Iran’s attack on Erbil “unjustifiable”: Turkish defense minister

Dilan Sirwan

Feb. 07, 2024
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Turkey's Defense Minister condemns Iran's attack on Erbil as unjustifiable during his visit to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region of Iraq - Iran’s attack on Erbil is “unjustifiable”, Turkey’s defense minister told Kurdish officials during his visit to the Kurdistan Region on Wednesday.

Turkish Defense Minister Yashar Guler arrived in Erbil on Wednesday after spending Tuesday in Baghdad and meeting with Iraqi officials. Guler met with Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and President Nechirvan Barzani during his visit to Erbil.  

“The Turkish defense minister offered his condolences for those killed in the Erbil attack and stressed that the attack is unjustifiable,” read a statement from PM Barzani’s office.

Multiple Iranian ballistic missiles and one-way attack drones were directed at Erbil by Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on January 15.

A number of the rockets landed on the private residence of Kurdish businessman Peshraw Dizayee, flattening his house, killing him and his one year old daughter, and wounding other members of his family.

The IRGC claimed responsibility for the attacks, adding that they had targeted an Israeli intelligence spot in Erbil, a claim that has been denied by Iraqi and Kurdish officials repeatedly.

In a five point letter to the UN Secretary General and the President of the UN Security Council on January 16, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said that the Iraqi government “stresses that this attack constitutes a flagrant violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq and the security of the Iraqi people.”

“We are using dialogue, and they are using rockets, we are using negotiation as an approach to solve a problem and they are using different methods,” Fuad Hussein said in a panel organized by the Kurdish House in Davos last month.


The Islamic Republic’s defense minister at the time said that Iran will not put limits to defending its national security and will use its missiles whenever it needs to.

“We have different types of missiles with a range of 2,000 km and with various warheads,” he said. “We use them whenever we need to, and we are a missile power in the world.”

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Dilan Sirwan is an Erbil-based Kurdish journalist covering Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. He focuses on political, economic, and social issues.


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