Several rockets were fired at the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, Erbil, early on Sunday. “Several rockets fell on the city of Erbil,” Governor Omid Khoshnav said, according to the Iranian news agency INA. According to the Erbil Ministry of Health, no one was injured.
According to the Kurdish security forces, Erbil was attacked with “twelve ballistic missiles”. The attack was aimed at the US consulate. The missiles were fired east of “the Iraqi and Kurdish borders”, the security forces added. Iraq borders Iran to the east.
The Kurdistan24 television channel, whose studios are located near the US consulate in Erbil, posted photos of the damaged offices on online networks.
“We condemn this terrorist attack in different parts of Erbil and call on residents to remain calm,” said the head of the Kurdish autonomous region’s government, Masrur Barzani.
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Iraq is repeatedly drawn into the conflict between its neighbor Iran and the United States. In recent years, dozens of missile and drone attacks have been directed against US troops and their interests in Iraq. The attacks are attributed to pro-Iranian groups in Iraq.
In January 2020, Iran fired 22 rockets at military bases used by the United States in Ayn al-Assad in western Iraq and in Erbil. Tehran retaliated for the death of top Iranian general Kassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq a few days earlier.
Erbil airport, which is home to a US-led anti-IS coalition base, was last attacked with two armed drones in September. (AFP)