Iraq: Erbil airport resumes flights after drone attack

The military section of Erbil International Airport, where US-led coalition forces are deployed, was targeted in an attack, says the Interior Ministry.

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On Thursday, flights continued at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq after a few hours of interference subsequent a drone attack on Wednesday night.

“Aviation in Erbil International Airport has resumed on Thursday morning after a halt for a few hours after the attack,” said Nozad Hasan, a local police officer.

Temporarily, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered an inquiry into the attack, according to a statement by military spokesperson Yehia Rasul.

“Some people are trying to create chaos and destabilize security and stability in the region. This is rejected and will be faced by the force of law and solidarity of the Iraqi people,” Rasul held.

On Wednesday, the Interior Ministry of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) held that an explosive-laden drone hit the central command for the US-led International Coalition inside the airport, resulting in material damage.

KRG President Nechirvan Barzani predestined the attack in a tweet. He held that the attack on the airport, as well as a rocket attack on a military compound in northern Iraq’s Bashiqa region earlier in the day, would lead to more tension and instability in the country and threaten Iraq’s national interests at the highest level.

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