Iran Denies Involvement in Attack on the airport in Northern Iraq
Iran denies that it has anything to do with an airport’s shelling in the north of neighbouring Iraq. There, one person died, and several people were injured.
The international airport in Erbil is protected by troops from the Netherlands, among other things. They are part of the international coalition against the terrorist group IS.
The airport was shot at more than a year ago. Iranian forces at the time fired missiles after the US killed prominent General Soleimani in Baghdad.
The recent attack is claimed by a relatively unknown organization calling itself Awliyaa al-Dam. Iran has close ties with some militias in the neighbouring country, observers say, but says it has nothing to do with Monday night’s events. Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned “suspicious attempts to attribute the attack to Iran.”
The attack is said to have fired a dozen missiles. They may have been aimed at the airport in Kurdish Erbil where international troops are stationed. Some missiles hit the airport, but other projectiles fell on residential areas. At least five civilians were injured as a result.
The deadly violence sparked international criticism. Dutch UN envoy Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert wrote on Twitter that such “reckless acts” could endanger stability in Iraq. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was outraged.