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London, Washington, Berlin, Paris and Rome on Wednesday condemned “most strongly” the rocket fire targeting an air base housing US forces in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, warning that attacks against the coalition would “not be tolerated “.

“We, the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, most strongly condemn the rocket attack of February 15 in the Kurdistan region Iraqi, ”they say in this joint statement which supports the Iraqi investigation intended to“ hold the perpetrators to account ”.

“Attacks on US and coalition personnel and facilities will not be tolerated,” they warn.

The attack, which left one Iraqi and foreigners dead and injured, is the first in nearly two months against Western military or diplomatic installations in Iraq, the latest dating back to mid-December when rockets exploded near the American Embassy in Baghdad.

It seems to have targeted a military complex in Erbil airport where foreign troops are positioned as part of the international coalition led by the United States and which supports Iraq in its fight against the jihadists.

It has been claimed by a little-known group calling themselves Awliyaa al-Dam (“Guardians of the Blood”). Iraqi security officials have said they believe it was a cover name to actually hide known pro-Iran factions that want coalition forces out of the country, but Iran has “firmly denial ”to be involved.

UN Representative in Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert on Twitter on Tuesday denounced “heinous and dangerous acts” which “constitute a serious threat to stability”.

Ref: https://www.courrier-picard.fr