In the aftermath of the Baghdad bombings, Al-Kazemi ousted five prominent security chiefs




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2021-01-21 14:09

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Shafaq News / The spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Yahya Rasoul, announced, on Thursday, that the Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa al-Kazimi, had issued orders to remove 5 prominent security leaders from their posts in connection with the Baghdad bombings.

Rasoul said in a statement received by Shafaq News, that the orders included the “dismissal of the Deputy Minister of Interior for Intelligence Affairs, Lieutenant General Amer Saddam, from his position, and the assignment of Lieutenant General Ahmed Abu Ragheef to replace him.”

He referred to “the dismissal of Abdul Karim Abd Fadel (Abu Ali Al-Basri), Director General of Intelligence and Combating Terrorism at the Ministry of Interior (the Falcons Cell) from his post and assigning the Deputy Head of the National Security Service, Hamid Al-Shatri, with the tasks of managing the Falcons cell and linking the cell with the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

He added, “The commander of Baghdad operations, Lieutenant General Qais al-Muhammadawi, was transferred to the Ministry of Defense, and Major General Ahmed Salim was assigned to command Baghdad operations.”

He also stated, “The dismissal of the Federal Police Commander, Lt. Gen. Jaafar Al-Battat, from his post, and the assignment of Lt. Gen. Raed Shaker Jawdat to lead the Federal Police.”

Rasoul pointed out to “the dismissal of the Director of the Intelligence and Security Department of Baghdad Operations, Major General Bassem Majeed from his post.”

These decisions came hours after two suicide bombings targeted a popular market in Tayaran Square in central Baghdad, leaving 32 victims and 110 injured, according to Ministry of Health figures.


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