered not through the Defense Department – which supplies Baghdad and its security forces with heavy weaponry – but the Central Intelligence Agency, which is better positioned to supply the Kurdish peshmerga with Russian-made guns like AK-47s that the US military does not use.

          US officials say they are not currently considering providing Kurdish forces, which are not under the control of the Iraqi government in Baghdad, with missiles, armored vehicles or helicopters. The move to arm them raises questions about how the US-provided rifles will affect the military balance against the Islamic State (Isis), which has captured US-supplied armored Humvees and other heavy weapons from the Iraqi military.

      CIA refused to comment

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 08:40:57 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Too bad they cant trade Maliki to ISIS in exchange (2+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA, smiley7

    for them withdrawing back to Syria.
    Trying to hang on to the big office when noone supports you.

  •  Henry Kissinger (2+ / 0-)
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    smiley7, JesseCW

    must be enjoying this show.

  •  Maliki to give Presser soon (2+ / 0-)
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    smiley7, Timaeus
    @LovedayM: Maliki's due to give a press conference shortly.. I get the impression this is far from over. #Iraq
    Per Wa Post Reporter

    Maliki has been ousted as he suspected. Whether he will he accept and leave peacefully remains to be seen.  Has anyone read about the continued loyalty of the special forces and army to Maliki given the selection of Abadi as new PM?

    Here's to the glorious pessimists who still fight for optimism and better days. If you are walking with a grim slit on your face, it's because you give a shit that things are falling down and don't think that bullshit happy talk is a plan. - LHM

    by cosmic debris on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 07:34:13 AM PDT

    •  Wapo correspondent says (1+ / 0-)
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      Shia militia's allegiance is to al-Sistani in Iran???

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 07:41:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  cosmic (2+ / 0-)
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      Timaeus, cosmic debris
      In his efforts to remain in power, Maliki does not appear to have a lifeline to Tehran. In an interview on the Foreign Policy Association blog, Reza Marashi of the National Iranian American Council says that Tehran is willing to toss Maliki by the wayside:

          The problem is less about Maliki and more about sectarianism across the political, religious and ethnic spectrum. Maliki is certainly guilty of this counterproductive approach – but so too are leaders of Iraq’s other religious and ethnic groups. The U.S. (and Iran) have been critical of Maliki on both a tactical and strategic level – both of which center on his overly sectarian governance. This highlights an important aspect of America’s strategy that overlaps with Iran’s: they are less concerned with Maliki or any specific individual in Iraqi politics, and more concerned with protecting their geostrategic position. Neither the U.S. nor Iran is wedded to Maliki, but rather to the current Shia-led power structure in place that ensures its interests in Iraq are achieved. If Maliki proves to be a liability, Washington and Tehran are willing to cut off the head of the snake in order to save the body. Working to unite Iraq’s Shia factions – with our without Maliki at the helm – and then uniting those Shia factions with Sunnis, Kurds and others best ensures that the U.S. and Iran maximize the levers of power at their disposal to secure their interests.

      Read the full piece here. (h/t: @rayajalabi)

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 08:01:47 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  will a journalist throw a shoe at the presser /nt (2+ / 0-)
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      smiley7, cosmic debris

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

      by annieli on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 08:22:58 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  In the meantime, war continues... (1+ / 0-)
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    At one point I found myself dragging dehydrated children to the back of the helicopter for safety. Very distressing scenes.

        Unbelievable scenes on mt Sinjar. Saw small families trapped in middle of nowhere. Many of these people will die if not evacuated ASAP.

        When our helicopter came under fire from IS the refugee crying started again. Children terrified by sound of machine gun fired in return.

    Jonathan Rugman of Channel 4 news was on a helicopter delivering aid and evacuating Yazidis trapped on Mt. Sinjar. The helicopter came under fire, apparently from fighters with the so-called Islamic State, he reports, but there were no casualties.

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 07:44:31 AM PDT

  •  PM Haider Al-Abadi (3+ / 0-)
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    smiley7, Timaeus, Just Bob
    Dr Haider Al-Abadi (Arabic: حيدر العبادي‎) is an Iraqi politician and spokesman for the Islamic Dawa Party. He was appointed Prime Minister of Iraq on 11 August 2014 by President Fuad Masum, even while incumbent Nouri al-Maliki seemed to cling to power.

    Al-Abadi was appointed Minister of Communications in the Iraqi Governing Council on 1 September 2003. A Shia Muslim and electronic consultant engineer by training with a PhD degree from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1980, and a BSc degree from the University of Baghdad in electrical engineering in 1975. Al-Abadi lived in exile during the time of Saddam Hussein in London....

