KDP delegation paid two-day visit to Iran last week: source

A KDP delegation visited Tehran on June 29, 2021.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A delegation from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) paid a two-day visit to Iran last week, a source with knowledge of the matter said.

The source told Esta Media Network on Monday that the delegation led by KDP politburo’s secretary Fazil Mirani visited Tehran on June 29.

The delegation including member of KDP politburo’s secretary Hoshyar Zebari met with Iranian officials on Kurdish dossier, the source said.

The two sides discussed bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and Iran, the source added.

“The recent attacks on Erbil and other areas were also discussed,” the source noted.

Recently, rocket and drone attacks on Erbil and other Iraqi provinces where U.S.-led Coalition troops are stationed have increased.

On June 26, three drones hit a house of a civilian in Bragh village in Erbil province. Two of the drones exploded, according to the Kurdish authorities.

The village is located near the new building of the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil, which is still under construction.

Another drone fell in an empty area in Tarin mountain near Erbil, the Kurdish counter-terrorism service said.

In April, an explosive-laden drone targeted a base housing U.S. and coalition troops at Erbil airport.

Nearly 14 rockets were launched toward Erbil city on February 15, according to the U.S.-led Coalition forces. Three of the rockets impacted within a base hosting Coalition troops near Erbil international airport.

The attack on the coalition base killed a civilian contractor and wounded nine others, including a U.S. service member.

Two other civilians were killed and seven others were wounded in the attack, health officials in the Region said.

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 militias oppose both the presence of the United States and Turkey and demand a full withdrawal of all foreign troops.

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