Iran-backed militia fired rockets at US forces in Iraq, Kurds say

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‘Six rockets were fires from Nineveh province, targeting Arbil airport,’ Iraqi Kurds state

The counter-terrorism division of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday accused the Hashed al-Shaabi, a state-sponsored paramilitary network dominated by pro-Iran forces, of targeting US forces in a rocket attack.

“Six rockets were fired from Nineveh province by the Hashed al-Shaabi, targeting Arbil airport,” where US troops are based, it said in a statement.

Earlier, three rockets targeted rebel Iranian Kurdish forces not far from Arbil airport, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and a location where US soldiers are based, two Iraqi sources said.

“Tonight three rocket attacks on nearby locations of #Iranian opposition” close to Arbil airport “is yet another escalation to disrupt security in #Iraq and #IraqiKurdistan,” Hoshyar Zebari, a former Iraqi foreign minister and a politician in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, said on Twitter.

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