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  • DodgerBoy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:45 PM
    TrainMan good point, especially when you are talking about the green zone which is suppose to be so militarily protected. I wonder where all the protection went??? KSD, I think your daughter getting that award is so terrific. congrats.
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  • DodgerBoy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:33 PM
    Especially when Rubio has said he will not be running for his Senate seat again. Therefore there really is no need for him to go to Iraq. Hummm
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  • tudor's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:20 PM
    Evening ksd, guardian, gigi3, harry, Bondlady2, b1955, Trainman, cleopatra and all. These nice sunny days are wearing me out lol. Having fun in the yard still. Hope your all enjoying your lives and families. Spring is such a beautiful time of year to embrace every thing anew. Hug a friend and be happy with yourself!! Later....
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  • cleopatra's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:33 PM
    Hello all ds'ers. Gorgeous day!!! Lots of sun. Think I will go and have a cup of tea.:-) Enjoy your day ds.
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  • TrainMan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:43 AM
    Good article
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  • TrainMan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:40 AM
    Wow, Marco Rubio meeting with heads of State in Iraq? That sure leads to a lot of questions. IMO, especially after a leading political front runner has been making nice with him publicly.
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  • TrainMan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:37 AM
    Tudor, thanks for the update on Med. DodgerBoy, I don't think Sadr is tied to Iran say as close as Maliki is. I'm with Tudor, when did you ever hear of a breach in security and than they all just go home? I'm not a Middle East expert but that was different. IMO
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  • harry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:30 AM
    Washington: Abadi in a political position, "strong" despite the turmoil in Iraq Published on: Today, 09:23 BAGHDAD / Sky Press: US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in a strong position despite the political turmoil experienced by the country and that "due to field his successes and his pledge that Iraq is a multi-confessional country." Carter told reporters that "Abadi seems in a very strong position," adding, "We strongly support him."Abadi and tried to replace ministers belonging to parties with ministers technocrats within the anti-corruption campaign, but the divided parliament has failed to approve the proposal amid protests swept the country.Carter added that "al-Abadi committed to everything that is important for the future of Iraq." And the issue of the fight against corruption has become of the most important issues in the country after the collapse of world oil prices two years ago and the shrinking state budget at a time when you need extra income to wage war on the organization of the Islamic state. Carter said, "For this reason it is important that the international community will help the Iraqi government and provide them with adequate support." Iraq has been strained security and political Bcesp demonstrations that came out of the people against the current government. http://skypressiq.net/15861-%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B4%D9%86%D8%B7%D9%86:%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%8A%20%D9%81%D9%8A%20%D9%85%D9%88%D9%82%D8%B9%20%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%8A%20%D9%82%D9%88%D9%8A%20%D8%B1%D8%BA%D9%85%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B6%D8%B7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AA%20%D9%81%D9%8A%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%82.html
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  • harry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:05 AM
    Pentagon: US supportive of Ebadi and strongly Tuesday, May 03 2016 10:34 BAGHDAD / Baghdadi News / .. assured US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Tuesday, that the United States supports Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi strongly in spite of the political events taking place in Iraq. Carter said in remarks followed up / Baghdadi News /, said that "al-Abadi in a strong position despite the political turmoil in Iraq and that this was partly because the field successes and commitment to be a multi-sectarian state." He added, "It seems that al-Abadi in a very strong position, and we strongly support him, of course because of what he believes in," he said, "Abadi believe in all things that are important to the future of Iraq and was a partner in, any coherent state, not just the state of spin in the sectarian spiral" http://www.albaghdadianews.com/politics/item/96364-AkBlbAiNl-AkNkAnAb-AkLbGD%D8%A9-DAIL%D8%A9-kkIBADn-NBjN%D8%A9.html
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  • harry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:57 AM
