Iraq: PM Drone Attack Reveals Risk of Political Violence

New M240B machine guns, procured and issued through the Iraq Train and Equip Fund, await Popular Mobilization Program soldiers after a graduation ceremony at Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq, Sept. 3, 2015. The Popular Mobilization Program is an Iraqi-led, Operation Inherent Resolve program that trains volunteer tribal forces in leadership, small unit tactics and urban warfare to ultimately serve with Iraqi Security Forces in their battle to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and ensure the safety and security of its citizens. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John Baker / released) Unit: 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade,


A drone attack targeting the home of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi failed over the weekend. The incident – blamed on Iran-linked militias operating in Iraq – illustrates the country’s fraught politics following a years-long protest campaign and, more recently, a sweeping electoral victory by the nationalist Sadrist movement in last month’s elections.

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