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Iraq Says Drone Strike Was Aimed toward Prime Minister

A drone strike focused Iraq’s prime minister at his Baghdad residence early Sunday, however he was unhurt, officers stated.

“I’m positive, reward be to God, and amongst my individuals,” Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi wrote on Twitter shortly after the assault. He later appeared in a video posted online, through which he denounced the assault as “cowardly.”

“The missiles of treachery is not going to discourage the believers, and never a hair might be shaken within the steadfastness and insistence of our heroic safety forces to protect the safety of the individuals,” he wrote within the Twitter submit.

A authorities assertion carried by official media stated {that a} “booby-trapped drone” had focused Mr. al-Kadhimi at his residence within the fortified Inexperienced Zone of Baghdad. “He’s in good well being,” the assertion learn.

The federal government didn’t establish any suspected attackers, and there was no fast declare of accountability.

The drone strike adopted clashes in Baghdad between safety forces and supporters of pro-Iran militias, who declare to have been victims of electoral fraud in the parliamentary elections held last month. The professional-Iran teams’ allies misplaced seats within the vote, and the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc emerged as a giant winner.

A State Division spokesman, Ned Value, known as the strike Sunday an “obvious act of terrorism” that was “directed at the heart of the Iraqi state.”

Sara Aridi and Rachelle Bonja contributed reporting.

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