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Bobby Ghosh

Assassination Attempt Shows Why Iraq Must Confront Iran

A good first step for the Iraqi prime minister, who was targeted in the drone strike, would be to name the culprits.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was fortunate to emerge from the early Sunday drone strike on his residence with just a light cut, covered by a bandage on his left wrist for his televised speech after the attack. But, despite his keep-calm-and-carry-on appeal, Kadhimi cannot conceal the grievous injury to the Iraqi body politic.

Nor should he try.