Iranian IRGC claim of Mossad presence in Kurdistan rejected by officials

The Kurdistan Region Security Council has blamed Iranian IRGC militia Kataib Hezbollah for last night’s attack in Erbil and denied the presence of Israeli operatives in the Region.

Some Iranian websites have said that an Israeli Mossad operative was killed in the attack, while others said the US consulate in Erbil was targeted.

The council’s statement said that “such lies”, that Israeli agents are present in the Kurdistan Region might work well for the Iranian public opinion, “however, for people in Erbil and the Kurdistan Region who have seen the attack and its consequences, it has become a joke.”

It added that the Kurdistan Region would never pose a threat to countries in the wider region and called on other countries to respect the sovereignty of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

The security council issued a statement on its Facebook page on Thursday (June 9), saying the latest attack is aimed at pressuring the Kurdistan Region.

It said that the attack was launched from the Pirde district (also Altun Kopri) of Kirkuk province by Kataib Hezbollah.

At least three people were injured in a drone attack that struck the Erbil-Pirmam Road on Wednesday night (June 8).

On March 13, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) Quds Force struck Erbil with six missiles claiming to target a Zionist “strategic center,” while the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has denied the existence of any Israeli sites in the Region.

The attack on Sunday, March 13 saw the Iranian IRGC fire a dozen ballistic missiles at an area of the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, including a US consulate complex.

Several of them hit the villa of Karim Barzanji, a Kurdish businessman active in the Iraqi Kurdish energy sector.

The Iraqi government had submitted an official request to Tehran, via the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad, to provide proof that any part of the site was being used by Mossad as alleged. More than 20 days later, the sources told Al-Arabi al-Jadeed, they had received no response.

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