Removing a statue of Saadi raises a stir in Mosul (video)

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Residents of the Iraqi province of Nineveh woke up on Monday to note the disappearance of the statue of former counter-terrorism chief Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi, who was installed in preparation for the unveiling.

According to the agency "NAS News", the statue of Saadi disappeared during the night hours, after the mass demonstrations that came out in protest against his transfer from the counter-terrorism. "
Activists on social media demanded the concerned authorities to return the statue to its place and lift the curtain, describing this work as "unjustified," according to "Bass News."

The site, citing an Iraqi security source: "The military force of the Nineveh Operations Command removed the statue, which had been erected in the light district of Mosul, after the riot forces surrounded, on Sunday, the statue to prevent the people to remove the curtain" as residents traded on Social networking sites show images of the statue before and after its removal.

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced yesterday evening that General Abdulwahab al-Saadi joined the ministry after the commander of the armed forces, Adel Abdul Mahdi, issued a decision to refer him to the command at the Ministry of Defense.

Al-Saadi assumed several functions for the military operations commanders following the fall of Mosul and other areas by the terrorist organization "Daesh" in 2014.He was assigned to the post of deputy commander of Iraqi counter-terrorism operations, where he led the operations of Baiji liberation and then participated in the liberation operations of Tikrit. The liberation of Fallujah, and in early 2017 was appointed commander of the liberation of the city of Mosul.



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