Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi survived an assassination attempt by a “booby-trapped drone”

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                In an attack that was not immediately claimed by any party, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi survived a "failed assassination attempt" by a "exploded drone" that targeted his residence in Baghdad at dawn on Sunday, in an attack that Al-Kazemi responded to by calling for "calm and restraint."  The vicinity of the Green Zone, which includes Al-Kazemi's residence and the US embassy, ​​has witnessed demonstrations and sit-ins, two weeks ago, for supporters of pro-Iranian factions, who reject the results of the parliamentary elections.  The United States strongly condemned the assassination attempt, considering this attack a "clear terrorist act."                </p><div>

                <p>At a time when the country is experiencing <a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/الشرق-الأوسط/20211105-العراق-مواجهات-بين-قوات-الأمن-ومتظاهرين-مناصرين-لفصائل-موالية-لإيران-منددين-بنتائج-الانتخابات" rel="noopener"><strong>High political tensions</strong></a>, the Prime Minister survived <a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/الشرق-الأوسط/20211106-العراق-لجنة-تحقيق-في-ملابسات-مواجهات-بين-قوات-الشرطة-ومتظاهرين-رافضين-لنتائج-الانتخابات" rel="noopener"><strong>Iraqi</strong></a>  Mustafa Al-Kazemi from a "failed assassination attempt" by a "booby-trapped drone" that targeted his residence in Baghdad at dawn on Sunday, in an attack that no party immediately claimed.  In his first reaction, Al-Kazemi called for "calm and restraint."

The attack, which apparently did not result in casualties, occurred at a time when the country is experiencing severe political tensions against the backdrop of the results of the early parliamentary elections held on October 10, with the rejection of the political blocs representing the Popular Mobilization, an alliance of Shiite factions loyal to Iran and affiliated with In the armed forces, preliminary results showed a decline in the number of its seats.

The Joint Operations Command said that the Prime Minister was subjected to a “failed assassination attempt” at dawn on Sunday by a “booby-trapped drone” that targeted his residence in the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, stressing that “he was unharmed and is in good health.”

The vicinity of the Green Zone, which also includes the US Embassy, ​​has witnessed demonstrations and sit-ins, two weeks ago, of supporters of pro-Iranian factions rejecting the results of the parliamentary elections, which developed on Friday into confrontations with the security forces, in which at least one demonstrator was killed.

This fortified area in the center of the Iraqi capital is sometimes bombarded with missiles, in attacks that no party claims, but Washington often accuses pro-Iranian factions of being responsible.

The United States strongly condemned the assassination attempt against Mustafa Al-Kazemi, considering this attack a “clear terrorist act.”

“We are relieved to learn that the Prime Minister was unharmed. This clear act of terrorism, which we strongly condemn, targeted the very heart of the Iraqi state,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

“We are in close contact with the Iraqi security forces who are committed to preserving Iraq’s sovereignty and independence, and we have offered to help investigate this attack,” he added.

Meanwhile, a security source confirmed to Agence France-Presse that there is a “security spread inside the fortified Green Zone” where Al-Kazemi’s residence is and “outside”, while another security source stated that “there are no attempts to storm the Green Zone” and that “the situation is under control.”

The Security Media Cell said in a statement that “the security forces are taking the necessary measures in connection with this failed attempt” to assassinate the prime minister.

Al-Kazemi took power after the resignation of the government of his predecessor, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, in the wake of popular protests that erupted in October 2019 and were subjected to a bloody repression that killed more than 600 people and injured more than 30,000.

This was followed by a campaign of assassinations, assassination attempts and kidnapping of dozens of activists, which demonstrators accused pro-Iranian factions of being responsible for.

reassurances

Al-Kazemi was quick to reassure the Iraqis of his safety and call for calm after the attack that followed clashes that erupted on Friday between demonstrators supporting pro-Iranian factions who were protesting against the election results and the security forces that repelled their attempt to storm the Green Zone, where they are camping in front of two of its four gates for more than two weeks.

Al-Kazemi said in a tweet on Twitter, “I am fine, thank God among my people, and I call for calm and restraint from everyone, for the sake of Iraq.”

He added, “The missiles of treachery will not discourage the believers, and a hair will not be shaken in the steadfastness and determination of our heroic security forces to preserve people’s security, achieve justice and set the law in place.”

<p>Pro-Iranian factions accused the security forces of firing live bullets at the demonstrators.

Demonstrations renewed on Saturday in front of one of the gates of the Green Zone, in the wake of the clashes in which at least one person was killed, according to a security source, and 125 others were wounded, according to the Ministry of Health, while a source in Hezbollah Brigades, one of the pro-Iranian Popular Mobilization factions, said that at least two demonstrators were killed. .

The leader of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, one of the most influential pro-Iranian Popular Mobilization factions, had warned in a tweet on Friday, “against attempts by parties linked to intelligence agencies that plan to bomb the Green Zone and blame the resistance factions.”

In a country where Tehran and the United States are jostling for influence, the elections produced a fragmented parliament, which opens the doors to several scenarios.

Before the recent developments, analysts suggested a consensus between the most prominent Shiite forces and the arrival of a consensual candidate to the prime ministership, while it was customary in Iraq to take a long time to choose a prime minister and the formation of political blocs and alliances in the new parliament.

FRANCE 24/AFP

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