Reactions to the drone and missile attack of the resistance groups on Erbil Airport in Iraq
In the last hours of July 6, Iraqi resistance groups attacked US military base at Erbil Airport in Iraq with several rockets and UAVs. Although images released from Erbil Airport indicate widespread attacks on it, local Kurdish officials and the US military appear to be refusing to provide accurate statistics.
The General Directorate of Counter-Terrorism in the Kurdistan Region has confirmed that at least one suicide drone was hit near Erbil Airport on Tuesday evening. The General Directorate of Counter-Terrorism of the Kurdistan Region had also announced a rocket attack on Erbil Airport before the incident. Iraqi Kurdistan regional media quoted informed security and diplomatic sources as saying that the attack did not cause any casualties.
“This is an insult to the law and we should not allow armed groups to threaten the legitimacy of the government,” the UN envoy to Iraq said of last night’s attacks on Erbil Airport. He condemned the attack, saying “Iraqis may pay a heavy price for it.”
On Wednesday, the US Department of Defense confirmed the attack on Erbil Airport and stated: “There is no information that our forces and equipment were injured or damaged.”
Col. Wayne Marotto, a spokesman for the US Forces in the region, said: “At approx. 11:15 PM local time, one UAS impacted in vicinity of Erbil Air Base, Iraq. At this time initial reports indicate no injuries, casualties or damage.”