In Erbil, Northern Iraq, rockets have hit a U.S. Army base and a Kurdish news station. At least a dozen “Iranian-made ballistic missiles” hit the city in the early hours of Sunday, the governor said. When he spoke, he said it wasn’t clear which American consulate or airport were being hit. No one was hurt in the outrageous attack, Kurdish and U.S. officials say. No group has yet to say who did it, though.
He told the AP in December that Iran and its allies “still want American troops to leave the country, even though American forces stopped fighting there last year. The warning came from U.S. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, who said that even though American troops stopped fighting in Iraq last year, Iran and its allies still want them out. Because of this, McKenzie said that may lead to more attacks on American bases. Videos that were posted online seemed to show a number of “Iranian-made” ballistic missiles hitting the base in Erbil.
This is what a well-known Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric said on Twitter:
“Erbil is under fire, as though Kurds were not Iraqis.”
As talks about Iran’s nuclear deal with the world broke down in Vienna after Russia invaded Ukraine, the attack took place in Vienna. This is the second time that the U.S. base at Erbil International Airport has been hit by a rocket. It was on September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in America. Second time in a few months. It was at first thought that three rockets had hit near the airport. The internal security service for the autonomous region, which is Erbil’s home, said that was not the case.
Drones with explosives were used to carry out the attack, a second statement from the Kurdish counter-terrorism force said. Drones with explosives have been used to attack Erbil’s airport several times in the last year. The last time ballistic missiles were fired at U.S. forces was in January 2020, after the U.S. killed Iran’s military commander Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad airport that month. In 2020, no U.S. people were killed, but many people had head injuries.
A group of Shi’ite Muslim militias linked to Iran has vowed to fight until the last 2,500 US military personnel leave Afghanistan. It’s a job for the U.S. to lead an international coalition of military forces. The goal is to help Iraqi forces fight back against the remnants of the Sunni extremist Islamic State group. Two months ago, a drone hit the airport. There were no injuries or damage to the building.