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Iraq has a historical opportunity for progress which its Prime Minister must take

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It does not look as if Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi wants a direct confrontation with the factions which make up the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) and are loyal to Iran. He is well aware that he cannot bear losing such a confrontation. That perhaps explains why just a few days after the arrest of fighters associated with the Iraqi wing of Hezbollah that was planning to attack Baghdad Airport and the Green Zone, 13 of them were released, and only one was detained after a friendly meeting with the faction’s leaders to ease the tension.

Meanwhile, Al-Kadhimi decided to dismiss Falih Al-Fayyad as head of National Security and National Security Adviser, but he is still the chairman of the PMF. This suggests that the Prime Minister is trying to exclude PMF figures close to Iran from sensitive security institutions based, if the leaks are to be believed, on requests from the US. Al-Fayyad’s dismissal from his security positions came in advance of Al-Kadhimi’s visit to Washington this month, which is intended to put more pressure on the Iraqi leader to make changes in sensitive security positions, many of which are still under the control of pro-Iran parties.

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