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Iraqi Prime Minister-Designate Resigned, Spy Chief Named As Replacement

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Iraqi Prime Minister-Designate Resigned, Spy Chief Named As Replacement

Iraqi protestors wave Iraq’s national flags on motorbikes as they take part in anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on October 24, 2019. (Photo by – / AFP)

Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate, Adnan al-Zurfi, announced on April 9 that he will not be forming the new government. The country’s spy chief, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, was named as a replacement by President Barham Salih.

In a message, al-Zurfi said he resigned to “preserve Iraq’s unity and its higher interests,” vowing to continue serving the Iraqi people as a lawmaker.

“I will continue to work and prepare for the upcoming early elections to complete the national project and develop its economic foundations for the reconstruction of Iraq,” al-Zurfi noted in his statement, according to Xinhua.

Adnan al-Zurfi was tasked with forming a government last March following a disagreement between Iraq’s major blocs. However, he failed to gain support, especially from Shiite parties.

Al-Zurfi was accused of corruption, with the Shiite armed factions even calling him an “agent of the U.S. intelligence” in a recent joint statement. The factions also warned against allowing al-Zurfi to form a government, stressing that they will work against him.

The strict stand against al-Zufi was not a surprise as he is well known for his strong relations with Washington. Al-Zurfi, a U.S. citizen, is also known to be an obstinate opponent of Iran and its allies in Iraq.

On the other hand, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, head of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service (INIS), is enjoying the support of major political blocks.

The country’s biggest Sunni block, Iraqi Forces Coalition, and Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan region, have both stressed their support for al-Kadhimi. Furthermore, all major Shiite blocks appear to be in favor of him.

Al-Kadhimi’s chances to form Iraq’s next government are very high. For more than three years, al-Khadhimi managed to maintain balanced relations with both the U.S. and Iran from his position as the head of the INIS.

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  • Zionism = EVIL

    Another victory for Iran. Kahimi spent more time in Tehran than in Baghdad over the past decade and worked very closely with General Soleimani.

    • christianblood

      I hope he stands against the Evil Empire and works closely with Iran and with the Iraqi Resistance!

      • Zionism = EVIL

        Iraq is now over 80% Shia and no one detrimental to Iranian interests can survive, the Americunt arseholes hiding in rat roles in 3 occupation bases tried to install a puppet Zurfi, but he did not even make it to the local tea house. The PMU are supported by all Iraqis and the resistance is growing daily.

        • christianblood

          Well-said, Long Live The Resistance!

          • Zionism = EVIL

            The stupid Americunts know they are deep shit as the fat pig Pompeo just said a few hours ago that they would like to negotiate a “forces withdrawal” plan with the new Iraqi government. This defeat is worse than Vietnam as the Americunts are dying at home and power is shifting to Asia.

            US to hold ‘strategic talks’ about military presence in Iraq: Pompeo

          • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

            Trump fucked up when he murdered soleimani

          • JIMI JAMES

            Trump wants to pull the troops out soleimani is deep state/bush/cia/opoid baron
            Trump said he wants to end drugs west of usa,now anyone with a fat red ruby ring,if that ain’t evil boltons identical ring is blue jewel,trump is smarter than cia!

          • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

            no.. soleimani was head of the special forces in Iran, trained the iraqi PMU and was fighting ISIS in conflicts across the ME

            the new drug war is an excuse to invade latin america in particular venezuela. (not sure how the CIA coup in bolivia last year is doing )

            trump actually said he wasnt going to pull troops out of iraq until they paid for a base which USA built and they didnt want. that base got whacked, iraq has told USA to leave. USA cannot defend those bases, patriot missiles are notoriously inaccurate and expensive.

    • sam_koll

      Don’t be so quick to give him the benefit of the doubt, because someone in the “know” tipped off the Americans about Soleimani.

      Let’s see if the new bloke kicks out the US troops , I’ll suspend my verdict until then

      • Zionism = EVIL

        Not this guy. The lower levels of Iraqi and Syrian intelligence agencies are bought by the CIA. This fellow is close to Sayyed Nasrallah and would not have been accepted if he was not loyal. Read his bio below that I posted. In any case, Iran holds sway in Iraq.

        That backing was the result of a flurry of political meetings over the past week aimed at a reaching consensus on al-Kadhimi, the head of Iraq’s National Intelligence Service.

        Among them were gatherings attended by Iranian General Esmail Qaani, who has headed Iran’s elite Quds Force foreign operations unit after the US assassinated his predecessor, Qassem Soleimani, in an air strike in Baghdad in January.

        Tehran holds vast political and military influence in Iraq, and its approval is seen as necessary for any prime ministerial candidate.

        • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

          Iran doesnt hold sway as such, It is an important and strong ally for iraq. if it wasnt for soleimani then baghdad would have fallen to ISIS. Iran has bled for iraq.

      • goingbrokes

        No one tipped off US about Soleimani, he was travelling openly to meet saudis and Iraqis in Baghdad.

  • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

    Is this the PM who had his family threatened by Trump when he chose the chinese for rebuilding the countries infrastructure

    • Zionism = EVIL

      No, he is Hezbollah’s man. Mustafa al-Kadhimi is Iraq’s current intelligence chief, and was nominated to become the country’s next prime minister by several shiite coalitions,
      including the Fatih coalition, led by former militia commander Hadi
      al-Amiri, and the State of Law coalition, headed by former prime
      minister Nouri al-Maliki, as well as Ammar al-Hakim’s al-Hikma
      coalition.

      • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

        i meant the PM that is leaving

        • Zionism = EVIL

          Yes, you are correct on that count. The moron Trump also boasted ” that we will kick their ass and grab their gas”.

          • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

            Trump is anything but a moron. Am not particularly a fan of his but he isnt stupid. underestimating an enemy is one of the most foolish things you can do

  • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

    USA are getting nervous

  • Peter Jennings

    Things are not going too well for the US invaders, so they change puppets to see if that helps.

    The US has outstayed its welcome in Iraq and they will take the consequences. It’s not as if they weren’t warned, but that’s arrogance for you.

  • JIMI JAMES

    Another roll of the dice,I suppose,either way deep state has no future iran,iraq and usa begone may..