Kurdistan Region President Barzani condemns attacks on diplomats, international coalition in Iraq

Widely blamed on pro-Iran militias
FILE PHOTO: Kurdish region's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani speaks during a news conference in Erbil, Iraq November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari/File

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani condemned on Friday (September 25) a recent spate of attacks on foreign targets in central and southern Iraq.

“We follow with great concern latest threats [and] attacks against diplomatic missions [and] international coalition bases who are protecting Iraqis from terror,” Barzani said in a tweet.

“We support efforts of Iraqi leaders to prevent more attacks [and] stand ready to help ensure security [and] stability in the country,” he added.

So far in September, there have been at least 25 rocket attacks on the Green Zone or Baghdad International Airport or bombings of convoys carrying supplies to troops belonging to the International Coalition.

On September 15, a British diplomatic vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device on the airport road in Baghdad. No one was hurt.

The attacks are widely blamed on militias within the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) particularly those with close ties to Iran.

The Coalition, which mostly operates as a training a support mission for the local security to help them in their fight against Islamic State, has a sizeable presence in the Kurdistan Region, particularly at the airbase in Erbil.

Barzani’s remarks also comes in the context of the US-Iraq Strategic dialogue, which will have an effect on the political and military posture of the US in Iraq.

(NRT Digital Media)