UN Special Envoy for Iraq targeted in bombing

A convoy carrying the United Nation’s envoy to Iraq was struck on Tuesday by ?a roadside bomb. UN diplomat Ad Melkert survived the blast but some of the people ?who were part of his escort were either killed or injured during the terrorist attack.?

Mr. Melkert is the UN General Secretary’s Special Representative for Iraq.?

He was apparently on his way back from a meeting with Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the ?southern city of Najaf when the blast took place. Mr. Melkert had traveled to Najaf to ?discuss political developments and the formation of a new government in Iraq.?

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the main Iranian opposition National Council ?of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) condemned the terrorist attack, expressing relief that Mr. ?Melkert left the scene unharmed and voicing solidarity and offering prayers for the ?speedy recovery of the injured.?

Mrs. Rajavi added that forces like the Iranian regime, which considers the creation of a ?national and non-sectarian Iraqi government on the basis of last March’s parliamentary ?elections as a threat to its interests and ambitions, are irritated by Mr. Melkert’s efforts.?

The blast also came as the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s visit to Tehran and the ?Iranian regime’s official backing of his bid for a second term in office have actually ?inflamed further opposition in Iraq among citizens, nationalist political parties, and ?regional countries to Maliki’s premiership.?

In such circumstances, the despondent and irritated rulers of Iran are intensifying their ?efforts to prevent the creation of a nationalist government in Iraq.?

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