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US warplanes used in attack on militias, not flown from Erbil: KRG

  2021-06-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Iraqi mourners attend funeral of a fighter of Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary alliance following US air strikes on Syrian-Iraqi border, on 28 June (AFP)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – US warplanes which targeted militia groups near the Syrian-Iraqi border areas were not flown from Erbil International Airport, said the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Wednesday (June 30), denying claims by Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) that the Region laid a favorable ground for American forces to attack.

“One of the leaders of (Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada) named Ahmed al-Maksus alleged that the US fighter jets which targeted the militias, have flown from Erbil airport. We reject these allegations and consider them baseless,” KRG spokesman Jutyar Adil said in a statement.

The KRG said the accusations by KSS (Sayyid of Martyrs Battalions) “have very bad indications” and are a pretext to encourage militia attacks on Erbil. 

“Any other attack on Erbil will cast doubts upon Ahmed al-Maksus’s party and its affiliates which represent the group, since this is a facilitation and justification to target Erbil,” Adil said.

On Sunday, the US Defense Department said that the US warplanes conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups on the Iraq-Syria border region at the order of US President Joe Biden.

The attack came just two days after multiple sites near the US Consulate General in Erbil province were targeted by explosive-laden drones.

It was second known attack carried out by an unmanned aerial drone in Erbil, amid a steady stream of rocket attacks on bases hosting US forces and the embassy in Baghdad that Washington blames on Iran-backed militias.

A drone dropped explosives near US forces stationed at Erbil airport in Erbil on April 14, with no reports of casualties.

A barrage of rockets hit a US-led military base in the Erbil International Airport vicinity in February, killing a non-American contractor working with the US military and a civilian.

(Zhyan English)