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Ballistic missiles attack Iraq’s Kurdish capital with no casualties-officials

Iraq, Erbil, March 13 (Reuters)-Twelve ballistic missiles launched from outside Iraq attacked Erbil, the northern Kurdish capital of the country, on Sunday, Kurdish officials said, with no casualties. Added.

The attack was launched in Iran, U.S. officials told Reuters, but officials who spoke on condition of anonymity provided no further information.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson called this an “exorbitant attack,” but said the Americans were not injured and the U.S. government facilities in Elville were not damaged.

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Iraqi state television quoted anti-terrorism forces in the Kurdistan region, saying that 12 missiles launched from outside Iraq had attacked Erbil.

U.S. forces stationed at Elville’s international airport complex have been hit by rocket and drone attacks in the past, where U.S. authorities blame Iran’s militia groups, but such attacks have occurred for several months. Not done.

Ballistic missiles were last directed to the U.S. military in January 2020, in Iran’s retaliation against the United States, where military commander Kasem Soleimani was killed at Baghdad Airport earlier that month.

No American was killed in the 2020 attack, but many suffered head injuries.

Iraq and neighboring Syria are regularly the stage of violence between the United States and Iran. Iran-backed Shiite militias attacked US troops in both countries, and Washington occasionally retaliated with airstrikes.

Two members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria on Monday, according to Iran’s national media. The IRGC has vowed to retaliate.

Kurdish officials did not immediately reveal where the missile hit. A local official spokesman said there were no interruptions in the flight at Elville Airport.

Residents of Erbil posted videos showing some big explosions online, and some said the explosions shook their homes. Reuters was unable to validate those videos on its own.

Iraq has been shaken by chronic instability since the Islamic State of the Sunni Muslim group was defeated in 2017 by a loose coalition of Iraq, US-led and Iranian support forces.

Since then, militias allied with Iran have regularly attacked Iraq’s U.S. military and diplomatic sites, and many Iraqi officials have denied Iran’s involvement in these attacks. I am saying.

Domestic politics is also fueling violence.

Most Iraqi political parties are armed and are currently in tense negotiations over establishing a government after the October elections. Ruling party coalition.

The main political enemies of these groups are populist priests Moctadaal, who vowed to exclude the powerful Shiite rivals Iran’s allies and form a government that includes Kurds and Sunnis. Includes saddle.

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Report by Iraqi Bureau, Yasmine Hussein and Ahmed Torva in Cairo, Additional Report by Phil Stewart in Washington, Written by John Davison in Baghdad, Edited by Daniel Wallis and William Mallard

Our Criteria: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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