Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi survives assassination attempt at Green Zone residence
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt after three drones targeted the prime minister’s Green Zone residence here on Sunday.
Baghdad: Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt after three drones targeted the prime minister’s Green Zone residence here on Sunday.
Iraqi PM Al-Kadhimi has called for “calm and restraint” after surviving an overnight attack on his residence. At least six people were injured in the attack. Security forces intercepted two of the drones, according to Reuters. The attack on Kadhimi comes only days after clashes in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, over the October 10 general election results.
The prime minister said, "We will pursue those who committed the crime. We know them well, we will expose them, and the martyr Colonel Nibras Farman, an officer of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service will be brought to justice.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinkenspoke with the prime minister call expressed deep anger and concern over the cowardly attack on the prime minister, which he considered an attack on Iraq and its sovereignty. Blinken reiterated that the United States was ready to support the Iraqi security forces in their investigation of the attack.
The Secretary also praised the Government of Iraq’s efforts to hold free and fair elections on October 10 and noted the U.S. government’s support for the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq’s (UNAMI) elections monitoring team and the European Union’s observation mission.
Following months of protests that broke out across Iraq in October 2019 and the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and his cabinet, Mustafa Al Kadhimi became a leading contender for the premiership. On 9 April 2020, he was named by President Barham Salih as prime minister-designate, the third person tapped to lead the country in just 10 weeks as it struggled to replace a government that fell last year after months of protest.