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UN Security Council denounces drone attack on Iraqi PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi speaks during a joint press conference with the French President at the Prime Minister's office in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, August 28, 2021. (Eliot BLONDET / POOL / AFP)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi speaks during a joint press conference with the French President at the Prime Minister's office in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, August 28, 2021. (Eliot BLONDET / POOL / AFP)

UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council strongly condemns an assassination bid on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, and calls on the perpetrators to be held accountable.

In a press statement, the council’s 15 members “condemned in the strongest terms” the weekend attack.

“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers, and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice,” it says.

It calls on all nations to “cooperate actively with the government of Iraq and all other relevant authorities.”

“The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever, and by whomsoever committed,” it says.

Al-Kadhimi was unhurt in the attack by three drones, two of which were intercepted, although two bodyguards were wounded, officials say.

The attack came two days after security forces clashed with supporters of Iran-backed parties that lost support in recent elections, although the head of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, one of the main pro-Iran groups, called for perpetrators to be brought to justice.

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