Iraq. Iranian drone attacks. They are killed and wounded

The health ministry of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq said on Wednesday nine people were killed and 32 injured in Iranian drone attacks. Iran launched an attack on a military base, homes and offices in Kuj Sandżak. The US Central Command (Centcom) reported that the US armed forces shot down one of the drones flying towards the Irbil that threatened US troops stationed nearby.

At least nine people have been killed and 32 injured in the attacks by Iranian drones against the Kurdish opposition from Iran in northern Iraq, the health ministry of the Kurdistan Region, an autonomous administrative unit of Iraq, reported on Wednesday.

The target of the Iranian attack was Kuj Sandżak, located in the north-east of the country. “A military base, homes and offices were struck,” said Soran Nuri, a member of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDPI), Iran’s outlawed group of Kurdish oppositionists, quoted by the Associated Press.

Iran attacked a military base, homes and offices in the Kurdistan RegionGAILAN HAJI / PAP / EPA

Iran’s IRNA agency reported that separatist groups in northern Iraq were fired by “precision missiles” and “kamikaze drones”.

The Iranian armed forces launched a campaign against Kurdish oppositionists last Saturday. Tehran accused Iranian Kurdish dissidents of inciting the riots that broke out in the country on September 16 after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini – a Kurdish woman – in the arrest of the Iranian vice police.

The US shot down a drone approaching the US base

In a statement from the US Central Command (Centcom), it was reported that US military forces shot down an Iranian drone flying towards Erbil in northern Iraq on Wednesday. The drone was a threat to US troops stationed nearby.

The US military denounced the Iranian attacks on the Kurdistan Region, describing them as “a threat to innocent civilians and hard-won stability in the region.” Centcom also noted that “none of the US personnel has been injured or killed, and the attacks do not pose a threat to US military equipment.”

Iran attacked a military base, homes and offices in the Kurdistan RegionPAP / EPA / GAILAN HAJI

Centcom operates in Iraq at the invitation of the Baghdad government to advise and assist in the fight against the Islamic State.

The CNN station reported that after the detection of the drone, the US troops picked up the F-15 fighter. One US official cited by CNN described the incident “very serious”.

A spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a plan to call the Iranian ambassador to the ministry in order to present him with an official complaint regarding the attacks on the Kurdistan Region.

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / GAILAN HAJI

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