The outgoing Iraqi prime minister and the commander in chief of the Armed Forces, Haider al-Abadi, issued two decrees to appoint Iraqi Defense Minister Irfan al-Hayali as a National Security Adviser and the Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji as the head of National Security Council, documents obtained by The Baghdad Post revealed on Monday.
Two documents of Diwani Order No. 316 issued by the Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Haider Al-Abadi, assigned Interior Minister Qasim Al-Araji as the head of National Security Council.
Another Diwani Order No. 317 appointed Minister of Defense Irfan Al-Hayali as a National Security Adviser.
On 30 August, al-Abadi announced the dismissal of Faleh al-Fayad from his position as head of the National Security Council and the head of the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS).
The prime minister in a statement reproached the force’s head Faleh al-Fayad for “having been implicated in partisan political matters which contravene the rules of neutrality which apply to members of the security and intelligence forces.”