Iraq’s Fatah Alliance calls for investigation of PM assassination attempt
Hadi Ameri calls for a transparent investigation of the case, saying there are groups in Iraq seeking to ignite a Shia–Shia conflict
By News Desk - November 13 2021

Fatah Alliance leader Hadi Ameri. (Photo credit: Reuters)

The head of Iraq’s Fatah Alliance, Hadi al-Ameri, has called for a “transparent” investigation over the alleged assassination attempt on Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi on 7 November.

Ameri made the call during a speech in the Abu Mahdi al- Muhandis Center in Baghdad on 13 November, saying: “We talked with the security commands in a private meeting held by the Prime Minister, Speaker of the Parliament, and the President of the Republic. We demand a transparent investigation and to bring the perpetrators of this act to face justice. This issue should never be wrapped up.”

Ameri also cast doubt on the alleged assassination attempt, asking: “Did this incident take place or not? Is the drone attack real or not? I, Hadi al-Ameri, will be the most committed person to reveal the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”

Early in the morning of 7 November a drone allegedly hit the side of Kadhimi’s residence in Baghdad’s Green Zone. Nonetheless, no casualties were reported and the Prime Minister walked away unscathed.

Emphasizing that Iraq’s Shia political bloc rejects the alleged assassination attempt, the leader of the Fatah Alliance added: “We, and the brothers in the [Shia] factions, asserted to the Prime Minister our rejection of this act and the need to hold accountable those who had committed it.”

“Some parties are paying money to ignite a Shia–Shia conflict. This will definitely not happen as long as the religious authority, Sayyid Ali al-Sistani, and the Shia leaders, in general, are rational and wise,” Ameri went on to say during his speech.

He also said that the Fatah Alliance will not get dragged into a Shia–Shia conflict, and that “our battle is with the enemies and ISIS, to liberate the land and achieve full national sovereignty.”

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