U.S. intercepts Iranian drone amid bombing in Kurdistan

The United States intercepted an Iranian drone that came close to American troops stationed in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Pentagon said.

There were no American casualties in the strike, the Hill reported.

Drone headed for Kurdistan

The U.S. Central Command said that it intercepted a drone that appeared to be heading for Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and a recurring target of Iran and its proxies.

“U.S. Central Command condemns the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ unprovoked attack in Iraq’s Erbil Governorate this morning. Such indiscriminate attacks threaten innocent civilians and risk the hard-fought stability of the region,” command spokesman Joe Buccino said.

The strike was part of a bombing campaign targeting Kurdish separatists whom Iran considers terrorists and saboteurs influencing ongoing protests against Tehran’s government.

The unrest began after the death of a Kurdish woman in the hands of morality police and has spread to cities in Iraq, including Erbil.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they targeted groups including the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan with “precision missiles” and said the offensive “will continue with our full determination until the threat is effectively repelled.”

U.S. accuses Iran of looking for distractions

13 people have reportedly been killed in the strikes including a pregnant woman. Meanwhile, some 76 protesters have reportedly been killed in Iran.

Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan accused Iran, a longtime foe of Iraq, of violating its neighbor’s “sovereignty.”

Sullivan also claimed that Iran was desperately looking for distractions from domestic troubles with its bombing offensive.

“Iranian leaders continue to demonstrate flagrant disregard not only for the lives of their own people, but also for their neighbors and the core principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity enshrined in the U.N. Charter,” Sullivan said.

“Iran cannot deflect blame from its internal problems and the legitimate grievances of its population with attacks across its borders,” he considered.