KRG Interior Ministry says Iran missiles caused no casualties or damage

Members of Kurdistan Region Security Forces collect pieces of a missile fell in Erbil, January 8, 2020.

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Ministry of Interior said Wednesday (January 8) that the missiles that targeted a base hosting US and coalition troops in Erbil caused “no damage or casualties.”

The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps launched a total of twenty-two of missiles against al-Asad air base in Anbar province and the base on the outskirts of the Kurdistan Region's capital. The Iraqi military, the US, and other coalition governments reported that they suffered no casualties.

Iran said that the attack was in response to a US drone strike that killed Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad on Friday.

Kurdistan Region’s President Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, Parliament Speaker Rewaz Fayaq, and other senior political leaders met just hours after the attack to discuss the situation and how to manage escalating tensions between the US and Iran.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have risen dramatically in recent weeks, but spiked following the assassination of Soleimani.

Much like the government in Baghdad, the Kurdistan Region has significant political, economic, and military ties with both Washington and Tehran. Over the past several days, officials in Erbil have urged restraint and de-escalation.

(NRT Digital Media)