Iraqi Prime Minister fired his national security Advisor

The Prime Minister of Iraq, Mustafa al-Kazemi was released from the post of adviser on national security and the acting head of the national security Council Faleh al-Fayyad, the leader of the people's militia, "al-Hashd al-SHAABI", said Saturday the Iraqi media.

"On the basis of the public interest and with the consent of the Prime Minister and commander of the armed forces (Mustafa al-Kazemi - ed.) ... decided to release Faleh Faisal Fahd al-Fayyad from the post of acting head of the national security Council," - said in the text of the decree published on the website of the TV channel Al-Sumaria.

The new head of the Council of 4 July appointed General Abd al-Ghani al-Asadi, who previously headed the anti-terrorist unit of the Iraqi armed forces.

The Iraqi news Agency INA announced, citing its sources, that Kazemi also released al-Fayyad from the office of the Prime Minister's adviser on national security issues. His successor in this post was Qassem al-Aaraji, head of the interior Ministry of Iraq in the years 2017-18.

In January, U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo accused al-Fayyad, and several prominent leaders of Shiite militias in the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad December 31, 2019, when protesters tried to storm the main gate of the Embassy after the funeral of those killed in the us drone strike members of the Shiite group "Kataib Hezbollah". On the night of January 3 the United States conducted in the area of the international airport of Baghdad the operation to eliminate the Iranian General, commander of the special unit of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (IRGC) of Qasem Soleimani and Deputy head of "al-Hashd al-SHAABI" Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, which Washington believes was involved in the attack on the Embassy.