Iraqi Sunni political symbols...between political miscarriage and conflict of interests.
December 23, 2016


BAGHDAD - «Al-Quds Al-Arabi»:  the political Sunnis arena in Iraq witnessed, the absence of influential political and social symbols that the Sunni crowd could wrap itself around to lead them through a sea of developments and conflicts in the Iraqi scene, at a time when recent attempts to find a political and religious symbols that can occupy the void and be accepted to participate in the political process emerged.

Many residents of provinces such as Anbar and Mosul, Kirkuk and Diyala and others, reported that the problem is that the political parties in their areas, are fighting and competing over personal interests and neglected the needs of the citizens who gave them the power through elections. Creating grassroots grumbling over the Sunni political leadership in general, for failing to protect and preserve the rights and the provision of needs, especially in the displaced areas.

The biggest blow to the Sunni street confidence in their political and tribal leaders and symbols, occurred after the emergence of «the State» in 2014 and taking control over their region and forced millions of them to leave and live in camps without a source of livelihood or services enough for the normal life in which they were accustomed, and led to the loss of a generation full of children and young people away from study and work and stable life.

In this context, Nora Albjara the MP for Nineveh admitted that the fan base is resentful of their representatives in the parliament as a result of the difficult situations that their areas are going through, and the inability of the politicians to do something about it.

She’s a member of the National Forces Union; she confirmed in a statement, that the conflicts between the political forces contributed to the angry attitude of the public at politicians’ performance in general, for their inability to serve the public, despite the efforts of some of them.

Throughout the process of finding new symbols of the Sunni street, a new political player emerged recently, after coming into contact with the United Nations Mission in Iraq, as an effective  figure in the Sunni street, during the post Isis phase, the billionaire Khamis Al-Khanjar, backed by powerful Gulf personalities, and has a channel satellite and large commercial projects.

According to informed sources, Khamis Al-Khanjar is Islamic-oriented moderate and close to the «moutahidoun» party, headed by Osama Najafi and also close to the secularists and other components from the Sunni forces, it became real that many Sunni and Shiite political forces prefer to deal with him as a moderate symbol for the opposition of the political process residing abroad, and has acceptable attitudes that can facilitate his involvement in the new political process.

The sources confirms that he is leading a new political movement, «The Arab Project» and has made significant contributions in providing aid and assistance to the displaced camps and areas destroyed after the liberation from Isis, he is also considered the most important financiers of the National crowd army or the so-called « Nineveh Guard » led by Ethel Nujaifi former governor of Nineveh.

The sources confirmed that the Shiite National Alliance does not want a strong Sunni party that has Arab support, but the US pressure on political forces to achieve consensus and political stability for the US to keep on supporting them, could lead the Shiite alliance to the acceptance of such personality.

 When the United Nations representative handed the historical compromise file to Khamis Al-Khanjar directly, he faced some objections from some Shiite forces, the National Alliance MP Mohammed Koun considered the representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jan Kubis handing wanted figures, including Khamis Al-Khanjar a political settlement close a personal action, guaranteeing the coalition’s refusal of this act.

He said in a statement, that what was done by the United Nations Mission by delivering the political settlement of the parties opposing the political regime in Iraq and accused of supporting terrorism, headed by Khamis Al-Khanjar personal behavior and cannot be bound by it at all, noting that the document excludes the dissolved Baath Party, as well as armed terrorist entities that supported ISIS and all the characters involved supporting terrorism.

informed sources asserts, that the Shiite alliance is accustomed since the control of the reins of power in Iraq after 2003, to adopt a «political miscarriage policy» for Sunni figures, whether they were participants in the political process or opposed to it, and through the exclusion of any Sunni personality that can be influential in Sunni street and is surrounded by the masses, and the last of these symbols was the dismissed defense Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi who is popular from both sides the Sunni and Shia.

Observers of the Iraqi situation after 2003, can prepare a long list of Sunni personalities that have been excluded from participating in the government, parliament and political action, under various justifications, such as committing irregularities, financial or involvement in working with the Baath party, terrorist groups, or the failure to exercise responsibility in taking positions and others , despite the fact that many of these violations involved Shiite leaders and officials everyday without any accountability or action to exclude them.

According to observers, the Shiite alliance, adopted the technique of dividing the Sunnis street, Cancelation and exclusion of any political influential symbols in the Sunni public, through encouraging the differences between the political parties and clans and breaking the trust between them and their audience, and the political miscarriage, supporting one party against another party, and others means, to ensure the absence of a strong party against the Shiite forces in Iraq administration.