[size=36]A report reveals the reality of differences within the Ministry of Defense between the minister and the army chief of staff[/size]
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Baghdad - Mawazine News
What has been circulating narrowly in the chambers of politicians and generals of the Iraqi army, in the past few weeks in Baghdad, over the differences between the Minister of Defense, Najah al-Shammari, and the Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Army, Lt. Gen. Othman al-Ghanmi, is now more widely circulated in Iraq, Especially after the leak of a document to the Minister of Defense, ordering the disengagement of the Office of the Military Inspectorate of the Army Chief of Staff and return it to the Secretariat of the Ministry, at a time observers warn of the interference of political blocs in such disputes and deemed normal within any institution, and political forces should not contribute their ideologies.
Although the Iraqi Army Chief of Staff, in his answer to a journalist's question in the southern Iraqi city of Karbala, denied that there were differences between him and Minister Najah al-Shammari, where he explained briefly and insufficiently saying: "There are no differences within the ministry, and this is an internal matter, but there are some changes that deal with However, a senior general in the Ministry of Defense described the disputes as "more than a matter of the Defense Inspectorate, but extends to other powers in which the Minister of Defense finds himself marginalized, and most of the tasks are performed by Army Chief of Staff General Othman al-Ghanmi, or his deputy, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Ya Allah.
The Iraqi constitution stipulates that the defense minister is a civilian, which observers say is one of the reasons for the frequent disputes between defense ministers and the country's main military leaders for many years, renewed from time to time.
Earlier, MPs leaked to a local Iraqi media a document issued by the Secretariat of the Ministry of Defense, signed by Minister Najah al-Shammari, revealing a decision to "disengage the General Military Inspectorate, from the General Staff, and re-link it to the ministry's secretariat in all respects." Days before Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's decision to name the leader of the Popular Mobilization, Ziad al-Tamimi, inspector general of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in a move that sparked widespread criticism of the appointment of a person from outside the military establishment an important position within the ministry, especially as Tamimi is considered a leader of the "crowd" nearby From Iran, and is accused of extensive violations The Diyala operations, including sectarian targeting against the population in the past years.
According to a senior Iraqi general in Baghdad, the current disagreements between Defense Minister Najah al-Shammari, backed by Iraqi political forces classified as backed by Tehran, and Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Usman al-Ghanemi, are not only related to the transfer of duties of the Office of the Inspector General, but also to aspects Such as the movement of military units, army commanders, and ground operations of the Iraqi army, to the Joint Coordination Rooms, where the minister finds himself marginalized, since taking office in mid-year.
He added that "the minister finds that most of the joints of the military institution is managed by the Ghanim team and his aide Abdul Amir Yarallah, which he considers this to be a marginalization," revealing that "there are observations on the work of the minister and decisions taken recently do not serve the interests of the Iraqi army, and opposed by leaderships, In addition, the minister appointed people close to him in sensitive military positions should not be accessed, stressing that "the differences are not confined between the minister and the army chief of staff and his aide, but extends to other joints."
He said that "there are parties, including the crowd and political forces close to Iran, want to magnify these differences and get them out of their natural framework for the interests of them, including that they believe that changes must be made within the important joints in the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, and others to cover the current differences between the leaders of the" popular mobilization "between Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, and Faleh al-Fayyad and the raging. "
Last Thursday, the Defense Ministry said in a brief, surprising statement that it had "brought a number of its officers and senior commanders to military courts on corruption-related charges", without disclosing the names of those leaders or officers and the types of charges brought to justice.
On the other hand, MP Ziad Janabi launched a strong attack on the Minister of Defense, explaining, in a statement, that "Shammari, who came through the abhorrent quota, conducted a chaotic coup in this prestigious ministry," accusing the Minister of Defense as "not qualified to upgrade the work of the ministry He accused him of "confusion in a suspicious and suspicious manner," stressing that he leads the ministry "Come and a strict unilateral mentality is not worthy of those who address such an important responsibility.
"He also referred a number of senior leadership in the ministry to the Department of Warriors (an institution that serves as a military retirement), as well as to military courts with false pretexts in an attempt by him to defeat the military figures and dignitaries in the sovereign ministry." He also accused the defense minister of "fighting prominent military leaders," including army chief of staff Othman al-Ghanmi.
Until Monday morning, the Ministry of Defense did not comment on the serious accusations leveled by MP Ziad Janabi, who is close to the "construction" coalition, which includes factions of the "Popular Mobilization".
According to military expert Imad al-Jourani, the talk about moving and trials and referral to retirement in the Ministry of Defense indicates a deep problem within the ministry, assuring the "new Arab" that this ministry is the most important sovereign ministry, and that "its problems will be reflected on other institutions, as leaders Army, air force, army aviation, air defense, "considering it" an expected result of the weakness of the Prime Minister and not to pack in many files. "
He expected that the intervention of parliamentarians, politicians and leaders of the "crowd" in the work of the ministry more problems, likely that "the problems in the ministry were raised by parties that lost their gains, or others want to seize important joints in the Ministry of Defense."