    Speaker of Parliament during a meeting with a US congressional delegation stresses the need for Iraq to the international community's support 03-05-2016 12:52 PM Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, was received Tuesday in his office a US congressional delegation led by Senator Marc Rubio and his accompanying delegation in the presence of the US ambassador, Mr. Stuart Jones. During the meeting, emphasizing the importance of maintaining the stability of Iraq and the Freedom jolt may cast a shadow on the situation in the region as a whole, especially since we have not yet finish eliminating Daash gangs. The head of the parliament of the determination of the presidium provide appropriate for the return of the Iraqi Council of Representatives by circumstances, and as soon as possible in order to exercise the legislative and supervisory role. He also pointed out that the current crisis has shown that Iraq is in need remains to support the international community, and so we find a great necessity to support the major countries in support of the political process and to help Iraq overcome its crisis. http://www.ikhnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=143981
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  • harry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:54 AM
    Make sure the mother refusing to encroach upon the constitutional institution and its staff and elected MPs 03-05-2016 01:50 PM Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, received in his office on Tuesday, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Jan Kubiš.During the meeting they discussed developments in the Iraqi scene and ways out of the current crisis in Iraq. The head of the parliament on the importance of cooperation between all parties to assume their responsibilities and to get out of this crisis through dialogue rely on serious and real, pointing to the need for the UN to play its role in bringing the views of ending the crisis. He said al-Jubouri, 'that overtaking on the upper state institutions and the people's deputies and staff is totally unacceptable and die to demonstrate peacefully onion, and the sabotage of the legislative institution will contribute to the reform project, which seeks to him everyone delay'. For his part, Mr. Kubiš said that the United Nations is supportive of law and respect for the Constitution, and it is at the same time confirming its refusal to encroach upon the constitutional institution and its staff and elected House of Representatives, because of the harm to the prestige of the state, the Constitution and the law. http://www.ikhnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=143982
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  • harry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:49 AM
    Parliamentary source: House of Representatives hearing "next week" at the Government Palace 03-05-2016 02:15 PM Parliamentary source disclosed on Tuesday, the House of Representatives to hold a hearing at the Government Palace next week. The source said in a press statement, he said that 'the House of Representatives held its meeting next week in the Government Palace in the presence of the three presidencies after demonstrators storming the parliament building. http://www.ikhnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=143984
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  • harry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:35 AM
    good morning to all ds i pray that everyone will have a blessed day today, don wifey i pray that GOD will contender to heal you, and thanks KSD for taken care the problem with editing on here
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  • ksdunlap's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:40 AM
    Good morning tudor, Charlie, cleopatra, harry, guardian, b1955, Roadrunner, Bondlady2, gigi3, Jade, TrainMan, Dons, DodgerBoy & all of DS. Don's wifey, It's nice to see you. I hope heal quickly. You are in my prayers. I pray that everyone enjoys a blessed & beautiful day. Stay safe.
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  • DodgerBoy's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 10:23 PM
    Thank ou for your take tudor. Their is one question that lingers in my mind and that is how closely tied is Sadr to Iran? I have to wonder if he isn't a puppet in all that he says and does...
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  • tudor's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 05:44 PM
    Forgot to say that I personally think that Sadr and Abadi are in kahoots with each other and that the weekend parliament break-in was all staged to get the no goods in parliament to wise up and get their act together or they will be dealt with by the people that so desperately want their Country to survive and prosper once again. So wise up you thieving, want it all for yourselves MP's, time to think of your Countrymen first for a change! Pass the laws needed and get this RV going!! Remember, this is just my opinion...
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  • tudor's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 05:37 PM
    Good afternoon ksd, guardian, Roadrunner, gigi3, harry, Bondlady2, b1955, cleopatra, Jade, Trainman, Dons and wifey, and all the rest of DS! So glad your still hanging in here Dons and wifey, sorry your not back 100% since your accident, but sounds like your getting better. TrainMan, last I heard Med is doing fine and has even more grandbabies to keep him busy lol. Beautiful sunny, warm day here and very enjoyable. Put on a crock pot of teriyaki chicken for dinner tonight and it is smelling soooo yummy. Think I will make a couple summer coolers and entice my hubby to join me on the back porch for a refreshing break. Later all!
