Why Were US Defense Systems Deactivated During Baghdad Drone Attack?

This picture shows the aftermath of an attack after a drone laden with explosives targeted the residence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Baghdad’s Green Zone early on November 7, 2021, in what the military calls a failed assassination attempt. (Photo by Iraqi News Agency)

Baghdad- The spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Operations Command has raised questions about the inactivation of the US military’s C-RAM systems used to detect and destroy incoming rockets and flying objects, as a drone laden with explosives targeted the residence of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Baghdad’s high-security Green Zone.

“We are currently discussing the matter with the American side and officials from the US embassy. This is an issue that experts should throw light on and explain,” Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said on Sunday.

A statement released by the Security Media Cell, affiliated with the Iraqi prime minister’s office, said Kadhimi was subjected to a failed assassination attempt with a booby-trapped drone early Sunday.

The statement said the drone attack targeted his residence, but the Iraqi prime minister was “unharmed” and is “in good health.”

A spokesman for the al-Sadiqoun bloc, the political wing of Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq resistance group, later reacted to the purported assassination attempt on Kadhimi.

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