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Iran Claims Attack on Iraq’s Kurdish Capital; Russian Sanctions Jeopardize Iran Nuclear Deal Talks

HeadlineMar 14, 2022

Iran has claimed responsibility for a missile barrage on the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region. Sunday morning’s attack on Erbil damaged homes, a local television station and the compound of a prominent Kurdish businessman. Iran said in a statement it targeted Israeli spies operating in Iraq, calling the strike retaliation for Israel’s killing of two Iranian Revolutionary Guard members in an airstrike on Syria last week. Local residents said they feared further violence.

Zaerak Fareeq: “This place is a residential area, not a place for military training or a military area. The people here are poor, and some people come here for tourism. There are seven villages here. We fear there will be more bombings.”

Meanwhile, talks aimed at restoring the landmark Iran nuclear agreement have stalled over Russia’s demand that sanctions imposed on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine won’t apply to Russia’s business dealings in Iran. Iran’s foreign minister is traveling to Moscow on Tuesday for talks with his Russian counterpart.

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