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  • Dons's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 09:09 AM
    hi everyone---------we're still here----------not hardly active --------but still hanging in
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  • Dons's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 09:03 AM
    hello all you DSers!!!! been a tough year---------------------rear-ended i year ago and trying to get right. since hip replacement first part of june--------------------yippee!!! been hard as my activity level has gotten less and less!!?? i want to get all better so i can go out on the road with dons!! tired of me being home and him away so much of the time??!!!!! think of all the regulars often------------just don't do anything about it!! we are still hanging in,tho'!!! seems silly to give up now?????????????????? besides------------in school i was called "the mule" and dons should have been----------------LOL!!! take care all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wifey
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  • harry's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 08:21 AM
    A lead chest: Abadi seeks to liquidate al-Maliki and Allawi and Nujaifi relying on our movement protest Published on: Today, 11:02 The leader of the Sadrist Prince Kanani, on Monday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi seeks to liquidate his opponents (Nuri al-Maliki and Ayad Allawi and Osama Najafi, by relying on the demonstrators, stressing that the protest movement is in the interest of the end for al-Abadi. + Said Kanani in alone for "Middle East", and seen by "Sky Press," that "Abadi Pat derives its strength from the demonstrators, and he was able to cross the protests of the overthrow of the leaders of the senior fold: Nouri al-Maliki, and Iyad Allawi, and Osama Najafi, Saleh al-Mutlaq through package The first reforms last year. " Kanani said that "al-Abadi is not weak as many fancy, but it will work on the liquidation of the remaining adult opponents, to take advantage of this protest movement flowing into the end of his interests." For its part suggested the MP for the coalition of state law, high Nassif that "what happened is coordination and agreement between al-Sadr and al-Abadi, and what could have happened if things were not this way." While MP Ahmad al-Jarba meaning it was considered "Whatever the justifications, the targeting of Parliament in this way but it is a target for the prestige of the state, which is more dangerous than the corruption that we all fight it." Jarba added that "the end of the prestige of the state mean the end of everything, and if we are talking about today's financial and administrative corruption, tomorrow we can talk about the great bands will not be able to stand one of her face." Detecting leaders from within the three presidencies and the heads of political blocs to a meeting, on Monday, for "complicity" between Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to allow the demonstrators to break into the Green Zone, as pointed out a government trend to change to protect the Green Zone through the use of the Peshmerga. Informed sources revealed on Sunday, for the conduct of senior commanders in the Iraqi army to carry out consultations with "corrective movement" for control of the Green Zone, as pointed out that the movement may be trying to hold early elections after which the election of the three presidencies on a national basis. Stormed the protesters Sadrist movement, on Saturday, the House of Representatives building in the green dotted Baghdad to protest the lifting of its meeting until next week without a vote on the complete cabinet reshuffle, and assaulted some of them on a number of House of Representatives, while the Office of the Martyr al-Sadr announced on Sunday, "innocence" of people who assaulted some lawmakers, stressing that he has been brought to storm parliament. The face of the commander of the armed forces and the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday, the Interior Ministry to pursue the attackers on the security forces and members of the House of Representatives and who vandalized public property. http://skypressiq.net/15820-%D9%82%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%8A%20%D8%B5%D8%AF%D8%B1%D9%8A:%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%8A%20%D9%8A%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%89%20%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%B5%D9%81%D9%8A%D8%A9%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%83%D9%8A%20%D9%88%D8%B9%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%8A%20%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%86%D8%AC%D9%8A%D9%81%D9%8A%20%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%AF%20%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89%20%D8%AD%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%AA%D9%86%D8%A7%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AD%D8%AA%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%AC%D9%8A%D8%A9.html
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  • harry's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 07:42 AM
