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Iraqi Kurdistan Forces Captured One Of Four Responsible For Rocket Strikes On US Base In Erbil


Iraqi Kurdistan Forces Captured One Of Four Responsible For Rocket Strikes On US Base In Erbil

Haider Hamza al-Bayati

On March 3, the Directorate General of Counter Terrorism (CTD) in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region shared the confessions of a man they claimed to be one of the perpetrators behind the recent rocket attack on Erbil Airport.

In a confession video, the man, who introduced himself as 37-year old Haider Hamza al-Bayati from al-Hamdaniya in Mosul, claims that the attack was ordered by pro-Iranian Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada.

Al-Bayati said that he agreed to carry out a rocket attack on Erbil Airport following a meeting with a member of Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada last November.

Working with Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, al-Bayati bought the vehicle used in the attack and facilitated the entrance of other perpetrators to the Kurdistan Region.

The cell fired 14 rockets at Erbil International Airport on February 15. As a result of the attack, a civilian Iraqi contractor was killed and eight other people, including a US service member, were injured.

The CTD said that the information provided by al-Bayati was shared with the Federal Government in Baghdad as well as the US-led coalition. As a result, a second perpetrator was apprehended by Iraqi authorities.

“The number of the main perpetrators of the attack is four people … the security services are working to find the other two people in order to arrest them,” the CTD said in a statement.

The US responded to the attack on Erbil Airport with a series of strikes on Iraqi forces in the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor. A fighter of Kata’ib Hezbollah was killed in the strikes.

The strikes on Syria failed to deter pro-Iranian forces, which carried out a similar attack on US troops at Ain Assad Air Base. An American contractor died during the attack, allegedly from a “heart attack.”



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