Iran urges ‘vigilance’ after drone attack on Iraqi PM

Iran condemns a drone attack targeting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi and urges “vigilance to foil plots aimed at the security and development” of his country.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Said Khatibzadeh directs the blame at the United States, which led the 2003 invasion of Iraq and toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, kicking off years of sectarian conflict.

“Such incidents are in the interest of those who have violated the stability, security, independence and territorial integrity of Iraq over the past 18 years,” says Khatibzadeh. “They have sought to achieve their sinister regional goals by creating terrorist groups that seek to cause sedition.”

The overnight drone attack, which was not immediately claimed, is the first to target the residence of Kadhemi, in power since May 2020, who was not harmed.

It comes at a time when political parties are negotiating to form parliamentary coalitions based on the preliminary results of the October 10 legislative elections.

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