    The Washington Post: Abadi governs Iraq trembling fist and the situation was out of control Monday, May 022 016 11:06 BAGHDAD / Baghdadi News / .. "The Washington Post" newspaper of America confirmed that what is happening in Iraq may be out of control and threatens the American arrangements there. The newspaper published an article that said, it was "the US President Barack Obama's plan for fighting al Daash on the existence of an Iraqi ally credible and plays an active role on the ground and is the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and during the past few days, the US administration is optimistic about this important partnership, so despite the ever-growing political unrest in Baghdad. " The newspaper added that "clouds of serious doubts now hanging over this optimism, as well as the US administration's strategy for fighting al Daash in Iraq after the storming of the demonstrators to the Iraqi parliament building on Saturday and the declaration of a state of emergency in Baghdad." She pointed out that "the main question that arises now is on US officials, is what would happen if Abadi failed to control the unrest that is sweeping Baghdad, which is the focus of president in the fight against al Daash," adding that "the chaos in the Iraqi capital came after the visit of Joe US Vice President Biden that were designed to calm the political turmoil and continue the battle against al Daash. " The newspaper added that "at the time was approaching it," Biden "a plane from Baghdad on Thursday, a senior official described the US administration visit of Vice President, which was surrounded by secret prior to his arrival as" a symbol of how the trust we place in Prime Minister al-Abadi. " She stressed that "after the visit, which lasted ten hours stalked" Biden "and his advisers feeling that Iraqi politics is moving towards tranquility larger, and that the battle against al Daash in the case of the rise, but some optimists advisers on board," Biden "aircraft crossed the view that the Abadi It may come out of the more powerful political crisis after the deliverance of them. " The Washington Post newspaper, that "no one is talking that way now, pointing to what he said," Doug Oliphant, "a former military planner in Baghdad and senior fellow at the New America Foundation in there to recognize the effect that power current structure can not withstand and it does not seem clear how Iraqis will be able to get out of this crisis. " She noted that "it is also unclear how it would go ahead with the US administration if Abadi's inability to strengthen his grip trembling on power, and during the long period of the last year had been considered to Abadi stay in power as granted by the senior officials in the White House who they focused more on the military battles against state regulation. " And went on saying that "the US president and his top aides were referring to the battle against al Daash in Iraq as evidence of the strategy pursued by the administration, which is under a lot of criticism success," pointing out that "according to senior US officials, during the past eight months lost regulation State more than 40% of the territory, which was dominated by Iraq, as well as the destruction of the attacks that targeted the sources of funding for the organization and cash ranging from 300 to 800 million US dollars, according to estimates by the Pentagon http://www.albaghdadianews.com/politics/item/96337-NAyolZl-BNYOb-AkIBADn-nGKL-AkIEAj-BjBzh%D8%A9-LEbIyo%D8%A9-NAkANzhAI-gEvb-Il-AkYOnZE%D8%A9.html
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    05-02-2016, 07:28 AM
    A spokeswoman for the National Coalition: We have no choice but to form the government save for a period of one year 02-05-2016 03:19 PM Spokeswoman for the National Coalition Ms Maysoon al showed that Dr. Iyad Allawi contributed to the three presidencies meeting yesterday after a long boycott of several months, to deliver a national coalition of public and frank that things have reached a dead-end position. Damluji said in a statement news agency arrived copy of 'it's not only us today dismiss the presidency of both the House and the ministers and the formation of the government rescue period not exceeding one year continue the war on terrorism and Aldaasha liberated Iraqi cities of him. Government's task as defined by the Chwevhh and fair elections under the auspices of the United Nations and the continuation of the work of the House of Representatives for enactment of fair elections and the replacement of Commission members A'ea'almstqlh '. Attorney Damluji said that what the presidency said in a statement on the meeting did not reflect the reality of propositions that have taken place which does not refer to Quick save Iraq from the political, economic and security its crises. http://www.ikhnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=143970
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    05-02-2016, 07:25 AM
    Parliament Speaker Meets Chairman of the National Alliance and discuss developments in the political and security crisis 02-05-2016 01:43 PM He met with House Speaker Dr. Salim Jabour, on Monday the 'head of the National Alliance, Dr. Ibrahim al-Jaafari. The two presidents discussed during their meeting the overall political and security of recent events' and the repercussions of what happened in the House of Representatives of the attacks, as it confirmed the follow-up to the latest developments. They also discussed the latest developments in the security landscape on the Iraqi arena after the recent bloody explosions in Samawah, and the need to maintain security Okdaala Daash of attacks that await uncontrollable things for expansion. He noted the need to alert all security leaders to do so. http://www.ikhnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=143965
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    05-02-2016, 07:19 AM
    good morning to all ds i pray that everyone will have a blessed day today
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    05-01-2016, 09:07 AM
    Good Morning DS! Seems al-Sadr stormed Parliament for lack of action, especially in removing Maliki!
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    05-01-2016, 09:03 AM
    Sorry, the text editor is still not working in the forum posts.
