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Following Erbil incident, Iraqi security officials discuss recent rocket attacks

Federal Ministerial Council for National Security meets to discuss security developments in the light of the previous day’s rocket attack on Erbil and other incidents involving foreign diplomatic and military sites across Iraq. October 1, 2020. (Photo Credit: Media Office of Prime Minister)
2020-10-01

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SULAIMANI — The Federal Ministerial Council for National Security met on Thursday (October 1) to discuss security developments in the light of the previous day’s rocket attack on Erbil and other incidents involving foreign diplomatic and military sites across Iraq.

Chaired by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the Council discussed ways to strengthen security measures related to the protection of embassies so that Iraq can meet its obligations under international law, Kadhmi’s media office said in a press release.

On Wednesday evening, six rockets were fired in the direction of Erbil International Airport, but landed without causing any casualties or significant damage. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) subsequently blamed militants associated with the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).

The Council “stressed the necessity of dealing with these aggressive acts with severe measures, as they threaten national and social security.”

The meeting also addressed recent protests in central and southern Iraq and ways to protect the rights of the demonstrators under the law.

(NRT Digital Media)