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Iranian CG Shoustari rejects his country’s involvement in Erbil rocket attacks

  2021-07-06  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Iran's Consul-General in Sulaimani governorate Mahdi Shoushtari (C ), alongside Chamchamal District Mayor Ramak Ramazan, speaks during a news conference in the city, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, July 6, 2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI - Iran's Consul-General in Sulaimani governorate Mahdi Shoushtari said on Tuesday (July 6) that his country vehemently rejects involvements in the rocket attacks targeting Erbil governorate in recent months. 

“We are condemning in the strongest the strongest term the accusations directed at Iran,” Shoustari said at a news conference in Chamchamal district. “We deem the security of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region as part of our security." 

“Our security is tied together. Any instability in Iraq will cause instability in Iran, and otherwise. Any instability in Iran will cause instability in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.”

Erbil are sometimes subjected to rocket and drone attacks by shadowy groups. Erbil houses the US troops and a consulate general.

On June 26, multiple sites near the new premises of the US Consulate General in Erbil province were targeted by explosive-laden drones. 

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.

On March 30, six rocket launchers were seized in Kirkuk’s Prde area (Altun Kupri) town along Erbil-Kirkuk border. 

US and its allies accuse Iran-backed militia groups within the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) of conducting such projectile and rocket attacks. 

The militia groups aligned with Iran are against the presence of the foreign forces including the US troops. 

“We sometimes see activities happening by some groups settling in the Kurdistan Region,” he said, referring to armed activities by the Kurdistan opposition groups outlawed by the Iranian authorities, who are active in the border areas with west of Iran, known as Rojhalat to the Kurds. 

“We hope the authorities in the Region make necessary decisions so that we will not see any instability in the borders.”

The Kurdish opposition groups carry militant acts every now and then in Rojhalat.

(Zhyan English)