Has Iran been behind the failed assassination attempt on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Khazmi? Iraqi security sources and sources close to the Iranian militias, who spoke to Reuters anonymously, said the drone attack was carried out by at least one Iran-backed militia group, and that the drones and explosives used in the attack were made in Iran.
As mentioned, Mustafa al-Khazmi’s residence was attacked from the air yesterday, apparently by a booby-trapped plane. Al-Kazmi was not injured in the attack, but some of his security guards were injured in the incident. However, he was taken to the hospital after the incident, when at the same time saboteurs were called to the scene.
An Iraqi government spokesman told the media after the incident that “this is a failed assassination attempt by a trapped UAV that tried to damage the prime minister’s residence in the green area of Baghdad. The security forces are taking the necessary measures in the wake of this failed attempt. “Al-Qazmi posted a short videotaped speech after the incident on his Twitter account, in which he noted that his condition was good and called for calm and restraint in order to protect the country.
The incident came amid tensions between government supporters and pro-Iranian militias. This, after a number of Iranian loyalist militia leaders took part in demonstrations and clashed with security forces, leading to the death of one of the protesters and the injury of dozens of others.