Juan Cole. He’s not saying for certain, his post title coming with a question mark, but it’s not hard to believe.
A rumor is circulating among well-connected and formerly high-level Iraqi
bureaucrats in exile in places like Damascus that a military coup is being
prepared for Iraq. I received the following from a reliable, knowledgeable
contact. There is no certitude that this plan can or will be implemented.
That it is being discussed at high levels seems highly likely.
“There is serious talk of a military commission (majlis `askari) to
take over the government. The parties would be banned from holding positions,
and all the ministers would be technocrats, so to speak. . . [The writer indicates
that attempts have been made to recruit cabinet members from the ranks of
expatriate technocrats.] … ..