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    05-01-2016, 09:02 AM
    Shiite cleric's speech sparks protesters to storm Green Zone, Iraqi ParliamentBy Mohammed Tawfeeq, Alanne Orjoux and Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN Updated 7:53 AM ET, Sun May 1, 2016 (CNN)Protesters inflamed by a Shiite cleric's speech about government inaction and corruption stormed the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad on Saturday and invaded the Iraqi Parliament building. Hundreds, if not thousands, of protesters walked and ran freely around the Green Zone, a normally off-limits area housing government buildings and foreign embassies, according to images broadcast on state-run news channel Al-Iraqiya. Protesters again stormed a monument inside the Green Zone, where Saddam's swords are featured despite efforts by the Iraqi security forces to stop them. Several people were injured in the confrontations, including two Iraqi security forces, according to Kurdish television network Rudaw. The chaos erupted hours before Iraqi party leaders were due to arrive for meetings in the Presidential Palace within the Green Zone. Despite ongoing confrontations Sunday morning, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived at the palace for the talks, Rudaw said. Biden makes surprise Iraq visit Inside the Parliament building, they waved Iraqi flags, ransacked rooms, chanted, gestured for cameras and sat at lawmakers' desks. "The cowards ran away," they chanted, referring to Parliament members who'd gathered there earlier. The Prime Minister had been scheduled to announce a new Cabinet on Saturday but didn't because of lack of a quorum. No large-scale violence has been reported, although Hoshiar Abdullah, a Kurdish member of Parliament, told Rudaw that the deputy speaker and five other Kurdish lawmakers were trapped inside the building and had been attacked by protesters who also smashed their cars. Iraqi security forces used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse protesters who tried to break into the Green Zone from the southern gate, the entrance closest to the U.S. Embassy. Protesters retire to Celebration Square Iraqi security forces later took control of the Green Zone, Saad Maan, the spokesman for Baghdad's Operations Command, told Al-Iraqiya. A state of emergency was declared and all city entrances were closed. Amateur video posted on YouTube purported to show the prime minister touring the area on foot with military guard as protesters tried to talk with him. "We assure our people that the situation in Baghdad under the control of the security forces," he said in a statement. "I call on the protesters to return to the designated areas for demonstration and keep it peaceful and not to encroach upon the public and private property and state institutions, which are the property of all Iraqis." After night fell, the protesters moved inside the Green Zone to Celebration Square, the wide plaza with the statue of giant crossed swords. They hailed Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who sparked the protests with a fiery speech on Saturday in the city of Najaf, about 100 miles south of the capital. Shiite cleric has criticized government Al-Sadr has called for a government made up of technocrats, rather than political cronies, and for corrupt politicians to be held accountable. In his speech on Saturday, al-Sadr also said he stands with the people, boycotting all politicians except "those who seek reform with full transparency. I stand waiting for the major popular uprising and the major popular revolution to stop corruptors." Muqtada al-Sadr threatens ISIS leader. 02:28 He's been railing against the Iraqi government for months, warning that his supporters would enter the Green Zone if the government didn't take steps to deal with the economic crisis and make other reforms. Al-Abadi, the prime minister, is working to bridge sectarian divides, but his government has been plagued in recent months by protests and opposition from predecessor Nuri al-Maliki, as well as Sadr. Shiite lawmaker Ammar Taama -- also the head of the Shiite Fadhila faction in Parliament -- was reportedly beaten by some protesters, possibly due to his past comments criticizing Sadr. It was the first time the Green Zone has been penetrated since 2003, when the area was delineated after U.S. troops invaded Iraq and forced out then-President Saddam Hussein. The zone was strongly secured while U.S. troops were in charge of Iraq's security, and while the occasional mortar or grenade was lobbed into it and a handful of suicide attackers slipped inside, no large-scale protests have managed to get through. But now, many Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias have been diverted to fight the terror group ISIS elsewhere in the country, and the security situation in the capital may not be as strong. Protesters urged to remain calm U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner issued this statement: "‎Under the Vienna Convention, all diplomatic missions are protected by the host country's security forces. We have full confidence that the Iraqi Security Forces will meet its obligation.‎" The U.S. Embassy tweeted that reports that officials from the Iraqi government or another party are inside the embassy were not true. Rumors flew that some politicians were trying to flee the protests, but an official at the Baghdad airport told Al-Iraqiya no officials were trying to leave the country. A statement on the website of Iraqi President Fuad Masum called on protesters to remain calm, "abide by the law, not to attack any lawmaker, government employees, public or private properties and to evacuate the building." According to Iraq's Defense Ministry, Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi has contacted military commanders in all sectors, urging them to be cautious and vigilant and not allow terrorist elements to exploit the situation. Security had already been heightened in Baghdad due to a planned Shiite pilgrimage to Kadumiya on Monday and Tuesday. http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/30/middleeast/iraq-car-bomb/
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