Iraq: Prime Minister unharmed after “assassination attempt” with drone

the essential The United States immediately condemned an “apparent act of terrorism” against “the heart of the Iraqi state”.

The Iraqi Prime Moustafa al-Kazimi came out “unscathed” from a “failed assassination attempt” committed on the night of Saturday to Sunday in by means of a “trapped drone” which targeted his residence in the Green Zone in Baghdad, his office said.

This attack did not was immediately claimed and it was not known whether it had caused any injuries, as well as the extent of the material damage.

“I am fine, thank God, and I call for calm and restraint on the part of all for the good of Iraq,” Kazimi wrote on Twitter. According to his office, this “failed assassination attempt” was carried out using “a trapped drone tried to target “his residence.

A little earlier, two security sources told the ‘AFP that a “rocket” had fallen on the house of Moustafa al-Kazimi in the Green Zone, an ultra-protected perimeter located in the heart of the Iraqi capital and which also houses the American embassy and government buildings .

After the attack, security forces were deployed in large numbers inside and around the Green Zone, according to a security source .

Rocket attacks against the Green Zone are recurrent. October, three rockets fell in Mansour, an adjoining neighborhood, without causing any injuries.

Sunday’s attack on Mr. Kazimi, who has been in power since May 2020, comes as Iraq is crossed by strong political tensions linked to the early parliamentary elections of 10 October d Last.

The Hachd al-Chaabi, an influential coalition of former pro-Iran paramilitaries, vehemently contests the results of the poll. Its political showcase, the Conquest Alliance, has seen its number of seats in Parliament melt, according to preliminary results.

Several hundred Hashd supporters took part with security forces near the Green Zone on Friday. According to a security source, a protester died, while a source within Hachd al-Chaabi referred to “two dead”.

Hachd al-Chaabi supporters launched two sit-ins at two different entrances to the Green Zone in protest against the elections, which the Hachd leadership describes as “fraud” and ‘”swindle”.

Despite its electoral defeat, the Hachd will remain an important political force in Parliament, thanks to the game of alliances and the co-optation of independent elected representatives .

Still according to preliminary results, the Sadrist current led by the influential Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr won first place in the legislative elections, with more than 70 seats in the 329 in Parliament.

The final results of the poll should be published within a few weeks.

Washington condemns “apparent act of terrorism”

The United States on Saturday condemned the drone attack which targeted the residence in Baghdad of Iraqi Prime Minister Moustafa ak-Kazimi, denouncing an “apparent act of terrorism”.
“We are relieved to learn that the Prime Minister is unharmed. This apparent act of terrorism, which we strongly condemn, targeted the heart of the state Iraqi, “State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. “We are in close contact with the Iraqi security forces responsible for upholding Iraq’s sovereignty and independence and have offered our assistance in their investigation into this attack,” he added.

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