Iraq denounces Iranian missile strike on Kurds

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A wounded member of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDPI) steps out of a vehicle in their headquarters after a rocket attack in Koysinjaq, 100 kilometers east of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of eastern Iraq, on September 8, 2018. (AFP / SAFIN HAMED)
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Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDPI) check the damage after a rocket attack inside their headquarters in Koysinjaq, 100 kilometers east of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of eastern Iraq, on September8, 2018. (AFP / SAFIN HAMED)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Iraq denounces Iranian missile strike on Kurds

  • Iran’s Revolutionary Guards admitted firing seven missiles targeting a dissident Iranian Kurdish group in northern Iraq
  • Among those injured were two officials of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran
JEDDAH/DUBAI: Baghdad on Sunday denounced Iranian missile strikes that have killed at least 15 people in the northern Iraq.
“Iraq protects the security of its neighbors and does not allow its territory to be used to threaten these countries,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahjoub said after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards admitted firing seven missiles targeting a dissident Iranian Kurdish group.
About 30 others were injured when the short-range surface-to-surface missiles struck a meeting on Saturday of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) at their headquarters in Koy Sanjaq, about 60km east of Irbil, capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.
The group’s secretary-general, Mustafa Hijri, and his predecessor, Abdullah Hasanzadeh, were among those injured.
“Iraq categorically rejects the violation of its territorial sovereignty by strikes against targets on its territory,” Mahjoub said.
The KDPI is Iran’s oldest Kurdish movement. Tehran designates it a terrorist group and has assassinated several of its leaders. The group had recently clashed with Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces in the towns of Marivan and Kamyaran in Iran’s Kurdistan region.
Armed Iranian Kurdish groups operate in remote and mountainous Iran-Iraq border regions. Despite clashes with Iranian forces, there is little security coordination between Iran and Iraq.
The missile attack was followed on Sunday by a renewed bout of military saber-rattling from Tehran, as the regime faces mounting pressure from the collapse of the 2015 deal to curb its nuclear program and the renewal of punishing US economic sanctions.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a rallying cry to Iran’s armed forces. “Increase your power as much as you can, because your power scares off the enemy and forces it to retreat,” Khamenei said at a graduation ceremony for military cadets in the Caspian port city of Nowshahr.
“Iran and the Iranian nation have resisted America and proven that, if a nation is not afraid of threats by bullies and relies on its own capabilities, it can force the superpowers to retreat and defeat them.”
Brig. Gen. Majid Bokaei, head of Iran’s main defense university, boasted that Tehran had “reached a stage where we can export the technology to produce solid rocket fuel.” Solid-fuel rockets can be fired at short notice.


Arab League sends out invites to Arab states to attend summit called by King Salman

Updated 20 May 2019
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Arab League sends out invites to Arab states to attend summit called by King Salman

  • Lebanese President Michel Aoun confirmed that he received an invitation
  • Two oil pump stations were attacked earlier this week in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Arab League has sent out invitations to Arab leaders to hold an emergency Arab summit, called by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, to be held in Makkah on May 30 to discuss the attacks on commercial ships.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun confirmed that he received an invitation from the king to attend the Islamic Summit Conference's fourteenth session to be held in Makkah to discuss the situation in the region.

"I am very confident that the participation of your Excellency will have a great impact on the success of this summit and its results, and look forward to welcoming your Excellency to your second country, Saudi Arabia. And contribute to raising them and will," the invitation read.

President Aoun consulted on King Salman's invitation with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who will lead the Lebanese delegation to the summit in Makkah.

Two oil pump stations were attacked earlier this week in Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed Houthi militia, just days after four commercial ships were sabotaged off the coast of the UAE.  

The league's council will discuss the ramifications of the attacks on regional and international peace, as well as the stability of the oil markets.