Muqtada Al Sadr, the young heir to an important Shia family of clerics and populist political movement in Iraq is coming of age. No longer the young ‘firebrand’ who was the heart of the Mahdi Army during Operation ‘Enduring Freedom’, he has matured into a leader with clerical credentials of his own, and the ability to respond to political initiatives from the United States before they reach implementation.
According to a report from Al Bawaba News:
The draft of the US annual defense bill, which was released on April 27 by the House Armed Services Committee, urges the US government to recognize separate Kurdish and Sunni states and provide them with at least 25 percent of the USD-715-million aid money planned to be given to the Iraqi government to help it fight Daesh. The draft bill also says the figure could even amount to 60 percent of the money, about USD 429 million.
The bill mandates that “the Kurdish Peshmerga, the Sunni tribal security forces with a national security mission, and the Iraqi Sunni National Guard be deemed a country,” adding that doing so “would allow these security forces to directly receive assistance from the United States.”
This is a serious matter with regard to US intervention in the Middle East, and likely to be followed by a similar partition that gives large areas of Syira to Turkey and/or the Islamic State and/or Jabaht al Nusra,. The latter two are both barbaric branches of Al Qaeda, deeply penetrated by foreign fighters and beholden to foreign funders. Perhaps they are trumpeting this information on the MSM but I haven’t heard it before. Oh yes, the plan has been out there for more than a decade but no one has so far had the nerve to attenpt to encode iit into domestic U.S, law.
According to the same Al Bawaba report, Muqtada al Sadr has said that if this law passes, he will find it necessary in the interest of Iraqi sovereignty, to redeploy his Mahdi Army against US interests in Iraq. This is not a good sign, and at the moment it would seem a reminder that dividing Iraq from the outside is not a good plan.
One last note: This is very similar to the political strategy used to break up Yugoslavia and set the civil war in motion there in the 90s. Divide & Conquer; the strategy of empire.