Rockets target Iranian Kurdish rebels in Iraq’s Erbil, not far from US forces

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Three rockets on Wednesday targeted rebel Iranian Kurdish forces not far from Erbil airport, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and a location where US soldiers are based, two sources said.

“Tonight three rocket attacks on nearby locations of Iranian opposition” close to Erbil airport “is yet another escalation to disrupt security in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan,” Hoshyar Zebari, a former Iraqi foreign minister and a politician in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, said on Twitter.

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There was no immediate indication of the origin of the rocket fire, but Souran Ali, a commander of the Iranian Kurdish opposition group targeted by the rockets, also said three rockets had been fired, without causing casualties.

Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups launched a rocket attack targeting US troops in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan’s counter terrorism service said on Wednesday.

“Six rockets were launched from the borders of the Sheikh Amir village in Nineveh province by the Popular Mobilization Forces who were targeting (US-led) coalition forces in Erbil International Airport,” the service said in a statement.

Four rockets landed at the edge of the airport compound and two did not explode, it added.

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