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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Maliki Expends Political Capital on Daini

Iraqi MP Mohammad al-Daini, a hyper sectarian once coddled by Channel 4, U.S. congressmen and the inventor of Tweezerman, is being accused of ordering terrorist attacks or at least harboring those who carry them out such as his nephew, Riyadh al-Daini, charged with bombing the parliament building less than a couple of years ago.

But that’s not what’s interesting here; it’s certainly not as interesting as Maliki leaping to Daini’s defense. According to Maliki’s media advisor, the prime minister has instructed Iraq’s security services to respect Daini’s parliamentary immunity and to basically get off his back (Arabic link).

“Why is that?” one may ask…

Well, it so happens that Daini is a member of Saleh al-Mutlag’s bloc, and if my speculation in the post below has any value—that Maliki is seeking a long-term alliance with Mutlag—then this whole thing makes a lot of sense.

But then again, the raids that netted Daini's nephew were seemingly approved by Maliki personally ...or were they?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Post-2009 elections we might say, so far, so good. But what comes next? What is the next milestone in Iraq to watch for? I wonder if no big milestone will be reached and passed before the next major verdict on the Iraq regime's development is understandable. Perhaps many small events like this one are the ones to watch.

12:07 AM, February 23, 2009

Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi anon,

The next milestone will be the SOFA referendum by summer's end. I don't think it will pass.



7:55 AM, February 23, 2009

Anonymous Justice/Basil said...


I had read about Maliki's media adviser Yaseen Majid commenting on the PM's alleged directives not to arrest the sectarian Baathist pig Daini in Al-Sharq al-Awsat only.

This latest "tidbit," to my knowledge, has not been reported in any other publication, whether Western or Arabic, and the Western wire sources are still reporting that measures are being taken to lift his immunity.

What do you make of these discrepancies?

It would be a shame if Maliki were to cover the rear end of this shameless anti-Shia neanderthal, and if that is really going to be the case, do you think it will affect his credibility/popularity among the Shia community?

Best regards,


11:04 AM, February 23, 2009

Anonymous gj said...

Indeed. One wonders how the shia community would react to the very idea of a Dawa/Neo Baathist alliance?

9:50 PM, February 23, 2009

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