On the impact of political tension and security alert..the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Baghdad after a failed assassination attempt on Al-Kazemi
Al-Kazemi was exposed in the early hours of Sunday morning to a failed assassination attempt with 3 booby-trapped drones, two of which were shot down, according to the Ministry of Interior.
Iranian TV reported that the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Major General Ismail Qaani, visited Baghdad, and met Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi. This visit comes in the wake of a failed assassination attempt against Al-Kazemi by drones that targeted his residence in the Green Zone (central Baghdad) early Sunday morning.
The same source quoted Qaani as saying – during his meetings in Baghdad – that any measures that threaten Iraq’s security should be prevented, stressing the need to preserve Iraq’s stability and territorial integrity.
And Iraqi media had reported earlier about Qani’s arrival on Sunday to Baghdad on an unannounced visit. Observers and specialists in Iraqi affairs said that Qani’s visit came to prevent any clash between armed Shiite factions and the government, and to reduce the escalation that accompanied the announcement of the preliminary results of the elections.
And what is known as the coordinating framework of the Shiite forces rejects these results, which showed a decrease in the number of their seats, and hundreds of his supporters continue to sit for the third week at one of the gates of the Green Zone, but last Friday it developed into confrontations with the security forces when the protesters tried to storm that area, which includes government headquarters, including The High Electoral Commission and foreign embassies, especially the United States Embassy.
A demonstrator was killed after being shot, according to a security source, and 125 others were wounded, “most of them from the security forces” – according to the Ministry of Health – as a result of those clashes, while a source in the Hezbollah Brigades (one of the Popular Mobilization factions) said that at least two demonstrators were killed.
The Iraqi National Security Ministerial Council considered the attempt to assassinate Al-Kazemi a “dangerous targeting of the Iraqi state”, and pledged to pursue the parties involved in it, and this was followed by an intense security deployment in the vicinity of the Green Zone in central Baghdad.
Al-Kazemi said – after the emergency ministerial council was convened – that he knows very well who was behind the attempt to assassinate him, vowing to reveal those involved. He added, “My house was attacked by targeting it with drones that were directed at it, and this cowardly act is not worthy of the brave, and does not express the will of the Iraqis.”
And the Iraqi army spokesman announced the identification of the launching area for the marches that targeted Al-Kazemi’s house, noting that the two marches that targeted Al-Kazemi’s house flew at a low altitude that prevents them from being detected by radar.
In a statement to the Council of Ministers headed by Al-Kazemi, the council said, “The targeting was carried out by criminal armed groups that read the restraint and high professionalism of our security and military forces as weakness, so they bypassed the state and its symbols, and rushed to the explicit threat to the Commander in Chief and our forces.”
The statement indicated that “the security forces have entrusted themselves to protect Iraq’s security and sovereignty in front of everyone who is tempted to challenge the state,” noting that “the forces will carry out their national duty to pursue the aggressors and bring them to justice.”
He stressed that the security services will work resolutely to uncover the parties involved in this “terrorist” act, arrest them, and bring them to a fair trial, according to him.
A failed attempt
In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Iraqi authorities announced that Al-Kazemi had been subjected to a failed assassination attempt with 3 booby-trapped drones, two of which were shot down, according to the Ministry of Interior.
Iraqi sources stated that Al-Kazemi and his companions were not injured, but material damage was caused to his residence in the Green Zone in central Baghdad.
After the attempt, Al-Kazemi called – in a televised speech – everyone to “meaningful and constructive dialogue for the sake of Iraq and its future,” while noting that “cowardly missiles and drones do not build our homelands nor our future.”