Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the Iraqi Prime Minister
survived an alleged assassination attempt. His residence was targeted by a drone
which was laden with explosives but the PM managed to escape unhurt and called
for ‘calm and restraint’ in a tweet following the incidence.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi survives drone attack: Government

The 53-year-old took birth in Baghdad in
1967 and shifted to Nasiriyah during his time as a student. He attended the
Al-Turath University as a law student and was the brain behind the reform of
the Iraqi National Intelligence Service (INIS) to be on par with that of other

Mustafa had to leave Irag in 1985 to Iran
following which he moved to Germany and the United Kingdom, becoming a citizen
of the latter. He was a vocal protestant of the rule of Saddam Hussein, the
late Iraqi dictator.

Kadhimi’s work as a journalist gained massive
recognition as he served as the executive director of the Iraq Memory
Foundation, an organisation that worked to dig into and document all the crimes
committed under Saddam Hussein’s reign of terror.

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Later, he worked as the editor in chief of Iraq’s
Newsweek magazine for a period of approximately three years between 2010 and 2013.
On top of that he worked as an opinions writer and the editor of Iraq’s section
of the website Al-Monitor based in the United States.

Kadhimi’s battle with the ISIL (also known
as ISIS) began in 2016 when he took over as the director of the Iraqi National
Service. With his diplomacy skills he formed connections with several countries
and even cooperated with an international coalition in the fight against the militant
Islamist group.

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Following the resignation of former Prime
Minister Abel Abdul Mahdi in 209, Mustafa became the leading contender for the
position. In April 2020, he assumed office after being named as the Prime
Minister designate by President Barham Salih.