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Arab newspapers discussed circulating news about the release of the leader of the Popular Mobilization Forces, Qassem Musleh Al-Khafaji, according to an agreement between Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and the leaders of the Popular Mobilization Forces and the Shiite forces.
A security force had arrested al-Khafaji, the commander of western Anbar operations in the Popular Mobilization Forces, in an airdrop operation in the Dora area, southwest of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
The Iraqi army said that security forces had arrested al-Khafaji, in a move security sources said was linked to attacks on a base hosting US forces.
‘Iranian network of control’
The London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper says in its editorial: “The Iraqi state retreated in front of the militias announcing the release of the leader in the Popular Mobilization Forces, Qassem Musleh … In this sense, Tehran is not satisfied with the great control it possesses over the state’s capabilities itself, whether within the state’s security and military apparatus, and within the spectrum. The vast number of politicians, leaders and officials of parties and parliamentarians. “
The newspaper adds that the Iraqi state “strengthens this control through armed militias of various shapes, names, specializations and jobs.”
Al-Quds Al-Arabi adds that “the Iraqi state cannot, within the complex Iranian military, security and political network of control, be realized as an authority capable of controlling law and order and possessing real legitimacy.”
The newspaper explains that the Iraqi state “is unable to move the army and security forces against forms of insurrection and rebellion, similar to what happened in the Musleh case. The Iraqi state apparatus itself is a field of authority struggles. Iran is one of its active elements that monitor and prevent the formation of an actual Iraqi national force capable of preserving On the country’s sovereignty and the application of law and order. “
In the London-based newspaper Rai Al-Youm, Saad Naji Jawad says that Al-Kazemi “was subjected to another new challenge by the Popular Mobilization factions that are legally affiliated with his leadership. For the third time since his assignment to form the government, he retreated in front of this challenge, and released one of the crowd leaders, who was arrested by government forces and directed He has charges in the anti-terrorism article. “
The writer believes that “this time also, as in the previous time, leaders of the Popular Mobilization Forces threatened high commanders in the Iraqi army, and published pictures and addresses of those who participated in the arrest of the detainee, and when these leaders did not find the support they needed to confront the threats of the PMF factions. , Which reached the point of attacking its private homes and families, and was forced to hide in secret and safe places. “
Jawad stresses that “those who were considered by Mr. Al-Kazemi as outlaws, they were wandering openly in the streets and no one could hold them accountable, and those who are supposed to implement the law disappear and disappear from view.”
The writer wonders: “I do not know how Mr. Al-Kazemi wants the official Iraqi armed forces to respond to him and implement his orders anymore. They find themselves exposed in every crisis to marginalization.”
As for the Iraqi Pratha website, Zahir Al-Aqili believes that what happened was “a clear and explicit violation of the most basic standards of law and a terrible violation of a human right recognized by the Iraqi constitution.”
The writer adds that “the kidnapping of the leader of the holy popular crowd, the commander of the Al-Tuf Brigade and the commander of western Anbar operations, the Mujahid Qasim Musleh, and with this operation and the police image, is nothing but conclusive evidence of the shallowness of Prime Minister Al-Kazemi’s thought.”
Al-Aqili asks: “How can a group of forces affiliated with the security forces carry out such an operation against a field security commander who works within the framework of the security institution associated with the prime minister?”
The writer believes that “the response taken by the resistance factions and their brave leaders and the Holy Popular Mobilization Brigades is a great response and has great and many meanings on the ground, and it is the size of the conspiracy and the intervention of the wise Shiite politicians, especially Hajj Al-Maliki, Al-Amiri and others, but evidence of the depth of thought and clear balance to ward off strife.”
The Pratha website also quotes Hadi al-Amiri, head of the Al-Fateh Alliance, as saying that “the Hashd, with its pure blood, built the prestige of the state, and whoever wants to break the prestige of the crowd under any pretext is the one who wants to undermine the prestige of the state.”
The writer adds that whoever stands behind “roundabout arrests, far from legal and fundamentalist procedures, and with personal endeavors, is the one who wants to circumvent the judiciary and does not notice the separation of powers stipulated in the constitution, and the judiciary and security services cannot be reduced to one person.”
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