Several rockets “crush the US army base and the office of the Kurdish news channel” in Erbil

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Several rockets hit a US army base and an office of a Kurdish news channel in Erbil, northern Iraq.

At least a dozen “Iranian-made ballistic missiles” hit the city in the early hours of Sunday, Governor Omed Khoshnaw confirmed.

He said it was unclear whether the missiles were targeting the US consulate at the site or the city’s airport.

Kurdish and US officials confirmed there were no casualties in what they called an “outrageous attack”, adding that no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

US Marine General Frank McKenzie warned of attacks in the region in December, when he told The Associated Press that while US forces in Iraq had shifted to a non-combat role last year, the Iran and its proxies ‘still want US troops out’. the country.’

As a result, McKenzie said, “it could trigger more attacks” on US bases.

No other details were immediately available, but videos posted online appeared to show several “Iranian-produced” ballistic missiles hitting the Erbil base.

Iraqi Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Twitter: “Erbil is under fire…as if the Kurds weren’t Iraqis.”

The attack came during a break in Vienna over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Several rockets hit a US army base and an office of a Kurdish news channel in Erbil, northern Iraq.

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He said it was unclear whether the missiles were targeting the US consulate at the site or the city's airport.

At least five “Iranian-made ballistic missiles” hit the city in the early hours of Sunday, Governor Omed Khoshnaw confirmed. He said it was unclear whether the missiles were targeting the US consulate at the site or the city’s airport.

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There were “casualties or injuries after the explosions in Erbil”, Kurdish Health Minister Saman Barzanji said. US officials later confirmed that there were no military casualties from the explosions

The US base at Erbil International Airport had already been hit by a rocket attack in September, on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

This is the second drone attack on the airport in as many months. The internal security service of the autonomous region, of which Erbil is the capital, first said at the time that three rockets had hit near the airport.

A second statement from the Kurdish counter-terrorism force said the attack was carried out by drones loaded with explosives.

The airport in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish Autonomous Region, has been attacked several times over the past year, including by drones carrying explosives.

The last time ballistic missiles were aimed at US forces was in January 2020 – Iranian retaliation for the US killing earlier this month of its military commander Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad airport.

No US personnel were killed in the 2020 attack, but many sustained head injuries.

The attack happened at Erbil International Airport in Iraq, shown in this map

The attack happened at Erbil International Airport in Iraq, shown in this map

A drone attack hit near US forces stationed at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq on Saturday.

US officials blame previous attacks on Iran-aligned Shiite Muslim militias who have vowed to fight until the remaining 2,500 US service members leave the country.

US forces lead an international military coalition whose mandate is to help Iraqi forces fight remnants of the Sunni extremist group Islamic State.

It is the second attack in two months, with a drone hitting the airport in July. There were no injuries or structural damage.

The attack came a day after rockets and a drone targeted the Ain al-Asad air base, home to US troops, and the US embassy in Baghdad.

In April, a drone dropped explosives near US forces stationed at Erbil airport.

A drone attack hit near US forces stationed at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq on Saturday, Iraqi Kurdish security officials said.  Pictured: Erbil International Airport is pictured in February after flights restarted, following another rocket attack outside the international airport

A drone attack hit near US forces stationed at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq on Saturday, Iraqi Kurdish security officials said. Pictured: Erbil International Airport is pictured in February after flights restarted, following another rocket attack outside the international airport

Iraq and neighboring Syria are regularly the scene of violence between the United States and Iran. Iran-backed Shia Islamist militias have attacked US forces in both countries, and Washington has occasionally retaliated with airstrikes.

An Israeli airstrike in Syria on Monday killed two members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iranian media reported this week. The IRGC has vowed to retaliate, he added.

Kurdish officials did not immediately say where the missiles hit. A regional authority spokesman said there were no flight disruptions at Erbil airport.

Residents of Erbil uploaded videos showing several large explosions, and some said the blasts rocked their homes. Reuters could not independently verify these videos.

Iraq has been rocked by chronic instability since the defeat of the Sunni Islamist group Islamic State in 2017 by a loose coalition of Iraqi forces, led by the United States and supported by Iran.

Since then, Iran-aligned militias have regularly attacked US military and diplomatic sites in Iraq, the US and multiple Iraqi officials said. Iran denies any involvement in these attacks.

Domestic politics also fueled the violence.

Iraqi political parties, most of which have armed wings, are currently in tense talks over forming a government after the October elections.

Shiite militia groups close to Iran privately warn that they will resort to violence if they are excluded from any ruling coalition.

The groups’ main political enemies include their powerful Shiite rival, populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who has vowed to form a government that excludes Iran’s allies and includes Kurds and Sunnis.

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