Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has shelled an area in Erbil in neighboring Iraq, targeting positions it said were held by “terrorist groups.”
The IRGC ground forces launched artillery fire on Iraq’s northern Kurdish regional capital early on Wednesday (May 11), according to the semi-official Tasnim news website.
In mid-March, the IRGC launched ballistic missiles towards an area in Erbil which it said housed an Israeli “strategic center.” It also warned that any further attacks by Israel will be met with a “harsh, decisive and destructive response.”
Iraq’s Ministry of Defence signed contracts with the United States and France to import advanced weapons and strengthen artillery, the state news agency (INA) reported on Sunday citing a senior military commander.
He added that long-range artillery weapons had proved efficient in fighting Islamic State recently, and that new cannons are part of deals with European countries.
The report did not elaborate on types of weapons or mention any other details on the contracts.