‘Act of terrorism’: US offers to assist investigation into alleged assassination attempt on Iraqi PM

Follow RT on The US government has offered to assist the investigation into what the Iraqi military claims was an assassination attempt against Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, calling the incident an “apparent act of terrorism.”

Shortly after the Iraqi prime minister’s residence in Baghdad was hit by what Iraq’s Security Media Cell said was a “booby-trapped drone,” the US State Department released a statement decrying the attack and offering to help the investigation.

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“We are relieved to learn the Prime Minister was unharmed,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Sunday, calling the incident an “act of terrorism, which we strongly condemn.”

Price added that the State Department is “in close touch with the Iraqi security forces charged with upholding Iraq’s sovereignty and independence,” and said the US “offered our assistance as they investigate this attack.”

“Our commitment to our Iraqi partners is unshakeable. The United States stands with the government and people of Iraq.”

Prime Minister al-Kadhimi released his own statement on Sunday, insisting that he was not hurt. He called for “calm and restraint from everyone” in the wake of the attack “for the sake of Iraq.”

The Iraqi military claimed that al-Kadhimi was the target of a “failed assassination attempt.” However, no party has taken responsibility for the strike yet.

A spokesperson for the Iraqi Shia Al-Sadiqoun Bloc, which is part of a broad coalition of pro-Iranian Shia parties, suggested that the incident might be a false flag operation to cover up for the government’s handling of Friday’s election protests, which reportedly resulted in the deaths of several protesters and multiple injuries among demonstrators and officers.

Al-Kadhimi ordered an investigation into the violent clashes, vowing to provide compensation for the victims.

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