Iranian attack on Kurdistan Region draws international condemnations

SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Monday conducted a series of missile and ‘suicide’ drone attacks on the headquarters of the exiled Kurdish opposition groups based in the Kurdistan Region.

These attacks targeted multiple locations throughout Erbil’s Koya district, Bradost area, and Zirgwez sub-district of Sulaimani, killing two Kurdish-Iranian opposition members and injuring several others.

Nearly six hours after the attacks, the IRGC claimed responsibility for the attacks, proclaiming that “the diplomatic efforts to expel the Kurdish groups in Iraq had failed.”

“The security of Iran’s borders and internal affairs is a red line and Iraqi and Kurdistan Region officials must be loyal to the principle of peaceful neighborship,” the IRGC said in a statement

While the attacks were targeting the Kurdistan Region, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani condemned the Iranian attacks, saying “we condemn the violations of the sovereignty of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.”

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani later condemned the Iranian strikes on the Kurdistan Region, asserting that “there is no excuse for Iran to target the Kurdistan Region.”

The US ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanowski said in a statement the US “strongly condemns” the Iranian drone and missile attack on the Kurdistan Region, calling on Iran to stop attacking its neighbor and the people of Iraq.

The US Department of State said in a statement the US “strongly condemns” Iran’s “continuous attacks” against the Kurdistan Region, urging the Iranian executive to stop the attacks that violate Iraq’s sovereignty and “refrain from new threats.”

British Consul General to Erbil David Hunt said Monday the UK “strongly” condemns Iran’s renewed strikes on the Kurdistan Region, urging Iran to cease this “aggression” against its neighbor immediately.

In a statement, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) condemned the renewed Iranian missile and drone attacks on the Kurdistan Region, which “violate Iraqi sovereignty,” adding that Iraq should not be used as an arena to settle disputes and “its territorial integrity must be respected.”

After almost nine hours of the attacks, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian gave a phone call to his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein, who expressed his concern about the attacks, referring to them as a “clear violation of Iraq’s sovereignty,” according to a statement from the Iraqi foreign ministry.

The French Foreign Ministry later in the day condemned the new attacks, saying that the attacks “undermine the sovereignty of Iraq and international law, and threaten the stability of Iraq and the region.”

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