as Iran try to calm down A wave of street protests in the countryKurdish and U.S. officials said the regime launched drone and missile strikes on Wednesday against Iran-Kurdish opposition groups in neighboring Iraq.
Kurdish authorities in the region said at least nine people were killed and 32 wounded in the Iranian attack.
It is the latest in a series of attacks by Iran targeting Iraqi Kurdistan over the past few days, as Tehran claims Kurdish groups have been helping to push the demonstrations that have engulfed Iran for more than a week.
Mass protests in Iran have erupted in police custody after a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, was taken into custody by the country’s “ethics” police, who allegedly violated government requirements for women to fully cover their hair and shape. their bodies. The protests, the regime’s most serious challenge since 2009, were marked by unprecedented contempt by Iranian women, who removed and sometimes burned their turbans or cut their hair in front of large crowds.
The United States condemned the Iranian attack as an attack on Iraqi sovereignty and accused the regime of trying to divert attention from the civil unrest.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement: “Iran cannot use cross-border attacks to deflect blame for its internal problems and legitimate popular discontent.”
Biden administration also threatens more sanctions on Iran Action against Tehran in this area.
“The United States will continue to seek sanctions and other means to destabilize Iran’s destabilizing activities throughout the Middle East,” Sullivan said.
In the attack, U.S. forces shot down an Iranian drone, posing a threat to U.S. troops deployed near Erbil in northern Iraq, according to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees U.S. forces in the Middle East. . No U.S. troops were injured or killed in the Iranian attack.
“Around 2:10 p.m. local time, U.S. forces shot down an Iranian Mojer-6 drone headed in the direction of Erbil as it appeared to target U.S. forces in the region,” the command said in a statement. Central Command forces pose a threat.”
The Iraqi foreign ministry said rockets, artillery and 20 drones were used in the attack.
“These unilateral provocative actions have complicated the security situation, cast a shadow over the region and only increase tensions,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. a statement.
The Iranian government’s IRNA news agency said the Revolutionary Guards attacked the base of a separatist group in Iraq with “precision missiles” and “suicide drones”.
The Iranian mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said it was “serious” worried Regarding today’s attack, it affected the Iranian refugee settlement in Koya,” citing reports of civilian casualties including women, children and refugees.
Iran regularly conducts cross-border attacks against Kurdish groups in Iraq.
This article was originally published in NBC News Network