Iraqi security analyst assassinated in Baghdad

Iraqi security analyst Hisham al-Hashimi (File)

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SULAIMAN — Iraqi security analyst Hisham al-Hashimi was assassinated by unidentified gunmen in Baghdad on Monday night (July 6).

NRT reporter Omed Muhammed said that Hashimi was shot in the Zayouna neighborhood in the central part of the Iraqi capital and was rushed to Ibn al-Nafees Hospital, but passed away shortly after arriving due to the severity of his wounds.

He was reportedly shot by armed men on motorcycles, who then fled the scene.

Hashimi was a writer, researcher, and political observer who was an expert in terrorism and violent extremism.

The news brought an outpouring of grief on social media, with many describing al-Hashimi’s death as a profound loss for the country.

Late Monday, the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted a message of condolence about the researcher’s assassination.

“Hashimi was a voice of support for our heroic forces in their fight against Islamic State militants. Je was a great collaborator and supporter of enriching important political and security talks,” the prime minister said in a statement. 

“I express my deepest condolences and concern to Hashimi’s family,” he said, adding that he promised to arrest and bring those people to justice.

“The security forces will not show any carelessness in their efforts to find the perpetrators, and we will do our best to bring weapons back to under the state’s control and no power will be above law.”

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said in a tweet that she was “shocked” by the assassination.

“We strongly condemn this despicable act of cowardice. Our [heartfelt] condolences to his family and loved ones. I call on the government to quickly identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” she said.

A number of other western diplomats and missions also sent messages of condolences.

UK Ambassador to Iraq Stephen Hickey said in a tweet that he was “Devastated and deeply saddened” by the killing.

“Iraq has lost one of its very best - a thoughtful and brave man. These attacks cannot continue. The government - supported by the international community - must hold the perpetrators to account,” he added.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated on July 7 at 8:59 a.m. EBL