General Hamid al-Maliki, Iraq's
air force chief announced on Sunday
the formation of a crisis management cell in the Baghdad operations command, to
secure the visitors of the grave of Musa al-Kadhim, the seventh Shiite Imam
after his father Ja'far al-Sadiq.
A crisis management cell was placed in the command, to oversee securing the visit successfully, in coordination with the chief of staff of the Ministry of Defense, the command of joint operations and the ministries of health and transportation.
Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi, on Saturday, directed the security authorities to take all necessary measures to protect the visitors of Imam al-Kadhim, while calling on visitors to cooperate with the security forces.
Imam Kadhim is regarded by Sunnis as a renowned scholar, and was a contemporary of the Abbasid caliphs Al-Mansur, Al-Hadi, Al-Mahdi and Harun al-Rashid.
He was imprisoned several times; finally dying in Baghdad in the Sindi ibn Shahak prison in September 799 AD. Ali al-Ridha, the eighth Imām, and Fatemah Masume were among his children.