Iraqi prime minister narrowly survives assassination attempt


After the attack, al-Kadhimi took to Twitter and called on “everyone to exercise calm and restraint”.

He tweeted on his official account, “Thank God I am fine and among my people.”

Terming the attacks as cowardly, he said that they work against the better future of the country. Al-Kadhimi called for calm and constructive dialogue “for Iraq’s sake and for Iraq’s future”.

“I was and still am a redemption project for Iraq and the people of Iraq. Missiles of betrayal will not discourage believers and the stability and determination of our heroic security forces to uphold the safety of the people, achieve justice and establish Will shake the hair of resolution. The law is in place,” he said.

According to Interior Ministry spokesman General Saad Mann, speaking to al-Sharkiya TV, seven Kadimi security personnel were injured.

He clarified that only two armed drones were involved in the assassination attempt and were launched from about 12 km northeast of Baghdad.

Mann said a drone was shot down by Iraqi forces.

The Iraqi military said al-Kadhimi was healthy and in good health, and that security forces were “taking the necessary measures in relation to this failed attempt.”

A source close to the Iraqi leader said on Sunday that al-Kadhimi was returning from guarding security forces engaged in a standoff with protesters at the southern gate of the Green Zone, a heavily fortified area of ​​Baghdad where the prime minister’s residence and other drones were attacked. Government and diplomatic buildings are located around.

The US State Department denounced “clear acts of terrorism” in a statement on Sunday. “We are in close contact with Iraqi security forces charged with upholding Iraq’s sovereignty and independence and they have offered our assistance in the investigation of this attack,” spokesman Ned Price said.

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The chairman of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), a semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, also issued a statement condemning the failed assassination attempt, calling it a “terrorist act”, marking a “dangerous development” that threatens security and stability. danger to. country and its dire consequences.”

“I invite everyone to exercise restraint and calm down,” KRG president Nechirvan Barani said in a statement early Sunday.

Influential Shia Muslim cleric and head of the powerful Sadrwadi movement muqtada al-sadri Called the incident a “terrorist act” that “comes back”. [Iraq] To a state of anarchy controlled by non-governmental forces, so that Iraq lives in pain of riots, violence and terrorism, so that threats and interference from outside sweep it away.”

As a result of the effort, he said, “our brave army and heroic security forces must take matters into their own hands until Iraq recovers and becomes stronger.”

Al-Sadr and his coalition won more than 70 seats in Iraq’s parliamentary elections held two weeks ago, a significant number since the last elections in 2018, when they won 54 seats.

The Arab League, an organization of 22 Middle Eastern and African countries, and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) condemned the “heinous assassination attempt” in a statement on Sunday and said its Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Gheit spoke to al-Khadimi over the phone. Of. ,

“Abul Gheit said that murder is the instrument of cowards, and that the perpetrators of this incident want to drag the country into the furnace of conflict, and ignite a spark of civil anarchy in the country – and that Iraq, its people and its people lead We have been able to overcome this difficult phase with solidarity and national solidarity, and reject terrorism, militias and violence,” the statement read.

The league also emphasized that the recent elections “represented a significant shift towards stability in the country” and urged all parties to “respect their results, and the framework of the Constitution, the law and the rules of the democratic political game.” Called to work within.

No one has claimed responsibility for the assassination, but it comes amid rising tensions in the capital.

Health officials told CNN Friday that supporters of an Iran-backed militia clashed with Iraqi security forces near the Green Zone, killing one person and wounding dozens.

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Parties representing Iran-backed militias called for protests after they lost parliament seats during Iraq’s elections last month, angering militia leaders, and there have been several protests and picketing in the past weeks.

Kataib Hezbollah, one of the most powerful Iranian-backed Shia militia groups in Iraq, on Sunday denied any involvement in the assassination attempt on the prime minister, while a statement issued by spokesman Abu Ali also criticized the government’s move on the attack. raised the question. Al-Askari.

Al-Askari said al-Kadhimi is “playing the role of the victim,” adding that there are “less expensive” and more guaranteed ways of harming the prime minister – if that were the target.

“Isn’t it ironic that he calls for restraint and calm, so who should be worried? Who has lost control of himself?” Al-Askari said in a statement on Sunday.

In a no-holds-barred jab at the prime minister, al-Askari said: “God curse you and those who helped you.”

Meanwhile, Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, condemned the assassination attempt in a tweet on Sunday, saying that the incident should be traced to “foreign think tanks (or agencies)” that are “insecurity, discord”. Have brought nothing except that.” and instability to the Iraqi people oppressed through the creation and support of terrorist groups and occupation of this country over the years.”

Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the television network as making the comments of Interior Ministry spokesman General Saad Mann. It was Al-Sharkiya TV.

CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh, Mayumi Maruyama and Ramin Mostaghim contributed reporting.