Missile fired at Erbil base lands near village, causing no casualties: residents


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SULAIMANI — One of the missiles fired by Iran at a base in Erbil that hosts US and coalition troops leaded near a village on the outskirts of the city early on Wednesday morning (January 8), but did not cause any casualties according to local residents.

NRT Digital Media’s Omed Chomani reported that one of the projectiles landed near Saydan village, which is located five kilometers (3.1 miles) away from the base.

Chomani cited the residents as saying that the missile had not exploded and did not cause any casualties or significant damage.

Other local media outlets reported that another missile had landed near Bardarash, located approximately 45 kilometers (28 miles) northwest of Erbil city. There were no reported casualties there either.

The US Department of Defense said that Iran had launched “more than a dozen” missiles from inside its territory at bases hosting US troops, with several landing at al-Asad air base in Anbar province.

Iranian media outlets have claimed that the attack on al-Asad killed 80 US nationals, but US government officials and other coalition governments have said that none of their forces were killed. The Iraqi Security Media Cell also reported that there were no Iraqi casualties.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Masrour Barzani early on Wednesday.

(NRT Digital Media)