Quds Force chief visits Iraq after alleged assassination attempt on PM’s life
The visit of the Quds Force chief to Iraq comes at a complicated time; experts say the visit will cool tensions down
By News Desk - November 08 2021

A day after a failed assassination attempt on Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Kadhimi’s life, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Quds Force chief, Esmail Qaani visited Iraq to meet Kadhimi and Barham Salih, the Iraqi President, on 8 November.

In his meeting with the Iraqi premier Kadhimi, Qaani strongly condemned the failed assassination attempt against the prime minister, and said that Tehran is ready to help investigate the incident.

According to local sources, Qaani underlined the importance of stability and unity in Iraq, warning that any action that threatens the security of Iraq must be avoided.

He also highlighted the need to respond to the Iraqi people’s demands regarding the parliamentary election results within the framework of the law.

Iraqi sources also reported that Qaani met with the leaders of various political factions of Iraq, including Qais Khazali, leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq political party, as well as Hadi Ameri, leader of the Fatah Alliance.

During the meeting, Qaani emphasized the need to preserve Iraq’s unity, security, and stability.

In the alleged assassination attempt, a suicide drone hit the  residence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi in the early hours of 7 November.

According to the Iraqi Interior Ministry, the attempt was carried out using three drones.

The Iraqi military called it an assassination attempt and said that Kadhimi escaped the attempt safe and sound.

Kadhimi later tweeted, calling for “calm and restraint from everyone, for the sake of Iraq.”

According to the Iraqi military, six people were injured in the failed assassination attempt, all of whom were the prime minister’s staff members.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place in the Green Zone, an area of the city that houses government buildings and foreign embassies.

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