A security force guards the statue of Abi Jaafar Al-Mansour after threats
Yesterday, the “war of assassinations” that Iraq has been witnessing for at least two years, moved from activists of the popular movement to intelligence officers. A senior officer in the National Intelligence Service, one of the most important security agencies in Iraq, was assassinated by unknown gunmen on Monday morning in Baghdad.
The National Intelligence Service said, in a statement, that the dead man was named Nibras Farman Shaaban, his nickname “Abu Ali”, and holds the rank of colonel.
The statement promised that the assassination aimed to “dissuade the apparatus from carrying out its duties,” noting that the late officer “had the most prominent role in combating terrorism and organized crime throughout his years of service.”
The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, who headed the intelligence service since 2016 and remained supervising it even after assuming the position of prime minister, last year, quickly issued an order to open an investigation into the incident.
The assassination came in light of the tension in Iraq between the Al-Kazemi government and some of the “crowd” factions, against the background of the arrest of a leader in an armed group for investigation on suspicion of his involvement in assassinations and attacks on coalition forces.
In the meantime, a special force from the riot police was deployed yesterday afternoon near the monument of Abu Jaafar Al-Mansur, which is located in the prestigious Al-Mansur district, next to Al-Karkh of the capital, Baghdad, which was established by Al-Mansur, the second Abbasid Caliph, in the eighth century AD. The presence of the security force came to prevent the reported threats of Shiite extremist groups believed to be closely related to Tehran to organize a demonstration near the monument to demand its removal, in protest against historical allegations that he was behind the killing of a Shiite imam.
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