June 5, 2023


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The Iraqi prime minister has not escaped a “trapped drone” attack

Its services speak for one “Failed Assassination Attempt”. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Qasimi “No injury” Saturday 5 to 6 November Sunday night during an attack by a “Trapped Drone” His office said the attack targeted his home in the Green Zone in Baghdad.

“I am fine. Thank God, I call for peace and control for all in Iraq.”, M. Kazimi wrote on Twitter After this announcement.

The attack was not immediately claimed and it is not known if it caused any injuries or the extent of the material damage. Earlier, two security sources told Agency France-Presse (AFP) “Roquet” It fell on the house of Mustafa al-Qasimi in a high-security perimeter green zone in the center of the Iraqi capital, which also houses the US embassy and government buildings.

The United States immediately condemned the attack. “I am just happy to be free. This blatant act of terrorism, which we strongly condemn, aimed at the heart of the Iraqi government.State Department spokesman Nate Price said in a statement.

“We are in close contact with the Iraqi security forces responsible for upholding the sovereignty and independence of Iraq and are assisting in the investigation of this attack.”, He added.

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Security sources said that after the attack, a large number of security forces were deployed inside and around the green zone. Rocket attacks continue there. On October 31, three rockets landed in the neighboring district of Mansour without any injuries.

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Strong political tensions

Sunday’s attack on Qasim, who has been in power since May 2020, is linked to strong political tensions in Iraq. Early parliamentary elections on October 10.

Hussein al-Safi, an influential coalition of former pro-Iranian paramilitaries, is strongly challenging the election results. The Conquest Alliance, its political manifesto, has seen its number of seats in parliament shrink, as early results show.

Hundreds of Hasht supporters clashed with security forces near the Green Zone on Friday. According to a security source, one of the protesters was killed, while a source in Hussein al-Sabi was quoted as saying. “Two Deaths”.

Supporters of Hasht al-Safi staged two sit-ins at two different entrances to the Green Zone in protest of the election, which the Hasht leadership describes. “Fraud” And d ‘“Corruption”.

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Despite its electoral defeat, Hussein remains an important political force in parliament, thanks to the game of alliances and the cooperation of independently elected representatives.

According to more preliminary results, Chhattisgarh, led by influential Shiite leader Mogdah al-Sadr, won first place in the current assembly election, winning more than 70 of the 329 seats in parliament. The final results of the referendum should be released in a few weeks.

World with AFP