According to Iraq’s military, on Sunday, Nov. 7, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt by an explosive-laden drone targeting his residence in Baghdad.
In Al-Kadhimi’s tweet, he informed that he was in good condition and asked for calmness, self-restraint, and constructive conversation for the sake of Iraq. The Prime Minister also described the attacks as faint-hearted actions against Irag’s brighter future.
Al-Kadhim declared that he was still working on the saving Iraqi and Iraq people project. The attack won’t dishearten the believers nor threaten the stability and determination of Iraq’s heroic security forces in their efforts to maintain security, accomplish justice, and establish the law’s rule.
According to the Ministry of Interior Spokesman General Saad Maan in an interview with the state-run Al-Iraqiya news network, seven of Kadhimi’s security personnel were claimed wounded, as CNN reported.
He also indicated that two armed drones related to the assassination attempt had been launched about 12 km northeast of Baghdad.
The Iraqi military shot down one of them, Maan added. They also informed that security forces were investigating the failed attempt.
According to a source close to the Iraqi leader, Al-Kadhimi was supervising security forces engaged in a stand-off with protesters around the time of the drone attack. Later, he was on his way back to the Green Zone’s southern gate—Baghdad’s heavily fortified area and the location of the Prime Minister’s residence and other government and diplomatic buildings.
As the source reported, an explosive-laden drone suddenly struck the location right after Al-Kadhimi entered his accommodation, causing minor destruction.
In a statement on Sunday, the U.S. State Department’s spokesman Ned Price censured the attack as an “apparent act of terrorism.” He also stated that they had contacted the Iraqi security forces to offer their support in the attack’s investigation as part of their efforts in endorsing Iraq’s sovereignty and independence.
The President of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), the semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, also condemned the failed murder effort, mentioning it as a terrorist act and a dangerous path endangering Iraq’s security and stability foretelling dire outcomes.
The Arab League, an organization of 22 Middle Eastern and African countries and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), spoke through its Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit that Iraqi and its leaders could overcome this challenging stage.
The league also referred to the recent elections as a significant movement towards the country’s stability and called for respect from all parties for the election results, cooperation within the constitution’s framework, and the democratic political laws and rules.
Kata’ib Hezbollah, one of the most powerful Iranian-backed Shia militia groups in Iraq, rejected any relevance in the murder’s attempt on the prime minister on Sunday. Through the spokesman Abu Ali al-Askari’s statement, they doubted the government’s account of the attack.
Al-Askari said that if causing harm to the prime minister was the primary purpose, cheaper and guaranteed approaches were available. He also indicated that Al-Kadhimi had “played the victim role” in the attack.
The unsuccessful murder emerged amid the escalated tensions in the Iraq capital, although no one has been blamed or taken responsibility for the case.