An Iraqi official reveals .. the handover of "Al-Hussaini" the security of the Green Zone by order of Soleimani
A senior Iraqi security official revealed on Thursday that the appointment of Lieutenant General Tahseen al-Aboudi, nicknamed "Abu Muntazer al-Husseini," responsible for the security of the Green Zone in central Baghdad, was made under direct orders from the commander of the Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, in a plan aimed at intimidating diplomatic missions in the country.
And local media reported that the resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi assigned his military adviser for the PMF "Abu Muntazir al-Husseini," the position of commander of the Special Division of the Prime Minister, succeeding Lieutenant General Abdul Karim al-Tamimi, who will serve as commander of the anti-terrorist forces.
"The commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani, asked, through his assistant Haj Hamid, from Adel Abdul Mahdi, to issue a diwaniya order to ensure that Lieutenant-General Tahsin al-Aboudi is assigned the position of commander of the special division responsible for protecting the green zone," the Iraqi security official confirmed to Al-Hurra.
The official, who asked not to be named, added that "Al-Aboudi assumed his duties as commander of the special squad immediately after entering Iraq in the stage of constitutional vacuum last Sunday."
He added that the reason for this is due to "Iran's determination to tighten control of the Green Zone, which includes the offices of the three Iraqi presidencies and the buildings of the American, British and Saudi embassies, and the rest of the embassies and diplomatic missions."
He pointed out that "the receiving of this officer to the Supreme Security Command of the Green Zone sends a clear message that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, in cooperation with Adel Abdul Mahdi's resigned government, imposed security, intelligence and military control over the security of these embassies."
The senior Iraqi official said, "This means that these missions will be at risk in light of the deteriorating conditions of Iraq and the proliferation of weapons in the hands of the militias, and it means endangering the security of diplomatic personnel in the embassies of the world in Baghdad."
"Al-Husseini began issuing entry permits for Iranian-backed militia to the security-fortified Green Zone," he said. "He also made changes to the forces deployed in the area, brought officers who worked with him in the past and assigned them intelligence missions."
The official notes that "the appointment of a military commander close to the Revolutionary Guards responsible for the security of the Green Zone means that he will be responsible for issuing identification cards to all persons entering the region and will be informed of the entry and exit of guests to diplomatic missions in Iraq."
According to the senior official, "Soleimani and his assistant, Haji Hamid, informed Abdul-Mahdi and the militia leaders loyal to Iran that appointing al-Abboudi in this position is a security precaution for fear that the United States will support the prime minister of an interim government or emergency government backed by the Iraqi army."
He adds that "Iran is trying to use the political crisis in Iraq to deepen its security influence within the Iraqi government and plant its followers with the details of the Iraqi security decision in order to tighten control."
Who is Abu Muntadher Al-Husseini?
According to the Iraqi official, his real name is Tahseen Abdul Matar Al-Aboudi, who is one of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers / Quds Force for foreign operations.
He adds that Al-Aboudi, whose name is in the Iranian Quds Corps salary database (Tahseen Aboudi), was working in Iran as part of the Ramadan Mubarak camp, one of the Revolutionary Guards' camps for carrying out operations in Iraq.
He continued, "Al-Aboudi was receiving a monthly salary from the Revolutionary Guards from the militia bank Sepah."
He points out that "Al-Aboudi is one of the leaders of the Badr Organization, led by Hadi Al-Amri, and he held the position of Director of the Popular Mobilization Operations before he assumed the position of Adviser to the Prime Minister for Popular Mobilization Affairs last August."
Al-Aboudi or Abu Muntazer Al-Husseini is considered a "close confidant of Qassem Soleimani and his right hand with the popular crowd at the time," according to the senior Iraqi official.
He asserts that "Al-Aboudi did not hold military ranks in the PMF, but suddenly he was transferred to the office of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and granted him the rank of a corner team."
He says that "Al-Aboudi was born in Baghdad in 1961 and was associated with the Iraqi army during the Iran-Iraq war in the eighties of the last century, but he was captured and later involved in the Badr Corps."
"Then he transferred to the Revolutionary Guards, to be appointed within the Jerusalem Corps of foreign operations on intelligence operations outside Iran."
And he confirms that "there are reports that al-Aboudi was involved in crimes against humanity and liquidations of groups of defenseless citizens in the cities of Anbar, Mosul, Salah al-Din and Jurf al-Sakhr while he was conducting operations in the Popular Mobilization Command."
The Washington Institute for Near East Studies said on December 9 that the Popular Mobilization Adviser in Prime Minister Abu Muntazir al-Husseini’s office had participated in the crisis cell that ordered the killings and attacks on television stations "during the protests that broke out in Iraq since last October.