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An American report: Al-Kazemi was exposed to a great political risk to fulfill his pledges
Shafak News / A report of an American Research Forum, specialized in security and politics, said that the international coalition is required to support Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi in his efforts to fulfill Iraq's obligations towards the security of international missions and to prevent attacks against them by factions loyal to Tehran.
And the lengthy report, which was published by the New York-based "just security" forum, added that "Al-Kazimi was exposed to a great political risk by trying to respect this commitment, and this is something that deserves praise and support."
The report also called on the countries of the international coalition to "consider the domestic violations practiced by the pro-Iranian factions, and to assist the Iraqi authorities in exposing these crimes and international violations of human rights."
The report also spoke of the need to shed light on the "hypocrisy" of the Iraqi factions that are trying to exploit their current situation as part of the state apparatus represented by the Popular Mobilization Authority, while repeatedly violating the laws of the state and the rights of its citizens.
The report concluded that these measures will force the factions to either clean up their actions and submit to reform, or risk prosecution and the loss of their political gains made in recent years.
The report also touched on the incident of the arrest of members of the "Hezbollah" brigades earlier this month, as it warned of the possibility of widespread violence in Iraq in the future.
The report praised Al-Kazemi’s move that led to the handing over of detainees to the Hashd Security Directorate, which is controlled by the Hezbollah Brigades, as a compromise, because Iraq does not need additional conflict at the moment.
But the report said that this compromise may increase the specter of factions resorting to direct and open force against the government if they carry out law enforcement operations in the future.
He continued, "It can be said that this conflict has already begun, after the assassination of security expert Hisham al-Hashemi, which represents a clear threat and challenge to Al-Kazemi."
Going forward, the report's author believes that "Al-Kazemi and his allies will have to prepare to deal with the violent reactions of pro-Tehran factions in the future."
Al-Hashemi, a well-known analyst who advised the government on defeating ISIS fighters and curbing the influence of pro-Iranian Shiite armed factions, was assassinated by two gunmen on a motorcycle in front of his home in Baghdad on the sixth of this month.
Some close to Al-Kazemi say the assassination is directly related to Hashemi's recent work against pro-Iranian groups.
These paramilitary groups showed their ability to invade the Green Zone last month after Iraqi forces arrested 14 Hezbollah fighters on charges of being involved in launching missile attacks on American facilities.
Gunmen belonging to these factions entered the Green Zone with vehicles in order to pressure the authorities to release their colleagues. All but one were released in the following days.
Al-Kazemi took over the presidency of the Iraqi government last May, succeeding Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who Iraqi pro-Iranian armed groups deepened their influence in the country's politics and economy during his rule.
Abdul Mahdi was toppled last year during massive anti-government protests, during which hundreds of protesters were killed.
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Washington is blocking the path of political forces and Shiite factions close to Iran in Iraq
Friday, July 17, 2020
Observers confirmed that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi
The London Arab newspaper stated that the United States of America reaffirmed its intention to maintain its forces in Iraq, blocking the path of political forces and Shiite factions close to Iran.
And those forces that had enacted earlier parliamentary legislation calling on the Baghdad government to remove those forces, and is still pressuring to discuss its implementation during the Iraqi-American strategic dialogue that began last June and will continue in the coming months.
General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US forces in the Middle East, pointed to the possibility of reducing the number of American soldiers present on Iraqi soil in consultation with Baghdad and in the framework of the ongoing dialogue with it, but he in return confirmed Washington's intention not to abandon its role in confronting ISIS in Iraq and building Iraqi military capabilities.
"We can get the job done with fewer American forces in Iraq and it will be reduced in consultation with everyone, " he told Voice of America .
McKinsey added that he estimated the number of US forces currently in Iraq
For its part, the American Al-Hurra channel reported on its website that a US defense official revealed plans for a possible reduction of US forces in Iraq.
This confirms what the newspaper "Al-Arab" had published earlier about President Donald Trump's administration's work to establish a US military presence on Iraq, long-term, but it is numerically limited and safe, allowing the United States to closely monitor its rival Iran, especially its actions on the Tehran axis, Damascus, Beirut, through In the Iraqi lands ..
At the same time, he does not neglect the concern to avoid human casualties among the American forces during the presidential election year, as Trump knows how sensitive this factor is to the American voter.
The United States is fully aware of Iran's presence in the background of inciting the removal of American forces from Iraq, not only by pressure by its Iraqi political allies, but also by using its militias there to disturb the comfort of the American and even diplomatic presence on Iraqi soil by targeting the US embassy in Baghdad and some locations where there are American soldiers.
The American general made clear reference to the Iranian role, saying that Washington's continued help in Iraq ’s war against ISIS is a setback for Iran.
He stressed that Tehran is trying hard to get the United States out of the Iraqi theater, and that it is now aware that it will not be able to get our forces out of politics, and therefore it is trying to do this by force through its militias, but that the degree of its control over those militias has decreased significantly after the killing of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force. Who was killed by an American air raid near Baghdad airport early this year in which his Iraqi companion, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, who was deputy chief of the PMF militia, was also killed.
The Jamestown researcher, Jacob Lace Weiss, said that Al-Kazemi, who is fighting a militia influence outside the state’s authority, is facing a difficult task at present.
He explained in an analytical article about the situation in Iraq that Al-Kazemi cannot currently press heavily on the pro-Iranian factions so that he does not risk a confrontation that might destabilize the country’s security and political stability, and at the same time he does not want to tolerate it until “does not alienate a great ally” he The United States, which needs its help amid the difficult financial crisis that Iraq is going through.
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