Report—#Iran-backed militias launched rocket attack targeting Erbil, northern #Iraq

@OIRSpox—"Indirect Fire landed on Coalition Forces in Erbil tonight. There was 1 civilian contractor killed, 5 civilian contractors injured and 1 US service member injured. More info to follow."
Video of rocket(s) landing two kms away from from Erbil airport

@JenGriffinFNC—US official: 14 total rocket rounds fired at US base in northern Iraq, 4 rockets landed in US compound, 10 outside, based on initial reports.
Additional CCTV footage from Erbil of rockets landing in residential areas, via @AuroraIntel.

@OrenCNN reports:
One non-US civilian contractor killed
One US service member injured
Four US civilian contractors injured
One non-US civilian contractor injured
Kurdistan CT released images of the remains of a launch vehicle.

#Iran-made 107 mm Fadjr-1 used in this attack.

Images credit @AuroraIntel
Two rockets that did not explode on impact after landing near a Peshmerga base on the outskirts of Erbil, northern #Iraq.

More images from a launching vehicle.
The U.S. is “outraged” by the attacks that left one dead & injured several members of the U.S Coalition on the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, Sec. Antony Blinken said early Tuesday.…
#UPDATE from @OIRSpox
CJTF-OIR confirms approximately 14 107 mm rockets launched with 3 impacting within EAB, Feb 15 at 2130 hours (Iraqi time).
One civilian contractor was killed (Not US), and 9 injured ( 8 CIV contractors/ 1 US MIL) - 4 US/ 1 US MIL concussion protocol.

Qais al-Khazali, head of the #Iran-backed Asaeb Ahle al-Haq militia in #Iraq, threatened the US some time ago:
“You pretend to be safe in Erbil. We will reach you in Erbil and we will hold you accountable in Erbil.”

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12 Feb

Bipartisan House resolution backs push for a democratic #Iran, condemns regime’s terror plots, "recognizes the rights of the Iranian people & their struggle to establish a democratic/secular/nonnuclear Republic of Iran."

The move came a week after an Iranian diplomat was jailed for a bomb plot in Paris.

Assadollah Assad was convicted of being behind a plot to blow up a meeting in Paris of Iranian dissidents and sentenced to 20 years in prison.…
The House "stands with the people of Iran" in their struggle against the regime & "recognizes the rights of the Iranian people & their struggle to establish a democratic, secular & nonnuclear Republic of Iran."

Regime's forces resorting to crackdown.
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10 Feb
#Iran-backed Houthis claim their attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport was a military target, AFP reported.

The Arab Coalition earlier said a terrorist attack targeting the airport caused a civilian plane to catch fire…

cc: @SecBlinken
#Iran-backed Houthis confirm targeting Abha Airport using Samad-3 and Qassef-2K drones, via @AuroraIntel.
Photos circulating on social media of Flyadeal HZ-FAB with damage reportedly from today’s attack by #Iran-backed Houthis using suicide drones to target Abha International Airport in southern Saudi Arabia.

(Credit: @AuroraIntel)
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10 Feb
The Canadian gov & security agencies are reviewing an audio recording in which a man—identified by sources as #Iran's FM @JZarif—discusses the possibility that the destruction of Flight #PS752 was an intentional act, CBC News has learned.…
"There are reasons that they will never be revealed," Zarif says in Farsi. "They won't tell us, nor anyone else, because if they do it will open some doors into the defence systems of the country that will not be in the interest of the nation to publicly say."
The individual says "these things are not going to be revealed easily" by the IRGC or those higher up in the government.

The IRGC is part of #Iran's military overseen by regime dictator @khamenei_ir. The IRGC is designated as a terrorist org by the U.S., Bahrain & Saudi Arabia.
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9 Feb

Iranian Intel Minister: #Iran has no intention to pursue nuclear weapons, but if you push a cat to the corner, its behavior might change.

Another episode in Iran's nuclear extortion.

More reason it is high #Time4FirmIranPolicy.
Periodic reminder:
Obama sold the world his flawed 2015 nuclear deal with #Iran's regime.

A deal he never took to Congress to be ratified as a treaty.

He wanted us to trust the regime's dictator.
After his walks with #Iran's chief apologist @JZarif during the nuclear talks, former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry also wanted us to rely on the fatwa (decree) of Iran's dictator.
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7 Feb
Biden said the U.S. will not lift sanctions against Iran unless the country stops enriching uranium, continuing a standoff with #Iran's dictator has demanded that sanctions be lifted before the country returns to its nuclear deal obligations.
"Will the U.S. lift sanctions first in order to get Iran back to the negotiating table?" O'Donnell asked.

"No," Mr. Biden responded.

"They have to stop enriching uranium first?" O'Donnell asked.

Mr. Biden nodded affirmatively.
Sen. Graham:
"If I were President Biden I would keep the sanctions on until #Iran changes its behavior. I would not want to go into an old deal with Iran because they've been up to no good for too long."
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7 Feb

#Iran’s supreme leader says the U.S. must lift all sanctions if it wants Iran to return to its commitments to the nuclear deal with Western powers, state TV reported Sunday.…
Televised comments mark Khamenei’s first since Biden's inauguration. #Iran is threatening to expel UN inspectors, increased uranium enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels & ramped up military drills, including firing cruise missiles.…
My takes:

-Khamenei needs to appear strong, especially domestically.

-This ends all talk of @JZarif hinting a solution, saying a top EU official could “synchronize” or “choreograph” moves. He has a @CNN interview today with @FareedZakaria.

-No fast solution. Impasse continues.
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