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Nov 07, 2021
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Iraqi Shi'ite Militia Leader Qais Al-Khazali Threatens PM Al-Khadimi Hours Before Assassination Attempt: The Retaliation For The Blood Of The Martyred Protesters Is 'On Me'

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Source: Online Platforms - "Nafiseh Kohnavard on Twitter"

On November 7, 2021, hours before an assassination attempt against Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, a video was posted to Twitter in which Iraqi Shi'ite militia leader Qais Al-Khazali, the Secretary-General of the Asai'b Ahl al-Haq militia, threatened Al-Khadimi after the killing of protesters by Iraqi government forces. Al-Khazali said: "I am personally taking this oath... The [retaliation] for the blood of the martyrs in on me, and the blood of the martyrs will constitute your trial." Al-Khazali also accused Al-Khadimi of having rigged the Iraqi elections. The Twitter account on which the video was posted belongs to Nafiseh Kohnavard.

Qais Al-Khazali: "My message is to Al-Kadhimi himself. The blood of these martyrs... When you respond in this manner, by shooting live bullets in an oppressive manner, what does it mean? Those demonstrators... Listen to me! Listen to me! Those demonstrators demanded nothing. They only demonstrated against the rigging [of the elections]. The fact that you lost your patience and responded in this manner, means that you are the main person responsible for this rigging. You stole the votes.

"I am saying to Al-Kadhimi, and to all the people standing by him, behind him, and in front of him, and to all the people who participated in this crime, and we know each and every one of them: The blood of the martyrs will constitute your trial. The blood of the martyrs will constitute your trial. I am personally taking this oath.


"If, God forbid, we had not retaliated for the blood of Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis and Hajj Qasem Soleimani... We retaliated against the American bases. Al-Kadhimi, you deserve any curse word. Take it from a deeply-rooted 'Shrooki' [Shi'ites from the Eastern side of the Tigris]. The [retaliation] for the blood of the martyrs is on me, and the blood of the martyrs will constitute your trial. By Allah, the blood of the martyrs will constitute your trial, and the trial of everybody who participated in the shooting."

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