Hassan Hamid Al-Baldawi : On Thursday, the Iraqi Federal Ministry of Interior and its counterpart in the Kurdistan region (north) considered that the recent attack on Erbil airport in the region aimed at "creating a rift" in relations between Baghdad and the region. A joint statement issued by the two ministries, of which Al-Hayat Press received a copy, said that "the recent serious attacks against Erbil and other areas target the security of Iraq, including the security of the Kurdistan region, destabilizing social peace and trying to sow discord and confuse the cards." On Wednesday evening, Erbil airport was attacked by a drone carrying explosives targeting an international coalition center, which caused damage to one of the buildings, according to the regional authorities
The two ministries condemned “these criminal acts,” and affirmed that “these attacks come in a desperate attempt to strike at the positive developments that occurred in the relationship between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, especially at the level of high-level security coordination.”
The statement stressed that "this escalating coordination, cooperation and integration will continue to ensure the security and safety of citizens and to confront attempts to destabilize security."
The statement indicated that "the investigation teams began their duties after the orders of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces (Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi) were issued to uncover those involved in the attacks and bring them to a fair judiciary."
Another violent attack targeted Erbil airport in mid-February, with 14 missiles that landed in and around it, killing a foreign contractor (working for the international coalition) and an Iraqi citizen, and wounding 5 American soldiers and two civilians, according to the Kurdistan Region authorities.
In the past weeks, attacks targeting US forces and the forces and interests of other countries in the anti-ISIS coalition have escalated, as attacks are occurring almost daily.
No one has claimed responsibility for the bombings, but Washington accuses armed Iraqi factions linked to Iran of being behind the attacks that target their interests across the country.
16/04/2021 12:29 am