Mustafa al-Kadhimi: Iraq’s PM survives ‘assassination attempt’

Military says prime minister escaped unharmed after a drone assault on his residence in Baghdad.

Iraq’s navy says Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi survived an assassination try after a drone laden with explosives focused his residence within the capital, Baghdad.

Kadhimi escaped unharmed, however safety sources advised Reuters information company that not less than six members of the prime minister’s private safety pressure have been wounded in Sunday’s assault.

Kadhimi appealed for calm and restraint in a publish on Twitter.

“I’m doing fine, praise be to God, and I call for calm and restraint on the part of everyone for the good of Iraq,” he mentioned.

“The rockets of treason will not shake one bit of the steadfastness and determination of the heroic security forces,” he added.

The early morning assault got here after violent protests within the Iraqi capital over the results of a common election on October 10.

The teams main protests are heavily-armed Iran-backed militias that misplaced a lot of their parliamentary energy within the election. They have alleged voting and vote-counting irregularities.

No group instantly claimed duty for Sunday’s assault on Kadhimi’s residence in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, which homes authorities buildings and overseas embassies.

A press release from the Iraqi navy mentioned the failed assassination try was with “an explosives-laden drone” and that the prime minister was in “good health”.

“The security forces are taking the necessary measures in connection with this failed attempt,” it mentioned.

Supporters of Iraqi Shiite armed teams burn portraits of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and Iraq safety officers throughout a protest in opposition to the election outcomes near the one of many fortified Green Zone entrances in Baghdad, Iraq, November 6, 2021 [Thaier Al-Sudani/ Reuters]
Iraqis carry the coffins of two supporters of the Hashed al-Shaabi, who the paramilitary community says died a day earlier amid clashes with safety forces whereas protesting within the capital to precise rejection of final month’s election outcomes, throughout their funeral within the central holy shrine metropolis of Najaf on November 6, 2021 [Ali Najafi/ AFP]

Two authorities officers mentioned Kadhimi’s residence had been hit by not less than one explosion and confirmed to Reuters that the prime minister was secure.

Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from Baghdad, mentioned residents of town heard explosions and gunfire from the Green Zone and that safety has been tightened in and across the central district.

Ranj Alaaldin, a nonresident fellow at Brookings Institution, tweeted that the “the assassination attempt is a dramatic escalation, crossing a line in unprecedented fashion that may have violent reverberations”.

The assault comes after protests by supporters of events who dispute the outcomes of the vote turned violent on Friday with demonstrators pelted police with stones near the Green Zone.

The police responded with tear gasoline and dwell gunfire, killing not less than one demonstrator.

Some of the leaders of essentially the most highly effective militia factions overtly blamed Kadhimi for Friday’s clashes and the protester’s demise.

“The blood of martyrs is to hold you accountable,” mentioned Qais al-Khazali, chief of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, addressing Kadhimi at a funeral held for the protester.

“The protesters only had one demand against fraud in elections. Responding like this (with live fire) means you are the first responsible for this fraud,” he mentioned.

Preliminary outcomes of that ballot confirmed {that a} bloc lead by influential Muslim Shia chief Moqtada al-Sadr gained 73 seats, sustaining its place as the biggest group in Iraq’s 329-member parliament.

The political arm of the pro-Iranian militias, often called the Conquest Alliance, gained about 15 seats, down from 48 within the final parliament.

Independent analysts say the election outcomes have been a mirrored image of anger in the direction of the Iran-backed armed teams, often called the Hash al-Shaabi, that are extensively accused of involvement within the killing of nearly 600 protesters who took the road in separate, anti-government demonstrations in 2019.