Biden condemns terrorist attack in Iraq that targeted Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi

Biden said he has instructed his national security team to offer appropriate assistance to Iraq’s security forces.

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Sunday condemned the terrorist attack in Iraq that targeted Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi at the weekend.

Al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt with an armed drone that targeted his residence early Sunday, the time in Iraq.

“The rockets of treason will not shake one bit of the steadfastness and determination of the heroic security forces,” he tweeted shortly after the attack. “I am fine and among my people. Thank God.”

At least seven of his security guards were injured in the attack, which occurred in Bagdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone.

Biden condemned the attack in a statement on Sunday, saying that he was relieved that the Prime Minister was not injured.

“I strongly condemn the terrorist attack targeting the residence of Iraqi Prime Minister al-Kadhimi. I am relieved the Prime Minister was not injured and commend the leadership he has shown in calling for calm, restraint, and dialogue to protect the institutions of the state and strengthen the democracy Iraqis so richly deserve,” President Biden said in a statement. “The perpetrators of this terrorist attack on the Iraqi state must be held accountable. I condemn in the strongest terms those using violence to undermine Iraq’s democratic process.”

Biden said he has instructed his national security team to offer appropriate assistance to Iraq’s security forces.

“I have instructed my national security team to offer all appropriate assistance to Iraq’s security forces as they investigate this attack and identify those responsible. The United States stands firmly with the government and people of Iraq as they strive to uphold Iraq’s sovereignty and independence,” Biden said.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken also spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Sunday “to condemn the terrorist attack yesterday, which targeted the prime minister’s residence, and convey his relief that the Prime Minister was unharmed,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. “Secretary Blinken underscored this attack was also an attack on the sovereignty and stability of the Iraqi state. The Secretary reiterated that the U.S. partnership with Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi and with Iraq is steadfast, and pledged to support the Iraqi Security Forces as they investigate this attack.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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