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Iraq: Is Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi facing the same fate as Lebanon’s Rafic Hariri?

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Political and media circles in Iraq and beyond have been disturbed by the vile attack that claimed the life of Hisham Al-Hashimi, a researcher into terrorist groups and armed “Islamic” movements. The concern arises not only because it was an attack on a fellow citizen and the assassination of freedom of opinion, but also because of the violent message that it conveyed. In my opinion, the accusatory finger points to one of the pro-Iran militias that Al-Hashimi has been criticising non-stop recently. His switch of focus came after devoting many years of his short life to confronting Daesh and exposing its dangerous goals.

Those following Al-Hashimi’s work in recent years — and I was one of them — saw the man as an Iraqi patriot, whether you agreed with him or not. He was part of an unorganised trend seeking to restore the state’s identity and spread Iraqi nationalism that has been marginalised since the explosion of doctrinal, sectarian, ethnic and other identities in the country. There is no doubt that he maintained good relations with some of the deep state institutions that would provide him with a lot of information and data on the topics he was working........

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