    In 2003, Al-Abadi became sceptical of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) privatization plan, proposing to Paul Bremer that they had to wait for a legitimate government to be formed. In October 2003, Al-Abadi with all 25 of the Governing Council interim ministers protested to Paul Bremer and rejected the CPA's demand to privatize the state-owned companies and infrastructure prior to forming a legitimate government. The CPA, led by Bremer, fell out with Al-Abadi and the Governing Council. The CPA worked around the Governing Council, forming a new government that remained beholden to the CPA until general elections had been completed, prompting more aggressive armed resistance by Iraqis against U.S. led coalition personnel

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 08:03:38 AM PDT

  •  If he gave Israeli foreign minister (1+ / 0-)
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    smiley7

    The same lecture maybe he could see some progress on the  establishment of a  Palestinian state, the foriegn  minister of Israel ,to be even seen with this Israeli socipath only hinder American prospect in the Middle East

  •  Surely, we asked Netanyahu's permission before (1+ / 0-)
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    annieli

    backing new PM.
    snark

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 08:32:11 AM PDT

  •  What? (0+ / 0-)
    Iraq’s new prime minister has called on Iraqis to unite against the “barbaric” campaign waged by Islamic State militants.
    Has he formed a government and gotten a vote of confidence from parliament?

    The world is bad enough as it is, you have no right to make it any worse.
    Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

    by InAntalya on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 09:34:54 AM PDT

    •  InAntalya, you called bullshit on my links to (1+ / 0-)
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      Richard Lyon

      Wapo in the early hours, est, this morning and you doubted that a new PM nomination was in the works as I predicted as well. You were wrong on both counts so I'd appreciate your
      taking the advice you have given others in your non-sourced diary and not fly off the hook during your first cup of coffee, gather info first.

      PS: Most of us are aware of the parliamentary system and apparently he has enough MP's to form a government.

      Please don't blow spoke, I work hard to be accurate and the quote above is what the PM nominee said.

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 09:46:50 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Can you read? (0+ / 0-)
        Iraq’s new prime minister has called ...
        the quote above is what the PM nominee said.
        Try to get your story straight. Which is it?

        The world is bad enough as it is, you have no right to make it any worse.
        Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

        by InAntalya on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 09:56:01 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  PS (0+ / 0-)

      Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 09:55 AM EDT
      New PM nominated in Iraq/Kerry warns PM Nuri al-Maliki not to interfere

      As evidenced above i posted the diary at 9:55 am, I waited for a credible source to confirm and that was NPR which beat the print media as I did, the WP being the first in print I saw about 10:15

       I've all the wires open as well as social media and I was very pleased to have Dkos on top of a breaking story.

      Thanks

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 10:14:23 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I hope that these are facts (1+ / 0-)
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    smiley7

    cited by The Guardian. Further clarification will be welcome.

    Nouri al-Maliki set to be replaced as Iraq's prime minister

    Coalition of Shia parties nominate Haider al-Abadi to form new government, a move likely to deepen Iraq's political turmoil…

    Iraq's Kurdish president, Fouad Massoum, formally announced Abadi's appointment…

    Under Iraq's constitution [Maliki] remains prime minister for the next 30 days, until a new cabinet is formed…

    Abadi is a low-key figure who lived in Britain and graduated in 1981 with a doctorate from Manchester University. According to his Facebook biography, his favourite quotation is "the key to leadership is tolerance". An electrical engineer and businessman, Abadi entered politics after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. He served as the head of the parliament's finance committee, a political advisor to the prime minister and a minister of communications.

    The new prime minister swiftly called on Iraqis to unite against the "barbaric" campaign waged by Isis. "We all have to co-operate to stand against this terrorist campaign launched on Iraq and to stop all terrorist groups," Abadi said in remarks broadcast on state television just after the president had asked him to form a government, according to Reuters.

    It is stated that Maliki has lost the support of his party, and implied that Abadi has the votes to form a government as soon as he can name his cabinet. But that is not stated directly.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 10:49:42 AM PDT

    •  At this point, imo, that's my opinion... (0+ / 0-)

      Maliki is in an untenable situation and the article agrees with
      all the journos on the ground that I'm following.

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 11:37:23 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  He's calling the move unconstitional... (0+ / 0-)

      Maliki is speaking on television. Earlier remarks he made in an appearance with political allies were not broadcast at the time. A screen grab of the current broadcast indicates the remarks now airing were pre-recorded and held.

      A Washington Post correspondent captures some of the speech:

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 11:51:11 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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