Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi stressed that there is no place for the return of what he described as terrorism under any form or name, stressing the need not to preempt rulings and decisions before the completion of the investigations, against the background of the kidnapping and killing of Iraqis in Salah al-Din Governorate.
A statement by Al-Kazemi’s office added – after his visit to Salah al-Din Governorate in the north of the country, accompanied by Defense Minister Jumah Anad and Interior Minister Othman al-Ghanimi and the head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Faleh al-Fayyad – that the goal of the Iraqi state is to protect the security of citizens and establish the foundations of law.
The visit comes against the background of the killing of 8 civilians in the village of Al-Farhateya, the governorate, the day before yesterday, by unknown groups.
Al-Kazemi pledged yesterday during his meeting with the security and military leaders in Salah al-Din Governorate, to protect the residents of the province.
According to a government statement, Al-Kazemi said during the meeting, “Our message to the citizens of Salah al-Din is that the state will protect them, and that the doctrine of the armed forces is wrapped around loyalty to the homeland and the law, not to individuals or other names.”
He added, “Terrorism and its criminal acts await him only by law and retribution, and there is no place for his return under any form or name.”
Al-Kazimi also stressed that “security leaders refrain from being drawn into any political affair.” And he called for not preempting judgments and decisions before completing investigations.
Prime Minister, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces @MAKadhimi He arrives at Al-Farhatia district in Balad district and inspects the families of the deceased martyrs and attends their funeral council. pic.twitter.com/u0k0x3bLvH
Media Office of the Prime Minister (@IraqiPMO) October 18, 2020
And on Saturday, Salah al-Din Governor Ammar Jaber said, in a televised statement, that “a force wearing military uniform committed the crime.”
Al-Kazemi decided – during an emergency meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security on Saturday – to refer security officials in the region that witnessed the kidnapping and murder to investigation on charges of “neglecting the performance of their duty.”
The Iraqi Center for Documenting War Crimes (independent) accused the “Asaib Ahl al-Haq” fighters of being behind the attack, which was denied by the spokesman for the faction, Jawad Al-Talibawi.
In the context, members of the Iraqi parliament called for Salah al-Din Governorate (12 out of 329 deputies), on Sunday, to remove all forces associated with political parties and armed groups from the province.
Many of the Popular Mobilization factions – including the Peace Brigades of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, and Asaib Ahl al-Haq led by Qais Khazali and other factions – manage the security file for some areas of Salah al-Din Governorate.