Former Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has shockingly revealed that American marine snipers killed Iraqi protesters on the direct orders of President Donald Trump, the American President going as far to threaten the life of Abdul-Mahdi in an effort to kill Iraq’s “oil for reconstruction” deal with China.
The claims are said to have been revealed after live cameras were cut during yesterday’s parliamentary session in Iraq.
Intending to give a speech in parliament that would have revealed “sensitive secrets”, Abdul-Mahdi was cut short and the transmission cut. However, the former Prime Minister continued his speech and revealed shocking claims about the conduct of Donald Trump and American marines in the country.
Abdul-Mehdi is said to have spoken angrily on American actions in Iraq, the U.S. refusing to complete infrastructure and electricity grid projects unless they took a staggering 50% of oil revenue. Abdul-Mehdi refused the blackmail and instead sought a deal with China to complete the construction. On returning to Iraq, Trump is said to have demanded that the deal be cancelled and threatened Abdul-Mehdi with protests against his government.
The delegation travelled to China in September of 2019, with the deal being revealed the following month in October. The “oil for reconstruction” deal with China will see Chinese construction firms working in Iraq in exchange for 100,000 barrels of oil per day, around 20% of production.
The 2019 Iraq protests started on October 1st, stopping on October 8th and resuming on October 25th.
When Abdul-Mehdi refused to surrender the deal, large-scale demonstrations against the Iraqi government took place across the country, centred in the capital of Baghdad. Following the first protests, the former Prime Minister contends that Trump called him again to threaten that US marine snipers would be stationed at buildings in the capital and would open fire on protesters and security forces, a move that would provoke violent and bloody retaliation against the Iraqi government.
In was in October that reports in the MSM claimed that Iraqi security forces had used sniper fire against peaceful protestors, with one incident seeing the deaths of at least five protesters. Amnesty International claimed that video taken during the incident was consistent with eyewitness statements but the organization was unable to verify the identity or affiliation of the snipers.
Abdul-Mehdi again refused Trump’s demands and tendered his resignation in November of 2019 amidst weeks of escalating protests against the government and a death toll exceeding 300.
Just before the resignations, the defence ministry claimed that it did not possess the gas grenades that were responsible for many of the deaths during the 2019 Iraq protests, Defence Minister Najah al-Shammari telling German news agency dpa that it had never signed any agreement to import the military-grade grenades into Iraq and a third party had been responsible to “push protesters to clash with security forces to spread instability in Iraq.”
The statement that a “third side” was targeting both protestors and Iraq’s own security forces implicated the Americans without a direct and difficult accusation. Following the statement, Abdul-Mehdi says he received yet another call from Trump where the American President directly threatened to kill both the Minister of Defense and Abdul-Mehdi.
“There was a person who was hit by the sniper. Five people ran towards him to help and they were all shot one after the other. There were bodies all along the street. They all had shots in the head and chest”Protester
Videos and photos that were shared on social media at the time of the protests showed the still smoking gas grenades lodged in the heads of protesters, those on the streets claiming to have been deliberately targeted. Amnesty International condemned Iraqi security forces for their apparent use of the lethal grenades in October.
With the blame for the deaths being attributed to Iraq’s official security forces, the Iran-linked Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation Forces militias, they served as a useful propaganda tool for pro-American and anti-Iranian voices as the American regime agitated for war with Iran throughout the previous few months, agitation that led to the assassination of Qassem Soleimani just days ago.
American backed forces utilising snipers during protests in an attempt to inflame existing hostile sentiments has a long history, being used in Romania in 1989, Russia in 1993, Venezuela in 2002, the Arab spring in 2011 and most famously during the Euromaidan in Ukraine in 2013.