According to the Iraqi News Agency (INA), several rockets were fired at Erbil in northwestern Iraq on Saturday night. Jerusalem Post. The targets were apparently US facilities, such as the US consulate in Erbil and the part of Erbil airport used by the US military, as well as two alleged Israeli secret service Mossad training centers.
Erbil Governor Omed Khoshnaw said several rockets had hit the area. Multiple explosions were heard during the attack, according to the INA. Other accounts report that more than a dozen rockets hit Erbil. According to Reuters, citing government officials, there were no casualties among US military personnel in Erbil.
Videos on social media show several large explosions in the area. Videos cannot be independently verified. The pro-Iranian News Sabaraeen He posted videos of the alleged explosions on his Telegram channel. According to local TV station “Kurdistan 24”, the station’s studio was also damaged by the force of the explosions. On its Facebook channel, the station reports live about the attack in the night. The images shown show the devastated editorial offices of the station. The outer facade of the transmitter is said to have been badly damaged.
The attack comes at a time when, according to Iranian officials, substantial progress has been made in negotiations for a new nuclear deal with Iran in recent weeks. However, they are currently stagnant.
The Arab news channel “al Hadat” tweeted without citing sources, the rocket attack was to be seen as “a reaction to the assassination of Revolutionary Guards leaders in Syria.” Nearly a week ago, according to Iranian sources, Colonel Ehsan Karbalaei-Pour and Colonel Morteza Saeednejad were killed in airstrikes near the Syrian capital Damascus. Iran has attributed the assassination to Israel.
There is also a Bundeswehr contingent in Erbil. According to the defense blog Eyes Straight Ahead According to military expert Thomas Wiegold, the Bundeswehr sites in Erbil were not affected by the attack, according to the Bundeswehr Operations Command. The Bundestag recently extended the mandate for the deployment of the Bundeswehr in Iraq. About 500 German soldiers are deployed there to train the armed forces and security forces in the fight against the “Islamic State” terrorist militia.
the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhaimi tweeted in reaction to the rocket attack in Erbil: “The aggression directed at the beloved city of Erbil and sowing fear among its inhabitants is an attack on the security of our people.” He discussed the developments with the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Masrour Barzani. “Our security forces will investigate and stand firm against any threat to our people.”
Masrour Barzani explains according to the Jerusalem Post: “I strongly condemn the terrorist attack in parts of Erbil and ask the brave and patient people of Erbil to be patient and follow the instructions of the security authorities.”
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