US may assassinate Iraqi officials, pin blame on resistance groups, Fatah warns

An Iraqi political alliance has warned against movements by the US to assassinate political and military officials in the Arab country and pin the blame on the country’s groups, amid reports that the drones that recently targeted the Iraqi premier’s house flew out of the site of Washington’s embassy in Baghdad.

In an interview with al-Maloumah news agency on Saturday, Mohammad al-Baldawi, a member of the Fatah (Conquest) Alliance in the Iraqi parliament, expressed surprise at the government’s foot-dragging in disclosing the facts about a recent drone attack on Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s residence.

He said that the government accused some parties, whose loyalty to the country has been proven in the fight against the Takfiri terrorist group, while the real culprit behind the attack was left alone and allowed to destabilize the situation.

The American forces are “the first and last culprit” in the incident since the airspace of Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses foreign embassies and government offices, is protected by the US Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) systems and American planes are constantly flying over Iraq, Baldawi added.

The US forces know all the Iraqi military and political officials; therefore, all of them are in danger, said the politician, adding that it is possible that the US forces will target them and then accuse the Iraqi groups, including the or Hashd al-Sha’abi.

Early on November 7, Kadhimi escaped unhurt from an unclaimed “assassination” bid in which at least two quadcopter drones armed with explosives targeted his home within Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone.

The explosion blew doors off hinges and smashed concrete stairs on the outside of the building, wounding some of the premier’s security guards.

It came two days after clashes in the Iraqi capital between security forces and protesters contesting the results of the October 10 parliamentary . Kadhimi ordered a probe into the deaths and injuries of the confrontations.

Norm Roule, who served for 34 years in the US spy agency CIA and worked on programs related to the Middle East, said the drone attack raised questions as to why US or allied intelligence agencies did not catch wind of the incident in advance.

“The attack also showed that Iraqi and Western intelligence remains insufficient” on Iraqi resistance groups, he said.

‘Assassination drones flew out of US embassy’

Additionally on Saturday, an Iraqi security source, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said the drones that hit Kadhimi’s residence flew out of and then returned to the , passing through the Green Zone’s missile defense systems.

He also stressed that the cameras installed near the embassy prove the narration.

“Kadhimi’s absence in his home during the drone strike in the late hours of the night is evidence of a theatrical plot to control the situation after the clashes with the protesters,” the security source further said.

Since the attack, Western media has tried to link it to Iran and what it calls Iran-backed groups in Iraq. Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of US Central Command, blamed the attack on “Iranian-backed militia” earlier this week. 

Iran condemned the attack and has denied any role in it.

On Saturday, current and former US officials admitted that Iran was unlikely to  the attack on the Iraqi prime minister. 

Douglas Silliman, who served as US  to Iraq from 2016 to 2019, said the assassination of Iraq’s prime minister appeared not to be in Iran’s strategic interests, as it would risk unleashing a volatile chain of events on its border.

“I would be very surprised if Iran ordered a drone strike on Kadhimi. Iran does not want to see a completely destabilized Iraq,” Silliman, now the president of the Persian Gulf States Institute think tank in Washington, told NBC News.

The ’s Quds Force, Gen. Esmaeil Qa’ani, paid a surprise visit to Baghdad immediately after the attack, calling for calm and national unity. 

He also called on all Iraqi sides to respect the results of last month’s parliamentary elections, Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad told Arabic-language Al-Alam News Network after the visit. 

According to the Iranian ambassador, Gen. Qa’ani condemned the attack on the Iraqi premier’s residence and stressed the importance of a thorough, comprehensive and technical investigation into the incident.

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