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Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Iraq's PM, narrowly avoids attempt for assassination

According to officials, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was uninjured after an assassination attempt by armed drones on his home on November 7th. The incident marked a significant escalation in tensions triggered by Iran-backed militias' refusal to recognize the results of last month's parliamentary elections.

According to two Iraqi authorities, seven of Prime Minister al-security Kadhimi’s guards were injured in the attack with two armed drones that occurred in Baghdad’s strongly protected Green Zone area. Because they were not permitted to make public statements, they talked on the condition of anonymity.

"I am fine and among my people. Thank God," the Prime Minister tweeted shortly after the attack. He called for calm and restraint, “for the sake of Iraq.”

The government claimed in a statement that an explosives-laden drone attempted to strike Mr. al-home. Kadhimi's Baghdad residents reported an explosion followed by heavy gunfire coming from the Green Zone, which is home to foreign embassies and government agencies. The statement released by state-run media said security forces were “taking the necessary measures in connection with this failed attempt.”

There was no quick claim of responsibility for the incident. It comes as a result of a standoff between security forces and pro-Iran Shiite militias, whose supporters have been camping outside the Green Zone for nearly a month after rejecting the results of Iraq's parliamentary elections, in which they lost around two-thirds of their seats.

“The assassination attempt is a dramatic escalation, crossing a line in an unprecedented fashion that may have violent reverberations,” wrote Ranj Aladdin, a nonresident fellow at Brookings Institution, in a post on Twitter.

Prime Minister al-Kadhimi was explicitly accused of the November 5 riots and the killing of the protester by some of the most strong militia forces loyal to Iran. “The blood of martyrs is to hold you accountable,” said Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, addressing Mr. al-Kadhimi at a funeral held for the protester on November 6. “The protesters only had one demand against fraud in elections. Responding like this means you are the first one responsible for this fraud.”

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