Missiles attack: Iraq demands explanation from Iran

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In the wake of the ballistic missiles attack on its Kurdish region, Iraq has demanded a “frank and clear explanation” from Iran.

A statement by the Iraqi Ministerial Council for National Security, after an emergency meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, to discuss the Iranian missile attack, said that the action was against “the principle of good neighborliness between Iraq and Iran, as well as a violation of international laws and norms.”

“Iraq has requested, through diplomatic channels, frank and clear explanations from the Iranian side, and is awaiting a position from the Iranian political leadership in rejecting the aggression,” said the statement.

The council stressed Iraq’s constant rejection of settling scores between countries and entities by violating Iraq’s sovereignty, noting its lands cannot be used to attack neighboring countries.

On Sunday, the Kurdish regional Interior Ministry had said in a statement that 12 long-range ballistic missiles were fired at 1 am local time (2200 GMT Saturday) from the east outside Iraqi borders toward the new building of the US consulate in Erbil and the surrounding residential areas.

The attack resulted in injury of a civilian and damage to several buildings, according to a statement.

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has claimed a missile attack on an Israeli intelligence base in Erbil.

US forces stationed at Erbil’s international airport complex have come under rockets and booby-trapped drones attack by unknown militias in the past.

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