PM says condemning attacks on Kurdistan Region ‘not enough’, calls for response

KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani speaks to reporters in Erbil, February 10, 2021. (PM office)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdish Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said on Saturday condemning attacks on the Kurdistan Region is “not enough”, calling for a response to “this act of aggression”.

Four drones hit different places in northeast of Erbil on Saturday, according to authorities.

The attack caused no casualties, but there were material damages.

“Thank you to those who have condemned the alarming drone attack on Erbil. But this is not enough: there must be a response to this act of aggression,” Barzani said in a tweet.

“These continued terror attacks by outlaws question the federal govt’s power and credibility and threaten Iraq’s security,” he added.

Three drones, two of which exploded, hit a house of a civilian in Bragh village in Erbil province at 01:50 a.m. on Saturday, the Region’s counter-terrorism unit said.

Another drone fell in an empty area in Tarin mountain, it added.

No groups have claimed responsibility for the attacks, but armed groups that some Iraqi officials say are backed by Iran have claimed similar incidents in other Iraqi provinces.

U.S. officials blame Iran-backed militias for regular rocket attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq, including near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil condemned the attack, saying it was a “clear violation of Iraqi sovereignty”.

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