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Assassination attempt against Iraqi PM sparks fear of 'return to chaos'

A drone attack on the residence of the Iraqi prime minister has raised the specter of continuing violence by nonstate actors in the country after elections in which Iran-linked armed groups lost dozens of parliamentary seats.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi looks on as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks briefly to the press outside of her office at the U.S. Capitol on July 28, 2021 in Washington, DC.

An attack on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s residence in the early morning hours of Nov. 7 sparked a flurry of reactions and concerns about armed groups linked to Iran that had threatened him shortly before.

The prime minister said that he was not harmed in the attack, which was reportedly conducted by three explosives-laden drones of which only one was not shot down by security forces.

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