Iraq Arrests Officers for Failed PM Assassination Probe

Two generals and bomb disposal team arrested for botched probe

Iraqi officials are reporting that a number of officers were arrested in the wake of the failed drone assassination attempt against Prime Minister Kadhimi. The investigation is not going at all as expected.

Not only have investigators failed to identify who was responsible, those officers gathering evidence did such a poor job that the government has asked the public for tips.

A bomb disposal team was meant to remove the bomb dropped on the house and check for fingerprints. Officials since said that the team never checked for prints, and the eight of them, including two generals, were arrested for “their failure to carry out a basic part of their duty.”

This used to be a much more common reaction to large attacks, and in recent months it is fairly unusual for investigators to get arrested.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack on Kadhimi’s residence, but speculation was that it was Shi’ite militias angry over the outcome of the October election.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of