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US' Pompeo, KRG PM Barzani speak following Iran missile attack: readout

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with Kurdistan Regional Government Prime MinisterMasrour Barzani in Erbil in January 2019. AP
2020-01-08

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SULAIMANI — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by phone early on Wednesday morning (January 8) with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani following an Iranian missile attack targeting bases hosting US forces.

According to a readout supplied by State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, the call from Pompeo was made in order to brief Barzani about the attacks.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired more than a dozen missiles at al-Asad airbase in Anbar province and at a base in Erbil.

There was no immediate indication of damage or casualties in the Kurdistan Region’s capital.

“The Secretary and Prime Minister Barzani agreed to “stay in close touch as the situation develops,” it added.

Later, Barzani tweeted that he and Pompeo spoke about “the current developments in Iraq.”

“I also suggested ways to de-escalate and contain the situation,” Barzani added.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 6:58 a.m. EBL