| 23 May 2024, Thursday |

Iraq PM speaks out after attempted assassination, photos show attack aftermath

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi said he was unharmed and urged “calm and restraint” after a drone attack on his residence early Sunday, as political tensions in the country rose.

The attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone was the first to target Kadhemi’s residence, which has been in power since May 2020, and came as Iraq’s political parties squabble over who will lead the next government following elections last month.

The Conquest (Fatah) Alliance, the political arm of the pro-Iran Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary network, lost a significant number of parliamentary seats in that vote, prompting the group to call the outcome “fraud.”

According to a security source, no group has yet claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack, which injured two bodyguards.

In a tweet, Kadhemi urged “calm and restraint on everyone’s part for the sake of Iraq.”

“My home has been the target of a cowardly attack.” “Thank God, I’m fine, and so are those who work with me,” he added in a short video shared on social media.

“Fearless missiles and drones do not build nations.”

The attack was described as a “failed assassination attempt” by Kadhemi’s office.

  • AFP