Nov. 8, 2021

Inside story: Quds Force commander backs Kadhimi, warns Iraqi allies

Iraq/Security

The story: Less than 24 hours after the targeting of Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in an “assassination attempt,” the commander of Iran’s Quds Force Esmail Qa'ani has landed in Baghdad. Arriving in the early evening on Nov. 7, Qa'ani projected an apparent aura of unease, well-informed Iraqi sources told Amwaj.media, further revealing that the Iranian general is on a mission to contain the tense situation.

  • Iraq has for weeks been in the throes of protests to demand a recount of all votes cast in the country’s Oct. 10 parliamentary election. This comes in the aftermath of losses for most major Shiite blocs in the polls, with the notable exceptions of the Sadrists and former premier Nouri Al-Maliki’s State of Law bloc.

  • No evidence of the alleged widespread vote fraud has been found by Iraqi electoral authorities so far. But results will not be finalized until confirmed by the federal supreme court.

The demonstrations outside Baghdad’s Green Zone, which have gathered supporters of several of the groups that lost seats in the parliament, turned deadly on Nov. 5. The casualties are said to have included two members of the Shiite group Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq...

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