[size=32]Assigning Al-Kazemi to the prime minister .. Will it reinforce the division between the armed factions[/size]
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The assignment of the head of the Iraqi intelligence service, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to form the new Iraqi government, a few days ago, reinforced the division between various Iraqi militias within the "popular crowd", which increased its interference in the political scene since the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, following the outbreak of demonstrations Popular in Baghdad, and the cities of the south and center of the country. At a time when armed factions remained silent about the commissioning of Al-Kazemi, and were content with declaring their respect for the compatibility of the Shiite political forces regarding the move, other militias escalated their rejectionist rhetoric against the Prime Minister-designate, and considered the task of forming the government as an American conspiracy.
The Hezbollah Brigades, one of the most prominent militias associated with Iran, which earlier accused Mustafa al-Kazemi of colluding with the United States in the assassination of the commander of the Iranian Quds Force Qassem Soleimani and the deputy commander of the “Popular Mobilization” Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed by a US air strike in Baghdad early this year. Al-Jari, along with other militias most prominent among them are "replacement", "Al-Asaib", "Al-Nujaba", "Al-Imam Ali Brigades", "Saraya Sayyid Al-Shuhada" and "Al-Khorasani". Today, it is considered the most prominent armed factions that reject Al-Zarfi’s mandate, amid Continued reliance on efforts by the head of the "al-Fath" coalition, Hadi al-Amiri, to subdue these factions For the decision of the Shiite political blocs, and to stop their interference in the general political scene.
According to Iraqi political sources, efforts by the leader of the "Al-Fateh" coalition, Hadi al-Amiri, and other political figures with him to stop the media escalation by those factions against the prime minister-designate, or try to block the formation of the government similar to what happened with the former Prime Minister-designate Adnan al-Zorfi .
Those sources indicated, in separate conversations, that while Iran welcomed the assignment of Mustafa al-Kazemi, the factions closest to it rejected it, which recounts the existence of two voices inside Iran after the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the first militant of the Revolutionary Guards, and the second of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, in its role. With the Iraqi file, specifically the crisis of forming the new government.
The sources emphasized that the crisis has increased the division between the factions themselves, as there are those who submitted to the consensus of the Shiite political blocs, and there are those who rejected and considered Al-Kazimi an American card and would conduct broad neutralization of the armed factions in general, and considered Al-Kazemi’s choice a success for Washington in Iraq, and waved tough stances in case he tried to disarm it Or delaying implementation of the decision to remove US forces.
Among these factions was the militia of “The Master of the Martyrs,” whose leader Abu Alaa Al-Wala'i said in a tweet to him, “When selling the blood of the martyr is a pass card for the seat of power! Revenge is a title for the dignity of the faithful, and when confusion is a sign of impotence and collapse, stability is a fulfillment of blood. The martyr leaders ... are waiting and waiting. "
In turn, the Al-Asaib militia confirmed that it was awaiting the implementation of its conditions by Al-Kazemi. Its leader Qais Al-Khazali said, in a televised statement, that "there are conditions that must be implemented by Al-Kazemi, which is commitment to the parliament's decision to remove the American forces, maintain the popular crowd, and continue to implement the Iraq agreement with China, and that Iraq should not be held hostage to the outside." Khazali did not specify his position in If Al-Kazemi does not fulfill these conditions, or one of them.
This coincided with a statement by the "Hezbollah Brigades" militia, in which it described Al-Kazemi's candidacy as a "conspiracy" and Al-Kazemi's personality as "suspicious." The militia said, in a statement posted on its official website, that "the consensus on nominating a suspicious person is neglecting the rights of the people, their sacrifices and betrayal of Iraqi history." The statement accused the political forces that represent the "majority" of "surrender, acquiescence and impotence", while threatening to continue to pursue "those involved" To kill its leaders.
On the other hand, Kurdish politician Mahmoud Othman saw that "the support that was provided to Al-Kazemi is conditional support, and that will become clear after the formation of the ministry, and then you will know the conditions that were dictated to him by some parties," indicating to the "new Arab" that "the most complex problem that Al-Kazemi will face relates to The position of some armed factions towards the presence of the American forces in Iraq, which are pressing towards forcing Al-Kazimi to do so. "
He stressed that "Iran did not accept Al-Kazemi in the first place, and did not accept it only reluctantly, a position embodied by some of the factions loyal to it, which operate on the Iraqi arena," noting that "the division is clear between the armed factions, and that some have announced their formal rejection, and that this division It will have repercussions on the country, "he asserted," American support for Al-Kazemi will embarrass Al-Kazemi more, regarding those areas close to the Iranian camp. "
Observers believe that the division between those factions will have dangerous effects on the country and the upcoming Al-Kazemi government, and said the security expert, Hashem al-Ubaidi, a brigade officer in the former Iraqi army, that “the division of these factions will definitely weaken it, but it will also make the prospective government revolve between Two axes of these factions are trying to control them, and this in itself will be a drain on the effort of a new government. "
Al-Ubaidi said, "The division between the factions began after the death of Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and today it has deepened more, and it may appear to the public after the different destinations and axes have differed, so those who reject Al-Kazemi are within the Iranian axis.
He pointed out that "what we are observing now is the formation of new factions, such as the rebel league and other factions, is the embodiment of this dangerous division that may amount to an armed clash, and this will be dangerous for the country."