Throngs of Iraqis gathered on the streets of the capital, Baghdad, on Friday to protest the United States military presence at the behest of a leading populist cleric and armed forces with ties to Iran.
The demonstration came three weeks after the United States launched a drone strike in capital that killed the Iranian commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani and a prominent member of the Iraqi government, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, with close ties to the Popular Mobilization Forces, some of whom are close to Iran.
Days later, at the urging of the Iraqi prime minister, the Parliament endorsed a measure demanding the expulsion of foreign forces from Iraq, which in the minds of most Iraqis meant American troops.
The protest on Friday was the first designed specifically to denounce the American presence in Iraq since the parliamentary measure.
Pence has effectively confirmed the USA is on ‘Team Boris’ in the #Brexit showdown.
He said Ireland and the EU need to “negotiate in good faith” with Johnson and allow the UK protect its sovereignty. Added: a US-UK trade deal will be done. (Not what Varadkar would want today.) pic.twitter.com/VnJYLADz2r
“I want to say what a privilege and an honor it is to be back on the Emerald Isle.”@VP Mike Pence meets with Simon Coveney, Tánaiste and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland. pic.twitter.com/v8k8c2of9a
US Vice president Mike Pence with Tániste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at the start of a short Irish visit. Mr Pence is staying at the Trump Doonbeg and will visit Leinster House tomorrow.
To coincide with US Vice President’ Mike Pence’s visit to Ireland (which begins this evening)
Via Amnesty International Ireland:
Amnesty, with other NGOs and activist groups, are holding a ‘Disco outside the Dáil’ to celebrate all those who are being targeted by the Trump/ Pence administration’s policies.
Trump and Pence have spear-headed policies that target refugees and migrants, women, LGBTI people, amongst so many others, as well as pushing climate change denial and dangerous rhetoric against journalists and anyone who opposes them.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Dr Matt Barrett (right) with US Vice President Mike Pence and his sister Anne Pence in Washington in March
US Vice President Mike Pence is expected to visit Ireland for two days from Friday, September 6.
Suzanne Lynch, in The Irish Times, reports:
It is envisaged that Mr Pence’s visit will begin in Dublin, and he is expected to meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park.
A courtesy call with President Michael D Higgins is also under consideration. Mr Pence is expected to then fly to Shannon later that day…
…It is expected that the vice president will instead base himself in the Co Clare area. Mr Pence’s ancestors on his mother’s side hailed from Doonbeg, Co Clare, the same village where US president Donald Trump has a golf course. It is not clear if Mr Pence will stay at the Trump property while in the area.
— VP Pence’s event cancelled and his flight instantly diverted back to DC
— Putin’s canceled event to stay at the Kremlin and urgently meet with his defense minister
— EU Commision security council called in for an urgent emergency meeting