Iraqi forces identify launch zone for drones targeting PM’s residence: report

TEMPO.CO, Baghdad – The Iraqi Security forces on Sunday identified the launch area of ​​drones that targeted Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s residence in the Green Zone, state television reported.

“The two drones that attacked the prime minister’s house were launched from an area 12 km northeast of Baghdad,” Yahia Rasoul, spokesman for the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi forces, told the official channel. Iraqiya.

Both drones flew low to avoid detection by radar, Rasoul said, adding that “the terrorist assassination attempt was carefully planned”.

Before dawn, al-Kadhimi escaped unscathed from an assassination attempt by armed drone on his residence in the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses some of the main Iraqi government offices and foreign embassies.

The assassination attempt came amid protests from supporters of political parties rejecting the results of last month’s election.

A vehicle is destroyed outside the residence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi during an attack by armed drones in Baghdad on November 7, 2021. Two of the three drones that attacked the Iraqi Prime Minister’s residence were intercepted and shot down by security forces. PRIME MINISTER’S MEDIA OFFICE/Handout via REUTERS

Protests on Friday escalated into a clash with security forces at the entrances to the Green Zone, killing two protesters and injuring dozens of security personnel and protesters.

In the October 10 legislative elections, the Sadrist Movement, led by prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, took the lead with more than 70 seats, while the al-Fatah (Conquest) Coalition, which includes some of the paramilitaries Hashd Shaabi Armed Forces, won 17 seats compared to 47 in the 2018 elections.

Political parties questioning the results said the election was manipulated and they would not accept “fabricated results”.

Supporters of political parties rejecting the election results took to the streets in many Iraqi cities, including the capital Baghdad.

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