Iraq declares curfew in Baghdad – Coup Foiled?

Something’™s up. Fat chance we’™ll find out exactly what:

Iraq declared a curfew on Saturday in the capital Baghdad, ordering all cars off the streets and telling people to remain in their homes.

A statement from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’™s office said the curfew would remain in force until 6:00 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Sunday. It [...]

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Something’™s up. Fat chance we’™ll find out exactly what:

Iraq declared a curfew on Saturday in the capital Baghdad, ordering all cars off the streets and telling people to remain in their homes.

A statement from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’™s office said the curfew would remain in force until 6:00 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Sunday. It gave no reason for the measure.

TV news reports indicate that the U.S. military was caught totally unaware (how doubtful is that?), no reason was given by the Iraqi government, and that the announcement was made in the middle of the night.

I don’™t have a good feeling about this development.

Update: NBC, via Richard Engle in Baghdad, is reporting that a coup was in the planning stages. He did not say whether busting of the coup plan and the unexpected Baghdad lockdown were linked, but it doesn’™t take a significant leap of imagination to connect those dots. (Note: you have to launch the video to get the coup remarks.)

Also, here’™s a link to an Iraqi blog that has some interesting information updates. Iraq The Model is associated with the pro-war wingnutia crowd (check their blogroll), so caveat emptor.

Saturday update: Well, I had a feeling that the early Sargeant Shultz reports (‘œI know nothing‘ ) of the U.S. military being unaware of the Baghdad lockdown order were specious. From an AFP report this morning:

‘œThe curfew was implemented on the advice of multinational forces to the prime minister because they felt violence would increase today,’ interior ministry spokesman Brigadier General Abdel Karim Khalaf told AFP.

A US military spokesman would not confirm whether or not coalition officials had recommended the curfew, but added that ‘œintermittent curfews have been an effective means of reducing violence in the past’.

Friday, September 29th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

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